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Controversy over GR at Selvam launch

July 31 (Island) Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa last night said that he had met the person described as a drug kingpin by the Police Spokesman and the UNP at the launch of the documentary movie Selvam on the evening of Nov 25, 2011 at Regal Cinema. Responding to Minister Jayasuriya’s allegations, Rajapaksa said that the then service commanders, IGP as well as Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) more..

'Gota to take legal action against Dinamina'

July 31 (DN) Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is making arrangements to take legal action against the Dinamina for publishing a photograph of him with Mohamed Mubarak under a misleading headline, former UPFA MP Dullas Alahapperuma said. Dinamina reported that the former Defence Secretary had close contacts with an international drug trafficker. It also reported that Rajapaksa granted VIP security to Mubarak to protect him from officers of Narcotics Bureau more..

Champika challenges MR to debate on bribing Tigers

July 31 (DM) Minister Champika Ranawaka, who accused former President Mahinda Rajapaksa of bribing the LTTE at that time, challenged him to prove his innocence if possible. Mr. Ranawaka, who is contesting the upcoming election on the UNP ticket, said he would challenge Mr. Rajapaksa to make an announcement on the allegation regarding the bribing of the LTTE with money. He alleged the Rajapaksas used the white van culture to achieve their personal gains and more..

SriLankan claims Rs. 114 m from Presidential Secretariat

July 31 (DN) SriLankan Airlines has written to the Presidential Secretariat claiming nearly 114 million rupees accrued as expenses for Presidential voyages since 2011. SriLankan Chairman Ajith Dias in a detailed letter has asked the Secretary to the President P.B. Abeykoon to settle a sum of Rs 114 million as expenses incurred for Presidential voyages during the last three years of the tenure of former President Rajapaksa. more..

Aksha Sudhari's bank accounts frozen

July 31 (DM) Colombo Additional Magistrate has ordered that the bank accounts of teledrama actress Aksha Sudhari (who is alleged to have had an affair with an Indian and defrauded him Rs 140 million) be frozen. Accordingly instruction had been issued to the mangers of the banks concerned. The actress had allegedly lured the Indian and had fraudulently obtained the above sum from him. CID had investigated the allegations and requested Court to freeze her accounts. more..

Cabinet Decisions: 31.07.2015

July 31 (DN) According to the approval granted by the Cabinet, the Buddhist Temple in Swayambhunath and the Rato machindranath Hindu Kovil in Lalitpur, which were damaged by the earthquake in Nepal, have been selected for renovations. The proposal made by Buddha Sasana Minister Karu Jayasuriya, to send a group which is comprised of respective officers and technical craftsmen to Nepal to plan the above task, and to assign the construction work to the SL Army more..

Coal bid runs into fresh controversy

July 31 (DM) The fifty billion rupee per year tender to supply coal to the Lakvijaya Power Plant in Norochcholai for three years has run into fresh controversy, with the chairman of the Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) reportedly refusing to chair the technical committee for the spot tender scheduled for August 13. D.K.B.S Thilakasena, the chairman of the TEC, which oversaw the previous bid more..

'New constitution a people's prerogative'

July 31 (CT) In the light of the PM's announcement of the need for a new Constitution, it must be reminded that the sole prerogative of making a Constitution is with the people, Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) highlighted. The core element of the basic structure of a liberal democracy as enshrined in the Soulbury Constitution is the duty of the State to recognize and to protect the liberties of all individuals, whereas both the 1972 and 1978 Constitutions were more..

Crowd hoots Jagath and Vijithamuni

July 31 (DM) At a UPFA propaganda meeting held at the Moneragala Pradeshiya Sabha grounds yesterday, in support of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, UPFA candidate contesting Kurunegala District, the crowd hooted Deputy Minister Jagath Pushpakumara as soon as he began his speech. Those who hooted him were at the front of the crowd. Pushpakumara who had been warned earlier that there was an organised gang waiting to hoot him had said it would not deter him. more..

Election law violations galore, charges UPFA

July 31 (Island) UPFA alleged that the UNP was committing large scale election law violations countrywide but PM Ranil Wickremesinghe prevented those being reported by the media. Former Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said that UNP Matara District office was run as a govt building by Minister Mangala Samaraweera. He said that they counted 32 vehicles displaying UNP Deniyaya Organiser Sagala Ratnayake’s pictures at more..

Sinhale Flag not National Flag: BBS

July 31 (CT) Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and the Bodu Jana Peramuna (BJP) yesterday conducted a token protest over the Sinhale Flag/Lion Flag bearing the image of a Lion being described as a flag symbolizing racism by certain media. BBS CEO Dr. Dilanthe Withanage said that the said flag was different from the national flag of the country as enshrined in the Sri Lankan Constitution, and that these were two different flags, not to be confused in any way with each other. more..

Mahinda to avoid Mahinda’s rally

July 31 (Island) Minister and UPFA Kalutara District candidate Mahinda Samarasinghe assured that he would never join with the UNP again. He said that the SLFP-led UPFA would win at least 113 seats in the next parliament. Samarasinghe said that he was not for the concept of a national government as the party was confident of a giant victory. However, an individual couldn’t decide whether the SLFP-led UPFA should support the concept of a national govt as it should be decided by more..

DEW challenges Govt, Opp. to explain how promises will be fulfilled with meagre income

July 31 (Island) One-time Chairman of the COPE D.E.W. Gunasekera challenged the caretaker govt and the SLFP-led UPFA to reveal how they were planning to increase state revenue needed for implementing a range of promises made by them in the run-up to the Aug. 17 parliamentary polls. General Secretary of the Communist Party urged the electorate not to be deceived by pledges made by both coalitions. more..

Conducive atmosphere for free, fair poll: Catholic Bishops' Conference

July 31 (DN) Our country is at the threshold of another General Election. The citizens are therefore, once again, given the opportunity to elect their representatives to parliament, says The Catholic Bishops' Conference in Sri Lanka in a statement on the forthcoming General Election. "Due to the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which has given additional powers to the Elections Commissioner, there seems to be an atmosphere conducive for a free and fair election. more..

Change in major positions of Carrom Federation after 14 years

July 31 (Island) At Sri Lanka Carrom Federation elections held at the Sports Ministry Auditorium on July 29 under the supervision of Sports Ministry, Dr. Prasad Samarasinghe was elected President whilst Thumula Naotunna was elected as the secretary. Dr. Samarasinghe is the Managing Director of Lanka Bell and is a novice for carrom administration. Naotunna is a Senior Executive Engineer of Sri Lanka Telecom and he was a former national carrom player. more..

I will not engage in political propaganda supporting TNA: CV

July 31 (DM) I will not engage in any political propaganda supporting the TNA candidates, instead take a neutral stance, NPC Chief Minister C.V Wigneswaran said in a communiqué. He said that the General Elections was announced when he was on a tour abroad and many a people question about his stance now. "Ten candidates are vying for seven seats in Jaffna District while nine candidates are contesting for 6 seats in Wanni more..

Navy stages first-ever Unifight competition

July 31 (Island) The first-ever Unifight competition held in Sri Lanka was staged on July 18 at the Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee. This was conducted by the Sri Lanka Amateur Unifight Federation, an affiliate of the World Amateur Unifight Federation. This introductory event was held in both Unifight Classic and Unifight Light divisions. This was held under the supervision of Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne, Rear Admiral Neil Rozairo, more..

Who are the poorest children in Sri Lanka?

July 31 (IPS) UN General Assembly has adopted the following definition of child poverty, on 10th Jan, 2007 – “Children living in poverty are deprived of nutrition, water and sanitation, access to basic healthcare services, shelter, education, participation and protection, and that while a severe lack of goods and services hurts every human being, it is most threatening and harmful to children, leaving them unable to enjoy their rights to reach their full potential and to participate more..

Boost for Ceylon Tea at World Expo in Milan

July 31 (FT) Ceylon Tea recently received a much-needed boost in front of a capacity crowd at the Sri Lanka pavilion at World Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy. Expo Milan which had its inauguration with much pomp and pageantry on 1 May boasted of 2.7 million visitors during the first month, which was estimated to have easily exceeded three million visitors in the second month (June). While 70% of the visitors are from Italy itself, the organisers more..

Memon T-20 Premier League in late August

July 31 (Island) The second edition of the Memon T-20 Premier League, conducted under the World Memon Organisation, will get underway from Aug 24th to 30th at the R. Premadasa Stadium and SSC. The tournament is conducted by the Far East Chapter of the World Memon Organisation. This was announced at a media briefing held in Colombo last week. The World Memon Organisation is an international umbrella organisation of the Memon Community through seven of its chapters in more..

Challenging divisive politics

July 31 (DN) The country is about to face another decisive Parliamentary election shaping our political future. Friday Forum wishes to place some crucial concerns before the voters. There is much confusion among the public about what is at stake with the Parliamentary election. Is it the danger of a return of terror and war, or is it the return of attacks on democracy, deterioration of the rule of law, authoritarianism and governance that is not accountable to the people? more..

Pakistan make short work of SL's challenge

July 31 (CI) A measured Ahmed Shehzad, a spry Shoaib Malik and a belligerent Umar Akmal hit 46 runs each to carry Pakistan to 175 for 5, a total Sri Lanka's chase never had the measure of. Milinda Siriwardana and Chamara Kapugedera played sprightly innings from the lower middle order, but Pakistan were always favourites to defend their score, having had hosts at 19 for 3 in 4th over. Sohail Tanvir was prime destroyer more..

A troublesome boot, and the novel shin stop

July 31 (CI) From Rangana Herath's carrom ball, to Ajantha Mendis' two-finger googly, and Muttiah Muralitharan's wrist-spinning offbreaks, Sri Lanka spinners have found novel ways of contorting their fingers to send down unique deliveries over the years. So every time a new attacking bowler debuts for Sri Lanka, a little mystique is expected. The Premadasa didn't have to wait long for Jeffrey Vandersay to unveil his own tricks. His first ball was a regulation legbreak, but more..

Heartbreaking news from Kekirilanthaya

July 31 (NS) UPFA will unleash Operation Socks to make MR PM: According to one of the many imbeciles in the former dictator of Mulana’s coalition, if the former dictator is not made the PM after August 17, he and his fellow imbeciles will remove all the socks from whoever is in the well of the Parliament. “Without mace the Sergeant-at-Arms’ will not be able to walk upright and then we will install our man the dictator,” the most imbecilic of the lot explained. more..

Today is Full moon Poya Day of Esala

July 31 (Island) Today is the 2559th full Moon Poya Day of Esala, since the demise or the Final Passing Away of the Sakyamuni Siddharatha Gauthama Buddha. It is July 31, 2015 as per Gregorian Calendar. A number of significant events in the life of Bodhisatva as well as the Sakyamuni Siddhartha Gauthama Buddha took place on this day, the most significant event being the preaching of His first sermon more..

A remedy for despair

July 31 (Island) Most of us live in the cramped cold cages of our private projects, frantically struggling to stake out our own little comfortable place in the sun. Driven in circles by anxious yearnings and beckoning desires, we rarely ever glance aside to see how our neighbour is faring, and when we do it is usually only to assure ourselves that he is not trying to encroach upon our own domain or to find some means by which we might extend our dominion over his. more..

Remembering Neelan’s voice of moderation at moments of political extremism

July 31 (CT) Neelan Tiruchelvam was a friend and fellow-researcher with whom I had interacted for many years. Late in 1986 towards the end of my long sabbatical research spell in Sri Lanka when my interests were focused on the data that eventually became the book People Inbetween, Neelan approached me and asked me to participate in a conference of South Asian scholars scheduled for the Maldives. He wanted me to present a reflective paper on what was widely referred to as more..

UNFGG, an alliance to further advance Jan 8 victory

July 31 (NS) Minister Champika Ranawaka and his party the JHU played a pivotal role in the victory of President Maithripala Sirisena at January’s Presidential Election. JHU, however, has now part of an alliance named the UNFGG and is contesting the August 17 General Election under the Elephant symbol of the UNP. Ranawaka, who is contesting from Colombo and is also the UNFGG’s General Secretary, speaks more..

Wealth of a New Nation

July 31 (NS) Too much speaking: Earlier Maithri spoke too much. Now Mahinda’s doing the same. Ball of fortune: Now the ball of fortune is turning on the JVP’s side. So, their duty is to make it a fortune of the people. Live drama: People are enjoying the way, politicians act, that is to say their capacity to change roles instantly. First victory: Ranil is going or hoping to record his first victory against Mahinda. First defeat: Mahinda is going to record or hoping to record his first victory against Mahinda. more..

Chandrika the Bomb

July 31 (NS) A question was asked from the former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, during his final breakfast meeting with media heads last year. Who is your real opponent, Maithripala Sirisena, Ranil Wickremesinghe or Chandrika Kumaratunga? He did not hesitate in responding: Chandrika! This became the lead story in all newspapers the following day. The headline in almost all newspapers was Chandrika is my real opponent! or else versions of that same line. more..

New generation vs old guard

July 31 (CT) Two very different candidates, a young filmmaker representing the JVP and a veteran member of the UNP, are contesting for a seat in Parliament from the Colombo District. While their policies may be different, both candidates have one thing in common; they both believe in not having fanfare. With politics being all about marketing, these two stand out for not selling themselves enough. Following are excerpts: more..

The need for a balancing act

July 31 (CT) Environmentalists have questioned the motives of the Central Environment Authority (CEA) and the Forest Department for initially approving a mini hydro power project in the Athwelthota area, which if completed would destroy the Athwelthota Waterfall also known as the Pilithuda waterfall and the rare fish species in the river. Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) Executive Director Hemantha Withanage told Ceylon Today that permission was given to Sakura Energy, more..

Maithri: From Waterloo to Watershed?

July 31 (CT) General belief in the country is that most of our politicians are comedians. Most of our politicians do act like comedians time and again. In the previous regime Mervyn Silva was outstanding. He tied a govt official to a tree. Later, it was told that the victim performed that act himself. Mervyn staged a drama both inside and outside Rupavahini Corporation. Finally he won the award titled Minister of Public Affairs and Public Relations for his outstanding "public performances." more..

Lankaputra: Lending to loyalists

July 31 (SO) Lankaputra Development Bank (LDB), created to boost entrepreneurship in the island, is now in the eye of a storm, with the FCID probing a number of loan facilities granted to political associates and public officials without any collateral, amounting to over Rs. 1 billion. In the absence of the recovery of loans - despite funds being issued on the basis of loans with a recovery plan, LDB's current chairman has complained more..

In Jaffna exit boycott enter fifth column

July 31 (CT) It is 135 years since Mr. Charles Boycott entered the English vocabulary and also the dictionary. Boycott as noun and to boycott as verb. As a term it connotes a finer shade and more to the word ostracize or spurn or set aside. For 85 years the idea has plagued the Tamils with its rampant use and devastating damage. It ravaged Tamil politics from State Council elections. Ever active, it dealt a mortal blow to Tamils in 2005. It stalked unerringly till Dec 2014 and demised in Jan 2015. more..

Editorial: Cost of inefficiency

July 31 (Island) Elections are, no doubt, the lifeblood of democracy. But, they become a real nuisance when the laws governing them are not properly enforced and the violators thereof go scot free. The end justifies the means in Sri Lankan elections and those who get returned stay put no matter how unlawful their modi operandi are. It is against the law to put up election posters, banners, cutouts etc in public places, as is common knowledge. But, the country is awash with them at present. more..