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Global SL Forum team meets Lord Naseby

Dec 2 (Island) Global Sri Lanka Forum (GSLF) has been assured by Lord Naseby of his continued support for its efforts to counter unsubstantiated war crimes allegations against the armed forces as well as the previous political leadership. The assurance was given when a GSLF delegation met Lord Naseby at the British Parliament on Thursday to appreciate his support rendered for SL’s efforts over the years. more..

Another killer storm brewing

Dec 2 (Island) In the wake of cyclone OCKHI moving away from the country after claiming 11 lives and affecting over 20,000 people in the Southern, Western, Uva and Central Provinces, Meteorology Department predicted that another cyclone is likely to hit the Northern part of the country after Dec 05. Another cyclone was forming near Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal and the effects of the cyclone more..

The sarong pilot of SL: Paulis Appuhamy

Dec 2 (Roar) It was in 1912 that the first plane took off into Sri Lankan airspace when two Frenchmen, Georges Verminck and Marc Poupre, flew two Bleriot monoplanes, christened La Curieuse and Rajah, from Race Course Grounds in Colombo. They became the first men to successfully complete a safe, powered, and controlled flight in Ceylon’s skies. Since then, Sri Lanka has had a very interesting history in terms of aviation. more..

Army troops ready for UN Mission in Mali

Dec 2 (SLA) Sri Lanka Army, now recognized globally as a UN troop contributing country (TCC) will have one more feather in its cap since a new contingent of 200-strong Combat Convoy Company (CCC) of the Sri Lanka Army for another UN Peace Keeping Mission is set to leave for Mali, a landlocked West African country, marred by ethnic tensions. In conformity with traditions, the formal military parade of the Mali bound CCC more..

British High Commissioner extols strategic direction of tourism in Sri Lanka

Dec 2 (AD) British High Commissioner to SL James Dauris lauded the efforts rendered by the govt of SL to develop the island nation as a travel hub in Asia during his address at the dinner held by the Institute of Hospitality on Wednesday. In his address High Commissioner Darius stated that the tourism sector has bolstered the community within Sri Lanka by providing ample employment an int'l exposure. more..

Court rejects JVP petition calling for the arrest of KP

Dec 2 (LT) Court of Appeal has taken measures to reject the petition filed by Information Secretary of the JVP MP Vijitha Herath and Attorney at Law Sunil Watagala on behalf of the JVP against Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP) questioning what happened during Rajapaksa administration to 7 ships, foreign assets, gold and foreign accounts that he was said to have possessed and quoting 193 offences committed by him. more..

Key GMOA members to contest SLMC election

Dec 2 (Island) Key GMOA members in a bid to prevent the setting up of more private medical colleges with questionable standards and safeguard the dignity of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) would contest the SLMC elections to be held next month, GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr Naveen D. Zoysa yesterday. He said he would join GMOA President Dr Anuruddha Padeniya, former Secretary Dr Nalinda Herath andand more..

Army chief tells troops not to get involved in politics

Dec 2 (SL) Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake has told his troops in the North not to get involved in politics. Addressing troops in the North, the Commander underlined the importance of discipline at all levels as Army personnel, dedicated to the national security of the country. He also pointed out the need to maintain excellent relations with civilians in respective areas and launch projects more..

Arjuna says Hambantota port workers must not be sacked

Dec 2 (SL) Minister Arjuna Ranatunga says securing the employment of the workers in the Hambantota Port is a responsibility of the Govt. He made this statement when he called on the Mahanayaka Theros of Malwatta and Asgiriya temples and visited the Dalada Maligawa on Friday. Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) informed employees of the Magampura Port Management Company that more..

Tamil secessionism and the Dravida State demand in India

Dec 2 (DM) Tamil secessionism in Sri Lanka came to an effective end in May 2009, when the LTTE was militarily defeated by the Armed forces of the Govt of Sri Lanka. Interestingly enough our big neighbour India, which has a Tamil speaking population of over 60 million people too faced a Tamil separatist challenge several decades ago. Although secessionism flourished at one time in India’s southern State of Tamil Nadu - more..

Lady with the Tattoo and other stories

Dec 2 (DM) When Naomi Coleman says that she was overwhelmed by the Supreme Court Decision vindicating her rights and compensating her to the tune of Rs.800,000, one is hardly surprised. When foreigners, specially Brits visit Sri Lanka, they do not expect a religious police a la Saudi Arabian Mutaween, to pounce on them at the Airport. To make things worse and quite shameful, one hardly expects a Magistrate, a judicial officer, to remand her and then issue a deportation order, more..

Rajapaksa bond scams were like pyramid scams: PM

Dec 2 (DM) If the CB bond issue and the disclosures of names at the PCoI, had seriously damaged the image of the UNP, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe’s widely publicized statement in parliament went a long way towards clarifying the situation. PM said treasury bond issuances from 2008 to 2014 would be investigated at the conclusion of the on-going probe by the presidential commission. He said the method followed in the treasury bond issuances till 2015 was like a pyramid scam. more..

Monsoon to rage into next fortnight: 61,125 in 14 Districts affected

Dec 2 (CT) As the death toll from floods, landslides and earth slips continues to climb, Department of Meteorology has warned that the current inter-monsoonal rains would prevail across the country until the second half of the month. The heavy rains that hit the island due to the cyclonic storm Ockhi are easing as the storm moves into the Arabian Sea and approaches the Western seaboard of India. more..

Attanayake says yahapalana marriage of convenience on the rocks

Dec 2 (Island) The UNP and the SLFP (Maithri Faction) in the unity govt had no plans to develop the country and their sole aim was to keep Mahinda Rajapaksa at bay and now they were fighting, said former General Secretary of the UNP Tissa Attanayake yesterday. Former General Secretary of the UNP and one-time Minister Attanayake (50) said so in answer to questions from the media after calling on the Mahanayake of Asgiriya Most Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanaratana Thera. more..

Mahinda to lead alliance at LG polls

Dec 2 (CT) Joint Opposition (JO) along with SL Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has decided to form a broad political alliance, known as the Joint Podujana Peramuna (JPP), along with 20 other political parties aimed at contesting the 2018 LG polls, sources said. They said, that the JPP will contest the forthcoming polls throughout the country including in the North and the East under the flower bud symbol. Agreements had already been signed with all the political parties that have agreed to join JPP. more..

Sri Lanka under cavalcade of UN scrutiny

Dec 2 (Island) Close on the heels of UN expert on transitional justice Pablo de Greiff warning govt of dire consequences unless the administration addressed accountability issues in accordance with Geneva Resolution 30/1, another top level UN delegation is due to arrive in Colombo on Dec. 4. De Greiff delivered his warning at the UN compound in Colombo on Oct 23 with UN Resident Coordinator Una McCauley by his side. more..

Pakistan HC calls on Army Commander

Dec 2 (DN) Newly-appointed High Commissioner of Islamic Republic of Pakistan to SL Dr. Shahid Hashmat paid a courtesy call on Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake on Nov 29 at the Army Headquarters.The Pakistan’s High Commissioner conveyed his best wishes to the Army Commander and expressed his readiness to strengthen bilateral and Army-to-Army relations with Sri Lanka. Major General Piyal Wickramaratne, General Staff Director General at more..

New low-pressure area spotted

Dec 2 (DM) Meteorology Department said today (1) it was tracking a low-pressure area developing over Andaman Island, situated in the east of SL which was likely to turn into a tropical depression affecting the Eastern and Northern regions of the country next week. Duty Meteorologist said strong winds of up to 60 kmph may be experienced though there was the possibility of less rains over SL. The Met. Department said the atmospheric disturbances which develop into a low pressure area may l more..

Developing SL while robbing Central Bank

Dec 2 (DM) The funds received from China Merchant Company in connection with the Hambantota Port Project and those received from the Indian company in connection with the Mattala Airport will be credited to a special account thus boosting the country's foreign reserves, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday. He said this at the opening of the new bus stand and economic centre in Ampara yesterday. more..

Must-win scenario beckons battle-weary SL

Dec 2 (CI) There will be - at least physically - two teams taking the field in Delhi for the deciding match of a Test series. But their minds are busy peering into the future. India are obsessed with events that will take place in January while Sri Lanka are looking further ahead, willing the mists to clear and reveal a time in which they aren't being bullied. An innings and 239 runs isn't so much a margin of defeat as a brand across their faces. Fire, though, is where iron can be forged and more..

State hospitals connected to e-Health program

Dec 2 (DN) 300 state hospitals will be connected to the e-Health program next year, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said. He was addressing the gathering after connecting the National Dental Teaching Hospital in Colombo to the program. The Minister said 300 state hospitals were connected to the e-Health program this year. The program commenced in 2015 from the Horana Base hospital. 50 hospitals were connected in 2016. Program aims at computerizing details of patients, more..

IOM commends Sri Lanka for leadership in migration issues

Dec 2 (SL) Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Ambassador William Lacy Swing, addressing the 108th Session of the IOM Council in Geneva, commended Govt of Sri Lanka for its leadership in migration issues. Referring to Sri Lanka’s role in regional consultative processes – as until recently Chair of the Colombo Process and presently as Chair of Abu Dhabi Dialogue more..

President returns after successful visit to Republic of Korea

Dec 2 (PSL) President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the island yesterday (30) after completing a successful three-day State visit to Republic of Korea on an invitation extended by the Korean President Moon Jae-in, strengthening the foreign relations and bringing many developmental benefits to the country. The visit took place in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea. more..

Sri Lanka call to prioritise climate change in domestic politics

Dec 2 (EN) Sri Lanka has called for making climate change a top priority in domestic politics given the importance of international co-operation in tackling the issue which has cross-border implications. Defence Ministry Secretary Kapila Waidyaratne spoke of how countries need to be more proactive in their response to climate change at an international forum on climate change and resources security in South Asia. In his keynote address, Waidyaratne emphasized the fact that progress in more..

5 remanded over the killing of Dala Puttuwa

Dec 2 (AD) Police officials detained five suspects in nikaweratiya over the killing of a tusker known as Dala Puttuwa earlier today (1). Minister Sagala Ratnayaka has directed Acting IGP C.D. Wickremaratne to place the investigations into the killings of Dala Puttuwa and other tuskers under the CID, yesterday. The move comes in the wake of the killing of Dala Puttuwa, the famous tusker in Galgamuwa. more..

Bipeds to play where quadrupeds once died

Dec 2 (Island) A 3-storeyed sports complex with a majestic look stands on the block of land, where the Kandy slaughter house stood for over 100 years. The colonial rulers managing the Kandy Municipal Council purchased the block of land for siting slaughter houses in 1868 after paying one hundred pounds to two British nationals, Henry Byrd and John Grant. How the two Englishmen came to own the block of land is unknown. The land bordering the Kandy-Colombo main railway line and more..

Dhananjaya de Silva ready for the challenge

Dec 2 (DN) Dhananjaya de Silva said that he was ready for the challenge to take up the number three position or to open the batting for his country after being named as replacement to Lahiru Thirimanne for the third and final Test against India starting at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium here on Saturday. “I have opened in international matches in T20s and ODIs. In Tests I have not opened so far. First time it could happen in a Test,” said De Silva. “I played as an opener for Sri Lanka Under-19 and more..

Beautician killed for revenge

Dec 2 (Island) Two hooded underworld gunmen who entered the Rukmale home of a beautician on Thursday night shot her dead in the presence of her seven-year-old son and five-year-old daughter before fleeing on a motorcycle. Investigations have revealed that two members of notorious underworld figure Angoda Lokka’ s gang were responsible for the killing. The deceased was Manjula Abeyratne (42). more..

Veteran beauticians recognised at glittering awards ceremony

Dec 2 (Island) A number of renowned and talented beauticians in Sri Lanka were recognised and rewarded at a gala ceremony held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at Waters Edge in Battaramulla recently. In the country's beauty industry which goes back many decades, this was the first time the beauticians were recognised at national level. Sixty veteran beauticians who served the industry for more than 25 years were feted during the ceremony. more..

Local hotel personnel seen as working harder abroad than in Sri Lanka

Dec 2 (Island) We have witnessed that Sri Lankan hotel personnel work harder when they go abroad and work in hotels overseas than they ever work here, Somanathan Ganeshanathan, chairman, Amagi Hotels said. Meanwhile, Minister Sarath Amunugama speaking on behalf of Prez Sirisena at the Hoteliers Association of SL Annual Awards said some foreign hotel owners have told him that SL hotel staff are very efficient in delivering their services to their global clientele. more..

Video: NFF member joins SLFP

Dec 2 (DM) Former member of NFF & JVP, Jayantha Wijesekara joined the SLFP. JVP MP for Trinco from 2004 till 2010, he joined the NFF in 2012. He told a news briefing that he had decided to resign from the NFF following party secretary Priyanjan Vitharana’s resignation. “Mr. Vitharana did a lot for the party during the past eight months. I decided to quit the NFF following his resignation. more..

‘Sri Lanka, Korea trade growing by 7%’

Dec 2 (DN) The National Budget 2018 has some of the strongest announcements of liberalization seen in years, including the removing of para-tariffs on 1,200 imported items, said Minister Malik Samarawickrama. Speaking in the Republic of Korea, he said that the budget also announced very progressive steps towards UN sustainability goals by declaring that all government vehicles will be either hybrid or electric by 2025, and dramatically reducing taxes on electric cars. more..

Suresh appointed Vice President of ATF

Dec 2 (Island) Veteran tennis administrator Suresh Subramaniam, who was the uncontested Secretary General of the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) since 2005, was appointed Vice President of the ATF in Jakarta, Indonesia last week. He is the first Sri Lankan to hold this prestigious position. He served the ATF board from 2002. He was the uncontested past President of the Sri Lanka Tennis Association from 2002 to 2007. As Secretary General of ATF, Suresh was responsible for starting more..

'Need to score 350 in the first innings'

Dec 2 (CI) This has been a tough year for Sri Lanka, and numbers will not hide that. The seven Tests they have lost this year is the joint-most they have lost in any year. Given how the contests between these two sides have gone over the rest of the year, they are odds-on favourites to hold the ignominy exclusively. To make it worse, they are doing so in a tour where the opposition has spoken less about them than its next opponents. more..

Sri Lanka’s Trade Imperative: Analysis

Dec 2 (ER) Optimism in Sri Lanka following the end of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presidency in 2015 saw civil and political freedoms liberalised, ethnic relations improved, and foreign relations with China and India rebalanced. However, the government’s scorecard in managing the economy has been disappointing, with analysts pointing to large excesses in fiscal and monetary policymaking. This has arguably contributed to a slowing economy and mounting debt. more..

Perumal’s entry into TNA

Dec 2 (CT) Leader of the Tamil Socialist Democratic Party Annamalai Varatharaja Perumal has come forward to join the TNA and has pointed out that it was the need of the hour for all Tamil political parties to come together and fulfil the political aspirations of people in the North and the East. ITAK which is popularly known as the Federal Party being the premier political organ in the TNA, Varatharaja Perumal was enthusiastically involved in the political activities of the ITAK when he was young. more..