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Sirisena slams ties ex leader had with Gaddafi

Oct 3 (CG) President Maithripala Sirisena today criticized the relationship some former Sri Lankan leaders had with former Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi. He recalled how Gaddafi was seen in photographs with his arm around one former SL leader. Former President Rajapakse openly maintained a strong relationship with Muammar Gaddafi despite western global powers accusing him of being a dictator more..

LTTE openly fundraising in Paris

Oct 3 (NS) LTTE sympathizers in France have reportedly recommenced fundraising activities in Paris claiming that the organization would be resurrected. The above photograph, which shows a fund collection point, was sent to us by a Sri Lankan resident in France who said the image was taken in the neighborhood of La Chapelle in Paris’s 18th arrondissement (administrative district). The resident further stated that the collection point has been functioning at the said location since Sept 26. more..

Wire trap kills another Hill Country leopard

Oct 3 (ST) Adding to the increasing number of leopard deaths, an adult male, more than 7 feet long, was found dead in Nuwara Eliya, early this week, on Sept 21, having fallen prey to a wire trap. The trap had been set up in Toppass village bordering the Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve and was meant to protect the agricultural lands from wild boar. Wildlife enthusiast Kasun Pradeepa who saw the body of the animal around 9 a.m. on the day it was discovered said the animal would more..

Face the Nation

Higher education ministry and equity in education

Oct 3 (Island) Island (Sept 25) in a news report captioned FUTA Questions Rationale Behind Combining Higher Education with Highways says that the FUTA has expressed its displeasure at combining the Ministry of Higher Education with the Ministry of Highways. May be President Sirisena and PM Wickramasinghe felt that because the names of the two ministries begin with the letter H, that is a good enough reason to combine the two under one cabinet minister. more..

Sri Lanka rises on Global Innovation Index from 105th to 85th place

Oct 3 (CT) The Global Innovation Index 2015 was released on the 17th Sept 2015. It is co-published by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The report surveys 141 economies around the world, using 79 indicators to gauge both innovative capabilities and measurable results. The report marks Sri Lanka’s progress from 105th position last year to 85th position in 2015. This significant rise in rank owes mainly due certain improvements more..

Mangala tells International Peace Institute that reconciliation will take time

Oct 3 (Island) Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Tuesday said that reconciliation would take time, but it was a vital tool in the peace building arsenal and its importance could not be overstated. In Sri Lanka it included truth seeking, justice, reparations and non-recurrence. Truth seeking not as a witch-hunt, but as an effort to heal and forgive and in the interests of justice, the rule of law and accountability. more..

CB transfers on disciplinary grounds: Ravi

Oct 3 (DM) Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said that the Central Bank staff transfers that had taken place are on disciplinary grounds. “They need to be disciplined,” he said, and added that the staff concerned could not be let off the hook with minute disciplinary action. Mirror Business reported yesterday that over 100 officials from below senior management levels to minor officials were transferred from their positions. more..

Video: Digital technology for child protection

Oct 3 (DM) In an effort to protect children through digital technology, the Telecom and Digital Infrastructure Ministry is seeking a relaxation of the current regulations barring students from taking mobile phones to school. The ministry said it would pave the way for the introduction of a special mobile phone device to protect them. Minister Harin Fernando said that this system would be in place by next week. more..

New techniques to mitigate landslide threats on EO1

Oct 3 (Island) Modern technologies would be applied to mitigate the landslide risk area of the Southern Expressway soon, National Building Research Organization (NBRO) said. Area between Imaduwa and Kokmaduwa on the Matara-Galle stretch of the Southern Expressway was temporarily closed after the NBRO warned that there was a risk of landslide near the 114 km post due to adverse weather prevailing in the Southern Province. more..

President awaits Delimitation Committee report

Oct 3 (ST) President Maithripala Sirisena has called for a detailed report from the Delimitation Committee (DC) before deciding on the electoral system for the upcoming Local Govt. (LG) polls should be held, a deputy minister said. This follows complaints from political parties as they do not agree on the demarcation of Wards because it benefits certain parties. “There are certain issues in the report some parties are objecting to, hence more..

Rajapaksa accused of violating court order

Oct 3 (SL) The alleged actions of former Uva Province Chief Minister Shasheendra Kumara Rajapaksa in failing to respect a court ruling delivered during the former Rajapaksa regime in 2014 indicates how members of the former regime considered themselves to be above the law of the land. Rajapaksa who was the Basnayake Nilame (lay custodian) of Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devalaya until January this year had been cited as more..

Tourist arrivals up 36% in September

Oct 3 (EN) Tourist arrivals in to Sri Lanka continue to grow strongly with the numbers rising 35.9% in Sept 2015 from a year ago. Tourist arrivals for the nine months to Sept were up 18.8% from a year ago. India regained the top position among source markets from China in Sept 2015 with the number of visitors rising 41.5% to 27,233 while Chinese visitors rose 54% to 20,502. Tourist arrivals crossed the 1.3 million mark. more..

Enter the Banana Skipper butterfly; bad news for banana farmers

Oct 3 (ST) Butterflies are beautiful, innocent creatures loved by all. But the larvae of the latest addition to Sri Lanka’s list of butterflies could become a pest to banana plants, warns the young butterfly enthusiast who discovered it. Tharindu Ranasinghe had observed the larvae of this butterfly, identified as Banana Skipper, for the first time, on Sept 6, in his home garden in Kandumulla in Yakkala. more..

Thousands of lives at risk Kelani river contamination

Oct 3 (SL) The Kelani River Basin (KRB) is home to over 25% of the country’s population. It is the primary drinking water source for millions of people in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central Provinces. Large number of industries, businesses and Local Authorities depend on the resources and services of the KRB. It has been contaminated with detrimental chemicals which are unhealthy for human consumption. more..

Gamini Fonseka, Lester James Peries and the milestone movie Nidhanaya

Oct 3 (DBS) Sembuge Gamini Shelton Fonseka, known generally as Gamini Fonseka – the uncrowned monarch of Sinhala cinema – passed away at the age of 68 on 30 Sept 2004. Gamini was one of my favourite actors since the age of eight when I first saw Ranmuthuduwa, a film starring him at the Gamini theatre in 1962. In later life I had the opportunity of meeting and interacting with my boyhood hero. more..

For the first time UNHRC reported a plethora of LTTE Atrocities

Oct 3 (DM) Former President Rajapaksa has called on the govt to reject the report of the investigation carried out by the OHCHR on the alleged war crimes and serious violation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law by the security forces and the LTTE during the war. What the former president and his loyalists have not explained was the outcome of such a rejection of the report as well as the US initiated resolution on Sri Lanka for which Sri Lanka was a co-sponsor. more..

Elders not too old to take up challenges

Oct 3 (DM) The famous American cowboy entertainer Gene Autry in 1931 sang a beautiful song about That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine. Later popular singers like Jim Reeves also sang this heartfelt if not heart breaking song with tens of millions of copies being sold The last memorable verse goes like this, “If I could recall all the heartaches, Dear old daddy, I’ve caused you to bear; If I could erase those lines from your face and bring back the gold to your hair; If God would more..

'Sri Lanka saved from Electric Chair'

Oct 3 (CT) President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said that the country had achieved a great victory at the UNHRC by managing to exclude the electric chair, an international investigation, and a hybrid special court from being included in the United States sponsored resolution. Addressing the media for the first time since his return from Geneva, President outlined that the resolution was a suggestion and not an order. more..

Sri Lanka resolution has 38 co-sponsors

Oct 3 (CG) The resoluton on Sri Lanka submitted to the UNHRC and adopted without a vote on Thursday had 38 co-sponsors as of yesterday, the last day of the 30th session of the UNHRC in Geneva. The deadline for more co-sponsors to add their names to the list is Oct 16. Albania, Australia, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Sri Lanka, Macedonia, UK and Northern Ireland and the United States of America were the original sponsors and co-sponsors. more..

Video: Two new national parks to be declared this month

Oct 3 (DM) Banks of Kala Wewa and Balalu Wewa are to be declared as national wild life parks by the Ministry of Wildlife on Oct 17. The area has a high density of flora and fauna and a number of tourists visit the area on a daily basis. It is reported the banks are home to some of the largest elephant herds in SL. At least about 50 tuskers are among those herds. It is also said that Minister Sajith Premadasa who is a frequent visitor of the area had named each and every tusker in the herd. more..

Non-payment of ITN bills etc: MR to face public trial

Oct 3 (Island) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been summoned by a special presidential commision again over his alleged failure to pay over Rs. 103 mn to the State-run ITN for carrying his advertisements during the last presidential polls campaign will commence on Oct 15. Well informed sources told The Island that former President Rajapaksa had been requested to be present at the PRECIFAC at 9 am. more..

Indonesian retail giant to enter Sri Lanka

Oct 3 (NS) Mitra Adiperkasa (MAP), one of Indonesia’s largest franchise operators for foreign fashion and food brands is expected to expand its operations to Sri Lanka in the near future. Opening of the MAP Chain in Sri Lanka was revealed by the former president of the SL-Indonesia Business Council, Jatinder Biala at the council’s 22nd AGM. Chain operates 1,900 stores, over 150 brands and employs more than 23,000 employees in 65 Indonesian cities. more..

A new Ministry of Presidential Coordinator?

Oct 3 (CT) A new ministerial portfolio is to be created in order to represent the President at local and foreign State and diplomatic events, under the title Ministry of Presidential Coordinator. It is reported that this Special Coordinator of the President, who will be a minister, will be assigned the tasks of participating at certain official functions on behalf of the President and participating in diplomatic events as the Special Representative of the President, and acting as more..

Dinesh says Sri Lanka must present its case to war crimes court

Oct 3 (Island) MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardena, MP, yesterday, said that the country could bring to the notice of the war crimes court envisaged for Sri Lanka, the circumstances under which the armed forces had brought the LTTE to its knees in May 2009. Reiterating his strong opposition to external intervention meant to undermine Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, Opposition heavyweight said that the country could make more..

NCPA informs police about girl assaulted by two youth

Oct 3 (DM) The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) said today the information it had obtained on the young woman attacked by two youth, as seen in a video gone viral in social media websites, would be sent to the Police Child and Women's Bureau for further investigation. On Wednesday which was also the World Children’s Day, a video showing two young men assaulting the young woman while another person was recording the incident went viral on Facebook. more..

People in Mannar to benefit from combating flooding, groundwater contamination

Oct 3 (NS) In a bid to help communities improve groundwater conditions and increase their resilience to floods related threats, the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), in partnership with the Mannar District Secretariat and the Mannar Urban council, facilitated a series of community consultations. The result of the consultations has led to joint development of solutions for the problems faced in the district. This is of particular importance as the residents of Mannar face more..

Govt level talks mooted to solve Indo-Lanka fishing issue

Oct 3 (NS) Following the refusal by Sri Lankan fishermen’s associations to hold any further talks with their Indian counterparts, regarding the longstanding fishing dispute between the two countries, authorities will now attempt to resolve the issue at govt level, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said. He said he met with representatives of Northern fishermen’s associations last week where the issue was discussed at length. more..

Screening for terrorists isn't fear-mongering

Oct 3 (TS) Critics of PM Stephen Harper often accuse him of using the so-called politics of fear and division, especially when it comes to immigration and Canada’s national security. It is a favourite line of attack against the Conservative govt. But is Harper really fear-mongering to attract votes, or is he simply being honest with Canadians about the threats we face? During the recent foreign policy debate, for example, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair criticized the Harper govt’s refugee policy and more..

Sri Lankan envoy convenes workshop

Oct 3 (TP) The new Sri Lankan Ambassador Prof Dr W M Karunadasa took part in a workshop on We Sri Lankans in Qatar and role for the motherland at the SL embassy yesterday. Representatives of some 25 Sri Lankan community forums in Qatar took part. Prof Karunadasa, a renowned academic, has authored more than 20 books on international relations and a few are part of educational syllabus in his country. He said he feels pride for having been given responsibility to foster relations more..

Pakistan warns on critics of Sri Lanka

Oct 3 (NS) Pakistan making a special statement says that those who have been critical of Sri Lanka’s effort to overcome terrorism and separatism funded from abroad would do well to look at their own track record on the so-called war on terror. Permanent Representative of Pakistan Zameer Akram made these observations in a statement to the media on Friday commenting on the Report of the OHCHR on Sri Lanka. more..

SC refixes 2 cases filed by Tissa, Somaweera

Oct 3 (Island) Supreme Court re-fixed for support on Oct 16, the two fundamental rights petitions filed by Professor Tissa Vitharana, Leader of LSSP and Somaweera Chandrasiri, Vice President of MEP against the appointment of some defeated UPFA candidates as National List MPs. The petition said the people’s franchise had been violated. Petitioners wanted the Court to direct the Commissioner of Elections cited as first respondent to rectify the irregular and unlawful practice. more..

Lankan resolution historic and pragmatic

Oct 3 (ENS) In a pragmatic move, which has sound geo-political and economic basis, the Sri Lankan national govt of major parties, headed by President Sirisena and PM Wickremesinghe, on Thursday co-sponsored with the US and an overwhelming majority of the UNHRC, a resolution which ties Colombo to far-reaching institutional reforms for bringing about reconciliation and accountability. Among the reforms, one which will have an immediate impact on the ethnic question is more..

Healthcare spend below par: Study

Oct 3 (NS) Although Sri Lanka is just a few years away from reaching the higher-middle-income band, under the current growth trajectory the country’s per capita healthcare spend of a mere US$ 102 in the year 2013 is significantly below the average per capita for higher-middle-income countries, a new report by Fitch Ratings highlighted. The average per capita for higher-middle-income countries, is at US$ 465 which indicates more..

Plantation ministry to build about 30 tea outlets for local market

Oct 3 (LBO) Plantation ministry is planning to build 20 – 30 tea houses around Sri Lanka to sell export quality tea to local market who drinks dust tea being a nation of tea growers. “We have spoken about a concept that we wanted to introduced to the tea board,” Minister Navin Dissanayake, said. “Although we export pure Ceylon tea Sri Lankan here do not get the benefit of drinking the good quality tea.” He was responding to a question asked by a reporter is to why the local consumers more..

Otara Foundation launches public appeal to govt. to enact new Animal Welfare Bill

Oct 3 (Island) The Otara Foundation is to press the govt to enact the new Animal Welfare Bill by mobilising mass public support for the legislation via a 100,000 on-line signature campaign launched to mark World Animal Day, celebrated globally on October 4. The new Animal Welfare Bill was intended to replace Sri Lanka’s antiquated Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1906, but has been pending enactment since 2006. Now, concerned citizens can support more..