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Joint statement by Bishops of Colombo and Kurunegala of Church of Ceylon

Views - 236 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:16

Bishop of Colombo Rt. Revd. Dhiloraj Canagasabey and Bishop of Kurunegala Rt. Revd. Keerthisiri Fernando yesterday issued the following joint statement. We are terribly shocked and deeply saddened by the barbarous acts of violence brought on innocen


Pope condemns bombings in Sri Lanka in Easter Sunday address

Views - 38 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:02

VATICAN CITY (Reuters): Pope Francis, in his Easter Sunday address, condemned as “such cruel violence” the bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 100 people and were timed to coincide with the most important day in the Christian liturgical c


Modi condemns Sri Lanka attacks, says he can defeat the ‘terrorists’

Views - 89 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:01

New Delhi (Reuters): After condemning the series of deadly bomb attacks on Sri Lankan churches and luxury hotels on Sunday that killed more than 200 people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told voters that they needed to elect him to a second term as on


UN Secretary General outraged over terror attacks in SL

Views - 37 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:01

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his outrage at the terrorist attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday and hoped the perpetrators will be swiftly brought to justice. The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condo


Tourism and Christian Affairs Minister condemns attacks

Views - 18 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunga yesterday condemned the terror attacks in Colombo and outside as barbaric acts and assured that the Government was taking necessary action to ensure security. Following is


Kiriella says support Tri-forces to maintain law and order

Views - 20 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

Leader of the House and Public Enterprise, Kandyan Heritage and Kandy Development Minister Lakshman Kiriella has requested the public to extend their support to the Tri-forces in order to maintain law and order, due to the situation that has arisen i


Business as usual at BIA but security beefed up

Views - 110 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd Vice Chairman Priyantha Kariyapperuma yesterday confirmed that the operations at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) were functioning smoothly, as many travellers had adhered to the instruction


SLMC condemns terror attacks

Views - 98 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) yesterday issued the following statement condemning the multiple terror attacks in Colombo and outside. The cowardly and barbaric attacks carried out on the unsuspecting innocent civilians most of whom had gather


CBK condemns terror attacks, urges unity

Views - 52 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga who is now Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) Chair issued the following statement. I join all peace loving Sri Lankans to condemn unreservedly the dastardly acts of violence that


Sri Lanka improves in press freedom, climbing five notches in global index

Views - 39 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka has showed significant improvement in press freedom this year, ranking 5 notches higher than last year in the World Press Freedom Index 2019. The annual World Press Freedom Index for 2019, compiled by Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (


Dubai court to decide on deporting Makandure Madush to Sri Lanka on 2 May

Views - 59 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

The Dubai court said that a judgment on whether to deport notorious Sri Lankan underworld leader Makandure Madush to Sri Lanka will be given on 2 May. The Dubai court yesterday considered an appeal filed by Makandure Madush, who was under custody in


President appoints 21 new President’s Counsel

Views - 346 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed 21 eminent lawyers as President’s Counsel. They will take oath of office following a ceremonial sitting at Supreme Court shortly. Thereafter, the appointees would be considered as President’s Counsel a


Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan to visit China next week, sign new pacts

Views - 163 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

Islamabad (Reuters): Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit China next week to meet its leaders and deliver a keynote speech at the vast Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, the South Asian nation’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday, as economi


US and Sri Lankan film professionals identify ways to expand movie industry

Views - 108 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

US experts joined four Sri Lankan film professionals in a panel discussion about how effective film distribution benefits Sri Lanka’s movie industry, artists, and audiences on 30 March at Hatch, a workplace for entrepreneurs. Speaking at the event


Pakistan NDU delegation meets Defence Ministry Secretary

Views - 53 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

A delegation from the Pakistan National Defence University, led by Air Commodore Mustafa Anwar met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Hemasiri Fernando at the Ministry on Wednesday. The Secretary had cordial discussions with the delegation duri


Expressways earn Rs. 320 m during New Year season

Views - 214 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

The Road Development Authority stated that Sri Lankan expressways generated an income of Rs. 320 million during the past 12 days. Expressway Operations Maintenance and Management Division Director S. Opanayake pointed out that this year’s earnings


Ceylon Chamber of Commerce facilitates ‘Chambers for Peace’ initiative

Views - 128 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

With a view to preparing private sector partners for a possible role in initiating peace dialogues through the business community, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) initiated a program on mediation techniques and skills for ethnic conflict resolut


US Ambassador inaugurates school construction projects

Views - 135 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz today inaugurated two renovated schools in the Eastern Province that will be able to serve approximately 1300 students thanks to the renovation, an increase of more than 850. The US-funded renovations of


Colombo Municipal Council oil anointing ceremony

Views - 64 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

Colombo Municipal Council Ayurveda Department had organised an oil anointing ceremony at the Walukarama Viharaya, Kollupitiya, Colombo. It was held under the patronage of Walukarma Vihara Viharadipathi Ven. Maharagama Nanda Thero and Gothamivihara Vi


Turkish World Radio and TIKA train Lankan journalists

Views - 43 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

By Ashraff A. Samad Sixteen journalists working in various media institutions in the field of electronic media attended a training and workshop in Turkey, sponsored by Turkish TIKA, INGO office in Colombo. The Turkish Government organised the 10-day


SEP and IYSSE in Sri Lanka rally to defend Assange and Manning

Views - 139 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

WSWS: The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) this week held a powerful demonstration and rally in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, to demand the release of Julian Assange and Chelsea Ma


Mangala shares Sri Lanka’s experience in inclusive growth

Views - 26 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera is representing Sri Lanka at the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development (FfD), convened by ECOSOC President Inga Rhonda King, at the latter’s invitation. Participating in


Eran leads Sri Lankan delegation for IMF Spring Meetings in Washington DC  

Views - 30 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne led the Sri Lankan delegation for IMF Spring Meetings in Washington DC from 8-13 April, accompanied by Secretary to the Treasury Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga, Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy and


Janaprith Fernando meets Bangladesh President

Views - 72 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

The President of People’s Republic of Bangladesh Mohammad Abdul Hamid declared open the 10th Bangladesh Scouts and 3rd SAANSO (South Asia Association of National Scout Organizations) Jamboree in Mouchak, Bangladesh. Janaprith Fernando Member World


More expats sponsor Army projects in Jaffna

Views - 230 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

Expatriates in increasing numbers continue to support the Army in its community projects for low-income group families in the Jaffna peninsula. Expats support the Army’s projects in constructing new houses and sanitary facilities, donation of house


25 Sri Lankan refugee families to return to motherland from South India

Views - 99 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

Twenty-five families who went to South India as refugees during the conflict era are to return to Sri Lanka on 23 April under the voluntary repatriation scheme facilitated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). 48 members belo


Pakistan donates goods to Ragama Adolescent and Adult Thalassemia Care Centre

Views - 55 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

It is high time for the scholars and educationists to play their role in creating awareness about thalassemia among citizens and convince them to donate blood which is the only life line and ray of hope for the survival of patients suffering from thi


Sri Lanka co-hosts official reception for 8th ECOSOC Youth Forum at the UN

Views - 65 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York, together with the Permanent Mission of Portugal to the United Nations, co-hosted the official Reception on the occasion of the 8th Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum


Saudi Arabia to provide 187.5 m riyal for fully equipped medical faculty at Sabaragamuwa University

Views - 441 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

The Saudi Arabian government has agreed to provide a concessional loan of 187.5 million Saudi Riyal (SAR) for a project to establish a fully equipped Faculty of Medicine in the Sabaragamuwa University at Ratnapura. This project is to be launched with


Sri Lanka’s first satellite to be launched today

Views - 1245 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s first satellite ‘Raavana 1’ will be launched into space at 2.16 am today, marking Sri Lanka’s entry into the global space age. The BIRDS-3 satellites from Japan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka were taken to the International Space Station (


Today's Columnists

Poignant pondering on a patriarch

Monday, 22 April 2019

Almost five months have gone. It is with a profound sense of sadness that we experienced the demise of our veteran teacher, respected author, legal luminary, an accomplished ambassador, an eminent public servant and an amazing human being, Dr. Wickre


Enemies of democracy – Part I Demand for a strongman to rule the country

Monday, 22 April 2019

I posed the following question to a group of university students recently: ‘Do you desire to have a strongman to rule Sri Lanka today?’ The students, made up of both genders in the age group of 25 to 35, chorused the answer in the affirmative. Wh


The sad demise of Jet Airways

Monday, 22 April 2019

Jet Airways of India, once the premier full-service carrier of the sub-continent, has ceased operations. “Jet Airways and its Board of Directors have been forced to take this extreme measure, as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and auth


No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch


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