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Tamil Nadu slams Admiral Perera’s visit

Oct 22 (CG) Regional leaders in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state slammed the visit of Sri Lankan navy chief, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera, to the country. India is eyeing to build its defense ties with Sri Lanka to counter China’s inroads in Indian Ocean. Perera, who will commence his Indian visit Oct 23, will also boost military ties and India will seek assistance in training and equipment supply. However, a regional party, more..

De Lange learning from Malinga

Oct 22 (SS) Marchant de Lange has been learning trade secrets from the enigmatic and brilliant Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga and is now striving to execute Yorkers more consistently while combining it with his ultimate goal – bowling at 160 kilometres per hour. De Lange (24) was arguably the best bowler for South Africa A in their eight-wicket win against Australia A at Townsville in Australia in 2014. He impressed analysts with his speed during the first two Momentum One Day more..

Belarus' MPs to pay official visit to Sri Lanka

Oct 22 (BelTA) Senior officials of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus will pay an official visit to Sri Lanka and Czechia in November. The Belarusian parliamentary delegation led by Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko will be on the official visit to Sri Lanka on 17-21 November. The official visit to Czechia is scheduled for 23-26 November. The Belarusian delegation in Czechia is to be led by Deputy Chairman of the House more..

TNA says genocide acts did take place

Oct 22 (CG) The TNA, in a special statement today, has noted that acts specified in article 2 of the Genocide Convention of 1948 have undeniably been perpetrated on the Tamil people by functionaries of the Sri Lankan state over several decades. TNA however said it would be improper and inappropriate for the Northern Provincial Council or any other political body to make pronouncements in the form of resolutions or otherwise on more..

Video: ‘No third term for Mahinda: No illegal presidential elections!’

Oct 22 (LT) A leaflet campaign under the theme ‘No third term for Mahinda’, No illegal presidential elections organized by the JVP commenced from Fort Railway Station yesterday. The campaign would be carried out throughout the island states the media unit of the JVP. JVP’s campaign states that Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa cannot contest the forthcoming presidential election and if he contests the presidential election would be illegal. The leaflet: “No third term for Mahinda – more..

Colombo Process to get a better deal for migrant workers

Oct 22 (Island) Colombo Process member countries had agreed to protect the rights of workers, promote cheaper, faster and safer transfer of remittances and create a database on the economic trends of destination countries, the current Chair of the Organisation, Minister Dilan Perera said. Second Senior Officials Meeting of the Colombo Process and the third Asia-EU dialogue, two key intra and inter-regional processes on facilitating managed and legal international labour migration ended more..

Sri Lanka include Sangakkara, uncapped Gamage in ODI squad for India

Oct 22 (CI) Sri Lanka have left out Lahiru Thirimanne, vice-captain in their previous ODI series against Pakistan in August, from their squad for the first three games of the five-ODI series in India in November. Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal, spinner Rangana Herath, and he injured fast bowler Lasith Malinga were the others omitted. Uncapped fast bowler Lahiru Gamage, wicketkeeper-batsmen Kusal Perera and more..

Kidnapped child found in Dambulla 10-months after

Oct 22 (AD) A two-year-old child who had been allegedly abducted by a beggar in Ambalangoda was found 10-months after from the Dambulla town, as a result of an intensive search mission launched by child’s grandmother, this morning (22). The beggar (42) who said to have kidnapped the child at the Ambalangoda bus station has been taken into police custody. According to the police, the suspect had drugged the grandmother and later kidnapped the child, in December, 2013. more..

Agrochemical importers not even registered

Oct 22 (Island) Govt had not been able to blacklist any agro-chemical company for importing banned pesticides to the country, Parliament was told. Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, responding to a question raised by UNP MP P. Harrison, said there were 32 companies importing agrochemicals, but none of them had been registered for the said purpose and, therefore, govt had asked those companies to get registered within six months starting from July, this year. more..

Video: 'Govt to increase salaries by Rs.5000'

Oct 22 (DM) The UNP today revealed that through the forthcoming Budget, which is to be presented in Parliament on Friday, the government is reportedly expected to increase the salaries of public servants by Rs. 5000. Addressing a media conference in Colombo, Party Assistant Leader Ravi Karunanayake said the govt is going to give more concessions to the public through the forthcoming budget, targeting the Presidential election. more..

Attack on Pakistani refugees in Negombo injures nine

Oct 22 (NS) Nine Pakistani refugees have been injured and admitted to hospital after they were attacked by a group in Wella Veediya, Negombo this evening. One Pakistani youth among the refugees had got into an argument with a local youth at a nearby beach. This had later escalated to a fight. Afterwards, a group of individuals had arrived and attacked the Pakistanis who were being housed at a Christian Church in the area. The attackers had also caused damage to church property more..

Sajith suggests bi-partisan motion to urge EU to re-list LTTE as terrorist organisation

Oct 22 (Island) UNP MP Sajith Premadasa said in Parliament that his party was ready to extend support to the govt to pass a resolution to demand the European Union to re-list the LTTE as a terrorist organisation. He raising a point of order at the commencement of public duties in Parliament said that his party was ready to support such a resolution and demanded to know whether the government was ready to bring about one. "The lifting by the EU of the LTTE ban is a threat to more..

UNP feels G.L is protecting Kshenuka

Oct 22 (CG) UNP accused Minister G L Peiris, of protecting the Secretary to the Ministry, Kshenuka Senewiratne, over allegations raised against her. UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake said that the Minister should resign from his post instead of attempting to mislead the public and protect Senewiratne. Peiris had yesterday strongly rejected “malicious news reports” appearing in certain sections of the media recently, more..

N’cholai breakdowns cost Rs. 18 bn

Oct 22 (Island) Rs. 9.8 million had been spent on repairs to the Norochcholai coal-fired power plant which had broken down 24 times since its inception, Parliament was told yesterday. Minister Power and Energy, Pavithra Wanniarachchi revealed this in answer to a question posed by the Opposition. Out of the 24 breakdowns, 16 had been covered by the two-year warranty. The other breakdowns had cost the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Rs. 9,751,717, she said. more..

‘Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth’

Oct 22 (Island) This year the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation and WFP (World Food Programme) marked the World Food Day in Sri Lanka on October16 in Kilinochchi and on October 17 in Kandy. The commemoration held at the Kilinochchi co-operative hall was under the patronage of Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Services, Animal Husbandry, Irrigation and Environment, Northern Province Ponnuthurai Ayngaranesan and the officials of the more..

Rajapaksa 'politically vulnerable' ahead of early Sri Lanka polls

Oct 22 (DW) Nearly two years ahead of schedule, Sri Lanka will go to the polls in January, with Mahinda Rajapaksa set to run for a third term; a move likely triggered by the President's fading popularity, says analyst Alan Keenan. "There will be presidential elections in January," Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said on Oct 20, failing to name an exact date. The move is seen as an attempt by President Rajapaksa to seek a fresh 6-year more..

Mangala says govt henchmen benefit from EU lifting ban on LTTE

Oct 22 (AM) UNP LC member Mangala Samaraweera has accused that the lifting of the EU ban on LTTE benefits those in the govt. He made these comments at a press briefing to discuss the issue in Colombo. Samaraweera argued that after the death of LTTE Supremo V Prabhakaran, the only legitimate claim to its funds can be put forward by his successor Kumaran Pathmanathan, or KP. However, KP is now “sitting on the lap of the Rajapaksa regime” Samaraweera argued. more..

Supreme Court reserves order in appeal filed by interdicted DIG, others

Oct 22 (Island) A Five-judge Bench of the Supreme Court yesterday reserved the order for Oct. 29, 2014 in respect of the application of appeal filed by interdicted DIG of Police, Vass Gunewardena, his son Ravindu and six other police officers indicted in a High Court Trial-at-Bar, for the abduction and murder of businessman named Shyam. Counsel Anil Silva, PC appearing for the accused told the court that there had been a basic abuse of the prescribed procedure and the investigations more..

Sri Lankan begins process to ensure EU maintains ban on rebels

Oct 22 (Xinhua) Sri Lankan govt said Wednesday that it has already commenced the process of providing information to the relevant parties in relation to a court order in the EU against sanctions imposed on Tamil Tiger rebels. Ministry of External Affairs said it was surprised at some of the recent statements on the outcome of the case filed by the rebels in 2011 at the General Court of the European Union in which the Council of the EU more..

CaFFE and CHR condemn the attack on university students

Oct 22 (AM) Campaign for Free and Fair Election (CaFFE) and Center for Human Rights and Research (CHR) strongly condemn the attack on university students near the Parliamentary Complex yesterday. “The right to protest is a universally accepted right and CaFFE and CHR do not believe that the voice of dissenting students could be suppressed with tear gas and water cannons. With elections drawing near the govt is attempting to silence opposition activists are increasingly more..

Violence and National Elections...

Oct 22 (CT) Sri Lanka is a vibrant democracy as proudly claimed by all politicians. If so, the true meaning of democracy has to be put into practice. Democracy in its true meaning defines a political system that marks institutional arrangements to permit change of rulers and governments without fraud and polls violence. Elections that are conducted with armed groups roaming the country leads suspicion to the authenticity of a free and fair election. more..

Sri Lanka: Cherished signs of yore

Oct 22 (NZH) "Move one small step to your left," suggests a senior hotel executive. "Now you're standing exactly where it happened." The bloodstains disappeared many years ago but I'm assured I'm where the victim knelt when he was executed. The scene of this murder most foul is now one of Colombo's classiest boutique hotels - in a country where historic lodgings are thick on the ground. 10-room Tintagel and others of its more..

Sri Lanka to conduct a survey on loss properties and lands in Northern Province

Oct 22 (LBO) Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence and Urban Development has taken steps to conduct a survey on people who have lost their properties and land in the Northern Province from 1980 due to terrorism, a media release said. The ministry says all Sri Lankan citizens who have lost their property and land are requested to submit details and forward such information to the Defence and Urban Development Ministry at 15/5, Baladaksha Mawatha, Colombo 3. more..

Security Companies are an integral part of Country’s economic development: Official

Oct 22 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s private security companies are important stakeholders and an integral element in the ongoing nation building exercise, an official said in a media release. “The private security companies of this country are important stakeholders and an integral element in the ongoing nation building exercise and as such the CEO’s of these organizations bear a vital role of accountability and responsibility in reaching the country’s development goals.” more..

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A presidency under threat: Money, populism and electoral considerations

Oct 22 (CT) When I wrote about corruption last week, I concentrated on the structural absurdities that have been introduced into the allocation of development funding. Given the blatant deployment of this for electoral purposes, many politicians have the liberty to award contracts for projects as seems most beneficial to them, rather than the people they are supposed to serve. And while of course some development will occur, and perhaps a lot in some areas, the bottom line is that more..

'Closer security ties with Lanka will be seen as major diplomatic blunder'

Oct 22 (ANI) National Committee Head of the Naam Tamilar Party (NTP), Ayyanathan, said that the NDA Govt must not commit a major diplomatic blunder by cementing 'so-called' security ties in the south with Sri Lanka and China. "So far, India has been telling that for our southern security, we need to have Sri Lanka on our side. Chinese are already in control of the southern tip of Sri Lanka, soon they will move closer. Now, what is the point in saying that this is for our security. more..

'Govt. abusing Ports authority funds, staff, premises for presidential election'

Oct 22 (Island) The Security Training Centre of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) at Slave Island was being used by the govt to prepare propaganda material for the presidential election, the UNP charged. R. Yogarajan, one of the four UNP MPs who visited the SLPA training facility yesterday morning on being tipped off that state resources were being used to prepare propaganda material for Rajapaksa’s re-election bid, more..

UNP and EU discuss LTTE ban and fish

Oct 22 (CG) The UNP had talks with the EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Head of Delegation David Daly on the EU court order over the sanctions imposed on the LTTE as well as EU moves to ban fish imports from Sri Lanka from next year. UNP LC chairman Karu Jayasuriya said that the UNP felt it had a responsibility to discuss the issue with the EU, particularly the issue on the sanctions on the LTTE. Govt has been pointing fingers more..

Govt says provided info to EU

Oct 22 (CG) The Sri Lankan Govt today said it has already commenced the process of providing information to the relavent parties in relation to the EU court order on the LTTE sanctions. The Ministry of External Affairs said it was surprised at some of the recent statements on the outcome of the case filed by the LTTE in 2011 at the General Court of the European Union in which the Council of the European Union was more..

Video : Ranil’s tour in London did not impinge on EU Court ruling : UNP

Oct 22 (DM) The UNP yesterday rejected the allegation that there was an invisible connection between the European Union General Court’s ruling to lift sanctions on the LTTE and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe’s trip to London. The EU General Court lifted the sanctions on the LTTE on October 16. The LTTE had been named a terrorist organisation by the EU in 2006. UNP MP Eran Wickremaratne said the party had nothing to more..

JVP Leader takes up cinema cause: Govt. says everything under control

Oct 22 (Island) JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said in Parliament that Lankan cinema industry was in its death throes as the government did nothing to help film artistes. Dissanayake, making a special statement, said the Sri Lankan cinema turned 67 this year but the industry was in shambles. From 1947 to 1972 the industry had been in the hands of private sector and as a solution to various problems National Film more..

Aravinda’s safe opened; valuables, cash stolen

Oct 22 (Island) Former SL batsman Aravinda de Silva and his wife had a rude shock yesterday when they arrived at their Thurstan Road residence after holidaying in the UK. They found, to their horror, someone had opened their safe and removed all the valuables and cash they had kept there. Cricketer turned businessman has told police that the secret number to open the safe was known only to him, his wife and his mother. more..

EU red card on local fishing has Govt. reeling in frantically

Oct 22 (ST) Govt this week was making hurried plans to enact several regulations, in a bid to stay an upcoming European Union (EU) ban on the export of Sri Lankan marine products, but industry stakeholders said that the efforts were too little, too late. The EU has already issued a red card to Sri Lanka’s authorities with a grace period of three months to regulate the modus operandi of local fishermen, or face a total ban. more..

Watering corruption

Oct 22 (SL) The Irrigation Department has come under severe criticism for releasing water from Parakrama Samudraya in Polonnaruwa to safeguard interests of a sibling of a powerful politician in the District thereby depriving farmers, who live along either side of the downstream, of water for their agriculture purposes. Irrigation Department has succumbed to political pressure & allow Hotel Sudu Araliya more..

Court issues notice on AG

Oct 22 (CT) Court of Appeal yesterday issued notice on the Attorney General with regard to the case against the 33 Northern and Eastern PC members, on 30 Oct. Bench issued the notice after considering a petition, filed against these members, complaining that they are signatories to a letter sent to the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, titled "Joint letter by Members of Northern and Eastern PCs." more..