Days later, he ordered more diesel power plants: (A subsequent government allowed CEB to build the Upper Kotmale power plant, too, now operational). One power plant was to go for competitive bidding one day later, on Monday May 16, 2016; ordered more diesel power plants, with a label “LNG” power plant. Mid-2016, Committee within a committee: A Committee headed by an economist was appointed, to rubber stamp the “committee’ decision to kill the two Trincomalee power plants. The power plants which were to be ready in 2020 and 2022 would have just missed the crisis but the present crisis would have been short-lived. Not a single large power plant has entered the construction stage since 2012, since CEB began work on generator number 3 at Norochcholai, the country’s only coal-fired power plant.
Waste management from a people angle Dr.Randika Jayasinghe talks to Smriti Daniel about her community-based recycling projects View(s): View(s):There are few people who know their way around a Sri Lankan garbage dump as well as Dr.Randika Jayasinghe. In fact, Randika’s PhD thesis at the University of Western Australia (UWA) was focused on developing poverty reducing solutions for sustainable waste management in Sri Lanka. A year after establishing the training centres, the team at Waste for Life were able to start their pilot projects. Waste for Life Sri Lanka’s partnership with Dilmah Conservation (Dilmah Recycling) has resulted in the creation of a facility which can convert a significant portion of Dilmah’s tea packaging waste materials into reusable items. However, Randika knows the road is long, and Sri Lanka has a long way to go when it comes to waste management.
A Khan who can’t see truth View(s):No, it is not that the ineffectual London Mayor Sadiq Khan does not know. London Mayor Sadiq Khan greeted only the Tamil community at New Year earlier this month, as though others who celebrated the same event did not deserve Khan’s ‘weighty’ wishes. More and more it is earning the reputation of a racist party. If Khan can’t make this simple gesture or stubbornly refuses to do so then it is time that he was taught some elementary lessons in civilised behaviour. While Minister Field was advocating the coming together of Sri Lanka’s communities, Corbyn and Khan were encouraging divisiveness by addressing only the Tamil community.
Budget 2019 over-estimates corporate tax revenue View(s):By Bandula SirimannaSri Lanka’s corporate tax has been constantly over-estimated and on average, fallen short of estimates during the last few years, the Parliamentary Committee on Public Finance (COPF) says. The corporate tax rate stands at 28 per cent while it averaged 31.95 per cent from 1997 until 2018. Sri Lanka 2019 Budget has over-estimated the tax revenue making the task of tax collection authorities ‘challenging’ and in this context the Government should consider additional measures if planned revenue didn’t come in, COPF has warned. This tax component will account for 8.8 per cent of tax revenue and principle changes have been expected on the collection of corporate tax in accordance with the new Inland Revenue Act (IRA). Analysis of previous years’ estimates show that corporate tax has been constantly over-estimated, and on average fallen short of estimates by 6.4 per cent, COPF said.
Sri Lanka’s IT BPO spikes amidst waning corporate sector confidence View(s):By Bandula SirimannaAmidst growing sentiment of cynicism and slow private sector credit growth, Sri Lanka’s business sector confidence has plunged to very low levels although IT Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) spiked significantly despite political uncertainty, economic analysts say. Private sector credit growth in February slowed to a low of 13.6 per cent, down from 14.8 per cent a month ago, Central Bank data showed. The BPO sector includes financial and accounting services, investment research, engineering services, and UK-based legal services. Several US companies, many small or medium sized, are developing software in Sri Lanka. The government seeks to further develop Sri Lanka as a base for information technology, call centres, and outsourcing, the official report revealed.
Methodist Bishop requests PM to ensure religious freedom By Asiri Fernando View(s): View(s):Six people, who were part of a mob that pelted stones and obstructed a prayer service at a religious centre run by the Methodist Church at Kundichchaankulama in Anuradapura, have been charged with unlawful entry, obstruction and unlawful assembly. Asiri Perera, who is the president and Bishop of the Methodist Church in Sri Lanka. At this meeting, Bishop Perera raised the matter of police inaction. On Good Friday, Methodist Church members and civil society activists held an hour-long ‘Silent Vigil’ outside the Kollupitiya Methodist Church on Galle Road to highlight the need for the freedom of religion. We provide training for differently-abled and hearing-impaired children,” Bishop Perera said.
Ms Kiron had the backing of the Kuwaiti Sheikh, who reportedly steered voters toward his desired outcome, according a complaint Ms Didi filed with A.F.C.’s election oversight panel. They included Ms Didi, described as a soccer official from the Maldives. If she did as she was told, he would be able to place Ms Didi in another position, either at International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) or within Asian soccer. “He said this is how it works in politics, it’s not football,” Ms Didi recalled of the meeting in a telephone interview. The Gordian Knot still remains much the same way, with the Provincial Council elections pending.
Ancient manuscripts from around the country under one roof View(s):By Oshani AlwisAncient palm leaf manuscripts neatly tied up, treated with citronella oil, a natural insect repellent and laid on cotton cloth are stored in a wooden cupboard. The university library has a collection of 20 palm-leaf manuscripts, which had been in the university library since its inception in 1959, mostly comprising indigenous medicine and remedies, and a few on Buddhism. At the moment we have received around 200 palm-leaf manuscripts under the project,”Menaka Nishanthi, Assistant Librarian, in charge of the Preservation and Conservation Unit notes. In conserving palm- leaf manuscripts, unique techniques are followed for each part of the document – two wooden hard covers (Kamba), the code (Huya), Washer like part which secures the code (Sakiya),and palm leaves (Path Iru). Manuscripts can be donated to the Library, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Gangodawila, Nugegoda.
Increasing export crop production vital for enhancing export earnings View(s):Had tea, rubber, coconut and other export crop production increased in the past three decades, the economy would have been vastly better. Export crops could have contributed significantly to the country’s export earnings. Sri LankaSri Lanka’s growth experience is flawed by inadequate agricultural production, except in the case of rice and food crop production. Had the tea plantations achieved their potential production, tea export earnings would have made a higher contribution to the trade balance. However, the significance of agricultural exports are not reflected correctly by these statistics as the domestic value addition is considerably more in agricultural exports.
Today’s RTC Magic Million Cup expected to be a thriller after last Monday’s upset View(s):With the sensational outcome where Spirited Touch outsmarted champion mare Alcazaba to clinch the RTC Governor’s Cup 2019 at the Racecourse in Nuwara Eliya on April 15, the third and final installation of Royal Turf Club’s (RTC) holiday season races today is set to generate more excitement than ever. Today when the RTC hosts its Magic Million Cup Raceday, much excitement is anticipated as the main race, the Class I Thoroughbreds, is tipped to be a thriller of an event. The picturesque Racecourse was filled to capacity, as they geared up to host the RTC Governor’s Cup and RTC Queens Cup, two of the most important races in their horseracing calendar. And then came the RTC Governor’s Cup, a race that has history and tradition writ all over it. He gave his connections a fantastic double, but more than that, Spirited Touch had carved himself a name in the record books by winning the RTC Governors Cup 2019.
DWC head asks visitors, safari drivers to Kumana Park to be cautious following leopard attack View(s):The Kumana Park is open to the public, except for a 10 km stretch that is out of bounds until further notice. Wildlife Conservation Director General Chandana Sooriyabandara has advised tourists and safari vehicle drivers to be cautious when visiting the park. He said leopard attacks are rare, but they were taking measures to ensure the safety of the leopard as well as visitors to the park. He said he had instructed Wildlife officials to be vigilant about the behaviour and movements of the leopard. He said Wildlife officials believe that the leopard was a male and could be wounded.
Thushani Jayawardena : Sought after proficient violinist View(s):The violin, as known to many, is the baby of the string musical instrument family with four strings with tuned notes G, D, A and E played with a bow. One of the most sought after and accomplished violinists in Sri Lanka is well accredited Thushani Jayawardena. Having commenced on this inimitable journey as a toddler, as her father was the reputed violinist Asoka Jayawardena formerly of the SLBC Orchestra. During the years 2013 and 2014, she was elevated to Concert Master in the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka. Scholastically Thushani has successfully completed both the examinations-Trinity and Royal Colleges of Music, London.
Islandwide shut down on shotgun ranges by Naushad Amit 'Very Urgent' circular issued by Defence Secretary View(s): View(s):Shotgun Ranges throughout Sri Lanka have been forced to shut down by a surprising, ‘Very Urgent’ circular issued by the Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, hampering preparations of Shooters bound for international events, as well as domestic competitions run by the National Shooting Sport Federation of Sri Lanka (NSSF). The NSSF, affiliated to the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), is the governing body in Sri Lanka for Shooting sports, which is an Olympic sport. The ban has affected the Shooting Sport activities of Clubs from Negombo, Kandy, Gampaha and Payagala, which is the only Clay target Shotgun affiliated to the NSSF. The other Ranges, despite having affiliations with the NSSF, are also members of the National Shooting Association, a non-Olympic Shooting Sport entity. “It is learned that the Defence Secretary is hurriedly building a Shotgun Range at the Navy complex in Welisara.
Thus, a case listing the accused, if as claimed including Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has not yet surfaced in courts. Gota makes statementIn a brief statement he made to the crowds; Gotabaya Rajapaksa made a significant revelation – he has NOT handed in his papers yet for the renunciation of his US citizenship. Top members of the family had warned Gotabaya Rajapaksa before departure that he should keep a safe distance from the person. The law suits against Gotabaya Rajapaksa are clearly intended to delay, if not scuttle, the US government from renouncing his citizenship. Whether this is with the approval of President Sirisena, tacit or otherwise, remains unclear.
Avurudu:A new take on the traditional By Kaveesha Fernando Some modern trends that are catching on during the festive season View(s): View(s):Avurudu/ Puththandu is a time of tradition, and of course celebration of the New Year with family. Avurudu appsApps on the Google playstore titled ‘Avurudu games of Sri Lanka’ and ‘Avurudu Games’ aim to teach the younger generations what traditional Avurudu games in the village were like from the comfort of their living rooms on their phone or tab. Designed by Shakya Kariyawasam and marketed by Madusanka Pradeep, the team aims to bring traditional art to modern day fashion. “It is our aim to bring back the ancient traditional Avurudu clothing styles this season, in order to emphasise the importance of culture and to show our customers how they could be stylish and traditional at the same time. Adding contemporary vibrance to traditional New Year attire, the jewellery is sure to complete even the simplest Avurudu outfit.