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Fleeing your demons

Oct 12 (SO) When organisers of the Jaffna Int'l Cinema Festival cancelled a scheduled screening of his documentary film Demons in Paradise from the festival programme last week, Tamil filmmaker Jude Ratnam claimed he was not surprised. Demons in Paradise debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. The film has been screened many times in Sri Lanka since – but always in the island’s south. more..

Edtorial: A perfect mess

Oct 12 (Island) The govt is all at sea. It is blaming US President Donald Trump for the free fall of the rupee and the attendant economic woes in a bid to cover up its pathetic failure to find ways and means of mitigating the adverse impact of the present currency crisis. It seems to have taken the discerning public for a bunch of suckers. Some govt pundits claim that the fall of the rupee is good for the country. If so, would they explain why the Central Bank (CB) has made a frantic effort to more..

'Price control through taxation, self-defeating'

Oct 12 (Island) The govt's price control practice through taxation on essential items does not serve the purpose because it limits the value in reducing cost and damage markets by preventing the supply of products from rising to meet demand, a top market research company said. "The price controlling of consumer goods actually can cause significant welfare losses, deterioration in product quality and a reduction in investment in the long run for traders in the country due to higher prices. more..

Aluth Parlimenthuwa

A Woman’s In-house View of the Past Week

Oct 12 (Island) Yes, plenty to comment in-house, meaning all sorts of happenings in this paradise of ours within the last fortnight. Cass seems to have misjudged an event of two weeks ago: the plot to kill the President and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Her penultimate para in last Sunday’s comment was: Cass thinks (not prophesies) the chase after plotters will fizzle out there having been no plot. Both Cass’s thinking and dismissing doomsday as a non-event, seem to be misjudgments. more..

A Nation stranded in economic wilderness

Oct 12 (CT) “One cannot stop wondering whether there is a scarier and a more doomed economy than that of Sri Lanka, where the people have been reduced to some kind of numbness, which has neutralized their power of rationality. A nation needs leaders who would not lament, but stand up to face the odds fearlessly, without misleading the people and taking them in circles, giving them the feeling that they are in a fabulous merry-go-round, but in the right direction. more..

Soldiers turned nation-builders

Oct 12 (CT) Soldiering in SL during ancient, medieval, colonial, post-independent and contemporary times undoubtedly mirrors how the exercise of military power, as in the case of many countries around us, turned our Nation to Statesmanship while ensuring a potent and dynamic force for defence of the new nation-state in place. These histories, many of which are replete with sagas of gallantry and selfless dedication more..

OMP recommendations, a timely requirement

Oct 12 (DN) “The challenges faced by the OMP are many and need to be balanced with the urgency of the needs of families of victims enduring years of physical and mental suffering. The OMP recognises the multiple needs and positions of various families and the importance of securing their trust.” - The OMP suggests recommendations after it had several consultations with the affected people and communities. The OMP had six public consultations within the six months. more..

Politics, a game of numbers

Oct 12 (DN) The political grapevine is abuzz once more with talk of changes in the National Unity govt, brought about by a series of discussions between the leaders of mainstream SLFP and its breakaway faction, SLPP loyal to former President Rajapaksa. That there have been differences of opinion between the two partners in the govt, SLFP and UNP is no secret. That their two leaders, President Sirisena and PM Wickremesinghe do not see eye to eye on some issues is also self-evident. more..

We are against a common candidate for UNP

Oct 12 (CT) UNP MP, Hesha Vithanage says a majority of UNPers are against bringing in a common candidate. Q: Is Hesha Vithanage’s dissent against certain issues within the Party over, now? A: I said various things and raised my voice to make it known that reorganization of the Party should be carried out properly. Q: As a backbencher, you made strong statements against the Party Leader. Why did you become silent, more..

Mis-use of public funds by state officials

Oct 12 (CT) The appeal petitions filed by the former Presidential Secretary Mr. Lalith Weeratunge and the former TRC Director General Mr. Anusha Palpita, challenging the Colombo High Court judgement of three years imprisonment in the Sil-Redi case is fixed for consideration on 12 Oct. The judgement of the Sil-Redi case and the announcements by the Hon. President and the Auditor General of unprecedented bribery and corruption in the public sector organisations, more..

MMDA reforms: Dead & Buried or Frozen?

Oct 12 (CT) In societies where secular officialdom considers it blasphemous to rebel against the power of sacerdotalism, and therefore sacrosanct to remain subservient to their dictates, even tinkering with the most blatantly oppressive elements of what is claimed to be sacred by the hierocracy becomes a virtual impossibility. This seems to be the fate of the long awaited recommendations made by Justice Saleem Marsoof Committee (JMC), appointed at tax payers’ expense, to investigate into MMDA. more..

Sri Lanka leads South Asia in World Bank human capital rankings

Oct 11 (AD) World Bank Group unveiled a new system to rank countries based on their success in developing human capital, an effort to prod governments to invest more effectively in education and healthcare. The bank’s Human Capital Index, showed poor African countries fared the worst in the rankings, with Chad and South Sudan taking the two lowest spots, while Singapore topped the list, followed by South Korea, more..

30 Sri Lankan Police officers undergo extensive training in India

Oct 11 (AIR) A team of 30 Sri Lankan Police Officers participated in a training program on Industrial security at the National Industrial Security Academy (NISA) in Hyderabad last month. The training programme was fully-funded by Govt of India, with a sponsorship of over 50 lakh SL rupees. The 30 officers, ranging from ranks of Chief Inspector of Police, Inspector of Police and Sub-inspector of Police, participated in the programme. Besides lectures conducted by subject matter experts, more..

Govt to present Commissions of Inquiry Amendment Bill

Oct 11 (DM) The govt is expected to present the Commissions of Inquiry Amendment Bill in the near future which will provide provisions for the Bribery Commission (BC) to use the same evidence utilised by presidential commissions for investigations. The legislation would pave the way for the BC to use the same evidence as done by presidential commissions without calling for fresh evidence. “This will expedite the probes of the BC and make the investigating procedure less complicated. more..

Inaugural event of The Indian Ocean: Defining our future conference was held

Oct 11 (PMD) The inaugural event of The Indian Ocean: Defining our Future Conference, which aims to create a platform for Indian Ocean littoral states and major maritime users to discuss issues of mutual interest and concerns, was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Temple Tress, today. The conference is being held today and tomorrow in Colombo. This Conference is held at a time when more..

Sri Lanka says small nations face chaos from financial and natural turmoil

Oct 11 (EN) Small nations are facing economic chaos from financial turmoil on top of natural disasters minister Mangala Samaraweera had told a Commonwealth forum. "Vulnerability must be looked at not only from a trade and commerce point of view but must take into account financial risk as well," Samaraweera had told a Commonwealth Forum. "In an era where currencies and interest rates are volatile, mainly due to the unpredictability of external factors such as more..

Arjuna on the cause for degradation of cricket

Oct 11 (AD) Minister Arjuna Ranatunga says that the degradation of cricket has been caused because of interference of money. “We were delighted when we got the opportunity to represent school team or national team. National team will represent 20 million people. We never betray the expectation of 20 million people for money. Unfortunately, now there is such culture as a country and as a sport. There should be a proper way to exempt from this culture,” he said. more..

Arjuna & Malinga accused of sexual assault

Oct 11 (DH) Lasith Malinga, well known for his distinctive round-arm bowling action and long curls streaked with colour, has become the second Sri Lankan cricketer after Former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga to be accused of sexual misconduct. Singer Chinmayi Sripaada has claimed that Lasith Malinga sexually assaulted a woman at a Mumbai hotel and posted it on her Twitter handle. Malinga, who has played all 10 seasons of more..

Sandya Ekneligoda conducts Sathyakriyawa

Oct 11 (Island) Sandya Ekneligoda wife of disappeared Prdeep Ekneligoda began a Sathyakriyawa outside main entrance to the Mahamaluwa in front of the Sri Dalada Maligawa on Wednesday (10) morning seeking the blessings of the Sacred Tooth Relic to receive some clue about her husband. Sandya told the media that the authorities were hiding information regarding her husband. She along with family members of disappeared in the past would continue with more..

CPPWU claims CPC Sleuths replaced by extortionists

Oct 11 (CT) Minister Arjuna Ranatunga has dissolved the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) Investigation Unit and has instead appointed a team, which is involved in extortion from furnace oil traders engaged in connected rackets, the Chairman of the Ceylon Petroleum Public Workers Union (CPPWU), Asoka Ranwala, claimed yesterday. “Some businessmen have got used to mixing furnace oil with inferior quality oil such as leftover engine oil to make more profits. more..

Yuan 2 bn grant: Offer first made to PM in May 2017 in Beijing, says DER

Oct 11 (Island) Foreign Ministry says that it hasn’t been officially informed of Yuan 2 bn Chinese grant (USD 300 mn) offered to President Maithripala Sirisena. Foreign Ministry suggested that The Island contact the External Resources Department for further details. Senior Director General/Legal C.A.H.M. Wijeratne, in his capacity as the Information Officer of the Foreign Ministry denied any involvement in more..

Members appointed for Constitutional Council

Oct 11 (AM) Parliament approved the names of Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala, Javid Yusuf and N. Selvakumar as civil society members of the Constitutional Council. They will be appointed for a period of three years and will serve as independent committee members free of any political affiliation or obligation. The Parliament endorsed the name when it met at 10 am today, with under the patronage of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. Dhanapala, a well-known diplomat, is the former UN Under-S General more..

Kasun Palisena and Arjun Aloysius further remanded

Oct 11 (AD) Perpetual Treasuries owner Arjun Aloysius and CEO Kasun Palisena have been further remanded until 25 October by the Colombo Fort Magistrate. The suspects were today (11) produced before Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne, who ordered that they be further remanded. They were arrested by CID officers on February 04, who arrived at their respective residences in Colombo. On February 02, the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court named former CB Governor Arjuna more..

Vidya’s murder: Court orders arrest of SI for aiding suspects to escape

Oct 11 (AD) Kayts Magistrate’s Court has ordered to arrest of the police officer, who allegedly aided and abetted in the escape of the suspects arrested in connection with the gang-rape and murder of a schoolgirl in Jaffna, and to produce him before the court. The police officer in question, a Sub-Inspector (SI) named Sundaresan Srigajan, had been attached to the Jaffna police station at the time. more..

BBS wants Presidential Pardon for Gnanasara thera

Oct 11 (NR) The BBS Organization has addressed a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena calling for Venerable Galagodaththe Gnanasara thera to be released on a Presidential Pardon. The Organization claimed the verdict issued against Gnanasara thera was unfair and an injustice. While highlighting that Gnanasara thera’s statement in Court regarding the country’s intelligent units wasn’t a case of Contempt of Court, the Organization stated the thera made a mere request. more..

SL widens bank dollar trading positions

Oct 11 (EN) SL has widened dollar trading positions of some banks, market participants said, which were recently slashed amid a run on the rupee triggered by a spike in unsterilized excess liquidity. Cuts in the so-called NOPs (net open positions) have led to heightened volatility of the rupee in the past, according analysts who have closely studied policy errors of the central bank. A wider NOP allow foreign exchange flows from day-to-day to be matched without altering the monetary base, more..

Cool Planet, at Pelawatte gutted by fire

Oct 11 (AD) A fire has reportedly broken out at a large clothing store located in Pelawatta, Battaramulla. The Emergency Fire Service of the Kotte Municipal Council confirmed that several fire trucks have already been dispatched to the location and that firefighters are currently attempting to extinguish the flames. The fire had erupted at a leading clothing to homeware store located near the Pelawatta Junction while the fire has still not more..

FR petition against Uva CM to be considered on Oct 25

Oct 11 (AD) The fundamental rights petition filed against Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dasanayake and several others by the Principal of Badulla Tamil Girls’ Maha Vidyalaya, is to be taken up for consideration at the Supreme Court on Oct 25. Court stated that the case will be taken up on the 25th Oct for confirming facts when the relevant petition was taken up today (11). As the Attorney General had rejected representing the defendants including the CM Dasanayake, more..

Cheating of UAE Consular Office: Ex-PS Director and another remanded

Oct 11 (CT) Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered the two suspects, arrested and charged with cheating, to be remanded till 15 October. The suspects, Shereen Osmund and Ruwan Edirisinghe have been charged with cheating money from the UAE Consular Office by producing bogus bills for the obtaining of school equipment, using letterheads belonging to the Presidential Secretariat (PS). The prosecution has stated that the President had ordered the CID to probe more..

SC affirms death sentence on Duminda Silva

Oct 11 (AM) A 5-judge Supreme Court bench confirmed the death penalty imposed on former MP Duminda Silva over the murder of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra. Supreme Court rejected the appeal by Silva's lawyers. filed on the basis that the former Parliamentarian did not face a fair trial. First accused in the case, Anura De Mel, a bodyguard of Silva, was acquitted of all charges by the Supreme Court. more..

Anandan accuses Sampanthan

Oct 11 (DM) TNA MP Sivasakthi Anandan today accused Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan of violating his freedom of speech in Parliament. “As an MP representing the people of Wanni, I have a right to speak on behalf of them. But the opposition leader continuously deprived me of this right. I have written to the Speaker about this situation. I personally explained to him about the injustice meted out. But nothing has been done yet. It is surprising that my rights are violated under more..

Any alliance formed in collaboration with Sirisena would be led by MR: JO decides

Oct 11 (CT) Former Prez Rajapaksa would lead any alliance or govt formed in collaboration with the SLFP faction led by President Sirisena, the JO has decided. The meeting of the JO was held at the personal residence of SLFP Chairman G.L. Peiris, in Colombo, last night 99). Addressing the meeting attended by a large number of JO seniors and party leaders, former President Rajapaksa spoke about widespread speculations on forming a coalition govt with President Sirisena. more..

Corruption Galore with Faraz & Wasantha

Miracle on Han River: Can Kelani emulate?

Oct 11 (FT) If a country has grown with science and technology driven by its own internal research and development and deployment, Korea should enter into anyone’s mind – or does it? Certainly when one hears the story of the miracle on the Han river, the story is quite amazing and many a lesson are perhaps can be taken. There is one catch – these lessons are not easy to emulate and do not come with recommendations for leisure and enjoyment but hard and smart work and also with sleepless more..

That threat to President in New York

Oct 11 (CT) The CID has revealed the details, to Colombo Chief Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake on Tuesday, of its findings on the threats posed to the security of President Maithripala Sirisena during his recent visit to New York to participate in the annual UNGA sessions. It is shocking to note that President Sirisena, who comes under the category of VVIP, was monitored closely and the details of his room number along with his phone number in New York were published on a website. more..