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President Sirisena addresses 70th UNGA in New York

Posted on 30 September 2015 by admin

 


President Sirisena addresses 70th UNGA in New York

President Maithripala Sirisena addressed the 70th sessions of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, September 30, 2015..

The President said:

Sri Lanka remains committed to fulfill this responsibility and in this respect. We intend implementing a new programme and plan of action in Sri Lanka to advance human rights.

He further stated:

Our new vision for the country involves achieving the twin objectives of sustainable development and reconciliation and that a fundamental requirement in this context is dealing with the past, honestly, and building a modern Sri Lankan nation. And in dealing with the past, we will follow a process of truth seeking, justice, reparation and non-recurrence.

The President added:

All forms of war and terrorism are a disgrace to humanity and the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states the manner in which such rebellions break out and whatever their root cause is, the challenge of this era is to find ways and means to defeat such brutality against humanity. And resorting to terrorism as a means to solve grievances as well as action taken to eliminate terrorism can create problems.  Sri Lanka succeeded in eliminating terrorism, which continues to throttle other developing countries extending from Asia to Africa and Latin America.

He further stated:

My understanding of sustainable development is not to have sector or group-wise isolated development, but to have an inclusive model of development that is capable of uplifting development standards globally. And for this purpose, I stress on the need for a fresh universal approach.

He also stated:

As we learn from the Buddhist ethos prevalent in Sri Lanka, I recognise there are three kinds of human conflicts – the first is the conflict between the human being and nature to which we are constantly engaged. The second is the conflict between ‘human’ and ‘human’….And the third is the conflict within the human being – and the two kinds of conflict I mentioned.

He further stated:

The edifice of sustainable development should therefore be built upon the foundation of self-discipline and equity and if this could be practiced at a personal, community, national and global level, it would mark a giant leap forward for human kind and I propose that we, as national leaders, take cognizance of this self-discipline and equity-based approach when drawing relevant action plans for the future. May the Noble Triple Gem Bless you .

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Obituaries: Thursday, October 1

Posted on 30 September 2015 by admin

CRONENBURG – VERNIE Beloved daughter of late Cyril and Charlotte, much loved sister of late Helen, John, Mervyn and of Nellie, expired. Cortege leaves A.F. Raymonds Funeral Parlour at 3.30 p.m. on Thursday 1st October for Burial at the General Cemetery, Kanatte (Roman Catholic Section) at 4.00 p.m. Tel. 0771995442.             150005

FERNANDO – MANICK (Formerly Seylan Bank) – Beloved husband of Srima, loving father of Senara, Lakdev and Devina, father-in-law of Kelum and Dileepa, brother of Priyantha, Premani, Reville and late Trevine, brother-in-law of Mike, Shamila and Prinda, son of Francisca Fernando, and of late Benezed Fernando, mother-in-law of Premawathi, father-in-law of late Alwin Fernando, brother-in-law of Sumana, Jude, Surangani, Nimalsiri, Pushpa, Shantha, Ranjani, Sunil, Nalani and Rohan. Cortege leaves residence No. 665, Gamameda Road, Katunayake at 3.00 p.m. on Friday 2nd of October for service at St Peter and Paul Church, Katunayake and burial at General Cemetery (R.C.) Negombo at 4.30 p.m.               150230

FERNANDO – W. RATHNAPALA – Beloved husband of late Latha Peiris, father of Kapila (Indian Overseas Bank), Nilmini, father-in-law of Kumuduni (Seylan Bank, Head Office), Chandramal (Squire Mech Engineering), grandfather of Chamath, Lumal, Ramal & Isuru (Silueta Pvt Ltd), expired. Cremation at Wadduwa (Weragama Road) Crematorium on 1st October at 6 p.m.         150274

GUNARATHNA – JANAKA DARSHANA – Chief Inspector of Police, Mount Lavinia. Beloved son of M.C. Gunarathna & Liliyan Gunarathna (deceased), beloved husband of Pushpa, father of Yashoda Nuwanthika (SriLankan Airlines) and Dilan Dasantha (old boy of Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa), brother of Malkanthi, Mala, Deepani, Dr Nalaka, Chula Kamini and Rasika (Bata Shoe Company), expired. Cremation at Egodauyana Cemetery on 1st October 2015 at 5.00 p.m. Funeral procession will leave residence at 4.00 p.m. No. 72, Vijitha Mawatha, Egodauyana, Moratuwa.            149882

RATWATTE – MATILDA (MANTHRI) nee DEHARAGODA. Daughter of late Mr & Mrs Robert Deharagoda, wife of late Theodore Ratwatte, mother of Sunanda, Kushanthi, Mohna, Dilrukshi & Priyantha, mother-in-law of Kamini, Preethi, Senaka Walgampaya & Dharma. Remains lie at 117 / 12 A Duwa Junction, Beddegana, Pita Kotte. Cortege leaves residence on Thursday, 1st October 2015 at 3.30 p.m. Cremation at the Mount Lavinia Cemetery at 4.30 p.m.            150475

 

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SRI LANKA AMBASSADOR KARIYAWASAM SPEAKS AT CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE

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Sri Lanka Ambassador to the U.S. Prasad Kariyawasam

Sri Lanka Ambassador to the U.S. Prasad Kariyawasam

Washington DC: Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam was hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a premier Washington-based think tank, on September 15th, 2015 to speak on prospects for U.S.-Sri Lanka relations following the elections in Sri Lanka.

To a full room of attendees comprising former and current U.S. government representatives, think tanks, journalists and Sri Lanka-enthusiasts, the Ambassador detailed the transformation that has been taking place in Sri Lanka, since the presidential elections in January, and the reaffirmation of the new government’s policies in August through the parliamentary election and as to how these path breaking developments positively impact relations between Sri Lanka and the United States.

Echoing Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s address to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Ambassador reiterated the Government’s intentions to comprehensively address the issue of human rights and reconciliation in line with the mandate received by the Government through both elections.

In this context and recalling Secretary of State John Kerry’s fruitful visit to Sri Lanka in May this year, Ambassador alluded to the plans and prospects for a closer and more robust engagement with the U.S., including through a “Partnership Dialogue” between the two countries that envisages to encompass all issues of mutual concern and benefit.

The remarks were followed by a question and answer session which focused on the way forward and as to how the government would address challenges that may impede the path of unprecedented progress made by the government.

Embassy of Sri Lanka
Washington D.C.

September 16, 2015


 

AMBASSADOR KARIYAWASAM SPEAKS AT CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT

AMBASSADOR KARIYAWASAM SPEAKS AT CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT

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SriLankan Airlines is part of ATW Cecil Honor Roll

Posted on 30 September 2015 by admin

UL-LOGO52fe5512e6e22.pngColombo September 30, 2015: SriLankan Airlines has been listed in “Cecil Honor Roll” by world’s leading aviation magazine, Air Transport World (ATW) for banning carriage of wild game/hunter trophies on-board its flights from August 18, 2015 onwards.

SriLankan Airlines in a statement declared, “the Airline shall refrain from the carriage of game/hunter trophies or any part of an animal killed in the wild or listed as endangered or protected; neither does it endorse nor condone such activities.” The Airline is currently reviewing its policy on the carriage of flora and fauna, which will be publicized in due course.

Karen Walker, the Editor of ATW making a comment on the Honor roll, says “Airlines, abide by those rules that prohibit the illegal carriage of endangered species and parts, such as ivory tusks. This honor roll is for those airlines that go beyond that and set voluntary rules prohibiting the transport of wild animal “trophies” , such as the heads and skins of lions shot in “game hunting” expeditions”.

ATW “Cecil Honor Roll” was established to respect those Airlines who banned carriage of Wild game/hunter trophies on board their aircraft and currently it has 27 world’s leading Airlines listed with many more to join.

The killing of Cecil sparked a discussion among conservation organizations about the ethics and business of big-game hunting and proposal for bills banning imports of lion trophies to the U.S. and European Union. Further, Global media and social media reaction has resulted in close to 1.2 million people signing online petition "Justice for Cecil", which calls on Zimbabwe's government to stop issuing hunting permits for endangered animals.

Cecil was a male Southwest African lion who lived in the Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe and was 13 years old when he was killed. He was a major attraction at the park and was being studied and tracked by the University of Oxford as part of a larger study. Cecil was wounded with an arrow by Walter Palmer; an American recreational big-game hunter, which was then tracked, and killed with a rifle on 01 July 2015.  The killing drew international media attention and sparked outrage among animal conservationists, politicians and celebrities, as well as a strong negative response against Palmer. Two other men are being prosecuted in relation to the hunt and the Zimbabwean government has stated it will seek Palmer's extradition.

The decision to ban carriage of wild game/hunter trophies on-board SriLankan flights was also made as part of the Airline’s “planet-friendly srilankan” initiative under which many environmental and sustainable activities are conducted. “Flygreen, save our planet”-the voluntary carbon offset programme of the Airline and the “Project BLUEprint” a training programme to promote community based, responsible whale and dolphin watching for tour boat operators are a few of the noticeable endeavors steered by the Airline to conserve the environment.

 

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SriLankan Airlines

September 30, 2015

 

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Obituaries: Wed. Sept. 30

Posted on 29 September 2015 by admin

ARIYAWANSA MANO Beloved wife of Wilson (rtd. Lt. Cmdr. SL Navy), daughter of the late Mr & Mrs Boyd Wickremasinghe, loving sister of Sarath, Subash, Kumara, late Gemunu and Parakrama, sister-in-law of Sriyanthi, Pearl, Swarna, Dilkushi, Mallika and Stanley, precious aunt of Kanchu and Indrajith, Lanki and Milinda, Gimhani, Navi and Komal and Dakshi much loved grand-aunt of Namodee, Mevindee, Savin, Rikith and Akein, expired. Funeral rites will be performed in Melbourne, Australia. No. 291/41, Havelock Gardens, Colombo 5. 149463

BALDSING – ANSLEM PROSPER – Son of late Bertram & Florence Baldsing, beloved husband of Felicia, darling dada of Kevin, Kirk & Keith, son-in-law of Patricia Ludowyke, father-in-law of Lakshmi, papa of Kara & Kenny, brother & brother-in-law of Blossom, Marie, Robert & Annette, Gene & Frank, Nihal & Shanika, Nandana & Rukmani, expired. Cortege leaves residence 43/1, Thelawala Road, Ratmalana at 4.00 p.m. on Wednesday 30th September, for Burial at General Cemetery, Kanatte (Roman Catholic Section).         149551

 

DE SILVA – INDRIKA – Beloved wife of Tomlinson (Tommy), loving mother of Thamindri and Indresh, sister of Maneesha, expired. Cortege leaves residence No. 144, Koralawella Road, Moratuwa at 3.00 p.m. on Wednesday 30th September for Service at Methodist Church, Koralawella, Moratuwa followed by a private cremation. 149398

GUNAWARDENA – HEMA Beloved wife of late Mr D.C.L. Gunawardena (Internal Auditor – State Timber Corp & Water Board) loving mother of Rukmal (Pitakotte), Dr Dhammika (Sulaimans Hospital), Dr. Ananda (USA), Sandhya (Great Creations), loving mother-in-law of Amara, Devika Dr. Sriya (USA) & Nihal Jayawardena loving grandmother of Anudini, Gimhani (St. Thomas’ College), Lakshika Dissanayake (Dialog) Dilshani (Coca Cola), Nayomi & Nayoka (USA), Nadishka (New Zealand), great grandmother of Thenu (St. Peter’s College), Theshanya & Denuwan, passed away. Cortege leaves residence on 30th Wednesday at 4.00 p.m. for Cremation at Mt Lavinia Cemetery, No. 97C, Abeyesekara Road, off Watarappola Road, Mt Lavinia. 149429

JACKQURINE MORINA DE SILVA (nee GAY), called to Rest in Eternal with Jesus. Wife of Oscar, precious mother of Rukshan (Jetwing Travels) and Rishan, loving daughter of Ajitha and Gordon Gay, beloved sister of Dishan and Roger. Cortege leaves residence on Tuesday 29th September 2015 from No. 470, Zone 2, Millenium City, Athurugiriya at 03.00 p.m. followed by Burial at the Oruwela General Cemetery at 04.00 p.m. 149503

JAYASURIYA UPUL NIRANJAN – Director, Mlesna Exports, dearly beloved husband of Chryshanthi – Mlesna Tea Fortress, loving father of Niroshan – Unilevers & Hasantha – Mlesna Exports, father-in-law of Trishani – Unilevers, loving grandfather of Yumal & Baby Thivain, loving son of Dammika Jayasuriya and late Arthur Jayasuriya, brother of Krishanthi, Deepthi & Anusha – The Finance, brother-in-law of Sanath Senevirathne, Malini, Jacintha, Geraldine & Mervin, called to rest on 26th September 2015. Remains lie at 311/7, River Place, Waratenna, Halloluwa, Kandy. Cortege leaves residence at 3.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 29th September 2015 for burial at Mahaiyawa Cemetery, Kandy. 149268

PERERA – LIYANAGE SHIRAN YOSHANTHA – Safe in the Arms of Jesus. Dealy beloved husband of Sharmalie and father of Shari, son of Ranjan and Shiranee (Seychelles) and brother of Romesh, son-in-law of Upali and Shervanthi Wijeyesekera, brother-in-law of Yasantha and Rushitha. Cortege leaves 23/3, School Avenue Nawala on (Tuesday) 29th September at 2.30 p.m. for service at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Rajagiriya and thereafter for burial at Kanatta (Anglican Section) at 4.15 p.m.149267

SENEVIRATNE – G.A.D.E.A. (ANA) – Husband of the late Krishna, father of Charith and Aruni, father-in-law of Jayanganie and of Upali Weeratunga, grandfather of Gayathri, Poorna, Naveen and Harini, brother of the late Tissa, late Gen. Nalin and late Gamini, brother-in-law of the late Gen. Tissa Weeratunga. Cortege leaves residence No. 483H, Suhada Mawatha (off Chandrika Kumaratunga Mawatha), Weliwita, Malabe at 3 p.m. on Tuesday , September 29 for Cremation at General Cemetery, Kanatte at 5 p.m. 149264

 

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CB Governor Arjuna Mahendran says, EPF,ETF to merge

Posted on 28 September 2015 by admin

 

By: Hiran H.Senewiratne (hsenewiratne@gmail.com).

CB Governor Arjuna Mahendran

Sri Lanka’s pension funds,the EPF and ETF, will be merged to provide more benefits to the people in the private sector, Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran said.

This was also in the last election manifesto, the Governor said.

“We are exploring the possibility to merge the pension funds which runs into more than rupees one trillion to simplify the fund.” Today the employee has to contribute to two funds,” the Central Bank Governor told the media yesterday.

Mahendran said this will benefit the small employees who run small business entities. This huge fund will help large amount of people to obtain benefits out of this huge fund.

The Governor said Sri Lanka’s economic growth is estimated at 6.7 percent in the second quarter and there was sufficient economic momentum due to prudential economic policies in the country, “he said.

“The rupee was now determined by market forces and the government is not involved in it. Therefore, the recent fall in the rupee will increase export competitiveness, Mahendran said.

Bank lenders were asked to finance only 70 percent of loans of cars, which were being imported in large numbers, taking away the competitive advantage from a reduction in oil prices, he said.

Uncertainty in global markets had made many currencies volatile and the situation may continue until the US hikes rates, he said.

An eventual hike in US interest rates need not necessarily signal a domestic hike he said, if credit, inflation and balance of payments are stable. He said core inflation has been rising, but headline inflation was low.

He also said that US Federal Reserve will likely increase interest rates before the end of this year. Due to that short term investors move away from emerging markets and invest different investment tools in US markets, Mahendran said.

Sri Lankan car prices which spiked with the sharp depreciation of the local currency has seen weak demand following the Central Bank’s move to curtail credit for vehicle purchases, dealers said. 

Courtesy: Daily News

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Obituaries: Tuesday, September 29

Posted on 28 September 2015 by admin

ARIYAWANSA MANO Beloved wife of Wilson (rtd. Lt. Cmdr. SL Navy), daughter of the late Mr & Mrs Boyd Wickremasinghe, loving sister of Sarath, Subash, Kumara, late Gemunu and Parakrama, sister-in-law of Sriyanthi, Pearl, Swarna, Dilkushi, Mallika and Stanley, precious aunt of Kanchu and Indrajith, Lanki and Milinda, Gimhani, Navi and Komal and Dakshi much loved grand-aunt of Namodee, Mevindee, Savin, Rikith and Akein, expired. Funeral rites will be performed in Melbourne, Australia. No. 291/41, Havelock Gardens, Colombo 5. 149463

BALDSING – ANSLEM PROSPER – Son of late Bertram & Florence Baldsing, beloved husband of Felicia, darling dada of Kevin, Kirk & Keith, son-in-law of Patricia Ludowyke, father-in-law of Lakshmi, papa of Kara & Kenny, brother & brother-in-law of Blossom, Marie, Robert & Annette, Gene & Frank, Nihal & Shanika, Nandana & Rukmani, expired. Cortege leaves residence 43/1, Thelawala Road, Ratmalana at 4.00 p.m. on Wednesday 30th September, for Burial at General Cemetery, Kanatte (Roman Catholic Section).         149551

DE SILVA – INDRIKA – Beloved wife of Tomlinson (Tommy), loving mother of Thamindri and Indresh, sister of Maneesha, expired. Cortege leaves residence No. 144, Koralawella Road, Moratuwa at 3.00 p.m. on Wednesday 30th September for Service at Methodist Church, Koralawella, Moratuwa followed by a private cremation. 149398

GUNAWARDENA – HEMA Beloved wife of late Mr D.C.L. Gunawardena (Internal Auditor – State Timber Corp & Water Board) loving mother of Rukmal (Pitakotte), Dr Dhammika (Sulaimans Hospital), Dr. Ananda (USA), Sandhya (Great Creations), loving mother-in-law of Amara, Devika Dr. Sriya (USA) & Nihal Jayawardena loving grandmother of Anudini, Gimhani (St. Thomas’ College), Lakshika Dissanayake (Dialog) Dilshani (Coca Cola), Nayomi & Nayoka (USA), Nadishka (New Zealand), great grandmother of Thenu (St. Peter’s College), Theshanya & Denuwan, passed away. Cortege leaves residence on 30th Wednesday at 4.00 p.m. for Cremation at Mt Lavinia Cemetery, No. 97C, Abeyesekara Road, off Watarappola Road, Mt Lavinia. 149429

JACKQURINE MORINA DE SILVA (nee GAY), called to Rest in Eternal with Jesus. Wife of Oscar, precious mother of Rukshan (Jetwing Travels) and Rishan, loving daughter of Ajitha and Gordon Gay, beloved sister of Dishan and Roger. Cortege leaves residence on Tuesday 29th September 2015 from No. 470, Zone 2, Millenium City, Athurugiriya at 03.00 p.m. followed by Burial at the Oruwela General Cemetery at 04.00 p.m. 149503

JAYASURIYA UPUL NIRANJAN – Director, Mlesna Exports, dearly beloved husband of Chryshanthi – Mlesna Tea Fortress, loving father of Niroshan – Unilevers & Hasantha – Mlesna Exports, father-in-law of Trishani – Unilevers, loving grandfather of Yumal & Baby Thivain, loving son of Dammika Jayasuriya and late Arthur Jayasuriya, brother of Krishanthi, Deepthi & Anusha – The Finance, brother-in-law of Sanath Senevirathne, Malini, Jacintha, Geraldine & Mervin, called to rest on 26th September 2015. Remains lie at 311/7, River Place, Waratenna, Halloluwa, Kandy. Cortege leaves residence at 3.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 29th September 2015 for burial at Mahaiyawa Cemetery, Kandy. 149268

PERERA – LIYANAGE SHIRAN YOSHANTHA – Safe in the Arms of Jesus. Dealy beloved husband of Sharmalie and father of Shari, son of Ranjan and Shiranee (Seychelles) and brother of Romesh, son-in-law of Upali and Shervanthi Wijeyesekera, brother-in-law of Yasantha and Rushitha. Cortege leaves 23/3, School Avenue Nawala on (Tuesday) 29th September at 2.30 p.m. for service at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Rajagiriya and thereafter for burial at Kanatta (Anglican Section) at 4.15 p.m.149267

SENEVIRATNE – G.A.D.E.A. (ANA) – Husband of the late Krishna, father of Charith and Aruni, father-in-law of Jayanganie and of Upali Weeratunga, grandfather of Gayathri, Poorna, Naveen and Harini, brother of the late Tissa, late Gen. Nalin and late Gamini, brother-in-law of the late Gen. Tissa Weeratunga. Cortege leaves residence No. 483H, Suhada Mawatha (off Chandrika Kumaratunga Mawatha), Weliwita, Malabe at 3 p.m. on Tuesday , September 29 for Cremation at General Cemetery, Kanatte at 5 p.m. 149264.

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US SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY CALLS ON PRESIDENT MAITHRIPALA SIRISENA

Posted on 28 September 2015 by admin

United States Secretary of State John Kerry called on President Maithripala Sirisena in New York yesterday evening, 27 September.

President Sirisena recalled the historic visit of Secretary Kerry to Sri Lanka in May and expressed the view that following Parliamentary elections in August and the formation of a National Unity Government, the time has now come to follow up on several agreed initiatives to promote US-Sri Lanka relations.

Secretary Kerry congratulated President Sirisena for the success at the Parliamentary election on August 17th and expressed appreciation for the clear vision articulated by the President, Prime Minister and Government of Sri Lanka for transformative initiatives taken by the Government for the benefit of all communities in Sri Lanka.

President Sirisena briefed Secretary Kerry and his delegation on efforts being taken by the Government in development of the country and in the reconciliation process and expressed appreciation for the support extended by the United States recently in the Human Rights Council in Geneva for the programme of action voluntarily undertaken by authorities in Sri Lanka to address issues of truth, justice and reconciliation.

Secretary Kerry responded that the United States was happy to join the others in the world in supporting Sri Lanka. Stating that the US will remain helpful in economic and social advancement spheres as well, Secretary Kerry stated that Sri Lanka resuming its traditional position in the international community is appreciated and is an example to the world.

Secretary Kerry was accompanied by US Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Samantha Power and senior officials of the US State Department and the White House. President Sirisena was accompanied by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Skills Development and Vocational Training, Justice and Buddha Sasana, Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs, the Governors of the Northern and Eastern Provinces, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States, Permanent Representative to the UN and officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

New York
28 September 2015

US SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY CALLS ON PRESIDENT MAITHRIPALA SIRISENA
 

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Obituaries: Monday, Sept. 28

Posted on 28 September 2015 by admin

AMARAKOON – DR. DHAMME – Former Lecturer, University of Peradeniya and (Retd) Senior Lecturer, University of the West Indies, beloved husband of Anula, loving father of Kushan and Dilini, father-in-law of Icolyn, grandfather of Ruwan and Savindi, brother of Chandra and Sarath, brother-in-law of Dr. Bap. Karunaratna, Wasantha, SB and Dr. J Navinna. Funeral at 3.00 p.m. on Monday 28th September at Amarawasa Kotuwella, Pannala. 149269

ALOYSIUS – PUNITHAM MIRANDA (62). Safe in the Arms of Jesus. Retired Executive Chef – worked at Holiday Inn – Colombo, The Eden Resort and Spa – Beruwala, Riverina Hotel – Beruwela, Dickwella Resort and Spa – Dickwella, Victoria Golf & Country Resort – Digana. Beloved husband of Irangani Miranda, loving father of late Maduki Miranda, Yashika Peiris and Anne Peiris, loving father-in-law of Sawan Peiris and Shehan Peiris, expired. Funeral service will be held at 4.00 p.m. on Monday 28th September 2015 at the Kanuwana Church. Thereafter burial service at General Cemetery, Kurana, Negombo (Roman Catholic Section). 149272

DE SARAM JOSEPH RICHARD ELPHRIGE – Father of Mahesh Harshana De Saram, Manori Harshani De Saram, Roshini Erandi Madushika De Saram, loving son of late Richard De Saram and Josephine De Saram (nee Ranasinghe), loving Nephew of Catherine Wickramasinghe, passed away peacefully on 26th September 2015. Cortege leaves residence No. 29, Main Street, Panadura at 2.00 p.m. on Monday 28th September for burial at St. Ann’s Church Cemetery, Wattala at 4.00 p.m. 149266

DE SILVA – ESME (nee DE MEL) – Beloved wife of late Bernard De Silva, formerly of Aluthgama, loving mother of Champika and late Sathika, mother-in-law of Asela De Mel (Coca Cola), fondest grandmother of Danisha (KDU), dear sister of late Air Commodore Dr. Shelton, Enid and Leslie De Mel, passed away. Remains lie at Jayarathne Funeral Parlour, Borella from 9.00 a.m. on 27 September. Cremation will take place at General Cemetery, Crematorium, Kanatte on Monday 28th September at 5.00 p.m. 149262

DOMINIC – ELIZABETH (Attorney-at-Law / JPUM) -At rest with the Lord. Beloved wife of Capt. F.J. Dominic [Lt. Cdr. SLN- (retired)], loving mother of Desmond, Selwyn, Evelyn, Shanella, Enoka & Jehan, mother-in-law of Poorani, Rashean, Ramli and Jothi, daughter of late Rajadurai and Daisy Nicholas, loving grandmother of Kristen, Natalie, Andrew, Suhani, Daisy, Michael, TY, Skylar, Manisha, Joanne and Dustin, beloved sister of late Mercy, late Xavier, late George, Leslie, late Reggie, late Ivan and of Indra and Chandran. Remains lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour from Sunday, 27th September (9 a.m. – 9 p.m.). Cortege leaves at 4.30 p.m. on Monday, 28th September for cremation at the General Cemetery, Kanatte, Borella. 149216

GUNASEKERA – LAKSHMAN (Habaraduwa) – Beloved husband of Indu Liyanage (retired Nursing Officer), beloved father of Ovida, Manoda and Navoda, beloved brother of Pearli and Kusum, beloved brother-in-law of SamarAnayaka, Rathnasiri, Chandrani and Nayana, retired Radiographer Lakshman D.A. Gunasekara, passed away under tragic circumstances. Cortege leaves residence No. 134/10, Bombe Castle Anagarika, Dharamapala Mawatha, Karapitiya, Galle for cremation at the Koggala Crematorium on Monday 28th September at 4.00 p.m. 091-2241354. 149270

JAYASURIYA UPUL NIRANJAN – Director, Mlesna Exports, dearly beloved husband of Chryshanthi – Mlesna Tea Fortress, loving father of Niroshan – Unilevers & Hasantha – Mlesna Exports, father-in-law of Trishani – Unilevers, loving grandfather of Yumal & Baby Thivain, loving son of Dammika Jayasuriya and late Arthur Jayasuriya, brother of Krishanthi, Deepthi & Anusha – The Finance, brother-in-law of Sanath Senevirathne, Malini, Jacintha, Geraldine & Mervin, called to rest on 26th September 2015. Remains lie at 311/7, River Place, Waratenna, Halloluwa, Kandy. Cortege leaves residence at 3.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 29th September 2015 for burial at Mahaiyawa Cemetery, Kandy. 149268

NICHOLAS – CYRIL IGNATIUS LOYOLA (St. Joseph’s College, Colombo – Official Cricket Scorer) – Safe in the Arms of Jesus – Beloved husband of Ruwani (Ranjini), loving son of the late Raymond & the late Beatrice Nicholas, loving brother of Bernardine (USA), Frances (Oman) & Martin (Canada), brother-in-law of Malcolm (USA), Anselm (Oman) and Kumudini (Canada), Shanthi (Australia), Anton, Indrani, Shirani (Australia), Ryan (Australia), Subha (Israel), Fazal, beloved uncle of Frederica, Bernardine (USA), Benjamin (UK), Florence (USA), Beatrice (USA) & Frederick (USA), Indika (Canada), Niluka (Canada) & Nuwanka (Canada), Chandimal (Canada), Shehan & Shehani (Doha), Dilshan & Dilshani and Jovan & Jason. The remains lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour on Sunday 27th September, from 9.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. and on Monday 28th September from 8.00 a.m. onwards. Funeral Service will take place at the parlour on Monday at 3.30 p.m. followed by burial at General Cemetery, Borella (RC Section) at 4.00 p.m. Frances 0779737604 & E-mail: fperera@hotmail.com Martin 0778899423 & E-mail: madinichan@gmail.com and Bernardine E-mail: malcolm.and.bernie@gmail.com 149260

PERERA – LIYANAGE SHIRAN YOSHANTHA – Safe in the Arms of Jesus. Dealy beloved husband of Sharmalie and father of Shari, son of Ranjan and Shiranee (Seychelles) and brother of Romesh, son-in-law of Upali and Shervanthi Wijeyesekera, brother-in-law of Yasantha and Rushitha. Cortege leaves 23/3, School Avenue Nawala on (Tuesday) 29th September at 2.30 p.m. for service at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Rajagiriya and thereafter for burial at Kanatta (Anglican Section) at 4.15 p.m. 149267

SENEVIRATNE – G.A.D.E.A. (ANA) – Husband of the late Krishna, father of Charith and Aruni, father-in-law of Jayanganie and of Upali Weeratunga, grandfather of Gayathri, Poorna, Naveen and Harini, brother of the late Tissa, late Gen. Nalin and late Gamini, brother-in-law of the late Gen. Tissa Weeratunga. Cortege leaves residence No. 483H, Suhada Mawatha (off Chandrika Kumaratunga Mawatha), Weliwita, Malabe at 3 p.m. on Tuesday , September 29 for Cremation at General Cemetery, Kanatte at 5 p.m. 149264

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Tony Abbott failed the ‘relaxed and comfortable’ test

Posted on 27 September 2015 by admin

 

Source: TheAustralian – By: Graham Richardson.

tony abbottAs Malcolm Turnbull’s supporters justify the removal of Tony Abbott as prime minister, there has been much said and written about Abbott’s failures. The biggest clangers were, in no particular order, the reintroduction of knights and dames, the politically disastrous 2014 budget, the insistence on keeping Joe Hockey as treasurer, allowing the Bronwyn Bishop scandal to run for 18 days and the handling of the same-sex marriage issue.

Had I been a member of the parliamentary Liberal Party watching all the above, I too would have swallowed my personal views on Turnbull and voted for him.

It must have been enormously frustrating to observe the dreadful mess last year’s budget created for the Coalition. The initial difficulty was the number of broken prom­ises it contained. The promises about not touching health and education were jettisoned far too easily. Abbott then compounded this betrayal by spending months using weasel words to try to deny any promises had been broken.

Australians know instinctively when they are being conned and in any event the former PM was a lousy liar. He could not be convincing when he lied because his discomfort was far too obvious. The unfairness of it all stuck out too. The big lesson Turnbull and Scott Morrison must take from this is pretty clear.

The new Treasurer knows he has to cut into programs that ordinary Australians are accustomed to. If he gets his narrative right he can convince us to accept the pain. Bob Hawke and Paul Keating did it, and so did John Howard and Peter Costello. Australians kept re-electing them, so their message must have been understood.

The early signs for Morrison are good. His first forays into his portfolio have been an indication of his particular talent. Whether stopping the boats or altering the pension system, he is a master at crafting the right words to strike at the heart of whatever problem he is addressing. He can take complex policy areas and distil them down to simple language that ordinary Australians can understand. He will need all of those skills in the months ahead.

As he wields the knife on programs near and dear to most of us, he will have to address the concessions directed to superannuation.

The purpose of superannuation is to provide income for retirement but this has somehow been transformed into a nifty method of minimising tax on current earnings. The wealthy enjoy a massive advantage over the battlers in this regard and Morrison will fail overall if he fails to do something about it.

This is the main rort available to the rich and the average family will expect to see something done about it, even if this takes the form of a temporary lift in the tax rate applicable. Costello had no hesitation in doing it and that helped him sell the nasties. I know it requires a 180-degree turnaround on what he has said previously, but Morrison lacks neither courage nor agility.

The other Abbott failures I mentioned contributed to a developing unease in the electorate that he wasn’t really one of them after all. He did not have the right instincts for knowing what was being discussed around the dinner tables across the country and he refused to budge when the evidence against his views continued to mount.

The way he clung to the paid parental leave scheme was a classic example. How would you convince a family on $70,000 struggling in the suburbs that it was reasonable to pay a woman more than their family income to have six months off to have a baby? The best salesman in the world could not have sold that.

Knighting Prince Philip was another shocker. I could not come up with a better way to demonstrate how out of touch Abbott was with the average person. It was a terrible blunder and it was made so much worse with the handling of Bronwyn Bishop. The helicopter trip perfectly encapsulated the perceived arrogance of all politicians. Bishop’s press conference exacerbated this national anger when she declined the opportunity to apologise, yet the former PM allowed this scandal to run for 18 days on the front pages. It dominated radio, television, print and the blogs. Abbott was rewarded for sticking to Bishop by her voting for Turnbull last week. As my father used to say, even a dog can be loyal.

These last failures underpin another weakness about which little has been said or written. Most Australians don’t want to think about politics. They want a leader they can trust or, as Howard put it so succinctly, they want to feel “relaxed and comfortable”. I believe Australians really needed at the 2013 election to bring to power someone who could inspire them. They want to have their spirits lifted. Abbott never had that capacity. He was a decent person with a strong moral compass. He took modesty too far.

It has been a decade since we had inspiring leadership. Howard had it but should have retired earlier. His last two years were pretty poor. Then followed Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. Neither of them ever had it and their departures were largely unlamented. After eight long years of prime ministers missing the mark, the bar was raised with Abbott. Perhaps we hoped for too much — more than he could ever have given.

Charisma is a lost word in this area. We have not seen much of it since Hawke and Keating. When I first met Hawke more than a decade before he became PM, you just knew he would get the job one day. He oozed something special from every pore of his being. He loved Australians and they loved him right back. When he walked into a room every eye was on him. Drinking in a bar, all the patrons hung on every word. I am not sure I will see the like of that again, but something a little bit short of that would do me well.

Which, of course, brings me to our new Prime Minister. While he is no Hawke, there is something special about Turnbull. He is possessed of a towering intellect and a quick wit. He also has an oversized ego and an awful temper. He is not by nature a democrat but his rhetoric since his ascension suggests he is now a consultative type. He exudes a confidence that is rare indeed.

The package contains all the ingredients for the capacity to inspire, and all the ingredients to blow up. Here’s hoping it will be the former.

 

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