Govt. initiates new debt management strategy: PM

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his pre-budget economic policy statement to Parliament yesterday outlined plans to initiate a fresh debt manage ..


People wary of benefits from 2018 Budget: Survey

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:02 Views - 294

The latest monthly poll conducted by research firm Kantar TNS, for business magazine LMD, reveals that 42% of respondents have high expectations of Bu


Govt. to restrict import of tuk-tuks

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:01 Views - 432

AFP: Sri Lanka plans to restrict imports of tuk-tuks in a bid to reduce road accidents and congestion, the country’s transport minister said Friday.


President slams factions attempting to mislead public on proposed Constitution

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00 Views - 118

President Maithripala Sirisena has hit out against detractors of the proposed constitution and called on the public not to be misled by them as a new


Rupee ends higher on inward remittances

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00 Views - 110

Reuters: The rupee ended marginally higher on Friday as selling of the U.S. dollar by banks on account of inward remittances surpassed early demand fo


First ever Colombo International Shopping Festival opens

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:01 Views - 438

By Shannon Jayawardena With the aim of promoting Sri Lanka as a shopping hub, the country’s first ever dedicated international shopping festival was


Final decision on SAITM issue next week: President

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:01 Views - 108

President Maithripala Sirisena said that the Government’s final decision on the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) issue will


Economic cooperation agreement with South Korea during high level visit in Nov.

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00 Views - 59

Sri Lanka will sign an economic cooperation agreement with South Korea during President Maithripala Sirisena’s official visit to that country next m


Shares recover from 10-day low in dull trade

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00 Views - 84

Reuters: Shares snapped a three-session decline to end slightly firmer on Friday, as investors picked up beverage shares in thin volume, brokers said.




Police arrest Buddhist monk wanted for attack on Rohingya refugees

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:10 Views - 44

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 - 71

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 - 23

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 - 9

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 - 27

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 - 30

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


National Scout Teams of 5 South Asian countries in SL

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00 Views - 11

National Scout Teams of five member countries of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) who arrived in Sri Lanka to watch Hermann L


Minister Amunugama promotes greater ties with Australia

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00 Views - 58

A meeting between Special Assignments Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama and High Commissioner for Australia in Sri Lanka Bryce Hutcheson took place at the


Health Minister attends 9th World Health Summit

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00 Views - 13

Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne attended the 9th World Health Summit (WHS) which commenced under the patro


Journalists must always use their pen with respect for truth: President

Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00 Views - 16

“Journalists should always use their pens by choosing the right thing with respect for the truth,” says President Maithripala Sirisena. “It is v


Ex-CJ flays Yahapalana Govt. for “dismantling Constitution”

Friday, 20 October 2017 00:10 Views - 95

Former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva yesterday replying to the preliminary objections on the maintainability of his Fundamental Rights petition flayed


JVP says President will be defeated if he contests again for presidency

Friday, 20 October 2017 00:00 Views - 69

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said the new Constitution should abolish the executive presidency and if President Maithripala Sirisena contests t



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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

Xi Jinping to enhance military power while keeping economic growth “moderate”

Saturday, 21 October 2017

In his keynote address on the opening day of the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Beijing on Wednesday, the Chinese President and party supremo, Xi Jinping, made two points of great relevance to the rest of the world. One is tha

Priming the pump to make your MP jump

Friday, 20 October 2017

Here’s a radical idea. What if – instead of liking it or lumping it as you do for years on end – the voter could hold his or her Member of Parliament accountable for their performance?

Eyes wide shut: Fate of our times

Friday, 20 October 2017

‘Eyes Wide Shut’ was the title of a film by famed director Stanley Kubrick. Loaded with Freudian sub-currents, the film was about an occult society that eliminates any one who cross its path. A theme that would no doubt appeal to a buccaneer prim

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