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'Sri Lanka has no legislation to provide right to information'

Aug 20 (NS) UNP MP and member of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), Eran Wickramaratne says that Sri Lanka lacked a mechanism which assigns personal responsibility for heads of public sector institutions In an interview to The Nation, he stated that heads of the public sector needed to take up responsibilities for the drawbacks and problems within their respective institutions in order to ensure effective management. more..

Will Uva set the proper criterion for present political trends?

Aug 20 (CT) An opinion is currently in the making that the results of the Uva Provincial Council elections would be decisive for future political trends of the country. UPFA Govt thinks that the victory margin of Uva PC elections will be instrumental in deciding the future political strategy and election strategy of their alliance, while opposition political parties also believe that the results of the Uva PC poll would be a key deciding factor for the future power transition in the island. more..

Play of politics in Right to Information

Aug 20 (CT) Right to Information (RTI) is a haunting buzz word for the govt. It keeps coming back amidst the plethora of false promises to enact the law and random rejection by senior officials. Over the last few weeks both the UNP and the JVP went public with their promise to stand for a RTI Law in Sri Lanka. UNP MP Eran Wickremaratne, repeatedly highlighted the genuineness on the part of the UNP to introduce a RTI Law. The JVP has publicly claimed they will be formulating more..

'No SL infected by Ebola in West Africa'

Aug 20 (SO) With the World Health Organisation (WHO) announcing the current Ebola outbreak as an “International Public Health Emergency” on August 8, Sri Lankan ambassador in Nigeria accredited to the West African countries wrote to the foreign Ministry that none of the Sri Lankans had been affected so far by the deadly virus. According to the Foreign Ministry there are about 1000 Sri Lankans in Nigeria and more..

Ebola, globalisation and Sri Lanka in 2039

Aug 20 (CT) At the recent 175th anniversary celebrations of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, its Chairman Suresh Shah provided a ‘fast forward’ , describing how the business community wished Sri Lanka would be in the year 2039, when the Chamber will celebrate its 100th year of existence. In summary the picture the Chairman presented was of a country having a strong globalised and regional presence in the worlds markets. He said: “Sri Lankan brands are on the shelves around the more..

Can Swamy change Modi's policy on SL?

Aug 20 (CT) When the Congress Govt of Dr. Manmohan Singh was in power in India, a regular visitor to this country was N. Ram, Editor of the Hindu. He was granted exclusive interviews by President Rajapaksa. The close connection between Ram and Mahinda was built up by the tireless effort of an Indian PR company, which had been tasked to build bridges between Mahinda and India. To do so, the PR company engaged in a manoeuvre of putting Indian politicians who could influence Indian more..

Sri Lanka says won't allow terrorist acts against India

Aug 19 (PTI) Sri Lanka today assured India that its soil would not be used for terror attacks against its neighbour even as Colombo has stepped up deportation of Pakistani nationals amid reports that they were involved in subversive acts directed at India. Minister G L Peiris said that Colombo had assured New Delhi that its soil will not be used for anti-India activities. "We have constantly assured India that under no circumstances more..

Sri Lanka's FDI jumps 51% y/y in first-half 2014

Aug 19 (Reuters) Foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into Sri Lanka totaled $817 million in the first half of this year, 51% more than the inflow during the same period a year ago. Sri Lanka has set a $2 billion FDI goal this year, though it failed to meet that target for two years in a row. "We have recorded a 51% growth in foreign direct investment in the first six months to $817 million, compared to last year," Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena told reporters in Colombo. more..

India, SL meet to discuss narcotics menace

Aug 19 (PTI) India and Sri Lanka are expected to finalize a strategy to jointly tackle cross-border smuggling of narcotics and syndicates running the illegal trade between the two maritime neighbours. This is for the first time that the anti-narcotics sleuths of both the countries are coming together to the discussion table to take up the issue of drugs menace. The two-day conference starting tomorrow will be headed by a deputy inspector general rank officer of Sri Lanka and more..

Sri Lanka urges caution from UNHCR

Aug 19 (CG) The Govt today urged the UN refugee agency to exercise caution when giving refuge to Sri Lankans overseas. Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ravinatha Aryasinghe said that following the end of the war Malaysia had assisted Sri Lanka is cracking down on LTTE suspects living in Malaysia. He recalled that a few suspects had been arrested and sent back recently and investigations had more..

CML-MTD sets up a BOI housing projects for the Underserved

Aug 19 (GDI) CML-MTD has set up a BOI venture to undertake housing projects under the Urban Regeneration Plan set out as per the model proposed by the UDA. The new BOI Company has been successful in sourcing foreign funding for its project. The initial scope of the project comprises of the construction of 5,000 housing units under mandate from the UDA’s ‘Urban Regeneration Plan’, for the relocation of the underserved settlements in the city of Colombo. more..

Uva: UPFA bigwigs’ references to Harin irk Shasheendra, claims UNP

Aug 19 (Island) The UPFA’s Uva Chief Ministerial candidate Shasheendra Rajapaksa has complained to President Rajapaksa that some ruling party Ministers and MPs were promoting the UNPs Chief Ministerial candidate Harin Fernando by their actions. Anuradhapura District UNP MP P. Harison said that some govt Ministers and legislators campaigning in Uva for the forthcoming Provincial Council Election were talking only about Harin and not about Shasheendra. more..

Govt grilled on commissions

Aug 19 (CG) The opposition today questioned the Govt on the past Presidential Commissions of Inquiry (COI) and the latest commission and why reports of past commissions have not been submitted to Parliament. JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that thousands of Rupees have been spent on these commissions and yet the Govt is not keen to submit the findings of the commissions to Parliament. more..

Champika laments low population growth

Aug 19 (Island) Population growth of the Sinhalese was declining at an alarming rate with the current birth rate standing at 0.74%, Minister Champika Ranawaka said. Addressing the annual scholarship awards presentation ceremony of France-Sri Lanka Educational, Cultural and Social Organisation, he said that it would take 160 years to double the country’s current Sinhalese population. This would be the last century where Sinhalese would live as a majority in Sri Lanka, minister said. more..

Mervyn says Gnanasara Thera wears saffron robe to earn money

Aug 19 (AM) Minister of Public Relations and Public Affairs Mervyn Silva has vehemently criticized the Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera saying the latter is wearing the ’Buddha Robe’ only to earn money. The Minister, speaking to reporters, said people like Gnanasara Thera were nowhere to be seen during the time of war. He also added that the BBS organization has come out of the shell after the government ended the thirty year long conflict. more..

Kachatheevu: SC to hear Karunanidhi, Jayalalitha’s petitions together

Aug 19 (Hindu) The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear together the petitions filed by the DMK President M. Karunanidhi and the TN Chief Minister Jayalalithaa seeking a direction to the Centre to retrieve Kachatheevu Island from Sri Lanka. A Bench of Justices H.L. Dattu and S.S. Bobde, posted for final hearing the two petitions, after hearing senior counsel R. Venkataramani for Mr. Karunanidhi and State Additional more..

Govt spends Rs. 200 million to repair damaged properties in Aluthgama

Aug 19 (AM) Ministry of Defence has stated that the govt is spending up to Rs. 200 million rupees in the repair and reconstruction of the homes and shops damaged by the violence in the Aluthgama area a few months ago. The restoration work is done by the Sri Lankan Army under the supervision of Commander of Security Forces in Western Province Major General Ubhaya Medawela. President Rajapaksa, who visited Beruwala and Aluthgama following violent clashes, instructed more..

Sudden death of returnee from India sets off alarm

Aug 19 (Island) The Health Ministry has commenced investigations to ascertain whether the sudden death of a person at Rikillagaskada Hospital soon after returning from India was due the Ebola virus. The deceased had been a member of a group of Sri Lankans who had toured several areas in India including Puttaparthi in Andra Pradesh recently. Soon after the Indian tour, he had fallen ill and was admitted to the Rikillagaskada Hospital. The patient had complained of high fever, more..

Video: BBS raps Mervyn

Aug 19 (DM) Minister Mervyn Silva should correct himself first before making allegations against others, the General Secretary of BBS Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera said. “We would like to invite Minister Silva to set himself right and then to correct his son instead of accusing others,” Thera said as a response to a question posed by media. Earlier, during a meeting with the Mahanayakes Minister Silva had criticised the language more..

BJP told to explain Swamy in Lanka

Aug 19 (CG) TN Congress Committee President B S Gnanadesikan asked the Centre to clarify in what capacity did BJP leader Subramanian Swamy visited Sri Lanka recently. While welcoming dialogue with Sri Lanka to facilitate the post war rehabilitation and resettlement of Tamils there, the TNC chief wondered on what capacity the BJP leader had called on SL President Rajapaksha recently. “The Central govt must clarify. On what capacity did Subramanian Swamy go to Sri Lanka ? more..

Eastern Wildlife men have their work cut

Aug 19 (Island) Assistant Director of Wildlife in the Eastern Province D. M. Weerasinghe said that they found it extremely difficult to prevent elephants in Kumana sanctuary from raiding neighbouring villages like Akkaraipattu and Sammanthurai while the harvesting of paddy was underway. He requested the public not to believe the rumors that the Kumana National Park had been closed down, as a result of the acute and the prolonged drought. He admitted that members of his staff at more..

Randiv picked for Pakistan ODIs

Aug 19 (CI) Offspinner Suraj Randiv has been recalled to the Sri Lanka squad three years after he last played an ODI, as part of a new-look spin attack for the three-match one-day series against Pakistan. Opener Upul Tharanga has also been named in the squad, thanks largely to his good returns in the Pakistan Test series, while Dinesh Chandimal returns to the ODI fray, following a successful one-day stint with Sri Lanka A. more..

Ruling party accuses UNP of tarnishing the image of young politicians

Aug 19 (AM) The ruling party today accused the UNP of attempting to tarnish the image of several young politicians of the UPFA through false propaganda especially on social media. “At this stage, popular young politicians of the govt namely MP Namal Rajapaksa, Minister Dilan Perera and North Western Province Chief Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera are being targeted by this sinister propaganda campaign. Mangala Samaraweera, Head of the Media and Communications Unit more..

Mullaitivu District Secy. to solve land problems on LLRC recommendations

Aug 19 (Island) District Secretary for Mullaitivu Nogalingam Vethanayagam said that he would take steps to implement the recommendations of the LLRC by solving longstanding land problems of the people of the district during mobile land clinics to be held on Sept 4, 5 and 6. "We have taken action to solve as many land problems that have arisen following the liberation of the country in 2009." The district office of the Survey Department in Mullikulam is scheduled to be opened this morning by more..

MR says no to devolve police powers

Aug 19 (CG) President Rajapaksa today insisted that police powers will not be devolved to the provinces under any circumstances. Rajapaksa said that all the provincial councils are already enjoying the authority to administer their respective areas. However he said police powers will remain in the hands of the Govt. The Indian Govt had over the weekend said it wants to see powers powers devolved to the provinces in SL. more..

Magistrate calls for report on antique sword

Aug 19 (Island) The Hatton police nabbed two persons while they were transporting an antique sword suspected to be recovered from a treasure trove. Officials of the Department of Archaeology have ascertained that the sword and its scabbard belong to the Kandyan Period. The suspects had been planning to sell the sword for Rs. 3.6 million. The arrest was made on a tip-off received by the intelligence unit of the Hatton police. Produced before the Hatton Magistrate, more..

UN expert Rita Izsak wants unlawful Sri Lanka deportations to end

Aug 19 (WNN) UN human rights experts have expressed their grave concern over the detentions and forced deportations of Pakistani asylum seekers in Sri Lanka back to their homeland where violent attacks against religious minorities have spiked in recent years. “States must guarantee that every single asylum claim is individually assessed with due process and in line with international law,” according to press release issued by UN Special Rapporteurs on minority issues, Rita Izsák, and more..

Sri Lanka to focus on increasing trade and investment with China

Aug 19 (Xinhua) Sri Lanka will focus on increasing trade and investment with China as well as broadening the scope of a proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene said relations between Sri Lanka and China have leapfrogged since 2008 with around 5 billion U.S. dollars in infrastructure loans being given to the SL govt by China for various massive projects including ports, airport, highways & railroads. more..

Urgent inspections of beauty clinics ordered

Aug 19 (Island) Inspection of beauty parlours in the country has been ordered by the Health Ministry through a circular issued to all Provincial and Regional Health Directors in the country calling for quality reports on all beauty products used therein. Reports are to be handed over to the Director General Health Services (DGHS). The circular says that the Health Ministry urged the Regional and Provincial Directors to initiate regular monitoring and regulation of beauty parlours. more..

Sri Lanka shares close up 0.1%

Aug 19 (LBO) Sri Lanka's shares closed in the green Tuesday, recording the highest turnover since March 2012 with the off-market transactions of John Keells Holdings despite strong foreign selling, brokers said. All Share Price Index closed 6.75 points higher at 6,981.46, up 0.1%. The S&P SL20 closed 17.93 points higher at 3,848.50, up 0.47%. Turnover was 8.19 billion rupees, up from 1.79 billion rupees a day earlier with 82 stocks closed positive against 121 negative. more..

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DEW and I, and Hakeem too, have received none

Aug 19 (CT) An opposition member noted that recently there had been much speculation in the corridors of Parliament about the manner in which funds were being allocated for development. I had realized something unusual was going on, because during Reconciliation meetings in the North I had been told about massive amounts being made available to individual MP. I had not received anything myself, and indeed had to ask for the Rs 5 million that has been given each year to more..

Kolambata Kiri Uvata Kekiri

Aug 19 (CT) After 68 years of 'free education', Sri Lanka is still grappling with some of the more elementary problems that are usually associated with least developed countries and banana republics, where education for all and at no cost to the people is an alien concept. This is reflected in the glaring omissions, which see schools outside the major city centres still suffering from a whole heap of deficiencies ranging from staff to laboratory facilities, specialized teachers, proper tables more..

'Sri Lanka to refuse entry to UN investigators'

Aug 19 (AFP) Sri Lanka will not grant visas to UN investigators probing war crimes allegedly committed during the island's decades-long separatist conflict, President Rajapakse said Tuesday. "We will not allow them into the country," said Rajapakse, who is under international pressure to cooperate with the UN-mandated investigation. Sri Lanka has refused to accept the authority of UNHRC which voted more..

Pakistani named to advisory council

Aug 19 (CG) President Rajapaksa today named a Pakistani national to the Advisory Council to the Commission of Inquiry on Missing Persons. The President said that he had invited Pakistani human rights lawyer Akhmad Bilal to strengthen the Advisory Council which already consists of four members. President Rajapaksa had recently appointed Indian human rights activist, Avdhash Kaushal, to more..

The ugly face of beauty treatments

Aug 19 (SL) With the unfortunate death of Dr Priyangani – the Senior House Officer Plastic Surgery Unit of the Lady Ridgway Hospital (LRH) – startling revelations have come to the fore as to how the Health Ministry and the Provincial Health Services Dept. Western Province have failed to discharge their duties. Had these two institutions discharged their duties accordingly, Dr Priyangani’s service as a trained Anesthesiologist would more..