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Easter Sunday serial attacks on churches and hotels

Views - 98 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:08

A fuller seven-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court yesterday (12) deferred for 25 July the supporting for granting of Leave to Proceed in respect of the Fundamental Right petitions filed against Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundera and f

Amendments to NMRA Act to give more teeth to regulate cosmetics

Views - 115 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:06

The National Medicines Regulatory Authority Act is set to gain wider purview to regulate cosmetic products in the market and revise penalties outlined in the legislation. The cosmetics regulatory function, which was earlier handled by the Cosmetics,

Petitions against Hemasiri, Pujith postponed until 25 July

Views - 27 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:05

The Supreme Court yesterday decided to postpone the hearing of Fundamental Rights Petitions filed against former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and IGP Pujith Jayasundara – who has been sent on compulsory leave – until 25 July. The petitions

BoC ‘Thurunu Diriya’ disburses over Rs. 358 m among 875 youth

Views - 75 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:03

The Enterprise Sri Lanka –‘Thurunu Diriya’loan scheme implemented to empower young, small and medium entrepreneurs has successfully disbursed loans worth overRs.358million among 875 young entrepreneurs by the second week of July. Within a span

Teaching the concept of Karma through the cinematic realm

Views - 136 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:02

The term Karma is often seen as a religious term connected with Hinduism and Buddhism. However over time attempts have been made to give practical explanations through the scientific lenses to look at Karma akin to how one looks at physics, a science

Dengue on the rise, public warned to take precautions

Views - 13 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:01

The active south-west monsoon has resulted in a rise of reported dengue cases compared to last year, and, as of yesterday, there were 27,625 reported dengue patients in Sri Lanka, the Health Prevention Bureau stated yesterday. The District

Industrial production up 0.4% in May

Views - 16 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:01

The Index of Industrial Production has increased by 0.4% in May 2019 compared to the same month in 2018, according to the Department of Census and Statistics. IIP reported for the month of May 2019 and 2018 were 106.1 and 105.7 respectively. The IIP

‘21/4 We Care’ concert at 6 p.m. at BMICH today

Views - 104 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:01

The ‘21/4’ Tribute Concert to all those who lost their lives in the terror attacks on Easter Sunday and in aid of scholarships for 21 orphans will kick off at 6 p.m. at the BMICH today.  The concert is named ‘21/4 We Care’ and represent

CSE gains for 4th session; rupee edges lower

Views - 21 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:00

REUTERS: Shares rose for the fourth straight session on Friday to a more than 12-week closing high, a day after the Central Bank kept its key policy rates steady. The Central Bank left key interest rates unchanged on Thursday as expected, after cutt

MR slams proposed amendments to Finance Act

Views - 319 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday criticised the Government for seeking House approval for a Bill to amend the Finance Act, as an attempt to isolate the Central Bank and also undermine the Employees Provident Fund (EPF).

Tourism sector moratorium estimated at Rs. 101 b: CB Chief

Views - 221 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy yesterday said the total value of the moratorium for the tourism sector was estimated at Rs. 101 billion. Responding to questions, Dr. Coomaraswamy told reporters banks had received 3,641 requests, of

CB revises growth to 3%

Views - 486 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

The Central Bank yesterday said it has revised growth down to 3% from 4% earlier in the year, but kept policy rates unchanged on moderate inflation, international rate cuts, and expectations of lending rates declining in the coming weeks, to boost ec

Saturday’s 21/4 Tribute Concert sold out

Views - 210 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Organisers of the 21/4 Tribute Concert led by The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) of Sri Lanka that is facilitating the Tribute Concert in aid of scholarships for 21 orphans are overwhelmed with the public support for the concert. ICC Chairm

Navin assures financial support for tea industry via banks

Views - 371 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

By Charumini de Silva Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake this week assured tea factory owners of financial relief to withstand the difficulties faced by the industry.

NCM against Govt. defeated

Views - 228 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent The Vote on the No-Confidence Motion presented by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) was defeated yesterday in Parliament with a majority of 27 votes, with 119 lawmakers voting against the Motion an

Sri Lanka ranked ‘World’s Best Island’ by Travel + Leisure mag readers

Views - 1063 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka has been ranked as the ‘World’s Best Island’at the influential Travel + Leisure magazine’s annual awards scheme judged by readers’ survey. The publication ( ranked destinations and companies spanning more

Query on US agreements in public interest: CCC

Views - 376 Thursday, 11 July 2019 01:30

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), responding to the Prime Minister’s Secretary yesterday, said their queries on US agreements were only to reduce speculation, and assured that communications of the private sector body will be non-partisan and a

Govt. reduces fuel prices

Views - 264 Thursday, 11 July 2019 01:21

The Finance Ministry yesterday said fuel prices had been reduced in line with international prices. Accordingly, a litre of Petrol (Octane 92) will be decreased by Rs. 2 and the revised price is Rs. 136; Petrol (Octane 95) will be sold at Rs. 159, de

Malik meets JETRO Chief to boost SL-Japan business ties

Views - 162 Thursday, 11 July 2019 01:19

Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama met with Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) President Yasushi Akahoshi last week, and discussed cooperation activities to boost trade and investment between the tw

Richard Branson, Chamath Palihapitiya partner to take space tourism company Virgin Galactic public

Views - 1438 Thursday, 11 July 2019 01:18 Wow, OK, let’s start the day off with a bang. Two years ago, I wrote about Social Capital’s Chamath Palihapitiya’s lofty goal of helping billion-dollar startups get liquid sooner. At the time, he had raised $ 600 million in

Govt. to complete compensation for Easter Sunday and communal attacks next week

Views - 123 Thursday, 11 July 2019 01:17

The Government will complete compensation payments for property damaged in the Easter Sunday attacks and subsequent anti-Muslim mob violence, mostly in Gampaha District and the North Western Province by next week, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

Cyberattacks cost $ 45 b in 2018 as ransomware hits hard

Views - 126 Thursday, 11 July 2019 01:16

WASHINGTON (AFP): An estimated two million cyberattacks in 2018 resulted in more than $ 45 billion in losses worldwide as local governments struggled to cope with ransomware and other malicious incidents, a study showed Tuesday. The Internet Society

Lawyer caught in Shangri-La bomb demands Rs. 500 m in damages from Govt.

Views - 2719 Thursday, 11 July 2019 01:16

By Manopriya Gunasekera A lawyer who sustained severe burn injuries from the Easter Sunday suicide attack at the Shangri-La Hotel has filed a Fundamental Rights petition before the Supreme Court, seeking Rs. 500 million compensation from the Governm

NZ stun India to reach final despite Jadeja heroics

Views - 80 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:13

Manchester, Reuters: New Zealand survived Ravindra Jadeja’s late onslaught to stun India by 18 runs in a low-scoring thriller on Wednesday and reach the Cricket World Cup final for the second time in a row. Twice champions India were reeling at 24

CB seen keeping rates steady after easing to spur growth

Views - 513 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:30

Reuters: Sri Lanka’s Central Bank is expected to leave its key interest rates unchanged on Thursday, a Reuters poll showed, after cutting them in May to support the economy as tourism and investment plummeted in the wake of Easter Sunday bombings.

Dayasiri advised to attend PSC by Speaker

Views - 434 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:27

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday recommended United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Dayasiri Jayasekara appear before the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) appointed to look into the Easter Sunda

Govt. to implement visa-on-arrival scheme for 39 countries from 1 August

Views - 2728 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:25

In a bid to boost tourism, the Government yesterday announced that the visa-on-arrival scheme for citizens of 39 countries will be implemented from 1 August, after the move, which was to be effective from 1 May, was suspended soon after the Easter Su

IGP, ex-Defence Secy released on bail

Views - 159 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:20

By Manopriya Gunasekera Colombo Chief Magistrate yesterday granted bail to former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundera saying there was not enough grounds to charge them with murder. Former D

Sri Lanka eliminates measles: WHO

Views - 143 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:19

The World Health Organization yesterday announced Sri Lanka has eliminated measles, interrupting transmission of the indigenous virus that causes the killer childhood disease. “Sri Lanka’s achievement comes at a time when globally measles cases a

Tourism crisis: CB Chief to meet banks, finance companies again

Views - 424 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:17

The Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy will meet banks and finance companies tomorrow (11 July) to expedite support via moratorium and working capital assistance for the tourism sector businesses hit by the Easter Sunday attacks. Tourism

Today's Columnists

Difference between a woman and a man (yin and yang) and finding solutions to violence in society

Thursday, 18 July 2019

This is not at all a philosophical discourse on gender differences, or the complementary roles of yin and yang (women and men) in social or biological formation. This is also not to speak about who is superior among the two. This is just an observati

I wish Sajith Premadasa had taken up a challenging ministry to showcase his prowess

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Expectations, father and son Sajith Premadasa has put his hands up for leadership in the party and for nomination by the United National Party in the forthcoming presidential elections. I wish Sajith had tested himself, and had given the public a cha

Foreign Affairs and Defence to be one portfolio?

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Unless we are all suffering from dementia, the last experience with a foreign military on our soil should be very clear in our heads. The Indian Peace Keeping Force landed in Sri Lanka to supposedly bring peace to the war-torn country when the LTTE t

Federer lessons for Sri Lanka tourism

Thursday, 18 July 2019

The Wimbledon Men’s Final in 2008 was termed as the best match the world has seen between the two arch rivals Federer and Nadal. But, what we saw last Sunday between the two of them after 11 years sure shocked the world. Many just asked the questio

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