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Realms of Safety

May 16 (SO) Julius Caesar, Archduke Fransz Ferdinand, Indira Gandhi, John F Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Mahathma Gandhi, all shared one common element in life- they were brutally assassinated, despite having a close protection unit, or as we say, a team of body guards. How does one guarantee the safety of a person often classified as a VIP? Since the invention of the sword & shield which were primary weapons, more..

Vellalas: Missing link in Sri Lankan politics

May 16 (CT) The stark contrast in the approach to the long-running North-South crisis, plagued with political and military confrontations, is seen clearly in the S.J.V. Chelvanayakam Memorial lecture delivered by Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health, on 26th April 2017. In it he lauds Chelva, the Father of Tamil separatism, to stratospheric heights as if he was the God-granted saviour of the Tamils and, by extension, the nation as well. His objective undoubtedly is to win Tamil votes and more..

Will it be May’s day in June?

May 16 (ST) This is no tribute to the late unlamented Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein who predicted a mother of battles as the invading forces approached Baghdad. It never happened and he was eventually deposited in the dust heap of history. His colourful phrase has joined the burgeoning bag of clichés. But what is trite and commonplace is not necessarily false or untrue. It is simply a weathered phrase. In fact it is very true of next month’s parliamentary elections in UK more..

Gammanpila thanks Modi for revealing the truth about Indo-Lanka relations

May 15 (AD) I express my sincere thanks to Narendra Modi for revealing the bitter truth about Indo-Lanka relations that the rulers of our country struggled to hide, UPFA MP Udaya Gammanpila stated. He also said that Sri Lanka had already become a state partially under the Indian supremacy. He said that although the leaders of our govt assured that Modi’s visit was solely for the purpose of attending the UN Vesak Day more..

Citizens want CJ to hold rape victim Vithya’s trial-at-bar before Tamil speaking judges

May 15 (CT) A group of people from rape victim Sivaloganathan Vithya‘s native village Punguditivu, Jaffna has written to Chief Justice urging him to hold the trial-at-bar of murder and rape case before Tamil speaking judges instead of in Colombo before Sinhala speaking judges. A group of people from rape victim Vithya‘s native village Punguditivu, Jaffna has written to Chief Justice urging him to hold the trial-at-bar of murder and rape case before Tamil speaking judges more..

SLC chief offers Pak-India to host matches in Sri Lanka

May 15 (PO) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board president Thilanga Sumathipala has appealed to the Indian PM Narendra Modi to allow the resumption of cricket between India and Pakistani teams. He made this appeal to the PM during his recent visit to Sri Lanka. Speaking from Colombo, the SLC board chief said, “I met Mr. Narendra Modi at BMICH and conveyed the message to him to consider playing against Pakistan”. Sumathipala is also the Deputy Speaker of Sri Lanka parliament. more..

Sri Lanka blames Tamil diaspora for genocide charge against govt

May 15 (PTI) Sri Lanka has blamed the pro-LTTE Tamil diaspora for backing the genocide charge against the govt as the country prepares to celebrate the eighth anniversary of the end of the three-decade long civil war. On May 12, Tamil nationalists started a week long commemoration of what they termed the genocide of Tamils. Northern Provincial Council members held events in parts of the North to remember the victims of more..

Mourners jump into grave to escape wasps

May 15 (EN) Pallbearers jumped into a grave in Sri Lanka's tea-growing central region to escape a wasp attack, but were stung badly and required hospitalisation. Eight people, including a child, were admitted to two hospitals in the region after Friday's attack on mourners carrying the coffin of a 79-year-old man at a tea plantation. The swarm descended on a funeral procession near the town of Pussellawa on the same day Indian PM Narendra Modi visited the region to address tea workers more..

Dearth of medical staff: President

May 15 (CT) President Maithripala Sirisena recently stressed that there is a severe shortage of health professionals due to the large number of doctors and nurses leaving the country. Addressing a ceremony held on Saturday, in Colombo, to mark the International Nurses' Day President Sirisena said, the number of nurses as well as doctors has not increased despite the expansion of the infrastructure in the health sector. "New hospitals have been built in many areas. more..

Geetha not to be unseated until final determination of case: SC

May 15 (AD) Supreme Court has extended the suspension of Appeal Court judgement on MP Geetha Kumarasinghe’s MP post until final determination of the case. SC has too decided to go ahead with the petition filed by Kumarasinghe. Deputy Solicitor General has said, according to information received by the Immigration and Emigration Department the MP still holds the citizenship of Switzerland. more..

Swaminathan orders Kalutara Prison Commissioner transferred

May 15 (DN) Minister D.M. Swaminathan, has ordered the Secretary to the Ministry W.M.P.G. Wickramasinghe to transfer with immediate effect, Kalutara Prison Commissioner. Minister had further instructed that an independent inquiry is held regarding the prison bus shooting incident that occurred on Feb 27, and several other matters. The information provided by 3-member Committee regarding the shooting incident on Feb 27 and other factors were taken into consideration more..

SAITM will be shut down if proper standards not met

May 15 (DM) SAITM will be closed down if it fails to maintain the required standards, Deputy Minister Ajith P Perera said. He said it would be decided upon by the committee to be set up soon to monitor educational institutions. The deputy minister said this at a media briefing held this afternoon to explain the govt's official stand on SAITM. He said this committee would monitor all private educational institutions including those which were to be set up in the future. more..

GMOA tells govt to reveal stance on SAITM by May 29

May 15 (DM) The GMOA has requested President Sirisena to inform the Attorney General or the High Court, govt's stance on the SAITM. GMOA Secretary Naveen De Zoysa said that govt had changed its stance on the SAITM from time to time. “The govt’s stance keep changing. Nothing has been finalised yet and we cannot depend on the govt's statements,” he said. Dr. De Zoysa said Minister Rajitha Senaratne had informed Appeal Court more..

Modi invites Mahanayakes to India

May 15 (DM) Indian PM Narendra Modi had invited the Mahanayake Theras of the Malwatte and Asgiri Chapters to visit India, it is learnt. Mr. Modi made this invitation when he called on them in Kandy during his short visit to the country in view of UN Vesak Day celebrations. According to sources, the Mahanayake Theras accepted the invitation. Mr. Modi undertook a tour of Sri Lanka for the second time on May 11 to attend the UN Vesak Day celebration conducted in Sri Lanka besides, more..

Water Board turned profitable in 2016

May 15 (EN) National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWS&DB) improved its financial position in 2016, making an operational profit, but is still believed to be facing difficulties in servicing loans owing to inadequate revenue. The NWS&DB made an operational profit of 1,733 million Rupees in 2016, in comparison to an operational loss of 65 million Rupees in 2015. Total revenue of the state water utility grew by 17.5 percent to 25.1 billion Rupees in 2016 mainly due to more..

Hong Kong rejects asylum for Lankans who sheltered Snowden

May 15 (AP) Hong Kong authorities have rejected asylum requests from a group of refugees who sheltered Edward Snowden four years ago, in what their lawyer said is retaliation for helping the former NSA contractor. Immigration officials in the southern Chinese city denied the applications by the four adults and three children from Sri Lanka and Philippines, Robert Tibbo said. Snowden hid out in Hong Kong for 2 weeks more..

FSP: What did Fonseka do to other captives held at Kantale camp?

May 15 (Island) Frontline Socialist Party (FLSP) demands to know what Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, who boasted of having spared its leader Kumar Gunaratnam’s life in 1989, had done to other JVP suspects held in Kantale army camp. FLSP Central Committee Member Pubudu Jagoda said that Field Marshal Fonseka had recently claimed that the latter had spared Gunaratnam in 1989. "Fonseka says he, as the commanding officer of that camp, spared Gunaratnam because more..

NCP Governor rejects JO affidavits against CM

May 15 (NR) Governor of the North Central Province has rejected a petition signed by 17 councillors calling for the removal of the present Chief Minister of the Province Peshala Jayaratne. North Central Provincial Councillor SM Ranjith said majority of the councillors were in favour of him and therefore called for him to be appointed the Chief Minister. He said the councillors have not faith or trust in the present Chief Minister Peshala Jayaratne and called for his removal. more..

'State doctors blocking education freedom of children'

May 15 (EN) Activists led by state doctors are threatening strikes over a private medical college and blocking the education freedom of children with the objective of supporting ex-President Rajapaksa's political faction, ruling party legislatures charged. UNP legislator Mujiber Rahman said, contrary to a misleading idea spread that private education is a new thing, it has a history of over 100 years. more..

Sampanthan calls for India’s help to keep UNP-SLFP marriage going

May 15 (Island) Opposition and TNA Leader R Sampanthan said he had sought India’s help to ensure the continuation of the UNP-SLFP administration. He said that he had requested Indian PM Narendra Modi himself in Colombo to do so. That objective could not be achieved without the two main parties sinking their petty differences for the sake of the country, Opposition leader said. "I explained the prevailing political situation in the country to the Indian PM," he said, more..

International body to propagate Theravada Buddhism: President

May 15 (PSL) A delegation of 2OR Buddhist Charity Organization called on President Sirisena to discuss about its future philanthropic activities in Sri Lanka at the President’s Official Residence. The leader of the delegation Master Jun Hong Lu, President of Australia Oriental Radio and TV announced a contribution of Rs 7.5 million for any Buddhist educational activities for youth. “This could be utilized for any youth educational activity of the President’s choice,” he said. more..

JO targeted Modi’s visit to achieve narrow goals: MS

May 15 (NR) President Sirisena says certain factions attempted to achieve narrow political objectives through the visit of Indian PM Narendra Modi. He refuted allegations that Indian Premier signed any agreements with SL during his stay. President said certain factions asked the public to protest with black flags during the Vesak festival, claiming that they were requested to do so due to the arrival of Indian PM Modi. more..

Two Lankans arrested during brothel raid in Kuwait

May 15 (ATO) A man and a woman of Sri Lankan nationality were arrested from a brothel in Khaitan area. When Farwaniya securitymen received a tipoff about a SL expatriate who turned his apartment into a brothel, they monitored his movements. After confirming information, they raided the apartment and arrested him and a woman with him. During interrogations, suspect confessed that he brings clients to his apartment and offers them with services of flesh pleasure at a cost of KD5 more..

China-Sri Lanka Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum to be held in Colombo

May 15 (DM) A 70-member high profile delegation led by Communist Party Secretary of China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, Peng Qinghua, will arrive in Colombo this week on the invitation of Minister Rishad Bathiudeen to attend the Guangxi, China-Sri Lanka Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum. The objective of the visit is to actively promote economic and trade cooperation between Sri Lanka and Guangxi. The 70-member strong delegation will include senior officials more..

රටේ වත්මන් දේශපාලන තත්ත්වය

To us all towns are one, all men our kin

May 15 (CT) Indian PM Narendra Modi graced the International Vesak Day celebrations in Sri Lanka in an admirable manner winning the hearts and minds of Sri Lankans. It was on the initiative of late Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar Vesak was declared as an International festival by the UN to pay homage to Lord Buddha whose teachings led mankind to follow the right path to lead the right life. Modi's visit to Sri Lanka had inspired not only the majority Buddhists in the country, more..

The Dickoya Hospital & Muslim Leadership

May 15 (CT) India’s magnanimous and magnificent gift of a modern hospital at Dickoya built at a cost of 1,200 million Sri Lankan rupees is an act that should put all Muslim MPs and their Arab backers in shame. Although the hospital is located within the Hatton-Dickoya urban council area in the Nuwara Eliya Disrtrict, where the Indian Tamil community is heavily concentrated, yet, it is a gift to the nation as a whole and not to a particular community. The gift also represents the success of more..

No computers attacked by global Ransomware virus in Sri Lanka: SLCERT

May 15 (LBO)Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Response Team today said incidents of local computer systems being affected by the recent ransomware virus have not been reported to them so far. Chief Information Security Engineer Roshan Chandraguptha said that it is essential to follow precautionary measures to avoid such attack. “So far we haven’t received any reports of an infected computer in Sri Lanka. more..

Central Bank clarifies reports on EPF, assistant governor transfers

May 15 (LBO) Central Bank, in a statement, has clarified media reports which state that an assistant governor and officers of the EPF Department were transferred over losses at the EPF due to irregular transactions. “Monetary Board of the CBSL appointed an internal investigation team to examine the EPF transactions in Govt Securities over the period 2013-2016,” statement said. “Having considered the preliminary findings more..

Eelam merchants stay mum on Narendra Modi’s Sri Lanka visit

May 15 (DC) The opposition cannons fell silent yet again as PM Narendra Modi visited SL — his second trip to the island nation in two years, to reinforce the traditional connect between the two nations. His two-day visit to SL (to attend the biggest Buddhist festival Vesak Day as its chief guest) at Colombo May 12-14, saw no strong reaction in the Dravidian state. Modi’s second visit comes at a time when China is trying to make more..

UN to review Sri Lanka’s rights record in November

May 15 (CG) Sri Lanka’s human rights record will come under review in November during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Burundi, Korea and Bolivia forma a Troika which will review and submit a report on Sri Lanka in November. The UPR is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of UNHRC, which provides more..

GMOA’s strike postponed

May 15 (DM) GMOA’s indefinite strike that was schedule to be held today had been postponed following requests by other trade unions, GMOA Secretary Dr. Nalinda Herath said. GMOA had scheduled an indefinite trade union action starting today (15) demanding the closure of SAITM private medical college. He also said several trade union actions carried out by the GMOA had not been favourably responded by the Govt. more..

Duality of Dual Citizenship

May 15 (CT) The issue pertaining to the matter of dual citizenship held by MPs, former and current, has attracted much public attention since it emerged in Parliament a fortnight ago. The matter that only concerned MP Geetha Kumarasinghe has now extended to other MPs and Provincial Councillors. And on a countless number of times Kumarasinghe has claimed that she is clueless about the technicalities of the issue. more..

Govt looks for Airline partners

May 15 (SL) The govt is to negotiate with international airlines to seek a partner for SriLankan Airlines after a top US firm withdrew from talks to purchase a stake in the loss-making state-carrier. Deputy Minister Eran Wickramaratne said that govt will have discussions with companies like Emirates which once operated SriLankan Airlines. “Direct talking with international airline companies will take place probably over the next few weeks, more..

The forgotten other

May 15 (Hindu) When PM Narendra Modi, on his recent visit to Sri Lanka, addressed a large gathering of hill-country Tamils in Norwood, Central Province, it marked a symbolic recognition at the highest level of the Indian govt of the role of the other Tamils. He became the first Indian PM to visit the hub of hill-country Tamils. He also announced that Indian govt would fund the construction of an additional 10,000 houses. more..

Playing football with Colombo’s garbage

May 15 (ST) The stupidest solution to the Meethotamulla garbage disaster is to move this mountain of muck, as suggested by some politicians, warn experts. Colombo seems unable to handle its day-to-day waste, so how will the Meethotamulla solid waste mountain be moved, asked many sources, warning that the consequences of such an attempt will be another fiasco. They were quick to point out that more..