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Teams prepare to battle Sri Lanka's monsoon season again

Oct 13 (CI) Rinse and repeat. That is the strategy for the second ODI in Dambulla, after only 15 overs were possible in the first. Unfortunately, the chance of rain again playing a part remains high, which would be frustrating - if not entirely unpredictable, given the scheduling of this tour in the wettest part of the year in SL. Not too much could be gleaned from the opening exchanges on Wednesday, other than that England remain more..

Lankan stock market needs serious State intervention

Oct 13 (FT) The ASPI decreased eight points or 0.14% to 5,872 on Wednesday 10 October from 5,880 in the previous trading session and on Thursday down to 5,840. Historically, the SL stock market (CSE All Share) reached an all-time high of 7,811.82 in February of 2011 and a record low of 4,258.80 in June of 2010. According to analysts, net foreign selling of SL’s stocks and bonds is nearing US$ 500 million for 2018. The outflows have been one of the key significant factor more..

When dining with the devil, use a long spoon said William Shakespeare

Oct 13 (FT) I start with two confessions – firstly, I am no hero, in fact I am still but a victim who has hope of overcoming the said syndrome; on the other hand I have reaped the benefits of social media and the rapid ripple effect it can offer. Secondly, everything I present to you has been said before – if it is your desire to learn more about it, it is at your fingertips, waiting. In my independent research to prepare for a workshop on social media addiction, I decided the topic needs to be taken to more..


Edtorial: Learn from history

Oct 13 (Island) Disturbing news has come from the North that schoolchildren and teachers were made to take part in a recent protest march, demanding the release of LTTE suspects in custody. Some sinister elements seem to be working overtime to catch them young. Political parties and other outfits can stage such protests, and their right to do so cannot be questioned. But on no grounds should students be allowed to be involved in them. The LTTE used children in its war and more..

Journey to Peradeniya and life on Campus

Oct 13 (Island) 1968 seems as yesterday. It was a watershed year in our lives. The year is steeped in memory like an inscription. In that year, we came from far flung areas of the island to the premiere higher learning centre in the country for a higher purpose. Once it was reserved for the children of elite families seeking knowledge and initiation to higher office. Thus, even before setting foot on the campus in some say we felt somewhat privileged. Our parents and close relatives made heavy more..

The vanishing wattle and daub homes

Oct 13 (SO) Story of ancient SL begins in the Stone Age. It is during this period that we find early man who lived in caves with family members, eating fruits, yams and bush meat. Many of these characteristics have survived among the Aadivasi community today, and it is widely supposed that people of Stone Age bear a close resemblance to them. Rocky caves became their homes, where they lived in small family groups. more..

Sri Lanka’s contribution to the Indian Ocean

Oct 13 (DN) Sri Lanka is strategically located as an important island in the heart of the Indian Ocean with a land area of nearly 65,610 sq. kms and having sea base of over four times its’ land mass. Since, history the country has been in the middle of international attention as a crucial destination between the East and West shipping routes that attracted three maritime superpowers trading in that route for economic benefits to the said motherlands. They not only conducted trading, more..

Takeaways for Sri Lanka from the Australian Labor Party action plan

Oct 13 (CT) To get the govt and the economy working for the people. To put people first. To get country’ priorities back. To fix schools and hospitals. To ease pressure on family budgets. To stand up for workers. To invest in cheaper, cleaner energy. To build a strong economy that works for all. The first three points above are rather preambular, the last five being the main components of the action plan. There is a strong feeling in the ranks of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), more..

5 tips on how to use mobile data more effectively

Oct 13 (Roar) We’ve all had that moment of frustration: you’re away from a wi-fi zone, checking out cute puppy videos on Instagram, and then BAM—you get that dreaded message from your service provider informing you that you have only 100MB remaining from your allocated data quota. This is especially annoying when you know you topped up just a little while ago. How could it finish so fast, and where does all that data more..

Justice delayed for the legal fraternity

Oct 13 (DN) What did George Bernard-Shaw mean by his statement, All professions are conspiracies against the laity: Professions acquire status, authority and wealth by taking unto themselves, (in Sri Lankan context thanks to free education), a body of knowledge and proficiency and only renounce it in small amounts in exchange for a fee. Named after Hulft, the Dutch General who was shot by a Portuguese soldier in 1656— the village where the gruesome murder took place happened to be more..

The Ku Klux Klan & The phenomenon of race

Oct 13 (CT) I now very seldom go to the cinema but, encouraged by my wife’s willingness to accompany me, saw Black Klansman directed by African-American Spike Lee (2018). In turn, this led me to Ron Stallworth’s memoir, Black Klansman. Reading is a horizon that forever recedes because one book leads to another, and that to yet another. So it is that I found myself reading a 1905 novel, The Clansman, by Thomas Frederick Dixon and watching D W Griffith’s film version of it, Birth of a Nation. more..

Public servants must fulfill responsibilities to protect forest resources: President

Oct 12 (PMD) President Maithripala Sirisena says all the public servants have a responsibility beyond their limits of assigned duties in achieving national development goals while increasing the density of forests across the country.President made these remarks addressing a ceremony to present appointment letters to newly appointed officers of the Department of Forest Conservation as well as to present Productivity Awards for forest offices, more..

Govt. presents Chemical Weapons Convention Amendment Bill

Oct 12 (DM) The govt yesterday presented the Chemical Weapons Convention Amendment Bill in Parliament. Ministry of Defence which is under the purview of President Maithripala Sirisena shall be in charge of implementing the said legislation. Ministry of Industries was in charge of implementing the legislation earlier. The legislation deals with implementing of the International Convention on Prohibiting development, production, stockpiling and using of chemical weapons. more..

81 injured in Lunugamwehera bus accident

Oct 12 (DM) At least 81 passengers were injured when an SLTB and a private bus collided head on at Lunugamwehera on the Hambanthota-Wellawaya Main Road this afternoon, police said. They said the injured were admitted to the Lunugamwehera, Debarawewa and Hambantota Hospitals. The SLTB bus was heading to Ampara from Matara and the private bus was heading to Matara from Dehiaththakandiya at the time of accident. Drivers of both vehicles are among the injured. more..

'Sri Lankan currency fears are overblown'

Oct 12 (Nikkei) The sharp decline of SL's currency is not as catastrophic as people make it out to be, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said this week, as the country looks to transform itself into an export-powered economy. SL rupee has fallen by over 10% against the dollar this year, making it one of the worst performing currencies in emerging Asia. The country has imposed restrictions on vehicle imports, more..

Grama niladaris threaten TU action

Oct 12 (DN) Representatives of the Grama Niladaris Association urged the govt to rectify several issues relating to their service, at a media conference on Wednesday. They warned the govt not to force them to opt for trade union action by not heeding their issues. Govt Grama Niladaris Association (GGNA) Chairman U.A.D.S. Perera said they were contemplating trade union action in the near future. As an initial step, leaflets were distributed to make people aware about their issues. more..

'Russia is interested in closer ties with SL'

Oct 12 (DM) Russia, which maintains traditionally friendly relations with Sri Lanka, is interested in closer trade and economic cooperation, including in fishery, agriculture and tourism, President Vladimir Putin has said on Thursday. He expressed these views at a ceremony held in the Alexander Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace where 23 new ambassadors including SL Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka presented credentials to President Putin. “I would like to note that in September, more..

Sri Lanka looks to shed massage parlour image for billion dollar wellness industry

Oct 12 (EN) SL's wellness industry is looking to shake off a bad reputation in order to attract tourists and hire people who are wary of the ubiquitous shady massage parlours and spas known for their happy endings. The global wellness industry is estimated to US$ 3.7 trillion, with wellness tourism accounting for US$ 563 billion according to the Global Wellness Institute, and SL wants a piece of this pie, but quality remains a major concern. more..

Sri Lanka clears tax uncertainty on foreign bondholders, lenders

Oct 12 (EN) Sri Lanka's cabinet of ministers had given the nod to exempt foreign investors in govt bonds from taxes on interest and capital gains, the Finance Ministry said as part of a number of revisions to a new income tax law. Sri Lanka will exempt from taxes "any gain including interest, discount or capital gain earned by non-residents on sovereign bonds denominated in local or foreign currency, issued by or on behalf of the Govt." The exemption will also apply to loans more..

Video: Man dies after train hits car, wife escapes unharmed

Oct 12 (AD) One person died after a train collided with a car this morning at a railway crossing on Nagarathna Mawatha in the Galle. A slow train traveling from Aluthgama to Galle had collided with the car at around 6.25 a.m. today. The driver of the car, a 57 year old resident of Ginthota, was rushed to the Karapitiya Hospital in critical condition following the crash, but he had succumbed to injuries while receiving treatment. However, the driver’s wife who was also inside the car more..

Sri Lanka rejects US claims, says no Chinese military base at port

Oct 12 (PTI) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe has rejected US' claim that China might set up a forward military base at a strategic port it has leased to the communist nation, describing it as imaginary. Last year, Colombo had leased the Hambantota port to Beijing for 99 years after it failed to repay a Chinese loan of USD 1.4 billion for the project. China gaining the control of the port has raised concerns that more..

Gomi counters Minister Samarawickama’s rejoinder

Oct 12 (Island) Gomi Senadeera, Sri Lanka’s former top trade representative in Geneva has issued the following statement in response to Development Strategies and International Trade Ministry statement. The text of the statement: First of all, let me thank the Development Strategies and International Trade Ministry for the statement in response to my article headlined Garbage in garbage out – Garbage and Blue Asbestos in Sri Lanka Singapore Free Trade Agreement as more..

India announces scholarships to children of Sri Lanka estate workers

Oct 12 (IHC) Applications are invited from the children of estate workers, for award of scholarships by the Ceylon Estate Workers’ Education Trust (CEWET). These scholarships are available for G.C.E. A/L, Undergraduate courses and for students undergoing Vocational/Technical education in any other Govt Technical Colleges in Sri Lanka. Students who have passed GCE O/L (with minimum 6 credit passes) or A/L exam and below 25 years of age are eligible to apply for this scholarship. more..

Arjuna says he won’t allow sale of Trinco oil tanks

Oct 12 (AD) Responding the accusations made by JVP MP Bimal Rathnayaka, Minister Arjuna Ranatunga stated that he will not grant the Trincomalee oil tanks to an Indian oil company. He made this comments at the occasion of providing relief to the workers of CPC who were victims of political revenged. The minister stated that his principal is not to betray the country’s betterment and that he aims to develop the tank terminal more..

I nominated the most senior and experienced SC Judge: MS

Oct 12 (DM) For the first time in Sri Lanka's judicial history I have nominated the most senior and experienced Supreme Court Judge to the post of Chief Justice, President Maithripala Sirisena said. He said this at a ceremony held at Ape Gama in Battaramulla where letters of appointment were handed over to Regional Forest Officers and the Productivity Awards of the Mahaweli Development and Environment Department. The President said in several instances in the past more..

Minister Hashim explains how Sri Lanka faltered economically

Oct 12 (Island) Irrespective of whichever party they belonged to, they had to think along one line in national policies. Under the current govt the country’s exports had increased to $17 billion which is 18% of GDP, said Minister Kabir Hashim in Parliament yesterday speaking on the export sector when two regulations were taken up. "We introduced an open market policy in 1977 under former President J.R. Jayewardene and it was called an era of trade liberalisation. more..

Catholic priests & activists urge Cardinal to refrain from using his office to undermine HR

Oct 12 (CT) A group of Catholic priests and activists have written a letter to Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith urging him to refrain from using his position to bring the Catholic faith into disrepute, to mislead Catholic faithful and to undermine the human rights framework and discourses which have universal applicability, including to Sri Lanka, and which have been welcomed by successive Popes. more..

Only Musaeus did it well: President

Oct 12 (DM) President Maithripala Sirisena today said he was very disappointed by the level of training and discipline of the govt school students by what he saw at the concluding ceremony of the National School Games held recently. “It was obvious that they were poorly trained. Only one school stood out among others for their perfect march past and school band. I asked Akila (Minister of Education) what that school was. He said that was the Musaeus College” President said more..

Maximum price for white sugar

Oct 12 (AD) The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) says that a maximum retail price has been imposed on packeted and non-packeted white sugar with effect from midnight today (12). Issuing a statement, the CAA said that the maximum retail price has been imposed through two Gazette notifications. Accordingly a maximum retail price of Rs 100 per kilogram has been imposed on non-packeted white sugar while a MRP of Rs 105 per kilogram has been imposed on packeted white sugar. more..

The high-maintenance lowlifes of Diyawanna

Oct 12 (CT) The familiar stench of hypocrisy bordering on malfeasance, of the audacity of preaching and even imposing austerity on the common man while themselves, the high-maintenance lowlifes alias Parliamentarians in the Augean Stables, grazing on public funds and prospering off the fat of the land, is emanating yet again from that house of horrors on the Diyawanna Lake. This time it involves vehicle imports - specifically, more..

INS Rajput arrives at the Port of Colombo

Oct 12 (SLN) The Indian Naval Ship (INS) Rajput arrived at the Port of Colombo today (11) on a goodwill visit. The ship was ceremonially welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions on her arrival. Subsequently, the Commanding Officer of INS Rajput, Captain Rajesh Nair and the Indian delegation met the Commander Western Naval Area, Nishantha Ulugetenne at the Western Naval Command Hq and held a cordial discussion. more..

IGP finally fulfills CC instructions after warning from Speaker

Oct 12 (Island) The implementation of all recommendations by the National Police Commission had been duly completed by the IGP within the two weeks’ period given to him, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said. Speaker made this observation in Parliament yesterday in reply to concerns raised by JO Parliamentary Group Leader Dinesh Gunawardena. Speaker summoned IGP Pujith Jayasundara and National Police Commission members for a special meeting of CC on more..

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Integration of global value chains for sustainable tourism development in SL

Oct 12 (FT) Sustainable tourism is the concept of visiting a place as a tourist and trying to make a positive impact on the environment, society and economy. Tourism can involve primary transportation to the general location, local transportation, accommodations, entertainment, recreation, nourishment and shopping. It can be related to travel for leisure, business and visiting friends and relatives. Given its natural advantages, the tourism sector is viewed as one of the more..

Understanding the current industry trend towards bespoke tourism

Oct 12 (FT) Bespoke tourism is growing in popularity around the world. The reason for this is because it’s similar to choosing between off-the-rack suits over tailor-made suits. No matter how good the design is, a bespoke version is going to fit you much better. To elaborate further, nowadays, travellers look for something more than the traditional organised tours centred round famous attractions. They search for more unique and authentic experiences, which will connect them to the values and cultures of more..