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An ethical code helps to lead a fruitful life

Sept 19 (SO) Suppose you run a building construction company. You receive a bid from a sub-contractor, which you find to be 25% lower when compared with the lowest bidder of the lot. You realise it is a mistake that could put the sub-contractor out of business within months. But accepting it will improve your chance of winning the contract for a big apartment block project. What would you do? You are a property developer. more..

The energy trap

Sept 19 (CT) In Sri Lanka, Around December 20th 1979, an official communiqué was issued by the Govt and displayed in the nation’s newspapers stating, “No oil means no development, and less oil, less development. It is oil that keeps the wheels of development moving”. This defines with clarity what is to be considered development by the policy makers of that Nation. Here was a fundamental and fateful decision that cast a deadly policy framework for the nation. more..

Rajani and the Tamil national struggle

Sept 19 (CT) Dr. Rajani Thiranagama was killed 25 years ago on 21st Sept 1989. Every death, as Rajani said, is a monumental tragedy that needs to be accounted for and the moment we lose that human empathy and become apathetic or indifferent, we are, as a people, doomed. While death and loss was not confined to one community, we Tamils believed in the liberation struggle, lost a great deal, sheltered behind apathy while many of our best were killed as traitors and children of more..

US notes the failure to act on Sri Lanka

Sept 18 (CG) The US says had the international community responded earlier and more appropriately to situations in some countries, including Sri Lanka, lives could have been saved. In a statement during the ongoing UNHRC session in Geneva, the US delegation noted that the most troubling aspect of recent atrocities is the concern that they could have been prevented. In the prepared statement issued during the panel more..

'We missed Malinga and Dilshan'

Sept 18 (CI) The absence of two high-profile Twenty20 cricketers hamstrung Sri Lanka's Southern Express in Champions League T20, their manager has said. Southern Express lost all three matches of the qualifying group - to Northern Districts (from NZ), Mumbai Indians and Lahore Lions (Pakistan) - to make an early exit from the tournament. "Dilshan's absence had a psychological effect on the team. Everyone was upbeat with Dilshan's inclusion in the team," more..

21,000 police to be deployed for provincial election in Sri Lanka

Sept 18 (Xinhua) As many as 11,000 policemen and another 1000 officers of the police Special Forces have been deployed ahead of provincial elections in Sri Lanka. Police Special Forces will be deployed at the outer security circle at counting centers in the Uva provincial council that will vote on Saturday. All campaign activities ended midnight Wednesday and display of promotional material, placards, posters or other decorations is strictly prohibited in election offices after campaigns ended. more..

Sri Lanka to complete digitalization of TV broadcasting by 2020

Sept 18 (NS) Sri Lanka hopes to achieve complete digitalization of terrestrial television broadcasting by 2020. Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the govt’s plan was for the country to switchover to digital television over a period of five years from 2014, with the analogous broadcasting system being completely turned off in the sixth year. Plan is to initially achieve complete digitalization of terrestrial television more..

Never neglect development for people: Prez

Sept 18 (OW) President Rajapaksa said he would not stop serving the public and will never neglect development activities which are meant for the people. President stressed that no one in the Govt is ready to take the people for a ride to achieve their petty objectives. Those who were caught dashing children on mango trees are making baseless allegations against the Govt, he said. The President was addressing the final UPFA rally at the Wellawaya Public grounds yesterday. more..

16-year-old driver knocks down two u'grads

Sept 18 (Island) A car driven by an underage student of a leading school in Colombo seriously injured two undergraduates of the Kelaniya University on Tuesday night at Wewalduwa on the Hunupitiya road. The victims were management faculty fourth year female undergrads from Wattala and Gotatuwa and they had been knocked down by a car driven by a 16-year-old when they were crossing the road around 7.45 p.m. Underage driver had been arrested and more..

Sri Lanka eyes 8.2% growth; 4.4% fiscal deficit in 2015

Sept 18 (Reuters) Sri Lanka is aiming for a higher economic growth of 8.2% and a lower fiscal deficit target of 4.4% of GDP next year, a govt document showed. A cabinet paper submitted by President Rajapaksa, showed that the $67-billion economy is expected to clock higher growth in 2015 than this year's estimated 7.8% expansion, while fiscal deficit is seen to be lower than this year's estimated 5.2% of GDP. more..

3000 TN fishermen go on indefinite fast demanding Sri Lanka to release colleagues

Sept 18 (PTI) Thousands of fishermen along with their family members from 63 fishing hamlets in the district today commenced an indefinite fast demanding the authorities to initiate immediate action for getting the release of 23 fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy. The fishermen were arrested in separate incidents by the navy on charges of violating International Maritime Boundary Line earlier this month when they were fishing off Kodiakkarai. more..

Sri Lanka, the new recruitment hub for ISI

Sept 18 (Rediff) The birth of the BBS, an extremist Singhalese Buddhist organisation in 2012 was a significant event. The organisation was formed to enforce Buddhist supremacy in Sri Lanka, mainly targeting Christians and Muslims in the country. The formation of this organisation was a turning point for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, which had for years been trying to get a foothold in that country, but to no avail. This was partly because of the strength of LTTE which never allowed more..

JVP says will not back Ranil or Fonseka

Sept 18 (CG) JVP says it will not back UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe for President, nor does it back proposals made by former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka. JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, speaking to the media after meeting the Chief Prelate of the Malwattu Chapter in Kandy today, said that backing Wickremesinghe for President would be like backing incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa. more..

Fitch affirms Citibank Colombo at 'AAA(lka)'

Sept 18 (LBO) Sri Lanka's Fitch Ratings has affirmed Citibank Colombo Branch's (CitiSL) National Long-Term Rating at 'AAA(lka) with a stable outlook , the rating agency osaid in a statement. CitiSL's rating is the highest on the National Rating scale and reflects the credit profile and financial strength of Citibank, N.A. (A/Stable). Citibank, N.A.'s rating is higher than Sri Lanka's Long-Term Local and Foreign Currency IDRs of 'BB-'/Stable, and as a result CitiSL's rating on more..

PAFFREL for independent commissions

Sept 18 (CG) The PAFFREL noted the pressing need for independent commissions in Sri Lanka. PAFFREL Executive Director Rohana Hettiarachi said that the environment leading uoto the Uva PC elections had strengthened the voice for independent commissions. He said that while a policeman may act independently, there is no system in place to protect his future if he acts independently and that shows there needs to be an independent police commission. more..

Cultural minister who wore bottomless shoes reveals his side of the story

Sept 18 (AM) Minister T.B. Ekanayake, who attended a top level diplomatic meeting with a pair of bottomless shoes, said he was aware of what seemed to be a 'wardrobe malfunction; and could do nothing about it. "I decided to wear a white pair of shoes as I wore a national dress. I had an old pair and I gave it to one of my assistants to clean it. Although they were old I thought my shoes were in good condition," more..

Tense situation in Badulla two days ahead of election

Sept 18 (AM) Multiple sources confirmed that a tense situation has arisen in Badulla as a personal dispute between a Sinhala group and a Muslim group has blown out of proportion. The clash had occurred yesterday following a musical show in the Badulla town. Reports from Badulla confirmed that the clash had started when a group of Muslim youth had allegedly assaulted a Sinhala youth during the musical show. As a result, another Sinhala group had attacked several shops in more..

MDMK opposes BJP participation in conference in Sri Lanka

Sept 18 (PTI) BJP's Tamil Nadu ally, MDMK, on Thursday opposed the senior partner's participation in a conference in Sri Lanka, saying it had hurt the Tamils in that country, besides in India and elsewhere. Referring to BJP's two-member delegation of Muralidhar Rao and Vijay Jolly participating in the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) in Colombo starting today, MDMK chief Vaiko said it amounted to 'belittling' Tamils. more..

Sri Lankan man faces trial for blackmailing Indian woman

Sept 18 (IANS) A swimming trainer is facing trial in the UAE for taking nude photos of an Indian woman and blackmailing her for money, a media report said Thursday. Dubai Criminal Court heard Thursday that a Sri Lankan national, identified only as A.L., 34, was in a romantic relationship with the Indian woman, identified only as M.R., 23. The accused, who worked as a swimming trainer, confessed that he kept photos of the woman more..

Bangladesh to export rice to Sri Lanka

Sept 18 (DT) The govt will export 50,000 tonnes of rice to Sri Lanka. The Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs, chaired by Finance Minister AMA Muhith, approved the proposal on Thursday afternoon. "We have sufficient stock of rice and there will be no crisis due to the export of the rice," Muhith told reporters after the meeting. He said: "The country has now 11 lakh tonnes of rice stock and Sri Lanka is a friendly country. We are treating the export as a test case." more..

'Use of organic fertiliser should be revived'

Sept 18 (Island) Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena says the ancient agricultural systems did well without chemical fertiliser and, therefore, the use of organic fertiliser should be revived once again to prevent alarming increase of NCDs. A country’s development always depended on its agriculture. When the people could lead healthy lives, they could contribute to its progress, Minister Sirisena said at the 9th National Farmers’ Week held at Matara recently. Action plans formulated to develop more..

Video: Fuel price reduction an election gimmick: UNP

Sept 18 (DM) While claiming that the announcement of a reduction in fuel prices and electricity tariffs was an election gimmick, UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said today that the govt could in fact reduce the prices of petrol by Rs. 24 a litre, diesel by Rs. 15 and kerosene by Rs. 35 if the tax imposed on them was reduced by 50%. “We agree that the CPC should earn a profit. But it is unfair for the govt to impose heavy taxes on more..

Sri Lanka investments crucial to China's overseas strategy: Media

Sept 18 (OI) Defending China's big ticket investments in Sri Lanka announced during the just concluded visit of President Xi Jinping, Chinese media has said as a major power, the country has every reason to employ a strategy to expand its influence in the Indian Ocean region. "These wharfs, railways, dams and oil and gas pipelines, once labelled as 'strategic', will be inevitably interpreted as China's efforts to reinforce its global strategy. "That is why these projects are more..

Sri Lanka builders to certify 'green' building

Sept 18 (LBO) The Ceylon Institute of Builders, an organisation of professionals in Sri Lanka's construction industry, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore to obtain technical assistance to promote and develop the green built environment in Sri Lanka. Building and Construction Authority (BCA) is a statutory body established under the Building and Construction Authority Act of Singapore. more..

150th Birth Anniversary of Anagarika Dharmapala commemorated

Sept 18 (IL) The 150th birth anniversary of Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala was commemorated under the patronage of President Rajapaksa at the Independence Square in Colombo this morning (17). Large number of different celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Anagarika Dharmapala’s birth is being held across Sri Lanka as well as in India, UK and many parts of the world. He is remembered especially for more..

'Fuel price reduction won’t benefit masses'

Sept 18 (Island) UNP National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that the reduction of fuel prices won’t help bring down the cost of living and therefore there will be no relief for those struggling to make ends meet. Wickremesinghe alleged that the govt had reduced the price of a litre of diesel, petrol and kerosene by Rs 3, Rs 5 and Rs 20, respectively because it was fearing a heavy defeat at the forthcoming Uva PC polls. Wickremesinghe said that the UNP CM candidate, Harin Fernando, more..

Sri Lanka stocks close 0.4%

Sept 18 (LBO) Sri Lanka's stocks closed 0.39% higher with tobacco and beverage stocks gaining amid strong foreign participation, brokers said. All Share Price Index closed 27.70 points higher at 7,206.90, up 0.39%. S&P SL20 closed 12.79 points higher at 3,989.60, up 0.32%. Turnover was 2.90 billion rupees, up from 2.18 billion rupees a day earlier with 129 stocks closed positive against 68 negative. Access Engineering closed 60 cents higher at 28.50 rupees with ten off-market more..

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Violence, violence and more violence

Sept 18 (CT) It was rather poetic that the town of Siyambalanduwa in the Moneragala District was shaken by a slight earth tremor last morning. Perhaps it was a small sign from the gods that they are disgusted with the terrible level of violence that has been unleashed by politicians of all hues on the Province of Uva. By all accounts, the campaign for the Uva Provincial Council elections has been among the bloodiest and most violent in the long history of democracy in Sri Lanka. more..

Abracadabra in China

Sept 18 (CT) Sri Lanka is to get her first Formula One track. The Chinese will build it, in the soon-to-be-constructed artificial landmass, Colombo Port City. Motor racing is a particular passion of Namal, Yoshitha and Rohitha Rajapaksa. In a few years, the presidential offspring will be able to glory in their very own Formula One track, thanks to Chinese generosity. Chinese certainly know how to flatter, indulge and please, how to create dependency out of greed, nooses out of largesse. more..

Norway rejects claims over its activities

Sept 18 (CG) Norway says it has no interest in creating communal tensions in Sri Lanka and it shares the values of dignity, respect, diversity and dialogue in Sri Lanka. Norwegian Ambassador Grete Løchen, was quoted by the Embassy as saying that Norway in Sri Lanka is often accused in the media of supporting extremist groups and views. She says her govt is deeply concerned about an increasingly polarized world where more..

Monitors note unmarked vehicles in Uva

Sept 18 (CG) Election monitors claim several unmarked vehicles, including vehicles with fake and garage number plates are still operating in Badulla and Moneragala, ahead of the Uva PC elections. CaFFE says it had received 424 election related complaints by midnight yesterday, the last day of campaigning before the Sept 20 Uva PC election. CaFFE has received 305 complaints from Moneragala and 100 from Badulla. more..

Harin to start discussions with JVP to secure power at Uva PC

Sept 18 (AM) Uva Province CM Candidate for the UNP Harin Fernando said that he is ready work in collaboration with JVP to defeat the govt at the Uva PC election. He said that he is even ready to relinquish the post of Chief Minister to work in unison with other opposition parties. Harin Fernando said that the Uva Province CM for the UPFA Shashindra Rajapaksa has failed to serve the needs of the people of Uva and has failed to more..

U.S. embassy helps youth make a difference with youth empowerment grants

Sept 18 (USE) U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele J. Sison awarded $102,547 (approximately SLR 13,357,772) to 11 Youth Empowerment Grant winners for projects to help enhance their local communities. Chosen from a competitive pool of proposals, the 11 winning recipients were awarded for creative ideas that will help benefit local communities and make a difference through youth leadership. more..

Asian political parties int'l conference begins

Sept 18 (GDI) The 8th General Assembly of the ICAPP will be held in Colombo from Sept 18-21, 2014 under the auspices of the SLFP and the UNP. As the host country, Sri Lanka selected “Building an Asian Community” as the main theme of the conference. Welcome reception will be hosted by Minister Maithripala Sirisena, Chairman of the Organizing Committee at Cinnamon Grand and thereafter the 23rd Meeting of ICAPP more..

More Chinese projects in pipeline

Sept 18 (Island) China Harbour Company says it will sign more agreements with the SL govt to carry out development projects following the inauguration by Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Rajapaksa of the construction of the Colombo Port City yesterday. Company officials said that they would attract investors from China and all over the world to develop the extent of land reclaimed from the sea. more..