18-year-old voters to get text messages from Polls Commission View(s):The Elections Commission (EC) will start sending text messages to young voters on completion of 18 years of age, reminding them to register to vote, a senior official said. A separate list is currently being circulated with the voters list, for this purpose . He said that, if the amendment is passed, those who become eligible to vote, need not wait for June to have their names included in the list. “This will enable the EC to make use of the updated list for the elections,” he added. Mr Ratnayaka said that the reminders will also enable the Grama Niladharis to keep track of those to be included in the list of voters who are 18 years and over.
Making history in this land like no other View(s):Would you believe it!? A question raised in our so-called sanctum sanctorum, otherwise known as the House by the Oya, has not been answered for one year. Why who else but the country’s highest office, the Presidential Secretariat. Talking of history in the making, the Education Minister has entered our country’s history books. If Akila Viraj Kariyawasam wishes to go down in history, would he please find another way of doing so?
The complex colour, layered with rich undertones of mango yellow, dominates an external wall in the newly renovated De Saram House in Colombo 7. It allowed them to recreate in painstaking detail the home that first underwent extensive renovations under Geoffrey Bawa in 1986. When Bawa first started work on the De Saram House, Amila had not yet joined his practice. The public programme will be launched in July with the exhibition “Decorative Arts in the Geoffrey Bawa Collection” held at Lunuganga from July 13-21. On July 22, the 5th cycle of the triennial Geoffrey Bawa Awards will be launched, to be followed by the 16th Annual Memorial Lecture on July 23, which marks Geoffrey Bawa’s 100th birthday.
Deep political significance in Modi’s four-hour visit today By Our Diplomatic Correspondent View(s): View(s):India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Colombo today on a four-hour visit which assumes much greater significance than the brief stopover for many reasons. From the airport, both President Sirisena and Prime Minister Modi will travel in a motorcade to Colombo. He said: “Our relationship with Sri Lanka is without any caveats and riders. We are only interested in seeing a united, peaceful, strong, sovereign and prosperous Sri Lanka. His first visit was to the Maldives with a stopover in Sri Lanka.
Indian help to develop three airports View(s):Sri Lanka will seek the services of the Indian Satellite Air Navigation System (Gagan) for the development of its three proposed regional airports – Palaly, Batticaloa and Ratmalana – senior officials said. He said that a request would be made to meet the expenses via an Indian credit line, or similar concessional scheme. Discussions on the proposed request were held at Temple Trees on Friday when Chairman, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) H M C Nimalsiri met with the Prime Minister. The request comes in the wake of plans to invest Rs10 billion for development of the Palaly, Batticaloa and Ratmalana airports. The development of the Batticaloa airport will commence later this year, while work at Ratmalana will commence next year, with more land acquisitions due.
Tourism PR campaign gets cabinet nod By Sunimalee Dias View(s): View(s):The much-awaited PR campaign has finally gained Cabinet approval this week, giving a go-ahead to the industry’s strategy to promote the destination and bring back visitors to Sri Lanka. Approval was granted for the implementation of a short term Public Relations programme for a period of 45 days and a six month advertising programme in order to re-establish Sri Lanka tourism brand name, according to an official announcement. Several countries have softened the travel advisories and urged their respective citizens to exercise caution when travelling to Sri Lanka. Rolling out the red carpet for visitors from India, the tourism industry in Sri Lanka will be looking at Rs.100 million cash infusion from the Treasury to get onboard with a discounted joint offer to holiday on the isle. This campaign is still being worked out and it is not clear whether this would require cabinet approval as the authorities were only supporting the initiative and was mostly a joint effort by the tourism industry.
Then, there is the reference to ACSA, the agreement signed in 2007 and renewed in 2017 with the United States. President J.R. Jayewardene became Minister of Defence with the 1978 Constitution, but when the security of the State got badly compromised with the growth of the LTTE, he appointed a separate Minister of National Security. China on the other hand is sending its Defence Minister for the first time to the conference. There is, however, a higher duty cast on the country’s political leadership to ensure the security of the individual citizen, and the security of the State. The citizens expect no less from their elected leaders as the country struggles to get back on even keel.
Association of Sports Federations Society (ASFS) launched View(s):The Association of Sports Federations Society (ASFS), comprising members affiliated to a number of well-established sports federations and registered with the Registrar of Companies was introduced to the sports loving public of Sri Lanka, through an event held at its registered address at Alwis Place, Colombo 3 on Wednesday. The Association of Sports Federations Society (ASFS), comprising members affiliated to a number of well-established sports federations and registered with the Registrar of Companies was introduced to the sports loving public of Sri Lanka, through an event held at its registered address at Alwis Place, Colombo 3 on Wednesday. “There are over 60 sports associations and federations affiliated to the Ministry of Sports, and through ASFS, it is expected that all these bodies become comprehensive in administration, governance, transparency and accountability in sports. All sports federations affiliated to the Ministry of Sports and or the respective international federations can become members of ASFS. The founder members of the ASFS represent Sri Lanka Archery Association, Sri Lanka Athletics Association, Sri Lanka Boxing Federation, Sri Lanka Canoeing Association, Sri Lanka Fencing Association, Football Federation of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Modern Pentathlon Association, Sri Lanka Rowing Association and Sri Lanka Winter Sports Association.
A dark comedy of the afterlife Concluding our series on the Gratiaen short-listed writers, Yomal Senerath-Yapa talks to internationally acclaimed writer Shehan Karunatilaka View(s): View(s):Living up to the Legend of Pradeep Mathew would have been intimidating to say the least. But most of Maali was a “thought experiment”: what would an atheist do when confronted with the afterlife? In the novel, afterlife turns out to be a typical Sri Lankan bureaucracy. “And God is not dead,” Shehan informs us, “she is just not in her office this afternoon. “I will attempt it one day when I’m brave enough.” A spirited young thing leading you into more obscure crevices and nooks and crannies of fascinating Sri Lankan life?
Motown magic to bring back those great hits Original Drifters member Roy G. Hemming soon in Colombo View(s): View(s):Who can forget those great hits – Me & Mrs Jones, Don’t Leave Me this Way, Givin’ Up Givin’ In, Stop In The Name of Love, When Will I See You Again, Love Train, Get Ready, Woman In Love, Dancing In The Streets, How Sweet It Is, Hold back the night, My Girl? Original Drifters member Roy G. Hemming brings on stage the sounds of -Motown, in one action packed show in Colombo this Wednesday. A great showman and dynamic singer, best known as the longest serving former member of the legendary group, The Drifters, Roy Hemmings will perform ‘Hits of Motown’ at the Colombo Hilton on June 5 at 7.30 p.m. Roy’s second solo album, ‘All Talked Out’ includes a fine version of The Drifters’ classic, ‘Like Sister and Brother’. Roy is currently touring with his “Hits of Motown Show” featuring “The Love Supremes”.
New Zealand thrash Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in World Cup View(s):CARDIFF AFP June 1, 2019: New Zealand paceman Matt Henry led an inspired bowling unit to run through Sri Lanka’s batting and power the Black Caps to a 10-wicket win in their World Cup opener on Saturday. Henry returned figures of 3-29 and combined with fellow paceman Lockie Ferguson who also took three wickets to bowl out Sri Lanka for 136 in 29.2 overs in Cardiff. The Kiwis cruised home in 16.1 overs to register their third win in a World Cup game by 10 wickets. Sri Lanka meet Afghanistan in Cardiff on June 4.scoreboard Sri Lanka Lahiru Thirimanne lbw b Henry……………… 4 Dimuth Karunaratne not out…………….. 52 Kusal Perera c De Grandhomme b Henry …….. 29 Kusal Mendis c Guptill b Henry ……………… 0 Dhananjaya de Silva lbw b Ferguson ……… 4 Angelo Mathews c Latham b De Grandhomme … 0 Jeevan Mendis c Neesham b Ferguson ………. 1 Thisara Perera c Boult b Santner ………….. 27 Isuru Udana c Henry b Neesham ……………… 0 Suranga Lakmal c Santner b Boult ………….. 7 Lasith Malinga b Ferguson ………………….
Making a bold statement with her colourful creations By Kaveesha Fernando View(s): View(s):A quaintrelle is a woman who emphasizes a life of passion expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm, and a cultivation of life’s pleasures. Chiran Medis chose this name for her own business selling costume jewellery. Chiran hopes that her colourful jewellery will inspire bold fashion trends. Working from her home in Moratuwa, Chiran custom makes anything requested incorporating school logos to an ultrasound of a baby. In a day, Chiran works on an average of ten earrings.
Sri Lanka should click and build up By Kumar Sangakkara View(s): View(s):The ICC World Cup was kick-started by a blistering performance from England, the pre-tournament favourites for most pundits. While my heart beats for Sri Lanka, and I hope things click and we build up some momentum with a collective effort, my predicted top four at the start are England, India, Australia and then either New Zealand or West Indies. Great to see “Dre” Russell back for them in ODI cricket; if he stays fully fit, he could light-up this World Cup with bat and ball. Sri Lanka in their warm-up games have played average cricket. Their biggest advantage is the pace bowling unit led by Jasprit Bumrah, the best pace bowler in ODI cricket in the world right now.
Local Huawei officials and customers reflect confusion By Duruthu Edirimuni Chandrasekera US-China tech fight View(s): View(s):Caught in the middle as the victim of the ongoing trade war between the US and China when US President Donald Trump cracked down on Chinese technology companies, the world’s second-largest smartphone maker Huawei is marking time. According to local Huawei staff, they don’t foresee a problem because there isn’t one. “We have been informed by our head office that there’s no problem,” an employee in a Huawei sales outlet told the Business Times. The local Huawei office in a statement on Tuesday said that Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. “Their sales won’t be instantly impacted by the decision, but the future of updates for those phones and any new phones Huawei would produce, will,” an analyst told the Business Times.