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'Preschools should be administered by NPC'

Oct 18 (CT) Vanni District TNA MP Dr. Sivapragasam Sivamohan commenting on preschools functioning under the Civil Security Force said, "Preschools in the North should fall under the purview of NPC. There are statutory provisions that further prove my argument." However, Dr. Sivamohan went on to say, "We must agree to see the positive side too. The many females who have been recruited by the Civil Security Division more..

Please fasten your seat belts

Oct 18 (ST) Many, many years ago somebody said that the bikini is like a barbed-wire fence; it protects the property without obstructing the view. In more recent days there has been a new addition to female swim wear. It is the burkini – a word coined out of two others – burqa and bikini – which covers everything below the neck. The more I read of the self-gratifying achievements articulated by the head honcho of Sri Lanka’s national airline and his faithful Tonto the more I am reminded of more..

Budget 2017: Achieving its desired goals and targets

Oct 18 (ST) Minister Ravi Karunanayake has announced the objectives and goals of the next budget. He expects to bring down the budget deficit to 4.7% of GDP, increase govt revenues to around 14.2% of GDP and present a development-oriented budget. These sought-after objectives, if achieved, would improve the fiscal situation. They would pave the way for macroeconomic stability. However, achieving them would be no easy task. Achieving these objectives would require vigilance more..

Free stents, cheaper meds: Promise in waiting

Oct 18 (SO) It has taken a long time coming. But the promise to reduce the price of medicinal drugs while ensuring their quality, finally seems to be nearing fulfillment. For nearly six decades Lankan patients have waited patiently for affordable quality drugs dished out on a regular basis and constantly monitored and reviewed by experts in the field. That process towards realizing the elusive dream began when SL Essential Medicines more..

Sri Lanka in US – Tel Aviv – New Delhi Axis?

Oct 18 (CT) On Thursday 13 Oct 2016 Sri Lanka, once a strong defender of brutalised Palestinian rights, abstained from voting on UNESCO resolution which deprecated Israeli violations in and around the al-Haram al-Sharif, Masjid Al Aqsa, compound in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds. This shocking U Turn in the island’s once proud and respected neutral foreign policy, insults the island’s Muslims and around 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide who always stood by more..

Editorial: Motherships of terrorism

Oct 18 (Island) Time was when Indian PM Narendra Modi would go out of his way, adopting as he did some unconventional methods, to mend fences with Pakistan. He even paid his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif a surprise visit in Lahore last Dec. The latter gave the former a warm hug on the tarmac and they powwowed for a couple of hours. That unexpected stopover warmed the cockles of many a heart and some observers claimed that it marked a thaw in relations between two nuclear more..

Political crisis deepens as Bribery DG quits

Oct 17 (EN) SL's simmering political crisis worsened on Monday as the head of the bribery commission resigned in protest over the controversial remarks of PresidentSirisena questioning her integrity. Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe tendered her resignation to Sirisena who had appointed her last year after CIABOC was re-established as a fully independent body. "She sent her letter of resignation to president today" more..

Yoshitha’s land case postponed for Jan. 23rd

Oct 17 (ITN) The case related to the land at Mihindu Mawatha in Mount Lavinia, said to have been given to Yoshitha Rajapaksa by his grandmother, was taken up for hearing today. The case was heard before Chief Magistrate Mohamed Asabdeen. The FCID presented a report related to this land at Mihindu Mawatha in Mount Lavinia said to be owned by Yoshitha Rajapaksa. The report on surveying activities of this land concerned was not produced in Court even today. more..

Japanese firm withdraws from third stage construction of the Central Expressway

Oct 17 (DM) Japanese firm which was to be given the contract to carry out the third stage of the Central Expressway is said to have withdrawn, thus compelling govt to search for another construction company. Expressway is to be constructed in three stages with the contract for the first stage from Kadawata to Mirigama awarded to a Chinese company and the second stage to Kurunegala via Potuhera awarded to a local contractor. Under 3rd stage, expressway will stretch from Potuhera more..

Speaker attempts damage control after Presidential outburst

Oct 17 (EN) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya tried to assure members of independent commissions that he had confidence in them despite President Sirisena's recent outburst questioning their integrity. Speaker is also the Chairman of Constitutional Council which appoints chairmen and members of Independent commissions established in line with 19th amendment. "Severeal chairmen and members questioned if higher echelons more..

Another 800 get dual citizenship

Oct 17 (ITN) Another 800 Sri Lankan expatriates have been awarded dual citizenship. Govt has so far awarded 17,500 dual citizenships to such Sri Lankans. The present Govt since assuming office has awarded dual citizenship to SL expatriates on 10 occasions. This is the 11th occasion that Govt awarded dual citizenships to SL expatriates. According to the 19 Amendment, dual citizenship holders are entitled to all privileges other than contesting for a Parliamentary election. more..

FCID arrests Thirukumar Nadesan

Oct 17 (AM) Thirukumaran Nadesan, who was arrested by FCID earlier today, was granted bail by the Pugoda Magistrate over the controversial land in Malwana. He was released on a cash bail of Rs 50,000 and two sureties of Rs 1 million each. Nadesan, a former Chairman of Hilton Colombo, is married to Nirupama Rajapaksa, a nice of former President Rajapaksa. Land in question was alleged to be owned by Basil Rajapaksa. However he informed court that it is not owned by him. more..

Bribery Com. DG resigned to avoid action on bond scam culprits: JHU

Oct 17 (DM) Resignation of Bribery Commission (BC) Director General Dilrukshi Wickramasinghe is a move to avoid possible action against the culprits of CB bond scam, JHU said. The JHU, which has repeatedly criticized the delay when taking action against offenders by the BC, CID and the FCID, said she had proved herself to be inefficient and accused her of carrying out her duties based on political agendas. more..

Free stents for cardiac patients should not be misused

Oct 17 (GDI) Minister of Health, Dr. Rajitha Senarathne has requested all cardiologists to use the stents imported by the Ministry of Health to perform surgeries on cardiac patients. These stents will be provided to the patients free of charge. The Minister said that the stents should not be misused. This was said at a meeting held at the Ministry, with the participation of consultant cardiologists from National Hospital, Colombo and Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Borella. more..

Sri Lanka dismisses fishing community protests against Port City project

Oct 17 (EN) Sri Lankan govt dismissed protests by fishermen against a US$ 1.4 billion Port City project funded by Chinese investors, saying sand mining to reclaim land would not harm fishing grounds. Minister Champika Ranawaka said they had held several rounds of talks with fishermen’s groups in Negombo. “We explained the steps taken to mitigate damage from offshore sand mining and provided scientific evidence that there would be no lasting harm to fishing.” more..

China to provide Rs. 2.6 million worth military aid to Sri Lanka

Oct 17 (MOD) At the invitation of the Chinese Govt Karunasena Hettiatrachchi, Secretary of Defence undertook an Official Visit to China. During the visit the Secretary called on General Chang Wanquan, State Councilor and Minister of National Defence of China and on behalf of President & Minister of Defence of SL extended an invitation to Minister to undertake an early visit to SL to strengthen cooperation in defence sector. more..

Duration of power-cuts reduced

Oct 17 (DN) Ministry of Power and Energy announced that the power-cuts scheduled for two-and-a-half hours in the morning, and an hour in the evening, have been reduced. The cuts will now last for an hour in the morning, and half-an-hour in the evening, Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said. Earlier today, after the Mahaweli Authority agreed to release more water to generate hydropower, Ministry of Power and Energy said duration of  power-cuts could be reduced. more..

Exorcist remanded for abusing schoolgirls

Oct 17 (Island) A 65-year-old exorcist of Medamahanuwara in Udadumbara was arrested by the Children’s and Women’s Bureau of the Kandy police headquarters for allegedly sexually abusing underage schoolgirls in the area. The suspect had been abusing girls aged 12-14, threatening them that he would destroy them and their family members if they disclosed abuse. The latest victims were four schoolgirls. The arrest of the charmer Nallatambi by the Children’s and more..

Leaked Video: Sajith unveils Yahapâlana plan to curb unemployment

Oct 17 (PTI) Minister and Deputy Leader of UNP, Sajith Premadasa recently organised a job dansala to show his appreciation to his party supporters who worked for his victory at last year’s Parliamentary Elections, doling out tens if not hundreds of jobs to his party supporters and their families. The job dansala, goes against all pledges by President Sirisena led administration which came to power assuring that people more..

Sri Lankan man held in TN without valid travel documents

Oct 17 (PTI) A 42-year-old Sri Lankan national who arrived here by a boat today claiming that he fled his country fearing detention by military there, was arrested for travelling without valid travel documents, police said. The man identified as Arulselvan of Yazhpanam in Sri Lanka reached Arichalmunai near here by a boat this morning. He told the police that he left his country fearing torture at the hands of military there and that he had come in search of his wife who is lodged in a refugee camp more..

Will injury hit Sri Lanka falter in Africa?

Oct 17 (DS) This is the opportunity for the youngsters to raise their hands and grab the opportunity. It’s bad that we are in this situation, but, at the same time we have to consider it as an opportunity for the fringe players. The only fit fast bowler Suranga Lakmal too is among the experienced hands. (Sunday Times). Adding to the long list of injury hit Sri Lankan senior players, captain Angelo Mathews and vice captain Dinesh Chandimal’s condition   more..

Use power sparingly for next five days

Oct 17 (DN) Power and Energy Ministry requested the public to use electricity sparingly for the next five days in the wake of tripping of the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant. Ministry spokesman said the public is urged to save power in support of the efforts to manage the electricity demand. He said if the power saving measures were inadequate, CEB would be compelled to impose power cuts. He said the ministry will announce today whether more..

Putin assures fullest support to Sri Lanka

Oct 17 (PMD) President of Russia Vladimir Putin, expressing his appreciation over the transformation being occurred in Sri Lanka and assured he will provide every required support to Sri Lanka. He made these remarks when he met President Maithripala Sirisena on the sidelines of BRICS Outreach Summit yesterday in Goa, India. President Putin warmly welcomed President Sirisena and expressed his best wishes. President Sirisena thanked the Russian President for more..


Oct 17 (CT) Pakistan's attempt to stage the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit has fizzled out following the recent tense situation between Pakistan and India in the Kashmir region. However, India has staged the 8th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit in Goa with a positive response even from some of the SAARC countries which have kept away from SAARC Summit in Pakistan. As BRICS countries have several things in common, more..

Adhil Bakeer Markar: LSE student found dead in his room

Oct 17 (ES) A member of one of Sri Lanka’s most prominent political families was found dead in his room at a London university shortly after going to bed complaining of a fever. Friends who became worried when Adhil Bakeer Markar failed to answer phone calls battered down the door of his London School of Economics dorm to find him lying unconscious. They tried to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead at more..

Sri Lanka’s Malay Tamils and the fight for minority status

Oct 17 (NM) The turbulent history of Sri Lanka’s tiny Malay Tamil community has been brought to the fore by the recent visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues to the island nation. The UN Special Rapporteur Rita Izsak-Ndiaye arrived in Sri Lanka last Monday to examine the status of minorities in light of the aftermath of its bloody decades-long civil war.  She held her first meeting with SL Foreign Minister Mangala Samarweera and will advise on, monitor and report on rights for more..

Customs trade unionist complains of death threat

Oct 17 (Island) General Secretary of Sri Lanka Independent Govt Trade Union Organisations -Sri Lanka Customs W.M.R.P. Wijekoon yesterday said he had lodged a complaint with the Colombo Fort police on October 14,2016 under (CIB 11, 336/89) that a high ranking Customs official had threatened him with death and abused him in obscene language while he was on his way to the Central Investigations Unit (Wijekoon’s) unit on the fourth floor of the Customs House. more..

Muslim women pin hopes on new constitution to raise minimum age of ....

Oct 17 (ENS) Sri Lankan Muslim women are banking on the framers of the country’s new constitution to raise the minimum age of marriage for Muslim girls to the national statutory level of 18. Under the existing Muslim Marriage and Divorce (MMDA) Act 1951, there is no minimum age as such, except for the stipulation that, if a girl is below 12, the permission of the Quazi is required, says Muslim Personal Law Reforms Action Group. more..

Is Sirisena a political traitor?

Oct 17 (CT) Maithripala Sirisena has come up with his new version of Thana Patiya and Madu Waligaya. He has exposed his true intentions OF STAYING IN POWER with his now infamous speech at Sathviru Heritage function held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, organized to transfer ownership of houses and properties to the security divisions. What has made him change overnight? Does he want his second term or is there a threat of a coup by Gota and his merry men, more..

Police return Sinhala flags

Oct 17 (Island) Cinnamon Gardens Police on Saturday returned Sinhale Sinha flags to their owner Swarnahansa Foundation. Police seized those flags during an event organised by the Swarnahansa Foundation at the Independence Square on Feb 10, this year. Founder of Swarnahansa Foundation Punyawardana Gallage said that police had returned the flags as it could not find anything illegal in using them. Swarnahansa foundation earlier lodged a complaint with National Police Commission more..

පුරවැසියා ද? යටත් වැසියා ද?

Harakiri or Kiri for Gota? President is misguided by his own intelligence

Oct 17 (CT) Hell broke loose when President Sirisena expressed his displeasure over top three Naval officers and ex defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa – war heroes were taken to the Colombo Courts but what ails president to speak so? The man who said if anyone proved to be corrupt and substantiated with evidence, he will not spare them. But the President was annoyed and angry for questioning veteran senior politician M H M Fowzie or misuse of state vehicles. more..

GSP Plus likely by end of the year following Brussels talks

Oct 17 (CG) Govt says Sri Lanka is expected to obtain the GSP Plus trade concession by the end of this year, following successful discussions held in Brussels. Minister Niroshan Perera said that several rounds of discussions were held with European Union in an attempt to regain GSP Plus. He said that final round of discussions held in Brussels between EU & PM Wickremesinghe were successful. Sri Lanka lost access to the EU GSP Plus since 2009 over human rights related issues. more..

65,000 houses project may be re-tendered in small packages

Oct 17 (ST) French steel giant ArcelorMittal’s US$1 billion (Rs.146 billion at today’s exchange rate) bid to singly erect 65,000 prefab dwellings in Sri Lanka for the war-affected in the North and East has suffered a blow. Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CCEM) headed by the PM recommended this week for the project to be re-tendered in smaller packages. Decision–which will be put to the Cabinet more..

Daily power cuts till Friday: CEB

Oct 17 (DN) The CEB this morning released the full list of areas that will be affected by the power-cuts it intends to impose the next five days. CEB announced that power supply would be disrupted in certain areas for two and a half hours in the morning, and an hour in the evening. The announcement came on the heels of the Ministry of Power and Energy warning yesterday that power-cuts were imminent to manage demand. more..

Exports, imports decline; BOP in surplus

Oct 17 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s exports fell 4.4% to US$ 891.2 million in July, while imports also fell at a faster 6.6% to US$ 1,432.8 million from a year earlier, official data showed. The trade gap shrank 10% to US$ 541.6 million from a year earlier. The Central Bank said the subdued performance in agri and industrial exports, owing to lower international commodity prices and lower domestic supply, mainly contributed to exports decline. more..