Ceylon Tea to get Rs. 4.8 b global promotion boost

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Plans finally ready to kick off international promotion campaign next month with Russia as first market  Much awaited initia...


IMF commends Sri Lanka’s strategy to create financial discipline

Monday, 23 January 2017 00:41 Views - 131

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has commended the new strategy of Sri Lankan Government to create financial discipline and lead the country i...


Rs. 6 m robbed from a state bank ATM in Monaragala

Monday, 23 January 2017 00:37 Views - 116

Around Rs. 6 million has been stolen from a state bank in Moneragala by thieves who broke open its Automated Teller Machine (ATM), the Police said....


India to levy 4.5% service tax on freight for imports on delivered basis

Monday, 23 January 2017 00:36 Views - 119

Reuters: Overseas exporters chartering foreign vessels to supply goods to India will have to pay a service tax on freight from Sunday, a government...


UN Special Rapporteur wants PTA repealed, new anti-terror law reviewed

Monday, 23 January 2017 00:35 Views - 104

A UN Special Rapporteur, in a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), has recommended that Sri Lanka immediately repeal the Preven...


Belgium, EU firms to expand Lankan trade ties with GSP+ restoration

Monday, 23 January 2017 00:39 Views - 133

The Belgium Government and heads of several European companies have promised to strengthen trade links with Sri Lanka following the European Union ...


Dole Lanka workers go bananas over decision to terminate manpower company

Monday, 23 January 2017 00:37 Views - 147

An arbitrary decision taken by banana exporter Dole Lanka Ltd. to terminate current contracts with a labour supply company has given rise to concer...


Presidential Commission of Inquiry on CB Bond scam

Monday, 23 January 2017 00:35 Views - 128

President Maithripala Sirisena is to appoint a special Presidential Commission of Inquiry to probe the Central Bank bond issue. The President twe...


President requests private sector to switch off neon signs

Saturday, 21 January 2017 02:50 Views - 689

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday requested all private institutions to go frugal with respect to use of electricity by switching off lights...




Gazette issued bringing RTI into force from 3 Feb.

Monday, 23 January 2017 00:46 Views - 125

A gazette notice has been issued bringing the Right To information (RTI) Act into force from 3 February. President Maithripala Sirisena appointed...


Meeting with MR and Chief Ministers ends without agreement

Monday, 23 January 2017 00:44 Views - 140

The meeting between former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and several Chief Ministers yesterday ended inconclusively. It is reported that the...


Human rights chief notes positive steps taken in Sri Lanka

Saturday, 21 January 2017 02:33 Views - 597

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein noted the positive steps taken in Sri Lanka on the human rights front. Al H...


Court of Appeal to hear Gnanasara Thero case on Nov.7

Saturday, 21 January 2017 02:31 Views - 984

By S.S.Selvanayagam The Court of Appeal yesterday  fixed for argument on 7 November the Appeal filed by the Attorney General against th...


UNP says no to homosexuality

Saturday, 21 January 2017 02:30 Views - 728

Says has responsibility to implement 27 international conventions to regain GSP+ By Chamodi Gunawardana The United National Party (UNP) ...


Prof. Indraratne funeral today

Saturday, 21 January 2017 02:28 Views - 620

The funeral of the late Prof. A. D. V. de S. Indraratne, one of Sri Lanka’s distinguished economists will be held today at Borella Cemetry at...


Wilpattu forest cleared by State Timber Corp, not Muslims: Environmentalist

Monday, 23 January 2017 00:45 Views - 127

A Sri Lankan environmentalist claimed that the Wilpattu forests were cleared by the State Timber Corporation and not by Muslims as alleged. &ldqu...


The coalition government is strong – Navin

Saturday, 21 January 2017 02:34 Views - 741

Appreciates the freedom to hold different views within the Government Says having two power centres helps put checks and balances in place Dism...


Sri Lankan rights activists demonstrate outside the US Embassy in Colombo

Saturday, 21 January 2017 02:32 Views - 752

Sri Lankan rights activists demonstrate outside the US Embassy in Colombo on 20 January, 2017, ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45t...


Trial fixed against Emil Kanthan for fund misappropriation

Saturday, 21 January 2017 02:30 Views - 614

By T. Farook Thajudeen The Colombo High Court earlier this week fixed for 17 March the trial for the prosecution to lead evidence against accused...


Act on Wilpattu without racial bias, say environmentalists

Saturday, 21 January 2017 02:28 Views - 572

By Shanika Sriyananda Urging the Government to stop on-going illegal settlements in the Willpattu Forest complex, the Coalition to Protect Our Na...


Schoolchildren are pragmatic messengers to ensure sustainable development: President

Saturday, 21 January 2017 02:19 Views - 581

President Maithripala Sirisena says schoolchildren are the most realistic messengers in the process of fulfilling the social responsibility and dut...




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Steamrolling of Central Bank by Minister of Finance: An unsavoury development?

23 January 2017

An unsavoury rift between the Central Bank and Minister of Finance A growing rift between Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and the senior management of the Central Bank is surfacing now, worrying both financial markets and prospective fo...

Sustainability: How that translates to agriculture

23 January 2017

Once cultivated, traditional paddy that is grown organically will establish its own markets based on the consumer demand   For the longest time the word “sustainable agriculture” was a catch phrase only. I...

Yahapalanaya lapses – Is Mahinda the option for Muslims?

21 January 2017

Former Minister, Speaker and Premadasa/Rajapaksa loyalist and National List nominee Parliamentarian A.H.M. Azwer along with a few other Muslim Mahinda diehards claim that Yahapalanaya under President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil W...

First Sinhala talkie ‘Kadawunu Poronduwa’ was released 70 years ago

21 January 2017

History was made 70 years ago when the film ‘Kadawunu Poronduwa’ (Broken Promise) premiered at the Kingsley Theatre in Colombo on 21 January 1947. The Chief Guest was D.S. Senanayake, Minister of Agriculture and Lands under the State C...

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