"So I have not suspended or revoked Sri Lanka Cricket." "I have neither suspended nor revoked Sri Lanka Cricket. I wanted Sri Lanka Cricket to continue. Why should I do that when Sri Lanka Cricket has done no wrong?" “I never wanted to take over Sri Lanka Cricket but I was compelled to do so following the court order.," he explained.
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SportThe 28th Mercantile Services Basketball Association League tournament 2018 will be played from September 10 to October 19 at Sir Edward Henry Pedris Stadium, Colombo 5 and Sky Rim Areana at St. Joseph's College, Colombo 10. A total number of fifty two teams, both men and women-the largest in the history of MBA and a total of 123 matches will take place at both venues in this year's edition. Like in the previous year the award for Most Valuable Player of the tournament will be dedicated to late Ranil Ganewatte. The championship will be conducted in Divisions A, B, C, D and E for men and and it will be conducted in two Division A and B for women. Teams in the Men's category:A Division: MAS Holdings 'A', Commercial Credit and Finance, Fairfirst Insurance, Hatton National Bank, DFCC Bank, Dialog Axiata 'A'B Division: Nations Trust Bank 'Blacks", SriLankan Airlines 'A', Standard Chartered, Seylan Bank, Kanrich Finance, John Keells HoldingsC Division:(Group A) Ranawana & Company, Sampath Bank, Akbar Brothers, NDB Bank(Group B) HSBC Sri Lanka, LB Finance, Union Bank, Moulana TravelsD Division: Softlogic Holdings, Virtusa, Commercial Bank, CDB Finance, David Pieris Motor Company, MAS Holdings 'B'E Division:(Group A) IFS R&D International, WSO2, Abans Group, Nations Trust Bank 'Blues'(Group B) Dialog Axiata 'B', Ceylon Tobacco, UB Finance, MAS Holdings 'C'(Group C) Aitken Spence, WNS Global Services, Amana Takaful, SriLankan Airlines 'B'(Group D) Hayleys Group, Moresand, Allianz Insurance, Creative SoftwareWomen's category:A Division: Commercial Credit and Finance, Hatton National Bank, Seylan Bank, Nations Trust BankB Division: MAS Holdings, IFS R&D International, Standard Chartered, WSO2, David Pieris Motor Company and Virtusa.
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Health sector in crisis: Money not released to pay bills for medicines By Damith Wickremasekera View(s): View(s):A crisis is looming in the health sector due to the Treasury not releasing more than Rs 20 billion to settle bills for essential items, including medicines, a senior official said, adding that it is the first time such a large amount has been outstanding. Of this, Rs 10 billion is owed to the Health Ministry. This is because it costs money to import the raw material required to make the medicines in Sri Lanka. A senior Treasury official admitted there was an issue regarding releasing funds to the health sector but that the bills must be properly scrutinised before the money was released. “By the end of December last year, Rs 85 billion was due from the Treasury and we are systematically settling this amount.
Cricket elections set to be served in four months says Musthapha By Champika Fernando View(s): View(s):New regulations giving rise to an independent Election Committee (EC) will be gazetted this week, allowing Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to hold their long overdue polls in the next four months, Sports Minister Faiszer Mustapha said in an interview with the Sunday Times. “I have neither suspended nor revoked Sri Lanka Cricket. But Sri Lanka Cricket office bearers did not come into existence because of a court order. I wanted Sri Lanka Cricket to continue. “I never wanted to take over Sri Lanka Cricket but I was compelled to do so following the court order.,” he explained.
Mauri’s sit-in protest highlights plight of thousands of families of missing people By Sandaran Rubatheesan View(s): View(s):Every first week of September for the past five year, Mauri Inoka comes from Anuradhapura to sit in protest in front of the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. Like Mauri and Siththi Jameena, thousands of families of disappeared are waiting for answers to what happened to their missing children who were abducted or made to disappear. Mauri said she was sceptical about the effectiveness of recently established Office of Missing Persons (OMP) and is yet to lodge a complaint with the office. He vowed that steps would be taken to implement its recommendations, including providing livelihoods and welfare to the families of missing persons. The office urges that priority be given to investigation and prosecution of cases involving enforced disappearances and the investigation of all incidents of arbitrary arrest, torture, deaths in custody.
Integrity Badges: CIABOC’s Prevention Strategy against Bribery and Corruption By Ranjith Padmasiri View(s): View(s):A new anti-corruption programme targeting public servants will require them to wear Integrity Badges (IB) with catchy slogans such as “Come back home with clean hands”, “We are honest” etc., so as to discourage graft within the State sector. Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC), Sarath Jayamanna, P.C. The IBs are to be worn while on duty and it is expected that, such displays will instill a moral inclination to abide by the integrity pledge. The Preventive Strategy will focus on identifying Bribery and Corruption, and assist these institutions to create their own solutions to the issues identified. He added that the overall impact sought by the introduction of a national Prevention Strategy is to foster attitudinal changes within the public sector and an environment which does not tolerate Bribery or Corruption.
5,000 worth drought ‘relief packs’ containing essential items. That’s a population of 105,676 persons from 32,409 families, according to Batticaloa District Secretary M. Uthayakumar. The Government has allocated Rs.5.7 million for drought relief purposes in the district and Rs.1 million of the funds have already been dispersed to provide drinking water, he disclosed. “We are distributing drinking water to those in three Divisional Secretariat Divisions,” District Secretary N.H.M. District Secretary R. Ketheeswaran said the authorities had taken measures to distribute water to affected areas, as many water bodies in the district were almost empty.
Hundreds of unidentified bodies dumped in graves: Chief JMO laments violation of human dignity By Namini Wijedasa View(s): View(s):Nearly 300 unidentified bodies were buried in Colombo’s public graveyards between 2013 and 2018 alone while dozens more are interred in a similar manner around the country. From January to August this year, a total of 67 unidentified bodies were brought to the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer (JMO). “This practice is not ethical,” said Dr Ajith Tennakoon, Chief Consultant JMO (Colombo) and head of the Institute of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology. The Colombo JMO office only realised the magnitude of the problem when, in 2013, Dr Tennekoon started gathering data. The Colombo JMO office also recently introduced a separate post-mortem data collection form to record details of unidentified and unclaimed bodies.
A chocolate brown croaking beauty emerges from the mist-covered Knuckles By Kumudini Hettiarachchi View(s): View(s):Long nights and tired days, cold and wet atop the Knuckles Range, braving strong winds, heavy drizzles and thick mists! The research paper describes L. pera as being “dorsally chocolate brown with unequal dark-brown patches. L. pera differs from L. corrugatus in all criteria (external morphology, genetics and climatic niche) on which they were evaluated. L. pera is also larger than L. corrugatus, it adds. In external morphology, the tadpoles of both L. corrugatus and L. pera were similar.
Maestro Victor Ratnayake returns with ‘Sarasa- Ratnamaya Gee Amanandaya View(s):Maestro vocalist and musician, Victor Ratnayake will present his new solo musical extravaganza, ‘Sarasa- Ratnamaya Gee Amanandaya,’ on September 16 at 6.30 p.m. at the Nelum Pokuna. The ‘Sarasa’ concert series is a revival of Victor’s ‘Sa’ solo shows, much loved by Sri Lankan classical music fans for many years. The first concert of the new series was held last month at the Polgolla Mahinda Rajapaksa Auditorium, Kandy. The show will include his all-time favourite songs including some of his latest covers. Students of the University of Visual and Performing Arts will join as choral singers while Wasantha Rohana will be the compere.
Find your own water sources for future projects, property developers in Colombo City told By Chris Kamalendran View(s): View(s):Property developers, particularly those building condominiums in Colombo city, have been told they must find their own water sources by installing high volume, deep tube wells for future projects due to depletion of treated water provided through the mains supply, said Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development. The National Water Supply & Drainage Board (NWSDB) this week warned consumers to use water sparingly due to the ongoing drought, which has caused consumption to rise sharply. The ongoing drought in parts of the country could lead to an unsustainable situation for the NWSDB, the Minister warned. Fifty percent of them are in Colombo City and the suburbs. “We receive 200 new applications for new connections every month from Colombo City, including from condominiums,” said Sumith Perera, NWSDB Deputy General Manager (Western Province Central).
Veteran author & journalist honoured with the ‘Dayawati Modi Stree Shakti Samman’ award View(s):veteran novelist and journalist, Anula de Silva has been honoured with the ‘Dayawati Modi Stree Shakti Samman,’ an award established by women, for women, in the memory of Dayawati Modi, an Indian philanthropist, known for her welfare work for women and children. The award is instituted by the Stree Shakti- The Parallel Force Foundation, India. Stree Shakti Foundation works for human welfare establishing a network of Women’s Centres to support multiple activities, addressing the overall empowerment of women. She was presented with the ‘Dayawati Modi Stree Shakti Samman’ award at the opening ceremony of the Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Auditorium at the University of Ruhuna. The event was graced by Rekha Mody, Founder of the Stree Shakti Foundation along with the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ruhuna, Prof. Gamini Senanayake.
ARA Animal Rescue App: A lifeline for our four-legged friends in need By Raj Moorthy View(s): View(s):A common sight on today’s streets is the number of abandoned animals languishing on the streets suffering with injuries and disease. The owner of Rosara Tea (Pvt) Ltd, Sarah went that extra mile to develop this mobile app for a worthy cause. The mobile app ‘ARA’ (Animal Rescue App) which will be available on both the app store and the google play store is in the process of development. The mobile app together with the website and admin panel costs Rs. If a pet is lost users who happen to see the lost pet can post details as well as owners looking for lost pets can post details.
He said Sri Lanka needs US$4 billion per year to meet external liabilities and the Government’s future requirements till 2022. Sri Lanka should look at these countries and avoid strategies that failed in those economies, with special attention placed on the economic crash, he said. Sri Lanka should move away from a negative mindset as it has been able to improve the living standard of the people despite difficult circumstances he added. In 2017 Sri Lanka achieved a primary budget surplus for the first time in many decades after the Sir John Kotelawala regime, he disclosed. Sri Lanka is poised to be a major source of investment for companies looking to use Sri Lanka as a base to tap into the fast growing Indian Ocean region, he added.
CC censures Police Chief, warns of disciplinary action View(s):The Constitutional Council (CC) has cautioned Police Chief Pujith Jayasundera that he would face disciplinary action if he does not heed directives of the independent National Police Commission. After a lengthy discussion, the CC gave the Police Chief two weeks’ time to resolve disputes he is locked in with the Police Commission. An angry Speaker Jayasuriya, Chairman of the CC, a source said, admonished the Police Chief for bringing disrepute to both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe through his conduct. The Court postponed the case for September 18 and ordered the Chief Minister and the Provincial Ministers to be present when the case is to be taken up for hearing. K. Kanag-Isvaran PC who represented Chief Minister Wigneswaran told court that the root cause for this case was the political differences that existed within the TNA, of which the chief minister the provincial minister were members.
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