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71st Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi

Views - 47 Tuesday, 19 February 2019 00:00

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi organised several events to celebrate the 71st anniversary of independence. The official ceremony in the morning of 4 February commenced with the hoisting of the national flag amidst the sound of the cere


High Commission of Sri Lanka in London commemorates 71st anniversary of Independence

Views - 152 Tuesday, 19 February 2019 00:00

The 71st Anniversary of Independence was commemorated on the morning of 4 February at the Sri Lanka High Commission premises in London with a large, multi-ethnic and multicultural gathering of the Sri Lankan immigrant community. The event commenced w


HC enjoins Voice of Asia from using ‘Varnam TV’ trademark

Views - 71 Tuesday, 19 February 2019 00:00

By S.S. Selvanayagam The Colombo High Court issued an Enjoining Order against Voice of Asia Networks Ltd., preventing it from using the trademark ‘Varnam TV,’ confusing similar to the said trademark in respect of television or radio broadcasting


Radhika to speak at Walpola Rahula Institute today

Views - 51 Tuesday, 19 February 2019 00:00

Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy will speak on ‘Standing Up for Human Rights’ at the monthly forum for open dialogue at the Walpola Rahula Institute, Buddhist Avenue, Parliament Road, Kotte today (19) at 4 p.m. Her talk will focus on human rights, women


Will present new UNHRC resolution: SLPP

Views - 218 Tuesday, 19 February 2019 00:00

By Nuwan Senarathna Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris yesterday said that if the party manages to form a government in the future, they would present a resolution to the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) to counte


Displaced Jaffna Muslims hear good news after three decades

Views - 193 Tuesday, 19 February 2019 00:00

After three decades since their initial displacement, Muslim IDPs from Jaffna now scattered across the country will finally be able to resettle thanks to a timely appeal by Minister for Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons. “Muslim IDPs who


Singer Amal, Nadeemal and 16 suspects to be produced before courts on 27 Feb

Views - 966 Monday, 18 February 2019 02:16

Singer Amal Silva and 17 others in Bur Dubai custody with the notorious underworld criminal and drug dealer Makandure Madush are to be produced before the Dubai Court on 27 February, according to his lawyer Udul Premaratne. Premaratne also said that


PM says both North and South should be developed equally

Views - 172 Monday, 18 February 2019 02:14

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the North should not be a backyard of the South and his intention is to develop all areas of the country equally. He said that economic strength should be given to both the North and South. The Premier made th


Bandula cries foul over LNG plant to Chinese company

Views - 270 Monday, 18 February 2019 02:14

United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) lawmaker Bandula Gunawardena yesterday called on President Maithripala Sirisena to suspend the Cabinet paper that awarded the contract to build the Kerawalapitiya 300MW LNG plant to a Chinese company. “The


Sirisena, Mahinda at 22nd MEP Convention

Views - 169 Monday, 18 February 2019 02:12

President Maithripala Sirisena and his predecessor and current Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa were seen together at the 22nd Convention of the Mahajana Eksath Party led by MP Dinesh Gunawardena yesterday. Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Natio


Free postal service facilities for lawmakers increased

Views - 36 Monday, 18 February 2019 02:11

By Ashwin Hemmathagama The Government has increased the value of the stamps of the free postal facilities given to Members of Parliament and the Members of the Provincial Councils with effect from 16 January. Issuing Extraordinary Gazette notificati


MR claims MS and RW taking credit for his projects

Views - 215 Monday, 18 February 2019 02:11

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has criticised both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for declaring open projects which commenced during Rajapaksa’s tenure, charging he was taking credit for them. Speaking


Govt. attempting to harm free education: Bandula

Views - 139 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:10

United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) lawmaker Bandula Gunawardana this week called on President Maithripala Sirisena to suspend a Cabinet paper, presented by Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam la


International Commission of Jurists concerned by Sirisena’s resolve to resume executions

Views - 133 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:10

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has called on Sri Lanka’s President, Maithripala Sirisena, to retract his recent pronouncement that executions would resume in the country, notwithstanding a moratorium on capital punishment that has la


Hakeem meets Japanese Ambassador

Views - 112 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader and City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education Minister Rauff Hakeem met with the Japanese Ambassador in Sri Lanka Akira Sukiyama at the Higher Education Ministry on Tuesday, to discuss matters pertaining to the


Honorary Consul in Tanzania appointed

Views - 143 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Kenya Sunil de Silva handed over the Commission of Appointment to Hiran Kaushalya Hapuarachchi Sumanaweera, as the Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka to the United Republic


National Security Think Tank of Sri Lanka ranked in the Global Think Tank Index

Views - 191 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania ranked world’s leading think tanks in a variety of categories. TTCSP has documented and studied these institutions over 27 years with the


US Embassy inaugurates school construction projects

Views - 135 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

Building educational opportunities for the children of the Eastern Province, the US Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) renovated two schools in Nintavur and Soodaikkudah. Anthony Renzulli, the US Embassy’s Head of Political Affairs, presided over the


MR wants improved security for migrant workers

Views - 160 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday requested that the safety of female housemaids be improved when he met with the Kuwait parliamentary friendship group at the Opposition Leader’s Office. The three-member Kuwait parliamentary friendship


Foreign Ministry opens Consular Office in Matara

Views - 108 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

The Matara Regional Consular Office of the Foreign Ministry was declared open yesterday jointly by Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana and Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera. Several members of the Southern Provincial Coun


Radhika to speak at Walpola Rahula Institute on Tuesday

Views - 274 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy will speak on ‘Standing Up for Human Rights’ at the monthly forum for open dialogue at the Walpola Rahula Institute, Buddhist Avenue, Parliament Road, Kotte on Tuesday (19 February) at 4 p.m. Her talk will focus on human


New regulations for appointing Justice of Peace

Views - 115 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

Justice and Prison Reforms Minister Thalatha Athukorala said new regulations will be introduced to appoint Justices of Peace according to administrative districts, to improve the impartiality of the post. “It is obvious that certain people who are


Policies matter over politician: Basil

Views - 188 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) National Organiser Basil Rajapaksa yesterday said the party would focus on formulating and giving popularity to their policies as they believe policies would attract voters more than a candidate. Rajapaksa expressed


Special Adviser to Japan PM in town

Views - 152 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Kentaro Sonoura, MP and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Japan, will visit Sri Lanka from 15 to 16 February and will hold meetings with the leaders of the Government of Sri Lanka to further promote the cooperation between the two countries, i


UPFA still hopeful of common candidate

Views - 410 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) still has not ruled out the possibility of a common candidate for the Presidential Election, despite Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) National Organiser Basil Rajapaksa’s earlier statement that the Party


Feasibility before tabs: Thilanga

Views - 366 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) lawmaker Thilanga Sumathipala yesterday called on the Government to commence a pilot project to assess the practicality of providing tablet PCs for Advanced Level students. The proposal, which has been in the


CA overrules Preliminary Objections on C.V. contempt of court charges

Views - 182 Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:34

The Court of Appeal yesterday overruled the Preliminary Objection raised on the Contempt of Court allegation against former Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran. Justice Janak De Silva, with Justice Kumudini Wickramasinghe concurring, ma


Pakistan President confers military honour upon Sri Lanka’s Chief of Defence Staff

Views - 249 Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:32

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s President Dr. Arif Alvi Wednesday conferred Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military) upon Chief of Defence Staff of Sri Lankan Armed Forces Admiral Ravindra Chandrasiri Wijegunaratne in a special investiture ceremony held here at the Aiwan-


MR backs unemployed graduates

Views - 231 Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:31

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday condemned the use of tear gas and water cannons on a protest carried out by a group of unemployed graduates at Fort and called on the Government to commence discussions to find solutions to address their


OHCHR meets Sagala, discusses UNHRC report on SL to March session

Views - 165 Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:29

A high-profile delegation from the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday held a meeting with Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka on a wide range of matters including Sri Lanka’s progress on U


Today's Columnists

Discipline and the devil’s disciples

Monday, 18 February 2019

That coach who repeatedly slapped a boy under his care has generated a storm of controversy on social media. On one side are aunties, bleeding hearts, civil rights champions et al who are outraged or at the very least shocked or surprised. On the oth


SL growth profile: Arrest moving down the staircase immediately to avoid hard landing on the floor

Monday, 18 February 2019

Strong message in the Sri Lanka Development Update 2019 Sri Lanka Development Update for 2019 was released by the World Bank last week. This document contains a review by the bank’s residential staff of the present state of the country’s economy


Prudential banking and saga of MTD Walkers

Monday, 18 February 2019

The matters referred to in the article under this title published in the Daily FT (15 February) are spotlighted in more detail under this scrutiny. While the general attention of the public remains more focused on recently arrested underworld kingpin


Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s empty rant

Monday, 18 February 2019

Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe (WR) has joined President Sirisena’s reckless verbal onslaught on the Constitutional Council (CC) that was set up by the 19th Amendment (Daily Mirror 15 February). I use “verbal onslaught” intentionally since, as


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