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Govt. narrowly retains Uva PC

Sept 22 (Island) SLFP-led UPFA retained the control of the Uva PC at Saturday’s election. UNP made significant gains in the Badulla District which the UPFA won with a majority of 11,348 votes. The UPFA, however, polled only 209,056 votes (47.37%) while the UNP secured 197,708 votes (44.79%) and the JVP obtained 20,625 votes (4.67%). The UFFA won 19 seats (9 in Badulla and 8 in Moneragala including 2 bonus slots) more..

Peace has brought many benefits to SL: UK

Sept 22 (FT) The United Kingdom has said that peace has brought many benefits to Sri Lanka and the British Govt will continue to support the island nation’s reconciliation process. Issuing a statement to mark the 32nd International Day of Peace which fell on Saturday, British Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Laura Davies said the peace in Sri Lanka has brought many additional benefits, including opportunities for economic growth and political participation. more..

Nafie Meets President of Sri Lanka

Sept 22 (SDV) The Secretary-General of the Council of African Parties Dr Nafie Ali Nafie met Saturday with the Sri Lankan President of as part of the reception organized for heads of delegations and dignitaries participating in the meetings of the Third Session of the General Assembly of the International Conference of the Asian Political Parties held in Colombo, during 18 - 21 of September. Dr. Nafie briefed the Sri Lankan President on the goals and achievements of the Council more..

Uva unsettles UPFA!

Sept 22 (FT) Ruling UPFA won a bittersweet victory in the Uva Province on Saturday, by scraping a majority in the provincial council with 19 seats while losing over 23.8% of its vote share since 2009. The election results were a significant setback for the Govt, which was able to muster only 51% of the vote in Saturday’s poll, after its whopping 72.3% win in PC polls in the region in 2009. With the Moneragala District in play, more..

UNP failed to capitalise on drought: Keheliya

Sept 22 (Island) The UNP had done its best in the Uva Province and there was no way it could surpass itself and the UPFA had secured a clear majority to establish the Uva PC administration, said minister Keheliya Rambukwella during a visit to his electorate Kundasale, yesterday. The UNP and its allies had failed to take the advantage of the prevailing drought in Badulla and Moneragala, the minister added. The farming community of the two districts still had faith in the govt, Rambukwella noted. more..

'TN fishers issue is becoming alarming'

Sept 22 (DC) TNCC chief Gnanadesikan claimed that attacks on the Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy continue unabated and that the situation has become alarming as nothing was being done to save the hapless fishermen. Hitting out at the BJP govt at the Centre for doing precious little to stop the attacks, he told reporters here on Sunday that during the Congress-led UPA regime, the then govt took steps to get the fishermen and their boats released. more..

'UPFA failed to field young candidates'

Sept 22 (DM) Failure to field young and new faces in the Badulla District contributed to the UPFA’s electoral setback at the Saturday’s PC polls, General Secretary of the UPFA Susil Premajayantha said. He said the media must not compare the 2009 and 2010 PC polls results with Saturday’s Uva PC polls results as they were held at a time the entire country was basked in euphoria of war victory. ‘President and govt were extremely popular more..

Police lambast PS politicos and own

Sept 22 (CT) Police observed that while grassroots level politicians instigated violence during the Uva PC Election, a section of police officers did not enforce the IGP's orders to ensure a free and fair election. SSP Ajith Rohana said the main challenge was the behaviour of politicians attached to Pradeshiya Sabhas. "Supporters of candidates could not be controlled by the candidates themselves. The tragic incident revolving around UPFA contestant, Senthil Thondaman is an example. more..

'SL can benefit from FTA with Indonesia'

Sept 22 (DN) Indonesia is going to be one of the biggest and emerging economies in the world and given that situation Sri Lanka should consider to sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in future to reap real economic benefits, Sri Lanka-Indonesia Business Council (SLIBC) President Jatinder Biala said. “Since Indonesia is part of ASEAN and therefore Asian region will become a major economic powerhouse in the world. Therefore, it is the need of the hour to have an FTA with Indonesia to more..

JVP satisfied with its improved performance

Sept 22 (Island) JVP maintained that once again it has been able to expand its vote base and seats at Saturday’s Uva PC Election since the last Southern and Western PC elections despite threats and harassments it suferred at the hands of the ruling UPFA. JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, said that their votes had increased to 36,580 in the Uva Province by 21,941 compared to 2009 PC election, where it polled 14,639. more..

UTE to help overhaul Colombo's road network

Sept 22 (LBT) Colombo has been undergoing urban regeneration under the Urban Development Authority-headed Metro Colombo Urban Development Project over the past five years. United Tractors and Equipment (UTE) recently lent their support to this endeavour, providing Construction & Paving equipment to help overhaul Colombo's road network. A CAT PM 200 Cold planer and 4 Cat 428F Backhoe Loaders were ceremonially handed over to Mayor of Colombo, Mohomed Muzammil more..

The morning after Uva: Govt. and opposition at the crossroads

Sept 22 (FT) Perhaps the fundamental thing about the Uva result is that it demonstrates that the fundamentally democratic system – most importantly the electoral mechanism and the Commission of Elections – is working, notwithstanding the incidents of coercive electioneering. The Uva election achieved certain things but not others. The Americans, as always, have a phrase for it: ‘close but no cigar’, which means good work, but not quite good enough to win the prize of victory. more..

CID ordered to investigate whether Rs. 202Mn from Trinity was given to LTTE

Sept 22 (Island) Kandy Additional Magistrate Shrinith Wijesekara instructed the CID to investigate a complaint that Rs. 202 million had been granted from Trinity College funds to the LTTE about ten years back. The complainants are a group of Old Boys of Trinity College, Kandy. The complaint supported by an audit report was filed by a team of old boys through their lawyers. Additional Kandy Magistrate issuing instructions more..

President launches website on his engagements at UN

Sept 22 (Island) President Mahinda Rajapaksa launched a special website to focus on his and Sri Lanka’s activities and engagements with the United Nations System. The President’s Office said in a media statement yesterday: "The President launched the site prior to his participation at the 69th UN General Assembly in New York this week. The new site can be accessed at the following address: "Having been a member state since 1955, more..

Massive Rs. 20 b demand for People’s Leasing Rs. 3 b debentures

Sept 22 (FT) People’s Leasing and Finance Plc’s Rs. 3 billion debenture issue had drawn a massive Rs. 20 billion demand reflecting over six times oversubscription. Releasing final figures on the issue which closed early last week, PLC said there had been 117 applications requesting for debentures worth Rs. 19.99 billion. The Company, the largest Non Bank Financial Institution, issued 15 million listed, rated, senior, unsecured redeemable debentures of Rs. 100 each more..

Coal tender controversy: Ferdinando hits back

Sept 22 (CT) Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Energy defended his, as well as the CEB's actions in a cabinet memorandum submitted last Thursday regarding the coal power plant at Puttalam. The official told the Cabinet that the allegations levelled by a senior minister relating to the re-processing of coal for the Puttalam Coal Power Plant, related to matters implemented during the time he himself was minister-in-charge of more..

Harsha Purasinghe selected as Eisenhower Fellow 2014

Sept 22 (ST) Harsha Purasinghe, CEO and Founder of Microimage has been selected as a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow, a prestigious award given annually by the Eisenhower Foundation. Mr. Purasinghe, who was selected from a pool of international applicants, will travel to the US later this month to participate in the 2014 Eisenhower Innovation Programme. On fellowship, he will explore social innovation, entrepreneurship and social enterprises in US to further his plans more..

Fonterra project to empower Sooriyawewa dairy community

Sept 22 (Island) Fonterra Brands Sri Lanka and the Na Sevana Community Development Project have reached an agreementthat will see the two organisations work together to help develop the Sooriyawewa dairy community. A recently held event in Hambantota signalled the official start of a relationship to run and operate a dairy farm within the Na Sevana Community Development Project. Speaking at the ceremony Chief Consultant of the Project Ven Dr Kirinde Assaji Thero said: more..

Top HSBC official in town

Sept 22 (CT) Jayant Rikhye Head of International Asia Pacific for The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) will be arriving in the country on a visit. During his stay from 22 to 24 Sept, he will meet with the Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka, customers and employees of the bank. As Head of International Asia Pacific, Rikhye has direct responsibility over 12 markets in Asia, comprising Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, more..

Special baggage offer from SriLankan

Sept 22 (Island) SriLankan Airlines, the leading direct airline operator to Europe, now offers travellers to and from the region sensational value through increased baggage allowance. This special offer sees travellers being offered an extra 15 kgs of baggage each way, at no extra charge, thus seeing Economy class passengers have their allowance increase to a total of 45 kgs and Business Class passengers with 55 kgs on each leg of their journey. Speaking about this special offer, more..

Sri Lanka looks to dress more Brazilians!

Sept 22 (FT) Sri Lanka’s apparel sector is looking to dress more Brazilians as the first ever industry delegation kicks off a promotional tour today to tap potential in the giant South American market. In an effort to expand the buyer base for Lankan apparels, the Export Development Board (EDB) and the Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) together with the Sri Lanka Embassy in Brazil has organised the six day promotional program from 22 to 27 September. The delegation comprises nine companies more..

U.S. Trade Show in Colombo on Sep.29

Sept 22 (Island) U.S. Embassy and the American Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka (AmCham) are jointly organizing a U.S. Trade Show to be held on Sept 29th at the Hilton Residence, Colombo. The Trade Show will introduce Sri Lankan consumers and businesses to a comprehensive selection of American products, equipment, technology, and services, further strengthening the longstanding commercial relations between more..

Editorial: A thundering slap

Sept 22 (Island) The people of Uva have given the ruling UPFA a thundering slap plus a reduced majority to rule their province. The govt has, in spite of all its polls law violations, election bribes and abuse of state resources, managed to secure only 19 seats in the 34-member provincial council where it earlier had as many as 25. That the govt was struggling in Uva became evident when it, all of a sudden, reduced fuel and power prices with a few days to go for the polls. more..

Taking a long hard look at our ‘barbarism’

Sept 22 (ST) The twin elements of a properly functional judiciary and police distinguish a democracy from barbaric regimes. Surely there can be little argument about this fundamental principle. But Sri Lanka fares ill on this unyielding measure. We see this most recently in regard to the Uva provincial council polls marked by unsettling pre-poll violence and the palpable inability of election officials together with the police to carry out their statutory functions. more..

Harin loses election but wins superstardom

Sept 22 (Island) In The Sunday Island the week before last, this writer posed the question Whether Harin Fernando was going to be the UNP’s new political superstar. (Political Watch 14/9/2014) In the view of this writer, the UNP had managed to get only 25% and 26% of the vote respectively at the Southern and Western provincial council elections held earlier this year and between that time and now absolutely nothing had more..

Jinping’s light relief adds zing to Sino fling

Sept 22 (ST) Boss of Bosses, China’s President Xi Jinping’s visit to Lanka on Tuesday showed what it means to have the leader of a regional superpower on home ground. Hardly had he graced the Lankan air, President Jinping revealed China’s King Kong heart by swaying the Lankan President to open the Chinese fortune cookie he had brought with him and to read the message therein to the delight of a people hard-pressed to make ends meet. “Govt has decided to reduce the price of fuel, more..

The daunting challenge of containing the fiscal deficit

Sept 22 (ST) Bringing down the fiscal deficit to below 5% of GDP has been an objective for quite some time. It has not been achieved so far. Once again the need to bring down the fiscal deficit sharply was stressed by Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundera at the 19th Annual Tax Oration organised by the Faculty of Taxation, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Sri Lanka (ICASL) recently. He expected this year’s fiscal deficit to reach of 5.2% of GDP. more..

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Rain has ceased, but drizzle persists

Sept 22 (NS) Five years after the end of the Eelam War, the major constituent party of the country’s principal Tamil political grouping, the ITAK last week passed a resolution at its annual convention in Vavuniya again calling for the merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces. The move represents a significant shift in the stance of the ITAK, the main partner of the TNA which is its political entity in Parliament. Also, the leadership of the ITAK passed to Mavai Senathirajah more..

View from Ritigala - by mahasona

Sept 22 (NS) This Uva election has been dubbed as a testing of the waters for bigger elections, such as the Presidential. This is why the ruling party and the main opposition party, the UNP, are being very vocal...or ‘louder than usual’. The JVP has been making noises too, but they’ve not been loud-mouthed or uncouth. Disciplined. But what has happened to the Democratic Party and Sarath Fonseka? Campaigning quietly or lost in the thick of things? more..

'It’s the ITAK that wants N&E re-merged'

Sept 22 (SL) JHU National Organiser and Western Provincial Council Member Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe says that it is the ITAK that wants the North and East to re-merge but not the rest of the Tamils or Muslims in the East. In an interview with The Sunday Leader, Warnasinghe says the Muslims underwent much harassment under the Tamil administration and they are really thankful for the govt to get these two provinces de-merged. more..

Dayan at the cross roads

Sept 22 (CT) These days the more Dayan Jayatilleka keeps writing his analyses he seems to be going down the drain. Credibility is the lifeblood of a writer and Dayan has been losing just that. I used to be an admirer of him but not anymore. Dayan’s only salvation now is to somehow wrangle a position from the regime of the Rajapaksas and languish until the regime folds up, which inevitably it soon would, as Uva shows. I am referring to Dayan Jayatilleka’s piece in CT captioned, more..

Quick glance #UvaPC2014; Presidential polls for MR, now suicidal

Sept 22 (CT) “With all the thuggery and State patronising that reminds one of CBK’s Wayamba PC elections, Uva PC elections ; my forecast is (made on 14 Sept) – Moneragala (3 seats extra this time) : UPFA 8, UNP 5, JVP 1 and Badulla (3 seats less now) – UPFA 10, UNP 7 & JVP 1 – Total UPFA 18, UNP 12, JVP 2 With a majority of just 4, what would be the repercussions to the UPFA IF this comes right ?” I was almost there, except in Badulla, where a single seat had been swapped in favour more..

'Urban resilience, an increasingly important concept'

Sept 22 (SO) Speech delivered by the Defence Secretary at the workshop on Urban Resilience organised by the UN Human Settlements program recently. Urban Resilience is becoming an increasingly important concept in the present era. It entails the ability of cities to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural and man-made crises with minimum damage to public safety and health, the economy and security. more..

Is Atapattu victim of the big feud?

Sept 22 (SL) HAVING marshalled Sri Lanka to victory in two Test and ODI series, out of three, since assuming duty as probationary Head Coach last May, Marvan Atapattu’s permanency in the job should’ve been a logical progression. But the Cricket Board, apparently, isn’t wholly convinced he’s the right man for the job – at least not just yet. Early this week, the Board confirmed that Atapattu remains on the shortlist, and as to which one gets the job will be revealed at month’s end. more..

Colombo garbage stink railed to Puttalam

Sept 22 (SL) It was reported recently that the garbage collected in the metropolis will be transported by rail to far off Puttalam, thus the stink of garbage of the elite who live in clover in the city will have to be inhaled by the poor innocent villagers who hitherto enjoyed fresh clean air, living in their humble homes. Time will come when they too will demonstrate and protest, hence this matter should be settled once and for all. The question of garbage disposal in the city had been discussed, more..

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