News

Private Secretary to Haleem to appear before PSC

Views - 5 Thursday, 27 June 2019 02:16

The Private Secretary of the Minister of Postal Services and Muslim Affairs Ministry has been asked to appear before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday attacks. Fahim M. Hashim who is also the brother of the Muslim Aff


Controversial dress code circular amended

Views - 5 Thursday, 27 June 2019 02:15

By Chandani Kirinde A controversial circular that made it mandatory for women in the State sector to wear either the saree or osari to work will be amended to include appropriate attire that is “decent and upholds the respectability of the public


$ 130 m WB loan to strengthen climate resilience

Views - 6 Thursday, 27 June 2019 02:14

The World Bank has approved a $ 310 million loan to reduce and mitigate flood risks in the lower Kelani basin in Colombo and improve weather forecasting and early warning systems across Sri Lanka. The Climate Resilience Multi-Phase Programmatic Appro


CBK awarded 2019 Common Ground Award

Views - 4 Thursday, 27 June 2019 02:11

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga was awarded the 2019 Common Ground Award for her vision, courage and commitment to peace and reconciliation by Search for Common Ground recently, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement yesterday.


Litro Gas Lanka donates Rs. 5 m to fund aiding victims of Easter Sunday tragedy

Views - 169 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 02:18

Standing in solidarity with fellow Sri Lankans who had to reckon with an unprecedented tragedy on Easter Sunday this April, Litro Gas Lanka donated Rs. 5 million to the fund for the victims of the day. Representatives of Litro Gas including Muditha P


President was misled to support 19th Amendment: Dayasiri 

Views - 178 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 02:15

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SFLP) levelled fresh criticism on the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which their leader President Maithripala Sirisena mooted during his 2015 Presidential Election bid.


SLPP says will present qualified and credible presidential candidate

Views - 117 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 02:14

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday said the party was focusing on a qualified, competent and clean candidate for the next election, and called on the Government to hold polls rather than speculate on the Opposition candidate.


SL Army strengthens intelligence network with India to face IS

Views - 296 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 02:12

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has strengthened its intelligence network with India, following the latest Indian intelligence reports that warned of possible renewed attacks by the Islamic State (IS) terrorists.


Brussels welcomes Ambassador designate Grace Asirwatham

Views - 165 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 02:07

Ambassador designate of Sri Lanka to Belgium and the European Union Grace Asirwatham assumed duties at the Sri Lanka Embassy in Brussels on 17 June. She was previously State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Suspect in assassination of Lakshman Kadirgamar dies

Views - 255 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 02:06

A suspect in the assassination of former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar has died in hospital. The 62-year-old suspect, who was in remand custody since 2012, over the assassination of the former Foreign Minister has died while receiving treatmen


Sri Lankans charged over traffic in baby elephants

Views - 117 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 02:05

AFP: A senior Sri Lankan conservation official was among eight people charged yesterday in a landmark case over the capture and sale to the wealthy of dozens of baby elephants as status symbols.


Soldiers killed in Kilinochchi as Army truck collides with train

Views - 78 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 02:04

At least 5 army soldiers were killed while another 2 soldiers were wounded when an army truck collided with a train in Kilinochchi yesterday.


Sri Lanka updates HRC on measures taken to advance human rights, peace and security

Views - 76 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 02:04

The Sri Lanka delegation to the Human Rights Council (HRC) briefed the Council today on progress made in addressing human rights concerns, national security imperatives, as well as reconciliation priorities. Sri Lanka’s intervention under Agenda I


Tensions after Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka concern UNHRC Chief

Views - 60 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 02:04

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, expressing concern over the religious and ethnic tensions arose in Sri Lanka following the terrorist attacks by Muslim Jihadists on Easter Sunday, said the friction between the Government and t


Amnesty International raises fresh concerns over moves to carry out death sentence

Views - 58 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 02:02

Amnesty International yesterday raised fresh concerns over moves to carry out the death sentence on at least 13 prisoners, ending a 42-year moratorium. Calling on the President to “immediately halt his plans to resume executions for at least 13 pr


Pathfinder Director delivers lecture on Easter bombings in Leshan, China

Views - 57 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 00:00

Director of Pathfinder Foundation Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage delivered a lecture titled ‘Islamic State and International Terrorism: Easter Bombings in Sri Lanka’ at the centre for Trans-Himalaya Studies at Leshan Normal University in early


AAT to host seminar on ‘Lessons from Military Leadership’

Views - 273 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:43

The Conference and Seminars committee of the Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka (AAT Sri Lanka) is organising a seminar on ‘Lessons from Military Leadership’ on Thursday, 27 June from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the AAT Auditorium.


High Commissioner-designate to Singapore assumes duties

Views - 1130 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:42

The newly appointed High Commissioner-designate of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Singapore, Sashikala Premawardhane assumed duties at the Mission on 24 June. Her assumption of duties was marked by a simple ceremony that began with the lighting of the


CSO of IORA successfully concludes in Durban, South Africa

Views - 98 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:42

The ninth Bi-Annual Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) was held in Durban, South Africa from 19-20 June. The ninth session of the CSO chaired by Department of International Relations and Cooperation, South


British Council supports Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process by helping reduce language barriers

Views - 228 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:41

The British Council, in partnership with the National Institute for Language Education and Training (NILET), is pleased to initiate a Tamil language course for public officials with the aim of reducing language barriers in bilingual divisions. The c


Ambassador Rohan Perera pays farewell call on UN Secretary General Antònio Guterres

Views - 99 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:41

Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York Dr. Rohan Perera paid a farewell call on the UN Secretary General Antònio Guterres on 18 June, as he concludes his term as Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN. During the farew


Gunarathana Thero praises Cardinal for exemplary leadership post-Easter Sunday attacks

Views - 749 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:41

By E. Weerapperuma The incumbent Monk of the Ashwaththaraama Historical Temple at Thalgasyaaya, Akmeemana, Galle Ven. Matugama Gunarathana Thero last week heaped praise on Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith for his leadership following Sri Lanka’s worst trag


SC defers FR of IGP till 31 July

Views - 68 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:37

By S.S.Selvanayagam The Supreme Court yesterday again deferred for 31 July support for granting of Leave to Proceed in respect of the fundamental rights violation petition filed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara against send


Cabinet to discuss Govt. takeover of Sharia University in Batti

Views - 84 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:37

Cabinet is set to discuss today a note presented by the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Education and Human Resources Development recommending the Government takeover of the controversial higher education facility commonly known as ‘Sharia Universi


AG indicts three LTTE cadres for killing 26 POWs

Views - 80 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:36

The Attorney General (AG) yesterday indicted three LTTE cadres before the Vavuniya High Court for killing 26 military personnel who were Prisoners of War (POW). The men were indicted under the Prevention of Terrorism (PTA) Act for killing 18 navy per


Adequate laws exist to deal with hate speech

Views - 440 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:23

There are adequate provisions in the existing law to deal with hate speech, Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) President Kalinga Indatissa said recently. Speaking at public seminar conducted by the BASL at the BMICH, Indatissa said that if authoriti


Prime Minister vests several development projects in the public

Views - 180 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:21

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe vested several development projects that have been implemented at rural level in all sectors in the public on Saturday. Several development projects in the Moneragala District were declared open by Prime Minister R


Ravi to seek fresh Cabinet approval for quashed CEB salary scale

Views - 550 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:20

A paper seeking Cabinet sanction to pay Ceylon Electricity Board engineers’ salaries under the special salary scale which was deemed illegal by the Court of Appeal in March is set to be presented at this week’s meeting, Daily FT learns. Power, Re


Bathiudeen willing to quit if Weerawansa proves allegations

Views - 236 Saturday, 22 June 2019 00:02

Parliamentarian Rishad Bathiudeen told Parliament yesterday he will resign from his MP post and quit politics if United People›s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Wimal Weerawansa can prove allegations he has made linking Bathiudeen to a terrorist group.


Govt. and Opp. lock horns over Kariyawasam’s appointment as Parliament adviser

Views - 1506 Saturday, 22 June 2019 00:02

Government and Opposition lawmakers locked horns yesterday over the appointment of Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Washington Prasad Kariyawasam as an adviser to Parliament. The disagreement came to the fore after Leader of the House Minister Laks


Today's Columnists

Soaring heights of NPLs in banking

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Capital inadequacy, political interference, abuse of power, wasteful and unproductive expenditure, corrupt deals, circumventions of regulatory directions, unscrupulous lending operations, imposed IMF and WB conditions for reforms, and window-dressed


New Land Policy: Ideal alternate development strategy, but accompanying policies needed

Thursday, 27 June 2019

It is reported that the Government has prepared a law to grant freehold possession of farm land held under lease from the Government. This may be a revision of the Land Development Ordinance (LDO) of 1935. This article proposes to discuss the pros a


Need for an education revolution: Future of our kids and the nation is at risk – Part II

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Lessons to be learnt from the Asian educational giants A journalist of New York Times requested Hideki Shirakawa, a Nobel laureate, to describe Japanese culture. He said, “Fundamentally, Japanese culture is based on rice farming. Rice cultivation r


Country’s reconciliation with English and Moragahakanda

Thursday, 27 June 2019

When the country received independence from British, it was blessed with an efficient administration, a high standard in education, and also sound foreign exchange reserves; the country was admired by other countries. The three major and several mino


Columnists More