3Q GDP growth slows to 3.3%

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The country’s economy grew by 3.3% in the 3Q driven by services and moderate industry growth but was hampered by lackluster performance in agricultu ..


President bans polythene use for upcoming elections campaigns

Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:48 Views - 24

President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) to ban the use of polythene during the upcoming election campaigns


2017 has not been good for Sri Lanka: Survey

Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:00 Views - 70

The latest monthly poll conducted by research firm Kantar TNS for business magazine LMD reveals that a majority (70%) of citizens view 2017 as not bei


Rupee closes steady as importer dollar demand offsets exporter selling

Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:00 Views - 36

Reuters: The rupee closed little changed on Friday as importer dollar demand offset selling of the U.S. currency by exporters in late trade, dealers s


Disney buying Fox film, TV units for $52 b in digital push

Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:00 Views - 43

Reuters: Walt Disney Co has struck a deal to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc fo


Central Bank not to accept willfully mutilated, altered or defaced currency notes from 31 Dec

Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:00 Views - 25

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has drawn the attention of the general public for implementation of its Clean Note Policy and regulation on the w


Bourse slips to 8-month closing low

Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:00 Views - 45

Reuters: Shares slipped to their lowest close in eight months on Friday as investors offloaded telecom and plantation stocks.


WATCH: Key speakers at the Best Sri Lankan Brands Awards by Interbrand

Friday, 15 December 2017 11:01 Views - 163

Watch all the key speeches delivered at the inaugural Best Sri Lankan Brands Awards by Interbrand held on 11 December at the Hilton Colombo.




CA extends IO till 25 Jan preventing action against Gota

Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:38 Views - 13

The Court of Appeal yesterday (15) extended till 25 January 25 the Interim Order preventing the FCID from acting on the Certificate (B Report) under t


National Buddhist Think Tank meets under patronage of President

Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:27 Views - 24

The National Buddhist Think Tank met this week with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat.


UN urges reforms to end arbitrary detention; safeguard personal liberty rights

Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:00 Views - 13

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention yesterday urged the Government to establish independent monitoring bodies and improve mechanisms including


Sriyani sworn in as State Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government

Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:00 Views - 13

Digamadulla District UPFA MP Sriyani Wijewickrama was sworn in as the State Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government before President Mait


All facilities for security force members to equip them with knowledge: President

Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:00 Views - 24

President Maithripala Sirisena said that the Government will provide all the necessary facilities to equip the Sri Lankan security forces with knowled


UN volunteers in Sri Lanka celebrate International Volunteer Day 2017

Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:00 Views - 17

On 24 and 25 November, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) in Sri Lanka celebrated International Volunteer Day 2017 under the theme ‘Volunteers Act Firs


Sri Lanka joining landmine ban treaty should spur other countries to review their position: HRW

Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:00 Views - 10

New York: Sri Lanka’s accession to the Ottawa landmine ban treaty has earned the recognition of the global human rights organisation, Human Rights W


Sri Lanka becomes 163rd state party to Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty

Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:00 Views - 11

New York: Sri Lanka on Wednesday became the 163rd country to accede to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention fulfilling the ple


SLPP & SLFP nominations rejected, JVP & UNP in the clear

Friday, 15 December 2017 03:32 Views - 155

Local Government election nominations of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) were rejected....


SC fixes CB officer’s petition against AG Dept. for 16 Jan.

Friday, 15 December 2017 03:00 Views - 65

The Supreme Court yesterday re-fixed for support on 16 January 2018 the granting of leave to proceed with the fundamental rights petition...


India expects Sri Lanka to keep security concerns in mind regarding Hambantota

Friday, 15 December 2017 02:58 Views - 94

India says it continues to take up its security concerns with Sri Lanka and expects the Sri Lankan Government to keep New Delhi’s....



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Jacqueline Fernandez: Scintillating jewel of Sri Lanka

Saturday, 16 December 2017

‘Spotlight’ shines again after many weeks to focus on a luminous Sri Lankan star of Sri Lanka who has been illuminating the Hindi cinematic firmament for several years.

Spotlight on Franco-German Human Rights Award winner, Sri Lanka’s Shreen Saroor

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Noted Sri Lankan human rights campaigner Shreen Abdul Saroor received the Franco-German Human Rights Award at a ceremony on Monday in the presence of Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera and the German Ambassador to Sri Lanka Jörn Rohde

Thoughts on the Budget and what comes next

Friday, 15 December 2017

The recent Budget definitely improves on previous budgets. It is a promising debut for Mangala Samaraweera, the new Finance Minister. He sees...

2017 a decisive year; what’s in store for 2018?

Friday, 15 December 2017

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