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SF’s vitriolic attack on Bhikkhus prompts Ven. Gunawansa’s foray into politics

Sep 18 (CT) Former Army Chief Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka's rhetoric on alleged war crimes committed by Sri Lanka's armed forces became the subject of criticism by many people. Among them was Ven. Elle Gunawansa. Sarath Fonseka called him a man in robes and a lunatic. Ven. Elle Gunawansa said he prefers not to make hostile comment on Fonseka as the Thera does not want anyone to classify him to be of more..

Neglect of public transport: A crime!

Sep 18 (DM) The failure of successive govts over the last several decades to develop and modernize the railway in this country has been a major factor contributing to the rapid expansion of private modes of transport. Today, traffic congestion in urban areas has reached a critical point where people of all walks of life are engaged in a massive struggle to move around for diverse purposes. Poor public transport services have encouraged people to use private transport, making the above situation worse more..

Is there an answer to North Korea’s bomb?

Sep 18 (DM) Nearly 72 years ago - in August 1945 - the US detonated the first nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki killing over a hundred thousand Japanese civilians in the first four months after the bombs were detonated. In actuality it was the first use of a weapon of mass destruction on civilian targets. The effects of the bomb killed many thousands within minutes. It completely destroyed the two cities, left thousands suffering from radiation exposure more..

Another union to join on-going CEB strike

Sep 18 (NR) The CEB Technological Engineers and Superintendent Union announced that it will collectively engage in a strike action with the other CEB Trade Unions, if suitable solutions are not provided to their demands. When inquired, a spokesman for the Union said among the number of issues that raise concern, is the formalization of the Joint Engineering services. CEB Technological Engineers and Superintendent more..

Police to guard transformers, power lines

Sep 18 (Island) Ministry of Power has obtained police protection for transformers and power lines in view of possible threats to them due to ongoing strike by the workers of the CEB. They said police protection had been sought following reports of several acts of sabotage, which had led to power outages in several outstation areas. General Secretary of CEB Employees’ Union (CEBEU), Ranjan Jayalal said that none of their comrades had sabotaged any CEB properties. more..

Power Ministry to strikers: Return to work, no pay cut

Sep 18 (CT) Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy has requested all striking workers to return to work, after announcing that the two days of the strike will be considered as holidays with pay for all employees. Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya had requested the Ministry's administration to consider the two strike days as holidays for the employees who didn't report to work. Accordingly, the communiqué states that payment for those two days will not be deducted from the monthly wages. more..

Disappearances bill to have no retrospective effect: PM

Sep 18 (PTI) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe has said the proposed ratification of a bill that criminalises enforced disappearance in the country will have no retrospective effect. He was responding to opposition’s accusations that the real aim of the Office of Missing Person (OMP) was to target the security forces personnel who defeated the LTTE. He said the proposed ratification in parliament of Int'l Convention for more..

Now monks in Cricket: Measures needed to prevent decline of Lankan cricket

Sep 18 (DN) Something should be done to prevent the decline of cricket in Sri Lanka. Talented members should be selected to the cricket team. Today’s problem is with the cricket administration. Steps should be taken according to the law of the country to preserve the game of cricket for the future, said the Most Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanaratne Mahanayake Thera of Asgiriya Chapter. He expressed these sentiments when Minister Arjuna Ranatunga called on him at his temple more..

SupremeSAT cost Rs 460mn obtained from CEB funds: Champika

Sep 18 (DM) The former govt had allegedly spent Rs.460 million from the CEB funds for SupremeSAT, country’s first ever telecom satellite, Minister Champika Ranawaka said. He said in the guise of importing coal to the country the money had been allegedly syphoned out by the former president’s son who was responsible for SupremeSAT. Attending the 21st Anniversary of the CEB retired employees Welfare Society he made the above remark and said some of the responsible more..

‘No reports of Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Sri Lanka’

Sep 18 (DN) There are no reports of Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Sri Lanka in the wake of a mass exodus taking place in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, Minister Wasantha Senanayake said. Countering the claims, he pointed out it is highly unlikely that those refugees would come in large numbers to Sri Lanka. “If such refugees land on SL shores that would be in small numbers such as 20-25, they will be registered under UNHCR. more..

Matthews spins NWU South Africa to Red Bull Campus Cricket title

Sep 18 (DN) 20-year-old, leg-spinner Dyllin Matthews ripped through the Business Management School(BMS), Sri Lanka top order, as he bowled North West University (NWU) to the Red Bull Campus Cricket title. Generally it is SL’s own spinners who flummox South African batsmen on the island, but of such high quality was Matthews’ bowling in the final, that SL batsmen who are generally well accustomed to countering spin could not cope with his bowling, Matthews’ 3 for 22 more..

'Some public servants shirk duties citing sil redi case'

Sep 18 (Island) Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says public servants cannot shirk their duties and refrain from signing documents by citing as an excuse the sil redi  distribution case, where former Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and ex- TRC Director General Anusha Palpita were sentenced to jail for misappropriating Rs. 600 million. Minister: "If there are officials who shirk their duties, then the govt will have to take action against them." He said: "There are laws, circulars and regulations governing more..

Debate on disappearances bill stopped by Prez: JO

Sep 18 (Island) The JO said that it had received an assurance from President Maithripala Sirisena that the controversial International Convention for Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances Bill wouldn’t be taken up for debate on Thursday (21). Bill is to give effect to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, to which Sri Lanka became a signatory on Dec. 10, 2015. more..

Lankan in UK jailed for killing wife's lover

Sep 18 (ITV) A jealous and humiliated husband who beat his estranged wife's new boyfriend to death after kidnapping him in Milton Keynes was jailed for life with a minimum of sentence of 18 years. Gnanachandran Balachandran, 38, was incensed when he discovered his wife Ragupathy Annalingham was seeing another man. SL Tamil, who was granted asylum in 1999, organised the abduction of Suren Sivananthan, 32, from the Secklow Gate shopping area near more..

Mahela bemoans Chamara Silva’s ban

Sep 18 (NR) Mahela Jayawardena has bemoaned the two year ban sanctioned by SLC on Chamara Silva for his alleged involvement in a first-class game that was deemed to have resulted in unusual scoring rates. He has come forward to Chamara Silva’s aid by saying, he was one of the most honest guy, he had played the game with. Jayawardena on his official twitter handle said, “How is this fair, the guy walks away from fixing gets two years. Ones who are involved gets one year?” more..

Inability of PCoI to compel Aloysius to give evidence: Dappula to make statement

Sep 18 (Island) Acting Solicitor General Dappula de Livera PC is scheduled to make a statement on the future course of action by the Attorney General before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, probing the bond scams vis-a-vis commission’s decision not to compel owner of the Perpetual Treasuries Ltd Arjun Aloysius to give evidence before it. De Livera PC would make the statement today or tomorrow. more..

Hindi Diwas 2017 celebrated with Indo-Lanka Hindi Sammelan

Sep 18 (FT) On the occasion of Hindi Day 2017, India-SL Hindi conference on E-learning: Identity and possibilities was organised by the Indian Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo in collaboration with the Hindi Department of Uni of Kelaniya on 13 Sept. High Commissioner of India Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Uni of Kelaniya VC Prof. D.M. Semasinghe graced the occasion. HC appreciated the efforts of Uni of Kelaniya and other institutions to help learning of Hindi in SL. more..

Govt's claims, ICPAPD non-retrospective false: NFF

Sep 18 (DM) NFF spokesman Mohammed Muzammil said govt was attempting to betray the security forces and mislead the people by saying the Bill on International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances (ICPAPED) would not applicable to the past. He said that even though it was true that laws passed in parliament were not applicable to the past, that did not apply to internationals laws and conventions, according to Article 13(6) of the Constitution. more..

CEB engineers, power supers, battle to keep country lit amid attacks

Sep 18 (EN) SL's power engineers and electrical superintendents have kept the nation supplied with power so far with great difficulty amid a strike called by non-technical staff for higher salaries. A striker breaker said they have reported to work despite threats and mud-slinging campaigns. "We can keep the generation side going, but the problem is with distribution," CEB official said. "When breakdowns happen it is difficult to more..

Assaulting Police: 18 arrested

Sep 18 (DM) Weli Oya Police arrested 18 suspects including three women in connection with assaulting the police officers and aiding to flee a suspect who was held in custody by the police. Police said that Weli Oya police Station had arrested a person with cannabis in possession on Saturday following a tip-off on Saturday. However, the suspects including some of the relatives of the arrested person had obstructed the police officers in Janakapura area to carry out their duties and more..

Business forum bemoans SL’s condition

Sep 18 (Island) The initial sessions of the Business Forum were convened last Thursday. Speakers who contributed to the wide cross section of views included, Dr. Anil Jayantha from Sri J'Pura Uni, Mahendra Jayaserkra, Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake and musician and singer Sunil Perera. In his initial introduction to an audience of business personalities and professionals Perera said after 70 years of independence, he wished to pose the question, more..

මහින්ද නිකායේ අපුරු පින්නපාතය !!

Ceylon Chamber welcomes amended Inland Revenue bill

Sep 18 (FT) The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, in a statement yesterday lauded the Finance Ministry’s passage of the new Inland Revenue Bill, after it says it was “extensively engaged throughout the process of drafting the new legislation, and is grateful for the space provided by the Govt to have our views heard”. The following is the full statement The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce congratulates the Ministry of Finance on the successful passing in Parliament of a new Inland Revenue Bill that more..

SLNS Sayura and Sagara return home on completion of successful naval exercise

Sep 18 (SLN) The Offshore Patrol Vessels of the Sri Lanka Navy, SLNS Sayura and Sagara returned to Sri Lanka today (17) on successful completion of Sri Lanka India Naval Exercise – SLINEX 2017. The SLN ships left for India on 04th September to take part in the biennial joint naval exercise conducted between the two neighbouring countries. The returning ship, SLNS Sayura was received in accordance with naval traditions at the Naval Dockyard, Trincomalee. more..

IKEA inspired Hayleys’ Dhammika to comfort more homes with Singer

Sep 18 (FT) The world’s most iconic home furnishing brand IKEA is said to have inspired business leader Dhammika Perera to take control of Singer Sri Lanka Plc via the biggest listed corporate acquisition worth over Rs. 11 billion last week. Similar to IKEA’s vision, Dhammika, the biggest shareholder and Co-Chairman of Hayleys, is also keen to offer a range of home furnishings of good design & durability at affordable prices more..

'Private-public sector suspicions nullify commercial progress'

Sep 18 (Island) Minister Chandima Weerakkody, says the usual outlook of the business community was that the private sector was suspicious of the public sector. The public sector, in turn, harbored similar suspicions about the private sector. The end result of this unwritten animosity was that commercial progress was gravely stifled. Allusion to this internecine continuation of working at cross purposes achieved negative results, in consequence the economy did not progress. more..

Police seargent hit by Colombo-Kandy express train

Sep 18 (ST) A Police sergeant was killed when he was hit by the Colombo – Kandy express train in the Dematagoda area, a coroner’s court inquiry was told. Officer in charge of the Police station Anuradha Mahindasiri told the inquiry that sergeant Pallegedara Anuratillake, from Anuradhapura, was proceeding for an interview to admit his daughter to Yashodhara Vidyalaya Gampaha when he was hit by the train on Friday. He had taken over duties at the police station two weeks ago. more..

Chamara Silva banned for 2 years from cricket

Sep 18 (CI) SLC has slapped former Sri Lanka player Chamara Silva with a two-year ban from all cricket-related activities for his supposed role in a Tier B first-class match that featured unusual scoring rates. The ruling comes after a seven-month inquiry into events of the third day of the Panadura Cricket Club v Kalutara Physical Culture Club match played Jan 23-25. Many others have also been banned for their participation in the game, more..

V2025: A country enriched: A wish-list far beyond reach

Sep 18 (Island) The govt launched a new policy document titled V2025: A Country Enriched early this month. The launching event seemed to have been designed to attract the youth with choreographic acts in an ultra-modern stage setting. The few youngsters who appeared along with President Sirisena and PM Wickremesinghe on the stage posed questions to the two leaders. The V2025 document starts with the statement, "Our vision is to make SL a rich country by 2025. more..

Editorial:  Yahapalanaya, Omerta and Devadatte method

Sep 18 (Island) How the treasury bond rackets were planned and carried out has come to light thanks to a process of witnesses ratting on their bosses before the ongoing presidential commission of inquiry. It was recently revealed that Perpetual Treasuries owner, Arjun Aloysius, had lied to the COPE on bond rackets. He is also alleged to have received inside information from the Central Bank, which was, at that time, headed by his father-in-law, Arjuna Mahendran, and made huge profits more..

Adaraneeya Sri Lanka: Polonnaruwa

Pensions dept. that demeans the pensioner

Sep 18 (SL) The wife and children maintenance fees which was initiated during the colonial era as a show of gratitude to foreigners who worked in this country on contract, was later passed as the Pensions Act through the Constitutional Board. Pensions Department was established as the sole authorised institution that pays this pension, during the British era. Currently the Pensions Department has to bear the burden of having to pay these foreigners’ dependents a pension payment in Pounds more..

Sil Redi and subversion of Buddhism

Sep 18 (SL) Exposures made in the Sil Redi (Holy White Cloth) case have torn the sanctity of the garb worn by pious Buddhists on Full Moon Days to shreds. The massive Rs. 650 million gift to the pious adherents by the TRC, the High Court held, amounted to misappropriation of state funds. The verdict delivered has been hailed by some legal pundits, self-declared pundits on many subjects, most of the general public and delighted UNPers as justice being finally done while more..

'I did my best for the Country'

Sep 18 (CT) Former President Rajapaksa, who is said to be one of the colourful Presidents in the Asian region, amidst having to face political attacks from his opponents, said that he did his best for the country and he could defend himself on that. He also pointed out the presence of the Chinese was only to invest in projects and they had not influenced him otherwise. On becoming the next PM of Sri Lanka, ex-President said, more..

Problem of Arjun Aloysius & reach of law

Sep 18 (ST) The Order by the Commission of Inquiry into the issuance of Treasury Bonds declining to compel Arjun Aloysius, principal shareholder and director of Perpetual Treasuries to give evidence before it, raises interesting points of law for consideration. Indeed, its effect has wider ramifications beyond the subject matter of this Commission. In its Order, the Commission has exhaustively listed as to why it is desirable that the CEO of Perpetual Treasuries more..

Venerable villainy of mercenary monks

Sep 18 (CT) The picture says it all. They are venerable villains brazenly repudiating the rule of law and demanding that we submit to a rule by the robed whose allegiance is to the Rjapaksa clan. The smug satisfaction of the receiver holding the bowl, the mock display of a cheque for Rs 50,000 by the giver and approving glance of the rotund onlooker demonstrate the abysmal depth these spiritual stooges are ready to stoop to in their determination to restore Rajapaksa kleptocracy. more..