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Dudley used emergency once to protect people: Karu

Apr 13 (DM) Acting UNP leader Karu Jayasuriya today said that if the late Dudley Senanayake held the executive presidency, the public would not demand to abolish the Executive Presidency, as Mr. Senanayake used the emergency law only once and that too to protect the people’s rights. “Mr. Senanayake used the emergency law to protect people’s right, but currently the emergency law is being used to suppress the people,” Mr. Jayasuriya said speaking at the 41st commemoration more..

Plans underway to upgrade facilities for Sri Pada pilgrims

Apr 13 (NS) The Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy announced that plans are in the pipeline to upgrade the facilities at the sacred Sri Pada premises in time for the next Sri Pada pilgrimage season beginning in December this year. Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy, Susil Premajayantha confirmed the plans while visiting those who were to take part in a cleanup project organized by the Central Environment Authority in Sri Pada recently. more..

Sri Lanka seeks Interpol red notice for arrest of LTTE leader

Apr 13 (PTI) Sri Lanka today said it will ask Interpol to issue a red notice for the arrest of a Europe- based LTTE leader who directed actions of three key operatives of the banned outfit killed in a major operation last week. "We want an Interpol red notice issued for Nediyavan, police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said. "Nediyavan and Vinayagam are wanted in our action to curb the revival of the LTTE. They are currently living overseas," he said. more..

Army warns of moves at separatism

Apr 13 (CG) The army says there are many unsuccessful efforts at regional and international levels, adopted by different groups with vested interests who are working tirelessly once again to destabilize the country and sow the seeds of separatist ideologies as per their agendas. Commander of the Army Daya Ratnayake says Sri Lankan troops should challenge such threats by promoting notions of co-existence, harmony and reconciliation in the areas they serve. more..

Southern Expressway earns record income

Apr 13 (AD) A record 24,000 vehicles have traveled on the Southern Expressway within 24 hours from 6.00am yesterday to 6.00am today generating an income of Rs 5.8 million, in the wake of the government’s slashing of toll fees for the festive season. The Ministry of Highways stated that the number of vehicles which had plied the expressway within the past 24 hours is the highest numbers recorded since the opening of the Southern Expressway. more..

Sri Lanka tops Child-Friendliness Index in South Asia

Apr 13 (SO) Govt’s initiative to protect children’s rights and look into their needs in the past few years helped Sri Lanka to score a first in the Child-Friendliness Index among South Asian countries, Minister Tissa Karaliyadda said. He said the 3-year survey conducted by the South Asian Initiative to End Violence Against Children revealed that SL had the highest score in the Child-Friendliness Index in the South Asian region. more..

Beware of contaminated food and drinks during New Year

Apr 13 (SO) The public has been cautioned about contaminated food and drinks in eateries and Public Health Inspectors stepped up inspections on the eve of the New Year. "Unsuspecting customers who come to the city to do their last minute shopping, should avoid patronising wayside boutiques serving low qualities food and drinks. Ingesting such food is dangerous as it could lead to several health risks", Assistant Director, Food Control Administrative Unit, Health Ministry, H. Tilekeratne more..

New Year prince barred from visiting university students!

Apr 13 (LT) The ‘Sathyagraha’ begun by students of Rajarata University demanding the withdrawal of unjust suspensions on 27 students and solutions for other grievances has continued for 125 days today (13th) and would continue while authorities who are responsible to find solutions for these issues enjoy New Year. The Students’ Council states that appeals regarding the 27 suspended students were handed over 7 months ago but authorities have chosen to ignore their appeals more..

A complete change for the school curriculum from next year

Apr 13 (SLBC) The school curricula will be changed completely from next year onwards. Accordingly, changes will be introduced to Grade 5 Scholarship, GCE O/L and GCE A/L Exams. The text books on relevant subjects and the syllabuses will be changed from the year 2015. The govt that came to power in 1977 introduced the open economic system and directed the educational process to a different path. more..

Police net nearly 600 drunk drivers

Apr 13 (AD) Police today revealed that nearly 600 motorists have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, following the special operation launched to curb road accidents in view of the festive season. A total of 586 drunk drivers have been arrested since the operation commenced on April 10 across the island while 207 of them were nabbed within the past 24 hours alone. Three bus drivers, 116 motorcyclists, 74 three-wheeler drivers and 14 drivers of other vehicles more..

Sri Lanka should regulate pharmaceutical prices through vibrant competition

Apr 13 (Island) Secretary to Ministry of Co-operatives and Internal Trade, G.K.D. Amarawardena, emphasized on the need to regulate pharmaceutical prices through vibrant competition, while breaking unhealthy product monopolies. He was speaking at the 8th annual Sales Conference of Markss HLC, where he was the Guest of Honor. Secretary also highlighted the need to distribute products in a systematic manner to ensure that they reach needy patients across the country. more..

Auspicious Times for National New Year 2014

Apr 13 (ST) BATHING FOR THE OLD YEAR: Bathing for the old year, with herbs mixed in water, falls on Saturday, April 12, before the New Year dawns. DAWN OF THE NEW YEAR: New Year dawns at 07.37 a.m. on Monday, April 14. PUNYA KAALAYA: Punya Kaalaya, which is the time for prayer and retreat, is between 01.13 a.m. on Monday, April 14 and 02.01 p.m. the same day. more..

ACMC concerned about BBS ‘atrocities’

Apr 13 (NS) Meanwhile, issuing a media statement on Friday, the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) claimed the apparent impunity with which the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) was acting raises questions whether the BBS was running ‘a parallel govt’ like the LTTE during its existence. “At least the so called govt of the LTTE was challenged by the law enforcement authorities but the government of the BBS appears to be above the law,” the statement said. The ACMC further called for a more..

A Model Coconut Park in Pasikuda

Apr 13 (CT) A model Coconut Park is to be opened adjoining to Pasikudah Bay with the aim of developing tourism. The Ministry of Coconut Development and Janatha Estate Development and Coconut Development Board has chosen Pasikuda for the project taking into consideration the tourists that visit Pasikuda in thousands. The park is being constructed in an area of over 238 acres. Another 25 acres adjoining this estate will be developed as a tourist zone. more..

Mass promotions create top-heavy police

Apr 13 (ST) Police top brass now have the unenviable task of finding replacements as officer-in-charge (OIC) for almost a quarter of the country’s police stations. Reason for the first time in their near one and half century of existence, some 120 OICs have been promoted to the rank of ASP. Whilst the vast majority were OICs of stations, there were a few who held desk jobs elsewhere including Police Headquarters. more..

Interpol help sought to track diaspora activists

Apr 13 (SO) Govt is confident that the 16 pro-LTTE Tamil diaspora organisations banned last week would be closely monitored by the countries where they operate and consequently their activities will be restricted, Deputy Minister Neomal Perera told the Sunday Observer. Although the LTTE, the world’s most ruthless terrorist outfit, was defeated militarily and now defunct, these organisations are promoting its separatist agenda and pose a regional and global threat, he said. more..

TISL awards Fellowships on Investigative Journalism

Apr 13 (Island) Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) calls for applications from print and electronic media journalists for a Fellowship program on Investigative Journalism. Mid-career and regional media personnel are encouraged to apply. To be selected for the program, the applicants should have at least three years of experience as a journalist and should be currently employed in a media institute. Their contribution to the media institute should be supported by attaching three work samples, more..

Freed drug kingpin departs to Sri Lanka

Apr 13 (HO) Haveeru is aware that the man departed sometime last week. However, the reason for his departure remains unknown and the police refuse to comment regarding the matter. The police did not reveal any details regarding the detainee who was released for being late to court. But Haveeru found out that the detainee was an alleged drug kingpin who was arrested in December 2013. Upon searching him, police had more..

Traders play dirty tricks with avurudu rice

Apr 13 (ST) By selling the normal rice as ‘super grade’, traders have adopted a ruse to get over the Trade Ministry’s decision to introduce controlled prices for rice. The ruse came as the Govt imposed a control price for normal rice after traders started increasing prices following a drop in paddy production due to the drought. An Internal Trade Ministry official said the price controls would apply only for normal rice and after traders started increasing prices following a drop in more..

Three killed in Kalmunai bus crash

Apr 13 (CG) Three people were killed and 18 others have been injured following an accident involving two buses in Kalmunai this morning. SSP Ajith Rohana said that a bus operating between Akaraipattu and Vavuniya had crashed into another bus operating between Colombo and Akaraipattu. Among those killed are two women. The police spokesman said that the driver of the bus operating between Akaraipattu and Vavuniya was drunk at the time of the accident. more..

A well-deserved farewell

Apr 13 (Island) Last Sunday Dhaka gave a fitting farewell to two giants of world cricket. Having announced that they no longer wished to play T-20 cricket, the duo of Sangakkara and Mahela went on a high as world champions having helped the country to win an elusive title over bitter rivals India. What made this win special was that SL had lost four big tournaments having entered some of those competitions as firm favourites. more..

New Year Happily Intrudes

Apr 13 (Island) I considered myself blasé about New Year and decided I would do nothing about it, except perhaps light my gas cooker at the auspicious time and attempt making some kiribath. But when the day approached closer and the call of the koha more insistent, I got the strong inclination to get something new to wear and buy the traditional kavun and kokis and of course dodol. Also gifts. Most in my circle of friends and relatives are like me – laid back until the last couple of days more..

Self-Determination as a 21-C Concept

Apr 13 (Island) Justice CV Wigneswaran (CV) made a splendid presentation at the Bernard Soysa birth centenary commemoration and Dr Dayan Jayatilleka (DJ) responded in newspaper and web. The polemic is about one aspect of CV’s address, Self-Determination. I have the temerity to wade into this clash of giants with a correction; both these mighty intellects are stuck with concepts, which unless refined for modern times, have outlived their usefulness. Concepts like Self-Determination more..

New Authority to control medicinal drugs and devices

Apr 13 (ST) Tough new laws giving effect to the Govt’s policy on medicinal drugs will require all manufacturers, importers and sellers to register with a new Authority and conform to strict new procedures. This is to ensure that poor quality or outdated drugs are not passed off to patients. Move will benefit thousands of Sri Lankans who fall victim every day. Titled the Medicinal Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics Authority, more..

Britain to continue its push for international probe against SL

Apr 13 (Island) In the backdrop of Sri Lanka opting not to cooperate with the UNHRC resolution, the British govt warned that it will use its position in the Geneva-based key human rights body to actively press for an international investigation.  British Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire said that "the international community now has a duty to act, and we will be using our position on the more..

UNHRC probe likely in June

Apr 13 (CT) The UNHRC-proposed international probe into Sri Lanka's alleged human rights abuses, purportedly committed during the period covered by the LLRC, is likely to get underway in June, a top UN source said. Accordingly, the setting up of the required mechanism, which is still not very clear, will be concluded by May end, paving the way for a full-fledged inquiry. According to the US-backed resolution adopted on more..

National lottery sellers slam online lottery

Apr 13 (ST) A major protest campaign has been launched by state-run lottery sellers, calling on President Rajapaksa to cancel the new online lottery which began operations this week. The protest came as a major clash was simmering between sellers of the state-run lotteries and the agents of the private online lottery. Some 45 booths for the new online lottery have been set up in Colombo alongside state-run lottery ticket more..

EU advises govt

Apr 13 (ST) The European Union (EU) has advised the Sri Lankan Govt to pursue efforts of inclusive and comprehensive reconciliation with all relevant stakeholders. The EU office in Colombo said that close cooperation with and technical support from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) could make a positive contribution to the reconciliation process. Govt has so far said it will not more..

Newcomer unfolds petals for New Year

Apr 13 (ST) Erabudu is the flower of the Avurudu season but you will hardly be able to find erabadu these days. Instead, rosy trumpet (tabebuia) flowers bloom, marking the onset of the New Year season. This is the famous sakura flower season in Japan with thousands of cherry trees in full bloom. Cherry trees shed their leaves in winter and in spring become fully covered by white or pink blooms, making a spectacular show more..

JBS vows to expose BBS using video footage

Apr 13 (NS) The Jathika Bala Sena (JBS) expects to hold another press conference soon where it intends to ‘expose’ the real face of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), JBS General Secretary Ven. Watareka Vijitha Thera said. Vijitha Thera reiterated his allegation that BBS General Secretary, Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera had threatened to cut him to pieces if he made any more statements to the media. more..

Tiger vs Tiger: 10th anniversary of revolt led by eastern LTTE leader Karuna

Apr 13 (DBS) Ten years have passed since the once dreaded LTTE experienced an internal politico-military revolt spearheaded by its erstwhile Eastern regional commander Vinayagamoorthy Muralidharan alias “Col” Karuna. The revolt lasting six weeks from March 3rd to April 11th 2004 was ruthlessly suppressed through military means by the mainstream LTTE led by tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran. more..

‘Malingering’ Malinga mocks at his critics

Apr 13 (NS) Fast bowler Lasith Malinga certainly had the last laugh at his detractors, who have been hounding him since he decided to quit Test cricket and concentrate on the other two formats of the game to prolong his international cricket career, when he proudly lifted the second World Cup title won by Sri Lanka in 18 years in the ICC World Twenty20 final at Dhaka on Sunday. Hounded and harrassed by fans and more..

Talk at the Cafe Spectator

Apr 13 (ST) TNA Northern Provincial Councillor Ananthi Shashitharan is perhaps one among few opposition politicians who have come under severe criticism from the Cabinet of ministers.This came after her speech at a side event during last month’s UNHRC sessions in Geneva. Speaking in English though not cohesive, Ms. Sasheetharan claimed there was “genocide” in Sri Lanka. more..

Quebec and India: A tale of two elections and still more lessons for Sri Lanka

Apr 13 (Island) India has just started the five-week long ritual of its 16th national election. In Canada, the Province of Quebec last week had its one-day election after less than a month of campaigning. The outcome of the Indian elections is widely expected to be a defeat for the ruling Congress alliance and victory for the opposition BJP alliance. The results in Quebec were a huge surprise with the governing Parti Quebecois of French Canadian separatists suffering a crushing defeat and more..

Our New Year Resolution

Apr 13 (CT) During this time of the year an entire nation comes together as we Sri Lankans revisit our cultural roots. We pay obeisance to our elders, visit our relatives, friends and the extended family and indulge in some of the delicious local delicacies which we would not dare to partake on other days, being paranoid over cholesterol. After a long and tedious year, Avurudu gives weary souls and the nation at large a break and a fresh start. Avurudu is the time that families reunite after more..

Multimillion dollar Avurudu gifts for Hambantota

Apr 13 (ST) As another National New Year dawns, the movers and shakers of UPFA Govt will be heading south. Ministers, military top brass, senior bureaucrats, commoners and family members will be there to greet President Rajapaksa at his ancestral home in Meda Mulana, just 32 kilometres from Tangalle. The area, like other parts of the Hambantota District, is all Rajapaksa heartland. That no doubt is reason for this more..