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CEB irks Sangakkara and lights up twitter

Dec 6 (EN) Cricket legend Kumar Sangakkara publicly grouching about the CEB not answering his calls has sparked a social media storm with both helpful tips and barbs thrown at him. Five days after complaining that the CEB was not taking his calls, Sangakkara thanked CEB in a tweet. His initial tweet triggered 106 comments, 121 re-tweets and 1,700 likes. "Has anyone in Colombo been able to get through to the CEB offices? more..

Editorial: Walala Mares

Dec 6 (Island) Time was when the present-day leaders talked a blue streak about a golden horse, allegedly owned by the former ruling family. After grabbing power they have not only lost interest in that stallion but also chosen to ignore a stable of young mares worth their weight in gold. Amidst doom and gloom in the aftermath of a killer cyclone with another storm brewing, glad tidings came from Hong Kong on Monday. A team of talented athletes from the Ratnayake Central College, Walala, more..

Bhagya Wijayawardane to receive Queen’s young leaders award

Dec 6 (LR) The Queen’s Young Leaders programme announced that Bhagya Wijayawardane from Sri Lanka has been chosen as one of the final ever Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners in recognition of the lead she is taking in her community to change lives. The prestigious Awards programme, now in its fourth and final year, celebrates exceptional young people aged 18 to 29 from across the Commonwealth and the work they are undertaking to improve lives across more..

Mahinda Deshapriya

Nuwara-Eliya, A lost horizon

Dec 6 (DN) Nuwara-Eliya is a pretense. Holding out as a little England or a miniature Switzerland, the place is a groundless boast, a show long way from getting on the road. What immediately hit the visitor to the township in the hills are the dissimilarities with old blighty; the noisy, the confusion and the inescapable dereliction of the place contradict the claim emphatically. There is nothing English about the place, only irregular remnants of a planting era on which the page has permanently turned; more..

Path to better governance

Dec 6 (DN) The Colombo School of Business and Management (CSBM) organised the Second International Conference on Social Entrepreneurship: Innovations in Social Enterprise for Development (ICSE 2017) at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute recently. The Conference Partners were the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok and the Colombo Plan. The Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu was the Chief Guest at ICSE 2017. more..

'We are moving forward whilst clashing with each other'

Dec 6 (CT) Minister S. B. Dissanayaka says that no one in this Govt received a complete mandate to bring in a new constitution. Q: Don't you feel that the speed you progressed in politics was too fast? A: I do not think that the speed was too much. Due to my being emotional I made some wrong political decisions. Q: Wasn't your setting up a Govt in 1994 and then becoming a Cabinet Minister an increase in the burden of responsibilities? more..

Yuvraj Singh launches UNICEF-ICC’s adolescent campaign

Dec 6 (PTI) Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh will be promoting a UNICEF sports initiative for youngsters in South Asia, which will also have the ICC’s backing. Yuvraj launched the Power of Sports to Shape the Future of Adolescents campaign in South Asia here. Yuvraj was joined by under-19 players from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and SL who will compete in the ICC under-19 World Cup in New Zealand in January next year. A panel discussion was followed by a friendly match between more..

Human rights for a divided society

Dec 6 (GV) To understand the process of indirect colonisation of the non-white countries in Asia and Africa is to work through the splitting of society in two. When overwhelming power came externally to crush the natives and their identity, the stage was set for an unequal race by which a local elite would acquire the trappings of Western culture. Colonies were selectively developed and the coloniser took what he needed and neglected the rest. The rural countryside was largely untouched by more..

Storms cause mayhem, deluge

Dec 6 (SO) Cyclone Ochki which hit Sri Lanka this week left at least 13 people dead while leaving another 1 missing and over 100,000 people affected. The cyclone lashed the country with heavy rains and strong winds on Wednesday uprooting massive trees and causing islandwide power failures. The severe weather conditions also wrecked havoc disrupting the everyday lives of the public, as schools were declared closed more..

Movement unlikely before LG elections

Dec 6 (CT) The release of another 29 acres of land under military control in Jaffna to civilian owners is a signal that the govt remains committed to the reconciliation process it embarked upon in January 2015 when it came to power. The high point of the govt’s commitment came nine months later in October of that year when it went beyond expectations in co-signing the UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka. Its predecessor in govt had considered previous UN resolutions on the subject to more..

Can Sri Lanka survive endemic corruption?

Dec 6 (CT) My heart bleeds for SL. 70 years of Independence has but reduced this thrice blessed nation to wallow in it’s own spittle, unable to extricate itself. The rainbow revolution has faded, not extinguished fully but well on the way to self destruction. The cause is clear but politicians are unwilling to trod the path set out for them by the people in 2015. This govt was given an open cheque to change the course of history. What better platform than to have the two main protagonists more..

Sri Lanka's struggles with Delhi air may be genuine: Dhawan

Dec 5 (CI) It began with India's bowling coach B Arun questioning SL fast bowlers' fitness on day two when they doubled over and vomited as they struggled to cope with the Delhi pollution. Mohammed Shami was more understanding on day three in saying that Indians' being used to pollution is not necessarily a good thing but at the same time said the situation was not as bad as was being depicted. more..

No approval granted to use rice to produce alcohol: Finance Ministry

Dec 5 (DM) Finance Ministry today claimed that there was no truth in the allegation made by JO MP Bandula Gunawardena to the effect that this govt has given approval to use rice as raw material for the production of alcohol. The Ministry said it was in fact the approval to use rice for the production of alcohol was given by the previous govt in 2006. “This govt has not given any approval to produce spirits making use of rice as a raw material to any distilleries. more..

MR blames Prez for breakdown of unity talks

Dec 5 (PTI) Former SL leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, who leads a rival faction of the ruling SLFP, has blamed his successor President Maithripala Sirisena for the breakdown of unity talks between the two sides. The two factions of the SLFP have held talks to try and unite to face local council elections, now likely to be held in mid-February. "The efforts failed because they (the Sirisena faction) did not want to leave the govt. We cannot agree to any alliance with the UNP," Rajapaksa said yesterday, more..

Video: 'SLFP can win election without MR'

Dec 5 (DM) There was no need of the former President Rajapaksa to make the SLFP to win at the upcoming LG elections, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said. He said the JO had no right even to say that they would not support SLFP at the elections. “We will definitely win the upcoming LG elections even without the former President Rajapaksa. More people are gathering with the President Sirisena than ever before,” more..

Writ petition filed seeking legal action against KP dismissed

Dec 5 (DN) A writ petition filed by JVP MP Vijitha Herath seeking an order to institute legal proceedings against LTTE's former Leader of International Wing Shanmugam Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP was dismissed by Court of Appeal. While refusing to issue notices on the respondents, Court of Appeal (President) L.T.B. Dehideniya and Justice Shiran Gunaratne decided to dismiss the writ petition citing that there is no legal basis to proceed with the petition. more..

'Resettle Sinhalese and Muslims in North before polls'

Dec 5 (AD) Former Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara says that the Sinhalese and Muslim people who lived in the North need to be resettled in those areas before any elections are held. He also claimed that the TNA is the only opposition party in the world that supports the budget of the govt. If they somehow move for a separate state, then the incumbent govt will also approve it, he charged, speaking during a press conference of the Eliya Organisation in Colombo today (5). more..

Kusal Perera back in Sri Lanka ODI squad

Dec 5 (CI) Kusal Perera, who has not played international cricket since injuring himself in the Champions Trophy, is back in the Sri Lanka ODI squad for the three-match series against India starting Dec 10. Test captain Dinesh Chandimal does not find a place in the 50-overs side. Kusal Mendis, who was rested for the Test series, was not among the 16 men picked by the selection committee either. more..

Met. Dept. says more rain likely

Dec 5 (DM) Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Northern, North-Central, Eastern and Uva Provinces and at several places elsewhere after 2 p.m today, because the low pressure area in the South-East Bay of Bengal is located some 800 km away from the country, the Meteorology Department said. Met Dept Director General K.H.M.S. Premalal said it was likely to develop into a depression by tomorrow but would not create a large impact on the land area. more..

Aussie help for nuclear medicine in SL

Dec 5 (CT) Sri Lanka will receive assistance from the Australian Govt in the use of nuclear power for medical treatment in the future, President Maithripala Sirisena said in Parliament. Participating in a debate of the Heads of Expenditure of the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine and the Ministry of Housing and Construction, President further said, the foundation of that programme was initiated during his diplomatic visit to Australia. more..

Jadeja, Shami keep India on course for 2-0

Dec 5 (CI) Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja ripped through SL's top order after India set them 410 to win the Delhi Test or survive the best part of four sessions to save it. Bad light brought the fourth day to an end with a theoretical 13 overs remaining, with Sri Lanka struggling at 31 for 3. SL came within six balls of going to stumps just one down. Nigel Llong had a long look at his light meter before motioning Jadeja to bowl, more..

'NITF compensation being mishandled'

Dec 5 (CT) Deputy Ministers Ajith P. Perera and Dr. Harsha de Silva expressed concerns about Govt officers lacking awareness about the compensation granted, by the National Insurance Trust Fund (NITF), to the people who were affected by the recent storm. Joining a conversation between the Leader of the House, Lakshman Kiriella and the MEP Leader, MP Dinesh Gunawardena on the same matter, Perera said that certain Grama Niladhari Officers and Divisional Secretaries in areas more..

'We will build a country that we deserve'

Dec 5 (AD) Local Govt Elections Act will be resubmitted to the Parliament tomorrow, after certain printing mistakes in the Sinhala version are corrected, according to the Secretary to Ministry of Local Govt and Provincial Councils H.T. Kamal Padmasiri. Minister Faiszer Musthapha, who also spoke during the press briefing today, announced the completion of several mega roads, water, sewage and sanitation, buildings, schools parks and related infrastructure projects across SL. more..

'Met Department has to be modernised'

Dec 5 (CT) The Govt accepted that institutions such as the Department of Meteorology should be modernized in order to face natural disasters in a more efficient manner in the future. Responding to a question raised by MP Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that the Department of Meteorology has to be modernized. Gunawardena stated that the PM should explain to the House why more..

School term dates released

Dec 5 (AD) Ministry of Education today announced the date on which all govt and govt approved private schools will close for year end vacation and the date they will reopen. The third term of govt and govt approved private schools will end on Friday (8) while the first term of the year 2018 will commence on Jan 2, 2018. Ministry of Education said that the dates for the schools to be used at paper marking centers of the G.C.E. O/L examination, will be announced on a later date. more..

Youth falls to death from Sethsiripaya: Police suspect foul play

Dec 5 (CT) A youth fell to his death from the topmost floor of the Sethsiripaya office complex in Battaramulla yesterday (4), the Police said. The Police Media Spokesperson's Office said that the 21-year-old, a maintenance employee, had allegedly fallen from the 13th floor to the third floor of the office complex. Police said that the deceased was a resident of Makola, Thalangama. The Police are conducting investigations as they have not ruled out foul play. more..

Sri Lanka rejected proposal to import dengue vaccine

Dec 5 (AD) The Ministry of Health says that Sri Lanka had also received a proposal with regard to importing the dengue vaccine, which is currently being investigated in Philippines, and that however it was rejected over reports that it could pose health risks. Dr. Priscilla Samaraweera, at the Sri Lankan National Dengue Control Unit, stated that as of now the ministry has taken no decision to import the said vaccine or use it in Sri Lanka. more..

G.C.E. O/L exam from Dec.12 to 21

Dec 5 (DM) Conducting coaching classes or tuition targeting GCE O/L Exam students would be prohibited from midnight on Dec 6 until the examinations end on Dec 21. Organising or conducting subject oriented lecturers, seminars or classes, printing examination oriented papers, distribution and giving publicity via electronic media, posters and banners claiming to provide similar questions to what could be asked during the exam etc. were prohibited 5 days before the exam. more..

Hackers preying on businessmen via email

Dec 5 (DM) During the last two months, Computer Emergency Readiness Team | Co-ordination Centre (CERT|CC) has received four complaints over fraudsters attempting to hack email accounts of businessmen and luring them to make remittances. CERT|CC Engineer Roshan Chandragupta said many people had fallen prey to one of the latest techniques where people’s accounts were being hacked and they were requested to change their bank account details due to a change of more..

Ministry of Telecom & Digital Infrastructure and UNDP partner for HackaDev

Dec 5 (UNDP) The Ministry of Telecom and Digital Infrastructure and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recently signed a MoU to scale up HackaDev – Youth Social Innovation Challenge. Under this intial agreement UNDP’s tried and tested social innovation hackathon – HackaDev will be further scaled up and implemented until the end of 2019. The programme is aimed at giving effect to the realisation of more..

Sri Lankan Youth Scrabble team secures a hat trick of World Team Titles

Dec 5 (Island) Sri Lanka produced its first World Youth Scrabble Champion as 16-year-old Royalist Aabid Ismail secured the title at the WESPA Youth Cup 2017 concluded in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Aabid who obtained 20.5 wins out of 24 games edged out 15-year-old Janul De Silva, also from Royal College, who secured the 1st runner up position with 20 wins out of 24 games. Vignesh Pirapaharan (15 years) of Lyceum International School, Panadura secured the 8th place more..

Sharjah Charity International implements Treating of Eye Diseases campaign

Dec 5 (WAM) The Sharjah Charity International has carried out "Treating of Eye Diseases" campaign in Sri Lanka, as part of its health drive in developing countries. The campaign aims to conduct medical tests for people with eye diseases and identify the critical cases that suffer from the accumulation of blue water and inflammation of the cornea, leading to blindness, and require urgent surgical intervention. Mohammed Hamdan Al Zari, Director of the Projects Department, more..

Nalinda Jayathissa: Yahapalana Scams

Colvin, Felix Barefoot Lawyers

Dec 5 (Island) Last Friday I got a call from Nihal Jayawickrema, congratulating me on what I had written about the late Colvin R. de Silva. He told another story about the great man with whom he had had the privilege of working as a junior. Before I narrate this story, I wish to recollect my memories of Jayawickrema. As a young lawyer, who joined the profession in the 1970s, we had been brainwashed into hating Jayawickrema and his Minister, Felix Dias Bandaranaike. more..

Arogya Parama Labha

Dec 5 (CT) The line from the Dhammapada Arogya Parama Labha which translated means Health is the ultimate profit is commonly displayed in all Govt run hospitals. Better health is central to human happiness and well-being. It also makes an important contribution to economic progress, as healthy populations live longer, are more productive, and save more. Many factors influence health status and a country's ability to provide quality health services for its people. more..