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SLFP needs radical transformation: Prez

Sep 3 (DN) President Maithripala Sirisena stressed that the SLFP should be subjected to radical transformation aiming at winning the next elections. "This is the right time for implementing the necessary and timely changes for the SLFP," President said. "LFP should be subjected to a complete and accurate transformation to create a disciplined and people friendly party, which will be embraced by all segments of the people," more..

President turns 64

Sep 3 (DN) President Maithripala Sirisena will mark his 64th birthday today. He was born on Sept 3, 1951 in Western Province and grew up in Polonnaruwa in the North Central Province. Buddhists, Hindu, Muslim and Christian religious ceremonies were held yesterday in the NCP to invoking blessing on the President. Jayapirith deshanaya was held at the Galviharaya, close to the Rankoth Viharaya which commenced on the night of Sept 1, with the offering of kapruk and milk more..

MR’s good and bad: Prof. Wijesooriya

Sep 3 (DM) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who rendered a yeoman service by ending the war, did a serious damage to the party by extending the term of office, Colombo University’s Professor Sarath Wijesooriya said. Professor Wijesooriya making the guest speech at the SLFP convention in Polonnaruwa said that some good work had taken place during the tenure of Mahinda Rajapaksa but his move to extend the term of office had done a negative impact to the SLFP. more..

Cabinet awaits Parliment nod

Sep 3 (FT) Tough decisions will likely be made by Parliament today when PM Ranil Wickremesinghe seeks approval from members to appoint a large Cabinet, possibly composed of 48 Cabinet ministers and 45 non-Cabinet ministers including State ministers. House will also see appointment of an Opposition Leader after days of political wrangling. According to 19th Amd, number of ministers of Cabinet should not exceed 30 more..

Citizens’ Power wants TNA to be given Opposition Leader’s post

Sep 3 (Island) Tamil National Alliance (TNA) should be given the Opposition Leader’s post in parliament today as a show of commitment to treating Tamil people as equal citizens of this country, Purawesi Balaya (Citizens’ Power), a civil society group said. The group including Dharmasiri Bandaranayake, Saman Rathnapriya, Joseph Stalin, K.W. Janaranjana and Inoka Sathyangani was addressing a press conference at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR) in Maradana. more..

Coca-Cola fiasco: GMOA says country lacks toxicologists

Sep 3 (DM) Govt Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said that there were not enough specialists in the country to assist probes into hazardous incidents such as Coca-Cola factory’s oil leakage, which contaminated Kelani River. GMOA Spokesman Dr. Naveen Soysa said the country Health Service lacked specialists in toxicology and many other areas. Toxicology specialists were needed to successfully probe the incident, where water was contaminated by oil. more..

Ekneligoda disappearance: EPDP denies accusation, ready to assist probe

Sep 3 (Island) The EPDP rebutted an alleged JVP attempt to implicate the party in the disappearance of cartoonist Prageeth Ekneligoda on the eve of the 2010 presidential polls. EPDP spokesperson Nelson Edirisinghe was responding to a report posted on a website affiliated to the JVP. Edirisinghe said that contrary to that claim, the police never even sought to record a statement from him regarding the disappearance. more..

India, a key player in transformative world order: Dr. Uttam Sinha

Sep 3 (DN) India remains a key player in the transformative world order as a rising power and the world faces a shift in balance of power, India's former representative in the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Dr. Uttam Sinha said. He made these comments presenting his views on the sub theme Emerging World Order - Indian Perspective at the Defence Seminar. He said it is always fascinating and perplexing analyzing current dynamics of the emerging world order. more..

Sri Lanka at World Assembly for Women

Sep 3 (FT) Sri Lanka was represented by the Representative of PM and former Minister Rosy Senanayake at the World Assembly for Women (WAW) held in Tokyo last week. Tokyo held this mega Assembly for the second consecutive year and was attended by over 2,000 delegates including that of political leaders, activists, academics, INGOs, media personalities, senior international and UN civil servants and diplomatic corps, among others, from a large number of countries. more..

Opposition Leader’s post heading for a vote?

Sep 3 (Island) With the TNA staking a claim for the Opposition leader’s post, a vote was bound to be taken when Parliament meets next. Front runner for the position is UPFA MP Kumara Welgama. 57 UPFA MPs have written to President Sirisena, requesting that Welgama be appointed the Oppositon Leader. Sources said that with the TNA insisting that an SLFP’er could not be Opposition Leader in view of MoU between more..

Terrorism never fails to take victim societies by surprise: Dr. Ajai Sahni

Sep 3 (DN) Terrorism in its modern form has been with us for decades and has continuously expanded its sphere of influence and operation, Dr. Ajai Sahni, founding member and executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management in New Delhi said. He was speaking at the international Defence Seminar on Tuesday. Dr. Sahni said it yet never fails to take its victim societies by surprise when it is applied in a new theatre, however gradual or deliberate its march. more..

Chartered Accountants conferring to take national economy to new heights

Sep 3 (Island) International and local thought leaders will gather at the BMICH (Nov 4-6) for the 36th National Conference of the Chartered Accountants to take the lead in helping policy makers, regulators and Sri Lankan businesses to propel the national economy to new heights. The national conference on the theme, Catalyst 2015: Collaborate to Compete’ will help businesses to foster closer and sustainable partnerships with their service providers, employees and even more..

SL may restrict visitors to its national parks

Sep 3 (IANS) Sri Lanka may restrict visitors to each of its national parks after a recent spate of vehicular accidents injured and killed wild animals, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said here on Wednesday. In a statement released on his Facebook page, Wickremesinghe said that the new govt was also looking at methods of implementing strict speed limits in order to create an environment that is safe and secure for the wildlife, more..

South Korea mulls FTA with Sri Lanka

Sep 3 (DN) South Korea is in the process of preparing a feasibility study to explore various ways of enhancing bi-lateral economic ties including a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Sri Lanka. Korea’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka Chang Won Sam, addressing the 21st AGM of Sri Lanka –Korea Economic Cooperation Committee said that there is still untapped potential for win-win cooperation between the two countries. He said that SL govt has identified accelerating economic growth more..

India offers scholarships to children of Sri Lanka estate workers

Sep 3 (HCI) Applications are invited from the children of estate workers, who are residents of estates, for award of scholarships by the Ceylon Estate Workers Education Trust (CEWET). These scholarships are available for GCE A/L, Undergraduate courses and for students undergoing Vocational/ Technical education in any of the Govt Technical colleges in Sri Lanka. Students who have passed GCE O/L or A/L exam with either Mathematics or Arithmetic at the GCE O/L more..

KP wants end to speculation over Prabhakaran’s death

Sep 3 (FT) Former Leader of LTTE’s international wing Kumaran Padmanathan alias KP urged not to dig into the past to analyse how former LTTE Leader V Prabhakaran died in 2009 but to rally around the Govt to serve the people and develop the country. Pathmanathan, who had close connections with the LTTE as the LTTE’s chief international spokesman and arms procurer during the last months of the final battle in 2009, more..

Ashwin on what he learned from Herath

Sep 3 (Island) India’s captain in waiting, Ravichandran Ashwin finished the three match Test series against Sri Lanka with a rich haul of 21 wickets and was named Man of the Series. Ashwin told journalists after India won the series 2-1 that he was closely monitoring Rangana Herath throughout the series and that helped him to make a huge impact. "Thankfully both at P Sara and here Sri Lanka bowled first. I had a close look at what Rangana Herath was doing. more..

Siriwardene to lead SL women in NZ

Sep 3 (CI) Shashikala Siriwardene will lead a 20-member Sri Lanka women squad for their limited-overs tour of New Zealand from November 3 to 22. Sri Lanka, who were last in New Zealand during the Women's World Cup in 2000, will play five ODIs and three T20s in Lincoln, Christchurch and Nelson. New Zealand coach Haidee Tiffen was thrilled with the prospect of a home summer comprising two home series, the second of which will feature Australia early next year. more..

SLC wanted grassy wicket for third Test

Sep 3 (Island) Despite repeated denials, it has now come to light that Sri Lanka’s team management requested a grassy wicket for the final Test against India that concluded on Tuesday. India won the final Test by 117 runs to win the series 2-1. It was India’s first series win in Sri Lanka in 22 years. India’s spinners Ashwin and Mishra had done considerable damage in the first two Tests claiming 29 wickets between the two of them. more..

Commander of the Navy calls on PM

Sep 3 (SLN) Commander of SL Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, paid a courtesy call on PM Ranil Wickramasinghe at the PM's office on 2nd Sept. PM extended his best wishes to the Navy Commander on his new appointment and held a brief discussion bringing out the SLN's strategies and courses of action in reaching military and national objectives. A memento was presented to mark the Navy Commander’s first official call on PM after assuming duties as Navy Commander more..

Is IPL behind Malinga’s flop?

Sep 3 (Island) Sri Lanka Cricket’s premier fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who during his formative years in the game, struck a purple patch with the cherry, with his deceptive sling action and his toe crushing yorkers, that baffled the cream of batsmen, in international cricket. His achievements are far to many to focus in this article. A minus point to Malinga is it, when it comes to crunch games, he appears to be groping in the dark. A case in point was in a must win match against India, more..

Arjuna may bid for top post in SLC

Sep 3 (TT) Arjuna Ranatunga, who is set to keep the ministry of ports and shipping when the portfolios are announced, is likely to make a bid for the chairman's position in Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). Ranatunga is, of course, a former chairman of SLC. His first innings was cut short, in 2008-09, largely because he'd stepped on too many toes. "I've been approached by quite a few former players and I'll probably be a candidate when more..

India's marks out of 10

Sep 3 (CI) 9: Virat Kohli (233 runs at 38.83) India's highest run-getter of a series where largely the bowlers ruled. Started with a century in Galle, his scores reading: 103, 3, 78, 10, 18 and 21 and found his dismissal chasing a tempter on the fifth stump over and over. As captain, though, he learnt, and he grew, finding a way to pick up a team from the blue funk of its shock defeat in the first Test. Barring one harried, fretful session at the SSC, carried himself and the team with dignity and equanimity more..

Sri Lanka's marks out of 10

Sep 3 (CI) 9: Angelo Mathews (339 runs at 56.50, 4 wickets at 18.75) Another series, another exceptional individual performance - it's getting to the point where it's not enough to say Mathews is just Sri Lanka's best cricketer; he's among the most valuable in the world. Mathews is more of a consistent run scorer than a stock-piler of hundreds, but even so, he was the only batsman to make two triple-figure scores in the series. He led better than he did against Pakistan, more..

Treasury to bring delayed Acts to House soon

Sep 3 (CT) The govt is planning to re-submit long delayed amendments to Finance Act and Inland Revenue Act, Finance Ministry Secretary Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga said. The Mini-Budget of the new govt was presented to the Parliament on 29 Jan and it introduced several controversial taxes such as super gain tax and mansion tax. he said that all those revenue amendments were still at Committee Stage more..

President’s statement of govt policy: Questions that go a-begging

Sep 3 (Island) That the inaugural sitting of parliament went off without a hitch should be a cause for relief. At least the public was spared the unseemly sight of a riot in parliament over the election of a Speaker like what happened in April 2004. In that year, there was a significant gap between the UPFA which had 105 seats and the UNP which got only 82 seats, but the non-UPFA parties had a majority in parliament. In what was the hottest and most unseemly contest for more..

Wanted: A new leadership culture for public institutions

Sep 3 (NS) Political and civil society leaders campaigned for good governance in Sri Lanka and on January 8, the people agreed. We now have a new President. Then again the people spoke on August 17, and confirmed that the country needs to continue in its journey towards Yahapalanaya. We will soon have a new Parliament. But is this enough to achieve Yahapalanaya? Can the public rest now and await our new political leadership to deliver to us a better tomorrow? more..

Coca-Cola Incident: Are we the next Plachimada?

Sep 3 (GV) On Aug 17th, the Coca Cola factory in Sri Lanka leaked diesel fuel into the Kelani River, polluting the water supply for millions of Sri Lankans living in suburban Colombo. The Coca-Cola Company is an American multinational company that is a global leader in the beverage industry. Although the company is a universally recognized, iconic institution, over the past few years, it has been involved in more..

Editorial: Farmers in a paddy

Sep 3 (Island) UNP-led govt never misses an opportunity to ridicule former President Rajapaksa’s development strategy. It is now using the Mattala Airport for storing paddy! Rajapaksa did an Ozymandias while in power. He got the Chinese to dig up land in Hambantota to construct a port and had them fill the sea off Colombo to build a city! The monstrous Lotus Tower continues to rise in spite of his fall. At other airports we have jet engines roaring, but Mattala is as quiet as a hermitage more..

Challenges for the new team

Sep 3 (NS) Counting of votes which had become an essential ritual in gauging what the people’s want is over and for the first time in the history of parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka, the voters have not been carried away by emotions as expected. Although the campaigning showed its primitive nature as the main strategy to convince the voters depended more on the allegations leveled against the contenders than on the real problems of the nation and the solutions proposed. more..

LSSP will take its journey forward

Sep 3 (CT) Leader ofLSSP and former Minister Prof. Tissa Vitharana says that they could not represent Parliament in 1977 as well. "But our political journey was not halted. We will get together with the people and take forward our political philosophy". Q: Are you happy or sad with the result obtained at the election? A: We cannot be happy. Our expectation was to establish a govt of the UPFA. We believed that Alliance would be more..

Politics, Cricket and Diplomacy

Sep 3 (SL) Diplomats and former diplomats consider the Foreign Service as the exclusive preserve of their tribe though without much success. We are surprised that proposals of two colourful names outside the service to a plum post in the Foreign Service – High Commissioner to London – have not resulted in protests of Keep-off-the-Grass by the diplomatic tribe. These are heady times following elections and appointments made by Yahapalanaya govt to key posts in state services more..

MR mulls retirement while PB does a Bolt!

Sep 3 (SO) The grapevine is abuzz with the news that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is planning to bid adieu to his political career in three months. The former President had made this revelation to President Maithripala Sirisena when the two met for a closed-door discussion last Sunday at the President’s residence. Rajapaksa had said his sisters, Preethi and Gandhini, had urged him to stay out of politics and go into retirement, for good. Speaking of his future plans at the meeting, more..

Tainted elixir!

Sep 3 (SO) Is the water we drink fast becoming a cocktail of deadly contaminants? The question isn’t rhetorical. Recent news stories about alleged gasoline leaks and effluent discharge into rivers make the question pertinent, as do some of the edgy water experience related here. Quintas (real name withheld) a resident of Wattala: “I usually drink water only from my filter. But when the water ran out, I drank it straight more..

Tamil poets on good governance

Sep 3 (CT) Thiruvalluvar (Circa 2nd century AD) in his great work Thirukkural, has weighty things to say on Good Governance. Written ostensibly to reform the world and to sustain the scheme of values and of ethics and morals, it continues to benefit humanity through its 1330 couplets. It yet remains the greatest didactic work in Tamil. To the poet, the excellence of the citizen composing the quality of the state is central to Good Governance. The King at the pinnacle of authority needs more..

The story of the failure of separatism

Sep 3 (CT) Any discussion on the politics of Sri Lanka has separatism as its background. Try saying that the Tamil people who live in the island have certain specific problems because they are Tamils and you will immediately be called a separatist. That you may not be inspired by that idea will be irrelevant. We have been conditioned by our political masters and authoritative texts of history that any issue to do with this part of our population is about ganging up with their mates across more..

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