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Video: Kondaya’ s brother confesses to Seya murder: CID

Oct 5 (DM) The CID today apprised the Court that the elder brother of Kondaya has confessed to the murder and sexual assault on five-year-old child in Karandeniya. The suspect, who was the elder brother of Konadaya, was arrested over the murder of Seya Sadewmi, on Oct 3. Minuwangoda Magistrate has also remanded Kondaya till Oct 19. Meanwhile, IGP N. K. Illangakoon has ordered an investigation into more..

New Mental Health Bill to replace current Mental Health Act

Oct 5 (GDI) A new Mental Health Bill will soon replace the antiquated and only officially recognized Act on Mental Health enacted in 1892, which is now before the Cabinet Sub Committee for approval. A national mental health policy too was ready, offering fresh guidelines on services and manpower resources of the NIHM, Health Ministry revealed. The new law and the national policy will together contribute to drastic changes in the present approach to treating mentally ill patients. more..

Video: Defamatory FB pics: PC member released on bail

Oct 5 (DM) Southern Provincial Council Vice Chairman Sampath Atukorale who was remanded on charges of uploading defamatory pictures of President Maithripala Sirisena to his Facebook page, was released on bail today. Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya released the suspect on Rs. 10,000 bail and two sureties of Rs. 500,000 each. The CID earlier filed a report saying that the offense was committed during December 2014 just before the Presidential Election, when more..

U.S. continues support for Sri Lankan cultural and religious heritage

Oct 5 (USE) As part of its continuing efforts to preserve Sri Lanka’s cultural and religious heritage, the Embassy of the United States of America is pleased to announce new grants totaling $300,000 (42.1 million LKR) to help restore the ancient Buddhist Rajagala Monastery and improve preservation of artifacts at the Anuradhapura Archeological Museum. “The US recognizes the importance of preserving more..

Z-score marks of 2014 A/L’s released

Oct 5 (DM) Out of the 58,716 students who applied for university entrance, 24,343 students have been selected for admission to state-run universities this year based on the results of their GCE A/L examination, UGC said a short while ago. The UGC released the cut off marks of students who sat the GCE A/L exam. They could obtain their Z-score marks by accessing the UGC’s official website or by calling the Government Information Center on 1919. more..

Santner and Sodhi spin Sri Lanka A out

Oct 5 (CI) Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner and legspinner Ish Sodhi brought about a collapse in which Sri Lanka A lost nine wickets for 80 runs, paving the way for New Zealand A's eight-wicket victory at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. Having chosen to bowl, New Zealand A faced some resistance from the visitors' top order. Opener Danushka Gunathilaka made 57 and added 95 for the second wicket with Kithuruwan Vithanage, who top scored for Sri Lanka A with 59. more..

Best time to develop our country as the world is with us today: President

Oct 5 (PMD) This is the best time to develop our country when all the countries in the world and international organizations do not have any animosity against us, says President Maithripala Sirisena. He said so at the inauguration ceremony of the National Program for Local Food Production, held in Iranamadu today. President pointed out that over 80% of requirement of chilies, soya, cowpea & green gram is imported. more..

Sri Lankan stocks slip from one-week high; blue chips lead

Oct 5 (Reuters) Sri Lankan shares ended slightly weaker on Monday, after hitting one-week closing highs in the previous session, led by falls in John Keells Holdings Plc and Commercial Bank of Ceylon Plc. The main stock index ended 0.23%, or 16.48 points, weaker at 7,089.06, slipping from its highest close since Sept. 25 hit on Friday. "The bourse opened the week on a negative note despite most counters gaining. This was due to dips on index-weighted counters," TKS securities said. more..

‘Ten crimes committed against children, women in Sri Lanka daily’

Oct 5 (Island) OIC Public Relations and Education of Prevention of Crimes on Children’s and Women’s Unit of the Police, Inspector Kumara Manoj Samarasekera recently said there were at least 10 crimes perpetrated on children and women in this country on any given day. Addressing the International Children’s Day at Ambalanatota, Inspector Samarasekera said children were more often abused by people who closely associated with the families of the victims. more..

NCPA's role in child protection: More bricks than bouquets

Oct 5 (CT) Last month, little Seya Sadewmi was sexually abused in the crudest manner possible and grotesquely dumped into a marshland. A 17-year-old boy was arrested as a result. According to reports, the suspect was severally assaulted by Kotadeniyawa Police. He was later cleared of the charges. Teenage Koshala from Gampaha who knew the young boy personally made a startling observation, whilst expressing more..

Kiriella says the media still fear Mahinda

Oct 5 (CG) Minister Lakshman Kiriella says the media still fears former President Rajapaksa. Minister said that he had urged one newspaper to publish a headline for an interview he had given, stating that Rajapaksa was the first person to agree to a domestic process to address human rights issues. “However that newspaper did not publish the part in the interview,” he said. Kiriella said that when Mahinda Rajapaksa’s name is mentioned some journalist are scared to either say anything more..

Body found at Borella Golf grounds

Oct 5 (NS) The body of an individual has been found at the Golf Grounds situated at Kithulwatta Road in Borella this morning. Police said the body bore several stab wounds. The body was found by Borella police after a call was made to the 119 emergency hotline at around 6.05am today. The murdered individual has been identified as a 38-year-old man who was an employee of the golf club at the grounds. The body is currently lying at the location pending a magisterial inquiry. more..

Ex-LTTE member Rudrakumaran calls resolution a fudge

Oct 5 (CG) Transnational Govt of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) led by former LTTE negotiator Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, is to form an international team comprising of international Judges, international lawyers and Human Rights specialists to monitor the implementation of the UNHRC Resolution on Sri Lanka. The TGTE said that rhe world witnessed two visions of justice at the UNHRC this month. more..

Rs.3.7 million to investigate frauds in Sports Ministry

Oct 5 (LT) It is reported that the committee of three appointed to investigate frauds committed in the Sports Ministry during the Rajapaksa regime has been paid Rs. 3.7 million to prepare the report. The three member committee appointed by the Minister of Sports of the 100 day govt has carried out investigations for three months regarding frauds and corruption committed in the Ministry of Sports during the period Jan 2012 to April 2015. President of the committee was Senior State Counsel more..

Asylum seekers at Nauru detention centre to come and go as they please

Oct 5 (AFP) NAURU has announced that asylum-seekers at an Australian immigration camp on the Pacific island will no longer be locked up, saying they will instead be free to roam around the tiny nation. The Nauru govt said the Regional Processing Centre had been converted into an open centre, giving its inhabitants freedom of movement. It also promised to process all outstanding refugee claims — about 600 of them, total number of asylum seekers on the island — within a week. more..

Working with Asia’s miracle, critical for Lanka’s scientific progress: Ranil

Oct 5 (Island) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday called for a comprehensive Science and Technology partnership with Japan, which he described as Asia’s miracle in the field. Addressing the 12th Annual General Meeting of the Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum at the Kyoto International Conference Center, PM who is on a five day official visit, said that scientific and technological cooperation with Japan more..

SL offers US$ 75mn 1 and 3-year bonds

Oct 5 (EN) Sri Lanka called offer to sell US$ 75 million of 1 and 3 floating rate and 5-year fixed rate dollar denominated bonds which will pay interest every six months. Bids for the debt, styled Sri Lanka Development Bonds, are closing on Oct 15, and settlement will be on Oct 19. The state debt office is offering 12-month and 15-month floating rate bonds and 4-year 8-month fixed rate bonds. In the past, the debt office had tended to accept more bids that the volume offered. more..

Video: Another crocodile captured

Oct 5 (DM) One of the crocodiles spotted in the sea areas off Dehiwala, Bambalapitiya and Galle Face Grounds during the previous weeks, was captured today by the wild life and environmental officials. The crocodile-said to be 13-foot long in length-was captured near the pier at the Galle Face Ground. The Sri Lankan saltwater crocodile is the largest carnivorous reptile in the world and is generally at the top of the predators in their ecosystem. more..

Japan will back SL’s domestic process

Oct 5 (CG) The Japanese Govt says it will back Sri Lanka’s domestic process to address issues related to the war, the office of PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said today. Wickremesinghe had talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Japan today while on a five day visit to the country. At the meeting, the Japanese Foreign Minister had noted the efforts of the new Govt to win the confidence of international community. more..

Close to Rs 10 M spent to welcome President

Oct 5 (CT) Close to Rs 10 million are reported to have been set aside for a special celebration welcoming President Sirisena’s return to the island after attending the sessions of the UN General Assembly. It is reported that SLFP stalwarts S.B. Dissanayake, Nimal Siripala de Silva and Nimal Lansa had pressurized the Chairman, Airport and Aviation Services Authority Ananda Wimalasena to foot this enormous bill. Chairperson is reported to have said that Authority is not in a position more..

Nepotism grows: FM Ravi K set to appoint his BIL to Sri Lankan Airlines top post

Oct 5 (CT) Minister Ravi Karunanayake is all poised to hand over the post of Sales Manager United Kingdom to his Royalist brother in law Gihan Malalasekara, especially with the post advertised in a tailor made manner a second time around, to suit the former Flight Attendant and make all other senior staffers ineligible to apply for the post, sources from within the airline’s Commercial Department told CT. The job which was advertised first in Feb 2015 was re-advertised again with more..

'Sri Lanka to apply for GSP Plus by year-end'

Oct 5 (EN) Govt will apply before the end of the year to have the GSP Plus trade concession to the European Union restored, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Harsha De Silva said. “Before the end of the year we will make formal application and regain GSP Plus by the middle of 2016,” he said. UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka adopted last week for a foreign-supervised investigation into alleged war crimes more..

Millions of tourists, millions of opportunities

Oct 5 (IPS) This year´s World Tourism Day highlights the global potential of tourism for socioeconomic development. “With more than one billion international tourists now traveling the world each year, tourism has become a powerful and transformative force that is making a genuine difference in the lives of millions of people” says UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. With the tourism sector booming, tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka are expected to increase by another 1.6 folds by more..

Bob Rae denied permission to enter SL

Oct 5 (Island) Bob Rae was once the Premier of Ontario and later became the shadow Foreign Minister of the Liberal Party. He also had leadership ambitions though many in Canada knew he would never get to become the leader of the Liberal Party since he was one of the greatest failures as the Premier of Ontario. Rae was also known for his sympathy for the Tamil Tigers in Canada because he, too, played politics like many Canadian politicians at the time, to get elected. more..

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'Tapping emerging markets key to boosting exports'

Oct 5 (Island) Identifying the reason why Sri Lanka's exports are contributing less to GDP and what can be done to reverse this trend are two of the issues explored by Mohan Pandithage, the Chairman and CEO of the multinational conglomerate Hayleys, in an interview given to global publishing, research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group (OBG). Pandithage told OBG that a number of factors had led to exports falling from 15.4% of GDP in 2013 to 14.9% the following year. more..

Manioc, Katta sambol and foreign policy

Oct 5 (Island) President Sirisena has taken another swipe at his bête noire, former President Rajapaksa, who, he says mismanaged the country’s foreign policy and antagonised world powers unnecessarily. Claiming that the new govt has won back the international community, he has faulted the Rajapaksa govt (of which he was a powerful minister) for subjecting foreign dignitaries to indignities. He has said Rajapaksa, while in power, boasted of having made some foreign more..

Ravi to urge IMF to increase annual aid to SL

Oct 5 (CG) Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake left the Island to attend the 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund which will take place in Lima, Peru, from 9-11 October 2015. He was accompanied by the Governor Central Bank of Sri Lanka Arujuna Mahendran and the Secretary to Treasury and the Ministry of Finance Dr. R.H.S. Samarathunga. more..

FCID grills MRs personal physician Eliyantha White

Oct 5 (CG) The FCID questioned Dr. Eliyantha White today over his residence which is being used by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Eliyantha White is a spiritual healer who treats only VIP’s and also uses herbs, and is considered to be the personal physician for former President Rajapakse. He claims to have healed ailments in many cricket players including Lasith Malinga, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar more..

Meticulous planning, ruthless execution net Rs 5.5 m sampath for a robber

Oct 5 (ST) Last Sunday’s bank robbery at Dharmapala Mawatha Colombo 7 lasted just two minutes, indicating the robbery was meticulously planned by the lone robber who got away with Rs 5.5 million, an officer involved in the investigations said. As the hunt was on for the robber, a week after the incident, CCTV footage from cameras fitted in private buildings, as well those installed at central locations by the police, more..

TNA pledges fullest support for implementing UNHRC resolution

Oct 5 (Island) Welcoming the UNHRC resolution calling for a probe into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, TNA pledged its fullest cooperation for implementation of the recommendations therein. Full text: TNA welcomes the passage of today’s resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC. We welcome, in particular, Sri Lanka’s co-sponsorship of the resolution indicating their willingness to implement it in full. more..

Video: Don’t allow govt to use Geneva to obscure burning issues: JVP

Oct 5 (LT) The govt should not be allowed to sweep under the carpet the burning issues confronted by the masses by bringing up the human rights issue taken up in Geneva and having various dialogues about it says the General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva. He said said, "As the resolution regarding Sri Lanka was adopted in UNHRC in Geneva the govt defines it as a victory it has achieved. more..

Sampanthan tells Tamils not to fear investigations based on UNHRC resolution

Oct 5 (Island) Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan on Saturday said that Tamils should not harbour any doubts or fears as regards the proposed investigations into alleged war crimes. He said that various opinions had been expressed in the media following the release of the UNHRC report and the adoption of a US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka, but Tamil people should not take any of them seriously. more..

Sri Lanka’s first metro rail project to be completed in 2018

Oct 5 (Island) Sri Lanka’s first Metro High Speed Electric train system is expected to be complete in the year 2018. Initially running between the Airport and Colombo, it would provide high capacity public transport characterized by high speed and rapid acceleration. The proposed train would have a capacity to hold 400 passengers and conduct nine journeys per day. The iconic project is said to provide safety, comfort and ease of travel more..

Abortion: The freedom of choice

Oct 5 (CT) Kumari, a 42-year-old woman at the time, is from Colombo. She is the mother of two girls, 18 and 8. Kusuma is from Anuradhapura. She has five children and struggles to make ends meet as a farmer. Lakshmi is a 22-year-old student from Batticaloa. She came to Colombo for university education and chose to stay at her cousin's house for safety. Anandhi is 16. She is from Nuwara Eliya and was brought to Colombo under dire more..

Post Geneva: Torture claims and Historic win

Oct 5 (SL) The UNHRC concluded its 30th session last week with the Govt scoring, what it claims to be a historic victory by being able to win the support of the entire Council for the resolution on Sri Lanka. However, that historic victory got off to a bad start with the police being accused of alleged torture in the Seya Sadewmi rape and murder case. The 17-year-old boy arrested as a suspect in the case had claimed that he was tortured and more..