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Herath bowls Sri Lanka to historic victory

July 30 (CI) Tonight, Sri Lanka are gonna party like it's 1999. Specifically, like it's Sept 11, 1999, the only other date on which they beat Australia in a Test. That victory came in Kandy with an XI full of Sri Lankan greats - Aravinda, Arjuna, Jayasuriya, Mahela, Muralitharan, Vaas. This win, up the road in Pallekele, is all the more remarkable for the dearth of such legends. Then again, it could be the making of some new ones. more..

Australia stumped, yet again

July 30 (CI) Adam Voges leans forward to push Rangana Herath back down the pitch. He does so in a tangle of bat, ball and ground. The delivery sails back towards Herath, who ambles across to grab it - on the bounce, or so everyone assumes. Upon doing so, Herath turns around and offers the gentlest of appeals to umpire Richard Kettleborough. As the replay is called for, Voges leans on his bat, a picture of unconcern. But what's this? He's half-volleyed the ball then hit the ground. more..

Sri Lanka sells Rs63bn in bonds; secondary yields up 15 to 20bp

July 30 (EN) Sri Lanka sold 60 billion rupees of 5, 08, 10 year bonds following a 50 basis points rate hike a day earlier, but secondary yields rose only 15 to 20 basis points, far lower than the rate hike. The debt office sold 20.7 billion rupees of 4-year 7-month bonds maturing on 01.03.2021 at a weighted average yield of 12.07 percent after offering 20.0 billion. A close maturity, (14.07.2021) was last auctioned at 11.67% on 12.07.2021 and it was quoted wide around 11.75/12.25% more..

Consumer rights group vows to move court against Speaker’s media team

July 30 (Island) National Movement for Consumer Rights Protection plans to move the court against Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s media unit over recent denial of a statement issued by the outfit regarding the use of substandard coconut oil to prepare food in the parliament canteen. The movement’s Chairman Ranjith Vithanage said that Speaker Jayasuriya was informed of the decision to take legal action against the media unit. more..

Weerasinghe mum on cost to Govt

July 30 (CT) Deputy Governor of Central Bank Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe dodged a direct reply when Ceylon Today asked him what the interest cost to Govt of Sri Lanka (GoSL) is, on the approximately Rs 250 billion Treasury Bill holdings of the CBSL, net of reverse repos. Weerasinghe in reply said that the CBSL doesn't pay any interest. But when this reporter said that what he wants to know is the quantum of interest paid by GoSL to CBSL on account of the latter's T Bill holdings, more..

Social Media to promote #YOUTH VOTE in SL

July 30 (GDI) Election Commission of SL (ECSL) together with the International Federation for Electoral Systems (IFES) will be conducting a seven-day national social media campaign next week parallel to the International Youth Day 2016 falls on 12th Aug. The campaign called #Youth VoteSL will be held from 5th to 12th August island-wide with the participation of the youth led organizations, networks, and societies. Primary objective of the campaign is to more..

Port workers, officials back down from brink

July 30 (Island) Every employee of the govt or public sector had a right to engage in trade union activities attached to the political parties, Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne said. Addressing the trade union representatives from the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), he said the employer’s party would protect their employees’ trade union rights. SLPA trade union representatives met Minister Seneviratne in the aftermath of more..

Not using floodlights is disappointing

July 30 (CT) With all four days ending up early along with a loss of several overs in the Test match between Sri Lanka and Australia at the Pallekele Stadium due to bad light, the question arises of not using floodlights at the venue for the Test series where the visitors are keen to use them. "That's always disappointing. Both countries had to agree to that. We are quite happy to proceed. That's our policy in Australia. We are playing day and night Tests now. more..

We let ourselves down a lot: Smith

July 30 (CI) Australia's captain Steven Smith ranked a surprise hiding at the hands of Sri Lanka among the most deflating results of his career, after pledging his leadership would be focused upon improving the national team's record in overseas territory. The 106-run defeat in little more than three days of actual playing time has put Australia's No. 1 ranking at risk, being their seventh consecutive loss in Test matches in Asia and first to Sri Lanka in 17 years. Meanwhile a hamstring injury to more..

Sinhalese students yet to return to Jaffna Uni

July 30 (ENS) Hundreds of Sinhalese students of Jaffna University, who had fled to their homes in South Sri Lanka after a violent clash with their Tamil counterparts on July 16, are yet to come back to the campus despite assurances from the University Vice Chancellor that peace prevails and that their security is assured. Sources in Jaffna campus said that out of about 800 Sinhalese students, only a handful more..

Bar expresses concern over Ranil’s media lashing

July 30 (CT) The Rule of Law Committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka has expressed its concern over the recent media lashing by PM Ranil Wickremesinghe for supporting the Opposition. “The committee firmly believes that, media freedom which is known as the fifth protocol, in any country, is a quintessential pillar in any democracy, and there should not be any attempt to unduly curtail that fundamental freedom in any way,” the Committee said in a statement today. more..

Sandakan creates history as left-arm spinners take stage

July 30 (CI) 1: Tests won by Sri Lanka against Australia before this, in Kandy in 1999. Since then, they had played 15 Tests against Australia without registering a win, losing ten. This is only the second time SL have beaten Australia in 27 Tests. 1999: Only other occasion of Australia losing a Test in SL, in Kandy. This is SL's second win against Australia in 14 Tests at home and their first in nine Tests. SL had lost six of those 14 Tests. 7: Consecutive losses for Australia in Tests in Asia. more..

Good ties vital to development, says Sri Lankan diplomat

July 30 (TOI) Neighbouring countries are bound to have issues, but these can be overcome by fostering friendship and understanding, V Krishnamoorthy, deputy high commissioner of Sri Lanka for Southern India, has said. A delegation of Sri Lankan students is in Vellore as part of the India Sri Lanka Youth Exchange 2016. This is the consecutive year, the students from Sri Lanka visiting Tamil Nadu. more..

Iranian master forger helped LTTE cadres escape during war

July 30 (CG) Investigations have revealed that an Iranian master forger now in a Thai jail had helped LTTE cadres escape during the war. For a few thousand dollars The Doctor opened doors to the world, supplying pristine fake passports to gangsters and rebels, refugees and migrant workers — all from an unassuming, scruffy house in the Bangkok suburbs. Hamid Reza Jafary, 48, evaded arrest, cocooned from the law by a network of five trusted Pakistani lieutenants and a low-key lifestyle more..

PM gives jumbled history lesson on King Parakramabahu

July 30 (AM) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, in an attempt to discredit the 'Joint Opposition' gave a jumbled history lesson on King Parakramabahu. Speaking at an event in Polonnaruwa, he said that the 'Joint Opposition' is trying to undermine all the good work done by the govt. Even king Parakramabhu had to face similar challenges, the Prime Minister said. "He sent troops to India and to Ramagngna (in Burma). He created a strong nation in the Bay of Bengal area. more..

Sri Lanka's ex-greats humiliated after Aussie cricket debacle

July 30 (EN) Australia's latest spin bowling mentor, former SL great Muttiah Muralitharan, was sulking Saturday after accusing local cricket authorities of trying to make him the fall guy in case the hosts lost. Murali was wiping egg off his face after Australia, the world’s number one Test team, lost by 106 to underdog Sri Lanka after 17 years. During his 10-day stint coaching Australian spinners, Murali also had a spat with more..

Jaffna Science Faculty remains closed due to lack of undergrads

July 30 (Island) Jaffna University re-opened a few days but its Science Faculty remains closed due to lack of students. More than 50% of the Jaffna Science Faculty comprised Sinhala students and they had not returned so far after a violent incident on July 16. The entire university was closed indefinitely following a clash in the Science Faculty during a welcoming ceremony. Meanwhile, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Highways and Higher Education P.G. Jayasinghe said more..

Sri Lanka forex reserves rise to US$6.4bn by July: CB Official

July 30 (EN) SL's forex reserves rose to US$ 6.4 billion by the last week of July up from US$ 5.3 billion at the end of June 2016, an official said. Sri Lanka sold a US$ 1.5 billion sovereign bond and the proceeds are being kept in a fiscal reserve to repay debt. SL's foreign reserves are made up of both monetary reserves in the Central Bank and also the Treasury. Foreign investors have also resumed purchases of rupee bonds. In the stock market portfolio outflows were continuing. more..

WP minister wants extra grade 1 classroom in 21 schools: CTU

July 30 (DM) Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) charged that Western Province Education Minister Ranjith Somawansa had ordered the Provincial Education Director to add another classroom to grade one in 21 schools located in Western Province to facilitate the whims of provincial council members. Provincial Minister Somawansa had reportedly instructed to add one more class room because of the congestion in grade one more..

Pada Yatra will only change their weight: Hirunika

July 30 (AD) UNP MP Hirunika Premachandra says that the incumbent govt has absolutely no reason to fear JO’s Pada Yatra as the only thing it will manage to change is the weight of the individuals taking part in the protest march. “Nothing will change when they come to Colombo from Kandy,” she said, responding to a question from journalists following an event in Kolonnawa. If the incumbent President changes or the PM changes or if the govt topples we should be afraid but no such thing will happen, she said. more..

Death of Neelan Tiruchelvam: A grave loss to Tamil people

July 30 (CT) On July 29th 1999, Neelan Tiruchelvam was killed by an LTTE suicide bomber. Dr. Tiruchelvam’s death proved to be a grave loss for the Sri Lankan Tamils. Tiruchelvam, as a constitutional lawyer, was determined to settle the ethnic conflict in a peaceful manner. Even though Neelan Tiruchelvam did not agree with LTTE’s objectives of using violence to solve the ethnic conflict, he was very sympathetic to the young Tamils who were dying in the armed struggle, more..

Court permits CID to obtain Sajin’s handwriting sample

July 30 (DN) Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilaptiya permitted the CID to obtain a handwriting sample of former MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena in connection with an investigation against him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. He made this order considering a request by CID that they want to obtain a handwriting sample of former MP in connection with investigation relating to business transaction more..

Now, Prez envisages world ruled by women

July 30 (Island) President Maithripala Sirisena has said that if Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton wins the forthcoming US presidential polls, she will be able to rule the world along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and recently appointed British Premier Theresa May. President Maithripala Sirisena said that there was a close fight between former Secretary of State Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump. President was addressing annual prize giving of St. Paul’s Milagiriya. more..

Make sports administration independent

July 30 (CT) Minister of Sports made an announcement recently that 50,000 schoolchildren are to be mobilized for training for future Olympics. That is a very good move with the future of Sri Lanka's sports in mind. According to the minister, he has taken this decision taking into account what is already happening in other parts of the world, getting them motivated in sports while still at young ages. This, the minister says, is something that was already there in the schools in Sri Lanka, more..

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Concerns of another UNHRC resolution endorser

July 30 (CT) It was a few days after Canadian PM Justin Trudeau released a statement expressing his country's solidarity with the Tamils of Sri Lankan origin who were commemorating an event in Toronto, Canada to mark the 33rd anniversary of 1983 Black July, Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion arrived in the island on Thursday (28) and his Sri Lankan visit is considered as a first visit of a Canadian Foreign Minister to Sri Lanka since 2003. more..

International adjudicators: Why not ?

July 30 (CT) There seems to be much unnecessary anxiety, muddled thinking and something fundamentally irrational about the prevailing revulsion in various quarters to foreign participation in any independent inquiry into allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka. We must remember that at the 32nd sessions of the UNHRC last month its Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussain seemed adamant about the need for such participation stating “I remain convinced that international more..

Do not delay LG polls: EC

July 30 (DM) Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya is reported to have emphasised at a meeting with Minister Faiszer Mustapha that the local authorities’ election should not be delayed any further. Minister held talks with Mr. Deshapriya and other key officials last Thursday. The terms of all 335 local bodies lapsed at the moment. Therefore, the election is overdue. However, the Elections Commission is facing more..

Non-academic workers threaten to step up trade union action

July 30 (Island) University non-academic and administrative staff threatened to stop water supply and withdraw from security services as the govt had ignored their strike which entered the third day yesterday. President of the Inter University Trade Union Joint Committee (IUTUJC) Edward Malwattage said that their executive committee would meet next week to decide on a future course of action. more..

Govt ambulance drivers not ready to embrace Indian funded service

July 30 (Island) Govt Health Service Ambulance and Transport Drivers Association (GHSATDA) said there was no need to establish an Indo -Lanka ambulance service in the country. Chairman of GHSATDA, said it would have been more feasible for govt to form a partnership with philanthropists in the private transport sector to establish a Pre- Hospital Care Ambulance Service as the hospitals in the peripheries of the country were badly more..

'Influential section of media accused of being party to destabilisation campaign'

July 30 (Island) Deputy Minister Karunaratne Paranavithana alleges that an influential section of the media is deliberately undermining the govt and its major projects including post-war national reconciliation efforts. He is of the view that the reportage of the recent incident at University of Jaffna has exposed the strategy followed by a section of the media. MP said so addressing a recent seminar held to brief the media on more..

Govt proposes National Guidelines for Child Care Centers

July 30 (GDI) The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) and the PM’s Office have drafted a comprehensive National Guidelines for Child Day Care Centers aimed at ensuring ensures quality child day care throughout the country enabling more women enter the workforce. The aim of it is to Ensure quality assured standardized processes among centres nationwide, Promote quality, safe and caring child care more..

Points system for motorists to improve road discipline

July 30 (ST) A driver improvement points system where motorists would have their driving licences cancelled on points accumulated for traffic offences, will be in place before year end, officials said. The proposal initially made more than two years back, has obtained the approval of a committee of the Justice Ministry and the Attorney General’s Dept, and is due be placed before Cabinet within two months. more..

Video: Return students’ money, GMOA tells SAITM

July 30 (DM) Govt Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) said the management of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) should return the money of students with interest for the years they had wasted seeking a degree. While claiming that SAITM had committed a serious financial crime against its students, GMOA said the continuous backing of politicians had added to the injustice suffered by students. more..

CV’s suggestion unacceptable: JVP

July 30 (DM) The suggestion made by Northern Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran for an MoU between the NPC and the Central Govt to divide the ownership of Moragahakanda Project was unacceptable, JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said on Thursday. Mr. Dissanayake who was speaking Sahodarathwaye sithama (Painting of brotherhood) organised by the JVP led socialist students union at more..

The mother of all marches

July 30 (DBS) The marathon protest march Jana Satana Pada Yathra launched by loyalists of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is currently underway. The march organized by pro – Mahinda political stalwarts known as the -Joint Opposition-began in Kandy on July 28th 2016. The five day march is scheduled to conclude in Colombo on August 1st 2016. The Kandy to Colombo march has revived memories of another Opposition more..