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If elections are not held: Past administrators fear ICC will suspend SLC

Aug 10 (DN) Former administrators of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) fears that the country will definitely be suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for its failure to hold a democratic election and elect office bearers. ICC has already served notice that it will suspend SLC if an election was not conducted within a six month period which means that time is now running out for the govt installed Competent Authority. more..

Salinity intrusion: Beruwala kids afflicted by kidney, liver diseases

Aug 10 (CT) Salinity intrusions from the Kalu Ganga have caused liver and kidney diseases among children in Beruwala, Beruwala UC UNP Chairman Mazahim Mohamed complained. Speaking at a public consultative meeting on water and electricity organized by the regulator the Public Utilities Commission at the BMICH premises, Mohamed however said that a Rs 38 billion water project, inaugurated in his area with Japanese funding a few days ago, is expected to solve this issue. more..

WIM, IFC highlight Sri Lankan women’s hard-won successes

Aug 10 (FT) The Top 50 Professional and Career Women Awards 2018 were celebrated on Tuesday with remarkable women leaders from Sri Lanka recognised for their significant contributions within their corporations, communities, or livelihoods. Achievements like these have, in turn, led to more inspiring stories of SL women entering the global market, and has spurred more women to enter the workforce. With only one in three women participating in SL’s formal labour force, more..

PM says improved democracy justifies P’ment commissioners’ allowance hike

Aug 10 (FT) The establishment of independent commissions under the Unity Govt has elevated democracy to new heights and garnered global accolades, PM told Parliament while seeking House approval to increase the allowances of the members of all commissions appointed by the Constitutional Council of Parliament. According to the motion, Cabinet approved revising the emoluments and other allowances, more..

Suresh, Dan from SL win Over-55 Doubles

Aug 10 (Island) Suresh Subramaniam, former national player who is currently the President of the National Olympic Committee (NOC), clinched the coveted Men’s Doubles Over-55 title partnering Sri Lanka’s Dan Mukunthan this week at the first International Tennis Federation (ITF) Veterans Tennis, ended at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA) Playing Section clay courts in Colombo. Subramaniam also became runner-up in the age group’s Singles as well. more..

Sri Lanka Emerging win by 215 runs

Aug 10 (CT) SL’s Emerging team, but filled with national players, completely outplayed the South African Emerging team by 215 runs in the first unofficial ODI played at Rangiri Dambulla Stadium yesterday. Batting first SL openers Sadeera Samarawickrema and Dimuth Karunaratne put on a massive opening stand of 252 runs with both batsmen scoring hundreds. Samarawickrema scored 141 runs off 127 deliveries and hit 17 boundaries and a six while Karunaratne scored 125 runs more..

'Test-match line and length worked for us'

Aug 10 (CI) With six overs left in the rain-hit fourth ODI, the ball was wet, and South Africa were ahead of the game, with 43 runs to get, and five wickets in hand. So what did Sri Lanka do? They bowled as if they were playing a Test. It sounds like an odd move, but in the situation, it turned out to be an inspired one. South Africa had David Miller - one of the cleanest strikers in the world - at the crease, and another batsman to come. more..

Ashan and Gayan win Commando challenge

Aug 10 (DN) Gayan Sandaruwan marked his first victory of the year winning the Best Rider Trophy while Ashan Silva registered his sixth win of the year winning the Best Driver Trophy at the Commando Challenge Supercross 2018, conducted by the Commando Regiment, Sri Lanka Association of Racing Drivers and Riders (SLARDAR) and Asian Motor Racing Club (AMRC) in collaboration with Hutch Communication (Pvt) Ltd at the Uva Kudaoya Commando Regiment racing track recently. more..

Sri Lanka lacks skilled workers, need for improvements

Aug 10 (ST) While the lack of skilled personnel is well known, the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) is now assessing the skills of Sri Lankans and moving to recognise the existing skills of employees. Kanishka Weerasinghe, CEO, EFC mentioned the above while answering queries by the media at a panel discussion on the Education Budget Proposals 2019 for Human Capital Development held last week at the National Human Resources Development Council of Sri Lanka (NHRDC). more..

Colombo high rises a major fire risk: UK expert

Aug 10 (ST) The fire risk in high rise buildings in Colombo is very high according to Dr. David Kirkham. Why? Because many developers are using combustible cladding. Cladding is a covering or coating on a building. It was made infamous by the Grenfell Tower fire in the salubrious area of North Kensington in West London which left 72 people dead last year. Dr. Kirkham, an internationally recognised expert in fixed more..

Soul Sounds totally ready to hit the stage with Totally Pop

Aug 10 (ST) With their next big concert fast approaching, rehearsals are becoming intense, stressful, but getting there, Soundarie David Rodrigo, founder of the Soul Sounds says. Sri Lanka’s premier female choral ensemble, Soul Sounds is all ready to showcase innovative choral arrangements in Totally Pop featuring the most loved cover hits from the 60’s, 70’s to the modern day. Their last two pop shows Totally 80’s and Totally 90’s were a runaway success, more..

Peoples’ money, finance co’s and Central Bank

Aug 10 (Island) In recent years there have been many extremely disappointed citizens who have invested money in finance companies. Some of these citizens are in great distress as they have invested their life’s savings. They did so expecting the assured steady income monthly. There were also those who invested, in a company, called Touchwood, growing trees for timber, something like a sum of about 100,000 initially and a smaller sum of Rs. 150,000 to 200,000 annually over 17 yrs more..

'Our deals are with the people'

Aug 10 (CT) JVP Central Committee Member Convenor of Voice against Corruption Wasantha Samarasinghe says the Govt is avoiding revealing the names of UNP and JO MPs, who benefitted from the Treasury Bond Scam. Q: Have the leaders of the JVP burdened you, Wasantha Samarasinghe, with revealing various frauds and corruption while they stay away from issues to save their skin? A: Our Party has not been separated, more..

Edtorial: Contempt of court, robes and coats

Aug 10 (Island) Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Chief Ven. Galabodaatte Gnanasara Thera has been sentenced to jail for contempt of court. Opinion may be divided on the severity of the punishment—19 years RI to be served in six years—but the fact remains that he committed a very serious offence and nothing could be cited in extenuation thereof. The convict is currently in hospital and his lawyers have said they will appeal against the judgement. Court Appeal, which sentenced him, more..

Statehood without the name, for Provincial Councils

Aug 10 (Island) At present, seven of the ten members of the Constitutional Council are MPs with only three being outsiders. The task of the Constitutional Council is to recommend appointees to important commissions such as the Public Service Commission, Elections Commission, the National Police Commission and to high state positions such as the Attorney General, IGP, Chief Justice etc. The Speaker of Parliament is the ex - officio Chairman of the Constitutional Council. more..

Aluth Parlimenthuwa

Please Look in the Mirror

Aug 10 (CT) Yet another episode of violence against a group of citizens of this land, the lost paradise, has come to pass. No dictates or other forms of explanation can justify the violence imposed on a group of unarmed civilians that we have been witnessing sporadically in the recent past. An incident best labelled as road rage or one where the absurd suspicion of a pill to sterilize the majority community has been cleverly manipulated by a group of people, waiting to create chaos. more..

Plans for policy implementation: Part I

Aug 10 (CT) Assuming that plans are the results of policies which are formed in response to the needs of the people as it cannot be anything else if what is meant by the word governance is management of all the resources and everything else for the benefit of the people. In other words, it is the wise and careful use of the wealth of the nation for the benefit of its citizens, who are considered the most important element in the wealth of the nation. Representative democracy evolved over the years, more..

Jaffna's new citizen journalists

Aug 10 (Roar) Every Friday, Benislos Thushan, a programme officer at the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) boards an overnight bus from Colombo to his hometown in Jaffna. He lands at dawn on Saturday and a few hours later, goes to the American Corner—the American Centre’s educational outreach branch—to conduct weekend classes on digital storytelling. more..

Debt and the poor

Aug 10 (DN) In October last year the Governor of the CB went on a mission to find solution for indebtedness in the north having seen the scale of the problem and the scale of the suffering experienced by the families distressed in debt with solutions on three levels. 1. How to reduce the debt burden; 2. How to structure new credit so that the problem is not repeated; 3. Raising awareness and financial literacy among the population to prevent a repetition and prolonging of the situation. more..

Our strategy for the future is to make sure that there is a future

Aug 10 (CT) What should we expect from a different type of leadership in a country totally devastated by corrupt politicos? We now need to elect a group of people, who honour principles of public sector governance such as transparency, accountability, integrity, efficiency, effectiveness etc., which had been conspicuously overlooked by successive govts to-date. Nelson Mandela, Noble Laureate and former President of South Africa had said – A political leader must be honest to himself more..

West Coast Power rejects research report on power generation

Aug 10 (SO) West Coast Power Ltd, a subsidiary of Lanka Transformers Limited, believes a recent report by Verite Research, a Colombo-based think-tank recruited by the Govt to study recent proposals to build a 300MW combined cycle power plant in Kerawalapitiya, is biased and unprofessional and rejected all allegations levelled in the report. The Verite Research report titled A case study of public sector loss through partnership more..

Truth, lies & Mahinda Rajapaksa

Aug 10 (CT) The former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has warned buyers of our national assets that he would review those deals when returned to power. He has asserted most forcefully, that the current government had no mandate to sell national assets. He has vehemently condemned the authoritarian manner adopted by the govt in leasing out the sea port in Hambantota and the airport in Mattala – the outstanding national assets that he built for us after ending a debilitating war. more..

Super-politicised underworld

Aug 10 (DN) Until and unless political parties stop patronizing both the underworld and powerful economic elite in sponsoring elections, law enforcement is only wishful thinking. This whole process consequently makes Legislative power ineffective in the country’s governance. The legislative membership becomes subservient to these two corrupt institutional agencies for propping them up in high office and in turn politicians remain eternally obliged to them to the extent more..

University of Calgary partners with two Sri Lankan leading universities

Aug 9 (AD) University of Calgary in Canada today signed agreements with two of Sri Lanka’s top universities to collaborate on educational and research activities and exchanges of students, faculty and staff, with the next planned step of exploring a PhD Cotutelle program (dual degree program) between University of Calgary and the two SL universities. University of Calgary Vice-Provost (Int'l) Professor Janaka Ruwanpura, more..

Talawakelle-Lindula UC deputy chairman arrested

Aug 9 (AD) Deputy Chairman of the Talawakelle-Lindula Urban Council, L. Bharathidasan, has been arrested by Talawakelle Police today. A case was filed against him in connection with the protest organized against the renaming of the Thondaman Vocational Training Centre in Hatton as the Pool Bank Vocational Training Centre. He was arrested over a warrant issued for failing to appear before the court on May 10, 2018. Talawakelle Police said that Dy Chairman will be produced at more..

Union action indicates country's democracy: PM

Aug 9 (NR) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe says all trade union action is an indication of the country’s democracy. Speaking during the Parliament session this afternoon the Premier said protests are conducted as the govt has ensured freedom of speech reiterating the present govt doesn’t kidnap or murder those protesting. Commenting on the Provincial Council Election the Premier noted the election will be conducted promptly. The PM said the current independent system in SL is praised more..

Video: Railway strike to continue until issues are resolved

Aug 9 (AD) Railway services have come to a halt island-wide due to the ongoing strike of Railway trade unions based on wage disparities. SLTB stated that additional buses have been deployed considering the inconveniences experienced by commuters. According to the Chairman of SLTB Ramal Siriwardana, these additional buses have been put into service since last night. He added that over 100 additional more..

Presidential Pardon for Gnanasara Thera?

Aug 9 (DM) Minister Champika Ranawaka said today that President Maithripala Sirisena's attention would likely to be focused on a presidential pardon for Ven. Galagoda Attte Gnanasara Thera who was sentenced to six years. He said this in response to a question asked by a journalist after laying the foundation stone for the Gongawela Bus Terminal Development Project in Matale. “However, I cannot confirm about a presidential pardon for Gnanasara Thera,” he said. more..

Denmark support for Lankan ports sector

Aug 9 (DN) Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe visited Denmark recently to obtain financial and technical assistance for the development of Sri Lanka’s ports sector. During the visit, Minister Samarasinghe held discussions with a group of delegates including Maersk Line network CEO Soren Skou. SLPA Chairman Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake, Maersk Line network Head Anders Boenaes, Senior Director Julian Bevis, Public Relations South Asia Prithwijit Maitre, Marketing Manager Karina Kindvig, more..

Mutual assistance in criminal matters (Amendment) bill passed

Aug 9 (DM) Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Amendment) Bill was passed with Amendments amidst chaos in Parliament this morning. Parliament went into chaos when the joint opposition accused Speaker Karu Jayasuriya of not inquiring from the House whether it was agreeable to the second reading of the Bill. Speaker Jayasuriya who responded said he made the inquiry before going into the committee stage. more..

Transport Minister invites railway trade unions for talks

Aug 9 (AD) Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva requests the representatives of railway trade unions to conclude their strike action and participate in discussions regarding their demands. Commenting on the strike action launched by the railway trade unions, Minister says that the demands of the trade unions have never been rejected. According to the Minister, Cabinet paper which was submitted with regard to the solutions for the salary issue on which the railway strike is based on, more..

We must defeat trade union terrorism says PM’s Chief of Staff

Aug 9 (GDI) Our govt is responsible and respects the worker for fighting for his demands, but our commitment to the tenets of democracy and human rights should not be perceived as weakness PM's Chief of Staff and Minister Sagala Ratnayaka says. Issuing a press release on present railway trade unions strike the Minister further says that We will take every possible action to defeat this ugly trade union terrorism for this we request the support of the public – we must work to defeat more..

Sri Lanka reiterates commitment to combat people smuggling in the region

Aug 9 (MFA) Speaking at the 7th Bali Process Ministerial Conference on people smuggling, human trafficking, and other int'l crimes on Tuesday (7) in Bali, Indonesia, Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana reiterated SL’s commitment for a comprehensive regional approach to combat people smuggling, and to work in partnership with govts, international organizations and civil society to prevent human smuggling, protect and more..

Proposals from Dayasiri to strengthen SLFP

Aug 9 (AD) Party anniversary and party reformation process was discussed at the SLFP Central Committee meeting, says Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe. He stated this at a press conference held at Colombo, today. At the Central Committee meeting yesterday, a committee headed by Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva was appointed for the organization of party anniversary celebrations and the said committee will be meeting at the President’s House at 6 pm today, more..

Mere 41% of projects implemented in 1Q

Aug 9 (CT) Only 41% of Govt projects have been implemented during the first quarter of 2018, with a physical progress of 75%. According to the Govt Revenue and Expenditure Report of 2018, 90.2% of the expected revenue during the first quarter amounting to Rs 469 billion has been collected but despite this achievement there has been a slowing down of the number of projects being completed. What is more astounding is that out 1,354 projects, a mere 561 have reached over 75% completion more..