MRMR Port exceeds 190,000 units of vehicle handling this Year

December 30, 2014 at 1:19 am

December 29, 2014, 5:26 pm


The position of Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port (MRMRP)  in Hambantota, the services rendered at present are continuing with that of the  highest quality. The expansions taking  place with the oncoming massive  development activities around this port, that include  the tank farm, the green  port city and  free zones providing tax havens and bunkering facilities,  are   sure to realize a long term dream of the vessels sailing in the Indian Ocean,  and those involved in the field of Supply Chain Management as well. In the  future the port will predominantly operate as a transshipment port.

Annasi and Kadalagotu – 4

December 30, 2014 at 1:17 am

December 29, 2014, 6:42 pm

By Capt Elmo


Annasi and Kadalagotu, a firm foundation is being laid and the  incubation has begun to give life to a Literary Festival marching to a different  drum beat. This will be a tri-lingual event with the sons and the daughters of  the soil taking part. It is certainly not for the supposed-to-be glittering  stars who need business-class tickets to travel and five-star roofs to shelter  their sleep. Literature is for the pedestrian, appreciation should be for local  talent, all of whom need not be Salman Rushdis and Arundhathi Roys to be on  stage as panellists or moderators. Wouldn’t the woods be very silent if no birds  sing there except those that sang best?

President needs to be mindful of his main strength

December 30, 2014 at 1:09 am

December 29, 2014, 12:00 pm

by Jehan Perera

When government parliamentarian and Deputy Minister Nishantha  Muthuhettigama intervened with the police to forcibly release three of his  supporters who were in their custody for having attacked and burned an  opposition election stage, it seemed to be yet another instance of impunity on  the part of a government member that would go unpunished. When the Police  officer in charge of the area where the problem arose resigned from the Police  citing unbearable political pressure on him, he was warned that he would face  charges of insubordination and cowardice. Under the circumstances that have been  prevailing in the country for the past several years, this would have been  accepted by the general public as being the order of the day.

Presidential polls and CKD

December 30, 2014 at 1:06 am

December 29, 2014, 6:38 pm

The specter of “chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology” (CKDU)  appeared in the Rajarata in the 1990s. Since then it has silently stalked  Rajarata families causing tragedy. In the old days, when tragedy happens, evil  forces, “Vas” and “Kili” (curses and pollution) were blamed. In modern  societies, such problems are rapidly dealt with by the medical and agricultural  professionals. Sri Lanka, unlike many developing nations, has a record of  effective action controlling malaria, smallpox, TB, mumps, typhoid, whooping  cough, hookworm etc.

Is the west coast also vulnerable to a tsunami?

December 30, 2014 at 1:02 am

Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System – 10 years after Tsunami

December 29, 2014, 6:39 pm

By Dr. Janaka Ratnasiri

Continued from Yesterday

This shows that TWSs could save people only in distant land and  not within close proximity to the EQ.

Conference to assess the situation

after 10 years of 2004 tsunami

At last UNP has found a leader

December 30, 2014 at 12:59 am

December 29, 2014, 6:39 pm

The UNP has been without a strong leader since the assassination  of Gamini Dissanayake in 1994. Ranil Wickremesinghe has been losing elections  and ruining its prospects of winning a future election. He even does not have  the courage to contest a presidential election.

It is a shame that the UNP is in this predicament because of its  leader who does everything not to win elections but to keep his hold on the  party leadership. While blaming the Rajapaksas for family bandyism, he himself  is promoting family interests by planting his relatives in the key slots of the  party. Sons of the late leaders like Ranasinghe Premadasa and Dissanayake have  proved they are not equal to the task of leading the party.

Facing a changing climate

December 30, 2014 at 12:57 am

December 29, 2014, 6:37 pm

By Ranil Senanayake

Devo vassatu kalena (may the Gods make rains fall in due season)

Sassa sampattu hetu ca (may there be a rich harvest)

Phito bhavatu loko ca (may the world prosper)

Raja bhavatu dhammiko (may the ruler be righteous)

Former top JVPer pledges Tea Small Holders backing to Sirisena

December 29, 2014 at 11:59 pm

December 30, 2014, 7:24 am


By Harischandra Gunaratna

Joint Federation of Tea Small Holders on Sunday pledged support  to Common Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena claiming that the UPFA  government was turning a blind eye to a series of issues faced by the tea  smallholders.

Chandrasena Wijesinghe, President of the federation and former  People’s Alliance Minister (JVP), addressing a news conference at Pita Kotte,  said the UPFA government was solely responsible for the crisis situation faced  by the industry today.

Muthuhettigama enlarged on bail

December 29, 2014 at 11:58 pm

December 30, 2014, 7:16 am


By Madura Ranwala

Deputy Minister of Minor Export Crop Promotion Nishantha  Mutuhettigama was enlarged on bail yesterday with six strict conditions by the  Beddagama Magistrate after the Parliamentarian was produced in spite of him  being remanded till December 30 by the Negombo Magistrate on Sunday.

Rs 100 Mn life jacket deal: Ex-JVP MP takes Rajitha to Bribery Commission

December 29, 2014 at 11:03 pm

December 29, 2014, 9:47 pm

By Harischandra Gunaratna

Former JVP Parliamentarian Anuruddha Polgampola and leader of  the Wijaya Sri Front yesterday accused former UPFA Fisheries Minister Rajitha  Senaratne who switched his allegiance to common opposition presidential  candidate Maithripla Sirisena, of cheating more than Rs. 100 million through a  fraudulent life jacket deal.

Polgampola said a complaint in that regard had been lodged with  the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption.

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