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Dilshi shatters 800m SL record

Apr 10 (CT) South Asian Games (SAG) triple Gold Medallist Dilshi Kumarasinghe, smashed the 5-year-old SL record for the 800m, clocking 02 minutes 02.52 seconds at the National and Junior National trials concluded at Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday. Dilshi, the defending National champion in the 800m, has been in prime form since 2019, and when she beat National 400m champion Nadeesha Ramanayaka on Wednesday it was evident more..

Editorial: A tall tale told by cops

Apr 10 (Island) Thousands of military personnel who died in the line of duty to make this country safe would turn in their graves if they knew the way the state is treating their loved ones. Their widows and mothers were seen recently staging street protests in a bid to have some grievances redressed. On Thursday, while they were conducting a peaceful march from the Fort Railway station to the Presidential Secretariat, demanding that they be paid their spouses’ salaries instead of more..

Reluctance to adapt to change in our legal system: CA Judge

Apr 10 (ST) The need to maintain judicial integrity and minimise the Law’s delays were emphasised during the Ceremonial Sittings held at the Superior Court Complex on March 24 to welcome seven new Court of Appeal (CA) Judges. This was the second Ceremonial Sitting for new CA Judges. “I am answerable to the people of this country and also, I am aware that I am personally responsible for maintaining the high traditions of the judiciary. I am confident that I would be able to contribute more..

Legislators lose their cool as Ranjan’s journey as an MP comes to an end

Apr 10 (CT) The Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Defence met under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Parliamentary Complex on Thursday (8). This was the first meeting of the Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Defence after the election of the present Parliament. President, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Defence, participated in the meeting. more..

Drowning in debt, women farmers take a firm stand

Apr 10 (GV) Trapped between unscrupulous microfinance companies and duplicitous govts, SL’s rural women farmers are drowning in debt. Over 200 have committed suicide, some with their young children; families have been wrecked and hard-earned possessions lost as they struggle to meet impossible demands made by big businesses intent on increasing their profit margins. With the emergence of unregulated microfinance in the late 2000s, there are 2.8 million borrowers more..

Acknowledged (only?) Statesman speaks out; so do a few others

Apr 10 (Island) The editor of The Sunday Island, mentions in his succinctly titled editorial – Down the pallang with no end in sight – this statesman. He speaks of Ven Maduluwawe Sobitha’s successful manouevre to curtail the power of Rajapaksas and Prez Mahinda R’s attempt to go in for a third term of his presidency in 2014. Thus, the editor writes: “It is in this context that the National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) that Ven Sobitha founded now led by respected elder statesman Karu Jayasuariya more..

Ranjan loses the People’s Crown

Apr 10 (Island) Last week it was Avurudu Thel Keliya. Now we have come to Ranjan Keliya. SJB MP Ranjan Ramanayake has been removed from Parliament, in what is said to be in keeping with the decision of the Court of Appeal, to reject his application against the Supreme Court order sentencing him to four years of imprisonment for Contempt of court. A parliament, of which Ranjan was a most active and more..

Between two worlds: A personal note

Apr 10 (CT) On the other side of the road, from where I lived, rose a temple and two stupas. Some historians conjecture the latter to have been the mausoleum of Parakramabahu VI and his Queen Ranmenika, while others dispute it. In any case, my bedroom window offered a view of these edifices, and of a cashew tree overlooking both. Beyond them lay a long stretch of marshland, which led ponderously to the road to Parliament. This was Beddagana,Kotte, somewhere in early 2000s more..

Muslims, extremists, Easter attacks & post-Easter violence

Apr 10 (CT) We are living in today’s world, in an era of dilemma, an era of unspeakable horrors, an era where extremism has rendered us all hostage. This is an era of extreme confusion. We have looked to our allies in peace, and some amongst them have looked to hold us, as villains, instead of as, also victims of a global conspiracy! Our allies in peace, have forgotten that we stood with them, even in the face of adversity. Hon. Speaker, I wish to table this book by Dr. Lorna Devaraja, first published more..

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Bitter Sugar, Poisoned Oil

Apr 10 (GV) The recent scandals involving sugar and coconut oil should point the country to the dangers of private sector mafias and rent seekers. These are not your typical consumer goods: they are fast moving necessities, consumed by every class, from every income level. In the hands of racketeers and rent seekers, ensuring the most rudimentary health and safety checks for such necessities seems to have taken a backseat to profiteering off them. While it is unfair to take the govt to task over more..

Stay Safe this Avurudu!

Apr 10 (CT) Wednesday will be the first Avurudu (Sinhala and Tamil New Year) that SL will be celebrating, void of lockdowns, curfews and movement restrictions, since Avurudu 2019. But the country is still not out of the woods as the number of COVID-19 deaths keeps on rising. Therefore, Sri Lankans will have to maintain adequate precautionary measures, which measures would lead to the ultimate demise of COVID-19. Last Avurudu i.e. Avurudu 2020, more..

‘Increased intake will require increased resources’

Apr 10 (TM) Several changes have been proposed to the higher education system in SL over the past few weeks, including increasing the university intake, regulating private higher education institutions and solutions for the unemployment levels among arts graduates. The Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) is the professional association of SL state university academics and The Morning spoke to its President more..

Health guidelines issued for Avurudu festivities: Let’s be more cautious

Apr 10 (CT) It is unlikely that the Sinhala and Tamil families would forget last year’s New Year for long years to come. With the fear of COVID-19 gripping the nation, the people in the districts of Colombo and Gampaha were confined to their homes with curfew prohibiting them from leaving their homes. With the endless hours and days of curfew no shops or supermarkets were open for people to purchase even their bare necessities, celebrating Avurudu was unthinkable. more..

Sri Lanka’s messy vaccination affair

Apr 10 (DM) SL commenced its COVID vaccination programme with much fanfare last January. Frontline healthcare workers, military personnel and those at immediate risk were vaccinated first. The govt then decided to vaccinate people above 60. Subsequently, the govt announced that it would vaccinate any and all people, even those below 30. Three months later, State Minister Sudarshani Fernandopulle announced that the COVID vaccination programme will be temporarily more..

'I value my self-respect more than this crown'

Apr 10 (DM) Pushpika de Silva, the winner of the beauty pageant held in SL to pick the island’s representative for the upcoming Mrs World Pageant, who saw her crown being yanked off by last year’s champion in an ugly on-stage fracas, has been re-declared the victor. Pushpika maintains that she’ll seek the assistance of the law regarding issue. Pushpika, who needed treatment in hospital after the incident, that took place on Sunday, more..

Horowpothana Elephant Transit Home Where fate comes in the form of starvation or death

Apr 10 (DM) The human-elephant conflict in SL has gathered momentum in proportions not seen earlier and available reports indicate that out of a population of 6000 Wild Elephants-recorded between 2014 until March 2021- SL has lost 2087 Elephants and nearly 550 human lives. The most number of loses in Elephants and human lives was reported in 2019 and the figures read as 415 elephants and 115 humans. The number of elephants getting killed and the number of more..

We cannot buy good health, but it is a valuable savings account

Apr 10 (DM) Medical doctors and nutritionists agree that food is an important part of our health. What matters is not how much we eat but more so what we eat and how nutritious it is. Being a tropical island, Sri Lanka has thousands of varieties of vegetables, fruits and green leaves. After we swallowed wholesale the globalised capitalist market economic system in 1977, we fell into a big soup and a toxic one. For instance, agriculture has been a part of our culture for thousands of years. more..

Seeking compensation for 21/4 blast victims: Over 400 cases filed in Negombo DC

Apr 9 (CT) A sizeable number of cases have been filed in the Negombo District Court by the relatives of those who had died and those who had been injured in the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attacks, demanding compensation in millions of rupees. Former Prez Maithripala Sirisena and five others have been named as respondents, over their failure to prevent the carnage and with complicity to murder. more..

Video: CID had the ability to net Easter Sunday attack culprits: Palitha

Apr 9 (DM) CID would have found out the real culprits behind the Easter Sunday attacks by now, if it had been given a free hand, UNP General Secretary Palitha Range Bandara said today. He said that the issue today is that no proper investigations have been conducted on the Easter Sunday carnage. “We opine that even the presidential commission which probed the attack did not perform its duty effectively." “Former Prez Maithripala Sirisena should accept more..

Pettah Floating Market re-opens

Apr 9 (CT) Floating Market in the Pettah was reopened and handed over to the public on 7 April after a complete renovation on the instructions of Prez Rajapaksa and PM Rajapaksa marking another milestone in the massive development of the Colombo Pettah area. The floating Market and the Pettah area are being developed as they were left undeveloped under the previous govt. Minister Gamini Lokuge, State Minister Dr. Nalaka Godahewa MP, Pannaradeep Jayawardena, more..

Video: Ajith Mannapperuma sworn in as MP

Apr 9 (AD) Former State Minister Ajith Mannapperuma today took oaths as a MP. He was sworn in before Speaker of Parliament following the commencement of the parliamentary proceedings this morning. Mannapperuma then signed the member roll kept by the Secretary-General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake in accordance with Standing Order 05. The Extraordinary Gazette notification announcing more..

Govt’s ban on palm oil imports: Many industries face collapse: Harsha

Apr 9 (CT) Many industries, including the bakery industry, in Sri Lanka are in danger of collapsing due to the Govt's decision to ban the import of palm oil, said SJB MP Dr. Harsha de Silva. Adding that it is learnt that the Govt had decided to allow the import of palm oil for the bakery industry, under a licensing system, Dr. de Silva claimed that it would not be successful as the system would inevitably be politicised. He said, the licensing system, especially for sand mining and soil mining, more..

Video: Punishment to Ranjan very harsh, unacceptable: SF

Apr 9 (DM) One cannot accept the punishment given to former MP Ranjan Ramanayake for contempt of the Court as there are no legal provisions in the country that stipulate punishment for such an offence, SJB MP Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said today. He said that SL’s law has not prescribed any punishment for contempt of court. “One cannot agree with the punishment which was given to Ranjan in such a situation,” he said. “Global situations regarding contempt of court are more..

Ban-nomics: Sri Lanka to ban handloom textiles, printed batiks

Apr 9 (EN) Sri Lanka will ban the import of printed batik and handloom textiles to eliminate competition from imports for domestic producers, State Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said. He said young were no longer interested in joining the batik industry but the government would set up training centres for 10,000 individuals and pay them 5000 rupees at tax payer expense and train them. Minister said printed batik cloth rolls will be banned more..

Public awareness on risks in investing in virtual currencies in Sri Lanka

Apr 9 (AD) Considering the recent inquiries on virtual currency usage in the international and domestic markets, Central Bank (CB) wishes to inform the public of the risks associated with investing in Virtual Currencies. Virtual Currencies (VCs) are digital tokens created by private entities that can be obtained online through mining, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) or through Virtual Currency Exchanges. VCs are also commonly referred to as cryptocurrencies. Popular VCs include more..

SLAITO fumes over SLTDA wanting dollar payments for PCR tests

Apr 9 (FT) SL Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) raised concerns over the SL Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) demanding payment by dollar for PCR tests conducted. SLAITO said its members are puzzled as to why they have to pay SLTDA $ 40 for a PCR test which equals Rs. 8,000, whereas all Health Ministry-approved hospitals charge only Rs. 6,000 or less whilst the payment is also being made in rupees. “The payment to SLTDA has to be made in dollar more..

Lifetime salaries, allowances of disabled war heroes to be paid to dependents

Apr 9 (AD) The Ministerial Consultative Committee on Defence has met under the patronage of Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Sri J'pura Parliamentary Complex on Thursday (8). This is the inaugural meeting of the Consultative Committee after the election of the current Parliament. The President chaired the meeting in his capacity as the Minister in charge of the subject who is usually the Chairman of the Committee, PMD said. more..

Railway strike temporarily called off

Apr 9 (AD) The strike action launched by the railway locomotive engineers and guards over several demands has been called off temporarily a short while ago, pending discussions with the Minister this evening. All trains scheduled to depart from Colombo Fort cancelled due to a strike action launched by the railway locomotive engineers and guards. The trade union action is based on several demands including the appointment of a General Manager of Railways, the provision of more..

Prince Philip has died aged 99

Apr 9 (BBC) Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has announced. A statement issued by the palace just after midday spoke of the Queen's deep sorrow following his death at Windsor Castle on Friday morning. The Duke of Edinburgh, who was the longest-serving consort in British history, had returned to Windsor on 16 March after a month in hospital. Boris Johnson said he "inspired the lives of countless young people". more..

Jaffna mayor arrested for promoting LTTE police uniform: Police

Apr 9 (EN) Jaffna Mayor Visvalingam Manivannan was taken into custody this morning by the Jaffna police for allegedly promoting uniforms and iconography of the now defunct LTTE, DIG Ajith Rohana said. He said that the mayor was found to have recruited five individuals to perform traffic duties in Jaffna town in uniforms that resemble those worn by the LTTE’s self-styled police. An investigation launched on the instructions of more..

Video: Tangalle Sudda wanted over 12 murders arrested by STF

Apr 9 (AD) The organised crime prevention unit of the STF has arrested two suspects including a notorious underworld figure by the name of Tangalle Sudda, who is wanted in connection with multiple murders, as during a raid carried out in the Negombo area. Lokuge Lasantha Pradeepan, alias Tangale Sudda, is a member of an organized criminal gang and is reportedly wanted in connection with 12 separate incidents of murder including the murder of Amila Prasanna Hettihewa alias more..

Parliamentary Select Committee on gender equality meets for first time

Apr 9 (AD) Parliamentary Select Committee which was appointed to ensure gender equality and to look into the discrimination against women in Sri Lanka and present its recommendations to Parliament, met for the first time in Parliament recently. The meeting was chaired by the State Minister Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle. Committee also focused on the microfinance loans that are currently affecting a large number of women in SL. It was also revealed that the Cabinet approval has been granted more..

Nelum Pokuna to claim for damages following Mrs. Sri Lanka brawl

Apr 9 (DM) The Management of the Nelum Pokuna Theatre has claimed damages amounting to an estimated Rs.200,000 from the organizers of the Mrs. Sri Lanka pageant, following the brawl which erupted last Sunday evening which led to the uncrowning of the winner. Chief Executive Officer at Nelum Pokuna Theatre, Brigadier Sujith Balachandra told Daily Mirror that that damages had occurred to the entering path of the stage more..

Thilanka Abeywardena becomes SLIM’s first-ever female President

Apr 9 (AD) SL Institute of Marketing (SLIM) held its 51st AGM, which saw the induction of its new President Thilanka Abeywardena, who will spearhead the Institute as its 43rd President. This appointment is a milestone in the history of the Institute as Ms. Abeywardena became the first ever female to hold the position of President. AGM was held on 7th April, at Marino Beach Hotel, Colombo. Both a new Council of Management as well as an Executive Committee were appointed more..

Jaffna: 346 out of 567 shops allowed to reopen from yesterday after 19-day closure

Apr 9 (Island) Most shops at the Jaffna market were reopened for business yesterday having been closed for 19 days due to COVID-19. Jaffna District Anti COVID-19 Committee decided on Wednesday that only shops free from coronavirus infections would be allowed to open. Out of 567 shops 346 were allowed to reopen today. In March, Jaffna District COVID-19 eradication committee decided to shut down a part of the Jaffna town and impose travel restrictions on another section thereof more..