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Ananda Samarasekara files writ petition against Carlo and SLMC

Aug 9 (DN) Prof. Ananda Samarasekara, former Chief Colombo Judicial Medical Officer today filed a writ petition in the Court of Appeal seeking an Interim Order staying the operation of Sri Lanka Medical Council's decision to suspend him from performing medico-legal work for a period of six months. The petitioner cited SLMC, members of SLMC's professional conduct committee including Prof. Carlo Fonseka as respondents. more..

Perahera Sandeshaya handed over to Prez

Aug 9 (PSL) The annual Esala Perahera which is held in veneration of the sacred tooth relic; considered as the sacred pinnacle of the state was concluded successfully today (8). Accordingly, the Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela handed over the Perahera Sandeshaya (Sannasa) to President Maithripala Sirisena to inform the successful completion of the Kandy Esala Perahera at the President’s House in Kandy. Diyawadana Nilame and Nilames of Sathara Maha Devalas more..

'Parliament medical centre fully stocked'

Aug 9 (NR) Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says the supply of medicine to the medical centre within the Parliamentary premises has not been halted. Issuing a statement, the Ministry of Health said the Government Medical Supplies Unit has been supplying the Parliamentary medical centre without fail. The Ministry has taken steps to provide the Parliamentary medical centre with medicine of the highest quality in accordance with the National Drug Policy. more..

Govt currently formulating national policy on garbage disposal

Aug 9 (DN) The govt is in the process of formulating a national policy regarding the disposal of garbage in the country, the Attorney General informed Supreme Court today. Additional Solicitor General Indika Demuni de Silva appearing on behalf of the Attorney General made this remarks pursuant to a Fundamental Rights petition filed by an environmental activist and an environmental organization challenging gazette notification more..

Cash donation by President to family of the girl who died in Piliyandala shooting

Aug 9 (PMD) Parents of the girl who died in the recent shootout between the Police Narcotics Bureau officers and drug traffickers in the Piliyandala area on May 9, met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today.  The 11-year-old girl, Samadhi Ransika, who was at her father’s business place when the shooting incident took place, sustained serious injuries and died at the Colombo National Hospital. Her younger sister and older brother more..

SL squandered cruise tourism opportunity

Aug 9 (EN) Lack of interest and initiative on the part of Sri Lanka’s shipping authorities led to missed opportunities in attracting some of the world’s top cruise lines to the island, a maritime industry official said. Rohan Maskorala, CEO of the Shippers Academy Colombo, said he organized two international maritime forums in Colombo to draw the interest of foreign investors to the island in 2015 and 2016. The two Colombo International Maritime Conferences attracted cruise ship operators more..

'India benefit from financial power and IPL'

Aug 9 (HT) India-Sri Lanka Test series is proving to be the biggest mismatch in the history of their rivalry. And for former Sri Lankan batting great, Aravinda De Silva, it is a reflection of the widening gulf between the haves and have nots of the cricket world. Aravinda De Silva feels the Indian team’s strength is related to the cricket board’s financial health. Except for Australia and England, no cricketing nation has been able to more..

IUSF Convener granted bail

Aug 9 (NR) Convener of the IUSF Lahiru Weerasekera, arrested and remanded on charges of destructing public property by forcibly entering the premises of the Ministry of Health, has been granted bail. Colombo Chief High Court Judge Manilal Weidyathilake ordered to release the IUSF Convener on a 10,000 rupee cash bail and three surety bails worth 500,000 rupees each. The Judge stated that Lahiru Weerasekera can be bailed out only by a close relative. more..

Public institutions to go solar: Minister

Aug 9 (LBO) Cabinet has given the go ahead to budget and establish panels to generate solar power on the roofs of all public institutions. “I have already got the approval for this in the 2017 budget and under the ongoing Surya Bala Sangramaya project, already the temples in the country are being transferred to solar,” minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said. “The project also targets to establish solar panels on the roofs of one million households and generate power more..

Turkey's former PM commends President's leadership

Aug 9 (PMD) Former PM of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu hailed the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena for establishing religious and ethnic harmony, thus setting up an example for other countries. “Malaysia and Sri Lanka are the success stories in Asia, where most countries are grappling with terrorism and militancy due to ethnic and religious tensions,” he said when he called on President Sirisena today. more..

Constitutional Assembly: Withdrawal of NFF MPs has zero impact

Aug 9 (DN) The withdrawal of five NFF MPs led by MP Wimal Weerawansa has zero impact on the legality and proceedings of the Constitutional Assembly (CA), Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced in Parliament today.  MP Weerawansa asked the Speaker’s position over the letter submitted to the latter late last month informing the withdrawal of NFF from the Assembly. “In our letter, we stated that the CA would no longer be valid with our withdrawal, because the resolution more..

Discrepancy in follow up investigations by area police

Aug 9 (Island) Police have launched an inquiry to ascertain discrepancy in statements recorded by the STF and the Mount Lavinia police after the former took into custody four persons, including Sameera Manahara, public relations officer of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on the night of Aug. 5 in the Mount Lavinia police area. A stock of narcotics was found in his vehicle. Sources said that a fresh statement would be recorded from Manahara in this regard shortly. more..

20th Amendment impinges on sovereignty and franchise: Mahinda

Aug 9 (AD) Former President Rajapaksa stated that the 20th Amendment impinged upon the people’s sovereignty and franchise. He issued a media release expressing his views on the 20th Amendment which has reportedly been gazette by the Govt “with a view of postponing elections to the provincial councils”. Accordingly, he stated that the Amendment would require a referendum, and added that a petition would more..

Ravi’s exit delay shows Yahapalana crisis

Aug 9 (CT) I am not interested in the JO motion of no-confidence. That is merely another illustration of Rajapaksa camp trying to play a hypocritical game of fighting for justice and honesty in politics. Ravi Karunanayake himself is in large measure a product of political culture created by decade of Rajapaksa misrule & impunity. Ravi’s miscalculation was that he considered he could act with similar impunity being in the ranks of a govt that rode to power under noble banner of good governance. more..

Aava Dead: A Red Herring?

Aug 9 (CT) With Tamil terrorism instigated by the then Opposition Leader, TULF Leader A. Amirthalingam elected on the separatist ticket, after the July 1977 Parliamentary Poll getting bad, complemented by the killing of three CID officers and their driver in the Vanni Jungles in April 1978, followed by the destruction of the Avro civilian aircraft four months later, President J.R. Jayewardene appointed his wife Elena's nephew Brigadier Tissa (Bull) Weeratunga as more..

JVP press conference: No confidence motion

Why should only Ravi resign? Ministers Kabir and Malik?

Aug 9 (FT) State prosecutors who questioned Ravi Karunanayake went beyond their mandate, dragging in personal issues to make him uncomfortable and to sensationalise the entire proceedings. Very similar to the infamous Batalanda prosecution in the 90s; there were a lot of similarities. Unfortunately Foreign Minister responded to the questioning like a kindergarten child. Karunanayake is an accountant by profession. Surely, he could have responded to those questions more professionally. more..

Malik reiterates he had nothing to do with bond issue

Aug 9 (FT) With reference to the opinion article titled Why should only Ravi resign? Minister Kabir and Malik? , Minister Malik Samarawickrama has sent the following statement. “Please be informed that I had nothing to do with the bond issue as stated by me on several occasions. The article also states that I was in the dealing room on that date. This is totally untrue and is a figment of the ‘Banker’s’ imagination. I believe no outsider is allowed into the dealing room and CB records including CCTV more..

Former skipper Ranatunga urges ICC to probe Sri Lanka chief

Aug 9 (AFP) Former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga has blamed Sri Lanka's string of humiliating defeats on the country's cricket chief and demanded his investigation by the International Cricket Council. In what could be the opening shots of a new bid to head Sri Lanka Cricket, Ranatunga, 53, told AFP there was no proper discipline in the national team which has had a horror run of results. The team lost by an innings and 53 runs in more..

Swiss girl allegedly raped in A’pura shrub, no female JMO to support her case

Aug 9 (ST) The non-availability of a female Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) at the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital has denied the rights of a rape victim, a Swiss girl, who had insisted on a female doctor for the medical examination. The hospital was unable to provide a female JMO as the hospital’s JMOs are all male. Hospital Director Dr. Lionel Muhandirange said the hospital had a consultant JMO and three Assistant JMOs more..

Sri Lankan solidarity as well as different identities should be protected: PM

Aug 9 (GDI) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the country should move forward while protecting the Sri Lankan solidarity as well as the different identities. He said ‘we should be proud to be Sri Lankans and on the other hand we should be proud to be Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, or Christians. He made these remarks addressing the 20th Commemoration Ceremony of the Former Speaker of the Parliament more..

Referendum for 20th Amendment: PHU

Aug 9 (DM) The PHU said the govt should go for a referendum to seek people's consent if it were to bring in the 20th Amendment to hold the election for all provincial councils (PCs) in one day. PHU General Secretary MP Udaya Gammanpila said the sole purpose of the 20th amendment was to postpone the PC elections till 2019. "One clause of the proposed amendment says the election for all PCs should be held in one day and more..

FM’s urgent marching orders not executed

Aug 9 (Island) Contrary to a recent declaration by Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake that three Ambassadors had been recalled, well informed sources told The Island that none of them had returned to the country. Ambassadors Karunathilake Amunugama (Germany), Tilak Ranavirajah (France) and Y. K. A. Rohanajith (Iran) would be returning later this month after having completed their terms, sources said. more..

Bond scams: JVP at last points finger at PM

Aug 9 (Island) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe was directly involved in the Treasury bond scams and he cannot absolve himself of the responsibility for them by scapegoating Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake for the biggest ever fraud in the country’s history, a senior JVPer says. JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath said: The Central Bank has been under the PM. He is the one who appointed Arjuna Mahendran to the post more..

SL's war widows trafficked as slaves to Gulf

Aug 9 (TRF) When Nathkulasinham Nesemalhar took a flight from Colombo to Muscat in March she believed the boarding pass she clutched in her hand was her golden ticket to a better life after decades of war where she lost everything, including her husband. The 54-year-old widow from Sri Lanka's former war zone had been promised work as a maid for an affluent family in the Gulf state of Oman. She would get a nice room, more..

German Tech Principal resigns over sexual allegations

Aug 9 (Island) Minister Chandima Weerakkody told Parliament that the Principal of Ceylon-German Technical Training Institute, accused of seeking sexual favours from students had tendered his resignation. A new Principal would be appointed to the institute in the near future, minister said. Responding to a question raised by UPFA MP Jayantha Samaraweera, Minister said that newspaper advertisements calling for more..

CID will question Vijayakala soon: State Counsel

Aug 9 (CT) Kayts Magistrate M.M. Riyal queried the delay in questioning State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran, over video footage submitted to the Court by Defence Counsel of former Jaffna Senior DIG, Lalith Jayasinghe, in connection with the murder of Vithya Sivaloganathan. Responding to the Magistrate, State Counsel Nishanth Nagaratnam said that on the directive of the AG's Department, CID will, in a couple of days, more..

One-eyed ex-Tiger rebel sees a future through social work

Aug 9 (DM) Memories of the gruesome ethnic conflict would never fade away. While two ethnicities fought for their own freedom, there were those who viewed the conflict with much vengeance and some who supported it. But the stories of those who supported it are seldom heard of. This is the story of Vetrichelvi Velu, Ex-LTTE cadre turned social worker, who is now supporting differently abled women to overcome challenges. more..

Culture gap: A gaping black-hole on earth

Aug 9 (DM) A black-hole is defined as follows: A region of space having a gravitational field so intense that no matter or radiation can escape. In today’s context, Sri Lanka is increasingly drawn towards that cultural black-hole which soaks and sucks every ounce of social decency, financial discipline and passionate idealism that once resided in the sublime hearts and minds of countless inhabitants of this once blessed land. Travelling down the lane of bygone times and history, more..

Holding PC elections on a single day

Aug 9 (DM) It is highly rumoured that the govt is going to amend the Constitution so as to conduct elections to all nine Provincial Councils on a single day, without having them on a staggered basis as done thus far. In spite of the move being said to be aimed at conducting all PC elections on a particular day, civil society organizations including the election monitoring bodies have already expressed their fear that the Constitutional Amendment would be a move to postpone elections to provincial councils more..

Perpetual Treasuries capital increased by 400% from bond dealings: CEO

Aug 9 (DM) Perpetual Treasuries, CEO Kasun Palisena giving evidence before the PCoI yesterday said the PTL had made a profit of Rs.816 million in the first six months of secondary market operations. When questioned by Justice Prasanna Jayawardena it was revealed that during this period Ajith Nivard Cabraal was the CBSL Governor and his sister Shiromi Wickramesinghe was a director of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. more..

Govt to retain large stake in restructured SriLankan Airlines

Aug 9 (DN) Govt would definitely keep a large stake during the restructuring of SriLankan Airlines as the country needs a airline brand in the sky, said Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena. “Sri Lanka can only boost of its cricket, tea and tourism in the globe market and the country cannot afford to lose an international band such as SriLankan,” he said. Abeywardena voiced that SriLankan is very strong in its engineering, ground handling and catering areas & these functions should be retained by govt. more..

Sri Lanka Tourism global promotional campaign delayed till end 2017

Aug 9 (FT) Sri Lanka’s tourism industry has hit another stumbling block with the much-awaited digital and global promotional campaigns being put off for another few more months due to the heads of the Ministry and promotion bureau being changed. Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) originally aimed to kick off the global campaign in May with Rs.3 billion to be utilised for global campaign, while Rs.500 million would be spend on the first-ever digital marketing campaign. more..

Speaker seeks AG’s advice on no-faith motion

Aug 9 (CT) The much-hyped no confidence motion against Minister Ravi Karunanayake is in limbo, as Speaker Karu Jayasuriya is consulting the Attorney General (AG) on the content of the motion. Speaker Jayasuriya said the House would be informed of the future course of action with regard to the No-Faith motion submitted by JO against the Foreign Minister, tomorrow. He was responding to MP Wimal Weerawansa, who more..

Thilanga urges Ravi to resign

Aug 9 (Island) Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala said that Minister Ravi Karunanayake should resign immediately to save the honour of the govt. Deputy Speaker Sumathipala, addressing media to present the interim report of the Select Committee of Parliament on the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development, said that he would recommend the resignation of Minister Karunanayake not in his capacity as the Deputy Speaker but as a member of the SLFP. more..

Everyone enjoys freedom but not me: MR

Aug 9 (DM) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said all citizens tasted the freedom as a result of ending the three decade old war except for him as he cannot travel to any foreign country because the international forces are waiting to press charges against him. MP Rajapaksa said when he was abroad on several occasions, he and his delegation underwent inconvenience in certain countries. “When I visited Commonwealth Summit in Australia in 2011 someone had demanded my arrest more..