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Supreme Court gives nod to animal sacrifice

July 23 (ENS) In a landmark ruling on Monday, Supreme Court bench has allowed animal sacrifice in Hindu temples while laying down conditions under which the ritual could be performed. On an appeal filed by the trustees of the Bhadrakali Amman Kovil located at Munneswaram, north of Colombo, CJ Mohan Peiris said that he was not inclined to ban animal sacrifice because the practice was more than a hundred years old. more..

Military denies latest land grab claims

July 23 (CG) The army denied claims it was in the process of measuring privately owned land in Jaffna to build new army camps. Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said that privately owned land in Achuveli and Mirusuvil is being measured to pay compensation to the land owners. He denied claims that the land was newly taken over by the army and insisted that whatever is now in the possession of the army has been given more..

Parliamentary bill to overrule Supreme Court decision on 80% pictorial warnings

July 23 (AM) The Health Ministry of Sri Lanka is now exploring the possibility of presenting a bill to Parliament making it compulsory for cigarette companies to have 80% pictorial warnings on cigarette packs. Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena, addressing a press briefing in Colombo, yesterday stated that he was dissatisfied with the Supreme Court’s decision which allowed 60% pictorial warnings on cigarette packs. more..

SLC, South Africa raise funds for Sri Lanka visually impaired team

July 23 (CI) Sri Lanka's visually impaired cricket team has had its bid to attend the World Cup for the Blind in South Africa bolstered, thanks to funds raised by Sri Lanka Cricket and the visiting South Africa team. SLC and Standard Chartered had organised three fundraisers for the Sri Lanka Visually Handicapped XI. Angelo Mathews presented the Sri Lanka Visually Handicapped XI a cheque for the 925,000 Sri Lankan rupees more..

UK weapons to Sri Lanka has increased

July 23 (CG) A British Parliament committee has found that weapons exports to Sri Lanka from Britain has increased despite Sri Lanka being listed as a country of concern by Britain over the human rights issue. The Committees on Arms Export Controls said in a report published today that the value of extant licences to Sri Lanka has risen from £8.1m (49 licences) to £49.6m (79 licences) – a rise of 614%. more..

MPs express regret over July 83 riots

July 23 (CG) A group of MPs from the Govt and the opposition have expressed regret over the incidents of July 1983 and called for trust to be restored between all communities in Sri Lanka. MPs representing the Young Political Leaders Forum of Sri Lanka (YPLF) said that 31 years after the July 1983 riots they strongly believe Sri Lanka has the opportunity to restore trust between its people and progress towards national unity. more..

Thawheed Jamaath seeks foreign support to protect Muslims of Sri Lanka

July 23 (AM) Thawheed Jamaath, a hardcore Muslim organization operating in Sri Lanka, has said that they need the support of Muslim countries in the World to protect the Muslims living in Sri Lanka. Speaking to Aljazeera news channel a few days ago, a leader of the Thawheed Jamaath organization had indicated they were no longer in a position to rely on the Sri Lankan govt, especially when it came to the security of Muslims. more..

No light shed on mystery of the lost and found albino snake

July 23 (ST) Animal trainer and zoo keeper Tilak Perera who reported to work last Thursday discovered something unusual near a gate – a tied up pillow case in which there was movement. Mr. Perera was explaining how a venomous albino snake that went missing from the Dehiwala Zoological Gardens was found four days later. “I was walking in to the animal training place to report around 8 a.m. My first priority was to see if more..

Dengue menace

July 23 (SL) The problem of combating the dengue virus needs the cooperation of all concerned, the Director of the Epidemiological Unit of the Ministry of Health, Dr Paba Palihawadane said, and added there is a downward trend at present compared to the month of June when the issue peaked, and compared it to the situation in 2009 when the highest number of cases was reported. Commenting on obtaining data on the number of cases, more..

'We will not allow an intrusive foreign probe'

July 23 (DM) Dr. Subramanian Swamy - Chairman, BJP Committee on Strategic Action and Member of BJP’s National Executive Committee in an exclusive interview spoke candidly on what to expect in changes to India’s foreign policy under PM Modi’s administration and on India’s support to Sri Lanka. Q In your opinion how do you think Foreign Policy under the Modi-govt would change in comparison to the previous govt? more..

Nation at the altar of faith

July 23 (DM) All indications of certain societal decay are present; the symptoms of a terminal sickness are frighteningly manifest in the body politic of the country. Yet no one, no physician, no surgeon, no psychiatrist or any other medical practitioner or a social scientist has diagnosed the illness. Every symptom is pointing towards a cancerous malady in the making, the progressive indices of which have been evident for quite some time but has evaded studied investigations by any expert. more..

Will there be a second crime?

July 23 (DM) Speaking to the media in Colombo, soon after the verdict on British Red Cross worker Khuram Shaikh was delivered on Friday, the brother of Khuram, Nasser Shaikh, said that he was “not ready to forgive the initial delays involved with the prosecution of his brother’s murder,” that took close to two and a half years before a trial date was set for the case. No doubt, this remark was a clear indictment on the law enforcement mechanism in Sri Lanka. more..

GoSL in trouble because it reneged on promises

July 23 (Island) Had the Sri Lankan govt fulfilled its commitments and addressed contentious issues it wouldn't have been in crisis today and, therefore, the ruling coalition should accept the responsibility for the current situation, TNA leader, R. Sampanthan said. He said President Rajapaksa had repeatedly assured India of his commitment to 13 Amendment and in some instances even talked of 13 Amendment Plus. more..

Pakistan heroin smuggler had hired registered firm for the job

July 23 (Island) The exact weight of the heroin retrieved from three plastic moulding machines imported from Pakistan was 93 kilos and 760 grammes with a street value of Rs. 656.32 million. Customs were retrieving heroin secreted in the three machines the previous night and they had only got one machines examined by the time yesterday’s edition went to press. The importer had hired a registered company with Customs, Glamour Fashion, and it had been registered under more..

Junior prison officers to ensure no special treatment for Vidhanapathirana

July 23 (Island) Some junior Prison Officers have combined themselves together to reveal to the media, if the former Tanglle Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman. Sampath Vidhanapathirana, who was sentenced to 20 years rigorous imprisonment gets any special treatment at the prison. These junior officers have more confidence about the media and they are not in good terms with the high officials. They revealed to The Island that any special treatment in terms of food or lodging more..

Chinese aircraft maintenance centre in Trinco

July 23 (CT) Opposition Leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament sought clarification over the report that the China National Aero Technology Import-Export Corporation (CATIC) had been granted permission to build an Aircraft Maintenance Centre in Trincomalee. The Aircraft Maintenance Centre would service, maintain and repair all Chinese aircraft in the SL Air force. Project is to be built with a loan of Rs 5 billion. more..

Dilan takes Social Security Board head to task

July 23 (Island) Minister Dilan Perera yesterday in Parliament found fault with Chairperson of the Sri Lanka Social Security Board, Sumana Ariyadasa for making irresponsible statements to media and causing unnecessary problems. The minister said that the chairperson of the SLSSB had said they were planning to introduce a contributory pension scheme for Sri Lankans working in Korea. "This was an irresponsible statement which created unnecessary problems," the minister said more..

Dinamina City FM news broadcasting service launch today

July 23 (DN) The Dinamina City FM news broadcasting service, a joint venture by Lake House and the SLBC will go on air from today. The new service will broadcast the latest breaking news on an hourly basis using the frequencies of 89.6 - 89.8, from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm through the popular SLBC news channel “City FM”. The ceremonial launch of this new service will be held under the patronage of Lake House Chairman Bandula Padmakumara and SLBC Chairman Hudson Samarasinghe. more..

How President spends our hard-earned money

July 23 (Island) Minister Dinesh Gunawardena told Parliament that President Rajapaksa had 23 coordinating secretaries. Each of the coordinating secretaries was paid Rs. 30,000 as monthly salary, 170 litres of petrol, a transport allowance of Rs. 30,000 and a telephone allowance of Rs. 5,000 monthly, the minister said. He responding to a question raised by JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that more..

SLID seminar recommendations for capital market development

July 23 (FT) A Sri Lankan economy worth $ 100 billion has been hailed by some and decried by others as an ambitious target. Despite the debate, the crux of this aspiration is that it will force the country to stretch its capabilities in achieving it. The impact on the economy of developing capital markets has long been established with studies underscoring their role in long-term economic growth, so what part do they have to play in reaching Sri Lanka’s goal? more..

GNOA wants DCD ice cream allegation probed

July 23 (CT) The Government Nursing Officers' Association (GNOA) yesterday urged the Ministry of Health to probe whether milk powder containing Dicyandiamide(DCD) was used to manufacture ice cream. This comes in the light of a statement made by Minister of Technology and Research Patali Champika Ranawaka, that stocks of milk containing DCD, seized from the market, had been used to make ice cream, which was served as alms in dansalas during the Poson season. more..

India accepts Australia's request to probe 157 boat refugees

July 23 (TOI) India gave Australia a bit of a breather by agreeing to investigate whether some of the 157 boat refugees confined to their boat on Christmas Island are Sri Lankan Tamil refugees from a camp in Puducherry. Australia has asked the Indian govt to provide consular services to the refugees to see if India can take them back. The refugees are held as prisoners in a boat and only let out during meal time. Scott Morrison, more..

Salad named after Jacqueline Fernandes

July 23 (DNA) That Kick starlet Jacqueline Fernandes has a restaurant in Sri Lanka is known, but did you know there's a salad named after her in Mumbai? How cool is that! In fact, this particular healthy treat is also her favourite and has found a place in the menu of a Bandra café after she gave the owner her recipe. She confesses, "It's a beetroot feta salad I made it for Mishali, the owner of the café) when she came over. She was like, 'Oh my God, what is this?' She further adds, more..

Robbery or election vandalism?

July 23 (Island) First violent incident related to the forthcoming Uva PC election 2014 was reported from the Moneragala District yesterday, according to the local election monitoring organisation CaFFE. CaFFE Chief Keerthi Tennakoon said that UNP Moneragala District Organiser and former Provincial Council member Janaka Tissakuttiarachchi’s election office at Handapanagala in the Wellawaya Divisional Secretary area was attacked in the early hours of Monday. more..

Rs. 55 million to develop Udawalawa tourist zone

July 23 (DN) The tourist zone including the Udawalawa national park will be further developed to attract tourists under the Pura Neguma program of the Mahinda Chintana. Rs. 55 million will be spent for the construction work which is already inaugurated. Under this development program, the Udawalawa weekly pola will also be given a facelift. In addition, a new library and information centre for tourists will be set up. more..

Oral cancer patients account for significant portion

July 23 (Island) Govt yesterday revealed that over 13% of cancer patients in the country were those who suffered from oral cancers. Explaining the situation, for every 100,000 persons 19 men and four women were added annually to the list of oral cancer patients. Three persons died daily of oral cancer. The Cancer Research Institute, the Peradeniya University Dental Health Institute and the Sri Lanka Cancer Control Programme in collaboration with the Health Ministry had more..

Tanzanian Foreign Minister meets Minister Basil Rajapaksa

July 23 (GDI) Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade C-operation, Bernard K Membe, presently in Sri Lanka on a tree day visit, met with the Minister Basil Rajapaksa on Monday and had discussions on strengthening bilateral economic relations. At the discussion held at the Ministry of Economic Development, Tanzanian Minister expressed his pleasure over the rapid development achieved by Sri Lanka within a short period after cessation of a terrorist war. more..

Want long life? Head to Monaragala or Hambantota!

July 23 (FT) It is a well-known fact that Sri Lanka’s population is ageing rapidly. In fact, Sri Lankans over 60 years of age comprise 9% of the population, but in 30 years from now the number is estimated to reach 25%. An interesting point to explore is, where in Sri Lanka do people live the longest? Does the location have a correlation to longevity? Apparently it does – or so it seems. The best places to live if you want to live to a more..

Monetary Board gets new Secretary

July 23 (FT) The Central Bank announced it has appointed Assistant Governor C.J.P. Siriwardana as the Secretary to the Monetary Board with effect from 14 July. Siriwardana joined the Central Bank as a Staff Officer in 1986 after graduating from the University of Ruhuna with a B.Sc. Degree (Hons) in Agriculture. In 1994, he received his Master’s Degree in Quantitative Development Economics from the University of Warwick, UK. At present, being the Assistant Governor in charge of more..

The Tuticorin-Sri Lanka link

July 23 (Hindu) Tracing the history of maritime trade with Sri Lanka through traditional mode of shipment by vessels from Tuticorin, S. Lasington Fernando, secretary, Coastal Mechanised Sail Vessel Owners Association, said maritime relations between people of these countries were still evolving. It was through the dry fish trade in Sri Lanka by merchants of coastal hamlets in Tuticorin, relations were established between the people of both sides centuries ago. more..

Minister must resign for failure to reduce incidence of rape – JVP

July 23 (Island) The JVP affiliated, Women for Rights Movement (WRM) urged the Child Development and Women Affairs Minister Tissa Karaliyadda to resign from his cabinet portfolio for failing to reduce the incidence of rape in the country. WRM President Samanmalee Gunasinghe said that Minister Karaliyadda was doing nothing to help the country’s women and children though the govt had allocated huge sum of money to the Ministry more..

Editorial: Needed: An all-out war on drugs

July 23 (Island) Time was when Sri Lanka was known as the Granary of the East. But, today, it is fast becoming the narco hub of the region. Drug smugglers are employing every conceivable method to carry out their sordid operations. The Customs have detected, at a container terminal in Colombo, a massive stock of heroin weighing as much as 93 kilos with a street value of Rs. 700 million, secreted in three moulding machines imported from Pakistan. Let the officers responsible for more..

Fuel imports decline in May due to refinery maintenance issues, CB says

July 23 (ST) Expenditure on fuel imports declined by 35.4 per cent in May 2014, mainly due to the delay in unloading crude oil imports during the month due to maintenance activities in oil pipelines, the Central Bank said in its latest (monthly) report on the economy. It said the trade deficit continued to improve in May, strengthening the performance in the external sector. Earnings from exports increased, while expenditure on imports reduced driven mainly by the reduction in fuel imports. more..

NISD offers diploma courses in Elders' Care, Gerontology

July 23 (CT) With the country's elderly population expected to double by 2030, the Ministry of Social Services, along with the National Institute of Social Development (NISD) has now come up with a novel course to award a diploma on elderly care. "With the elderly population of the country expected to rise from 16% to 30% in 2030, caring for the elderly people will become a priority soon, as it is unavoidable that children more..

Sri Lanka 2.0 and Beyond: Part II

July 23 (FT) Aiming to shed light as to how Sri Lanka can achieve rapid development to make up for the time it lost in the 30-year war, the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (CMA) recently held its 14th National Management Accounting Conference under the theme ‘Sri Lanka 2.0 and Beyond: Fast Tracking Economic Development’. 3-day conference that was held in Colombo had eight sessions on diverse topics and was addressed comprehensively by over 35 speakers. more..

Can Tahir change his spots?

July 23 (CI) What is it they say about leopards? They cannot change their spots, right? Wrong. Four years ago, it was discovered, Rudyard Kipling was onto something when he wrote his tale of how the leopard got its spots. It was described as a gift from an Ethiopian, who said, "Now you can lie out on a leafy branch and look like sunshine sifting through the leaves; and you can lie right across the centre of a path and look like nothing in particular." The leopard was being prepped for camouflage, more..