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12-year old tusker Mugalan found dead near the Udawalawe tank

Dec 3 (ST) A 12 year-old tusker, identified as Mugalan was killed by a muzzleloader gun near the Udawalawe tank, a senior wildlife officer said. Chandana Sooriyabandara, Director General of the Department of Wildlife Conservation said the elephant died due to the injuries caused to its cranium. Wildlife officials have lodged a complaint in this connection with the Hambegawmuwa police and made submissions to more..

North in Crisis Times

Dec 3 (DM) Even as the political crisis in the parliament and of govt rages on, a near silence pervades the North. People are either indifferent or intentionally avoiding public engagement. The Tamil media, while extensively reporting political developments, paints the crisis as unrelated to the Tamil community, or uses it to bash the TNA, or in turn to claim that strong Tamil demands should be placed by the TNA on the parties vying for power in the South. more..

Sri Lanka’s crisis of democracy

Dec 3 (DM) On Nov 26, 2014, President Sirisena joined hands with the then leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe to contest former President Rajapaksa at the 2015 presidential election. A curious coalition of political foes coming together -- not on principles, but with a common aim of unseating the sitting president. In the after-glow of his presidential election victory, the new president appointed his comrade-in-arms Wickremesinghe as Premier though the latter was not the leader more..

Prez postpones meeting with UNF party leaders and decides to meet UPFA MPs

Dec 3 (CT) President Sirisena, currently under enormous pressure to resolve the current political crisis, postponed his meeting with the party leaders of the UNF scheduled for tonight (2) at the Presidential Secretariat, at the eleventh hour. UNF party leaders were informed at the last moment that the President could only meet them tomorrow at 8 PM. Sources said that Sirisena has scheduled a meeting for UPFA MPs tonight more..

Parliament should decide on course of action: Ranil

Dec 3 (DM) It was the Legislature which had the power to decide on a course of action to stabilize the country as it the institution which exercised people’s sovereignty on behalf of them, UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said. Mr Wickremesinghe expressed this sentiment at the opening of Rise for Justice protest rally near Town Hall. “It is Parliament which exercises people’s sovereignty on behalf of them. Therefore all important decisions have to be made by the House. more..

Three-member committee to probe alleged fraud of Ananthi Sasitharan

Dec 3 (DM) A three member committee has been appointed by Governor of Northern Province Reginald Cooray to investigate a financial fraud allegedly committed by former Minister of NPC Ananthi Sasitharan. 3-member committee to probe alleged fraud of Ananthi Sasitharan. This committee was appointed following a written complaint made by former Chairman of NPC C.V.K. Sivagnanam regarding the financial fraud allegedly committed by former Minister of Women's Affairs of NPC. more..

Video: General elections, the only way to establish democracy: PM

Dec 3 (AD) A general election is the only method to establish democracy in the country, stated PM Mahinda Rajapaksa. He mentioned this issuing a special statement on democracy and general elections. He says that it is only SL that political parties agitate against holding a general election that was already declared. Rajapaksa states that if the general election were held and a new parliament was established as declared on more..

GCE O/L exam underway

Dec 3 (CT) G.C.E. O/L Exam will commence today (3) and will continue until 12 Dec. According to the Department of Education a total of 656,641 candidates are to sit for this year’s exam. Of which 422,850 are school candidates and 233,791 private candidates who will face the Ordinary Level examination. Examinations Commissioner General Sanath B. Pujitha advised the candidates to be present at 8:00 a.m. at the exam centres as the examination starts by 8:30 a.m. more..

Video: Pottu Amman is dead: K. Thulasi

Dec 10 (AD) Head of ex-terrorist organization LTTE’s intelligence Pottu Amman in not alive, says K. Thulasi, the Media spokesperson for the party of ex-LTTE cadres. Thulasi says that although certain individuals claim Pottu Amman is alive for their own advantage, none of the LTTE leaders are currently alive. In the future, the groups who claim that Pottu Amman is alive for their benefits, might even say that LTTE leaders Balraj or Nadesan are also alive, he added. more..

Vavunathivu double murder: Lone Wolf strike ruled out

Dec 3 (CT) Police investigating last week’s double murder of two policemen at Vavunathivu, in Batticaloa District, said that more than one person is most likely to have carried out the attack and ruled out a lone wolf strike. Earlier it was believed that a 48-year-old suspect arrested from his home in Vattakachchi Kilinochchi may have carried out a lone wolf attack in apparent revenge against the Police for the removal of more..

Public enterprises directed to invest only in 8 state banks

Dec 3 (ST) In the midst of the current political impasse, the Finance and Economic Affairs Ministry has directed public corporations and state owned companies to confine their investment of surplus funds to only eight state-owned banks with the aim of bringing such funds under the ministry purview. Public enterprises in SL are engaged in the provision of goods and services and operate in strategic sectors of the national economy. Therefore the performances of these enterprises have more..

‘No major FDI in Jaffna region’

Dec 3 (DN) Very little development has been done by the former govt to develop the North accused former President Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Yalpanam and Founder Chairman - Jaffna Int'l Trade Fair, K. Pooranachandran. Speaking at the launch of 10th Jaffna Int'l Trade Fair, which will be held in January in Jaffna he said that only major notable development was the re constructing of the roadways and recreating the Colombo Jaffna railway line. more..

JVP blames it all on President

Dec 3 (Island) Prez Sirisena is going around the country after setting the entire nation ablaze, says the JVP. JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said one month and six days had been passed since the political crisis triggered by a constitutional coup, but the Prez was going around the country. "Prez Sirisena is like Emperor Nero who fiddled while Rome was burning. He goes sightseeing at Moragahakanda & ceremonies more..

Matara Malli arrested over gems, diamonds robbery

Dec 3 (DM) A 38-year-old suspect Thisitha Maduranga alias Matara Malli has been arrested in connection with a robbery of gems and diamonds in Pannipitiya last month. The robbers who were dressed similarly to policemen had entered a house at Araliyapura, Arawwala in Pannipitiya on Nov 5 and assaulted the owner of the house to rob gems and diamonds. They said a foreign national who was in the house to buy gems and diamonds at the time of the incident had also been kidnapped more..

SLT together with Swarmio launches Esports in Sri Lanka

Dec 3 (Island) Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) formally signed an agreement with Canada-based Ubique Networks Inc., to launch a high-tech Esports platform in Sri Lanka. The agreement was signed by senior officials from the SLT and Ubique at the Canada House on Wednesday (14), the official residence of the Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka. The SLT eSports Platform will be powered by Ubique’s Swarmio, which is a fully automated and lag-optimized technology for Esports sector. more..

PTA prisoners may be released soon

Dec 3 (SO) A mechanism to secure the release of Tamil political prisoners is being formulated following consultations with President Maithripala Sirisena, PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, Justice Minister Susil Premajayanth and MP Namal Rajapaksa and it is likely that a majority of the prisoners will be released before long, Deputy Minister Angajan Ramanathan said. He and two other Deputy Ministers representing more..

2,891 police personnel promoted

Dec 3 (DM) A total of 2,891 police personnel had been promoted to various ranks by IGP Pujith Jayasundara following interviews. 410 women police officers were among those who were promoted. Accordingly, 1,783 police Constables were promoted to the rank of Police Sergeants while 334 women police Constables were promoted as women police Sergeants. A total of 553 police Sergeants had been promoted to the rank of Inspector of Police and 76 women police Sergeants were also promoted more..

John Keells X Open Innovation Challenge

Dec 3 (DM) John Keells Holdings announced the six winners of its 2nd John Keells X Open Innovation Challenge at a Pitch Day recently. The winners advance to the JKX six month Accelerator Programme, which will allow them to tap into a wealth of JKH resources including seed funding, office space, access to support services such as legal, secretarial and finance, mentoring from the industry’s best and brightest, curated curriculum and the chance to pitch for and secure further more..

Hathurusingha’s wings clipped?

Dec 3 (ST) Former opening batsman Chaminda Mendis who is now drafted into the National Cricket Selection panel under Asantha de Mel will join the New Zealand’s tour squad in an apparent move the neutralise power yielded by head coach Chandika Hathurusingha. Besides acting as head coach on tour, Hathurusingha is also a tour selector on the strength of that clause being included in his employment contract. more..

Kotmale dairy brand tames growth of national milk import bill

Dec 3 (Island) Kotmale Holdings PLC, a subsidiary of Cargills Quality Foods has attracted mass appeal for its fresh milk and its range of dairy products – and as a result - the company has been able to reduce the national dairy imports bill by US$ 25 million, at a time curbs on imports are seen as vital to bring the Sri Lanka rupee to an acceptable level against the U.S. dollar. Against this backdrop, Kotmale took another step forward to introduce its latest products: more..

Referee assaulted; SLRRS to boycott Ratmalana venue

Dec 3 (ST) Touch Judge Anil Mangala, who officiated alongside colleague Pradeep Fernando and Field Referee Priya Suranga in the Dialog Rugby League Championship match between hosts Air Force SC and Navy SC at Ratmalana, has been assaulted by unidentified individuals after the game. According to a senior official of the Sri Lanka Rugby Referees’ Society (SLRRS), Mangala was attacked in a dark enclosure at the Air Force Rugby Ground in Ratmalana, well after the game was over. more..

SriLankan staff in gold racket raising questions over security lapses: probe

Dec 3 (EN) State-run SriLankan Airlines, had found gold smuggled past a security check point manned with the support of Rakna Lanka, a state security firm, but no action had been taken despite questions over lapses, a commission of inquiry was told. Senior Security Manager Titus Kannangara, testifying at a PCoI into irregularities at the national carrier, said that on 19 Aug 2015, airline staff were caught trying to smuggle in 7.5 kg more..

South Asian U-21 Badminton C’ships: SL wins 2 silver and 3 bronze medals

Dec 3 (DN) Sri Lanka junior shuttlers excelled at the South Asian under 21 Badminton Championships when they won two silver and three bronze medals at Kathmandu, Nepal yesterday. SL junior won the bronze medal in the team event losing to Nepal while in the individual events they won two silvers and two bronze medals to take the honours in the tournament. Ranthushka Sansidu was the key shuttler for Sri Lanka with two silver medals in the individual events. more..

Edtorial: City of Lights ablaze

Dec 3 (Island) An increase in taxes on fuel has triggered riots in France. The Mayor of Paris, over the weekend, called the worsening situation in his city a state of insurrection, and the govt was planning to declare a state of emergency at the time of writing. A wave of arson attacks and looting swept through Central Paris. It defies comprehension why the City of Lights has come to be torn apart in this manner. It is believed that the people are ablaze with anger owing to President more..

Akila Dananjaya to remodel bowling action

Dec 3 (Island) Off-spinner Akila Dananjaya whose bowling has come under the scanner has decided to take a month’s break from int'l cricket in a bid to remodel his action. 25-year-old’s action was reported to be suspect by match officials during the first Test between SL and England in Galle. He missed the third Test at SSC as he had to travel to Brisbane, to do testings. The ICC is yet to announce the outcome of the tests, but more..

The Week of Judgement or another presidential surprise?

Dec 3 (Island) The Week of Judgement is upon us. Seven judges of the Supreme Court led by the Chief Justice are set to hear petitions and counter-petitions opposing and supporting the dissolution of parliament by President Sirisena. The hearing starts on Tuesday. And the Day of Judgement will likely be Friday. Normally, it should be a slam-dunk affirmation of the interim order suspending the presidential gazette, issued three weeks ago by a divisional bench of 3 judges including the CJ. more..

Colombo Port draws more TEUs and cruise ships

Dec 3 (FT) Container-handling at the Port of Colombo is on the rise whilst it is also drawing more cruise ships. In the first 10 months of this year, Colombo port has witnessed the highest growth of 19.5% in transshipment container throughput as against the corresponding period in 2017. During the first ten months of 2018, Port of Colombo handled 4,717,746 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of transshipment containers as against 3,948,163 TEUs handled in corr. period in 2017. more..

Saving a species: The future of the human elephant conflict

Dec 3 (Roar) In Mallayarkattu, a remote, dusty village nestled between Ampara and Batticaloa, *Thiru, a father of two, carefully rides his bicycle to his cousin’s house. The ride is a short one, but Thiru remains cautious. He keeps his movements steady, his grip firm, and his eyes focused on his periphery. He is on the lookout for elephants. It has only been a month since his 18-yr-old son was killed by one of these giants. more..

The Crisis in Governance: Likely Economic Consequences and the End Game

Dec 3 (Island) The crisis of governance that Sri Lanka is currently facing is unprecedented in post-war SL politics. Two individuals claiming to be prime minister and one major party boycotting parliament illustrate the point. There is no need to recount in detail the events of the past five weeks that are publicly known. The purpose of this article is to note some of the serious implications of this crisis for the economy of the country and to stress the importance of resolving the crisis in a manner more..

Hold Sirisena accountable: Have him hold a presidential election

Dec 3 (CT) President Sirisena has come under increasing pressure to restore pre-Oct 26 status quo by re-appointing UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the PM. Although Wickremesinghe doesn’t necessarily deserve public sympathy, he has received it on the basis that he is the aggrieved party in the constitutional and political crisis engineered by President Sirisena. It is for this reason, that it seems probable that all right-thinking citizens will support Wickremesinghe’s more..

JVP press conference

Supremacy of the privileged or supremacy of the people?

Dec 3 (CT) The supremacy of the people stands as the corner stone of any democracy. The idea behind democracy as a concept in governance is that people ultimately decide the way they are governed. Democracy is a clear repudiation of the opposite concept where one man or a close elite of privileged persons take the decisions. True, a democracy can deteriorate into some sort of elite control after elections and this is not uncommon. On the other hand, the system allows for the people who, more..

A tragedy of two prime ministers but whose coke is the real thing?

Dec 3 (ST) It is the best of times for the Rajapaksa fraternity to make hay while the torrid sun shines. It is the worst of times for the Wickremesinghe clan whilst it ponders over its present plight in the drab, dark moonless night. It is the epoch of Rajapaksa belief that they can rule without public murmur or judicial censure. It is the epoch of Wicremesinghe incredulity that the red carpet of governmental power could be so easily pulled from under his feet by presidential whim and fancy, more..

Fear and Loathing and SL Economics

Dec 3 (CT) Opining on the economic condition of the country, the Minister of International Trade and Investments Promotions Dr. Bandula Gunawardena disparaged the former Govt’s slap-dash approach towards economic affairs of the country and said that the Ranil-led group perpetrated a daylight robbery on the Central Bank which is the root cause for the drastic depreciation of SL rupee in comparison to the currencies of more..

Win or lose, Ranil will be a Lame duck

Dec 3 (SO) It is the common practice of politicians of all hues to engage passionately in fear-mongering each time they fall into political crisis. They would cry from rooftops to inject into the electorate their fears of the world coming to an end should anyone of them lose their seats, or if the ruling party loses its majority in Parliament. Their success depends on the extent to which they can convince the people to accept their fears as the reality. Their immediate reaction is to take on the role of Biblical more..

Value education and literature

Dec 3 (GV) Throughout the world today we bemoan the lack of values. No one quite knows what that means and a good post-modernist will ask whose values, when and where? Yet, we feel something is missing, something with regard to the building of character in individuals. Perhaps it is the nostalgia of our generation but after the development of new forms of communication technology and the success of post-modernist and subaltern scholars at our universities, there is a sense that more..

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