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PMK leader Ramadoss condemns auctioning of boats by Sri Lanka

Sept 19 (PTI) PMK leader Ramdoss today strongly condemned the reports that Sri Lankan Government was auctioning the boats seized from the Indian Fishermen, and said "the act of the Island govt has shocked Indian fishermen." In a Statement he said the boats got damaged as they were not maintained and left uncared in the open sea. Besides the Sri Lankan navalmen also resorted to damaging them by colliding and kicking them, he said. more..

Muslim protest in Badulla called off after Anura Yapa's intervention

Sept 19 (AM) A protest march organized by a group of Muslims in Badulla was called off at the eleventh hour after Petroleum Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa intervened in the matter. The Minister has visited the Mosque in Badulla which was attacked two days ago. He held discussions with the Muslim community leaders and had convinced them to cancel a protest they had organized. The Minister has promised that he will talk with the police over the matter. more..

CID to investigate human bones in Kayts

Sept 19 (CG) The CID is to investigate the discovery of suspected human bones found in Kayts, in the North, police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said. He said that the bones were found when the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) was digging some land. Ajith Rohana said the number of human bones recovered was not yet known. The police spokesman said that the court has also been informed about the discovery and a police investigation is already underway. more..

CaFFE reports over 400 incidents of election violence in Uva election

Sept 19 (AM) CaFFE has reported 424 incidents of election violence by the last day of campaigning before Sept 20 Uva PC election. CaFFE representatives said that the election monitors had received 305 complaints from Moneragala district, 100 from Badulla and that there were 19 complaints common to both districts. “There were 24 instances of election law violations yesterday including complaints of misuse of public property, using PA systems without approval. more..

Motorcycle accidents responsible for increase in spinal cord injuries

Sept 19 (Island) The Health Ministry yesterday said it would initiate a special public awareness campaign in view an alarming increase in motorcycle accidents which caused serious spinal cord injuries. Spokesperson for the Health Ministry, S.M.L. Kumari expressed concerns regarding the rapid increase in road accidents which led to damages to the spinal cord. The issue had been discussed recently during the third workshop and Scientific Sessions organised to address more..

Sri Lanka rupee ends tad firmer on remittance, exporter dlr sales

Sept 19 (Reuters) The Sri Lankan rupee edged up on Friday as continued inward remittances and exporter dollar conversions outpaced demand for the greenback from importers, dealers said. The spot currency ended little changed at 130.28/30 per dollar compared to Thursday's close of 130.28/32. The three-day forwards, or spot next, which was active in the three straight sessions through Friday, ended a tad firmer at 130.20/34 per dollar compared to Thursday's close of 130.34/36. more..

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GL inaugurates international seminar on disarmament, safety and stability

Sept 19 (Island) Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, inaugurated the Summer Workshop organized by the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies on the theme "Nuclear Disarmament, Safety and Stability" at Tangerine Beach Hotel, Kalutara. Apart from Sri Lankan officials, academics and professionals, foreign delegates participating in the workshop included scholars and practitioners from China, India, Pakistan and the United States. more..

Sri Lanka stocks close up 0.4%

Sept 19 (LBO) Sri Lanka's indices closed in the positive territory with the price gains witnessed in diversified stocks amid strong foreign participation. All Share Price Index closed 28.02 points higher at 7,234.92, up 0.39%. The S&P SL20 closed 29.38 points higher at 4,018.98, up 0.74%. Turnover was 2.52 billion rupees, down from 2.90 billion rupees a day earlier with 130 stocks closed positive against 79 negative. John Keells Holdings closed 1.10 rupees lower at 256.70 rupees more..

Roadblocks in Sri Lanka's move to achieve six hub status

Sept 19 (CT) However, subsequently, this wording was corrected to 'Maritime' in the Mahinda Chinthana policy document. Nevertheless, it's said that there are fears harboured by neighbouring India, that Hambantota Port, which is being developed from commercial loans obtained from China, may be used by the Chinese as a naval base. India fought a border war against the Chinese in 1962, and the relationship between these two superpowers more..

A Book review: Universality of poetic feelings

Sept 19 (CT) Basil Fernando is a poet cum lawyer and bilingual writer who lives in Hong Kong. Apart form his day to day legal activities, he writes poems both in Sinhala and English. Several English poems have appeared in foreign learned journals. Quite recently one of his collections of English poems came to be translated into Sinhala by Radika Gunaratne titled as ‘Handanu Mena Desaya’, a discussion ensued about the calibre of the unconventional poems, where the poetic persona more..

The all too familiar scenario

Sept 19 (CT) The people of Uva will be voting tomorrow to elect the candidates of their choice to the Uva PC. They will invariably be casting their votes in favour of the candidates representing the party that they support, irrespective of whether they are persons fit to be entrusted with the administration of the affairs of the people of the Uva Province. With all in the fray hoping to win, the election is being keenly fought, with the govt using every facility at its command; more..

Loss of life in Sri Lanka conflict could have been averted: US

Sept 19 (PTI) The US has said that several lives could have been saved had the global community acted earlier and more appropriately to situations in some troubled nations like Sri Lanka, which is accused of human rights abuses during its military campaign against the LTTE. In a statement at a UNHRC session in Geneva yesterday, the US said a delayed response by the international community resulted in decaying human rights more..

IMF says Sri Lanka's poor tax administration could cut economic growth

Sept 19 (Reuters) Sri Lanka's continuing failure to strengthen its tax administration could force the its govt to spend less, which would hit economic growth, the IMF said on Friday. Since the Fund extended a $2.6 billion loan in 2009, it has regularly called for the govt to raise more revenue by broadening the tax base and reducing tax exemptions. However, tax revenue as a percentage of GDP has been declining. more..

SL to establish a human heart valve bank

Sept 19 (LBO) Sri Lanka cabinet has given approval to establish a Human Heart Valve bank at a cost of 30 million rupees to provide cardiac valves and tissues necessary for valve replacement and repair of some of the congenital and acquired heart diseases. The proposal was submitted to the cabinet by Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of Health in Sri Lanka. The bank will be establish at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital in Colombo. more..

Mahinda notes all terrorists are the same

Sept 19 (CG) President Rajapaksa today noted that all terrorists are the same and Asian countries must work with the sovereignty of an Asian country is at risk. The President said this at the 8th International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) which was inaugurated today. He said that all terrorists are ready to massacre innocent people and sri Lanka is ready to share its experience in defeating terrorism. more..

Latest survey reveals interesting facts about country’s rich & poor

Sept 19 (DM) In an interesting revelation, the latest Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) showed Sri Lanka’s poorest 20% households live on a monthly income of Rs. 10,245 while the richest 20% receive a monthly income of Rs. 121,368. Meanwhile the middle 60% of the households live on a monthly income of Rs. 32,595. Through the latest survey carried out covering July 2012 to June 2013, more..

'Sri Lanka hasn't asked for help for its reconciliation bureau'

Sept 19 (IANS) Sri Lanka has not asked the UN for help for the Special Bureau of Reconciliation it is setting up to deal with the legacy of the civil war that ravaged the island nation, a UN spokesman said Thursday. The spokesman said in answer to a reporter's question that while the UN's Department of Political Affairs provides technical expertise requested by member states, it "has not received any request from Sri Lanka to more..

SC reserves order on applications by former Golden Key directors

Sept 19 (Island) The Supreme Court yesterday reserved the order in respect of the applications by the Counsel for former Directors of Golden Key Credit Card Company Private Limited to direct the District Court to inquire into the seizure of assets of former Directors of the Company. The Supreme Court also reserved the order in respect of the applications made by these counsel to revoke the interim orders made by Supreme Court more..

Visits by leaders of China and Japan, a major diplomatic triumph for Sri Lanka - GL

Sept 19 (DN) The visits this week by President Xi Jinping of China and PM Shinzo Abe of Japan clearly demonstrate Sri Lanka's importance in terms of modern global trends, Minister G.L. Peiris said. He referred to the Japanese PM's emphasis on Sri Lanka and Japan as maritime nations, and to the importance attached by President Xi Jinping to the concept of the Maritime Silk Route, as applied to contemporary world. more..

Dead worker’s family finds it difficult to swallow JMO report

Sept 19 (ST) As Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) await a report on the investigations over the suspected food poisoning case at the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) where some 500 garment factory workers fell ill last week, questions have arisen over the death of one of the employees who was admitted to hospital PHI Union Secretary Senerath Bandara said that a sample of the food was sent to the MRI in Borella and they hope to receive more..

Northern youth again in danger?

Sept 19 (SL) After the end of the three decades’ long war, Northern Province is now experiencing a different problem. Jaffna Tamils were known to be proud and they did not accept handouts easily. Unlike in the past, today, the youth in Jaffna seem that they do not like to work hard to make a living. They seem to have changed their ancestors’ stance as the money coming in from the Diaspora takes care of their needs. more..

We belong to one nation, the SL nation

Sept 19 (DM) Today we see the coming together of Muslim community representing various professions and organisations, from diverse backgrounds. Steps taken by Muslim Council to unite & organise such a gathering is noteworthy. This gathering epitomises how and why we should focus on what brings us together as one, building on our similarities. Our children and grandchildren can go abroad for employment and earn a good income. But they will have to live as second class citizens. more..

How fair are the elections?

Sept 19 (DM) After what most election monitors see as a campaign marred by a relatively high degree of violations, the people of Uva—Sri Lanka’s smallest province will go to the polls tomorrow to elect 34 members to the Provincial Council. As the six-week campaign ended on Wednesday, one of the main election monitoring groups said it had received 424 election-related complaints-- 305 from Moneragala district and 100 from Badulla. The CaFFE said that on the last day a campaign irreparably more..

Uva polls: NGO offers legal cover to ‘intimidated’ election staff

Sept 19 (Island) Transparency International Sri Lanka has offered legal assistance to election staff in the event of any one of them being victimised in the run-up to the election or on the polling day itself. TI’s Communications Manager Shan Wijethunge said that their legal arm, Shelter for Integrity was ready to provide legal assistance to anyone victimised for being impartial. Shelter for Integrity could be contacted on 0112513313 more..

Court of Appeal acquits accused in heroin case, regrets delay

Sept 19 (Island) The Court of Appeal on August 26, 2014 acquitted an accused appellant who had been charged in the High Court of Colombo, for the possession of 45.3 grammes of heroin, on Dec 17, 1998. The accused was convicted by the High Court of Colombo on June 9, 2005 and sentenced to life imprisonment. The accused appealed against the sentence, thereafter, a Divisional Bench of the Court of Appeal, comprising Justice A.W.A. Salam, the President of the Court of Appeal and Justices more..

Four women Malaysia bound with forged documents nabbed at BIA

Sept 19 (DN) Four women who attempted to migrate to Malaysia for employment producing forged documents were nabbed by Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) sleuths at the Bandaranaike International Airport. "With the detection of the four women who were trying to go to Malaysia for employment with visit visas and forged documents, we were able to uncover a racket of sending women abroad for employment using such methods," a SLBFE spokesman said. more..

Chinese doctors restore sight of 500 Sri Lankans

Sept 19 (DN) Three years ago, a cornea from Sri Lanka restored Xu Pengfei's sight in his right eye, and on Wednesday the 10-year-old was able to express his thanks by helping someone in Sri Lanka see again. On Wednesday, Xu and a Chinese doctor together removed the bandages on the eyes of Sudarma Karunaratna, a 74-year-old English teacher, after she had cataract surgery on her right eye at a hospital in Colombo. more..

Lankan who went to India for Spanish Visa missing

Sept 19 (DM) Francis Fernando, a 60-year-old Sri Lankan had gone missing while he was in New, Delhi, India to acquire a Spanish Visa, a family member said. His daughter–in-law, who had been with Fernando in New Delhi at the time that he went missing, explained that he had gone out by himself for a while on September 5, and had not returned. “We have informed the Sri Lankan High Commission in India as well as the Indian Police about my father-in-law’s disappearance. more..

Hakeem and Iranian Justice Minister meet on AALCO sidelines

Sept 19 (FT) Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem met with his Iranian counterpart Mostafa Pourmohammadi on the sidelines of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation (AALCO) sessions, which were held in Tehran on 16 Sept. Hakeem thanked Iran for its assistance in local developmental activities such as irrigation projects and rural electrification. He told the Iranian Minister that Sri Lanka was grateful for his country’s continued support when UNHRC resolutions more..

Pakistani spy averse to returning to SL

Sept 19 (DC) NIA investigators, questioning Pakistani spy Arun Selvarajan, 28, from Sri Lanka, on Thursday found him averse to returning home. He was running an event management firm in Chennai. “He is not telling us why he doesn’t want to go back home to Colombo,” NIA sources said, adding that their suspicion about Arun’s possible links with the LTTE could be true. Over the next few days, more..

Kuthubdeen recommences business in SL

Sept 19 (CT) Mohommad Kamil Kuthubdeen, the main suspect in the Rs 3,980 million VAT fraud, has recommenced his business ventures in Sri Lanka, intelligence agencies have uncovered. Kuthubdeen fled the country when the VAT fraud case was taken up. However he has rebuilt his connections with his local affiliates and is operating his businesses. He has made several large investments through his associates and generously funded several high class brothels, large hotel projects more..

Union Bank gets shareholder support for TPG investment

Sept 19 (FT) Union Bank of Colombo (UBC) held its Extraordinary General Meeting on 17 Sept, facilitating shareholder approval for the conclusion of its landmark investment agreement of $ 117 m with TPG, a leading global investment firm. Union Bank Chairman Alex Lovell stated that the bank received an overwhelming endorsement from shareholders for the TPG investment. As per the circular to shareholders issued by UBC, the resolutions passed in summery included more..

'Bandarawela fatal accident: Conspiracy to kill Thondaman'

Sept 19 (CT) The fatal accident, which occurred on Wednesday, at Bandarawela, is being viewed as a conspiracy to kill Senthil Thondaman, charged Minister Arumugam Thondaman. One person was killed, while UPFA candidate Senthil Thondaman and 27 others were injured. Former Provincial Minister Senthil Thondaman, who is a UPFA candidate in Saturday's PC polls in Uva, was brought to more..

Tissa says no deepening rift in the UNP

Sept 19 (CG) UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake today insisted that there is not rift in the party over the proposal to make MP Sajith Premadasa the deputy leader of the UNP. Attanayake said that, on the contrary, there seems to be a rift in the ruling party with Minister Basil Rajapaksa and MP Namal Rajapaksa not going on stage with UPFA Uva PC candidate Shasheendra Rajapaksa. “During the Uva election campaign all our leaders stood together. more..

‘Too many things had gone wrong on SL’

Sept 19 (Hindu) Some events in history remain in the realms of the unknown and hence a matter of much speculation. At an event organised by Rupa Publications and Madras Book Club here on Thursday, veteran politician K. Natwar Singh, author of One Life is Not Enough, talked of how Prime Ministers took some tough decisions. He was in conversation with N. Ram, Chairman, Kasturi and Sons Ltd. Asked if the mess in Sri Lanka could have been avoided, Mr. Singh said: more..

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