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'Punish perpetrators of war crimes, atrocities'

Apr 20 (Island) The Collective of Civil Society Organizations has urged the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration to inquire into war crimes allegations in accordance with Geneva Resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by the govt. Addressing the media Akalanka Hettiarachchi (Aluth Parapura) emphasized that all those who had perpetrated crimes during the war and post-conflict should be dealt forthwith. more..

Vasantha was a good raconteur too

Apr 20 (Island) I first met Vasantha Obeysekara when the great and late Ajith Samaranayaka took me to his house in Lauries Road in Colombo 4. Ajith and I had a drink at the Bambalapitiya Wine Stores in Colombo 4. Ajith had his usual drinks and I had mine with cheese. Ajith had cheese too. After few drinks he said Lets go and meet Vasantha Obeysekara. He lives close by. I readily agreed as I was a fan of Vasantha. As we walked towards his house down Lauries Road, more..

Loyalty of players towards Provincial cricket is questionable

Apr 20 (CT) The Inter Provincial tournament organized by Sri Lanka Cricket has finally got under way with the second day of matches concluded just prior to the Sinhala New Year. After a very long club tournament and a district limited over tournament, the final phase and the most competitive stage of domestic cricket has just begun. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) should be congratulated for organizing a tournament of such a magnitude as this is naturally the need of the hour. more..

Harsha De Silva

Editorial: Grasp the nettle!

Apr 20 (Island) There is hardly anything that SL politicians do not fight over. They get on like a house on fire only when public funds are misused to feather their nests. At present they are hurling rotting garbage at one another, so to speak, instead of putting their heads together to help solve the Meethotamulla garbage issue. It looks as if they were competing with one another to set a new world record by holding most number of media briefings. Some of them are trying to settle old scores. more..

What I talk about when I talk about Sri Lanka

Apr 20 (GV) When you tell people in Washington that you’re following Sri Lanka, you might get a strange look. You might get something worse than that. But you never really know. Please keep in mind that there are plenty of people in Washington who have some idea about what they are talking about (though less than you’d imagine). And yet, there are undoubtedly more who know very little. More broadly, Washington is the capital of both genuine experts and people masquerading as experts more..

Marikkar pours scorn on Govt, Rajapaksas

Apr 20 (CT) S.M. Marikkar, Colombo District MP and UNP organizer for Kolonnawa, says the antagonism directed by victims of the Meethotamulla tragedy, towards politicians who visited the garbage dump site after it occurred was absolutely understandable considering the intense mental pressure they might be experiencing in its aftermath. They have lost their homes & loved ones, so their anger is natural. more..

C. Suntharalingam: Grandfather’s letters

Apr 20 (CT) Before reading Grandfather’ Letters, I had an anecdotal view of C. Suntharalingam (CS). In 1958 as a six year old, I was terrified when classmates talked of Sinhalese marching to Jaffna to slaughter us. CS (in the climax of the book) held the line in Vavuniya, distributing unlicensed-guns and placing dynamite in culverts. One day as lorry-loads of men careened down Chemmany Road Nallur to Vavuniya, I ran alongside the convoy behind senior boys (including our Sinhalese baker’s sons) more..

Sam-Sum Tamil National Alliance

Apr 20 (CT) Mr. R. Sampanthan, the so-called leader of the opposition, is actually a state sponsored opposition leader. Although he was elected by the people of Trincomalee to look after the interest of the Tamils, he seems to be more concerned about the safety of the Yahapalanaya-Naladchi govt. He, together with Mr. M.A. Sumanthiran (SAM-SUM) is deaf and blind to the voters who are on the roads for months asking for their lands taken over by army to be returned, more..

Govt and tobacco control

Apr 20 (CT) Minister Rajitha Senaratne is soon to present a Cabinet proposal to ban the sale of loose cigarettes with the objective of reducing tobacco consumption. The proposal is one among few initiatives of the govt to reduce the adverse impacts of smoking. According to rough estimates nearly 20,000 deaths occur annually due to smoking in Sri Lanka. More often than not, smoking has an impact on disabilities and more..

Amnesty International’s Allegations against Sri Lanka Anything more ridiculous?

Apr 20 (CT) At the media conference held on 5 April, Amnesty International struggled to answer Shamindra Ferdinando's questions. A subject specialist on the Geneva Resolution, Ferdinando highlighted the vast discrepancy in numbers of alleged deaths and enforced disappearances by the many factions. They all want Sri Lanka before a Hybrid War Crimes Court, but have failed so far to reach a consensus on the allegations. Failing to answer, AI called for a credible investigaation more..

Why China Not India?- Economic and Geo-political commentary

Apr 20 (CT) This article is with reference to Mr. Dayan Jayatilleka's write-up published on CT. It was titled, The Avurudu sale of Sri Lanka-Who will stop it? The writer makes a very valid point arguing the case for Sri Lanka to be with China as opposed to India. He also criticizes the PM's vision of the ETCA with India and rightly so. It simply does not make any economic and geo-political sense. This article is an attempt to compare both India & China in economic/geo-political terms, more..

Muralitharan to be first Sri Lankan in ICC Hall of Fame

Apr 19 (SLC) Sri Lanka Cricket has announced that former off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan who becomes the first Sri Lankan to be voted into ICC Hall of Fame will be formally inducted during the ICC Champions Trophy in June. “It gives us immense sense of pride that Murali is receiving this highest honour. We are proud of him and the glory he has brought to Cricket in Sri Lanka. His illustrious career demonstrates that more..

Logbook pages of army officers assigned to protect MR’s family members gone missing

Apr 19 (DN) Fourteen pages of a logbook maintained by Army officials who were assigned for the security detail of former President’s family members during the time of Thajudeen’s murder took place, had gone missing and this matter is being investigated by the CID, the Attorney General informed Court yesterday. Deputy Solicitor General Dilan Ratnayake appearing on behalf of the CID informed Colombo Additional Magistrate J. Trotsky said that the CID detectives have initiated more..

British Minister Alok Sharma cancels his visit to Sri Lanka

Apr 19 (DM) British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister for Asia and the Pacific Alok Sharma has cancelled his visit to Sri Lanka after the British PM announced a snap election, the British High Commission in Colombo said today. He was to visit Sri Lanka from Thursday to Saturday this week. Minister Sharma was scheduled to deliver a speech under the theme Opportunities and Challenges in a Post-Brexit World at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute, Colombo 07 on Friday. more..

Sri Lanka Cricketers visit with the victims of the Meetotamulla tragedy

Apr 19 (SLC) Members of the SL National squad, Niroshan Dikwella, Sachith Pathirana, Thisara Perera and Dilshan Munaweera led by Rangana Herath visited with the victims of the Meethotamulla tragedy at the Terrance de Silva Vidyalaya in Kolonnawa this morning. The cricketers were able to spend time with the victims, chatting about their lives and aspirations, and were especially touched by the little children, more..

Singapore secures SL cyber defence deal

Apr 19 (IHS) The electronics division of Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has secured a contract from Sri Lanka to support the development of that country's first national cyber security operations centre. ST Electronics said on 18 April that under the terms of the recently signed contract it would provide consultancy support to develop a facility that will enhance Sri Lanka's digital infrastructure and capability to counter cyber threats. company did not disclose value of contract more..

Meethotamulla Cancels Rajitha’s WB Talks

Apr 19 (CT) Minister Rajitha Senaratne has been compelled to cancel his attendance at a special World Bank Conference in Washington on 20 April, called to address health reforms in Sri Lanka and unveil a loan of US$200 million for the initiative. Minister yesterday wrote the WB saying he cannot participate in the conference because of urgent issues arising from last week's Meethotamulla garbage dump tragedy that took over 30 lives. This is a rare occasion on which a senior Cabinet more..

Isura denies Megapolis Ministry claims

Apr 19 (DM) Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya rejected the statement made by the Megapolis Ministry claiming that the British Company introduced by him was not equipped with technical or fiscal capability to execute a project to generate electricity from garbage collected at Meethotamulla. CM said that statement made by the Ministry was completely false and added that he had proposed more..

Committee to probe low quality coffins

Apr 19 (CT) Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa says a probe is underway to ascertain the reasons behind the supply of sub-standard coffins to bury 14 persons who died in last Saturday's Meethotamulla garbage dump tragedy. He said a committee of officials from his Ministry was sent to Kolonnawa and Meethotamulla specifically, to carry out the probe. Yapa added that after the President advised him to hold the funerals of all those who died in the tragedy at State expense, more..

Video: Garbage disposal in Karadiyana temporarily halted

Apr 19 (AD) In light of a protest, disposal of garbage collected from Colombo in Karadiyana, Piliyandala has been temporarily stalled, Karadiyana Waste Management Authority’s Manager, Dhanuka Wijerathna says. He stated that although garbage was disposed of at Karadiyana earlier today, further disposal had been halted due to a protest which began at 9:30 am. The protest was organized by a group of residents and politicians, against diverting garbage collected from Colombo to more..

Garbage in Meethotamulla will be removed promptly: PM

Apr 19 (NR) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe says the govt is in the process of formulating a stringent and efficient program to manage waste within the country. PM added international experience will be utilized for this purpose. Premier made this statement when he visited the area in Meethotamulla where the garbage dump submerged houses last Friday. PM and SL delegation arrived this morning after cutting short his visit more..

Health programs underway for Meethotamulla victims

Apr 19 (NR) Ministry of Health says several health programmes are currently underway for those affected in the collapse of the garbage dump in Meethotamulla. Director General of Health Services said several programmes to assess the mental health of those affected and counselling programmes are being carried out. The health condition of those displaced is being assessed thoroughly. Health units are focused on the spread of rat fever, dengue and influenza in the area. more..

UNWTO saddened by the demise of H. M. S. Samaranayake

Apr 19 (Island) In a condolence letter addressed to the Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority on behalf of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), its Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai expressed his heartfelt condolences on the demise of H.M.S Samaranayake, former Director General and Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourist Board and the Head of Asia-Pacific Division of the UNWTO from 1988 to 1990. more..

Garbage trucks searching for places to dump garbage

Apr 19 (DM) An attempt to dump the garbage sent from Karadiyana at a ground in the Attidiya area was thwarted by residents with the support of former Dehiwela-Mount Lavinia Municipal Council members today. The garbage trucks which were turned away from Karadiyana earlier today were then sent to Attidiya by officials, where it was not allowed to dump its load once again by residents and local govt members, who gathered at more..

Turkey to hand over schoolbags and stationery items to school children in Jaffna

Apr 19 (CT) Govt of the Republic of Turkey will hand over school bags and stationery items to 3,000 school children in Jaffna on 22 April. The event will be held at the Velanai Central College, Jaffna from 9:30 a.m. onwards. This project was initiated by Vijayakala Maheswaran, State Minister of Child Affairs, and is financed by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), the official aid agency of Turkey. Turkish Ambassador to Sri Lanka Tunca Özçuhadar said, more..

Cases against Sarana G. to be heard

Apr 19 (NR) Three cases filed by the CIABOC against the former Chairman of the National Lotteries Board and Former Deputy Minister Sarana Gunawardene will be taken up for hearing today. Sarana Gunawardene has been charged for leasing vehicles of his associates during his term as Chairman. The case will be heard before the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today. The case was filed by the Bribery Commission against the former Deputy Minister for failing to declare more..

Video: ‘Shooting of elephant unintentional’

Apr 19 (NR) All Island Wildlife Officers’ Association has appealed the general public for pardon for the unintentional shooting of a Wild female Elephant that took place in Vavuniya. Chairman of the Association AMCP Attanayake expressed his regret over the death of the wild elephant. Chairman further stated that sole motive of the Wild Life Officers on site at the time was to rescue the elephant & her calf that had fallen into a well more..

Missing constable’s body found

Apr 19 (CT) The body of the Police constable who was believed to have disappeared on 4 April was discovered last Monday (17) by the Saliyawewa Police in Anuradhapura. The 38-year-old Police constable disappeared while he was armed with a pistol, two weeks ago. However, following stringent investigations, the Saliyawewa Police discovered the body and the firearm near the Kala-Oya Nilabemma area. The body is being kept under Police protection pending a magisterial inquiry. more..

PM Narendra Modi to visit Sri Lanka in May

Apr 19 (PTI) PM Narendra Modi will visit Sri Lanka next month to take part in the celebrations marking the UN Vesak Day, the most important in the Buddhist calendar. PM Modi will make his second visit to Sri Lanka in the second week of May, Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said here. During his visit, he will take part in the UN Vesak Day celebrations to be held here from May 12 to 14. "The Indian PM has confirmed his visit," Rajapakshe told reporters. more..

UN Vesak Day celebration from May 12-14

Apr 19 (DM) For the first time in Sri Lanka, the United Nation Vesak Day celebration will be held in Colombo and Kandy from May 12 to 14 with the participation of large number of local and foreign delegations, Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said today He said the UN Vesak Day celebration will be held for the 14th time this year and this is the first time Sri Lanka has been given the opportunity to host this festival. more..

Prelate tells SLFP leaders to bury the hatchet

Apr 19 (Island) SLFP is not the inheritance (Boodalaya) of any one. It is the duty and responsibility of the present leaders of the party to protect it, Most Venerable Dimbulkumbure Sri Wimaladhamma Anunayake Thera of Malwatta said when former President Mahinda Rajapaksa called on him yesterday. Thera said, the SLFP, is not the inheritance (Boodalaya) of President Sirisena nor of former President Rajapaksa. If both leaders wished to save the country both must join hands. more..

VC election at Jaffna University: Mockery of democracy and university autonomy

Apr 19 (CT) Colombo Telegraph has come to know that the professor of Mathematics at the University of Jaffna who topped the VC’s election held recently has a questionable track record as academic administrator and public figure. Members of the University Council, as electors of Vice Chancellors, are obligated to search for and elect leaders with inclusive social vision for the highest administrative seat in the public university. If a candidate with a narrow social vision more..

සමහර දේශපාලනඥයින් කාටුන්වලට අකමැතියි

Fake news, lake house & Colombo Telegraph

Apr 19 (CT) Three years ago, the term fake news wouldn’t have made an impact in Sri Lanka because media was curtailed, journalists were kidnapped or shot for their dissenting views and websites with opposing views were shrouded to secrecy. Enter Colombo Telegraph. It proclaims in journalism truth is a process. That truth seems to be a veneer of lies when you have cultivated an online platform where journalists can argue the pros and cons of treating women like chattel, more..

Garbage Politics

Apr 19 (CT) Deaths due to the Aluth Avurudu tragedy caused by the collapse of the man-made Meethotamulla garbage mountain as at Monday stood at 30, while 11 were listed as missing. Reports as at yesterday said that the death toll had risen to 31. Meethotamulla garbage mountain's construction work had its origins during the iron fist regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa, when his all powerful brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa (Gota) took upon himself the additional portfolio of Urban Development more..