Just like Dutch words, we commonly and widely use Portuguese words in Sri Lanka without knowing that they are not actually Sinhala words. Winners and losersThere are both winners and losers of globalisation, anyway: some people benefit, while some others lose; some professionals gain, while some others lose; some production activities expand, some others lose. While proponents of globalisation desire to look at the winners, opponents chose to look at the losers. Similarly, the peculiarity of losing from globalisation is that the losers will continue to lose even more. The countries which were not ready for that became increasingly vulnerable to globalisation and its shocks, as we in Sri Lanka also began to experience.
Lanka lacks laws to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, says EC By Namini Wijedasa Only other South Asian nation to be flagged “high-risk third country” apart from Afghanistan and Pakistan View(s): View(s):The European Commission (EC) has named Sri Lanka a “high-risk third country” with strategic deficiencies in anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) laws. “High risk and monitored jurisdictions” are countries that have taken insufficient measures to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other threats to the international financial system. This means that transactions involving Sri Lanka will attract additional layers of due diligence. This is not the first time Sri Lanka has earned the dubious distinction from the EU. The European Parliament in February last year voted to add Tunisia, Sri Lanka and Trinidad and Tobago to its money-laundering blacklist.
Local genius golfer Nandasena Perera moves on… By Dian Abeyewardene View(s): View(s):K. Nandasena Perera born 29th August 1954, in Bandaranaikepura, Rajagiriya, a stones’ throw from the Royal Colombo Golf Club, was a ‘Sportsman Par-excellence’ in every sense of the word. Nandasena working at the RCGC gradually became a Caddy and the ‘genius’ in Nandasena sprouted wings. It took eight years to be overhauled and re-written by Nandasena Perera. Probably, the greatest achievement of Nandasena Perera as an Amateur was the silver medal he won at the Beijing Asian Games 1990 in China. After 4 rounds of golf, Nandasena Perera was tied with Maruyama of Japan and in the sudden-death play-off, Maruyama pushed his drive to the rough whilst Nandasena was in the middle of the Fairway.
From bumper harvest blooms a pumpkin festival as farmer aid View(s):the humble pumpkin is in the news once again due to the bumper crop which has resulted in farmers struggling to get a reasonable price for their produce. This will be by way of a Pumpkin Farmers’ Festival on February 22 (Friday) along Green Path (Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.“During the past few weeks, while I was travelling in Anuradhapura and other areas, the sad plight of the pumpkin farmers was evident. He had then mooted the idea of a pumpkin farmers’ festival with several others, including Sarvodaya Development Finance Limited Chief Executive Officer Nilantha Jayanetti. Twenty-five farmers from all three districts will take part in the festival bringing with them between 50,000 kilos and 100,000 kilos of pumpkin. Organisers said pumpkin farmers from the north would also participate in the festival.
Childhood cancer: Sooner the treatment, sooner the cure By Kumudini Hettiarachchi View(s): View(s):Chemo and radiotherapy treatment specifically tailor-made for children, assures Consultant Paediatric & Adolescent Oncologist, Dr. Sanjeeva GunasekeraSays families with cancer-affected children need empathy not ‘aney -paw’ Childhood cancers are “highly curable”. Such treatment protocols are not just to cure children with cancer for a short time but for a very long time without any disability. Bringing the child for treatment early to the hospital is very important without going here and there, hoping for quick-fixes, points out Dr. Gunasekera, as the sooner treatment is begun, the sooner the child can be cured. The important thing is to seek treatment as soon as the cancer is diagnosed and follow the treatment protocols to the letter,” he says. With the exception of some cases such as brain-stem gliomas and Stage IV neuroblastomas, a vast majority of childhood cancers are curable.
He believes it is Basil Rajapaksa who stymied his efforts to become the joint SLFP-SLPP candidate. Basil Rajapaksa later explained that his absence was because he was too busy, firstly talking to SLPP district representatives. We need to complete the Provincial Council election process, if the Presidential election is to be held later this year. This is ahead of the presidential election and will raise controversy over who the party’s candidate for the presidential election would be. He is strongly staking his claims to be the candidate at this year’s presidential election.
Malith’s multi awarded maiden movie releases in March By Susitha Fernando View(s): View(s):Malith Hegoda’s maiden film ‘Dekala Purudu Kenek’- ‘The Strange Familiar’, which has already won several awards and nominations at international and local film festivals, will be released in CEL circuit cinemas from March 8. Internationally, the film was nominated for the Golden Hanuma award at the Jogja NETPAC Asian Film Festival in Indonesia in 2015 and was in competition for the Golden Zenith at the renowned Montreal World Film Festival in 2015 in the First Films Competition in Montreal, Canada. The film narrates around an urban middle class couple, whose relationship is falling apart mainly due to misunderstanding. It depicts how their child is affected and traumatized due to this strained relationship. Co-produced by Rasanga Dissanayake, Mohamed Adamaly and Nadira Adamaly, ‘Dekala Purudu Kenek’ is produced by Lal Hegoda and Malith Hegoda.
But the Resettlement Ministry, supported by the Government, insisted that the ArcelorMittal project was optimum because it came with financing. The TNA was against steel prefabricated houses, as were the Jaffna District Coordinating Committee and the Northern Provincial Council (NPC). On November 9, 2016, Resettlement Ministry Secretary V Sivagnanasothy was transferred out. Today, backers of the steel houses admit they “made a mistake” (although Minister Swaminathan is yet to say it). Meanwhile, there was yet another housing project waiting in the wings.
Wonder tree from Amazon rain forest, now flourishing in Sri Lanka’s dry zone By Dr. V.H.L. Munasinghe (Principal Research Officer in Adaptive Research), Rubber Research Institute of Sri Lanka View(s): View(s):On February 7, something peculiar happened silently in the hamlet of Nedunkulama in Vavuniya district. For the first time, a rubber tree in the Northern Province was tapped to harvest latex. Whilst improving the productivity in existing rubber lands, rubber is expected to be cultivated in new lands to meet this target. The rubber tree is flourishing in the dry zone after 143 years of initial introduction to Sri Lanka.
Mother’s murder of child reveals dark trend of child cruelty View(s):A 21-year-old mother has spent this week under arrest over the mysterious disappearance of her child after confessing that she had assaulted her four-year-old daughter and thrown her into the Kala Oya tank. Last month, police arrested a mother, 26, and her lover, 31, over the murder of her nine-year-old child in January 2018. The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) said reports of cruelty to children are on the rise, and these recent cases of extreme cruelty inflicted by parents on their own children have caused widespread horror. Last year, the NCPA received 2,413 complaints of child cruelty ranging from verbal to physical abuse, Director-General Anoma Siriwardena said. Children are often subject to cruelty when they are left in the custody of the father, Ms. Siriwardena said: informal research showed the greatest contributing factor to child cruelty was the absence of women in the household.
From fruit seller to a cinema owner By N. Parameswaran, Jaffna correspondent View(s): View(s):JAFFNA – S. Thiyagarajan, who once sold fruits on the streets, has made gigantic strides since then and is now the owner of STR films, a leading cinema distributor in Sri Lanka which operates six cinema halls in the Northeast. He faced lot of challenges in the cinema industry; to survive and continues his business. In his early days, Mr. Thiyagarajan made friends with an orange seller in the Jaffna market, and said he was interested in selling oranges. That was his entry into the fruit selling business. But his vision was cinema; thereafter he purchased a land and built a cinema.
Dancehall rappers at ‘Bump n Grind’ View(s):‘Bump n Grind’, a grand ‘Hip Hop and Rap’ bash was held on the 1st of February at W Lounge Horton Place Colombo. ‘Bump n Grind’ was the first of many of this kind to come alive during this year. Rude Bwoy Shiraz, the one and the only ragga, dancehall star in the island, was the main attraction of the ‘Bump n Grind’. He entertained the crowd with some of his great original music, along with his free style to promote the ragga / dancehall music genre. DJ Supun Nuwan, DJ ShaLindra Wijewickrama, DJ Dilan Jayasuriya, DJ Daham Thennakoon and Basecraft were in action at the ‘Bump n Grind’ along with DJ Minol Dee.
Rubber for the first time from the North View(s):Rubber was tapped, for the first time, from the North in Vavuniya earlier this month. Picture shows Secretary to the Ministry of Plantation Industries, J.A. Ranjith looking at the first drop of latex. The Government has encouraged the planting of rubber trees in the North and the East.
Uncertainty in Sri Lankan property market By Raj Moorthy View(s): View(s):Some time back it was stated by leading business leaders and property gurus that real estate is a good investment with better returns. There is uncertainty in the property market in Sri Lanka since the beginning of this year, noted Ravi Abeysuriya, Group Director of Candor Group of Companies. “The property market looks really bad in Sri Lanka since the beginning of this year. Property developers are finding it difficult to pay back loans and most of the construction projects are on hold. Imposing 15 per cent VAT on an apartment sale is a poor strategy to the Sri Lankan property market.
200 kilo stone to test new hangman’s noose By Hassaan Shazuli View(s): View(s):The strength of the hangman’s noose which is slated to be imported will be tested with a 200 kilogramme stone, Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI) Director General Dr. Siddhika Senaratne told the Sunday Times. “There is no place for the death penalty in a civilised society,”Mr. Patnaik said on his official Twitter account. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference opposes the death penalty and called for “stringent security measures” to prevent drug dealings in prisons. This is because it is “an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” who is subject to the death penalty. The letter had emphasised that the noose must be imported from a country which has implemented the death penalty.