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SL won’t allow in Rohingya refugees: PM

Sep 23 (BDN) PM Ranil Wickrmesinghe said on Friday that refugees coming to a country like Sri Lanka, far away from their native Myanmar, evoke suspicions of an organised immigration racket. “A citizen of another country can enter Sri Lanka by following the immigration procedures,” he said replying to a query at govt parliamentary group's meeting. “Rohingya refugees of Myanmar can easily seek more..

Gentlemen to take over gentlemen’s game?

Sep 23 (DM) The one who came into cricket administration from a new world had got so sick of his job he submitted his resignation some time ago. But the authorities above him was just sitting on his letter of resignation making no response either way.  Meanwhile, reports say, that the palace had sent for him to hear from the horse’s mouth the real cause for the popular game that once rose to a glorious height to fall into an abysmal depth today. The one from the New World more..

South Asia-China Friendship fifth Forum held in Chengdu, China

Sep 23 (DN) SL-China Buddhist Friendship Association (SLCBFA) took part in the 5th South Asia-China Friendship Forum held in Chengdu, China from Sept 13-15. The forum brought together all prominent friendship organisations of China, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Maldives was organised by the Chinese People's Association For Friendship with the Foreign Countries and Organization for South Asia Regional Friendship (CPAFFC) and Cooperation with more..

Fisherman describes last tragic moments of British journalist before crocodile attack

Sep 23 (ST) A Panama village fisherman explained how he saw one of Britain’s top financial journalists waving his hand in distress before being attacked by a crocodile and drowned in a lagoon. Sadanandan, 65, told the police that he was in his fishing hut when he suddenly heard a cry and looked towards the lagoon. “I shouted to alert the other fishermen and rushed to the location, by that time the tourist had disappeared,” more..

Oral cancer kills 3 daily; 2,400 new patients each year

Sep 23 (CT) Around 2,400 new oral cancer patients are recorded each year in Sri Lanka with majority of the cases related to the chewing of betel leaf (bulath wita) with arecanut, tobacco and slaked lime, Institute of Oral Health Maharagama, Dr. Hemantha Amarasinghe said. "Three people die everyday from oral cancer in Sri Lanka. Chewing betel falls under the category of smokeless tobacco which includes tobacco products that are often chewed, like babul. That is why the govt decided to ban more..

Extending Marine Drive: New tech to save S. Thomas’

Sep 23 (CT) Minister Lakshman Kiriella asserted, in Parliament yesterday, that the extension of the Colombo Marine Drive would not affect S. Thomas' College Mount Lavinia. Minister was responding to a question raised by UNP MP S. M. Marikkar. "We will utilize new technology and save the S. Thomas' College grounds when constructing the Marine Drive," the Minister said. He further noted that the decision to extend the Marine Drive, from Dehiwala to Panadura, would be made after more..

'NOC not responsible in selection process'

Sep 23 (CT) National Olympic Committee (NOC) is not responsible for the contingents' performances when representing Sri Lanka in the international arena. Chief of the NOC made this remark when CT queried about track and field and about sending only a few athletes for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat. This time only six track and field athletes were included in the SL contingent more..

Fish baits to be cultivated locally

Sep 23 (GDI) The price of Squid which is imported from China being used as baits for fishing has been increasing for the last couple of months. Even though the Fisher community has made a request from the Ministry of Fisheries to take measures to reduce the price, it was found futile due to the fact that the imported baits gets the benefit of tax concessions. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has issued directives to the officials to take steps to render necessary facilities more..

Inquiries into Habeas corpus petition on abduction of five students completed

Sep 23 (ITN) Investigations with respect to the Habeas corpus petition filed with respect to the abduction of five students in Dehiwala have been completed. This petition mentioning that these students had been abducted from the Kotahena and Maradana areas in the year 2008 had been filed by their parents. Inquiries with regard to this Habeas corpus petition were completed today. The Attorney General’s Department filed the related written submissions. more..

Ethanol imports, liquor sales boom despite Govt’s sobriety policy

Sep 23 (ST) Ethanol imports for the manufacture of hard liquor doubled from 10.4 million bulk litres in 2013 to 20.4 million bulk litres in 2015 after the new Govt took over, statistics show. The high levels were maintained in 2016 when 18.4 million bulk litres were legally imported. In the first six months of this year alone, nine million bulk litres were brought in for the liquor industry. The largest quantity to be imported in a single month more..

Viable bags, green wrappers emerge from local initiatives

Sep 23 (ST) Sri Lankans have been inspired to think of alternatives to destructive polythene and a few ideas have so far emerged to challenge the machinations of industrialists bent on producing unwanted carrier bags by the millions of pieces. Housewives and academics have shown the public, locally made substitutes for lunch sheets and shopping bags. The University of Kelaniya has crafted a lightweight fabric bag that it says can hold five kilograms. more..

New UDA subsidiary to market its properties for more revenue

Sep 23 (ST) Urban Development Authority (UDA) is to form a subsidiary to manage venues under its purview, to boost its income, said a senior official. UDA Chairman Jagath Munasinghe said that, under the existing Act, they are empowered to form a subsidiary to operate under the approval of UDA Board. “The main purpose is to increase revenue through income generation projects,” he said. “Attracting more tourists, providing venues for international events and having promotions to more..

Smaller cars, electric vehicles, likely to be cheaper after budget

Sep 23 (EN) Govt is likely to reduce the prohibitive taxes on small cars and offer greater incentives for electric vehicles in the first budget to be unveiled by minister Mangala Samaraweera in November. He has already promised a leaner, greener budget ahead of possible LG elections that could be held as early as January or at least before the end of the first quarter of 2018. Former finance minister Ravi Karunanayake had jacked up taxes more..

Sumanthiran congratulates Govt for introducing bill

Sep 23 (DN) The Bill before Parliament is a very important bill that introduces the proportion of 30% of women candidates who have to be nominated in the nomination paper submitted by any political party or an independent group when they contest a Provincial Council Election. said TNA – MP M. A. Sumanthiran in Parliament. “This is a very important issue that we have been talking about and when a Bill is debated in the House, any member, under Standing Orders could move committee more..

Prelate endorses Colombo-Kandy highway

Sep 23 (NR) Anunayake of the Malwathu Chapter, Ven. Dimbulkumbure Wimaladhamma Thera has stated that no one should obstruct the construction of the Colombo-Kandy highway. Anunayake added that taking the construction work forward was the responsibility of the govt. The Prelate added that at a time like today, every step should be taken to reduce the time spent to travel from Colombo to Kandy. He added that they expected this project to be completed without delay more..

Bodyguard blamed for fire that burnt Geetha

Sep 23 (EN) Actress-turned politician Geetha Kumarasinghe has accused her police bodyguards of gross negligence leading to a gas stove fire that caused her severe burns nearly three weeks ago, officials said. In a statement to police after recovering from burns suffered at her home in the Welikada police area at the beginning of this month, Kumarasinghe said she blamed her Ministerial Security Division guards for the incident. more..

Lasantha murdered by gang from Tripoly camp

Sep 23 (LT) The founding editor of Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge has been murdered by a gang of murderers from Tripoly Army Camp, Maradana, Colombo. 10 say reports. The investigations regarding the murder are being carried out on information received of a senior official of State Intelligence Service who had given the order for the murder with the knowledge of a higher official of the Defense Ministry. Statements have been recorded from a large number of more..

Tense situation involving parliamentarians at Ja-Ela NYF meeting

Sep 23 (NF) National Youth Front held a meeting in Ja – Ela on Saturday afternoon. Former MP and Ja Ela Electorate coordinator of the UNP Joseph Micheal Perera had an argument with the organisers of this meeting. Event was saw the participation of UNP MP Dr. Kavinda Jayawardena and Ravi Karunanayake. Ja Ela electorate coordinator of the UNP Joseph Micheal Perera had entered the premises of the meeting while MP Dr. Kavinda Jayawardena was addressing the gathering. more..

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Video: Govt is violating the rights of the public: Roshan Ranasinghe

Sep 23 (AD) MP Roshan Ranasinghe stated that the current govt is forcibly depriving the public of their democratic rights through the enforcement of several new amendments to the constitution.  He further stated that a corrupt situation where bribery is seen within the parliament to gain favour for votes has been observed on several instances. MP further stated that the govt, who is covering in fear of a public election, is now attempting to deprive the public of their basic rights more..

National strategic plan from 2018 to eradicate AIDS by 2025

Sep 23 (NS) A five-year national strategic plan will be implemented from 2018 onwards by the National STD / AIDS Control Programme with the view of eradicating AIDS by 2025. Director of the Programme, Dr. Sisira Liyanage said that the roadmap in this regard is currently being prepared and at present external evaluation programmes are being conducted in relation to the matter. The preparation will end by November this year and will be implemented from 2018 onwards. more..

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The final sucker punch for mother Lanka

Sep 23 (Island) This resplendent isle and paradise on earth, was just that, only a few decades ago. This beautiful pearl of the Indian Ocean was considered a very rare jewel. It had everything—breath-taking beauty, its magnificent wildlife and flora and generations of its inimitable populace which ranged from astute eminent professionals to the humble farmer. The legislature had brilliant orators of outstanding education who guided the destiny of this land. more..

Worth reviving SLPL again

Sep 23 (CT) Sports lovers always crave to see their favourites, whether they be individuals or teams, perform well. A sport can only draw a large spectator turnout if the fans feel they will be provided with their money's worth. For instance, when Usain Bolt performed, even those who had no interest in athletics would want to watch that marvel in action. Even when Bolt was beaten, in his swansong, it was he who was cheered, while the winner was jeered. India has managed to provide more..

UNHRC commends Govt efforts at reconciliation

Sep 23 (PMD) President Maithripala Sirisena says Sri Lanka is performing for the betterment of its people with much responsibility, in keeping with the charters of UN, as a member of United Nations. He said the govt is taking the process to ensure human rights and reconciliation forward step by step. President made these remarks during his meeting with Prince Zeid al-Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. more..

AG’s Dept. counsel deplores Romesh de Silva’s insinuation

Sep 23 (DM) Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoga PC making a special statement on behalf of the AG Department's Counsel assisting the PCoI, at the very onset of yesterday’s proceedings said they deplored the comment made by Arjun Mahendran's Counsel Romesh de Silva PC insinuating that they were wasting tax payer’s money by moving for an adjournment of the proceedings. more..

No minister in delegation to UN

Sep 23 (DM) Even though Minister Sarath Fonseka had claimed that he was denied a visa to enter the US, as far as the Daily Mirror is aware none of the ministers were included in the President Sirisena-led delegation to attend the UN General Assembly. Minister said that he was not granted visa though his name was included in the delegation to the UN. It was reported that PM parliamentary sessions scheduled for the week. more..

Breathing space for 3-wheel taxi fare meters

Sep 23 (ST) Three-wheeler operators will have time until the end of December to comply with rules to install fare meters under the Motor Traffic regulations. And once again, as on previous occasions, there are disputes over the meters, affordability, receipts and standards. Deputy minister Ashok Abeysinghe, said that it had been unanimously decided by officials that more time was needed to instal meters that meet SLS more..

Armed man who attempted to enter MR’s residence remanded

Sep 23 (Island) Colombo Chief Magistrate yesterday remanded, till Oct., 6 a hotel employee (30) who attempted to enter the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s official residence in Colombo on Thursday, carrying a knife. The Magistrate also ordered the Prisons Superintendent to produce the suspect before a psychiatrist and obtain a report on his mental condition. When the security personnel caught him, more..

Sri Lanka forex reserves climb a billion dollars in August

Sep 23 (EN) Sri Lanka's forex reserves rose one by almost a billion rupees, to 7,706 million dollars by end August 2017 from 6.7 billion US dollars in July, data shows. Sri Lanka's forex reserves are made up of monetary reserves collected by the central bank by dollar purchases and mopping up rupee liquidity that s created in the process, and also fiscal reserves which are kept as US dollars. more..

Speaker instructs Minister to conduct special audit

Sep 23 (DN) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya instructed Minister Faiszer Musthapha to conduct a special audit into an alleged misuse of money in Bandarawela by allocating funds twice for the construction of rural roads. The Speaker made this observation when Badulla UNP MP Chaminda Wijesiri brought to the notice of Parliament that Rs. 4 million allocated by the Local Govt and Provincial Councils Ministry and more..

3,050 suicides in 2016: Suicides among senior citizens on the rise

Sep 23 (NS) Organizations working towards the prevention of suicides highlighted that there was a rise in suicides among senior citizens above the age of 60 years. Sumithrayo which has 10 centres island-wide with trained volunteers helping prevent suicides, citing statistics, pointed out that during 2016, 3,050 persons had committed suicide. Highest number of suicides was reported from Polonnaruwa, A'pura & Ratnapura. more..

Animal bites and other accidents: Focus on prevention

Sep 23 (ST) Animal bites make up more than 33% of accidents in Sri Lanka, eating into a large chunk of the Health Ministry funds, according to the ministry’s first ever data compilation report on accidents. Health Ministry officials said most of these accidents were preventable and if people were vigilant, tragedies could be minimised and the state could save the large amount of money it spent on anti-rabies vaccine, serum & other medicine. more..

Human-Elephant coexistence is yet this side of the fence

Sep 23 (DM) Many communities living in the vicinity of natural forests are directly and indirectly dependent on the natural ecosystems. Despite conservation efforts, deforestation, forest degradation and biodiversity loss continue in Sri Lanka.  The average annual rate of deforestation has been identified as 7,145 ha/year during 1992-2010.  Among the Asian elephant range states Sri Lanka has the highest density of elephants; more..

Autopsy of the GCE A/L examination

Sep 23 (DM) The much awaited G.C.E.(A/L) Exam concluded the other day leaving a lot to ponder on. It has proved again and again that the system has many a loophole to attend to. Exams are necessary evils. The gravity of the situation is that there is no other alternative for exams to serve as the qualifier for people to be offered employment. Yet, the system in our country is chronically ill. Every year, it is reported in the mass media, that something or other has happened. more..

Quality drugs to be made in Sri Lanka

Sep 23 (DM) Monday (25), being World Pharmacists Day as declared by the Int'l Pharmaceutical Federation, it would be a healthy move to reflect on how the national unity govt is implementing the Seneka Bibile Policy to make quality medicinal drugs available to the people at affordable prices.  Earlier this year, Minister Rajitha Senaratne in a dynamic move significantly slashed the prices of almost 50 essential drugs through the National Medicinal Regulatory Authority (NMRA) more..