IMF reaches staff level deal for $ 1.5 b support for SL

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has reached a Staff Level Agreement with Sri Lanka on the three-year $1.5 billion support for Sri Lanka via t...


Sri Lanka, US ties get fresh boost

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Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama with US Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman ...


Sri Lanka shares hit over 15-week closing high on IMF loan

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REUTERS: Sri Lankan shares closed more than 1% up on Friday, trading in high volumes after the International Monetary Fund said it had reached a st...


Rupee rises after IMF loan announcement

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Reuters - Sentiment on the Sri Lankan rupee improved on Friday, as reflected in the forwards market, after the International Monetary Fund reached ...


ASPI crosses 6500 mark

Saturday, 30 April 2016 00:00 Views - 767

The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) in a statement yesterday said it ended trading on a positive note with the All Share Price Index (ASPI) crossing t...


UNP flies high for May Day

Saturday, 30 April 2016 00:00 Views - 922

By Charumini de Silva A confident United National Party (UNP) yesterday urged the public to participate in a “meaningful” May Day ral...


Lanka has emerged as global ‘champion’ of human rights: Samantha Power

Saturday, 30 April 2016 00:00 Views - 775

In an age of ‘creeping authoritarianism,’ Sri Lanka since presidential elections in January last year has emerged as a ‘global ch...




Sri Lanka, India navies hold 26th IMBL meeting aboard Sri Lankan naval ship

Saturday, 30 April 2016 00:00 Views - 680

The Navies of Sri Lanka and India held the annual International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) meeting aboard a Sri Lankan naval ship in the mid sea...


Is it helplessness or stubbornness that endangers the lives of Vinodhani and others at Meeriyabedda?

Saturday, 30 April 2016 00:00 Views - 831

Text and pix by P. D. De Silva  13-year-old A. Vinodhani a grade six student lives with her family on Meeriyabedda Tea Estate in Ko...


PM calls on unions to ditch politics and focus on rights

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his May Day message called on unions to reflect on their role and move away from using their influence to fu...


Korean Ambassador meets State Minister Ruwan

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Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Won-sam Chang met the State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene at the Ministry earlier this week. During t...


Harsha slams former president for misleading people on VAT

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Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva has blasted former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for misleading the people on the new VAT increase, sayin...


Sri Lankan struggle to recover from the economic and emotional wounds of civil war

Saturday, 30 April 2016 00:00 Views - 783

Rasanayagam Sarojinidevi, 64, lost both her sons during the war and is still traumatised, but says she has found a new purpose working at ...




Today's Columnists

The unilateralism of Tamil nationalism

30 April 2016

As always Tamil nationalism has overreached; acted unilaterally and overplayed its hand. As always this overestimation based on (congenitally?) misplaced arrogance undermines its Sinhala moderate counterparts and negotiating partners.  This...

Of taxation, Inland Revenue and Panama Papers

30 April 2016

Avurudu vacation revelations Court vacation always permits that little bit of extra time to pen something down and the occasion arose when former Dep. Governor of the Central Bank Dr. Wijewardene, Island Editor Shamindra Ferdinando and ...

They march on May Day

30 April 2016

   “Lord, what fools these mortals be...”  Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Puck, in the Shakespearean comedy Midsummer Night’s Dream, thought that we mortals are fools. Had he had the benefit o...

On the fast track – or on the road to dusty death?

29 April 2016

THE WRITING IS ON THE WALLSTRÖM: Sri Lanka is looking increasingly like the prettiest girl on the beach in this region. Here, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and his Swedish counterpart Margot Wallström parley about the i...

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