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Buying used goods: Welcoming a new thrift culture in Sri Lanka

Oct 11 (Roar) Every spring for several years, Christina, 41, would go through her belongings and carefully separate in neat piles the things she wanted to get rid of. “Then I would sell the items that were in good condition for a nominal fee and buy new items I really needed with the money I made,” she said. Living in Australia, decluttering in this manner was the norm. But when she moved back to Sri Lanka in 2012, more..

Asian Para Games in Jakarta: Charitha and Lal add to Lanka’s medals tally

Oct 11 (DN) Charitha Buddika and Lal Pushpakumara added to Sri Lanka’s medal count taking it to eleven on the fifth day of the Asian Para Games continued at Jakarta yesterday. Buddika won the third gold for Sri Lanka in the Men’s Long Jump T42/T61/T63 with a leap of 5.37 meters and Vijay Kumar from India won the silver with 5.05 meter. Mulyono Mulyono from Indonesia took the bronze with 4.89 meters. Lal Pushpakumara won the bronze in Men’s High Jump T64/44 category more..

Imagineering not just Engineering for Jaffna’s Problems

Oct 11 (SO) Jaffna, once first in education, is today the ninth among the 9 provinces. It badly needs revival. The water problem which causes negative population growth and the shutting down of schools is central to this backwardness. Sept. 27, 2018 saw the start of JUICE (Jaffna University International Conference), a biennial conference to revive research. Prof. Murugesu Sivapalan (the world’s No.1 expert on water), Prof. Nadarajah Sreeharan and Prof. Nishan Canagarajah more..

Mahindananda Aluthgamage

Soldiers turn nation builders

Oct 11 (DN) Soldiering in SL during ancient, medieval, colonial, post-independent and contemporary times undoubtedly mirrors how the exercise of military power, as in the case of many countries around us, turned our nation to statesmanship while ensuring a potent and dynamic force for defence of the new nation-state in place. These histories, many of which are replete with sagas of gallantry & selfless dedication stand out as sources of inspiration to budding generations more..

Removal of IGP, a Constitutional hiatus?

Oct 11 (DN) “I feel sorry about the police force. The Inspector General of the Police has become a joker. Former IG’s never behaved like this. I don’t know whether a thing called the police exists now. Due to his behaviour, the Prime Minister and I have come under severe criticism. Something has to be done about this quickly. The IG’s behaviour is shameful. There are media reports saying that crimes have increased in this country. Serious action should be taken against this.” more..

'We do not trust Maithri'

Oct 11 (CT) UPFA MP D.V. Chanaka says if govt is providing proper security, Tamil people will not ask for Eelam, “They are asking for jobs and development.” Q: It seems as if the SLPP which is seeking to govern, after setting up the new Party, doesn’t have any plan at all. As a young MP, how do you view this situation? A: We asked to govern with a plan in mind. Actually, all along we had a plan on how we were to run the govt. more..

Red-eared terrapin: Evasive and Invasive

Oct 11 (SO) The increasing population of an invasive species of turtle, the red-eared terrapin in the Diyawanna system as well as other areas of the Western Province poses a threat to native species of terrapins and can result in possible ecological imbalance, says environmentalist and Attorney at Law, Jagath Gunawardana. According to Gunawardana, the spread of this species can be observed in the water systems of the Diyasaru Park, Kimbulawala & Nawala/ Nugegoda areas more..

President Sirisena’s Pusvedilla

Oct 11 (Island) During the Press briefing held by President Sirisena on Friday, Sept 14, before his departure to attend the 73rd UN General Assembly (his fourth since assuming office), he told the assembled journalists; "I will make a special request at the UN. I will also make a written request to the UNHRC to settle this issue of war crimes." "I want to tell them to remove these charges and give us some concessions to resolve this issue." "Since 2013, Sri Lanka faced three UNHRC resolutions for more..

Gang violence takes toll on the innocent

Oct 11 (SO) Shootings in recent times have become a weekly occurrence as simmering gang rivalries have continued to play out in the open. But last week, the nation reeled in shock when a 40-year-old mother of two travelling in a car was shot dead by unidentified gunmen with her nine-year-old daughter seated right beside her. The incident occurred on a busy Negombo road in broad daylight. As the woman sat critically injured in her car CCTV more..

Confusion or mere lip service?

Oct 11 (CT) Each time I arrive, by flight, to SL and walk through the passage towards the immigration counter, I am reminded of the words that constitute the subject of this column. To find out why is it so, you may have to keep reading. When flying by plane, it is not uncommon for a fellow traveller to hook you up for a conversation in flight. Generally, such conversations are triggered by tourists who are visiting SL for the first time. It is not surprising as anyone touring a country more..

A Nation stranded in economic wilderness

Oct 11 (CT) “One cannot stop wondering whether there is a scarier and a more doomed economy than that of SL, where the people have been reduced to some kind of numbness, which has neutralized their power of rationality. A nation needs leaders who would not lament, but stand up to face the odds fearlessly, without misleading the people and taking them in circles, giving them the feeling that they are in a fabulous merry-go-round, but in the right direction. more..

'Expats called to invest to tide over dollar issue'

Oct 10 (DN) Minister Champika Ranawaka said the depreciation of the rupee to the dollar is nothing new since the Rupee value has been depreciating generally by 7% annually even during the Rajapaksa regime. He said the depreciation of the rupee against the US dollar is temporary. “It is significant that the value of many world currencies have depreciated, when compared with the dollar rate” he said. more..

Sri Lanka v England: first ODI abandoned after heavy rain

Oct 10 (CI) Sri Lanka's monsoon season was the only winner in Dambulla as the first ODI was abandoned after just 15 overs of play. England had reached 92 for 2 after being asked to bat, but a heavy storm swept in and despite the entire playing surface being covered, the umpires eventually deemed a wet outfield unsuitable for a shortened game. The ground-staff worked hard to mop up, with persistent rainfall having left several inches of standing water on the covers, however, more..

12,453 persons relocated due to bad weather

Oct 10 (NR) In its latest assessment, the Disaster Management Centre says, despite a reduction in heavy rain fall, a total of 12,453 persons belonging to 2,641 families still remain in relocation centres. The DMC said 16 districts have been affected by the inclement weather with 12 deaths reported during the past two weeks. A total of 69,583 persons of 17,303 families have been affected by the adverse weather conditions experienced in the country. DMC said 39 houses have been destroyed more..

Opposition’s toppling bid runs into snags

Oct 10 (EN) Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has announced he will topple the govt before the next poya day, but the controversial bid to reunite their splintered SLFP has led to more fissures. Speaking to reporters after a closed-door meeting with his loyalists at the home of SLPP chief G. L. Peiris, Rajapaksa said their credibility was being questioned after failing to topple the govt despite issuing deadline after deadline. more..

Manage your garbage, Patali challenges CMC

Oct 10 (DN) Minister Champika Ranawaka challenged the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) to manage their garbage collection in the Colombo Municipal area from the SL Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLRDC). “Let the CMC undertake its garbage management if it is strong enough to do so,” he said. Minister was responding to the allegations levelled against the SLLRDC by Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake that SLLRDC is extorting payment for garbage management. more..

SL hikes fuel prices, petrol Rs155 a litre

Oct 10 (EN) Prices of petrol and a grade of diesel will be increased from midnight Wednesday. Price of 92 octane petrol will be increased by six rupees to 155 rupees a litre, 95 octane petrol by eight rupees to 169 rupees a litre and Super diesel by eight rupees to 141 rupees a litre. The govt in order to reduce the adverse effect on the people especially the transport and fishery sector has decided not to increase the price of auto diesel, though it needs to be increased by 11 rupees a litre more..

SL says no Chinese military base at port

Oct 10 (AFP) Sri Lanka rejected on Wednesday US claims that China might establish a forward military base at a strategic port leased to Beijing by the indebted Indian Ocean island nation. Sri Lanka last year granted a 99-year lease on the Hambantota deep-sea port to Beijing, after it was unable to repay Chinese loans for the US$1.4-billion project. The port, situated along key shipping routes, is one of a string of infrastructure projects more..

University Don rescued after four days

Oct 10 (DN) A Ruhuna University professor who had collapsed in his room at the staff quarters in Kopparawatte, Matara, was rescued after four days by the University authorities on Monday. He was admitted to the Matara Hospital after University authorities found him lying in a virtual cesspool. He has been identified as Prof. Fernando, a resident of Galle, Matara Police said. The caretaker of the official quarters who noticed the professor’s vehicle parked opposite the quarters and more..

Video: Dala Puttuwa’s DNA a match to seized tusks

Oct 10 (AD) The case filed with regard to the killing of the famous tusker Dala Puttuwa was taken up before Mahawa Magistrate Asika Mallawaarachchi today. The DNA report requested for the case and which had been delayed by several months had been submitted to the Mahawa Magistrate’s Court yesterday. According to the report, the DNA obtained from the remains of the tusker which were discovered at the Pallekele reserve in Kahalla is a match to the ivory tusks seized by more..

Seychelles President requests military training from Sri Lanka

Oct 10 (DM) Seychelles President Danny Faure had requested President Sirisena to assist in granting military training opportunities to Seychelles security force members in Sri Lanka. President Faure has made the request during Prez Sirisena’s two-day State visit to Seychelles. Seychelles President has also requested SL counterpart to assist them in obtaining training for judicial and legal drafting sectors. more..

Mahindananda’s money laundering case postponed

Oct 10 (AD) The case filed against former Minister, MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage, for allegedly using Rs 27 million in funds acquired illegally to purchase a house, was taken up before the Colombo High Court Judge Sampath Abeykoon today. The defense attorneys cross-examined Kahawalage Douglas, the former Treasurer of SL Independent Workers’ Congress, which was previously chaired by Mahindananda Aluthgamage. Accordingly, further cross-examination was then postponed to more..

Launch of the Combating Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) e-Module

Oct 10 (MFA) An online training module, designed to enhance capacities of officials attached to SL Missions abroad on combating human trafficking, was launched on 9 Oct at the Bandaranaike Int'l Diplomatic Training Institute (BIDTI) in Colombo. The module, prepared by the Int'l Organization for Migration (IOM) in consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be a part of the BIDTI’s Electronic Learning Space. Govt of Australia has supported initiative with financial assistance. more..

Special operation to arrest Aava members

Oct 10 (DN) A special operation was launched by the Jaffna Police yesterday to arrest suspects involved with the Aava gang and in respect of other gang activities, the Jaffna Senior DIG Roshan Fernando said. He said the special search operation has been launched in the Kopai, Chunnakam and Manipai areas especially targeting the Inuvil and Kokkuvil areas where most of the gang violence has been reported. more..

Luban and Titli moving away from Sri Lanka

Oct 10 (AD) Cyclonic Storm TITLI in the Bay of Bengal is located 1100km away from Trincomalee and it is likely to intensify further and move North-westwards towards Andhra Pradesh coast of India. The system was located near 17.3N, 85.7E, at 14.00 hrs today. The prevailing showery condition in the south western part of the Island expected to reduce some extend from tomorrow. Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Western, Central, Southern & S'gamuwa provinces. more..

Sniffer-dog electrocuted, handler hospitalised

Oct 10 (DM) Narcotic busting sniffer-dog Cooper was killed after being electrocuted while his handler, a Police Constable was hospitalized at Irattai Periyakulam in Vavuniya this morning. The Police said the sniffer-dog was electrocuted when the dog touched the electric fence of the Irattai Periyakulam Police Station, while it was taken for its routine physical exercise. Constable Udayakumara, who tried to rescue the dog, was also injured due to electric shock. more..

No criminal has got presidential pardon under present govt: Wijeyadasa

Oct 10 (Island) Presidential pardon had been abused to release death row prisoners prior to 2015 and thereafter there had been no such instances, Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe told Parliament. The minister said that there had been no occasions where the President’s power to pardon had been abused under the incumbent govt. The Minister said so in response to a question raised by JVP MP Dr Nalinda Jayatissa, more..

SC amends dress code for female lawyers

Oct 10 (DM) The Supreme Court has amended the decades-old attire of female Attorneys-at-Law by allowing them to wear frocks below knee length and black coats, trousers up to the ankle with a high-necked long-sleeved shirt with collar, by issuing an Extraordinary Gazette. Accordingly, the Supreme Court amended the Attire of Judges and Attorneys-at-Law Rules 1978 by deletion of Rule 7, substituting the Attire of Judges and Attorneys-at-Law Rules of 2018. more..

Garbage in, Garbage out: Malik’s response

Oct 10 (Island) Apropos the article, headlined Garbage in, Garbage out in The Island edition of Sep. 26, the Development Strategies and International Trade Ministry has sent the following statement: Importation of used asbestos sheets (HS Code 6811.40.10/20) removed from Houses/Buildings in Singapore to Sri Lanka under Singapore-SL Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA). Singapore doesn’t have natural resources to produce wholly obtained asbestos sheets. more..

Harping on price formula immaterial: PM

Oct 10 (DM) Talking of fuel price formula was becoming immaterial as oil prices could go up to $ 90 a barrel in the near future as a result of the global economic crisis, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today. PM said some countries believed that the price of oil could go up to $90 a barrel as a result of the global economic crisis. “Some countries believe that the price of oil could go up to $90 a barrel by November, more..

Trade is our way out

Oct 10 (FT) When you look at the graphs, it’s not difficult to understand the long term reason for the pressure on the currency. Seen is the data for merchandise exports and the external current account balance from 1970. Look at the trend. See how the problem was first addressed in 1977 with dramatic results but was then negatively impacted by the 1983 riots and subsequent issues. See how the problem got aggravated around the year 2001. By 2004 the then Govt was able to more..

US - SL Navies rescue 7 fishermen stranded in southern seas

Oct 10 (SLN) SL Ship (SLNS) Jayasagara attached to the Southern Naval Command, with the assistance of the USA Navy rescued 7 fishermen in distress, aboard a fishing boat with an engine failure, off the Galle harbour yesterday. The 7 fishermen aboard the fishing vessel Suma Baba-03 had left the Galle harbour on 3rd October for fishing and a failure inflicted on their boat engine whilst in the sea area of Galle. Meanwhile, USS Decatur, an American warship which was sailing on more..

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Video: Taking semi-nude photos: Three youths released

Oct 10 (DM) The Dambulla Magistrates’ Court today released the three youth, who were arrested and remanded on charges of sharing semi-nude photographs via social media sites, reportedly taken atop the Pidurangala Rock. Dambulla Magistrate released the trio after a stern warning. The Magistrate also ordered the second and third suspects in the case, to pay a fine of 1500 rupees each. The three suspects were apprehended by the Sigiriya police on the 26th of September. more..

Vision impairment in childhood shouldn’t be ignored

Oct 10 (CT) Sri Lanka is proud to stay that we are a strong nation with a population of 21.2 million. Yet, approximately four per cent of that population is blind or are visually impaired to a certain degree. According to the latest studies of the Non Communicable Diseases Unit of the Ministry of Health, that seems to be the case; nearly one million of our population are blind. This might not come as a surprise to many given how blind we are as a nation to many of the things that happen around us. more..