Navod expands lead, despite changes in the middle View(s):Navod Paranavithana of Mahinda College expanded his lead while dominating the All-Island Schools while changes occurred in the following three places at the end of the 17th week of the Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2019 contest. After the online process kicked off last weekend significant changes have begun to occur as Navod reaches the milestone of 11506 votes. Pasindu Ushetti of Maris Stella College made a notable progress — pushing forward to the second position while claiming the highest tally for the week with a combined intake of 2793 votes. Nalandian Lakshitha Rasanjana moved to the third position while pushing down former leader Sukhitha Manoj, of St. Sebastian’s College, to the fourth position. Sathya Sadeepani of Devapathiraja College Rathgama continues to lead the Girls’ Schools category, which was introduced to the ever popular competition in the country last season.
The Key to the American Success Story View(s):Many students believe that the secret to success in life is through America. The entrance key to AmericaMany Sri Lankan students often dream of a better life in America. This is symbolized through the goal of entering the prestigious California State Universities. In order to give students ample opportunities, NCHS has partnered with California State University Monterey Bay, California State University San Marcos, California State University Bakersfield, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, California State University Fresno, California State University Humboldt and the State University of New York at Albany. It was explained that due to the campus being a state university, the investment is nominal in comparison to the private universities.
Now go-slow for containers View(s):It was like a traffic snarl on a Colombo highway. In view of the six-day work-to-rule by Customs unions, there was a container snarl on the road leading to the Colombo Port. As a result adjoining roads were also affected by heavy traffic jams. The Customs go-slow was called off on Friday, but clearing the backlog will continue for another week at least. Pic by Sameera Weerasekera.
Thousands of ATM cards cancelled; new security measures now in force View(s):Private and state banks have been forced to cancel thousands of ATM cards and issue fresh chip-based after revelations that a group of foreigners used devices to skim data from the cards at some teller machines and use them fraudulently, bank officials said. A senior CID official said banks had been also cautioned that another foreign team was operating, reportedly in the outstations and using hi-tech skimming devices to obtain data from ATM cards. The detective said investigations had revealed that the skimming device had been installed into the slot where the ATM card was inserted. As most banks have adopted EMV Chip technology, customers have been reassured that the systems are safe for transaction,” he said. Banks are replacing such cards with EMV Chip cards,” he added.
Cresside Collette’s Postcards from Home View(s):Postcards from Home, an exhibition by Cresside Collette opens on February 14 and will remain open daily until March 7 at the Saskia Fernando Gallery, 41 Horton Place, Colombo 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 .pm. Born in Sri Lanka, Cresside Colette is the pioneer of en plein air tapestry and presents her first solo exhibition in the country this February at Saskia Fernando Gallery. ‘En plein air’ refers to tapestry of landscapes that are created ‘on location’ .The works from this collection are created in Sri Lanka as well as inspired by the Sri Lanka landscape. The en plein air works have been presented in a travelling exhibition across Australia, where she now lives. The larger works incorporate the Sri Lankan landscape with a combination of collage and pastel used as the base work.
Bond scam: Amendments to recover Rs. officials to discuss measures View(s): View(s):The Government is to move amendments to recover from all parties concerned the estimated Rs. 8.5 billion loss incurred due to the Treasury Bond scam. One of the key recommendations of the Bond Commission which probed the alleged scam was that the losses suffered should be recovered from the relevant parties. Friday’s meeting was also attended by Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda, Senior State Counsel Shaheeda Barrie and Avanti Perera and the Prime Minister’s Office Additional Secretary Bimba Tilakaratne, a former Solicitor General.
Usually, during investigations, the names of several well-known drug financiers and drug smugglers emerge. None of these drug kingpins has been indicted in courts for their ties with those who have been arrested for drug-related offences. The financiersThese drug kingpins have their families, properties and assets in Sri Lanka, though some of their properties may have been transferred to their kith and kin. AssetsIt is laudable that the IGP has instructed the CID to probe how the main drug dealer in the Beruwela heroin detection case amassed his wealth. Money Laundering ActIn 2006, Parliament passed the “Prevention of Money Laundering – Act No.5 Of 2006” to prohibit money laundering; to take necessary measures to combat and prevent money laundering; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
Canvas of social issues by young artists in the east By Tera Jayewardene View(s): View(s):The striking works displayed at the exhibition by the final year students of the Department of Visual and Technological Arts, Swami Vipulanantha Institute of Aesthetic Studies (SVIAS) last week (February 5-8) in Batticaloa in the Institute were a telling social commentary on issues that impacted the young artists. The exhibition came to be when the Director of the institute Dr. S. Jeyasankar changed the curriculum and teaching style, organising this exhibition as part of the new direction the institute would take. The young artists in the class of 2013/14 have taken up socially relevant issues, addressed local knowledge systems including craft and handicraft traditions, and have used the artistic medium for self-examination and reflection on culture,” Pushpakanthan says. Chandran Ganeshwaran’s ‘Landscape’ had its focus on what the artist calls “the serious defects in the housing schemes constructed by the government”. Pararasasingam Inthusan’s ‘Honour’ is about the challenges people who lived through the war had to face.
State banks to bring in experienced professionals as banking heads By Bandula Sirimanna View(s): View(s):The Finance Ministry is now clearing high level procedures in appointing heads to state banks almost two months after the reinstatement of the UNF government with the aim of invigorating the state banking sector with experienced professionals. Most of the state banks are currently embroiled with dysfunction in policy and decision-making in managing and administering its key financial and legal matters as the boards of directors of these banks are still to be reconstituted. Although, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera re-appointed Ronald C. Perera, PC, as the chairman of the Bank of Ceylon (BOC) on Thursday and Deputy Secretary to Treasury A.M.P.M.B. Atapattu as the acting Chairman People’s Bank (PB) on Wednesday, boards of directors of these banks are still to be reconstituted under the present administration. All these state banks have now been brought under the Finance Minister who is authorised to nominate the names of chairmen and board of directors for the President’s approval.
The Embassy of the Maldives in Sri Lanka was opened the same day.2 Sri Lanka has an embassy in Malé. The Maldives and Sri Lanka in the context of regional powersThe Maldives-Sri Lanka relationship should also be considered in the context of great power competition in the Indian Ocean. Despite the trade deficit, this relationship is also important to the Maldives as Sri Lanka is the second largest market for Maldivian exports. Consequently, Maldivians and Sri Lanka can develop a better understanding of each other’s business culture, language and markets, which would also ease business relations between Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Building on the long history of organic trade and commerce between the Maldives and Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka and the Maldives should focus on its comparative advantages – Sri Lanka should focus on exports to the Maldives, as well as policy to undercut India’s medical tourism.
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In spite of the pro-Rajapaksa opposition making the Treasury Bond scandal of 2015 one of its main slogans against the ruling UNF administration, guests were shocked to see Arjun Aloysius, the Perpetual Holdings Director and key suspect in the Bond investigation at St Mary’s Church Bambalapitiya last Monday (28). Aloysius who was recently released on bail after nearly one year in remand in the Central Bank Bond case, appeared to be sporting a pink tie at the wedding of Rohitha Rajapaksa and Tatyana Lee. State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake, also confirmed that Aloysius had been among the guests at the church wedding held five days after the ceremony in Weeraketiya. The former President’s youngest son and his wife also participated in a Hindu wedding ritual a few days later.
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A Workshop on Typography For Children’s Literature organised by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Sri Lanka was recently held at the Sri Lanka Print Media Academy, Malabe with resource persons from the University of Moratuwa and AKURU Collective
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PM, top ministers to fast-track appointments State ventures headless as confusion on vetting process continues View(s): View(s):Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will meet ruling United National Front ministers today to fast-track stalled appointments to the directorates of state banks, corporations and statutory boards amidst confusion on these appointments in the wake of a Presidential directive for a Vetting Committee to certify the suitability of the nominees. Some Cabinet Ministers have begun appointing chairpersons and directors to boards under their purview bypassing the five-member Presidential Committee which has been asked to scrutinise the appointments. However, presidential committee sources said the the delay was because the committee had received incomplete applications and the names of those without proper qualifications. A Prime Minister’s office spokesman told the Sunday Times yesterday there was confusion because some appointments were being made outside the Presidential guidelines. Experience in the specific field in lieu of educational qualifications would be to be considered, a Presidential Committee official said.
Healing powers of hydrotherapy By Manohari Wickramaratchi, MD Alternative Medicine View(s): View(s):Hydrotherapy is the use of water, either internally or externally, to maintain health and prevent disease. However, in recent years some interesting studies have been carried out into the varied forms and applications of hydrotherapy in medicine. The high frequency accelerant built in the Ozone hydrotherapy machine, emits a constant output of ozone at 0.05ppm (German FDA Standard), effectively sterilised, sanitised and deodorised all substance that come on contact. At the same time it produces ultrasound through the activity of collision and rupturing of air bubbles. (The writer is a biomedical scientist and a doctor of alternative medicine who has pioneered Ozone Ultrasonic Hydrotherapy system in Sri Lanka.
It was Wednesday, February 4, 1948, seventy-one years ago when history was made at Queen’s House (now President’s House). Proudly, the Lion Flag fluttered alongside the Union Jack. Colombo had turned into a fairyland with twinkling lights adorning Queen’s House, Temple Trees, House of Representatives, Senate Buildings, Customs, the Clock Tower on Chatham Street and Fort Station. Not forgetting the patriots who had fought for independence but were no more, the Lion Flag fluttered in the morning breeze of February 4 at the F.R. Wijekulasuriya refused to participate in the celebrations held at the esplanade organized by Government Agent W.O.