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Maithri in trouble over burqa: Plans stern action

Aug 28 (CT) President Sirisena was scheduled to visit Polonnaruwa last Thursday to commence many programmes. All relevant govt officials had already reached Polonnaruwa to make the necessary arrangements and were in for a shocker when the officials from President's Secretariat informed that President Sirisena has cancelled all engagements planned. President's Polonnaruwa programmes included laying of more..

Wigneswaran boycotts Jaffna international Investor Forum

Aug 28 (SO) Northern Province Investor Forum, held last week, was a landmark event for the Jaffna peninsula for many reasons. It was the first time the business and financial community gathered in Jaffna to support the regionís economic development. Coming out of a three-decade long war and years of military occupation, such an event, needless to say, was a great opportunity for Jaffna to reinvent itself as a potential economic hub. The investor forum also coincided with the famous Nallur festival more..

Attempt to halt corruption probes on Rajapaksa Regime

Aug 28 (SL) Sri Lankans love to gossip. From the village kopikade (coffee shop by the road) to office canteens, Colomboís more exclusive water holes and the sitting rooms of Colombo 7 and now the plusher residential suburbs, what do we do: Gossip. Donít blame imperialists, neocolonialists and the whole disgusting tribe into the conversation. Gossiping is a Sri Lankan national trait as seen by that apt Sinhala saying: Rata wata weta bendath kata wata weta badinda bae. more..

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Lucky we didnít dance to your tune

Aug 28 (ST) My dear Ban Ki Moon, I thought I must write to you when I heard that you would be visiting us again this week after seven long years, especially since there has been a lot of talk about how the UN has been dealing with our country after the end of the war, what with all these stories about so-called war crimes. You may notice a few changes since your last trip, Ban. Your last visit was soon after the war ended. There was a sense of euphoria because a thirty year conflict more..

Hail and farewell with UNanswered questions

Aug 28 (ST) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visits Sri Lanka on Wednesday for what is a virtual farewell call as he completes his term of office at the helm of the 193- nation world body. According to reports he is now a possible contender for the Presidency of his native land, South Korea. His last visit to Sri Lanka was under different circumstances. Sri Lanka had just ended a military campaign for a separate state; bloody and bruising, it also hurt the pride of Western powers more..

SLFP rebels: How many will break away?

Aug 28 (SO) Internal crisis in the SLFP has taken a new turn due to the recent decision by the party hierarchy to sack some of its stalwarts from organizer posts and appoint political neophytes in their place. SLFP MPs in the Joint Opposition (JO) allege, nationally known figures have been replaced with, either defeated candidates or politicians who have got fewer preferential votes at PC or PS levels, to weaken the SLFP and more..

The Presidential take on investigations

Aug 28 (Island) Investigation is all about unearthing the unknown. Sometimes you know what you are looking for and you investigate because you suspect that the exercise will yield it. Sometimes you just dig, hope to make a strike Ė like people looking for precious stones or gold. Sometimes you strike a vein and you work it to exhaustion. Itís all part of the exercise. Two investigations made headline news over the past week. The first was a revelation by an Australian investigation and more..

The nedd to stop insulting Tamil intelligence

Aug 28 (CT) The boycotting of the Raginold Cooray (read as MS/RW) brainchild, to wit, Jaffna Investor Forum last week, by Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran suggests that the TNA has a strong point that it wants to convey to those who still persist in not wanting to acknowledge the fact that the Tamils as a whole resent the slightest hint of any move by Colombo to disrupt the resurgence of Tamil Nationalism in the North. Not everything that is said and done by the TNA is wrong. more..

'Differences have been overcome'

Aug 28 (SL) Deputy Minister of Petroleum Anoma Gamage believes that the unity govt has succeeded in overcoming their differences and benefiting the people greatly during the past year. She said that in her ministry, corruption has been controlled, and they are working according to a plan to improve the overall performance and productivity of the Ministry. She further said higher authorities of the govt are now taking measures more..

Australian media allegations shock Sri Lanka

Aug 28 (Island) The news that shook everybody up last Wednesday was an article titled "Australian companies linked to bribe scandals in Sri Lanka and Congo" which appeared simultaneously in The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald websites both of which belong to the Australian media company the Fairfax Group. Within the hour it had gone viral in Colombo with people alerting one another about the article over the telephone and sharing the article over social media. more..

Sour grapes, or . . .?

Aug 28 (SO) When Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran did not turn up, last week, for the very first international investor gathering to be held in Jaffna, outwardly his seeming boycott looked like an action akin to that old adage about sour grapes. That is, the Chief Minister - it is speculated - did not attend because he felt that the Provincial Governor, acting on behalf of the central Govt, had upstaged him in a most important area of economic activity, namely, the mobilising of vitally needed more..

'Dilshan contributed as much as Sanga and Mahela did'

Aug 27 (CI) Captain Angelo Mathews has put Tillakaratne Dilshan's contributions on par with those of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, ahead of Dilshan's final ODI in Dambulla on Sunday. Dilshan was the fourth SL batsman to 10,000 ODI runs, and he has the third-highest number of hundreds with 22. "Dilshan has been an absolute brilliant servant for Sri Lankan cricket over the past 17 years," he said. more..

Concept of human rights intrinsically interwoven with rule of law: Justice Minister

Aug 27 (DN) ďThe concept of human rights is intrinsically interwoven with the rule of law. Unless there is a system of upholding the rule of law in a country, you cannot have any legitimate expectation that human rights or fundamental rights will be protected,Ē said Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, the chief guest at Fridayís sessions of the International Conference on Human Rights, Citizenship, and Democratization, an event that marks the 25th anniversary of the CSHR. more..

Amid Smith departure polemics, Warner takes the reins

Aug 27 (CI) Mahela Jayawardene wondered on Twitter whether previous Australia captains would have left a tour early, as Steven Smith has done. Graeme Smith has echoed those sentiments publicly. Angelo Mathews was typically diplomatic, but as he prepares to play a side led by David Warner now, even he admits to being perplexed. "I think they have their own player management system, but honestly, if it was me, I wouldn't have [left], because it's a tough tour," he said. more..

Matara MP blames simmering crisis on new SLFP leadership

Aug 27 (Island) UPFA MP Kanchana Wijesekera said that SLFP shouldnít have accepted ministerial portfolios in UNP-led govt under any circumstances. Had those elected on the UPFA ticket at parliamentary polls remained in the Opposition, SLFP wouldnít be in a sorry state today, he said. MP alleged that the party had suffered a debilitating setback due to a section of the parliamentary group accepting ministerial more..

SL couple arrested for forging documents

Aug 27 (TOI) A SL Tamil couple was arrested by the Tirupur city police on Thursday for obtaining Indian passports and ration card by forging documents. Police sources said that the couple and their two children planned to go to Sri Lanka from Madurai airport in April 2016. However, the immigration officials managed to trace the identity of the couple and informed the ministry of external affairs who conducted a detailed inquiry and finally lodged a police complaint on Thursday. more..

Dilshan's age-defying numbers

Aug 27 (CI) Less than two months short of his 40th birthday, Tillakaratne Dilshan will make his last appearance in ODIs for Sri Lanka on Sunday. Dilshan finishes his career as one of only 11 batsmen with 10,000 ODI runs. His career spanned nearly 17 years and he is one of only two players - the other being Pakistan's Shoaib Malik - to have played in ODIs this year having made his debut in this format before the turn of the century. SL are looking for established openers in time for more..

The best from Dilshan's school of unorthodoxy

Aug 27 (CI) England got 229 on one of the lower-scoring venues in the world, and thought they had plenty. The comfort with which Dilshan ran down this target occasionally verged on the comical. He socked Graeme Swann through cover early in his innings, then set about slapping the England quicks through the off side, planting that front leg and sending Chris Tremlett through cover point with particular abandon. more..

Video: Restaurant owner shot dead in Pilimathalawa

Aug 27 (DM) A person has been shot and killed in the Pilimathalawa area in Peradeniya. Police said that two unidentified gunmen who came on a motorcycle to a restaurant in Pilimathalawa and shot the owner of the establishment before fleeing. He was rushed to the Peradeniya Hospital in critical condition, however succumbed to injuries afterwards. The deceased is a 30-year-old from Nanu Oya in Pilimathalawa. The body has been placed at the Peradeniya Hospital while more..

Al-Qaeda attempting to recruit youth from SL

Aug 27 (CG) Al-Qaeda is attempting to recruit youth from Sri Lanka and south India. In a attempt to counter the propaganda drive by Islamic State (IS), Al-Qaeda is now translating its publications and propaganda materials into regional Indian languages such as Tamil and Malayalam. According to reports, the terror groupís media outlet, the Global Islamic Media Front, earlier this month formed a new group to translate the groupís videos, messages and articles into the regional languages. more..

Ceiling on election expenditure

Aug 27 (NS) Govt has commenced discussions to formulate new laws on election-related expenditure, including implementation of campaign finance reforms and the introduction of expenditure ceilings, adding that they were likely to be introduced by PM as Minister of National Policies. Deputy Minister Karunarathna Paranawithana said that although legal initiatives were yet to be taken in this regard, discussions pertaining to more..

Labourers in office work: Faiszer

Aug 27 (DN) Labourers employed by Local Govt Institutions, are engaged in office activities, it was revealed at a discussion held by Minister Faiszer Musthapha with the officers of Local Govt Authorities in Colombo. Minister Musthapha initiated a programme to discuss with the officers about issues and future plans of Local Govt Authorities who had their terms ended. Officers said there is a lack of labourers to collect garbage in most Local Authorities. more..

Plans to sell Kahatagaha Mines opposed

Aug 27 (LT) It is reported that the govt is planning to arbitrarily sell Kahatagaha Graphite Mines to Lanka Graphite Ltd. A discussion regarding has been held yesterday between PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister Rishard Badurdeen, Chairman of Kahatagaha Mines and representatives of Lanka Graphite Ltd. at the Prime Ministerís office at Temple Trees yesterday. It has been discussed to make available 49% of the shares of Kahatagaha Mines to Lanka Graphite. more..

Check history of areas with mass graves: Forensic experts

Aug 27 (NS) Forensic experts highlighted that in looking into cases of missing persons and disappearances through skeletal remains in mass graves and vice versa, one had to initially find out the historical facts of the place and question those in the vicinity. Senior Professor of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Colombo, Prof. Ravindra Fernando, who was a nominee of more..

Curbing crime: PM to summon top cops to Temple Trees

Aug 27 (DM) In the wake of the latest abduction and murder of a Colombo businessman, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe will summon senior police officers to Temple Trees next week to brief them on steps to be taken to curb crimes and drug trafficking. PM has told this to several ministers including Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake yesterday. He had told Minister Ratnayake and others that there was no point marking police day if the police were unable to nab those who commit crimes. more..

Elephant Complex book review: Sri Lanka, a beautiful but blood-soaked country

Aug 27 (IANS) Sri Lanka has to be the most beautiful country I have ever seen, says John Gimlette, an accomplished travel writer who journeys to the island nation at the end of a long and brutal civil war. Anyone who has seen the country will more than agree. Marco Polo too felt it was the world's prettiest island. And an Englishman wrote in 1803 that Sri Lanka deserves the name Paradise. But as John discovered, there was as much blood as there was beauty. more..

Pressing engagements in New Delhi led to cancellation of Indian Ministerís visit

Aug 27 (ENS) Indian Minister of State for Commerce, Nirmala Sitharaman, who was to come here on Aug 25 for a short visit at the invitation of Minister Malik Samarawickrama, cancelled her visit on account of pressing engagements in New Delhi. It is learnt that she had to present in New Delhi at an important meeting on trade and economic affairs to be addressed by PM Narendra Modi, and also to prepare for the Indo-US more..

Wild elephant attack on van: death toll climbs to two

Aug 27 (AD) A five-year-old boy who was critically wounded following wild elephant attack on a van in the Karuwalagaswewa area this morning has succumbed to injuries bringing the death toll from the incident to two. The boy was transferred from the Puttalam Hospital to the Colombo National Hospital following the incident and was receiving treatment when he succumbed to injuries there. One person was killed and another 10 were injured after a wild elephant attacked a van at more..

Industries approved for Hambantota Port may be shifted to Trincomalee

Aug 27 (EN) Several investments approved to invest in an industrial zone bordering Hambantota Port by the last regime may be offered Trincomalee instead, Ports minister Arjuna Ranatunga said. "We are discussing with them the offer Trincomalee (Port)," Ranatunga said. Sri Lanka is now developing a plan to develop Trincomalee, a port city in North East Sri Lanka with the help of Surbana, a Singapore state planning company, which will include the harbhour, he said. more..

Stand-in captain, retiring star in focus as teams scrap for lead

Aug 27 (CI) Three days ago, there was no reason to expect that this third ODI would be particularly headline-grabbing - at least, not beyond Dambulla hosting day-night cricket for the first time in six years. Then, Tillakaratne Dilshan announced his impending retirement, Steven Smith flew home and handed Australia's captaincy to David Warner, and, suddenly, there was more than your average amount of interest in the match. more..

Plastic bag turned out to be a deadly Hakka Patas

Aug 27 (ST) Mystery still surrounds the tragic death of a 10-year-old boy in Hambegamuwa who died of injuries caused by a Hakka Patas bomb last week. The victim had been playing cricket with his younger brother in their garden on Aug 18 when the ball had got lodged in a nearby tree. The boy had managed to retrieve the ball after climbing onto a some rocks situated by to the tree. While retrieving the ball, he had noticed a plastic bag hidden in the tree and brought the bag down. more..

Rs 9 mil worth duty-free vehicle for every MP

Aug 27 (ST) MPs elected to this Parliament will be entitled to import vehicles costing around Rs 9 million, using the duty-free permits issued to them, according to the order by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, under the Excise (Special Provisions) Act. The vehicle, if purchased by paying duty, would cost nearly threefold more. Parliament, in addition, will take up for debate this and several other Orders by the Finance Minister on Wednesday. more..

MPís Code of Conduct to be adopted shortly

Aug 27 (ST) The draft Code of Conduct (CoC) for SLís lawmakers, which was circulated among MPs in April. will be adopted shortly, Parliamentary official said. ďAdoption of the CoC was discussed by party leaders this week and, with a few amendments suggested by MPs, it would be put to the House and adopted within the next few weeks,Ē the official said. CoC comprises 8 sections namely, purpose of the code, scope of the code, duties of MPs, more..

Why SL men make women uncomfortable

Aug 27 (CT) If thereís one thing all my female friends have in common, itís that all of them have been stared at, catcalled, dry-humped and masturbated at. Itís not that all of them are alluringly sexy (sorry, folks) or go out in leather and heels every day. It happens whether theyíre wearing jeans, shirts, skirts, hijabs, flat, sneakers. One of them is a work colleague who helped me pick out a shirt for a wedding the other day. She could barely make it across the road to Liberty Plaza more..

Can so much be done with so less?

Aug 27 (CT) Aiming at the Olympics of 2024 Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara has plans to do scientific tests on 375,000 school children. These tests, it is hoped, would reveal which sport a particular student is naturally best suited for. Then 50,000 of the most excellent of them will be selected and recruited to the programme Kreeda Shakthi for training to take part in the 2024 Olympics. These probably will make up the contingent for the 2024 Games. more..