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Enclose dengue victims within mosquito nets to prevent its spread: Chief MOH

Dec 19 (ST) Hospitals within Colombo city, both state and private, should place suspected dengue patients under a bed net, to prevent dengue mosquitoes spreading the virus, Colombo’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr Ruwan Wijeyamuni said. He said several months ago, all hospitals were sent notices to follow the procedure, but many have not done so. “The Infectious Diseases Hospital and the Negombo Base Hospital that do not come more..

Naked self interest, public good and popular politics

Dec 19 (DM) Sri Lanka once again is at the crossroads. In this regard, the message that is coming from the political platforms is loud and clear; the country is broadly divided into two opposing camps, one advocating the perpetuation of the status quo, the other arguing for a radical departure from the present political practice. While those who argue for a radical shift point out that there is a need to restore good governance and rule of law and everything that follows, more..

11 vital provisions for Maithri Palanaya

Dec 19 (DM) The common Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena, widely seen to be growing in stature and popularity, took a major step in the campaign for the presidential election on Jan 8 by presenting a manifesto combining the highest spiritual dimensions of the Dhamma with the ground realities of today’s situation. Presenting the 10,160 word manifesto at the Viharamaha Devi Park in the presence of the Maha Sangha, leaders of several opposition parties in the common front and more..

'They will privatize everything'

Dec 20 (DN) The presidential candidate from the opposition who says that he would adopt a Singapore model to manage the country's affairs wants to take the UNP govt's program forward, President Rajapaksa said. He said the opposition candidate wants to continue with what was done by former UNP leaders in the country. "Plans are being drawn by some elements to privatize ports, airports, power stations and more..

More Police deployment for Polls

Dec 20 (CT) In light of allegations made by polls monitors about the police cadre deployed to maintain law and order in the election being wholly insufficient, the police have already deployed 12,000 for election propaganda clearance work with more deployments in the offing. SSP Ajith Rohana said that a complete report would be obtained by the IGP on Monday on how many officers would be deployed to maintain law and order during the upcoming presidential election. more..

Mutuhettigama does police work; takes suspects to court

Dec 20 (Island) UPFA MP Nishantha Mutuhettigama yesterday took away three of his supporters arrested by the Wanduramba police on Thursday for setting ablaze the stage erected for Common Opposition Presidential Candidate Maithripala Sirisena, along with a vehicle and the public address system. The suspects were taken by MP Mutuhettigama with his supporters after having entered the police station there, while the police officers were getting ready take the suspects to Magistrate court more..

Maithripala launches Maithri Administration and Stable Country

Dec 20 (Island) Pledging to establish a nation free of fear, suspicion, corruption and blatant lies, the Joint Opposition Front’s (JOF) Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena launched his election manifesto at Vihara Maha Devi Park yesterday, even as the electricity supply to the area was disrupted. Addressing a large and enthusiastic gathering of clergymen, members of the JOF and public, Sirisena using the words ‘We’ and ‘I’ in conjunction more..

Imprisoned fishermen to be exchanged

Dec 20 (CT) Indian Consular General in Jaffna S.D. Moorthy said that necessary steps are being taken regarding the release of 81 Indian Fishermen in the Jaffna prisons and reciprocal moves from the Sri Lanka Fisheries Department will be taken soon. Following the announcement by the TN Chief Minister O. Paneerselvam to release the 30 Sri Lankan fishermen jailed in India, the Indian High Commission (IHC) officials met the SL Fisheries Department officials recently to discuss more..

Sluice gates opened

Dec 20 (CT) The Director of the Water Management Unit of the Irrigation Department, Janaki Meegastenna stated the sluice gates of 16 reservoirs in three districts had to be opened due to the increase in water levels caused by heavy rains. Meegastenna also said that the sluice gates of several tanks in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Trincomalee districts too were opened and the sluice gates of many more tanks will have to be opened soon as the water level increases. more..

Ranawaka promises the most stable govt. after Jan. 08

Dec 20 (Island) The most stable govt in the country would be constituted soon after Maithripala Sirisena was elected, said JHU General Secretary Champika Ranawaka. He was addressing a rally in support of Maithripala Sirisena. Ranawaka said that the people who were currently with President Rajapaksa would definitely join Sirisena in the future. Only Namal and Chamal would remain with the incumbent President. more..

Sri Lanka expresses sorrow over Peshawar school tragedy

Dec 20 (AAP) The Sri Lanka govt has strongly condemned the attack on Army Public School Peshawar on December 16 which resulted in the loss of precious lives. In this connection, Minister GL Pieris visited the High Commission of Pakistan in Colombo on Friday to express his sorrow and grief over the tragic incident, according to a message received here from Colombo. In his discussion with High Commissioner Maj General (r) Qasim Qureshi, Professor GL Pieris said that Sri Lanka which more..

Mother, daughter hacked to death

Dec 20 (Island) A 31-year-old mother and her five-year-old daughter living alone in a house at Mahiyangana were hacked to death inside their home. The victims had been chopped to death in their sleep, police said. Police Media Unit said they had been killed between 6.00 p.m. on Thursday and yesterday morning. The victims were identified as Chandra Kumari (mother) and Imasha Kavindi (daughter) residing at No. 251, Tharuna Viyaparaya, 51st Mile Post, Mahiyangana. more..

Ranil wants more women in govt

Dec 20 (CT) Opposition Leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe has promised to enhance representation for women in government if voted into power. He said by February 2015 the common opposition would call for a convention of all women representatives in both the local and national levels to prepare a plan of action for women in the govt. This plan he promised, would be implemented by July next year. more..

Are free and fair elections possible in SL?

Dec 20 (TC) An island nation is ticking as pressure builds up from within. The tear drop in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka, is on the edge. At stake for its populace, is freedom, the most basic right denied to the Sri Lankan people, despite decades of democracy. SL, no doubt, has an unbroken record of regular elections dating back to 1931. Elections alone, however, cannot lay claim to a transparent and fair system. Critics of its current President Rajapaksa say he has demonstrated more..

Book review: The seasons of trouble

Dec 20 (LM) Two books that are reportage from the Sri Lankan civil war—the fighting ended in May 2009—were published this year. Samanth Subramanian’s This Divided Island, published four months ago, took a macro view of the war’s end and its aftermath; in his own words, “picked at a loose tile and found a stash of corpses buried underneath”. It meditated on the tug-of-war over memory between the state and the individual, and took both SL army as well as LTTE to task. more..

TNA urged not to mislead Tamils at third consecutive prez poll

Dec 20 (Island) General Secretary of the TULF V. Anandasangaree urged the Tamil electorate to vote for incumbent President Rajapaksa or Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena at the presidential election, regardless of the instructions given by the TNA. He emphasised that every Tamil speaking voter should decide after carefully examining the ground situation without being swayed by the TNA again. more..

Behind the scenes of Around The Galle Fort launch

Dec 20 (FT) What started out as a relatively straightforward idea, updating what was already a bestselling book, turned into an 18-month project that has been anything but simple. Re-interviewing the whole Fort, finding new characters like the nation’s hero Kumar Sangakkara, chasing down stories and being chased by the Fort’s dogs. Galle Fort is consistently and constantly changing. Everyday new shops appear and tragically old historic families leave, new projects are more..

'Sri Lanka acknowledged as knowledge hub of defence'

Dec 20 (DN) The arrival of senior officers of military forces from a wide range of countries to gain professional knowledge on the nature of Command and Staff of Security Forces reflects the fact that Sri Lanka is a knowledge hub of defence and security that is necessary to all countries, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga said. He made this observation on Wednesday at the Defence Services Command and Staff College Graduation Ceremony of Course 8, at Defence Services Command more..

Japan deports dozens of Sri Lankan, Vietnamese asylum seekers

Dec 20 (JT) In a move lawyers and activists denounced as “inhumane,” Japan deported 26 Sri Lankans and six Vietnamese on Thursday, including a “sizable” number of denied applicants. It was the third round of mass deportations conducted using a specially chartered plane, the Justice Ministry said Friday. It is believed to be the first time the govt has deported asylum seekers and visa overstayers using the same flight, more..

During pre-2009 crisis times, Western tourists kept Sri Lanka’s flag flying

Dec 20 (ST) Tourism in Sri Lanka has gone to a different level in recent times with dependence no longer on the West while the Indians and Chinese are arriving in large numbers, a top Sri Lankan hotelier said. Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing Group also noted that visitors from Arab nations or from the Middle East are ‘coming in very large numbers as well as Australia, New Zealand and so on. It’s a very nice picture, a nice story to tell now’. Mr. Cooray, also President of the more..

Claims in the Touchwood winding up case totals Rs.3.3 bln

Dec 20 (ST) The Liquidator in the winding up application of Touchwood Investments informed the Commercial High Court last week that he has discovered more assets of the company and a comprehensive report on this will be submitted. Counsel for the Liquidator quoting an interim report by the latter said that several transactions carried out by the company are ‘voidable’ under the law and such transactions should therefore be reversed re-vesting the ownership of assets pertaining more..

Low credit, electricity consumption belie high economic growth

Dec 20 (CT) A fundamental flaw in Sri Lanka's GDP calculation is that high GDP growth as currently shown by the Census and Statistics Department (CSD) is unsupported by high private sector credit and electricity consumption, an economist who didn't want to be named told this reporter recently. The private sector is considered as the engine of economic growth. CSD recently reported that in the 3rd quarter (3Q) of more..

'2015 bringing challenges and progress for SL's construction industry'

Dec 20 (Island) Construction Expo 2015 expected 12th through 14th June 2015 at the BMICH will elevate the construction industry to multifunctional status. Particularly, rapid changes in Colombo’s sky line are influencing the construction industry positively and compelling it to garner required technology to fit such changes. President, Ceylon Institute of Builders Dr. Rohan Karunaratne said recently that the ensuing year would emerge as one bringing challenges and progress. more..

450 chefs gear up for a Cinnamon Christmas in the City

Dec 20 (FT) This year, Cinnamon hotels in the city – Cinnamon Grand, Cinnamon Lakeside and Cinnamon red – are debuting a joint Cinnamon Season for festive feasting, with unique entertainment options and a touch of legendary Cinnamon hospitality to celebrate the season of goodwill and cheer. A significant feature this year, is the amazing feat undertaken by the 450 Cinnamon City chefs who have come together to offer patrons the best of festive fare, in over 21 dining more..

Revisiting seaside Sri Lankan village a decade after tsunami

Dec 20 (CT) For the first time in 10 years, my wife, Sian, and I climbed the small staircase to the balcony of our apartment at the Sea View Hotel in the seaside village of Unawatuna, near Galle in Sri Lanka. The previous time, we were racing to beat the rapidly rising water and awesome power of the Boxing Day tsunami that engulfed the coast of Sri Lanka. It was eerie being up there again – like a sequel to a horror movie. more..

The Minority Vote

Dec 20 (Island) My confident expectation before the Uva PC elections was that the UPFA would have a ‘torrid time’, and so it turned out. My confident expectation thereafter was that at the next round of elections the President and the UPFA would be soundly, and deservedly, trounced. The obvious reasons for that expectation are as follows. First of all there is the factor of longevity: in the contemporary world, though not in traditional societies, people want change; more..

Progress of the Capital Market

Dec 20 (Island) Economic growth hinges on an efficient Capital Market that mobilizes savings for productive investments. From the perspective of Sri Lanka's fast emerging economy status the role played by the capital market as an integral driver of the overall macro economy is constantly evolving. To this effect the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) believes whilst regulation is fundamental to ensure the Capital market mechanism is fair and transparent, more..

Romesh Gunesekera sees an uncertain future for Sri Lanka

Dec 20 (GN) The day I began reading Noontide Toll, the latest novel by the Booker-nominated author Romesh Gunesekera, Sri Lanka turns over a happy milestone. The popular rail service known as the Queen of Jaffna — linking the capital Colombo with the northern city of Jaffna — reopens after a 24-year hiatus. There are celebrations across SL at the renewed hope of normalcy returning to island ravaged by war. more..

16-year-old high jumper in National athletics pool

Dec 20 (Island) A 16-year–old high jumper, Roshan Ranatunga of Kularatne MMV, Godakawela, has been included in the national pool of 74 athletes announced by the Athletics Association of Sri Lanka. Their training will commence on January 1. The pool has been picked with the aim of fielding a strong team for the forthcoming Asian Athletics Championships and other future events. Ranatunga who broke Manjula Kumara’s John Tarbet and schools records this year has qualified for more..

Editorial: Piety of sinners

Dec 20 (Island) Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya tells us he is having a hard time trying to enforce the polls laws which politicians either blatantly flout or craftily circumvent. His immediate predecessor underwent heart surgery more than once presumably due to stress and it is hoped that the same fate won’t befall him as well. His is a thankless job and he continues to draw heavy flak. There have been some lapses on the part of the Polls Chief as well as his subordinates. more..

'Common candidate has people’s support'

Dec 20 (FT) Although the Government is trying to pit one against the other, the UNP is united and will ensure that Maithripala Sirisena is made the President on 8 January, stressed UNP Assistant Leader Ravi Karunanayaka, denying there is division among Party leaders in supporting the common candidate. He further stated that Muslim and Tamil voters have already endorsed Maithripala Sirisena. more..

If you want to be a Kolombian….

Dec 20 (NS) People are asking me about Kolombians. Not Kolombians – they generally approve and appreciate. Kolombians thank me for getting the word out, in giving them voice etc. It’s the non-Kolombians who ask the questions. That want to know how one becomes a Kolombian. Someone asked if there’s a Kolombian Handbook. Someone else wanted to know if there’s a residency requirement. There were questions such as ‘Do we have to sit an exam?’ and ‘Is Kolombianess more..

Election 2015: Our choice

Dec 20 (FT) Given what we know of the Opposition’s declared strategy and policy at this stage, I am unconvinced that we should vote Mahinda Rajapaksa out. Change is necessary; even imperative. But what kind of change, where, when and to whom? There is a case for peaceful democratic regime change, but what has the current Rajapaksa regime to do with the decades older Executive Presidential system, which is a form of state? The current choice in Sri Lanka – and more..

Back off!

Dec 20 (CT) Harassment is a form of discrimination and it can be of verbal, emotional, physical and unlawful. Sexual harassment in workplaces has become a daily fact of life and it is more common where management is disrespectful towards subordinates and treats women as sex objects. However, all socio-sexual conducts cannot be labelled as sexual harassment. Dr. Arosha Adikaram, Senior Lecturer in more..

Ancestral links of Leaders of Sri Lanka

Dec 20 (CT) Statesmen of Sri Lanka who followed the Sinhala and Tamil Kings, the Portuguese Captains-General, the Dutch and British Governors, have either been the descendants of the original inhabitants of the country, who had come from North India in ancient times or those whose ancestors had come from South India in more recent times in different waves of migration. The first Prime Minister of Ceylon, as the country was then known, after it regained freedom after nearly 450 years of more..

Wide publicity in TN for President's speech

Dec 20 (CT) Almost all the Tamil television channels in the State of Tamil Nadu (TN) went to town for the first time giving wide publicity for the speech made by President Rajapaksa in Tamil at his first election rally in the Northern Province on Thursday. President Rajapaksa, addressed his first election campaign meeting for the Northern Province at Mulliyawalai in the Mullaitivu District followed by the second meeting on the same day in Kilinochchi. Two weeks ago the television channels in TN more..