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AG informs court Govt. to review MCC, SOFA and ACSA

Views - 40 Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:01

Attorney General yesterday informed the Supreme Court that the new Government has decided to revisit and review the impugned three proposed agreements with the US. The petition challenging the signing of agreements on MCC (Millennium Challenge Corpor


SC refuses Leave to Proceed on FR petition by ex-Vice Chancellor against ex-Minister

Views - 90 Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:00

The Supreme Court refused to grant Leave to Proceed to the Fundamental Rights petition filed by former Sabaragamuwa University Vice Chancellor Prof. Chandana Premakumara against the erstwhile Higher Education Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe. The B


North-Western Province Governor steps up security

Views - 80 Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:00

North-Western Province Governor A.J.M. Muzammil this week inspected a site near the tourism centre located in Badagamuwa, Kurunegala Road, with regard to a suitable place to install a scan machine, under the North-Western Province development projec


Swiss Embassy official ordered to undergo psychiatric examination, travel ban extended

Views - 116 Friday, 13 December 2019 02:45

The Colombo Magistrate’s Court yesterday extended until 17 December the overseas travel ban imposed on the Swiss Embassy officer at the centre of the controversy regarding an alleged abduction, and ordered her to undergo a psychiatric examination y


‘Shilpa Diriya’ scholarship program launched for child victims of Easter Sunday attacks

Views - 120 Friday, 13 December 2019 02:39

The tragic events of Easter Sunday created one of the most challenging times Sri Lanka has faced. Despite the tragedy, the eagerness demonstrated by Sri Lankan donors overseas to help those most in need and give them the necessary strength to overcom


100,000 low-skilled youth to be recruited to task force

Views - 46 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

The Cabinet yesterday approved the establishment of a Multi-Purpose Development Task Force, with the aim of recruiting 100,000 low income youth who will be directed to fill many unskilled employment opportunities in Government and affiliated institut


CC approves President’s nominee to CA

Views - 103 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

The Constitutional Council yesterday unanimously approved the nomination made by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in terms of Articles 107 (1) and 41A (1) of the Constitution to appoint High Court judge M.D. S. Abeyratne as Judge of the Court of Appeal.


Congratulations to President of Sri Lanka from European Parliament Friends

Views - 71 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

On behalf of The Friends of Sri Lanka in the European Parliament, its Chairman Geoffrey Van Orden CBE, yesterday in a statement congratulated President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. His statement said: “We have sent our warmest congratulations to the Honoura


Foreign Minister calls for concrete action on SAARC intra-regional trade

Views - 75 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena requested SAARC member countries to take concrete action to improve intra-trade in the region without compromising security concerns. He made this remark at an event to commemorate the 35th SAARC Charter Day at th


SOS Children’s Villages SL recognised for ‘Best Social Service’ at Janabhimani Honorary Awards

Views - 87 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka was feted for providing the ‘Best Social Service’ at the Janabhimani Honorary Awards 2019, organised by the All Ceylon Independent Media Organization and International Multi Publishers, at the BMICH on 29 Novem


The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) opened its fifth annual Trade Fair at the World

Views - 128 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) opened its fifth annual Trade Fair at the World Trade Center yesterday. The fair, which lasts until tomorrow, gives customers the opportunity to purchase products from the Board of Investment at concessionar


Plan International ends operations in Sri Lanka

Views - 339 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

Plan International said in a statement it is ceasing its operations in Sri Lanka after nearly four decades of implementing development programs in the country and supporting hundreds of thousands of children. The organisation’s exit is based on th


UNP Committee proposes Sajith as next leader

Views - 3998 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

The United National Party’s (UNP) leadership battle took a fresh turn yesterday, with the Committee members tasked with deciding the UNP’s future saying that their recommendation was to appoint MP Sajith Premadasa as the next Party Leader, and ca


CID to launch fresh probe on Dr. Shafi allegations

Views - 110 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday informed the Kegalle Magistrate’s Court that it will launch a new investigation with a fresh group of detectives into the charges made against Dr. Shafi Shihabdeen. Dr. Shihabdeen was present i


BASL issues statement on reference made in respect of Judiciary and Members of the Bar

Views - 159 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

The attention of the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka has been invited to several media reports that have been given much publicity through the electronic and print media, where references have been made to concluded and pendin


Peace Expo and Colombo Food Fest this weekend

Views - 233 Thursday, 12 December 2019 03:02

Peace Expo and Colombo Food Fest 2019 will be held on 14-15 December at Independence Square, Colombo. Peace Expo 2019 is a unique two-day event, launched in 2016, as part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Action Campaign activities. The event i


Japanese Foreign Minister in town

Views - 118 Thursday, 12 December 2019 03:01

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Motegi Toshimitsu is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka from 12-14 December with a view to further strengthening the bilateral relationship between Japan and Sri Lanka with the new Government of Sri Lanka. Motegi will


CPA condemns aftermath, reportage on alleged abduction of Swiss Embassy employee

Views - 906 Thursday, 12 December 2019 03:01

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) in a statement said it is deeply concerned with recent events in the aftermath of the incident in which an employee of the Embassy of Switzerland in Sri Lanka was allegedly abducted, sexually harassed, and que


Five suspects arrested for attack on Aluthgama journalist remanded until 20 Dec.

Views - 174 Thursday, 12 December 2019 03:01

The five suspects arrested in connection with the attack on Aluthgama journalist Thusitha Kumara de Silva and his wife Anusha Kumari have been remanded until 20 December when they were produced in the Kalutara Magistrate’s Court. The journalist and


Two remanded for assaulting group of journalists

Views - 128 Thursday, 12 December 2019 03:00

The Mahara Acting Magistrate Wasantha Ramanayake yesterday remanded two suspects arrested for assaulting a group of journalists who were covering an incident in Kadawatha. The magistrate remanded the suspects identified as MV Hashan Tharuka and Vajir


Sri Lanka at Mine Ban Convention in Oslo

Views - 197 Wednesday, 11 December 2019 01:13

The Fourth Review Conference of the States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention was held in Oslo from 25-29 November.


SAARC Development Fund celebrates SAARC Charter Day

Views - 118 Wednesday, 11 December 2019 01:12

The SAARC Development Fund (SDF) celebrated the 35th SAARC Charter Day on 8 December. The SAARC Charter establishing South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)....


Emerging markets guru Mobius on ‘In Black and  White with Milinda’

Views - 288 Wednesday, 11 December 2019 01:11

Pioneering emerging markets visionary, author and founder of Mobius Capital Partners Mark Mobius will be the guest on this Sunday’s ‘In Black and White with Milinda Moragoda’.


Muzzamil assumes duties as North Western Province Governor

Views - 254 Wednesday, 11 December 2019 01:08

A.J.M. Muzzamil on Saturday assumed duties as the 12th Governor of the North Western Province. He said it was indeed an honour to serve the people once again. He thanked President Gotabaya Rajapaksa....


Royal Park convict had left country prior to travel ban Court order, SC informed

Views - 2118 Wednesday, 11 December 2019 01:07

The convict in the Royal Park murder case, Jude Shramantha Jayamaha, who received a presidential pardon, had left the country before a Court order prohibiting him for travelling overseas, the Supreme Court was informed yesterday.


New committee to chart the UNP’s Gen. Election fortunes

Views - 993 Wednesday, 11 December 2019 00:51

The United National Party yesterday said that a committee appointed by Party Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe will decide how to face the upcoming General Election and urged all party members to unite to move forward.


UN human rights petition filed for author Shakthika Sathkumara

Views - 208 Wednesday, 11 December 2019 00:50

Freedom Now and Proskauer Rose LLP have filed a petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of Sri Lankan author Shakthika Sathkumara on Wednesday.


Dr. Saman Weerasinghe elected Kelaniya Rajamaha Temple ‘Dayaka Sabha’ Chairman

Views - 104 Wednesday, 11 December 2019 00:44

Dr. Saman Weerasinghe has been elected as the Chairman of the ‘Dayaka Sabha’ – board of lay trustees – of the Kelaniya Rajamaha Temple.


Swiss Embassy employee records statement for third day

Views - 141 Wednesday, 11 December 2019 00:43

The CID recorded a statement from the Swiss Embassy employee who claims she was allegedly detained and threated by a group of unidentified persons for the third day yesterday.


SL Ambassador delivers special lecture at elite Korea Institute for International Economic Policy

Views - 159 Tuesday, 10 December 2019 00:00

The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Korea, Dr. A. Saj U. Mendis, addressed the prestigious and elite Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, popularly known as KIEP, recently. He delivered a Special Lecture/Speech to the Facult


Today's Columnists

Roots of the crisis

Saturday, 14 December 2019

The candidates who had genuinely contested the Presidential Election had elaborate and attractive election manifestos. But none of them had a pragmatic program to address the basic question of how to overcome the extensive crisis Sri Lanka is facing.


What price reforms now that progress rules?

Friday, 13 December 2019

It was a famous victory. A shadow of a doubt persists after an election commission member spoke up recently, after the event, about an alleged irregularity somewhere in the voting system works. But this would be churlish, buffoonish and academic to t


Assessment of fitness and propriety of directors and officers

Friday, 13 December 2019

In the early ’80s, a businessman turned financier from the hill capital started a public deposit canvassing drive by offering 20% interest per month. The depositors were offered on the spot payment of 20% as interest for the first month for their d


How to select top officials to public corporations

Friday, 13 December 2019

It is commendable that the President wants to select suitable decision-makers to public corporations without them being mere and ad hoc political appointments. However, the process thus far seems somewhat weak. Various people are complaining about th


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