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Sri Lanka feels the heat

Apr 29 (AJ) Over the past few weeks, temperatures across South Asia have steadily built up ahead of the summer rains. There has been much talk of the severe heat and, at times, drought conditions that have accompanied this pre-monsoon heat across India and Pakistan. Sri Lanka has suffered alongside them as the sweltering conditions have intensified. Temperatures in Colombo, have been running just above the April average of 31 degrees Celsius. more..

Railway jaywalkers call for protected pathways

Apr 29 (ST) The railway tracks in Colombo have become a convenient footpath for many workers whose places of employment lie in close proximity to railway stations. The majority of these persons are middle grade working class persons and teenagers who for the sake of convenience, risk their lives by using the rail tracks. It has been noticed that pedestrians also tend to use the yellow crossings on highways risking life and limb. Quite often groups of workers or teens can be seen more..

Initial crew get onboard SL Navy Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel in India

Apr 29 (SLN) Indian shipbuilding company, Goa Shipyard is currently at the completion stages of building two 105 m Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessels (AOPV) for the mission requirements of the Sri Lanka Navy. Incidentally, the Sri Lanka Navy crew who are expected to steer one of the AOPVs, have reached India in view of acclimatizing to the state of the art facilities and technologies of the ship. The new AOPV is intended to conduct patrols, policing, search and rescue, more..

Military to prepare emergency garbage disposal site

Apr 29 (EN) Sri Lanka's military is expected to help prepare a short term sanitary landfill in Muturagawela under the guidance of experts, as a short-term solution to disposing garbage in the capital Colombo. Sri Lanka Army Engineers and the Civil Defence Department will provide men and machinery to build the under advised by the Waste Management Research unit of the University of Peradeniya. Cabinet of Ministers had given approval for the proposal. more..

JVP in talks with Communist Party: Two meet after many years

Apr 29 (CT) General Secretary of the SL Communist Party D.E.W. Gunasekera said, after many years, the JVP held a discussion with the Politburo of his party. The new Constitution, the new election system and the national problem had been subject to discussion on this occasion. Gunasekera said, since there are several problems in the country at present, the time has come for all leftist parties to get together and this year's May Day can be taken as an opportunity to do this. more..

Stones pelted at army bus during hartal

Apr 29 (Island) Mullaitivu police are inquiring into an incident where stones were thrown at a Vavuniya bound bus carrying army personnel during Thursday’s hartal in the Northern and eastern districts. Army Spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne confirmed the incident. A glass of the bus was broken but troops didn’t suffer injuries. War ravaged districts observed a shutdown after the Tamil and Muslim political parties held a protest demanding the release of military-held land. more..

Sri Lankan geek’s guide to finding merchandise (and going broke)

Apr 29 (Roar) There was a time when being labelled a nerd meant you were the laughing stock at your school or your workplace. But the term has taken on a new meaning in recent times, and is often used in relation to pop culture and geekism in the modern era ‒ and being a nerd (or a geek) is now celebrated worldwide. Sri Lanka is no exception – we have our own comic con complete with dedicated (and talented!) cosplayers, our very own comic books, merchandise collectors, more..

Japan confers a prestigious decoration on Ms. Lalitha Rajapaksa

Apr 29 (Island) Today, Govt of Japan announced the conferment of The Order of the Rising Sun Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon upon Ms. Lalitha Rajapaksa, in recognition of her significant contribution to promoting Japanese culture and understanding of Japan in Sri Lanka. A congratulatory message was sent by Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister of Foreign Affairs in Japan, on 29th April upon the announcement stating "Please accept my sincerest congratulations on the conferment more..

A case for curbing the Israeli embassy

Apr 29 (Island) This writer’s last article Israel and Sri Lankan Islamophobia provoked a great many replies in the CT including of course from Backlash, one of the two chief propagandists against this writer. He came out on April 23 with a spectacular revelation that merits dissemination on a national scale. He wrote Israel’s contribution to the good of mankind, then and now, is unmatched in the annals of man’s history. That of course is mind-boggling for its hyperbole. more..

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‘Indian boats will be released only if SL fishermen agree’

Apr 29 (DM) The boats of Indian fisherman which are now in SL custody will only be released with the consent of the fisheries associations in the North, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said. He recently said the govt had not decided to discuss on the release of these boats during Indian PM Narendra Modi’s visit to SL. “We have paid attention to release some of these boats in future since the Indian govt has taken reasonable steps to solve this issue. There is nothing wrong in doing so,” more..

UN delegates updated on Army projects in Jaffna

Apr 29 (NR) Two Colombo-based UN delegates recently met the Chief of Staff Major General Mahesh Senanayake at his office with a view to extending greetings to his new appointment and receiving an update on the follow-up to the projects he had earlier carried out in the Jaffna peninsula as the Commander, Security Forces – Jaffna (SF-J) before he took his new post. Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Crisanthe De Silva, on a directive made by the Ministry of Defence, more..

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Sri Lanka’s crumbling credibility

Apr 29 (CT) The credibility of Sri Lanka in relation to the settlement of the 60 year old ethnic problem of Tamils can be judged from the fate of several pacts, agreements and undertakings which were made from 1956 to 2009 and the SL Govts unwillingness to comply with the implementation of its own undertakings:- LLRC recommendations: The August 1 2015 UNHRC Resolution 30/1 and its delaying tactics in implementing the recent similar Resolution in March 2017. more..

Poor showing on a national treasure

Apr 29 (CT) The recent story of Tharjini Sivalingam's success playing in Australia might have the chance to be the next valuable national treasure to move to greener pastures to become a loss to Sri Lanka because of official bungling. Sri Lanka officials in charge of the netball in the country could not have noticed this 6'10" tallest netballer in the world and her capabilities and get the real value from her skills as a netball player. Even after being the player to be selected as more..

Top businessmen fund JO May Day rally

Apr 29 (SL) A top businessman has come forward to fund the May Day rally of the Joint Opposition (JO). A leading businessman involved in the gas industry has donated at least Rs. 10 million to the JO led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the May Day rally to be staged at Galle Face Green. JO member Basil Rajapaksa said that the public, including some businessmen are disheartened with the actions of the govt and more..

Plastic toys in SL contain toxic chemicals

Apr 29 (SL) A latest study reveals some toys here in Sri Lanka contain toxic chemicals. The study was conducted by the Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) along with renowned global partners. The new global survey finds that recycling plastics containing toxic flame retardant chemicals found in electronic waste results in contamination of the world’s best-selling toy along with other children’s products. more..

'Water supply charges should be revised'

Apr 29 (GDI) The water supply charges should be revised soon for the economic stability of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB), Minister Rauff Hakeem said. A liter of bottled drinking water is sold at Rs. 60 while the NWSDB is providing 1,000 liters to the people at a price of Rs.12. NWSDB bears a huge cost for purification and distribution of water, so it is impossible to provide water at such a low price, he added. more..

Will return to politics in a big way: Tissa

Apr 29 (DM) UNP's former general secretary Tissa Attanayake said the UNP is not looking after the elephants which laboured for the party, but only serving the elephants which adorn the perahera. He said this during a visit to the Kandy Mawilmada Watapuluwa Bodhi Malu Viharaya to pay homage to the Temple's Chief Incumbent the Ven. Mahaupadya Udawatte Nanda Thera. Mr. Attanayake said as a life-long UNPer he was more..

To fast track investments: Change in Financial Regulations

Apr 29 (NS) In a move to fast track the much needed investment programme and ease financial decision-making at all levels of the administration, govt will replace the archaic Financial Regulations (FR). The reforms will also include laws and guidelines with regard to public private partnerships (PPPs), electronic procurement (e-procurement). The FR was put in place by the British, with revisions in 1992 and 1996. more..

Replica of Sakya Kingdom to mark Sri Lanka’s first UN Vesak Day

Apr 29 (ST) A replica of the Sakya kingdom of ancient India will be constructed to coincide with the 14th UN Vesak Day to be celebrated for the first time in SL. Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said the kingdom would be built on 78 acres of land in Kahapola, Piliyandala to mark the international event that will be celebrated from May 12 to14, under the theme, Buddhist Teachings for Social Justice & Sustainable Peace. more..

Dog-bite cases soar to record levels

Apr 29 (ST) Amid efforts to control rabies, reports of dog bites have risen to a record 1,000 every day across Sri Lanka. According to ministry data, every year 300,000 people are treated for rabies in the country, while 30,000 people were treated at the National Hospital Colombo last year alone. The WHO estimates that almost 60,000 people die of rabies every year, with more than 95% of those deaths occurring in Asia and Africa. more..

Astrologers grapple with ticking time bomb

Apr 29 (ST) The astrologer who raised concerns about auspicious times released by the Cultural Ministry before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year insisted that his calculations were correct. Controversy erupted when astrologers blamed faulty auspicious times for the collapse of the Meethotamulla garbage dump, which buried dozens of innocents. However the astrologers in the panel that prepared the official times insisted that more..

Sil Redi distribution case: HC allows to screen TV interview by Lalith Weeratunga

Apr 29 (DN) The Colombo High Court hearing the controversial Sil Redi distribution case yesterday permitted the prosecution to screen a video footage relating to a television interview by former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunge during the last Presidential Election campaign. The High Court recorded evidence from former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunge as the defence witnesses in the case and he is being more..

Korea Eximbank, ADB to draw blueprint for Colombo-Trinco economic corridor

Apr 29 (Island) The Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Eximbank) signed an aide memoire with Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) on Wednesday, marking the launch of ADB-KSP Joint Consulting to support the GoSL in drawing a blueprint for the Colombo-Trincomalee Economic Corridor (CTEC). The signing ceremony was preceded by a high-level meeting (consultation workshop) more..

May Day Mayhem

Apr 29 (DM) May Day was born in 1884, flagged by blood-splattered clothes of martyrs who sacrificed their lives for a worthy cause in Illinois, Chicago, USA — The Blues and Greens here in Sri Lanka with lost memories of a proletariat struggle have vandalised the consecrated concept turning it into a disgusting political extravaganza. The 1960s marked the GREEN and BLUE revolution which replaced the RED flags from May Day in Sri Lanka. Today, after 50 years, a section of more..

Journalists for social justice

Apr 29 (DM) Next Wednesday, May 3 is World Press Freedom Day and the United Nations in a statement says the year’s theme is Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies. Indeed a deep and significant theme which journalists need to reflect upon, especially in Sri Lanka where after January 2015 with the restoration of media freedom, we have also seen many instances of the misuse or abuse of such freedom.    more..

Garbage disaster: CM faults Prez, PM, Ministers

Apr 29 (Island) Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya has accused the powerful Cabinet Sub Committee on Economic Management for failing to take tangible measures to avert the recent Meethotamulla tragedy. Meethotamulla garbage-slide. He alleged that the committee had handed over the management of the Meethotamulla garbage dump to Megapolis and Western Development Ministry headed by more..

Police to recruit more Tamil speaking candidates

Apr 29 (DM) The deadline to apply for over 1,500 vacancies to the Sri Lanka Police has been extended to June 2. Police headquarters called for applications several vacancies including Police Constables (PC), Women Police Constables (WPC) and Police Constable (Drivers) for police stations spread across the island, especially in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. Police Media said that Tamil speaking persons applying for jobs in police stations in the North and East, more..

SLC gets Rs. 442m annually from ICC

Apr 29 (NS) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is to receive a whopping Rs. 442 million every year for eight years from the ICC in keeping with its revenue distribution programme for the period 2016 to 2023. The decision was reached at the ICC’s Board and Committee meetings in Dubai this week under the revised financial model that was passed. At the meeting it was decided to let India have the lion’s share of the ICC revenue amounting to US$ 293 million over the eight-year period while more..

Ex-CBSL Dy. Governor stands by his figures

Apr 29 (Island) Justice K.T. Chithrasiri, Chairman of the Special Presidential Commission investigating the alleged bond scam, said when its proceedings resumed yesterday that the commission would examine the footnotes of the COPE report on the alleged bond scam. When former Governor of CB Dr. W.A. Wijewaedena testified, the Counsel for defendant Perpetual Treasuries, Nihal Fernando PC inquired more..

CBK calls for unity between Sinhalese, Tamil kids

Apr 29 (FT) Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday noted that there needs to be unity between Sinhalese and Tamil children. Speaking at an event, Kumaratunga said that while the war was won, peace had not been achieved. She said that simply winning the war does not ensure peace and for there to be real peace the cause of the conflict must be addressed. She noted that in Colombo and Gampaha she found that hundreds of Sinhalese children have never more..

SLTB disappoints JVP: No buses from Southern Province and P’naruwa

Apr 29 (CT) The JVP said they have experienced difficulty in obtaining SLTB buses to transport their members from outstations to Colombo for their May Day rally to be held at the BRC Grounds. JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva stated that they had notified the SLTB, well in advance, that they require around 500 CTB buses for the May Day activities. But, Silva bemoaned the fact that when inquired of the SLTB they had been told that SLTB buses in the Southern Province (SP) more..

Police promise to punish torturers in uniform

Apr 29 (Island) Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has initiated an inquiry into the recent abduction of two persons, Yamillegedara Ratnayake (40) and Oshada Jayasuriya (27) by police headquarters-based special unit tasked with tackling organised crime. HRCSL launched the inquiry in the immediate aftermath of the release of Ratnayake, resident of Gampola area. Whereabouts of the other person were not known more..

Sri Lankans in Beijing celebrate New Year

Apr 29 (FT) Sinhala Hindu New Year Festival was celebrated at the premises of SL Embassy in Beijing on 16 April with over 275 participants including Sri Lankans, Chinese and other countries. The celebration was co-organised by Embassy and China-SL Youth Forum. Ambassador Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku chaired the celebrations. The ceremony began with the hoisting of the National Flag by Dr. Kodituwakku followed by singing of National Anthem in Sinhala/Tamil, more..

Fifteen Deacons to be ordained

Apr 29 (Island) Fifteen Deacons will be ordained priests by Malcom Cardinal Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, at a special service at St. Lucia’s Cathedral, Kotahena today. Deacons to be ordained are Rev. Brother Wikum Anton Kumara of Pamunugama, Rev. Bro. Suraj Jayashan of Kepungoda, Rev. Bro Marian Peiris of Marawila, Rev. Bro. Buddhika Jayamanna of Bopitiya, Rev. Bro. Dinusha Chamara of Seeduwa, Rev. Bro. Anura Dias of Nittambuwa, Rev. Bro. Janaka more..