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Japan says ties with Sri Lanka strong

July 28 (CG) Japan says President Rajapaksa’s visit to Japan in March of last year and discussions between the President and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe made it possible for the two countries to renew their relations with each other and work towards further strengthening those bilateral ties. Views were expressed when Japan’s State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Kazuyoshi Akaba called on President more..

Video: President has right to appoint CS: SC

July 28 (DM) Supreme Court today reserved its order for July 30 on the fundamental rights petition filed by Northern Province Chief Secretary challenging CM C.V. Wigneswaran. The petition which alleged interference with her employment and his bid to remove her from office came up before the Bench comprising CJ Mohan Peiris, Justices Rohini Marasinghe and B.P. Aluwihare. When the case was resumed today, the SC observed that the right to appoint or remove the NP Chief Secretary more..

‘New mudslinging projects ready against JVP’

July 28 (SM) A southside convenience store clerk turned the tables on a pair of accused robbers on July 10 on South Wayside near Interstate 45. Mayura Dissanyake works at a Fuel Depot, but he's also a semi-professional mixed martial arts fighter. He was behind the counter when he noticed his co-worker returning to the store after a run to the bank. Dissanyake saw two men jump out of an SUV and attack his co-worker. They were trying to grab the bank bag he was carrying. more..

Video: SL born Gas station clerk in Houston with MMA training surprises thieves

July 28 (C2H) A southside convenience store clerk turned the tables on a pair of accused robbers on July 10 on South Wayside near Interstate 45. Mayura Dissanyake works at a Fuel Depot, but he's also a semi-professional mixed martial arts fighter. He was behind the counter when he noticed his co-worker returning to the store after a run to the bank. Dissanyake saw two men jump out of an SUV and attack his co-worker. more..

JVP leader injured in accident

July 28 (AM) Leader of JVP Anura Kumara Disanayake was admitted to Ratnapura Hospital after meeting with an accident. The accident had taken place at Holipitiya on Ratnapura-Panadura road at 1 pm today. JVP leader’s vehicle had collided with a truck that was transporting sand. Hospital sources said that the JVP Leader had complained of a minor chest pain following the accident. However the doctors confirmed that his condition was not critical. more..

Most of 157 are 'economic migrants': govt

July 28 (AAP) Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says most of the 157 asylum seekers brought to the Australian mainland are economic migrants, and Indian officials are preparing to establish their identities. The asylum seekers, who were detained at sea on a Customs ship for weeks, are now at the Curtin detention centre in Western Australia after being flown from Cocos Island on Sunday. They are now undergoing initial checks and assessments. Consular officials from India, more..

UPFA non-committal on Weerawansa’s 12 proposals

July 28 (AM) UPFA has still not responded to the 12 proposals presented by NFF Leader Wimal Weerawansa on strengthening good governance and economic development in the country. Weerawansa, while presenting the proposals said that the NFF’s support to the govt would rely on the govt’s response to the proposals. Ruling party appointed a committee headed by Ministers Basil Rajapaksa and Dullas more..

Chinese company in Sri Lanka holds countrywide art competition

July 28 (Xinhua) A Chinese company engaged in one of the largest projects in Sri Lanka has organized an all-island art competition in the country involving over 200 students. China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) launched the activity called "Better Tomorrow" in an attempt to promote its corporate social responsibility. The final 50 students displayed their talents at a ceremony on Saturday, painting on reusable bags that were handmade by women in southern Sri Lanka, more..

Piece of coal in fresco may help unravel Sigiriya damsels’ mystery

July 28 (Island) Finding of a piece of coal from a layer of Sigiriya frescoes has kindled hopes among archaeologists that it could help them find answers to many hitherto unsolved mysteries of the ancient marvel. Director General of the Department of Archaeology Dr Senarath Dissanayake said that they were considering the option of sending the piece of coal for carbon dating abroad so that it could produce scientific data to determine the time period the frescoes belonged to. more..

Sustaining the work of the Jaffna Jaipur Centre into the future

July 28 (ICRC) After nearly a decade, the ICRC is phasing out its support to the Jaffna Jaipur Centre for Disability Rehabilitation. Felix Trottman, an ortho-prosthetist who has worked for the ICRC’s Physical Rehabilitation Programme in various contexts since 1990, reflects on the expertise he has provided to the country’s disability programme, in particular to the Jaffna Jaipur Centre. Q: Jaffna Jaipur Centre for Disability more..

KDU VC recognized at India's World Chancellors and VCs Congress

July 28 (GDI) World Chancellors and Vice Chancellors Congress at Mumbai, India has recently recognized 'the strategic and iconic position' of Major General Milinda Peiris, Vice Chancellor, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) by presenting the 'Award for Outstanding Contribution To Education'. The award was in recognition of the strategic and iconic position, occupied by Major General Milinda Peiris in the fraternity of Vice Chancellors as an more..

It’s time to refine the Sinhalese Traditional Medicine System

July 28 (GDI) We had our own traditional medicine system which has proven its own capability of healing diseases throughout the history. It’s the bitter truth that the aforesaid medicine system is going to be disappeared with many reasons. Therefore, we must look forward to refine and protect that system with the corporation of respective authorities and responsible schools for the future generation. I’m pretty sure that this occasion will be an effective platform for more..

US raises concerns over intimidation

July 28 (CG) The United States says it is deeply concerned by the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of a journalism training session in Colombo over the weekend. The eventual cancellation of this training, which was focused on digital security for Jaffna-based journalists and financially supported by the U.S. govt, was accompanied by a series of threats and intimidation of training participants and other journalists more..

UK hopes Lankans respect all faiths

July 28 (CG) Britain today urged Sri Lanka to respect differences of faith or opinion as Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. The British High Commissioner to Colombo John Rankin, in a message to mark Eid-ul-Fitr, said that it is a time of celebration, marking the end of a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and charity – all of which embodies the true spirit of Islam. “I hope that the people of Sri Lanka will come together at this time of celebration, respecting differences of faith or opinion,” he said. more..

Cops to felicitate public for helping to catch robbers

July 28 (Island) Nittambuwa police have decided to felicitate and present mementos to members of the pubic responsible for apprehending four members of a robber gang who entered a jewellery shop in the area on July 23. When the robbers got inside the shop its owner had slipped away through the backdoor after locking the doors and alerted the neighbours. They surrounded the shop and caught two members of the gang who were trapped inside and handed them over to the police. more..

South Africa win series after 2nd Test drawn

July 28 (CI) After a riveting, un-Youtubeable day of cricket, South Africa are back at the top of the Test rankings. The settings were dramatic - leaden skies for most of the day, four or more men poised round the bat, the indefatigable spinners rifling through their overs and some of the world's most flamboyant batsmen in the middle. And the batsmen dead-batted virtually everything to hang on for the draw that they were seemingly more..

Over 200 000 Facebook complaints against Gnanasara Thera within a day

July 28 (AM) Media reports have stated that within 24 hours over 200 000 complaints have been lodged with the Facebook administration against BBS General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara thera and Minister Champika Ranawaka. A majority of these complaints have been lodged from the Asian region and a collection of 5 Million complaints have been lodged against the BBS fan page. Commenting on this incident Gnanasara thera told media that the BBS has recently come to knowledge of more..

'Go for Asian expertise, instead of West and Europe'

July 28 (Island) Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management Nimal Siripala de Silva urges Sri Lankan professionals to turn to Asian countries to obtain expertise in science and technology instead of the European countries. The Minister said Sri Lankans had been looking to the west for so many decades, "because we were under the British colonial rule and always we thought of going to Britain for studies to get their experience and the European experience." more..

Video: CJ steps down from Golden Key case

July 28 (DM) Chief Justice Mohan Peiris today stepped down from the Bench inquiring into the Golden Key Credit Card Company case stating there was a scurrilous letter being circulated against him and as such he should not hear the case in the greater interest of the judiciary. At a special hearing held today CJ Mohan Peiris said: “I am doing this in the greater interest of this court, to protect its dignity. This court has been more..

Ranil visits tuition class

July 28 (DM) UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe this evening urged the GCE A/L students together with their tuition masters to join in efforts to change Sri Lankan society. He expressed these views when he visited the tuition class being operated by popular tutor Upul Santha Sannasgala at Nuegoda. “Let all of you together with Upul Sir, change society and secure a bright future for yourselves,” he said. Mr. Wickremesinghe recalled that he had invited Mr. Sannasgala to take up politics more..

Canteen operators tell CAA to put its own house in order

July 28 (Island) The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) raided school canteens countrywide, but the conditions at its own canteen were appalling, the All Island Canteen Owners Association charged yesterday. President of the Association Asela Sampath said that they were not against raiding unhygienic food establishments, but the CAA should put its own house in order before raiding other canteens. The CAA had launched a programme to raid school canteens and several canteen more..

Trace Expert City gets CodeGen as first tenant

July 28 (LBO) Sri Lanka's 'Trace Expert City', an information technology park in the capital Colombo, kicked off with the first tenant software firm beginning operations. Codegen, a travel solutions firm with offices in the UK and Sri Lanka which had taken up 5 bays in the first phase of the project with 13 bays spread over 85,000 square feet. CodeGen CEO Harsha Subasinghe said the knowledge park will help take more..

Police raid one massage parlour out of many

July 28 (Island) Sleuths of the Organised Crime and anti Fraud Unit of the Police Headquarters raided an alleged brothel at Sri Saranankara Road, in Kalubowila on Saturday and nabbed three female suspects and their manager. Alleged brothel had been operated in the guise of an ayurvedic massage centre. The police had obtained a search warrant from Nugegoda Magistrate to raid the place. The women nabbed were aged 20, 22 and 30. They are residents of Weeraketiya and Ampara areas. more..

Sri Lanka shares close higher

July 28 (LBO) Sri Lanka's shares closed higher on Monday with oil palm firms gaining amid weak foreign buying. All Share Price Index closed 0.63 points higher at 6,784.27, up 0.01%. The S&P SL20 closed 3.47 points lower at 3,761.43, down 0.09%. Turnover was 493.10 million rupees, down from 1.23 billion rupees last Friday with 101 stocks closed positive against 88 negative. F L C Holdings closed 10 cents higher at 2.20 rupees, attracting most number of trades during the day. more..

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Manifesto for a 'People’s peaceful planet 2025'

July 28 (CT) With the end of the Second World War, strengthening and uniting the larger world as the 'United Nations' despite a slow growing cold war between two super powers, the USA and the USSR, the decade of 50 began with some sense of relief. The world psyche in general was that there will not be a “Third World War”, on this planet earth. There nevertheless were serious localised armed conflicts even in the decade of 50. They were cocooned in smaller geographical areas like Korea, more..

The Upul Jayasuriya saga

July 28 (CT) News reports that unidentified persons on a motor cycle had followed the car in which the President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), Upul Jayasuriya, was travelling while returning from Courts evoked keen interest among Sri Lankans of all strata of society, reviving memories of how The Sunday Leader Editor, Lasantha Wickrematunge, was trailed by unknown killers on the day he was murdered on 8 January 2009. In fact, it gave a chilling reminder of more..

India to de-linked Sethu project: BJP

July 28 (DM) In what appeared to be a sigh of relief for Sri Lanka, the Barathiya Janatha Party (BJP) govt of India is likely to drop the controversial Sethusamunduram Project in part due to religious sensitivities involved in terms of the Hindu Mythology, the Daily Mirror learns. Sri Lanka raised objections to this project launched by the previous Congress Govt of India in 2004, citing environmental and religious reasons. more..

UNP back on common candidate track

July 28 (AM) In the wake of the public meeting against Executive Presidency which was attended by representatives of all major political parties, the UNP has now deviated from its previous stance on fielding a common opposition candidate at the next Presidential election. Media reports earlier stated that the UNP had decided to field its National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as its Presidential Candidate at forthcoming election without supporting more..

'May all women reborn as men'

July 28 (DM) “May all women reborn as men in their next incarnation,” said Minister Maithripala Sirisena when he addressed the Polonnaruwa SLFP Women’s Federation meeting in Manampitiya. “Today women’s dominance is visible everywhere, women constitute 53% of the country’s population and 80% of govt servants. The village society and the whole country depends on a mother’s strength, and her strength is more..

CEB settles debts amounting to Rs 60 bn

July 28 (Island) The CEB said that with the expected monsoon it would be in a position to erase the operational losses and settle bank loans running to more than Rs. 62 billion. CEB Chairman, W.B. Ganegala said that last year the CEB had spent more than Rs. 60 billion to settle the outstanding debts. CEB had settled arrears to the tune of Rs. 23 billion to CPC, Rs. 25 billion to Peoples’ Bank, Rs. 12 billion to Independent Power Producers more..

Rajarata undergrads defiant despite Presidential pardon

July 28 (Island) The Rajarata University undergraduates yesterday insisted that they would not apologise to the university administration though they were ready to accept a pardon ordered by President Rajapaksa. Former President of the Rajarata Students Council Dinesha Kumara said that the university administration had not responded until undergraduates performed a 230-day sathyagraha against the suspension more..

Conflicting statements on A/L admission for intl. school students in state-run schools

July 28 (ST) Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the Education Ministry would consider applications from international school students to follow GCE A/L classes in state schools pending the outcome of a proposed cabinet committee to look into it. He said that the earlier cabinet proposal had been put on hold and students of international schools could gain admission to state schools if there were vacancies. more..

GMOA in a tug of war slinging mud at each other

July 28 (SL) Following the revelation of GMOA malpractices in The Sunday Leader last week under the caption ‘Tussle for Power Inside GMOA,’ Dr Chandana Dharmaratne clarified the GMOA stance and added that the proscribed members have not misappropriated its membership subscription but accused the alternate group of slinging mud at their former administration. Dr Dharmaratne said that the allegation levelled against its former more..

Handing over of nominations: No processions, rallies

July 28 (DN) Candidates of political parties and individual groups are not allowed to organise processions or rallies when they are handing over nominations, Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said. He issued this instruction at a meeting with senior officials and returning officers at the Election Secretariat on Saturday in preparation of the upcoming Uva PC Election. This decision was taken as the students who are sitting for more..

'Undergrads who neglect academic activities are donkeys, cows and politicos'

July 28 (DM) Minister S. B. Dissanayake in an interview with last week spoke candidly on the issues raised by undergraduates and academics concerning the higher education sector and justified the positions he has taken in decisions pertaining to his Ministry and issues in the country. Q: Why are no steps being taken to address student grievances that have led to unrests in almost all the universities? Allegations are leveled at more..

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