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UNP does not see change by Prince

Sept 2 (CG) UNP does not expect a change of policy on Sri Lanka by the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. UNP MP Wijedasa Rajapakse said that the unlike policies and laws changing in Sri Lanka when a new Minister or Govt takes office, internationally the same practice is not followed. Govt had said yesterday it hopes the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan, will take note of the concerns Sri Lanka had on more..

Man sets himself on fire against Pillay

Sept 2 (CG) A man set himself on fire outside the Colpetty police station this morning in protest against the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. The man was seated on the payment when he suddenly set himself on fire. Officers of the Colpetty police station rushed the man to hospital for treatment. When questioned by the police, man had claimed he had initially attempted to set himself on fire more..

Big medal haul for SL juniors at Asian Chess

Sept 2 (DM) Sri Lanka’s junior chess players performed brilliantly at the 10th Asian Schools Chess Championships held in Taichung, Taiwan from August 23 to 30, wining two gold, one silver and four bronze medals. Sri Lankan players also bagged 14 merit certificates. Ishini Wickramasinghe of Musaeus College in the girls under 15 and Sasith Piyumantha of Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda in the boys under 13 bagged the gold medals while I.M.T.S. Gunawardane of Maliyadeva B.V., more..

Couple receive surprise welcome in SL

Sept 2 (GS) A couple were unexpectedly greeted with flowers and dancers as they landed for a holiday in Sri Lanka to mark the 1,000,000th tourist visit to the country this year. Sophie Nathan, 23, of Beech Lane, in Buckhurst Hill, and her boyfriend, Josh Gladstein, 24, from Romford, were surprised on their arrival at BIA on Thursday. Miss Nathan, who works at Haven House Children’s Hospice in High Road, Woodford Green, and is in Sri Lanka for nearly two weeks, said the couple were more..

15 Indian fishermen arrested by Lankan Navy

Sept 2 (TOI) Sri Lankan Navy on Tuesday allegedly sank an Indian fishing boat near Katchathivu, and arrested 15 fishermen from this coastal town in separate incidents. An inspector of the state 'Q' branch said the Lankan vessel collided with the mechanised boat and it broke into two and sank. Lankan Naval personnel arrested the six fishermen who jumped into the sea to escape. They were fishing near Katchathivu, more..

Auckland man in court over Swiss cold case

Sept 2 (NZH) An Auckland man identified as a Swiss murder suspect has reappeared in court this afternoon. He was granted further interim name suppression. 42-year-old man, originally from Sri Lanka, lived in New Zealand for 13 years under a false identity before being arrested last week in connection with a killing of his apparent ex-girlfriend in Basel, Switzerland, 14 years ago. Kavitha Kandiah, 23, also from Sri Lanka, was found stabbed to death in the kitchen of her more..

Registration must for WP Pre-Schools

Sept 2 (CT) It will be mandatory for all pre-schools in the Western Province (WP) to be registered, Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said. The decision was meant to uplift the standard of pre-school training. Ranatunga has instructed a pre-school unit, of the Province, to monitor whether the standards they present at registration are on par with the specified standards, before being registered. There are now around 300 pre-schools in the Province. According to the pre-school charter-2013 more..

BBS to assist health sector

Sept 2 (DM) BBS General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera proclaimed that the time was right for the BBS to enter into the trade union sector and to influence them to act according to the teachings of the Buddha. The Thera said that as an initiative they would initially assist health sector trade unions. “We decided to first start with the health sector. We will interact with trade unions at the grass root level because they are the factions that more..

Qatar Airways flight forced to land in Sri Lanka over suspected engine leak

Sept 2 (AM) A Qatar Airways flight en route from Doha to Perth in Australia was forced to divert to Colombo in Sri Lanka after the pilot reported a suspected fuel leak in one of the aircraft's engines. "A Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300, registration A7-BAW performing flight QR-900 from Doha (Qatar) to Perth, WA (Australia), was enroute at FL310 about 190nm west southwest of Colombo when the crew decided to divert to Colombo due to a suspected fuel leak from the left hand engine (GE90). more..

SC orders UPFA secretary to appoint a suitable chairman for Homagama PS

Sept 2 (AM) Supreme Court has ordered the post of Chairman of Homagama PS to be completely vacated. Court also ordered the General Secretary of UPFA, which holds power in the Pradeshiya Sabha to appoint a suitable person and keep the court informed on the appointment. Verdict was handed over by a three member bench presided by CJ Mohan Peiris. A.B. Kumarasiri was selected as Chairman after the last PS election as he won the highest number of preferential votes. more..

Video: VPN system to inter-link police service

Sept 2 (DM) The Police today inaugurated a system through which all police data could be connected into one virtual platform. The Virtual Private Network (VPN) will contain investigation reports, crime reports, a data base for finger prints and pictures, police reports and circulars for an in-house communication system connecting all police stations. Police Department said in another move all senior police more..

Golden Key case: Directors object to seizure of some of their assets

Sept 2 (Island) The Supreme Court will resume hearing, on September 18, 2014, the fundamental rights violation application filed by the aggrieved depositors of Golden Key Credit Card Limited. Chief Justice Mohan Peiris has declined to hear the petitions. It was earlier heard by a Bench comprising the Chief Justice, Justice K. Sripavan and Justice Rohini Marasinghe. The present bench comprises, Justice K. Sripavan Justice Rohini Marasinghe and Justice Sisira de Abrew. more..

Sri Lanka rupee steady; seen flat

Sept 2 (Reuters) The Sri Lankan rupee traded steady against the dollar on Tuesday as inward remittances and sales of the greenback by exporters offset demand from importers. The dealers expect the local currency to remain steady for the rest of the year after central bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said recently the banking regulator would intervene in the thinly-traded market whenever needed to keep the rupee stable. The rupee was trading at 130.20/21 per dollar more..

Mahinda ditches human rights

Sept 2 (Island) Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday declined to answer questions on the fallout of the UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka, claiming that the human rights issues were now entirely handled by the Ministry of External Affairs. He asked the media to contact Minister G.L. Peiris for information about the present situation of the UNHRC investigation. Asked to comment on the preparations being made for next UNHRC more..

SL surfers make waves in the Maldives

Sept 2 (CG) After astounding local audiences with their immense creativity atop some monster waves along the country’s south and east coast, Sri Lanka’s preeminent surfers strengthened their reputations with a breathtaking display against the Maldives’ own surfing top dogs during Red Bull Both Ways, an event which ran from August 24-27. The competition sought to discover the best surfer from a phenomenally skilled pool by carefully scrutinising each participant’s whole range of more..

Sri Lanka stocks close down 0.1%

Sept 2 (LBO) Sri Lanka's stocks close 0.09% lower with telco and diversified stocks losing ground amid continued low foreign participation. All Share Price Index closed 6.07 points lower at 7,024.82, down 0.09%. The S&P SL20 closed 2.89 points lower at 3,874.50, down 0.07%. Turnover was 1.09 billion rupees, up from 1.04 billion rupees a day earlier with 81 stocks closed positive against 113 negative. Sinhaputhra Finance closed 90 cents lower at 239.10 rupees with two off-market more..

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Hiring PR firms and our public relations will not be able to help us

Sept 2 (CT) Much has been reported recently about the various Public Relations firms govt – or rather elements in govt, since it seems that there has been no Cabinet approval for these ventures – have hired to raise our profile in countries which seem hostile to us. There have been a host of such firms in the United States, and one in Britain. The first lot were almost all arranged through our Embassy in Washington, whilst Bell Pottinger, which also works in the United States though more..

A real no-confidence motion

Sept 2 (CT) There is no gainsaying that the ultra nationalist JHU, is an integral partner of the governing coalition. Its participation at Cabinet meetings and numerous committees appointed by the legislature, including Parliamentary Select Committees, has been consistent and more often than not, conciliatory. However, its journey on the political highway has not been without controversy, though it has managed to survive the many political storms remarkably well, primarily due to more..

NPC funds lie idle

Sept 2 (DM) The NPC, which is administered by the TNA, has failed to utilize at least 30% of its capital allocations in the annual budget, an opposition politician charged. The Govt had allocated Rs.5,831 million to the NPC which was constituted last year for its capital expenditure. NPC Opposition Leader Joseph Thavarajah said that the inefficiency of most elected members of the ruling party had led to this situation. more..

UNP Uva candidate’s office attacked

Sept 2 (CG) The election office of the opposition leader of the Buttala PS and UNP Moneragala district PC candidate Wijesinghe Herath Dharmasena was attacked in the early hours of today. With this incident the number of attacked election offices of the opposition parties had reached 55, the CaFFE said. CaFFE also noted that while there are over 200 legal and illegal election offices of UPFA in the Moneragala district, more..

Rubber prices to be controlled

Sept 2 (Island) The govt would control rubber prices soon, Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said. He said that rubber prices had declined steeply locally at present due to depressed prices in the world market. "We cannot control world rubber prices as we have only a 2% market share," Samarasinghe said, adding that Thailand and Malaysia produced the highest market share of rubber. more..

SLFP, UNP celebrte their 68th & 63rd anniversaries in Badulla

Sept 2 (Island) The SLFP will celebrate its 63rd anniversary on a grand scale in Badulla this morning. President Rajapaksa would address over 40,000 SLFP activists at the Vincent Dias stadium in Badulla town. The President was expected to formally announce his intention to seek a third successive term in office today. Earlier in the day the Badulla branch of the SLFP is scheduled to be ceremonially opened on more..

'Norochcholai shut down costs CEB Rs.600 mn a day'

Sept 2 (Island) Minister Champika Ranawaka says that the shutdown of Lakwijaya coal-fired power plant at Norochcholai costs the CEB Rs. 600 mn a day. Addressing a book launch on Sunday in Kandy, the former Power and Energy Minister Ranawaka said that the future of Sri Lanka’s power and energy sector would depend on the Norochcholai power plant. If the power plant was handed over to another authority, it would more..

Harin challenges Shasheendra to debate

Sept 2 (FT) UNP Chief Ministerial hopeful in the Uva Province Harin Fernando challenged his main rival Shasheendra Rajapaksa to a public debate yesterday, while playing down his recently-publicised interaction with another member of the Rajapaksa family. “I am willing to debate him on any television network and I will come wherever he wants me to. If he is too busy campaigning to come to Colombo, I will go to him in Moneragala,” more..

John Keells opens 'Cinnamon Red'

Sept 2 (LBR) John Keells Holdings opened 243-room, lean luxury, business hotel in Colombo yesterday with an investment about 3.5 billion rupees officials said. “As much as Cinnamon Red signifies the creation of a new tier within the Cinnamon Hotels and Resort Brand, it has also created an impetus for a brand new tier in Sri Lanka’s hospitality industry,” Ajit Gunewardene, Deputy Chairman of John Keells said. more..

Gun culture the order of the day!

Sept 2 (SL) The number of crimes committed with the use of weapons has increased across the country in the recent past, and there have been many instances where persons had been shot at, with these illegal weapons, sometimes over trivial, personal disputes. Investigations are underway with special focus in the Western Province, and the police have been instructed to seize all illegal firearms in the possession of persons who more..

Wariyapola girl teaches pervert a lesson

Sept 2 (DM) A video of a girl slapping a man at the Wariyapola bus stand went viral on social media sites recently. In a country where many women’s rights activists are active, so far none of the activists or such organizations had commented on the event. Instead of having an open discussion, the girl who slapped the man was highly criticized through the social media. The entire incident was marketed in many ways. more..

Raids to restore rice price stability

Sept 2 (ST) As rice prices shoot up amidst a shortage, a deputy minister warned that raids would be carried out on mills that hoarded paddy without milling it and releasing the rice to the market. Deputy Minister Hemal Gunasekara said the ministry had called upon millers, traders and importers to give details of the stocks of rice and paddy in their possession. They should furnish the details before Sept 15 and thereafter every fortnight, more..

Modi’s wake-up message for Indians

Sept 2 (DM) On August 15, India celebrated her freedom from Britain. Traditionally, the day begins with a speech by the Indian PM from the towering ramparts of the Mughal-era Red Fort in old Delhi. First, the flag is hoisted and the national anthem is sung after a gun-salute has sent millions of roosting pigeons fluttering into the sky. Finally, the head of govt “addresses the nation”. In the 67 years since independence, most Indian prime ministers have used the occasion for self-aggrandizement, more..

Rubber losing its bounce

Sept 2 (DM) The crisis in the local rubber industry has deepened as prices continue to collapse. At the latest rubber auction in Colombo, the top grades -- Latex Crepe 1X and Latex Crepe 1, 2, and 3 were unquoted. The prices of Ribbed Smoked Sheet (RSS) were lagging at Rs.248. According to the Colombo Rubber Traders’ Association (CRTA), the rubber auction prices have fallen 50% over the past three years. Current latex rubber price (crepe 1x and 1) hovers around Rs.300 to 320 a kilo more..

Sri Lanka court gives green light to deport Pakistani asylum seekers

Sept 2 (Reuters) A Sri Lankan court on Monday gave permission to authorities to send back scores of Pakistani asylum seekers, after the govt said they were a threat to the island's security and public health. Deputy Solicitor General Janak de Silva asked the Appeal court to lift an earlier suspension of deportations, saying there was evidence Pakistanis were committing crimes and bringing malaria into the country, more..

Parents sell infant for Rs. 50,000; buy house for Rs. 18,000

Sept 2 (DM) Police arrested the parents of a week-old infant and four others for allegedly selling the infant for Rs.50,000 in Modera. Police said among the arrested were a couple who bought the baby and two other women believed to be the brokers who arranged the deal. Initial police investigations revealed that the infant’s mother and father, who already have a two year-old child, had purchased a temporally-built shanty at Lellama in Modera for Rs.18,000 after selling their infant. more..

MR interrupts Mervyn’s attacking speech

Sept 2 (DM) President Rajapaksa had to interrupt Minister Mervyn Silva’s speech during an event at Madulla in Moneragala yesterday and advise him not to sling mud at anyone at personal level. In his speech Minister Silva had been making a scathing personal attack on JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake when the President, who was on stage, advised the minister to refrain doing so in future. The Minister immediately obliged and continued his speech following the President advice.

'Why worry about my meeting with Harin?'

Sept 2 (DM) UPFA MP Namal Rajapaksa asked as to why eyebrows are raised when he meets UNP Uva CM candidate Harin Fernando over a cup of tea, while such a meeting between UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and his father- President Rajapaksa was seen as normal. Commenting on his recent meeting with Mr. Fernando, the Hambantota MP said the opposition’s main job was slinging mud at everything. more..

CB appoints 4 new Assistant Governors

Sept 2 (FT) The Monetary Board has appointed D. Wasantha, C.P.A. Karunathilake and H.A. Karunaratne to the post of Assistant Governor with effect from 28 August. S.R. Attygalle who is presently functioning as the Deputy Secretary to the Treasury, has also been appointed as an Assistant Governor. These promotions have been made in accordance with the succession plan of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) to address the emerging challenges of the economy. more..