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Sri Lanka's E-Library Nenasala program receives US$ 1 million International Access to Learning Award
Sri Lankan government's E-Library Nenasala program conducted by the e-Sri Lanka Project of the Presidential Secretariat has received the 2014 Access to Learning Award
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Monday presented US$ 1 million award to the e-Library Nenasala Program (eLNP), in recognition of its work to provide free access to computers and the Internet to underserved Sri Lankans living in remote and rural areas. (Colombo Page)
UN human rights resolution is just a piece of paper - Subramanian Swamy
Senior Indian Politician Subramanian Swamy during an exclusive interview with Ada Derana this afternoon told that the Sri Lankan government has already enacted 95 per cent of the recommendations of the 13th amendment.
He pointed out that the 13th amendment is a bilateral agreement and therefore the Indian government has no intend to force Sri Lanka to implement it. (Ada Derana)
MR has no authority to donate money-UNP
The United National Party (UNP) said that the President had no authority to announce 1 million US$ as assistance to be provided to the war victims in Palestine from public funds of Sri Lanka and that there was a procedure to grant approval for such grants to other countries.
The President, out of nowhere, announced 1 million US$ as financial assistance to Palestine. The state head has no authority to announce grants to other countries like this because there is a certain procedure to follow,” UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake told a news conference today. (Daily Mirror)
JVP leader's case against Dinamina dismissed with costs.
The case filed by JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake claiming Rs. 50 million from the Dinamina newspaper was dismissed by the Colombo District Court with costs.
Dismissing the case against Dinamina Consultant Editor Mahinda Abeysundera, the Court held that the general public has the right to be informed about the true facts pertaining to Parliamentarians and that the news item published relating to MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake had been carried without malice in the public interest. (Daily News)
Sri Lanka's National Security
Sri Lanka is one of the most peaceful and stable countries in the world today. Its citizens enjoy the benefits of peace and have complete freedom and countless opportunities to build better futures for themselves.
At the same time, Sri Lanka faces potential threats from various sources. Guarding against these threats and ensuring the safety of the nation is the first duty of the government, because national security is the foundation of freedom and prosperity. (SL Ministry of Defence)
Ranil flays MR’s panel
UNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday demanded to know from the government the complex issues that had arisen with regard to the proceedings of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Disappearances and Missing Persons, causing the need to obtain services of a panel of experts.
Making a special statement in Parliament, the Opposition Leader said: "In answer to a question asked by me under Standing Order 23(2), G L Peiris, Minister of External Affairs stated that the Chairman of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Disappearances and Missing Persons had informed the President that in view of the large numbers of representations that (The Island)
Sri Lanka says will refuse entry to UN investigators
Sri Lanka will not grant visas to UN investigators probing war crimes allegedly committed during the island’s decades-long separatist conflict, President Mahinda Rajapakse said Tuesday.
Sri Lanka has refused to accept the authority of the UN Human Rights Council, which voted in March to investigate allegations that the military killed 40,000 civilians in the final months of the separatist war in 2009. (Khaleej Times)
BBS raps Mervyn
Minister Mervyn Silva should correct himself first before making allegations against others, the General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera said today.
“We would like to invite Minister Silva to set himself right and then to correct his son instead of accusing others,” the Thera told a news conference as a response to a question posed by media. (Daily Mirror)
TNCC questions Swamy’s Sri Lanka visit
The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President B S Gnanadesikan on Tuesday asked the Centre to clarify in what capacity did BJP leader Subramanian Swamy visited Sri Lanka recently.
While welcoming dialogue with Sri Lanka to facilitate the post war rehabilitation and resettlement of Tamils there, the TNC chief wondered on what capacity the BJP leader had called on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksha recently. (The Hindu)
Bloodshed to business destination: How Sri Lanka fought back
Summer has finally come to an end, yet the changes to the travel market show no sign of letting up anytime soon. Countries have transformed, new travel opportunities emerged, and the scope for adventure is far and above what it was only a few years ago.
Worry not though, because the new autumn issue of Business Destinations magazine is here to help you through today's emerging tourism locales and the hottest business travel opportunities the world has to offer. (Market Wired)
Ebola in Sri Lanka? Individual with several symptoms dies in Rikillagaskada
A casualty at the Rikillagaskada Base Hospital was reported to have several symptoms of the disease including a high fever, diarrhea and vomiting. However, a communique issued by the State Media Department said that the symptoms could also mean that the man had Rat Fever and that further blood samples had been sent for testing to verify the cause of death.
But due to the individuals recent travel history where he spent some time in India, the Director of the Ministry of Health has instructed Divisional Health Officers to take all precautions. (News 1st)
Sri Lanka to focus on increasing trade and investment with China
Sri Lanka will focus on increasing trade and investment with China as well as broadening the scope of a proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA), a top official said on Tuesday.
Sri Lankan Investment Promotion Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene made the remarks during an interview with reporters. (Shanghai Daily)
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ ties up with Sri Lanka investment board
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ said Monday it and the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka agreed on a tie-up to promote foreign investment in the country.
The core banking unit of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. aims to strengthen its operation of supporting corporate investment in Sri Lanka. (Global Post)
India, Sri Lanka meet to discuss narcotics menace
India and Sri Lanka are expected to finalise a strategy to jointly tackle cross-border smuggling of narcotics and syndicates running the illegal trade between the two maritime neighbours.
This is for the first time that the anti-narcotics sleuths of both the countries are coming together to the discussion table to take up the issue of drugs menace. (Economic Times)
PMO calls meeting on Wednesday on India-Sri Lanka fishermen issue
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has convened a meeting tomorrow to explore a long-term solution to the contentious fishermen issue between India and Sri Lanka.
"The PMO has called a meeting tomorrow to deliberate on India-Sri Lanka fishermen's issues like illegal poaching and welfare of Indian fishermen among others," a senior government official told PTI. (dna)
Opposition cooperation necessary for credibility in tackling international probe
The government is financing more lobbying companies in the US to change the minds of the US leadership.
It has been the United States that has been most strongly pushing for an international investigation into the conduct of the last phase of the war. (The Island)
Key defense forum kicks off in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's army kicked off a key defense conference in Colombo on Monday, in which over 55 countries including China are participating, an official said.
Titled "Defense Seminar 2014," it aims at inspiring discourse on the rise of nations after a conflict. The seminar intends to showcase Sri Lanka's progress in development, reconciliation and promoting regional cooperation, in the context of a country which has shifted momentum towards development as prosperity. (Shanghai Daily)
Int’l pressure not only unhelpful but also detrimental - GL
Sri Lanka’s foreign minister Prof. G.L. Peiris on Monday said that international pressure to probe allegations of human rights violations is not only unhelpful, but is also “absolutely harmful” to the country.
"Because of the intensity of this pressure there is a disincentive to engage in earnest in a domestic process. Because of the conviction that far more is forthcoming by the application of pressure at an international level,” he said, addressing the inaugural sessions of the ‘Defence Seminar – 2014’ in Colombo. (Ada Derana)
Sri Lanka again delays dig at suspected Muslim mass grave
Sri Lankan officials on Monday sought more time to exhume a suspected mass grave in a former war zone after failing to secure the services of forensic experts.
The site in the eastern coastal town of Kalavanchikudy has been under investigation since a resident petitioned the local court, claiming the remains of around 100 Muslims killed 24 years ago at the height of Sri Lanka's ethnic war were buried there. (Yahoo News)
Sri Lanka stocks up on gains in large-caps, foreign buying
Sri Lankan stocks rose on Monday to a near three-year closing high, led by large-cap shares such as Ceylon Tobacco Co Plc and foreign buying in John Keells Holdings Plc as expectations of better earnings and low interest rates lifted appetite for risky assets.
The main stock index rose 0.44 percent, or 30.86 points, to close at 6,974.71, its highest finish since Sept. 9, 2011. (REUTERS)
Fundamentally freund: Defeating terrorists: from Sri Lanka to Gaza
This past Saturday night, a few thousand protesters gathered in the heart of Tel Aviv, recycling tired and familiar left-wing slogans as they called upon Israel to negotiate with the Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas.
Take for example the case of Sri Lanka. That country was forced to endure years of suicide bombings and decades of violence carried out by a terrorist outfit known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. (Jerusalem Post)
Jaffna calm after Storm
My three day visit to Jaffna was a worthy experience.This time, I travelled further north to Neerveli and saw and heard what my relatives, friends and acquaintances said. The face of the mainland Jaffna is rapidly changing.
The visual image of Jaffna peninsula is fast transforming from the slumber of war ravages. Within six months of my last visit in December 2013, Jaffna has seen rapid progress. (Sri Lanka Guardian)
Lankan students who tackled gunman to receive bravery award in Aussie
Two Lankan students who overpowered a gunman during a McDonalds robbery in Australia are among dozens of courageous Victorians to be recognised with bravery awards.
He disarmed and disabled a gunman trying to rob a McDonalds store, but what scared Kasun Fernando more, was telling his parents back home in Sri Lanka that he had risked his life in doing so. (Ada Derana)
Operation seize fire
The Police had launched a special operation in Colombo and suburbs since Monday to seize illegal firearms following several shooting incidents in the recent past, Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said.
Shooting incidents were on the rise in Grandpass, Mattakkuliya, Wellampitiya, Borella, Nawagamuwa and Ratmalana in the Western Province recently. Seven persons had been shot dead in the recent past, while two more were killed in related incidents. Two more were injured. (Daily Mirror)
Mass grave in East:Exhumation begins
The Kalawanchikudi police, today, will commence exhuming human remains in a mass grave where more than 100 Muslims killed by the LTTE at Kurukkalmadam, Batticaloa are believed to have been buried.
The exhumation will be carried out on an order issued by Kalavanchikudi Circuit Magistrate A. M. Rihal. (The Island)
Heavy rainfall in drought-hit areas
Coonsiderable rainfall had been reported on Saturday in several drought-hit areas giving some relief to those affected, Meteorology Department duty forecaster Ananda Perera told the Daily News yesterday.
He said during the 24 hours ended 8.30 a.m. on Sunday, the highest rainfall of 110mm was recorded from Mihintale. (Daily News)
India seeks info about ISI’s SL mole from Malaysia
India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has sent a request to the Malaysian authorities seeking information under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty on a Sri Lankan national who revealed after his arrest a conspiracy hatched by Pakistan’s external spying outfit Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) to target the United States Consulate in Chennai in Tamil Nadu and the Israeli mission in Bangalore in Karnataka.
"At this stage, we do not know much about the Sri Lankan national, Mohamed Hussain Mohamed Sulaiman. Before asking for his extradition, we need to have a sound case against him," said a senior NIA official. (The Island)
Navi Pillay has last dig at Sri Lanka
There is a Sinhala saying that the devil who leaves would break even the pot when he leaves (Yana yaka korahath bindagena yanawa). This is exactly what the outgoing United Nations Human Rights Chief Navi Pillai seems to be doing before she retires.
It was an open secret how Pillay acted in a highly controversial manner during Sri Lanka's relentless battle against terrorism. Thereafter, she was instrumental in using the UN Human Rights Council to level baseless war crimes allegations against Sri Lanka's valiant Security Forces. (SL Ministry of Defence)
SL electricity tariffs second highest in the world – expert
Sri Lanka’s electricity tariffs were higher than those of Australia, Singapore, Canada, Germany, France, Malaysia, India, Pakistan and Nepal, Prof. Sirimal Abeyratne of the Department of Economics, University of Colombo disclosed last week.
Speaking at a discussion on Technology and Research Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka’s latest book, Power and Power, at the National Library and Documentation Services Board, Prof. Abeyratne said apart from Italy, Sri Lanka had the highest electricity charges in the world . (The Island)
Chennai protesters demand boycott of SL Defence meet by India
Workers of Chennai's Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) party today staged a protest demanding that India should boycott the Defence meet scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka between August 18 and August 20.
The protest was organized post the recent controversy where the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry website posted a derogatory article against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister (CM) J. Jayalalithaa, resulting in an uproar among the CM's supporters in Chennai. (Daily Mirror)
A fitting swansong for Jayawardene
The farewell innings had not been perfect. At times in his career a Mahela Jayawardene hundred seemed almost inevitable at the SSC, but throughout his stay at the crease on day three and four, he was some way from his fluent best.
Still, he had endeavoured to deliver most of his vintage shots, mostly on day three. He had cover-driven Wahab Riaz, late cut Abdur Rehman and slog-swept Saeed Ajmal. The upper cut, the on-drive and the inside-out shot over cover had all been played with success, too. (ESPN)
Muslims a threat to India as well - Gnanasara Thero
Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, general secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization, says that Muslims pose a threat not only to Sri Lanka, but to India as well and that they are not a minority in Sri Lanka in terms of economic power and international network.
“They are a minority in number but if you look at their economic power and their international network, they are not a minority,” he said, in an interview with Pranay Sharma of the Indian news magazine, “Outlook”. (Ada Derana)
Sri Lanka the Little Wonder of Asia
Sri Lanka, known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean, has continued to inspire and heal many who travelled to its shores ever since its existence was known to the world.
With its romantic landscapes, mountains that reach the skies, lush green forests, the ocean like a deep blue carpet stretching far out into the horizon and breathtaking waterfalls, it was once considered the lost paradise by many a globe trotters, who stumbled upon this land. (Gulf Times)
All of Sri Lanka suffers to serve whims of ruling clan: UNP
The United National Party (UNP) says it is a sad state of affairs that millions of tax rupees are spent by the Rajapaksa administration on extravagant events while over a million people are fighting a battle to obtain their daily drinking water.
“In the 21st Century, it is not apt perhaps to blame the current political rulers for the failure of the rains in 14 districts of the island.” (Ada Derana)
India beefs up Defence Ministry representation in Sri Lanka
Apparently in view of the strategic importance of Sri Lanka in the context of the increasing influence of China on it, and the existence of strong ties with Pakistan, India has beefed up the Defence Ministry’s representation at the Indian High Commission here.
Col Gurinder S Klaire has been appointed as Deputy Defence Advisor to assist Defence Advisor Capt Prakash Gopalan. With this, for the first time, there is an army man in the Defence wing of the mission. Traditionally, Defence Advisors in the Colombo mission have been only from the navy. (Indian Express)
SL strikes gold at Chess Olympiad
Sri Lanka won the Gold for the best performance among teams in its category at the Chess Olympiad which ended on Thursday in Tromso, Norway. This was the first time that a Sri Lankan team returns with a Gold from an Olympiad in over 30 years.
The team, comprising Prasanna Kurukulasuriya, G.C. Anuruddha, Chamika Perera, Isuru Alahakoon (Captain) and Rajeendra Kalugampitiya, won 6 out of 11 matches, including the last match against the strong New Zealand (2.5-1.5), ranked 44 places above Sri Lanka. G.C. Anuruddha, who was the only player to remain unbeaten (4 wins and 5 draws) secured a FIDE Master title for his efforts. (Daily Mirror)
Sri Lankan Navy hands over 94 TN fishermen
Sri Lankan navy on Saturday handed over 94 Tamil Nadu fishermen taken into custody by them to the Indian Coast Guard at the International Maritime Boundary Line, police said.
he fishermen, belonging to Ramanathapuram, Nagapattinam and Pudukottai districts, were taken into custody by the navy last month on charges of violating IMBL, police inspector Kennady said. (The Hindu)
59 heroin kilos and four drug wholesalers taken into custody
Acting on a tip-off, the Police Narcotic Bureau yesterday took into custody 59 kilos of heroin and arrested four suspects from a shop in Wathuwala, Katugastota.
It was the biggest haul of drugs detected in Kandy, the PNB officers said.The place where the consignment of drugs had been detected had housed a jewellery shop earlier, the police said. (The Island)
Radio Society of Sri Lanka at Point Pedro Light House
Using the callsign 4S7LGT, The Radio Society of Sri Lanka will activate the Point Pedro Light House for the first time in the history of Amateur Radio in Sri Lanka .
Point Pedro is the Northern most point of the island of Sri Lanka on the 16th and 17th of August 2014 for the International Light House event. (SG Amateur Radio News)
Court stays deportation of Pakistani asylum seekers
A Sri Lankan court of appeal on Friday suspended the government’s decision to send back Pakistani asylum seekers notably from the Ahmadiyya, Christian and Shia communities.
The interim relief has been granted till August 29 when the state must come to court for argument of the case. (Daily Mirror)
South Asia's fastest growing economy: A look at modern Sri Lanka with Ambassador Kariyawasam
More than two-thirds of the world’s petroleum pass through these waters, as does an increasing share of the Western world’s trade with a dynamic Asia.(SL Embassy, USA)
Haphazard issuance of licences led to doctor’s death – GMOA
The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya yesterday blamed the Private Health Services Regulatory Council (PHSRC) for issuing a licence to the Beauty Clinic at Visakha Road Bambalapitiya hastily. That had caused the untimely death of Dr. Mrs. P. A. Priyangi, he said.
Addressing the media Dr. Padeniya said that the GMOA had been campaigning for ridding the country of quacks but no tangible action had been taken by the authorities concerned so far. (The Island)
Ranil starts tweeting
Opposition Leader and UNP national leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said today Sri Lanka should move from its current policy of constriction-based economic development to technology-based development to fall in line with global trends.
“We should move from a concrete economy towards a technology based economy,” he said while stressing that 6 per cent of the country’s GDP should be allocated for technology development. (Daily Mirror)
Sri Sri may return honorary doctorate to Sri Lanka varsity
The Art of Living may return the honorary doctorate conferred on its founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to the Open International University for Complementary Medicines (OIUCM) in Sri Lanka, after Express reported that the university does not have any statutory recognition.
“The (Express) article came as a surprise to us. We received a message that they wanted to confer a doctorate on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. (Indian Express)
Scenic Sri Lanka - Dream destination for avid travellers
Rich in natural beauty and cultural splendours, Sri Lanka is certainly in the spotlight as a dream destination for avid travellers. Scott Armstrong explores one of the most beautiful islands of the world.
All I am saying is give peace a chance," John Lennon famously sang. A visit to Sri Lanka will prove the wisdom of his words. (Times of Oman)
Jayawardene takes centre stage in final test
Sri Lanka fans did not have long to wait to see former skipper Mahela Jayawardene walk out to bat in his final test after Pakistan took two wickets in the afternoon session on the first day of the second test on Thursday.
The hosts had reached 162 for two at the tea interval, with opener Upul Tharanga on 81 and Jayawardene, batting at number four, unbeaten on four in his 149th and final test appearance. (REUTERS)
Sri Lanka recalls migrant workers from West Africa over Ebola threat
Sri Lankan migrant workers in West Africa have been urged to return by the government, an official said on Wednesday, as the dreaded Ebola virus continues to generate international alarm.
An estimated 200 Sri Lankans are working as migrant workers in the region vulnerable to Ebola, according to the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment. (Shanghai Daily)
Sri Lankan Village Nugu Gama carbon neutral
Green Globe congratulates Nugu Gama, located within the grounds of the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo, as Asia’s first CarbonNeutral venue.
Cinnamon Grand’s General Manager Rohan Karr said, “Cinnamon Grand has always been aware of its environmental responsibility and has consistently implemented ‘green’ initiatives that impact on the larger environment and community within which it functions. (eTN)
Relief needed for 768,000 drought-affected people in Sri Lanka
A severe drought has hit an estimated 1.5 million Sri Lankans with 768,000 of them in urgent need of basic food and livelihood requirements, the World Food Programme (WFP) said in a report Wednesday.
Three consecutive years of natural disasters have undermined household resilience: populations in affected areas have built up unsustainable levels of debts, have insufficient access to water for irrigation, have limited quality seed supply and are exposed to a continuous decline in agricultural income, Xinhua reported citing the report. (daijiworld)
Merseyside firefighter to treat survivors of Sri Lanka civil war
A Merseyside firefighter is set to fly to Sri Lanka to help deal with the aftermath of the country’s 26-year civil war.
Claire Crilly, 27, from Mossley Hill, will spend 12 weeks in country. (Liverpool ECHO)
Mangala to go before UNHRC and local Panels
United National Party (UNP) MP Mangala Samaraweera today said he would likely testify before the panel appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner (UNHRC) to look into the happenings in the final stages of war in Sri Lanka and the Missing Persons Commission appointed by the Sri Lankan government.
Mr. Samaraweera told media that he would possibly tell the two panels on the activities of LTTE and inform the two panels on the assets that were held by the LTTE and what became of them. (Daily Mirror)