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President assures justice for victimized journalists

May 30 (DN) President Maithripala Sirisena said that he has already instructed the relevant authorities to reopen files relating to the abductions and assassinations of journalists during the past few years. "Impartial, methodical and justifiable investigations will be carried out in to the abductions of journalists, since the govt strongly believes that the rule of law should be protected. Accordingly, investigations will be carried out more..

Sirisena govt does not have will to help Tamils, says Wigneswaran

May 30 (Hindu) Chief Minister of Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran, has accused the country’s Central govt of not having the will to help Tamils or minorities. Pointing out that this had been the characteristic of what had been taking place in the country, Mr. Wigneswaran told an international tele-press conference on Thursday night that “the Central govt in Sri Lanka will not do anything towards the minorities or the Tamils unless they are forced to do something.” more..

Database with patient details launched

May 30 (DN) The Health and Indigenous Medicine Ministry launched a program to computerize patients' details to provide a better service for them. The program was launched at the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital recently. A special identity card will be issued for patients to access their details stored in the hospital database. Details of all patients who visited the hospital, obtained in-house treatment and re-visited the hospital, will be stored in this data base. more..

Police to appael on Kotakethana case

May 30 (DM) In an apparent bid to defuse potential future public unrest, in the wake of Thursday's commotion in Kahawatte following the Colombo High Court verdict on the Kotakethana double murder suspects, police said it would file an appeal in the coming days. Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said the police would discuss with the Attorney General to look at the possibility of making an appeal against the verdict. more..

Suspect chopped, shot dead

May 30 (CT) A 37-year-old man has been shot dead, after being cut by sharp objects, on Thursday night at a Weekly Fair in Bilasthawa in the Bingiriya Police area, ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said. Four men had arrived on motorcycles, committed the crime and then fled the scene. The spokesman said "The victim's body had many wounds inflicted by a sharp cutting object and gunshot wounds too." Three suspects have been identified but no arrests had been made when this report was filed. more..

Missing teen's body found near bridge

May 30 (DN) The post-mortem into the death of a 15-year-old boy whose body was found after four days near the bridge over Ging Ganga revealed that the death was due to drowning. The post-mortem was conducted at the Karapitiya hospital morgue yesterday. K. Imesh, a student of Rathgama Deva Pathiraja MV was reported missing on May 25. His parents lodged a complaint with Rathgama Police that Imesh who attended a tuition class after school had not returned home. more..

'Foreign reserves moving towards USD 9 bn'

May 30 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s govt plans to increase the Island’s foreign reserves to US$ 9 billion, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said. Sri Lanka’s foreign reserves would be close to US$ 8.3 billion after proceeds from a US$ 988 million sovereign bond and development bond inject ion to the economy. “That is the highest ever,” Karunanayake said. “When Mahinda Rajapakse and Nivard Cabraal ran the economy & handed it more..

'Sri Lanka and Africa are partners in peace'

May 30 (FT) Excellencies, distinguished Guests, ladies and gentlemen, I am very happy to address this auspicious occasion of the Africa Day commemorating the founding of the Organization of African Unity and the establishment of the African Union. On this momentous occasion, I wish to convey to the President of the African Union, Robert Mugabe and Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Zuma and through them to the people of the Union, more..

Sri Lankan arrested with 1kg gold at airport

May 30 (TOI) Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of customs department on Thursday held a man from Sri Lanka for smuggling 1kg of gold worth Rs 27.4 lakh at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport. Jaffna-based Mohammed Jaleel Abdul Matheen was held with 10 gold bars which were concealed in his rectum. Interestingly, Matheen was a domestic passenger as he had flown in from Delhi. This is the seventh incident of smuggling wherein a domestic passenger has been caught. more..

Political influence blocking corruption: JVP

May 30 (DM) Don’t expect any more arrests of those alleged to have committed acts of corruption or any more political reforms from this govt, JVP said on Thursday. JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake who addressed a public seminar in Tangalle said no one else would be arrested because such arrests were being blocked by political interference. He blamed the present situation on both the UNP and the SLFP. more..

Two teachers, one student injured in wild jumbo attack

May 30 (ST) Two lady teachers and a female student escaped with injuries after a lone wild elephant charged their vehicle at a location along the Dambulla – Kandy Road early last morning (23) police said. Police and hospital authorities confirmed that the incident occurred at around 5.45 am at Digampathana, when a group of 12 female students and two teachers from the Hinkuragoda Balika Maha Vidayala were on a field trip to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. more..

State Minister of Defence meets Chinese delegation in Singapore

May 30 (MoD) Ruwan Wijewardene, State Minister of Defence met with Admiral Sun Jianguo, Deputy Chief of General Staff of the People's Liberation Army and Leader of the Chinese delegation on the sidelines of the 14th IISS Asia Security Summit- Shangri La Dialogue 2015 in Singapore yesterday. Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. B M U D Basnayake was also present. During the meeting Minister Wijewardene mentioned that, recent successful State Visit by President more..

'Sri Lanka’s bond auction sends positive signals to the world'

May 30 (LBO) Central Bank Governor, Arjuna Mahendran says the local bond auction carried on a transparency manner and it sends positive signals to the business community around the world to invest in the Indian Ocean Island. “We wanted to develop our local bond market. We wanted to see the Sri Lankan gets the full benefit,” Mahendran said on Friday. “That is why I opened up the bond auction on Feb this year and more..

John Keells to increase investments in Maldivian leisure industry

May 30 (Island) John Keells Holdings which has invested in three high end resorts in the Maldives was planning to strengthen its presence in the archipelago. Maldivian Tourism and Aviation Minister Adeeb Abdul Gafoor said that while Aitken Spence was expanding its presence in the Maldivian leisure sector, John Keels Holdings was looking for new Islands. Chaaya Island Dhonveli, located in the Male atoll and surrounded by indigo beaches Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa in Meemu more..

Softlogic ups profit by 88% to Rs. 2.4 b

May 30 (FT) Softlogic Holdings announced a consolidated turnover growth of 35% to Rs. 40 billion in the financial year ended 31 March 2015 with a Rs. 11.7 billion contribution in the fourth quarter, up by 56.5% over the previous year. Profit Before Tax recorded an exceptional growth of over 87.7% YoY to record Rs. 2.4 billion while the quarter registered a significant YoY growth of over three-fold to reach Rs. 930.5 million. Profit After Tax for the period was Rs. 2.4 billion, up 88% YoY. more..

Best 12 in schools go to Wuhan

May 30 (CT) A 12 member Sri Lankan team was finalised for the 2nd Asian Schools Athletics Championship, from the trials held at Diyagama yesterday. Selection trial was conducted by Sri Lanka School Athletics Association and the said Championship will be held from 27 June at Wuhan, China. Athletes had to take part in two events, one track event and a field event or two field events which then will be aggregated into more..

Water project damages Athauda, 19 others enter settlement plea

May 30 (CT) Acting Magistrate of Warakapola, Nalin Hapugoda, ordered defendants including former Minister of Justice Athauda Seneviratne to be present in Court on 3 July when settlement of the case in which the Warakapola Police had filed five charges against these defendants, including causing damage assessed at Rs 1 million to a drinking water project in Kohombadeniya, Warakapola, will be taken up for hearing. The case had been filed on the instructions of the Attorney General. more..

Officials from Sri Lanka to witness Sunday’s final ODI

May 30 (PT) Two officials of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board will travel to Pakistan and watch their final ODI against Zimbabwe on Sunday. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has invited officials from the ICC and several cricket boards including Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh to oversee the security arrangements they have made for the visiting Zimbabwe team. No BCCI official has plan to visit Pakistan at this stage, however, Sidath Wettimuny, the chairman of the SLC has more..

Sri Lanka’s inflation at 0.2% in May 2015

May 30 (LBO) Consumer prices rose 0.2% in May 2015 from a year earlier, against the 0.1% recorded in April. Colombo Consumer Price Index (CCPI) accelerated 0.7% in the month, after recording a 0.2% acceleration in April. CCPI increase was mainly caused by the increase in food prices, central bank said. “Prices of many vegetable varieties, fresh fish and dried fish, big onion, lime and coconut increased during May 2015. more..

Sri Lanka: A new reality in uneasy peacetime

May 30 (TO) Arriving in Sri Lanka's Bandaranaike International Airport on Indian turboprop titled Spice Jet was just the first taste of the irony that pervades this island nation. While waiting in the long line at immigration to enter Sri Lanka, I was getting ready for a mental cavity search as veteran traveler to many socialist republics of the bygone era. However, the country's check-in was smoother than expected, and besides being welcomed with obligatory smiles to the Wonder of Asia, more..

Fruit of the P word in politics

May 30 (Island) My good friend Vasudeva Nanayakkara has been unapologetic about his use of a P word in the recent heated argument with PM Ranil Wickremasinghe, in Parliament. Vasudeva seems to be still reeling with anger, with whatever happened about his Point of Order issue with the Prime Minister. In any event he is not one who needs to be taught the meaning of words in the Sinhala language. He is a fluent orator in Sinhala, a good writer in the language, and more..

Sri Lanka honours UN Peacekeepers

May 30 (GDI) International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, observed annually on 29 May, is an occasion to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations and to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace. A wreath-laying ceremony was held this afternoon, 29 May, at the Institute of Peace Support Operations Training (IPSOT- SL) more..

She faced it all and didn’t bow out

May 30 (ST) Acclaimed actress Anoja Weerasinghe no longer yearns to be in front of the camera. Nearly four decades of being an integral part of the Sinhala film industry and many personal ups and downs later, she now takes pride in seeing actors trained by her make a mark in local cinema and television. And Anoja, who turned 60 this year, is on the threshold of fulfilling her ambition of opening the country’s first professional acting school through which she hopes to impart her knowledge and experiences to more..

A tale of two films

May 30 (CT) Dheepan, a film based on Sri Lanka's civil war won the prestigious Palme d' Or Award at the Festival De Cannes – 2015 in France last week. A large number of Lankan Tamils from the North and East of the island had sought asylum in France and in several other European countries. The award-winning film Dheepan is a true story of the agony of Lankan Tamils who had escaped the civil war and gone to other countries seeking asylum to build a new life. more..

Some SL clubs oppose revival of provincial tournaments

May 30 (CI) Several club cricket administrators have voiced opposition to the changes to domestic structure proposed by Sri Lanka Cricket. The Sidath Wettimuny-led interim committee has sought to revive provincial tournaments that would serve as Sri Lanka's top domestic competition, but some within the cricket establishment have said provincial tournaments are a drain on resources. more..

SLNS Sayura returns home having attended IMDEX Asia 2015

May 30 (MoD) Sri Lanka Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessel, SLNS Sayura, returned on 27th May 2015 having attended the International Maritime Defence Exhibition (IMDEX Asia 2015), hailed as Asia Pacific's flagship maritime defence show, which was held in Singapore from 19th to 21st May 2015. The return ship was received by the Flag Officer Command Naval Fleet Commodore Asoka Liyanage and Deputy Commander Eastern Naval Area Commodore Ananda Guruge at more..

Visakha cast steal the show at drama compitition

May 30 (ST) Showcasing the very best of the young thespians, the grand finale of Drama Comp 2015 took place at the Lionel Wendt Theatre Colombo last week. Having made it to the finals from the semi final round, the three participating teams from Visakha Vidyalaya Colombo, St. Peter’s College Colombo and St. Bridget’s Convent Colombo battled it out for the coveted Drama Comp Championship. The event was organised by the Interact Club of Royal College. more..

Shy, elusive and nocturnal otters important for ecosystem

May 30 (ST) They are shy, elusive and nocturnal. In a clear case of mistaken identity, the one and only species of their kind slinking around the wetlands of Sri Lanka are often thought to be mongooses and not taken much notice of. Coincidentally though, as the world prepares to celebrate International Otter Awareness Day on Wednesday, National Zoological Gardens personnel are making a valiant effort to keep alive more..

Editorial: Waiting for anarchy?

May 30 (Island) People took to the streets in Kahawatte in their numbers on Thursday against the acquittal of all three accused in the Kotakethana double murder case. Colombo High Court held that the prosecution had failed to prove the charges against the accused. Protesters, in high dudgeon, blocked roads, demanding justice. Their consternation is understandable. They are troubled by a wave of unsolved crimes in their area. Police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse more..

Vadamarachchi: Was JRJ a traitor? – II

May 30 (Island) I am writing this second part of my article because the first clearly required clarifications and expansion at certain points. The most important matter requiring clarification concerns the question whether President JR was justified in caving in to the Indian demand that military operations be stopped at Vadamarachchi and not be extended into Jaffna. He declared that he had no option other than giving in to the Indian demand because the rest of the international community more..

Living in exile

May 30 (SL) Groups of fundamentalists of some Buddhist, Islamic or other religious segments in Sri Lanka and in certain other parts of the world have been restricting the freedom of individuals to choose and express by casting aspersions on them based on religions. While relying on religion as a source of identity, some group of extremists, based on their own definition of right and wrong, have set boundaries so as to determine who belongs more..

Call for best electoral system

May 30 (DN) If the adoption of the 19th Amendment saw a vast combination of delaying tactics in Parliament before the final vote, preceded by important concessions to suit the demands of an Opposition more interested in party politics than good constitutional reform, the passage of the 20th Amendment is certainly facing many more problems. The hopes for electoral reform are facing challenges with limited interest in good people's representation to strengthen the democratic process. more..

Gang rape and murder of a school girl

May 30 (GV) The recent gang rape and murder of a school girl in Jaffna has, within the few days, triggered many public reports in newspapers and elsewhere, raised many issues including the Code of Professional Practice for journalism; national reconciliation; the death penalty; public demonstrations in Jaffna and Colombo; judicial reforms in relation to such atrocities; brought together people of diverse ethnicity and social backgrounds; a visit by President to Jaffna more..

Pesky pedestrians

May 30 (SO) Pedestrians, who repeatedly break road rules (jaywalkers) and think they can get away with it, should think again. Instead of going scot-free as they did all these years, despite a law that makes it a punishable offence harking back to Colonial times, they will now be compelled to attend compulsory educational classes at their nearest Police station. Thrown into the same basket of punishments is the added joy of more..

Wiggie asks for more & Allocation of funds to PCs

May 30 (CT) I refer to the news item Wiggy asks for more referring to the request of the Northern Provincial Council for more funds. It is time to consider a rational basis f allocation of funds to the Provincial Councils of the country. There is danger otherwise that in funding Provincial Councils kissing will go by favor and there may be discrimination against the PCs which have members of the Opposition parties. In the case of the Northern and Eastern Province unless funds are allocated more..

Return of Rajapaksas: A short history of nearly everything

May 30 (CT) Isaac Newton third law says for every action there is an equal and opposite re-action. What that means is that for every force there is a reaction force that is equal in size, but opposite in direction. Isaac Newton law of motion not only applies to the physical world, it equally applies to the spiritual world. In common parlance, the word karma describes the entire chain of moral cause and effect wherein the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, more..