1 WE CARRY THE BROADEST SELECTION OF SL NEWS FOR THE BROADEST CROSS-SECTION OF SRI LANKANS NEWSLANKA FREE, WEEKLY NEWSPAPER NEWSLANKA Established since. THURSDAY 05 APRIL 2018 T: E: newslanka.net ISSUE 1374 Sri Lanka PM ouster move fizzles out as debate begins (Economynext.com) - A faction within President Maithripala Sirisena s Sri Lanka Freedom Party announced it will abstain from the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the opposition failed to muster the numbers required to topple him. After failing in their attempts to pressure Wickremesinghe to step down, the Sirisenafaction was in two pieces one supporting the no-confidence resolution and the other opposing it. SLFP state minister A. H. M. Fowzie who is in the no-camp opposing any moves to topple the government, told reporters that they, meaning the rebels within Sirisena faction, will abstain from voting allowing the premier to win by a big margin. Shortly after Fowzie dropped the bombshell announcement, two SLFP Sirisena faction stalwarts, Chandima Weerakkody and Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said they will vote against Wickremesinghe. However, from the start, it was clear that the opposition did not have the required majority By Shannon Jayawardena Brand Finance Lanka, the pioneering brand valuation and strategy firm, celebrated its 15th consecutive year of publishing Sri Lanka s most valuable and strongest brands at an event held in Colombo last night. Last year s top brand BOC was able to retain its position this year although its to oust Wickremesinghe, but Sirisena attempted pressure tactics, hoping he could engineer defections from the United National Party (UNP). Sirisena-faction insiders say the strategy had only backfired with Sirisena splitting his own SLFP faction between those who want to remain in a coalition with the UNP and those supporting an alliance with the Mahinda Rajapaksa faction of their party. That split will get only widened after today s vote. Rajapaksa himself had been lukewarm about the whole no-confidence move, privately telling his confidantes that the move to get rid of the UNP leader was ill advised. He had blamed Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila who till Tuesday morning were boasting they could topple Wickremesinghe with at least a two-seat majority. Despite surviving the vote, Wickremesinghe could also face a tough challenge within his party to carry out long-delayed leadership reforms. Chief among the complaints against him is the control his old-school network, known as the FRCS kabal, has over key positions in the administration. The FRCS (Former Royal College Student) group includes senior minister Malik Samarawickrema and former civil servant Charitha Ratwatte. Cabinet seniors such as Rajitha Senaratne openly accused Ratwatte of working against the interests of the UNP-led government. Both Ratwatte and Samarawickrema were key figures in a national economic committee which vetted project proposals from ministries. Fed up with the obstructionist committee, Sirisena had wanted it abolished although Wickremesinghe insisted on keeping the committee. BOC retains prime spot in Sri Lanka s 100 brand ranking performance was somewhat overshadowed by the faster growing Dialog brand, which continued to narrow the gap at the top of the table. Dialog is the strongest brand on Sri Lanka s league table with a triple A rating and has been growing faster than any of the top brands. There was speculation that it would overtake BOC this year. Brand Finance Lanka Managing Director Ruchi Gunewardene said: The rise of technology brands is a trend that we have seen across the world. For the very first time, technology brands took the top five positions in this year s Brand Finance Global 500 table, with Amazon at No.1 followed by Apple, Google, Samsung and Facebook. These brands have overtaken the old legacy brands such as Coca-Cola, Citibank, Walmart and GE amongst others, dramatically changing the business and brand landscape within a short period of 10 years. This phenomenon has long been a possibility in Sri Lanka too, as we identified Dialog as has been the strongest brand on our table for many years, as a result of which their brand value has been growing much faster. It is now closely challenging the leadership at the top of the table. Brand strength is an important indicator that a brand has the potential to create value in the long term, which is exactly what has happened here. To commemorate the 15th anniversary of publication of the league table, Brand Finance has introduced a separate table to recognise the Conglomerate Brands this year. Since these businesses dominate the Colombo Stock Exchange, and account for a major share of value whilst also topping the revenue rankings, this sector warranted a closer review in terms of how they are leveraging their corporate brands. So, for the first time Brand Finance has published the conglomerate s portfolio brand value as a separate table. The diverse businesses under their portfolio which include many business to business as well as consumer businesses within a single holding company does not enable them to be compared and listed alongside the most valuable consumer brands. Commenting on the findings of this table, Gunewardene stated: John Keells Holdings is the clear leader on this new league table with a value that is double that of second placed LOLC. John Keells has always been viewed as the premier blue chip conglomerate for many years and this result validates that. However, even we were surprised as to how far ahead they were relative to the other conglomerates on our list. The Rs billion brand portfolio value of John Keells Holdings is supported by a very strong brand which we have rated as AAA. It is the only AAA REGGIE FERNANDO - IS NOW IN COLOMBO Give him a call on NEWSLANKA COLOMBO OFFICE: CALL CHANDIKA NOW FREE PERSONAL CLASSIFIEDS NOW YOU CAN ADVERTISE YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTY RENTALS IN UK & SRI LANKA, ECT... FREE OF CHARGE rated conglomerate on the list. John Keells is the epitome of a conglomerate in Sri Lanka. It has strong systems that it adopts across all the companies that they own. These include common HR practices, a common values system, sustainability practices, financial reporting all of which sets the... SEE P14 Brand Finance Lanka Managing Director Ruchi Gunewardene presents the certificate to Sri Lanka s Number One Brand, Bank of Ceylon General Manager Senarth Bandara whilst BOC Chief Marketing Officer Dr. Induni Liyanage is also present. Brand Finance Lanka Managing Director Ruchi Gunewardene presents the certificate to Sri Lanka s second best brand Dialog Axiata PLC CEO Supun Weerainghe. Pix by Ruwan Walpola AND IF YOU ARE A BUSINESS, IT ONLY COSTS 6 PER WEEK. FOR FULL DETAILS GO TO PAGE 26 OR As the parliamentary debate got underway, a jubilant UNP state minister Harsha de Silva tweeted a photo from the parliament chamber saying JO big guns glum faced The no-confidence motion was initiated by the Joint Opposition (JO) which is led by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, but it had full backing of the... SEE P10 SEE PAGE 9 Great offers on flights & hotels. See page 3. TT
2 PAGE 02 A. T. M. Gunananda -Trincomalee Special. (dailynews.lk) A letter requesting to name 190 Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim community leaders, who were recorded as traitors for working against the British Empire, as patriots was forwarded to Minister Thalatha Athukorale by State Minister M. H. M. Hisbullah. The 190 community leaders were named as traitors in a gazette notification issued on June 4, (dailymirror.lk) The Central Bank having considered the requests from the public and the difficulties faced by them in exchanging willfully-defaced currency notes at licensed commercial banks (LCBs), has further extended the time period for exchanging such currency notes until further notice. The CB informed the public to submit such currency notes to its Head Office or Regional Offices located at Anuradhapura, Matale, Sri Lankan patriots NEWSLANKA 05 APRIL ISSUE 1374 Navy salvage WW II ship The request has been forwarded to President Maithripala Sirisena as well. Hisbulla said the same request was made from former Minister of Justice as well. He further said that President Sirisena has given a positive response in this regard. Accordingly, Hisbullah requests the Minister of Justice Thalatha Athukorale to take necessary steps to issue a new gazette, naming these community leaders as patriots. Mutilated currency notes Matara, Trincomalee, Nuwara Eliya, Kilinochchi or send the same by registered post to The Superintendent Currency Department Central Bank of Sri Lanka, No.30 Janadhipathi Mawatha Colombo 1, Si Lanka together with the duly completed application form. It said in a statement that the relevant application form can be obtained from the CB website ( Regional Offices and any branch of Licensed Commercial Banks (LCBs). The statement said currency notes that have been mistakenly marked by a small dot or a line are not considered as willfully mutilated currency notes and such currency notes can be used for transactions. The service of accepting damaged currency notes by LCBs due to normal wear and tear or due to natural disasters will continue without any change, it said. (island.lk) The wreck of one of the famous ships of Her Majesty s Naval Service - SS Sagaing, which sank in the Trincomalee harbour during the World War II, has been refloated after 75 years by a team of divers of the Sri Lanka Navy, making a landmark turning point in the field of diving and salvage. This 138m long Passenger cum Cargo Ship launched in December 24, 1924 was hit by Japanese carrier aircraft bomber attacks, whilst at anchorage in the Trincomalee harbour on April 9, the vessel was subsequently abandoned due to a raging fire onboard. On August 24, 1943, the damaged ship had been sunk to be used as a pier for naval ships. Sri Lanka Navy resorted to refloat the wreck, which was fully submerged 35 feet under the sea, in order to make sea room for expanding berthing facilities in the harbour. The task of salvaging and removing the ship wreck was assigned to Eastern Naval Command and it was undertaken by the Eastern Command Diving Unit headed by the Command Diving Officer (E), Captain (CDO) Krishantha Athukorala on September 11, Then a comprehensive salvage plan made by CDO (E) was launched by a team of divers supervised by CPO (DIV) ALNSS Liyanage through patching up all damages and strengthening up the deteriorated ship s structural parts by erecting an artificial ship side into the sunken wreck for dewatering the ship s internal volume to recover lost buoyancy. After a series of dedicated endeavours made during a period of five months, on March 22 the wreck started to ascent to the surface proving the professionalism and instinct of SLN divers. The operation was assisted by LCdr Sathishka Pathirana and LCdr Shiran Buddhika along with 98 diving sailors permanently deployed to the project. Timely support by the Operations, Logistics, Engineering, Electrical, Shipwright and Medical Departments and the continuous advice received from Director-General Operations were useful inputs in this successful endeavour. The entire proceedings of the wreck refloating effort were orchestrated under the guidance of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe. This project would not have been completed as scheduled without the unstinted support extended by the Tokyo Cement Company by way of providing a Crane Barge almost throughout the period with a full-time operator. (Sri Lanka Navy Press Release) The salvaged WW II British vessel LIVER PATIENT APPEALS FOR HELP (sundayobserver.lk) Uduwage Lasantha Perera, a father of two of Udawa South, Horana is suffering from de compensated cirrhosis and has been recommended immediate liver transplant, by Consultant Transplant Surgeon, Dr. Ruwan Dissanayake and Consultant Hepatologist of the National Hospital. The cost of the procedure is estimated to cost Rs. 1.2 million. Contributions from the generous public could be remitted to T.G. Kumari and Lasantha Perera s joint A/C No: , People s Bank, Horana Branch. For details: St. Sebastian s College Easter cantata The choir of St. Sebastian s College, Moratuwa, will hold its second Easter cantata titled Because He Lives, Hallelujah! at the college chapel on April 7 at 6 pm.
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4 PAGE 04 NEWSLANKA 05 APRIL i Travel ieye for professionalism in travel Githal / MOB / SMS Skype - thirdeyetravel3 web - SRILANKAN from 475 inc taxes 47Kg (Low season travel) ISSUE 1374 Third Eye Group UK Ltd with BG BOOK Cinnamon Air with us Call us for the best deals to worldwide destinations and get up to 10% discount on fares Subject to availability and conditions apply for all domestic routes! Pay in Rupees when you fly out from Colombo to any Destination! Calling from SL Fares based on low season travel. All fares are including taxes and subject to availability & conditions apply Calling from UK KUWAIT AIRWAYS N.P. Rajadurai, Asela KURULUWANS, AIndika PolkotuwaNimal Jayasinghe -Gampaha Roving and Priyan de Silva (dailynews.lk) The All Island best result scores for the GCE O/L examination 2017 had girls dominate the list with five out of six who came in first being girls. S.M. Kasuni Hansika Thathsarani Senavirathne and A. Chamodi Ravisa Subasinghe from Rathnavali Balika Maha Vidyalaya, Gampaha, Navodya Prabhavi Ranasinghe from Girls High School, Kandy, Limasha Amandi Divyanjana Wimalaweera from Mahamaya Balika Vidyalaya, Kandy, M.P. Randi Lakpriya from Sujatha Vidyalaya, Matara and A.M.A. Kavisha Prabhath from Sivali Central College, Ratnapura tied in for first place in the country for the best O/L results. Wimalaweera from Mahamaya is known to excel in both extra-curricular as well as academia and she had entered Mahamaya having scored 185 from the Wayamba Royal College. She has won all island school colours and is the President of the school Science Society. In addition Wimalaweera competed in a knowledge pentathlon and won first place in that. Girls top best O/L results LIST Her father, Uditha Wimalaweera is a businessman and her mother is an Assistant Principal at St John s College in Kurunegala. She wishes to pursue her future studies in the biology stream. It is my ambition to study medicine and become a doctor, said the jubilant 16-year-old Randi Lakpriya yesterday morning. Lakpriya, a student of Sujatha Vidyalaya, Matara had her primary education at Vijitha Central College Dikwella and scored 178 marks at the grade five scholarship examination to gain admission to Sujatha Vidyalaya. I did my school work each day and had sufficient time to perform my duties as a prefect and a girl scout she said. Lakpriya s parents are both government servants and her father is attached to the Divisional Secretariat Dikwella while her mother works at the Central Environmental Authority s office at Koggala. The only boy in the list, Prabhath said his ambition was to become an engineer and serve the country. A resident of Lellupitiya, Ratnapura, his parents work as nurses at the Ratnapura Base Hospital. He had studied at the Ratnapura Ferguson High School until Grade 5 and entered Seevali through his scholarship exam. Ranasinghe from Kandy Girls High School who is also on the list had her primary education at Peradeniya Sarasavi Uyana Maha Vidyalaya. She scored 174 at her scholarship exam to enter High School. Ranasinghe lives in Gelioya, and her father is an engineer in the Minipe Irrigation Channel Development Project and her mother is a Dentist at the Nawalapitiya Base Hospital. She is the eldest in her family. Since coming to High School in 2012, she has won first place in every exam. Rathnavali Balika Maha Vidyalaya, Gampaha had two students winning the all island first, one of them became first in the English medium whilst the other was from the Sinhala medium S.M.Kasuni Hansika Thathsarani Senavirathne won all island first in the English medium while A.Chamodi Ravisa Subasinghe came on top in the Sinhala medium. Senavirathne said she had studied from Grade 1 to 5 at the Gampaha Sumedha Vidyalaya and came to Seevali after her scholarship exam. She also excels in netball, football, swimming and she hopes to become an engineer someday. Subasinghe had also come to Seevali through the Grade 5 Scholarship exam from Bolawatte Hitipitiya Primary School. She too wished to become an engineer. They thanked their teachers and parents for their support. Asela Kurulawansha (dailynews.lk) Peradeniya Teaching hospital doctors were able to deliver a baby suffering from a teratoma tumour after a successful operation. Doctors say that this is the first time that a successful operation of this nature had been carried out in Sri Lanka.The doctors were successful in removing a part of the tumour enabling the baby to breath. Historic operation The teratoma tumour is located on the neck of the baby which blocks the respiratory tract from the lungs making the baby unable to breath.this tumour does not affect the baby in the mother s womb, since the baby breaths from the umbilical cord of the mother, Peradeniya teaching hospital Deputy Director Imesh Prathapasinghe said. The operation had to be done while the baby is connected to the umbilical cord since the baby couldn t breathe.therefore, a caesarean was performed to get the head and neck of the baby out while the umbilical cord was connected to the baby. Prof. Mathula Hettiarachchi, Consultant Anaesthetist Dr.Wasanti Pinto, Paediatrician Dr. Pathum Dissanayake, Anaesthetist Dr. Sameera Wasala, ENT Specialist Dr. S.G Athulgama, Radiation Specialist Dr. Jeevani Udupihilla, Specialist Doctors Tharaka Chandrasekara and Kapila Hettiarachchi participated in the operation with the assistance of Sirimavo Bandaranaike children's hospital officials. Doctors further stated that both the mother and the baby are safe. Nimal Wijesinghe (dailynews.lk) Prevailing drought in the Anuradhapura district is rising in intensity. According to weather forecasts, the Anuradhapura district would not receive heavy rains until the end of May. Farmers who had lost their cultivations during the past three consecutive cultivation seasons, are undergoing hardships. Referring to the issue, Anuradhapura Government Agent R. M. Wanninayaka told the Daily News that it is necessary to confine paddy and additional crop cultivations to a limited landscape. Due to the drought, water levels of the tanks in the Anurdhapura district, are dwindling at the rate of 1.5 to 2 feet per month. He said the Mahaweli water via the Kala Wewa is supplied only to the Hurulu Wewa, Nuwara Wewa, Tissa Wewa, Nachchaduwa and Thuruwila tanks, whereas other large and medium-scale tanks in the district are depending mainly on seasonal rainfall. During the 2017 Yala Season, only 22,500 hectares of paddy lands were cultivated in the Anuradhapura district. In 2016, it had been only 26,700 hectares, while in 2015, the landscape area that came under paddy cultivation was 84,430 Wanninayake added. Therefore, it had Severe drought in A pura been planned to cultivate around 42,000 hectares of land with paddy, under the 13 major irrigation tanks and 60 minor tanks during the 2018 Yala Season, Wanninayaka said However, after consulting the Irrigation Department, the cultivations to be carried out under the 83 medium-scale tanks could be decided soon. Steps would be taken to provide seed paddy and fertiliser subsidies to farmers, while top-priority would be given to the management of irrigation water, he added. In the meantime, the government agent said further steps are taken to continue the provision of Rs. 5,000 worth dry food rations among drought-stricken farmer families within the district. Apart from this, a number of around 20,000 people suffering from the lack of drinking water, would be provided with potable water with the use of water bowsers, in the Nochchiyagama, Mahawilachchiya and Rajangane Divisional Secretariat divisions. A tank run dry in Anuradhapura. Picture by Nimal Wijesinghe
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6 PAGE 06 NEWSLANKA 05 APRIL ISSUE 1374 Crimes & Accidents Three schoolgirls, mother drown (island.lk) Three 14-year-old schoolgirls and the mother of one of them, drowned in the Gin Ganga in Hiniduma on Saturday. The deceased were Minurika Shyamali Chathumini (14), Kaveesha Anjali (14), Ravindi Yasasmini (14) and Minurika s mother (39). They were bathing when Minurika got dragged away by torrents while trying to retrieve a soap box. The other three drowned when they tried to save her. By Sarath Eraminigammana, Mohommad Buhardeen and JB Bulagala (island.lk) Four members of the same family were killed yesterday (02) when the three-wheeler they were traveling in collided head-on with a lorry at Yatigalpotta, Galewela on the Dambulla Kurunegala main road. The victims, residents of Wathupitiwala, Gampaha, were identified as 45-year-old father, W.A. Ranasinghe 43-year-old mother, Jayalath Nilmini, 21-year-old son, Shehan, and eight-year-old daughter Imesha Nilmini. They were returning home around 5:30 am when the tragedy struck. The lorry was returning to Dambulla from Meegoda. The 21-year-old son had been driving the three-wheeler. The driver of the lorry was arrested and Galewela police are conducting investigations. Some villagers managed to retrieve the victims and rush them to hospital but they were pronounced dead on admission. Family of four killed in head-on collision Foreign remittances, pensioners exempted from tax Foreign remittances of persons working abroad are not taxable. Only those who earn above a certain amount will be taxed, Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera told Parliament yesterday. Upto Rs 15 million from services rendered to persons outside Sri Lanka is tax exempted. Further, pensioners have been totally exempted from taxes, but if their interest is over Rs. 1.5 million per year (over Rs. 125,000 per month) it will be subject to a withholding tax. If a pensioner is to gain an income of Rs. 1.5 million per year, he should have an investment of Rs.20 million. Hence, this tax will not affect 95% of the pensioners, Samaraweera said. He said during the past few days many distorted and incorrect news was disseminated by the media and some MPs with regard to the Inland Revenue Act. The Minister yesterday presented ten gazettes under the Commodity Levy Act for house approval. The minister noted that last year on October 24, the government had the new Inland Revenue Act passed in parliament and based on a proposal made in the house, the implementation of the new taxation was postponed by a year and came School term holidays By Yusuf Ariff (adaderana.lk) All government and government approved schools (Sinhala and Tamil medium) will close for the first term vacation on April 6 (Friday) and reopen for the second term on April 23 (Monday), the Ministry of Education said. The first term of Muslim schools will end on April 11 (Wednesday) and reopen for the second term on April 18 (Wednesday), the announcement said. Accordingly the fist term school holidays will be limited to just 16 days this year. into effect from April 1, The current direct and indirect tax disparity is absolutely unfavourable. Today direct taxes are paid by a fraction of the population at 18%. This can be considered the lowest in the world. In Malaysia, 72% of taxes are charged through direct taxes and in India its 57%, Bangladesh 33%, but we in Sri Lanka is still at 18%. However, 88% of the taxes are charged through indirect taxes. The problem with indirect taxes is that even the millionaire pays the same taxes as the poor man in terms of purchasing essential commodities. I do agree that the VAT is too high and it needs to be reduced. In order to reduce that we should reduce the tax disparity to at least 40% to 60%. Then accordingly we can gradually reduce VAT and other taxes providing relief to the people, Minister Samaraweera said. This is why the brought in this new Revenue Act to introduce a simpler taxation structure, he said.under this new system, he explained that those who earn Rs. 1.2 million or lesser per year (Rs. 100,000 or lesser per month) will not be taxed. Similarly they have made the taxation system simpler preventing politicians from granting tax relief to their relatives and friends as they please to suit their whims and fancy. We have taken away the power to decide on the tax from the minister and incorporated it into an Act in a methodical manner. However, many have expressed warped and false claims regarding the taxation system. Rumours are spread that capital gains tax is at 10% on the sale price, but this is not true. This tax is applicable on the gain derived from the sale of an extra land or house and the sale price is seen as a cost, he said. (Contd: on P10) Mystery behind the death of woman Bandula Seneviratne (dailynews.lk) There was tension in Amban East, Vadamarachchi yesterday afternoon following the discovery of a woman's body and an injured woman inside a house in the area. Point Pedro police said the woman's body and the injured woman were fully blood stained. A mother and her daughter had been the sole occupants of the house and police believe that the daughter had been strangled to death after severely beating the mother. The deceased was identified as Nallathamby Revathie (37) and the injured mother of her's as Nallathamby Rajamma. Rajamma was admitted to the Point Pedro hospital and later transferred to Jaffna Teaching hospital. Police had to use force to quell the disturbance created by the angered crowd at the scene. Fraud (dailymirror.lk) The Police today released a photograph of a suspect seeking public assistance to apprehend him for allegedly involved in a financial fraud of over Rs. 210 million. Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said an individual, a resident of Nawala had lodged a complaint at the CID stating that he was defrauded by the suspect who is a resident of Rajagiriya. According to the complaint, the victim had given Rs. 210,623,250 money to the suspect Sanjeewa de Silva Pandithasekara who is residing at Sky Gardens Residence, Perera Mawatha, Buthgamuwa in Rajagiriya. Police said the suspect had not returned the money to the victim. Police requested the public to inform the Commercial Crimes Investigation Unit via , if they have any information about the suspect. Rahula principal assaulted (island.lk) Principal of Rahula College was assaulted yesterday after the annual big match between his school and Dharmapala College, Pannipitiya at the Uyanwatta Stadium, Matara. Principal Francis Welage was hospitalised after the attack. A suspect arrested yesterday."the suspect has been remanded till April 09 and the Matara police are conducting further investigations," the Police Media Unit said. (LBO) The reauthorized US GSP shall become active for Lankan exporters from this April, according to Sri Lanka s Minister of Industry and Commerce. US has been the leading buyer of Lankan exports over the years and it continued its lead even last year. Sri Lankan exports to United States is now almost at 3 billion US dollars threshold for the first time. We thank the US government for renewing their GSP support to Sri Lanka, Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen said. Officials of my Department of Commerce have informed me that the reauthorized US GSP shall become active for Lankan exporters as early as April 22. US President Donal Trump reauthorized US GSP facility for 120 beneficiary countries when he signed the US Omnibus Spending Bill on 23 March. His authorization opens opportunities for around 5000 products to be imported to US without tariff from 120 developing countries. Sri Lanka s total exports to US last year was almost notching 3 billion US dollars threshold at 2.9 billion Ceylon Dollar Bond Fund Four more Digana rioters in custody Dharma Sri Abeyratne (dailynews.lk) Four more persons have been arrested by the Kandy police division in connection with recent clashes in Digana and Teldeniya. Police said these persons have been arrested based on CCTV camera footage and statements given by several suspects, taken into custody earlier. Accordingly, Prasanna Abeywardena, S.Shantha Priyantha, D.M.Sampath Suriyabandara and H.M. Piyatissa have been arrested by the TID. The first two suspects were arrested on March 30 and 31 while the other two were arrested. Two convicts sentenced to death (dailynews.lk) Two individuals who were convicted of murdering a woman and injuring two other individuals by striking a bomb were sentenced to death in Galle, yesterday. The bomb strike took place on May 31, 1999 in Wadugegoda, Ahangama. The two convicts were sentenced to death by the Galle High Court and an open warrant was issued against one convict, for evading courts. Teen drowns after checking his exam results By Suranga Dilhan (island.lk) A teenager who went for a river bath with his school buddies after checking his GCE OL results drowned in the Mahaweli Ganga on Thursday. He was one of a group of eight students from St Andrew s Vidyalaya, Gampola. Victim, 17-year-old Rajitha Roshan Galpihilla was a resident of Mariyawatta, Galpihillegedara, Gampola. Seven of his friends had been with him at the time of the incident, police said. His friends had run away without informing the police of the incident, investigators said. A person engaged in sand mining saw the incident. He informed police, who subsequently recovered the body. The police also arrested the other seven students. The mother of the victim is working overseas and his father is employed away from Gampola. He is the only child of the family. dollars. This is a growth of 3.65 percent from 2016 s 2.8 billion dollars. The second largest buyer of Lankan exports last year was UK at 1.03 billion dollars and the third, was India at 689 million dollars. Apparel products are Sri Lanka s biggest export item to US, taking around percent of annual exports. Total US-Sri Lanka trade (both exports and imports) in 2016 was 3.3 billion dollars. Sri Lanka will now benefit from the renewed US GSP Scheme until 31 December Since the effective date of the renewal is 22nd April 2018, Lankan exports to USA under the GSP Scheme will be eligible for tariff concession after 22nd April US importers, However, are eligible to claim customs duties they had to pay during the period of inactive GSP (from 1st January 2018 to 22nd April 2018) due to the retroactive effect of US President s renewal. Frequently asked questions on GSP Renewal, published by the Office of the United States Trade Representative is reproduced below.
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8 PAGE 08 By Steve A. Morrell (island.lk) Sri Lanka s former national cricket captain, Kumar Sangakkara, has teamed up with CCCLine 1333, a free telephone counselling service, to help in efforts to prevent suicides. "Sri Lanka has been ranked 20th worldwide for deaths caused by suicides. The vulnerable age group is between 11 and 28 years", Sangakkara told a news conference in Colombo last week. However, there now seems to be some improvement in the suicide rate. Two decades ago, Sri Lanka was the leading country for suicides, ranked first in the world for such loss of life under tragic circumstances, he noted. Records at the time indicated that 48 persons committed suicide each day. However, with intense counseling and a caring attitudetowards the vulnerable, the rate has now dropped to eight to ten suicides per day, he said. Sangakkara has partnered CCCLine 1333 as its Ambassador to help in efforts to prevent suicides through counselling. (island.lk) The number of applications made by Sri Lankans seeking asylum in the UK has been reduced relatively in the recent years, according to the British Government. Baroness Williams of Trafford, Minister of State, Home Department, made this disclosure in response to a question asked by Lord Naseby in Parliament on Thursday as to how many Sri Lankans have sought asylum each year since January 2007; and how many were successful. In 2007, some 988 applications had been made and 124 asylum status had been granted during (island.lk) Anne-Marie Mediwake, one of the most highly-regarded of Canadian television newscasters, has been invited to broadcast the coming Royal Wedding in London, England. Anne-Marie, the daughter of Mervyn Mediwake of the well-known Mediwake family from Dumbara in the Central Province, emigrated to Canada with her parents, Mervyn and Muriel in (island.lk) Many readers will remember Chalani Divumini, the small girl who underwent surgery for a congenital cardiac condition followed by a series of visits from time to time for "surgical corrections and treatments" at the Madras Medical Mission (MMM) in Chennai. She was fitted with a cardio microphone for constant monitoring of her condition, during a visit some years ago. Chalani, a bright student, is able to lead a normal life today thanks to The Sunday Island, which helped in a big way to raise funds for her medical interventions from time to time. According to Dr. K. Sivakumar, Head FOR SHOPKEEPERS ASSOS 7 YEARS WARRANTY (PART & LABOUR INCLUDED)* Wall Unit FROM 3300 Gondola SL asylum to the UK 10-year-old student needs help Bread Unit Unit 1 Eastgate Business Park, Argall Way, London E10 7PG SPECIAL OFFER NEWSLANKA 05 APRIL Kumar Sangakkara partners CCCLine 1333 With the CCC Foundation taking the lead in the endeavor to save valuable lives through a free counselling service, a group of dedicated volunteers have given their time and effort to man a help desk to respond to telephone calls and ensure that callers receive sympathetic attention. Ranil Thillakaratne, Manager, CCCLine 1333, said that apart from sponsorships, there are no donors to continue the counselling service. "We expect to raise funds through the 1330 meter bike ride and a beach walk to be launched in due course". Volunteers dedicate their personal effort and time to log in for 16 hours each month to counsel those who call the help desk. CCCLINE 1333 is tarifffree and is available for 12 hours per day from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm. Callers would have the attention of counsellors who offer help and guidance to their problems with sympathy and understanding. Moves are underway to launch a 24-hour phone line to handle more callers, he noted. Each counsellor dedicates attention to callers and, where necessary, refer problems for expert input. the same year. 1,473 application had been made in 2008 followed by 1,115, 1,357 and 1,756 in the following years respectively upto However, the number of total applications had been reduced to 961 in 2015 of which 179 asylum grants were made. In 2016, 845 applications have been made whereas only 687 applications have been made in the year Grants by the British Government include grants of asylum, discretionary leave, humanitarian protection, and grants under family and private life rules. Broadcaster of Sri Lankan origin She has won the highest accolades available to Canadian television broadcasters and has headed up the primary TV news broadcasts on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Canadian Television Network. Further information may be obtained from her father, Mervyn whose address is Department of Paediatric Cardiology, Institute of Cardio-Vascular Diseases, MMM, the 10-year-old has been diagnosed as a "case of TOF, severe infundibular PS confluent PA" and needs to undergo "intra cardiac repair". Cardiologists in Sri Lanka have recommended that medical treatment for the patient should continue at the Institute of Cardio-Vascular Diseases of the MMM in Chennai, which is aware of the complicated case history. It is considered too risky to attempt any interventions here. Under these circumstances, Dr. Sivakumar, Chief Pediatric Cardiologist and Senior Consultant, wants Chalani be admitted to the MMM on April 20, 2018 for "intra cardiac repair". The specialized medical intervention alone will cost Indian Rs.105,000/- (US$ 2,500), which has to be paid on admission of the patient. In addition to incidental expenses, the cost of four return air tickets to Chennai and food and lodging during their eight-day stay there will also have to be borne by the patient s family, who are desperately poor. Chalani s father is a casual laborer, while her mother works for a daily wage. With the life of their precious daughter hanging in the balance, the family is desperately trying to raise funds to meet the expenses involved. It is under these distressing circumstances that they appeal for financial assistance to save the life of their child. Donors can credit their contributions to A/C No at Sampath Bank, Panadura branch or at Bank of Ceylon, Panadura branch in favor of the child s father, H. P. Nalaka Soysa. He can be contacted on mobile or At present, there s a team of 70 counselors, Thillakaratne said, while pointing out that the ideal number should be 126 to ensure wider perspectives for action. "We welcome people who volunteer their time towards this cause". The nature of problems the counselling service deals with largely relate to failed love affairs, loneliness, economic issues, bullying at school and similar areas of trauma encountered each day, he explained. Counsellors go through training periods of at least one month before they are found eligible to join the service, he noted. Asked why the service concentrates only on telephone calls, he replied: "Our experience was that callers are more open on the telephone, rather ISSUE 1374 Kumar Sangakkara flanked by Ranil Thillakaratne and Suren Madanayake, Committee Member, CCC Foundation, at the news conference. (Pic by Saman Ranaweera) Looking for father (colombogazette.com) She was just a one year old when he left but today Durga Keshav is still continuing a campaign to locate her father who she believes is either in Sri Lanka or Australia. Durga Keshav told the Colombo Gazette that Kanagasundaram Somasundaram left her family in Singapore and came to Sri Lanka in 1991 but never returned. Keshav said that her father left Singapore following a workplace accident in which one of his fingertips was injured. She says he mother had posted newspaper advertisements in Sri Lanka through a Singaporean lawyer looking for her father from the time he left to the year 2000 but there was no luck. I don t mind trying it again. Currently after many years, this is the first time I m trying on my own to find him. I really don t know where he could be. Most probably Sri Lanka or Australia, she said. She also published a post on her Facebook which was republished in the Singaporean media last week. I am searching for my biological Father, Kanagasundaram Somasundaram (Age 60). He left us 27 years ago, My mum (Vimala) and me when I was 1+years old. After a workplace injury that cut off one of his fingertip, he left to Sri Lanka in 1991, since then he has not returned to Singapore. I m looking for my father so that my mum and I have some closure to some of the questions that has been pondering us. My mum is still not married or attached to anyone as she Chariot festival than at a personal level, where they lack confidence to come out with their problems". Thillakaratne said the aim was to reduce the incidence of suicides. He acknowledged that the CCC Foundation continued its work as best as it could, but considering the fact that suicide was an emotional phenomenon, it was difficult to foretell the end. still respect my father as her husband, the Facebook post reads. Kanagasunda ram Somasundara m, who is 60 years old, was born in Point Pedro, Jaffna and is a Sri Lankan Tamil. Somasundaram has two younger siblings, a brother and sister and is a resident of Pandivirichchan near the Madhu Church My father was a teacher who taught Arts in Sri Lanka and India before he came to Singapore to work as a carpenter. I have a couple of documents to proof of his birth, village certificate, registry of marriage certificate, special pass entry document. The last information that we knew about him was that in he had left to either Canada or Australia with his new family (not sure of the authenticity of the info), Durga Keshav said. Durga Keshav says she is not looking to get anything from her father other than just find him and get closure. She says anyone who has any information about her father can her on (dailynews.lk) The annual five-chariot festival of the Koddaimunai Maha Mariamman Temple in Batticaloa, was held yesterday. Statues of five deities; Pillayar, Ambal, Murugan, Sivan and Sandeswery; were taken in a procession in five decorated chariots. Religious rites were performed by temple chief priest Sivasiri Saravanan Kurukkal. Picture by Sivam Packiyanathan, Batticaloa Special Corr.
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10 PAGE 10 NEWSLANKA 05 APRIL ISSUE 1374 No-Confidence against Thilanga? (asianmirror.lk) The United National Party will move a no-confidence motion against Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala at the next Parliamentary session. "Sumathipala has acted in a capricious,arbitrary and unfair manner without acting independently in the current no faith motion," Minister Navin Dissanayake said. Sumathipala, a close ally of President Maithripala Sirisena, is a member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Sources within the UNP said Sumathipala played a key role as a 'middleman' between the SLFP and the Joint Opposition on the noconfidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. (sundaytimes.lk) A split has emerged within the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) faction supporting President Maithripala Sirisena regarding the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Earlier today, after a meeting with President Maithripala Sirsena at the President's official residence, State Minister A.H.M. Fowzie told the media that the SLFP Parliamentary Group had decided to abstain from voting when the NCM is SLFP split taken up for a vote at 9.30pm today. However, State Ministers Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena and Dilan Perera, who were among those attending an urgent meeting at the residence of United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary and Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, later refuted the claim made by Minister Fowzie. They insisted that the SLFP has decided to support the NCM against the PM. Foreign from P6 He also refuted claims that the sale of a vehicle subject to capital gains tax, adding that this is again an absolute lie and capital gains tax is applicable only on the sale of lands, buildings and securities. The government s tax policies have focussed on some key principals and objectives, increasing the share of government revenue which had declined to 11.6% of GDP by This would enable us to better meet our debt repayments without compromising government expenditure on health and education. "One World One People" We are working for a greener, peaceful, democratic and socialist world. Campaign for natural justice based on redistribution of wealth. Visit Peoples-International The changes are aimed to achieve revenue increase by increasing the share of direct taxes from 18 to 40% and create a more progressive tax structure, broaden the tax base to bring in the informal economy into the formal sector. This will create a level playing field by ensuring that everyone complies and shares the burden of taxes, reduce discretion in tax policy and shift to a simple transparent rules based structure and in future the minister would not be able to change the rules and regulations according to the whims and fancies of those in power, Samaraweera noted, adding that this was required to minimise potential corruption and reduce tax leakages due to ad-hoc tax exemptions. New High Courts By Ashwin Hemmathagama (ft.lk) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday notified Parliament of the Supreme Court s decision that the proposed legislation to establish a High Court trial-at-bar was inconsistent with the Constitution and it would either need to be amended or would have to be passed with a two-thirds parliamentary majority to become law. JVP decides By Manushi Silva (adaderana.lk) The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has decided to vote in support of the no- confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Speaking at the Parliamentary debate JVP parliamentarian Bimal Rathnayake made this statement, a short while ago. The biggest deal in the country at present is the Mahinda- Ranil deal. The Former President at least did not use the effort he used to win the power at Local Government elections to defeat the no confidence motion. He alleged. Meanwehile, Rathnayake said that the PM has shown that he cannot catch thieves, he added. NCM against PM will fail - Champika Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka stated that the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will fail. Speaking in Parliament during the NCM debate, the Minister, who is from the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), one of the coalition parties of Venerable Athureliye Rathana Thero By Manushi Silva (adaderana.lk) Venerable Athureliye Rathana Thero said he cannot vote in favor of noconfidence motion on behalf of government. Speaking at the debate on no-confidence motion the Thero said it is not acceptable for a Buddhist monk to engage in or support fraud and corruption. The Yahapalana government has more criticism than the previous government. National security has been endangered. The war heroes have No Confidence CONT FROM P1... Sirisena-faction too which had previously announced it supported the resolution. With Wickremesinghe set to survive today s vote, three SLFP state ministers who signed the no-confidence motion are expected to be asked to step down. The UNP is also mounting pressure on several senior SLFP ministers, including Susil Premajayantha, Nimal Siripala and Dayasiri Jayasekara to resign. Weerakkody and Lakshman Yapa are also expected to be asked to step down from the government. Minority Tamil and Muslim parties in the UNP coalition have announced they will support the Prime Minister while the Tamil National Alliance which has a decisive 16 seats in the assembly has said it will not be party to toppling the prime minister. 'No-confidence motion lacks credibility' By Yusuf Ariff (adaderana.lk) Opposition Leader R Sampanthan says that the wording and timing of the no-confidence motion, which seeks to implicate the Prime Minister with the bond scam, are indicative of the pursuit of a political agenda through the motion rather than fixing responsibility in regard to the bond scam. The question must be raised as to why the wording is so vague and lacking in any specific charge against the Prime Minister in regard to the fraud pertaining to the bond scam per say, he said, delivering a statement in Parliament today (4) during the debate on the motion. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader stated that the wording is too loose and general in nature and that it could be that the PM is facing this situation because of the confidence he placed on someone who has betrayed him. But where is the evidence or charge against the Prime Minister of involvement in the bond scam? Is the wording of the motion so loose and so general because of the lack of specific material against the Prime Minister in regard to the bond scam? he questioned. And if that is true in my submission the motion lacks credibility, he charged. With regard to the timing of the motion, he stated that the bond scam occurred 3 years ago and that it has been the subject of total public focus the United National Front (UNF), further said that the Government however, cannot continue to function as it did for the past three years. Clear changes are needed within the Government and party structure, the Minister said, adding that this was why he presented a set of proposals outlining reforms that needed to be executed urgently. been imprisoned. The activities of the government during the past three years are being challenged and questioned.it is a pity to say so by myself who was a pioneer in establishing the present government. Speaking Further, the Thero said the country is facing an unstable condition and both the government and opposition have a responsibility to redeem the country from the unstable state which prevail in the country. for a long period of time. Why has this motion of no-confidence been brought against the Prime Minister only now? he asked the House. Sampanthan also inquired as to whether this motion against the PM is the first step in a plan to bring down totally and completely the present government. He stated that it is their view that the inadequate performance by the government in the first half of their term was the cause of the result at the recent local government polls in which the SLFP and UNP suffered defeat. He said if they perform better in the next two and a half years, public disenchantment can change. Unfortunately the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) does not want that to happen, he said. They want to first defeat the PM and the next target will be the President, he claimed. They want the government brought down. The TNA leader further stated that they want the government to implement the mandate given to it by the country. In these circumstances how can we possibly support this no-confidence motion? He alleged that the true intentions of the Podujana Peramuna are shrouded in an environment of prejudice based upon the bond scam. We cannot fall victim to such and allow ourselves to be used to achieve their political objective, Sampanthan said.
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12 PAGE 12 NEWSLANKA 05 APRIL ISSUE 1374 EU relists LTTE as a terrorist organisation SL contributions to int'l community (sundaytimes.lk) The Council of the European Union has relisted the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a terrorist organisation. The decision came into effect on March 21, 2018, continuing the specific restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities with a view to combating terrorism. The LTTE is among 20 organisations named. The relisting is the result of a protracted diplomatic battle that involved Sri Lanka s mission in Brussels, where the EU has its headquarters. The President, the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and the Secretaries of Foreign Affairs and Defence were involved in the diplomatic move, sources said. The LTTE was first listed as a terrorist movement in 2006 and has remained on the list ever since. But, while the LTTE did not challenge its initial listing, it did contest their subsequent retention on the list before the European General Court (EGC). In 2014, the EGC annulled the restrictive measures imposed on the LTTE, citing procedural shortcomings. But it decided to maintain, until the conclusion of any appeal, the effects of the annulled measures to ensure the effectiveness of any possible future freezing of funds. The Council of the European Union appealed against the 2014 judgment at the European Court of Justice (ECJ). In July 2017, however, the ECJ confirmed an annulment of the continued freezing of the LTTE s funds between 2011 and But the funds remained frozen as a result of the two most recent reviews by the Council in July 2016 and January The ECJ directed that the LTTE be taken off the SPECIAL OFFER FOR SHOPKEEPERS ASSOS 7 YEARS WARRANTY (PART & LABOUR INCLUDED)* FROM 3300 EU list. It said: In the statements of reasons relating to the restrictive measures, the Council did not refer to anything that might explain why it considered at the time that, notwithstanding the LTTE s military defeat in 2009, it was the LTTE s intention to continue terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka. Thereafter, Sri Lanka s diplomatic machinery engaged the 2- member States of the European Council to find ways and means of collating material to address the ECJ s concerns and keep the LTTE on the list. Politically, all member states and the EU took the unwavering position that the LTTE should remain on the list, the sources said. However, in view of the court decision, the methodology had to be on legal, technical and security grounds. In the past six months, therefore, considerable quiet diplomacy was undertaken in Brussels to gather and present the right information, at legal and technical levels to the member states to meet the court stipulations. With direct involvement of the Foreign Minister, President Maithripala Sirisena wrote personal letters to the Heads of Government of EU member States and the Presidents of the European Council and European Commission. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also made phone calls. All this contributed towards ensuring the continued political will in the EU to continue with the listing. Information was gathered from security and legal interlocutors in Colombo and presented to the EU. The member States were, thereby, convinced enough to have the listing of the LTTE continue. In short, the European Council was able to present new reasons to warrant the continuation of the listing, the sources said. Minority political parties decide to back Prime Minister (thesundayleader.lk) Minority political parties have decided to back Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe when the no-confidence vote is taken in Parliament. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), the All Ceylon Makkal Congress led by Minister Rishad Bathiudeen and the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) said they will vote against the no-confidence motion. SLMC leader Rauf Hakeem said that the High Command of the SLMC is of the opinion that the no-confidence motion presented by the joint opposition is against the entire Government. He said that the High Command discussed several matters related to the no-confidence motion when it met today. Hakeem said it was decided that the SLMC will (ft.lk) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday pledged to fast-track the restructuring of the United National Party (UNP) immediately after the no-confidence motion, with crucial responsibility to be delegated to a new group. He had made these commitments during a meeting with the UNP Parliamentary Group on Tuesday. During the wide-ranging discussions Wickremesinghe had pledged to completely restructure the party and rejuvenate it so that it would be a strong contender in the upcoming provincial council elections and other polls, the UNP said in a statement. Wickremesinghe had stated that he would UNP restructuring vote against the motion. Minister Mano Ganesan said that the working committee of the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) which met today decided to back the Prime Minister. Our six MPs will vote to defeat the NCM (noconfidence motion. Mano Ganesan said. extensively discuss recommendations in the report submitted by the party committee headed by State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene, which was appointed following the Local Government Elections and advice of other stakeholders in formulating the restructuring process. He had also said he would obtain the advice of senior party leaders before the next set of officials were appointed by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is expected to make the appointments on 30 April. As such two special rounds of discussions including the UNP Executive Committee and the Parliamentary Group have already been called for 7 and 8 April. All decisions regarding the restructuring of the party are expected to Unit 1 Eastgate Business Park, Argall Way, London E10 7PG Office: / be taken during these meetings and a Monitoring Committee to assess the progress of the reforms will also be appointed, the statement added. The process for appointing the Monitoring Committee will be decided following discussions with the party Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer and will then be notified to the UNP Parliamentary Group, according to the statement. (dailymirror.lk) Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to UN in Geneva, Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha has said Sri Lanka makes its best contributions to the international community when it leads from the centre, rather than positioning itself in a manner "either to be taken for granted, or to remain isolated. The Ambassador who relinquishes his tour of duty as Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva this week, made this observation in his farewell address to the Conference on Disarmament (CD), where last month under Sri Lanka's Presidency, the Conference unanimously adopted Decision CD/2119 setting up 5 subsidiary bodies to commence substantive work. Addressing the High-Level Segment of the CD, UN Secretary- General António Guterres welcoming this Decision stated, I believe you are off to the best start in nearly two decades, and I look forward to building on this new momentum. Recalling that for long years Sri Lanka had been an active player in the field of disarmament, Ambassador Aryasinha expressed satisfaction that Sri Lanka was once again able to make a meaningful contribution through CD/2119, during its recent Presidency. He said the decision "was a balance between flexibility and safeguards, and it offered a framework for a more focused and continued debate on all core issues on the CD agenda. I believe this has the potential of being an irreversible first step in getting the CD back to work, and in asserting its credibility as the single multilateral forum for negotiating disarmament treaties," Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to UN in Geneva said quoting Mr. Aryasinha. Referring to the dynamics that resulted in this CD Decision, he believed that "the cardinal principles upheld in arriving at CD/2119; inclusiveness in consultations, transparency in engagement without a pre-conceived agenda, and allowing adequate time to deal with the genuine security concerns of all Member States, will undoubtedly help as we move through the next steps of (ft.lk) The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), which is backed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, yesterday (28 March) rejected allegations that its members were involved in communal clashes that took place in Kandy, and reiterated calls for a Presidential Commission of Inquiry to investigate communal violence since SLPP Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris, releasing a statement, charged that sections of the international media have continued to amplify and broadcast the Government statements that the Joint Opposition or the SLPP was responsible for the recent Sinhala-Muslim disturbances in Kandy. In a story datelined March , Reuters has stated that Police and politicians backed by the country s former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined anti-muslim riots that rocked Sri Lanka s Kandy district this month This article is based on allegations made against the SLPP by the Law and Order Minister and the Cabinet Spokesman. The latter is quoted as having stated that one SLPP local government representative named Samantha Perera was under investigation for attacking Muslim-owned shops and mosques with stones, the statement said. The Reuters article stated that CCTV footage shows Perera, pointing at the higher floors of a building opposite a mosque, and that according to the Cabinet Spokesman, another SLPP local government representative had been arrested for setting fire to a mosque. Samantha Perera has informed us that he had been trying to control the crowd and send them away, and that there is CCTV footage to prove it. The wife of Gamini Rajapakshe, (no relation of the Rajapaksas who lead the SLPP), the SLPP local councillor who has been arrested, informs us that her husband had been arrested near the Narampanawa junction, about 100 to 150 meters away from the Menikhinna mosque, when he was returning home from his workplace. There is an obvious attempt to frame members of the SLPP, the Chairman charged. He went onto say that even though the Police operationalizing this decision and bringing the Conference back to negotiations". Noting that the CD's "rule of consensus has not been the reason for the CD s stalemate, but it is the lack of political will", and that "clearly the issue is not procedural, but political", Ambassador Aryasinha said countries would be better served " if we use the rule of consensus, as a tool for compromise, rather than as a veto". Emphasizing the significance that following the adoption of CD/2119, delegations who had continued to show scepticism about the CD process in the past, had expressing their willingness to work constructively towards realization of the its goals in order to get the CD back to work, he cautioned that CD members must be conscious that unless this window of opportunity is seized on, the momentum could be lost. In conclusion, while ccongratulating the current President of the CD Switzerland for confirming the appointment of 5 coordinators on the principle of equitable geographical representation as stipulated in the February decision and a schedule of meetings based on equitable time, Ambassador Aryasinha remarked, "eventuality, whether CD/2119 was a beginning or an aberration remains to be seen. But one thing is certain. The cost of standing in the way of the CD moving forward has become greater. SLPP refutes allegations of involvement in Digana clashes spokesman stated that he had been arrested while setting fire to a mosque, the Menikhinna mosque was not torched, but had only been attacked with stones. From the moment disturbances broke out in Ampara and Kandy, the Government has been trying to lay the blame for these incidents on the SLPP. We have already issued two statements pointing out, among other things, that these Sinhala-Muslim disturbances which are now increasing in frequency, were first started several years ago to destabilise the Rajapaksa Government, and that the reason why the present Government never appointed a Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the incidents that began in 2012 and culminated in the Aluthgama disturbances 2014, is because all the perpetrators are among the founders of the present Government. Despite this, the Government keeps trying to pin the blame for these incidents on the SLPP, in the hope that they will be able to motivate the Muslim people to vote en masse with the present Government as they did in January A section of the international media has been helping the Government in its propaganda effort. Recently, the London-based Guardian, in an article on the Kandy incidents quoted Alan Keenan of the International Crisis group who said that this violence can be related to the growing strength of the Rajapaksa led opposition and that these clashes were being motivated by a need to look for new enemies to unite the Sinhalese and to win votes. Despite the efforts of various interested parties, nobody in this country, particularly the Muslim community, believes these stories anymore. Mayor of Kotte Madhura Vithanage of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) was elected Mayor of the Kotte Municipal Council
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14 PAGE 14 A Dambadiva Pilgrimage Experience an all-inclusive trip to holy Buddhism and other attractions including: Buddha Gaya: Other important sites: A Luxury Sri Maha Bodhi Nepal(Lumbini Park) 11 Day Tour Dhamika Stupa Dushkara Kriya Kala Jethawanaramaya Seweth Nuwara for Anagarika Dhramapala Place February 2018 Varnasi Mulagandha Kuti Vihara Museum Isipathanaya Mighadaya Ananda Bodhi Sujathagama Kapilawasthupura Rajagaha Nuwara Vishala Mahanuwara Flights: Kushinagar Nalanda University London New Delhi & New Delhi Varanasi Agra (Taj Mahal) New Delhi London Accommodation: High quality hotel accommodation is Sriya Weerakoon: +44 (0) SriLankan Airlines appoints new Board of Directors Brands CONT FROM P1... standards for the other conglomerates to follow. Sri Lanka s most valuable and strongest brands are identified through detailed analysis of data that is obtained through an exclusive market research study carried out by an independent market research firm and through publicly available financial information available on companies listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange. According to Gunewardene, the challenge for those in the top 50 is to ensure they maintain that single-minded focus on growth by strengthening their brand. This needs to happen through understanding how each stakeholder impacts its brand and by defining or redefining the brand where relevant, and through constant differentiation through innovation. The bottom 50 brands, on the other hand, have much work to do to establish themselves in their respective markets and work towards a strategic approach to long-term brand building. The comprehensive review of all the brands with related analysis will be published in LMD s Brands Annual next week. Brand Finance Plc, the world s leading brand valuation consultancy, advises strongly branded organisations on maximising their brand value through effective management of their brands and intangible assets. Founded in 1996, Brand Finance has performed thousands of branded business, brand and intangible asset valuations worth trillions of dollars. Its clients include international brand owners, tax authorities, intellectual property lawyers and investment banks. Brand Finance is headquartered in London and has a network of international offices including a full-fledged office in Colombo through a joint venture partnership. Brand Finance Lanka, the pioneering brand valuation and strategy firm, gave recognition to Sri Lanka s top brands while celebrating 15 years of publishing these valuable and strong names at an award ceremony. While many brands were awarded for their prominence and stable stance, the highlight of provided throughout the pilgrimages with breakfast, lunch, dinner buffets. Transfers: All inters-state transfers use high comfort, fully air-conditioned coaches with helpers and amenities. NEWSLANKA 05 APRIL Bank of Ceylon By Charumini de Silva (ft.lk) The Government has appointed a new Board of Directors for national carrier SriLankan Airlines headed by veteran banker and former Industries and Constitutional Affairs Ministry Secretary Ranjit Fernando. Other members of the Board are Mano Tittawella, Susantha Katugampala, Dr. Roshan Perera and Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathi. The Daily FT learns that the new Board will assume duties today (3 April). The new Board was appointed following the resignation of the previous Board of Directors, which comprised former Chairman Ajith N. Dias, Rajan Brito, Chanaka de Silva, Mahinda Haradasa, Rakhita Jayawardena, Niranjan De Silva Deva Aditya and Harendra K. Balapatabendi. The resignation of the Board was anticipated soon after President Maithripala Sirisena decided, in early February, to appoint a fivemember Presidential Commission to investigate allegations of fraud and corruption in the national carrier SriLankan Airlines, SriLankan Catering Ltd and Mihin Lanka Ltd, during the 12- year period starting from 01 January 2006 to 31 January The new Board has been tasked with implementing the restructuring plan overseen by the Cabinet-appointed Ministerial Committee, headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The plan is expected to be approved by the Cabinet this week. the event was last year s top brand BOC retaining its position this year although its performance was somewhat overshadowed by the faster growing Dialog brand, which continued to narrow the gap at the top of the table. Dialog is the strongest brand on Sri Lanka s league table with a Triple-A rating and has been growing faster than any of the top brands. Brand Finance Lanka Managing Director Ruchi Gunewardene said: We ve being doing this for the last 15 years and the practice of brand evaluation has come a long way since we first began in We have done a considerable amount of work since by doing brand evaluation for making strategic decisions for the purpose of valuing and transferring the brand from one company to another and setting up special data purposes. Sri Lanka s most valuable and strongest brands are identified through detailed analysis of data that is obtained through an exclusive market research study carried out by an independent market research firm and through publicly available financial information on companies listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange. According to Gunewardene, the challenge for those in the top 50 is to ensure they maintain that single-minded focus on growth by strengthening their brand. This needs to happen through understanding how each stakeholder impacts its brand and by defining or redefining the brand where relevant, and through constant differentiation through innovation. Commercial Bank and HNB were awarded for being in the top 10 most valuable consumer brands for 15 consecutive years, Ikman.lk was awarded as the number one e-commerce brans, Unilever Sri Lanka was awarded as the number one rank as a Multinational Corporate Brand and Brandix Lanka was awarded as the number one rank in the Corporate Export Brand category. Dettol was ranked as the number one Most Loved Brand, John Keells Holdings was ranked as the number one Conglomerate Brand, Asiri Hospitals was ranked as the number one Healthcare Brand, Nestle was ranked as the number one Food & Beverage Brand. People s Leasing Company was awarded for being the best Non- Banking Financial Services Brand, Cinnamon Hotels was awarded as the best Hospitality Brand, Cargills Food City was ranked as the number one Supermarket Brand, Ceylinco Life was ranked the number one Insurance Brand and Dialog was ranked the number one Telecommunication Brand. (ft.lk) The Bank of Ceylon has ended 2017 with another spearheading record of Rs billion Profit Before Tax (PBT), its highest-ever PBT. The Bank has recorded an impressive 8% growth in PBT, when adjusted for the one-off gain recorded in 2016 (i.e. disposal of Mireka Capital Lanka Ltd.). With this, BoC continues to maintain its position as the highest profit earning single entity of the country. Profit after tax for the year stood at Rs billion, General Manager Senarath Bandara (ft.lk) People s Bank yesterday (28 March) announced the consolidated results of its year ended December , with gross income rising 31.4% to reach Rs billion, whilst total operating income grew by 15.2%, to reach an industry high of Rs billion. Operating expenses increased by a controlled 4.9% to reach Rs billion. Impairment charges increased by 221% to Rs. 4.4 billion. Relative to peers, the Bank s and Group s provisioning policy continues to be conservative with provision coverage at 97.5% and 92.7%, respectively at end Profit before tax increased by 17.4% to reach a group all time high of Rs billion. On a Bank standalone basis, this was Rs billion representing a 24.5% growth. Group profit for the year increased by 14.2% to reach Rs billion and its return on equity was 21.4%. By Chathuri Dissanayake (ft.lk) The officials committee on the restructuring of national carrier SriLankan Airlines has been tasked with preparing the final proposal for a public-private partnership framework based on the report presented by a hired aviation consultant, a top Government source confirmed. The report presentation presented last week to the Prime Minister was on the proposed way forward. We are now tasked with analysing the report, the official told the Daily FT. British aviation specialist Nyras, which presented the second part of its report to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, focusing on the proposed framework of a public-private partnership (PPP), is to meet the officials committee this week to discuss the report. The committee is then tasked with making a recommendation to the Ministerial Committee Sampath Bank (ft.lk) Sampath Bank, the third largest private sector commercial bank in terms of assets (Rs. 827 billion), has outperformed the rest in its league by posting the best above industry average results in 2017, an achievement not by accident but by well-crafted and innovative measures put in place. Having posted its best-ever financial results in 2017, Sampath s deposit growth was 22.1% above the industry average of 17.5%. Sampath s growth dwarfed that of 14.9% by Commercial Bank, 12.5% HNB and 12.3% Seylan. On lending, Sampath s growth was 22.5% way above industry growth of 16.1% and fared better that 19.2% of Commercial, 9.1% HNB and 18.3% Seylan. People's Bank Mano Tittawella (ft.lk) Mano Tittawella has been appointed as the Chairman of the Insurance Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka and Board Member of SriLankan Airlines Ltd. ISSUE 1374 said. The total operating income has grown by3% within the year notching Rs billion mark. Net interest income has contributed to 78% of the total operating income and the YoY growth of the net interest income has been 8%. In March 2017 Standing Deposit Facility Ratio (SDFR) and Standing Lending Facility Ratio (SLFR) was increased by 25 bps up to 7.25% and 8.75% respectively. On a Bank standalone basis, this was yet another industry benchmark at 26.6%. The Group s contribution to the Government in the form of taxes, special levy and dividends amounted to Rs billion up from Rs billion in Customer deposits grew by 16.6% to reach Rs. 1,306 billion whilst customer advances grew by 12.8% to reach Rs. 1,144 billion. Final proposal on SriLankan Airlines headed by the Prime Minister. The proposal will then be taken to the Cabinet for approval and future action. The main points in part II of the report presented last week focused mainly on the shareholder ratio, as the Government is focused on retaining 51% control, official sources told the Daily FT. Further, the report also discussed the options available for debt absorption as the Government moves forward to find an investor for the cashstrapped airline. In addition, the report also includes proposals for tax concessions, especially in connection to withholding tax on investments, a source told the Daily FT. We will need to come up with a scheme for tax concessions for the investment. If not, when VAT and withholding tax are added up it will be too expensive, one source explained. Sri Lanka CB cuts policy rate ceiling by 25bps LB0) Sri Lanka s central bank has decided to reduce the Standing Lending Facility Rate (SLFR), which is the upper bound of the policy interest rate corridor of the Central Bank, by 25 basis points, a statement said. The Monetary Board was of the view that the favourable developments in the economy warrant a reduction in policy interest rates of the Central Bank. In particular, the favourable developments in inflation, inflation outlook and the trends in the monetary sector, along with the lacklustre performance in economic growth, were viewed as factors supporting some relaxation of the monetary policy stance. In the meantime, risks arising from global economic developments and the domestic fiscal front were identified as factors that need to be closely monitored, going forward, the statement added. NEWSLANKA subscription 65 for 52 issues (1 year)
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16 PAGE 16 NEWSLANKA 05 APRIL ISSUE 1374 SRI LANKA NATIONAL CRICKET TEAM VISITS ARIYANA Sri Lanka's 1st Resort Apartment Project by Home Lands Skyline As the Official Real Estate Partner for Sri Lanka Cricket; Home Lands Skyline (Pvt) Ltd recently organized & successfully concluded a special patronizing event with Sri Lanka Cricket. The event was held on Saturday 24th March 2018 from 4.30 pm 7.00 pm at Home Lands Skyline's newly launched Sri Lanka's 1st ever Resort Apartment Complex; ARIYANA Resort Apartments at Athurugiriya. The cherished gathering was comprised of more than 30 key Test & ODI players including; Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Janith Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Akila Dananjaya, Asela Gunaratne, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lakshan Sandakan, Niroshan Dickwella, Wanindu Hasaranga, Jeevan Mendis & Roshen Silva. The Chief Operating Officer, Sri Lanka Cricket; Mr. Jerome Jayaratne was also among the sportive crowd. The event was a rendezvous between Sri Lanka Cricket and Home Lands Skyline, organized in order to commemorate company's long-term relationship with Sri Lanka Cricket as the Official Real Estate Partner and to mark the début of ARIYANA; Sri Lanka's 1st ever Resort Apartment Complex. By Randima Attygalle As the doyen of Sinhala film Dr. Lester James Peries turns 99, Sumitra Peries talks of their life together and her special gift to her husband The father of Lankan cinema Dr. Lester James Peries will turn 99 on April 5. His wife of a half a century and more, the celebrated film director Sumitra Peries will give him the best gift of all her MATHEMATICS TUTION Tel: Mob: Tutoring Maths for all levels KS1,KS2 and 11+ entrance Exam KS3,KS4 GCSE AS&A2Level Tutorial help for University Students Edexcel, OCR & AQA Individual & Group classes Home work help Revision classes Week days, Evenings & Weekends Experienced & DBS checked Tutors Home visits available Comparative fee Venue : Golden Vision Tutors Unit 2, 104 Wembley Park Drive Wembley Park, HA9 8HP A match made through cinema latest film Vaishnawee (Divine Messenger) to be released on the same day, its script based on a synopsis done by Lester many years ago. When I told Lester that the film is to be released on his birthday on April 5, his response was that he prayed for it every day, says a radiant Sumitra, the divine messenger in Lester s life. With a chuckle she adds that this time it will be her turn to embrace his catchwords: it made my day! Theirs has always been a film connection. Rekawa was meant to be the Line of Destiny not only for Lester James Peries, but also for 21-year-old Sumitra Gunawardena who boarded a train to Paris in exchange for the sleepy Swiss town of Lausanne where she had spent two years at the University of Lausanne. This was the time Lester came with Rekawa for the Cannes Film Festival. Introduced to the budding film-maker, by her older brother Gamini in Paris, Sumitra chuckles, He was certainly not the young girl s dream boy. There were absolutely no emotional strings attached to him until several years later. Sixty two years later, Sumitra says: I am what I am because of him. Why waste time learning more French? Go to London, was Lester s advice to Sumitra when they met in Paris. Sumitra who was headed for the Idhec Institute of Cinema in France wasted no time in getting herself enrolled at the London School of Film Technique. That was the first and the most decisive decision Lester helped me take, she says. By the time Sumitra completed her course in London, her brother brought pleasant tidings that Lester was working on an ambitious canvas, a new film Sandeshaya.Literally it was a message of good Sumitra Peries: Many memories. Pic by M.A. Pushpa Kumara luck to Sumitra. I had three years in Europe and I also felt a calling to come back, says Sumitra who came on board as Lester s assistant. Driving a rickety old jeep to the set, Lester s young assistant sporting cropped hair and baggy pants complemented the setting of Sandeshaya the band of guerillas up in the mountains who wanted to storm the fort! Lester who was always meticulously dressed even on location was most embarrassed when his assistant turned up dressed like a hippie, laughs Sumitra. She was the only woman in a unit of about 40. As for the romance, it just grew, says Sumitra. They tied the knot in 1964 soon after Gamperaliya which she sees as their most treasured collaboration. The film not only launched Sumitra s film-editing career but also brought her the best editor accolade. Even the location Maha KappinnaWalauwa in the deep South which we discovered together brings back so many memories. I remember Geoffrey Bawa saying that he watched the movie so many times just to behold the beauty of this 300- year-old Dutch period mansion! Lester James Peries: An unparalleled vision: Pic courtesy of a book by Sunil Ariyaratne on the master (Contd: on P18)
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18 PAGE 18 The UK association of Medical Aid to Sri Lanka (MASL) is celebrating its 23rd anniversary through a fund-raising Dinner/Dance on the 7th of April. During the last 23 years, MASL has contributed around 400,000 to Sri Lankan hospitals and organisations to fund a range of equipment and activities to improve the quality of life of Sri Lankans. Last year alone, the charity's contributions to projects exceeded 40,000. MASL would like to sincerely thank the generous donors and the dedicated volunteers who made all this possible. One hundred per cent of all donations has gone directly to fund projects, with travel and administration costs borne by MASL committee members. MASL is a UKregistered charity with number MASL now wants to expand its activities to serve many more people with urgent medical needs in Sri Lanka. This can only be achieved through a significant increase in Artificial Limb Donations to Vavuniya and Mannar Districts membership. Therefore, MASL cordially invites people to join the charity and to take an active role through fund-raising and by contributing to on-going projects as well as identifying new areas that need funding. MASL New Year Celebrations are on Saturday 7th April at the Allum Hall in Elstree-Borehamwood. This is the main fund-raising event of the charity. Therefore, please don't fail to attend this and spend an evening, enjoying traditional food and live music with friends and family, while contributing to the funding of medical facilities in Sri Lanka. Those who cannot attend can still help NEWSLANKA 05 APRIL Charity Celebrates 23 Years of Medical Aid to Sri Lanka through donations and by selling raffle tickets. Please visit the charity website for further details. Anyone wishing to attend the dinner/dance or sell raffle tickets please contact Nalini on or on Please note that tickets for the dinner/dance, which cost 35 for adults, have to be reserved prior to the event by phoning Nalini, although payment can be made at the gate. Medical equipment donated to Sri Lankan hospitals include: a) Kidney Haemodialysis machines b) Ultra-sound machines c) Forced Triad Blood Vessel Sealing Equipment d) Mammography machine e) Kidney ultrasound machine f) Eye Surgery equipment g) Infant Incubators h) Anaesthetic machines i) Cardiac monitors, Pulse Oximeters, Defibrillators, ECG Machines j) Endoscopy equipment and Urology Instruments k) Ventilators, air-conditioning equipment and water pumps l) Sound level meters, Clinical Audiometers & Acoustic emission machine m) Microtome machine Hospital areas covered include Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Mirigama, Marawila, Kurunegala, Mahiyangana, Moneragala, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Diyatalawa, Batticoloa and Padaviya. If some areas of Sri Lanka have not been covered as well as others, that has been because of the lack of proposals from those areas. The charity welcomes proposals for improving hospitals in all areas of Sri Lanka. In addition to donating equipment to hospitals, MASL has been involved in other programmes to help individuals and organisations in Sri Lanka. These include: a) Equipment and wash-room facilities for two orphanages in Colombo and Kandy. In addition to this, there is an on-going programme to provide regular hygiene facilities for another orphanage. b) Treatment for 2500 cataract patients to regain eyesight, in areas like Moneragala, Mahiyangana, Dambulla, Kuliyapitiya, Galgamuwa, Mirigama and Aunradhapura. The charity has provided the lenses and the after-care medicine, while surgeons associated with the charity have performed the operations. This project will continue this year too. c) Prosthetic limbs to 200 amputees and a Limb fitting machine. The charity has worked with the Colombo Friend-in-Need Society and the Thiruketheeswaram Sivan Arul Trust to provide these limbs to people in districts of Vavuniya and Cataract Operations throughout the country Mannar. d) Eighteen houses and other supplies to Tsunami victims e) Donations to flood relief for various parts of the country, multiple times. f) Provision of 600 sets of consumables, including catheters, to kidney dialysis patients. This is an on-going project to help people impacted by the Chronic Kidney Disease. ISSUE 1374 Kidney Haemodialysis at Padaviya Hospital Projects identified for the coming year include: 1) Kidney Dialysis Consumables: MASL as well as other organisations have funded kidney dialysis units to treat the unfortunate victims of Chronic Kidney Disease. These machines have turned out to be very useful, and as a result, has led to an acute shortage of consumables, such as catheters. MASL has made an initial commitment to provide another 300 sets of consumables, at a unit cost of around 25. 2) Pulse Oximeters for the Premature Baby Unit of the Castle Street Maternity hospital. 3) Hygiene facilities to Vajira Lama Nivasa orphanage. This has been going on for several years and will hopefully continue well into the future. 4) Continuing the cataract treatment project through the provision of lenses and relevant medicine. This has been one of the most effective projects of the charity; the immense transformation one could make to a person's life for as little as 25 has been remarkable. The charity is extremely grateful to the local doctors who have provided their services free. This project must continue into the future. This is not all. MASL committee members are in the process of actively consulting doctors from several hospitals in Sri Lanka. Some projects are currently being finalized, and once confirmed, these will appear in the charity website Donations to the charity can be made securely through JustGiving pages of this website. Mammography Machine to Mahragama Cancer Hospital A match from P16 Bridging all gaps possible in the match, in the words of Sumitra, their journey together has been cemented by their cinematic marvels, driving them to measure everything in life by their creations. Outside film making, very little interested both of us, remarks Sumitra who wonders what kind of Conveyancing Specialist Edward De Silva & Co. econ. Incorporating J.A. Phillips & Co. Est Solicitors 11 Greenford Avenue Southall Middlesex UB1 2AA DX: Southall 3 Will do house conveyancing at 450 Force Triad Blood Vessel Sealing Equipment to Cancer Hospital films she would have made if Lester wasn t in her life. I remember a European friend of mine saying after I took up film directing- Oh so you are in competition. It has never been so, I have never felt inadequate next to Lester. On the contrary, he has let me breathe and flower on my own. We always respected each other s work. Even when I had a doubt about a shot, an edit, Lester would subtly guide me without ever imposing. It is this very subtlety which earned her plus VAT and disbursements Will also undertake Business Sales, Purchases & Transfers, Company Law, Immigration & Nationality, Work Permits, Wills & Probate, Family Law in UK & Sri Lanka on different fee scales. Specialist in speeding & traffic Offences. Tel: Fax: Infant Incubators to several hospitals Neonatal Ventilator to Castle Street Hospital Anaesthetic Machine to Marawila Hospital husband the reputation of being a gentle giant, says Sumitra. I believe it is the example he set by being a strict disciplinarian. He always won the respect of everyone without ever demanding it. Lester is one of those exceptionally tolerant people who hardly took any offence. Lester s portrayal of the most subtle human feelings on the silver screen continues to enthral her. As Lester once said of people who worked with him, I get the best out of them, but I do it without much effort. Directing came most naturally to him, Sumitra says. So much so he always claims he discovered his roots through A scene from Gamperaliya: Their most treasured collaboration cinema. Be it Gamperaliya, Delovakathara, Golu Hadawatha, Nidhanaya, Desa Nisa, Yuganthaya or Wekande Walauwa there were no limitations for the Lester-Sumitra collaboration. We ripped our own curtains and brought our own furniture, recollects Sumitra. This came at an enormous cost. Antique silver mirrors were lost, heirlooms were chipped and favourite sarees were drenched in rain sequences and spoilt. Yet if they are to do it all over again, they would, says a smiling Sumitra. Bridging all gaps: Sumitra and Lester
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20 PAGE 20 The 35th annual general meeting of the Past Pupils Association of Visakha Vidyalaya in the UK was held on Saturday 24th March 2018 at the Rising Sun Restaurant in Sudbury Hill, London. The meeting was well attended by a good mix of new and old members, including a founder member of PPAV (UK), Ms Shahareen Hilmy. The Joint secretary of the Association Mala Polpitiye presented a report of the events of last year which was a special year, celebrating the centenary of our beloved school Visakha Vidyalaya. Treasurer Mithra Gajraj presented the detailed accounts for the year. This centenary year has been a remarkable year for fund raising; We raised 5,000 towards the Little Hearts charity project in Sri Lanka. The two dances contributed over 5,500 for our Bursary programme and other projects helping the school. The outgoing president Dr Boralessa spoke of the dedication and the single mindedness of the committee in planning and implementing five very successful events this year. She commented I cannot imagine how I found the time to be engaged in this association continuously over the last thirty-four years. And if I had to do it again, I do not think I would have any hesitation doing it all over again. Why do I say this? Through this association, I have got to know people I would never have had the opportunity to engage with. I have consequently formed close friendships, and lifelong ties. Looking back, I am amazed that despite our naivety and immaturity that we had the foresight to realize the importance of supporting each other, to flag it up as one of our main goals when we formed this association. For me personally, the highlight of this year has been the successful setting up of a website for our Association Dr Boralessa thanked individually the Executive Committee members for their dedication and NEWSLANKA 05 APRIL ISSUE th AGM of the Past Pupils Association of Visakha Vidyalaya in the UK support. She also thanked all members, their families and friends for ongoing support to PPAV (UK). She concluded her speech by wishing the President Elect and the new Committee the very best and said she is grateful to Mrs Lakshmi de Zoysa MBE for her patronage and thanked her for agreeing to be nominated for a further term. Following the president's speech the new committee for the year was appointed. Mrs Yamuna Tennakoon gratefully accepted the appointment as president for the coming year. In her speech she said the years I spent in the organisation, contributing to various activities made me realised what PPAV (UK) means to all of us and the amount of work we've delivered. Particularly the work carried out for the Centenary Exhibition quite profoundly brought to light the enormous amount of work this organisation has delivered in helping Visakha, Visakhians, and giving back to the wider society here in the UK and backin Sri Lanka. The unparalleled dedication shown by you and the great ladies who are no more with us or can't be here today for various other reasons, the grand vision, almost very romantic notion of nurturing friendship among Visakhians in the UK, the compassion to give what you can to the wider society, are the ideas I started to marvel at when I came to know the inner workings of PPAV UK. So when the idea came for me to lead PPAV UK, it suddenly dawned on me the enormity of the task ahead. In concluding her speech she appealed to all the members to work together, to look within, adjust, and to be flexible and bold to take PPAV (UK) into the future. The meeting ended with a speech by PPAV (UK) Patron Mrs. Lakshmi De Zoysa. She highlighted the past activities and how the first committee was formed. She fondly remembered all the pioneer members including Ari Dissanayake and members who sadly are no longer with us.. She greatly appreciated the presence at the AGM of Mrs Ruki Shillam and Ms Shahareen Hilmy two long term members of the Association. The school song was sung at the end. The meeting was followed by a sumptuous SriLankan Buffet which was enjoyed by all including our husbands and family who joined us on this day. The night ended with all of us dancing to the wonderful music provided by the duo of musicians. Committee 2018/2019 President: Yamuna Tennakoon Vice President: Indramala Dhanaratne Joint Secretaries: Mala Polpitiye & Dayani Gunasekera Joint Bursary Coordinators: Poorna Nagasinghe & Padmani de Silva Joint Treasurers: Mithra Gajraj & Ranji Vimalathas Joint Event Coordinators: Harshi Boralessa & Kanthi Raveendran Joint Editors: Chandani Rekers & Subodhini Clarke Committee:, Chitra Mannakkara, Ranjani Abayawardana, Sepalika De Alwis, Indira Ekanayake, Niranjani Fernando, Malki Gamage, Nelka Gunewardene, Gayani Jayatilaka, Priethie Jayawardhana, Chitrani Pathikirikorale,, Chitra Perera, Sureshini Ranasinghe, Mahal Ratnasiri, Kamala Samarajeeva, Srimathi Weeraman, Thusitha Wickramasinghe & Dulcie Wijekoon For information on membership and events calendar please log on to our website. 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22 PAGE 22 NEWSLANKA 05 APRIL ISSUE 1374 Annual Rahula Dhamma Day at the London Buddhist Vihara showcase children's oodles of charm and talent By Pandula Ranatunga London Buddhist Vihara's annual children's variety performance - the Rahula Dhamma Day Concert - was held again in full vibrancy on 25th March at Chiswick's Dharmapala Building. LBV's Dhamma School pupils of all ages from 5 to 17 showcased their many talents from acting, singing and dancing to self-written comedy sketches and testing the knowledge of the Dhamma. Under the leadership of Head Monk Ven Bogoda Seelawimala, President of The Sri Lanka Sangha Sabha in UK, Chief Sangha Nayaka of Great Britain and also under the guidance of the Dhamma School's principal, Ven Tawalama Bandula, the event was held in-front of a packed audience. The event which was coordinated by the resident monks; Ven Konwewa Ariyarathana, with the support of Ven Ven Kalugamuwe Kassapa, and the Dhamma School's community of parents and the teachers. As regular partakers, students of the Pubudu Daham Pasala in North London also joined the Rahula Dhamma Day concert, ably assisted by their own group of parents and teachers. The formalities began with the usual lighting of the ceremonial lamp and the Head Monk, in his opening admonition reiterated the timeless teachings that the Dhamma provided in setting standards of behaviour, ethics and morals, whilst growing up in the modern world. The concert was one of the last to be attended by Her Excellency, Mrs Amari Wijewardena, in her capacity as Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to UK. The High Commissioner's speech congratulated the Vihara for inculcating enduring Buddhist traditions amongst the youth of Sri Lankans living away from their homeland and acknowledged the continuous support and guidance that LBV and the Head Monk, Ven Seelawimala, provided throughout her tenure in London. Others who spoke at the event were Dr Lakdasa Panagoda, representing the Vihara Management Committee, Ven Kassapa, on behalf of the Rahula Dhamma Day organising committee, Mrs Madara Sathyendra Kumar, represented the Dhamma School teachers and Miss Enuri Kadugamage spoke as a representative of the students. Ven Bandula addressed the gathering as Principal and gave a Vote of Thanks. Everyone spoke in unison in appreciation of the hard work and dedication exemplified by the Dhamma school's children, parents and teachers. The varied performances covered dancing and singing from Sri Lanka rich traditional heritage including folk songs to Kandyan dancing and depictions of Buddhist Jathaka tales to portrayals of the Buddha's life, quizzes on Dhamma teachings and comedy drama, that featured a modern day satire on social and political issues associated with Britains departure from the EU, entitled Brexit Tailaya (Magic Potion). All the acts were conducted with great vivaciousness and dedication, in a thought provoking manner which proved entrancing to the audience. Children from as early as 5 years old were given the platform not only for honing and presenting their many cultural and artistic talents, but also to display their depth of knowledge on the Buddha Dhamma. Against a colourful backdrop designed by Niroshan Perera, children performed in vivid attires in both Sinhalese and English, keeping the audience in laughter and enthralled throughout the programme with great confidence. At the end, Ven Bandula presided over the annual Prize-Giving and presentation of YMBA exam certificates which was handed by the monks of the Vihara and the members of the Vihara Management Committee representing The Anagarika Dharmapala Trust. The event concluded with all the children and teachers giving a rendition of the school song, Rahula Podihamuruwo, and followed by the two national anthems of UK and Sri Lanka. Overall it was another successful and memorable occasion for the children, parents and teachers of the London Buddhist Vihara Dhamma school and those who took part in the event. The event was compered by Kaveesh Gunawardana, Supundie Gunawardena, Dinithi Konara Mudiyanselage, Enuri Kudagamage, Harindu Perera, Tharusha Perera, Niketa Silva representing the students of the Dhamma School. The London Buddhist Vihara Dhamma School was founded by the Late Head Monk Most Ven Dr Medagama Vajiragnana.
23 ISSUE 1374 NEWSLANKA 05 APRIL PAGE 23 SPECIAL DHAMMA TALK BY SARANA FOUNDATION AT KINGSBURY TEMPLE A special Dhamma Talk was arranged by the SARANA FOUNDATION at the Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre on Sunday 25 March The Guest speaker was Dr Sarah Shaw of the Oxford University and the subject she spoke was Is it really mindfulness vs Jhana? In defence of the Eight Fold Path. After a very interesting talk she fielded several questions from the audience. Dr. Sarah Shaw is a Part-time lecturer for the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education, and a Faculty Member of the Oriental Institute. Barnet council promotes multiculturalism A well known Gurkha community leader, with ties to the Sri Lankan community has been selected for the Hale ward in Barnet. Barnet Conservative council, with its keen eye on the multicultural population of the Borough, has chosen Lachhya Gurung, a former Gurkha, a popular and active member of the Barnet community to be a councillor for the Hale ward. Lachhya has proven himself to be hard working, caring and committed community leader with a strong belief in community cohesion and integration. In recognition of his exemplary service to the British Crown he was awarded with the Long service and good conduct medal in 1995 and in 2012 the Barnet Civic award. Lachhya is married with three grown up children. Although he is a resident of Burnt Oak, his willingness to help extends to all and sundry, living in all areas in Barnet. He is a friend of Rev. Sumana and Rev. Tissa who are resident monks at the International Buddhist centre in Kingsbury. Lachhya, Prospective Conservative Councillor for Hale S. Thomas' College War Hero Commemoration ceremony (ft.lk) Defence Ministry Secretary Kapila Waidyaratne PC was the Chief Guest at the ceremony held to commemorate War Heroes of S. Thomas College, Mount Lavinia last week. The ceremony was held at the Memorial Monument at the Big Club Grounds of the school. Waidyaratne, who is also a distinguished past pupil of S. Thomas College, was received by Warden Rev. Marc Billimoria upon his arrival at the school. The solemn ceremony was held with the presence of several former service commanders, serving triforces and police officers, members of the OBA and school students. Citations of Thomian War Heroes were read by the students during the ceremony, rekindling the memories of those present of their fallen compatriots. After observing a moment of silence in memory of the fallen war heroes, floral tributes were placed at the Memorial Monument by the Chief Guest and other distinguished guests. The ceremony to commemorate the lives of Thomians who fought for Independence and in defence of Sri Lanka over the past century also coincided with the 100th Death Anniversary of Second Lieutenant Basil Horsfall VC, the first Thomian to die in battle during World War I in France, exactly 100 years ago. S. Thomas College has produced many service personnel who had played their part in doing their patriotic duty to the motherland. This includes many great souls who laid down their lives in the defence of the country, and others who were service commanders and officers of the tri-forces and police. A visit to the Kingsbury temple with Dr. Matthew offered M.P. for Barnet First Women Jacquetta Gomes holding the list, and Councillor Guy Tirvengadum, The Deputy Mayor of Kendal in The Mayors Parlour Kendal Town Hall in Kendal Cumbria England Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike and Mrs Jacquetta Gomes have been included in a Womens Firsts list. The list includes wonderful inspirational women including Nobel Prize Winners. All the women on the list have fulfilled important pioneering roles Sirimavo Bandaranaike Prime Minister Sri Lanka 2014 Jacquetta Gomes First Female Buddhist Fire Chaplain in the world This is the weblink adams.ac.uk/document/profile/ first- Women-the-first-women-ini-law-government pdf
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25 ISSUE 1374 NEWSLANKA 05 APRIL PAGE 25 Inaugural Battle of the Blooms in Kandy Hafiz Marikar (dailynews.lk) The inaugural limitted over big match, Battle of the Blooms between Mahanama College, Peradeniya and Berrewarts College, Ampitiya, will be played at the Kandy Police grounds today, commencing from 9.00a.m. Kandy District Cricket Association president Janaka Pathirane will be the chief guest. The organizers hope to make it a two day game from next year. The big match became a reality, thanks to the two principals, Amith M. Jayasooriya and. D.M.N.B.Dasanayaka. This will be the newest addition to the school big match line up and the seventh big match to be played in Kandy. Berrewarts College who will field a strong team will look forward to their batsmen for a good display, especially the skipper Nuwan Ranasinghe, a stylish stroke maker. They are coached by Nimal Senavirthne while B.M.T. Dissanayake being the MIC. Mahanama College is coached by Sanjeewa Bandara, assisted by the MIC Ravi Jayawardene. Hard-hitting batsman Kasun Weerasekara will lead the Mahanama side. Mahanama team comprised some good bowlers who will make trouble to Brrewarts batsmen. Is foreign coach the answer for U19 and women s cricket? (dailynews.lk) After much soul searching Sri Lanka Cricket eventually found a successor to Graham Ford when they appointed former Sri Lanka cricketer Chandika Hathurusingha to take charge of the men s national cricket team in December last year, but the same cannot be said of the Sri Lanka under 19 team and the Sri Lanka Women s team. These two sides badly lack a proper head coach for them to make any further progress in the sport and not only be a competitive unit but able to win titles. Our under 19 cricketers however much we boast of a strong school system have yet to win an under 19 cricket World Cup, the women are nowhere close to winning one let alone qualifying for the last four. Sri Lanka Women who once were dominant over teams like West Indies and Pakistan and now being beaten fair and square under their own conditions and pitches. The recent ODI series saw Pakistan Women whitewash our women cricketers 3-0 and also win the T20I series 2-1. Even the West Indies Women cricketers have improved in leaps and bounds that they are ranked five ahead of Pakistan (7th) and Sri Lanka (8th). Pakistan were a team that Sri Lanka could easily beat a decade or so ago, but whereas the Pakistan Women s SLC Women's Under-23 (dailynews.lk) The Women s U 23 Super 4 Cricket Tournament conducted by the Sri Lanka Cricket will start today with two matches on the cards. Colombo will take on Dambulla at Aaron Country Club, Horanabe while Kandy will meet Galle at Bandaragama in curtain raisers. The tournament is the first of its kind age group super 4 tournament for women and the preliminary round will be played on league basis. YK 22ND World University Cross Country Championships 2018 (island.lk) A team of four athletes will represent Sri Lanka at the 22nd World University Cross Country Championships which will be held in St. Gallen, Switzerland on April 7. The team inclusive of 2017 World University Games participant Orshada Madushanka Bandara is scheduled to leave for Switzerland on Wednesday. The 1,500 metres specialist is the only athlete with international experience. The officials accompanying the team are Saman Kumara Gunawardana, Director of Physical Education, University of Kelaniya (Head of team have improved greatly we are still struggling to be competitive. With the exception of a one-off win here and there, our women cricketers have failed to be consistent in their performances. The women s team has gone through the hands of several coaches who were past Sri Lankan cricketers but the improvement has been rather painstakingly slow so that other countries have already moved ahead while we remain stagnant. It s not that we don t have any cricketers of international repute there are quite a few individuals who could get into any team - players like Chamari Atapattu, Shashikala Siriwardena, Chamari Polgampola, Dilani Manodara, Inoka Ranaweera, and Sripali Weerakkody, but as a team there are many grey areas that needs fine-tuning. One of the key factors is that unlike men s cricket, the women s cricket team does not have school cricket as its nursery. As a result a Sri Lankan woman cricketer starts her career rather late in her teens or early twenties which is not the right age to teach the basics of the game when there are so many other distractions. Only recently attempts are being made by SLC to rectify that lapse by encouraging girls schools to undertake the sport, the campaign being spearheaded by (Contd: on P26) Vidyartha thrashes St. Sylvester s 60/15 Hafiz Marikar (dailynews.lk) Vidyartha College completed a smashing victory over their rivals St. Sylvester s College, Kandy in their inter school first round league rugby encounter worked off at the Trinity College grounds at Pallekele. Vidyartha maintained their rugby standard, while collecting points through six goals, three tries and one penalty to 15 one goal, one try and one penalty. At half time winners led Sri Lanka University team leave for Switzerland Mission) and Lalith Rohana, Director of Physical Education, Sabaragamuwa University (Coach). Orshada Madushanka an athlete from Welimada is a second year student studying Sports Management at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Sivakumar Nirmal (from Kilinochchi, 1st year student of Faculty of Technology, University of Jaffna), Kovintharajah Kokilanathan (from Batticaloa, 2nd year student studying Arts and Culture at Eastern University) and Nalin Bandara Weerasinghe (from Hanguranketha, fourth year student studying Accountancy at University of Kelaniya) are the others in the team. Vidanage leads Sri Lanka at Commonwealth Games (island.lk) Weightlifters led by gold medalist Chinthana Vidanage will carry Sri Lanka s main medal hopes and athletics fraternity expects Janaka Prasad Wimalasiri to reinstate lost pride of the track and field sports when the 21st Commonwealth Games commences in Gold Coast, Australia today. Vidanage is the captain of the 80-member team which is set to compete in 13 sports from April 4 to 15. It is the second time that Vidanage captains Sri Lanka at the multi sports event after having skippered the team at the 2010 New Delhi Games where he won a silver. Incidentally, it was in Australia that Vidanage first won fame when he clinched the gold medal competing in the 62kg weigh class. Vidanage will compete in the 77 kgs weight class this time. While weightlifting authorities expect at least three medals from the sport, Sri Lanka will face tough competition in track and field sports with strong presence of Caribbean, UK and Australian athletes in Gold Coast. Athletics officials expect long jumper Wimalasiri to do well at the Games after having trained and acclimatising to conditions there to peak at the right time. More than 6,600 athletes and officials from 70 nations will take part in the event. The sports Sri Lanka will be represented in are Athletics, Aquatics, Badminton, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis and Wrestling. Sri Lanka s Teams: Aquatics - Swimming Male: Cherantha De Silva, Matthew Abeysinghe, Dimuth Peiris, Kyle Abeysinghe. Female: Vinoli Kaluarachchi, Dilrukshi Perera. Aquatics - Diving Male: Sahan Peiris, Yashoda De Silva. Officials: Chanaka Hashantha (Team Manager), Manoj Abeysinghe (Coach), Julian Bolling (Coach), Chanaka Duminda (Coach). Athletics Male: Manjula Kumara, Sampath Ranasinghe, Vinoj Suranjaya Silva, Himasha Eashan, Shehan Abeypitiyage, Mohamed Abdul Ladeef, Sumesh Wickramasinghe, Janaka Wimalasiri. Female: W.K.L.A. Nimali, Gayanthika Thushari, Nadeesha Lekamge, Hiruni Wijeratne, Rumeshika Rathnayaka. Officials: Nimalsiri Hewawitanage (Team Manager), Sunil Gunawardena (Coach), Miranda Luiz (Coach), Sajith Jayalal (Coach), Harshana Gunathilaka (Coach). Badminton Male: Buwaneka Dullewa, Dinuka Karunaratne, Niluka Karunaratne, Sachin Dias. Female: Thilini Hendahewa, Kavidi Sirimannage, Hasini Ambalangodage, Madushika Dilrukshi. Officials: Duminda Gamage (Team Manager, Men s), Waruna Chamara (Team Manager, Women s), Dhanesh Malliyawadu (Coach), Tony Wahyudi (Coach). It was in Australia that Vidanage first won fame when he clinched the gold medal competing in the 62kg weigh class. Beach Volleyball Male: Asanka Kumara, Malintha Yapa. Official: Jude Perera (Coach) Boxing Male: Ishan Bandara, Thiwanka Ranasinghe, Dinindu Saparamadu. Female: Anusha Dilrukshi, Dulani Jayasinghe, Keshani Kasturiarachchi. Officials: Dian Gomes (Coach), Harsha Kumara (Coach), Amila Thissera (Coach). Cycling Male: Avishka Dilnuwan, Chamika Kumara. Officials: Senaka Ranasinghe (Team Manager), Upali Ratnayake (Coach). Gymnastics Female: Samanali Gunathilaka, Amaya Kalukottage, Kaushini Gamage, Anna-Marie Ondaatje. Officials: Svetlana Jkoukova (Coach), Monique Petricone (Medical Staff). Rugby Sevens Male: Sudarshan Muthuthantri, Danushka Ranjan, Danusha Dayan, Kavindu Perera, Srinath Sooriyabandara, Richard Dharmapala, Sudam Sooriyaarchchi, Naveen Henakankanamage, Tarinda Ratwatte, Rehan Silva, Adeesha Weerathunga, Hirantha Perera. Officials: Peter Wood (Coach), Nicolas Groube (Trainer). Shooting Male: Dinesh Fernando, Upul Wijerathna. Female: Sanduni Perera. Official: Pradeep Edirisinghe (Manager). Squash Male: Ravindu Laksiri Female: Mihiliya Methsarani Official: C.H. Thalagala (Coach) Table Tennis Male: Imesh Ranasingha, Rohan Sirisena, Nirmala Jayasinha. Female: Ishara Darshika, Piumila Kapugeekiyana, Dilushika Warusawithana. Officials: Chathura Jayendra (Team Manager), Wajira Wickramasinghe (Coach). Weightlifting Male: Chathuranga Lakmal, Thilanka Kumara, Indika Dissanayake, Chinthana Vidanage, Shanaka Peters, Saman Abeywickrama, Ushan Charuka. Female: Dinusha Gomas, Chamari Warnakulasuriya, Nadeeshani Rajapaksha, Chathurika Balage. Officials: Ajith Warnakulasuriya (Team Manager), R. Wickramasinghe (Coach), Navindhra Dayan (Coach), Upul Jayathilaka (Coach). Wrestling Male: Divoshan Fernando, Suresh Fernando. 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Now that Sri Lanka Cricket has tried their hand at appointing local coaches to handle the women s team and seen the results over the years why not for a change get someone from overseas? The men s team reached the finals of six World Cups and won two of them when a foreign coach handled them. So why not our women cricketers also be given the same opportunity and see how far they improve. The only hitch with a foreign coach is the communication problem as the majority of our women cricketers converse mainly in the native language. If that shortcoming can be rectified SLC should not hesitate to give a shot at it and see the outcome of the results. The same could be said of our under 19 cricketers too. Unlike the women counterparts the under 19 cricketers have a strong school base from which to select their squads. The talent is so overflowing to the extent that Sri Lanka could field more than one team of equal strength. However there seems to be a shortcoming from the coaching part as the best of talent is not properly harnessed and used to get the maximum results. Sri Lanka s poor showing in the recently concluded Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand was due to bad selection by the team management that saw them fail to qualify for a place in the knockout stage (quarterfinals) and end up as Plate winners in ninth place. The team was oozing with talent and if handled properly could have even made it to the final a feat Sri Lanka has achieved only once in 2000 when they hosted the tournament. Even in the under 19 Asia Cup, Sri Lanka has come only as far the final once again when they were the hosts in SLC are in the process of finding a successor to Roy Dias who has handled the under 19 team since May What the SLC should look for is a coach who is familiar with the current trend of international cricket and is well versed in all three formats Tests, ODIs and T20Is. You don t need a coach who frowns when a batsman plays a reverse sweep, a switch hit, a Dilscoop or hits the first ball he receives for a six. The game has changed so much in the past three decades that the coach has to let the natural talent and flair flourish instead of trying to curb it. It would not be a bad idea even for the under 19 team to be handled by a foreign coach because with them there are no strings attached when it comes to training, selections etc. They have a reputation to safeguard and will not compromise in anyway, which means that the team will benefit the most. Isn t that what we are all looking for?
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28 PAGE 28 (dailynews.lk) The Sri Lanka Indoor cricket team will take on the visiting England counterparts in a six-match Indoor Cricket Series from April 6 to 8 at the Austasia International Stadium, Thalawathugoda. This is the third time an English indoor cricket team is visiting Sri Lanka since their first visit in 2003 for a three-match series where Sri Lanka NEWSLANKA 05 APRIL Indoor Cricket Series emerged winners 3-nil. The second England indoor team visited Sri Lanka for the 2004 World Cup. This year the Sri Lankan team will be coached by Asela Pathirana who captained the Lankan team on both previous occasions against England. The team will be led by experienced Kamal Kuruppu and will have Kolitha Hapuarachchi as his deputy. The Lankan team has been training hard since February after their return from the Asia Cup in India where they became runnerup. The six-match test series has been sanctioned by the World Indoor Cricket Federation (WICF). In addition, England will also bring a development team and a Masters team who will be seen in action in few friendly encounters against local teams. ISSUE 1374
29 ISSUE 1374 NEWSLANKA 05 APRIL PAGE 29 UK Association for Medical Aid to Sri Lanka (Established 1995) Raising funds for medical equipment and services to Sri Lanka. Total donations since inception 400,000. In 2017 alone donated 40, % of funds collected used to support projects throughout Sri Lanka Sri Lankan New Year Celebrations Enjoy an evening of delicious Sri Lankan food, dancing to the Live music Sky High (Manju) with guest vocalist Natalya raising funds to provide badly needed medical help to the people in Sri Lanka. Saturday 7 April 2018 from 6.00 pm to pm Allum Hall, No. 2 Allum Lane, Borehamwood, Herts. WD6 3PJ Free parking & 3 minutes' walk from Elstree- Borehamwood station. Adults: 35 Children (6-18): 15 Under 6 free For tickets, please contact Nalini on or Bar available
30 PAGE 30 NEWSLANKA 05 APRIL ISSUE 1374 (dailynews.lk) A five wicket haul by Cahmindu Samaasinghe and an unbeaten 39 runs by Lakshitha Purasinghe helped Dharmapala College, Pannipitiya register a two wicket win in their third limited over cricket big match encounter against Rahula College, Matara at the Uyanwatta Stadium last evening. With this win Dharmapala take a 2-1 lead in the limited over series. The victorious Pannipitiya Dharmapala team with their awards. Picture by Priyan de Silva Katuneriya Sebs beat Negombo Peterites (dailynews.lk) St. Sebastian s College, Katuneriya beat St. Peter s College, Negombo by 135 runs in their 7th Battle of the Sea Gulls annual Cricket encounter at Katuneriya yesterday and bagged the Protus Thisera Memmorial Challenge Trophy. Sithum Akilanka of St. Seastian s Katuneriya was adjudjed the Man of the Match. 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The under-18 boys singles final saw the top seed Vibuda Wijebandara defeating second seed Kavisha Ratnayaka in easy straight sets 6/2, 6/3 on Saturday. STC wins by seven runs on D/L method by PRIYAN DE SILVA (dailynews.lk) St Thomas College won the 19th Battle of the Blues one day encounter against St Servatius College by seven runs (D/L method) at the Uyanwatta stadium last evening. St Servatius were 197/6 at the time the match was stopped. The match was reduced to 45 overs per team as umpires Palith de Alwis and R P Massalage decided that the damp patches on the wicket should dry up sufficiently before the game could start. NEWSLANKA subscription for 52 issues (1 year) year-old Lankan-born Yevin will carry Queen s baton at C wealth Games (sundaytimes.lk) A 14-year-old Sri Lankan born boy from Brisbane has been selected to carry the Queen s Relay baton at next week s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, for which Sri Lanka, seven years ago, made an unsuccessful bid at a huge cost to the country s coffers. Sri Lankan born Yevin Samararatne is a young golfer who has won many State and national golf championships in Australia. His achievements in golf and studies are the main reason for his nomination by the school to carry the baton. We were living close to the Logan Golf Range. It was a common sight to see players indulge in practices on the course while we were passing by. One day we dropped in at the course with my plastic golf clubs. A coach came up to me and my family after he had observed my swing and told us that I possess a Inter-Provincial cricket (island.lk) The first round matches of the Sri Lanka Cricket conducted Inter-Provincial tournament ended in draws yesterday at Katunayake and Suriyawewa. Batsmen enjoyed the conditions on good batting tracks. The notable contribution at Suriyawewa yesterday, where the game ended early due to bad light, was a fine 77 by young wicketkeeper batsman Sadeera Samarawickrama. The 22-year-old toured India last year with the national side and played as a specialsit batsman. Although there weren t any noteworthy contributions with the bat, Sadeera impressed everyone with his outstanding fielding. Hailed as one of the finest young batsmen in the country with the elegance of Mahela Jayawardene, work ethic of Kumar Sangakkara and grit of Hashan Thilakaratne, Samarawickrama posted 77 batting at number four for Galle. He faced 139 deliveries and hit eight fours and the knock would gave given him much confidence after a recent slump in the form. There was not enough time to arrive at a result at Suriyawewa. Galle had posted 476 runs in their first innings thanks to Roshen Silva s career best 231. Lahiru Thirimanne with an unbeaten 125 anchored the Colombo innings as they posted 333 all out. Galle had a first innings lead of 143 runs and were 177 for three in their second essay when play was stopped early. Opener Lahiru Milantha scored an unbeaten 74. Meanwhile, in Katunayake, chasing a target of 373 to win, Kandy finished on 221 for two as time intervened to force a draw despite the Kandyans going at an impressive four runs an over. Opener Mahela Udawatte backed up his first innings 97 with an unbeaten 103 in the second Wicketkeeper batsman Sadeera Samarawickrama s 77 was the highlight on day four at Suriyawewa as the game between Galle and Colombo ended in a draw. Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara. great swing. This prompted me to pursue golf as a career, Yevin recalled. Sadeera scores 77 as batsmen dominate innings. Niroshan Dickwella, who was leading the side in the absence of Angelo Mathews was unbeaten on 56. The wicket-keeper batsman had posted 112 runs in the first innings. Earlier, Dambulla, who had conceded a first innings lead of 114 runs were in a spot of bother at 121 for seven. They only had a lead of seven runs at that stage and Kandy were poised for a big win. However, an 119 run partnership for the eighth wicket between Milinda Siriwardene (71) and Sachithra Senanayake (60) rescued Dambulla. The latter had posted a century in the first innings batting at number nine. Brief Scores Galle versus Colombo Galle 476 all out (Roshen Silva 231*, Dasun Shanaka 95, Chaturanga de Silva 47, Dilruwan Perera 3/106) and 177 for three (Lahiru Milantha 74*, Sadeera Samarawickrama 77, Vishwa Fernando 2/24) Colombo 333 all out (Dhananjaya de Silva 66, Lahiru Thirimanne 125*, Kaveeshka Anjula 46, Akila Dananjaya 3/61, Chaturanga de Silva 2/22, Mohammad Dilshan 2/49) Kandy vs Dambulla Dambulla 480 all out (Dimuth Karunaratne 71, Ashan Priyanjan 156, Manoj Saratchandra 57, Sachithra Senanayake 105, Lahiru Kumara 3/105, Kasun Rajitha 3/89) and 256 all out (Dimuth Karunaratne 40, Sachithra Serasinghe 37, Milinda Siriwardene 71,Sachithra Senanayake 60, Kasun Rajitha 3/49, Lahiru Kumara 3/61, Prabath Jayasuriya 2/39) Kandy 364 all out (Mahela Udawatta 97, Niroshan Dickwella 112, Priyamal Perera 62, Lahiru Gamage 5/71, Sachithra Serasinghe 2/39) and 221 for two (Mahela Udawatte 103*, Niroshan Dickwella 56*)
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