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The clever dragon and the silly lion

Apr 8 (FT) Nov 18, 2010. The second presidential investiture of Mahinda Rajapaksa took place against the backdrop of a massive sun, painted in the traditional Sinhala style, with a rotund face and a halo of curly rays. At the auspicious time, the sun parted and Mr Rajapaksa stepped out, followed by wife and sons. As drums rolled and conch shells sounded, he signed on the dotted line commencing his 2nd prez term. more..

The strange case of Naufer

Apr 8 (Island) Public Security Minister, Rear Admiral (retd.) Sarath Weerasekera, would have the public believe that the Easter Sunday terror mastermind has been identified. He has said Naufer Moulavi, who masterminded the attacks, is in custody. Interestingly, not even the PCoI, which probed the Easter Sunday carnage, for months on end, was able to find the mastermind behind the savage terror attacks! How can the govt say with certainty that Naufer masterminded terror attacks? True, more..

Sudarshani still grieving calls for eradication of terrorism

Apr 8 (Island) State Minister Dr. Mrs. Sudarshani Fernandopulle has alleged that those who had been pursuing accountability issues for the benefit of the LTTE rump and the Tamil Diaspora were never bothered about the sufferings of the families of victims. She said so at a commemorative event held at the statue of her husband Jeyaraj at Weliweriya, where he was assassinated by the LTTE eight years ago. She said there were many families in similar situations. more..

කැරොලයින් සමාව ගත යුතුයි: රෝසි සේනානායක

SLITHM students to be trained on COVID-19 health guidelines

Apr 8 (DN) Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said that students enrolled for new courses conducted by the SL Institute of Tourism and Hotel Managment (SLITHM) will be trained in dealing with tourists in keeping with the health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. He said that attention has been paid to update the subjects in the courses and introducing new courses in keeping with the current requirements in the world. Accordingly, new students enrolling for more..

Myanmar and Sri Lanka: Going down the spiral together

Apr 8 (FT) Myanmar is in the headlines of world news these days, not for good reasons but for very bad reasons. There was a coup and the Military took over the Govt by force on 1 Feb. People are protesting and the Military is shooting at unarmed demonstrators. Day by day there are more deaths reported as protests continue across Myanmar. Mahn Win Khaing Than, Acting Leader of Myanmar’s parallel civilian Govt, which is called Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw more..

Prosecutions over Easter Sunday carnage: GL urges AG to initiate legal action

Apr 8 (Island) Education Minister Prof GL Peiris yesterday called on the Attorney General to initiate the process of prosecuting those responsible for the Easter Sunday carnage on the basis of the investigations that had already been concluded. Participating in the adjournment debate on the report of the PCoI on Easter Sunday terror attacks, Minister said that 36 investigations had been completed more..

Moulavi Nawfer’s sudden emergence raises doubt, quips Kiriella

Apr 8 (DM) The statement made by the Minister Sarath Weerasekera that Moulavi Naufer was the mastermind behind the Easter Sunday attacks cannot be accepted, Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella told Parliament today. “Moulavi Naufer was never produced before the presidential commission which probed the attacks and therefore how could his name come up suddenly?,” he questioned. “Why has the report of the PCoI failed to mention anything about the paying salaries more..

South Asia’s first Disneyland to come up in Bopita Leisure Park

Apr 8 (DN) Sri Lanka will build South Asia’s first Disneyland in the proposed Bopitiya leisure Park which will be created by Korea Cavitation Co. a company with Investments from Malaysia and Korea. President of Korea Cavitation Co. Baekgeum Kim and the representative of SL Dr. Parimala Rajo Isa Michael said that they are negotiating with the govt to obtain a 150 acre land on a lease basis for this project. “We hope to raise around USD 400 million to construct this project through more..

UK rejects Lanka’s request for handing over of Gash dispatches to Geneva

Apr 8 (Island) The UK has rejected SL’s request for the disclosure of wartime dispatches from its High Commission in Colombo. The request was made during the 46th session of the UNHRC. The month long Geneva sessions ended on March 23, with the 47-member council adopting a fresh accountability resolution with 22 countries voting for, 11 against and 14 abstaining. UNHRC member and the leader of SL Core Group UK more..

221 more test positive for covid-19

Apr 8 (FT) The country’s total COVID-19 patient count yesterday rose to 93,993 with the detection of 221 patients. The patients detected yesterday include 178 associates of the Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster and 12 persons linked to the Prisons cluster. The Divulapitiya, Peliyagoda, and Prisons COVID-19 clusters have expanded to 89,032 patients. In addition to the triple cluster, the country’s total patient count also includes 2,798 SL returnees, 950 Navy personnel and their contacts, more..

Navy insists ship from China still operational

Apr 8 (DM) The Sri Lanka Navy insisted that a ship gifted by China to Sri Lanka was fully operational, as speculation grew that the frigate was facing a number of technical issues. China had gifted P-625, a type 053H2G class frigate, to Sri Lanka and the ship was commissioned last year as SLNS Parakramabahu. There had been strong speculation that the Sri Lanka Navy had been facing several operational issues with the ship in the past few weeks and that it was hardly used. more..

Tax concessions for electric vehicles soon

Apr 8 (DN) A Cabinet proposal to import environment friendly electric vehicles and solar powered vehicles is being formulated, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said. He said the Cabinet paper proposes tax concessions to import those vehicles. He pointed out that air pollution caused by vehicles on roads is very high in SL. “We have paid attention in this regard as it has become a serious problem. The proposal to import electric vehicles and solar powered more..

Mattala Airport generates Rs. 445.3 million

Apr 8 (DN) Since its commencement until Nov 2020, the Mattala Rajapaksa In'l Airport has generated Rs. 445.3 million in revenue, said Minister Prasanna Ranatunga. He said that US$ 247.7 million had been spent on the construction of the Mattala Airport. “From the date of commencing operations until now, 10,206 aircraft have landed at the Mattala Airport, while from the date of commencement until the end of Nov 2020 the airport has recorded 58,651 passenger arrivals and 73,513 departures. more..

Sri Lanka, Afghanistan sign MoU

Apr 8 (MFA) Today (7), Sri Lanka and Afghanistan signed the MoU on Establishment of a Political Consultations Mechanism between Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan. MoU that provides for regular engagement and partnership between the two South Asian countries was signed by Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and representing the Govt of Afghanistan, by Afghan Ambassador Ashraf Haidari. Under the MoU, the two countries expressed more..

Ranjan loses seat: Chaos in parliament

Apr 8 (CT) Chaos erupted in Parliament yesterday, when Opposition MPs staged a strong protest alleging Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena of being biased and favouring the Govt side. The Speaker, commencing yesterday’s Sittings, announced that Ranjan Ramanayake who is imprisoned for contempt of court, ceased to be a MP and accordingly there’s a vacant seat in Parliament with respect to more..

SLC Management Committee to focus on accounts, legal matters: Arjuna de Silva

Apr 8 (DN) Newly appointed Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Management Committee Prof Arjuna de Silva said that they would focus on SLC accounts and legal matters during their term of office. He made these observations during their inaugural media briefing held at the SLC Headquarters in Maitland Place yesterday. “We have to work for nearly six weeks as the Management Committee of SLC and we will especially focus on SLC accounts & legal matters, especially signing of contracts more..

Covid-19 fatalities rise to 591 with 3 more deaths

Apr 8 (FT) Three COVID-19 deaths were confirmed by health authorities yesterday increasing the country’s COVID-19 death toll to 591. An 89-year-old individual from Homagama tested positive for COVID-19 white receiving medical care at the Colombo South Teaching Hospital. The individual was transferred to the Colombo East Base Hospital, where he died of trauma of blood poisoning, a bacterial infection with COVID-19, acute kidney damage, and heart disease on 6 April. more..

President pays homage to Temple of Sacred Tooth Relic and calls on Maha Nayaka Theros

Apr 8 (FT) Prez Rajapaksa yesterday visited the Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic and invoke blessings. The President was received by Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela at the Temple of the Tooth Relic. Prez also called on the Maha Nayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter Most Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanaratana Thero at the official monastery at Temple of Tooth Relic premises more..

SL Legends to play current SL team on 5 May in Pallekele

Apr 8 (TM) Among the significant matters that were revealed in yesterday’s media briefing by the SLC newly-appointed Management Committee, headed by Prof. Arjuna de Silva, was the news that SL cricket legends, including most of the 1996 World Cup winning heroes, are to meet current SL team in a fund-raiser match in Pallekele on 5 May. The match will be telecasted live on TV. The briefing was held yesterday to Introduce the new management committee of SLC & explain the way forward, more..

Cricket and national security: When siri means failure?

Apr 8 (Island) Such was the popularity of Dayasiri Jayasekara when he was named Chief Ministerial candidate of Wayamba a few years ago, there were posters that read, Wayambata siri, Dayasiri. The popular politician has a history of shooting from the hip, and some of his supporters have changed the slogan to Ammatasiri Dayasiri. A lawyer by profession, during his interactions with the media as Sports Minister, he appeared to be quite knowledgeable, broadminded and fair. more..

National Trials 2021: Dilshi Turns Tables Over Nadeesha in 400m

Apr 8 (CT) South Asian Games’ triple Gold medalist Dilshi Kumarasinghe turned tables over Nadeesha Ramanayake in a thrilling 400m tape finish at the National Athletics Trials 2021, which commenced at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday. Dilshi equaled her personal best in the event clocking 53.43 seconds to beat the defending National champ Nadeesha (53.48 sec) in the 400m women’s final. more..

Heart break for Nilani as barrier heights are elevated due to faux-pas

Apr 8 (Island) Steeplechase athlete Nilani Ratnayake is the closest to Olympic entry standards in the female category. Sugathadasa Stadium is the only venue in Sri Lanka where her pet event can be held as the facility at Diyagama is in a dilapidated state. Ratnayake trains at high altitudes where there are no actual barriers and water pits for proper training. She came to Colombo yesterday with the hope of producing a sub nine minutes 50 seconds at the first Selection Trial as she prepares to more..

Aitken Spence buys mini-hydro firm for Rs. 900 m

Apr 8 (FT) Reinforcing its confidence in renewable energy, Aitken Spence announced the acquisition of mini-hydro power firm Waltrim Energy for Rs. 900 million. It said it entered into an agreement with shareholders of Waltrim, a subsidiary of Sunshine Holdings, owning 60% stake, and Mouldex owning the balance. Waltrim operates three hydropower generation plants in Nuwara Eliya with a total capacity of 6.6 MW under separate wholly-owned subsidiaries – Waltrim Hydropower, more..

Now, electricity consumers entitled to interest on LECO deposits

Apr 8 (Island) The Public Utilities Commission of SL (PUCSL) responsible for protecting the rights of electricity consumers in the country, together with the electricity service providers affirmed a unique right for electricity consumers. PUCSL Chairman Janaka Ratnayake said that the regulator PUCSL together with Electricity Utility Provider, Lanka Electricity Company Private Limited (LECO) had launched more..

Stock market turnover soars to cross Rs. 5 b mark

Apr 8 (FT) The Colombo stock market yesterday saw old lustre as turnover topped Rs. 5 billion mark. The All Share Price Index gained by 30 points or 0.4% and S&PSL20 improved by over 20 points or 0.7%. Turnover at Rs. 5.16 billion was a two-month high. First Capital said the Bourse sustained its drive in the positive direction for the fifth consecutive session while recording a one-month high. “Index experienced a rapid upward movement during the early hours of trading, thereafter recorded more..

Bath Curry Indicator debuts

Apr 8 (FT) Advocata’s latest policy product tracks the average retail prices of a basket of goods and provides an indication of how much prices have changed over time. With the use of such tools, anyone, including policymakers and politicians alike, can track price fluctuations. This could enable anyone to see if policies have direct or indirect effects on food, which is an essential item and can have a direct impact on the food consumed by households. more..

Tourism industry cracks over new Act

Apr 8 (FT) Impacted by the double whammy of the Easter Sunday attack and the COVID-19 pandemic, the tourism industry appears to have received a fresh jolt following this week’s Cabinet approval to formulate a new Act for the sector. Based on a proposal in the Budget 2021, Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga on Monday got Cabinet approval to amalgamate three institutions more..

AG to receive final report on claiming compensation from MT New Diamond tanker

Apr 8 (AD) The final report on the settlement of compensation for the damages caused by the MT New Diamond crude oil tanker is set to be handed over to Attorney General Dappula de Livera today. On a previous occasion, a report on the environmental damages caused by the tanker which engulfed in fire on the seas off Sri Lanka was submitted to the Attorney General. Subsequently, a discussion regarding this was carried out between the Attorney General & several other parties more..

G7 partners in SL commit to support gender equality, women’s empowerment for...

Apr 8 (FT) The year 2020 marked 20 years since the adoption of the UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security – a ground-breaking resolution that enshrined the essential role of women in securing and maintaining peace. In SL, women’s role in society altered significantly as more women became heads of households during the three-decade long conflict, and women’s role and inclusion in peacebuilding efforts became more vital than ever as they worked against tremendous odds more..

MP Diana Gamage charged for committing multiple offences & poised to lose her seat

Apr 8 (CT) Controversial SJB National List MP Diana Gamage who shamelessly crossed over to the SLPP ranks; is being charged of several serious offences that might eventually see lose her seat, Colombo Telegraph can confirm. Pursuant to a complaint made by UNP Colombo District Candidate Oshala Herath to the CID, the OIC of the Anti-Human Smuggling Investigation Bureau (ASIB) – Chief Inspector Sugath Amarasinghe, more..

Revolutionising actor training thorough indigenous corporeal arts

Apr 8 (Island) The various thuds, groans and gasps begged the question, were the participants insured? Apparently not, according to the AHEAD project team, lead by University of Visual and Performing Arts, Faculty of Dance and Drama, Professor in Theatre and Drama, Dr. Saumya Liyanage. The training takes place three days per week and make no mistake, Angampora is harder than it looks. But it is not life threatening if trained by a professional Master, assured Liyanage. more..

Davis was probed by FBI for LTTE links

Apr 8 (SO) Nine members of the US Congress have urged the US Secretary of State to focus on human rights in its diplomatic engagement with SL and promote an international accountability process for the country. Among the Congressmen is the Democratic member for Chicago, Illinois Danny K. Davis who was investigated by the FBI for his links with the LTTE in 2006. In a letter dated March 18, the Congress members called on the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to seek support from more..

Dudley Sirisena

Fishing for nothing

Apr 8 (ST) Five years ago, I met some activists who were organising local people and protesting against the location of a power plant in Sampur. I wanted to know why they were against the power plant, because I was involved in a related project of the govt. The govt had decided to shift the proposed electricity generation plant in Sampur from coal power to liquified natural gas (LNG) power. And, I was serving as the Chairman of an Experts Committee investigating the potential more..

Post-Geneva, devolution to be disappeared

Apr 8 (CT) The morning after Geneva, no more Mr. Nice Guy. The devolution of power, framed for separatism, is on a death-list for disappearance and elimination. Here’s the (triangulated) evidence. Prez Rajapaksa has finally articulated a stand on devolution of power that places him on a collision course with his giant neighbour. “He stressed the sovereignty of Sri Lanka will not be betrayed by allowing these countries to achieve their geopolitical needs by introducing more..