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Keshani abduction saga ends

Sept 15 (SO) Ending another tragic period of agitation and suspense the chief suspect wanted in connection with the abduction of Keshani Bandara, who was at large was taken into custody by a special police team in Wellawa last evening within 24 hours of the rescue of the child. Inspector Anura Gunawardena in charge of Wellawa Police received an important message on Friday afternoon from the police divisional 119 unit. more..

'Sri Lanka cannot afford to auction non-existent resources'

Sept 15 (Island) The govt has called for submissions from all stakeholders as part of the preparatory process for its Budget. This has elicited responses from a variety of quarters, including political parties, trade unions, businesses and other interest groups. Some of the wish-lists which have emerged in the media bring to mind a comment made by Lee Kuan Yew some years back. He said that Sri Lankan democracy was a periodic auction of non-existent resources. more..

To editors of Sri Lankan media; Enduring conspiracy theories

Sept 15 (CT) A Sunday Paper published today in a Column “Sunday Punch 2” titled “Rambuk’s ‘right to info’ poppycock”, quotes the Media Minister as stating “the Lankan people do not require a Right to Information Act”, and “There is more than enough access to information. In Sri Lanka, democracy is such that the govt has only two TV channels, whereas there are over twenty TV channels owned by the private sector. In print Media, the govt has one Sinhalese, one Tamil and more..

Suicides must not be isolated on the wayside

Sept 15 (NS) Wednesday was World Suicide Prevention Day. A study conducted by the WHO has ranked Sri Lanka in the fourth position among 172 countries in terms of most suicide-prone counties in the world. According to the report, the suicide rate in Sri Lanka lies at 28.8 for every 100,000 people against the global average of 11 per 100,000 persons. According to reports, 3,000 suicides are reported in Sri Lanka every year. more..

Uva election: A barometer of public opinion

Sept 15 (NS) Next Saturday, the otherwise almost forgotten Uva province, home to the Badulla and Moneragala districts, will go to the polls to elect its provincial councilors. It is an election that is supposed to be a barometer of public opinion before the presidential and general elections that are expected next year. In cricketing parlance, this will be the one-day game before the test match and the main opposition party, the UNP introduced a ‘pinch-hitter’ to the team last week by more..

View from Ritigala - by mahasona

Sept 15 (NS) A single individual does not a front make. Politics is about people. And leaders. And lieutenants. ‘Right-hand men and women’, as they say. In Passara, UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe claimed that he had three hands. He named them: Sajith Premadasa, Wijedasa Rajapakshe, Ravi Karunanayake and Daya Gamage. He said he needed seven more. Talk about a leader dividing his own party. He’s essentially saying that the likes of Karu Jayasuriya, Lakshman Kiriella, Ruwan more..

'Hopeful Sri Lanka will get a fair chance'

Sept 15 (SL) Asking victims and witnesses to give evidence without the provision of protection may indeed be irresponsible in cases where they face the possibility of being re-victimised or becoming victims in their own right for living up to their duty to give evidence. For this reason, the Bill for the Assistance and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses (the “Draft Bill”) 2 by the Law Commission of Sri Lanka more..

Poaching: Barking up the wrong tree

Sept 15 (Island) President Rajapaksa’s remark that the Indian trawlers in Sri Lanka’s custody for poaching won’t be released has stirred up a hornets’ nest in Tamil Nadu. President of an association calling itself the Alliance for the Release of Innocent Fishermen (ARIF) U. Arulanandam has claimed the Indian fishers will lose their livelihood owing to such action. He has also taken up the cudgels for their right to use bottom trawling which has been banned internationally. more..

UNHRC probe and Moneragala polls

Sept 15 (CT) On Sept 11th, a team of STF officers was deployed in Moneragala to control election violence. Less than 48 hours later, five JVP campaign offices were attacked. As ever, the perpetrators got away scot-free. Presence of the STF did not deter the attackers of Moneragala any more than the presence of STF/military in numbers or the imposition of curfew deterred the rioters of Aluthgama. In both cases, the purveyors of violence knew themselves to be above the law. more..

'Progress positive despite challenges'

Sept 15 (SO) The Sri Lanka's political stability had being one of the key pillars of success towards maintaining a robust economy, said Governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal. Speaking at the Invest Sri Lanka - Investor Forum, J.W. Marriott Essex House Hotel in New York on the subject of Economic Outlook he said that due to this economic targets are set by the government and they work hard to achieve them. more..

Democracy as Jihad, and Jihad, democracy

Sept 15 (SL) The joint statement issued at the end of Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s meeting with President Rajapaksa in Colombo, praises internal mechanisms in Sri Lanka, in terms of ethnic reconciliation and accountability issues. PM Abe in particular underscored the need for continuing the dialogue among political stake-holders in Sri Lanka, and for the host-Govt to address the concerns of the international community on accountability issues, as expressed in the US-sponsored more..

Games medal far, but not beyond

Sept 15 (SL) Sri Lanka’s buoyant hopes of striking its first ever Asian Games medal this month have taken a dip. Barely three weeks ago, Sri Lanka was ranked Asia’s third-best and was, justifiably, considered a contender for at least the bronze. But after two of the three Asian Sevens Series encounters over the past three weeks, it has slipped to no.4 in the rankings. The Asian Series standings, of course, have little or no bearing on the Asian Games, a once-in-four-years event more..

Pope’s visit to Lanka: Small car and simple residence

Sept 14 (ST) Pope Francis in keeping with his simple and humble lifestyle and servant leadership, has asked for a small car and will live at the residence of the Papal Nuncio during his visit to Sri Lanka in January next year, a Vatican envoy said. A Papal Nunciature official said Pope Francis had in his earlier trips to Brazil, the Holy Land and South Korea asked for simplicity and because that was the way he lived in footsteps of Jesus. more..

Bangladesh National Defence College team arrives in Sri Lanka

Sept 14 (GDI) A delegation of 32 service personnel from Bangladesh National Defence College (NDC), headed by Rear Admiral Muhammad Anwarul Islam currently in Sri Lanka on a familiarization tour as part of their curriculum, called on Major General Sumedha Perera, Director General General Staff at the Army Headquarters, Colombo on Friday. Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has extended the invitation for this visit as a token of goodwill and bilateral relations. more..

Rathana Thero to quit govt

Sept 14 (SM) The leader of The National Council for a Better Tomorrow, Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero, has stated that a positive response has not been received thus far with regard to the proposal submitted indicating the power of executive presidency should be reduced. Speaking in an interview with Neth Fm the Thero has emphasized that if a presidential election was announced without implementing the proposal he will have to quit the govt. more..

'ICC ban should have come earlier'

Sept 14 (AM) Sachithra Senanayake, who was banned from international cricket several weeks ago due to his “illegal” bowling action, has expressed positive sentiments about the outcome of the tests conducted by international experts on his action. “The reports pertaining to tests will be released within the next two weeks,” Senanayake said. Senanayake, over the past few weeks, worked with Daryl Foster, human movement lecturer more..

MR may face Harper, Cameron in US

Sept 14 (CG) President Rajapaksa may come face to face with Canadian PM Stephen Harper and British PM David Cameron at a Commonwealth meeting in New York. Commonwealth Heads of Govt or their Ministerial representatives are scheduled to meet at two open-ended meetings of Commonwealth Heads of Govt to be held in New York next week. Among those expected to attend the meeting are Canadian PM Stephen Harper and British PM David Cameron. more..

Obtaining license for animal sacrifice

Sept 14 (NS) “We will respect the law, but oppose the decision to get a license to perform animal slaughter ritual at the temple festival,” said a spokesperson of the Sri Kaliamman Temple of the Munneswaram Temple, Chilaw. The temple’s festival rituals of animal slaughter were criticized by animal rights groups and activists in 2010, and legal action was taken against the Temple, following which the Supreme Court recently decided that the temple can only slaughter animals if more..

'No-balling Muttiah Muralitharan due to orders from the top'

Sept 14 (CC) Ross Emerson, the Australian umpire who no-balled Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing, has admitted that his decision to call the bowler was not entirely his own. Emerson said that he no-balled Muralitharan due to orders from an unnamed Cricket Australia official. “I was called to a meeting with him [Cricket Australia official] and, knowing that I had called some other players, he told me I had set standards in certain areas which more..

Kithruwan's investigation swept under the carpet

Sept 14 (SM) A conspiracy is reportedly underway to sweep the investigation regarding young cricketer Kithruwan Vithanage under the carpet. The said investigation was to be conducted with regard to Kithruwan Vithanage disappearing with a female secretary attached to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in a night during the first test match against Pakistan held at Galle. It has been reported that the investigation is to be thus avoided as the said secretary has had affairs with more..

Galle Face pavement cracked days after laying

Sept 14 (Island) Pedestrians walking along the stretch of newly-laid pavement on the seaside across the old Parliament have begun to notice that the reddish brick pavement blocks laid only days ago have already cracked. These photographs shot on Friday clearly illustrate the ground situation. Mayor A J M Muzammil said the construction comes under the Metro-Colombo Urban Development Project funded by the World Bank and headed by Mr. Rohan Siriwardena, The Project Director. more..

'Maritime Silk Road initiative to help Sri Lanka realize Mahinda Vision'

Sept 14 (Xinhua) China's 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiative presents a major opportunity for the economic takeoff of Sri Lanka and will help the country smoothly realize the Mahinda Vision, Minister Laskshman Abeywardhana said. He said due to its unique location, the initiative brought up by the Chinese president during his visit to Southeast Asia in 2013, will bring a historic opportunity for his country's post-war more..

Keshani abductor twice convicted

Sept 14 (DM) Suspect who had allegedly abducted the four-year-old girl from her home in Ganewatte, Kurunegala on Sept 9 had been convicted twice previously for similar offences. Suspect had been known as ‘Grease’ Gamini by the residents since he had a habit of applying grease on his body and sneaking into other houses and peeping into bed rooms. After being caught by the residents of a house during one of such voyeuristic visits he had once been imprisoned some time ago. more..

UNP says Sri Lanka has two worlds

Sept 14 (CG) The UNP says there are two world’s in Sri Lanka, one which is enjoyed by President Rajapaksa and his family and another where the ordinary man lives and suffers. UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera, speaking at a Uva PC election rally, said that the public today are suffering more than they did during the war. He claims that the President and his family as well as their close associates live a luxurious live by eating out at hotels and partying at clubs while others suffer. more..

Sri Lanka: Magical mystical tour

Sept 14 (SMH) It's our first day on the road and already I've filled half my notebook with interesting bits of information. I've discovered the national flower of Sri Lanka is the blue water lily, the national gemstone is the blue sapphire and the national bird is the colourful Sri Lankan jungle fowl. I've learnt that Sri Lankans like to consume herbal soup at least twice a week for breakfast - because the greens in the soup are purifying more..

Two Lankans drown in the Emirates

Sept 14 (CG) Two Sri Lankan men drowned in Umm Al Quwain in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) while they were swimming at separate locations, the Emirates 24/7 website quoted a newspaper as reporting today. A 23-year-old Sri Lankan was swimming with friends at a hotel pool around midnight on Friday before they left him and went to their rooms. His body was found floating in the water in the morning after he drowned late at night in the absence of pool rescuers. more..

Sri Lankan Navy attack Indian fishing boats, damage fishing nets

Sept 14 (PTI) Sri Lankan Navy personnel allegedly attacked Indian fishing boats and damaged more than 100 nets near the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) on Sunday, fishermen association representatives said in Rameswaram. Fishermen, who ventured into the sea in 618 boats, had to return empty-handed this morning as the Sri Lankan Navy had deployed its vessels, including two ships with cannon and machine guns, much inside Indian waters and refused to allow them even more..

Northern Governor advises PC to spend allocated funds

Sept 14 (Island) Northern Province Governor, G.A. Chandrasiri has advised the NPC to spend Rs. 1.38 billion already allocated by the govt for projects beneficial to the people in the region. Finance and Planning Ministry Secretary, Dr. P.B. Jayasundara who was in Jaffna last Friday met with the Secretaries to Provincial Ministries, as well as heads of departments. Provincial authorities had requested for Rs. 6.97 billion from more..

Nayomi Munaweera’s compelling meditation on war-torn Sri Lanka

Sept 14 (KQED) Nayomi Munaweera’s family fled war-torn Sri Lanka when she was just three—first to Nigeria, and then, in 1984, to Los Angeles. But the civil war between the Sinhalese and Tamils stayed with her, and serves as the backdrop for her excellent debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors. Narrated by two different characters, Saraswathie and Yasodhara (one girl Tamil, the other Sinhalese), the story is a compelling, beautifully written meditation of the impact of war. more..

Did mom torture 6-year-old daughter to death?

Sept 14 (E24|7) A 29-year-old Sri Lankan woman is in custody following the death of her daughter. The six-year-old was rushed to hospital by their neighbour after he found her lying limp on her mother’s lap one morning early this month. The child was pronounced dead on arrival. The mother told doctors that the child had a fall. However, post-mortem on the child revealed burn marks and bruises and thus police began investigations. People in the neighborhood have various stories to more..

Asian Netball C’ships: Singapore retain title against Sri Lanka with 59–41 final win

Sept 14 (RS) After a slow start that saw the team down 12–8 in the first quarter, Singapore hit back against Sri Lanka to win a second straight Asian Netball Championship 59–41. Sri Lanka’s 2.06 metres-tall Tharjini Sivalingam (GS) overshadowed Charmaine Soh (GS) and Chen Huifen (GA) in the opening quarter as her 12 goals (from 13 attempts) surpassed the total of the Singapore duo’s — eight from 16 attempts. more..

Sri Lanka has contributed significantly to improve children's lives - UNICEF

Sept 14 (GDI) UN says Sri Lanka has made significant improvements in the lives of children during the past decade. A UNICEF report has commended the country’s strong commitment to improve child health and well-being. The report ‘Improving Children’s Lives, Transforming the Future – 25 years of child rights in South Asia’ by the UN children agency UNICEF analyzes the progress made over the last 25 years on nine key issues that directly affect lives of children in South Asia. more..

A corrupt political correspondent

Sept 14 (CT) Ceylon Today is ready to reveal several corrupt deals of a political correspondent of a national English weekly who plays 'both ways' to amass wealth. He is no different from the famous corrupt political correspondents; Nevanji Madanhire (The Standard), Brian Mangwende (Newsday) in Harare or Maurice Lance Nlube (Sun - Times) of Malawi. This political correspondent has gained much over the past four decades to build a mansion and enjoy acres of lands in the outstations more..

Time bomb at Sri Lanka Cricket!

Sept 14 (CT) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) was plunged into chaos this week with heated exchanges between the most senior officials in the sport who are now threatening to rip SLC apart at a very crucial time, according to highly placed sources. SLC President Jayantha Dharmadasa slammed Vice President Mohan De Silva in an official letter on Wednesday, calling him "childish" and accusing him of "being the alter ego of more..

Govt violates basic riparian rigin of farmers

Sept 14 (Island) The waters of Uma Oya was exclusively developed and used under the Mahaweli Development Project to provide irrigation water to the farmers of System B. This project was completed and executed while the author served the Mahaweli Project. Today the waters of Uma oya is being unlawfully being diverted to the South violating the basic Riparian rights of the farmers of System B to satisfy a political agenda of the present Govt which has to be immediately stopped more..

The Return of Ralahamy

Sept 14 (Island) `It’s been a long time. Now, at last, the celebrated home-grown stage plays of half a century ago, all out of print, have been published in a single volume. Ralahamy Rides Again, the title of this book, was the last of the plays written and produced by H C N de Lanerolle before he emigrated to the USA with his family in 1958. His son, Primal, a Professor at the College of Medicine in Chicago, merits our thanks for gathering together all the texts and related pictures and more..