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Post-CHOGM: New supplementary estimates to cover spending

Aug 28 (ST) The govt is grappling with overspending for CHOGM held in Colombo on Nov 15–17, 2013. According to a second supplementary estimate, a sum of Rs. 353.5 million has been sought from the Treasury to settle CHOGM expenses in addition to earlier allocations made for summit expenses. First supplementary estimate for CHOGM spending was submitted last year seeking over Rs. 1 billion to cover the expenses. more..

Two new detention centres for illegal foreigners

Aug 28 (DM) Two new detention centres have been established by the Department of Immigration and Emigration to detain foreigners overstaying their visas after seeking refugee status with the UNHCR. A Department official said one detention centre was established at Boossa and the other at Negombo. Foreigners who overstay and violate Visa conditions are at the moment detained at the Mirihana detention centre and since this facility is inadequate to house the large number from more..

Sri Lanka have found a new-age cricket leader in Angelo Mathews

Aug 28 (GN) When a self-effacing Angelo Mathews was named as Sri Lanka’s Test captain early last year, the move seemed borne out of desperation to groom a successor to the two iconic figures of their cricket than anything else. Mahela and Sangakkara had, by then, taken turns to lead the island nation in all formats of the game a number of times and it was high time for a new incumbent. A year and a half down the line, the Lankan management must be breathing a huge sigh of relief more..

India-Lanka joint committee meeting on fisheries tomorrow

Aug 28 (PTI) The first meeting of a joint committee between India and Sri Lanka is scheduled to be held tomorrow to discuss about institutionalising cooperation in the fisheries sector and address concerns of fishermen. In January, both countries had agreed to set up a joint committee of senior fisheries officials to finalise the draft MoU in the field of fisheries. "The first meeting of India-Sri Lanka joint committee is going to be held tomorrow. more..

'Even UNP can get material printed at Govt Press'

Aug 28 (LP) Govt Printer Lalith De Silva said the UNP or any other opposition political party could get their material printed at the govt press on payment. He said this referring to the tense situation erupted at the govt press yesterday after the confrontation that took place between the members of Sri Lanka Nidahas Sevaka Sangamaya and the organizers of a meeting of the trade union collective. Govt Press Trade Union Collective which is comprised of UNP and JVP workers charged that more..

FACETS Sri Lanka 2014 engages local stall holders

Aug 28 (SM) FACETS Sri Lanka 2014, the International Gem and Jewellery Show, that showcases hundreds of local and foreign exhibitors held the final stall holders meeting, at the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association Secretariat in Colombo recently. The meeting was preceded by The FACETS organizing committee and the board members of Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association including, Past Chairman Deshabandu Macky Hashim, Current Chairman more..

Nimalka complains of poster campaign against her

Aug 28 (DM) NGO activist and Attorney Nimalka Fernando has complained to the Fort police seeking an inquiry against a poster campaign by unknown persons indicating that puppies were to be sold, giving her contact number in the posters. Ms. Fernando had told police that the posters had emerged outside the Colombo Fort railway station indicating that puppies are to be sold, after displaying two mobile phone numbers more..

Basil lashes out at external forces who strive to destabilize Sri Lanka

Aug 28 (AM) Minister Basil Rajapaksa has said that he will not allow external forces to enter the country and disrupt its peace. Speaking at a meeting in Jaffna, he said that external forces trying to interfere with Sri Lanka's affairs in the name of democracy are attempting to jeopardize the stability of the country. The minister requested people of Jaffna to not to give in to external forces or to assist them in any way. He maintained that in the past external forces who entered Sri Lanka forcibly more..

Expectant mother run over by tipper

Aug 28 (DM) An angry crowd had set fire to a tipper truck at Navakiri, Jaffna after the truck run over a young expectant mother today. The driver, who had fled the scene fearing reprisals, was however taken into custody later. 25-year-old expectant mother, Kasindran Subashini was run over by the truck while she was standing on the side walk at Saraswathy Road in Navakiri today at about 11.30 a.m, eyewitnesses said. The driver of the truck fled the scene fearing reprisals from the villagers. more..

Govt keen to work with NPC

Aug 28 (CG) Govt says it is willing to work with the NPC and has sought its support for the Divi Neguma credit scheme. Minister Basil Rajapaksa said that he had discussed the scheme with Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran during a visit to the North this week. He also noted that some development work in the North is going slow owing to the control the NPC has in some aspects of local administration. more..

JHU asks for opinion of Muslim community

Aug 28 (SM) The leader of Jathika Hela Urumaya Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thero has stated that since it is a situation where the stance of the Sri Lankan Muslim community towards the brutal activities conducted in Mosul in Iraq and the threat on Borobudur in Indonesia is tested, as Buddhist they are keenly and attentively observing as to what their opinion is. The Thero also requests the government to direct attention towards the emerging Muslim extremism in Sri Lanka. more..

Sun over the island

Aug 28 (DM) The sun would directly over Sri Lanka from today, till September 7, the Department of Meteorology said. “Between August 28 and Sept 7, the sun is going to be directly above the latitudes of Sri Lanka,” the Meteorology Department said. The nearest towns of Sri Lanka over which the sun would overhead at about 12: 12 noon today are Vaddukoddai, Puttur and Kudattanai, the Department said. However, the department said that the possibility of rains was still low. more..

Video: We have no use for ‘voice cut commissioners’ & lackeys – Anura

Aug 28 (LT) Commissioner of Elections has failed to implement laws despite necessary laws have been passed in Parliament to hold free and fair elections says the Leader of the JVP adding that the Commissioner has become a ‘voice cut commissioner’. He said this at a rally held at Badalkumbura town on the 26th. Earlier, on the 25th morning, JVP supporters decorating the stage for the meeting had been attacked, shot at more..

GMOA blames UGC for allowing RMOs to read for three-year degree

Aug 28 (Island) Govt Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday accused the University Grants Commission (UGC) of having granted Registered Medical Officers (RMOs) permission to follow a three-year medical degree in violation of 1590/13 gazette notification issued on 25.2.2009. GMOA President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya said the UGC had offered three-year medical degree course to the RMOs who did not meet the requirements stated in the gazette notification. more..

218 semi-luxury buses caught for overloading

Aug 28 (DM) The National Transport Commission (NTC) said today it had taken action against 218 inter-provincial semi-luxury buses that were found to have carried passengers over and above the number of seats in the buses in violation of the route permit conditions. The detection was made by the NTC mobile investigation team between January 1 and August 20 this year. The NTC said 31 luxury buses were also found to have engaged in similar offences. It said bus operators who violate more..

CSE and SEC to conduct an awareness programme in New York

Aug 28 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s Colombo Stock Exchange and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka in association with the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington D.C to host an investment forum in New York. “This is the first instance the “Invest Sri Lanka – Investor Forum” will be held in North America and we see it as an ideal time to do so,” Nalaka Godahewa, Chairman of the SEC was quoted in a CSE announcement. more..

Pakistan Air Force chief arrives in Sri Lanka

Aug 28 (NNI) Pakistan's Air Force Chief Tahir Rafique Butt arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday for a three-day visit at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart, Air Marshal Kolitha Gunatilleke. During his stay, the Pakistani Air Chief will call on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and meet top military leadership of the country including Secretary Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the chiefs of security forces, a statement from the Pakistan Embassy said. more..

Rice for beer: Free hand for breweries

Aug 28 (ST) Govt will not impose any restrictions on breweries buying paddy for beer production, Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene said. Beer companies were encouraged to use rice in their beers when we had an excess paddy production two years ago, he said. The minister claimed the breweries were short of paddy supplies this year. “It is now not economical for them to buy rice at such high prices. And they have stopped buying and switched back to other ingredients,” he said. more..

ICRC notes 16,000 Lankans missing

Aug 28 (CG) International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says in Sri Lanka, the fate and whereabouts of more than 16,000 people remain unknown. In the run-up to the International Day of the Disappeared, 30 August, ICRC is calling on the international community to show greater awareness of the tragedy of people who have gone missing and the plight of their families. Hundreds of thousands of people in all parts of the world have more..

Spain is to seek Sri Lanka’s support

Aug 28 (CG) Spain is to seek Sri Lanka’s support for a seat on the UN Security Council, the Spanish media reported today. José Manuel García-Margallo, who arrived in Indonesia today, will also visit Sri Lanka to seek the country’s support for the non-permanent UN seat. The External Affairs Ministry confirmed to the Colombo Gazette that the Spanish Foreign Minister will visit Sri Lanka next week. The Spanish media said he will travel to Australia on 3 Sept and more..

Rupee tad firmer in dull trade; seen steady

Aug 28 (Reuters) Sri Lankan rupee was slightly firmer in dull trade on Thursday as exporter dollar sales outpaced importer demand for the greenback. Dealers expect the local currency to remain steady for the rest of the year after positive comments by the central bank chief last week. Central bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said the banking regulator would intervene in the thinly-traded market whenever needed to keep the rupee stable. The rupee was trading at 130.18/24 per dollar more..

TNA ready to resume talks with govt

Aug 28 (DM) TNA said it was ready to resume talks with the Govt in search of a lasting solution to the ethnic crisis based on power devolution within a united Sri Lanka. TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran said that it did not have a hidden agenda and said it was strongly committed to finding a solution to the political question. “Govt is now saying it cannot hold talks with the TNA because we are representatives of the LTTE. more..

Uniting the dupes

Aug 28 (CT) Bodu Bala Sena has a new ally – All Ceylon Hindu Federation. The purpose of this ‘Buddhist-Hindu’ partnership, according to Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara Thera, is to build national integration. National integration, BBS style. Meaning, inciting Buddhists and Hindus against Catholics/Christians and Muslims; dividing the two main ethnic groups along religious lines; making the Sinhalese forget their economic woes; making the Tamils forget all their woes, including more..

Sri Lanka stocks close up 0.1%

Aug 28 (LBO) Stocks close 0.1% higher on Thursday with index heavy John Keells gaining despite low foreign participation. All Share Price Index closed 6.85 points higher at 6,991.76, up 0.1%. The S&P SL20 closed 3.04 points higher at 3,845.87, up 0.08%. Turnover was 888.75 million rupees, up from 742.11 million rupees a day earlier with 92 stocks closed positive against 109 negative. Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings closed 1.40 rupees higher at 84 rupees with an off-market more..

Daily Mirror Cartoon: Floating Market

Youngest presenter at international research conference

Aug 28 (Island) K.E.R.L. Fernando (21), a second year law student of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University presented her paper on ‘Executing Police Powers during Demonstrations: Legal Challenges in the Sri Lankan context’ during the technical session on Law at the International Research Conference 2014 organised by the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University held on August 21 and 22 with the participation of eminent speakers from SL and abroad. more..

Dengue, development and 'high' society

Aug 28 (CT) In a recently published lead story, titled, "Dengue on the rise, 500 cases a week," said that 58 people had died of dengue so far this year. Epidemiology Unit Head, Dr. Paba Palihawadana, quoted in that news item, had said that programmes were being carried out to control the spread of dengue by eradicating mosquito breeding places. She had also said that most dengue patients (60%), were reported from the Western Province (WP), and the Colombo District (40%). more..

JVP accuses govt of mismanaging rice crisis

Aug 28 (Island) JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that there was a rice shortage in the market due to bad policies of relevant authorities and the price had gone up to nearly Rs. 100 per kilo for local varieties of rice. Agriculture authorities had asked farmers to reduce cultivation of paddy by half in the Mahaweli region due to lack of water during the last cultivation season, had resulted in the current rice shortage. more..

PSM strikers pull out of emergency services

Aug 28 (Island) Medical Laboratory Technologists and other categories of professions supplementary to medicine yesterday gradually withdrew from he emergency services at the state-run hospitals. General Secretary of the Joint Council of Professions Supplementary to Medicine (JCPSM) Saman Jayasekara, addressing a media briefing at Punchi Borella yesterday morning, said they had given the Health Ministry time till 12 noon more..

Speed limits must be checked

Aug 28 (CT) There is a belief that the police cannot sue motorists for speeding, using speed guns. SSP Ajith Rohana said it cannot be done as yet since speed limit signs are not installed on most of the newly developed roads. Traffic Police has communicated this directive to all the senior police officers in charge of divisions. Speed limits that are effective today were set before the modern type of motor vehicles were introduced. more..

‘Sinhala colonisation a great worry for Tamils’

Aug 28 (Hindu) The most urgent step necessary in Sri Lanka is to halt the Sinhala colonisation programme being implemented by the govt to change the very identity of the traditional Tamil areas, TNA leader R. Sambanthan said. He said the programme was aimed at drastically changing the demography of the Tamil-dominated areas and rendering the demand for devolution of powers redundant. “If there is no intervention, more..

Pre-paid card system in buses hits a snag due to corrupt officials

Aug 28 (AM) In a controversial move, the Western Province Road Passenger Transport Authority has decided to replace the pre-paid card system it was planning to implement with a different mechanism, doing away with the previous system introduced by Chairman of Lisvin Trading, Upali de Silva. This program was introduced in the Western Province with the support of National Transport Commission & a pilot project was carried out more..

Drought affects over two million Persons

Aug 28 (CT) The number of Persons affected by the drought increased to over two million as the govt claimed it was contributing much to normalize the situation. The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) reported at the beginning of August (1), that 1,150,973 Persons had been affected by the drought. The latest report indicated a surge in the numbers as 2,013,104 Persons are reportedly now affected by the drought. more..

CID busts international credit card racket

Aug 28 (Island) CID has busted an international credit card racket operated from Malaysia during the racketeers first attempt in Sri Lanka. Their main tool of communication was ‘Viber’ web facility that allows free calls and messages to any country from anywhere. Sri Lanka has been earmarked by the racketeers as one of the countries that do not verify the card holders’ authenticity when transactions are carried out. more..

Endangering the critically ill

Aug 28 (SL) The medical brain drain continues, and what how would it impact on the health sector as well as the Health Ministry as doctors leave the country? While this all-important question has been debated over the years by the Health Ministry, it has now come to light how some senior medical professionals and official of the health ministry, have to some extent, been embroiled over this issue over a period of time. more..

Strangling the goose that lays golden eggs

Aug 28 (ST) Each year, numerous cases of sexual offences against tourists are reported in the local and international media. Yet the authorities drag their feet in addressing a serious issue affecting an industry that makes up nine percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. A couple of weeks ago, a 13-year-old Norwegian girl, who was touring with her family, was bathing at the Polhena beach when a fisherman more..