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Rights groups demand protection for Sri Lanka war crimes witnesses

Aug 27 (AFP) International rights groups have demanded protection for potential Sri Lankan witnesses at a UN-mandated war crimes investigation into the island’s ethnic war which ended five year ago. Six organisations in a joint letter expressed alarm over alleged intimidation, threats and reprisals against those likely to engage investigators probing the bloody finale to Sri Lanka’s Tamil separatists war. more..

Lankan biz throng at Colombo's first Seychelles forum

Aug 27 (GDI) “Today’s event can be a stepping stone for more bilateral trade between both countries, which is an urgent need at this moment. The total bilateral trade has been low at only $3.7 Mn. Today’s initiative therefore is a major step in this direction” said Rishad Bathiudeen addressing the inauguration of “Seychelles Trade and Investment Forum-Sri Lanka: Fostering Economic Partnership” event organised by the EDB on Wednesday (27) in Colombo. more..

Envoys, G.L discuss counter moves

Aug 27 (CG) Minister G L Peiris met Sri Lankan Ambassadors based in Europe and discussed initiatives to counter campaigns against the country, using human rights and other issues as political tools. At the SL Embassy in Rome, Minister Peiris met with several of the country’s Ambassadors in the region for a comprehensive review of their work. The envoys attending the discussion were Karunaratne Hangawatte, Ambassador in France, Karunatilake Amunugama, more..

Packer plan for Sri Lanka Crown casino faces fresh delay on legal hitch

Aug 27 (Reuters) Australian gambling tycoon James Packer's Crown Ltd is facing months of new delays in building a planned $400 million Sri Lanka hotel and casino resort due to unspecified legal issues. Packer, one of Australia's richest men, first obtained Sri Lanka cabinet approval for the project nearly a year ago. But terms of the approval were altered in the face of strong opposition from some Buddhist leaders and more..

COPE questions on 17 officials of SLC

Aug 27 (SM) The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has reportedly questioned regarding Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) appointing 17 officials for the maintenance activities of cricket grounds when maintenance of cricket grounds have been already assigned to security forces. It has been also revealed that the SLC spends Rs 4 million on these 17 officials. However, responding to COPE SLC has stated that for the cricket grounds only the mandatory officials have been employed. more..

Catholic Bishops call for end to ISIS carnage

Aug 27 (Island) The Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka has called for immediate international intervention to stop ongoing carnage in Iraq and Gaza Strip. The following is the full text of a statement issued by His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith and His Lordship Bishop Valence Mendis on behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference: "The persecution of religious minorities in Iraq, mostly Christians is increasing. The region of Mosul, which is the ancient city of Nineveh more..

Mathews defends off-colour seamers

Aug 27 (CI) Sri Lanka's batsmen have cranked up their consistency, with captain Angelo Mathews milking a purple patch that began last December. However their bowling has not kept up. Pakistan were unable to overhaul a target of 311, but they had exploited the hosts' pace attack to get off to a flier before the slower bowlers pulled things back. Lasith Malinga has also failed to summon the usual threat he does. Nuwan Kulasekara's last ODI more..

'Dambulla hitting Pettah, we are idling'

Aug 27 (AD) Business in the wholesale market has greatly decreased since most now go to the Dambulla Economic Centre to buy their essential commodities, says the secretary of the Pettah Essential Commodities Importers’ Association. secretary G. Nathan said, “By now, the onion harvest from Dambulla is entering the market. So, most go to Dambulla to buy their stocks of onions and hence they don’t come to the Pettah. Since the other essential food items are also sold at more..

PSM strike continues

Aug 27 (Island) A countrywide strike launched yesterday by the Professions Supplementary to Medicine (PSM) to win several demands disrupted hospital services. Director of the National Hospital, Dr. Anil Jasinghe said that OPD patients had been asked to obtain their drugs from Osu Sala. Patients had been directed to private institutions for laboratory tests, X-rays etc, he said. The situation was the same in Anuradhapura, Kurunegala Matale and several other hospitals. more..

Minister Basil inaugurates Achchuvely Industrial Estate in Jaffna

Aug 27 (GDI) The Achchuvely Industrial Estate in Jaffna district was inaugurated by Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Y.K. Sinha, High Commissioner of India, at a function held at Atchchuvely today. In his address, Minister Douglas Devananda, noted that the Govt of India has been providing assistance for a variety of projects covering different sectors to help the people of Sri Lanka. High Commissioner, in his remarks, more..

SL rupee firmer on exporter dollar sales

Aug 27 (Reuters) Sri Lankan rupee was a tad firmer on Wednesday as exporter dollar sales outpaced importer demand for the greenback while dealers expect the local currency to remain steady for the rest of the year after positive comments by the central bank chief last week. Central bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said last week the banking regulator would intervene in the thinly-traded market whenever needed to keep the rupee stable. The rupee was trading at 130.18/20 per dollar more..

UPFA slam police on Badalkumbura

Aug 27 (CG) The ruling UPFA today accused the police of failing to control the violence which erupted in Badalkumbura on Monday night. UPFA General Secretary Susil Premjayanth said that if the police had taken immediate action the situation could have been controlled. He said that people injured in the incident could not be taken to hospital immediately owing to a violent gang remaining in the area at the time. The JVP had said a group of JVP supporters were attacked in Badalkumbura more..

Sri Lanka election monitors alarm at escalating violence in run-up to voting

Aug 27 (Xinhua) Sri Lankan election monitors voiced alarm at escalating violence in the run up to provincial elections next month with over 20 opposition party offices attacked this week. Election monitors, including the PAFFREL and CaFFE, have released statements calling on the Elections Commissioner and police chief to take action to stop the violence in the Uva province. "Opposition offices were set fire and gangs are reported to be more..

SriLankan tap top corporate leaders as mentors

Aug 27 (GDI) “In our quest to be the best’ we have decided to tap into the collective wisdom of top corporate leaders to shape and sharpen the attitudes, skills and the competencies of our senior management potentials. Specially to coach them to think differently", said SriLankan Airlines, Head of Human Resources, Pradeepa Kekulawela. SriLankan Airlines’ Human Resources Division recently nominated two successor pools consisting of managers and senior managers, more..

Sri Lankans were hoping for greener pastures in Australia

Aug 27 (Hindu) A sense of alienation appears to have crept into the psyche of the six Sri Lankan Tamils, who made a vain bid to reach Australia, without proper travel documents with the logistics arranged by a gang. Desperate to leave the island nation, the six Lankan Tamils from Mullaitheevu and Mattakalappu (Batticaloa) had decided to go to Australia, moved by the success stories of Sri Lankan settlers who have made it to Victoria and other places in Australia. more..

BBS challenges Muslim bodies in SL to disclose their stance on ISIS & Boko Haram

Aug 27 (AM) BBS challenged two Muslim organizations – All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama and Shura Council – to disclose their stance on terrorist attacks carried out by ISIS group. Dilantha Withanage, CEO of the BBS said the two organizations should also make their position clear on the terrorist organization ‘Boko Haram’ – which is based in Africa. “If they remain tight-lipped on heinous crimes carried out by Islamic terrorist more..

A tense situation at the Govt Press

Aug 27 (HN) A tense situation erupted at the govt press today after the members of Sri Lanka Nidahas Sevaka Sangamaya stormed an awareness meeting organized by the trade union collective. The Govt Press Trade Union Collective which is comprised of UNP and JVP workers charged that the Govt Printer is a political appointee, and SLFP Uva PC election propaganda materials are printed in the Government Press. Trade Union Collective met opposition politicians to educate them on more..

Rebecca Nirmali’s alms-giving in London

Aug 27 (Island) Seven days after the death of popular actress Rebecca Nirmali, her seventh day alms-giving was performed at Amarawathi Buddhist Temple in London on August 18. The event was organised by actor and film producer Wimal Alahakoon together with Rebecca’s close friends in London. Veteran actress Prema Ganegoda also attended the ceremony. Fifteen Buddhist Monks participated in the alms-giving. Speciality was those monks were either English or Europeans. more..

Thisara Perera considered for national selection after President's intervention

Aug 27 (AM) All rounder Thisara Perera, who scored a blistering half century in the second ODI against Pakistan, has been considered for selection after President Rajapaksa intervened in the matter. Perera became the man of the match yesterday for his all round performance when Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 77 runs and squared the series. The all rounder was considered for selection after a hiatus of a few months. more..

Two Indians arrested in Lanka for possessing sensitive pics

Aug 27 (PTI) Two Indian nationals have been arrested here for allegedly possessing photographs of Sri Lanka's Parliament and Prime Minister's residence, police said today. Acting on a tipoff, they were arrested by the police yesterday while travelling in a three wheeler taxi in Colombo, police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said. Police claimed they have found images of the Parliament and the residence of the prime minister in a laptop and a camera the duo had. more..

Docs save life of man with tree branch stuck in chest

Aug 27 (Island) A consultant surgeon attached to the Hambantota General Hospital Dr. Mahinda Mallawathanthri and his team saved the life of a 53-year-old man whose chest had been pierced by a branch of a falling tree. Dr. Mallawathanthri said his patient had been riding a motorcycle at Amabalanthota on August 25 night when a tree suddenly fell with a branch of it piercing his chest. The victim was rushed to the Ambalanthota Base Hospital with the branch and transferred more..

Foundation Stone laid for Duraiappah Stadium project in Jaffna

Aug 27 (GDI) The foundation stone of the project to renovate the Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna was laid by Minister Basil Rajapaksa, Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, and High Commissioner of India Y.K. Sinha, at a ceremony on Wednesday. The Duraiappah Stadium, named in honour of a former Mayor of Jaffna, the Late Alfred Thambirajah Duraiappah, is being renovated at a cost of SLR 145 million, and the project is more..

Things get ugly in Uva

Aug 27 (CT) Polls related violence is nothing new in Sri Lanka. It has become almost the new norm, the expected prequel to citizen's choice. Yet, when 18 election offices are vandalized by political opponents, meetings are sabotaged and supporters of the opponents are intimidated, all within a brief span of twenty four hours, it becomes something way beyond the norm, way beyond even repulsive. And it becomes deeply disturbing when these acts of violence are executed, not by miscreants more..

Sri Lanka shares close down 0.4%

Aug 27 (LBO) Sri Lanka's shares close 0.41% lower Wednesday with oil palm and beverage stocks losing ground amid low foreign participation. All Share Price Index closed 28.41 points lower at 6,984.91, down 0.41%. The S&P SL20 closed 9.02 points lower at 3,842.83, down 0.23%. Turnover was 742.11 million rupees, down from 1.73 billion rupees a day earlier with 84 stocks closed positive against 120 negative. Seylan Developments closed 10 cents higher at 14.10 rupees more..

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JVP calls for election law reforms to paste posters

Aug 27 (Island) JVP said that the present election laws would have to be updated to bring them in line with the needs of the Proportional Representation (PR) system. JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said former Election Chief Dayananda Dissanayake had described the present election laws as having a Japanese head and a German body. Silva said that according to present election laws, a candidate could not paste posters or display his number with party symbols even at his own election office. more..

SL governance inspired by Nasi Goreng?

Aug 27 (CT) Work took me to Indonesia a few times during the last couple of years. On all those occasions, I flew Mihin Air though I usually avoid the airline due to the negativity that surrounds it. I found the flight from Colombo to Jakarta and back wasn’t bad. Actually, the service of the airline staff is good. So I took a Mihin flight again on Monday early morning to Jakarta. Though the flight originates from Colombo, very few Sri Lankans are on board. In fact, on one occasion I was the only SL more..

Jaffna wants to tap into tourism boom

Aug 27 (FT) Jaffna tourism officials are eyeing a boost of local tourists but insist key development measures need to take place before the north can tap into the lucrative foreign traveller boom in other regions of Sri Lanka. In an effort increase the flow of domestic tourists into the region the Northern Province Tourism Association (NPTA) signed an agreement with Lanka Travel Eye. Venture aims at promoting though its website more..

Election Commissioner asks IGP to strengthen security in Uva Province

Aug 27 (AM) Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has requested the IGP of Police to increase the security in areas where election violence has been reported, deploying the Special Task Force if necessary. He has taken this step after taking the recent complaints about elections violence into consideration. During the past few days, a number of elections law violations such as arson attacks on party offices and more..

Now Sri Lankan insurers include sanction clauses

Aug 27 (ST) Sri Lankan insurers, like their international counterparts, have begun stating in their contracts that policy cover will be suspended in case of the United States, the European Union or the UN imposes sanctions against the country. Govt and sections of the private sector are fighting back—but experts warn that ‘sanction clauses’ are here to stay. Some weeks ago, a leading Sri Lankan insurance firm gave a local construction more..

300 Mega Taxi Advertising Campaign in Germany receives high response

Aug 27 (GDI) Under the guidance of Ministry of Economic Development, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau launched a mega taxi advertising campaign in Germany early this year with the ceremonial launch of the campaign taking place on 07th March 2014 at Messe Berlin fairground during the ITB Travel and Trade Fair. Under this campaign 300 taxies were branded focusing on tourism attraction themes appealing to German more..

Middle East-based feeder line to begin Tuticorin-Colombo service

Aug 27 (Island) Middle East-based Simatech Shipping has announced the launch of a fortnightly feeder service linking Dakshin Bharat Gateway Terminal, a new private facility in India’s Port of Tuticorin (V.O. Chidambaranar), with Colombo, Sri Lanka, starting this month, a news story published by the, the web portal of the Journal of Commerce said. "Simatech will thus be able to connect Tuticorin exports/imports more..

Agriculture Minister talks of banning glyphosate completely

Aug 27 (Island) Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said the govt would be compelled to ban the use of glyphosate in all 24 districts since the ongoing investigations revealed that people were also beginning to be affected by the chronic kidney disease owing to the use of that chemical. he said that the sale of glyphosate in four districts had been banned already and the govt in consultation with more..

Economy suffers for want of mechanism to tackle corruption - Champika

Aug 27 (Island) JHU heavyweight and Minister, Champika Ranawaka, MP, on Monday night warned of dire consequences unless tangible action was taken to stop waste, corruption and irregularities in the public sector. Appearing on ‘360’, a live political show on Derana TV, Minister Ranawaka said that Sri Lanka could not ignore the urgent need to establish anti-corruption mechanisms similar to those in Singapore and Hong Kong. more..

Controversial ‘Wariyapola Girl’ arrested

Aug 27 (AM) Thilini Amalka, the girl from Wariyapola who slapped Chandra Kumara alias Selva at the Wariyapola bus stand has been arrested today by the Wariyapola Police. The police has arrested Thilini Amalka after she gave a statement over the incident. Chandra Kumara yesterday admitted himself to Wariyapola hospital complaining of hearing problems. Speaking to media Chandra Kumara said that a few days after more..

Who is Negombo’s Godfather?

Aug 27 (DM) Negombo, a city well-known as a traditional hot spot for tourists, has now become a battle ground for two area politicians of the ruling UPFA. Throwing allegations of heroin smuggling, extortion, prostitution and thuggery at each other, Deputy Fisheries Minister Sarath Gunaratne and Western Provincial Minister Nimal Lanza take turns highlighting the others faults and tell us why they are more popular among the voters. more..

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