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Ocean University to make Lanka a global leader in marine science

Sept 1 (SO) The world's economic power shifting from one region to the other from time to time. It was the United States and the Europe that became the world economic power in the 19th and 20th centuries and Asia reins the world economic power in the 21st century thus making Chindia the combination of China and India the biggest economic power in the region and making the Indian Ocean the 21st century ocean with a hive more..

Disappearances and the struggle for truth and justice

Sept 1 (GV) 30th August is the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Tens of thousands have disappeared in Sri Lanka in last few decades. On this day, families of disappearances in Sri Lanka will gather in Vavuniya in the North, to once again publicly appeal to find their loved ones, at least know the truth of what happened to them, and hold those accountable to justice. From the day their loved ones had disappeared, family members have been physically going to more..

Colombo development: A highway to… a very hot place?

Sept 1 (GV) The causes of global climate change are myriad, and not all of them are within our control, but driving down the brand spanking new airport highway the other day, I began to wonder if we’re really even trying to begin with. So, are we in the middle of the monsoon or what? Just a couple of weeks ago, and uncharacteristically on time, that seemed the case. But it didn’t last, and now we’re back to a string of classic Colombo scorchers. Last year it was different. more..

After NGOs, Foundations to come under watch

Aug 31 (ST) Foundations incorporated through Private Members’ bills in Parliament will be monitored by the NGO Secretariat in new laws being drafted by the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, officials said this week. The laws will also impose controls on NGOs registered with the Registrar of Companies, trusts and some societies, they said. Amendments to the Voluntary Social Service Organisations more..

Mangala leaves for a sudden foreign trip in protest of Sajith's appointment

Aug 31 (AM) UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera has left the country suddenly for a short break from politics, in protest of the party's move to appoint Sajith Premadasa as its Deputy Leader. Before his sudden overseas trip, Samaraweera had held a discussion with opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and expressed reasons for his disappointment. Both Mangala Samaraweera and Ravi Karunanayake have vehemently protested the decision on the grounds that Premadasa more..

Top liquor den busted

Aug 31 (SO) Organised Crime and Anti Vice Division of the Police Department which is reputed for daring raids and arrests of high profile criminals in the recent past received a tip off three weeks ago about a secret storage of imported liquor in Colombo. The anonymous caller revealed how a high scale liquor business has been in operation for many months in the heart of Colombo under the nose of the law enforcement authorities. The detectives doing initial background study learnt that more..

Nurses attached to skin clinic had no training

Aug 31 (ST) Nurses attached to the clinic where a female doctor Dr P.A. Priyangi died during cosmetic surgery had no training, a Magistates Court was told this week, Giving evidence at the inquiry into the death of Dr Priyangi before the Colombo Additional Magistrate, Augusta Atapattu, a nurse working at the clinic said Dr. Nimal Gamage who was running the clinic in Bambalapitiya did not inquire into their qualifications. more..

ITAK to replace Sampanthan with Senathirajah

Aug 31 (AM) R Sampanthan is to be replaced as the leader of ITAK during the party convention from September 6-8. Jaffna District MP Mavai Senathirajah is tipped to become the new leader of the party. He is 71 years old while Sampanthan is 81. Sampanthan will however continue as the leader of the TNA. The leadership of the party has said that a decision on Sampanthan’s continuing leadership of the TNA will be taken when the TNA is registered as a separate political party. more..

President Rajapaksa cancelled Pakistan visit due to unrest

Aug 31 (AD) Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says that Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa had cancelled their scheduled visits to Pakistan due to the protest sit-ins staged by opposition parties in the federal capital. “Now the Chinese president is scheduled to travel to Pakistan during which several energy projects will be finalised,” he said and expressed apprehensions that the sit-ins could create hindrance in the visit. more..

Encroachers of forest reserve get minister’s support

Aug 31 (NS) Environmentalists allege that Minister of Wildlife Resources Conservation Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa has pressured the Department of Forest Conservation (DFC) into letting govt supporters encroach on land belonging to the proposed Lunuthibahela Forest Reserve in Moneragala. The minister’s intention in this is probably to garner votes for his son, who is contesting upcoming Uva PC election more..

Sri Lanka Foundation ties up with Computer Society of Sri Lanka

Aug 31 (Island) Sri Lanka Foundation (SLF) and the Computer Society of Sri Lanka entered into a MOU, which offers mutual benefits to further expand their services. SLF, the National Centre for Leadership Education and Training under the purview of the Presidential Secretariat, was founded in 1974 (Under Act of Parliament Sri Lanka Foundation Law No. 31 of 1973). SLF was a premier non-formal adult education centre in Asia with a specific focus on democratization through training and more..

Miss Universe China finalists get a taste of Sri Lankan hospitality

Aug 31 (AD) The Miss Universe China finalists got a taste of Sri Lankan hospitality at Habarana where they were taken to on their pre-pageant tour of Sri Lanka organized by Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts in partnership with the national carrier SriLankan Airlines. At the Cinnamon Lodge in Habarana they were put to a test in their cooking skills with a culinary competition with only a single day’s training. Cinnamon Lodge Habarana which is very keen on its environmentally friendly activities more..

Eight held over ‘phone racket’ at Central Mail Exchange

Aug 31 (AD) Eight suspects including four postal officers have been arrested for allegedly replacing the valuable items contained in 3 parcels, sent to Sri Lanka by post from Dubai, with waste paper and pieces of chipped concrete. Three parcels from Dubai, which had not been claimed by anyone after arriving in the country on May 3, were reportedly searched at the Central Mail Exchange (CME) in Colombo. more..

Six drown in three places in 24 hrs

Aug 31 (DM) At least six drowned including an 8-year-old child when they were bathing in three separate incidents at the Kilinochchi, Bandarawela and Mawanella yesterday. In Kilinochchi, three youths including two women of the same family and a child drowned while they were bathing at the Kandankulam Lake at Selvanagar. Police said they were identified as ages 8, 16 and 17 and residents of Selvanagar. In another incident in Bandarawela, a 24 year-old youth drowned while more..

Judgment on asylum seekers tomorrow

Aug 31 (ST) The Court of Appeal will tomorrow deliver judgment that will decide the fate of hundreds of Pakistani and Afghan asylum seekers in Sri Lanka. Court heard arguments and counterarguments, consequent to a writ application filed by Aneela Imran, a Pakistani woman seeking asylum in Sri Lanka. She filed the case following a govt crackdown on Pakistani and Afghan asylum seekers and the deportation of some 200 Pakistanis despite protests from the UNHRC. more..

Video: ‘UPFA candidates have gone mad in the face of defeat’

Aug 31 (AD) The JVP says that it will lodge a complaint with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) on Monday, accusing the ruling UPFA govt for illegally using state employees for election activities. Accusing ruling party candidates of carrying out attacks on opposition election offices, JVP P Vijitha Herath alleged that they have gone mad in the face of defeat at the upcoming Uva PC polls. Herath stated that attacks on JVP more..

SriLankan Airlines buoyant to ascend to new heights in China

Aug 31 (Island) SriLankan Airlines is poised to cruise to greater heights in the enormous Chinese market in its continued push into this virtually endless country to tap the tremendous travel business potential in the world’s second largest economy. With 15 weekly flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Canton and Hong Kong, Sri Lanka’s national carrier views the swiftly-growing Chinese segment as a "runaway virtually paved with gold" in the backdrop of a spike in tourist traffic more..

Chandrika meets Aung San Suu Kyi

Aug 31 (DM) Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga met Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, a globally known activist for democracy and the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) during her visit to Myanmar. The meeting held at the Chatrium Hotel in Yangon, with senior leaders of the NLD focused on electoral systems and matters related to Peace. Chandrika Kumaratunga said it was ‘too early ‘for Myanmar to use the proportional representation system in elections. more..

'My meeting Namal was not preplanned'

Aug 31 (DM) UNP Uva Province CM candidate Harin Fernando said today he did not have any secret meeting with UPFA MP Namal Rajapaksa but only met him accidently. “My meeting Mr. Rajapaksa was neither preplanned nor secret,” he said responding to recent media reports that he had secretly met Mr. Rajapaksa. He said he bumped in to Mr. Rajapaksa while on his way to attend a rally at Uva Paranagama. more..

Minister says must protect President

Aug 31 (CG) Minister S B Dissanayake says the time has now come to protect President Rajapaksa in the face of attempts to create another war in Sri Lanka. The Minister noted that there are groups within Sri Lanka who are supporting attempts to divide the country and destabilize the nation. He also said that some powerful countries are funding attempts to reverse the peace in Sri Lanka. Dissanayake said he feels the people of Sri Lanka should protect the President and the Govt more..

Uva PC polls: Violations & violence increase

Aug 31 (CT) Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has so far reported 126 election law violations and violence. Sixty incidents of election law violations and 34 of violence have been reported in the Moneragala District. Meanwhile, a total of 19 incidents of violations and seven violent clashes were recorded in the Badulla District. Executive Director of CaFFE, Rajith Tennakoon, said the main reason behind these violations was inaction by the relevant authorities. more..

Jayasuriya outlines key role for Thisara Perera

Aug 31 (CI) Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka Cricket's chief selector, praised Thisara Perera for a strong return to ODI cricket and said that he could fill the role of a fast-bowling allrounder for the team looking ahead to the World Cup. Perera's 4 for 34 against Pakistan in the third ODI led Sri Lanka to a 2-1 series win, while earning him a second successive Man-of-the-Match award. He was also named player of the series for more..

Distinguished persons discuss holistic education at the Gandhi Centre

Aug 31 (Island) Dr Mohammed Saleem, President, Gandhi Centre got the discussion going by expressing salient ideas through a power-point presentation. His contention was that the youth of the country need immediate focused attention and success of reconciliation depends on the level of people’s education. He believes that SL does not provide sufficient space to youth; media sets the agenda for youth; pressure from parents and teachers is oppressive and counseling is more..

NFF against following Arabian styles

Aug 31 (CG) The NFF today cautioned Muslims in Sri Lanka on following the Arabian culture in the attire they wear, saying that could lead to divisions among communities in Sri Lanka. Media Spokesman of the NFF, Mohammed Muzammil said that Islam did not come to Sri Lanka through the Middle East but through India and Asia. He said that historically Muslim women in Sri Lanka covered their heads using the saree and not the ‘Abaya’, which is mostly worn in Middle Eastern countries. more..

UNP is to announce several changes

Aug 31 (CG) UNP says several changes will be made within the party soon with the aim of strengthening the UNP ahead of elections scheduled for next year. UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said that the party wants to prepare, not just for the upcoming Uva elections, but also General elections expected to be held in 2015. He said that among the key announcements expected within two weeks or three weeks will be the likely appointment of more..

Help sought in battle against Heroin

Aug 31 (SL) Sri Lankan authorities have sought Pakistani assistance to crackdown on heroin being smuggled to Sri Lanka. SSP Ajith Rohana said that heroin is being smuggled between India and Sri Lanka while stocks also arrive hidden inside containers at the Colombo port. Talks on curbing heroin being smuggled between India and Sri Lanka, were held in New Delhi last week. The talks were held between senior police officers from Sri Lanka and the Indian Police Anti-narcotics Bureau. more..

No show by Sajith yet on Uva platforms

Aug 31 (Island) Sajith Premadasa has been keeping away from the UNP’s Uva PC election campaign having not yet shown up on party platforms with the election less than a month away. "It has not been possible to reach him either," well informed party sources said. The UNP had hoped to demonstrate that the party was closing ranks and preparing to present a united front at national elections widely expected next year. UNP sources said that Sajith was pressing to be named deputy leader more..

The man with a Plan

Aug 31 (Island) I was born in a democratic Sri Lanka and I want to die in a democratic Sri Lanka, said Karu Jayasuriya. There was conviction in his voice. "That’s powerful," I told him. Well we are slowly but surely moving towards a despotic regime. It is also my duty to see that the UNP unifies. When the chairmanship of the leadership council was offered to me for the first time, I rejected it. First it was the priests and more..

How liable are children for crimes?

Aug 31 (Island) "I don’t know what happened at that time", the 13-year-old suspect from Badalkumbura, Moneragala, who stabbed her six-year-old sister with a knife, over a quarrel over a snack, confessed to the police. Her confession to the killing of her younger sister, although claiming that she was oblivious to what was happening, revealed a psychological confusion she was battling with according to the police sources. Born as the eldest daughter to Muslim parents, both more..

Drought affected yet to recover

Aug 31 (SL) The people affected by the drought are yet to recover despite the little rain experienced in some of the affected areas. According to the DMC, the number of people affected by drought as of last Friday was 2,007,520. Despite small showers experienced in some of the drought hit areas, the situation prevails. “The Disaster Management Centre have been dispatching necessary funds and water to District Secretariat of drought hit areas daily to help people face the situation,” more..

Lankan Muslims concerned over ISIS

Aug 31 (CG) Sri Lankan Muslims have called for the protection of the ancient and historical Buddhist wonder of Borobudur in Indonesia after ISIS extremists threatened to attack it. Muslim Council of Sri Lanka says ISIS and a number of other terrorist groups have been funded and armed by vested interests to destabilize the Arab and Muslim regions. In a letter to the President of Indonesia, Susilo Yudhoyono, more..

Fishing talks fail as Lanka rejects Indian proposals

Aug 31 (ST) Sri Lanka has rejected a proposal to allow Indian fishermen to enter Sri Lankan waters for three days a week through a MoU with the Indian Govt to resolve the fishing disputes, Fisheries Minister Rajitha Senaratne said. The details of this rejection and other matters that were taken up at the talks between the two sides in New Delhi on Friday were communicated to the minister yesterday by the 3-member Sri Lankan delegation led by more..

New land transfer laws may affect CSE-listed companies

Aug 31 (ST) A new draft Bill restricting the transfer of land to foreigners says that if a local company sells a majority of its shares to a foreigner within twenty years of purchasing land, that property transaction will be deemed null and void. Lawyers warned that this might have implications for local companies listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange. The draft Land (Restrictions on Alienation) Bill clearly states more..

More power for China in Norochcholai

Aug 31 (ST) China is to play a bigger role in Sri Lanka’s power generation sector by helping to maintain the US$ 1.35 billion Norochcholai coal fired power plant that has been plagued by repeated breakdowns. President Xi Jingping who arrives in Colombo on a two-day visit on September 16 will watch, together with President Rajapaksa, the signing of first of two MoU for this purpose. It will be between the Ministry of Power and Energy more..

SL’s Deputy HC in London to be replaced?

Aug 31 (Island) Sri Lanka’s Deputy High Commissioner, Neville de Silva, a veteran journalist, who has completed two years in London, is expected to be replaced by Dr. Chanka Thalpahewa. However, the High Commission in London has not been officially informed of his proposed appointment.  When the Sunday Island asked about the two years he spent here, de Silva said that he came to London with "great expectations" more..

From Facebook friendships to sexual harassment: Police probe cases

Aug 31 (ST) Two more complaints where women were harassed by men with whom they built a friendship via social media – Facebook – were received at the Kotahena police. Kotahena Chief Inspector Hemantha Ovitigama said that the women lodged complaints at the police regarding incidents where they were harassed and threatened by men using fake accounts over a social media site. “They get friendly through more..