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Was Mathews the ultimate loser? NO! We don’t think so

July 16 (ST) Please, could someone within the Lankan hierarchy — I mean in the govt — draw up a strategy to prevent the Afghanistan cricket team from obtaining entry visas to Sri Lanka, in the foreseeable future? I am quite confident that I need not explain this plea of mine. We do admit that all’s not well within the mechanism of the anatomy of Sri Lankan cricket, and today, what I am trying to ascertain is whether this wound was more..

Call for ban on animal testing for cosmetic purposes

July 16 (SO) Calling to ban animal testing worldwide, The Body Shop has been partnering the Forever Against Animal Testing, the global effort to collect eight million signatories. “We want to ban animal testing for cosmetics purposes forever, everywhere in the world. We are proud to launch the Forever Against Animal Testing campaign in Sri Lanka. Although, there is no requirement in Sri Lankan law for cosmetic animal testing, there is also no legal ban to forbid the practice. more..

CSE Dollar Board to be operational by year-end

July 16 (Island) Colombo Stock Exchange hopes to have its Dollar Board operational by the end of this year whereby foreign companies could list dollar denominated stock in Colombo, CSE Chairman Ray Abeywardene announced last week. All necessary approvals for this purpose have been obtained, CSE CEO Rajeeva Bandaranayake said. "Everything necessary has been done," he said. "Now it is up to us to go out and get the business." Already some Maldivian companies have expressed interest more..

Four Lankans stands a chance for World Athletic Championships

July 16 (ST) Four Lankan athletes stand the chance to be a part of the World Athletics Championships to be held in England from August 4 to 13. According to the qualifying standards set by the International Athletics Association of Federation (IAAF) two SL athletes have already qualified. They are Anuradha Indrajit Cooray and Hiruni Wijeratne. Both are Marathon runners. Other than that, Nimal Liyanarachchi who won the Gold at 800m more..

Vavuniya schoolboy Kirthushan wins mini marathon

July 16 (SO) Vavuniya schoolboy Kirthushan wins Nestomalt mini marathon. S. Kirthushan of Vavuniya Tamil MMV clocked 1.14.53 secs. To win the Mini Marathon of the National School organized by the Department of Education which held yesterday in Jaffna. While P. Jenanthanan (Oddusuddan MV 1.22.03 secs) and R. Rinijan (Kokuvil Hindu College 1.24.05 secs) finished as runners up to Kirthushan. The was sponsored by Nestle Lanka which named as Nestle Mini Marthon for Nestomalt Trophy. more..

The ramblings and rumblings at SL Cricket

July 16 (Island) Sri Lanka’s reputation at international level in cricket has plummeted to the lowest possible nadir in the 36-year old history after the island became a Full Member of the ICC under great stress and difficulties. The recent statistical details of the performances by the SL team are too painful to recall, though the media has made no bones of the miserable results of our team. Let it be said that Zimbabwe came to SL ranked 11th, having been defeated by Scotland a few weeks more..

Getting sucked into a quicksand of debt

July 16 (Hindu) “First, it was the tsunami that destroyed our community. Then came the war. Now, it’s microfinance.” That is how Jesudasan Rajitha describes the growing web of debt that is trapping people of this district on Sri Lanka’s east coast. Ms. Rajitha is with the federation of women’s rural development societies, which focusses on economic concerns of women. “Not a day passes without someone telling me that more..

Sri Lanka Olympian initiated

July 16 (CT) After six years in the making, former Sri Lankan Olympians finally came up with their novel association, Sri Lanka Olympian yesterday at the NOC, which is headed by former Olympian hurdler Sriyani Kulawansa. Association is expected to be the 149th member of the World Olympian Association which now has 148 member countries around the world. As per Kulawansa Sri Lanka has 97 Olympians at the moment who have represented Sri Lanka since the 1948 Olympic Games more..

Women's WC: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan

July 16 (CI) Pakistan flirted with their first victory in 14 World Cup matches several times over the course of the action in Leicester. They had Sri Lanka at 98 for 5 in the 27th over but somehow let them scramble to 221. Then, in the chase, they were 134 for 4 with a well-set Nain Abidi finding the boundaries at will. But she would be run out - the result of a mix up with her captain Sana Mir - as self-inflicted wounds eventually led to a defeat most agonising. more..

What will happen after 31 Dec?

July 16 (CT) As President Sirisena was praised in Bangladesh for making a revolutionary transformation in SL, visiting UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Ben Emmerson, warned that the progress in achieving the key goals set out in the Resolution is not only slow, but seems to have grounded to a virtual halt more..

War Heroes or criminals?

July 16 (Island) Former Navy Spokesman Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayake was arrested last week on charges of causing the disappearance of 11 persons in 2008. Dassanayake, a highly decorated Naval officer who played a major role in the war, is the latest high ranking armed forces officer to be arrested under the present govt. After January 2015, a good cross section of the entire military high command that won the war against terrorism has either been investigated, more..

Corruption, money laundering pot begins to boil

July 16 (SO) On Wednesday last week, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, former President of Brazil from 2003 until 2011, was convicted of corruption and money laundering. The case against him grew out of a long-running federal bribery investigation, known as Operation Car Wash. He was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison, but in deference to the national trauma involved in jailing a former President, the sentencing Judge allowed him to remain free during his appeal. more..

Adaraneeya Sri Lanka: Kegalle


July 16 (ST) My dear Angie, I thought I must write to you because everyone is talking about you these days, especially after your team lost to Zimbabwe and you resigned from the captaincy. Cricket seems to have become the topic of conversation – more so than changes to the Constitution, the dengue epidemic or even SAITM! I suppose this is one of those moments when all about you are losing their heads and blaming it on you. It does appear as if there are many problems with cricket in SL more..

Changing pillows for FDI headache won’t do

July 16 (ST) The sudden resignation of the Board of Directors of the BOI this week was not so sudden in a sense; it was a long time coming. Friction within the country’s One stop shop for Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) and the Minister in charge had dogged the Govt’s desperate search for foreign investors. The anticipated dollars, sterling and euros were not flowing in as the new Govt of 2015 anticipated, forcing it to rely on state-backed investments from China and India. more..

'UNP, SLFP marriage will continue'

July 16 (SL) Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says the unity govt will renew their agreement and continue as the unity govt beyond August. Minister said that the people in the North and East are enjoying real freedom as a result of the unity govt. He says the Govt has taken steps to address the Human Rights issue and so it will be ready to face the international community in Geneva at the UNHRC. more..

Sirisena faces acid test

July 16 (CT) SL envoy in the USA, Prasad Kariyawasam, stood before a large and distinguished gathering of US statesmen of the United States House of Representatives House Democracy Partnership (HDP) last Thursday, delivering a lecture on the theme of Strong Legislatures as a Bulwark Against Autocracy. Reading reports of the implosion in the SLFP faction in the govt barely 72 hours later in Colombo, those distinguished US legislators could be forgiven more..

Rapporteur makes waves

July 16 (Island) One newspaper yesterday summed up the news briefing with which Ben Emmerson, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Countering Terrorism ended his five-day visit here by saying UN slams govt on PTA. That accurately encapsulated what Emmerson, a British lawyer, said at his briefing. He was obviously not satisfied at the state of play here on areas his mandate covers and he did not mince his words saying as much. Earlier it had been reported that more..

Polythene ban draws mixed reactions

July 16 (SO) There were mixed reactions by Sri Lankans over the ban announced last week on polythene, lunch sheets and rigifoam boxes, that will come into effect from September this year with the packaging industry and others voicing their concern. When the Sunday Observer spoke to a cross section of people to find out what they felt about the ruling, some industrialists said, with the ban that would come into effect, polythene, more..

Can the best of constitutions work in SL?

July 16 (SL) Sri Lankan constitutions have had powerful forces backing them. Our first Constitution was written under the patronage of the British government by a world authority in constitution making, Ivor Jennings, with the assistance of D. S. Senanayake who became the country’s first prime minister under that constitution. Undoubtedly it was our best constitution that lasted 24 years. The 1972 Constitution it was claimed was based on a mandate received by Govt of Sirima Bandaranaike more..

Dengue needs Citizen action

July 16 (SO) Do you, dear reader, know someone affected by dengue? How many of you know someone affected by dengue? The incidence of this deadly disease has reached such proportions that many Sri Lankans, though un-affected by dengue themselves, personally know others who have been affected. In the face of the rapid increase in dengue cases this year, the health authorities are responding on several parallel tracks: expanding treatment capacity, enforcing preventive more..

'SL should have been in a better position'

July 15 (CI) Sri Lanka ended the first day of the Colombo Test against Zimbabwe 63 runs adrift, with only three first-innings wickets in hand, and their own lead spinner has sounded out a warning: batting fourth on this track won't be easy. Khettarama is not a venue where Tests are often played - the most recent one was four years ago. As both sides attempt to read an unfamiliar surface, perhaps Herath's more..

Norochcholai generator temporarily down

July 15 (NR) The third generator of the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant has been taken down temporarily due to urgent repairs. The Spokesman for the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy said the power supply across the country will not be affected. Repairs were being carried out due to the challenge in keeping with the daily generation of power. However the power supply will not be affected under any means through the suspension of the third generator. more..

VAC faults Champika

July 15 (CT) Convener of Voice Against Corruption (VAC) Wasantha Samarasinghe has charged that during Minister Champika Ranawaka's stint as the Minister of Power and Energy millions of rupees from funds of Lanka Transformers had been given away to temples as generous donations. He alleged that similar to the actions of Minister Ranawaka back in 2011, current Minister of Power and Renewable Energy too had donated money to various temples from the coffers of this same firm. more..

Lead will be a bonus: Streak

July 15 (CI) Concurring with Rangana Herath that batting will be tough in the fourth innings, Zimbabwe coach Heath Streak said his side would aim to have Sri Lanka chasing 200 at a minimum. With the hosts still 63 runs behind, Zimbabwe have a rare chance to take a first-innings lead. "I'd like to get 400 runs in front, but I don't think that's going to happen," Streak said. "Anything over 200 to 250 runs is going to be really tough on more..

Video: 2005-15 was golden age for Sri Lankan artists: MR

July 15 (AD) The govt that existed from 2005 to 2015 can be identified as the golden age for artists in SL and an age when they received the support of the govt, says former President Rajapaksa.  Speaking during an event of the Free Art Guild held last night in Panadura, he said that his govt was able to provide artists with every possible relief and concessions, which he claimed the incumbent govt is attempting to curtail. Rajapaksa said that not only artists, but even the relief accorded to more..

Video: No unnecessary arrests will be made: Defence Secretary

July 15 (AD) The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Kapila Waidyaratne says that not a single unnecessary arrest will be made in the future.  He stated that the relevant criminal investigations are being carried out following the arrest of former Navy Spokesman Commodore D.K.P. Dasanayake. “No unnecessary arrests will be carried out. I can assure that.” The newly appointed Defence Secretary made these comments while responding to questions from journalists after he visited more..

President attends Sri Lanka- Bangladesh Investment Forum

July 15 (CT) President Maithripala Sirisena participated as the Chief Guest of the Investment Forum held in Dhaka, today with the participation of Sri Lanka as well as Bangladesh investors and entrepreneurs. This Forum was organized to explore new investments and business opportunities in Sri Lanka. The trade figure between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is US$ 142 million per year and during this Forum the attention was drawn to make it more..

Amunugama castigates FCID for probe on Dinesh

July 15 (DM) Minister Sarath Amunugama had at Tuesday's Cabinet meeting vehemently opposed the ongoing FCID investigations on JO leader Dinesh Gunawardana. “These investigations on a veteran politician who is known for his integrity and fair play and commands respect in parliament and outside should not have been initiated in the first place,” he is reported to have said. The FCID should have carried out an evaluation before questioning him over some activities at the NWSDB more..

Hong Kong grants Rs 177 million for Sri Lanka flood relief

July 15 (ST) Hong Kong, which has generously handed out financial aid to Sri Lanka at times of disasters on previous occasions, has once again approved three grants totalling HK$9.03 million (Rs 177.3 million) to three non-govt agencies that will provide flood relief. The money was approved today by the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee from Hong Kong’s well-run Disaster Relief Fund. Save the Children Hong Kong will receive HK$4.44 million, while HK$1.128 million was more..

Senior cop arrested over Vidya rape and murder cover up

July 15 (EN) CID has arrested Senior Deputy Inspector General Lalith Jayasinghe on a charge of obstructing justice and helping suspects in a rape and murder case escape. Jayasinghe was the senior most police officer when 18-year-old Vidya Sivaloganathan was gang raped and murdered at Punkuduthivu, off  Kayts island in the Jaffna peninsula in May 2015. “Senior DIG Jayasinghe was arrested by the CID for more..

Sirisena in Catch-22 Corruption Trap

July 15 (CT) Irrespective of what motives President Sirisena had in mind when he fired a broadside at his Unity Govt's partner - accusing some of its senior members being responsible for the Police and FCID intentionally dawdling over probes into murders and multiple incidents of bribery and corruption - the overriding factor here is that this is the President of the Nation making this allegation. Now to my mind, no matter what others' opinions might be, this is so serious a charge that more..

3 UNP ministers a threat to unity govt

July 15 (CT) A group of UNP MPs, Deputy Ministers and State Ministers are planning to urge PM Ranil Wickremesinghe to take swift action against three powerful UNP Ministers whose conduct has become detrimental to the sustenance of the Unity Govt. They have pointed out that the conduct of these three UNP Ministers has not only come in for criticism from the Joint Opposition but their conduct could imperil the day-to-day functioning of the govt too. They have stated that more..

Sri Lanka shares experiences at US House Democracy Partnership event

July 15 (SLE) Sri Lanka was accorded the privilege of sharing the podium with distinguished U.S. statesmen and government officials at a public event organized by the United States’ House of Representatives’ House Democracy Partnership (HDP) on July 13. The event titled Strong Legislatures as a Bulwark Against Autocracy was co-hosted by HDP’s Chairman Congressman Peter Roskam and more..

JO points finger at Govt for attack on pepper farmers

July 15 (Island) The JO alleged that the recent attack on the pepper farmers demonstration in Pallebedda had been organised by the govt. UPFA MP Bandula Gunawardena said that the govt had got the innocent pepper farmers attacked as they were critical of the mismanagement of the agricultural sector. Gunawardena said the govt had no policy at all to develop the agricultural sector and protect the farmers. The govt had taken steps to import low quality pepper from Vietnam more..

Shadowy hands in effort to control media

July 15 (CT) A shadowy group calling itself the National Secretariat for Media Reform (NSMR) funded by an international NGO, International Media Support (IMS) and lobbing for a badly drafted Bill of independent Council for News Media Standards has led to huge public agitation and concern in Sri Lanka. Concerns have arisen as to whether this is an attempt by certain international forces sympathetic to the yahapalanaya Govt to throttle journalists who are now critical of the Govt more..