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Regulate population growth: BBS

May 27 (DM) BBS Organisation today explained the policies of their proposed political party and said they had a vision to regulate the country’s population growth to avoid ethnocentric issues. Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera said they had a vision of making rules and regulations to manage the population of the country because there were several areas with less Sinhala population. The Thera said the regions in the country should not be created based on ethnic groups or more..

Nigeria assures Govt on kidnapped Lankan

May 27 (CG) Nigerian Govt has assured the SL Govt it will do all it can to secure the release of a Sri Lankan national kidnapped in Nigeria. Foreign Ministry spokesperson said that the Govt is in touch with the Nigerian High Commission in Colombo as well as the family of the Sri Lankan man abducted in Nigeria and also his Nigerian employer. Nigerian kidnappers are demanding a huge ransom to free the SL man abducted more..

Delimitation can be done in 2 months: CaFFE

May 27 (CT) Delimitation process can be completed within two months and if the delimitation committee is appointed now, new electorates can be determined by late July, former Secretary of the Land Ministry, Asoka Peiris said. Addressing a press briefing on the 20th Amendment by Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE), he said if the Constitutional Council and independent commissions are appointed soon, delimitation can be done in time for an election in September. more..

Govt mulls houses, mobikes for journalists

May 27 (CT) It has been decided by the Ministry of Media to get together with the Ministry of Finance and provide journalists with motor cycles at concessionary rates. Minister Gayantha Karunatillaka said, this step is being taken on behalf of the contribution being made by journalists. Accordingly, Minister Ravi Karunanayake has allocated the required finances for the provision of motor cycles and a journalist who has served a minimum of five years and more..

'It was Keheliya who wanted to rejoin UNP'

May 27 (CG) UNP has denied claims made by former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella that he was invited to rejoin the party. A former UNP MP, Rambukwella had joined the Rajapaksa Govt and was the Media Minister until Rajapaksa lost Jan 8 election. Rambukwella had recently claimed that he was invited by the UNP to rejoin the party but UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim denied the claims. more..

Muslim MPs propose retired Justice Salam to Constitutional Council

May 27 (Island) Muslim MPs have proposed retired President of the Court of Appeal Justice A.W.A. Salam to the Constitutional Council according to Deputy Minister and Secretary General of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress I. Hassan Ali. He said a letter to that effect had been sent to PM’s office yesterday morning. SLMC Leader Rauf Hakeem has praised the nomination of TNA Leader R. Sampanthan to the CC as the representative of minority parties in Parliament. more..

Audio: Tissa Vitharana speaks on how Rajapaksa can be PM

May 27 (AM) LSSP leader Professor Tissa Vitharana said that he does not take part in rallies supporting Mahinda Rajapaksa, since only President Maithripala Sirisena has the power to decide on appointing him the Prime Minister. These rallies cannot do anything to support Rajapaksa’s Prime Ministerial candidacy, Vitharana added. He made this observation when he was asked about a recent comment by the leader of Democratic Left Front Vasudeva Nanayakkara. more..

No criminal proceedings against Lanka officials in sex bribe

May 27 (Reuters) Three male officials have been identified in the sex bribe scandal that rocked Sri Lankan women's cricket but there are no grounds or evidence to justify criminal proceedings against them, country's cricket board said. Sri Lanka's sports ministry last week revealed an investigation had found that members of the national women's team had been forced to perform sexual favours for officials in order to earn or more..

Pinnawala gets female leopard for injured animal

May 27 (Island) A young female leopard that was caught on an estate in Nuwara Eliya few years ago and housed at the Dehiwela Zoological Gardens would be brought to the leopard enclosure at the Pinnawala Open Air Zoo. Zoological Gardens Director said that she would be introduced to Pinnawala as a female leopard there got injured recently. The injury, a fracture was not serious and such things were common when animals were released into a bigger enclosure. more..

4 soldiers involved in fatal accident suspended

May 27 (Island) Army Commander, Lt. Gen. Chrishanthe de Silva has suspended the services of four soldiers, involved in a fatal accident at Jayanthipura, Pollonnaruwa, in which a man and his wife were killed on the spot. The commander had suspended the suspects with immediate effect without pay. The fatal accident occurred on the night of May 21 on the Maradankadawala-Batticaloa main road in the Polonnaruwa police area. "An army truck with four soldiers collided with a car killing more..

USAID helps Ampara manufacturer develop eco-friendly roofing products

May 27 (USE) US Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with Building Solutions opened today a state-of-the-art factory in Nawagampura, Ampara. Opening was attended by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Ms. Allison Areias, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the U.S. Embassy. “The opening of this factory is an example of the ongoing and deepening relationship between U.S. more..

I am sick of politics: Geetha

May 27 (DM) The opening of the technological science centre of Ananda Madhya Maha Vidyalaya, Elpitiya, which was built at a cost of Rs nine million, was held yesterday under the patronage of Minister Gayantha Karunatilleke. SPC member Geetha Kumarasinghe had attended the function and made a speech, though she had not been invited to do so. The speech made by her had aroused much curiosity among those present. She referred to the principal's attitude in not inviting her to speak. more..

I never betrayed the SLFP: Pavithra

May 27 (DM) MP Pavithra Wanniarachchi, who resigned from her ministerial portfolio recently, said today that she did not betray the SLFP or the SLFPers and pledged not to quit the party. “My dearest friends I never betrayed you or went against you. I will never leave the SLFP. I will devote my life to form a SLFP govt and to make Mahinda Rajapaksa the Prime Minister in that govt,” she said amid jeering at a public rally held in Balangoda to urge the nomination of Mr. Rajapaksa as more..

Parliament summoned for special session on Constitutional Council

May 27 (EN) Parliament will meet in a special session to appoint a council that will oversee the public sector under a new amendment to the island's constitution, the state information department said. The Constitutional Council which in turn will appoint several independent commissions to run the public service is made up of seven politicians and three members of civil society. President Sirisena has promised to dissolve more..

Move to bring all broadband service providers under single network

May 27 (Island) Information and Telecommunication Agency (ICTA) was in a process of developing a core system to bring all broadband service providers under one network to make free Wi-Fi facility user friendly and easy to access via one user-name and one password. The current free Wi-Fi users had to create separate user names and passwords to register with broadband service providers as different locations were operated by different service providers. more..

Mayor promises stern action after tragedy

May 27 (Island) The deaths of the three employees of a bakery/restaurant who died of suffocation on Monday following a gas cylinder explosion could have been averted if there had been a window or a door said Colombo Mayor M.J.M. Muzammil. When thick black smoke enveloped the building where the bakery functioned, the three victims had moved into a toilet to escape the smoke and were suffocated to death. The Mayor said it was an unauthorised building constructed without approval from more..

AG halts Tiran’s arrest

May 27 (AM) Attorney General gave an undertaking to the Supreme Court that police will not arrest MP Tiran Alles and will carry out further investigations into irregularities at the RADA institute. This undertaking was given when the Fundamental Rights petition filed by Alles was considered today at the Supreme Court. In his petition, the opposition MP urged the Supreme Court to issue an interim order to prevent his arrest more..

Video: No bail for Basil Rajapaksa

May 27 (AD) Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa, was further remanded till June 10 by the Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday (27). Former Economic Development Ministry Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayatilaka, former Director General of the Divineguma Department, R.R.K. Ranawaka and Divi Neguma Regional Director Bandula Thilakasiri were also remanded till June 10. Rajapaksa and three other senior ministry officials were arrested by the police on April 22. more..

Sri Lankan shares down for second day

May 27 (Reuters) Shares fell for a second session on Wednesday led by Lanka IOC after its poor performance in the March quarter, and also on foreign outflows. However, most investors have been cautiously optimistic on the island nation's risky assets due to a lack of clarity on the political front and the timing of a parliamentary election as concerns over stability weighed on sentiment. The main stock index ended down 0.11% at 7,253.50, the lowest close since May 14. more..

Born free and living captive

May 27 (CT) Environmentalists have voiced their concerns over the release of baby elephants from Eth Athuru Sevana, Uda Walawe to the Pinnawala elephant orphanage after an elephant given from the transit home was severely tortured by mahouts at the Sri Vishnu Devale Kelaniya."Atlas had 25 wounds on his body. When Atlas was brought to the elephant orphanage he was shivering with fear. After a decision was taken to bring more..

Being free

May 27 (CT) The breath of fresh air, absent for so long, is once more blowing across the North. The fears that subjugated the Jaffna man due to terrorism, coupled with acts of omission and commission by the State and of its agents for 36 long years or for nearly two generations, now appear to be a thing of the past, judging by what took place only a few days ago. Though those incidents in question, two in number, were anti-establishment, engineered by a section of more..

In response to Are women to be blamed for rape?

May 27 (CT) When I read Mr. Fazl’s article on rape and preventative measures, I felt a mixture of disbelief and anger. I was angry at the antiquated and discriminatory views expressed in his piece and I felt disbelief that such views could be expressed on a public forum such as the Colombo Telegraph. Upon reflection however, I have resigned myself to accept that his views are not a rarity in our society. Rather, it festers widely within our community and provides fuel for would-be rapists more..

Former Sri Lanka army chief says he would welcome war crime investigation

May 27 (Guardian) Sri Lanka’s wartime army chief says his conscience is clear and he would welcome a war crimes investigation to prove his innocence. The allegations are there, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said in an interview with the Guardian. We have to clear our name. In May 2009 the then General Fonseka was the head of the Sri Lankan army that defeated the LTTE, ending Sri Lanka’s brutal 26-year civil war. more..

University students up in arms

May 27 (SL) When C.W.W. Kannangara introduced free education to the country reforming the whole education system, the idea was to give all the level of society access to education, which however has become very bleak in the present context. State university students seem to be in a long lonely battle to safeguard the free education system which has now lost it appeal as every govt that has come into power in the more..

Govt denies claims China sidelined

May 27 (CG) The Govt today denied claims that China is being sidelined. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maheshini Colonne recalled that since the new Govt took office in January this year President Maithripala Sirisena and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera had visited China so no one can say China is being sidelined. “Actions speak louder than words,” the spokesperson said at a weekly press briefing held at the Foreign Ministry today. more..

Shiranthi Rajapaksa summoned to FCID

May 27 (AD) Former first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa has been asked to appear before the FCID, MP Namal Rajapaksa has said. In a post on social media Rajapaksa claimed that, “My Mother just received a notice to appear before the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID). My Mother has always stayed away from politics. Does she deserve this harassment?! Yahapalanaya seems just a facade for this govt. more..

30 minutes lunch and back with the work !

May 27 (CT) A special circular has been issued to all heads of govt departments by the Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration, PCs and Democratic Administration J. Dadellage, instructing them that the time allocated for lunch for govt employees should be limited to 30 minutes. This Circular EST 1/MISCL/06/0032 states further that employees should not go on leave except on an essential matter, on Wednesdays, more..

Enact 20 A without delay: Nimal Siripala

May 27 (DM) Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva urged all the political parties to support and show their commitment to enact the 20th Amendment to the Constitution which was to be approved by the Cabinet. Mr. de Silva said all the political parties including UNP, JVP and TNA should support to enact the 20th Amendment after being approved by the Cabinet and included in the Parliament agenda more..

Treasury Secy, DG Operations testify

May 27 (Island) The probe by the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) into the issue of Treasury Bonds by the previous and current governments in recent years commenced at the Parliamentary Complex yesterday. Both the Secretary and Director General of Operations of the Treasury appeared before COPE and submitted oral and written testimony pertaining to the controversial Bond issues of Rs. 2.7 trillion and more..

'Govt under pressure to privatise loss making ventures'

May 27 (Island) Plantation Minister Lakshman Kiriella claimed the govt was under pressure to privatise many state-sector business undertakings that were running at a loss. He said it was the people who were pressurizing the govt to privatise the unproductive state-sector organisations. 19th Amendment stipulated that even if the President appointed either CJ or IGP at his discretion, a parliamentary Committee headed by PM more..

Garbage rots on roadsides as councils fumble for lasting solutions

May 27 (ST) Bags of garbage scattered on main roads, in front of supermarkets and even medical centres have become a common sight in Hendala, Wattala over the past three weeks. Uncollected garbage bags hang on front fences of properties with maggots crawling over them; flies swarm around them in the daytime and rats and dogs dig into the bags at night. Most residents now avoid visiting marketplaces, where refuse more..

'A no confidence motion should be brought against govt'

May 27 (DM) In an interview with Dailymirror, Wasantha Samarasinghe, North Central Provincial Councillor of the JVP and Convener of Voice Against Corruption voiced his disappointment with the Govt and pointed out several flaws of the UNP as well as the UPFA. He added that the present Govt did not have the mandate to rule the country as the mandate given by the people ended after 100 days. more..

Mirroring a political generation and the post independence age

May 27 (DM) When Vasudeva sees Ranil Wickremesinghe, he sees a much larger political and historical obscenity than the one he uttered: an unelected Prime Minister who did not command a majority in the legislature but has embarked upon a course, not of consensus building, but of legal repression of the much larger Opposition. He also sees a man with a history of violent suppression of Opposition protests. Therefore, when rudely asked to sit down, he vented. more..

Criminal frauds in biggest foreign banks

May 27 (DM) Amid an ongoing controversy in Sri Lanka over insider trading in Treasury bonds, five global banks last week agreed to pay more than $5 billion in combined penalties and plead guilty to criminal charges. This was to resolve a long-running United States investigation into whether traders colluded to move foreign-currency rates for their own financial benefit, the Wall Street Journal reported. The settlements largely close the book on the latest industry wide investigation, more..

Govt to secure services of CDF, police for city beautification project

May 27 (Island) Govt intends to recall Civil Defence Force (CDF) personnel to ensure a clean environment in Colombo and its suburbs. Govt will also involve the police in a fresh city clean-up project amidst growing public criticism over the failure on the part of relevant authorities to keep up with the maintenance efficiency introduced by revious govt under guidance of then Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. more..

Vienna Airport security accused of smuggling Lankans

May 27 (CG) Private security staff at Vienna Airport are suspected of smuggling refugees, mainly Sri Lankans, through security checks onto flights to the United States and Britain. Police are investigating 13 private security staff operating at Vienna Airport over suspicions they abused their access to security systems. One man from Poland and another from Sri Lanka have been placed in custody pending an investigation. British security firm G4S said one of its staff was under suspicion in the case and more..