Maxims Holdings aims at three different businesses By Duruthu Edirimuni Chandrasekera View(s): View(s):Maxims Holdings, a diversified Board of Investment (BOI) company has big plans for three big ventures, on the back of opening its brand new futuristic warehousing complex at Mulleriyawa on Tuesday. The newly started modern warehousing facility with a total storage capacity of 65,000 square feet is built on a 4.5 acre land with a total investment of Rs.2 billion. Most of the tea processing and exporting companies are having their processing and warehousing facilities in this area along the main road. The tea processing facility and warehouse processing facility along with the double height warehouse covers 50,399.7 square feet. Maxims Holdings will hope to provide contracts in tea bagging facilities to small and medium scale companies in the tea trade.
At the sunstroke of morning’s blaze, when the world sleeps, Lilliputia will awake to life and freedom. In the psyche of a race, it was indeed a remarkable and unique trait the Lilliputians possessed. But still the feudal kingdom had survived the onslaught resisted unto the end all attempts by western powers to conquer it whole. To win their bread for the family meal they had to forsake their Buddhist faith and adopt the Christian creed. What have the Lilliputians done for these last 71 years of independence that merit celebration?
Foolproof sticker for liquor bottles yet under review By Bandula Sirimanna View(s): View(s):The much-delayed, ambitious scheme of affixing foolproof stickers on legally manufactured liquor bottles is yet under review, following an attempt to hand over the contract to an Indian company, a top official, who declined to be named, told the Business Times. The sticker system announced in the 2016 Budget was scheduled to be introduced with the view to controlling the illicit liquor circulation in the country and to control the leakages, he said. Madras Security Printers had been selected despite the capabilities of the State Printing Corporation and other eligible local firms, several dejected bidders complained. On June 11, 2015, the Cabinet approved the proposal to affix a protective label (sticker) on each legally manufactured bottle of arrack and on bottles of imported liquor before being released by the Customs. This was to prevent illegally manufactured liquor from entering the market.
Development lottery luck by chance via mobile phones View(s):Development Lotteries Board (DLB) is laying the tracks to build 21st century digital infrastructure to sell lottery tickets via mobile phones —just like the way it revolutionised the trade for the first time by introducing instant lottery for Sri Lankans in 1983. Customers simply have to download the app on their mobile phone and get registered with the DLB to obtain this service, he said. Sri Lanka‘s traditional lottery penetration is low compared to 30 to 35 per cent lottery buyers worldwide, he added. Under the new business development plan, the modernisation of lottery booths of development lottery agents is being carried out countrywide to give it a new outlook for the convenience of sellers attracting buyers, he revealed. Development lotteries offers 11 lottery tickets to the local market along with 10 lotteries draw tickets and the oldest instant lottery of Sri Lanka, the Development instant scratch lottery ticket.
Wobbly Lanka left with massive task Opener Karunaratne stretchered off View(s): View(s):Opener Dimuth Karunaratne was stretchered off in a neck brace after being hit by a bouncer Saturday as Sri Lanka chased a massive Australian first innings total built on the back of three centuries. At stumps, Sri Lanka were 123 for three in reply with Kusal Perera on 11 and Dhananjaya de Silva not out one. Paine’s declaration looked premature given the ease with which Sri Lanka’s openers weathered the new-ball attack led by under-pressure Mitchell Starc. Playing in his 58th Test, Karunaratne was 46 not out when a rising Pat Cummins ball appeared to glance off his shoulder and onto his helmet, close to the neck area. At the other end Patterson grabbed his chance with both hands, smashing 14 fours and a six in his breakthrough knock.
moves to protect Schoolchildren from Cyber Crime View(s):The Government has proposed the setting up of Cyber Crime protection teams in a fresh effort to minimise instances of children falling victim to Cyber Crime. The MoE will be working with Sri Lanka CERT and the Police Children & Women Bureau. The team will be trained to guide them on Legal action, police action and also psychological support for student victims. The move comes in the wake of a number of cases where children have fallen victim to Cyber Crime. Investigations reveal that some students have fallen victim after being forced into Cyber Crime, while others who have fallen victim have not been able to obtain psychological support, thereby, seriously impacting on their lives.
Shani honoured with China’s Super Ambassador award View(s):Shani Calyaneratne Karunaratne, Sri Lanka’s deputy ambassador in China, was awarded the ‘Silk Road Super Ambassador Award’ by the Government of China for her outstanding contribution for China’s Belt-and-Road programmes through bilateral relations. Ms. Karunaratne, a career diplomat with 23 years of service is a bilingual professional. It was published on the International Tourism Leader’s Summit journal of the University of Colombo in October 2018. A Senior Vice President of the Commonwealth Society of Beijing, Ms. Karunaratne co-initiated a charity fund donating RMB 100,000 towards adult female education in the Gansu Province. Ms. Karunaratne is at present reading towards a PhD on China Sri Lanka tourism.
CH pull down Kandy in Maduwantha show By Aubrey Kuruppu View(s): View(s):It is ironic that a product of Kandy should play a major role in a decisive defeat of the champions with a stellar performance. Former Antonian Samuel Maduwantha threw in his lot with the CH as the Kandy scouts did not pick him. A Ranjan-less Kandy team was put on the back-foot straightaway by a Maduwantha penalty. This was not converted (CH 8 – Kandy 7). Another Maduwantha penalty opened up a small gap.
Tale of lost opportunities: 71 years of economic underdevelopment amid social progress View(s):On the eve of the country’s 71st anniversary of independence, we cannot be content with the country’s post-independence economic performance. Economic performanceSustained rapid economic growth has eluded the country. In the post-independence period (1950-2018), the annual average economic growth of around 4.2 percent has been disappointing. Even more disappointing than the long-term economic performance has been the recent slow economic growth of below the annual average for the entire post-independence period. When can we expect a strong resolve for development that transcends the constraints to rapid economic development?
Clinical Red Shirts have final say over spirited Sailors View(s):Marred with errors and tricky situations from both sides, a game that could have gone either way was finally snatched by hosts CR&FC, who recorded a slender 23-20 win against Navy Sports Club in a Dialog Rugby League second round game played at Longdon Place yesterday. Yet the Red Shirts were the ones to earn the upper hand, despite trailing 13-17 at halftime. Eventually the battle ended with a close win for the hosts, who collected their points from three tries, a conversion and a couple of penalties. With skipper Thilina Weerasinghe’s conversion Navy led 7-3. Eight minutes later the game came to a boiling point, soon after Weerasinghe had kicked a penalty for Navy to equalise 20-all.
Across the border cooperation gives muscle to battle against drug trafficking By Sandun Jayawardana View(s): View(s):Strengthened intelligence sharing between Sri Lankan law enforcement authorities and their overseas counterparts has contributed much towards recent successes against narcotics traffickers, senior law enforcement officials say. Close cooperation between authorities in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh resulted in Bangladesh Police arresting five suspects, including three women, allegedly involved in an international drug trafficking operation. Extraditing the suspects arrested in Bangladesh to Sri Lanka is not possible as no international arrest warrants have been issued for them. The President recently requested assistance from the Philippines and Singapore to combat drug trafficking in Sri Lanka during his recent visits there. Under the programme, drug awareness campaigns are being conducted for students from Grades 6-12 in all secondary schools in the district during a six month period.
Even in a more beneficial form, the counter terror bill raises warning signals View(s):Amidst the political turmoil that took place in late October 2018, it was wholly predictable that Sri Lanka’s Counter-Terrorism Bill approved by the Cabinet just the month before, quietly slipped past public scrutiny. A bill having a colourful pastIt may be recalled that the Bill has had a colourful past. However, while many of the totally obnoxious provisions have been taken out, remaining clauses in the Bill continue to cause worry. The unconstitutionality of some clauses that could be remedied by amendments once the Bill is returned to Parliament was indicated. While this is, of course, self evident, the privileging of national security over constitutional rights is an archaic concept that has long since been discarded in judicial thinking within this country.
They need nobody’s sympathy but the acceptance View(s):January 19, 2019 was a very special day for the students and teachers of POLYMATH College as they visited “Half way Home”, Mulleriyawa, commonly known as Mental Hospital - unit 2. It was very satisfying to note that the number of patients have decreased remarkably from around 950 patients to 400 at present. They are truly made to believe that the inmates at “Half way Home” need nobody’s sympathy but acceptance by the society. POLYMATH kids will be remembered by the inmates when they see the trees planted by the children bear fruits of charity, love and caring. As these saplings grow into huge trees the inert goodness and virtue of the little ones will also blossom to the fullest.
The crying need for the immediate enactment of Animal Welfare Bill By Chrishanti Perera View(s): View(s):The dawn of 2019 broke the harrowing news that Charlie, a pet Labrador, was burnt alive by a grossly inhuman being who doused him with kerosene or petrol while the animal was inside the cage. Moving forward in 2019, it is imperative and timely to reflect on the current status of the long overdue Animal Welfare Bill. This definition has been interposed in the proposed Animal Welfare Bill. The draft Animal Welfare Bill states that “no person may abandon an animal” and stringent penalties are imposed on those who do so. While these initiatives are commendable, measures aimed at animal welfare will fall short in the long run without a holistic legislative framework such as the Animal Welfare Bill in place.
FGLF 2019 – Free Festival for Children By Oshani Alwis View(s): View(s):The Free Festival for Children at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2019 took place at the picturesque premises of the Martin Wickramasinghe House and Folk Museum in Koggala on January 19. It was indeed a must-see children’s play that unfolded on stage next. ‘Vandippajanam,’ The State Children’s Drama Festival 2018 award-winning play performed by the Aarohana Theatre College, Jaffna mesmerized the audience. “This year’s FGLF Children’s Programme is very literary. Shown in these photographs are the free events of the FGLF Children’s Programme held on January 19, 2019 at the Martin Wickramasinghe Museum in Koggala.