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CEB strike continues as talks fail

Sep 19 (DM) CEB Workers’ Union said they would continue with their strike action as the latest discussions with the authorities ended unsuccessfully. Workers’ Union said the first discussion was held at 2.30 p.m to 4 p.m today (18) with Ministers W.D.J. Seneviratna, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and the CEB administration. “After we outlined our demands, minister told us to be at the Labour Ministry at 6 p.m to discuss more..

No US visa for me, says SF

Sep 19 (DM) Minister Field Marshal Saratha Fonseka said that despite his name was included in the delegation travelling to United States with President Maithripala Sirisena to participate at the UN Sessions in New York, he was not granted visa for the tour. Speaking to the media, Fonseka said he requested to protect the good name of the Army by punishing the wrongdoers and he was also a victim of  war allegations as some have engaged in misdeeds under the guise of war. more..

Prez to meet Zeid on Fri: Talks crucial for SL

Sep 19 (CT) The coming Friday will be extremely crucial for Sri Lanka with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Hussein expected to have a one-on-one meeting with President Sirisena here in New York. The meeting is going to be a closed door affair between the President and the HC. Diplomats are of the view that the outcome of this meeting is going to be crucial for Sri Lanka with HC Hussein recently expressing his frustration at the delayed reconciliation process in Sri Lanka. more..

Transactions not fictitious: PTL CEO

Sep 19 (FT) After weeks of cross-examination, Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. (PTL) CEO Kasun Palisena was re-examined by PTL’s counsel yesterday at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry.  The legal team, headed by President’s Counsel Nihal Fernando, questioned their client on, among other things, an allegation levelled by the Attorney General’s Department earlier that certain transactions by PTL had been fictitious. more..

Kandy prisoners’ hunger strike continues

Sep 19 (Island) About 60 inmates, either sentenced to death or serving life imprisonment at the Bogambara-Dumbara prison had been continuing their hunger strike launched last Thursday. The hunger strike had been launched by the prisoners, demanding that their sentences be reduced. Another group of 150 inmates serving similar sentences at the Welikada prison had also launched a hunger strike on Saturday but given it up by Sunday after realising the futility of their action. more..

Open warrant issued on Prasanna

Sep 19 (DN) Pugoda Magistrate Courts issued an open warrant against MP Prasanna Ranatunge, former Dompe PS Chairman Milan Jayatilake and four others for their failure to appear in Courts over their alleged involvement in damaging and obstructing vehicles transporting garbage from Colombo to the recycling plant in Dompe, Kirindiwela. The courts also issued notice to the sureties of the accused to appear in courts. Ranatunge and others have been charged more..

Debate on Enforced Disappearances put on hold: Gayantha

Sep 19 (DM) The govt has decided not to take up the debate on the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances on Sept 21, Minister Gayantha Karunathilake said. He also said this decision was taken during the UNP Parliamentary group meeting which met Monday evening with PM Ranil Wickremesinghe in the chair. It has also been decided not to take up the debate on more..

Dilan vents his spleen on CaFFE head, polls chief

Sep 19 (Island) Minister Dilan Perera has flayed CaFFE executive Director Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon over the latter’s criticism of govt moves to amend the Provincial Council Elections Act. Addressing a public gathering, National List MP Perera lashed out at Tennakoon and at the Chairman of the National Election Commission (NEC) Mahinda Deshapriya. SLFPer alleged that both Tennakoon and Deshapriya were opposed to abolition of current preferential vote system. more..

PM misquoted on OMP: Tittawella

Sep 19 (CT) The Office of the Missing Persons Act (OMP) will be retrospective, said Secretary General of the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms (SCRM) Mano Tittawella, contrary to media reports which indicated otherwise. He reiterated that the media reports pertaining to PM had been misquoted to indicate that the OMP will not be retrospective and that it will only come into effect after it is signed. PM was referring to the International Convention for the Protection of more..

Kids’ nutritional status worsening: CSD

Sep 19 (CT) The nutritional status among children under five years of age has worsened over a 10-year horizon period ending last year, latest Census and Statistics Department (CSD) data showed. 17% per cent of children under the age of five are stunted (short for their age); 15% are wasted (thin for their height) and 21% are underweight (thin for their age), latest Demographics and Health Survey said. more..

Video: The Cinnamon Story

Sep 19 (GF) Ceylon Cinnamon and SL's affinity is so strong that the very botanical name of the spice - Cinnamomum Zeylanicum is derived from the island's former name, Ceylon. We ship worldwide. Ceylon Cinnamon groves in SL lie exclusively in its western and southwestern regions, north and south of the country's commercial capital, Colombo. The tropical sunshine and abundant rain in these areas provide an ideal habitat, but even here the quality of the spice varies with soil conditions. more..

Reforms SL needs to boost its economy

Sep 19 (WB) Many Sri Lankans understand the potential benefits of lowering trade costs and making their country more competitive in the global economy. The majority, however, fear increased competition, the unfair advantage of the private sector from abroad and limited skills and innovation to compete. While changes in trade policies and regulations will undeniably improve the lives of most citizens, I’m mindful that some are likely to lose. However, many potential gainers of reforms more..

Backlash from moves to purchase private power plants

Sep 19 (ST) Moves are underway to purchase three private-owned power plants without following proper tender procedure under the cover of a possible power shortage caused by the recent drought, CEB trade unions alleged. The cost to the CEB of generating power through its own plants and private plants rose to Rs. 25 billion last year. CEB has been directed to purchase the 100 Megawatt Ace thermal power in Embilipitiya, more..

Match Fixing verdict: Players to retaliate over controversial decision

Sep 19 (CT) Sri Lankan Cricketers were shocked over the verdict on the match fixing inquiry in the game between Kalutara PCC and Panadura CC, where players got one year bans with the two skippers Chamara Silva and Manoj Deshapriya getting 2 year bans. Silva who made 46 for MAS Unichela on Saturday in a Mercantile game, was set to represent MAS Unichela against Dimo Lanka yesterday, but was not allowed to play by the Match Referee due to the SLC verdict. more..

Full Text: Report of the presidential committee to resolve issues related to SAITM

Sep 19 (CT) Report of the Presidential Committee to Resolve Issues Related to SAITM. This confidential Report proposes a solution that has broad acceptance among most stakeholders; in particular, with representatives of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) with whom the Committee met. “The GMOA was offered and subsequently confirmed two appointments to meet the Committee; on 08 September and on 09 September, but they were unable to attend,” the report said. more..

SLC unable to find conclusive evidence in first-class match probe

Sep 19 (CI) Despite a seven-month inquiry having run its course over the suspicious Tier B first-class match between Panadura Sports Club and Kalutara Physical Culture Club, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and the independent committee it appointed have not been able to determine who made the decision to manipulate the result of that match. The board has since punished the players of both the clubs - more..

Northern youth to revive our cricketing glory

Sep 19 (Island) Cricket has always been one of the magical Golden Threads, created in positivity and passion that binds our country together. We have all witnessed time and time again how cricket tore barriers down to bring almost every man, woman and child on to the streets, cheering, dancing and pulsating to a uniquely Sri Lankan rhythm that unites them behind one flag, one team. We are at a moment in time where the entire nation eagerly looks forward to bask in that glory yet again. more..

SLC needs culture change not bully tactics

Sep 19 (CT) Being lonely at the top is a situation created by those who ambitiously climb up and think they have achieved it all. Sumathipala, without trying out ambitious plans to be the top at ICC, should have done more for cricket here. Top man at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) acted in a manner to paint himself into a corner, thereby doing exactly as explained above. Suddenly realizing he needs friends now, he is bent on calling back all Ex-SL players ignored by him to help out cricket. more..

රනිල්ගේ පත්කිරීම් වලින් Sri Lankan තවත් පහතට!!

Consultative meeting on National Export Strategy today

Sep 19 (FT) Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade will conduct a consultative meeting with its line ministries today at Temple Trees to finalise the National Export Strategy (NES) to chart the next export growth cycle of the country. “We have now come to the final stages of implementing the NES. At the meeting today we will focus on the proposals of our line ministries, which will be added to the upcoming 2018 Budget proposal,” Minister Sujeewa said. more..

Advantis projects leverages expertise to improve SL’s transport infrastructure

Sep 19 (LBO) Transportation has always played an important role in the prosperity of a nation. As SL takes its first steps onto the world stage with a focus on ambitious economic goals, a solid transportation infrastructure will continue to be key. An improved transportation infrastructure allows for the easy movement of goods, provides people with greater access to essential facilities and employment, and opens up previously inaccessible areas of the country for tourism. more..

No Arsenic in home food samples of Anuradhapura kidney patients

Sep 19 (DN) Laboratory tests conducted on food samples obtained from the homes of kidney patients in the Anuradhapura district has revealed that there is no Arsenic in them but contain dangerously high level of Lead, Pediatric Nutrition, Environmental Technologist and WTO, SPS Trace Expert, Dr. T.B. Ananda Jayalal said. Addressing a press conference, he said the study found Lead in 60% of blood samples tested for heavy metal. more..

An analysis: Report of Presidential Committee on SAITM

Sep 19 (CT) The whole nation was waiting for the final report of the Presidential Committee appointed to study and report proposals in resolving issues related to SAITM. Presidential Committee so appointed has now handed over their 11-page report to the president. Media has reported that president has received the report duly and has been studying it. Obviously, when reading the report, president might be looking for specific proposals that might be possible in resolving SAITM crisis soon. more..

New CEO at WSO2; Sanjiva continues as visionary founder and chief architect

Sep 19 (ST) Sri Lankan-driven WSO2 announced this week that former Codenvy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tyler Jewell has joined the company as CEO and director of the board. Mr. Jewell brings to WSO2 more than 20 years of experience in building and scaling enterprise software companies. In his role as CEO, he will spearhead the worldwide expansion of WSO2’s business as the company leads the next wave of innovation in middleware for digital transformation. more..

Un-fair and un-lovely: The use of whitening creams in Sri Lanka

Sep 19 (CT) Complexion has become an obsession these days due to the high demand for fairer skin by the beauty industry across the world. Fair complexion is accepted and recognized as an integral part of beauty, with men and women almost equally preoccupied with obtaining fairer skin. Therefore, the influx of Whitening Creams in the cosmetics market is a bid to provide a consolatory solution to the darker more..

Impact of constitutional reforms on territorial integrity

Sep 19 (Island) The (Draft) Interim Report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly dated 6th Sept 2017 describes the territory of Sri Lanka as consisting of provinces where powers of govt are divided between the centre and the provinces. Therefore, the comments below are limited to Articles 1, 2, 3 and 4 that address the structure of the State, and to Principles of Devolution to provinces. Threats to territorial integrity when extensive devolved powers are granted to more..

The best option for reconciliation is moderation & dialogue 

Sep 19 (CT) The humanitarian catastrophes taking place in other parts of the world such as in Myanmar, and events that have the potential to become catastrophes, such as North Korea firing its second rocket over Japan, have taken Sri Lanka away from the centre of attention at the ongoing sessions of the UNHRC. The tragic events unfolding in Myanmar are attracting international humanitarian attention. The flight of tens of thousands of Rohingya from Myanmar on a daily basis more..

Face the Nation

Eight reasons for rejecting Wiggy’s request

Sep 19 (CT) Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran sought the intervention of Mahanayaka Theras to withdraw the military from the North when he visited the Chief Prelates last week. Any move to further reduce the military strength in the North should be vehemently opposed for eight valid reasons. The objective of the govt's Humanitarian Operation was to defeat the LTTE, but not to destroy the LTTE terrorists. Hence, nearly 12,000 terrorists who surrendered more..

When brinkmanship blocks solution

Sep 19 (Island) The SAITM issue has got out of hand with the yahapalana leaders and the opponents of private medical education practising brinkmanship. They also keep shifting the goal posts and remain intransigent. A court case is pending, but the problem is far too complex to be tackled solely through legal means. If it is a lasting solution that the govt seeks it ought to bring all stakeholders to the negotiating table in a bid to make them reach middle ground. more..

High taxes and bad policy spike food prices

Sep 19 (SO) Sri Lanka has a high cost of living. Data for August 2017 gathered by Numbeo, a crowd-sourced database, indicates that grocery prices are 34.48% higher (and consumer prices 25.22% higher) than in India. Chicken is actually cheaper in Singapore than in Sri Lanka. Whole chicken retails for around Rs.425/-kg, while it is available in supermarkets in Singapore for around S$2.85 for 800g or Rs.412/kg. more..

Herath, Gayanthika win 800M heats easily

Sep 19 (CT) Gold medallist in South Asian Games 2016 Indunil Herath advanced to the semi-final and Asian championship silver medallist Gayanthika Abeyaratne advanced easily to the final in the 800m for Men and Women respectively, after winning their first round heats at the Asian Indoor Athletic and Martial Games at Olympics Sports Village in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan yesterday. National title holder Herath finished first in a new Sri Lanka (indoor) record time of 1:53.79. more..

Balance of Payments surpluses vital to face large debt repayments in 2019

Sep 19 (ST) Two years from now in 2019 a massive debt servicing cost of US$4 billion is due. Therefore the impending challenges to the external finances in 2019 are quite formidable. How do we face this crunch in the country’s external finances? Meanwhile, the Prime Minister told parliament that the World Bank and the ADB will not be giving loans to Sri Lanka after 2019. PM Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing members of parliament last week told them that Sri Lanka will not receive more..

'Bus lanes are good but more needs to be done'

Sep 19 (CT) Govt has taken steps to implement a priority bus lane system in a bid to increase the efficiency of the public transport system. Ceylon Today spoke to President of Lanka Private Bus Owners' Association (LPBOA) Gemunu Wijeratne for his opinion on bus lanes and other pressing issues, faced by the private bus operators in the country. Q: Govt is now implementing a bus priority lane on a number of roads in Colombo more..

OMP: Accountability of a State

Sep 19 (CT) Office on Missing Persons (OMP) will enable thousands of families to discover the fate of their loved ones and the circumstances of their disappearance. Two months ago, when the Cabinet decided to set up the OMP, President Sirisena remarked, this marks another step forward in SL's path to sustained peace. Human attachment is such that when someone goes missing, the loved ones consciously or otherwise go into denial mode about the possibility of death and hope that more..

Never a dull moment in our paradise isle

Sep 19 (ST) Whenever a pep-pill is needed to invigorate you and clear the mental cobwebs for the day ahead there is nothing like reading all the news that’s fit to thrill from our island paradise. That is even better than following the American pantomime performed by the leader of the sole superpower, the irrepressible Donald J. Trump doing a nuclear dance with communist comedian Kim Jong-un. It is far better to stick to our own for where else would you find such a panoply of humourists, more..