Govt. slaps 15% levy on gold imports

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The Government yesterday slapped a levy of 15% on gold imports effective midnight, to curb overseas purchases by traders looking to take advantage of ..


AL Kasir Group launches world’s first diamond backed crypto-assets

Thursday, 19 April 2018 09:00 Views - 105

The world’s first diamond backed crypto assets were launched over the weekend in Dubai, by the Al Kasir Group, bringing diamond trading to the block


Rupee edges up after hitting record low

Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:42 Views - 312

Reuters: The rupee inched up after touching a record low yesterday (18 April), with dollar demand from importers offsetting limited selling of the US


President calls on businesses to join governments for 2030 SDG agenda success

Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:39 Views - 314

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday called upon the business communities and civil societies to come together with the states to ensure the succe


Sri Lanka’s ICT/BPM brand ‘Island of Ingenuity’ debuts in London

Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:33 Views - 97

The national brand for the Sri Lanka ICT/BPM sector was launched in London yesterday.


Sri Lanka honours pledge to support Commonwealth Small States Trade Finance Facility

Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:42 Views - 139

In order to help small states get access to global markets, Sri Lanka pledged financial contribution to set up the Small States Trade Financial Facili


Janashakthi Insurance completes Rs. 11.7 b share repurchase

Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:42 Views - 434

Janashakthi Insurance Plc has completed by far the biggest share repurchase deals worth Rs. 11.7 billion. The company said 318 million of its shares


Attack on tourists in Mirissa and the Sri Lankan male collective

Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:38 Views - 271

The recent incident of Dutch tourists being assaulted in Sri Lanka brings home to me the reality of living in Sri Lanka.


Conrad Maldives Rangali Island to build first-of-its-kind undersea residence

Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00 Views - 70

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island announced yesterday the submersion of what is believed to be the world’s first undersea residence, which will be comp




Thilanga to commence Ph.D program at Beijing Foreign Studies University

Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:35 Views - 874

Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) is one of China’s best universities in foreign studies committed to introducing China to the world and the


President meets Sri Lankan community in London

Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:34 Views - 68

President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing the Sri Lankan community living in London, said that the attempts made by some to hide the truth and promot


Govt. to begin new national program upon President’s return: PM

Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:33 Views - 68

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said the Government is to initiate a new program for the country upon the return of President Maithripal


SL establishes diplomatic relations with Dominica

Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:32 Views - 62

The Government of Sri Lanka and the Government of Dominica have decided to establish diplomatic relations between the two countries, effective from 17


16 SLFP MPs to crossover to Opposition

Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:32 Views - 142

A total of 16 Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Parliamentarians have decided to crossover and sit in the Opposition Parliament, the Daily FT learns. SLF


Trade unions object to postponing May Day to 7 May

Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:31 Views - 86

Trade unions raised strong objections to the decision taken by the Government to postpone May Day to 7 May on Tuesday (17 April). In a joint statement


Pakistan and Sri Lanka agree to organise ‘Green Cricket Match’

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 02:04 Views - 218

City Planning and Water Supply Minister Rauff Hakeem held a meeting with Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahidullah Khan,


S.B.C. Thassim passes away in Canada

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 02:03 Views - 587

Well-known social worker Al-Haj. S.B. C Thassim(77) passed away yesterday after a brief illness in Toronto, Canada.


President to deliver keynote address at Commonwealth Business Forum today

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 02:02 Views - 53

President Maithripala Sirisena, is billed to deliver the keynote address at the Commonwealth Business Forum on the topic, “Delivering the SDGs: Alig


“It is you who are going to change the world”: Prince Harry

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:05 Views - 134

Performs first duty as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador at CHOGM Youth Forum Prince Harry, who has been appointed a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador by the


At opening of CHOGM’s Business Forum Global growth is fragile, more could be done to make system fai

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:03 Views - 64

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum opening in London on Monday, said “global growth is fragile”.Howeve


First Commonwealth Conference on FDI in Malta next year

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:01 Views - 36

Malta will host the first Commonwealth Conference on Foreign Direct Investment next year. Dr. Muscat made his announcement when he was addressing the



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The glyphosate story – CKDu, food security and national economy

Thursday, 19 April 2018

We in Sri Lanka have a history to be proud of. According to our historical record, the golden age of Sri Lankan agriculture production centres around Polonnaruwa during reign of King Parakramabahu the Great (1153-1186 AD).

President is powerless to remove the Prime Minister

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Some commentators have persistently advanced the proposition that, notwithstanding the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the President’s power to remove the Prime Minister is intact. It is a view that relies on a literal reading of the Sinhala te

The ‘Trafficbathgoda’ town of Kiribathgoda

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Getting through Kiribathgoda town particularly in the evening after work is a real nightmare. Even the morning is equally bad, creating a huge pileup of vehicles along the main road. In particular, in the evening, to move from Tyre Corporation Junct

Beware of evidence-independent recommendations from academics in positions of power

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

It was just over a year ago that I wrote in this newspaper about the need to fact check politicians and pundits ( That column was triggered by an evidence-independent claim made a

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