Mysteries of nightfall from amante By Sashini Rodrigo View(s): View(s):Leading lingerie brand amanté debuted their 2018 Autumn/Winter collection titled ‘Starry Tales’ at Barefoot Garden Café this week, along with a few additional delights from both amanté and its sister label Ultimo. Inspiration for the Starry Tales collection comes from the mysteries surrounding night-time, according to the design team. Key pieces include Moonlit Florals, a padded and wired demi bra with matching bikini, with contrasting three-toned lace inspired by the chrysanthemum. Midnight Shimmer is a moulded, padded and wired full-cover bra and bikini set in an iridescent two-toned fabric. The final set that was showcased was Lace Bloom, in a stunning floral lace design over a deep Gibraltar blue.
Cabinet errs between AK-47 and SAR-40 View(s):A Cabinet paper presented by Wildlife Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka had erred in stating the Government will issue AK-47 rifles — a ‘select fire’ weapon capable of fully automatic fire — to solve the human-elephant conflict. A Cabinet paper dated August 7, 2018, had named the firearm as an “AK-47”, the infamous Kalashnikov-designed weapon from Russia. It uses the same ammunition as the T-56 assault rifle, he added, calling it “SAR-40”, rather than “AK-47”, as mentioned in the Cabinet paper. The Cabinet paper lists the unit price of the rifle at Rs 16,000 (for 2018) and 17,000 (for 2019). Minister Fonseka said all officers would undergo training in the proper use of the SAR-40.
The politics of protests View(s):Last Wednesday’s ‘People’s Power’ (Jana Balaya) rally could be dismissed as just another Opposition mass mobilisation protest march that went nowhere, or seen as a pincer move to destabilise an already wobbly coalition Government. There is a credible argument that not all the blame can be put at the door of Chinese loans. Project loans from the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Japan, Korea, India and China, total USD 19.3 billion or 48 percent i.e. half the total loans. The amortisation of Chinese loans is not the only issue.
Savit and Savani crowned prince and princess 103rd National Tennis Championships View(s): View(s):Savit Weerasinghe and Savani Jayasuriya were crowned as the prince and princess of the National Junior circuit, after clinching the Boy’s and Girls’ championships respectively at the 103rd National Tennis Championship at the SLTA courts in Colombo. Eighth seed Savit, overcame sixth seed Chathurya Nilaweera to win the Under-18 Boy’s title while second seed Savani Jayasuriya overcame top seed Janali Manamperi to win the Under-18 Girls’ championship. He met fourth seed Luca Knese in the quarter-final and enjoyed a straight set win – 6/2 and 7/5. In the final Savit continued his cool-headed approach to claim the first set 6/1 until Chathurya bounced back to claim the second set 6/3 turning the final into a thrilling affair. In the Girls’ Under-18 final, Savini faced tough opposition from her doubles partner Janali Manamperi in a final that was a thriller.
Hang them all, hang them high View(s):Hang on a moment. Is the president of this “country like no other”, deadly serious or is this his idea of a joke? Having decided to hang convicted drug dealers who continue to do lucrative business from even their prison cells, President Sirisena, the great visionary, is prepared to expand his vision. Now if all this is true President Sirisena seems hell bent on dispatching a couple of corrupt citizenry on their continuing journey into samsara before his term is over. Furthermore the corrupt and the corruptible in all sectors crisscross in our political world that seems prefabricated, layer by layer, for conniving crooks to live in comfort.
On Thursday, Dissanayake, who was a staunch supporter of the protest, told a news conference that the ‘JO’ event had the blessings of President Sirisena. He had been at a funeral house near the SLPP office waiting to receive President Sirisena. Noting that the ‘JO’ Janabalaya protest was to topple the Government, he claimed that the ‘JO’ had lost whatever little support it had in the country. It is in this backdrop that President Sirisena dropped a bombshell on Wednesday just when the protests were still under way. “President Sirisena said that even the death penalty should include in the laws against persons who misuse public property and public money.
Gotabaya to be indicted tomorrow in Permanent HC View(s):Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and six others have been served with notices to appear in the Permanent High Court trial-at-bar tomorrow in connection with the alleged misappropriation of funds for the construction of the D.A Rajapaksa memorial museum. They are to be served indictments on the same day. The others to be indicted are former SLLRDC Chairman L.A. Prasad Harshan de Silva, former SLLRDC General Manager Badra Udulawathie Kamaladasa, and former SLLRDC directors Sudhammika Keminda Atygalle, Saman Kumara Galappatti, M.D. Charges have been framed against them under the Penal Code and the Public Property Act. The three-judge Permanent High Court comprises Sampath Abeykoon, Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne.
Sri Lanka needs to do what is best for Bandula, the zoo elephant. This is the heartfelt plea of top-notch international expert on elephants, Vasantha Nugegoda based in Australia. When he was in Sri Lanka last year (August to be exact) and heard that Bandula had fallen, Vasantha felt compelled to visit him. For, the bond between Bandula and Vasantha go a long way back – Bandula was a young elephant and Vasantha a boy when they forged a friendship. Give Bandula, the love and care, the food and comfort he needs in his sunset years and let him go peacefully,” adds Vasantha.
“Sick man of Asia’ tag if SL continues to follow outdated technology View(s):Sri Lanka’s insistence in following outdated ideology is fast making it the ‘sick man’ of Asia, a top Minister has said. The Minister said that Sri Lanka has to move with the changed world if it is to progress. Minister Amunugama said that there is a widely-held misconception that policy making in government is not informed by research. The minister cited many eminent Central Bankers starting with the late Dr. Gamini Corea who had held key positions in government’s economic policy making. He referred to the ongoing rapid change in technology and stressed the need for Sri Lanka to keep abreast of that continuing development.
Ashain’s bag of ‘ten’ helps Joes crush St. Patrick’s By M Shamil Amit St Joseph’s – St Patrick’s Rectors Trophy View(s): View(s):St Joseph’s Colombo crushed St Patrick’s Jaffna by an innings and 25 runs in their annual inter-school Rectors Trophy encounter which concluded at St Patrick’s ground in Jaffna yesterday. The win saw St Joseph’s winning the Rectors Trophy for the third successive time in the annual encounter which began in the year 2016. St Patrick’s batting the second time and left with a task of erasing a deficit of 152 runs was unable to achieve the feat as they succumbed to spinner Ashain who ended with a six wicket haul for a match bag of ten wickets. Together Ashain and Miranga the Joes bundled out the home team for 127 runs in their second innings. ScorcesSt Patrick’s Jaffna 161 (Anthonypillai Berandson 35, Antony Deswin 21, Poiter Castro 65 n.o.
Students Insurance payment doubles this year- MoE View(s):The ‘Suraksha’ students insurance launched last year, will be strengthened this year with twice the amount paid for medical treatment. The current payment of Rs 100,000 for hospital admission, permanent disability and demise of a parent, serious injuries caused by accidents etc. The Ministry of Education under the directions of its Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, started ‘Suraksha’ last year, covering schoolchildren islandwide, with around 25,000 students covered. Parents of these children do not pay anything for this insurance scheme as related payments are borne by the Government. For this year too, a sum of Rs 2.7 billion has been allocated for this Insurance scheme.
Cooray's announcement comes soon after Sri Lanka clinched the 5th World Carrom Championship held in South Korea. "The players have proven that Sri Lanka is capable of dominating the world in carrom. His observations from the 5th World Carrom Championship after comparing Sri Lanka players with those from other countries says that the locals should be at least made semi-professionals. "Chamil (Cooray) deciding to leave the country for his own benefit is unstoppable, but if we look at it from carrom's perspective Sri Lanka is losing the gem of the crown. We need him and Nishantha (Fernando) to build up and nurture the next generation of players for Sri Lanka.
Railways to get 160 passenger coaches from India View(s):An agreement for the supply of 160 passenger coaches to Sri Lanka Railways under concessional financing was signed between India’s RITES Limited and the Government on Friday, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said. The USD 82.64 million contract agreement was signed by RITES Director Mukesh Rathore and Transport Ministry Secretary G.S. The passenger coaches will be custom-made in India to suit the requirements of Sri Lanka Railways. RITES Ltd. will supply the DMUs and locomotives, while Texmaco Rail & Engineering Ltd. will supply the wagons. India has already completed projects close to US$ 1 billion under concessional financing in the railways sector in Sri Lanka, the High Commission said.
CSE up on impending return of EPF funds View(s):The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has witnessed an upsurge during the past week owing to the positive sentiment on the impending return of Employee Provident Fund (EPF) funds into the market, analysts say. “The market is up though on low turnover due to EPF funds slated to come in. “There is a lot of foreign selling pressure in blue chips such as Commercial Bank and John Keells Holdings,” the analyst said. He said the impending federal rate hikes in the US has led to foreign selling. “We see that closer to the federal rate hike there is a lot of foreign selling.
Hamid played five seasons of rugby for Zahira College, leading the team in his final year. The years 1962 and 1963 were special as the Zahira team enjoyed tremendous success. That Zahira team also had outstanding players in Abdul Majeed and Mohamed Saleem who represented the country. The 1963 Zahira team toured Malaysia and Singapore to play seven matches, winning five of them. The law-enforcers had the great, good fortune of being coached for two years by Kavan Rambukwella – one of Sri Lanka's rugby legends.