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Dubai-based Lankan couple seek help to save newborn
A Dubai-based Sri Lankan couple is seeking help to pay the mounting hospital bills of their newborn son undergoing treatment for a respiratory problem.
Mohammad Hussain Samath, 49, said his wife Prinsley Parera, 39, delivered their first child on November 27 shortly after which he ran into breathing difficulties. “He was admitted to the Iranian Hospital where he was on ventilator support but was later shifted to University Hospital in Sharjah.”(Ada Derana)
Sri Lankan HR situation like ‘elephant in room’ – Canada
SLAF Chief Air Marshal Harsha Abeywickrama yesterday rejected allegations that foreign delegates who were here to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) last month, had been deprived of the opportunity to fly to Jaffna citing security reasons.
Air Marshal Abeywickrama insisted that the government had ensured swift transportation of all those who sought to visit former operational areas. Among those who had availed themselves of the facility were the British delegation led by Premier David Cameron and a group of foreign journalists, he said.(The Island)
SL regrets Singh cancellation
Sri Lanka has described as “unfortunate” Manmohan Singh’s absence from last month’s Commonwealth meeting in Colombo and denied information about a visit by the Prime Minister announced by finance minister P. Chidambaram last week.
“It was unfortunate that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could not attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo,” Sri Lanka’s high commissioner in India Prasad Kariyawasam told The Telegraph over a fortnight after the November 15-17 conclave. (Daily Mirror)
Marxist movement in Sri Lanka says government actions lead for separatism in the North
A movement affiliated to Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), says the government's actions pave the way for separatism to continue in the Northern Province.
Co-convener of the People's Wall of Comradeship, parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti said that even almost five years after the end of the war, the government is continuing to act in a manner that further polarizes communities and pave the way for separatism in the country. (Colombo Page)
Sri lanka is not a gold smuggling hub
Indian business publication ‘The Economic Times” states that international gold smugglers are using Sri Lanka as the main hub for their smuggling activities.
Elaborating further the article on the Economic Times stated that gold smugglers bring gold in to Sri Lanka from Dubai and then smuggle the gold to India, Thailand and Singapore and that a majority of the gold smuggled are hidden within the human body. (Hiru News)
US funds hospital in Sri Lanka's north
The US will provide a USD 525,000 for the construction of a new hospital in the former LTTE territory in Sri Lnaka's north.
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has funded the hospital at Palai in the Kilinochchi district at a cost of USD 525,000 or Sri Lankan rupees 69 million. (Business Standard)
PC Minister should apologise to all SL Artistes: SLASA
The Provincial Council minister who assaulted popular singer Saman de Silva should apologise to the entire school of artistes in the country, Sri Lanka Singers Association (SLASA) Joint Secretary Madumadhawa Aravinda said.
Speaking at a news conference convened to brief the media regarding the alleged assault on the popular singer Saman de Silva by the Southern Provincial Council Minister Bindu Weerasinghe during a musical show in Borella last Saturday night, Aravinda said they would not rest until the Provincial Council Minister apologises.(Daily Mirror)
Sri Lanka stocks closer higher
Sri Lanka stocks closed higher Wednesday with diversified stocks gaining amid foreign buying ending two days of losses, brokers said.
The Colombo benchmark All Share Price Index closed 9.80 points higher at 5,782.92, up 0.17 percent. The S&P SL20 closed 4.11 points lower at 3,165.05, up 0.13 percent.(Lanka Business Online)
Opposition leader of Sri Lanka's Northern PC arrested for the murder
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Sri Lanka police has arrested five suspects including the Opposition leader of the Northern Provincial Council for the murder of the Chairman of Delft Pradeshiya Sabha.
Police Media Spokesperson, SSP Ajith Rohana told media that opposition leader of the Northern Provincial Council K. Kamalendran of the EPDP and the wife of the victim were among the arrested suspects. (Colombo Page)
Women are the worst affected: Rosy
While claiming that the 2014 budget was an attempt to please the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Rosy Senanayake said today the women in Sri Lanka were the most affected from the budget.
“Women constitute the majority in Sri Lankans. But the budget has neglected them, especially female employees who work overseas and in the state sector,” Ms.Senanayake said.(Daily Mirror)
Sri Lanka calls for standard terms for employment and insurance of migrant domestic workers
Sri Lanka today called for efforts to introduce standard terms for employment of migrant domestic workers and closed cooperation between the labor sending and receiving countries to ensure their insurance and protection.
Addressing an international dialogue on migrant workers today, Sri Lanka's External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris noted that the efforts to work on standard terms for employment was a vital necessity and its adoption would solve close to 90 percent of the problems faced by workers and that a rights based approach should be an important essential feature in the dialogue.(Colombo Page)
UNP: Govt. changing Colombo demography for political gain
UNP Matara District MP Mangala Samaraweera accused the government of changing Colombo’s demography for its political gain.
Samaraweera, commencing the third reading stage debate, on Budget 2014, under the headings of Ministries of Defence and Urban Development yesterday, said lands in the city were being acquired on the pretext of development. (The Island)
Military presence is the main problem-CM to UN envoy
The biggest problem faced by the Northern Province residents was the presence of the army, which was pivotal in creating other problems, Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran had told the visiting UN Special Rapporteur Dr. Chaloka Beyani.
The UN Special Envoy, who visited Jaffna today had meetings with the Northern Province Governor Major General (Rtd) G. A. Chandrasiri at his residence, Jaffna Government Agent Sundaram Arumainayagam at his office and the Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran at his residence. (Daily Mirror)
Devananda extends invitation to Wigneswaran again
EPDP leader and Minister Douglas Devavnada yesterday said he expected the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to attend the District Development Council (DDC) meetings in Jaffna and Killinochchi in the New Year, though it had boycotted recent meetings.
The Jaffna District MP told The Island that the Government Agents in Jaffna and Killinochchi would consult Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to explore the possibility of having DDC meetings after Thaipongal. The minister expressed confidence in the TNA agreeing to join him at the discussion table. (The Island)
Sri Lankan elephant amnesty will lead to poaching, warn conservationists
Environmentalists have responded with alarm to a proposed amnesty permitting the registration of illegally captured elephants in Sri Lanka.
Recent reports in Sri Lankan media have outlined the proposal, stating that during the amnesty period it would be possible to register elephant calves for a fee of about $7,600. (MONGABAY)
October trade gap sShrinks
Sri Lanka's trade deficit narrowed in October from the same month last year as export earnings hit record levels, while import expenditure declined, data released by the central bank showed on Tuesday.
The trade deficit shrunk 38.9 percent to $494.3 million from $808.8 million in the same month last year, a report from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka showed. Export earnings continued to increase during the month, extending the trend from June. (RTT News)
Sri Lanka's forces accused of massacring aid workers
A French charity has accused Sri Lanka's security forces of killing 17 of its aid workers in 2006, and demanded an international inquiry.
Action Against Hunger (ACF) said it had been awaiting the outcome of Sri Lanka's own inquiries but they had turned into a "farce". (BBC)
Sri Lanka post program assessment by IMF
Sri Lanka's inflation is easing and has weathered recent external turbulence well but the country has to be careful about external borrowing and effects of recent rate cuts, the International Monetary Fund has said.
In the first post-program monitoring discussion with Sri Lanka, the IMF has also warned against a rise in bad loans. (Lanka Business Online)
Advantech Wireless—Sri Lanka Success
Advantech Wireless Inc. has announced that its Transcend(tm) 800B Point-to-Point Microwave Radio System operates successfully in Sri Lanka.
“This is an important milestone for our microwave product line,” said Pierre Cardinal, Vice President Global Sales at Advantech Wireless.(Satnews)
US: Patience with Sri Lanka could ‘wear thin’
International patience could wear thin with Sri Lanka unless it takes action to address allegations of atrocities during the island nation’s civil war, the top U.S. diplomat for South Asia said Tuesday.
Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal stopped short of endorsing a deadline set last month by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who said he would call for a U.N.-backed inquiry into allegations of war crimes unless there was progress on postwar reconciliation by March. (Washington Post)
Sri Lanka drops to 91st place on 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index
Sri Lanka, with a score of 37 points out of 100, has been ranked at the 91st place among 177 countries this year in the Transparency International's annual global Corruption Perception Index (CPI) released today.
Sri Lanka has become more corrupt this year dropping 12 notches from last year's 79th place rank. (Colombo Page)
Sri Lankan Tamil party rejects allegations of supporting rebels
Sri Lanka's main Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance, on Tuesday rejected allegations it supported the Tamil Tiger rebels during the war.
In an address to Parliament, Tamil National Alliance leader Rajavarothiam Sampanthan said that his party only looked to work with the rebels to secure a political solution to the conflict but never supported the atrocities they had committed. (Global Post)
Sri Lanka eager to resume Iran oil imports
Sri Lankan Petroleum Resources Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa says his country is willing to resume crude oil imports from Iran amid speculations over Iran sanctions relief.
“We are still not sure what sanctions will be lifted but our refineries are built to suit Iranian oil so if things go well we will consider the option of importing oil from Iran once again,” Yapa was quoted as saying on Tuesday. (Press TV)
Dangerous Ideas and Strategies that hoodwinked Sri Lanka
At some stage or the other the people of Sri Lanka would need to sit down and carefully deliberate over exactly what and who contributed and continues to contribute towards steadily reversing the great victory of the Ranaviru in defeating terrorism in Sri Lanka in May 2009.
Some agreements that had either been authored or agreed to sign on behalf of Sri Lanka have virtually sealed Sri Lanka’s fate. Before we accuse external sources of attempting to destabilize the country we need to look inward, without bias and identify objectively from a country-centric point of view the persons who had been responsible for the troubles that Sri Lanka now faces. (Sri Express)
High demand for oil beds in Sri Lankan seas
The Secretariat for Petroleum Resources Development stated that the new crude oil beds in Mannar and Chauvery Bays were in high demand at the auction.
Petroleum Resources Development Secretary General Saliya Wickramasuriya told our news team that several leading Indian companies are among the bidders. (Hiru News)
Elderly neighbour forces 11-year-old boy to drin
Sri Lankan police arrested 11-year-old school boy who in an intoxicated state began damaging household goods when the police arrived at his residence, ‘Lakbima’ reported.
An elderly neighbour, who instigated the boy to consume liquor, was arrested. (Emirates 24/7)
Packer's Crown resort-casino in Sri Lanka faces further delay
A $400 million Sri Lankan resort and casino complex planned by Australia's Crown Ltd faces additional delays and is unlikely to be approved before the end of the year, a top government official said on Tuesday.
The new delay comes after opposition politicians alleged Crown's chief, gambling tycoon James Packer, was getting concessions not given to local entrepreneurs. (REUTERS)
Sri Lankan Prime Minister says a visit by the Indian PM to North will be good
Prime Minister of Sri Lanka D.M. Jayaratne says that a visit to the North by Indian Premier Manmohan Singh will be good for him to see the development that has taken place in the Northern Province following the end of the war.
Jayaratne told the media in parliament that he personally did not have any objection to Singh visiting the Northern Province on the invitation of Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran. (Colombo Page)
Delhi move on Lanka stokes Tamil anger
The southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has opposed New Delhi’s offer to train Sri Lankan naval officers.
The opposition is the latest instance of continuing friction between Tamil Nadu and New Delhi over India’s relations with Sri Lanka. (Aljazeera)
Sri Lanka signs up US$1.9bn in foreign investments
Sri Lanka has signed up 105 investment agreements worth 1,942 million US dollars so far in 2013 and 870 million US dollars of foreign direct investments have flowed in by the third quarter, officials said.
Investment promotions minister Lakshman Abeywardene said third quarter FDI was up 41 percent from a year earlier. (Lanka Business Online)
A divine time in Sri Lanka
It is a performance that would impress a professional mime artist. The platform guide for Sri Lanka Railways at the maniacally busy Colombo Fort station cuts through all language barriers with a skill he has held all his life. He is deaf and mute.
His technique is simple. As soon as he sees a puzzled look on the face of a tourist wandering through the entrance, he plants himself in front of them.(The West)
Sri Lanka's first language lab inaugurated at Gampaha
The project to set up nine language laboratories in the nine Provinces of Sri Lanka was officially launched at Gampaha by Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development and Y.K. Sinha the High Commissioner of India at a function held at Kimbulgoda Maha Vidyalaya in Gampaha on Monday.
Prasanna Ranatunga, Chief Minister of Western Province, Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Dy. Minister of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing & Common Amenities, S.T.Kodikara, Secretary, Education Department and several other senior government officials participated in the event (Govt. News Portal of Sri Lanka)
Despite strains, India, Sri Lanka deepen naval ties
India and Sri Lanka have agreed to a slew of naval cooperation measures to target pirates and terrorist groups operating in the Indian ocean, highly-placed government sources have told The Hindu.
The measures were discussed at an unpublicised meeting between Sri Lanka’s permanent Defence Secretary, Lieutenant-Colonel Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and India’s National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon on Thursday. (The Hindu)
Sharma welcomes SL census
Last week’s announcement by the Government of Sri Lanka that it will conduct a national census to determine the extent of the loss of life during the country’s 26-year old civil war, is a welcome step, Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said.
This will advance the process of post-conflict reconciliation sought in the national Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation report. (Daily Mirror)
U.N. envoy in Sri Lanka
The U.N. special envoy on human rights of internally displaced persons arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday to examine the status of people rendered homeless by the country’s three-decade civil war.
Chaloka Beyani, Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, said he intended to meet all stakeholders during his five-day visit. (The Hindu)
Wife of Sri Lanka's former Army Commander to contest as chief ministerial candidate for Western Province
Former Sri Lanka Army Commander, Sarath Fonseka's wife, Anoma Fonseka is likely to contest as the chief ministerial candidate of the Democratic Party at the Western Provincial Council election that is to be held next year.
Anoma Fonseka told the media that the Democratic Party is yet to make a final decision on the matter. (Colombo Page)
Sri Lanka opposition against Manmohan Singh visiting Jaffna
Sri Lanka must not allow Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit the country’s former war zone in the Tamil-dominated north, since he declined to attend the CHOGM summit, the main opposition UNP said on Monday.
Speaking in parliament, United National Party’s (UNP) senior leader John Amaratunga expressed vehement opposition to Singh visiting the island’s war-torn north.(First Post)
Sri Lankan government alleged of presenting false statistics about country's poverty level
Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) alleges that the government has presented false statistics about the level of poverty in the country.
UNP parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa says the government is misleading the public with its statistics.(Colombo Page)
Russian couple wins a free Sri Lankan ‘Holiday Package’
A Russian couple who arrived in Sri Lanka for a 17 day holiday on Saturday morning was surprised when they were handed over a 6 night / 7 day free holiday package by the Island’s tourism official.
The move, part of Sri Lanka’s efforts to celebrate its recording breaking feat during the year 2013, which saw the Island receiving the highest number of tourists per annum.(News 360)
UNP heading for unity at long last or is the bubble waiting to burst?
With several provincial and national elections expected to be held in the coming months, it appears the UNP is at long last moving towards uniting the pro and anti-Ranil factions, amidst a looming threat that the dissident group led by Sajith Premadasa would continue to rock the boat.
The Leadership Council (LC) headed by Karu Jayasuriya managed to ‘tame’ two leading dissidents last week with vociferous parliamentarians Palitha Range Bandara and Asoka Abeysinghe denying anti-Ranil comments attributed to them in the media, after the party had dropped disciplinary inquiries against them.(Sunday Island)
JVP on the verge of another split
Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is likely to split again sources affiliated with the party say.
According to the sources close to the JVP say that the new split may occur due to ideological conflict in the party over coalition politics.(Colombo Page)