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Three reasons why eCommerce is the future of fashion in Sri Lanka

Feb 16 (Roar) The word revolution is often overused. But when it comes to ecommerce, how the internet has transformed retailer and consumer experience is nothing short of revolutionary. Pioneering the revolution in the fashion world for Sri Lanka is Presenting a diverse curation of renowned designers and new labels—available through your desktop and mobile device—alongside improving services more..

Section 70 of Bribery Act needs to be reviewed

Feb 16 (Island) President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya has referred, in a commendable write-up, to the recently filed case alleging corruption under section 70 of the Bribery Act against the then Attorney-General, who later on became the country’s Chief Justice and the then Deputy Solicitor-General, who is presently a sitting Judge of the Court of Appeal. Warnakulasuriya has rightly pointed out that the legal fraternity was aghast at the accusation of corruption. more..

Coalition crack-up: UNP putsch, SLFP rebellion

Feb 16 (Island) What were the reasons for the governmental crisis? The UNP arrogantly attempted a political putsch. Having promised the people that it would form a UNP Only govt if it won the Feb 10th election, which it was sure it would, the UNP then went on to make that attempt even after it resoundingly lost the election, securing 1.5 million votes less than in Aug 2015 and dropping by 13 %. In other words, having got a negative mandate for its slogan of a Govt of Greens (plus the TNA), more..

Aluth Parlimenthuwa

Headless chickens, all

Feb 16 (CT) Now that the LG polls are behind the nation, and so are the results, every political leader and the party that he heads is looking around for scapegoats. That should include Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is demanding fresh Parliamentary elections to re-assert his electoral supremacy, of the time, to extend up to full five years, if the SL voters could help him achieve it, before the LG polls sheen wears thin. But before that, Mahinda R should prove himself to be an able Opposition Leader, more..

Postscript to a tough contest

Feb 16 (DN) The outcome of the much awaited LG elections is now known and analysts are busy providing their interpretation of the results. Overall, SLPP, the newly established political party representing the interests of the dissident faction of the SLFP emerged victorious sweeping the polls in the vast majority of LG institutions. At last count, the SLPP had won 239 of 340 councils on offer while the UNP won 41 councils. SLFP and UPFA together emerged victorious in 10 councils while more..

'Rajapaksas’ Presidential hopeful is Gota'

Feb 16 (CT) Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri says that Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be the next Presidential candidate as Mahinda Rajapaksa cannot, technically, contest the election, and Chamal is only a regional leader and Basil has several critics while Namal is not ready, yet. Q: How do you read the LG election results? A: The pattern of the election result is similar to what I expected. Prior to the release of results, after the polling ended; more..

Caged Independence

Feb 16 (GV) Freedom. That is what one associates with independence. Freedom from alien subjugation, domination and exploitation. Christian List and Laura Valentini write in a recent paper that freedom must be understood as ‘[i]ndependence. Like republican freedom, it demands the robust absence of relevant constraints on action. Unlike republican, and like liberal freedom, it is not moralised’. My beloved father remembered very well that he, born in 1943, had to observe the flag ceremony in more..

SL women at the 70th year of independence

Feb 16 (GV) The email from Groundviews asking me to contribute to this series came on the same day that Prez Sirisena decided that a law prohibiting women from being involved in manufacturing, selling or buying alcohol in SL should remain in place. Days before, Minister Mangala Samaraweera signed a gazette notification to revoke this law from a 1979 gazette. The email, in short, invited me to reflect on what I thought it meant that SL was on the cusp of our 70th anniversary of Independence. more..

Zero tolerance for corruption

Feb 16 (DN) According to newspaper reports, the PRECIFAC has said that a conceptual change is needed to tackle corruption in the country. It has further stated that acts of bribery and corruption in the country have become normalized in the eyes of the public, thus hindering eradication of these evils from society. The Commission has also stated that neither a new institution nor large amounts of money is needed to more..

Pre & post 2015: Rajapaksa & Road to 2020

Feb 16 (CT) His post war victory speech in May 2009 still reverberates in our ears. The then Prez Rajapaksa went on to say, “There are no minorities…. we are one nation…. We must live like children of one mother…. All people in this country must live without fear and suspicion…. To protect the Tamil speaking people is my responsibility.” Noble were the intentions expressed to the nation, in a display of statesmanship by the Head of the State, from the sanctum sanctorum of legislature. more..

Local Polls: What’s next?

Feb 16 (CT) Mahinda Rajapaksa is back. The SLPP, Mahinda Rajapaksa’s newly formed party stunned the observers with a landslide victory. Party won 45% of the total votes nationwide, collecting majority votes in almost all the districts, 16 to be precise, in Sinhala majority areas. Given the political realities of the country, using the term landslide to describe Rajapaksa’s victory was an understatement. I believe that Mahinda magic combined with Sinhala nationalism produced the outcome. more..

T20I: Kusal, Thisara overpower Bangladesh

Feb 15 (CI) Dasun Shanaka and Thisara Perera ransacked Bangladesh's bowlers, after a fifty from opener Kusal Mendis, to help Sri Lanka chase down 194 - their highest in T20Is. This after fluent fifties from the returning Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim, who was passed fit after a niggle, led the hosts to their highest total in T20Is. Kusal Mendis, who had replaced the injured Kusal Perera, struck his more..

15 UNP MPs to join us: Muthuhettigamage

Feb 15 (DM) UPFA Deputy Minister Nishantha Muthuhettigamage today said 15 UNP MPs had agreed to join them to form a UPFA Govt. He said the people’s mandate is with the Joint Opposition now. “The UPFA and JO working together is not a strange thing. We are the same team which stayed separated for two and a half years. Both sides have agreed to work together for another two and a half years without any privilege or deal. UNP is incapable of establishing a govt on its own,” he said. more..

Rare turtles smuggled via Lanka to Hong Kong and S’pore

Feb 15 (Island) Rare turtles are being smuggled out of India to Hong Kong and Singapore through two routes including one via Sri Lanka, investigations have revealed. Interpol has sent intelligence inputs to wildlife officials in Madhya Pradesh regarding the alleged wildlife crimes of Manivannam Murgesan, accused of being an international turtle smuggler who was arrested by Madhya Pradesh’s special task force (STF) wildlife crimes from Chennai earlier this month, senior STF officials said. more..

Did Mahinda actually call Ranil and asked to remain in post?

Feb 15 (AM) A fresh controversy has arisen over former Prez Mahinda Rajapaksa's alleged phone call to PM Ranil Wickremesinghe asking the latter to remain in the position, without succumbing to the pressure to step down. This was revealed by the weekly Cabinet briefing today, by minister Rajitha Senaratne who cheekily said even former Prez Rajapaksa, the de facto leader of JO, wanted Wickremesinghe to remain in power. more..

Only 30% coconut cultivators use fertilizer

Feb 15 (CT) The Coconut Research Institute (CRI) says that only 30% of cultivators use fertilizer in their coconut estates. Deputy Director of Research of the CRI, Dr. Lalith Perera added that only 30% of coconut cultivators use fertilizer for coconut cultivations and the maintenance of coconut estates is at a really low level as a result, further noting that such practices also contribute to the harmful effects of climate change related disasters like the intensifying of droughts. more..

Ampara farmers reap a good harvest

Feb 15 (CT) Maha paddy harvesting has commenced in the Ampara District, and the district is a hive of activity with harvesting in full swing in the coastal areas of the District. Farmers in Nintavur, Sammanthurai, Akkaraipattu, Addalaichenai, Vangamam and Irakkamem are fully engaged in the harvesting activities. According to Ampara District Deputy Director, Agriculture M.S.A. Kalees, 88,016 hectares of lands were brought under paddy cultivation during the Maha season, this year. more..

'JVP will build people’s center to fulfill aspirations of 8th Jan'

Feb 15 (LT) “Ranil–Maithri administration, instead of managing the economy for the benefit of the people, continued with the old, gluttonous economy. Result of 10th Feb election is the people’s response to their idiotic moves. As such, Prez or the PM can no longer fulfil the aspirations of the people. Only a people’s movement led by the JVP would be able to fulfil the aspirations the people expected with the 8th Jan change. more..

Lack of Tamil translators hindered election process

Feb 15 (Island) A chronic lack of bilingual officials at district election offices and at the Govt Printer had become a serious hindrance to the smooth functioning of electoral processes, Head of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya said. That had led to the delay in issuing several important documents to election officials, Deshapriya said. "We have been telling successive govts about this issue. For example there are no Tamil proof readers at the Govt Printer more..

Treasury bond scams fallout lesson to all: JO

Feb 15 (Island) JO/SLPP spokesman Dallas Alahapperuma yesterday acknowledged the need to take remedial measures and examine corruption charges against the previous administration, He said so while referring to the fallout of the treasury bond scams involving Perpetual Treasuries Limited. The former minister said that any wrongdoing couldn’t be justified under any circumstances and treasury bond scams outcome was a lesson to all political parties and politicians. more..

PM’s blue-eyed boy gets the chop

Feb 15 (EN) SL's embattled coalition survived the most serious threat to its survival so far after a last ditch compromise that saw PM Wickremesinghe's authority reduced substantially. Coalition leaders blamed their downfall on Wickremesinghe's Royal College cabal, including PM's blue-eyed boy Sagala Ratnayaka, min. of Law, who is accused of failing to prosecute members of former regime. more..

Minimum age of criminal responsibility to be increased

Feb 15 (AD) SL is to amend the Criminal Procedure Code Act for increasing the minimum age of a child who is considered as responsible for a crime up to 12 years. The current minimum age of criminal responsibility in the country is 8 years. Minister Thalatha Athukorala had submitted a cabinet paper for Amendment of Criminal Procedure Code Act No – 15 of 1979 for the above purpose. It was decided to publish the prepared bill in gazette and present it in parliament for approval. more..

Over 2,200 Lankans sought refugee status in Japan last year

Feb 15 (Island) Over 2,200 Sri Lankans sought refugee status in Japan last year, the Ministry of Justice in Japan said. Japan approved only 20 out of a record 19,628 applicants for refugee status last year as authorities reject appeals they suspect come from job-seekers, Nikkei Asia reported. Last year saw an increase of 8,727 people applying for refugee status from 2016 levels, the Ministry of Justice reported. The total number set a record for the seventh year in the row. more..

Video: UNP to continue with unity govt and carry out party reforms - Kabir

Feb 15 (AD) Following a meeting with PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, the UNP parliamentary group has decided to continue with the unity govt and carry out party reforms, UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim said. MPs of the UNP met with PM for the second consecutive day at Temple Trees this morning to discuss the current political instability in the aftermath of the LG election. Minister Kabir Hashim, who was absent at more..

CB extends suspension of Pan Asia Bank primary dealer activities for 6 months

Feb 15 (LBO) Monetary Board of the Central Bank has decided to extend the suspension from carrying on primary dealer activities by Pan Asia Bank for a period of six months. Central Bank said the extension which will be effective from today will help them to continue with the investigations being conducted. CB emphasized that this regulatory action restricts bank’s access to the primary auctions for government securities but it does not affect any of the other activities of the bank. more..

Palitha Range Bandara resigns from electorate organizer post

Feb 15 (AM) UNP State Minister Palitha Range Bandara has resigned from his electorate organizer post in Anamaduwa. Range Bandara's letter of resignation had been set to UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim this morning. State minister's resignation from the electorate organizer post comes in the wake of the UPFA's plans to draw the support of a section of UNP MPs to form a govt. Rage Bandara's resignation suggests that he is dissatisfied with the current UNP leadership. more..

Sagala ready to give up his ministerial portfolio

Feb 15 (AD) Law and order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka says that he is ready to resign from his ministerial portfolio for the benefit of UNP. Minister made this statement on his official Facebook page today. Ratnayaka said that he informed the UNP Parliamentary Group that he has no intention of serving as the Law and order Minister. “I informed the PM this morning, that I will not hesitate to repatriate any position on behalf of UNP more..

SL to go ahead with sovereign bond sale

Feb 15 (EN) Sri Lanka will go ahead with an international sovereign bond as early in 2018 as possible Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy as the island's own bonds took a beating from market volatility. "We want to go early as possible," CB Governor said. "Clearly markets have become much more volatile." The yield on Sri Lanka's 6.2% 2027 US dollar sovereign bond which was trading around 5.4%, soared to about 6.1% amid int'l market volatility this month more..

Video: IUSF, IUBF conveners remanded

Feb 15 (DM) Inter-University Students' Federation (IUSF) Convener Lahiru Weerasekara and Inter University Bhikkhu’s Federation (IUBF) Convener Tempitiye Sugathananda Thera were remanded till Feb 28 by Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today on charges of disobeying previous court orders and causing a public nuisance by holding a protest at the Kollupitiya junction on Jan 25, during Local Govt elections. The Police said the protesters had forcibly attempted to enter the Temple Trees. more..

Horse-trading heats up

Feb 15 (CT) Political uncertainty is not showing any signs of abating in the midst of rumors regarding crossovers and horse-trading in the aftermath of the recently concluded local govt election, The uneasy political alliance between the SLFP and the UNP is all but torn apart following the February 10th electoral defeat of both parties at the hands of the SLPP. Colombo Telegraph learns that the leaders of the two parties, more..

Sri Lanka policy rates unchanged

Feb 15 (EN) Sri Lanka's central bank said it is keeping policy rates unchanged in February, as the economy stabilized and there were signs of recovery from a drought and improvements were seen in trade. "Nevertheless, as per the available indicators, the economy is likely to recover from the effects of adverse weather conditions in the past two years and benefit from the expected boost in external demand and foreign direct investment inflows" the central bank said. more..

Judge’s wife seeks justice from HRC for their child

Feb 15 (Island) Judges of various courts have decided to seek the involvement of higher authorities in govt to sort out the problem of finding schools for their children. They are being transferred from their respective courts once every three years and they find their children too have to shift from school to school and when it comes to Grade One admission, they find it nearly impossible to find schools for their children. As judges are bound by ethics in their profession they are not entitled to more..

ඔබගේ ශරීර අවයවයන් දන්දීම සිදු කරන්නේ කෙසේ ද?

Accomplice to crime is our own indifference

Feb 15 (FT) Since the JRJ govt came into power, all successive political leaders concentrated excessive power to politicians particularly to the Executive President and deliberately turned a blind eye towards errant politicos and their thieving henchmen. The country has therefore deteriorated into amobocracy, ruled by an assemblage of malefactors, which could lead to serious underdevelopment, civil unrest, and even state failure. Why did Yahapalana leaders fail to more..

Streamline free healthcare services

Feb 15 (CT) The ongoing news reports about the lack of medicine at certain hospitals, especially the Apeksha Cancer treatment hospital in Maharagama, are a crucial matter that has been inundated by the usual political nonsense in the country. While the people of the country can distract themselves from the astonishing results of the last election and find solace in daily television dramas and things that go viral on the internet, it is truly sad the country's lack of hospital medicine becomes secondary more..