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GL sounds far-reaching educational reforms

Jan 22 (Island) Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris acknowledged that for want of tangible measures on the part of successive govts, there was a critical mismatch between the education provided and the availability of job opportunities. The academic, in quarantine as a result being identified as potential Covid-19 contact, emphasised the need for far reaching changes to address the issue as part of their efforts to restructure the entire system. more..

Sri Lanka Tourism goes digital

Jan 22 (CT) As experts say the global COVID-19 pandemic provided all industries some space to capitalise on available opportunities. Thus, the tourism industry being the worst affected has no doubt also received some space to plan for the future; focus on least attentive areas such as human capital development, tourism promotion and strategic plans to revive in the new normal with changed requirements of travellers. Besides, this is the time that the importance of technology more..

Gammanpila corrects and challenges Harsha

Jan 22 (FT) Minister Udaya Gammanpila has sent the following clarification with regard to the Daily FT article titled Govt. two-faced on debt: Harsha, published on 14 Jan: Kindly be noted that the article has mentioned a different opinion to what was expressed by me and therefore it gives an incorrect message to the general public. The fourth paragraph of the article quotes my fellow MP Dr. Harsha de Silva mentioning I had appealed the creditors to rollover part of $ 6.86 billion of debt in 2021. more..

SLC to inquire into alleged misbehavior

Jan 22 (CT) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has requested Team Manager Asantha de Mel to submit a report into alleged misbehaviour involving a female doctor and a young SL cricketer within the National team’s bio bubble during the first Test. The alleged incident was reported widely on social media on Wednesday, tarnishing the image of the National team. Regarding the incident SLC said in a media statement yesterday: more..

Turkey, SL have completely friendly relations

Jan 22 (AA) Turkey politically has no problems with Sri Lanka and the two countries have completely friendly relations, according to a Turkish official. The two countries are fighting against separatist terrorism and have similar problems, Turkey’s former ambassador to SL Tunca Ozcuhadar said in a video conference with Cemal Demir, head of the Istanbul-based South Asia Strategic Research Center (GASAM). Also, especially in the int'l area, both countries support all their draft resolutions more..

Eight Sri Lanka cricketers fail fitness tests

Jan 22 (Island) Sri Lanka Cricket has issued an ultimatum to its contracted players after eight of them failed a fitness test in Colombo. A pool of 20 shortlisted players for the upcoming tour of West Indies underwent fitness tests in Colombo and eight of them did poorly failing the tests. The list includes several permanent members in the side and some senior players. The players have now been given an ultimatum to get their act together before another fitness test on February 3rd. more..

President appoints CoI on human rights

Jan 22 (FT) Prez Rajapaksa has appointed a 3-member commission to identify the findings of the preceding Commissions and Committees that probed human rights violations and what progress has been made in the implementation of their recommendations in terms of the existing law and what further steps need to be taken in line with the present Govt policy. Commission is headed by SC Justice more..

Vehicle registration up in December

Jan 22 (DN) Total vehicle registrations recorded 4,407 units in December up from 2,868 units in November. There was also an increase in sales of locally assembled vehicles. Industry sources confirm that this is not an indication of an uptick in sales but due to the shifting of registrations from the month of Nov to Dec. The registrar of motor vehicles was closed during a period in November on account of social distancing measures taken due to Covid19. Locally assembled Zotye cars (Ideal motors) more..

Some thoughts on the Fall Army worm

Jan 22 (SO) The Fall Army worm (FAW) recorded for the first time in SL in Aug 2018 on maize is a moth, whose larva (Senadalambuwa) is one of the most devastating pests of agriculture. It is native to the tropical and sub- tropical Americas and found its way to several African countries in 2016 and then spread to China, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and SL. Unlike most other insect pests, it is polyphagous in the extreme, attacking leaves, stems and reproductive parts of more..

We have something up our sleeve

Jan 22 (CT) Despite England winning the last five Test matches, Dinesh Chandimal said that Sri Lanka has something up their sleeve walking into the second and final Test of the series which commences today in Galle. Sri Lankan team was rocked by several scandals this week with several reports on fitness fixing, bribing support staff to pass fitness tests, and alleged misbehavior between players and support staff. more..

Modern Indoor Cricket Complex at Piliyandala Grand Park Arena

Jan 22 (DN) SLC chairman Shammi Silva opened a new state of the art Indoor Cricket Complex named Grand Park Arena in Piliyandala. Officials from the Ministry of Sports, SLC, Sports Directors of the Tri Forces, Media and other sport dignitaries also participated in the opening ceremony. This private venture fully owned by Eran Ranasinghe will eventually see Grand Park Arena complete its other planned facilities such as a badminton court, gymnasium and a swimming pool in stages. more..

James Anderson recalled in place of Stuart Broad for second Test

Jan 22 (CI) James Anderson has been recalled by England for Friday's second Test against SL in Galle, at the expense of his long-term new-ball partner Stuart Broad, in a solitary change to the side that won the first Test by seven wickets earlier this week. Broad excelled in tricky conditions for fast bowling in the opening match, claiming 3 for 20 in SL's first-innings total of 135, before serving up 11 maidens out of 17 in their second to help restrict England's eventual target to a manageable 74. more..

All 9 provinces object amended Schools Sports Development Circular

Jan 22 (ST) A strong protestation has been placed by all nine provinces for the amended Schools Sports Development Circular (34/2016), which was sanctioned by Secretary of Ministry of Education. One of the main reasons for the united objection is known as ignoring the initial agreement made with the directors and divisional directors of the 98 Educational Zones with regard to the final decisions of the amendments and more..

SLSCA seek approval from higher authorities to begin U-19 cricket

Jan 22 (ST) Focusing on the ICC Youth World Cup 2022, the SL Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA) is on the verge of obtaining permission from the Ministry of Education to resume schools cricket with a Limite Overs tournament. With all sports activities coming to a standstill since March 2020 due to COVID-19, schools sports, including cricket, has faced a major setback sans activities for almost 11 months. With school players needing time and training prior to the biannual world event, more..

Tamil Nadu politics behind India’s new hardline on Lanka

Jan 22 (DM) Early this month, when India intervened in what was Sri Lanka’s internal security matter to end a protest campaign outside the Jaffna University main gate, it evoked the memories of the tumultuous phase of India-Sri Lanka relations and New Delhi’s arm-twisting diplomacy in the early years of the separatist war in Sri Lanka. Those were the days when India’s then High Commissioner J.N. Dixit was acting like a viceroy and India was regarded as Sri Lanka’s public enemy number one, more..

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Editorial: Of those walls

Jan 22 (Island) Walls are meant to ensure safety. Most houses in this country have boundary walls that are as tall as those around prisons, for there are more criminals at large than behind bars, and the law-abiding people fear for their safety. But walls can also be a source of danger if they are jerrybuilt or happen to sit in the wrong places like the one along a section of the perimeter of the Ratmalana Airport near the Galle road. A veteran SL pilot, who writes to this newspaper under a pseudonym, more..

MR Vs Biden

Jan 22 (CT) Democrat Joseph Biden (78) winner at the 49th US Prez Poll held on 3 Nov of last year, was sworn in as the USA’s 46th President on Wednesday. A lawyer by profession and born to a working class family, Biden has been in active politics for the past 51 years, cutting his teeth in politics by being elected to the New Castle County Council on the Democrat ticket in 1970 as a 27-year-old. In SL, the only person who has been as long as Biden in politics is former Prez and now more..

Teacher transfer causes controversy

Jan 22 (CT) Researches around the world confirm the success of SL’s education system; comparing it with the others around the region, but they don’t emphasise its shortcomings. Reduction of gender disparities is a known positive fact in SL’s education system; – The Free Education system has fostered the notion of equal opportunity. In fact, in higher levels of education, women are more likely to complete their education than men. more..

That hazardous Ratmalana wall

Jan 22 (Island) The majority of the Air Safety experts and all experienced pilots in SL say that the potentially hazardous concrete wall at the Galle Road end of the Colombo Int'l Airport Ratmalana should be removed and replaced with a fence capable of arresting an over running aircraft, if necessary. When the possible hazards were highlighted to the three owners of the said wall, it was the SL Air Force (SLAF) that declared first that as there was no war situation at present, more..

The Broken Promise and a broken cinema

Jan 22 (DM) When one walks along the road of Sinhala cinema that spanned 74 years on Jan 21 (yesterday) it brings both tears and joy. The Sinhala SL cinema commenced in 1947 with the screening of Kadawuna Poronduwa (the Broken Promise) which set the stage for more memorable films. The industry which produced films that touched the hearts of the audience and thrived now gasps for breath due to the present pandemic and the lack of quality movies. more..

'Govt is trapped in a huge mess & muddle'

Jan 22 (DM) Daily Mirror sat with former Economic Affairs State Minister and SJB MP, Dr. Harsha De Silva to discuss the Economy, Politics, Current Affairs and a few other burning issues faced by the people. Q: The country is in dire straits economically, socially and in respect of inter-communal harmony. The unprecedented onslaught by the COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation worse. How can SL get out of this mess? more..

China-India geopolitics in Jaffna’s islands: Fishermen suffer; India watches

Jan 22 (CT) As China vies for a foothold on islands East of the Jaffna peninsula, India is flexing its muscles to have its own influence on the islands. China in Hambantota is one thing. But in Jaffna? It appears that those affected would be Northern fishermen. Environment friendly multi-source power generation units were planned in the year 2017 using solar, wind, and battery sources, besides fossil fuels. The intention is to supply the islands of Neduntivu, Analaithivu and Nainathivu. more..

Will the demands of the Tamil political parties before the UN only harden the stand of...

Jan 22 (CT) Someone asked me; “One of our Foreign Office official on hearing of your joint appeal to the UNHRC has said as follows: ‘These demands (of the Tamil Political Parties before the UN) will only harden the stand of the majority community, whose views no democratic country can ignore. It’s time the Tamils realized this and accepted the thesis that the liberation of all Sri Lankans, irrespective of ethnic or other identities, lies in economic development on an equitable basis.’ Could you comment on more..

UNP denies its govt intended to sell ECT

Jan 21 (TM) UNP today said that the 2019 Govt has not entered into any agreement to sell the East Container Terminal (ECT) or any section of the Colombo Port to India, Japan or any other country. UNP in a statement said the agreement pertained only to the company operating the terminal. It said Memorandum of Corporation was signed between SL, Indian & Japanese Govts to lease out the terminal to a Terminal Operating Company. more..

First batch leaves for Korea for employment

Jan 21 (NR) The first batch of 22 workers returning to South Korea for employment this year, left the island this morning on a special charter flight. South Korean authorities are set to send the workers to their places of employment after a 14-day quarantine period. According to measures taken by Korean authorities due to the prevalence of the global Covid-19 pandemic, foreign workers must submit a valid PCR test report upon entry into Korea with effect from the 1 of January 2021. more..

Prez, PM send well wishes to Joe Biden & Kamala Harris

Jan 21 (AD) Prez Rajapaksa has offered well wishes to his new U.S. counterpart, Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their inauguration. Taking to his official Twitter account, the Prez said the Govt of Sri Lanka looks forward to working together with the U.S. towards a mutually beneficial and stronger bilateral relationship. “Congratulations & best wishes to President @JoeBiden on assumption of office as 46th President of the #USA. My govt & I look forward to working together more..

Sri Lanka expects tourists from Germany, Dubai as airports re-open

Jan 21 (EN) SL is expecting the first tourists from Germany and Dubai after Colombo and Mattala airports re-opened for tourists from Jan 21, with a daily ceiling of 2,500 tourists raising the possibility of getting a million visitors in 2021, officials said. Dept of Immigration had issue 75 visas on the first few hours of Jan 21 for tourists, from America, Germany, Middle East and China, Sri Lanka Tourism chief Kimarli Fernando said. more..

Court rejects Deepa Edirisinghe’s anticipatory bail application

Jan 21 (AD) Colombo Magistrate’s Court has rejected the anticipatory bail application filed by former Director of Swarnamahal Financial Services PLC Deepa Edrisinghe, citing a typo. The anticipatory bail applications filed by three other Swarnamahal Financial Services – Nalaka, Jeewaka and Asanka Edirisinghe – were meanwhile scheduled to be taken up for consideration on the 27th of Jan. Further, Colombo Chief Magistrate Mohamed Mihal issued notices to the OIC of more..

Three negative PCR tests for tourists to travel around the country

Jan 21 (CT) The Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, S.Hettiarachchi said, with the official opening of Airports today, tourists with three negative PCR tests will be allowed to travel around the country following a 14-day quarantine period. Thereby those arriving in the country following a negative PCR report prior to boarding the flight will be directed to quarantine for 14 days. Tourists will then be subject to another PCR test on admission to the hotel where they will quarantine and more..

TN fishermen stage road roko, condemn Lankan Navy for deaths of two

Jan 21 (Hindu) The fishermen have demanded compensation for the deaths; for the bodies to be handed over to the Indian authorities immediately, and for the autopsies to be conducted in India. Over 200 fishermen resorted to a road roko at coastal Kottaipattinam in Pudukottai district on Thursday, in the wake of the recovery of the bodies of fishermen in Sri Lanka, suspected to be of those reported missing from Tamil Nadu. more..

CPC saved USD 300M in foreign exchange last year: Chairman

Jan 21 (AD) Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has saved USD 300 million in foreign exchange for the year 2020, says CPC Chairman Sumith Wijesinghe. He made this remark in response to a question raised by MP S.M. Marikkar during the meeting of COPE, chaired by Prof. Charitha Herath. The COPE met in Parliament on Tuesday to discuss the Special Audit Report on the storage and distribution of petroleum. CPC chairman noted that this was possible due to the drop in more..

Stranger intrudes Horogolla Walauwa; CCD launches special probe

Jan 21 (DM) The CCD has begun a special investigation into the incident where an unidentified person had intruded the Horagolla Walauwa in Nittambuwa, the ancestral home of former Prez Chandrika Kumaratunga. The stranger intruded the premises on Jan 20 while the policemen attached to former Prez's Security Division were on duty around the area. An official from former Prez Kumaratunga's office said it was still unclear to as to how this person had entered the residence when more..

Dayasiri calls for facilitating home-quarantine to minimise spending on quarantine centres

Jan 21 (DM) Only the people with COVID-19 complications should be sent to quarantine centres while the others with symptoms should be directed to serve home quarantine, State Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said. He said sending all, including COVID-19 positives, people with symptoms and associates to quarantine centres is a very costly exercise, as the Govt is running out of monetary resources. more..

Harsha incurs wrath of ministers for taking up issue of road building in Sinharaja

Jan 21 (Island) Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told parliament on Tuesday that no harm had been inflicted on the environment when a road was renovated in the village known as Lankagama close to the Sinharaja Forest which was a sensitive eco-system and world heritage. Responding to a question raised by SJB MP Dr. Harsha de Silva, the Minister said that an environmental impact assessment should be conducted when a road is constructed, more..

Eight Colombo Undergrads positive with COVID-19

Jan 21 (CT) Eight students at the Science Faculty of Colombo Uni had tested positive for COVID-19. Uni sources stated the eight students tested positive were 6 first and 2 second year undergraduates. Students had taken part in a private reception held outside the Uni premises where they are said to have been exposed to the virus. When contacted, VC of the Colombo Uni Dr. Chandrika Wijayaratne confirmed that the 8 students are from its Science Faculty who had fallen victim to the disease. more..