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Constitutional reforms: TNA to lobby for national consensus

Sep 16 (NS) The TNA has indicated a possibility of an islandwide campaign to garner wider consensus among the public for the new Constitution, once an agreement is reached on the final document among members of the steering committee. “Yes. We would go for a broader campaign among the people, including those in the South to garner their consensus on the new Constitution,” TNA MP, Sumanthiran said. more..

Change is a reality and a necessity

Sep 16 (NS) The bus lanes are already in effect, and the traffic seems to flow fairly smoothly in the peak hours of the morning. This move has resulted in the roads being less congested with traffic, despite the initial chaos soon after it was implemented. Even the garbage issue is being addressed with more people adapting to the system of segregating their waste, and using bio degradable bags instead of polythene. Public transportation and garbage were key issues that plagued the country not so long ago, more..

Pakistan mark cricket's return with series win

Sep 16 (CI) In the end, World XI was a group of players, while Pakistan were a team, and it finally showed. In a clinical performance in all three departments, Pakistan outclassed Faf du Plessis' men to clinch the third and final game by 33 runs. It was once again set up by a superb partnership between Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam, who added 102 off 57 balls. Shehzad narrowly missed out on a hundred, scoring 89 off 55. He seemed to be hurtling towards the landmark, more..

Graeme Labrooy appointed chief selector

Sep 16 (CI) Former Sri Lanka seamer Graeme Labrooy will be Sri Lanka's next chief selector. Both SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala and Labrooy himself confirmed the development on Friday. SLC had also been hoping to rope in the likes of Brendon Kuruppu for its selection committee, but at this stage Kuruppu appears unlikely to take up the position - especially because he had originally been among the selectors more..

Editorial:  Y-palanaya strikes back!

Sep 16 (Island) The ongoing presidential commission on bond scams has taken a dramatic turn with owner of Perpetual Treasuries Arjun Aloysius refusing to testify. Commission has held that it cannot order him to give evidence. But, Senior ASG Dappula de Livera PC, who is the Chief Counsel of AG’s Department before the commission, is convinced otherwise. He is reported to have said he cannot agree with the commission’s decision not to compel Aloysius to give evidence. more..

China is Sri Lanka’s biggest source of FDI, but there is room for more

Sep 16 (FT) Sri Lanka is strategically located at the midpoint of shipping lanes that connect China and the Middle East. This favourable location helps explain why China has made significant and increasing foreign direct investment (FDI) in SL, and has been the top source of FDI to SL since 2013. Despite this increasing investment, however, Chinese investment in SL is negligible compared to its FDI in other Asian countries, particularly when considered as a percentage of SL’s GDP. more..


Expatriates and Sinhala culture

Sep 16 (CT) During R Premadasa's Executive Presidency, the Sri Lankan expatriate community in the UK had grown excessively due to an exodus of genuine and economic refugees followed by the devastating situations that existed during 1971, 1987 and 1989 with the JVP insurgency, along with the Black July (Kaṟuppu Yúlai) against the anti-Tamil campaign in 1983. The Black July was the result of a deadly ambush on 23 July 1983 by the LTTE killing 13 Army soldiers. more..

Eliya propels Gotabaya into politics

Sep 16 (CT) The reaction to Gotabaya Rajapaksa's (GR) new movement, Eliya, is revealing. On one hand,an invitee-only 1,000 guest function became an open event as many people just turned up and insisted on remaining. Finally, an audience of about 2,500+ in three halls watched the whole two and half hour event in rapt attention - some standing throughout. Many others, trapped in unprecedented traffic jam, missed the event. On the other hand, mainstream media & political pundits more..

Not-so-famous edible leaves of SL – Part II

Sep 16 (Roar) Sri Lanka is a massive hothouse of plants and vegetables that nobody else in the world has ever heard of, let alone consumed. These include an incredible array of edible green leaves that are chock-full of nutrition. Not only do these greens have a wide variety of health benefits, but they can also be made into highly appetising dishes which would appeal to anyone’s taste buds. more..

The religio-political project of Sil Redi

Sep 16 (DN) The judgement by the High Court, Colombo on the Sil Redi issue, apart from the sentence of imprisonment on the former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeeratunga and the former Director General of the TRC Anusha Pelpita, is showing signs of moving to a major encounter between the forces of politics and the powers of the judiciary. The fact that this was the first case involving alleged fraud and corruption under the previous Rajapaksa Regime, more..

DE SILVA a leg spinning all-round legend

Sep 16 (DN) D.S. De Silva perfected the art of leg spin and deservedly he is a legend of class. In cricket’s folk lore he has a rightful place. Of all the arts of bowling, the most difficult is leg spin bowling. To be efficient and successful in this style of bowling one must master the entire repertoire associated with this art. Starting with the leg spin, one must master and be able to bowl the googly which is bowled with a leg spinning action with the back of the hand towards the batsman, more..

Day of the Sil Redi Keliya

Sep 16 (Island) We are in the midst of loud proclamations of the truth – the doctored truth of the Sil Redi type. Religion and spirituality are brought to the forefront in seeking to hide the truths of corruption under the veil of the Sil Redda. Mahinda Rajapaksa  is doing his own dance of the Sil Redda or Cloth of Virtue, trying to make a big show of his silence through a whole court case involving 2 of his most trusted public officers more..

Heroes and Heroics

Sep 16 (Island) If Hitler had won the war, history would have been written differently.  Wars are fought for various reasons, be it power, politics, geopolitics, religion, ethnicity or even women.  Which way the cookie crumbles, it is the winner that interprets history.  Some may call JR a hero while some may consider him a horror.  The fact, however, remains that he is a historic figure, the interpretations of which are being re-written on an almost daily basis.  It may also be recalled that more..

The Cane: Our children as our priority

Sep 16 (CT) Last Sunday (10), I woke up earlier than my mother, who woke up so late that breakfast delayed meant my schedule for the day delayed. I don’t resolve to travel on weekends; those are the only two days in my life that I spend at home. But Sept 10, no different to all other Sundays in Sept, was special. To me. Somewhere in Colombo, an organisation was about to hold its inaugural forum. This forum, I got to more than an hour after it started. What I heard and what I missed, more..

Video: MR loyal monks misuse noble buddhist practice for their political work

Sep 15 (AD) A pindapatha (alms begging) tour organized by several Buddhist clergy members to raise funds in aid of former President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and former Director of TRC Anusha Palpita who were convicted over the sil redi case began earlier today. Tour began at the Sambuddhaloka Viharaya on Lotus road amidst the chanting of seth pirith by a large congregation if Buddhist monks. more..

Sammanthurai gathers in solidarity with Rohingya

Sep 15 (CT) An unprecedented crowd thronged and marched in Sammanthurai recently, against the attacks on Rohingya in Myanmar, in a protest organized by Sammanthurai Jummah Mosque Trustees, Jemmiyathul Ulama and Majlis Us Soora. Protest march started from the Sammanthurai Hijara Junction, after Jumma prayers and a Duwa recital, and was attended by a large group of protesters who were holding placards demanding the end to human rights abuses and genocides committed by more..

Remembering Thileepan 30 years on

Sep 15 (TG) Today marks 30 years since the death of Lt. Col. Thileepan, a political wing leader of the LTTE who fasted to death on hunger strike, appealing to the Indian govt to honour pledges made to the Tamil people. Thileepan began his fast on 15th Sept 1987, with 100,000 people gathered around the historic Nallur Temple in Jaffna. As he began his strike he put forward 5 demands to the Indian govt. 30 years on, Tamils continue to call for the demands made by Thileepan. more..

No intention of entering politics: Chathurika

Sep 15 (DM) President Maithripala Sirisena's daughter Chaturika, said at today's launch of the book authored by her and titled, Janadhipathi Thaththa, that she had no intention of entering party politics but would use politics for community service, women empowerment and social justice. “So many people, including my friends keep asking me when I enter politics. I am reminded of what Aristotle said that man is either a more..

Rs 10M for Kovil restoration

Sep 15 (CT) Ministry of Hindu Religious Affairs has made a financial allocation of Rs 10 million to restore 50 kovils island-wide. Granting financial assistance for the restorations of kovils was carried out on Wednesday under the patronage of Minster D.M. Swaminathan. Representatives of 50 kovils, selected from around the country, participated in the function conducted. These kovils were presented with cheques between Rs 50,000 and Rs 1 million according to their restorations estimates. more..

STF blocks vehicle parade: GMOA

Sep 15 (DM) GMOA Assistant Secretary Naveen De Soyza said the vehicle parade oraganised by the anti-SAITM groups was blocked at Panadura by the STF personnel this evening. He said they were counter such measures and would continue with their action. “STF personnel said they were carrying out sudden checks. We have never witnessed the STF carrying out checks in this a manner,” Dr. De Soyza said. He said the participants in the vehicle parade were determined to go ahead. more..

Central Bank gets 6 new Assistant Governors

Sep 15 (EN) The Monetary Board of Sri Lanka’s Central Bank has promoted six Staff Class Grade IV officers to the post of Assistant Governor with effect from 31st August 2017. “These promotions have been made to ensure the smooth functioning of the bank by filling the vacuum created in the Assistant Governor position due to promotions and retirements during the period from May 2016 to August 2017,” a statement said. more..

Prez opens Colombo International Book Fair

Sep 15 (PMD) President Maithripala Sirisena opened the Colombo International Book Fair 2017 organized by the Sri Lanka Book Publishers Association for the 19th consecutive year, held at the BMICH, today. After declaring open the exhibition, President Sirisena made an inspection tour of the exhibition. He also engaged in a cordial discussion with writers and book publishers. Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva and more..

Shortage of seed paddy: Rs 952 Milion bailout for farmers

Sep 15 (CT) The Cabinet has allocated Rs 952 million to provide 560,000 bushels of seed paddy to farmers in areas where there are shortages to avoid an issue in rice production during the 2018 Maha season. A bushel of seed paddy can range from Rs 1,550 to Rs 1,800 depending on the variety. In a memorandum the Ministry of Agriculture has requested the cabinet to provide funds for the creation of a joint arrangement, in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, more..

Draft of new Constitution in Parliament on 21st Sept

Sep 15 (NR) Minister Lakshman Kiriella says an interim report on the draft pertaining to the proposed new Constitution will be tabled in Parliament on 21st of Sept. All aspects in the report will be debated in the House. He said the govt we will table an interim report on the draft pertaining to the new Constitution on the 21st of this month adding that this will be out in the open. Minister said the govt will discuss and debate every clause of more..

President removes Sandhya Rajapaksha from post

Sep 15 (NR) Former Minister of Education and Sports of the North Western Province Sandhya Kumara Rajapaksha said he was not disappointed by the decision to remove him from his post claiming he was expected to politicize the Education Ministry. President’s Media Division said the Chief Minister of the North Western Province Dharmasiri Dasanayake has been assigned with the Education Ministerial portfolio. Accordingly, the Chief Minister will hold the portfolios of Finance and Policy Planning, more..

Local GAP certification for Sri Lankan exporters to EU market

Sep 15 (EN) SL export promotion authorities have developed local versions of international agricultural and manufacturing practices to help certified exporters get better access to European markets. The initiative was being tried out with fruit and vegetable exporters many of whom do not follow good practices, said Indira Malwatta, chairperson of the Export Development Board (EDB). “We are doing GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice),” more..

Economy grew 4% in 2nd quarter

Sep 15 (EN) Economy grew 4% in the second quarter of 2017 from a year ago, supported by industry and services while agriculture contracted. GDP grew 3.9% in the second half of 2017 compared with the year before. GDP in the second quarter of 2017 at constant (2010) prices reached Rs 2,211,612 million compared with Rs 2,125,848 million in the second quarter of 2016. Services contributed 56.6% to GDP more..

464 female Police constables promoted

Sep 15 (DN) The National Police Commission has approved the promotions of 464 female police constables to the position of police sergeants. Their decision has been communicated to IGP Pujith Jayasundera. Promotions are part of the decision taken by the Commission to resolve the long delays in promotions faced by Police Department. Last week the Commission granted promotions to over 2500 policemen whose promotions had been delayed for a very long time. more..

Video: No need for salary increment: Punish fraudsters

Sep 15 (LT) They are not fighting to get any salary increment but their struggle is to get the fraudsters and the corrupt in the CEB whose crimes make the consumer pay more for the electricity bill says the General Secretary of CEB Employees’ Union Ranjith Jayalal speaking on behalf of the Joint Trade Unions Alliance of CEB. He added that the attempt of the authorities to give a bribe of a salary increment would not stop the employees from carrying on their struggle. more..

Groups disrupting Central Expressway project: Kiriella

Sep 15 (NR) Minister Lakshman Kiriella today accused certain factions of the Opposition and media of attempting to derail the Central Expressway project. Govt headed by the President and PM recommenced the project following amendments to contracts which were signed during the tenure of the UPFA led govt. UPFA led govt was accused of signing agreements that were deemed detrimental to the country. more..

PTL counsel interrupts cross examination of Palisena

Sep 15 (DM) A heated argument took place during the PCoI proceedings yesterday when PTL lawyer Nihal Fernando PC attempted to continuously interrupt during the cross-examination conducted by DSG Gunatilleke on PTL CEO Kasun Palisena. While DSG Gunatilleke was questioning the witness, Mr. Fernando PC on several times tried to indicate answers to those questions before the witness gave answers. But DSG objected to that and emphasized let the witness talk not the counsel. more..

Power disruption in several areas due to sabotage: CEB

Sep 15 (DM) Electricity supply to several areas in the Southern Province, Mount Lavinia and Piliyandala was interrupted due to acts of sabotage by CEB employees and also due to the heavy rains, Power and Renewable Energy Ministry Media Spokesman Sulakshana Jayawardane said today. He said repairs were affected by the strike by CEB employees and that repair work was carried out by the workers on a contract basis and by those who did not participate in the work stoppage. more..

Police to protect CEB employees avoiding strike

Sep 15 (NR) The govt has allocated special police protection for officers of the CEB who has opted out of engaging in the strike launched by electricity trade unions. Trade Union Collective of the CEB said it will continue its strike due to failed discussions with authorities. Convenor of the Collective Ranjan Jayalal said the strike will continue due to the failure to meet demands following negotiations with the Minister of Power. more..

Arjun Aloysius lied to COPE: Palisena

Sep 15 (AD) CEO of Perpetual Treasuries Kasun Palisena informed the Commission that Arjun Aloysius lied at the COPE committee hearings regarding his involvement in PTL transactions. Kasun Palisena made these remarks during proceedings today, placing Arjun Aloysius under further scrutiny.  The COPE was established to investigate several confidential bond transactions in Feb 2017. The committee formulated a 55-page report making a recommendation to hold more..

Palihapitiya raises USD600 mln in IPO for tech investments

Sep 15 (LBO) Chamath Palihapitiya, founder of the venture-capital firm Social Capital, has launched a new blank-check company in partnership with the London-based VC firm Hedosophia, named Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. Social Capital Hedosophia said it had raised 600 million dollars in its IPO to invest in private tech companies, Business Insider reported. Blank-check public companies, or special purpose acquisition companies, which raise money first and then figure out more..