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No money laundering via Seychelles: Govt

July 18 (CT) The govt yesterday said there was no official complaint regarding money laundering via Seychelles and the decision to open a Bank of Ceylon branch there was made after the Seychelles Govt made a request to do so. UNP MP Dr. Harsha De Silva, a trained economist charged that the govt and Central Bank were silent over allegations that influential Sri Lankans could be using Seychelles as a transit point to launder more..

Harin no challenge to me - Shashendra

July 18 (DN) Former Uva Province Chief Minister Shashendra Rajapaksa said that UNP MP Harin Fernando who is tipped to be the UNP's CM candidate for the Uva Province was no challenge to him and there was no point in betting whose defeat was certain at the election. Rajapaksa challenged Fernando to come up with a better program than his for the uplift of the people in the Uva Province. He said that the most senior UNPers have lost confidence and started leaving the party. more..

Lesson for parents from CJ

July 18 (Island) The Chief Justice recently urged parents to lead exemplary lives, while encouraging children to study. CJ Mohan Peiris P.C. addressing the 50th Annual General Meeting of the Susitha Wadana Samithiya of Hendala said that parents by setting an example would greatly benefit their children. "Most parents today force children to go for tuition classes, but they themselves do not lead exemplary lives", he observed. The Chief Justice said that the Susitha Wadana Samithiya more..

Canada working with Sri Lanka on immigration files

July 18 (LR) Canadian govt defended sharing information with foreign countries including Sri Lanka saying the move was necessary to prevent “cheapening of Canadian citizenship.” Earlier this week, Canada’s national newspaper, Ottawa was sharing information with Sri Lankan counter terrorism officials. Some privacy advocates have warned against sharing information with foreign govts. Yet, the govt said the new law more..

Pharmacies bleeding; Harcourts asks CAA to grant higher retailer margin

July 18 (FT) As many pharmacies are in difficulty due to high cost overruns, the CAA has been urged to grant a higher retailer margin. “The retailer margin offered to the pharmacy retailers in Sri Lanka is the lowest in the world,” a leading pharmacy chain Harcourts has written to the CAA. The average margin given in Sri Lanka ranges from 10 to 12% for high-tech products and 15% for generic and branded products. Harcourts has recommended a minimum margin of 25% for the retail trade. more..

Internal problems always have a better local solution

July 18 (NS) Problems are there to be solved. Many solutions are available for any type of problem. You will not see any country in this world sans problems. Even the most peaceful countries do have problems. Data shown below will justify my argument. In Civility Report 2014, the first six peaceful countries are listed below. Although Costa Rica is regarded as the most peaceful country, it faces major corruption and poverty issues.So peace will not guarantee prosperity & economic growth. more..

Cigarette taxes should be rescued from bureaucratic discretion

July 18 (DM) The focus of the WHO is on raising taxes on tobacco, in order to raise prices and reduce consumption. This insight explains the serious consistency issues in Sri Lanka on setting taxes and prices on cigarettes. There are other forms of tobacco consumption in Sri Lanka, such as beedis and betal chewing. There is, as of yet, too little reliable information on the consumption of beedi—studies commissioned by Ceylon Tobacco Company more..

Thurstan College student bitten by monkey

July 18 (DM) A Thurstan College student who was badly bitten in the leg by a monkey was admitted to the Lady Ridgeway Hospital. A doctor said the wounds required stitching. He said the monkey jumped had over the garden wall and sprang on him when walking towards the class room. The child’s father is reported to have made a complaint to the police. Teachers said two other students, one from Royal College and the other from Thurston College had also been bitten by monkeys recently. more..

CMEC holds art competition

July 18 (Island) Recognizing the powerful impact the medium of art has on influencing the society, CMEC (China Machinery Engineering Corporation) the construction company of the Lakvijaya coal fired power plant in Norochcholoai organized an art competition under the title "Better Tomorrow" to create awareness on environmental protection. The first round of the competition was held last Wednesday, with the participation of over 200 students representing several more..

'Measurement of inflation is done in a professional and scientific manner'

July 18 (FT) Central Bank of Sri Lanka Governor Nivard Cabraal says that in 2002 and 2003, Sri Lankan Govt recorded its highest debt to GDP levels, where that ratio was over 104%. Even at the end of 2005, when this Govt took office, the debt to GDP level was nearly 92%, he said, adding that through prudent debt management and the careful management of the economy, “we have now been able to bring down the debt GDP more..

The BBS and a catalyst for a Buddhist Muslim conflict

July 18 (GV) The BBS, Sri Lanka’s catalyst for opening up a new Buddhist verses Muslim conflict, perhaps due to boredom now that a thirty year civil war has ended, follows more by design than accident a classic military strategy of an escalation or advancement and then a tactical retreat due to over reach. Immediately after the previous attacks as well, whether in Dambula or Nugegoda, there was silence for awhile and similarly after the anti Muslim events of “Dark June 2014”, more..

Editorial: It’s not cricket!

July 18 (Island) An enraged TN Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has torn into the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) club for denying entry to a dhoti-clad High Court judge and several senior lawyers who went there to attend a book launch recently. Taking up the cudgels for the judge’s right to wear the traditional Tamil dress, she has even threatened to bring in new laws to end such discrimination. More strength to her elbow! The TNCA club has drawn heavy flak from opinion leaders more..

Five years of vanquished journalism

July 18 (GV) For nearly three decades, it remained Sri Lanka’s biggest story. Over the years, the resplendent island became known, not for its human development indicators or as a vibrant democracy, but as the birth place of the deadly LTTE – and what fuelled its birth, growth and its destructive impact on the island. When I walked into a newsroom two decades ago, the war was the biggest story and it stayed that way. more..

Sailing South and meeting the North

July 18 (NS) Gautama Buddha, the pride of the Sakyas, c. 460-380 BC according to the latest consensus, was no empiricist. He lived in a wondrous world populated by myriad fantastic beings of the Indo-Aryan myth pool. A passage in the Chullavagga, an early text in the Pali Cannon gives us the Buddha’s eye view of the deep sea. According to Him, the great ocean, awe inspiring, astonishing and curious is “the dwelling place of mighty beings, among which are the Timi, more..

Improved Duminy dispels his spin demons

July 18 (CI) Nagpur 2010. Harbhajan Singh to JP Duminy. Swept. Missed. Rapped on the pads. Wicket. Galle 2014. Dilruwan Perera to JP Duminy. Swept. Again. Hundred. If those two shots were the only record of JP Duminy's Test career, they would tell enough of its story to be satisfactory. They do not tell of his achievements in Australasia, which include a century in his second Test to take South Africa to historic series win and a hundred on his comeback in New Zealand, but more..

Bubbling with life

July 18 (ST) Lellopitiya, Ratnapura – He is home from nursery. Sprawled on the rough cement floor with his book and pencil, he is not interested in writing the letter B. Lips pursed in concentration, pencil gripped tightly in his left hand, he is more interested in drawing butterflies. Admiring his work, he adds the finishing touches, the long, curvy antennae of the butterflies. To my “silly” question of why he does not colour the butterflies more..

TV brawl: Dayasiri’s below the belt blow

July 18 (ST) Once Dayasiri Jayasekera, the Elder and Harin Fernando, the Younger, were the best of buddies, soul mates who often met to sing and dance and browse their grouses in the familiar tavern of life found on the same side of the run down street. There, seated on worn out wooden benches, they would tattle and ride their hobby horses, shed tears on their own wretched states and cast furtive, envious glances at the swinging doors of the high society saloon across the road, more..

Constitutional reform in Sri Lanka: Issues and prospects

July 18 (DBS) Let me begin by thanking the UK branch of the TULF for inviting me to deliver the Amirthalingam Memorial Oration on the occasion of the 25th death anniversary of Appapillai Amirthalingam, lawyer, MP, Leader of the Opposition from 1977 to 1983 and leader of the TULF. Unlike earlier leaders of the Tamil parties, Amirthalingam came from a middle-class background and also dabbled in Left politics. I remember him saying at the funeral of more..

'Buddhist monks must be balanced and moderate'

July 18 (Island) The Ven. Baddegama Samitha was the first Buddhist monk in this country to hold elected public office. While it was not unusual for Bhikkus to engage in politics as supporters of one political party or another, it was certainly unusual for a Bhikku to stand for elected office. After the Ven. Samitha opened the floodgates, many monks have been elected to various tiers of the govt in subsequent years. more..

Our President is intimidated; BASL needs an independent investigation

July 18 (CT) On the 15th of July, afternoon, Mr. Upul Jayasuriya, the president of the BASL left the court premises at Hulftsdorp and headed towards Fort. Having parked his vehicle at the car park of Cafe 64 at Hotel Galadari, he noticed that he had been followed by a motorcycle bearing registration No. WP UB 4072 with a pillion rider, since he commenced his journey from Hulftsdorp. Thereafter, Mr. Jayasuriya proceeded to an office at Flower Road and the suspicious more..

All reference to Gota in my column have been axed

July 18 (CT) Dear Colombo Telegraph Editor, I write to a few Tamil and English publications in Lanka, one of whom imposes self-censorship whenever reference is made to the Defence Secretary. I think CT readers should be made aware that self-censorship is practised even by the English so-called national press. Here is the most recent example; the under-mentioned passages were completely deleted by the paper. This why an opening like CT is so needed even if one more..

UNP fact finding mission blocked

Minister Basil attends Sri Lanka Shines in Shanghai promotional event

July 17 (GDI) As a part of his official tour of China, the Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa, visited Shanghai as Special Envoy of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Trade and Commerce from 3rd to 6th July 2014. This visit also coincided with the “Sri Lanka Shines in Shanghai” promotional event, co-ordinated by Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Development. During the visit, Minister Basil Rajapaksa met the Mayor of Shanghai, Yang Xiong on 4th July. more..

Sachithra pressured during test- Piyal

July 17 (SM) A report on the testing procedure from spin bowling coach Piyal Wijetunge, who had accompanied Sri Lankan spinner Sachithra Senanayake to the test, said Senanayake had been put under immense pressure from the co-ordinators of the biomechanical assessment. His report claims that during the test the co-ordinators put Senanayake under immense pressure repeatedly stating that his bowling action is different from the match. more..

Those who fail O/L Maths can now sit for A/L

July 17 (AM) Govt has made a decision to allow the students who fail Math in their O/L exam to proceed with A/L classes on the grounds that they pass O/L Math within two years. A proposal in this regard has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers today. The proposal was presented to the Cabinet by Minister Bandula Gunawardena. Under the present system, students who fail Mathematics in O/L do not get more..

JHU lashes out at Hakeem's 'slanderous' statement on Buddhist monks

July 17 (AM) JHU issued a statement expressing their displeasure over the speech made by SLMC Leader Minister Rauff Hakeem to international media, saying that the govt would not be able to prevent an ethnic uprising if they cannot control the hardcore Sinhala-Buddhist organizations' extremist plights. Minister Rauff Hakeem said that the govt should have a firm grip on Buddhist monks who are spreading extremism and Anti-Muslim ideology among the public or else there would be more..

Disciplinary inquiry against DIG Indran scrapped

July 17 (SM) It has been compelled to scrap the disciplinary inquiry held against Kalutara District DIG V. Indran under the charges of neglecting duties, sources from the police headquarters say. UNP Mangala Samaraweera revealed that DIG Indran has refused to release 13 suspects of the Aluthgama incident, despite Defence Ministry orders calling for their release. In addition, DIG Indran has also refused to comply when Senior DIG of Police Gamini Navaratne ordered him to more..

Keheliya plays down appointments

July 17 (CG) Govt has played down the appointment of three experts to advice the Presidential Commission on missing persons, with Minister Keheliya Rambukwella saying it will be upto the Govt to decide if to accept or reject any advice. President Rajapaksa has expanded the mandate of the Presidential Commission on mission persons and appointed three international experts to advice the commission. more..

Sri Lanka broadcast to air KOICA aid work

July 17 (KT) Korea's official development assistance (ODA) activities are scheduled to be introduced through national television in Sri Lanka. The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), a government aid organization, revealed Thursday that Sri Lanka's Rupavahini TV has sent reporters to Korea to cover Korea's economic and industrial development as well as KOICA's aid projects in Sri Lanka. The reporters are to stay from July 14 to 19. From July 14 to 15, the reporters more..

Putting NGOs on a leash undemocratic

July 17 (CT) Govt has decided to enact a law on NGOs that will compel them to register with the National Secretariat. The NGOs in this country, as it is, come under the Voluntary Social Service Organizations (Registration and Supervision) Act Number 31 of 1980 and Voluntary Social Service Organizations (Registration and Supervision) (Amendment) Act Number 8 of 1998. The secretariat, under the Ministry of Defence, has 1,421 NGOs registered under it. more..

What ails Rangana Herath?

July 17 (CI) Umbrellas occupy a special place in Sri Lankan culture. They are protection against torrential downpours that bear down like artillery shells, and are just as useful in the sun, which shines with homicidal intensity. But by far the mightiest force of nature the island's umbrellas repel is the wrath of Sri Lankan parents. On Colombo's Galle Face green, in Galle's Fort, in any pretty, public place all over the nation, more..

President's wanna-be relative swindles Russian businessman

July 17 (AM) The Colombo Fort Magistrate today ordered the CID to conduct an investigation against a Sri Lankan who had allegedly swindled a Russian investor of US$ 690,000 while impersonating as a relative of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Russian investor Alexander Nikolove had lodged a complaint in this regard at CID urging a necessary legal action be taken against the rackerteer who identified himself as a "son-in-law" of Sri Lankan President. more..

Seminar on Waste water Management Strategies for Sri Lanka

July 17 (GDI) Sustainable water management and sanitation is a precondition for a country’s development as it has a major impact on the living environment, economy, health, and social life. To address those major impacts The Central Environmental Authority, Coordinating Secretariat for Science Technology & Innovation, Nanyang Environmental & Water Research Institute Singapore, Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, National Water Supply & Drainage Board and more..

Kollupitiya massage parlour cleared by court

July 17 (DM) The blind owner and eight other female employees of a physiotherapy massage centre in Kollupitiya which engages in the practice of physiotherapy since 1958 were yesterday acquitted and released by a Colombo Court from the allegations that they managed a brothel under the guise of a massage parlour in 2011. While ordering to acquit and release all the accused from the case, Colombo Fort Magistrate observed that more..

Video: A torture chamber in Chilaw Police

July 17 (LT) Sanjeewa Edirisinghe, a 28 year old father of one child residing at Panirendawa – Heenara area at Madampe, says he has been disabled due to torture carried out by officers of Unsolved Crime Investigation Unit of the Chilaw Police in a torture chamber inside the police. Sanjeewa Edirisinghe, who made a living for his family of three maintaining a small bicycle repair shop, is unable to feed his family today. Police officers have arrested Sanjeewaw and more..

Missing albino cobra found inside zoo

July 17 (AD) An albino cobra which was reported missing from the National Zoological Gardens in Dehiwala has been found inside a cloth bag within the zoo premises today, police said. The rare snake had disappeared from the zoo last Monday, however it was found inside a bag thrown into the zoo. The discovery was made by a zoo official. SSP Ajith Rohana said that veterinarians have confirmed it is the same snake that went missing and that it is in good health. more..