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SLC's dirty sex secret

Oct 21 (DM) Female ex-employee reveals the rampant abuse by frustrated officials at Cricket's head office. Sexual demands, groping, touching, lude comments and verbal abuse of helpless and silent female employees are common occurrences inside the glamourous offices of SLC according to the official testimony of a former female Executive officer of the country’s most internationally recognized corporate body. more..

Usawiya Nihandai allowed to be screened

Oct 21 (AD) The Colombo District Court today lifted the enjoining order imposed against the screening of Usaviya Nihadai (Silence in the Courts), a documentary film by award winning Sri Lankan film director Prasanna Vithanage. District Judge M.A. Gunawardena postponed the case till Jan 19.  When the case was taken up yesterday, court stated that the decision on whether the enjoining order will be withdrawn or not more..

'President responsible for simmering crisis over CIABOC affair'

Oct 21 (Island) Alleging that President Maithripala Sirisena had caused a serious crisis at the CIABOC, the National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) yesterday stressed that the President was now responsible for ensuring its smooth functioning. President Maithripala Sirisena castigated the CIABOC, FCID and CID at an event attended by the military top brass at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI) on Oct 12. more..

SAITM says not responsible for 26 confiscated human body parts

Oct 21 (DM) The Chairman of SAITM and its Teaching Hospital in Malabe, Dr. Neville Fernando said that SAITM would no longer be responsible for the 26 human body parts recently confiscated by the CID from the SAITM laboratory during a search operation to locate the missing body parts of murdered ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen. He said CID had dispatched several boxes containing 26 human body parts without applying more..

Sugathadasa Stadium to be fully restored by next February

Oct 21 (DN) Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said that the Sugathadasa Stadium will be fully restored into a modern sports complex by next February. Minister making an inspection tour of the stadium said that a new artificial running track, ground renovation and a new lighting system will be implemented very soon. Minister stated that a fully equipped sports facility is a long felt necessity among sports personnel. more..

Video: I will donate money from alleged offshore account, if found: MR

Oct 21 (DM) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that if anyone found the US$18 billion that govt alleges he has stored in secret offshore accounts, he would use it to remove the tax imposed on medicine and use the money to give relief to patients. He said that it was not fair to impose taxes on medicines and hospital charges. Those facilities should be given to people without charging a tax, he said. more..

Public get a bellyful of endless street demos

Oct 21 (ST) Long traffic queues, patients missing their medical appointments, bus and taxi drivers losing income and people being held up on the roads in the scorching sun are becoming a way of life in various parts of the country due to a string of protests during the past few weeks. Last month alone, 24 protests were held in Colombo while this month has seen nine protests to date while dozens of others have been held more..

Life expectancy: Women beat men in SL

Oct 21 (Island) Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) revealed SL women lived 6.6 years longer than their male counterparts. The life expectancy of females in Sri Lanka was 78.6 years at present, while males lived only 72 years on average according to the findings of latest surveys. She was addressing a media awareness programme on newly published indicators organised by the DCS together with Ministry of more..

Weerawansas becoming millionaires within months

Oct 21 (SL) Controversy surrounds the purchase of building blocks in Hokandara, post 2008, by Shashi Weerawansa, spouse of NFF leader and former Minister Wimal Weerawansa. It has been revealed that Shashi Weerawansa alias Ranasinghe Randunu Mudiyanselage Shirsha Udayanthi had spent nearly Rs. 8.2 million to purchase four plots of land to her name from Alubogahawatte/ Delgahawatte. more..

President’s outbursts on CID, FCID and BC: Damage control underway

Oct 21 (DM) President Maithripala Sirisena’s outburst against the BC, CID and FCID rattled politics. It eventually led to Bribery Commission Director General Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe tendering her resignation.   Her resignation has not yet been accepted. All indications are that it will be accepted shortly. This is the second such main incident in which a govt official succumbed to pressure, being unable to perform further in office. more..

Get the lines straightened out Jayampathi

Oct 21 (DM) Dr Jayampathi Wickramaratne, who is described as someone playing a pivotal role in the constitution-making process in his capacity as a member of the steering committee on the subject, has offered some thoughts on the progress of the initiative in an interview. He has offered a nutshell version in the following terms:  “There is some agreement on electoral reforms -- a mixed member proportional system. On the executive, the President’s position is clear that more..

Water: Let’s not duck our responsibilities

Oct 21 (DM) With the North East monsoon starting, it would be a good time to reflect again on water and we hope it would not be like the cliché of pouring water on a duck’s back. President Sirisena disclosed this week that while about 40% of Sri Lanka’s people did not have access to fresh drinking water, a shocking reality was that in cities and urban areas about 45% of the fresh water supplies were being wasted. President assured that with hundreds of millions of rupees being allocated for more..

COPE: UNP MPs try their best to take Mahendra off the hook

Oct 21 (Island) UNP team within Parliamentary watchdog committee COPE fought a losing battle for 7 hours yesterday against JVP and SLFP over the report on former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran’s involvement in the treasury bond scams. UNPers, from 11 am to 6 pm yesterday, tried their level best to absolve Mahendran’s of wrongdoing, but failed to change the content of the COPE Chairman’s report, more..

Drug price reduction: Govt claims big pharma has fallen in line

Oct 21 (Island) Health Ministry said the Sri Lanka Chamber of the Pharmaceutical Industry (SLCPI) had pledged to support its move to reduce the prices of 48 drugs from midnight today. Ministry Spokesman, Nipun Ekanayake said the SLCPI had announced its decision at a meeting with Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne on Wednesday evening. SLCPI had reviewed Minister Senaratne’s efforts to amend drug trade in accordance with Prof. Senaka Bibile’s drug policy in favour of patients. more..

Video: Mihin Lanka should not be disbanded: Arundika

Oct 21 (DM) Deputy Minister Arundika Fernando said that he would request President and the PM not to shut down Mihin Lanka. He said shutting down Mihin Lanka was not a good idea. It is hard to create a brand name like Mihin Lanka in the airline industry and the airline had been operated as a profitable service while serving domestically,” he said. “People with expertise in airline services should be appointed to the top posts rather than filling them with unsuitable individuals. more..

SAITM ready to hand over Rs. 4 b teaching hospital to govt

Oct 21 (FT) SAITM Chairman Dr. Neville Fernando announced that teaching hospital of the institute would be handed over to the Govt, effectively allowing it to be nationalised and claimed that SL Medical Council’s reluctance to recognise SAITM MBBS graduates was a result of a personal vendetta against him. One of the main criticisms of SAITM has been the inadequate clinical exposure offered to its medical students. more..

EU President impressed with Lankan Govt

Oct 21 (CT) President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz Wednesday categorically said that it is the intention of the European Parliament to maintain sustainable cooperation based on mutual trust with Sri Lanka and declared the EU's continuing commitment to ensure success of Sri Lanka's process of political, economic, social and security stability. Schuzl told visiting Lankan Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe and his delegation at talks at the European Parliament on 19 Oct that more..

Concern over Israeli presence in Sri Lanka

Oct 21 (PO) Political observers have expressed concern over the reported revival of Israeli presence Sri Lanka. Due to overwhelming opposition to the Zionist presence in the country the SLFP – Left Coalition Govt headed by Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike closed the Israeli mission in the country in 1977 but recent reports mention the increase of zionists into the island and there are allegations that certain govt officials are convincing to help them return in strength. more..

SC moved against 20 members, new owners of Toyota Land Cruisers

Oct 21 (Island) The National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) condemned the long standing practice of MPs selling their duty free vehicle permits and making a killing. NMSJ leader Prof. Sarath Wijesooriya urged the govt to take tangible measures to stop the sale of duty free car permits. Referring to top JO MP Bandula Gunawardena defending their right since the introduction of the system way back in President JRJ’s time, more..

Plantation worker wage settlement acceptable to TUs

Oct 21 (Island) Administrative Secretary Lanka Jathika Estate Workers’ Union Velayudam Ruthiradeepan said the prolonged wage negotiations for plantation workers were concluded this week. Although the union position was a wage for plantation workers of Rs. 1000. per day, the settlement of Rs. 730. per day was acceptable to all trade unions, including the CWC and The Joint Trade Unions (JTU). He reiterated that the settlement was effective Oct 15 and more..

Usaviya Nihadai Decision today

Oct 21 (CT) Colombo District Court yesterday extended by one day the hearing of the appeal against the interim injunction issued against the public screening of Usaviya Nihadai (Silence in the Courts), film by director Prasanna Vithanage. Judge stated that the decision on whether the interim injunction on the movie will be withdrawn or not will be announced today. Court issued the injunction, after a petition was filed against the film by former Magistrate Lenin Ratnayake. more..

Belgian PM assures to work closer with SL

Oct 21 (DN) Belgian PM Charles Michel yesterday assured that his country will closely work with Sri Lanka to revive relations between the two nations which had weakened during the past few years. He said many Belgian investors have expressed interest in investing Sri Lanka as the country is heading for a path based on democracy and social justice strengthening Human Rights. more..

President’s consent must for forest clearing

Oct 21 (DN) President Maithripala Sirisena said that he would introduce a new circular which would require those involved in forest clearing and earth moving to seek his consent in addition to those of relevant Government institutions. President who is also in charge of the Ministry of Environment said so addressing an event at the Central Environment Authority at Battaramulla yesterday. He said that he had received information regarding an illegal earth moving attempt at Alawwa recently. more..

KDU sets up solar power plant

Oct 21 (CT) Kotelawela Defence University (KDU) established a new renewable energy plant for the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in order to strengthen the eco-friendly concept of electricity generation. Project has been conceptualized, by Vice Chancellor of KDU Rear Admiral Jagath Ranasingha, as an eco-friendly solar power project, which capable of releasing 126.6 KW through its solar power system. The Rs 22 million, which the project cost, is expected to be reimbursed within 5 years. more..

Allocation for defense remains at top in Sri Lanka’s Appropriation Bill

Oct 21 (ENS) Allocation for defense is the highest in SL’s Appropriation Bill for the financial year 2017. According to military experts, defense expenditure is likely to continue to top the list for the foreseeable future, given the entrenched security mindset created by a 30 year armed conflict with Tamil separatists. Allocation for the Defense Ministry for 2017 is LKR 284 billion. Though somewhat lower than allocation in 2016, more..

India has no problem with refugees returning to Sri Lanka

Oct 21 (NK) India will have no problem if Sri Lankan refugees want to return their homeland with the help of their govt, said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup in response a question on sending back Sri Lankan refugees living in Tamil Nadu. "The meeting that you (reporter) referred to the External Affairs Minister had in Colombo, and I was also present in that meeting. I do remember that operating thing was that voluntarily return of these people more..

CaFFE warns LG Ministry

Oct 21 (CT) Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) believes that the extension of the Delimitation Review Committee's tenure, to 31 Dec, is another subtle manoeuvre, by Ministry of Local Govt and Provincial Councils, to delay the local govt elections. CaFFE says that in the past few months the ministry has employed a number of ploys to delay the elections and extending the tenure of the committee is only one of them. "CaFFE sees this as an attack on democratic rights of the people. more..

Hambantota port PPP signing next week

Oct 21 (FT) Giving the strongest indication yet that Sri Lanka might be seeing light at the end of the debt tunnel, Minister Ravi Karunanayake confirmed a viable Chinese partner had been found to forge a private-public partnership for the Hambantota port that would include transfer of debt and an agreement would be inked next week as well as the short-listing of four potential investors for SriLankan Airlines. more..

Commercial High Court issues interim order to HNB stopping EGM

Oct 21 (FT) Commercial High Court issued an Interim Order to Hatton National Bank (HNB) and its key shareholders preventing them from holding an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), which was scheduled for next week, until a court decision is made on the bank proceeding with a share issuance of $ 50 million to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Interim order was given when the petitioner Stassen Exports appeared before Colombo Commercial HC Judge Shiran Gunaratne. more..

SriLankan Engineering stands up to Airline’s crunch-time

Oct 21 (Island) SriLankan Airlines which is in critical need of a robust cash flow is beginning to see reality in this direction as its Engineering Division has come to the fore at the crunch time, to earn more revenue for the Airline with a sustainable business strategy. As SriLankan Airlines will soon be taking the burdened Mihin Air under its wing, its engineers and technicians are putting in renewed effort to earn more revenue by providing their expert service in aircraft heavy maintenance more..

We are ready to take a pay cut: Angelo

Oct 21 (Island) The impasse between SLC and national cricketers on the contracts of the players ended yesterday evening after the latter consented to sign their contracts. Captain Angelo Mathews said that the players who have been offered central contacts will sign their respective contracts today at SLC headquarters. "We had a very good chat with the President of SLC. If cricket is developing we are willing to sacrifice. more..

Sri Lanka’s win seven golds on day two

Oct 21 (DN) Sri Lankan brother duo Matthew Abeysinghe and Kail Abeysinghe clinched two gold medals on the third day of the ongoing South Asian Aquatic Sports Championship worked off at the Sugathadasa Sports Complex yesterday. Matthew took 1:53.93 minutes to win the boys’ 18 and over 200 metres freestyle gold while his younger brother Kail competing in the under 18 boys’ 100 metres freestyle final won the gold clocking 51.47 seconds. Kimiko Raheem won her second gold more..

Thai-Lanka battle at 129th Sri Lanka Amateur Golf semis

Oct 21 (DN) Top ranked Kaewchareon from Thailand cruised through to the first semi-final brushing aside Husni Uwise from Sri Lanka in the quarterfinal clash of 129th Sri Lanka Amateur Golf championships held at the Victoria Golf course in Digana yesterday. Second ranked Namuangruk from Thailand defeated Harimohan Singh of India to secure his place in the second semi-final. Meanwhile, Sisira Kumara held the lead throughout the game to sustain the challenge and more..

PRECIFAC grills ex-army chief Ratnayake on flood relief distribution

Oct 21 (FT) Ex-Army Chief Lt. Gen. (Rtd.) Daya Ratnayake was questioned by the anti-corruption commission yesterday for distributing flood relief, one week before the presidential elections.  He was questioned by the PRECIFAC for more than 5 hours over the alleged misappropriation of Rs. 50 million, which was allocated to distribute building materials for those in the flood-hit areas of Kurunegala, Ampara & Vavuniya. more..

Third unofficial Test evenly poised

Oct 21 (Island) Sri Lanka ‘A’ were 211 for five at stumps on day three of the third and final unofficial Test against West Indies ‘A’ at Dambulla yesterday. The hosts lead by 285 runs with five wickets in hand. An early declaration is expected today, the fourth and final day of the game. The series is levelled at 1-1. Sri Lanka ‘A’ won the first unofficial Test by seven wickets at RPS while the tourists won the second game by 333 runs. Resuming from their overnight score of 183 for four, more..

Editorial: It’s curtain-up

Oct 21 (Island) The hurly-burly is not done. The battle is yet to be lost and won. Enter Sirisena with Dilrukshi’s scalp in one hand and a toledo in the other, strutting about with stylised steps and looking around triumphantly. On an escritoire richly ornamented with carvings yonder over lies a docket with the acronym, COPE, embossed thereon. Mahendran, drenched in sweat and shivering, is hiding behind an arras. One may have thus described the beginning of Yahapalana play more..