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Video: 100-day national govt to bring reforms

Nov 27 (DM) Common Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena pledged to form a national govt comprising all political parties represented in Parliament after he wins the presidential election. Mr. Sirisena who addressed a meeting at the UNP headquarters Sirikotha said this national govt would be for a period of 100 days because he expected to complete implementation of the much-needed reforms by then. more..

Dialog chief is sorry over interruption

Nov 27 (CG) Dialog Axiata chief Dr Hans Wijayasuriya has apologized for the inconvenience caused as a result of the interruption to the Dialog TV broadcast when the “Satana” program was aired on Sirasa TV last Saturday. In response to a concern raised by lawyer Saliya Pieris, Dialog chief said that customers are also at liberty to raise any issues which remain unresolved by the service provider to the Media Ministry or Telecom Regulatory Commission of SL (TRCSL). more..

'UNP's stance on good governance doubtful'

Nov 27 (CT) The failure of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) to remove illegal election propaganda within the city limits, given that its Mayor is a Working Committee member of the UNP, castes doubts on the party's stance on good governance, election monitors claim. CaFFE wrote to UNP General Secretary, Tissa Attanayake requesting him to explain the party's stance on the display of illegal election propaganda within the CMC limits, a municipality controlled by UNP. more..

Ranil for national Govt

Nov 27 (CT) Leader of UNP, Ranil Wickremesinghe, said the party agreed to form a National Govt, at least for a period of two years, if Maithripala Sirisena were to be elected as President. Other political parties were thereafter free to decide whether to continue with National Govt or choose to contest separately. Goal, was to strengthen Parliamentary System where even the Executive PM would be answerable to Parliament. more..

Sathosa sells imported rice at cheaper rates to cut Dudley Sirisena's wings

Nov 27 (AM) Just a day after Minister Johnston Fernando threatened to fight the “rice” mafia, the Ministry of Trade announced that it would sell imported rice at cheaper rates from tomorrow – through Lanka Sathosa outlets. Lanka Sathosa will sell imported Samba at Rs. 60 per kg, Nadu at Rs. 55 kg and white raw rice at Rs. 50 per kg at Lanka Sathosa outlets. Minister said that there was a plan to create an artificial shortage of rice leading to a price hike ahead of presidential election. more..

Life insurance policy extended towards people living with HIV/AIDS

Nov 27 (ST) Discrimination and criticism of people living with HIV/AIDS in Sri Lanka have the main issues that affected persons who have been grappling with over the years. Beyond discrimination there have also been other problems they have faced in life. Even insurance companies refused to provide cover for affected persons. Now the International Labour Organisation (ILO) together with the Insurance Board of Sri Lanka (IBSL) has come up with an insurance coverage policy more..

'More gold jewellery to be returned to Northern owners'

Nov 27 (SLA) Commander of the Army, Daya Ratnayake on Wednesday announcing the release of another stock of gold jewelleries to 1960 more identified rightful owners in the North at a ceremony on Dec 4, headed by President Rajapaksa, spelt out the painstaking efforts and the time-consuming verification process that had been undertaken by Army for accelerated return of those stocks on a special directive of the President. more..

Northern fishermen benefit from Coast Guard awareness program

Nov 27 (DN) Coast Guard personnel attached to the Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) Northern Region recently conducted an awareness program for fishermen at Point Pedro. The awareness program was held for fisherfolk in Kottadi, Point Pedro. The program was conducted to educate fishermen on duties of Coast Guard, importance of life saving equipment, first aid, basic safety measures to follow when sailing, importance of fishermen's profession and their contribution to the country. more..

UC brawl leaves two members injured

Nov 27 (Island) Kalmunai police yesterday morning arrested a UPFA Urban Councillor for assaulting two SLMC Urban Councillors. The incident occurred inside the Kalmunai Urban Council on Tuesday, while the council meeting was on and they even threw chairs at each other according to a video clip. Tthe suspect had been produced before the Kalmunai Magistrate yesterday morning and then the police officer had been ordered to take the suspect to the Ampara Magistrate as more..

'Sri Lanka may release seized boats soon'

Nov 27 (Hindu) Sri Lanka may consider releasing the Indian boats in its custody soon after verifying details of ownership, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said here on Wednesday. “I have given a list of the boat numbers and their owners to the Defence Secretary, explaining that many of them belong to poor fishermen and not rich trawler-owners,” he said, after a meeting with Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary, more..

Capital Maharaja Group wins SAP ACE Award

Nov 27 (CT) Capital Maharaja Organization Limited (TCMOL), one of the largest private business conglomerates in Sri Lanka, has won the 'Best Run Award in ERP – Emerging Enterprise' at SAP ACE Award 2014, the most coveted customer focused award by the global ERP solutions leader. Award was received by Eshini Mudalige, Group Director, TCMOL and Nalaka Seneviratne, Chief Finance Manager, TCMOL at a glittering ceremony which concluded on 12 Nov, in Mumbai. more..

Permanent employment for 18 Ranaviru Seva Authority officers

Nov 27 (MoD) Ranaviru Sewa Authority performs a commendable service to uplift the living standard of the valiant war heroes. They are well aware that we continue to look after them, said Secretary Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (26). He expressed these sentiments while addressing the gathering at a function organized to present 'Letters of Service Confirmation' for non-permanent (contract-basis) Management Assistant (grade III officers) of the Ranaviru Seva Authority (RSA) more..

'SL has reassured India on security interest'

Nov 27 (PTI) Sri Lanka has "reassured" that it would not do anything against the security interest of India, the govt said, in the backdrop of visits by a Chinese submarine to Colombo port. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informed Lok Sabha that the govt has taken up with Sri Lanka the recent visits of a Chinese submarine in Colombo and the neighbouring country has informed that the vessel visited for "replenishment" purposes. more..

Korean Press Corps visit Sri Lanka

Nov 27 (DN) 17 members of the Korean Press Corps will arrive in Sri Lanka today. They will be here to monitor KOICA's activities. They will be in Sri Lanka until Nov 30. Their scheduled program includes a meeting with Minister Bandula Gunawardane. Education Ministry is one of the key partners of KOICA after implementing several student centred projects. The projects include human development through quality education, improving access to quality education in more..

Shyam uses Buddhism as cultural link

Nov 27 (CH) It’s telling that author Shyam Selvadurai initially had trouble finding the appropriate material for the irreverent Way Back When event at the University of Calgary, which will have Selvadurai and fellow writers Ian Williams, Aritha van Herk and Larissa Lai reading “embarrassing” material they wrote as teenagers. It’s not that the Giller-shortlisted author wasn’t game, but when he went into his parent’s basement in suburban Toronto to search for some of the more..

Lawyers pledge to back Maithripala

Nov 27 (CT) 4,000-strong Lawyers' Collective (LC) pledged their unstinted support for the common candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, adding that they would also be speaking at every rally of Sirisena's political campaign highlighting the need to abolish the Executive Presidency. Chairman of the Standing Committee on Rule of Law of the Bar Association of SL (BASL) and Convenor for Lawyers for Democracy, more..

Real estate conference in Colombo next month as part of worldwide series

Nov 27 (FT) Global property portal Lamudi will host a conference for the real estate industry in Sri Lanka on 11 December at the BMICH. The local conference is part of a worldwide series of events being held in the countries Lamudi is present in, during the months of November and December across: Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa, with speakers from some of the top real estate agencies and firms in the regions. Conference in Sri Lanka will consist of a more..

'Banking sector should gear up to build new products and services'

Nov 27 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s banking sector needs new products and services to be competitive in the sector and to drive growth, Central Bank Governor Nivard Cabraal said. “Many foreign banks have come to us and talked about various new products and services,” Nivard Cabraal, Governor of Central said. “But we hardly see a Sri Lankan bank come to us to talk about new inventions other than lending.” Governor was addressing directors’ symposium 2014 held Colombo on Wednesday, more..

Youth arrested by TID over LTTE Heroes Day posters

Nov 27 (CT) A 24-year-old youth was arrested by the TID on Tuesday in Jaffna - Meesalai for allegedly being in possession of LTTE Heroes' Day posters. Suspect identified as Weerasingham Sulakshan was handed over to the TID and his computer was also confiscated for investigation. Koddikamam and Jaffna Police denied the arrest but NPC member Sayanthan said that the youth was arrested. more..

Residents irked by Nallur PS garbage dumping!

Nov 27 (CT) Navatkuli residents are up in arms against Nallur Pradeshiya Sabha for continuously dumping garbage on a private land (22 perches) in Navatkuli for the past five days. When the Nallur Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman P. Vasanthakumar was contacted he admitted to the fault saying that they had not obtained permission from the owner of the land prior to dumping of garbage. However, the owner of the land had sent a letter to the Chairman explaining his dissatisfaction more..

Cook's DRS double-take

Nov 27 (CI) England have only ever chased 300 twice in their history and Alastair Cook has not been in great nick over the last 18 months, so when Angelo Mathews won an lbw decision against his opposite number from the third ball of the innings, the die looked to be cast. Consultation with Moeen Ali at the other end encouraged Cook to review and although the ball pitched in line with leg stump and looked to have straightened enough, Hawk Eye decided it would have gone over top of off. more..

Sri Lanka hold on despite Moeen and Bopara

Nov 27 (CI) Moeen Ali produced an abundant one-day innings to raise horizons and rouse spirits, but it will take more than a one-man masterclass, however brilliant, to turn England into fancied World Cup contenders. Moeen clocked the third fastest ODI hundred in England's history, but ultimately it was Sri Lanka whose 25-run victory gave them first strike in the seven-match series. To surpass Sri Lanka's 317 for 6, England would more..

Surrendering your NIC ahead of polls

Nov 27 (ST) A couple of years ago during a local govt election campaign, a group of activists from the then ruling party came visiting houses in the Nugegoda/Nawala area with the usual greetings and one ‘strange’ question: “How many of the occupants registered as voters are working abroad or living abroad?” When they walked into the garden of a journalist, his angry response to this, then peculiar question coming from a group that was not authorized to ask such questions, was, more..

14 Pacific Islands want SL's equity, expertise

Nov 27 (CT) A total of 14 Pacific Islands want to seek Sri Lanka's equity and expertise in the areas of tourism and hotels along with the infrastructure development and education. "We are a part of a delegation which are here, which will seek the expertise of the Sri Lankan corporate sector and we will be shortly talking to them," Trade Commissioner of the Pacific Island Trade and Investment Commission Michael Greenslade told Ceylon FT yesterday in an exclusive interview. more..

Mahinda Rajapaksa vs. The Rest

Nov 27 (FT) It all began with the stars. It was apt therefore that less than 24 hours after President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared he would be seeking a third term in office two years ahead of schedule, certain celestial bodies began to wreak all manner of mischief inside his ruling party. Believers in astrology put last week’s political dramas down to the influence of the planet Saturn, the ‘Great Malefic’ of the astrological firmament. more..

‘Capital Market – key contributor to economy’

Nov 27 (Island) Text of speech by SEC Chairman Dr Nalaka Godahewa on ‘Corporate Governance’ at the Directors Symposium for the NBFI sector. I would like to thank the Central Bank for giving me this opportunity to address the Directors Symposium on a topic which is of great significance to the economic development of our country. I am sure that the topic ‘Corporate Governance’ is quite familiar to all of you. You would also agree with me that it is a constantly evolving subject. more..

Editorial: Confusion confounded

Nov 27 (Island) The budget vote came to pass without mass crossovers. However, anything is possible within the next few weeks with the Opposition and the govt all out to spring surprises for each other. Another govt MP defected to the UNP yesterday. The UPFA has been hoist with its own petard. It weakened the Opposition by engineering crossovers and now it has come to be troubled by defections. The Opposition vilified its members who joined the govt by claiming more..

'Most issues raised by BBS are rational'

Nov 27 (CT) Secretary to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs, M.K.B. Dissanayake, believes there is no harm in allowing organizations such as Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) to operate as pressure groups, as they sometimes help solve issues that have been prevailing for a long time. He also expresses the need to have stronger Immigration Laws to stop extremists groups from coming into the country. more..

Changing economic strategies most vital

Nov 27 (NS) The Presidential Election is at present the concern of everyone. Many ideas are mooted by patriotic persons and most are of the opinion that many changes have to be done. Some changes suggested such as changing the Constitution is something that cannot be done within a short space of time. The demand on everyone’s lips is that the Executive Presidency should be abolished. It is said that the powers vested in the Executive President have enabled a dictator to emerge and more..

Sri Lanka: Land of election promises

Nov 27 (SL) Some may call our country, the Land of the Lotus Eaters; others the Pearl of the Orient, it has always been the Resplendent Isle and to cynics the Land of Hope and Gory (sic). Quite recently it has been the Land of the Miracles and the Land of Hubs (so many). But right now undeniably it is the Land of Promises. Switch on the radio, TV or open a newspaper: there are promises and promises being made. The executive presidency will be abolished, Poverty eradicated, ‘We will become more..

'Inadequate facilities to test drug quality'

Nov 27 (CT) Doctors are undoubtedly a key component in the health sector in any country. In the context of a free healthcare system, doctors play a key role. In an interview with CT GMOA President, Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya, highlighted the shortcomings in the health sector and noted areas that need improvement. He emphasized that the entire human resources structure of the health sector should be changed. more..

Is the US behind Maithri's move?

Nov 27 (CT) Maithri changed after he went to Harvard, says Mahinda, to everyone these days. So Mahinda is trying to indicate that the United States is behind Maithri's pole vault. In June 2013, the Harvard School of Public Health recognized Maithtri as '2013 Harvard Health Leader' and gave him an award. But now only Mahinda says that Maithri changed after that visit. However, somewhere in 2011, Maithri met a diplomat in charge of political affairs when Patricia Butenis was the more..

Needed: A politico-economic roadmap

Nov 27 (CT) The Floating Market is one of a kind. A brainchild of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, it was built by the UDA at a cost of Rs.100 million. Its row of shops-on-boats looks rather quaint from afar. Closer encounters, reportedly, are not so pleasing. The shops have no proper walls or doors. Instead they have loosely woven coir-covers which provide no impediment to inclement elements or robbers. Every night the shop-owners face a Hobson’s choice: do they carry their merchandise home more..

Towards a healthy society

Nov 27 (SO) Obstetrics and Gynaecology are the oldest among medical sciences, for it should have begun with the very primitive humans. Over the past few centuries it has evolved as the most advanced medical science ensuring that childbirth is not a matter of life and death. Maternity wards and hospitals across the world are mostly continuing to record either nil maternal/infant mortality or very negligible of rate of mortality, more..

Supreme Court’s opinion on the President’s Reference

Nov 27 (GV) At last, the Supreme Court’s opinion on the President’s reference has seen the light of day, albeit unofficially, and it makes for miserable reading. The feature that stands out in the opinion is not only the unctuous tone which the Court has adopted in responding to the President’s request for an opinion, but also the sanctimonious view it has taken of the importance of its own opinion given in an advisory capacity, and the un-judicial language with which it has chosen to more..

Who will rule? A question from an undecided voter

Nov 27 (CT) Like the majority of my fellow citizens I am an undecided voter. My father Mervyn de Silva used to characterize me slightly critically, as “a Romantic”, and the romantic in me would like to vote for change. But right now, I cannot make that decision because the Realist in me raises a fundamental question: “who rules?” Or rather, who would rule, if Mr. Sirisena wins? Sadly, the answer to that question is not “Mr. Sirisena, would, of course”. That is because Mr. Sirisena has more..