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Milk of corporate kindness from Fonterra

Feb 2 (Island) Taking a sustainable and economically viable view of the local dairy industry, Fonterra Brands Sri Lanka recently announced the construction of its first demonstration and training farm in Pannala at a cost of Rs.117 million which will not be used for commercial purposes, but will be dedicated to training and education. The new Pannala demonstration and training farm is to be opened by the PM of New Zealand and will be operational by the end of February. more..

Tamil council calls for federalism

Feb 2 (Hindu) Tamil People’s Council, a forum of different Tamil political parties and groups, has proposed that Sri Lanka be converted into a federal republic. It has also suggested that a state of emergency be declared in the event of any State seeking to secede itself from the proposed Federation. Governor of the State concerned would take over executive functions and powers of Chief Minister and the Board of Ministers. more..

Laughing up their slvees

Feb 2 (ST) The event was the big sports meet at a leading sports stadium. The chief guest was on the verge of delivering his speech to the huge audience over the microphone when his mobile phone rang. Completely forgetting that he was on the verge of delivering his speech over the public address system, the chief guest started lambasting the caller. The packed stadium who had gathered to hear the chief guest’s words too heard the strong words used by the chief guest and more..

Lankan swimmers leave for India

Feb 2 (DN) Sri Lanka mens and womens swimming tram will leave the island on Feb 3 to participate in South Asian Games to be held in Guwahati, India later this week. Team is being trained by Manoj Abeysinghe and legendary swimmer Julian Bolling. Part of the team had two sessions of training at Jayatillake Sports Complex swimming pool and also later at Diyatalawa to get themselves acclimatised to the cold conditions in Guwahati while the balance trained in Colombo which is very unusual as more..

The FCID and those who try to score centuries with straw bats

Feb 2 (ST) Any sportsman or sportswoman who has reached the level of administration should tap their own hearts & ask themselves: Have we done the right thing by the sport and have our decisions cascaded into results in the arena? You can be sure they would turn around and make some utterances about their glory days and how we beat so and so, yet in the present context they are at zilch, swirling in a bottomless pit. more..

Minod Bhanuka steers Kandy Crusaders to five- wicket win

Feb 2 (DN) A fine knock of 37-ball 54 which consisted of four hits to the ropes and three above by Minod Bhanuka and two good bowling spells by A. Dananjaya (3/35) and P.A.S.S. Jeewantha (3/25) steered Kandy Crusaders to a five- wicket win over Kurunegala Warriors in their Super T20 Provincial Tournament match worked off at the R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo yesterday. Batting first Warriors piled up 154/9 in their alloted 20 overs with Shehan Fernando top scoring 56 runs. more..

China’s slowdown reduces foreign investment inflow to SL by 10%

Feb 2 (Island) Most stock markets in emerging and frontier countries have been affected by the slowdown in the Chinese market. Under these circumstances, foreign investment inflow has decreased at the CSE by 10% over the past few months. "At present, foreign investors are in jitters because the Chinese stock exchange has dropped by 20%. Therefore, most foreign investors are moving away from emerging and frontier markets due to this volatile condition, more..

Uththareetara: Haroon Lanthra

Independence Day and national anthem

Feb 2 (Island) Independence Day is the day a country gained freedom from a foreign rule. In any country, the citizens, irrespective of their religion and race, recites the national Anthem (NA) and celebrate the Independence day with immense pride. We, too, got our independence on 4th Feb 1948. For the first time on that day, we celebrated the Independence Day with much respect and honour, hoisting our national flag and singing the NA. From 1948 onwards ever since, more..

Editorial: Pursuit of justice

Feb 2 (Island) Former President Rajapaksa has asked the govt to arrest him and spare his family members. He says the recent arrest of his second son, Yoshitha, is part of a sinister campaign to force him into submission. His political opponents have welcomed legal action against Yoshitha and they have even predicted some more arrests. Let there be no argument about the need to institute legal action against those who abused power and amassed wealth through illegal means under more..

Was MS-MR unity talked about in Executive Committee?

Feb 2 (CT) State Minister Dilan Perera, told Ceylon Today of what happened in the Executive Committee. He said it was discussed about the new Constitution and the Local Govt election there. When asked about the stories about new parties, he said there is no need to discuss about them, and the election would be faced with the unity of the party leaders. Q: What happened in the Executive Committee? A: Nothing. more..

Bigotry’s abbot goes beyond the pale of legal redemption

Feb 2 (ST) He may not have realised it yet, perhaps it may take some time for the light to shine through his burly, black, boorish brawn, but BBS Chief Gnanasara Thera is, no doubt, the darling of the foreign missionaries who use his mug to portray the ugly face of Buddhism. Neither may he have fathomed it yet, but he is also the pin up boy of the Tamil Diaspora who use his racist acts as the choreographed steps and his hate filled words as heady music to dance their Eelam Rhapsody more..

Wide ranging reforms in higher education vital for economic surge

Feb 2 (ST) Reforming higher education is a challenging task. However difficult reforming higher education is, the country cannot achieve a significant thrust in economic and social development to be a modern developed nation without a wide range of qualitative improvements in higher education. Dr. Harsha Aturupane provided a blue print of the necessary wide ranging reforms in higher education in his Gamani Corea Memorial Lecture titled Enriching and Accelerating more..

'We are looking at a pay hike and a new look police'

Feb 2 (SO) The govt is contemplating sweeping reforms to modernise the police service, including a 40% pay hike, aimed at salvaging the police image and winning back public trust, new Minister of Law and order and Southern Development, Sagala Ratnayaka, said. In an interview with the Sunday Observer, Minister Ratnayaka said a proposal to set up an independent mechanism to inquire into police matters is also on the cards. more..

Indo-Lanka kidney fiasco

Feb 2 (CT) Kidney is one of the main precious organs in the human body making urine, remove excess water, controls body chemicals/ toxins, controls blood pressure, keep bones healthy, help make red blood, controls mineral potassium, blood acidity and many other factors for a healthy life. For long and healthy life Kidney Is as important as the Heart that pumps blood for the body to function. Many external and internal factors responsible for the damages caused to the Kidney leading to more..

A suggested overall framework for reconciliation discourse

Feb 2 (CT) The author is sharing this writing, with a suggested over all framework for reconcilation discourse in Sri Lanka. It is meant to provoke thought and discussion. Responsiblity for this view is the author’s alone. The village where I was born, for all purposes, looked very quiet and peaceful. However, an internal structure of discrimination was inbuilt into the social ethos of this village. The structure of internal violence was built on the basis of caste discrimination. more..

Court removes warrant and Red Notice on Emil Kanthan

Feb 1 (CG) Colombo Special High Court today removed the warrant and Red Notice on former top LTTE member Emil Kanthan. The warrant and Red Notice was removed after a lawyer appearing for Emil Kanthan assured that his client will produce himself before the police soon. Emil Kanthan was accused by the current Govt of having links with former Govt led by Mahinda Rajapaksa. Govt had accused former President Mahinda more..

Joint opposition sees hidden agenda behind Zeid’s visit

Feb 1 (CG) The joint opposition claims the hidden agenda behind the upcoming visit by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, is to setup a war crimes court in Sri Lanka. Joint opposition member Wimal Weerawansa says the war crimes court will be used to take action against the soldiers and former President who saved the country from terrorism. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will visit the North during his visit to Sri Lanka which begins on Saturday Feb 6. more..

BASL to file action against Ven. Gnanasara

Feb 1 (CT) The Bar Association of Sri Lanka has decided to file action in the Court of Appeal against BBS General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanassara Thera who is currently in remand custody facing charges of contempt of Court. The General Secretary of the Association, senior lawyer Ajith Perera said yesterday (31), since the Thera has on several occasions conducted himself in a manner that is tantamount to contempt of Court, this case is to be filed. more..

Video: Family members visit Yoshitha

Feb 1 (DM) Former president Rajapaksa’s second son Yoshitha, currently in remand custody at Welikada Prison was this morning visited by his mother Shiranthi, brother Rohitha and several politicians this morning. MP Namal Rajapaksa has said that they had trust in the local judiciary strategy. He was expressing views to the media after arriving at Colombo Remand Prisons to visit the group including Yoshitha Rajapaksa. more..

India rest in-form Kohli for T20 series v SL

Feb 1 (Reuters) India are resting batting mainstay Virat Kohli for the three 20-over matches against Sri Lanka this month with an eye on the Twenty20 World Cup on home soil. Kohli, the world's top-ranked Twenty20 batsman, enjoyed a prolific run of form to help India complete a 3-0 series whitewash in Australia. With M.S. Dhoni's men kicking off their bid for a second Twenty20 World Cup in six weeks, the team have decided to rest Kohli who was top-scorer in the series in Australia. more..

Traders protest to save Public Fair

Feb 1 (DN) Over 1,000 traders at the Anuradhapura Public Fair yesterday launched a massive protest claiming that some authorities at the Municipal Council were trying to sell the land where the fair is located, in the guise of developing it. The traders claimed that around 400 of their colleagues at Anuradhapura Pola, (the country's largest) have been displaced due to a portion of the land given to third parties. A trader speaking on behalf of his colleagues said that more..

Organization for missing relatives urges Independence Day mourning

Feb 1 (CT) Representatives of the organization for finding missing relatives from all eight districts of the Northern and Eastern provinces had urged the people to observe the upcoming Independence Day as a mourning day as the existence of their relatives is yet to be established and investigated. On the upcoming 68th Independence Day of SL on 4 Feb, in all the eight districts of Northern and Eastern Provinces, more..

Kiriella defends Theravada Bhikku Registration Bill

Feb 1 (Island) It was not to control the Maha Sangha that the Theravada Bhikku Registration Bill had been introduced but to empower the respective heads of Nikayas and the Sangha Councils to take appropriate moves for the benefit of the Sangha, said Minister Lakshman Kiriella at a meeting held to felicitate Dhamma School teachers who contributed long term service to Dhamma education in Kandy. The meeting took place at the Kandy YMBA Auditorium chaired by more..

National list vacancy: Party Leader, Committee to decide on nominee

Feb 1 (DM) UNP General Secretery Kabir Hashim said today person who to be named to fill the vacancy created by the death of former Minister M.K.D.S. Gunawardene would be decided by the party leader and the committee appointed for this purpose. Clarifying the recent article by Daily Mirror titled, "UNP to nominate SF to Parliament: Kabir," he said no final decision had been made on the appointment of Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to Parliament through the UNP national list. more..

Video: Joint opposition visits Yoshitha and four others at Welikada

Feb 1 (DM) At least 15 members of the joint opposition including Dinesh Gunawardena, Wimal Weerawansa, Gamini Lokuge, Bandula Gunawardana, Dallas Allahapperuma and Johnston Fernando visited Yoshitha Rajapaksa and the four others remanded at the Welikada prison. They were remanded on Saturday on charges of a financial fraud at Carlton Sports Network (CSN). MPs Pavitra Wanniarachchi, Rohitha Abeygunawardana, more..

Signature campaign launched to secure Ven. Gnanasara’s release

Feb 1 (Island) Collection of 2.5 million signatures to a petition urging the govt to release Venerable Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera remanded for contempt of court was launched in Kandy on Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of people from all walks of life including members of Sangha signed the petition under the Bodhi Tree in front of the main entrance to the Mahamaluwa in front of Queen’s Hotel, Kandy. Seventy-year-old W.D. Gunawathie, mother of Gnanasara Thera, too signed it. more..

One law for Ven. Gnanasara, another for Macrae: Ravana Balaya

Feb 1 (CT) There is no law enforced against foreign documentarian, Callum Macrae who criticized the military in a recent lecture given in Jaffna, Ravana Balaya charged. Elsewhere, General Secretary of the Ravana Balaya, Ven. Iththekande Saddhathissa Thera said although there was no Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, its content was being signed by India and Sri Lanka, part by part, adding that soon even daily wage labourers could be out of employment. more..

'Sri Lankans should not fear Indians'

Feb 1 (PTI) Sri Lankans, particularly the majority Sinhala community, should not get paranoid over unfounded fears of Indians swarming their country whenever a bilateral trade agreement is proposed, minister Mangala Samaraweera said. Addressing the India-Sri Lanka Society, Samaraweera was critical of the majority Sinhala community for raising unfounded fears over the Indian influence in Sri Lanka. more..

Tissa Vitharana topples common opposition

Feb 1 (LT) A journey could be undertaken only with the SLFP and the SLFP should not be weakened by attempting to create another political party says the Leader of the LSSP Prof. Tissa Vitharana. The common opposition aka Mahinda faction has stated majority of the parties in UPFA would form a new party. However, Prof. Vitharana’s statement indicates that only a group that includes Weerawansa and Gammanpila is behind the attempt. more..

Injunction order sought to prevent political meetings at Abhayaramaya Temple

Feb 1 (AM) Chief Incumbent of Purvaramaya Buddhist Temple in Kirulapone today filed a petition with Colombo District Court, requesting an injunction order against the holding of political meetings and trade union meetings at Narahenpita Abhayarama Viharaya. The Abhayaramaya has been the centre of activity of the Joint Opposition which backs former President Rajapaksa. Press conferences are held at Abhayaramaya by Joint Opposition stalwarts regularly. more..

Singing National Anthem in Sinhala, Tamil no issue: Minister

Feb 1 (DM) Minister Vajira Abeywardana today said singing the National Anthem at the 68th Independence Day celebrations at Galle Face in Sinhala and Tamil was not an issue because the Constitution clearly states that Sinhala and Tamil are national languages and as such it could be sung in both languages at any State function. He said that the singing of the National Anthem in Tamil was not a new phenomenon because more..

Ministers should use social media for engagement: CPA media survey

Feb 1 (LBO) A new media survey by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) reveals that govt Ministers should utilize social media tools to keep in touch with the general public. “42.2% of respondents believe that it is necessary for Government Ministers to use social media to interact with the public, while 26.2% believe that it is somewhat necessary,” a top-line report titled Consumption and Perceptions of Mainstream and Social Media in the Western Province said. more..

Yoshitha’s arrest not motivated by political revenge: Harin

Feb 1 (AD) There was no intention of taking political revenge through the arrest of former President’s son Yoshitha Rajapaksa, Minister of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando says. “Yoshitha Rajapaksa will be freed if he is not guilty. There is no point of warring about his arrest if he hasn’t done anything wrong,” he added. “First, they accused the Govt of not taking action against the offenders. As we act, they call it a political revenge,” he said. more..

Govt working on reconciliation: PM

Feb 1 (DM) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe inaugurating the Commonwealth Asia Regional Seminar for parliamentarians in Colombo clarified about how foreign judges could participate in the accountability mechanism. "Composition of Supreme Court is decided by the constitution. So who can be members of the final body is decided by the constitution and they have to be citizens of SL. more..

We the People & They the Maha Sangha

Feb 1 (CT) Recent events demonstrate that the saffron robe has now become the instrument of choice of an emerging ochlocracy – the refined term for mobocracy. In this land like no other, the ill-natured and the capricious outnumber the good natured and the cautious in politics of the street. Politics of the street in the age of digital communication gives them a head start that others cannot match. A militant monk who delivered a homily on Theravada Jurisprudence as more..