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'Corrupt political system barrier to progress'

July 29 (CT) Sri Lanka's prevailing corrupt political system did not provide an effective environment to privatize or listing of State owned enterprises (SOE's), JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said. He said, "Our state sector is full of corruption, inefficiencies and nepotism." In this scenario, allowing at least a partial listing is a major risk," "Successive govts have failed in their privatization attempts. more..

SLT expands teleshop network to Mullaitivu

July 29 (DM) Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the leading information communication technology (ICT) solutions provider and infrastructure services provider in Sri Lanka expanded its branch network to Mullaitivu with the opening of its most recent teleshop at P.W.D. Road, Mullaitivu Town, which will serve the growing number of customers in the Mullaitivu District. At present, customers in the area need to travel approximately 60 km to Kilinochchi in order to obtain services. more..

BOC, once again among Top 1000 Banks

July 29 (Island) Bank of Ceylon has been ranked among the Top 5 banks in the Asia-Pacific Region (excluding China and Japan) in terms of Return on Capital (ROC) by The Banker Magazine, becoming the first Sri Lankan bank to achieve such a performance ranking from an internationally recognised entity, a BoC press release said. The release adds: ‘This unique milestone comes as a kind of "icing on the top" as Bank of Ceylon has yet again been ranked among the Top 1000 more..

Divisive SL leader angles for a comeback

July 29 (WSJ) Flanked by saffron-robed Buddhist monks, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa exhorted a crowd of more than a thousand supporters at a weekend election rally, saying: “We saved this country. Don’t let it be divided again.” 69-year-old politician, ousted by voters earlier this year, is seeking a return to office—this time as PM—in an ethnically charged campaign mixing economic promises more..

BOI launches programme for greening of BOI zones

July 29 (Island) Board of Investment of Sri Lanka as a leading agency in the industrial and economic development of the country has taken the lead in the protection of Sri Lanka’s environment. The BOI is committed to ensure that the country achieves economic development in order to create employment opportunities, inflows of FDI and technology transfers, for the betterment of the people of Sri Lanka. "BOI is the main investment promotion agency in the country and more..

HFC, Kurunegala overall Netball champions for eighth consecutive year

July 29 (Island) Holy Family Convent, Kurunegala continued their dominance in schools netball winning the overall championship for the eighth consecutive year in the 24th Milo Annual Netball Championship conducted by the Sri Lanka Schools Netball Association which concluded at the Bernard Aluvihare Stadium here in Matale. Maliyadeva Vidyalaya won the second place with overall points tally of 30 while HFC collected 55 points to clinch the overall championship. more..

Sri Lanka businesses urged to practice good governance : IFAC President

July 28 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s business organization should practice good governance to build next level businesses and to support country to move ahead, Olivia Kirtley, president of the International Federation of Accountants said. “Sri Lanka is one of the fastest growing market in the South Asia region and economic outlook for Sri Lanka seems very positive. But the challenges remains. There is always work to do,” more..

Grabbing the wrong hand, Blue blues and, battle for K'gala

July 28 (SO) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's claim that the party supporter who grabbed his hand in last week's tussle with him at an UPFA election rally in Akuressa was a little drunk prompted wags to comment that at least some of those attending rallies of the UPFA must be out of their senses. Former Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody, a candidate for the Galle district, too underwent a similar experience when he addressed an election meeting in Ambalangoda. more..

Editorial: A great son of India dead

July 28 (Island) Former Indian President Dr. Abdul Kalam passed away on Monday at the age of 83. Death of any man diminishes us, but the demise of this great son of India has diminished us beyond measure. India has lost a super scientist and statesman par excellence who was a source of inspiration for people across the world. There is no way anyone can avoid going the way of all flesh and Dr. Kalam, who had lived and breathed science, must have died a happy man; he collapsed more..

Taking the slow coach back to life

July 29 (NS) Youth is an important stage of one’s life, but more importantly, the youth hold a country’s future in its hands. However, in SL the youth often goes unnoticed and ignored. Kurt Cobain is quoted as saying, “the duty of youth is to challenge corruption.” However, in SL, the youth, besides a few exceptions, do not seem to be actively challenging corruption. In fact, only 1.9% of SL’s youth is engaged in political work. more..

Sri Lanka party promises fairy tale weddings

July 29 (EN) Former president Rajapaksa's lavish policy document was launched at a red-carpet ceremony in Colombo, but the event merited Hollywood glitz given the block-buster potential of the manifesto. Political parties in the early 1970s promised free rice even from the moon to starving millions, but no party has dangled this much cash before an election. An interest-free loan of LKR 200,000 is offered to each couple getting married after the UPFA forms a govt, if elected. more..

UNP, JVP manifestos paint rosy picture

July 29 (CT) Last week two major political parties, the UNP and the JVP released their manifestos targeting the upcoming general elections. Both manifestos have highlighted the importance of developing the education sector and they have come up with a variety of proposals. The manifestos are very impressive but voters are not sure whether they are practicable. The UNP Manifesto had focused on educational reforms from preschool to university. more..

'People will make JVP the main opposition'

July 29 (FT) “People will not make the JVP the ruling party but they will most certainly make us the main opposition,” noted former Auditor General Sarath Chandrasiri Mayadunne who heads the JVP national list. Reiterating his displeasure for party politics Mayadunne stressed that inactivity and silence of good individuals pave way for the bad people to govern the country. “Therefore it is the duty of such people to be more..

Blessed is the govt service

July 29 (SL) What’s the best service for a young man with ambitions? Our grandmother (aachie amma) held that it was Govt Service. Even under the British, whatever rank you held and whatever happened, you were not sacked. Promotions were automatic and of course there was the pension. It still is the best service to join, we are inclined to think. Just under 10 full moons, the minimum salary of a low grade employee in govt service such as a peon was around Rs. 12,000. more..

Seeking victory by default

July 29 (SL) One thing that strikes anyone with any experience of participating in and/or running political campaigns of any description in any part of the world is the ineptitude of the UNP’s strategists during the days since the writ was dropped for a general election. When/if the Ranil Wickremesinghe/UNP coalition, whose long title escapes me at this time, wins the forthcoming election it will be due to one or both of two factors: the public’s monumental distaste for all that Mahinda and his Minions stand for more..

Why is govt reluctant to provide security?

July 29 (SO) Politicians of all hues and other powerful figures in society have been rattled by the innovative approach to narcotics control adopted by the Chairman of National Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDDCB), Dr. Nilanga Samarasinghe, so much so that he now faces a grave risk to his life. However, an undaunted Samarasinghe says he is committed to combat the drug menace. He is the first govt officer who more..

Is the Chief Minister of the NPC ethically & morally fit to govern?

July 29 (CT) Chief Minister of the Northern Province Mr. C.V. Wigneswaran made a “private visit” to India in November 2014. It was reported that he was invited to deliver a memorial lecture in Chennai to commemorate a civil liberties activist Mr. K.G. Kannapiran, who is a person from the legal fraternity. Later Mr. Wigneswaran also attended a World Congress of Buddhism and Hinduism in New Delhi which was graced by Dalai Lama, among others. more..

The re-based national accounts: What does it mean?

July 29 (CT) Department of Census and Statistics (DCS), the official statistical agency, has recently uploaded into its website, an undated report on Rebasing National Accounts Estimates. DCS uploads into its website similar reports regularly, at least a few in a month. Only a very few of them would usually come under public scrutiny as closely as the above report has over the last few weeks. Indeed this Re-basing report came into public notice, not through the DCS website, more..

'Malinga still good enough to lead T20 team'

July 28 (WA) Out-of-form bowling star Lasith Malinga may have rightly been dropped for the final ODI against Pakistan, which Sri Lanka won emphatically by 165 runs, but selectors believe the 31-year-old bowler with a sling-arm action is still good enough to lead the national side in the two-match T20I series against Pakistan. After he conceded as many as 246 runs in 4 matches & having managed just 4 wickets more..

ISIS militant’s family leave for Pakistan

July 28 (DM) The family members of the alleged Sri Lankan ISIS militant who was killed in Syria had left the country for Pakistan, police investigations had revealed. Police said the man’s wife and their five kids were among those who left for Pakistan. The 37-year-old Abhu Shuraih Sailani, who graduated in Sharia Law from a university in Pakistan, had reportedly joined the ISIS and killed while fighting in Syria. Sailani was a karate instructor residing at Galewela & was principal of a private school. more..

Hunt on for Lankan-born international drug kingpin

July 28 (NS) Concluding a two year long investigation into an international drug ring, the Anti-Narcotics Bureau has identified Sri Lankan-born Mubarak Mohamed Mujaheed as a main drug kingpin in Sri Lanka. ASP Ruwan Gunasekara they are currently in the process of issuing a ‘Red Notice’ while an open warrant has also been obtained from the courts in order to arrest the suspect who is currently residing in Malaysia. Suspect had also at times supplied heroin to Vele Sudha he said. more..

Hakeem regrets remarks against him by TNA leader

July 28 (CT) SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem, said he felt sorry for the derogatory remarks made by TNA leader against him comparing the late founder leader of SLMC M.H.M. Ashroff and the current leadership of the SLMC mentioning the founder leader as the true leader of the Muslim community and saying that the present leadership of SLMC has been working against the political aspirations of the Muslim community. more..

Welegedara quits, migrates to Australia

July 28 (DM) Pace bowler Chanaka Welegedara has decided to migrate to Australia after being cold shouldered by the national selectors during the recent home series against Pakistan. Suresh Murugaser, Vice President and chairman of cricket at Sri Lanka’s leading cricket club Tamil Union which Welegedara captained last season said that the club hosted a farewell dinner to the left arm paceman on Monday night. “It was a sad day for the Tamil Union last night, when we had a farewell dinner more..

The unfinished war against SL’s Tamils

July 28 (TD) The International Truth and Justice Project – Sri Lanka (ITJP) releases a new report today. The report, A Still Unfinished War: Sri Lanka’s Survivors of Torture and Sexual Violence 2009 – 2015, is the product of extensive research and builds upon the organization’s past work. Importantly, it includes abuses which have occurred since Maithripala Sirisena was elected president in early January, when he unseated two-term incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa. more..

Anura Disanayake at JVP Special Convention

Dushmantha Chameera likely to miss first Test against India

July 28 (CI) Fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera is expected to miss SL's first Test against India in Galle Aug 12-16 because he has not recovered fully from a side strain that kept him out of the third Test against Pakistan and the five-match ODI series. "We were unfortunate to miss Chameera in the Test and in the ODIs, he would have definitely been a determining factor had he been fit," chief selector Kapila Wijegunawardene said. "Chameera is being monitored closely and undergoing treatment. more..

Wasim Thajudeen's Death: Magistrate's court calls for full post-mortem report

July 28 (AM) Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris today (28) ordered JMO Ananda Samarasekara to submit full post-mortem report on the death of former Sri Lanka rugby player and Havlocks captain Wasim Thajudeen to the court before September 10. Furthermore, the Additional Magistrate directed the CID to obtain legal advice from the AG on the possibility of calling several doctors as expert witnesses for the magisterial inquest. more..

Friendly ties with India to be bedrock of Rajapaksa’s foreign policy

July 28 (ENS) Friendly ties with India and other Asian countries will be the bedrock of the foreign policy of the UPFA, whose de jure leader is President Maithripala Sirisena and whose de facto leader is former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. UPFA released its manifesto for the August 17 parliamentary elections here on Tuesday in the presence of Rajapaksa. Sirisena was not present, but a copy of the manifesto was handed over more..

Vaas’ tips boost Desert Cubs in Australia

July 28 (GN) Former Sri Lanka pacer Chaminda Vaas inspired youngsters from the UAE’s Desert Cubs Cricket Academy with valuable tips on adapting their performances to the green-topped pitches of Australia. The left-armer, who was known for his ability to swing the ball in all conditions and trap batsmen with his variety of deliveries, mixed freely with the youngsters during training sessions and matches. Answering queries from the youngsters who were training at the more..

Why Rajapaksa as SL PM is bad for India

July 28 (DO) There is unprecedented political flux in Sri Lanka with just about three weeks to go for parliamentary elections. By throwing his hat in the ring, former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa has contributed hugely to the churning. Nobody is quite sure what the August 17 play of dice throws up. Moreover, the timing of the elections is significant as the UN report on human rights abuse by the Sinhala army in the last phase of the military campaign against the LTTE will be tabled at UNHRC more..

110 civil society groups align with UNFGG

July 28 (DM) Some 110 civil society organisations and trade unions today signed a 14-point people’s pledge with the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) for a fair, democratic and people-friendly Constitution. PM and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe signed the agreement on behalf of the UNFGG under the patronage of NMSJ Leader Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera, Ministers Karu Jayasooriya, more..

'Kalam’s death an irreparable loss'

July 28 (CG) President Maithripala Sirisena says the death of the former President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam is an irreparable loss not only to India but to the entire world. He said that Dr. Kalam was a man of firm conviction and indomitable spirit and was seen as an outstanding statesman of the world. “I am deeply saddened by the demise of former President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, an outstanding visionary, a great teacher and an unparalleled human being. more..

Hirunika Premachandra gives indication of possible political move

July 28 (AM) WPC member Hirunika Premachandra gave an indication of a possible political move as a response to the news that her SLFP membership has been suspended, adding that she can now stand with both feet on the same side. Premachandra said that she was having mixed feelings on the news. She was feeling sadness since she had entered politics from a left-wing movement. She said that during the past few weeks, she felt like standing with her feet on two sides. more..

Sri Lanka opposition not to go beyond 13A for ethnic solution

July 28 (PTI) UPFA today pledged to limit its quest to find a solution to the island's ethnic conflict within the India-backed thirteenth amendment (13A) of the Constitution. "We aim to arrive at a solution acceptable to all by strengthening the provincial and local govts by not venturing beyond the 13A," the UPFA manifesto for the parliamentary election released here today said. Previously the UPFA under ex-president more..

Bomb found near Katunayake SLAF camp

July 28 (DM) An unexploded bomb, believed to have fallen off from the LTTE aircraft shot down in 2009 by Sri Lanka Air Force at Katunayake, was found in a swamp close to the SLAF Camp yesterday. Air Force Spokesman Gehan Senaviratne said RDA employees had discovered the bomb while carrying out road construction work in the area. “The bomb was inside a plastic barrel in the swamp some 50 metres away from the location where the LTTE aircraft was shot down. more..

Opposition talks rubbish: Kiriella

July 28 (Island) The Opposition had nothing to tell the people now and therefore it was talking rubbish, Kandy district UNP candidate and Plantation Industries Minister Lakshman Kiriella said, addressing a propaganda meeting at Poojapitiya in Harispattuwa. The UNP was the only political party that was capable of finding solutions to problems of the youth in Sri Lanka. The other political party misled the youth with false promises, minister Kiriella told the meeting. more..