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Pasindu misses WJ qualification by 10cm

Apr 9 (CT) St. Joseph’s College Triple Jumper Pasindu Malshan missed the World Junior qualification standard of 15.60m by 10cm at the National and Junior National Athletics trials held at Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday. Malshan will have two more chances - Junior National Championship and Senior Nationals in May - to qualify for the World Junior Championship. 400m runner Isuru Abeywardana is the only one who has more..

Story of double games LTTE, RAW & Mossad

Apr 9 (DN) Last week, the Indian media reported a shocking revelation that SL Tamil Tigers had provided training to Naxalites, the dreaded militants who have been carrying out armed attacks on the Indian Security Forces and Police for more than half a century. On March 4, Sukma in Chhattisgarh witnessed yet another deadly attack on Indian Security Forces by Naxalite Maoists killing 22 Security personnel. Sukma is in the midst of the Naxalite belt running through Chhattisgarh, more..

Sri Lankan Yevan places 15th among Top 80 drivers of the world

Apr 9 (ST) Yevan Ranasinghe David, competing at the 3rd Round of the WSK Super Masters Series held at the world famous Circuito Internazionale Napoli in Sarno, Italy finished 15th overall from 80 of the best junior drivers in the world. To achieve this feat in only his fourth race in Europe is unprecedented. He has also consistently beaten drivers from the prestigious Mercedes and Sauber F1 Academies. Europe is the pinnacle for Go-Karting globally and is widely recognised as more..

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Tamed giants in chains

Apr 9 (TM) Elephants are of significant value in Sri Lanka for various economic, entertainment, and traditional purposes. They have been a part of the most important cultural event for Buddhists, which is the peraheras (Buddhist religious processions). The debate has continued where monks and a section of the Buddhist population argue that such traditions have been a part of the identity of our country and therefore should be followed. The contrary argument by welfare organisations and animal rights more..

International Monetary Fund

Apr 9 (CT) Two seemingly important factors cropped up at a Central Bank press conference chaired by Governor W.D. Lakshman yesterday. They were that SL has no plans to go for an IMF facility as a solution to its apparently weak balance of payments position. And the other, that, the performance of certain sectors of the economy was beyond the mandate of CBSL, but were in the hands of policymakers. IMF factor revolved round SL’s foreign reserves having fallen to a 12-year low of more..

Number of organisations create disunity in Sri Lanka

Apr 9 (CT) There are a number of organisations operating in Sri Lanka that have been instrumental in creating disunity between different races and religions. In this context, the mandate of the PCoI required it to identify persons, organisations, who aid and abet actions which cause racial and religious disturbances disrupting the social integrity. PCoI earlier identified the SL Jamaat-e-Islami (SLJI) and more..

Prospects of economic growth and external finances in 2021

Apr 9 (ST) Central Bank expects a significant economic recovery this year. The economy is expected to grow by six percent. All three sectors of the economy are expected to grow and a balance of payments surplus is forecast for 2021. The CBSL’s forecast of the economy’s growth by six percent this year is above the expectations of the ADB, World Bank and IMF that forecast growth of between 3.5 to 5.3%. The CB’s expectations are based on the economic performance in the first 2 months, more..

Where is Sri Lanka heading after UNHRC resolution?

Apr 9 (DM) Sri Lanka gained independence from the British at the end of World War II that saw the onset of the decolonisation process. What was significant in SL’s independence is that, unlike India, Pakistan, and many other nations, Sri Lanka remained loyal to the British govt until it became a Socialist Democratic Republic in 1972 under PM Sirimavo Bandaranaike’s coalition govt comprising the SLFP, the LSSP and the Communist Party. Mrs. Bandaranaike was the widow of more..

In Sri Lanka, two women trying to reform the education system

Apr 9 (Roar) When schools closed in mid-March of 2020, figuring out the most viable solutions for continued learning for all students became a top priority for Dr. Sujata Gamage and Dr. Tara de Mel — co-coordinators of Education Forum SL (EFSL). After finding that internet-based distance education reached only around 45% of SL students in public schools in 2020, their focus shifted to policy action on bridging the digital divide. more..

The JVP needs new thinking

Apr 9 (DM) Revolutions are essential when the democratic paths fail do good to the masses. The 1977 Elections brought the UNP into power and the JR Jayewardene Govt opened up the economy. Privatization was the fuel that propelled the economy. But the majority of the country’s poor remained less affluent. A party which opposed the UNP’s way of rule was the JVP. This party was agitating for change since its formation in 1965, but the Reds really organised themselves with more..

Who is in a fix govt or the masses?

Apr 9 (DM) Excessive hype would result in excessive hope. Excessive and idealistic hopes would end up in disappointment. This is not something new to Sri Lankans. They experience it in two or three years after every regime change in the country. Chandrika Kumaratunga assumed office as President with great hopes among the masses following a 17 year long UNP rule. She obtained a hitherto unbroken record 62 per cent of votes at the 1994 Presidential Election. more..

Inside of BIA goes live on Google Indoor Maps

Apr 8 (AD) Google Indoor Maps was launched at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) today, becoming the first indoor facility to enable this feature in Sri Lanka. SriLankan Airlines and Airport & Aviation Services (SL) teamed up in a remarkable joint project that resulted in BIA becoming the first venue in SL to be enabled on Google Indoor Maps, accessible on smart phones and tabs on both Apple and Android devices. more..

JRJ, Gamini, MR saved country from massive power crisis: Dullus

Apr 8 (Island) Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said that SL would have faced a minimum 16-hour power cut on a daily basis if not for the visionary initiatives by the late Prez J.R. Jayewardene and the late Minister Gamini Dissanayake to commence the Mahaweli Development Project, and Prez Mahinda Rajapaksa’s bold decision to commence the first coal fired power plant complex at Norochcholai. “Irrespective of political differences, correct decisions taken with regard to power sector more..

National health system with equal benefits for everyone and every area

Apr 8 (PMD) President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has stated that a robust national health system will be implemented that will benefit all the people irrespective of their social status and that will cover all parts of the country. Prez Rajapaksa urges to present new ideas to achieve this goal within a short period of time. Prez made these remarks participating as the Chief Guest at the inaugural day of the 43rd Annual Academic Session of the Kandy Society of Medicine held in Kandy, yesterday. more..

Hidden political agenda behind move: Sumangala Thera slams Cardinal Ranjith

Apr 8 (CT) Ulapane Sumangala Thera of the Bhikku Organisations Collective said it is apparent that Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith is expressing impulsive ideas with a political face. The monk made this comment when he participated in a Media briefing organised by the Bhikku Organisations Collective and Saahasika Viyaruwa Paradawamu organisation to reply to a statement made by the Cardinal opposite more..

EFC spurs a dialogue on IT-integrated remote work culture

Apr 8 (FT) The first edition of the HR/IR Forum for 2021 of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) was held recently on the theme of IT-integrated remote work culture: Pandemic and Beyond. The webinar-forum which brought together experts in HR/IR, Industrial and Labour Law and disability sector from the EFC and its member-companies, deliberated on opportunities and challenges a remote work culture driven by IT entails in the pandemic-clouded environment. more..

Temperamental weather forecast for SL: Heavy rainfall amid extreme heat

Apr 8 (EN) The sun will continue to shine directly above SL till April 14 resulting in extreme heat, even as the rest of the island is forecast to experience heavy rainfall. High temperatures were recorded in Bolawatta, Wedeniya, Wattarama, Ambagamuwa, Digana, Mahawala, Galgamuwa, Ampara and Oluvil at 12.12pm today. “The sun, on its apparent march from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere, will be directly over the latitudes of Sri Lanka from April 05 to 14,” more..

Experts concerned over tremors in Kandy

Apr 8 (DM) Commenting on earth tremors in Digana, Anuragama, Alutwatta, Haragama, Talatu Oya, Gurudeniya, Sinharagama, Mailapitiya and Kundasale on August 28, 2020, locals said that they heard a booming sound and their roofs and glasses were rattled. “We felt as if something was moving underground and walls cracked. We were frightened. We could have been prepared if we knew what was happening. more..

SL fails to sell 58% of Treasuries auction

Apr 8 (EN) Sri Lanka has failed to sell 58% of a 45 billion rupee Treauries auction amid price ceilings above which unsold bills have been monetized in the past, amid record balance of payments deficits, official data showed. However the debt office which is a unit of the central bank had sold higher volumes of 3 month bills, small volumes of longer tenors were sold. In 3-month bills the debt office sold 17.4 billion rupees at 5.08% up 03 basis points after offering 10 billion rupees. more..

Video: Jaffna MC forms new Police unit with outfit similar to LTTE, taken into custody

Apr 8 (DM) Five uniforms belonging to the newly- established Police Unit by the Jaffna Municipal Council, which are similar to the LTTE police uniform, had been taken into custody by the Jaffna Police today. Jaffna Mayor Visvalingam Manivannan said that a 5-member Police unit has been established to protect the cleanliness of Jaffna. Mayor said the unit was established in order to take legal action against those who pollute the main streets of Jaffna, spit betel saliva on the road, more..

Video: Tests confirm Aflatoxin presence in samples from coconut oil bowsers

Apr 8 (AD) Tests carried out on samples from the two bowser trucks containing coconut oil – which were recently taken into custody at Dankotuwa – have indicated the presence of Aflatoxin. The two bowser trucks were seized by Dankotuwa Police on the 30th of March, on suspicion of containing carcinogenic substances. A total of 27,500 liters of coconut oil had been taken into custody from the two bowser trucks more..

Resetting the retirement age in Sri Lanka

Apr 8 (EN) The retirement age of employees can have widespread ramifications on a country’s socio-economic growth. In this context, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Sri Lanka, in association with the Daily FT, organised a webinar themed Debate on Retirement Age on 20 March. Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Managing Director and Partner Prateek Roongta delivered the keynote speech, which was followed by a panel discussion comprising Commissioner General of Labour more..

'65% child abuse begins at home'

Apr 8 (CT) Even though parents and the public think that home is the safest place for children to be in , it has been proved that 65% of child cruelty and physical abuse take place within their own homes, said Associate Prof, Faculty of Medicine, Uni of Kelaniya, Asvini Fernando. She said, major reason for cruelty and abuse within the home is domestic violence, alcohol addiction & improper relationships. Due to these concerns, the child is forced to face various types of cruelty in the home. more..

Gazette published naming Ajith Mannapperuma to Ranjan’s MP seat

Apr 8 (AD) Extraordinary Gazette notification announcing the appointment of Mr. Ajith Mannapperuma to the parliamentary seat vacated by Ranjan Ramanayake, has been published a short while ago. The gazette notice states that the Secretary General of Parliament has informed the Election Commission, under Section 64(1) of the Parliamentary Elections Act, No. 1 of 1981, that a vacancy has occurred in more..

'Easter carnage: Unmasking real culprits of will begin as prosecutions get underway'

Apr 8 (Island) The unmasking of the real culprits responsible for the Easter Sunday carnage would happen as the judicial process gets underway, Minister Johnston Fernando said yesterday. He said that the judicial process would help identify the persons who had aided and abetted the terror attacks and also those who had shirked their duties. “The PCoI report has made recommendations. Once that process commences, the culpability of those who committed the crimes, more..

Forex reserves drop to US$4.1bn in March

Apr 8 (EN) SL’s forex reserves dropped to US$ 4.1 billion in March 2021 from US$ 4,583 million in February, the central bank said as liquidity injections continued. Sri Lanka’s external sector remains resilient despite some near term challenges, the central bank said in its April monetary policy statement where the policy corridor was kept unchanged at 5.5% to inject new money overnight and 4.5% to withdraw excess liquidity. The rupee has also fallen below 200 to the US dollar. more..

COPE Exposes More Irregularities at SLC

Apr 8 (CT) It was exposed at the COPE that although Rs132 million was spent for the construction of a National Cricket Stadium and a Multi-Sports Complex in the Hingurakgoda area in Polonnaruwa, a title deed for the land has not yet been obtained. Furthermore, Rs 30 million has been spent to take legal action against the former head coach of SLC Chandika Hathurusinghe due to the shortcomings in his agreement. more..

Vidullanka commissions 2nd rooftop power plant with Rs. 27 m investment

Apr 8 (FT) Vidullanka Group further upholding its position to a greener future for Sri Lanka, recently commissioned its second rooftop solar project with Trendy Connections Ltd., the company said in a disclosure to the market. This project is undertaken by Vidul Engineering Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Vidullanka PLC. The plant has an installed capacity of 240kWp and has utilised the roof area of the Trendy Connections Ltd.’s factory premises located in Nugegoda. more..

Video: Ven. Jamburewela Chandrarathana Thero arrested

Apr 8 (AD) Ven. Jamburewela Chandrarathana Thero has been arrested by the Fort Police a short while ago. The Thero and another protestor have been arrested during a protest held this morning in the Colombo Fort area. Reportedly, the protestors had stoned and caused damages to a jeep belonging to the Fort Police which had been deployed to control the protest. Chandrarathana Thero has been arrested under the charges of unlawful assembly and causing damages to more..

Three COVID-19 infections of Denmark variant detected from Colombo

Apr 8 (AD) Denmark lineage of COVID-19 has been identified in virus samples collected from 3 persons in the community in Colombo, says Dr Chandima Jeewandara, Director of Allergy, Immunity and Cell Biology Unit of the Uni of Sri J'pura. SL has carried out monthly genetic sequencing of the COVID-19 virus variants since the virus first entered the country in March 2020. Accordingly, a total of 55 samples have been more..

SL in talks to acquire seven million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine: Health Minister

Apr 8 (EN) Sri Lanka plans to purchase seven million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine next year, and discussions are under way with multiple manufacturers to acquire more vaccines, the Minister of Health told parliament today. Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said officials are engaged in discussions with Pfizer Inc through the US Embassy in Sri Lanka with a view to signing purchase agreements. ”If the deal goes through, the vaccines will arrive next year,” she said. more..

Rupee slip to have mixed impact on select listed companies: CTCLSA

Apr 8 (FT) The decline of the Rupee vis-à-vis the US Dollar is likely to have a mixed impact on listed companies, according to stock broking firm CTCLSA Securities. In an analysis of select companies, it said depreciation of the Rupee will have a negative impact for companies such as Dialog Axiata, Hemas Holdings, Lanka Lubricants, and slightly negative counters are Sunshine Holdings, Tokyo Cement (Lanka), Acccess Engineering, Cargills (Ceylon) and Ceylon Cold Stores. more..

Video: Caroline Jurie & Chula Padmendra granted police bail

Apr 8 (AD) Reigning Mrs. World Caroline Jurie and model Chula Padmendra, who were arrested by the Cinnamon Gardens Police, have been granted police bail. They were taken into custody this afternoon over the recent controversy at the Mrs. SL beauty pageant on Sunday. The arrests have been made on the offenses of simple hurt and criminal force, according to DIG Ajith Rohana. Cinnamon Gardens Police have recorded more..

Man arrested for operating bank account with Rs. 136Mn sent by Dharme

Apr 8 (DM) A 27-year-old man has been arrested by the CID on charges of Money Laundering after Rs. 136 million was deposited in the suspect's favour by underworld figure Dharmasiri Perera alias Dharme, who operates his criminal activities from Dubai. DIG Ajith Rohana said the suspect, a resident of Ratmalana was arrested yesterday and to be produced in court today. Last year, the Police had arrested a suspect for operating a bank account with transactions to the tune of Rs.490 million. more..

Petition seeks order preventing hotel from disposing sewage into sea

Apr 8 (DN) The Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) has filed a Writ Petition in the Court of Appeal seeking an order restraining the Marine Environment Protection Authority from granting permission to the newly built Araliya Unawatuna Beach Hotel, disposing sewage into the sea. The CEJ and its Executive Director Director Hemantha Withanage filed this petition naming the Central Environmental Authority, UDA, Director General of Wild Life, Chairman of Araliya Group W. Sirisena, more..