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Vigneswaran taken to task

Sept 27 (DN) The govt totally condemns the conduct of Northern Province CM C.V. Vigneswaren’s attempts to damage the ongoing reconciliation efforts by arousing communal passions in the North, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said. He said attempts made to create division and disunity in the country by raising communalism and issuing various statements to such effect during a time when the govt was earnestly involved in promoting more..

NPC Opposition Leader issues clarification on Uduvil School crisis article

Sept 27 (FT) NPC Opposition Leader Sinnadurai Thavarajah issued a clarification about the article titled Uduvil School crisis raised at NPC. Thavarajah takes issue with the opening paragraph of the article, which states that NPC on Thursday denied an opposition motion requesting Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to intervene in the Uduvil Girls’ College crisis, where students and parents have been protesting against the appointment of a new principal for the school. more..

Beauty Queens from around the world to touch the shores of Sri Lanka

Sept 27 (Island) 2016 marks a special year for Sri Lanka as the scenic beauty and the rich heritage of Sri Lanka draws to its shores the most beautiful women from all continents, all aspiring to claim the prestigious title of Miss Intercontinental 2016. This glamorous event is the first of its kind to be held in Sri Lanka, and it is also the first time in 20 years, that a South Asian country has been selected to host a pageant of int'l repute. Biona, with their trusted heritage in health & beauty category more..

BASL takes Auditor General’s Dept to task

Sept 27 (DN) The Bar notes with alarm the recent attempts by officers of Auditor General’s Department purporting to exercise powers over the administration and functions of courts, President of Bar Association of Sri Lanka Geoffrey Alagaratnam observed at the ceremonial sitting of the Court of Appeal to welcome the new Judge of the Court of Appeal Justice S. Thurairaja. He said such a purported exercise of powers by AG more..

Large areas of forest cover lost to fires

Sept 27 (CT) Over 105 acres of forest cover was destroyed due to wild fires that erupted in Ella and Yatiyantota last Sunday. Sources said that at least 100 acres of land in the Ravana-Ella Forest Reserve were scorched in the blaze that erupted on the Sunday and was brought under control in the early hours of yesterday. Fire was brought under control by the combined effort of members of Police, STF, Badulla fire brigade, Disaster Management Centre and the general public. more..

OPPO Sri Lanka ties up with Sri Jayewardenepura University

Sept 27 (Island) OPPO Sri Lanka joined up with the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce at University of Sri J'pura as the Official Mobile Partner in a trilogy of grand events hosted by Marketing Management Association of Department of Marketing Management in line with OPPO’s unwavering commitment towards supporting and connecting with youth. The first in the trilogy of events, Roo Sand Rae – 2016 live in concert held at Musaeus College during the weekend. more..

Corrupt leader bankrupting SL: Perpetual Treasuries profits up 481% to Rs5.1bn

Sept 27 (EN) Perpetual Treasuries Limited, a primary gilt dealership, connected the family of controversial former central bank governor, has reported a record profit of 5.1 billion rupees for the year to March 2016 up 481% from a year earlier. The firm reported capital gains of 5.2 billion rupees from bond trading in the year to March 2016, up 581% from 767 million rupees a year earlier, accounts published in Sun Observer showed. more..

Making Sri Lankan Tourism accessible for all

Sept 27 (IPS) Sri Lanka is witnessing a rise in tourism since the end of the war. An important aspect that needs consideration in the country’s post-war tourism development is making tourism accessible for all, which is also the theme of this year’s World Tourism Day.  This year, the day aims to generate awareness on Promoting Universal Accessibility.  Awareness is being created to give special attention to the needs of disabled (permanent or temporary), more..

SLC Exco ratifies important issues

Sept 27 (CT) At a meeting of the Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Exco ratified some important issues as follows: SLC will recruit Nick Lee as the National Team Trainer with effect from October 2016. He is a prolific run-scorer who was a key member of the Suffolk Minor Counties Squad scoring over 1,500 runs. In all cricket since 2007, including First Class, Second Eleven, Minor County and Premier League, Lee has scored well over 10,000 runs, including 23 hundreds. more..

Finance Ministry downplays impact of VAT hike on traders

Sept 27 (FT) Finance Ministry argued that despite the pending increase of VAT to 15%, quantum of tax paid by traders would diminish due to the significant number of essential items exempted from VAT and non-payment based on total turnover as currently done. Ministry claimed that traders had to pay 11% VAT on their entire turnover but once the 15% comes into play, VAT would only have to be calculated on specific goods more..

TT a national hobby with vested interests playing ping pong

Sept 27 (ST) Doyen of local Table Tennis (TT), Lalith Priyantha himself laments the woes that beset TT in Sri Lanka. Seven decades down the line, TT still remains nothing more than a national pastime, in the eyes of the sports fraternity. There are hundreds of children taking to this sport at various levels and there are scores of TT playing schools and clubs islandwide. But thus far and no further – let us find out. Though it is nearly 70 years since the sport was inaugurated in Sri Lanka, yet more..

Overseas Realty to raise Rs.7.2 b via Rights for Havelock City

Sept 27 (FT) Overseas Realty, largest listed property company in Sri Lanka, is going for a Rs. 7.2 billion Rights Issue, one of the biggest in recent years, to finance expansion of the Havelock City project. Company announced that its Board of Directors resolved to issue two new shares for every five held (355.15 million shares) at Rs. 20 each in a bid to raise the funds required. The move is subject to regulatory and shareholder approval. Its existing share capital is Rs. 11.16 billion. more..

Activists cry foul over attempts to reinstate Lankaputhra Chairman

Sept 27 (FT) A new chapter of saga at State-owned Lankaputhra Development Bank (LDB) has begun with critics contending the Central Bank is working beyond its limits to reappoint former Chairman Lasantha Goonawardena. The Anti Corruption Front (AFC), employees and Ceylon Bank Employees Union (CBEU) vehemently oppose the reappointment of Goonawardena insisting that he has continued to violate Banking Act more..

Holy Cross, Holy Angel’s PATH 2016 Champs

Sept 27 (Island) Holy Cross College, Payagala and Holy Angel’s Girls School, Payagala sealed the overall boys’ and girls’ titles and Magalkanda Buddhist Kanishta Vidyalaya and Gnanissara Maha Vidyalaya shared the runner-up trophies as the PATH 2016 Sprint and Relay Championship concluded at the Bandaranaike Vidyalaya ground, Payagala on Sunday. The two day championship organized by Sanvedee Minis Pavura, an organization of volunteers dedicated to social more..

No doping test raises many eyebrows

Sept 27 (CT) Lack of doping checks during the Army Athletics Championship raised eyebrows of many as there were several records - seasonal and personal best - by athletes during the meet. Sri Lanka Anti-Doping Agency (SLADA) had not been invited to do doping checks by the organizers prior to the championship where two new SL records and seven impressive meet records were set. Several concerned parties questioned the performance of some of the athletes during championship. more..

Govt is exacting revenge on us for opposing ETCA and SAITM: GMOA

Sept 27 (Island) Dr. Nalinda Herath Secretary of the GMOA talks about their ongoing spat with the education ministry over the admission of doctor’s children to state-run schools. The GMOA is to meet President Sirisena to place their grievances before him. Q: The minister of education has made a statement in Parliament to the effect that the GMOA has been demanding that their children be admitted only to the best schools more..

Preparing the 2017 Budget: Too many cooks may spoil the soup

Sept 26 (ST) Preparing the 2017 budget is a challenging task. Bringing down the deficit to 5.5% of GDP; increasing revenue substantially; fiscal reforms to achieve these; finding the fiscal space for development and much needed social expenditure are enormously demanding tasks in the current economic and political context. Furthermore, the processes and procedures of budget formulation have become more complex and confusing than ever before. more..

Solution to the doctors’ problem: Abolish Royal, Visakha, Ananda …

Sept 26 (SL) Should there be more palanaya (governance) in Yahapalanaya (good governance) than it exists today? Social activist Salvinia Leddegoda, while discussing current politics, when asked this came back at us with a verbal hand grenade: ‘An-ney go men. You fellows are talking rot like good governance but not admitting doctors’ children to Royal, Visakha and the lesser schools. I tell you there will be chaos……’ Salvinia has a personal interest: more..

Face The Nation

Wiggy’s homeland dream to remain a dream!

Sept 26 (CT) This profound quote from George Bernard Shaw seems to be very relevant in the case of Northern Province Chief Minister Canagasabapathy Viswalingam Wigneswaran who has shot through his hips and not his lips again! All his recent comments of late have been myopic and shortsighted. They have been insular and prejudiced. They are convoluted as well. So, George Bernard's quote seems to be most apt. Just to digress mildly for the benefit of the curious, more..

Doctor, I’m sick – of your ilk!

Sept 27 (Island) In 1992, my wife wanted to visit a gynecologist and we channeled one of the best – at least that was what we were told. Having dutifully paid the channeling fees early morning one day, we came for consultation the same evening armed with token No. 8 for the appointment at 6.30 pm. The doctor finally arrives at 8:00 or thereabouts, and the nurse announced that he would first be seeing the patients he missed out the previous day. The guy was really quick and within half an hour more..

'Be patient and bear up the hardships'

Sept 26 (SL) Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam claims that many reforms have been brought in to the education sector, and people will see the effects of these changes in the near future. He said that govt has to take certain decisions even though the citizenry did not expect them, such as VAT increase, in order to rectify country’s failing economy. Minister, however, assured that they are only temporary until the situation improves more..

Editorial: O tempora! O mores!

Sept 27 (Island) In most action flicks, heroes and villains in flight topple trash bins without breaking stride so as to distract and obstruct their enemies in close pursuit. This modus operandi is, however, not confined to the celluloid world. Sri Lankan politicians who mismanage vital issues and get into hot water act in a similar manner in a bid to distract the public. Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, who is being troubled by many issues and pursued by the govt doctors who want their children admitted to more..

Fonseka’s Good Governance

Sept 26 (SL) While the govt is doing all it can to set a good example to society and the Opposition, there are a few thorns among its roses it is being forced to deal with, sometimes with much embarrassment. One such thorn, at least according to some SLFP members in the govt, is Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka. He has been very outspoken in Parliament these days and he does not hide vengeance he has towards former regime, especially former President Rajapaksa and his brothers. more..

'India returnee deaths, not from Zika'

Sept 26 (SO) As panic swirled and fears mounted of an imminent outbreak of the highly contagious Zika disease in Sri Lanka, following the sudden deaths of two patients admitted to the Chilaw Hospital after a pilgrimage to India, the Hospital authorities now say, the actual cause was H3N2 flu and not Zika. The victims, two women, Sujatha Malini (65) and G.C.Ranmenike (66), from the village of Nallanrankotuwa in Chillaw area more..

Techno City: First step in the right direction

Sept 27 (CT) Govt has laid the foundation for setting up a Techno City in Pitipana, Homagama in Sri Lanka with a planned investment of Rs. 19.3 billion or about $ 130 million over the years. This is a part of the Technopolis to be set up in the land area from Malabe to Pitipana under the Govt’s Megapolis project that aims at elevating the Western Province of the country to the status of wealth creator for the nation. PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking at the foundation laying ceremony, more..

Inter-ethnic goodwill must be built upon

Sept 27 (CT) Sri Lanka has entered into a period of conflict transformation. The theory of conflict transformation states that conflict changes the parties, their relationships and issues over time. There is a new relationship and the issues at hand can be addressed at a different level. This offers the chance to resolve the problem in a new way. The defeat of the LTTE on the battlefield and the Rajapaksa govt in elections has created a big change in the environment. more..

Vaas appointed SL 'A' fast bowling coach

Sept 26 (DM) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has appointed former national fast bowling coach Chaminda Vaas as bowling coach of the Sri Lanka 'A' team for the forthcoming West Indies A tour of Sri Lanka. Vaas re-joined SLC as their fast bowing consultant early this month where unlike his previous tenure as national bowling coach he will engage in identifying talent at grassroots levels. However SLC have now given him the task more..

Video: Wimal at the FCID

Sept 26 (DM) NFF Leader and UPFA MP Wimal Weerawansa appeared before the FCID a short while ago to give a statement on the alleged misuse of state vehicles when he was a Cabinet Minister of the Rajapaksa govt. The FCID, on Sept 13, filed a B report in the Fort Magistrate's Court on an investigation against Weerawansa for the misappropriation of Rs 41 million by allowing his staff members use around 40 state vehicles belonging to State Engineering Corporation. more..

Achchuveli killing: 5 Army personnel remanded

Sept 26 (DM) Five army personnel including a Lieutenant Colonel attached to the Achchuveli Camp were remanded till Oct 10 by Jaffna District Court Judge S. Satheeskaran today on charges of killing two civilians in 1998. The Judge also directed the Achchuveli Police to produce another 11 soldiers in Court on that day. Military Police had complained to the Achchuveli Police about the incident where two civilians were shot dead by some soldiers from the Achchuveli Camp in Jaffna. more..

Sarath Fonseka calls for disciplinary action against Kamal Gunaratne

Sept 26 (AM) Former Army Commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka called for disciplinary action against Retired Major General Kamal Gunaratne for not carrying out his orders in 2009. Fonseka said that he had ordered the identity card and the dog tag of slain LTTE leader V Prabhakaran be returned to Colombo. He said that he could not check on whether they arrived in Colombo but got to know recently that Gunaratne had the ID more..

Tamil action group flays Justice Minister

Sept 26 (TG) US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) said it was deeply disturbed by SL’s justice minister’s rejection of war crimes and threat of legal action against those who attempt to pursue accountability for human rights violations committed by Sri Lankan soldiers. "USTPAC is deeply troubled by Justice Minister Rajapakshe's comments,” said USTPAC president Dr Karunyan Arulanantham, adding that it should “raise alarm bells among the international community”. more..

TNA says it had no hand in Jaffna protest

Sept 26 (Island) TNA leader R. Sampanthan said that his coalition hadn’t been involved in Saturday’s protest in Jaffna spearheaded by Northern Province CM C.V. Wigneswaran. Acknowledging anyone’s right to protest in any part of the country, veteran politician said that they were working hard to address the grievances of the war affected people through discussions with the govt. Several thousands of people joined the protest, demanding immediate solutions to their problems. more..

Subcommittee to study proposed tax hike on cigarettes: Health Minister

Sept 26 (DN) Cabinet Subcommittee appointed to study the proposed tax hike on cigarettes up to 90%, approved a 15% VAT and a five rupee increase per cigarette. The Committee giving nod to the increase, a Cabinet Paper for its implementation will be put up within the next two weeks, said Minister Rajitha Senaratne. “As regards the proposal made to the Cabinet to collect up to 90% taxations from tobacco companies, there were various more..

U.S. supports to promote Public-Private Partnerships in Sri Lanka

Sept 26 (USE) I consider it a great pleasure and honor to speak to such a distinguished audience, at this national conference on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). It has become evident that an important trend in economic and social development is taking place in countries around the world. The private sector is increasingly taking on what had previously been considered inherently governmental functions. Recognizing this change, govts around the world have developed significant more..

Czech President, Foreign Minister to visit Sri Lanka separately in 2017

Sept 26 (CTK) Czech President Milos Zeman and Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek will visit Sri Lanka on two separate occasions next year. "The main reason for the visit to Sri Lanka is promotion of business-economic cooperation and the marking of the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations," Irena Valentova, spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, said. Zeman's spokesman Jiri Ovcacek mentioned "support for access to the local and Indian market," he said. more..