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Pakistan warns on critics of Sri Lanka

Oct 3 (NS) Pakistan making a special statement says that those who have been critical of Sri Lanka’s effort to overcome terrorism and separatism funded from abroad would do well to look at their own track record on the so-called war on terror. Permanent Representative of Pakistan Zameer Akram made these observations in a statement to the media on Friday commenting on the Report of the OHCHR on Sri Lanka. more..

SC refixes 2 cases filed by Tissa, Somaweera

Oct 3 (Island) Supreme Court re-fixed for support on Oct 16, the two fundamental rights petitions filed by Professor Tissa Vitharana, Leader of LSSP and Somaweera Chandrasiri, Vice President of MEP against the appointment of some defeated UPFA candidates as National List MPs. The petition said the people’s franchise had been violated. Petitioners wanted the Court to direct the Commissioner of Elections cited as first respondent to rectify the irregular and unlawful practice. more..

Lankan resolution historic and pragmatic

Oct 3 (ENS) In a pragmatic move, which has sound geo-political and economic basis, the Sri Lankan national govt of major parties, headed by President Sirisena and PM Wickremesinghe, on Thursday co-sponsored with the US and an overwhelming majority of the UNHRC, a resolution which ties Colombo to far-reaching institutional reforms for bringing about reconciliation and accountability. Among the reforms, one which will have an immediate impact on the ethnic question is more..

Healthcare spend below par: Study

Oct 3 (NS) Although Sri Lanka is just a few years away from reaching the higher-middle-income band, under the current growth trajectory the country’s per capita healthcare spend of a mere US$ 102 in the year 2013 is significantly below the average per capita for higher-middle-income countries, a new report by Fitch Ratings highlighted. The average per capita for higher-middle-income countries, is at US$ 465 which indicates more..

Plantation ministry to build about 30 tea outlets for local market

Oct 3 (LBO) Plantation ministry is planning to build 20 – 30 tea houses around Sri Lanka to sell export quality tea to local market who drinks dust tea being a nation of tea growers. “We have spoken about a concept that we wanted to introduced to the tea board,” Minister Navin Dissanayake, said. “Although we export pure Ceylon tea Sri Lankan here do not get the benefit of drinking the good quality tea.” He was responding to a question asked by a reporter is to why the local consumers more..

Otara Foundation launches public appeal to govt. to enact new Animal Welfare Bill

Oct 3 (Island) The Otara Foundation is to press the govt to enact the new Animal Welfare Bill by mobilising mass public support for the legislation via a 100,000 on-line signature campaign launched to mark World Animal Day, celebrated globally on October 4. The new Animal Welfare Bill was intended to replace Sri Lanka’s antiquated Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1906, but has been pending enactment since 2006. Now, concerned citizens can support more..

Marked decrease in dengue cases

Oct 3 (Island) Epidemiology Unit said that the number of dengue patients reported in the Country from the beginning of the year till Thursday (1) was about 21,070 as compared to 32,362 reported during the corresponding period last year. The highest number of cases this year have been reported from Colombo (6735), Gampaha (2938), Kalutara (1063), Batticaloa (1326), Jaffna (1287), Kurunegala (988), Kandy (875), more..

Uphill task for Sri Lankan marathoners

Oct 3 (Island) Sri Lanka’s female marathoners will face an uphill task in matching last year’s record breaking feat of Geethani Rajasekara when they compete with top class runners in the Colombo Marathon which routes from Colombo to Negombo on Sunday. Leading local runner Geethani Rajasekara who discovered her potential at the last Colombo Marathon with a new national record is not taking part in the 2015 edition which is set to start in close proximity to BMICH at 6am on Sunday. more..

HIV/AIDS on rise amongst Sri Lankan youth

Oct 3 (Xinhua) Health Ministry warned that the number of HIV/AIDS case was on the rise amongst the youth in the island nation. Health authorities had identified some 160 people diagnosed with HIV-AIDS as of October this year alone. National STD Eradication Unit Director, Sisira Liyanage asserted that the majority of these victims were between the age group of 25 to 45. The spread of the disease was due to the tourism industry, use of drugs, homosexual behavior, and immigration. more..

President invites American investors to SL

Oct 3 (PMD) President Maithripala Sirisena invited American investors to come to Sri Lanka without any fear, stating Sri Lanka is now a most suitable country for foreign investments. The President, who made an official visit to New York to participate in the 70th session of the UNGA made this invitation when he met American investors yesterday (1). He said the goal of the new govt is to make SL a paradise for investors before long. more..

Sri Lanka’s access to 2.5 bn market, key to attract FDIs: Economist

Oct 3 (DM) Sri Lanka’s marketing campaign to attract foreign direct investments (FDIs) to the country has to tell the world that Sri Lanka has a 2.5 billion market. “Sri Lanka already has an FTA with India which is a 1.2 billion market, and we’re negotiating an FTA with China which has 1.3 billion. We should market to the world that Sri Lanka has access to a 2.5 billion market,” Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy said. He noted that either FDIs could be attracted to set up companies to more..

Geneva 2015: From the quasi savagery to civilisation

Oct 3 (Island) Sri Lanka is on the brink of a revolutionary transition from quasi savagery to civilisation. My main focus in this article is on the domestic dimension of our ethnic problem and not on its international dimension. My argument that we are on the brink that I have mentioned is premised on one incontrovertible fact: all civilized societies have sanctions against crime and in so far as a society has a culture of impunity it is to that extent a quasi savage or a totally savage society. more..

UNHRC chief Zeid Al Hussein

Oct 3 (Island) The report on Sri Lanka by OHCHR was taken up for discussion by the UNHRC on Wednesday. In introducing the OHCHR report on Sri Lanka to the Council, Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Al Hussein was unrelenting in his criticism of Sri Lanka. Even though he did say that this report on SL was being released in circumstances very different to that in which it was mandated, he engaged in more..

Police give new meaning to DNA

Oct 3 (Island) Dirty Nasty Action – that’s what our police take DNA to be. If the huge public outcry over the brutal rape and murder of little Seya Sadewmi, calling for the arrest and punishment of the person or persons involved has moved to the background, there is a need for another outcry – this time against the police, and a strong protest at that. It is a demand for justice for the 17-year-old boy and the 33- year-old father of one, made the focus of public hatred and calls for revenge, more..

The unique difference in economic governance: President got it!

Oct 3 (CT) All good hopes will be dashed if the good-governance govt failed in economic governance. Establishing democracy is good but it is not everything; people hope for better economic governance too. In New York, I just got two minutes to explain this to President Maithripala Sirisena in a formal event when he was in New York in order to attend the UN’s General Assembly. He was so attentive and quite a few times nodded in assenting during my speech. more..

It’s not all gloom and doom for Kaushal’s doosra

Oct 3 (NS) Fast rising off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal has been cleared of bowling his off-breaks but not his doosra which the ICC feels is not within the legal parameter of 15 degrees. However Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is of the view that by working proactively with the ICC and other biomechanical experts Kaushal has a good chance of getting this particular delivery also cleared. This new found confidence comes from the report more..

Nepotism isn’t a label

Oct 3 (NS) There’s something in politics called context. Words are defined and redefined endlessly, and as such how one word holds true for one political moment may be quite different to how it’s defined in another. Relevance factors in, too, which is probably why countries have multiple meanings for ally and enemy; those terms being defined according to geopolitics and not to how saintly or beastly countries are in their dealings. Nepotism is different. It’s timeless. Space-less. more..

Bye Obama, hello Putin

Oct 3 (NS) What does it take to defeat terrorism? Well, the answer will vary depending on who is being asked the question. Here in Sri Lanka, for years, no decades, the dominant cry was address and eliminate the conditions which cause people to take up arms. In other words, it’s like cleaning up breeding grounds to deal with the Dengue mosquito. If those, who consider methodologies such as suicide bombers, human shields and of late summary execution that is videotaped and more..

Colombo City alone has 50,000 slums and shanties: Hakeem

Oct 3 (CT) Ladies and Gentlemen, The purpose of this eminent gathering is to unveil a document that is a roadmap to prosperity and liveability in South Asia. The opportunity to address you on this occasion gives me immense pleasure. The title of the report prepared by the World Bank says it all. Leveraging Urbanization in South Asia: Managing Spatial Transformation for Prosperity and Liveability. I have been asked to speak on more..

Sri Lanka resolution: The world witnessed two visions of justice

Oct 3 (CT) The Transnational Govt of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) thanks the UNHRC for keeping Sri Lanka on its agenda for its consideration of the mass crimes committed in the island of Sri Lanka, but expresses disappointment at the dilution of principles of justice. The world witnessed two visions of justice at the 30th Session of the UNHRC this month. One vision of justice which States are willing to dispense—a justice that is in direct contradiction to the unequivocal findings of the OHCHR report— more..

Geneva no more a nightmare

Oct 3 (CT) The US first brought its resolution to the UNHRC on Sri Lanka in 2012. Rajapaksa regime had sent plane loads of jokers to Geneva spending millions of rupees to campaign against the American move. As transporting people in busses for election rallies in the Island, Rajapaksa regime with its frog in the well thinking had even spent enormous amount of money for the accommodation in Geneva of its stooges who had returned to the Island empty handed with the US bringing out more..

Know the killer

Oct 3 (CT) Poison prevention week of 2015 is declared from 14-20 Sept. This year the theme of the programme is prevent household poisoning. The reason for the selection of this theme is the alarming increase in cases of household poisoning within the period of 2013 in comparison to yester years. Household poisoning was discussed in detail previously under the headline A poisonous abode on 10 May 2015. more..

Editorial: A desperate remedy

Oct 3 (Island) Govt is mulling over a novel method to curb the high incidence of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs); it is planning to bring down the national consumption of sugar, edible oil and salt, we are told. A national effort is certainly called for to tackle these insidious killers responsible for seven out of ten deaths in this country. Desperate diseases, the proponents of this move may say, must have desperate remedies. Sri Lankans are known the world over for their sweet tooth. more..

Ghost on A lonely road

Oct 3 (CT) His name was Priyankara. Priyankara Hewawasam was born in Kalutara. He was a bachelor and lived a peaceful life with his parents close to Kalutara town at the ancestral home. As Priyankara was an only child, he felt no burden. His father had made enough money for him to enjoy his youth. His father built him a house and bought him a three-wheeler, fulfilling his dream of owning a three-wheeler. From then onwards Priyankara spent most of his time driving the three-wheeler. more..

'Govt to start dialogue on lifestyle change'

Oct 2 (DM) The govt will soon start a dialogue to change people's lifestyles which might include changing school hours, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Thursday. Speaking during the annual academic sessions of Endocrine Society of Sri Lanka, he said a national dialogue on changing the lifestyle of the people was essential to prevent diseases such as diabetes which he pointed out was spreading rapidly in Sri Lanka. more..

Rains wreak havoc Rocks block roads

Oct 2 (CT) A spokesman for the Hakmana DS said that a mound of earth had fallen on to a house in Hakmana, causing partial damage, as a result of the incessant heavy rain which prevailed islandwide. As of now, 22 houses have been completely inundated and the number of houses which are partially damaged stands at 172. Also, villages in Ketanwila, Bangama, Jamburegama and Kokmaadhuwa, have been affected by floods. As a result of these floods travel has also been obstructed. more..

Be wary of supplier-driven solutions, transport expert says

Oct 2 (EN) Sri Lanka needs to be wary of supplier-driven solutions for its urban mobility problems and not bring in modes of transport not affordable by the poor which require state subsidies, a transport expert said. The right technology must be brought in, said Amal Kumarage, Senior Professor of the Moratuwa University’s Department of Transport & Logistics Management. “We need to be technically wise and sharp to know what’s suitable for us and not bring in modes of transport that are more..

Warnaweera resigns from SLC's interim committee

Oct 2 (CI) Jayananda Warnaweera, the Galle Cricket Stadium curator, has resigned from Sri Lanka Cricket's interim committee with immediate effect, SLC has announced. Warnaweera handed over a letter of resignation to interim committee chairman Sidath Wettimuny on Friday. "In the letter he said he said he was resigning for personal reasons," Wettimuny said. Warnaweera remains the Galle stadium curator and more..

IGP orders probe into police torture claims

Oct 2 (CG) IGP N K Illangakoon has ordered an investigation into claims the Kotadeniyawa police had tortured a 17 year old youth who was released after being arrested on suspicion in connection with the murder of 4 1/2 year old Seya Sadewmini in Kotadeniyawa. ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that the IGP had issued the order after a complaint was lodged against the Kotadeniyawa police. The Minuwangoda Magistrate this week ordered the release of two suspects, including 17 year old more..

Batticaloa DS advocates the ban of polythene

Oct 2 (CT) Batticaloa District Secretary P.S.M. Charles said at a meeting held in Kalladi Beach, that today's society has the full responsibility to safeguard the future generation and the resources of the nation. Sri Lanka is located in the Indian Ocean without any border dispute but the people have been misusing and destroying their own resources. Youth community should be enrolled in resourceful development projects and safeguard their livelihood. Social responsibility means all should realize more..

Sri Lanka - India Exercise-Mithra Shakthi now in progress

Oct 2 (SLA) Sri Lanka-India bilateral Exercise-Mithra Shakthi, now an annual feature with the participation of Special Operation Forces (SOF) of both Indian Army and the Sri Lankan Army is underway in the general area Aundh Military Station, Pune, India for two weeks. Four officers and forty one Non-Commissioned Officers from Sri Lanka Light Infantry Regiment (SLLI) and the troops from Indian 2 MHARA Infantry Regiment are more..

NPM draws red line for MPs on UN war crimes probe against country

Oct 2 (Island) Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka thera of the National Patriotic Movement said the Wickremesinghe-Sirisena govt had undertaken the US contract to force a war crimes probe on Sri Lanka and urged the masses to force the govt to seek approval of the Parliament and go for a referendum without giving into machinations of the West. The Thera said if any MP votes in favour of the UN resolution against Sri Lanka, he or she should not be allowed to return to electorate more..

Sri Lanka to give more freedom for plantations to diversify: Paskaralingam

Oct 2 (EN) Sri Lanka plans to give more freedom for plantations to diversify and use their land and other resources for more productive uses, a top official said, relaxing some of the state controls that have prevented the country's progress. "Today we had a discussion on diversification in regional plantations companies," R Paskaralingam, advisor to PM Ranil Wickrmesinghe told a business forum at Finance Ministry in Colombo. "Four committees will identify tea and rubber land that are not productive. more..

Sri Lanka imposes 100% margin on letter on credit to discourage vehicle imports

Oct 2 (Reuters) Sri Lanka has imposed a 100% margin on letters of credit (LC) for motor vehicles with immediate effect to discourage unnecessary imports, Minister Ravi Karunanayake said on Friday, in a move to prevent dollar outflows and further weakening of the rupee currency. "We have information that there are unnecessary vehicle imports taking place. From this moment onwards, there won't be margin for LCs. more..

Galle-Matara stretch of expressway reopened

Oct 2 (AD) Galle-Matara stretch of the Southern Expressway has been reopened for vehicular movement. The section of the expressway was closed from the 114km post twice since yesterday due to the risk of earth slips. The section between Kokmaduwa and Imaduwa was initially closed last night and reopened at around 6.30am this morning. However, due to the prevailing inclement weather condition in the areas authorities had decided to close expressway once again this morning. more..

Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka with ease

Oct 2 (PA) Bangladesh kicked off their mission of AFC U-19 Championship qualifiers with a comfortable 2-0 win against Sri Lanka in second match of Group A Qualifiers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Friday evening. Bangladesh came close to a strike in the 28th minute. Forward Rohit Saker’s corner was pushed forward by winger Md. Ibrahim, Sri Lnakan goalie Rishad Mohammed punched the ball unmarked forward Mannaf Rabbi found the rebound but the ball went more..