UN raps Govt. over delays in SL transitional justice

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Delays in delivering transitional justice have led the process to be highly politicised, a United Nations (UN) Rapporteur warned yesterday, urging Sri ..


Pan Asia Bank expands green lending facility from Global Climate Partnership Fund

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 00:00 Views - 8

Pan Asia Bank and the Global Climate Partnership Fund (GCPF) have closed a new $ 13 million facility agreement. This funding, which comes in the form


NCE expresses dismay at adverse effect of street protests on economy

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 00:00 Views - 8

Strained under frequent protests that create massive traffic jams on key roads, the National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) yesterday expressed dismay at


Sept. inflation hits 8.6%

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 00:00 Views - 4

Sri Lanka’s national consumer price inflation in September rose 8.6% from a year earlier, the Department of Census and Statistics said yesterday.


‘Invest Sri Lanka’ at iconic NASDAQ market site

Monday, 23 October 2017 01:11 Views - 618

Representatives of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) were recently hosted by NASDAQ at th


Govt. widens int’l rice search, issues global call

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 00:00 Views - 6

The Government has launched an open international tender to import a fresh tranche of rice, which is the first such call in recent times to be issued


PRECIFAC to wind up on 3 Nov. as term ends

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 00:00 Views - 6

The anti-corruption commission appointed by President Sirisena is to hand over its final overall report on large-scale corruption, fraud and misuse of


TEA brews urgent blend for industry’s survival

Monday, 23 October 2017 01:13 Views - 587

Renewing its call for liberalisation, the Tea Exporters’ Association (TEA) last week highlighted multiple issues plaguing the sector and asked the G


Sri Lanka to enter into agreements with Qatar in energy, water supply sectors

Monday, 23 October 2017 01:07 Views - 305

The Sri Lankan Government has received Cabinet approval to enter into several agreements with Qatar to cooperate in the energy, water supply and waste




President says SL will maintain non-aligned foreign policy

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 00:00 Views - 6

President Maithripala Sirisena says Sri Lanka will maintain a middle path foreign policy and work cordially with all international partners to foster


Foreign Minister Marapana attends IORA Council of Ministers’ Meeting

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 00:00 Views - 3

Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana attended the 17th Council of Ministers’ Meeting (COM) of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) in Durba


Devolution of power is not for benefit of politicians but for the public: President

Monday, 23 October 2017 01:05 Views - 75

President Maithripala Sirisena said the devolution of power should be used to fulfil the needs of the people while strengthening them, but not for the


Iran, Sri Lanka sign extradition treaty

Monday, 23 October 2017 01:03 Views - 182

Teheran: Iran and Sri Lanka have signed an agreement on the transfer of prisoners between the two countries in Teheran.


Brutal assault in police custody: SC awards torture victim Rs. 300,000

Monday, 23 October 2017 01:02 Views - 86

The Supreme Court awarded Rs. 300,000 to the victim-petitioner in a fundamental rights violation petition filed against three police officers attached


Fresh general amnesty for Army deserters

Monday, 23 October 2017 01:01 Views - 14

A General Amnesty will be offered to Army absentees from 23 October to 15 November this year enabling them to receive their legal discharge.


Police arrest Buddhist monk wanted for attack on Rohingya refugees

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:10 Views - 75

The police yesterday arrested a Buddhist monk who was wanted in connection with last month’s attack on a group of Rohingya refugees that were under


Sivajilingam and Jaffna students’ representatives meet President

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00 Views - 103

A group including Northern Provincial Councillor K. Sivajilingam who recently protested in Jaffna hoisting black flags met with President Maithripala


State Minister discusses Defence Cooperation with South Korean Minister

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00 Views - 51

State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene, in a meeting with Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Korea Song Young-mooon held in Seoul th


Human Rights Watch makes submission to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00 Views - 25

New York-based global rights organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) has made a submission to the 77th Working Group of the United Nations Committee on


‘Pakistan Alumni Society of Sri Lanka’ debuts

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00 Views - 50

With the vision of ‘Re-Connecting the Alumni for Greater Collective Good’, the Pakistan Alumni Society of Sri Lanka (PASS) was launched recently a


President Xi Jinping opts for wider consultation to steer China forward

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00 Views - 43

Text and pic by Ashwin Hemmathagama in Beijing The remarkable and promising report President Xi Jinping presented at the 19th National Congress of th



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Bringing beedi into tax net can yield Rs. 40 b in revenue

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Last week, the Financial Times quoted an AFP article that stated Sri Lanka will start regulating the toddy industry to boost tax revenues from the informal sector. This same principle should be applied to the beedi trade, which has also grown unabate

Grade 5 Scholarship examination and the future of the country

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Grade 5 scholarship examination results have been released recently. Although this is known as the “Mothers’ exam,” the mentality of the children can be well articulated when children come from the examination halls after the exams. Today w

Need for tax reforms: Government should not lose it this time but go for them early

Monday, 23 October 2017

In the first economic policy statement, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made a number of pledges related to taxes and tax reforms. One was that the Government would review whether the tax concessions given to investors have really delivered the e

Lessons from Geneva

Saturday, 21 October 2017

‘Mission Impossible – Geneva’ is an inspiring account of developments at the Human Rights Council in Geneva when Dayan Jayatilleka was our Permanent Representative there. It is written by his wife Sanja, which provides for fascinating insights

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