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Protesters scuttle media training for Tamils

July 26 (AFP) Dozens of pro-govt activists blocked ethnic Tamil journalists from holding a training programme in Sri Lanka on Saturday, marking the latest harassment of the minority community, a media rights group said. Journalists from the northern Jaffna peninsula, a former war zone, had travelled to Colombo for an electronic media workshop. "The organisers were forced to stop the program because of more..

Most water thieves in Colombo North

July 26 (CG) Govt claimed that the most number of water thieves are in the Colombo North divisions. Responding to a question posed by UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake on frequent water cuts being experienced in parts of Colombo, Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that the water cuts were as a result of some maintenance work. He said that a new pipe system is being placed to connect homes to the main water supply in order to prevent water being tapped from existing pipes illegally. more..

Amla takes time to save Test

July 26 (CI) On the same day South Africa's first match on this Sri Lanka tour took place - July 3 - CSA announced a new sponsor: Rolux. The lawnmower manufacturers became an official supplier. Change one letter and you will get the name of the company they should have signed: Rolex. Time was the theme of the day traditionally known as "moving day" in a Test. The only things that seemed to shift were seconds, minutes, hours and sessions. Somehow that became runs more..

Day 3: SL take big lead despite Amla ton

July 26 (CI) South Africa need only a draw at the SSC to regain the coveted No. 1 Test ranking and they batted as if that was their sole objective. Since the start of the innings midway through the second day, their batsmen have only been bothered about consuming time, deeming run-scoring as an unnecessary frivolity. Hashim Amla ground his way to his 22nd Test century, the first by a South African captain in Sri Lanka, and more..

Four murder convicts sentenced to death

July 26 (Island) Four accused indicted with the robbery of a van and murder of its driver were found guilty and sentenced to death by the Central Provincial High Court Judge of Kandy Manilal Waidyatilake on Thursday. They were further sentenced to a jail term of 20 years each for robbery of the van. The four convicts sentenced to death are Ruwan Perera (Pelmadulla), Brian Abeyratne (Uvatenna, Malarajjawila), Anura Prasanga Udayakumara (Pelmadulla, Ihalabopitiya) more..

Appointment of Homagama PS head; gazette suspended

July 26 (Island) The Court of Appeal yesterday suspended the gazette notification which cancelled the appointment of Indika Koralage Chairman of the Homagama Pradeshiya Sabha. The Court also suspended the gazette notification, which appointed Ruwan Prasanna Chairman of the same Pradeshiya Sabha and restrained Prasanna from functioning as the chairman. Previous Chairman A.D. Kumarasiri was unseated subsequent to the defeat of the budget for 2014. more..

Video: Teaching mother tongue mandatory at Int’l Schools from 2015

July 26 (AD) Govt has made it mandatory to teach Mother Tongue, Sri Lankan history and religion in all international schools in the country from next year, Minister Bandula Gunawardena said. Any person or institution is prohibited from starting a school for students between the ages of 5-14 as stated in the 1961 bill, however many things can happen outside of the law. However, the govt still provides education to a majority of more..

'Unfaithful' expat kills wife in Kuwait

July 26 (E24|7) A Sri Lankan man killed his wife in Kuwait by stabbing her many times after she discovered that he was betraying her with another woman. Police rushed to the man’s apartment after receiving a call from an unknown woman telling them about a murder. “They found the wife lying dead in a pool of blood…when they asked her husband, he told them she was killed by another woman,” Alwatan daily said. “Pressed during interrogation, the man later confessed that more..

Miliband recalls ‘Black July’ in Lanka

July 26 (CG) British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, in a statement released on Friday, recalled the violence which occurred in 1983 affecting thousands of Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka. “This month, in remembrance of Black July, we commemorate the lives of Tamil men, women and children that were lost and those who were displaced and exiled as a result of the regrettable violence. We may never know exactly how many lives were lost, but it is clear that more..

Malinga fights for his team

July 26 (DM) Star bowler Lasith Malinga had told Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) officials yesterday that he has still not decided whether he would represent the local Southern Express team or the IPL team Mumbai Indians at the forthcoming Champions’ League tournament. Malinga had asked several top officials who met the Sri Lanka T20 skipper on the sidelines of the Test match when he visited the SLC why they let Dilshan, more..

Mahela’s patient style a blueprint for success

July 26 (LR) In a country where many school kids spend their evenings, weekends or an entire childhood in private study classes in a race to get ahead, rarely will a role model advise them to be patient in their pursuit of success. Even rarer, a role model to use sport as a blueprint for academic and professional success. Yet recently, the chief guest at prize giving ceremony at St. John’s Jaffna College used a cricket analogy to tell students to be patient and focused. more..

President participates at religious ceremonies in Anuradhapura

July 26 (GDI) President Rajapaksa who visited the Anuradhapura Sacred City on Friday paid homage to the historic Jaya Sri Mahabodhi and secured blessings. Thereafter the President called on the Atamasthanadhipathi the Ven. Pallegama Sirinivasa Thera and inquired into his wellbeing. The Ven. Thero chanted Seth Pirith and blessed the President. A Heel Dana was also offered to the members of the Maha Sangha near the Ruwanweli Maha Seya on Friday morning by President more..

Minister eyes more income from ornamental fish exports

July 26 (Island) Fisheries Ministry has launched a project to earn an enhanced income of two billion rupees via ornamental fish exports next year, which has a demand of around USD 355 million in the world market. At present Sri Lanka produced only around 2.7% of total world ornamental fish demand worth around USD 10 million, Minister Rajitha Senaratne said. As there was a good demand for SL ornamental fish more..

Facebook and Bodu Bala Sena

July 26 (CT) The management of the social media site Facebook has removed the pages of the Buddhist nationalist BBS and its chief instigator, Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera, after a series of complaints that the content therein constituted hate speech. Witty media folks were heard saying that the latest incident would augur the BBS aba saranai, borrowing from a phrase popularize by the monk himself. The meaning of that saying is a cause for dispute, though linguists say more..

Healing the wounds: Working with diaspora

July 26 (CT) 31 years after the tragic events of July 1983, there has still been no serious attempt to heal the wounds. They were grave wounds, and the effect they had still bedevils this country. Though many explanations are offered, some in an effort to justify what occurred, we must recognize that, as Bishop Lakshman Wickremesinghe put it, ‘The facts however cannot be denied. Thousand of Tamils, old and young, and even little children were assaulted; robbed, killed, bereaved and made refugees. more..

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Minister Champika faults govt. for being miserly on technology and research

July 26 (Island) The govt had allocated only Rs. 300 million for the country’s technology and research sector per year, Minister Champika Ranawaka said. He said that the govt had invested the least amount of money on the technology and research sector of the country. The govt should allocate more funds for research and technology development and the funds provided were not sufficient, Minister Ranawaka said, adding that in calculating economic development data, the statistics more..

Cold-blooded assault on lieutenant by brigadier but military spokesman denies

July 26 (CT) A Lieutenant attached to the Palali Army Camp has been heavily assaulted with an iron chair by a Brigadier of the same camp, for failing to report to him dressed in official sports attire. The victimized Lieutenant had been off-duty as he had been advised by a doctor to take rest due to his ill-health, when he had been summoned by the Brigadier for a program on July 23. The Brigadier had lost his temper when he saw the Lieutenant not dressed in appropriate garb and had lifted more..

CJ-43 receives official invitation to be opposition's common candidate

July 26 (AM) Several political parties of the opposition have officially invited former CJ Shirani Bandaranayake to be the common candidate of the opposition at the next Presidential election. She has received this invitation when she took part in the public meeting which was organized by the Movement for a Just Society, led by Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera, several vernacular newspapers reported this morning. more..

'Motor Traffic Chief’s explanation unacceptable'

July 26 (Island) UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Parliament that he could not accept the explanation given by the Commissioner of Motor Traffic regards the registration numbers of the two vehicles which tailed the Sri Lanka Bar Association President Upul Jayasuriya. Making a special statement Wickremesinghe said that Jayasuriya had repeatedly asked for security but the authorities had overlooked that request. more..

'China-Sri Lanka ties at new high, focusing on trade, investment'

July 26 (Xinhua) China and Sri Lanka's cooperation has grown significantly, the Chinese ambassador has said, noting that greater trade relations and mutual understanding would further enhance bilateral ties. Chinese investment is in Sri Lanka's need to diversify investment in different sectors, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Wu Jianghao said. Chinese companies in Sri Lanka are predominantly working on massive more..

More tsunami warning equipment on sea bed

July 26 (Island) Ten years after the country’s first tsunami disaster in recent memory, the NARA has taken steps to install ART-Deep Ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami, a sensitive instrument for the measurement of the rising sea waves, at a depth of 6,000 metres in the sea bed. The instrument has been installed for early identification of disasters and to forewarn the people as it is possible to know the most sensitive more..

Drug lords go missing

July 26 (Island) Customs now say they took into custody six suspects in connection with the latest heroin haul detected by its Central Examination Division (CED) at Orugodawatta on Monday night, though they earlier said there were only four suspects. On Monday Customs High Risk Unit of CED, recovered 93 kilos and 760 grammes secreted inside used plastic moulding machines imported from Pakistan. more..

Young Lankan scientist makes life-saving snakebite discovery

July 26 (ST) A landmark discovery by a Sri Lankan scientist could save thousands of lives lost through snakebite the world over. A snakebite victim’s life often hangs in the balance in the minutes during which doctors watch for symptoms of poisoning before injecting the person with anti-venom as the remedy itself could cause severe allergic reactions that can cause immediate death. Not every snakebite sends poison into more..

'No closure for us, but judgment brings some peace'

July 26 (ST) The trial of the murder of British national khuram Shaikh and gang rape and attempted murder of his partner Victoria Alexandrovna ended with Colombo High Court judge Rohini Walgama sentencing four of the six accused including the former Chairman of Tangalle PS to 20 years Rigorous Imprisonment. She found them guilty of multiple charges including culpable homicide, attempted murder and rape. more..

'Not just another political party'

July 26 (DM) The Communist Party of Sri Lanka (CPSL), one of the oldest political parties in the country, celebrates its 20th National Congress which is to be held on July 25th – 27th, 2014 in Ratnapura. The Dailymirror discussed the ups and downs and the future of the Marxist Party on the eve of the National Congress Convention with the General Secretary of the CPSL, Senior Minister D.E.W. Gunasekara. more..

Dandeniya in hot water, again

July 26 (DM) Badminton chief Suraj Dandeniya has faced with sever hostilities after he unconstitutionally sent a draft copy of the amended constitution of the Sri Lanka Badminton Association to the World Badminton Federation before being approved within the local governing body. According to General Secretary SLBA, Maj. Sampath Peiris, the president had violated its own constitution by not seeking its Executive Committee approval more..

Holcim Lanka problems attract investigators’ interest

July 26 (SL) Holcim Lanka’s Compliance issues, poor performance in a robust market and a significant market share are all being cited as concerns by a risk assessment company, whose brief is to advise investors and brokers on potential problems that may affect supply, demand and eventually the performance of any company. The investigators’ attention had been drawn to Holcim’s operations in a number of territories but more..

Media is celebrating mediocrity

July 26 (CT) Media is a powerful force of good, but in order for its positive transformative powers to be harnessed, it has to be in the right hands, that is, journalists and owners who are driven by a conviction that media is for public good. Where media became the proponent of evil, be it in Genocide Rwanda or Nazi Germany, media lacked those very attributes. However, the 21st century media, propelled by a social media revolution cannot be monopolized to those extreme levels, more..

Big pharma probed for international corruption

July 26 (DM) Sri Lanka is still embroiled in a battle against the pharmaceuticals mafia and government leaders are apparently playing games with the people on the implementation of Prof. Senaka Bibile’s Essential Medicines Concept. Against this backdrop, Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) on Thursday made a shocking disclosure that should open the eyes of the government and the people. Britain’s Serious Fraud Office said it was working with authorities in China in the first major more..

Wimal’s move on gazette unlikely to make headway

July 26 (Island) The NFF acknowledged that it would have no alternative but to quit the SLFP-led coalition unless the govt amended a controversial special gazette notification meant to broaden the scope of a local investigation by appointing a three-member International Advisory Panel (IAP). The local investigation is headed by retired High Court judge Maxwell Parakrama Paranagama. The three-member presidential commission appointed more..

Sudesh Peiris wins Silver at Commonwealth Games

July 26 (AD) Sri Lanka’s Sudesh Peiris has won the Silver Medal for Men’s Weight Lifting in the 62kg category at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, giving Sri Lanka its first medal at the games this year. Sudesh Peiris, from Sadalankawa, is the Captain of the Sri Lankan contingent to the 20th Commonwealth Games currently being held in Glasgow, Scotland. He had won the bronze medal from the men’s 62 kg weightlifting clean and jerk event during 2010 Commonwealth Games more..

Veddas get oral cancer by adopting Sinhala ways

July 26 (Island) Senior Professor of Anatomy of the Peradeniya University Dr. Malkanthi Chandrasekera revealed that the indigenous people might be more vulnerable to oral cancer after adopting the Sinhalese way of chewing betel with areca nut, tobacco and slaked lime. Delivering the Susan George Pulimood Memorial Oration on Wednesday at Visakha Vidyalaya, on the Veddas: Social and Health aspects’ Prof. Chandrasekera said that a research carried out between 1993 and 1996 more..

Govt's plan for 157 captive asylum seekers potentially illegal: lawyers

July 26 (SMH) Refugee lawyers say the federal govt's plans for Indian officials to interview 157 asylum seekers when they arrive on the Australian mainland is unprecedented and potentially illegal under refugee law. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said that the group of mostly Tamil asylum seekers, who have been held on a Customs vessel on the high seas for almost a month, will be moved to Australian mainland. more..

TN fishermen go on indefinite strike

July 26 (Hindu) Over 10,000 coastal fishermen in Pudukottai and Ramanathapuram districts began an indefinite strike on Friday, demanding the release of all the 43 fishermen languishing in Sri Lanka prisons, and their mechanised boats. Fishermen stayed away from routine operations, their representatives said. “We will continue the strike till the Central and State govts intervene and find an early solution,” said N. Kuttiandi, president of Jegadapattinam Boat Owners Association. more..

Squatters revision application rejected

July 26 (Island) Colombo High Court Judge, rejected without costs, a revision application filed by eight squatters living in the neighbourhood of the Kolonnawa Oil Refinery. These squatter families have challenged an order of the Colombo Magistrate, who granted permission to the state to remove them, for the safety of the oil refinery, and for the safety of the squatters as well. The squatters have filed a revision application claiming that they had lived in the area for long years, more..