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UAE to improve the welfare of SL workers

Sep 4 (CG) United Arab Emirates’ Foreign Minister, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nayhan, visited Sri Lanka on the invitation of the Govt of Sri Lanka. During bilateral consultations the Foreign Ministers explored ways of strengthening trade and investment ties, improving the welfare of Sri Lankan workers in the UAE, and collaborating on issues of regional and international concern. more..

Thalatha gifts home for slain UNPer's family

Sep 4 (CT) MP Thalatha Athukorala has taken action to construct a house for the family of UNP supporter Upul Thushara who was killed in Nivithigala. Thushara was hacked to death by an unidentified group of people in the Dodagammaha area in Nivithigala. The foundation stone for the construction of the house was laid by the late Thushara's three daughters. Athukorala said she would do all that she could to help the family of the man who gave his life for the party. more..

SL national dies in Chennai police custody

Sep 4 (TOI) A Sri Lankan Tamil, who was picked up in connection with a fake passport case, died in police custody in Chennai in the early hours of Friday. Deceased has been identified as Mohan, who was staying at a house in Medavakkam with his wife Fatima Sulthana and two children. He was wanted in a fake passport case being investigated by Central Crime Branch of Chennai police. Mohan had been absconding for the last few days. However, he returned home on Thursday. more..

Supermarket food court stall managers watch out!

Sep 4 (DM) Raids will be carried out at supermarket complexes in the city by the Colombo Municipality Public Health Department due to the increase in complaints of the standard of food and beverages sold at the food courts of the shopping complexes. When conducting several health related programmes, health officials discovered houseflies, rats and roaches in food courts in supermarket complexes in more..

Ex-husband douses wife with acid

Sep 4 (CT) A woman and the man driving the car she was travelling in were admitted to the Embilipitiya Hospital yesterday with serious burn injuries sustained when her ex-husband allegedly threw acid at them, police sources said. The woman's ex- husband, who had allegedly kidnapped her a few days ago and had tried to force acid down her throat, had himself been injured when she instinctively spat out the acid that fell on his face. The acid had seriously damaged his eyes more..

The Left takes a back seat in Sri Lanka

Sep 4 (NI) The first sitting of Sri Lanka’s new parliament took place this week amidst some uncertainty. Following the UNP election victory, negotiations continue on the formation of a national govt, with a number of MPs from the opposition SLFP expected to be given ministerial portfolios. The new cabinet is yet to be announced. One thing that’s clear is that the Left will no longer wield much clout. Earlier, though few in number the leftist MPs held important positions. more..

Sri Lanka rupee falls 3% to record low after Central Bank bank floats

Sep 4 (Reuters) Sri Lanka's rupee fell more than 3% to a record low of 139 per dollar on Friday after the central bank effectively floated the currency by ceasing to quote its own reference rate. The rupee rebounded in late trade to end the day down 2% at 137.25/75. Currency dealers said there were large dollar sales from exporters at the session lows. The slide came amid weakness in emerging markets triggered by a devaluation of Yuan. more..

Vaiko for resolution against domestic probe in Sri Lanka

Sep 4 (Hindu) MDMK leader Vaiko called upon the Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to initiate steps to pass a resolution in the Assembly opposing any move to carry out a domestic investigation into the alleged atrocities during the war in Sri Lanka in which many Tamil people were killed. “If such a resolution is passed, I will be the first person to support the same,” he said while paying a lightning visit to the site near Palladam where the party planned to hold a conference later this month. more..

Rights Violations in new SLEAS: Teachers' Unions slam

Sep 4 (CT) Ceylon Teachers' Service Union (CTSU) citing several inconsistencies in the Service Constitution for the Sri Lanka Education Administration Service (SLEAS) now being circulated, called for the immediate withdrawal of the proposed new Constitution yesterday. General Secretary of the CTSU, Mahinda Jayasinghe said the Constitution that was issued by special Gazette notification on 21 August heaped injustice on teachers who intend to join SLEAS because more..

JVP defends appointment of Sampanthan as the Leader of the Opposition

Sep 4 (DM) The JVP, which defended the appointment of TNA Parliamentary Group Leader R. Sampanthan as the Leader of the Opposition, explained that the latter had been appointed in accordance with Parliamentary traditions. JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that they had backed Mr. Sampanthan for the post as he was from the party that had the most number of seats among the parties in the opposition. more..

Wildlife men struggle to save life of elephant

Sep 4 (CT) A wild elephant, roaming into a paddy field, was shot at by an unidentified gunman on Wednesday (3). The animal was found by villagers bellowing in pain due to the injuries sustained in the shooting. In Ampara District, farmers, chena cultivators and villagers residing on the boarder lines of the district are very much inconvenienced by these wild elephants as they come into their fields suddenly and destroy their paddy and chena cultivations. more..

NCPA overhauls its own policies

Sep 4 (Island) National Child Protection Authority Chief Natasha Balendran said that its advertising campaign on the obligation of all members of society to protect children was part of a reorientation of the policies of the Authority. NCPA Chairperson issuing a communiqué said that in the past, the Authority had concentrated on the efforts on law enforcement and providing redress for children and their families after they had become victims of child abuse. While continuing its work in this area energetically, more..

JVP asks those joining govt for positions whether they have no shame

Sep 4 (Island) JVP leader MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake demanded to know from the UPFA  MPs who were planning to join the govt whether they were not ashamed of doing so to obtain perks and benefits. Participating in the debate on a resolution moved by PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, seeking the approval of Parliament to enable the new government to increase the number of ministers up to 48, MP said that more..

No Parliamentary privileges for Wimal, Udaya, Dinesh & Vasu

Sep 4 (LT) Leaders of main parties have decided not to recognize Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Dinesh Gunawardene and Chandrasiri Gajadeera as party leaders as they contested the election under UPFA. The decision has been approved by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. Above mentioned MPs will not be considered as party leaders but Members of UPFA and hereafter they would not get any Parliamentary privileges party leaders are entitled to. more..

Local authorities not pulling their weight in fighting dengue

Sep 4 (Island) Epidemiology Unit (EU) of the Health Ministry said that it had been able to identify two types of areas vulnerable to dengue during the second National Mosquito Control week organised this year. Documentation provided by the EU outlined the work which was to be carried out in areas which had been categorised as high and low risk for dengue. It would remain focussed on houses, schools and other educational institutions in the state & private sectors, construction sites, more..

Committee to decide on heads for public institutions: President

Sep 4 (AD) President Maithripala Sirisena today stated that a common committee will be appointed by himself and the PM to ensure that the most suitable individuals are selected for the top posts in govt institutions. He made the announcement during his speech at the swearing in ceremony of new Cabinet. Sirisena stated that when the 100-day govt was established it did not engage in a common process for more..

Woman MP trips and fall during debate

Sep 4 (Island) UNP National List MP Anoma Gamage accidentally fell on the floor of Parliament yesterday while the debate on a resolution moved by PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, seeking the approval of the House to increase the number of Ministers of the new govt. MP Gamage was sitting in a back row seat during the debate and got up to move to another place inside the chamber when she fell. MP Ranjan Ramanayake and another new comer sitting close by ran to her help, more..

Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 19% in August

Sep 4 (EN) Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals rose almost 19 percent to 166,610 in August 2015 from a year ago with China remaining the top source market followed by India, data from state tourism promotion office showed. The number of Chinese visitors, including those from Hong Kong and Macau, rose 73.3% to 24,734 in August 2015 from a year ago. Chinese arrivals have shown the highest growth rate this year, up 76.8% to 144,439 in the eight months to August from the year before. more..

Galle likely to host West Indies Test

Sep 4 (CI) After much deliberation, Sri Lanka Cricket's interim committee is likely to retain Galle as a venue for the two-Test series against West Indies in October but has decided to drastically reduce the costs it will incur in hosting the match there, as well as at other venues for the tour. "We hope to cut costs down to about Rs 3 million (approx. $22,200) to try and offset the losses we will incur hosting West Indies," more..

Sri Lanka mulls freer trade in Gems, Tea

Sep 4 (EN) Sri Lanka’s new govt is considering further opening up the economy and allowing more trade in commodities like gems and tea that now are protected against imports, a ruling party legislator said. Harsha de Silva, former Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs, said the business community should think afresh and consider the prospects of speeding up economic growth by the island becoming a trading hub. “What about the hub concept?” he asked more..

Stocks down 0.4%; Low investor activity

Sep 4 (LBO) Stocks closed down 0.42% on Friday with low investor activity and most of the banking sector stocks making losses. All Share Price Index closed down 30.39 points at 7,215.11, lower 0.42%. S&P SL20 closed 22.63 points lower at 3,956.21 down 0.57%. Turnover was 540 million rupees, down from 566 million rupees, Thursday with 40 stocks closing positive against 103 negative. Main index showed losses in Ceylon Tobacco Company closing at 961 rupees down 18.50 rupees. more..

Purified water projects for kidney patients

Sept 4 (PSL) President Maithripala Sirisena says, as a govt he expects to initiate a project within next two years to supply purified water to the people in the areas where there is a threat of spreading kidney diseases. The President made these remarks at a ceremony to offer a water filter which has the capacity of filtering 24000 liters per day for kidney patients at Sudarshanarama Temple in Thalakolawewa, Medirigiriya today (3). more..

Whither the Republic?

Sept 4 (CT) Over the last two weeks or so, in the immediate aftermath of my singular statement on the National List issue, I opted for a self-imposed media silence, politely refraining from commenting on many matters to our colleagues in the Press; I express my sincere gratitude to all of you for that kind courtesy and understanding extended, for allowing me that little window of space. I was silent, primarily, as I did not wish to be misunderstood (or misquoted), that my stand which was taken on principle more..

Tamil question

Sept 4 (CT) Rajavarothiam Sampanthan, 82, Leader of TNA and a Member of the Federal Party, a constituent party of the TNA, was appointed as the Opposition Leader in SL's 8th Parliament under the present Constitution and its 15th since the eve of independence, yesterday. TNA derives its vote base largely from the Tamils living in the North and East of the country. Sampanthan first entered Parliament in 1977 on the TULF ticket, representing the Trincomalee constituency more..

New Ministers sworn in

Sep 9 (AD) The swearing in ceremony of the new Cabinet of the National Govt commenced at the Presidential Secretariat. PM Ranil Wickremesinghe was the first to take oaths as the Minister of National Policy and Economic Affairs before President Maithripala Sirisena. In total 42 Cabinet Ministers including Wijedasa Rajapaksa and D.M. Swaminathan, who have already been appointed as ministers, were sworn in today. more..

JVP nominates Bimal Ratnayake as NL MP

Sep 4 (AD) The JVP has nominated Bimal Ratnayake as a National List MP for the seat vacated due to the resignation of S. Mayadunne, JVP Secretary Tilvin Silva said. Ratnayake contested the rElection from the Gampaha District, however failed to secure a seat in Parliament. Former Auditor General Sarathchandra Mayadunne yesterday resigned from his seat after making a special statement in Parliament. more..

PM promises solution to paddy crisis after discussions with President, all party leaders

Sep 4 (Island) Action to resolve the prevailing paddy crisis would be taken through discussions with President Sirisena and all party leaders, PM Wickremesinghe told Parliament. In the meantime, govt had requested all private traders to pay a reasonable price to the farmers for thier produce, he said. PM Wickremesinghe said so while responding to questions raised by JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake on the crisis more..

PNM faults SLFP for forfeiting its responsibility to people who elected them

Sep 4 (Island) The Patriotic National Movement (PNM) alleged that the appointment of TNA leader R. Sampanthan as the Leader of the Opposition reflected the failure on the part of the SLFP to recognise its hallowed responsibility to represent those who had exercised their franchise for the coalition. The SLFP leadership had conveniently forgotten that over 4.7 mn people who voted for the SLFP-led coalition never more..

Sanga yet to get official invite to be envoy to UK

Sep 4 (PO) Kumar Sangakkara is yet to receive the official proposal to be the Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to UK. The 38-year-old former wicket-keeper and the left-handed batsman was offered the post by his country’s president Maithripala Sirisena during his farewell Test match which ended on Aug 24 at P. Sara Oval in Colombo. “At present Sangakkara is playing the County matches (for Surrey) in London. more..

Video: Terrorism cause of unresolved issues says CBK

Sep 4 (CG) Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga said that terrorism was extreme manifestation of long unresolved issues and inclusive and sustainable development was key to resolve such conflicts. She says treating all communities as one was very important. She also said that to overcome conflict there must be engagement to address root causes for the conflict. Kumaratunga was speaking in New Delhi more..

Coca Cola to settle oil leakage loss with Water Board

Sep 4 (DN) According to National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWS&DB) estimates, the damage caused to the board by the recent oil leakage to the Kelani river is over Rs. 170 million. The Coca Cola Company has already expressed its willingness to pay the full damage after holding further discussions with the National Water Supply and Drainage Board. The leakage of oil into the Kelani river was discovered on August 17. more..

GTF appreciates Sampanthan’s appointment, praises Prez, PM

Sep 4 (Island) Welcoming the appointment of TNA Chief R. Sampanthan, MP, as the Leader of the Opposition, the UK headquartered Global Tamil Forum (GTF) said that in Tamil speaking people’s struggle to achieve equality, justice, peace, respect and prosperity through democratic means, the step of appointing the new Speaker of Parliament in line with constitutional and parliamentary conventions more..

Video: Don’t act like monkeys, says PM

Sep 4 (AD) The decision on the opposition leader post sparked uproar in parliament when MP Wimal Weerawansa this morning (3) questioned the government on the validity of the new appointment. This came after Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced that TNA parliamentary group leader and Trincomalee District MP R. Sampanthan has been appointed for the post. Weerawansa questioned that on which basis more..

EU to partner with SL to face challenges

Sep 4 (CG) On its way to concluding the EU Election Observer Mission (EOM) to Sri Lanka which witnessed a well administered 2015 Parliamentary elections, the EU EOM on today distributed a wide variety of equipment to Sri Lankan civil society members. Accepting that civil society must be able to relay and receive information in an effective manner, not only during emergency operations but also in their day to day tasks, more..

The ceremonies are over, now walk the talk

Sept 4 (DM) In a policy statement to mark the ceremonial opening of the new Parliament on Tuesday -- more so the ceremonial beginning of a new era and a new political culture -- President Sirisena outlined the vision and goals of the first fully fledged National Govt since Independence. The House was packed with leading dignitaries and diplomats with former President Rajapaksa occupying a front seat and possibly reflecting on the truth and realities of a proclamation of more..

Stop manufacturing illnesses without building hospitals

Sept 4 (DM) President Maithripala Sirisena, in his widely-acclaimed policy statement at the ceremonial opening of the new Parliament on Tuesday, pledged that the social justice and sustainable development policies of the new National Govt would give high priority to national food production, environmental protection and rural economic development. Some important insights on these and related issues were given at a seminar held on August 27 by the Organisation for Good Living Practices. more..

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