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SLC creates pathway for younger generation

Nov 21 (DN) SLC has drawn up a carefully thought out international cricket calendar for our cricketers in the post Mahela-Sanga era so that by 2017 the national team with the exposure they will get should have reached maturity. "We have drawn up the matches in such a manner that the national team gets every opportunity to mature into a strong unit by 2017. A lot of thought process was gone through keeping in mind that team was more..

Good days ahead for Athletics

Nov 21 (CT) The govt through its budget proposals for 2016 has suggested bearing the full cost incurred by selected track and field athletes and their coaches when participating at international events. The incumbent president Sugath Thilakaratne was very happy to hear the news and said that's huge relief for them. "If it happens we don't have to worry about the budget when selecting a team anymore and can select a good team for competitions without limiting our options" Thilakaratne said. more..

High risk borrowing a dilemma for Northern residents, study says

Nov 21 (ST) Northern residents have access to an abundance of formal credit offered by banks, finance companies and microfinance institutions that have recently entered that market, a new study on borrowing and financial counselling (advice) in Sri Lanka’s north has shown. Offering attractively packaged loans, banks entice people to borrow without much hassle. Even though borrowers are well aware of high interests rates associated with such institutions, they choose easy access to more..

Mahinda at 70: How Mahendra Percy Rajapaksa began his political journey

Nov 21 (DBS) Mahendra Percy Rajapaksa known to the world at large as Mahinda Rajapaksa reached magical age of 70 on Nov 18th 2015. Age of seventy or three score and ten regarded as span of life has a special aura about it. Bible says “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away”. more..

VAT: Throwing the Baby with the Bathwater

Nov 21 (ST) A school of thought has gained pre budget momentum that Sri Lanka should abandon VAT and revert to Turnover tax (TT). Prudent analysts would agree that this is an ill-considered measure in the context of the globalization of VAT in addition to the reasons for VAT being a far superior form of taxation compared to Turnover tax. This is indeed a case of throwing the baby with the bathwater. This article seeks to shed light on globalisation of VAT and fading away of TT more..

Dengue awareness in SL via cell phone

Nov 21 (ONT) Celltick announces its partnership with the National Dengue Control Unit, to spread awareness about the dengue epidemic to an estimated five million mobile users in Sri Lanka. This campaign is aimed to raise awareness and provide information to the public on prevention methods. With the help of Celltick’s LiveScreen™ platform, Celltick will send tips from the ministry of health on dengue prevention, symptoms, first aid medication, and precautions. more..

Looking back and into the future

Nov 21 (ST) Kannadi has been the business of their family, a legacy passed down from father to sons and now grandsons, with a clear focus on taking it to different heights. The highpoint at the moment is the production right here in Sri Lanka of UV+420cut lenses, which successfully ward off ultraviolet rays without absorbing them, in a home-grown factory in Polgasowita, an achievement which probably is limited only to Japan, Korea and China. more..

Domestic swimming pool safety vital

Nov 21 (SO) Who or what is to be blamed for the death of the five-year-old who drowned in a domestic pool. Is it the irresponsibility of the parents or was it their interest in earning money, leaving the child in the care of an elderly parent? Is there a safety dimension too to this tragic incident? This is left to the experts and law enforcement authorities to find the answers. Nevertheless, Sri Lanka, a country where there is a construction boom and where swimming pools in private residences more..

WGEID’s revelations: Prelude to investigations

Nov 21 (CT) You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time but you cannot fool all the people all the time – Abraham LincolnIn the backdrop of the Sri Lankan Govt yet to launch the investigation into the alleged war crimes and human rights violations which were believed to have been committed during the civil war period in the North and the East, the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) has made startling revelations on more..

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Cheers to power of boozy, smoky pleasure

Nov 21 (Island) If you’re having your first drink of the day or just lighting up your first cigarette, here’s cause for joy. Despite all the warnings about the dangers of drink and smoke, and those horribly senseless pictures displayed on cigarette packs today, just know that you are part of a political power in the country today. We have it from the President himself, who knows the billions the State earns as tax from from cigarettes and alcohol. The President has said he would much rather more..

Editorial: Unending dreams

Nov 21 (Island) President Sirisena may contest the next parliamentary polls to secure premiership after abolishing the executive presidency, one of his top aides has said. Those who made Sirisena President, expecting him to rise above partisan politics and make tough decisions in the national interest without eyeing another term as the head of state, must be disappointed. It may be recalled that, initially, the self-appointed champions of good governance who engineered the Jan 8 regime change wanted more..

Citizen Power guarding democracy

Nov 21 (CT) Convener of Citizen Power, Gamini Viyangoda said there was no Yahapalanaya (good governance) to speak of; and that Ministers in the so called Yahapalanaya Govt were protecting the corrupt; especially in cases such as Avant Garde. Q: Why was Citizen Power formed? A: There were few people in support of Citizen Power; there were like 10 to 12 individuals within the organization. more..

Ajinomoto turns weedicide

Nov 21 (CT) He added that for every acre the farmers would use 200 grams of MSG in eight tanks full of agrochemicals to be sprayed in the fields including in paddy fields. Now that glyphosate under the trade name Roundup is no longer available in the market due to a ban, the farmers are purchasing MSG from shops which sell it in the area, shops which also sell them to eateries of all sorts, he noted. "It is now known that MSG in foodstuffs causes cancer. more..

Disability is not inability

Nov 21 (ST) The Activity Centre in the CFS Prithipura Home is humming with chatter and bustle as its staff and residents prepare for their Christmas sale and fundraiser this week. In one corner, Styrofoam balls are being transformed into serene-looking, long lashed snowmen with scarves and colourful winter hats. While some residents are busy with the preparations, others occupy themselves with building blocks or educational toys. Ruwan* has pushed aside the decorations he has been more..

A story of being homeless and helpless

Nov 21 (SO) Somewhere along a nondescript and bumpy but scenic B road between Bandarawela and Beragala Junction in Badulla lies the abandoned Mahakanda tea factory. For 10 months, this has been home to dozens of families whose houses were destroyed by the massive landslide that hit the village of Meeriyabedda near Koslanda on Oct 29 last year. Crammed into 55 rooms - created by wooden partitions and more..

Flawed Western approach to reconciliation

Nov 21 (CT) Reconciliation is a process where former adversaries in a conflict or war come together and forge new relations after the conflict has been ended. Sri Lanka’s ethnic war was terminated by military means in 2009. The Western world, including the US, was involved in the conflict as well as the peace process. However, when the govt headed by Mahinda Rajapaksa decided to mount an all-out attack on the LTTE to finish it off, most of the Western states either tacitly more..

Cultural Harmony & Middle Path

Nov 21 (CT) The article Cultural invasion – in the wake of the Abaya that appeared in the Colombo Telegraph attempts to justify make out that the phenomenon of the Black Abaya accords with the Middle Path in Buddhism. The Buddhist Middle Path constitutes a rejection of two mutual opposite extremist positions. Buddhism praises the middle way when it is practiced in human behaviour; it does not exclude even the acts of dressing and eating. Black Abaya mentioned by the writer, more..

Several concessions announced in 2016 budget

Nov 20 (CG) Minister Ravi Karunanayake today announced several concessions during the presentation of the 2016 budget. Among the concessions he announced was a reduction in gas and kerosene prices as well as a cut in the price of local milk powder. In the budget speech, Karunanayake proposed to reduce the price of 11 selected essential commodities as promised. “I propose to reduce Special Commodity Levy more..

CC approves President's recommendation for SC Judge

Nov 20 (DN) Constitutional Council (CC) approved President Maithripala Sirisena's recommendation to appoint Appeal Court Judge K.T. Chithrasiri as a Supreme Court Judge. K T Chithrasiri will take oaths as a Supreme Court Judge before the President at a future date. The CC which met yesterday at the Parliamentary complex met the Chairmen and Members of newly appointed Elections Commission, Finance Commission, Delimitation Commission and National Procurement Commission. more..

White Ferns finally tested by Sri Lanka

Nov 20 (Stuff) The White Ferns finally had to dig deep before securing a tense 11-run win over Sri Lanka in their second women's Twenty20 cricket international at Saxton Oval on Friday. The win enabled Sara McGlashan to celebrate becoming the first to play 200 games for the White Ferns across all international formats. Since debuting in 2002, she has represented her country in two tests, 131 ODIs and now 67 Twenty20s, with the retired Nicola Browne next highest on 180 appearances. more..

Govt to abolish vehicle permits

Nov 20 (EN) Minister Ravi Karunanayake has proposed the end tax free cars given to the elected ruling cars and state workers, which freedom advocates say will help create tax equity and justice. "I propose to abolish all the vehicle permits granted under different schemes, including to MPs," Minister said in the text of a budget for 2016. "However, I ensure all govt officers will be financially compensated more..

Release of LTTE suspects: An election pledge being fulfilled: Ex-President

Nov 20 (Island) The release of LTTE suspects was an election pledge and the govt was only honouring git, former President Rajapaksa said in Kandy on Thursday. He was in Kandy to pay his homage to the sacred tooth relic and call on the prelates of Malwatte and Asgiriya. Ex-president was in Kandy after attending religious observances in Anuradhapura the previous day to mark his 70th birthday. He met Anunayaka Thera of Malwatte Ven. Dr. Niyangoda Sri Vijithasiri more..

Govt to raise Rs20bn from new excise duty for motor cars

Nov 20 (LBO) Govt is to introduce a unit rate of excise duty for the vehicles on the basis of cubic centimeters (cc) that generate 20 billion rupees for govt. A new valuation system was introduced recently taking full option manufactures price as the tax base, due to the reports on revenue leakages from the under valuation of motor vehicles for tax purposes. “To further strengthen this process of collecting the duly payable taxes, I propose to introduce a simple unit rate of more..

First and only CM of NE Provincial Council attempts to bring Tamil parties together

Nov 20 (Island) First and only Chief Minister of North East Province Varatharaja Perumal said that he found all Tamil political parties did not have a common agenda. "I’m now just an ordinary citizen, leading a very simple life. And this small man is making small attempts wherever possible in uniting Tamil political parties in a bid to make them adopt a common stand when they addressed issues concerning Tamil more..

Sri Lanka raises PAYE threshold, corporate tax at 15 and 30%

Nov 20 (EN) Sri Lanka has raised a tax free threshold for pay as you earn (PAYE) tax on salaries from 750,000 to 2.4 million rupees a year and corporate income tax will be at 15 and 30%, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said. All other personal income tax will be charged 15 percent, he said. No exemptions will be given. Corporate income tax will be brought down to 15% for most companies. The higher 30% rate will apply to alcohol, tobacco and gaming firms. more..

Warner Stand closed for England v SL Test

Nov 20 (Lords) The programme of works to redevelop the Warner Stand has been delayed, necessitating the closure of the stand for the England v Sri Lanka Investec Test Match in June 2016. Work began on 7 September to demolish the original stand. During this process, the presence of asbestos (chrysotile, also known as white asbestos) was discovered deep within the structure of the stand, which opened in 1958, on two separate occasions. In neither instance was asbestos more..

Jayalalithaa writes to Modi on fishermen

Nov 20 (TOI) A day after 14 TN fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan navy for crossing the IMBL, chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday sent a letter to PM Narendra Modi seeking his immediate intervention. "It is unfortunate that, in yet another incident, 14 fishermen who set sail from the Rameswaram and Mandapam fishing bases in Ramanathapuram district on three boats were apprehended by Sri Lankan navy on Nov 18. more..

Mahapola bursary increased to Rs.4000

Nov 20 (Island) Govt has decided to provide cash vouchers in stead of uniform materials to schoolchildren from next year in terms of a recommendation of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management. Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that the change in procedure had been approved by the Ministers on the recommendation of its Committee on Economic Management, after having considered several factors including complaints more..

Damayanthi summoned to PRECIFAC again

Nov 20 (CT) Former Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Damayanthi Jayaratne was summoned again to the Special Presidential Commission to obtain another statement from her regarding the issue of 3,384 weapons without licences to Rakna Lanka. A spokesman of the PRECIFAC said that she was questioned for several hours and a statement obtained. Former Additional Secretary to the Defence Ministry accepted during previous public hearings in the presence of more..

'Samantha Power's visit mysterious'

Nov 20 (CT) PHU Secretary MP Udaya Gammanpila says the visit of US envoy to the UN, Samantha Power, is mysterious, as her personal social media sites and websites, as well as the Foreign Ministry website, have been silent about her imminent visit. He told the media that "her visit to Sri Lanka from Nov 23-26 gives rise to two questions. She has the right to travel all over the US, which is fair enough as she is the US envoy to UN. more..

Oil leak sparks major fire at Meethotamulla

Nov 20 (Island) A fire that broke out in the Meethotamulla area yesterday morning damaged seven houses. One of them was almost gutted. Some of the residents claimed that there had been an oil leak the previous day in the Wellampitiya police area. Ceylon Petroleum Cooperation had been informed of the oil leak but no action had been taken, they complained, adding that an investigation had been launched only after the fire. Oil leaking from a CPC pipeline was found in the canal more..

SL to have International Financial Centre

Nov 20 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s govt will make a financial centre within Colombo, Minister Ravi Karunanayake said while delivering the budget 2016 speech. A Colombo International Financial Centre, a specific zone in line with Dubai financial centre will begin operations on DR Wijewardene Mawatha, he said. “Casino center of the previous administration will be converted into this center inline with the financial center of Dubai.” He also said that a new an exchange management act will be brought in more..

Sri Lanka to allow tea imports: FM

Nov 20 (LBO) Sri Lanka plans to liberalize the tea industry through allowing tea to be imported into the country and add value and exported, Minister Ravi Karunanayake said delivering the budget speech. “Sri Lanka has less value-added tea in the market. So we would like to encourage more value added tea based products,” he said. “There was demand for us to relax rules so that teas can be imported to Sri Lanka. more..

Request to sell Sicille's jewellery to pay depositors

Nov 20 (DM) Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya ordered the CID to submit a report to Court on the feasibility of auctioning the gold and gems belonging to Sicille Kotelawela (the wife of Lalith Kotelawela, the former Chairman of Ceylinco group) which are said to be lying in a local bank -- and paying the depositors with the money so obtained. This order was made by the magistrate when the magisterial inquiry into the wrongful use of Rs 4.3 billion deposited at the Fingara was recalled. more..

Fisheries Ministry toys with passenger boat service

Nov 20 (Island) Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry is planning to start a passenger boat service between commercial harbours and fisheries harbours in the country to solve the problem of heavy traffic congestion on main roads. Fisheries State Minister Dilip Wedaarachchi said that he had already received several proposals in that regard. He noted that the Chinese had already consented to provide assistance to set up transport boat service. more..