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Northern Governor advises PC to spend allocated funds

Sept 14 (Island) Northern Province Governor, G.A. Chandrasiri has advised the NPC to spend Rs. 1.38 billion already allocated by the govt for projects beneficial to the people in the region. Finance and Planning Ministry Secretary, Dr. P.B. Jayasundara who was in Jaffna last Friday met with the Secretaries to Provincial Ministries, as well as heads of departments. Provincial authorities had requested for Rs. 6.97 billion from more..

Nayomi Munaweera’s compelling meditation on war-torn Sri Lanka

Sept 14 (KQED) Nayomi Munaweera’s family fled war-torn Sri Lanka when she was just three—first to Nigeria, and then, in 1984, to Los Angeles. But the civil war between the Sinhalese and Tamils stayed with her, and serves as the backdrop for her excellent debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors. Narrated by two different characters, Saraswathie and Yasodhara (one girl Tamil, the other Sinhalese), the story is a compelling, beautifully written meditation of the impact of war. more..

Did mom torture 6-year-old daughter to death?

Sept 14 (E24|7) A 29-year-old Sri Lankan woman is in custody following the death of her daughter. The six-year-old was rushed to hospital by their neighbour after he found her lying limp on her mother’s lap one morning early this month. The child was pronounced dead on arrival. The mother told doctors that the child had a fall. However, post-mortem on the child revealed burn marks and bruises and thus police began investigations. People in the neighborhood have various stories to more..

Asian Netball C’ships: Singapore retain title against Sri Lanka with 59–41 final win

Sept 14 (RS) After a slow start that saw the team down 12–8 in the first quarter, Singapore hit back against Sri Lanka to win a second straight Asian Netball Championship 59–41. Sri Lanka’s 2.06 metres-tall Tharjini Sivalingam (GS) overshadowed Charmaine Soh (GS) and Chen Huifen (GA) in the opening quarter as her 12 goals (from 13 attempts) surpassed the total of the Singapore duo’s — eight from 16 attempts. more..

Sri Lanka has contributed significantly to improve children's lives - UNICEF

Sept 14 (GDI) UN says Sri Lanka has made significant improvements in the lives of children during the past decade. A UNICEF report has commended the country’s strong commitment to improve child health and well-being. The report ‘Improving Children’s Lives, Transforming the Future – 25 years of child rights in South Asia’ by the UN children agency UNICEF analyzes the progress made over the last 25 years on nine key issues that directly affect lives of children in South Asia. more..

A corrupt political correspondent

Sept 14 (CT) Ceylon Today is ready to reveal several corrupt deals of a political correspondent of a national English weekly who plays 'both ways' to amass wealth. He is no different from the famous corrupt political correspondents; Nevanji Madanhire (The Standard), Brian Mangwende (Newsday) in Harare or Maurice Lance Nlube (Sun - Times) of Malawi. This political correspondent has gained much over the past four decades to build a mansion and enjoy acres of lands in the outstations more..

Time bomb at Sri Lanka Cricket!

Sept 14 (CT) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) was plunged into chaos this week with heated exchanges between the most senior officials in the sport who are now threatening to rip SLC apart at a very crucial time, according to highly placed sources. SLC President Jayantha Dharmadasa slammed Vice President Mohan De Silva in an official letter on Wednesday, calling him "childish" and accusing him of "being the alter ego of more..

Govt violates basic riparian rigin of farmers

Sept 14 (Island) The waters of Uma Oya was exclusively developed and used under the Mahaweli Development Project to provide irrigation water to the farmers of System B. This project was completed and executed while the author served the Mahaweli Project. Today the waters of Uma oya is being unlawfully being diverted to the South violating the basic Riparian rights of the farmers of System B to satisfy a political agenda of the present Govt which has to be immediately stopped more..

The Return of Ralahamy

Sept 14 (Island) `It’s been a long time. Now, at last, the celebrated home-grown stage plays of half a century ago, all out of print, have been published in a single volume. Ralahamy Rides Again, the title of this book, was the last of the plays written and produced by H C N de Lanerolle before he emigrated to the USA with his family in 1958. His son, Primal, a Professor at the College of Medicine in Chicago, merits our thanks for gathering together all the texts and related pictures and more..

'President didn’t seek SC opinion'

Sept 14 (NS) Presidential Spokesman Mohan Samaranayake refuted reports claiming that President Rajapaksa has referred the matter of his eligibility to contest the forthcoming Presidential Election to the Supreme Court. Former CJ Sarath N Silva had earlier brought forth a legal argument questioning the eligibility of the President to contest the next presidential election. “President Rajapaksa was elected to the second term more..

School dengue checks reveal high risk levels

Sept 14 (ST) Nearly half the schools checked during National Mosquito Control Week now underway had potential dengue mosquito breeding places and 5 per cent actually had mosquito larvae, officials said yesterday, saying these figures are of particular concern. National Mosquito Control Week, which commenced on Wednesday and will end this coming Tuesday (16), is a precautionary mechanism for the North East monsoonal rains due soon. more..

ISI Agencies step up surveillance in vital installations in South

Sept 14 (PTI) With the arrest of another Sri Lankan national for alleged spying for Pakistan’s ISI, central security agencies have stepped up surveillance of vital installations including defence and foreign consulates in southern parts of the country. After initial leads from central security agencies, National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Arun Selvarajan in Chennai last week and allegedly recovered some incriminating more..

Mission heads to carry responsibility for DPL bags

Sept 14 (ST) Heads of Sri Lanka diplomatic missions overseas — Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Permanent Representatives — will be held personally responsible for the secure despatch of DPL bags from their stations to Colombo.This is the highlight of special instructions sent out to them by External Affairs Ministry Secretary Kshenuka Seneviratne. Move follows the detection of irregularities in use of DPL bags. more..

No respite in deportation of asylum-seekers

Sept 14 (NS) The Department of Immigration and Emigration yesterday hit back at the latest criticism leveled by the UNHCR regarding the country’s ongoing deportation of asylum-seekers and refugees. Controller General Chulananda Perera said his department had no plans to stop the deportations, insisting that the Sri Lankan Govt was acting in accordance with the country’s laws. more..

Ace swindler and accomplices in custody

Sept 14 (ST) The CID, the Fraud Bureau and at least four police stations are carrying out parallel investigations about a businessman and his accomplices who have allegedly defrauded millions of rupees from trading partners, police said. The key suspect hailing from Borella and three others have been taken into custody pending further inquiries while more arrests of those involved are expected. One of biggest frauds has been more..

'CA President, senior judge denied appointment due to quashing PSC findings'

Sept 14 (Island) Calling for judicial appointments to be made on the basis of merit and seniority, the President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) Upul Jayasuriya says that the senior most Judge in the Court of Appeal had been overlooked in appointing the President of the Court because of a particular judgement he had delivered. Delivering the Bakeer Markar memorial oration, he said that the judge in question more..

CEB in a dilemma, more fisher-folk demand infrastructure development in Norochcholai

Sept 14 (Island) Though the CEB recently settled the grievances of a section of the Norochcholai-based fishing community through a Rs. 100 million Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Project, the institution is now facing fresh problems with more fisher-folk demanding infrastructure development estimated to cost another Rs. 500 million. When contacted for comment, CEB General Manager, Shavindranath Fernando more..

Can charity be so special?

Sept 14 (CT) An unregistered UK based charitable organization, Gnanam Foundation, owned by Chairman of Lycamobile, Subaskaran Allirajah, has been operating in Sri Lanka for a considerable number of years, despite the govt having 'thwarted' unregistered NGOs working in Sri Lanka, Ceylon Today learns. On seeing the 'overflowing' of NGOs that are in operation in Sri Lanka, earning the wrath of more..

Talk at the Cafe Spectator

Sept 14 (ST) The news will no doubt shock unsuspecting Sri Lankans, particularly those who love being domestic tourists. The management of tourist resorts countrywide is now required to report to the Police Station in their area whenever bookings are made by local guests. Besides their names, the address, the date of arrival and departure are among the data sought. One well-informed source said such data were more..

Sam Wijesinha

Sept 14 (Island) Text of the eulogy delivered by his son Dr. Sanjiva Wijesinha at the service of Celebration of his Life held on 9th Sep 2014. Your presence here today – and the many letters, flowers, emails, phone calls and visits we have been receiving since he died on Aug 31st - have been a reminder to us of how much our father was respected and loved, and how much he meant not just to us his children but to so many of you. This is a source of great comfort to us as we more..

Law of the jungle

Sept 14 (CT) The nation was shocked this week by the kidnapping of a 4-year-old girl in Kurunegala and it became the topic of discussion throughout the land. Fortunately, on Friday she was found safe and sound, and her kidnappers were arrested. The prayers of her parents, and of many people throughout the land, were answered. But on the same day that the little girl's saga ended, came the shattering news that police have begun a hunt for a Member of a PS in Wanathavillu more..

MR seeks talks with Modi, as TNA sets January 1 deadline

Sept 14 (ST) Both for the UPFA Govt and some major Opposition parties, it appears to be transition time. What it portends with a presidential election round the corner remains a critical question. In the UPFA, some major issues relate to the foreign policy front. President Rajapaksa has sought a meeting with Indian PM Narendra Modi when they attend the 69th sessions of the UN General Assembly in New York. more..

Northern Province tells SL govt to co-operate with UN

Sept 14 (NIP) NPC which is dominated by the TNA has passed a resolution calling upon the Govt of Sri Lanka to cooperate with the inquiry into war crimes and human rights violation charges now being conducted by the UN's OHCHR. The resolution, which was passed on Sept 10, said: “This Council calls upon the Govt of Sri Lanka to cooperate with the UN and allow the UN’s OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka team to enter the country to perform its mandate of comprehensively investigating more..

Tattoo helps father identify body of TN fisherman in Sri Lanka

Sept 14 (NIP) A Tamil Nadu fisherman’s body, which was washed ashore in Delft Island (Nedunthivu) in North Sri Lanka, has been identified as that of Gnanaprakasam (45) son of Siluvaimuthu (75)in Ramanathapuram district. Siluvaimuthu identified the body of his son by the AIADMK’s ‘two leaves’ symbol tattooed on the leg, U Arulanandam, head of the Association for the Release of Innocent Fishermen, told Express over phone from Rameswaram on Saturday. more..

Moneragala drought relief petition: Polls Chief isolated

Sept 14 (CT) Elections Commissioner, Mahinda Deshapriya, said he would seek a clarification from the Attorney General, on Friday's Supreme Court ruling that allowed aid relief in Moneragala, despite the Polls Chief requesting such be stopped, noting it was election propaganda in the guise of a relief programme. Deshapriya had ordered the distribution of Rs 2,500 as drought relief money to the people of Moneragala by more..

Girl abductor arrested

Sept 14 (NS) The main suspect in connection of the abduction of a four-year-old girl in Wellawa, Kurunegala, was arrested by Police yesterday. The suspect had been in hiding in a forest area in Deegama, Wellawa when he was arrested. He further stated that the suspect was arrested with the assistance of the public in the area. The suspect is now being interrogated by the CID. Police on Sept 12 arrested a 60-year-old woman, who is the mother of the main suspect. more..

Minister feels ISIS is a serious threat

Sept 14 (CG) Minister and JHU MP, Champika Ranawaka, says the Islamic State, widely known as ISIS or ISIL, is a serious threat could fuel another world war if not controlled. Speaking at a discussion in Colombo today on ISIS and terrorism by Jihad groups, he said that the group has not only decided to spread its campaign to the Indian ans Sri Lankan region, but is also recruiting members through the internet. He noted that within a short period of just 24 days ISIS was able to grab more..

New land restriction laws for foreigners jolt Lankan companies

Sept 14 (ST) Sri Lankan companies have been thrown into disarray and confusion over a new Land Bill presented in parliament this week which affects land and property if foreign shareholding in a company exceeds the 50% limit. Several company heads said that they were shocked after they came to learn about the ramifications of Section 2 (2)(b) of the bill which states that foreign ownership should not more..

Treasury bails out crisis-hit development lottery

Sept 14 (ST) The Treasury has bailed out the development lottery after a financial crisis that crippled transactions including the payment of Rs. 10,000 and above cash prices for the winners of the lottery when its bank accounts were frozen by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) last week, officials said. The IRD has, on several occasions, reminded the Development Lotteries Board (DLB) in writing, to pay the taxes but the board had said all funds were credited to President’s Fund. more..

Wigi to consult party on Gota meet

Sept 14 (SL) The Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council C.V Wignaswaran is to consult his party before deciding on a request made by Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to meet him for talks on the 13th Amendment and devolving administrative powers to the Northern Province. Leader of the DPF Mano Ganesan told The Sunday Leader that the Defence Secretary, during a friendly chat with him recently, had asked him to facilitate the talks between Wignaswaran and him. more..

Brands (a)part

Sept 14 (NS) ‘Some are the melody, some are the beat, youth is like a diamond in the sun and we all know that diamonds are forever. So many dreams swinging out of the blue and I decided to let them come true. I have created some diamonds in the shape of jeans and tops and decided to call the collection Forever Young. The designs are pushing some boundaries but that is ok, because we are all…Forever Young’ –Otara Gunewardene. more..

Maldives again rejects Lanka request

Sept 14 (CG) The Maldives Govt has reiterated it will not be able to agree to Sri Lanka’s request to allow Sri Lankan vessels to cross Maldivian territorial waters on their way to the Arabian Peninsula, without obtaining prior permission. Foreign Minister Dhunya Maumoon said that the Sri Lankan govt had always requested for arrangements to be made so that Sri Lankan vessels did not have to take any prior permission to cross Maldivian territorial waters on their way to the Arabian Peninsula, more..

Bogambara gallows to be removed

Sept 14 (SL) Prisons superintendent T.N. Upuldeniya said that the gallows of the Bogambara Prison will be removed soon. It will be later moved to the prison museum that is to be built in the near future. “We have informed the Prisons Authority about the building of the prison museum and the proposal is being reviewed right now. We are currently identifying a location for the museum,” he added. So far they have identified Kandy as the suitable location for the Prison Museum. more..

Political granite row in Customs

Sept 14 (ST) Decision by Customs Director General Jagath Wijeweera to release two container loads of granite products has sparked off a protest from the Preventive Division which detained the consignment. Containers were released after the consignee, a politically influential person backed by a Cabinet minister, wrote to Customs Chief saying the products had been imported for his personal use and not for commercial purposes. more..

Will Parkson remain with Odel?

Sept 14 (Island) There were no clear indications yesterday on whether Parkson of Malaysia, the single largest shareholder of Odel owning 47.46% of the company into which the Softlogic Group of Ashok Pathirage moved in on Thursday acquiring 45% of the company for Rs. 2.7 billion from Otara Gunawardene and her brothers, would continue to remain in the company or shed its holding. Parkson is a major retailer in the region aspiring to be Asia's biggest department store operator more..

Over 2,000 more hotel rooms in Colombo this year

Sept 14 (Island) One of Sri Lanka’s most successful hoteliers, Mr. Ravi Thambiayah, Chairman of Renuka City Hotels, has welcome the spectacular growth of the country’s hotel stock and room capacity saying "this growth and competition would be welcome provided that there is a steady increase in tourist arrivals." "If there is no corresponding increase in demand, the industry will suffer due to a lack of regulation leading to price wars as a result of the oversupply of hotel rooms," more..