Foreign courts not permitted to try Lankan soldiers for war crimes: AG

Views - 29 Monday, 25 June 2018 00:00

The Attorney General, summing up a Bill entitled ‘Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Amendment)’, submitted that the Sri Lanka Government would not permit any Sri Lankan soldiers to be tried for war crimes in foreign jurisdiction.

Seeking balance!

Views - 45 Monday, 25 June 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday appeared to be in a contemplative mood as he performed yoga exercises at Independence Square to mark the fourth International Day of Yoga. The event was organised by the Indian High Commission and the Swami

Pakistan reaches out to uplift Sri Lankan youth through scholarships

Views - 60 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:56

In order to enhance the younger generation’s capacity-building for better educational opportunities, the Government of Pakistan, through its High Commission, awarded scholarships to 308 Sri Lankan students under the prestigious Jinnah Scholarships

Kilinochchi Magistrate’s Court orders arrest of leopard-killers

Views - 1194 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:18

The Kilinochchi Magistrate’s Court yesterday ordered to arrest the individuals involved in the slaughtering of a leopard which attacked villagers. “Kilinochchi Police had fi

Government bans 14 persons from entering Sri Lanka due to LTTE links

Views - 240 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:10

Fourteen individuals with links to the LTTE have been barred from entering the country by the Government. Issuing an extraordinary gazette

Bilateral political consultations between Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea held in Colombo

Views - 38 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:00

The Second Round of Bilateral Political Consultations between Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea at the Foreign Affairs Ministries level took place in Colombo on 7 June. The Sri Lanka delegation was led by Foreign Affairs Ministry Secretary Prasad K

Worldwide campaigns by global citizens to spread culture of peace and enact int’l law for peace

Views - 23 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:00

Global conflicts from terror and disputes pervade media coverage, and the international society is throwing back the question of ‘peace’. Citizens around the world, watching the disputes arising from religious intolerance or power struggle

Pakistan HC hosts Eid Milan reception

Views - 35 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:00

The High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, hosted an Eid Milan reception on 17 June at Galadari Hotel. It was attended by Sri Lankan and Pakistani diaspora along with members and High Commission officials.

Sri Lankan community in Bahrain unveils pinnacle of first-ever stupa/pagoda

Views - 65 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:00

The first ever Buddhist temple in the Kingdom of Bahrain was established in 2008 in the city of Riffa by the Sri Lankan community under the stewardship and leadership of Sumith Gunasekara. This humble Buddhist templ

Police officer killed in jewellery store heist, alleged mastermind arrested

Views - 82 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:00

One of the three Policemen who were injured during a shootout with a group of robbers who attempted to break into a jewellery store in Matara has died. During the attempted robbery thi

Sri Lankan handicrafts, spices and tea featured at the United Nations International Bazaar

Views - 110 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:00

The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York actively participated in the annual UN International Bazaar held on 18 June at the United Nations Headquarters. The UN premises was a hive of activity as the New York community gat

UNP rejects alleged plans to fund ex-LTTEers

Views - 202 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:10

The United National Party (UNP) yesterday sought to dismiss allegations made by MP Wimal Weerawansa that the

Debate on Provincial Council election on 6 July

Views - 101 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:00

A difference of opinions arose on the method of conducting the next Provincial Council (PC) elections during yesterday’s

COPA failed from inception: Chairman

Views - 78 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:00

The Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) had failed to provide a satisfactory service since its establishment in 1978

Facebook partners ICTA to empower SMEs in Sri Lanka with digital toolkit

Views - 166 Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:00

Continuing with its recently-announced partnership with the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka to train local entrepreneurs in digital marketing skills, Facebook is bringing its globally renowned ‘Boost Your Busines

CA orders to transfer ex-Minister Mahindananda’s case to another HC

Views - 122 Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:00

By S. S. Selvanayagam The Court of Appeal yesterday issued order to transfer the case against former Sports Minister and Parliamentarian, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, to another High Court of competent jurisdiction. The Bench comprised Justices Kumuduni

JVP compares Dr. Neville Fernando to Arjun Aloysius

Views - 216 Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:00

By Skandha Gunasekara The JVP in Parliament yesterday charged that there was no difference from the actions of Perpetual Treasuries Chief Arjun Aloysius and that of the owner of SAITM, Dr. Neville Fernando, as they had both hoodwinked individuals. JV

SL committed to HR despite US exit: Rajitha

Views - 104 Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:00

By Chathuri Dissanayake Sri Lanka will continue to work towards implementing human rights, despite the withdrawal of the United States from the Human Rights’ Council, Cabinet Co-Spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday. The US, which co-spons

UNP says good governance is a slow process

Views - 185 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:10

The UNP yesterday sought to defend the slow economic and political progress in the country, claiming that good governance

MP Buddhika Pathirana sworn in as Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce

Views - 91 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

Matara District MP Buddhika Pathirana was sworn in as Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce before President Maithripala

Gota’s CA application deferred to 2 & 4 July

Views - 114 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

The Court of Appeal yesterday deferred for support the revision application filed by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to 2 and 4 July at 1.30 p.m.

Norwegian Foreign Affairs State Minister here today

Views - 138 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

Norwegian Foreign Affairs State Minister Jens Frølich Holte will arrive in Sri Lanka today.

Speaker informs P’ment bond report to be released after AG approval

Views - 89 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 00:00

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday told Parliament that President Secretary Austin Fernando had stated in a letter that

State institute losses exceed Rs. 50 b in 2017: Speaker

Views - 153 Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

By Skandha Gunasekara Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday stated that state institutions had incurred losses exceeding Rs 50 billion in 2017. The Speaker made this disclosure while addressing a media workshop on the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA)

Going postal

Views - 113 Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

A large number of postal employees urging the authorities to solve their issues blocked the road near the Presidential Secretariat yesterday - Pic by Shehan Gunasekara

Outgoing HR chief commends Sri Lanka in his final global update

Views - 244 Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

The United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein yesterday praised Sri Lanka in his last global update to the UN Human Rights Council. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein commended Sri Lanka for allowing at least five visits by

SC directs AG to elaborate reasons for exempting Ranjan from contempt of court charge

Views - 203 Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:00

By S. S. Selvanayagam The Supreme Court yesterday directed the Attorney General to furnish draft Rule for Contempt on 30 July against Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake to show cause as to why he should not be charged, in respect of two petitions comp

SC orders CTC to pay costs  to wife of deceased smoker

Views - 369 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:10

The Supreme Court last Thursday (14) in a landmark judgment issued an order to the Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) to pay a sum of Rs. 400,000 as costs within one month to the wife of a deceased smoker for delaying the trial for more than 12 years, thro

Over 700 less fortunate women to be awarded IDM scholarships

Views - 31 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

IDM Nations Campus signed an MOU with World University Services of Canada to conduct EPlus exams for women who are expecting to receive a qualified certification to move upfront in their career.

Chanaka Goonewardene… of love’s labour lost

Views - 4317 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

It’s almost a year to date, since we realised something serious was going wrong with our dear friend Chanaka.

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Crisis-ridden Sri Lanka economy: Time for economics to prevail on politics

Monday, 25 June 2018

Sri Lanka’s official statistics bureau, Department of Census and Statistics or DCS, has released the country’s 2018 first quarter provisional economic growth data in its website (available at:

In defence of State banks – The Basel III phobia is the sword of Damocles over their heads!

Monday, 25 June 2018

Time and again over the last year, and more recently in fact, the sceptre of Basel III has raised its head in the print and electronic media.

Great ‘Gamperaliya’: A great novel made into a great film by a great director

Saturday, 23 June 2018

‘Gamperaliya’ (Changes in the Village/Changement au Village) was the third feature film made by ace director Lester James Peries. It was released on 20 December 1963.The film was based on the famous novel of the same name written by the doyen of

Thushani takes Todos to new heights

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Thushani Rodrigo has always amazed me. From the very first day I met her, I have been in awe of her strength, courage and grace and constantly impressed by her creativity. The discipline and commitment she brings to her work, her farsightedness and h

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