Feb 8 (Island) Reigning males’s doubles nationwide champions Thehan Wijemanne and Chathurya Nilaweera are set to satisfy within the final eight-round because the quarter-finalists had been discovered within the males’s singles of the one hundred and fifth Colombo Championships on the SL Tennis Affiliation clay courts on Sunday. Nilaweera recovered from a primary set defeat to oust Dhilvan Herath 3-6, 6-4, 10-4 within the final 16 spherical yesterday. Wijemanne who joined Nilaweera to share two doubles titles on the just lately concluded Tennis Nationals beat extra..
1,498 take a look at optimistic for COVID-19 over the weekend
Feb 8 (FT) The whole COVID-19 affected person depend rose to 69,348 with the detection of 1,498 sufferers over the weekend, together with 772 COVID-19 optimistic individuals detected yesterday. The 772 individuals had been associates of the Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster. This expands the Divulapitiya, Peliyagoda, and Prisons COVID-19 clusters to 65,347 sufferers. A complete of 726 COVID-19 sufferers had been detected on Saturday, all of whom had been associates of the Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster. extra..
Remembering Physician Gayan…
Feb 8 (CT) Following lengthy hours of battling within the frontline to avoid wasting an incalculable variety of lives through the Pandemic, whereas placing his personal life at stake, Dr. Gayan Danthanarayana, mostly recognized for his impeccable character, breathed his final, shedding his private battle towards COVID-19. This devastating information got here in days after the primary batch of COVID-19 vaccines had been delivered to the nation and administered to frontline staff and days after Dr. Danthanarayana’s family members shared . extra..
Editorial: When canines don’t bark
Feb 8 (Island) Why hold a canine and bark your self? That is what one might have requested oneself when President Gotabaya Rajapaksa launched into his Gama Samaga Pilisandarak (GSP) programme to assist the agricultural people; one might have thought the duty might have been left to the state officers and folks’s representatives—the members of Parliament provincial councillors and native govt members. However what if the canine is deaf and mute? President Rajapaksa, talking at a GSP occasion at Dikellakande, a poverty-stricken, distant village extra..
Sri Lanka and the scars of the civil conflict
Extra youth in north flip to modern startups
Feb 8 (FT) Extra youth from the Northern Province are turning to modern startups below the initiative of Yarl IT Hub (YIT), initially arrange in 2013. They’re made aggressive through the Yarl Geek Problem Accelerator which runs for six months for a particular cohort of early-stage startups twice a 12 months. Throughout these six months, the startups will likely be provided coaching, mentoring, seed funding, and networking alternatives. In doing so, the accelerator goals to assist its entrepreneurs generate income, extra..
5 COVID-19 deaths convey whole to 356
Feb 8 (FT) 5 COVID-19 deaths had been confirmed by well being authorities yesterday, bringing the nation’s COVID-19 dying toll to 356. A person from Pamunugama died of COVID pneumonia and the worsening of a wound on Saturday whereas receiving therapy on the Colombo East Base Hospital. The 75-year-old particular person was transferred from the Nationwide Hospital of Sri Lanka after testing optimistic for COVID-19. An 84-year-old particular person from Dummalasuriya additionally handed away on Saturday. extra..
ECT vs. WCT controversy: Trilateral relations tread stormy waters
Feb 8 (TM) It’s unlikely that Sri Lanka will revoke the already-signed tripartite settlement between India, Japan, and itself on collectively creating the East Container Terminal (ECT) of Colombo Port in 2019, because the SL Govt is making an attempt to renegotiate it for the event of the West Container Terminal (WCT) as an alternative. Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Delivery U.D.C. Jayalal mentioned the Govt would quickly appoint a brand new negotiating committee to renegotiate the present settlement with extra..
Working away out of your conventional household
Feb 8 (TM) If you happen to ask younger Sri Lankans once they go away the nation about their motive for leaving, on high of the standard higher training, higher job prospects, and higher salaries, you additionally hear a convincing variety of individuals sharing that they’re leaving as a result of they want to get away from their household and social pressures imposed by Sri Lankan tradition. If they’re trustworthy, maybe even these travelling to greener pastures might even have this as certainly one of their underlying causes. extra..
Democracy and Freedom – private perceptions
Feb 8 (Island) So we’re all set to have a good time Nationwide Day tomorrow (as I write this). All week lengthy I heard jets screaming overhead in formation and the distant sound of marching ft and instructions barked out. So one other parade tomorrow, now commemorating Nationalism and never Independence per se as this parade and day of celebration began off on February 4, 1948. It has continued annually for 73 years, with as talked about, a change of title, stance and significance. extra..
73rd Independence Day Celebration of Sri Lanka
US has brushes with UNHRC too
Feb 8 (CT) The US is presently encouraging the Core Group on SL to proceed towards the island Nation on the conflict crimes accountability situation on the forthcoming session of the UNHRC. However the US has itself had nasty brushes with the Council each within the current and distant previous. US stop the UNHRC in 2018 alleging bias towards its ally Israel. It accused the Council of turning a blind eye to another nations which violate human rights overtly whereas passing decision after decision towards Israel. extra..
Ballistic legal professionals towards Political Victimisation Fee want a refresher
Feb 8 (SO) Prez has appointed a brand new Fee to look into the report on Fee to Examine Political Victimisation (PCOI) and discover methods of implementing the suggestions of the latter. This transfer has led to the cry of blue homicide in some quarters. A coterie of males in black — not representing the Bar Affiliation definitely — however on behalf of themselves and a bunch they declare to symbolize, instantly went on assault mode. These assaults had been additionally echoed by a few of the SJB opposition’s agitprop brigade. extra..
Sri Lanka police feminine cadre: Going through office discrimination
Feb 8 (TM) Sri Lanka noticed its first feminine deputy inspector common (DIG) of police being nominated for appointment final 12 months, after a seven-decade hole. But even that was contested by the male officers within the police pressure, elevating questions as to why the place was afforded to Bimshani Jasin Arachchi whereas there have been arguably extra deserving male officers who might have been promoted to the vacant DIG seat. WDIG Bimshani Jasin Arachchi’s profession succession was by no means a cake stroll, extra..
Eradicating the barbaric apply of feminine genital mutilation
Feb 8 (GV) In a tribal area of Afghanistan, a tragic 10 12 months outdated lady, closely made up and veiled, sits silently at her wedding ceremony ceremony to a 70 12 months outdated man. In a rural village in China, outdated girls hobble alongside on tiny ft with toes fused from many years of binding. In India, a lady aborts a feminine foetus after a scan reveals the intercourse of her child. These are simply three examples of conventional cultural practices that hurt girls and function a way to subjugate and management them; in lots of cases, extra..
Feb 8 (CT) A lady clad in saffron inexperienced supplicates Lord Ganesha for fulfillment in her endeavours. Accompanied by her colleagues she repairs residence and attires an RDX belt laden with explosives. A male colleague assists her in her explosive wardrobe. Fast Detonating Explosive (RDX) is a nitramine explosive compound that’s utilised as a propellant. After completion of her wardrobe the girl sports activities a belt laden with 700 g of RDX, greater than sufficient to attain her aim. extra..
Feb 8 (ST) Whereas Sri Lanka’s international missions are nonetheless struggling to repatriate Sri Lankans who’re caught in international capitals after the COVID-19 pandemic, in Cyprus the Consulate Common needed to make a wierd request to Lankans in that nation. The Consulate Workplace urged Lankans to keep away from calling up official hotlines to confirm whether or not their girlfriends had already booked flights to return residence or reached residence in return flights. extra..
Did freedom’s weapons increase the damp squibs of hope?
Feb 8 (ST) Because the Union Jack that had flown majestic over the complete isle of Ceylon for 138 years was ceremoniously lowered on Feb 4, 1948, marking the tip of Britain’s regal sway; the satisfaction and hope that may have swelled and soared within the newly unbiased nation’s collective breast, would, little question, have recognized no bounds. However beneath the euphoric pleasure freedom’s lengthy awaited creation naturally evokes, beneath the patriotic ecstasy freedom’s hour provokes when a protracted suppressed race discover themselves extra..
A tough rain destined to fall on Sri Lanka’s establishments of justice
Feb 8 (ST) To mercilessly mangle Bob Dylan’s timeless phrases, a tough rain will fall on Sri Lanka if hammer blows proceed to be geared toward judicial, prosecutorial and authorized establishments by the nation’s political management. In the long run, this is not going to spare judges and the judiciary itself, within the method of current historical past as we’ve got already seen. There isn’t a immunity for this devastation; it would go to each certainly one of us. Cupboard’s approval, in Jan 2021, of suggestions and findings of the PCoI extra..
Confusion reigns as ECT deal sinks and UNHRC stress rises
Feb 7 (ST) The Govt this week walked again on its transfer at hand over the Colombo Port’s East Container Terminal (ETC) to India and Japan, drawing sturdy protests from each New Delhi and Tokyo. The choice by the Cupboard on Monday got here after rising protests by commerce unions and influential sections of the Buddhist clergy. Outstanding govt leaders lent help. On the helm was PM Rajapaksa, who declared publicly that extra..
India fumes as China will get northern energy initiatives
Feb 7 (ST) India has lodged a robust protest with SL on the award of a young to a Chinese language firm to arrange three renewable power initiatives in outlying islands off the Jaffna peninsula. The protest, the Sunday Occasions learnt, got here even earlier than the Cupboard of Ministers determined to not give India and Japan the East Container Terminal within the Colombo Port. This additionally provoked a robust protest from India. The protest was triggered by the Dept of Info releasing the selections of the Cupboard. extra..
Parliament requested to handover listing of MPs’ Property Declarations
Feb 7 (ST) The Proper to Info Fee (RTIC) has directed the Secretary Common of Parliament to launch the names of MPs who’ve submitted Declarations of Property and Liabilities throughout 2010-2018. This adopted a journalist, Chamara Sampath submitting a request for that data below the RTI legislation and the refusal by the Secretary Common on the idea that Declarations of Property are filed by MPs to the Speaker of Parliament and that he doesn’t have entry extra..
Unilateral scrapping of trilateral pact on ECT upsets India and Japan
Feb 7 (Island) The unilateral scrapping by Sri Lanka of the trilateral settlement on creating the strategic East Container Terminal (ECT) has upset each India and Japan. Final week, Sri Lanka unilaterally pulled out of the 2019 settlement with India and Japan after as many as 223 Sri Lankan commerce unions and civil societies teams backed the Sri Lanka port commerce unions demand to cancel the ECT settlement. extra..
LPL occasion organiser defaults proper charges once more
Feb 7 (ST) Two months into the completion of the inaugural version of the Lanka Premier League (LPL), SLC is but to get better the rights price from the occasion organiser — Progressive Manufacturing Group (IPG). That is regardless of SLC having given them a grace interval up till the completion of the 5-team event to settle an impressive sum of US$ 775,000. Although the settlement entered by the IPG and SLC requires the best holder to settle rights price instantly after coming into into 5-yr deal, extra..
Eight COVID-19 deaths recorded yesterday
Feb 7 (AD) Eight extra Covid-19 associated deaths have been reported rising the dying toll as a result of virus in SL to 351. Victims embody a 77-year-old girl from Kochchikade, who was recognized as Covid-19 optimistic whereas being handled on the Negombo District Hospital and was later transferred to the IDH. She had handed away right this moment (6) as a consequence of shock brought on by blood poisoning, Covid-19 pneumonia and kidney illness. 73-year-old girl from Kadawatha, who was transferred extra..
Gasoline generators tender: Chinese language firm aggrieved by ministry determination
Feb 7 (ST) One more CEB tender–this time for the design, manufacture and provide of three 35 megawatt gasoline generators–is in limbo, with the Energy and Vitality Ministry wanting the award cancelled even after the method was accomplished and a Chinese language firm chosen. The choice has led China Nationwide Technical Imports and Exports Company (CNTIC) to complain that it was critically aggrieved because it had spent extra..
President says he’ll search knowledgeable recommendation earlier than releasing forest land for street
Feb 7 (Island) Prez Gotabhaya Rajapaksa turned down a plea by villagers to allocate 3 kilometres of forest cowl to construct a brand new street in Deraniyagala, officers mentioned. “I can not comply with it with out consulting environmental specialists”, he mentioned throughout an interplay with villagers within the space on Saturday. Environmentalists imagine that some native politicians had coaxed villagers to induce the Prez to launch the forest land ostensibly for a street for which a whole lot of worthwhile timber must be felled. extra..
Govt will discover methods to fund port terminal improvement: Cabraal
Feb 7 (SO) Nobody might take possession or take away a harbour and the Govt is not going to get rid of any of such property apart from discovering viable methods to finance the event of the State property, State Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal mentioned in response to claims that the government has given the inexperienced mild at hand over the West Terminal of the Colombo Port to India. “How might an out of doors occasion or nation take possession of a port with out the consent of the government that runs it? The claims by bankrupt components extra..
‘Implementing PCOI suggestions will likely be detrimental to judicial independence’
Feb 7 (Island) The implementation of the suggestions of the Presidential Fee of Inquiry into political victimization (PCOI) would have an enormous impact on the independence of the judiciary and its operate searching for justice, says the Legal professionals’ Discussion board for the Individuals. “It is a actual hazard to democracy and the nation’s democratic establishments and processes”, Co-Convener of the Discussion board, extra..
Faculties cricket to the pitch on March 20
Feb 7 (SO) The lengthy awaited 2020-2021 Below-19 inter-school cricket season will start on March 20, after the completion of the postponed GCE O/L 2020 examination. Nonetheless, there will likely be no two-day event this 12 months as a consequence of restricted time left after the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, the official 2020-2021 Below-19 event will solely be confined to a limited-over affair. President of SL Faculties Cricket Affiliation (SLSCA) Thilak Waththuhewa mentioned they plan to start new inter-school U-19 season extra..
Cricket Board election fastened for 20 Might
Feb 7 (TM) Election for Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will likely be held on Thursday, 20 Might 2021, it was introduced right this moment (4). The most recent date for submitting nominations will likely be Wednesday, 24 February 2021. The Morning reported on 25 January that there may very well be three camps, below present President Shammi Silva, former Vice President Kangadaran Mathivanan, and former Captain Sanath Jayasuriya, which can be to contest the SLC elections this time. However Jayasuriya later denied he’s contesting. extra..
‘They hold saying they are going to take our lands’
Feb 7 (ST) Central Environmental Authority (CEA) should direct the RDA to keep away from the Thalangama wetland when constructing the proposed elevated freeway from Rajagiriya to Athurugiriya, Lawyer Common strongly suggested this week. The ten.4km stretch of freeway is the second section of a 17.3km mission from the New Kelani Bridge in Orugodawatte to Athurugiriya. Greater than 3km will throughout the Averihena Tank and surrounding extra..
SLC solutions their critics
Feb 7 (TM) Right here is one other historic second the place the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) administration is below the general public microscope and faces an enormous battering from its regular distracters and nearly all quarters of society. Right here is SLC Vice President Ravin Wickramaratne answering a few of these pertinent questions which can be being requested from them within the midst of a four-Check consecutive defeat of the nationwide facet. Q: On this sudden pandemonium concerning the collapse of SL’s most beloved recreation? extra..
West Indies tour nearly postponed: SL to make use of Asia Cup window to tour West Indies?
Feb 7 (TM) The prospects of SL touring West Indies this month, for 2 Exams and three ODIs and T20Is every, turned nearly zero by Friday (5) after considerations over a few their tour occasion members (Mickey Arthur and Lahiru Thirimanne) testing optimistic for Covid-19 early final week. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), after session with Cricket West Indies (CWI), had been about to formally announce that the collection could be postponed to a future date. TV Derana quoted SLC President Shammi Silva extra..
Highly effective businessman blocks strikes to permit tile imports
Feb 7 (ST) It was a battle between two highly effective lobbies – tile importers group & highly effective pursuits representing native tile producers. Ultimately the native producers, fronted by a politically highly effective businessman who additionally controls SL’s largest added worth rubber merchandise group, gained the day. The end result: The final minute cancellation of a gazette which was to permit tile imports, a call made by a strong bureaucrat extra..
Murali will get concerned in cricket after ten years
Feb 7 (Island) Cricket’s most profitable bowler – Muttiah Muralitharan retired from the sport in 2011 and for ten years he had little involvement with Sri Lanka Cricket, though he provided his providers elsewhere within the IPL and to the Australian Check group. Along with his appointment on Friday to the Cricket Committee headed by Aravinda de Silva that’s set to alter. “To be trustworthy, no one requested me to get entangled earlier than. Namal known as me and requested whether or not I will help. extra..