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Soul Energise signs national distribution agreement

Feb 10 (Island) Soul Coffee Group and Grape Expectations announced the signing of a national distribution agreement for the newly launched Soul Energise Drinks. The agreement will enable Soul Energise to be available across all major sales channels, including supermarkets, hotels, bars, and restaurants across SL. Soul Energise, a recently launched innovative beverage, is a tropical adventure drink crafted with natural caffeine from raw coffee beans and infused with more..

Only four child psychiatrists for over 6 million children

Feb 10 (CT) In a startling revelation, Prof. Miyuru Chandradasa, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Colombo North Teaching Hospital (CNTH) in Ragama, said there are only four Consultant Child Psychiatrists within the entire State health sector at the moment, despite a population of 6 million children in the country. This alarming scarcity underscores a pressing need for more child psychiatrists to meet the growing need for mental health services among children. more..

Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan after Nissanka double ton

Feb 10 (CI) Pathum Nissanka's historic double ton ensured SL withstood a spirited Afghanistan counterattack to record a 42-run victory in the first ODI at Pallekele and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. That Afghanistan even got that close was down to a record 242-run stand between Azmatullah Omarzai and Mohammad Nabi, second-highest sixth-wicket stand in ODI history. Omarazai ended on a 115-ball 149, more..

Editorial: Dirty politics, and young minds

Feb 10 (Island) Former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has become a huge embarrassment to not merely the govt but the Central Provincial Council (CPC) as well. SLPP-UNP govt will disown him given half a chance. But there is no way it can throw him under the bus, for he will not go down alone in such an eventuality. Politicians who find themselves in inescapable situations and feel let down by their masters often resort to political kamikaze attacks. more..

Charitha rips into Prez’s policy statement

Feb 10 (FT) Member of the FPC and MP Prof. Charitha Herath sharply criticised the Govt’s policy statement presented by Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe and said that it lacked any coherent vision despite the grand rhetoric. Participating in the parliamentary debate on the policy statement, Herath remarked that it solely comprised outdated IMF policies, which historically resulted in nations relying on begging bowls. He emphasised the absence of any alternative policies within the statement. more..

Pathum Nissanka, Sri Lanka's first double-centurion? Who'd have thought?

Feb 10 (CI) Pathum Nissanka has just become the first Sri Lankan to score an ODI double-hundred. Yes, read it, say it out loud, and let it sink in. This is not a drill, and why would anyone even prepare for such a preposterous eventuality? To say Nissanka doesn't fit the mould for batters to achieve this feat would be an understatement. For the record, here's the list of other men's double-centurions in no particular order: more..

'Undernourishment as well as over-nutrition plaguing some of SL’s schoolchildren'

Feb 10 (Island) Nearly 15.3% of Sri Lanka's schoolchildren are suffering from undernourishment while another 7.3% are suffering from over-nutrition, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said recently. Speaking at the launch of the Empowered Rice to Children program at the Colombo Ramada, Amaraweera said that though the available statistics regarding child nutrition were at different levels, it seems that there are a number of reasons causing child malnutrition in the country. more..

Sri Lanka’s aquatic stars hit a high note in New Delhi

Feb 10 (DN) Sithuki Yonara from Asian International School and Dinali Karunadasa from Visakha Vidyalaya made SL proud by winning two bronze medals each in swimming. Kithmi Marambe, the diving captain from Bishop’s College, also contributed by securing a silver medal. The championship, which took place in New Delhi, India, concluded yesterday with SL bagging a total of 14 medals. Yonara grabbed bronze in the girls’ 200m backstroke event and teamed up with more..

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Lankan envoy in Pakistan attends Expo – Engineering and Healthcare Show in Lahore

Feb 10 (FT) High Commissioner of SL to Pakistan Admiral (Retd) Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne attended the Expo – 3rd edition of the Engineering and Healthcare Show recently at the Expo Centre in Lahore. The exhibition was organised by the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce and Export Development Fund of Pakistan. Over 200 exhibitors from Pakistan showcased their products across 26 sectors of engineering and more..

Diana’s expulsion case postponed as SC bench not properly constituted

Feb 10 (DM) The 3-judge-bench of the Supreme Court that was set to hear the expulsion petition filed by State Minister Diana Gamage challenging the Samagi Jana Balawegaya’s (SJB) decision to expel her from party membership has been postponed yet again since the Supreme Court bench was not properly constituted. Accordingly, the Supreme Court two-judge-bench comprising Justices S. Thurairaja and Kumuduni Wickremasinghe fixed the matter for further argument on February 28. more..

JVP visit to India; another powerful country behind the invitation?

Feb 10 (CT) 76th Independence Day was celebrated with charm and pride last Sunday, with the PM of Thailand, Shrestha Thavisin, participating as the guest of honour. PM, who came to this country at the invitation of Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe, had planned to stay for a few days but had to cut his visit short due to illness. Despite battling influenza, he assured the Prez that he would honour his commitment to visit SL for one day. more..

UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour: Sri Lanka sweeps Singles and Doubles Titles

Feb 10 (DN) SL made a triumphant statement in the ITF UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour held at the SLTA hard court in Colombo as they clinched two titles in both singles and doubles championships. Suresh Dharmasena and Gamini Dissanayake emerged as champions in their respective categories in a thrilling conclusion yesterday. Suresh Dharmasena of SL displayed remarkable skill as he defeated Mohamad Yusshazwan Bin Yusuf from Malaysia with a score of 6/1 and 6/4 more..

Europe can learn from Sri Lanka in the arena of dermatology training

Feb 10 (ST) The general belief in SL is that most of our doctors head either to the United Kingdom or Australia for their specialist training, but in mid-January this is debunked effectively. In Colombo was Professor/Dr. Peter Elsner from Germany as an external examiner for MD (Doctor of Medicine) Part 2 in Dermatology. Currently, Prof. Elsner is a Board Member of the German Society of Dermatology (DDG) and President of the International Society for Dermatology in the Tropics (ISDT). more..

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The reluctant activists: Being the change they want to see

Feb 10 (GV) They gather every Sunday at 4.30 opposite the Healthguard pharmacy on Thimbirigasyaya Road come rain or shine, a band of diehards who have bonded since Apr 7, 2022 by coming out of their comfort zones to protest against various misdeeds and missteps of the country’s leaders from escalating prices to student arrests, rampant corruption and the Online Safety Act. It is a silent protest so the posters do the talking, calling for good governance, law and order, more..

The Kaithady explosion that rocked the LTTE on Valentine’s day

Feb 10 (DM) The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry, penned the Scottish bard, Robert Burns in his poem, To A Mouse. This truth was brought home in an explosive manner to the LTTE, 37 years ago, when a massive explosion rocked the Kaithady area in the Thenmaratchi division of the Jaffna peninsula. A well-laid plan by the LTTE – known popularly as the Tigers – to attack the Navatkuli Army Camp on Valentine’s Day went awry due to the accidental explosion that killed 43 more..

Jittery SL fishermen and Somali pirates

Feb 10 (SO) SL fishermen sailing the deep seas close to the Arabian and African Coasts have become increasingly jittery following the recent abduction of a fishing vessel by the dreaded Somali pirates who have shown a strong comeback and are prepared to harass merchant shipping vessels as a coalition of int'l warships are engaged in battle with a threat from Yemen’s Houthi rebels that have carried out several attacks more..

Independence: Then and now

Feb 10 (ST) If we keep waiting like this, in a little time we won’t be able to eat our meal from Sinhala rice”. These are the words of a beautiful Sinhala song with anti-colonial nationalist sentiments, sung by one of SL’s great artists, Sunil Edirisinghe. The words of the song call for revolting against SL’s British colonial regime at the time and seem to be related to the Matale Rebellion in 1848 – that is 100 years before Independence. I like the song too, but for a long time my attention has been more..

Tight-belting as a national policy

Feb 10 (CT) Time used to be, when successive Presidents over three-plus decades used the ethnic issue as a near-permanent peg to hang every one of their public speeches. That includes their customary address to Parliament every year. Incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe can pride himself on changing the tone and tenor of the Prez’s approach to politics, public speech and administration. He has overnight replaced ethnic issues with more meaningful economic issues – at least in the eyes of more..

Costing the costly caring for the elderly

Feb 10 (TM) Although the main factor of many businesses depends on a targeted revenue, in engaging in certain businesses, it is impossible to think only about profit. Such businesses, which should be carried out by giving priority to humanity over the targeted income, are not just a business but also a social mission that brings about great self satisfaction. Among them are elders’ homes that take care of the elderly who are deprived of more..

JVP’s love-hate Relationship with India

Feb 10 (DM) When Opposition Leader, Sajith Premadasa criticized the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) citing a clause in the latter’s Policy Declaration published in 1977 about confiscating means of production belonged to private institutions, the leader of the JVP and the National People’s Power (NPP), Anura Kumara Dissanayake advised him to get himself updated as it was a document published about half a century ago when there was a socialist bloc of countries in the world. more..

Darkness in the Midst of a Heatwave

Feb 10 (DM) We are in the midst of a heatwave. Temperatures are rising, the days are bright, but for the majority of our people, this is a very dark era. Dark, because they can see no way to break out of the stark poverty-stricken situation they find themselves in. Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country in January 2020, the numbers of people who found themselves out of employment rose to an astounding 500,000, according to figures provided by the Central Bank. more..

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Harsha re-appointed as the Chair to the Committee on Public Finance

Feb 9 (AD) MP (Dr.) Harsha de Silva has been re-appointed as the Chair to the Committee on Public Finance. The Committee of Selection had nominated MPs to serve in the Committee on Public Finance and Harsha de Silva has been Re-appointed as the Chair to the Committee. The Hon Speaker of Parliament announce to the House the Members nominated to the Committee on Public Finance. Accordingly, Shehan Semasinghe, Seetha Arambepola, Suren Raghavan, more..

First SL-made prototype solar panels exhibited at Kelaniya University

Feb 9 (CT) The exhibition of the first Sri Lankan-made Prototype Solar Panels took place at the Main Project Office of the University of Kelaniya on 2 Feb. They were designed by researchers affiliated with the Universities of Kelaniya, Peradeniya, Jaffna and the National Institute of Fundamental Studies (NIFS), SL. This education training project was carried out under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Education. The occasion was graced by officials representing the Development Division, more..

Law reforms for system change: SJB Lawyers Federation to Propose 117 Reforms

Feb 9 (DM) SJB Lawyers Federation has announced its intention to present 117 proposals for substantial legal reforms aimed at bringing about a systemic change and introducing rationality to governance. President of the SJB Lawyers Federation, Upul Jayasuriya, informed the media that the proposed laws would focus on family politics, suggesting that siblings of politicians should not enter politics until a cooling-off period more..

Govt will not sell Visumpaya at lower price: Minister

Feb 9 (DM) Govt will not sell the historic Visumpaya lower than the price which has been estimated by the Valuation Department, Minister Prasanna Ranatunga informed Parliament today. “We are not inclined to change the price recommended by the Valuation Department for Visumpaya and are not willing to sell it at a lower price than the Valuation Department's estimate,” Minister responded to a query raised by the Leader of the Opposition, Sajith Premadasa, regarding the historic building. more..

Gemunu proposes plans to prevent abuses in buses

Feb 9 (DM) Before targeting individuals who commit acts of abuse against children and women on public transport, the police must take action to implement the prepaid card system or the transporting of passengers to the seating capacity of buses, Lanka Private Bus Owners' Association (LPBOA) said. LPBOA chairman Gemunu Wijerathne said that people who want to abuse children, women and pickpockets never buy tickets but travel freely. "Implementing the prepaid card system more..

Prez addresses Indian Ocean Conference, calls for enhanced connectivity infrastructure

Feb 9 (PMD) Prez Ranil Wickremesinghe delivered a speech at the 7th Indian Ocean Conference in Perth, focusing on the theme Towards a Stable and Sustainable Indian Ocean. He highlighted the critical need for enhanced connectivity infrastructure to accommodate the projected eight-fold increase in the GDP of countries like India and Indonesia by 2050. Existing channels like Suez Canal may not be adequate, more..

Largest inscription from Dimbulagala belongs to beginning of 2nd century BC...

Feb 9 (DM) The largest inscription ever in Sri Lanka, found from the Dimbulagala Monastery grounds, belongs to the beginning of the second centrury BC or earlier than that, Sri J'pura University History and Archaeology professor Karunasena Hettiarachchi said. Addressing the media, he said 60% of this inscription was unreadable and 40% was readable. "This inscription was written in Brahmi characters. We found that 24 Brahmi characters were used on the inscription. more..

Sri Lanka’s copyright laws need to be updated for artificial intelligence: Lawyers

Feb 9 (EN) Sri Lanka’s Intellectual Property Act needs revisions to recognize creations by artificial intelligence, legal professionals point out. “Our Intellectual Property Act established in 2003 recognizes only a human as an author,” lawyer and academic in intellectual property, Sidath Gajanayaka said at a panel discussion on Integrating AI into Human Lives: Legal Challenges in the Age of AI on Thursday (8). Section 5 of the Intellectual Property Act describes an author as more..

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Abducted doctor rescued , kidnapper arrested

Feb 9 (CT) A specialist doctor, attached to the Teaching Hospital Badulla, who was kidnapped and held in captivity by a tuition master in Galle demanding a ransom of Rs 4 million, was rescued by Hikkaduwa Police, according to DIG's office in Galle. The doctor was held captive in a house in Thelwatta, Meetiyagoda. According to the Police, the 28-year-old tuition master, a resident of Meetiyagoda had been arrested. The Police stated that initial inquiries conduced into the incident revealed more..

Applications called for appointment of Director General to CIABOC

Feb 9 (DN) According to the provisions stipulated in the Anti-Corruption Act No 9 of 2023, applications are called for the appointment of the Director General to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC). For the said, the qualified persons should prepare the relevant applications in accordance with the format published on the Parliament website ( falling under the quick links titled “Appointment of the Director General to more..