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Un-fair and un-lovely: The use of whitening creams in Sri Lanka

Sep 19 (CT) Complexion has become an obsession these days due to the high demand for fairer skin by the beauty industry across the world. Fair complexion is accepted and recognized as an integral part of beauty, with men and women almost equally preoccupied with obtaining fairer skin. Therefore, the influx of Whitening Creams in the cosmetics market is a bid to provide a consolatory solution to the darker more..

Impact of constitutional reforms on territorial integrity

Sep 19 (Island) The (Draft) Interim Report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly dated 6th Sept 2017 describes the territory of Sri Lanka as consisting of provinces where powers of govt are divided between the centre and the provinces. Therefore, the comments below are limited to Articles 1, 2, 3 and 4 that address the structure of the State, and to Principles of Devolution to provinces. Threats to territorial integrity when extensive devolved powers are granted to more..

The best option for reconciliation is moderation & dialogue 

Sep 19 (CT) The humanitarian catastrophes taking place in other parts of the world such as in Myanmar, and events that have the potential to become catastrophes, such as North Korea firing its second rocket over Japan, have taken Sri Lanka away from the centre of attention at the ongoing sessions of the UNHRC. The tragic events unfolding in Myanmar are attracting international humanitarian attention. The flight of tens of thousands of Rohingya from Myanmar on a daily basis more..

Face the Nation

Eight reasons for rejecting Wiggy’s request

Sep 19 (CT) Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran sought the intervention of Mahanayaka Theras to withdraw the military from the North when he visited the Chief Prelates last week. Any move to further reduce the military strength in the North should be vehemently opposed for eight valid reasons. The objective of the govt's Humanitarian Operation was to defeat the LTTE, but not to destroy the LTTE terrorists. Hence, nearly 12,000 terrorists who surrendered more..

When brinkmanship blocks solution

Sep 19 (Island) The SAITM issue has got out of hand with the yahapalana leaders and the opponents of private medical education practising brinkmanship. They also keep shifting the goal posts and remain intransigent. A court case is pending, but the problem is far too complex to be tackled solely through legal means. If it is a lasting solution that the govt seeks it ought to bring all stakeholders to the negotiating table in a bid to make them reach middle ground. more..

High taxes and bad policy spike food prices

Sep 19 (SO) Sri Lanka has a high cost of living. Data for August 2017 gathered by Numbeo, a crowd-sourced database, indicates that grocery prices are 34.48% higher (and consumer prices 25.22% higher) than in India. Chicken is actually cheaper in Singapore than in Sri Lanka. Whole chicken retails for around Rs.425/-kg, while it is available in supermarkets in Singapore for around S$2.85 for 800g or Rs.412/kg. more..

Herath, Gayanthika win 800M heats easily

Sep 19 (CT) Gold medallist in South Asian Games 2016 Indunil Herath advanced to the semi-final and Asian championship silver medallist Gayanthika Abeyaratne advanced easily to the final in the 800m for Men and Women respectively, after winning their first round heats at the Asian Indoor Athletic and Martial Games at Olympics Sports Village in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan yesterday. National title holder Herath finished first in a new Sri Lanka (indoor) record time of 1:53.79. more..

Balance of Payments surpluses vital to face large debt repayments in 2019

Sep 19 (ST) Two years from now in 2019 a massive debt servicing cost of US$4 billion is due. Therefore the impending challenges to the external finances in 2019 are quite formidable. How do we face this crunch in the country’s external finances? Meanwhile, the Prime Minister told parliament that the World Bank and the ADB will not be giving loans to Sri Lanka after 2019. PM Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing members of parliament last week told them that Sri Lanka will not receive more..

'Bus lanes are good but more needs to be done'

Sep 19 (CT) Govt has taken steps to implement a priority bus lane system in a bid to increase the efficiency of the public transport system. Ceylon Today spoke to President of Lanka Private Bus Owners' Association (LPBOA) Gemunu Wijeratne for his opinion on bus lanes and other pressing issues, faced by the private bus operators in the country. Q: Govt is now implementing a bus priority lane on a number of roads in Colombo more..

OMP: Accountability of a State

Sep 19 (CT) Office on Missing Persons (OMP) will enable thousands of families to discover the fate of their loved ones and the circumstances of their disappearance. Two months ago, when the Cabinet decided to set up the OMP, President Sirisena remarked, this marks another step forward in SL's path to sustained peace. Human attachment is such that when someone goes missing, the loved ones consciously or otherwise go into denial mode about the possibility of death and hope that more..

Never a dull moment in our paradise isle

Sep 19 (ST) Whenever a pep-pill is needed to invigorate you and clear the mental cobwebs for the day ahead there is nothing like reading all the news that’s fit to thrill from our island paradise. That is even better than following the American pantomime performed by the leader of the sole superpower, the irrepressible Donald J. Trump doing a nuclear dance with communist comedian Kim Jong-un. It is far better to stick to our own for where else would you find such a panoply of humourists, more..

Video: Govt using various ruses to delay local polls: JO

Sep 18 (DM) Joint opposition (JO) said today that after giving up on the 20th Amendment, govt was attempting to forcibly pass another Bill in Parliament to postpone the LG elections. JO leader MP, Dinesh Gunawardena said the Supreme Court had conveyed its ruling on the draft 20th Amendment to the President and Speaker on Friday. “The ruling says that a referendum should be held to approve several clauses in 20th Amd. Bill more..

Australia’s Margosa begins airborne survey of graphite deposits in Sri Lanka

Sep 18 (DM) Australia-based Margosa Graphite Ltd (Margosa), together with Lanka Resources and Mining (LRM) announced that it would commence an extensive high-resolution helicopter-borne time-domain electromagnetic survey (HTDEM) to accelerate its exploration search for new graphite deposits in Sri Lanka. The HTDEM survey was formerly introduced by Margosa Managing Director Peter Venn at a function held in Colombo recently, attended by the officials of Mahaweli more..

Steps to expedite suspects arrested under PTA

Sep 18 (DN) TAttorney General’s Department will take steps to expedite the cases of those arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), said Minister of Prison Reforms, Resettlement and Rehabilitation D.M. Swaminathan today. Minister addressing the National Prisoners Day celebrations held at the SL Foundation Institute explained that the Attorney General had assured him that steps are being taken to deal with 73 cases filed under the PTA. more..

Video: Health and education sectors to fall sick on Thursday

Sep 18 (DM) SAITM Virodi Jana Pawra today warned it would carry out a countrywide strike with the participation of schoolteachers, principals, deans of the medical faculties and nurses associations on Sept 21. It said the health and education sectors would be disrupted because the employees would be on sick leave on Sept 21 urging the govt to abolish SAITM. Ceylon Teachers' Services Union (CTSU) General Secretary more..

Four injured in carnival Well of Death

Sep 18 (DN) A motorcyclist and three students were injured in an accident, which took place at a carnival at the public grounds in Wagawatta, Horana on Sunday. This accident was reported from the Maraka Linda (Well of Death) attraction at the carnival when the motorcyclist was thrown from the bike. The motorcyclist had fallen injuring himself and three others from the audience. Three injured in the audience includes two 11-years-old female students and a 6 years-old female student. more..

Chathurika’s ghostwriter disappears

Sep 18 (CT) Ghostwriter of Chathurika Sirisena’s book Janadhipathi Thaththa has gone underground after CT revealed her name. Yesterday Colombo Telegraph revealed the Sirisena’s book was in fact written by Sachini Navarathne and the final proof was read by the President’s Media Advisor Gamini Sumanasekera. Sachini Navarathne, an employee of Media Gang, which is an advertising agency owned by Chathurika Sirisena has been advised to deactivate her social media accounts, more..

Chathurika hoodwinks Public; Janadhipathy Thaththa written by Sachini Navarathne

Sep 18 (CT) Purported daughter’s account of President Sirisena, titled Janadhipathi Thaththa (Presidential Father) was not written by his daughter Chathurika Sirisena, CT can reveal. The book, was in fact written by Sachini Navarathne, an employee of Media Gang, which is an advertising agency owned by Ms Sirisena. Final proof was read by President’s Media Advisor Gamini Sumanasekera. more..

GSP+ trade concessions: EU keeps watchful eye on Lanka

Sep 18 (CT) European Union has assured local trade unions that it would continue to monitor the Govt's implementation of the 27 demands even though the GSP+ trade concessions have been restored and towards this end it has set up an information desk for all stakeholders. A delegation of senior officials from Brussels was in the country earlier this month on a fact finding mission and they travelled as far as the Northern Province. The delegation assured the trade unionists that more..

Video: 4 Chinese & 4 Indians arrested

Sep 18 (DM) Four Chinese national and four Indians have been arrested in Kollupitiya and Bandarawela by the Police on Sunday on charges of illegal trade and violating immigration laws. The four Chinese nationals were arrested at St. Anthony Mawatha in Kollupitiya on Sunday on charges of possessing 16,200 pieces of illegal cigarettes, Wallapatta and 110 liters of locally made liquor. The arrested, aged between 21 and 44, were to be produced in the Fort Magistrate’s Court. more..

Govt suppressing JO: Namal

Sep 18 (NR) UPFA MP Namal Rajapaksa says the govt is attempting to suppress the Joint Opposition by delaying the conduct of elections. Speaking at a rally in Nattandiya he charged that numerous development projects initiated under the UPFA govt have stalled. He said the govt isn’t developing the country, and instead it attempts to use political means to stifle the JO and carry the govt forward. more..

Doctors save child’s life: Remove air rifle pellet from skull

Sep 18 (DN) A team of doctors attached to the Peradeniya Sirimavo Bandaranaike Children’s hospital have saved the life of a child, aged three years nine months, by removing an air rifle pellet stuck in the skull after a four hour successful surgery. The pellet which had pierced the child’s head from near the left ear had passed through the head and got stuck on the right side. They were able to save the child’s life because the pellet had not damaged any of the arteries in his head or more..

Govt offering on a platter what Prabhakaran couldn’t achieve through war: Keheliya

Sep 18 (Island) MP Keheliya Rambukwella said that the objective of Northern Province CM C.V. Wigneswaran was to realise the dream of the TNA, which was also the ultimate goal of the late LTTE leader, V Prabhakaran. "That is their dream but that will never be realised," he said. Rambukwella said the present govt was however desperate to give in to any group for its survival and therefore was ready to offer on a platter what Prabhakaran had failed to achieve thorough a 30-year-long war. more..

Video: GMOA says not too optimistic about committee report on SAITM

Sep 18 (DM) GMOA said today it was not too optimistic about the Presidential Committee Report on SAITM on the basis that the report contradicted the committee’s recommendations. It said the committee report contained grave errors and the GMOA had appointed its own committee to study the entire report of the presidential committee before arriving at a final decision. GMOA Secretary Haritha Aluthge said the committee had more..

Police launch programme to identify disciplined drivers

Sep 18 (DM) Police will not only to take legal action against drivers who violate traffic laws but also to encourage disciplined driving, Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara said. He said this when launching a programme to identify and reward disciplined drivers in Colombo and highlighted the fact that due to reckless driving by a few had caused problems to most people. IGP said from time to time the police would implement various mechanisms to avoid or reduce traffic congestion and accidents. more..

SL auditor queries payments on road project

Sep 18 (EN) Auditor General’s Department has queried what it called contention payments made by the Road Development Authority (RDA) to consultants involved in Southern Road Connectivity Project. AG Gamini Wijesinghe said income tax amounting to Rs 11.7 million had been paid by the project on behalf of the consultants based on their salaries. VAT amounting to Rs6 million and nation building tax of Rs1.2 million had been paid on payments made to the consultants. more..

Still keen on TIFA deal, US tells Sri Lanka

Sep 18 (EN) United States still wants to go ahead with a proposed trade agreement with Sri Lanka despite new President Donald Trump’s desire to renegotiate other trade deals, a visiting American official said.  Mark Linscott, new Assistant US Trade Representative, South and Central Asian Affairs Office of US Trade Representative, said that he is not expecting any significant changes in the US’ bilateral trade with Sri Lanka. more..

Building collapses in Ahangama: five injured

Sep 18 (AD) Five individuals were injured after a five-storey building collapsed in Kathaluwa, Ahangama, today. The injured have been admitted to the Karapitiya Hospital. Rescue missions are underway in search of another missing individual buried under the debris. The individual, who was buried under the debris, has been rescued a short while ago. Individual has been rescued using backhoe machines through a joint mission carried out by Police, Army & Fire Brigade. more..

Tuition master & brother released on bail

Sep 18 (NR) The tuition master and his brother involved in the release of the 2017 A/L Chemistry Paper have been released on bail. The order was issued by Gampaha Additional Magistrate Lalith Kannangara. The duo was released on a 10,000 rupee bail each and two surety bails of 100,000 rupees each. The suspects were ordered to appear before the CID every Sunday. Two were prohibited from engaging in overseas travel and were ordered to hand over their passports to Court. more..

‘We fought hard to secure Sri Lanka’s interest in the deal’

Sep 18 (HN) SL’s legendary cricket captain, Arjuna Ranatunga, gives an impression of never having left the cricket crease even though he retired 16 years ago after leading his country to a World Cup win. As a politician and a minister in the govt, he takes on issues on the front foot as when he questioned the controversial Hambantota port deal, which he feels is loaded in favour of the Chinese. He was shifted from the Ministry of more..

Video: Arrest warrant issued for Weerakumara Dissanayake

Sep 18 (AD) Colombo Magistrates Court today issued an arrest warrant for the Deputy Leader of NFF, MP Weerakumara Dissanayake. The arrest warrant was issued over the MP's failure to be present in Court when a case against him was taken up for hearing today. A protest was conducted on the 5th of Feb 2016 opposite the UN Headquarters, where participants voiced dissent against the visit of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid al-Hussein to Sri Lanka. more..

Acting CMO of Welikada Prison Hospital transferred

Sep 18 (AD) The Acting Chief Medical Officer of the Welikada Prison Hospital, Dr Nirmali Thenuwara, has been transferred to the Colombo National Hospital. Minister of Health Dr Rajitha Senaratne had instructed the Director General of Health Services Dr Jayasundara Bandara to make the relevant transfer order, the ministry of health said.  The decision was taken based on the requests made by 19 doctors attached to the Welikada Prison Hospital.  more..

Pilot Project on flexible working hours commences in Battaramulla today

Sep 18 (AD) Pilot project to implement flexible working hours for the public sector employees in Battaramulla area will launch today. Project will be launched as an initiative of planning future measures to solve the heavy traffic congestion in Colombo. Ministry of Public Administration and Management recently decided to initiate a pilot project introducing flexible working hours for the public sector currently serving in more..

US, SL co-host Pacific Airlift Rally with focus on humanitarian assistance

Sep 18 (USE) The United States and Sri Lanka conducted the Pacific Airlift Rally, a biennial exercise, from September 11 to 15, 2017.  The Pacific Airlift Rally brought together participants from the United States, Sri Lanka, and other Indo-Asia-Pacific nations for an airborne training exercise that focused on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.  Participants practiced mission planning, cargo handling and loading, and air-land and airdrop operations. more..

Laksala hit by Rs 200mn zero return theme park

Sep 18 (EN) SL Handicraft Board, which operates under the brand Laksala, has been hit by a project that costs Rs. 221 million, but is bringing zero returns after it was taken off the firm. Laksala had borrowed Rs. 199.4 million and spent Rs. 21.6 million of its own money to build Ape Gama in Battaramulla, theme park styled on a traditional village where crafts people work. It was opened in 2013. But from Dec 2015, Ape Gama had been gazetted under Ministry of Education. more..