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SAITM students ready to face open govt medical exam

July 29 (DM) Students who passed out from the SAITM are ready to face an open exam conducted by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Higher Education similar to the exams of State medical faculties. This was said by a student named Tharindu Ruwanpathiranage, who had passed out with the first batch of students of SAITM, at a press conference where SAITM students are presently carrying out their clinical studies. more..

Court rejects police request to bar protest march entering Warakapola

July 29 (AD) A request made by police seeking a court order to prevent the Joint Opposition’s protest march (Pada Yatra) from entering the Warakapola jurisdiction tomorrow (30) has been rejected by the Thulhiriya Magistrate’s Court. Although the request was made based on several reasons including the UNP membership drive in the Warakapola town, the court rejected it after considering the facts presented attorneys of the Joint Opposition. Meanwhile the requests for court orders preventing more..

Mendis' 176 Sri Lanka's second-highest maiden century

July 29 (CI) 0: Individual scores higher than Kusal Mendis' 176 in Tests in Pallekele. Before Mendis, Younis Khan's unbeaten 171 in the famous chase last year was the previous highest. 1: Maiden hundreds for Sri Lanka in Tests higher than Mendis' 176. Brendon Kuruppu scored 201*- also the highest Test score on debut by a Sri Lanka batsman - against New Zealand in 1987, which is the highest. Mahela Jayawardene is third on this list - he made 167 in Galle against New Zealand. more..

Sri Lanka and China have talks on the Hambantota port

July 29 (CG) The SL govt and China today had talks on on developing the Hambantota port. Minister Malik Samarawickrama, Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama and the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang inspected the port in Hambantota. Speaking to reporters at the port, Amunugama said that Govt is keen on developing the port which was constructed with Chinese assistance and opened in 2010. more..

Shares steady; seen falling after rate hike

July 29 (Reuters) Shares ended steady in thin trade on Friday, though cautious investors fear the gains would be short-lived, as the central bank's surprise move to raise key policy rates will hurt market sentiment. After market hours on Thursday, the central bank raised its key interest rates by 50 basis points each in a surprise move aimed at curbing stubbornly high credit growth that is adding to concern about inflationary pressures. Colombo stock index ended up 0.03%, more..

CCPI inflation down 0.5% points in July 2016

July 29 (LBO) Consumer prices in Colombo has accelerated 5.5% in July 2016 from a year earlier, down from 6% in June with the inflation index gaining 0.2% in the month. Year on year inflation of Food Group has decreased from 8.2% in June to 8.1% in July while Nonfood Group decreased by 4% to 3% during this period. For the month of July, on year to year basis, contribution to inflation by food commodities was 3.89% and the contribution of Non food items was 1.6%. more..

Court refuses restraining order on Paada Yathra, UNP recruitment

July 29 (DM) Attanagalle Magistrate Dinesh Perera today refused to grant a restraining order to prevent the Joint Opposition from holding meetings in Nittambuwa on Sunday in line with its Paada Yathrawa and the UNP from conducting a membership recruitment drive during the weekend. Nittambuwa Police OIC Prasanna Welikala filing a petition informed the Magistrate that Paada Yathrawa led by former president Rajapaksa more..

Case against Dhammika Ranatunga amicably settled

July 29 (DN) The case against SL Ports Authority Chairman Dhammika Ranatunga that he allegedly threatened the media in the premises of the Colombo High Court on March 16 was yesterday amicably settled before the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court. When the case came up before Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya, both parties expressed their willingness to settle the case. At an earlier occasion, matter was referred to Mediation Board on the instructions of Chief Magistrate. more..

Aussie streaker locked up in Sri Lanka says he got drunk, messed up

July 29 (HS) AN Australian arrested for indecent exposure after streaking at a cricket match has spoken from a Sri Lankan jail, saying he regrets getting drunk and messing up. The 26-year-old carpenter, who ran onto the Pallekele Stadium’s outfield naked during Tuesday’s first day of play in the first Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka, says he now fears for his safety after being locked up with killers. “I got quite drunk and I messed up,” James said. more..

No more debate on monorail vs. LRT, Japan confirms funding

July 29 (LBO) Govt confirmed that the Japanese govt will fund the islands proposed Light Rail Transit (LRT), ending a debate on monorail vs. LRT following the conclusion of a high level delegation visit from Japan, Thursday. “The delegation, led by Hirofumi Katase the Vice Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan confirmed their govt’s willingness to finance SL’s landmark project on deeply concessional terms,” more..

Say no to ETCA: K.D. Lalkantha

July 29 (CT) President of National Trade Unions Centre (NTUC) K.D. Lalkantha assured that every possible step would be taken to prevent the signing of the Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India, as it is deemed highly unfavourable to Sri Lanka. He warned that in the event the agreement is signed, many Sri Lankans will be deprived of jobs and that salary rates will plummet. NTUC distributed one million handbills on Thursday opposite the Fort Railway Station more..

'Sri Lanka could better harness bio-gas'

July 29 (LBO) Bio-gas can be used in Sri Lanka as a cheaper and cleaner renewable energy alternative to petroleum-based fuels, a senior official said. “Using domestic waste management and converting it into bio gas could be a boon to the developing island’s rising demand for energy,” said Nalin Mannapperuma, director, Waste Management Authority. “Currently thermal power takes up as much as 44% of energy generation costs in SL and we are heavily dependent on petroleum, more..

Spinners put Sri Lanka in strong position heading into fifth day

July 29 (CI) Australia do not lose Tests to Sri Lanka. That, at least, is the conventional wisdom, for it has happened only once in the 33-year history between the two nations. It has not happened this century. But times change. There is every chance Sri Lanka will rewrite the conventions in 2016, for at stumps on day four they were in a powerful position, seven wickets from victory. Australia needed 185 runs, and runs were more..

PIA signs contract with Sri Lanka for lease of three A-330s

July 29 (PT) Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has formalised wet leasing of three A-330 aircraft from Sri Lankan Airlines. At a ceremony held in Colombo on Friday CEO, Bernd Hildebrand signed the contract with Chairman, Sri Lankan Airlines, Ajith Dias and CEO Capt. Suren Ratwatte said. The contract has materialised after a series of negotiations between the two sides. First of these aircraft would he delivered during the next week, while the rest in following months. more..

Nic Pothas named Sri Lanka fielding coach

July 29 (CI) Former South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Nic Pothas has been appointed Sri Lanka's fielding coach, and will begin the role on August 8, a board release said. Pothas had most recently been the academy director at Leicestershire County, and was the cricket director at Guernsey in the past. "Our last few outings are showing a marked improvement in the batting and bowling, however our fielding has been letting us down," SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala said. more..

Delays not in public interest: Dion

July 29 (CT) Canada says delays in implementing reforms, economic stability, and good governance are not in the public interest despite govt's positive engagement in implementing the UNHRC resolution and its mechanisms which was also co-sponsored by Canada. Visiting Canadian Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion urged the govt to implement what remains of the resolution to be implemented. more..

P.B. Jayasundara questioned by PRECIFAC

July 29 (DM) Former Treasury Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundara arrived at the PRECIFAC to give a statement over misappropriation of Rs. 5 billion govt funds in 2014. Dr. Jayasundara was being questioned by the Investigations Unit attached to the PRECIFAC with regard to a complaint received by the commission over an allegation of importing 100,000 metric tons of rice from an Indian Company against the Cabinet Decisions. He said govt had incurred a loss of Rs.5 bil due to transaction. more..

Holland called up to replace O'Keefe

July 29 (CI) Left-arm spinner Jon Holland will join Australia's squad for the second Test against SL in Galle after a hamstring injury ruled Steve O'Keefe out of the remainder of the series. Having been chosen for Australia A off the back of an eight-wicket haul in the Sheffield Shield final, Holland is a likely inclusion for Galle opposite Nathan Lyon, as the pitch is expected to take plenty of turn. "Steve injured his right hamstring while chasing a ball in the field during the second session yesterday," more..

Video: Sri Lanka can grow 5% plus this year despite rate hikes: CB

July 29 (AD) Sri Lanka can still achieve economic growth of 5% or slightly more even with the now-increased monetary policy rates, the central bank chief said. “We can still achieve 5% or bit more growth despite 50 basis point rate hike,” Governor Indrajith Coomaraswamy said. On Thursday, CB raised its main interest rates by 50 basis points each, in a surprise move aimed at curbing stubbornly high credit growth that more..

Former TNA MP P.H. Piyasena remanded

July 29 (AD) Former MP P.H. Piyasena who was arrested by the Colombo Crime Division (CCD), has been remanded until 02 August. The former MP was remanded after being produced before the Fort Magistrate a short while ago on Friday (29). He was arrested after a statement was recorded from him over the allegation of misusing vehicles belonging to the government this morning. Piyasena elected to the Parliament at the General Election in 2010 who contested under the TNA ticket. more..

Kokilai fishermen under threat from outsiders

July 29 (CT) The native fishermen have returned to their fishing activities in Kokilai, Mullaitivu, over the weekend, braving threats from a Buddhist monk and police officers who were alleged to have threatened the fisher folk of Kokilai and Mullaitivu sources said. The fishermen of Kokilai were threatened last week and their fishing gear was destroyed by a monk and a group of his men, forcing them to flee from Kokilai. The fishermen who were intimidated had complained to Northern Provincial Councillor more..

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Where majoritarian part subsumes the whole

July 29 (CT) It is a commonplace in reviews of the ethnic conflict at the popular level of web comment for the blame to be heaped on our politicians in the past, and any perusal of web-commentary would turn up criticisms of politician A or politician B, or particular temporal moments/events. This is over-simplistic. Such processes are complex and demand a multi-factorial analysis. Besides such singular criticisms tend to obscure or downplay the critical influence of two fundamental causes, more..

MR mimicking JR

July 29 (CT) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) started his Pada Yathra from Peradeniya to Colombo, yesterday. This was in protest of the National Unity Govt of President Maithripala Sirisena and Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe over various issues such as the VAT and the possible involvement of foreign judges to investigate alleged war crimes committed by the Govt of Sri Lanka and its allied agencies such as the security forces in the prosecution of their war against the LTTE. more..

CID grills former IGP Balasuriya over Lasantha murder

July 29 (DN) CID is currently recording a statement from a former IGP Mahinda Balasuriya in connection with the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge. IGP has arrived at the Police Headquarters to give the statement, today. Balasuriya was a former secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order as well. An army official was also taken into custody for allegedly threatening the driver of Wickrematunge on 16 July. more..

Kegalle Magistrate denies restraining order on Paada Yathrawa

July 29 (DM) Kegalle Magistrate Gayan Meegahage yesterday refused to grant the restraining order requested by the police seeking to prevent the paada yathrawa organised by the Joint Opposition from entering the Kegalle city limits from Karandupana. HQI Kegalle Police had filled the petition on behalf of the police and cited several reasons why the procession should not pass through the city. more..

I won’t work for a govt again: Dr. Pilapitiya

July 29 (DM) Politicisation is accepted as inevitable in almost every govt sector institution. But, generally, whether it is utilised in terms of administration or in policy making it does more harm than good. Politicisation could also have an adverse effect by demoralising officers in govt service. If politicisation is taken to extreme, it can be harmful and cause a dysfunctional environment to those who want to work independently. more..

CMC uncertain about Hyde Park Ground

July 29 (DM) The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) today said it was not certain as to when the renovation of the Hyde Park Ground would be completed so that it could release the ground to those who had reserved it including, MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara. MP Nanayakkara’s DLF has reserved the ground for August 1, the day Jana Satana Paada Yathrawa protest march is scheduled to reach Colombo from Kiribathgoda. more..

Fisheries Ministry pulls out Rs 4000mn project from Batticaloa

July 29 (Island) The Fisheries Ministry has withdrawn the proposed Rs. 4,000 million fisheries development project in Batticaloa due to the continuous objections raised by leading politicians in the Eastern Province. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that his Ministry had planned to establish a National Aquaculture Farm at Vakarai in Batticaloa which would have generated over 10,000 new job opportunities for the residents there. more..

Arrangements in place for the Kandy Esala Pageant

July 29 (DN) The historic Esala Pageant of the Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy, will be held from August 3 to 18. The pageant will commence with the Kap planting ceremony on August 3, said Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela, at a meeting held to make preparations for the event. Devale Perahera will be held from August 3 to7, Kumbal Perahera from August 8 to 12, and the Randoli Perahera from August 13 to 17. more..

Dinesh predicts one million at Colombo rally

July 29 (DN) Joint Opposition (JO) predicted over one million participants for the Jana Satana Paada Yatra rally, scheduled to be held in Colombo on August 1. JO Leader Dinesh Gunawardane said that Pada Yathra is a peaceful protest march against the non democratic policies of the govt. He alleged that there are many conspiracies in motion to sabotage this programme adding that none of these attempts more..

All-out war on LNG

July 29 (SL) Energy experts, the Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers Union (CEBEU), and other stakeholders have condemned the government’s move to go all-out for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) without adequate planning and expert opinion. The CEBEU has stressed that they will not hesitate to take legal action if the proper legal process is not followed with regard to power sector policy and the generation plan. more..

Govt is chief offender for spread of dengue

July 29 (ST) State institutions in the Western Province have turned out to be the main breeding grounds for dengue mosquitoes, claiming 44 lives and making 25, 365 ill during past 7 months. Railway yards and reservations, railway quarters, govt housing complexes, old state buildings, prisons, ports and bare land belonging to state institutions have been identified as having the highest mosquito density, according to authorities. more..

Starting trouble in Sri Lanka

July 29 (CI) Historically, conditions outside Asia have been the toughest for opening batsmen; in England, South Africa and New Zealand, the ball swings and seams, while Australian pitches have offered more bounce. Over the last five years, though, opening the batting in Sri Lanka has been more difficult than in any other country. In 87 innings in Tests since the beginning of 2012, the average opening partnership in SL has been 25.82, more..

Youth are seeking justice not party politics

July 29 (DM) In the aftermath of the brutal murder of a Catholic priest at a church near Normandy in France on Tuesday, Pope Francis in a spirit of mercy has gone beyond individual indoctrination or some mental imbalance to analyze the root causes of terrorism. Speaking to reporters on the plane which carried him to the World Youth Congress at Krakow in Poland, Pope Francis said what was happening was virtually a world war but not a war between religions. more..

Prez warns JO not to breach party discipline

July 29 (DM) Ahead of Pada Yatra, the protest march from Kandy to Colombo, President Sirisena, as the leader of SLFP, convened the party’s MPs sitting with the Joint Opposition to his residence last Monday. Joint Opposition, acting under the ostensible leadership of former President Rajapaksa, organised this march against the govt comprising the UNP and a section of the SLFP loyal to President Sirisena. Upon arrival in the meeting room, President greeted the participants more..

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