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'Doctors attempting to create a monopoly'

Sep 22 (NR) State Minister Eran Wickramaratne says the govt doctors are attempting to create a monopoly and in doing so impose pressure on essential services to the public. He said the trust individuals have in doctors has been compromised. There is no one trusted as much as a doctor adding that however this trust has been compromised. He said there is a doctor dictatorship prevalent in the country at the moment more..

Dialog waives off charges for a day

Sep 22 (AD) Dialog network announced that all Voice Call and SMS charges incurred by its costumers on Wednesday (20) will be waived in full, due to disturbance to Mobile Services experienced on that date. “We regret the inconvenience caused due to the disturbance to Mobile Services on 20/09/17,” the service provide a said in a text message sent to all customers. “As a token of gratitude, your Voice Call charges & SMS charges incurred on 20/9 will be waived in full. more..

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera signs first Rs. 5,000 note

Sep 22 (DN) Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday placed his signature of a newly minted Rs. 5000 note making it the first time to do so since he assumed the role of Finance Minister. He was presented a framed picture of the note by De La Rue CEO Martin Sutherland, Mark Filer and Nadeesha Epasinghe. Minister Mangala Samaraweera, the second Finance Minister of the national unity govt, was appointed to the position during the Cabinet reshuffle of May 22. more..

Sri Lanka’s first Social Innovation Lab to be established

Sep 22 (ST) The Ministry of Science, Technology and Research together with the UNDP have come together to establish Sri Lanka’s first Social Innovation Lab. The establishment of this lab comes as one of the main outcomes of the First National Summit on Foresight and Innovation for Sustainable Human Development which was hosted by UNDP and other public and private sector partners in May 2016. more..

Demographic and Health Survey Report – 2016 launched

Sep 22 (AD) The report of the Demographic and Health Survey – 2016 conducted jointly by Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) and the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine (MoHNIM) launched on 18th Sept. The First copy of the report on SLDHS – 2016 was presented to Mr. Faizal Cassim, Deputy Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine. Data collected in this survey include demographic and household characteristics of the housing units more..

Harry Jayawardena reappointed to Distilleries as Melstacorp nominee

Sep 22 (LBO) Business tycoon Harry Jayawardena has been reappointed to the board of Distilleries as a nominee of Melstacorp. Distilleries said in a stock exchange filing that Harry Jayawardena, Cedric Jansz, and Hasitha Jayawardena resigned from the Distilleries Board after the conclusion of the AGM held today. However, in a board meeting held after the conclusion of the AGM, they have been reappointed as directors of the company as nominees of Melstacorp. more..

JVP supporting mainly to abolish executive presidency: Anura

Sep 22 (DM) Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake said they would support the Constitution-making process based on several facts including the abolishing of the executive presidency and changing of the electoral system. The JVP MP told Parliament that the constitution was meant to protect the social and economic policy of the country and added that they were against that policy and the constitution in general. more..

Medical charges at private hospitals to be regulated

Sep 22 (NR) Minister of Health Rajitha Senaratne says charges obtained at all private hospitals and laboratories will be regulated and brought to an equal level. Speaking in Parliament he said charges imposed by certain private hospitals are unaffordable. He said, an International team was brought down to formulate a report on the prices charged by all private hospitals and laboratories in the island adding that they were given a period of two months at the end of which more..

Opening zoo at night may risk animals' lives: JVP

Sep 22 (DM) JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake asked whether a scientific study had been carried out to assess the impact on animals due to the opening of the Dehiwala Zoo at night. He told Parliament that animals need rest at night and added that keeping the zoo open at night may risk the lives of the animals. "This is a serious matter. The animals may die,” he said. Mr. Ratnayake speaking at the debate on Sri Lanka's sustainable Development Bill said a zoo which was kept open at nights more..

Sri Lankan apparel makers seek concessions to import labour

Sep 22 (F2F) Deputy minister Harsha de Silva said the nation’s apparel industry is seeking govt concessions to import labour from regional economies, such as Nepal and Bangladesh, to tackle shortage of skilled labour. Thousands of jobs are vacant in the apparel sector in industrial zones. He, however, expressed doubts over the sustainability of the apparel industry, even if it was allowed to import labour. more..

'Injured Mathews eager to play in ODIs'

Sep 22 (NR) Team Manager Asanka Gurusinghe says former skipper Angelo Mathews is eager to be part of the One Day International squad as an all-rounder. Mathews has had a long history of injuries and the veteran all-rounder has served more time off the field in the past 12 months than ever before in his career. Former SL skipper has also been ruled out of the opening Test against Pakistan with a grade one tear to his calf muscle, sustained during a training session. more..

Daisy Forest asked to cooperate with FCID

Sep 22 (NR) Court today ordered Daisy Forest, the grand aunt of Yoshitha Rajapaksa, to record statements required at the FCID pertaining to investigations into the purchase of a plot of land down Mihindu Mawatha, Dehiwela worth 50 million rupees. The order was issued by Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara. The FCID detailing facts before Court said a progress report of investigations has been handed over to the Attorney General’s Department. more..

Ministry wants restrictions on soft liquor removed

Sep 22 (DM) Ministry of Tourism and Christian Affairs has proposed the removal of restrictions imposed on soft liquor sales in the 2018 Budget, Minister John Amaratunga informed Parliament. Responding to a question, minister said his ministry had requested the Minister of Finance to ease laws pertaining to soft liquor such as beer and wine so that these types of alcoholic beverages would be freely available. more..

Construction plan of SAARC Medical College to be finalised by December

Sep 22 (DN) The construction plan of the SAARC Medical College will be finalised by December, this year, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne had stated. Minister had stated that during the recent SAARC Health Ministers' meeting held in Colombo, that the SAARC Director General presented the proposal to construct a SAARC Medical College and that he pledged to extended his fullest support. The Minister has also proposed to construct the college in Sri Lanka. more..

Andhra Pradesh to set up industrial corridor in Sri Lanka

Sep 22 (ENS) Andhra Pradesh govt is contemplating to develop an industrial corridor in Sri Lanka. AP Industries Minister Amarnath Reddy and the officials concerned have already conducted talks with the SL govt for making the project fruitful. A MOU will be signed with the Sri Lankan govt in a few weeks. As the island nation is convenient for water transport, Sri Lanka is the best bet for AP for conducting trade in sea foods, pharma and tourism sectors, say officials.   more..

How are Sri Lanka’s industries faring in the current economic climate?

Sep 22 (Roar) Travis Gomez – Product Head at Frontier Research speaks to Roar Media on where SL’s tertiary sector stands at present as well as its growth and challenges. Since the end of the civil conflict, Sri Lanka has experienced a steady economic growth of 6.4% between 2010 and 2015. However, the country’s economy isn’t faring so well right now. Getting walloped like a ton of bricks by one natural disaster after another in recent more..

Video: Three hand grenades recovered in Slave Island

Sep 22 (DM) Three live hand grenades had been found in Slave Island, Colombo this morning, Police said. They said that the hand grenades were found under a vehicle, which had been abandoned in the premises of SL Insurance Corporation. “It was disclosed in the investigation conducted by the Police that the hand grenades were trapped between concrete slabs and the Police security has been given to the site,” Police said. Police have started an operation in collaboration with more..

Video: Several reforms to be introduced to bolster the judiciary– Ajith Perera

Sep 22 (AD) Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera discussed several judicial reforms proposed by the Anti-Corruption Secretariat which included the establishment of a trail at bar method where hearings will be held daily with only one appeal. He discussed several proposals submitted by the Anti-Corruption Secretariat aimed at reforming the judicial process within the country.  Accordingly he stated that steps will be taken to establish a trail at bar system for crimes pertaining to bribery, more..

40 SL cricketers call for inquiry into shocking allegations made by Pramodya

Sept 22 (AD) The national cricketers including 40 contracted players have called for an immediate inquiry in to certain shocking allegations made by former selector Pramodya Wickremasinghe insinuating unnatural and mysterious match patterns. The cricketers, in a petition signed by all including both captains Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), have drawn attention in to more..

Report called over ragging at Nilwala National College

Sept 22 (NR) Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has called for a report pertaining to a ragging incident reported at the Nilwala National College of Education. He has notified the Commissioner of the College KMH Bandara to look into the matter and submit a report. The Education Minister said ragging incidents should be avoided in order to protect the right of all students to a free education. Minister added the lack of discipline in students studying to become teachers is a serious concern. more..

Sri Lanka should buy 150MW contingency, 60MW emergency power: regulator

Sept 22 (EN) CEB should act quickly to buy 60MegaWatts of emergency power and immediately tender for 150MW of thermal capacity to come on stream early next year to avert a blackouts, power regulator has said. Public Utilities Commission of SL said if rainfall is weaker than normal, 60MW of emergency generation should be brought on stream from an expired power purchase agreement. The international power firm Agrekko has kept an ageing plant in Colombo knowing that CEB will more..

Chrishmal Warnasuriya

Media Freedom: alive and not so well… is it?

Sep 22 (FT) In war, facts are often among the first casualties. In peace time, truth is. During those dark days, bodies littering the streets of Colombo were par for the course – whether dead editors once bloodied but unbowed. Or badly beaten investigative journalists bruised for their brutal exposés. Because despotism knows no mercy towards its detractors.  Today the only corpses in sight are those lining the bullpen – critics and social commentators who have fallen asleep at their desks, more..

Dissecting Trump’s threats

Sep 22 (CT) "In foreign affairs, we [USA] are renewing this founding principle of sovereignty. Our govt's first duty is to its people; to our citizens, to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights and to defend their values. As President of the United States, I will always put America first. Just like you, as the leaders of your countries, will always and should always put your countries first." Thus began one of the most terrifying and incredibly confusing speeches more..

Constitution framers divided over bid to change unitary state

Sep 22 (Island) The Steering Committee, tasked with drafting a new constitution has raised the hackles of some of its members by proposing that the term, unitary state be done away with. The Steering Committee interim report submitted by PM Ranil Wickremesinghe to the Constitutional Assembly yesterday states that people in the south are scared of the term, federal while the people in the North fear the word, unitary. more..

Sri Lanka probes longest saree wedding for using kids

Sep 22 (AFP) A Sri Lankan couple is under investigation for deploying hundreds of school children to carry the train of the bride's saree during a wedding ceremony. About 250 students of a state-owned school carried the train of the 3.2-kilometre (two-mile) long saree worn by the bride as she and the groom walked down a main road in the central district of Kandy Thursday. Another 100 students served as flower girls at the wedding. more..

'COPE awaiting results on bond issuance'

Sep 22 (NR) Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera says the COPE is eagerly awaiting the results of the Commission appointed to probe the controversial bond issuance. Speaking in Parliament, COPE member Minister Jayasekera said Maximum punishment should be meted out to the perpetrators. He said they are awaiting action against the perpetrators adding the COPE also raised several valid points. more..

President meets Nepal PM

Sep 22 (PSL) The Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said that the commitment shown by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena for the activities of the SAARC is significant and the gratitude of all the SAARC countries must go to him in this regard. He made these remarks when he held bilateral meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena on the sidelines of the 72nd Session of UNGA, in New York yesterday. more..

U.S. commends Sri Lanka's national reconciliation and rebuilding efforts

Sep 22 (PSL) The Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Thomas A. Shannon says the political, social and economic rebuilding process of Sri Lanka in the post- conflict era is highly commendable. He made these remarks when he called on President Maithripala Sirisena on the sidelines of the 72nd Session of the UNGA, in New York, yesterday. President recalled the long-standing friendship between SL and U.S.A more..

Agreements on H’tota Port with China: SC petitioned to block activation

Sep 22 (CT) Two fundamental rights petitions were filed in the Supreme Court (SC) seeking an interim injunction against the activating of two agreements the Govt had signed with China, to lease the Hambantota Port, as it has been alleged that the agreement that was presented to Parliament was not the one signed with Beijing. One petition was filed by Ven. Prof. Maduru Oya Dhammissara Thera, Ven. Muruththettuwe Ananda Thera, more..

Video: EC should announce its stance: JO

Sep 22 (DM) Elections Commission (EC) should announce it stance in relevance with the govt’s move to delay PC Elections and PC Election Amendment Bill which was passed with the two third majority in parliament, SLPP Leader G.L. Peiris said. He said that it was questionable as to why the PC was still reluctant to come out with a specific clarification over the incidents occurring which were applicable to EC. more..

SLFP factions should unite: Susil

Sep 22 (NS) Minister Susil Premajayantha speaks about the crisis within the SLFP and the need for both factions to unite. Q: Isn’t the crisis within the SLFP getting progressively worse? A: The crisis is mainly in relation to policy matters. One within the unity Govt and the other involves the country, the village. There are 14 Ministries operating within the Govt. The rest of the Ministries belong to the UNP. more..

Unknown business agenda may be behind elephant sale idea

Sep 22 (ST) A local politician continues to draw ridicule and raise suspicions in Sri Lanka and beyond its shores for suggesting that there are too many elephants and they should be rounded up from the wilds and be sold overseas. An elephant calf in Sri Lanka sells for upwards of US$ 150,000 (Rs 19 mil). In Sri Lanka, there are more elephant deaths than that of humans. More than 270 elephants have been killed last year, more..

Chaos, corruption covered by Sinhala Patriotism

Sep 22 (DM) I have been given many epithets for trying to promote a decent and a civilised North-South dialogue for a common and a shared future with due respect to each other’s cultural identities. This week began with epithets like Voice of (Tamil) Diaspora and A dollar paid Traitor. Another called me a Sinhala Buddhist basher.   All commenting online, on the feature article which carried excerpts of NP CM C.V. Wigneswaran’s more..

Hunting for controversies: Why oppose PC Elections Bill, 20A?

Sep 22 (DM) Yahapalana Govt seems to be fond of being caught in unnecessary troubles and controversies. It could have got the two recent Bills on Provincial Council elections- the 20th Amendment and the PC Elections Bill- passed in the Parliament without much controversy.   But it did not do so.  The leaders of the Govt, especially the UNP leaders claimed that the main purpose of the 20th Amendment was to conduct the elections for all nine Provincial Councils in one day, more..

I was homeless and you gave me a home

Sep 22 (DM) Yesterday was the UN International Day of Peace with the theme being together for peace, respect, safety and dignity for all.   Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.   According to the UN the theme honours the spirit of TOGETHER, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity more..