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Fate of Madush and group after tests completed

Feb 17 (CT) The fate of underworld operative Makandure Madush and some 30 others, who were arrested during a midnight bash at a plush hotel in Dubai on 5 February, will be known after the reports on their blood and urine samples, are received, a lawyer appearing for two men said yesterday. Madush and the rest are currently being treated as suspects. The group, including popular singer Amal Perera and his son Nadeemal, more..

Coach assault on schoolboy rugby player raises outrage

Feb 17 (SO) Sports followers have expressed outrage over the assault of a rugby player from St. Peter’s College at the hands of his coach Sanath Martis during a preseason friendly match against DS Senanayake College recently. Incident went viral on social media and one of the followers of sport to move into the defence of the assaulted player was former cricket captain Mahela Jayawardena who tweeted that the assault on the player was abuse. “It’s not coaching, it’s abuse. more..

Sri Lanka seeks waiver on exports to Iran

Feb 17 (ST) Sri Lanka is likely to approach US authorities to lift sanctions on the country’s trade with Iran on tea and rubber exports. SL Tea Board Chairman Lucille Wijewardena said that they had now approached the Foreign Ministry to carry out negotiations with the US authorities to allow for trade with Iran on tea and rubber. He noted that the previously thought out barter system was not a viable option and that directly calling for the US to intervene by lifting the sanctions on more..

Taxpayers frustrated by IRD’s RAMIS system

Feb 17 (ST) A 72 year-old taxpaying pensioner with additional income from his consultancy services for a private firm faced an unexpected shock of his life when he browsed online to determine the tax returns to be paid. His tax bill including arrears had gone up to Rs. 125,000 depite him making payments quarterly on time, and it was discovered that this was because of blunders made by heads of the IT division, computer operators and more..

All the records Perera and Fernando broke

Feb 17 (CT) 78*: The final-wicket partnership between Kusal Perera and Vishwa Fernando - the highest-ever in a successful chase. The previous was 57 between Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed against Australia in Karachi in 1994. Perera-Fernando stand is also the biggest such partnership in any first-class match, going past the 77 between Thomas Leather and Ron Oxenham for Australians against Madras in 1935-36. 13: Instances of a side winning a Test by one wicket. more..

14 would-be illegal migrants arrested

Feb 17 (AD) Naval personnel attached to the Southern Naval Command in coordination with Police STF-Katharagama, apprehended 14 Sri Lankans, who were secretly staying at a lodge in Thissamaharama preparing for an illegal migration attempt to Reunion Island by boat. The apprehended group consisted of 3 children, 3 women and 8 men while they are residents of Chilaw, Negombo, Kuliyapitiya, Bangadeniya, Thissamaharama and Delgoda areas. more..

'It's the best Test I've played for Sri Lanka'

Feb 17 (CI) I'm a little tired now, I don't know what to say. But for 309 minutes, Kusal Perera knew exactly what to do. Sri Lanka were rank underdogs in this fight. They were pummeled 2-0 in Australia, never even getting close to putting up a total of 250. Their captain was sacked. Their team stripped for parts. Rookies few had heard off were put on the plane to South Africa and now, after four days of outrageous cricket in Durban, more..

Iranian Navy fleet docks in Colombo Port

Feb 17 (SLN) Overall Commander of the three Iranian naval ships; Bushehr, Lavan and Bayandore, Commander Resa Buddhagi along with the other three Commanding Officers, Lieutenant Commander Mahmood Badvi, Lieutenant Commander Hasan Beygi and Lieutenant Commander Mohammad Bagher Rahnama called on Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva at the Naval Hq in Colombo, today (16). They held cordial discussions on the matters of bilateral importance and more..

Diyawanna to host 34th Rowing Nationals

Feb 17 (ST) After the successful conclusion of Junior and Intermediate National Rowing Championship 2019, the Diyawanna Rowing Centre will gear up to host the 34th National Rowing Championship in less than couple of weeks. This year’s National Championships takes a unique turn, as the event is conducted in two segments; Junior and Intermediate and Open whereas in all previous years the National Championships was combined under age categories and open. more..

Coaches are killing school cricket: Atapattu

Feb 17 (SO) Former SL captain Marvan Atapattu was one of the most technically sound batsman that Sri Lanka has ever produced. From the early Test era of SL, Atapattu earned a prominent place when it came to technicality after Sidath Wettimuny, Ranjan Madugalle, Roshan Mahanama and Hashan Tillekeratne. Young Atapattu was playing junior cricket for Ananda when his school’s first X1 captain Arjuna more..

Tenta Onodera conducts karate seminars

Feb 17 (Island) Sensei Onodera, chairman of the International Tenta Onodera Friendship Association of Japan and several times world champion of full contact karate arrived in Sri Lanka recently to conduct full contact fighting karate seminar in SL. Sensei Onodera’s seminar was organised by the chief instructor of FSA Kenshinkan Karate Organization Renshi Nissanka and Assistant Instructor Sempai Wijesingha. Sensei Onodera has won nearly 110 full contact karate c'ships more..

Chasing foreign experts

Feb 17 (ST) Many years ago, two local university batchmates coincidentally happened to work on a project here with foreign funding. While one man had worked and lived in SL all his life, the other had migrated, was earning a salary several times more abroad than his erstwhile university colleague. Both, however, were equally brilliant, capable and efficient. The locally-based worker chose to remain in SL and be in the public sector — perhaps to serve the country – while his colleague ventured more..

Will Basil take a different path?

Feb 17 (CT) The leaders of the opposition alliance, formerly referred to as the Joint Opposition met at the residence of former Minister and the Chairman of SLPP G.L. Peiris earlier this week to discuss about future elections and forming an alliance with the SLFP. While many leaders were present, many of the prominent MPs like Kumara Welgama and a few others who used to attend such meetings earlier were not being informed more..

The cure for the Constitutional Council

Feb 17 (SO) Sri Lanka today faces another constitutional crisis. At the centre of the crisis is the dynamic between the Constitutional Council, a creation of the 19th Amendment, and the executive presidency, itself a creation of the 1978 Constitution. Both the executive powers of the President and the powers of the Constitutional Council are the laws of the land, set into stone through our country’s cherished democratic process. It is a grave threat to the foundations of our very democracy more..

When Sri Lanka sent 42 million South Africans to bed thinking it was a dream

Feb 17 (Island) The Rainbow nation put up a splendid show hosting the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup. The end of apartheid had seen South Africa becoming a major sporting hub. The Rugby World Cup that the country hosted in 1995 was hugely popular and Hollywood’s Clint Eastwood went onto make a movie titled Invictus with Morgan Freeman playing the role of President Nelson Mandela and Matt Daman playing François Pienaar, the captain of Springboks. more..


President Sirisena’s options

Feb 17 (Island) Prez Sirisena seems to be showing signs of wanting to contest for the presidency, once again, this year even though he came into power, pledging to abolish the executive presidency. There is nothing surprising in that because except for the first two presidents, everyone else came into power, pledging to abolish the position to which they were seeking to get elected. The aggressive initiative he has taken against drugs and corruption and environmental degradation more..

An inconvenient man

Feb 17 (ST) My dear Madush, I didn’t think I would ever be writing to you but I thought I must since you are the most talked about person these days. Newspapers, television talk shows and even speeches in Parliament discuss your activities every day. With such publicity, one would have thought you were a presidential candidate! It is alleged, Madush, that you are the mastermind behind much of the illegal drug trade in Paradise. If that is true, you must face the consequences because more..

'My priorities as Governor are many'

Feb 17 (CT) The recent civil war in Sri Lanka’s North and East was one of the most ruthless in South Asia. Dr. Suren Raghavan, Northern Province Governor, expressed his views on the post- war period reaching a decade in May this year. He said, that presently people in the North live in an atmosphere where they strive hard to erase the scars of a devastating war which had haunted them and the country at large for three decades, more..

The tale of two wanted men

Feb 17 (ST) A senior Minister blamed the media for botching the extradition of a SL drug king-pin from the Emirate of Dubai after his recent arrest. He said the publicity the arrest generated spoilt the chances of the SL Govt getting him to stand trial here. Minister then went on to compare and contrast the incident with the manner in which KP, the head of the LTTE’s Weapons Procurement Division, was stealthily arrested in Malaysia and brought to Sri Lanka in total secrecy. more..

Hangman and other men

Feb 17 (Island) Prez Sirisena is apparently hanging tough on resuming judicial executions. He won’t budge despite pressure from human rights groups, both local and international. Following his recent declaration that the hanging of drug lords, currently on death row, would commence in two months, the prisons authorities are said to be busy repairing the gallows. They have reportedly held discussions on how to procure a good rope as the existing one needs to be replaced; a new one will have to more..

Rookantha G.: Back in active politics

Feb 17 (SO) Rookantha Gunathilaka is considered the ‘uncrowned king’ of Sinhala pop who changed traditional Sri Lankan music in the 1980s with his brand of popular songs. The veteran musician in an interview with gave his reasons as to why he accepted the UNP electoral organiser post for Dambadeniya. He said the UNP will secure victory at whatever election to be held and strongly feels that UNP should field its own candidate more..

Importance of GSP+

Feb 17 (CT) GSP+, the duty-free export vehicle gifted to Sri Lanka from the EU has not only helped the island’s merchandise exports to grow, but has also made the EU, SL’s largest regional market, unseating the USA, if the latter is considered as a region and not a country. For instance in 2004, on the eve of Sri Lanka being gifted with the GSP+ duty-free facility for its merchandise exports to the EU, SL’s total merchandise exports to the USA, its largest consumer then, comprised 34%, more..

Sri Lanka Cricket – still in convulsions

Feb 17 (SO) The tragedy of Sri Lanka’s cricket is not in the game or with the players, but in the governance of this country’s most lucrative and accomplished sport. Yes, sadly, for some of the key players in cricket’s governance, the lucre aspect comes first and, has long taken precedence over sporting accomplishment. Today, the national team convulses in repeated collapsed innings, whole tour whitewashes, questionable team strategy or non-strategy, and player pangs over selections. more..

Kusal Perera's epic 153* leads Sri Lanka to insane victory

Feb 16 (CI) A see-sawing Test match reached an incredible finale on the fourth afternoon at Kingsmead as Kusal Perera and Vishwa Fernando put on a record-breaking 10th wicket stand to see their team home in an atmosphere of almost unbearable tension. Sri Lanka's last pair came together with 78 still needed and victory virtually assured for South Africa, but as Vishwa clung limpet-like to the crease more..

Only one BOI project in the North funded by Diaspora, says report

Feb 16 (ST) SL’s war-torn North has only 23 BOI companies, just one of which is funded by the diaspora, the lowest number of industrial enterprises in the country and an industrial sector growing far slower than the national average, a new report reveals. In the ten years since fighting ended, employment creation has also not met demand while the Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts record the nation’s lowest monthly incomes. more..

SJGH Acting DG transferred

Feb 16 (CT) The Health Ministry yesterday, appointed Senior Medical Administrator Dr. Kapila Wickramanayake, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as the new Acting Director of the Sri J'pura General Hospital (SJGH). Responding to questions, Chairman of SJGH, Dr. Athula Kahandaliyanage said that on instructions of Auditor General’s Department Ministry had investigated more..

PM urges people to forgive and forget

Feb 16 (CT) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking in Kilinochchi yesterday, said that the Govt is working on a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) process and mechanism to tell the truth related to the war, regret the past and ask forgiveness for a genuine reconciliation, similar to what the South Africans did. He urged Sri Lankans to reconcile after the war by telling the truth, regretting the past and more..

Govt writes off loans of 45,000 women borrowers in drought-affected districts

Feb 16 (FT) The Govt has written off nearly Rs. 1.4 billion in capital and interest of loans of 45,000 women borrowers in drought-affected districts whose capital cost is less than Rs. 100,000. This relief was granted under the Enterprise Sri Lanka Loan scheme with concessionary interest rates instead of high-interest microfinance loans. The national ceremony to grant relief to 45,000 women who were affected by more..

Mannar mass grave: carbon dating results received

Feb 16 (AD) The results of the radiocarbon dating tests carried out by a lab in the U.S. on the bone samples recovered from the mass grave in Mannar were received early this morning , according to Dr Saminda Rajapaksa, the Judicial Medical Officer who is in charge of the excavations. He said that samples from the skeletal remains of six humans were sent to Beta Analytics which is based in Miami, Florida and more..

Reducing gender gap boosts Sri Lankan economy: World Bank VP

Feb 16 (AD) The World Bank Vice President for South Asia Region, Hartwig Schafer concluded his three-day visit to Sri Lanka on Friday with a commitment to work with public and private sectors to create the space for women to access work and remain at work. Evidence suggests that Sri Lankan women are excelling in higher education and outlive men, but they are not part of the workforce. more..

Implementation of the death penalty: Siam Sect opposes selective targeting

Feb 16 (CT) The Siam Sect criticised the proposed decision to enforce the implementation of the death penalty for death row prisoners with convictions for drug-related offences, who were continuing to commit the offence whilst in prison, on the basis that it violated the right to equality, the equal protection of the law and non-discrimination. The Constitution of Sri Lanka under Articles 12(1) and 12(2) guarantees and enshrines equality, more..

Detection of contraband - Colombo Port to get 3 high-tech scanners

Feb 16 (DM) With the installation of three high-tech scanners at the Colombo Port of Colombo on March 1 the Sri Lanka Customs (SLC) would be able to detect drugs, narcotics, cigarettes, gold and other contraband smuggled in containers, Director General P.S.M. Charles said. "A thorough screening and scanning system of all containers arriving at the Colombo Port will be launched with the commissioning of the latest scanners more..

Concerns grow as report shows plastic killing off our fish

Feb 16 (ST) As Sri Lankan seas become increasingly polluted with plastic waste, contributing to a 500% depletion in fishing stocks, a pollution expert has called for more effective garbage management to avert a man-made disaster. Four-fifths of microplastic waste (extremely small pieces of plastic debris) found in our seas comes from the land, washed into the sea through canals and rivers, Environment and Renewable more..

Depression high in kidney patients

Feb 16 (CT) Any person who is not of sound physical health becomes psychologically unsound due to the illness. Coping with a chronic illness may be unnerving as chronic illness condition lasts for an elongated period and often cannot be cured fully. There are some chronic illnesses that can be managed throughout life with medication, appropriate diet and exercise. A large number of patients who are suffering from chronic illnesses are susceptible to psychological illnesses such as more..

Green Fashion: imagine and act naturally

Feb 16 (DM) This week, the United Nations marked the International Day of Women and Girls in Science with the theme being Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth. According to the UN, Science and gender equality are vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and more..