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Presidency: 'Easier for UNP if Gota contests'

Jun 13 (DM) It will be easier for the UNP if former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa contested the 2020 presidential election, UNP Propaganda Unit Chief and Minister, Harin Fernando said. He said the UNP would welcome Mr. Rajapaksa’s candidacy because there were many things to talk about. “We have many things to tell the people about former the defense secretary and we will do so at the right time,” minister said. more..

Danushka, Ireshani take wing to Korea

Jun 13 (CT) Hurdler Ireshani Rajasinghe and long jumper Danushka Sandaruwan will take wing today to South Korea to participate in the Korean Open Athletics Championship. The championship will take place at the Yecheon Public Stadium in Yecheon, Gyeongsangbukdo on 16 and 17 June. Both athletes excelled at the recently concluded national trials, which has now given them an opportunity to showcase their talent internationally. Former National Champion Hurdler Ireshani more..

Cabinet endorses reparation bill

Jun 13 (DM) As part of implementing the resolutions by the UNHRC, the Cabinet endorsed a Bill to be enacted by Parliament for the payment of reparation in respect of war-affected and missing persons. However, there was resistance within the Cabinet for the reparation formula which includes benefits to families of former LTTE combatants. The formula has been worked out by Minister D.M. Swaminathan. Some ministers including Champika Ranawaka opposed benefits being provided more..

Sugath commends SL Junior Asian team

Jun 13 (Island) Olympian and Sri Lanka record holder in the men’s 400 metres, Sugath Thilakaratne credited country’s not so popular school coaches for the remarkable performances of the junior team at the 18th Asian Junior Athletics Championship and opined that the priority should be given to look after the medal winning athletes. Country’s junior team, led from front by Weera Keppetipola MV, Akuramboda athlete more..

Allianz Group upbeat on creating a world-class insurance company in Sri Lanka

Jun 13 (FT) Global financial services leader Allianz’s Asia Pacific Regional CEO George Sartorel recently paid a brief visit to engage with its employees to map out the way forward in creating a world-class insurance company here in Sri Lanka. Allianz acquired a 100% stake of Janashakthi General Insurance Ltd. in February, making Allianz Insurance Lanka one of Sri Lanka’s largest general insurers, with a market share of 20%. Sartorel, who is responsible for the core growth region of more..

Luxury Resort-wear: Focus of next Fashion Week

Jun 13 (FT) The next edition of Fashion Week Colombo from 4 to 7 July at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo. The growing segment of Luxury Resort-wear will be in focus at the next edition of Fashion Week, hosted at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo. This segment includes Swimwear and Resort-wear under a Responsible Fashion theme. Fashion Week Colombo Swim and Resort Edition, in its 4th edition, is presented by OLU Tropical Water. Fashion Week Colombo’s ambitious vision is to create more..

Euro 4 standard fuel from July: CPC

Jun 13 (DM) Euro 4 emissions standard Diesel and Petrol will replace the existing Super Diesel and Petrol stocks in the market commencing July, Petroleum Ministry Secretary Upali Marasinghe said. The first shipment of Euro 4 emissions standard Diesel and Petrol stock would arrive within next 2 or 3 weeks and the first order had already been placed. “New stocks will be introduced to the same price as the super Diesel & Petrol. more..

Editorial: Hope springs from a pleasure isle

Jun 13 (Island) The world, troubled by the prospect of a nuclear war, heaved a sigh of relief, yesterday. US President Donald Trump and his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un embarked on a mission to end seven decades of hostility between their countries and preventing a nuclear confrontation. A few moons ago, the two men boasted of having nuclear buttons on their desks. Their confrontational approach, war games and nuke testing did not hold out much hope for an early rapprochement. more..

Do we need gender quotas? Problem or solution?

Jun 13 (FT) In Sri Lanka we take pride in our women. Girls are educated on par with boys. Women are welcome in most careers and the pathway up in terms of promotions and achievements is open. Women dominate our professions, academia, and the Judiciary. Over the years the SL Institute of Directors (SLID) has initiated many discussions to try and understand why, despite the potential benefits, there has been a remarkable lack of progress in the number of more..

Appointment of Competent Authority for SLC is illegal: Keerthinanda

Jun 13 (ST) The Attorney General’s (AG) Department will ask the Court of Appeal’s permission to allow a Competent Authority (CA) overseeing Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to constitute an Elections Committee and hold overdue polls, amidst impassioned arguments from other lawyers that the very appointment of a CA is illegal. After the Court of Appeal made an interim order staying the SLC’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on more..

Keshap recalls checking into Colombo very much caught in the teeth of war

Jun 13 (Island) US career Foreign Service Officer, Ambassador Atul Keshap, who oversaw a high-profile project to secure Sri Lanka’s consent to a resolution seen by many here as anti-Sri Lankan on Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka within two months after 2015 August parliamentary election is leaving Colombo, with the operation in the balance. The whole exercise is in jeopardy due to treasury bond scams involving tainted primary dealer more..

Sri Lankan youngsters arrive in Moscow for the Football for Friendship Programme

Jun 13 (Island) The final events of the sixth season of the Gazprom International Children’s social programme Football for Friendship started in Moscow. 1500 children and adults arrived in the capital of Russia to participate in the global project. This year Football for Friendship united 211 countries and regions of the world. The programme is supported by FIFA, UEFA, the UN, heads of the national football federations, as well as by the representatives of the govt institutions. more..

Mosque of many faiths

Jun 13 (ST) Standing tall amidst the hustle and bustle of Lipton’s Circus in the very heart of Cinnamon Gardens, the beautiful white and gold minarets of the Dewatagaha shrine and mosque gently rise towards the sky. Blending in well with its neighbour, the majestic Town Hall, the muezzin’s call to prayer reverberates five times a day. There is speculation that the British may have built the Town Hall to reflect the dome of this more..

The Troika and the importance of individuals

Jun 13 (Island) I have read with interest the accounts by Lalith Weeratunge and Dayan Jayatilleke of the way in which a Troika managed relations between India and Sri Lanka during the war period. Lalith’s account is most illuminating, in explaining how our three representatives, Lalith himself and Gotabhaya and Basil Rajapaksa, ensured the confidence of the Indians, even though the latter were nervous about possible reactions in Tamil Nadu. more..

The SLFP rebels walk a tightrope and pursue an independent agenda

Jun 13 (Island) The SLFP headed by President Maithripala Sirisena has been in the news recently due to a flurry of party activities, including appointing new office bearers. The contours of the party changed after its third-place finish at February’s local govt elections and the consequent defeat of the no confidence motion against PM Wickramasinghe. The sixteen SLFP MPs who supported the motion now sit in the Opposition but pledge their political loyalty to President Sirisena. more..

Prof. Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa

Rights, Justice and Development

Jun 13 (DN) UN Declaration on the Right to Development, adopted on Dec 4, 1986, defines development as ‘an inalienable human right by virtue of which every human person and all peoples are entitled to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, social, cultural and political development, in which all human rights and fundamental freedoms can be fully realized’. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were born at the UN Conference on Sustainable Dev. in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. more..

Journey in search of conscience

Jun 13 (DN) The first to be named as having taken ill-gotten money from Perpetual Treasuries that is accused of being the principal actor in the Treasury bond scam was Dayasiri Jayasekera MP, one of the Sweet 16 that sits on a two-legged stool. Not content to be alone who revealed that there are 118 MPs in all who are similarly involved. It led to a frantic search involving appeals to the President’s Secretary, the Speaker of Parliament, Director of the Govt Archives etc. which ultimately drew more..

'Next Presidential election: Sanga hasn’t agreed to contest'

Jun 13 (CT) Dy Minister Ashok Abeysinghe says UNP’s voter percentage had fluctuated at each election: “We have to find out the reason for it and devise remedies. If we don’t think about that and act differently we won’t be able to win any of the future elections”. Q: Although it is said that reforms were implemented in the UNP, it is only crises that are seen in the Party. Party has been fragmented into pieces. more..

Economy shows signs of recovery but chaotic political environment a spoiler

Jun 13 (ST) Indications are that the economy would recover to achieve about a 5% growth this year. However, the present political uncertainty will impact on longer-term economic growth and development even more owing to the government’s inability to undertake reforms so essential for sustained economic development. Despite the inhospitable political climate, the economy may achieve a near 5% growth owing to the recovery in agriculture, growth in construction, higher exports of more..

Kandy: The damage and the distrust

Jun 13 (GV) In Akurana, bunting with the words ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ hangs inside a quiet home. In Digana, newly built shops hurry to restock for weeks of festive shopping. In Pallekele, kanji is being cooked over a wood fire, inside the room of a burned mosque. Preparations for Eid are underway in these small towns, no more than 12 kilometres away from the busy city of Kandy. The district itself is home to a population of 1,369,899 people, of which 72.92% are Buddhist and 10.46% are Muslim. more..

'After nepotism led to defeat in 2015'

Jun 13 (SO) SLFP strongman Duminda Dissanayake, who was divested of his title as General Secretary of the party last week, has come in for strong criticism from sections of the pro-Rajapaksa JO and the 16 SLFP Ministers who recently quit the Unity Govt. Dissanayake, a MP from A'pura and current Minister for Irrigation, Water Resources and Disaster Management was one of five top members of former Prez Rajapaksa’s Govt more..

What Inflamed Bigotry?

Jun 13 (CT) I refer to the above titled article in the Daily Mirror of 1stJune, by Uditha Devapriya (UD) and respond to some of the views expressed therein. The main thrust of this article is that, racial/religious bigotry is the result of the mundane economic reason than the racial/religious feelings of a community. This is an over-simplification of a deep-seated emotional element, which is the fundamental reason for arousing religious/racial bigotry. more..

Kleptocracy to Kakistocracy

Jun 13 (CT) President’s Secretary Austin Fernando has thrown in the towel. It appears that even the most experienced, patient, persevering and shrewdest of strategists cannot take it anymore. Fernando, one of the last living Humphrey Applebys in SL civil service has lifelong training at keeping his marbles together under extreme circumstances. Even he seems to have lost it. He is no political celebrity and if at all, an outcaste in the equation of modern ethno-religious politics. more..

A home for innovation and collaboration

Jun 12 (Roar) A co-working space or a nest space is quite a new concept to the SL community. However, it is the kind of working space that is now sought by many. With the vision, nurturing celestial possibilities Orion Tower is Orion City’s latest venture towards building a co-working environment in Sri Lanka. Before embracing this contemporary working culture, it is important to understand what a co-working space is. more..

Ranjan makes complaint against 50 MPs

Jun 12 (DM) Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake said he had made a written complaint against 50 MPs who had allegedly obtained cheques from Perpetual Treasuries Chief Arjun Aloysius. He that he submitted a letter to the Bribery Commission naming 50 MPs from the govt and the opposition as respondents for taking bribes from Aloysius. “On Sunday I spoke to Bribery Commissioner Chief Neville Guruge who requested me to send an official complaint in writing and accordingly I made more..

Range Bandara’s son further remanded

Jun 12 (AD) State Minister Palitha Range Bandara’s son Yasodha Range Bandara, who was arrested in connection with a traffic accident, has been further remanded until June 14 by Chilaw Magistrate’s Court. He was arrested by officers of the Arachchikattuwa Police on June 8, on charges of drunk driving and misuse of public property, while receiving treatment at the Sri J'pura Hospital. Yasodha Range Bandara, 25, and the Chairman of the Puttalam Pradeshiya Sabha were injured more..

Iran, Sri Lanka meet in August for trade talks

Jun 12 (EN) Sri Lanka will look to diversify exports to Iran after Tehran proposed to host the island to a round of trade negotiations this August, Ministry of Industry and Commerce said. Iran's envoy to Colombo Mohammad Zaerl Amirani on Tuesday said Tehran was keen to host the 12th Sessions of the Joint-Commission for Economic Cooperation (JCEC) between the two countries by early as Aug 2018, more..

6 Sri Lankan nationals held in Seychelles on illegal fishing charge

Jun 12 (SNA) Six Sri Lankan nationals are being held by local law enforcement after their fishing boat was intercepted on suspicion of fishing illegally in the waters of Seychelles. The Sri Lankans nationals appeared in court last Friday and will remain in custody for 14 days. The Sri Lankan-flagged vessel was spotted by Seychelles Coast Guard patrol ship Andromache north-west of the main island of Mahe during a routine patrol last Thursday (7). A Coast Guard team was subsequently sent on board more..

US-North Korea summit example for world: Mano Ganesan

Jun 12 (PTI) A Sri Lankan govt minister today hailed the US and North Korean leaders' summit in Singapore as an example to the world. "Despite all foul talks world shall salute both #trump & #kim for setting an example for talking over warring," tweeted Mano Ganesan, a minority Tamil leader and minister of national integration and languages, as he praised US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for engaging in negotiations. Trump and Kim today met for more..

Former MP Sarath Kumara indicted

Jun 12 (NR) Colombo High Court today served indictments to six persons including to former Deputy Minister of Fisheries Sarath Kumara Gunaratne over a case filed against the group on charges of misappropriating 10 million rupees during the tenure of the UPFA-led govt. Group was charged for the alleged misappropriation of rs. 10 mil belonging to Ceylon Fisheries Harbour Corporation during last Prez election. more..

Polls campaign funding and ethics

Jun 12 (CT) It is an open secret that our politicians freely accept cash from businesses for their political activity and many businessmen hand out money, at different times, usually with a quid pro quo. The shrewd businessman will usually hand out cash to all sides in the political game. In recent weeks, accusations have emerged that companies connected to Arjun Aloysius have given money to a number of politicians in the current Parliament. These charges were made by the Police more..

No request made for deportation or arrest of website editor: PMD

Jun 12 (AD) President’s Media Division has rejected the report that was published on a newspaper on Sunday, claiming that the arrest and deportation of the editor of a website was requested in a meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and British High Commissioner James Dauris. “The said news item is incorrect and falsely reports the said meeting, and no request was made for either deportation or arrest of the editor of the claimed website or any other person,” PMD said in a statement. more..

Six ways Sri Lanka can attract more foreign investments

Jun 12 (WB) To facilitate Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Sri Lanka launched last week an innovative online one-stop shop to help investors obtain all official approvals. To mark the occasion, this blog series explores different aspects of FDI in Sri Lanka. Part 1 put forth 5 Reasons Why Sri Lanka Needs FDI. Part 3 will relate how the World Bank is helping to improve Sri Lanka’s enabling environment for FDI. more..

President should re-think Masthan’s appointment: Vadivel

Jun 12 (DM) President Maithripala Sirisena must re-consider the appointment of K. Kader Masthan as the Deputy Minister of Resettlement, Rehabilitation, Northern Development and Hindu Affairs, UNP MP and Lanka Jathika Estate Workers' Union General Secretary Vadivel Suresh said today. He said the President should take into account the fact that Mr. Masthan was a Muslim. “It would have been better if a Hindu MP was appointed to be in charge of Hindu Affairs. more..

Gramashakthiyen – Gama Hadana Gamana programme will be launched tomorrow

Jun 12 (PMD) The Gramashakthiyen – Gama Hadana Gamana programme will be launched tomorrow from the Puthtalam district under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. This programme will be implemented in parallel to the Grama Shakthi People’s Movement. Gama Hadana Gamana programme will provide immediate solutions to the developmental problems of the villagers and its first programme will be held at Puthtalam- Mahawewa-Medagoda under more..

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