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Herath to take retirement call after 2016 World T20

Oct 10 (CI) Rangana Herath, who has spearheaded the SL bowling attack for the past six years since the retirement of Muralitharan, says he won't make any decision on how long to carry on playing until after the end of the 2016 World Twenty20 in India. However, Herath, who will turn 38 during the World Twenty20 next March, says it could come very soon and admits he is struggling to stay fit with recurring knee problems more..

PM cautions UNP unions ‘Don’t clash with UPFA ministers’

Oct 10 (CT) Leader of the UNP, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed the Jathika Sewaka Sangamaya and the other trade unions affiliated to the UNP, not to clash with UPFA ministers, as the UNP and the UPFA are working in unity as a National Govt. PM has said this in response to complaints of several trade unions regarding problems that have arisen in ministries headed by UPFA members. PM Wickremesinghe has pointed out that the UNP and the SLFP should more..

Law toothless to regulate unregistered cosmetic products

Oct 10 (NS) There is no law in Sri Lanka to regulate cosmetic products and thus authorities are unable to take action against salons and beauty parlors that use unregistered products. “There are a lot of unregistered cosmetic products like whitening creams and henna in the market and this means that these unregistered products are also being used in salons,” said DR Wickramasekara Bandara, Secretary of Food and Drugs Inspectors’ Association. According to Bandara, more..

Sri Lanka coach eyes chance to get back to winning ways

Oct 10 (CI) Sri Lanka's interim head coach, Jerome Jayaratne, has said the team has accepted they have fallen behind in Test cricket, and are working hard to correct that in the upcoming home series against West Indies. "I spoke to all of them individually before they went to the nets. We got a good feedback. They were well disciplined and they accepted they had fallen behind in performance and had two bad series," Jayaratne, more..

Notre Dame grads raising money for SL

Oct 10 (WT) Notre Dame’s 40th anniversary of its pilgrimage for developing nations has motivated two alumni to inspire others to give back. Josie Faccini and Menaka Swampillai-Evans graduated from the Welland high school in 1991. They never forgot the teachings they learned at Notre Dame about giving back to others. The two former students have started an online GoFundMe account to raise money to build a home for displaced people in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. more..

19 Indian fishermen detained by Sri Lanka

Oct 10 (TOI) Sri Lankan naval agencies apprehended 19 Indian fishermen and two boats from Nagapattinam on Friday night on charges of poaching in their territorial waters. The vessels held are multi-day fishing boats, according to sources in the fishing community. Sri Lankan navy has said it assisted the coast guard in apprehending the two fishing boats, each eight to nine nautical miles east of Point Pedro and Vettalakerni coast on October 9. The detained fishermen were handed over to more..

Vasu wants Indian poaching problem to be taken before world

Oct 10 (Island) Leader of DLF Vasudeva Nanayakkara said in Parliament that the issue of Indian fishers poaching in Lankan waters would never be sorted without shifting it from the bilateral to international context. Participating in a debate on the problem of Indian fishermen exploiting fish in SL waters, he said the issue had now evolved into a situation where a solution was not possible at bilateral level. more..

Environmental organizations gang up against Coir fiber factory

Oct 10 (NS) In the latest controversial environment related issue various local environmental organizations have been leveling serious accusations against Jiffy Products Sri Lanka (Pvt) Ltd for releasing large amounts of waste water in to the Deduru Oya adjacent to their coir fiber factory located in Kobeigane. These organizations claim that this waste water, containing a high concentrate of nitrate, thereby is endangering the environment as well as causing a serious health hazard more..

Govt quelled negative effects of UNHRC report: SB

Oct 10 (CT) Minister S.B. Dissanayake said that, the possibility of a negative impact emanating from the UNHRC Report on Sri Lanka was turned positive; by the delegation of the National Govt which represented the country at the recent Geneva and New York Forums. He said "The tensed situation which resulted following the release of the UNHRC Report on Sri Lanka could have turned unpleasant if not for the perseverance of President Sirisena, PM Wickremesinghe & FM Mangala more..

Video: Hybrid govt. protects thieves: Lal Kantha

Oct 10 (LT) No justice could be obtained from the present government regarding frauds, corruption and waste that was carried out during Rajapaksa regime says the President of National Trade Union Center (NTUC) K. D. Lal Kantha. Speaking at the 8th National Convention of the All Ceylon Excise Employees Union Mr. Lal Kantha said, “Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe manipulated a national govt more..

Govt stand on death penalty welcomed

Oct 10 (CG) The Law and Society Trust acknowledges and appreciates that Sri Lanka has redefined its position with regards to the reintroduction of the death penalty. Minister Wijeydasa Rajapakshe stated in Parliament on 6 Oct 2015, that Sri Lanka will not implement the death penalty temporarily as the country has decided to vote in favour of UN General Assembly Resolution on Moratorium on the Use of Death Penalty in 2015. Although in 2012 Sri Lanka abstained , more..

MPs on High Posts and Standing Committees

Oct 10 (Island) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced in Parliament the names of MPs for the Committee on High Posts and the Standing Committee. Accordingly the Committee on High Posts would comprise Speaker Jayasuriya (Chairman), John Amaratunga, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Rauff Hakeem, Lakshman Kiriella, Wijayadasa Rakjapakshe, Mano Ganeshan, Dr Sarath Amunugama, Vijitha Herath, Bimal Ratnayake, Dinesh Gunawardena, Mavai Senadhiraja and Dharmalingam Siddharthan. more..

Provision of free Wi-Fi facility partially successful

Oct 10 (NS) Making available free Wi-Fi facility for the citizens which was a presidential election pledge under the 100-day program does not have a 100 percent success, claims Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Minister Harin Fernando. Speaking to The Nation, the minister said that there are several technical issues relating to the service providers to whom the work is entrusted to. “I admit that the service is not that successful. more..

‘Scope for India, Sri Lanka collaboration enormous’

Oct 10 (Hindu) There is a huge scope for collaboration between India and Sri Lanka in the area of real estate, town planning and infrastructure development. Island nation already has Indian companies like Ansal Housing, SMS property developer who have invested in housing and civil construction projects. “There is demand for construction services, especially town planning. Sri Lanka will be building housing units (65,000) in five districts and India can capitalise on this,” more..

Debate on UNHRC report starts 22nd Oct

Oct 10 (CT) The govt yesterday complied with the Opposition's request to allocate two full sitting days for a debate on the UNHRC report on Sri Lanka. PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the govt had received the English versions of the reports of the Maxwell Paranagama Commission and the Udalagama Commission on alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka, but had not yet received the Sinhala and Tamil versions. "If we are to wait for the Sinhala and Tamil versions we will not be more..

Govt continues to drag its feet

Oct 10 (NS) Govt is yet to make public key reports detailing incidents of alleged human rights violations, despite earlier pledges to do so by the end of September. The reports are mainly the ones compiled by Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons (PCICRMP), headed by retired High Court Judge Maxwell Paranagama and the one compiled by Presidential Commission more..

Douglas urges President to release remaining land in North

Oct 10 (AD) EPDP leader Douglas Devananda today urged President Sirisena and his govt to take necessary measure to release the remaining land held by army forces to their rightful owners. He stated that acres of land in Mullaitivu, Valikamam and Kilinochchi areas is still under the control of the military and therefore requested the President for their release. He expressed his appreciation of the 615 acres of land in the North release so far through the intervention of the President. more..

Mahanayake urges CPC to ban pvt. tuition classes on Sunday

Oct 10 (Island) Most Venerable Galagama Sri Attadassi Mahanayake Thera of Asgiriya has urged the Central Provincial Council to take measures to ban private tuition classes on Sunday mornings. The need for dhamma education for children is felt more than ever, the prelate has said. Private tuition classes prevented children from attending dhamma schools on Sundays, he has said in his communication to the Provincial Council. Prelate has said that it has become important for more..

Today is World Mental Health Day

Oct 10 (CT) The theme for World Mental Health Day which falls on 10 October is Dignity. This year's theme will stress on preserving and restoring the dignity of the patient. Speaking at the announcement of the new theme for World Mental Health Day, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Dr. H.M.K. Wickramanayake said that it is the ill informed attitude among people about mental health that is most damaging. more..

Fasting Sri Lankan Tamils arrested

Oct 10 (Hindu) Eight Sri Lankan Tamils who have been on fast in a special camp here since the beginning of this month, were arrested on Thursday. Cases have been booked against them for attempting to commit suicide. They went on fast on October 1, demanding their release from the camp that houses 13 Sri Lankan Tamils. They were produced before a Judicial Magistrate and were subsequently admitted to the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Govt Hospital in view of their more..

Sirisena now wants annual allocation upped by Rs 380 M

Oct 10 (CT) Through seven supplementary estimates in May and June, President Maithripala Sirisena’s office has sought Rs.380 million as expenditure for several projects. This is in addition to the annual allocation of monies for spending of the President. These supplementary estimates were sought for the below mentioned projects. An allocation of 10.1 million rupees to complete renovations of the senior minister’s office. Rs.70.6 million to buy a BMW motor car and more..

Confusion over resumption of judicial executions

Oct 10 (Island) European Union’s Mission in Sri Lanka yesterday praised Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s announcement that Sri Lanka would vote in favour of the UN General Assembly resolution on a moratorium on the Death Penalty. Minister Rajapakshe early this week clarified Sri Lanka’s stand in parliament in the wake of both President Sirisena and PM Wickremesinghe declaring that parliament more..

Three arrested with heroin

Oct 10 (CT) Three persons were arrested on Thursday in Panadura, Welikada and Moratuwa police divisions for possessing heroin, police said. ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said that a suspect was apprehended by the Welikada Police on a tip-off. He had 20 g and 800 mg of heroin in his possession. The 29-year-old suspect who is a resident of Dematagoda was produced before the Hulftsdorp Courts yesterday and Welikada Police are conducting further investigations. more..

IPU wants reports on 4 Lankan MPs killed

Oct 10 (CT) Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has requested Sri Lanka to reveal the progress of investigations into the deaths of four MPs, at the upcoming 133rd IPU Assembly to be held from 15 to 21 October in Geneva. Deputy Speaker, Thilanga Sumathipala, said that the Lankan delegation would be submitting a report to the IPU on information gathered by the CID concerning the assassinations of Parliamentarians Nadaraja Raviraj, Joseph Pararajasingham, T. Maheshwaran and more..

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President Sirisena displays true hybrid mechanism

Oct 10 (CT) National Food Production Programme, which was inaugurated by President Maithripala Sirisena in Kilinochchi on Monday was significant in many ways and reminded of the Vapmagul an event which was initiated by late President J.R. Jayewardene in Polonnaruwa to enhance the paddy cultivation in the country in 1978. The bare bodied late President Jayewardene along with his successor late R. Premadasa dressed up like typical Lankan farmers ploughed a muddy paddy more..

Beware: Dengue fever on the rise

Oct 10 (CT) The deadly dengue fever has once again embraced the nation with the Western Province being targeted by the dengue mosquito. The Health Ministry statistics indicated that there were over 20,000 dengue affected patients countrywide with fifty deaths reported so far. Western Province; especially Colombo and Gampaha Districts have been badly affected with over 50% of the total number of patients being reported from the two districts. more..

Strict rules to check unruly behaviour in Yala

Oct 10 (DM) The Wild Life Department (WLD) said it would strictly enforce the rules and regulations on the behavior of foreign and local visitors, drivers and guides within the Yala National Park. It said a more efficient monitoring system would be in place with the deployment of more traffic police and other police officers. The new rules and regulations would also help to minimize the potential hazards to more..

'Geneva still pursuing political agenda; no basis for claim of 40,000 civilian killings'

Oct 10 (Island) Dismissing much touted accusations regarding the massacre of over 40,000 civilians on the Vanni east front during 2009, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe accused the Geneva-based UNHRC of relentlessly pursuing a political agenda. He called the Geneva body a political outfit. The Minister accused the 47-member body of being selective in its approach towards the accountability issues. more..

Decision to expand toddy tavern ranges: Prelates move SC

Oct 10 (Island) A group of religious dignitaries of Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian faiths, has complained to the Supreme Court by way of a joint fundamental rights violation petition against a decision by the District Secretary Colombo, cited as the first respondent, to expand the toddy tavern ranges in the Colombo District for the year 2016, by Gazette No. 1933, dated Sept 18, 2015. The prelates consider it a violation of their right to more..

Five years after the end of civil war, Tamils in Jaffna still struggling

Oct 10 (ABC) As Sri Lanka's govt begins a path towards reconciliation and addressing the atrocities of the past, Tamils in the war-torn Jaffna province are still struggling to rebuild their lives. The predominantly-Hindu region was the scene of some of the heaviest fighting between government forces and the LTTE, a rebel group commonly known as the Tamil Tigers. Up to 100,000 people died in the country's decades-long civil war, more..

'Sri Lanka to raise charges for aircraft using its air space'

Oct 10 (Island) Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the govt would soon increase the charges for aircraft using the country’s air space. He said at present a flight entering the Sri Lankan air space was charged USD 250, but it should be increased in line with charges in other countries. "I have advised the officials of the Civil Aviation Authority to prepare a new charge structure for flights at a meeting with officials yesterday," more..

Grade one classes to be limited to 35

Oct 10 (DM) Education Ministry stated that Supreme Court order to limit Grade One classrooms to a maximum of 35 students will be enforced in govt schools from 2017 by reducing the number of admissions annually. Additional Secretary of Education Ministry H.U. Prematilake said though the court order was obtained to cut the number of grade one students to 35, they had identified several problems that had arisen when the rule was more..

Sri Lanka Army turns 66 years today

Oct 10 (SLA) Sri Lanka Army, the country’s most sought service provider and the pride of the Nation that boasts unmatched achievements turns 66 years of age on Saturday (10) which is also regarded as the Army Day. With its humble beginnings as then Ceylon Army in the year 1949, and later changed to be called the Sri Lanka Army since 1972 after the country became a Republic, its life-span of 66 years records more..

Biodiversity conservation gets a big boost

Oct 10 (ST) Business and conservation, inextricably linked to each other, will be taken to a higher level with the launch on Tuesday of Biodiversity Sri Lanka with a clear focus on national priorities. It would also see the metamorphosis of the Sri Lanka Business and Biodiversity Platform (SL B&B Platform) set up under the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) with no legal status to Biodiversity Sri Lanka, an autonomous body more..

RTI bill: Right to publication a must

Oct 10 (SL) Sri Lanka’s govt is expected to present its Right to Information (RTI) bill to Parliament in the coming weeks. Having promised to introduce the bill back in January this year, the delay over its presentation raised a few questions as to whether or not the new regime was genuine in ensuring transparency. As such, the announcement that the bill is to be presented will be welcome by many section of Sri Lanka’s civil society. more..