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'Militarisation is a problem in the Tamil areas'

May 25 (Rediff) Sherine Xavier, a Sri Lankan Tamil filmmaker from Canada, is happy. After months of struggle with the Indian censor board, she has finally obtained approval to screen her film Muttrupullia? (Is it a full stop?), which deals with the post-war situation in the Tamil areas of Sri Lanka. Xavier, image, left, who was in Chennai, speaks about the movie and her struggle with the censor board, in a conversation with R Ramasubramanian. Q: Why did you make this film? The ground situation more..

The agony of Sri Lanka's landslide survivors

May 25 (AJ) In Siripura, one of three Sri Lankan villages completely buried by a massive landslide a week ago, a grieving Priyanthi Sudeepani, 42, continues to hold on to hope for her son's return. Yet, most here are aware that no survivors will be found after mudslides ploughed into their villages, killing 101 people and leaving 107 others missing on May 18. Nearly 290,000 Sri Lankans have been affected by floods and landslides since last week. "A plane crashed into the mountain, more..

Loans loans more loans: Biggest achievement of the Yahapalana govt

May 25 (Reuters) SL is in the process of borrowing up to $3.5 billion from foreign sources via syndicated loans, sovereign bonds, and sukuk, finance minister said. Borrowing plan comes as the South Asian nation seeks to fix its precarious balance of payments position after a sharp depletion of its foreign exchange reserves - a legacy of massive debt piled up under the previous govt. "A $500 million syndicated loan is almost done more..

Sri Lankan start-up ideas getting better, scope widening

May 25 (EN) A group of angel investors supporting Sri Lankan entrepreneurs said start-up business plans were getting better with ideas for businesses across a wider range of sectors in their latest funding round. The entrepreneur empowerment platform, Venture Engine, has ended its Call for Entries having received an overwhelming response from an ever expanding pool of potential participants, a statement said. “Also noteworthy, the quality and variety of submissions more..

Alwaleed Philanthropies of Saudi Arabia donating $1m for flood relief

May 25 (AN) Alwaleed Philanthropies (AP), chaired by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, is donating $1 million to provide support to those affected by the recent floods and landslides that have caused devastation in Sri Lanka. The announcement comes as delegates from 175 countries gather in Istanbul today for the opening of the first ever World Humanitarian Summit. At the summit, global leaders are discussing how to effectively respond to major humanitarian challenges like the one in SL, more..

GMOA to strike across the country except in disaster-hit districts

May 25 (DM) The Govt Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) today decided to go on strike next Tuesday in all govt hospitals in the country except in disaster-hit districts, against the arbitrary action of the Medical Services Director (MSD) of the Health Ministry. Accordingly, floods and landslides hit districts including Colombo, Gampaha, Kegalle, Puttalam and Kilinochchi will not be affected by the island-wide strike of the govt doctors. more..

Woman who obtained relief items meant for flood victims identified

May 25 (Island) The woman photographed by The Island while she was collecting relief items being distributed by hundreds of kind hearted donors, through her henchmen near the Kelani Bridge on Sunday has been identified as a resident of Wellampitiya. She is a drug peddler in the area. The Island on Sunday captured the images of a group exploiting the tragic situation. The woman used drug addicts among others to collect relief items meant for the people living in temporary huts on more..

Special Police /STF Reconnaissance ops 24 x 7 home security in flooded areas

May 25 (CT) The Special Task Force (STF) and additional Police personnel have been deployed on a 24-hour daily operation to nab looters who have been on the rampage in flood affected areas. A spokesman said the STF would arrest anyone even found loitering suspiciously close to homes in these areas. The joint operation has been launched on directives from the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Karunasena Hettiarachchi and IGP Pujith Jayasundera. more..

Navy wants action be taken against EP CM Nazeer

May 25 (DM) The navy handed a report to the Defence Ministry requesting action be taken against Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed for allegedly rebuking a naval officer at an event at the Sampur Maha Vidyalaya on Friday. A video of CM rebuking a naval officer, who was the compere at an event at Sampur Maha Vidyalaya, went viral recently. Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando more..

Uninsured flood victims covered by state insurance: Ravi

May 25 (EN) Sri Lanka's uninsured flood and landslide victims can submit claims to the disaster management office to get compensation under an insurance policy recently bought by the govt, Minister Ravi Karunanayake said. He said State-run National Insurance Trust Fund (NITF) had obtained a cover which will pay up to 10 billion rupees to disaster victims, under budget proposal made this year. A 300 million rupee premium for the cover had been paid shortly before floods hit country, more..

GMOA reports respiratory tract and skin infections and diarrhoea

May 25 (Island) The Govt Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday said that the highest number of respiratory tract and skin infections as a result of the floods had been reported from the Kaduwela MOH area. GMOA Secretary Dr. Nalinda Herath said the Kaduwela MOH updating, the Disaster Management Coordinating Centre (DMCC) of the Union had said it had treated 580 skin infections and 500 respiratory tract infection (RTIs) with the onset of the floods till date. more..

Video: FSP front-liners Jagoda and Kuruwita arrested

May 25 (DM) FSP Propaganda Secretary Pubudu Jagoda and Central Committee Member Sujith Kuruwita were arrested by the Maradana Police today. The arrests were made after they were summoned to the Maradana Police to record a statement on the tense situation that prevailed at the Immigration and Emigration Department in Borella on April 1. A heated argument between FSP members and the Police led more..

Priceless Buddha statue damaged

May 25 (Island) A priceless bronze Buddha statue belonging to the Anurdhapura era, taken to Temple Trees from the National Museum, had suffered damage due to carless handling. Siras patha (circle of light) of the ancient seated Buddha statue, unearthed from the Veheragala archaeological site, had been broken due to a fall. Some officials took the statue, belonging to the 9th Century AD) to Temple Trees, where it was displayed with Buddha relics brought from Pakistan on Saturday. more..

Will Sri Lanka Test be Durham's last?

May 25 (CI) News that Ben Stokes will not appear in the second Test comes as the latest setback to Durham, a club struggling with fortune and finance. With ticket sales for the game modest - the most recent ECB sales report states that 25,373 have been pre-sold for the first four days, around 45% of those available - the club dearly needed Stokes, something of a local hero, to attract last-minute buyers. If they had any luck at all, it would be bad. If you judge Durham as a centre of more..

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Muslim civil society was in full swing helping flood victims

May 25 (CT) It is a welcome sign that Muslim civil society went into action in full swing to help the victims of torrential rains, widespread floods, landslides and gale force winds wreaked havoc since 14 May 2016. Hundreds of thousands were turned overnight into homeless and penniless destitute. While wheeler dealer Muslim politicians disappeared from the scene, enterprising Muslim individuals, institutions and organisations, companies and many others rushed to more..

Let high security zones be a reality!

May 25 (CT) The day before yesterday, President declared all flood and landslide affected areas as high security zones subsequent to the severe loss of human and physical resources. Decision was taken by President after the first meeting of the Presidential Task Force established to combat the disaster situation. In addition to the decision of declaring disaster affected areas as high security zones, land reclamation in the Colombo District has also been prohibited with immediate effect. more..

It was Austin Fernando's fault: Nazeer

May 25 (DM) Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed yesterday gave the background to the incident that occurred at the function held at the Sampur Maha Vidyalaya. He said he had lost his temper because of the actions of Governor Austin Fernando. He said the governor had shown a lack of the respect for him, frequently undermining his authority in the province and interfering in his work . more..

Govt takes more loans without starting a single new project: JO

May 25 (Island) The Joint Opposition said faulted the govt for failure to distribute disaster relief in an efficient and equitable manner. It said some victims had been left out. Former Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said lack of public representatives' participation had hampered relief distribution. "The govt did not conduct the LG elections on time and a majority of local govt bodies function without public representatives," he said, more..

Cooray did not consult me on meeting: Wigneswaran

May 25 (Hindu) Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran on Tuesday kicked up a row by criticising Governor Reginald Cooray for holding a meeting on Jaffna city development scheme without consulting him. He said the Provincial Council had been discussing the scheme with the authorities concerned for the last one year. “Without ascertaining the status of the discussion, the Governor has convened a meeting,” more..

Official defends Rajitha’s son using state vehicles to distribute relief items

May 25 (Island) The Health Education Bureau is accused of abusing vehicles and resources of the Ministry to promote political image of Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne's son, Gampaha District MP Chatura by distributing relief items to disaster-stricken people. Bottled water and other relief items being distributed among the victims of floods in the Gampaha District had been dispatched in lorries belonging to the Medical Supplies more..

Aranayake disaster: Search for over 100 to be abandoned

May 25 (Island) Search operations conducted by security forces to trace those still missing due to the recent landslide in Aranayake in the Kegalle District would have to be stopped within the next few days, Officer overseeing the operations at Aranayake, Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe said. He said that 28 bodies and some body parts had been recovered by the security forces. Eight bodies had not yet been identified, he said. more..

Kusal’s WADA hook and the 4-centimetre clip

May 25 (ST) From a formative stage, one of the strong ingredients that Kusal Janith Perera carried in his system was resolute. When he initially held the bat, he gripped the handle as a right-hander and that is the way he started his cricket in the initial years in the family back yard. Soon, he found out that it was an impediment. Playing softball cricket down his lane, he found it difficult to score because playing big shots more..

SLC reacts to unprofessional administration

May 25 (DN) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has reacted to the article carried in the sports page of the Daily News of May 23 and we publish below their right of reply. Article titled UNPROFESSIONAL administration leaves our cricketers in the cold. SLC is disappointed to note the deliberately misleading and malicious article of above caption published in the Daily News of 23 May, written by Sports Editor Sa’adi Thawfeeq. more..

Nishantha Wickremasinghe leased vehicle belonging to Bhikkhu in Weeraketiya

May 25 (DN) The vehicle permit pertaining to the Toyota Land Cruiser valued at Rs 22 million leased by former SriLankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe belonged to a Bhikkhu resident in Weeraketiya, investigations made by the PRECIFAC have revealed. During the Rajapaksa regime former President had summoned leading Bhikkhus to Temple Trees and gifted duty free vehicle permits to them and more..

'Former Chairman and CEO of SriLankan had no airline experience whatsoever'

May 25 (DM) The woeful plight of SriLankan Airlines is a major issue under close scrutiny. People also seem disappointed that action against those who are alleged to have been responsible for this situation is dragging too long. Seeking an insight into this burning issue, the Dailymirror interviewed Deputy Minister of Public Enterprise Development Eran Wickramaratne. Following are the excerpts of the interview. more..

Make or break talks as SLMC rift deepens

May 25 (SL) Crucial discussions are taking place in the SLMC in order to resolve a serious rift in the party. The rift involves a faction supporting SLMC General Secretary Hasen Ali and SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem. The rift, which first emerged in March, aggravated over the past two months, and a committee has now been formed in an attempt to settle the issue once and for all. Ali said he met Hakeem last week and had talks more..

Hypocrisy of the Rajapaksas is overflowing the borders of rationality…

May 25 (DM) The National Heroes’ Day was marked on May 18. Defeating the LTTE and their terrorists-in-arms is indeed a very significant victory for the Sri Lankan security forces. The Army, the Navy and the Air Force with all the assistance of the Police Force managed to put to rest an ethnic war that lasted more than twenty five years. The gallantry of our soldiers, sailors and airmen and policemen cannot be overstated. The leadership on the battleground was precise, decisive and final. more..

Mother nature says; I am prepared to evolve, are you?

May 25 (DM) With the govt and the people of Sri Lanka still focusing attention on effective relief and rehabilitation measures for more than half a million victims of the ongoing deluge, we need to join the international community in giving emphasis to the long term battle against climate change and its catastrophic effects. Across the world and from this week in Sri Lanka, a powerful television message or warning is making people aware of the need for us, collectively and individually more..

Health Ministry says country spared of epidemics

May 25 (Island) There had been no outbreaks of epidemics or deaths due to health issues arising from floods and landslide that hit various parts of the country, Acting Director General of Health Services Dr Jayasundara Bandara said. He said a few cases of diarrhoea had been reported from the Wattala area, but the situation was under control. Ministry had sent medical assistance to the disaster areas as early as on May 16 as more..

Harin to make official apology in Parliament today

May 25 (DN) Minister Harin Fernando is to make an official apology in Parliament today for using unparliamentary language during a heated parliamentary debate last week. Minister under severe criticism for his behaviour, was summoned before Speaker for a disciplinary inquiry on the incident last Friday as well. “I could have denied the incident as there was no video evidence and there were a lot of MPs around me. But I owned up to my mistake, and I may have to face disciplinary more..

SriLankan Aviation College takes aviation training islandwide

May 25 (Island) SriLankan Aviation College has appointed Nawaloka Air Services as its franchise partner. The new partnership intends to expand Aviation training countywide, providing invaluable opportunities for young Sri Lankans in all four Provinces to embark upon rewarding careers in the global air transport and hospitality industries. The franchise agreement was signed on 5th May at the corporate headquarters of SriLankan Airlines in Colombo by SriLankan Airlines’ CEO more..

Govt's 4-year development plan coming soon!

May 25 (FT) Govt will unveil its four year development plan in two weeks, focused on rapid sustainable development to improve the country’s living standards and harness Sri Lanka’s strategic location and human resources, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said. PM, who participated in a Panel Discussion at #2030NOW, National Summit on Foresight and Innovation for Sustainable Human Development last evening, more..

President off to Japan to attend G7 Summit

May 25 (FT) President Maithripala Sirisena will leave to Japan today to participate at the influential G7 Summit in Nagoya. The 42nd G7 summit will be held 26-27 May in Kashiko Island, Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan. Leaders of G7 member states – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, USA, and representatives of the European Union will attend the summit. This is the first time a Sri Lankan leader has been invited to attend the G7 Summit, chair of which this year is Japan. more..

Five grilled over frauds

May 25 (CT) Secretary to former President Lalith Weeratunga was summoned to the FCID yesterday to be interrogated about a sum of Rs 20 million released through the Presidential Secretariat to former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella for expenses for surgery in Australia in 2012. FCID sources said they had questioned former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's Secretary from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. yesterday for clarifications about this expenditure in August 2012. more..

Uproar over Palpita appointment: Govt under fire to revoke decision

May 25 (DN) Civil Society activists are up in arms against the appointment of former TRC Director General Anusha Palpita as an Additional Secretary of Home Affairs Ministry, when he is facing charges of allegedly misappropriating over Rs. 600 million for the distribution of Sil Redi on the eve of the last Presidential election. They questioned the rationality of the appointment in the public sector when Palpita is facing charges of criminal more..