President’s Fund drying up, Sirisena wants one billion rupees urgently View(s):From providing financial assistance for medical treatment to granting relief to low-income groups over the years, the President’s Fund is now, literally broke.President Maithripala Sirisena, under whom the Fund functions, wants at least a billion rupees immediately as a temporary measure to fund the Fund. Thereafter, the Treasury is to direct that revenue to the President’s Fund. However, the requirements of the President’s Fund to meet demands for financial assistance and other payments are said to be around Rs 1,400 million. President Sirisena has opined that no taxes should be levied on the funds contributed to the President’s Fund by the National Development Lotteries Board. He has appointed me as his State Minister,” the new State Minister declared.
Will the Sri Lankan economy be Asia’s left behind economy? In fact Asia’s dynamic economies are continuing to lead global economic growth. It recognised that her communist economic policies were dragging the economy down and adopted economic reforms that transformed the country into a competitive outward looking economy. Inefficient economic policiesThe Sri Lankan economy is in stark contrast to that of Vietnam. It is hampered by obsolete and inefficient economic policies, a political coalition that does not allow for clear and pragmatic economic policies and much needed economic reforms for rapid economic growth.
Public anger mounting over dengue management: BT-RCB Poll Teach Civics and manners in schools View(s): View(s):Unsurprisingly, a new joint poll by the Business Times (BT) and the Research Consultancy Bureau (RCB) on the dengue crisis that has engulfed the country, reveals mounting public anger against the Government and local authorities for failing to contain the epidemic. With both public and private hospitals overflowing with patients and public concern over dengue at its peak, the BT-RCB poll (conducted on email and on the street) saw dozens of those polled venting their anger and frustration with comments flowing. But respondents also sympathised with the Government saying the state has its hands full and cited ‘public apathy’ as one of the main problems. The fault lies with the public,” one respondent in the street poll conducted by the RCB, said. Titled ‘Dengue – No respecter of persons’, the poll on email (by the BT) and on the street (in Colombo and Galle by RCB), triggered some interesting data.
LWMF to bring Lionel Wendt’s unique legacy to the fore View(s):The Lionel Wendt Memorial Fund (LWMF) has announced a number of exciting initiatives, for local and international audiences, aimed at raising awareness about its unique art collection, a press release from the Fund stated. Lionel Wendt was one of the founding members of the ‘43 Group’, Sri Lanka’s first Modernist collective of artists formed in 1943 in Colombo. The original LWMF collection is the single largest collection of work by Lionel Wendt. A picture library of images for reproduction purposes will be made available to those wishing to use images of Lionel Wendt’s work for scholarly, educational or critical purposes. A series of publications and events about Wendt’s unique legacy are also being developed with scholars and curators.
Yoko credited as co-writer of ‘Imagine’ View(s):Yoko Ono the widow of John Lennon has been added on as co- writer of the classic ‘Imagine’. The announcement was made by David Israelite, the president of the National Music Publishers Association in the US to mark the occasion when ‘Imagine’ was named Centennial Song Award. ‘Imagine’ was written 48 years ago and only credited to Lennon. Rihanna is back taking lead vocal spot on DJ Khaled’s new single ‘Wild Thoughts’ which was released on 16th June. It’s a sixth week for Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee with Justin Bieber as ‘Despacito’ reigns the UK singles chart.
Rotten eggs, Malinga-Dayasiri row and the likely humiliation View(s):Much has been happening since the Lankans returned home after their incident-filled cricket excursion to Old Blighty. Last week, he berated the Lankan cricketers and said there were many players unfit to be included in the playing eleven. He disagreed with Malinga and said that, as a result of players being unfit, they tend to miss catches. He added that he will not place his signature to approve unfit players turning out to represent the National cricket team in the future. However if ever the minister thinks of getting serious there are more rotten eggs in this cricket basket that has to be buried.
Innovative play- engine of our time View(s):If there is one sport that has proved itself to be ahead of time, it is Football. Innovation in TennisIn Tennis, Sampras, Nadal, Serena and now Ostapenko, came up with innovative Tennis. If adaptation and innovation is meant to have a meaning to a Tennis player, then this transition is the testing ground. Development follyLooking at the draw-sheet of the ITF Futures in Colombo, one realises the association’s meager interest in player development. In these climates there can be no ‘innovative Tennis’.
US$300 million Dedduwa -Akurala high-end tourism zone gets underway By Bandula Sirimanna View(s): View(s):Sri Lanka is introducing high-end tourism projects and new travel opportunities in unspoiled areas of Dedduwa and Akurala in the Galle district in an effort to re-develop the southern province, the Western Province and Megapolis Development Ministry disclosed. The Dedduwa area has already been singled out as a high –end tourism project area and it will continue on the South coast all the way up to Mirissa, he revealed. The Dedduwa tourism area has many natural attractions such as inland lakes wetlands, flora and fauna, diverse biodiversity, eco-systems, beaches, temples, villages, cultural activities and paddy and cinnamon cultivation. The government will encourage high end tourists and for that it will allocate the lands from Bentota to Galle for high end tourism projects and will do it together with the re-development of Galle, Dedduwa and Akurala, he disclosed. The Dedduwa Economic Zone will also be established in an area of 400-500 acres.
CID action against those provoking religious or ethnic tension By Damith Wickremsekara View(s): View(s):Individuals or groups trying to provoke religious or ethnic hatred on social media are to be monitored and action taken against them by the Criminal Investigations Department, a senior official said. The measures are part of Government plans to reduce religious and ethnic tension. So far, the Police have received 21 complaints against individuals or groups inciting religious or ethnic hatred. Mr Wijeweera said that Deputy Inspector Generals had been instructed to take action against persons inciting ethnic or religious tension or promoting violence. He said an appeal through the community police unit also had been made to religious leaders to help prevent the spread of religious or ethnic hatred.
It was indeed the return of the prodigal, the wastrel monk who had become the spendthrift of the Buddha’s doctrine which urges all to show tolerance to all faiths and creeds and to pay respect to another’s belief. Defense of the realm was never held by the Buddha – who never condoned war – as the proper function of a monk. If any monk wishes to fight for his motherland, then he should shed the robe and don military fatigues. A person cannot be a Buddhist monk of peace and a soldier of war at the same time. The question now is whether the London inferno has aggravated the situation with potential buyers turned off high rise condos by the fear of ending roast.
When land acquisition ignores citizens’ rights View(s):From time to time, Governments in this country have embarked on aggressive land acquisition drives citing development requisites. Under the Land Acquisition Act, the State can secure any private land, provided it is for public purpose. The authorities are routinely using Section 38(a) of the land acquisition act to take immediate possession of lands. Not only is Sri Lanka failing to embrace this, the country is well behind in bringing about urgent amendments to the Land Acquisition Act. That country, in 2013, brought in the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act to replace its Land Acquisition Act.
Avishka and Wesley still are dominant factors Singer-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Ruggerite of the Year 2017 View(s): View(s):Avishka Lee and his team Wesley College are still the dominant factors of the Singer-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Ruggerite of the Year and Most Popular Rugby Team of Year 2017 competitions. 2728Sasindu Rathnaweera (Ananda College) …… 898Sumudu Rankothge (Isipathana College) ….. 560Ovin Askey (Royal College) …………………. 355Yuzraan Lantra (Zahira College) …………….. 179Aabid Cader (S. Thomas’ College) ………….. 173Praveen Ranasinghe (St. Aloysius College)… 149Chamodh Fernando (Isipathana College) ….. 121Kasun Amarasinghe (Nalanda College) …….. 111Rishmal Fernando (Royal College) …………. 61Diyath Fernando (St. Peter’s College)……….. 41Janindu Dilshan (Royal College) …………….. 33Sabith Feroze (Royal College) ……………….. 30Most Popular Rugby TeamWesley College ……………………………. 2725Ananda College ……………………………… 943Isipathana College …………………………… 728Royal College ………………………………… 550S. Thomas’ College ………………………….. 190Zahira College ……………………………….. 181St. Joseph’s College ………………………… 112Nalanda College ……………………………… 111St. Peter’s College …………………………….. 41Trinity College ………………………………… 32Kingswood College …………………………… 18Readers prizes go to: 1.
‘Guru Tharuwa’ in Panadura View(s):Jayalath Manoratne’s popular play ‘Guru Tharuwa’ will go on the boards at 3.30 pm and 6.30 pm at Panadura Town hall auditorium on July 2. The play highlighting the importance of teachers and their role in moulding a society and the world, is played by Ratna Lalani, Sampath Tennakone, Lal Kularatne, Dayadewa Edirisinghe, Sarath Chandrasiri, Jagath Beneragama and Manoratne himself. Music direciton is by Ranjith Balasuriya and ‘Guru Tharuwa’ is organised by Jude SRimal.
waste deep in its (mis)management and disposal View(s):By Sandun JayawardanaPiles of garbage still remain in street corners as workers toil to segregate garbage left behind by residents. The process of ridding mounds of garbage from Colombo has been hindered by people dumping unsegregated garbage throughout the city. In a desperate bid to reduce the practice, police have now been directed to arrest anyone found dumping garbage illicitly. CM Devapriya, for his part, acknowledged that segregating garbage alone and dumping garbage in designated areas will not resolve the issue. Researchers at The Earth Policy Institute, say the energy needed to make 12 plastic bags could drive a car for a mile.
had declined to continue further discussion on the purchase agreement until it received confirmation from SriLankan Airlines that these investigations were concluded. The Ministry was blissfully unaware that a termination agreement had already been signed by SriLankan on October 4, 2016 – almost six months before. The recitals in this “Termination and Amendment Agreement” (Airbus 350) states: A. B. LESSEE has requested to terminate the Lease Agreement, and subject to and in accordance with the terms hereof, LESSOR has agreed to such termination. The termination agreement has already been signed on October 4, 2016.