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Sajin Vaas contracts breathing problems

May 19 (DM) UPFA MP Sajin de Vaas Gunawardane, who is in remand custody, has developed breathing difficulties after the prison authorities had denied him the use of his inhaler, his colleagues informed Parliament today. Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva raised this matter in the House and said Mr. Gunawardane had been deprived of his privilege to attend the parliamentary session yesterday. more..

Sri Lanka threatens legal action against foreign firms mining for gems

May 19 (EN) Sri Lanka’s gem authority has decided to bar foreign gem firms and investors from mining on SL soil. “If the individuals or firms are found violating the rule, this would be considered a criminal offense and they could be tried in courts,” said K L D Dayasagara, deputy director general of the National Gem & Jewellery Authority (NGJA). “If we feel they are violating the rule, we would promptly place one of our officers at the site to ensure they do not breach the rules.” more..

Find better place for Kapilavastu relics: Swaminathan to Modi

May 19 (ST) A cabinet minister has sought the relocation of the Kapilavastu relics of Lord Buddha, now housed at the National Museum in New Delhi, to a more appropriate place in keeping with the sacred nature of the widely venerated relics. Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D.M.Swaminathan had sent the request to Indian PM Narendra Modi through a delegation of the Bharathiya Janatha Party (BJP) that met him recently. Swaminathan who accompanied President Sirisena on more..

Maldives and Sri Lanka Tourism discuss joint promotions

May 19 (GDI) Given that Maldives is already in the label as a fashion destination positioning Sri Lanka Tourism is in discussion with Maldives Tourism to share itineraries that will help Sri Lanka boost it's imagery in the markets such as Italy said Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau Rohantha Athukorala. This discussions took place in the side lines of Arabian Travel Mart on Dubai with Chairman of Maldives Marketing more..

Postponement of Gota’s FR petition until October: Fault of AG’s Department

May 19 (CT) Senior lawyer Gomin Dayasri said that two Judges can give notification and the grounds to make a decision, thus the Supreme Court is vested with such powers. In any event all parties to the case must be served with the necessary papers. However, one respondent claims that the relevant notification had not been made to the Cabinet in respect of that respondent. In such an instance it can be identified in special circumstances as having exceeded the powers. more..

Kiriella instructs planners to come up with proposals to ease congestion in Kandy

May 19 (Island) Plantation Industries Minister Lakshman Kiriella issued instructions to officers engaged in preparing development plans for Kandy that alternative proposals be forwarded to ease the traffic congestion round the Kandy Lake as there was no sign of re-opening of the main thoroughfare in front of the Sri Dalada Maligawa. Minister Kiriella issued the instructions presiding at the meeting of the Kandy District Coordinating Committee yesterday (18). more..

Parliament adjourned in uproar over Central Bank Governor

May 19 (EN) Parliament was adjourned Tuesday in the wake of an uproar with the opposition demanding to debate a no confidence motion on Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran. The opposition is pushing for a no confidence motion on the Central Bank Governor after a controversial auction of 30-year bonds that awarded five time the original amount offered to a firm connected to his son-in-law. more..

Sri Lanka stocks close up at 0.15%

May 19 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s stocks closed up at 0.15% with gains seen in some of the banking and conglomerate stocks. The Colombo benchmark All Share Price Index closed 11.18 points higher at 7,266.20 up 0.15%. The S&P SL20 closed 9.15 points higher at 4,046.83 up 0.24%. Turnover was 1.6 billion rupees up from 1.1 billion rupees on Monday, with 90 stocks closing positive against 85 negative. “Some banking sector and high cap stocks showed gains,” Lanka Securities said. more..

SLFP urges Maithri to honour his pledge

May 19 (Island) The SLFP said that President Maithripala Sirisena should keep his pledge to hold the next General Election under the proposed first-past-the- post system with limited PR. Former Deputy Foreign Minister Neomal Perera said that when the President had solicited the support of SLFP MPs for the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, he had assured them that the next Parliamentary polls would be conducted under the proposed new electoral system. more..

Living with the dead

May 19 (CT) Six young men wearing boots and sunglasses have turned up at the Borella Cemetery. They are the latest recruits to its cadre and surprisingly they are all geared up to work at one of the most dreaded places in Sri Lanka. "These men were sent to me a few days back and they were very different to what you see today. When they were first sent here, they were scared and reluctant to work here. more..

Tamil lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racism

May 19 (Island) The above was serialized in The Island of 28 April, 2 May and 9 May 2015. Is there a major Muslim-Tamil problem that needs to be addressed? Do the numerous acts of anti-Muslim violence by the LTTE, including the Mosque massacres in the East and the eviction from the North of the entire Muslim population settled there for many generations, and also the many acts of anti – Tamil violence in the East by state appointed Muslim home guards demand remedial action more..

Ranil’s Gestapo Police exposed in SC

May 19 (CT) President’s Counsel, Romesh de Silva’s brilliant analysis of the politically manipulated Police unit investigating financial crimes confirms that the My-3 regime has created an illegal arm of the Police to pervert justice. His submission to the Supreme Court, has unerringly alerted the public to the Gestapo role of the Financial Crimes Investigation Department (FCID) – the newly established Police arm of the National Executive Council (NEC) which blindly follows more..

Basil transferred to Cardiology Unit

May 19 (AD) Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa, who was being treated at the National Hospital, has been transferred to the hospital’s Cardiology Unit, a source from the hospital said. The former Minister has been transferred to the unit following a minor chest pain, the source added. Basil Rajapaksa, was further remanded till May 20 by the Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court on May 7. Former Economic Development Ministry Secretary more..

International Buddhist convention in Jaffna tomorrow

May 19 (Island) The Karuna International Buddhist Convention organised by the triple Gem Foundation, Bengaluru, will be held this year at the Weerasingham Hall, Jaffna tomorrow. Chief Incumbent of Dhamma Vijaya Maha Vihara, Madurai and Chief Organiser of Karuna International Convention Dr. Bodhipala Maha Thera said the theme of this year’s convention Karuna (compassion), was quite applicable to more..

SF denies claim of 40,000 civilian deaths in Vanni

May 19 (Island) Strongly denying accusations regarding the death of 40,000 Tamil civilians during the final phase of the offensive on the Vanni east front (Jan-May 2009), Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said that the army had to pay a very heavy price for not having the liberty to use heavy weapons against the LTTE. War winning Army Commander, the then Lt. Gen. Fonseka emphasised that the army had no option but to refrain from maximizing more..

JHU calls for national unity

May 19 (FT) The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) yesterday called for greater national unity in order to bring deeper meaning to the loss of all the soldiers who sacrificed their lives to end the war. In a statement to mark the sixth-year since the war’s conclusion, the JHU said that the country was still experiencing the effects of the war since the 30-year conflict had caused severe damage to the economy and society. more..

Dilan uncertain over his resignation

May 19 (DM) Refuting media reports that he would resign of his current minister post, State Minister of Housing and Samurdhi Dilan Perera said that such decision has not been made but he was uncertain to resign in the future over some personal reasons. As he was satisfied with what he got from President Maithripala Sirisena, Mr. Perera said at the moment he is working together with Minister Sajith Premadasa without any issue. more..

'FCID will be disbanded by future UPFA govt'

May 19 (DN) The Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) will be abolished if the UPFA comes to power and all involved will be called upon to answer, UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha said. He said in the past the Privy Council of UK had the power to revise or annul orders and decisions of the Supreme Court. “However, the said power was removed later, and as per the Republican Constitution and more..

Six Years On

May 19 (SL) Its been six years since the end of the war and now calm has once again returned to the Northern peninsula after sounds of guns and bombs were silenced after over three decades. The people of the North and the East had undergone severe hardships and even now there are many families who are still trying to come to grips with their losses. Many mothers and families are still searching for their loved ones, more..

UN silent on appointment of Jagath Dias

May 19 (CG) The UN refused to comment on the appointment of Major General Jagath Dias as the new Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army. Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was asked at a press conference if the UN had any comments on the post given to Jagath Dias despite some human rights allegations against him and since he may get listed in a UNHRC report on Sri Lanka. more..

‘We are fishermen – we do not see borders’

May 19 (ST) A baby sleeps peacefully in a cradle made with a saree hung from the roof of the cadjan hut. It is a small house with a single bedroom, a living area where the baby is sleeping and a kitchen in which an elderly woman in her late seventies is waking from her afternoon nap. We are in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, in a village locally known as Verkadu, after an exhausting journey of 20 hours in a train from Kottayam, more..

A new Sri Lanka?

May 19 (ICG) Sri Lanka appeared to turn a new leaf with the election in January 2015 of President Maithripala Sirisena. This put an end to rule of this country of 21 million people by Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is closely associated with a brutal 2009 victory over the Tamil Tiger insurgency and authoritarian govt. Alan Keenan discusses how much President Sirisena, previously a minor figure in Rajapaksa’s govt, has changed politics in SL. more..

Editorial: Guilty by suspicion?

May 19 (Island) A defendant must be presumed innocent until he or she is proven guilty. Each and every element of the crime/s a person is charged with must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt before he or she is found guilty and punished. This is one of the sacred principles upon which all criminal justice systems in the civilized world are based. But, regrettably, those who extol the virtues of the rule of law, justice and fair play, respect for human rights etc do not seem to heed more..

Sad plight of our transport service

May 19 (DM) It is a nightmare to drive on the roads in Colombo or its suburbs with little or no assurance that the motorist will reach his or her destination at the expected time because of the traffic snarls. Occasional protests and demonstrations by university students and trade unions make the situation worse, holding up hundreds of thousands of commuters and motorists for hours. The worst-affected by these traffic jams are commuters who are also taken hostage by bus crew even at more..

Video: Mahinda reveals his secret behind the war victory

May 19 (AD) The previous govenments failed to defeat the LTTE because they were always prepared to kneel before the terrorists, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. The observation was made when the former President attended an event to commemorate all those who sacrificed their lives to preserve the nation’s independence. The event was held at the Vihara Maha Devi Park this afternoon (18). more..

Committee probing prison murders record statement from Gota

May 19 (FT) The 3-member committee appointed by the govt to probe the alleged murder of 27 inmates at the Welikada Prison in 2012 yesterday met with former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The committee had recorded a statement over the matter from the former Defence Secretary. The committee had reportedly spent close to six hours with Rajapaksa, taking down his statement. Eye witnesses of the Welikada Prison riot have publicly claimed that they were executed by more..

Tiran Alles files FR petition

May 19 (DN) MP and businessman Tiran Alles yesterday filed a Fundamental Rights petition before the Supreme Court seeking to prevent his arrest. In his petition, he urged the SC to issue an interim order to prevent his arrest as he was an owner of a newspaper company and a close associate of the former President. Alles has sited The IGP, Director of the Special Investigations Unit SP Mewan Silva, OIC of the SIU M.D.D.P. Gunathilake, Police Media Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera and more..

Rugby player Thajudeen murdered

May 19 (DN) The CID which took over the investigations into the death of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen had confirmed that it was a murder. Police sources said the CID had arrived at this conclusion based on facts and the circumstances which led to Thajudeen’s death. According to ASP Ruwan Gunasekera, CID investigation into this murder has been completed and the investigation report is to be submitted to court soon. more..

Presidential Secretariat files found at Borella boutique

May 19 (DN) Some files belonging to the Presidential Secretariat were found at a boutique in Borella last evening, Police Media Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said. “A person who had come in a car had sold those files to a shop purchasing old newspapers,” the Police Spokesman said yesterday. Police intelligence officers, acting on a tip-off, had visited the place and taken the files into custody. He also added that the Police were seeking the assistance of the Presidential Secretariat to more..

Police to inform Magistrate about Wellamulliwaikkal event

May 19 (DM) ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said that police would report to the Mullaitivu Magistrate the remembrance function held in Wellamulliwaikal with the participation of Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran. A commemoration event to honour the fallen kith and kin was held on the beach in Wellamulliwaikal where the last phase of the civil war took place. Mullaitivu Magistrate had on Saturday issued an order banning the holding of any pro-LTTE remembrance events more..

Felicitation ceremony for Relief Contingent

May 19 (MoD) President Maithripala Sirisena, together with the PM Ranil Wickramasinghe graced the felicitation ceremony held to appreciate the exceptional service rendered by the Sri Lanka Relief Contingent in humanitarian relief operations in Nepal at an event held at Temple Trees today (18). Starting the proceedings, Major General Maithri Dias, Commanding Officer of SL Relief Contingent presented a multimedia more..

Cabraal in hospital; Pradeep before FCID

May 19 (CT) The former Chairman of the State Trading Corporation (STC) and SLFP Organizer, Pradeep Gunawardena was summoned by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) for questioning with regard to monetary irregularities within STC, yesterday. Rs 2 bn had been siphoned out by Gunawardena. According to reports he had purchased 35,000 metric tons of rice in Jan 2010 for a sum of Rs 2 billion in the guise of relieving the public from the spiralling cost of local rice. more..

Deputy FM dismisses Namal’s Tweets

May 19 (CT) Deputy Minister, Ajith P. Perera, dismissed the remarks, of MP Namal Rajapaksa, made on Twitter where he had expressed his displeasure about the govt in relation to the allegedly pro-LTTE War remembrance ceremonies that are being held in the North, and called them irresponsible. Yesterday Rajapaksa tweeted, So many remembrance events today under the guise of honouring victims, despite Court orders. How many of these might be honouring terrorists? more..

'Two judges can rule on FR matters'

May 19 (DN) Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva said that it was on the directions of the Chief Justice that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa's case was heard by a two judge Bench. He stated that the Fundamental rights application in terms of articles 126 (2) and Article 126 (4) of the constitution of Sri Lanka permits two judges of Supreme court to hear and determine an application filed on the alleged infringement of a fundamental right. more..

Paavai stands tall as reminder of Eelam martyrs

May 19 (ENS) The imposing figure of Tamil Paavai (Tamil Woman) with a lamp in her hand, carved from a single stone of 60 tonnes and kept on a 15-foot high pedestal stands at the centre of Mullivaikal Memorial in Vilar near Thanjavur. The Tamil Paavai pays tributes to the 1.4 lakh ethnic Tamils killed in Mullivaikal in Sri Lanka on May 17, 2009 during the final phase of Eelam war. Scenes of the tragedy are etched on a 55-ft long, 10-ft high frieze on the left side of the Tamil Paavai. more..

MillenniumIT conducts programme for students of Moratuwa University

May 19 (DN) MillenniumIT, conducted a specially designed skill-enhancement programme for students at the University of Moratuwa. This session, the first in an on-going series, kicked-off MillenniumIT’s long term student development programme. The programme, aptly named Transformers, is designed to prepare undergraduates to face future social and career situations by extending and enhancing their skills beyond the scope of classroom learning. MillenniumIT offers multi-dimensional work more..