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Port employees protest proposed PPP on Hambantota Port

/ Friday, 9 December 2016 00:41

The All Ceylon General Port Employees Union yesterday staged a protest in front of the Colombo Port to urge the Government to suspend the decision ...


PRECIFAC concludes two probes into abuse of State funds at CTB and UDA

/ Friday, 9 December 2016 00:37

By Shanika Sriyananda  The Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of...


Govt. losing battle to quell extremist groups, warns JVP

/ Friday, 9 December 2016 00:36

By Uditha Jayasinghe The JVP yesterday slammed the Government for failing to protect the religious rights of Sri Lankans and accused it of provid...


Cabinet subcommittee to look for Rs. 4 billion provided for Gin-Nilwala diversion project

/ Friday, 9 December 2016 00:36

The Cabinet of Ministers on Tuesday approved a proposal by the Finance Minister to appoint a Cabinet subcommittee to investigate the Gin-Nilwala di...


UNP backs devolution of powers within a united Sri Lanka

/ Friday, 9 December 2016 00:36

The United National Party (UNP) yesterday called for maximum devolution of powers within a united Sri Lanka. A statement by the UNP said that pow...


Tamil Nadu’s new leaders should keep up pressure on Lanka: Shivajilingam

/ Thursday, 8 December 2016 00:17

PTI: Tamil Nadu’s new Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and Opposition Leader M. K. Stalin should continue with the same policy of pressurising...


President defends ETCA, says nation is secure

/ Thursday, 8 December 2016 00:17

President Maithripala Sirisena urged lawmakers yesterday to support his Government’s efforts to draft a new constitution and made a strong ca...


UN rights watchdog calls on Sri Lanka to investigate torture

/ Thursday, 8 December 2016 00:16

Reuters: A UN rights watchdog called on Sri Lanka on Wednesday to investigate documented allegations of torture and rape of detainees by security f...


Govt. institutes decisive policy changes to attract investment

/ Thursday, 8 December 2016 00:15

In its efforts to attract suitable investments to Sri Lanka and revive the country’s export positioning in international markets, the Governm...


Jayampathy threatened

/ Thursday, 8 December 2016 00:14

Co-Chairman of the Management Committee of the Steering Committee of the Connotational Assembly Secretariat, UNP MP Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne ra...


Controversial security firm Rakna Lanka to be liquidated

/ Thursday, 8 December 2016 00:14

By Chathuri Dissanayake The Government has decided to liquidate the controversial Government-owned security company Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited...


Sumanthiran Vs. Swaminathan on 65,000 houses in NE

/ Wednesday, 7 December 2016 00:14

By Dharisha Bastians  The main opposition Tamil National Alliance pitched into Resettlement Minister D.M. Swaminathan in Parliament yesterda...


SC re-fixes rights petition by ex-diplomat Weeratunga

/ Wednesday, 7 December 2016 00:13

By S. S. Selvanayagam The Supreme Court yesterday (6) fixed for support on 11 January for granting of leave in respect of the fundamental rights ...


Fines for illicit liquor to go up

/ Wednesday, 7 December 2016 00:13

The Government is exploring the possibility to increase fines on illicit liquor as a measure to tackle illicit drug use in the country, Minister of...


President sends condolence message over Jayalalithaa’s death

/ Wednesday, 7 December 2016 00:12

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday expressed his condolences over the death of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, calling her a &ldqu...


CIABOC commences probe into judicial corruption

/ Wednesday, 7 December 2016 00:11

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) has commenced an inquiry against present Chief Justice K. Sripavan, fou...


Maldivian Foreign Minister meets Ravi K

/ Wednesday, 7 December 2016 00:11

A meeting between the visiting Foreign Minister of the Maldives Dr. Mohamad Azim and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake was held recently at the Mi...


AG withdraws case against Basil on misappropriation on Divi Naguma funds

/ Wednesday, 7 December 2016 00:10

The Attorney General’s department yesterday withdrew the case filed against former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and former D...


FM explores diplomatic solution to free Lankan sailors

/ Wednesday, 7 December 2016 00:10

No ransom demand was received by Sri Lankan missions in Yemen and Dubai to release nine Sri Lankan sailors held in Hudida Harbour, confirmed Deputy...


US breaks ground on new embassy in Colombo

/ Wednesday, 7 December 2016 00:09

In an important symbol of enduring friendship with Sri Lanka, US Ambassador Atul Keshap and the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (O...


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Local elections: New mixed-member method or old PR method?

9 December 2016

  I was looking forward to voting in local elections under a new mixed member system. Wearing my ratepayer hat, I was attracted to the idea of electing somebody who would be accountable to my ‘ward’ or my neighbourhood in ...


Youth underemployment: Tragedy of a generation

9 December 2016

Out of the 7.8 million employed population, 1.2 million people are estimated to be three-wheeler drivers. This is a staggering 15.4% of the working population. As a result today many sectors of the economy today are starved of critical ma...


Governance: On the bus! Or has it missed the bus?

9 December 2016

‘ISSARAHA BAHINAWAA’ – civil society’s proclivity is bow out of a crowded bus when private interests and partisan agendas win the argument over reason and responsibility; but now, more than ever perhaps, is the tim...


Researchers and elephants – we have a problem!

8 December 2016

 John Dewey said that “every great advance in science has come from a new audacity of imagination” and these acts of imagination have to come from researchers. The numbers for Sri Lanka appear to be really worrying as the critica...


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