Take a walk in the wetlands of Thalawathugoda

Take a walk in the wetlands of Thalawathugoda View(s):The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka (WNPS) will set out on a ‘Wetland Walk’ on Sunday, April 2 from 7.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Biodiversity Study Park, Thalawathugoda, especially designed for children between 4 – 12 years. Children and their parents will be taken on a guided nature walk, in small groups at this urban wetland. Children and parents ‘exploring’ together is expected to generate interest among parents to continue the learning experience even at home. The first ‘Wetland Walk’ was in December 2016, with some 120 children and their parents. The discussion on the field tour focuses on both flora and fauna found in the wetlands, along with why wetlands are important for the city and the country.

March 25, 2017 20:26 UTC

No one to investigate millers poisoning rice in storage

No one to investigate millers poisoning rice in storage By Kasum Warakapitiya View(s): View(s):A highly toxic fumigant that can cause liver and kidney damage as well as damage to the lungs, nervous system and circulatory system, is allegedly being used in warehouses storing Sri Lanka’s staple food, rice. The alarm over the well-known use of the deadly pesticide by rice millers in warehouses was raised last week by a physician in Polonnaruwa. Chief Medical Officer of Polonnaruwa Dr. Malin Methsuriya, said millers are using the pesticide to stock rice for extended periods. Dr Jayakody said complaints have been received about millers and rice storage owners illegally using chemicals on rice and other grains. He said millers have imported rice and use chemicals to hold the stocks for longer.

March 25, 2017 20:26 UTC

Influenza raises head in NWP

Influenza raises head in NWP View(s):Influenza virus is spreading in the North Western Province (NWP), mainly in Puttalam and Kalpitiya. Dr. Attanayake said one of the symptoms of viral influenza is that, the platelet blood count reduces in some patients, but not as low as those afflicted with dengue. He said high fever is the first symptom and three to four days after the onset of fever, patients get a secondary bacterial infection, where he/she suffers from a cold, cough and high fever. “There is a risk of this condition developing into pneumonia and children are the most vulnerable,” he said. Dr Attanayake however said it was common for communicable diseases to spread in April and May and asked the public not to panic

March 25, 2017 20:26 UTC

No investigative officers to probe disciplinary inquiries against Postal Dept. workers

No investigative officers to probe disciplinary inquiries against Postal Dept. They are Assistant Superintendent of Posts (Investigations), Assistant Superintendent of Posts (Internal Audit) and Assistant Superintendent of Posts (Chief Post Master). Mr. Perera said these positions play an important role to minimise corruption within the Postal Department. Additional Secretary (Development) at the Ministry of Posts, Postal Services and Acting Postmaster General S.H.A.N.D. Abeyrathne acknowledged that the shortage of investigation officers had significantly impacted on the progress of disciplinary inquiries.

March 25, 2017 20:26 UTC

Hambantota deal: Major changes in final draft

Hambantota deal: Major changes in final draft View(s):China Merchant Port Holdings Company Ltd (CMPort) which has clinched majority shares of the Hambantota Port joint venture company will sell a quarter of them within the first ten years to a Sri Lankan party at a “fair value” determined by an independent valuer, the final draft of the concession agreement between the company and Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) states. A divestiture would effectively bring down CMPort’s shareholding in the joint venture company to 60 percent. This means the interested party will have to pay a fee calculated on the US$ 1.4 billion that the joint venture company will be capitalised with. The company will take over all assets and services of Hambantota Port with none of the liabilities. The final draft of the concession agreement is just 96 pages long and pertains to the public-private partnership being forged for the running and development of Hambantota Port.

March 25, 2017 20:26 UTC



The ‘Chatroom’ just got edgier

The ‘Chatroom’ just got edgier Young director Tasmin Anthonisz revamps a drama that impacted her as a 15-year-old audience member for a 2017 audience. Of spotlights fading on and off the equally cryptic teenagers, leaving a lasting effect on her- now as a young director. Next month Tasmin will bring to life her own vision for “Chatroom”, revamping it for a 2017 audience. Before watching Chatroom, Tasmin’s first taste of theatre came with her role as a munchkin in the Wendy Whatmore production of The Wiz (2007). If you do peek into a Chatroom rehearsal, don’t be alarmed if it looks nothing like an intense play in the making.

March 25, 2017 20:26 UTC

Horana tyre factory: Tycoon agrees to pay more

Horana tyre factory: Tycoon agrees to pay more View(s):Controversial businessman Nandana Lokuwithana has agreed to pay a higher lease premium for the Horana land earmarked for his tyre factory, export more of his output and develop site infrastructure at his cost. He will now deposit Rs 210 million upfront as lease premium as opposed to the Rs 170 million earlier pledged. The tycoon has also vowed to export a higher proportion of his output; the ratio was not immediately available. The Dubai-based businessman, who bought the Ceylon Steel Corporation in 2009, proposes to set up the tyre factory in the BOI’s Wagawatte Industrial Zone in Horana. The BOI charges a premium of US$ 40,000 (Rs 6 million) an acre for a 50-year lease of WIZ land.

March 25, 2017 20:26 UTC

Sports Ministry plans to dissolve SLBA elections?

Sports Ministry plans to dissolve SLBA elections? By Susil Premalal View(s): View(s):The Sports Ministry aims to dissolve the Annual General Meeting and elections of the Sri Lanka Badminton Association (SLBA) most probably during the coming week. He went onto say that in case a complaint is received this week, they will have discussions with the Sports Minister regarding the badminton association and legal action will be taken. There is ample time to stage the AGM but the Badminton Association has held the AGM without the audit report very much in advance. The elections and AGM took place last Friday at the SLBA auditorium.

March 25, 2017 20:26 UTC

Remembering Chuck Berry

Remembering Chuck Berry View(s):Chuck Berry the father of Rock And Roll music died on 18th March at his home in St. Louis, Missouri in the US. the father of Rock And Roll music died on 18March at his home in St. Louis, Missouri in the US. Berry blended and improvised Country music with the Blues into what is called Rock And Roll. The man still very much in control of the top rung of the UK singles chart is Ed Sheeran. His album ‘÷’ is also top of the UK album chart for a second week.

March 25, 2017 20:26 UTC

Pressure from Tamil Nadu politicos: Rajinikanth not coming

Pressure from Tamil Nadu politicos: Rajinikanth not coming View(s):South Indian Superstar Rajinikanth has cancelled his visit to Sri Lanka following agitation by Tamil Nadu politicians who insisted he should not visit Sri Lanka because they believe that “Tamil concerns” are yet to be addressed. They have urged him not to visit Sri Lanka. I am looking forward to meet the Sri Lankan Tamil people in the future and want to witness the places where the last phases of the war happened. I request that this should not be made a political issue in the future,” the actor said in a statement issued in Chennai. Tamil Nadu politicians claimed that the Gnanam Foundation, a charity organisation of Lyca Productions, that is currently producing Rajanikanth’s upcoming film also has business ties with the Sri Lankan Government.

March 25, 2017 20:26 UTC

Speaker speaks out against unruly behaviour by some MPs

Speaker speaks out against unruly behaviour by some MPs By Chandani Kirinde- Lobby Correspondent View(s): View(s):It’s three months since Parliament adopted a Code of Conduct for MPs, but that hasn’t made things easier for Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. “I went through the Hansard of March 22 and found that abusive language has been used against the Prime Minister as well as several other MPs. If an MP wishes to raise matters against a fellow parliamentarian, they can do so under Standing Orders of Parliament, without resorting to such behaviour,” the Speaker said. When Speaker Jayasuriya reminds MPs of the need to uphold the dignity of the House, MPs should pay more heed to his words than ever before, because proceedings are now telecast live, so that, voters across the country can see how those they voted into office, behave. Turning this around rests on a no-nonsense approac on the part of the Speaker, as much as better behaviour, especially, from senior Lawmakers.

March 25, 2017 20:26 UTC

Cookie Crumb

Cookie Crumb View(s):By Manoshi de Silva“What is that delicious smell?” thought Brown Ant, looking around. There it was; a cookie crumb lying on the table. They were both at an equal distance from the cookie crumb. The Brown Ant and his friend sighed in relief, “Our cookie crumb is safe!” they whispered to each other. The cookie crumb was missing.

March 25, 2017 20:26 UTC

Lankans buckle under Tamim ton

Neither, selectors have not been helpful, during the past sixteen matches Sri Lanka have had eight different openers. It was very evident all seven batsmen who played yesterday, everyone including skipper Tharanga was playing for his place. Then when they needed consolidation Tamim batted along with Shakib Al Hasan. Then when were needed at the tail end, Tamim took the Lankan attack by its tail. Bowling: Mashrafe Mortaza 7-2-35-2, Mehedi Hasan Miraz 10-0-43-2, Taskin Ahmed 9-0-41-1, Shakib Al Hasan 8-0-33-1, Mustafizur Rahman 8.1-0-56-3, Mosaddek Hossain 3-0-21-0.

March 25, 2017 20:26 UTC

President, PM reach agreement on Cabinet reshuffle

Some of the participants did raise strong objections over key provisions of the Concession Agreement. Sirisena asked them to carefully study the provisions of the Concession Agreement. “It will also monitor how the Chinese company adheres to the provisions of the Concession Agreement,” the source added. Further, Minister of Finance in his observations to the Cabinet Memorandum has recommended that the lease agreement could be 30 years or less. A Government source said yesterday that the Concession Agreement that will pave the way for the first instalment of US$ 1.1 billion will be signed within weeks.

March 25, 2017 20:26 UTC

Rasanjana plays father’s role

Rasanjana plays father’s role New production of Wijeya Nandasiri’s ‘Kusa Pabawathie’ View(s): View(s):Rasanjana Nandasiri, the son of veteran actor Wijeya Nandasiri, is playing the role of Jayampathi Gunasekara in the new production of the stage drama ‘Kusa Pabawathie’ which was originally played by Wijeya Nandasiri. “This is the first time Rasanjana is playing a role played by Wijeya,” Devika Mihirani, renowned stage and small screen actress and the wife of late Mr Nandasiri told Sunday Times. Kusa Pabawathie is one of the four stage dramas produced by Wijeya in his career. The new production of ‘Kusa Pabawathie’ was staged at the Bishop’s College Auditorium on March 26 where Rasanjana Nandasiri played the role his father had acted. The script of ‘Kusa Pabawathie’ was written by Rathnasiri Paranawithana and music was by the veteran musician Lionel Algama.

March 25, 2017 20:26 UTC




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