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More Chinese subs in Oct. Nov.

Sept 26 (DM) A Chinese Song Class diesel-electric submarine was in Colombo during President Xi Jinping’s visit last week making it the first foreign port of call made by a Chinese submarine as well as the first confirmed appearance of a Chinese sub in the Indian Ocean. It was part of a task force which consisted of a large submarine support ship named Chongxing Island which came to Colombo Port South Terminal built with more..

Muslims concerned over invite to monk

Sept 26 (CG) The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka has raised concerns over reports that the venerable Ashin Wirathu, the dreaded leader of the 969 Movement in Myanmar, has been invited to visit Sri Lanka. The monk is also known as the butcher of the Burmese Muslims and as the leader of the anti-Muslim movement in Myanmar, he has been responsible for the murder of hundreds of Muslims by extremist Buddhists. more..

Sajith, Ravi bury hatchet in run-up to presidential election

Sept 26 (Island) The new found amity between Sajith Premadasa and Ravi Karunanayke has become the talking point in UNP circles. UNP MP R. Yogarahan said that it was good to see Premadasa vacating his seat next to UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe after he had spoken at the crucial UNP Working Committee meeting on Wednesday so that Ravi could sit there. "Some of the so-called rivalries between the two more..

Dilan Perera lashes out at election monitors on post-election violence

Sept 26 (AM) Minister Dilan Perera has said that the election monitors are biased and they acted in favour of the UNP when it came to incidents of post-election violence following the Uva PC Election. In a joint statement CMEV, CAFFE and PAFFREL election monitors reported a total of nine incidents of post-election violence after Sept 20. The organizations reported that certain members of the UPFA were carrying out more..

Total glyphosate ban on the cards

Sept 26 (Island) Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeyewardena stressed that if the ban on agrochemicals containing glyphosate in six districts became successful in arresting the rapid spread of chronic kidney disease, the govt would have no alternative but to ban agrochemicals containing glyphosate in the entire country. He pointed out that around 70,000 CKD patients in Sri Lanka were unable to make ends meet more..

BJP conveys to MR: Modi's firm stand

Sept 26 (CT) Senior politician Jolly who is also a member of the National Executive Committee of the BJP said that he was "not satisfied" with the answer President Rajapaksa gave, when asked how Northern Province CM C.V. Wigneswaran will function when he had no power over his Chief Secretary. He claimed that the President had replied, "She has held that position for years and they can share the work." more..

'Examine possibility of reducing number of MPs'

Sept 26 (Island) One-time director, administration of Parliament, Lacille de Silva says those who are campaigning for a brand new Constitution should seriously examine the possibility of having the number of members of Parliament reduced. Major political parties should earnestly take up the issue, de Silva, who had served Parliament for more than three decades said, in an interview with The Island. more..

With all that ink China leaves behind indelible mark

Sept 26 (ST) Sri Lanka did not do anything in halves for visiting Chinese President Xi Jingping. After his office said he liked elephants, 40 of them were brought to Katunayake for his arrival Tuesday. The animals were dressed up and placed in a line so that Mr Xi could gaze at them while rolling by in his motorcade. At the top of the lane were two majestic tuskers. And waiting in the shade nearby was the National Zoological Gardens’ more..

Post polls: Uva awaits a change

Sept 26 (SL) Although the Monaragala District was marred by election violence, thuggery and intimidation in the run up to the Uva PC election, the district was peaceful the day before the election. However, some candidates of the UPFA were seen violating election laws despite the strict guidelines issued by the Elections Commissioner in this regard. Other than in some areas, police had in other places, deliberately failed to more..

Cormorant strike V comes to a close

Sept 26 (SLA) Intending to see for himself, and formally thank all those who sweated to make the Army-pioneered mock ‘Exercise Cormorant Strike V - 2014’ a resounding success, Commander of the Army Daya Ratnayake, called at Pulmoddai, Kalarawa where the simulated enemy camp attacks in the final phase of the Exercise, took place on Wednesday and Thursday. With a total of 41 foreign service personnel, either as participants or more..

GBV: How can we end the scourge?

Sept 26 (DM) There are many problems which pervade society, problems which have existed from long ago, and will exist long into the future, problems which affect each and every one of us, problems which should be fading as humanity progresses but seem to be getting worse. It is true that suffering cannot be quantified, but, of these, there is perhaps one problem that affects us more than any other. And that is gender-based violence. This is a worldwide, rampant issue. more..

Mother Earth sacred, don’t pollute her

Sept 26 (DM) Just as there were traitors in small developing countries which were militarily invaded by colonial powers during the past few centuries, such treason is also being committed in this new era of economic neocolonialism. One important area where this is taking place on a large and devastating scale is the field of agriculture which has been part of Sri Lanka’s culture for thousands of years. But during the past 40 years of the globalised capitalist market economic system, more..

'Rice from Bangladesh contains arsenic'

Sept 26 (CT) As rice prices go sky high due to a shortage, studies reveal that rice imported from countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh may contain high concentrations of Arsenic. Emeritus Prof. Upali Samarajeewa, said, Bangladeshi rice had one of the highest concentrations of Arsenic. The international expert on food analysis and food safety working for UNIDO however, said govt had no mechanism in place to ensure more..

US Trade Show kicks off on Monday

Sept 26 (FT) The local business community will be able to interact with a large number of leading US companies, with a top trade show gearing up to take place on Monday in Colombo. Jointly organised by the US Embassy and the American Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka, trade show will be held from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Hilton Residences. Showcasing products and services with creative informative stalls will be 25 top notch companies, of which the majority are from the US. more..

Foreign banks in Sri Lanka urged to support Strategic Hubs initiative

Sept 26 (Island) Larger foreign banks operating in Sri Lanka are expected to further strengthen operations and display greater enthusiasm in private banking, off-shore banking, infrastructure financing, and support the Strategic Hubs identified in the govt’s development initiative, C.J.P. Siriwardana, Assistant Governor, Central Bank of Ceylon said. Siriwardana said so delivering the 64th anniversary oration of the Central Bank titled, "Financial Sector Consolidation; Why and How" more..

Sri Lanka’s first luxury cruise line with Colombo as home port

Sept 26 (FT) Giving a major boost to the post-war rebounding tourism sector, Sri Lanka will soon have its first-ever luxury cruise line with Colombo as its home port via an investment of over $ 200 million. Spearheading this pioneering initiative is Royal Asian Cruises (RAC), which signed the agreement for the initial investment of $ 33 million with the BOI. Company said of the envisaged $ 200 million investment over the medium term, more..

Nickelodeon’s hit comes to Colombo

Sept 26 (Island) Nickelodeon children’s hit ‘Dora the Explorer - Search for the City of Lost Toys’ will be staged LIVE in Colombo for the first time on Sept 27 & 28 at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa theatre from 3.30pm each day. This international theatrical sensation will see adored children’s characters such as Dora, Diego, Boots, Isa, Benny, Swiper and more in a journey through various obstacles to reach the ‘City of Lost Toys’ and find Dora’s missing teddy bear, Osito. more..

Victimised by Rights Lobby, says SL Prez

Sept 26 (NIE) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has called for reform of the UN system as some of the nations in the world body are using human rights as a tool to destabilise others. Rajapaksa told the UNGA in New York on Thursday: “In order to gain the confidence and goodwill of the international community as a whole, one of the essential requirements is consistency of standards across the board, without any perception of selectivity or discrimination. more..

JVP vehemently opposes President seeking a third term

Sept 26 (Island) The JVP said it would think of the presidential election only after the govt made an official announcement to that effect, but the incumbent President Rajapaksa was not eligible to contest a third term as he was appointed for the second term under the relevant provisions in the 1978 Constitution. "We will announce our presidential candidate and prepare for the election once it is announced, but at present we are more..

SAARC ministers chart roadmap for cultural ties

Sept 26 (IANS) SAARC culture ministers Thursday adopted the Delhi resolution as a roadmap for the 2014-17 period to foster ties and preserve and promote cultural institutions among the eight-member group. SAARC ministerial meeting also declared 2016-17 as the "SAARC Year of Cultural Heritage" and Bamiyan town in Afghanistan as the "SAARC Cultural Capital" for 2015-16. "SAARC year of cultural heritage will not only bring significant focus to implementation of SAARC agenda more..

Data collection for Directory of Social Scientists

Sept 26 (GDI) The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently launched a project to compile a Directory of Social Scientists in Sri Lanka. This Directory will be integrated into the Science and Technology Management Information System (STMIS), which is a computer-based information system maintained by the NSF. The purpose of the Directory is to collate professional details of the social scientists in the country and to disseminate the information for the benefit of various more..

ADB approves $800 million facility to help Sri Lanka tackle poor rural road links

Sept 26 (AM) ADB has approved an $800 million loan facility to fund rural and national road upgrades in six provinces in Sri Lanka, that will significantly improve access of remote communities to markets, services, and jobs. “Providing all-weather road access to towns and villages in rural areas will bring greater development and prosperity that will underpin stronger economic growth in Sri Lanka in coming years and decades,” more..

Court extends custody of ISI suspect

Sept 26 (TOI) Suspected ISI operatives Arun Selvarajan, Sakir Hussain, Sivabalan, Mohammad Salim and Rafiq were on Thursday produced before a Poonamallee special court which extended their custody and remanded them in Puzhal prison. National Investigation Agency (NIA) sleuths, who questioned Selvarajan for six days, now plan to interrogate him further for more details about his operations. Police said Selvarajan had been arrested on Sept 10 in Saligramam more..

'1919 is well known throughout the country'

Sept 26 (FT) 1919, the number for the Govt Information Centre is now popular throughout Sri Lanka and influences the lives of nearly everyone in the country, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said. He made these comments at a media briefing organised by the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka on 24 September to mark eight years of the information centre number’s use. “1919 comes to the mind of everyone now even involuntarily. more..

ACJU educates Muslims on animal slaughter

Sept 26 (NS) All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), the apex religious body of Islamic Theologians providing religious and community leadership to the SL Muslim Community today issued a statement to educate the community on how the Islamic obligatory ritual ‘Udhiyya’ should be performed according to the guidance of Islam. ‘Udhiyya’, an Arabic term which means ‘sacrificing an animal’ is where a goat or cattle more..

Land partly owned by Ravi W to be acquired

Sept 26 (Island) Whenever UNP MP Sujeewa Senasinghe raises a query in Parliament, what others could hear only was ‘His master’s voice’, Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said in Parliament. He said this when MP was demanding answers to a question on a land belonging to the family of Ravi Wettasinghe in Rajagiriya taken over by the UDA. Minister said that the land encompassing three acres and three perches was in the process of being acquired in Rajagiriya. more..

Sri Lanka proposes measures to counter maritime piracy in SAARC region

Sept 26 (Island) Minister WDJ Seneviratne has, on behalf of Sri Lanka, proposed a series of measures to counter maritime piracy in the SAARC region. The proposals were made at the 6th meeting of SAARC ministers of Interior/Home Affairs in Kathmandu, Nepal last Friday. He said that the SAARC region would never be able to tackle the situation unless an extensive intelligence gathering network was set up. Nothing could be as important as having a mechanism to share information among more..

Something’s wrong if Sri Lanka’s GDP is rising but people’s income is falling

Sept 26 (Island) In the wake of Sri Lanka achieving 8% economic growth, the people’s income should increase proportionately, Senior Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama stressed. Addressing the 23rd annual conference of Excise Officers, he said that the country’s wealth was increasing in parallel to the rapid increase in the growth rate, but if the people’s income was reducing with the high economic growth, more..

Ironwood launches Sri Lanka’s first private Equity fund with $30m

Sept 26 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s Ironwood Capital Partners, a private equity firm says that it has raised 30 million dollars for private equity investment vehicle for Sri Lanka post-2009 with an aim of strengthen the national economy through key strategic investments and support the development of the private equity industry in the country. “Investments like these not only give investors potentially excellent returns but are crucial in strengthening Sri Lanka,” Steven Enderby, more..

Solutions to country’s problems according to JHU leader

Sept 26 (Island) At present, the country was in need of political, economic and social changes including the abolition of the executive presidency and strong constitutional measures to end election related corruption, JHU Leader and Minister Champika Ranawaka said. Addressing the Sri Lankans meeting in Melbourne and Sydney in Australia organised by Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka (SPUR) he said that an intervention by nationalists was necessary to more..

World’s 3rd largest shipper to set up BPO

Sept 26 (DM) France’s top-ranked company and the world’s third largest container shipping company, CMA-CGM Group is to set up a Shared Service Centre (SSC) in Colombo to serve its global clientele and the facility is expected to be fully functional by December 2014. To this end, a local entity was set up under Sri Lanka's BoI, CMA-CGM Shared Services Centre Lanka Limited as a joint venture between CMA-CGM Group and more..

FDI flowing in

Sept 26 (CT) Sri Lanka has received more than US$ 1 billion through foreign direct investment as at 15 Sept according to a senior minister who said that this year's US$ 2 billion target would be easily achieved with several projects being implemented. Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, said that the country had received more than US$ 1,064 million FDI from January to 15 Sept. Sri Lanka for two consecutive years failed to achieve FDI targets, falling short by US$ 160 million in 2012 and more..

Plantations were the lifeblood of the nation for many years, says PA chairman

Sept 26 (ST) The ‘honeymoon’ of the plantation industry in Sri Lanka appears to have been over, long ago, as the govt has thrown it to the back-seat of the country’s economy, now. Reflecting this attitude, Dr, P B Jayasundara, Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Treasury said that in the 1950s the plantation industry was very powerful and was able to dictate terms to the govt with the plantation industry accounting for a huge 40% of the GDP, but today it is less than 5% of GDP. more..

Sri Lanka participates in the 2014 Busan Travel Fair in South Korea

Sept 26 (IL) The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Korea in association with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau participated in Korea’s second largest tourism fair, the 17th Busan International Travel Fair (BITF). The event was held in Busan, the second largest city in Korea, from 12th to 15th Sept. All major tourist destinations in Asia, including Thailand, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, China and Japan were in attendance. more..

Time to move focus away from conflict

Sept 26 (CT) Sri Lanka needs to get all its stakeholders together and create a strong brand in order to develop a vibrant, competitive economy instead of marketing the 'end of the conflict', Sri Lanka Business Council UK President Colin Bond said. "Sri Lanka needs to hold up a strong brand under one voice to market its investment opportunities as there are many investors outside the country who have not recognized these opportunities we talk of," he said addressing more..

Now, uplift bras for downtrodden men

Sept 26 (Island) The run-up to any election in this country is a Dickensian paradox. It is the best of times and it is the worst of times. Politicians, all of a sudden, remember their electors and do a Santa, showering as they do bribes on the public during this period which is also characterised by a very high incidence of violence. Interesting information is now emerging about the goodies that the ruling UPFA lavished on the Wellassa voters just prior to the recent Uva PC polls. more..