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'Education system totally politicized'

Nov 26 (CT) General Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers' Union, Joseph Stalin spoke about the 2015 Budget's vision for education, while highlighting current issues affecting the sector. He was of the view that Education Minister Bandula Gunawardene had a tuition oriented mindset being a former tuition master and he believed to showcase pass percentages as successes while his deputy minister owned private schools. He attributed the concepts of Gunawardene more..

Shhhhhh Mr.Sampanthan, not so loud please

Nov 26 (NS) The normally intransigent TNA has suddenly started acting as if they care about presidential politics in Sri Lanka. The president, deputy president and at least one of the deputy secretaries of the TNA have been making coy statements about who the Alliance will support if a presidential election were to be held next year. Wow, the TNA seem willing to take their subservient attention away from their diaspora mafia, however briefly, and actually consider acting more..

A formidable challenge

Nov 26 (NS) It had to happen that way, and the break was only possible with a serious split within the regime. The moment had come for members of the SLFP to take the plunge. And when finally Mr. Wasantha Senanayake, MP, crossed over (the first member of the brave ‘suicide squad’) and mentioned that he knew who the common candidate was, the matter was settled. It had to be one name; Maithripala Sirisena. And yet it was somewhat remarkable, in this day and age of unprecedented surveillance, more..

'Maithripala will only be interim resident'

Nov 26 (CT) Western Provincial Councillor and Leader of DPF Mano Ganesan said the ethnic and religious minorities require an environment where they can stand up and speak on their issues and to conduct a democratic political campaign to achieve their aspirations. "Here we have a govt that has totally knocked down the norms of democracy and rule of law. Therefore, we are joining hands with the rest of the country to restore democracy more..

Maithripala, a good governance challenge from within to Mahinda Rajapakse

Nov 26 (GV) This analyst has always maintained that the formulae for the defeat of the Rajapakse regime, was a divided govt and a unified opposition. Given the absolute fragmented disarray in which the main opposition UNP was in, only a very short while ago, it was nearly impossible to imagine a situation in which the opposition could coalesce around a single candidate and a common program. However, due to the astute political coalition building of a few key national political leaders, more..

The political need of the hour: Transformational approach to constitution making

Nov 26 (GV) A long awaited concerted action has now been initiated by the opposition parties in their identification of a common candidate for the upcoming presidential elections, and the agenda for action. Understandably, the opposition needs a simple yet mass rallying slogan for their campaign. The abolishing of the executive presidential system has been designated by them as the call and the cause. In his first press conference as a proposed presidential candidate, more..

Showcases fashion choices

Nov 26 (SO) He is a man with a vision. He is the epitome of a gentleman: talented, insightful, dignified, humble-and far from simple. He's the style guru to most recognisable faces in the country. Having started his career in the tailoring and fashion industry straight out of school, there were many he looked up on to learn the beautiful art he has now mastered, one of whom being his father and grandfather who he deems his mentors. more..

Opposition’s challenge to govt

Nov 26 (CT) Mysterious are the ways in which political strategies have moved in Sri Lanka. The opposition determined to do its duty by the people labored for long to unseat the incumbent President, perched seemingly secure in power. Weeks of effort and a day’s decisiveness have directed the country towards a new course of hope and promise. The Opposition which had evolved into a national collective of purpose weighed its strengths and weaknesses. more..

Will Tamils help electing Mahinda again?

Nov 26 (CT) Prabhakaran’s infamous boycott at the 2005 election backfired and paved the way for Mahinda Rajapaksa’s emergence which did not help the separatists’ course. The country as a whole benefited from the boycott that time as MR played the lead role in vanquishing Prabhakaran and his murderous marauders. After the war Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) had the most conducive political and social atmosphere to be the best-ever leader that Sri Lanka had seen. more..

Sri Lanka Catholics, monitor condemn use of pope's image on election posters

Nov 25 (UCAN) An election monitoring body and Catholic leaders in Sri Lanka have condemned the use of Pope Francis’ image on campaign posters featuring President Rajapaksa and called for their removal from public spaces. “The president has already used the Pope’s image for his election campaign and there are posters in public places in Colombo,” said Rohana Hettiarachchi, executive director of PAFFREL. more..

Sri Lankan jailed 1 year in Dubai for biting workmate’s finger

Nov 25 (GN) A worker, who was under the influence of alcohol when he bit his co-worker's finger following a heated argument, has been jailed for one year. The 29-year-old Sri Lankan worker, was said to have had a heated argument with his Pakistani co-worker during and he bit the latter's finger in June. Dubai Police's forensic examiner confirmed that the victim sustained a permanent disability in the bitten finger. Dubai Court of First Instance jailed him one year for assaulting the victim, more..

'Govt has offered Rs.100 million each to disgruntled MPs'

Nov 25 (AM) A senior UNP MP today charged that the ruling party had allegedly offered Rs. 100 million to govt MPs whose names were mentioned in connection with crossovers. "In addition to offers," he said, "the govt has intensified its spy-missions and surveillance operations: even their telephones have been tapped," the MP said. He made these remarks when asked whether the 'crossover' plans of the govt MPs had backfired on the UNP and the common opposition. more..

Speeding drivers run over wild animals in Yala

Nov 25 (CT) Environmentalists have criticized wildlife officials for failing to take action against a safari jeep driver for knocking down a deer in the Yala National Park recently. Eyewitnesses said that a safari jeep driver from Daya Safari Jeep Service (vehicle number EP PU 5281) was speeding inside the Yala National park while taking Chinese tourists on a safari and knocked down a deer, whose leg had been broken into two. more..

Police take fingerprints of Museum workers

Nov 25 (DM) Fingerprints of some security personnel and those of 74 workers engaged in renovating the Colombo Museum were taken by the Cinnamon Gardens police during the investigations into force-opening of a Gallery door in the Museum. The fingerprints would be matched with the four fingerprints and the palm print which were removed from the location. Further investigations would be carried out after the fingerprints are identified. Statements from 22 people were recorded more..

NCP minister crosses over

Nov 25 (CT) North Central Province (NCP) Minister, Peshala Jayarathna Bandara officially crossed over yesterday to the Opposition to support the Presidential campaign of former Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena. However, NCPC Chairman T. M. R. Siripala, said that Peshala Jayarathna Bandara would be the only person from the government ranks of the NCPC, to cross over. Other members have condemned such a crossover and would not switch sides at any cost, he said. more..

Maithripala still expecting crossovers

Nov 25 (CG) While the Govt says no one else will crossover to the opposition from SLFP, common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena says more will join him. Speaking to media after he visited the Bandaranaike Memorial Monument in Horagolla today, Sirisena said that some people had asked him why more Govt Ministers and MPs did not join the opposition as expected in Parliament yesterday. more..

JHU to tie Maithripala Knot on Nov 27

Nov 25 (AM) The JHU, which is already an unofficial member of the common opposition, will officially announce on Nov 27 whether they would support the common candidate at the upcoming Presidential Election. JHU General Secretary Champika Ranawaka said that the JHU will announce their decision at a press conference in Colombo. “We will always work towards ensuring democracy and JHU has already taken steps to educate the people about our policies”, Ranawaka said. more..

Video: I am not here to topple governments: EC

Nov 25 (DM) Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya today said that he was only a public servant and that it was not his duty to protect or topple governments. “Though I was appointed by the President, I’m a public servant and not a servant of the government. I’m not here to protect or to topple any government,” he told a news conference. “I will also not fear the government when carrying out my duties,” he said. more..

Special discussion with EU Envoy to strengthen rural development

Nov 25 (GDI) A special discussion to obtain EU's contribution to strengthen the rural development was held at Nuwara Eliya District Secretariat today. Discussion was held under the auspices of the new Ambassador of EU to Sri Lanka. The discussion focused on the mode of contribution that should be given to strengthen economy and living standards of rural community. Ambassador said that bringing the conflict to more..

No bail for Malaka, remanded until 28 Nov.

Nov 25 (AD) Colombo Additional Magistrate today further remanded Minister Mervyn Silva’s son Malaka Silva and six other suspects who were arrested on charges of assaulting a foreign couple at a night club in Colombo. Malaka, four of his friends and two Ministerial Security Division (MSD) officials attached to his father were ordered to be remanded until 28 November by Additional Magistrate Mohammed Sahabdeen. Minister Mervyn Silva’s son Malaka Silva, who came to the spotlight more..

BBS to release new proposals

Nov 25 (CT) The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) will release a new set of proposals today, that it wants included in the manifestoes of candidates contesting the Presidential Election, BBS CEO Dr. Dhilanthe Withanage said yesterday. He said they had been approached by representatives of Maithripala Sirisena, who is the candidate named by the common Opposition. "They had called Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera and expressed their willingness to discuss with us. more..

Both England and Sri Lanka need to rebuild

Nov 25 (CI) There must be some miscommunication somewhere. Each year, Sri Lanka line up a tour around November, and almost invariably, the series is so beset by rain that most matches go unfinished, and the remaining games advantage the chasing side. With four such tours having taken place in the last five years now, the only viable solution is clear: it is time SL's weather took stock of cricket patterns in the country, more..

Sri Lanka feels the chill and more rain

Nov 25 (CG) As a chilly weather was experienced in most parts of Sri Lanka today the department of meteorology said that showers can be expected to continue in the country tomorrow. Temperature was below 30 decrees celsius this afternoon with Colombo recording 25.8 and Nuwara Eliya 15.2 decrees celsius. Meanwhile the department of meteorology said that heavy showers (more than 100mm) are likely in the Northern, North-central, Eastern, Uva & Central provinces tomorrow. more..

GPS technology helps get accurate statistics on kidney patients

Nov 25 (Island) Doctors have used Global Positioning System (GPS) technology successfully in two pilot projects to collect information on the exact number of kidney patients. North Central Province Kidney Prevention Unit head Dr. Asanka Ranasinghe, addressing the media, pointed out that his medical team with the assistance of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the Navy Commander had used GPS to detect exact number of persons afflicted with renal failure. more..

India and SL urged to work towards releasing ‘full potential of economic ties’

Nov 25 (Island) India and Sri Lanka need to work towards unleashing the full potential of their bilateral economic ties ‘through creation of an enabling environment for trade in services and collaboration in diverse sectors, including tourism, education and construction services, High Commissioner for India in Sri Lanka Y.K. Sinha said. The High Commissioner was addressing the sixth annual general meeting of the Indo-Lanka more..

Raise the issue in Parliament: Karunanidhi

Nov 25 (Hindu) DMK president M. Karunanidhi called upon political parties to raise in the current session of Parliament the issue of Tamil fishermen being arrested regularly by the Sri Lankan Navy. “Bring pressure on the Centre to find a solution to the untold sufferings of Tamil fishermen,” he said. Mr. Karunanidhi said the arrest on Sunday of 14 fishermen had shattered the celebrations over the release of five fishermen sentenced to death by a Sri Lankan court. more..

Food Act needs urgent amending

Nov 25 (CT) The Food Act, No. 26 of 1980, needs major amending whereby the people of the country could be protected, GMOA said. Addressing the media GMOA President, Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya said that the existing Food Act No. 26 of 1980 is 32 years old and did not match with today's requirements. "The foods items consumed today are very different from the foods consumed three decades ago. Also the methods and equipment used to produce food products have changed. more..

Mervyn Silva threatened outside Court

Nov 25 (AM) An unknown man who came in a jeep threatened Minister Merveyn Silva in public this morning near the Colombo Chief Magistrate Court premises. This incident happened when the Minister was speaking to some reporters near the court premises. He was present at the court today as his son Malaka Silva's case was scheduled to be taken up before the Colombo Chief Magistrate. The man who threatened the Minister got off from more..

Creates rift in TNA

Nov 25 (CT) It is alleged that TNA Leader R. Sampanthan had discussions with former President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Sunday going beyond the 13th Amendment. TamilNet reported that the TNA Leader was suspected of making a secret deal of his own accord with the former President, on supporting the common Opposition candidacy of Maithripala Sirisena. Kumaratunga in reply, had told Sampanthan not to seek anything beyond the implementation of the 13th Amendment, more..

A case for SAARC reforms

Nov 25 (Hindu) Organisation of eight South Asian nations, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, with observer nations, Myanmar, China, Iran, the EU and the US, to name a few, is known as the SAARC. It was established at the first summit in Dhaka on Dec 7-8, 1985. Last summit, the 17th, was held in Addu, in the Maldives, in Nov 2011. After a gap of three years, the 18th Summit Meeting is to be held in Nepal on Nov 26-27, 2014. more..

Sri Lanka to invite foreign monitors for polls

Nov 25 (Xinhua) Sri Lanka on Tuesday announced that it will invite foreign election monitors for the presidential elections next year. Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said that he will, however, not invite UN election monitors for the January election. He said that usually election monitors from Asia, the European Union (EU) and the Commonwealth are invited for a major election. more..

Wele Suda’s drug distributors remanded

Nov 25 (Island) Two accomplices of notorious drug kingpin, Welle Suda, had been arrested by the Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB) and they had been remanded till Dec 4 by Mahara Magistrate, SSP Ajith Rohana said. Dilipa Jayasinghe of Enderamulla and Sinnappan John of Agrapatana had been arrested following a tip-off received by the PNB. They had distributed 25 kilos of heroin with a street value of Rs. 150 million, but they did not have narcotics in their possession at the time of arrest. more..

'Blocking Satana was an act of a fool'

Nov 25 (AM) Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara has stated that blocking the transmissions of Sirasa TV during the special Satana political talk show attended by opposition’s common candidate Maithripala Sirisena was an act of a fool. It was an act of the enemies of the govt, he added, answering a question at a press conference. Meanwhile North Western Province Chief Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said that the government was informed that it was a problem with transmission. more..

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Attack on UNP procession: UPFA attackers identified – police

Nov 25 (Island) SSP Ajith Rohana said that the Mawathagama police had identified ten UPFA supporters allegedly involved in Friday’s attack on a UNP motorcade. The police, however, had not been able to arrest any suspects so far. The incident occurred after Maithripala Sirisena had announced himself as the Common Candidate for the presidential election. Executive director of CaFFE Rajith Tennakoon has, in his letter to Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya, more..

Sri Lanka stocks close higher

Nov 25 (LBO) Sri Lanka's stocks closed 0.06% higher with the price gains of Nestle Lanka and C T Holdings, brokers said. All Share Price Index closed 4.11 points higher at 7,239.36, up 0.06%. The S&P SL20 closed 0.78 points higher at 4,045.72, up 0.02%. Turnover was 1.08 billion rupees, down from 1.70 billion rupees a day earlier with 118 stocks closed positive against 73 negative. The aggregate value of all off-the-floor deals only represented 7% of the daily turnover. more..

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