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UNP flies high for May Day

Apr 30 (FT) A confident UNP urged the public to participate in a meaningful May Day rally which it said would amplify the fight for worker rights and avoid groups with political agendas. “The UNP’s May Day rally this year is dedicated to the committed workforce of this country. Many who don’t know history claims that the UNP is a capitalist party and that it has no right to speak about labour rights. more..

Complications and hazards of the wigneswaran resolution

Apr 30 (DM) The resolution that was adopted by the NPC last Friday has opened a political can of worms, especially in the South. Many people particularly the communal elements who had kept a low profile when similar resolutions were passed during the previous regime have begun to use this as an opportunity to show off their patriotism. Nevertheless, resolution moved by Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran naturally reminds us of resolution that was moved by Varatharaja Perumal, more..

Saa Dukin Pelena Un, Dan Ithin Nagitiyaw

Apr 30 (DM) As politicians, trade union leaders and the workers prepare to mark what many see as Sri Lanka’s most party-politicised May Day in recent decades, it would be good to remember so that we could hopefully revive what May Day is really meant to be. Labour Day or May Day is a celebration of labourers and the working classes. It is promoted by the international labour movement, socialists, and communists though real socialism or communism which means a community life appears to more..

Ex-cadres were army informants: Police

Apr 30 (NS) Investigations by Police have revealed that three out of the ex-LTTE cadres who were arrested recently had been working with the Army intelligence at the time of arrest. ASP Ruwan Gunasekera added that the trio, Ram (Ampara), Nagulan (Jaffna) and Thalayan (Trincomalee), who were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the detection of suicide jackets in Chavakachcheri, had been working with military intelligence. more..

IPU Secretary General to visit Sri Lanka

Apr 30 (DN) The intended visit of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Secretary General Martin Chungong to Sri Lanka is following an official invitation by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and not due to any complaint by the UPFA rebel group, the media spokesman of the Speaker said. He said the Speaker extended this invitation when he met the IPU Secretary General at the 134th IPU Assembly in March in Zambia. The spokesman refuted the claims by the Joint Opposition MPs that more..

Invents cutting-edge surveillance

Apr 30 (CT) The Electronic and Telecommunications Department of the Moratuwa University has made a remarkable breakthrough in introducing a Machine-Vision based intelligence surveillance system. The research project was carried out by a team of scientists comprising Dr. Ajith Pasqual, Dr. Ranga Rodrigo and Dr. Jayathu Samarawickrama of the Moratuwa University under a grant from the NRC functioning under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research. more..

Video: Phone charges to rise due to VAT

Apr 30 (DM) Phone call charges will increase because of the removal of the exemption of VAT from the telecommunication services, Minister Harin Fernando said. He said that call charges could go high as a result of the recent decision to remove the exemption VAT but concessionary packages including data packages and new technology will be introduced in the future so that the burden the people will have to bear will be reduced. more..

Culprits at large, mafia still powerful to thwart action, good governance activist says

Apr 30 (ST) Good governance activists in Sri Lanka are taking umbrage with the govt over broken promises and lack of action against corrupt elements. “President Maithri (Maithripala Sirisena) and PM Ranil (Wickremasinghe), won on the pledge of eradication of corruption, abuse of power and radical change in the Yahapalana govt. The mafia (however) seems to be yet powerful enough to thwart all the good intentions and promises made by the Yahapalana govt,” K.C. Vignarajah, more..

PRECIFAC postpones recording of initial evidence regarding SriLankan Airlines

Apr 30 (DN) PRECIFAC postponed recording of initial evidence regarding SriLankan Airlines for May 19 as SriLankan Airlines Regional Manager for Europe Manoj Vaas Gunawardene and his lawyer were not present yesterday to give evidence as noticed. The Commission made this decisionas it was uncertain whether Gunawardene had received the notice. As such, PRECIFAC Chairman High Court Judge Preethi Surasena directed the Secretary of the Commission to re-issue more..

Intention of Police was not to disperse, but attack students: IUSF Convener

Apr 30 (DN) The intention of the Police was not to disperse students during the protest but to attack them, IUSF Convener Lahiru Weerasekara said. Medical Faculty Student Activists Committee commenced the protest opposite the Medical Faculty premises in Colombo on Thursday to mark the completion of 100 days since they launched a Satyagraha campaign against the Malabe Medical College, and the privatisations of education. more..

Japan confers prestigious decoration on Gilbert Kulatilake

Apr 30 (Island) On 29th April, the Govt of Japan announced the conferment of The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays upon Gilbert Kulatilake in recognition of his significant contribution in disseminating Japanese culture and promoting Japanese Management Systems in Sri Lanka. Kulatilake is a pioneer in enhancing multifaceted relationship between Japan and Sri Lanka over the past forty years. Kulatilake started his close relationship with Japan by joining more..

Isipathana beat Science in clash of titans

Apr 30 (Island) Isipathana College, Colombo recorded a vital victory in their inter-school ‘A’ division league rugby match against Science College beating the latter 29 (4 tries, 3 conversions, 1 penalty) to 23 (3 tries, 1 conversion, 2 penalties) at Havelock Park, Colombo yesterday. Pathana led 21-8 at half time. Isipathana got off to a cracking start creating as many as three chances to score within the first ten minutes of the match. They however could only break the deadlock more..

Bopage asked to show cause

Apr 30 (DN) PM Ranil Wickremesinghe asked the new Parliamentary Reforms and Media Ministry Secretary Nimal Bopage, to show cause as to why he had sent a notice to media institutions with regard to internal affairs of Parliament. PM asked Bopage to visit Temple Trees and show cause as to why he sent a notice to media institutions beyond his realm of duties. He informed Bopage to visit Temple Trees after more..

Suspect swallows balls of heroin before being arrested

Apr 30 (Island) A 21-year-old Pakistani was arrested on Thursday by Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB) with several small balls of heroin, some of which he swallowed before being arrested. The suspect was admitted at the National Hospital, Colombo. The foreign heroin peddler had been arrested on a tip-off while he was staying in a hotel at Kollupitiya. Another Pakistani was arrested at the BIA early this week with several kilos of heroin, which he had stashed in the false bottom of his luggage. more..

People’s Bank pensioners allege fraudulent happenings at the bank

Apr 30 (ST) A pensioners’ association representing retired staff of the People’s Bank (PB) has raised several strictures on the bank’s accounts urged the Auditor General to carefully scrutinize the bank’s accounts. “The financial position of the bank has to be published in a realistic way and should not be permitted to be window-dressed to display a distorted picture of reality. Such an exercise merely hides the fact of the inefficiency of the management. In the context of the present public focus more..

JO condemns govt bid to control media

Apr 30 (Island) Former Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said that a controversial missive issued by newly appointed Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Secretary Nimal Bopage advising the media not to use the term Joint Opposition to denote the dissident group of the UPFA should be examined against the backdrop of the Geneva-based IPU recognising the group loyal to former President Rajapaksa. more..

Sil Redi trial re-fixed

Apr 30 (Island) Colombo High Court Judge, re-fixed for May 25, the trial against Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to former President Rajapaksa and Anusha Palpita, former Chairman of the TRC. They have been indicted by the Attorney General for abusing public property by spending Rs. 600 million of public funds to distribute Sil redi, in the run-up to the Jan 8, 2016 presidential election. The wrappers of the sil redi carried a picture of UPFA Presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa. more..

Pakistan and Sri Lanka agree in principle to points system for England tour

Apr 30 (CI) Pakistan Cricket Board has joined Sri Lanka Cricket in agreeing in principle to a proposal from the England & Wales Cricket Board to implement a points system for their tours of England later this summer. PCB have given their blessing to the same suggestion that was put to SLC earlier this month, ahead of their own tour of England in May and June. The idea comes in the wake of the successful implementation of a similar system for the last three Women's Ashes contests. more..

Video: Focus on boosting Naval ties between SL-France

Apr 30 (DM) French Navy said that it is time to start a solid partnership between France and SL. “This is a good time to start the partnership between our two nations,” Captain Laurent De Gramont, Commanding Officer of the French Naval Ship Aconit that arrived in Colombo on a goodwill visit stated. French Ambassador in Colombo Jean-Marin Schuh said that France was very much present in the Indian ocean. more..

72nd Bradby; a toss up?

Apr 30 (Island) Glamour, prestige, fame-everything will be at stake when the 72nd Bradby Shield encounter kicks off in the cauldron-like atmosphere at the Royal Rugby Complex. Prior to winning (nay annihilating Trinity 49-0) last year, Royal’s last successful venture was in 2010. Royal was forced to bite the bullet, to put up with the indignity for four years until in 2015 they allowed their pent-up emotions full rein. What joy there was for the Blue and Gold Boys! 2016 is different. more..

O/L exam will begin on Dec 6th

Apr 30 (ITN) The GCE O/L Examination for this year will begin on the 6th of Dec. Department of Examinations said that the Exam will continue until the 17th of Dec. School and private candidates intending to sit the GCE O/L exam can direct their applications until the 31st of May. The related applications have already been directed to School Principals. Private candidates should prepare their applications based on a specimen published in national newspapers yesterday. more..

Too much bonding at CB auctions: Greater transparency urged

Apr 30 (ST) Recent controversies pertaining to the issue of Central Bank Treasury bonds alleging insider dealing are triggering urgent calls for more transparency in such transactions. “This is not a new issue. Even during the earlier years too there were questions raised about the manner in which bonds and other securities were traded in the primary market. Those days it was also private placements which was an absolute secret,” more..

DSI launches 16th Supersport Schools Volleyball Championship

Apr 30 (Island) DSI announced the launch of the 16th DSI Supersport Schools Volleyball Championship. DSI has come forward, gaining the support of the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation and the School Volleyball Association of the Ministry of Education, to organize this tournament, which has a significant spot in the history book of Sri Lankan volleyball. Initiated in 1999 by DSI along with the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation and the Ministry of Education, the purpose of the championship more..

Ideal Hope Foundation builds houses in Sri Lanka and India

Apr 30 (G&M) Shajiraj Nadarajalingam arrived in Canada as a teenager, a refugee from Sri Lanka with few prospects. He found his way into the construction business and eventually created Ideal Developments, a Toronto-area home builder. Mr. Nadarajalingam kept close ties to Sri Lanka and contributed to a host of charities. About a year ago, he decided to do something more ambitious and, together with colleague Sri Nithya Omkarananda, created the Ideal Hope Foundation. more..

Is it helplessness or stubbornness that endangers the people at Meeriyabedda?

Apr 30 (FT) 13-year-old A. Vinodhani a grade six student lives with her family on Meeriyabedda Tea Estate in Koslanda. She saw the devastation that was caused by the landslide that took place a few hundred metres from her home on the morning of 29 Oct 2014. She also knows that the area where her house is has been recognised as a high risk zone and that her parents have been asked to move to a safer place which more..

Intrepid travel in Sri Lanka

Apr 30 (WE) Master travel writer John Gimlette’s journey to SL began with a modest bus ride from his home in southwest London, where nearby, he tells us, some 8,000 British Tamils live in Tooting, all originally from the town of Velvettithurai, and many of whom are members of tough urban gangs with names like the Tamil Posse or the Jaffna Boys. Unlikely as it sounds for England, these toughs had run amok on a beach in Norfolk in 2001, stabbing and beating holidaymakers. more..

Editorial: Blues crossing Rubicon

Apr 30 (Island) UNP and SLFP big guns in the govt are all out to scuttle the Joint Opposition’s May Day rally. Their desperation is understandable. The SLFP leaders and dissidents are playing a game of chicken. The latter will cross the Rubicon tomorrow. The Sirisena faction of the SLFP will find itself in deeper trouble if its efforts to consolidate its power in the party with the help of tomorrow’s rally in Galle fail; it will have to contend with stiffer resistance from within. In such an eventuality, more..

Classrooms: A pain in the back

Apr 30 (NS) Over 35% of Sri Lanka’s student population are likely to be suffering from backache, joint pain and neck pain and other multiple complications arising out of mismatched ergonomics in classroom environments, a recent research carried out by the SLMA has revealed. Physician, Dr. Kapila Jayaratne said the complications included musculo-skeletal pain, fatigue, psychological disturbances & scoliosis. more..

Bound by the chains of Blue Party rivalry

Apr 30 (Island) This popularization of the last sentences in the Communist Manifesto was the great hope of the workers of this country too, who participated in the Labour Day and later May Day demonstrations and rallies, led by political parties that represented the working people; from A.E. Gunasinha who led the Labour Party, and subsequently the Marxists of the LSSP and later the CP. The colour of those May Day celebrations was red. This changed after PM S.W.R.D. more..

Sri Lanka projected economic growth 5.4% in 2016; 5.9% in 2017: UNESCAP

Apr 30 (LBO) SL’s economic growth is projected to gain further momentum, at 5.4% in 2016 and 5.9% in 2017, newly released 2016 UNESCAP report said. UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) report further said private consumption in SL will likely remain the key growth driver amid greater urbanization and rising demand for housing. As per the report, one immediate policy challenge is to ensure a strong fiscal position and debt sustainability. more..

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Stability of the govt

Apr 30 (FT) The UNP and its allies secured 106 seats at general election 2015 and the SLFP and its allies secured 95 seats. In the history of Parliamentary elections under the new Constitution only in two instances was a clear majority of 113 seats secured by the winning party. That was in 1989 when the UNP secured 125 seats amidst the JVP insurrection and in 2010 where the UPFA secured 144 seats soon after winning the war. In all other instances there were stable govts with more..

They march on May Day

Apr 30 (FT) Whatever the disputed number or density of bodies at the different rallies held to commemorate the workers’ day, one thing is certain; on May Day, all the meetings added up, there will be a good million Sri Lankans marching, shouting themselves hoarse in the burning sun. If the climate prevailing now holds, it will not be their ally, tormenting the weary marchers with a sweltering day of extreme humidity. After all the sound and fury, the day will end like most their days, more..

The Malaria malaise

Apr 30 (SO) The recent statement by a senior official of the GMOA has ruffled a few feathers and raised health concerns - much more than the GMOA official ever expected. The GMOA is vehement in its stand against getting employees from malaria-ridden countries to be employed here as it might cause an epidemic. Allegations were levelled against the statement by the General Secretary, GMOA, Dr. Nalinda Herath at more..

Public Service under Yahapaalanaya

Apr 30 (GV) Ceylon Electricity Board. I can imagine the range of emotions the mere mention of this public institution will inspire in a number of you. Particularly those of you who, like me, do not have a generator, and have sweated it out through the power cuts over the past few weeks. But this article is not aimed at grumbling about the power failure per se. It is concerned instead with the total inefficiency of CEB in performing its duties. The episode I am about to describe is the first hand experience more..

Meddling with Sampanthan!

Apr 30 (CT) Forty years ago unfavourable conditions emerged not only from the South but even from the Tamil militants in the North to the first Tamil Opposition Leader late Appapillai Amirthalingam to discontinue from his representation in the Parliament. TULF, emerging as a formidable political force at the Parliamentary polls in 1977, became the main Opposition Party in UNP Govt led by J.R. Jayewardene. However, following the rise of Tamil militancy in the North and the East more..

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