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President calls for support for “slow yet successful journey”

Views - 10 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:11

I wish you all a good evening. His Excellency President Miroslav Lajcak, President of the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations, Secretary-General of United Nations, His Excellency Antonio Guterres, Excellencies, honourable delegates and distin


Customs nab couple attempting to smuggle currency worth nearly Rs. 90 million

Views - 21 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:10

Customs officials have arrested a man and a woman at the Katunayake Airport Thursday while attempting to smuggle out local and foreign currency worth nearly Rs. 90 million.


PAFFREL calls for Govt.’s honesty over 20A; charges destroying democracy in the name of democracy

Views - 16 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:10

People’s Action for Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL) yesterday in a statement called for honesty from the Government with regard to the 20th Amendment.


Sri Lanka, Nepal agree to strengthening bilateral relations

Views - 4 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:09

The Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said that the commitment shown by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena for the activities of the SAARC is significant and the gratitude of all the SAARC countries must go to him in this regard. He made


P’ment to celebrate 70 years with special sitting on 3 Oct.

Views - 12 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:07

A special ceremonial parliamentary sitting will be held on 3 October at 2.30pm to mark the 70th anniversary of the first Parliament of Sri Lanka.


Korea funded Water Purification Unit in Welioya, Mullaitivu opens

Views - 12 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:01

The inauguration ceremony of a water purification unit was held in Welioya of Mullaitivu District, 19 September. This project was implemented by the LAMP; an international non-governmental organisation under the financial assistance of Korea Interna


SL Embassy in Beijing brings computer donation program to Sri Lanka funded by Hong Kong 

Views - 8 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:00

The Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing with the cooperation of the University Grant Commission in Sri Lanka donated 50 Lenovo computers to a group of university students who had shown academic performance in GCE A/L under the ‘One Laptop One Dream’ pro


Gethsie Shanmugam honoured with prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award 2017 

Views - 9 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:00

Gethsie Shanmugam was awarded this year’s prestigious Magsaysay Award at a ceremony on Thursday (31 August) in Manila for ‘Rebuilding lives from the psychosocial wounds of war and violence’.


PC delimitation to be completed in four months

Views - 153 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:10

The Government yesterday denied that elections reforms were targeted at delaying polls and emphasised it would work to hold elections as soon as possible, with efforts to complete the provincial council delimitation process in four months.


Minister Thalatha Atukorale concludes visit to Bahrain

Views - 79 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:05

Minister of Foreign Employment and Justice Thalatha Atukorale led a delegation on a visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain in her capacity as the chair of the 18-member Abu-Dhabi Dialogue (ADD).


Pathfinder Foundation in a pioneering tie-up with a leading Russian think tank

Views - 37 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

The Pathfinder Foundation (PF) has taken a pioneering initiative by entering into a collaboration agreement with the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) having its seat in Moscow, the Russian Federation


Fonseka was left behind from President’s US delegation claims Gammanpila

Views - 85 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

MP Udaya Gammanpila stated that that the claim made by Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, who stated that he was unable to attend the 72nd General Assembly of the UN as he could not obtain a Visa to travel to the Unites States, was a fabrication made to s


SLMC to boycott discussion with Harsha’s committee

Views - 83 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

The Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) has decided to boycott the discussion that will be held today (22) with the Presidential Committee headed by Deputy Minister Harsha De Silva.


Rajapaksa slams amendments to PC elections law

Views - 74 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday slammed what he termed as the indefinite postponement of provincial council elections through the latest amendment to the Provincial Council Elections Act and called on the public to oppose the move.


Interim report tabled at the Constitutional Assembly

Views - 53 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

Nearing the delivery of an election promise of the Unity Government, the Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Steering Committee (SC) Ranil Wickremesinghe tabled an interim report promising the country to present a better Constitution, which will h


CBK stresses universities to play an important role in national unity and reconciliation

Views - 155 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

The former President of Sri Lanka and the Chairperson of the Office of National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR), Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga,


New UNICEF report calls for national policies to support families with young children

Views - 44 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

A new report by the UNICEF has urged Sri Lanka and others to implement national policies to support families with young children.


Marapana makes statement on ex-Army commander Jayasuriya in P’ment

Views - 104 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

Upholding the Government pledge to protect military personnel against alleged war crimes, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Assignments Tilak Marapana yesterday confirmed to the Parliament that no firm submissions were made against former A


Garbage at Muthurajawela: SC re-fixes petition for 2 November

Views - 60 Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

The Supreme Court yesterday re-fixed support on November 2 for granting leave to proceed with the Fundamental Rights petition against the impugned steps to dump garbage in the Muthurajawela sanctuary. The Bench comprised Justices B.P.Aluvihara and Pr


Special service to mark PM’s 40 years of service

Views - 145 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:28

A special religious service was held on Tuesday to commemorate 40 years of service to the people of Sri Lanka by Ranil Wickremesinghe as a Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister and Prime Minister. The service was held at St. Mary’s Church, Lauri


Govt. to travel 3rd stage of Central Expressway with Taisei Corp

Views - 232 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:22

The Government has decided to award the contract for the third stage of the Central Expressway to the Taisei Corporation.


Pakistan’s new Prime Minister assures continued assistance to Sri Lanka

Views - 55 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:21

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi assured President Maithripala Sirisena that Pakistan would continue the assistance provided to Sri Lanka.


Court grants bail to Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Palpita

Views - 178 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:19

The Colombo High Court yesterday granted bail to the two high-profile state officials of the former Government convicted of misusing state money.


Mahendran can be compelled to testify despite foreign citizenship: Bond Commission

Views - 265 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry on the controversial bond issuance yesterday declared that despite former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran’s foreign citizenship he is indeed compellable to testify in the ongoing proceedings.


Speaker Karu Jayasuriya visits India

Views - 423 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka visited India to attend the 153rd birth anniversary commemorations of Anagarika Dharmapala, organised by the Mahabodhi Society of India.


Electricity workers end industrial action, doctors to begin 24-hour strike

Views - 73 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

electricity workers ended their strike today following government assurance to increase their salaries and the Railway Strike scheduled to begin midnight was cancelled while the state Doctors’ union, Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA


Speaker conveys SC ruling on 20th Amendment to P’ment

Views - 90 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:10

Only obtaining two-thirds majority support in the House and public approval at a referendum, followed by the endorsement of the President, can authorise the 20th Amendment Bill to the Constitution, the Supreme Court informed Parliament.


Demographic and Health Survey Report 2016 debuts

Views - 91 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

The report of the Demographic and Health Survey – 2016 conducted jointly by the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) and the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine was launched on 18 September.


LIRNEasia launches open data tool for re-demarcation of electoral divisions

Views - 84 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

LIRNEasia launched www.opendemarcations.lk, the new open data tool for re-demarcating Sri Lanka’s electoral divisions, at an interactive session held at SLIDA (Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration) on 14 September.


National Prisoners’ Day in Colombo

Views - 28 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

National Prisoners’ Day function was held in Colombo Monday (18) jointly organised by Prisoners’ Welfare Association, Prison Department and Foundation Institute


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Turkey could be an additional player in South Asian affairs

Saturday, 23 September 2017

With improvement of ties with Bangladesh after the standoff over the 1971 war crimes trials, and with the strengthening of relations with Pakistan, an economically resurgent and politically ambitious Turkey may become a factor in South Asian affairs


Media Freedom: alive and not so well… is it?

Friday, 22 September 2017

Today the only corpses in sight are those lining the bullpen – critics and social commentators who have fallen asleep at their desks, lulled by a democracy that offers peace but pre-empts justice. Oscar Wilde,


Rise of sustainable electric automobiles and the end of petrol and diesel vehicles

Friday, 22 September 2017

The past three years have been the hottest in recorded history and 2017 is already projected to be hotter than 2016! The cause for this heating up of the planet is clearly due to the excessive burning of fossil fuels.


The cry of ‘export or perish’ becoming real to Sri Lanka

Friday, 22 September 2017

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking at the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Annual Committee held in Colombo said for Sri Lanka to promote exports and investment, the Government will soon introduce several laws in


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