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How high-flying DG diddled state funds

July 28 (SL) Startling revelations have come to light of how Director General, Civil Aviation Authority who is accused of mismanagement of state funds and openly violating civil aviation safety regulations, has allegedly violated govt financial regulations for personal benefit. H.M.C. Nimalsiri, who has been holding office as Director General CAASL for the past 13 years, is accused of violating govt financial regulations more..

Moragahakanda: Where devolutionists will drown

July 28 (DM) A mild and entertaining debate was sparked when President Maithripala Sirisena took part in a ceremony to enshrine treasures at the site of the Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga Irrigation Development Project. The question was one of bragging rights. In short, the question was whether it was Mahinda or Maithri who owns the project. That’s politics in Sri Lanka, good for a bit of banter both ways, but not enough to warrant serious comment. What turned light into heavy more..

Oral cancer; stop chewing betel, use charcoal

July 28 (DM) Despite the marvels of modern medical technology different forms of cancer are raging worldwide for various reasons. Yesterday was world head and neck cancer day and the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncology Societies says the burden of this form of cancer is putting a strain on the national health care systems and impoverishing individuals, families and society. In a statement the federation says it now has the support from 55 such societies around the world, more..

Magistrate issues orders to keep JO and UNP activists apart in Kandy

July 28 (Island) Kandy Magistrate after considering an application by the police ordered the organisers of the JO’s protest march from Kandy to Colombo starting today to commence the march from outside the city limits. The magistrate also ordered the membership drive organised by the UNP to follow suit this afternoon. In the wake of the court ruling, JO announced that Jana Satana Pada Yatra would begin from Getambe at 9 am. more..

SLC funds used to set up questionable institution: COPE

July 28 (DM) COPE Chairman Sunil Handunnetti said an institution has been set up under the name Sri Lanka Cricket Aid Guarantee Company Limited with a capital of Rs.15 million belonging to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). He said this institution had been made up of life-members and it was illegal to invest funds belonging to the SLC to set up such an institution. Objective of the company is to raise money from the sale of tickets to foreign countries. Parliament should have been informed more..

CAFFE says; let them go

July 28 (DN) The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CAFFE) has requested the major parties constituting the good governance government to desist from causing obstructions to the Kandy Colombo march planned by the Joint Opposition (JO) or attempting to stage a show of force against it. The CAFFE in a statement said other political parties have organised social activities at short notice at venues along the route taken by the Joint Opposition march. more..

JO ordered to steer clear of Mawanella town

July 28 (CT) Mawanella Magistrate ordered the Joint Opposition (JO), which is set to start its march from Kandy to Colombo today, to use alternative routes circumventing the Mawanella town and its city limits. The JO is set to kick off its much touted four-day protest march from Kandy to Colombo this morning and its first stop was to be at Mawanella town. However, the UNP has decided to carry out a UNP membership drive today and more..

Protest marches never toppled govts: Rajitha

July 28 (Island) In the wake of yesterday’s court order restraining an Opposition protest march scheduled for today from Kandy to Colombo, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said that such demonstrations had never helped overthrow governments. The order relating to the Jana Satana Pada Yatra was issued by the Kandy Chief Magistrate yesterday morning. He also restrained the UNP from conducting a membership drive within the Kandy City limits. more..

Karu returns from Singapore after treatment

July 28 (DN) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday returned to the country after medical treatments in Singapore. The Speaker’s media division said the Speaker under the medical advice would rest in the next few days and refrain from attending events. However, the release said the Speaker would pay his full attention towards Parliamentary affairs in the coming days. The Speaker also thanked everybody who wished him speedy recovery and all who inquired about his health. more..

Riot squads on standby at Pallekele

July 28 (Island) Two riot squads had been deployed to the Pallakele Cricket Stadium, but not in view of pada yatra organised by the Joint Opposition (JO) scheduled to start today, DIG, Priyantha Jayakody said. He said the two police video teams sent to Kandy would record the protest march from the beginning to the end like they do to other protests or any other event. DIG said that the police would arrest those who violated more..

Ex-AG slams Audit Bill amendments

July 28 (CT) Former Auditor General Sarath Mayadunne, the govt's decision to assign to a three-man Committee some of the powers now vested in the Auditor General in the proposed Audit Bill raises serious doubts about its objectives. The former Auditor General said "Auditor General, an office established back in 1799, has to date functioned without any problems. There has been speculation about a proposal to vest some powers now vested in the Auditor General, in a 3-man Committee. more..

Lankaputhra CEO’s FR petition deferred till 11 August

July 28 (FT) The Supreme Court yesterday listed to be mentioned on 11 August the Fundamental Rights petition filed by former Lankaputhra Development Bank General Manager and Chief Executive Lasantha Amarasekera challenging his removal on 28 June. Following the removal from his position at the bank, Amarasekera filed an FR petition with the Supreme Court, stating that his fundamental rights were violated by the management of the Lankaputhra Development Bank. more..

Killing of 24 Tamils in 1996: Six former army corporals acquitted

July 28 (DN) Six former Army personnel who were indicted over an incident where 24 Tamil civilians were killed, using firearms in 1996, were acquitted of all charges by Anuradhapura HC Judge. Jury consisting of six members returned unanimous not guilty verdicts. Final hearing continued for a month when it was taken for hearing after 20 yrs. Former Army personnel were accused of massacring 24 unarmed Tamil civilians more..

Next stop, Sri Lanka for MYCorps programme

July 28 (NST) The Youth and Sports Ministry plans to expand its volunteer programme, MyCorps, to Sri Lanka in 2017. Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said this is being done on the heels of its successful programme in Cambodia. "Just like the first programme, Malaysian youths will be recruited and sent to Sri Lanka for three months next year. "This follows the success of our 50 MYCorps volunteers who helped build water tanks and toilets in Cambodia this year," he said. more..

NFF mouthpiece further gagged

July 28 (CT) Fort Magistrate yesterday ordered the NFF Media Spokesman and former MP Mohammad Muzammil, who was arrested by the FCID, to be further remanded till 10 August. A written bail application submitted to Court by attorneys for the suspect was perused by Fort Magistrate before remand was extended to 10 August on which date she will be announcing her decision on it. FCID apprehended the suspect on charges of misusing a vehicle provided to the NFF by more..

Video: SLFPers taking part in today's Pada Yatra are traitors: CM

July 28 (DM) Members of SLFP who participate in the Pada Yatra today will be considered to be traitors, Southern Province CM Shan Wijayalal De Silva said. “SLFP requests all party members not to participate in today’s Pada Yatra. Participating in the Pada Yatra will be an unforgivable offence,” he said. “Pada Yatras are not a new phenomenon in the country. We have many records of people conducting similar Pada Yatras in history.” more..

Steering Committee to present report to Parliament

July 28 (FT) The Govt yesterday announced the Steering Committee would present an interim report to the Constitutional Assembly, which in this case is the Parliament, to be deliberated on before the formal drafting of the new Constitution can begin. A statement from the Steering Committee Secretary Neil Iddawala who is also the Chief of Staff and Parliament Deputy Director General however failed to give dates for the report being presented to Parliament. more..

Oman to attend World Export Development Forum in Sri Lanka

July 28 (MD) Oman represented by Ithraa will be participating in the World Export Development Forum (WEDF), the annual flagship event of the Geneva-based International Trade Centre (ITC). The forum will be held in Colombo, from Oct 12-13. ITC is known as the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the UN. According to a press release, the 16th edition is co-hosted by the ITC and Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade of Sri Lanka through the EDB, more..

Customs bigwigs accused of inaction after detection of massive vehicle racket

July 28 (Island) Customs Director General Chulalananda Perera or top ranking customs officers had not so far ordered the customs officials to seize 62 vehicles illegally assembled by Vehicles Lanka PVT Ltd, Jayapalawatte, Minuwangoda. SL Customs Central Investigations Bureau (CIB) raided the car sale yard on July 11, and uncovered mega vehicle racket amounting to Rs. 248 million. more..

Top 5 firsts in cricket to take place in SL

July 28 (Yahoo) Cricket was introduced to the island of Sri Lanka by the British, and the first official match was played in 1832. Sri Lanka, which was known as Ceylon back then played their maiden first-class match in 1905 but made their international debut in the 1975 World Cup. On 21 July 1981, Sri Lanka was accorded full member status by the International Cricket Council on July 21, 1981, and played their first Test match against England in February 1982. more..

SL migrants in UAE forced to work as slaves

July 28 (TRF) Indians workers stranded in the United Arab Emirates with expired work permits, no pay and limited food, water and sanitation have appealed to Indian govt for immediate repatriation and financial assistance. "Please help us reunite with our families," a migrant said in a video clip, adding that there were nearly 100 workers stuck with no money or documents to get back home. Fifteen workers from TN, who are among those at a camp for migrant workers, more..

I wanted to be the first chinaman bowler to play for Sri Lanka: Sandakan

July 28 (DN) SL’s new bowling find Lakshan Sandakan said that it was hard to explain how he felt when he was told that he was playing in his first Test against Australia at Pallekele. “Australia are the world number one team and everyone wants to do well in Test cricket against them. I got an opportunity and I wanted to do well. Hard to explain how I feel,” said Sandakan after taking four wickets for 58 to dismiss Australia more..

Stern actions to prevent illicit drug sales near schools: President

July 28 (PMD) President Maithripala Sirisena says special attention has been drawn towards the prevention of selling illicit drugs near schools targeting the school children under the national drug prevention programme. President also emphasized that the laws will be strictly enforced against those who involved in drug smuggling to protect our future generation. He made these remarks participating at the annual prize giving ceremony of the Kathaluwa Central College, Galle, today (27). more..

How Keerthi Gunaratne spotted Lakshan Sandakan’s talent

July 28 (Island) Often SLC’s Provincial and District level coaches do not get the credit they deserve for spotting raw talent. As debutant Lakshan Sandakan was foxing the Australian batsmen here at Pallekele, it emerged that how veteran cricket coach Keerthi Gunaratne identified Sandakan’s talent and had got him a scholarship to De Mazenod College, Kandana to pursue the sport at the top level. "I was initially studying at Karunaratne Vidyalaya, Mattumagala and my first coaches were more..

Moragahakanda-Kaluganga Development Project: Water harnessed

July 28 (SO) A new feather will be added to the country’s irrigation system admired for centuries, the world over when treasure objects to commence construction of the main dam of the Kaluganga reservoir, a part of the Moragahakanda Kaluganga Development project will be placed by President Maithripala Sirisena. Considered second only to the Mahaweli Development Project, Moragahakanda Kaluganga Project is slated more..

Hanging together to govern together?

July 28 (DM) As suspected, at least by some, the two main partners of the coalition government are pledged to stick together till the next election in 2020. The chief argument advanced is stability to ensure investor confidence and the governance reform project to redeem the pledges made to the electorate in the two national elections in 2015. Underlying this commitment to each other is also a political interdependence, an acknowledgement that they need each other to secure more..

Australia still with much to learn

July 28 (CI) Bat big. Make it count. Bat once in the Test match. Be prepared to be boring. Rotate the strike. Be patient. Respect the conditions. Attack and defend at the right moments. All these phrases were uttered by Australia's batsmen entering into this series, and they have been heard on other occasions too. None of that was in Steven Smith's head when Rangana Herath looped up his first ball of the day to Australian captain. Instead, Smith appeared to be working off the mantra more..

'Jana Satana Pada Yathra will be the largest protest march in SL’s political history'

July 28 (FT) The Jana Satana Pada Yathra will be the largest protest march in Sri Lanka’s political history, said Joint Opposition strongman Bandula Gunawardena, adding that over one million protestors are expected to join the rally that will commence today from Kandy and conclude in Colombo on Monday. Q: The much-discussed Jana Satana Pada Yathra of the Joint Opposition will commence today from Kandy. more..

Eng U-19 v SL U-19: Pope leads England to dominant position

July 28 (CI) England Under-19s dominated with the bat on the second day of their match against Sri Lanka, declaring at 500-9 and then making inroads with the ball as the tourists moved to 96 for 2 at stumps. After rain delayed start to the day, play finally got underway at 1.40pm with Worcestershire's Olly Westbury looking to build on his overnight score of 157. But he fell short of his double-century by just four runs after being caught at first slip by Avishka Fernando from a slow Damitha Silva delivery. more..

Under the new electoral system No more extravagant expenses

July 28 (CT) One startling fact that came out of recent investigations on bribery and corruption is that almost all fraudulent deals to make money were connected to past or future election campaign fund requirements. The politicians resort to make money either to recover the huge funds spent for the election campaign or/and to hoard money for future elections. There has been a rapid deterioration of political ethics and morals. Today our politicians seem to be of the opinion that more..


Students’ troubles in universities: A question of misconceived cultural property rights?

July 28 (FT) SL’s state-owned universities have always been hotbeds of trouble. Troubles are good for universities if they are in the right direction. Universities are knowledge-makers and knowledge-making comes from troubling the existing knowledge. If there is a problem or trouble out there, university academics together with students go on troubling the trouble. In that manner, they find solutions to the problem at hand. That is how the world has heard of the leaders in the trade more..

A response to Thisuri: We know all forms of violence better than you

July 28 (CT) An article by Thisuri Wanniarachchi on the recent violence at Jaffna University is being shared by many of my Facebook friends. It is great that she acknowledges her privileges and apologizes throughout the article. Her point about how women respond to everyday violence against them with tolerance (rather than violence) is noteworthy. We, among friends, have often debated on how every protest organizer should ponder on the fact that women were able to achieve more..

'No proposals still to amend constitution'

July 28 (SL) JVP Western Provincial Councillor, Sunil Watagala says that many committees have been formed to gather ideas and suggestions for a new constitution, but no proposals came out to date. He said the govt is delaying the LG elections because they think opposition parties will take advantage of such a situation. He said three groups: President’s faction, PM’s faction, and the Rajapaksa faction will contest the LG polls more..

Editorial: Cricket and patriotism

July 28 (Island) Murali is being raked over the coals in some quarters for doing his damnedest as Australia’s bowling coach to help the Kangaroos trounce the Lions on Sri Lankan soil. A Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) bigwig has gone so far as to call him a traitor. The question is whether Murali can bat for Sri Lanka while being Australia’s bowling coach in his retirement. Former World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga has said that if he were Murali he would not do what the latter has done. more..

Think outside the box, the way out?

July 28 (FT) It will not be wrong to say that we are a country in a permanent state of crisis, but one that no one can fully explain. Saddled with a Constitution that is damned all around, an economy barely moving, simmering racial and other social tensions, leaders only distinguished by their mediocrity, primary institutions which have lost all credibility; a gloom, peculiar to a specific set of circumstances, holds the nation firmly in its grip. Undoubtedly, we are prisoners of our own minds and more..