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Parliament to approve payment of salaries and allowances to Reparations Office members

Views - 92 Monday, 16 September 2019 01:55

By Chandani Kirinde  The Government will move a resolution in Parliament shortly to get approval for the payment of salaries and allowances to the members of the Office for Reparations with retrospective effect from 1 April. The members to the Offic


Ranil says country cannot be developed with dictatorship

Views - 238 Monday, 16 September 2019 01:55

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday a country cannot not be developed with a dictatorship and to develop the country everybody must work with commitment and dedication. Speaking at an event held in Temple Trees to hand over permanent a


People should reject leaders who override legal, judicial system: Colombo YMBA General Secretary

Views - 249 Monday, 16 September 2019 01:49

The Colombo YMBA held a presentation and a discussion on the current situation in the country and the way forward, targeting the business community, recently at the BMICH which was attended by business leaders representing all communities. Javeed Yus


WP Governor opens Rs. 90 m worth 3-storied building

Views - 68 Monday, 16 September 2019 01:47

Students should give priority to their respective religious and cultural values during their school career, urged Western Province Governor A.J.M. Muzammil. The Governor was speaking to students and parents at the handing over of the three-storied bu


Round Table and Ladies Circle Sri Lanka raise over Rs. 10 m globally for Easter Sunday attack victims

Views - 194 Monday, 16 September 2019 01:45

Round Table which is networked across the world with over 35,000 members is a non-political, non-sectarian association open to young men between the ages of 18 and 40 from any profession or trade, together with Ladies Circle Sri Lanka has raised over


New Chief of UNHCR Mission in Delhi calls on High Commissioner of Sri Lanka

Views - 51 Friday, 13 September 2019 00:00

New Chief of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Mission in New Delhi Oscar Mundia paid a courtesy call on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India Austin Fernando on 6 September. Mundia assumed office as the UNHCR Chief of Mission in India


Ambassador Jayatilleka inaugurates lecture series at Russian Military Academy of General Staff

Views - 312 Friday, 13 September 2019 00:00

On 4 September, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka visited the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Russia’s highest m


Those not versed in democracy think UNP is in crisis: Sajith

Views - 176 Friday, 13 September 2019 00:00

UNP Deputy Leader and Minister Sajith Premadasa says that although some internal crisis are seen inside the UNP to those who are not well-versed in democracy, it is really the party exercising true democracy. Asserting that the freedom to have diffe


Speaker Karu Jayasuriya requests more employment opportunities from Saudi Arabia

Views - 168 Friday, 13 September 2019 00:00

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya requested more employment opportunities in skilled and professional categories from the Government of Saudi Arabia while extending sincere appreciation for the employment opportunities for Sri Lankans that have been provided u


Sri Lanka appoints Ranjith Priyalal de Silva as new Honorary Consul in Botswana

Views - 110 Friday, 13 September 2019 00:00

The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Pretoria, Kumar Mallimaratchi presented the Commission of Appointment to the newly-appointed Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in Botswana, Ranjith Priyalal de Silva on 26 August at a meeting held in the High Commiss


Rs. 1.6 b Japanese grant for security equipment

Views - 133 Friday, 13 September 2019 00:00

The Government yesterday accepted a Rs. 1.6 billion grant from the Japanese Government to purchase equipment for the Police and Airport and Aviation Services to improve counterterrorism activities in the wake of the Easter attacks. The public securi


PM says Government assured equal right to education

Views - 65 Friday, 13 September 2019 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday the incumbent has worked its best to improve the education system in the country to assure the equal right to education. Speaking at an event held at Erukkalampiddy Muslim Madhya Maha Vidyalaya in M


HC dismisses Welgama’s revision application

Views - 636 Friday, 13 September 2019 00:00

By T. Farook Thajudeen The Colombo High Court (HC) yesterday dismissed the revision application of former UPFA Parliamentarian and former Transport Minister Kumar Welgama. Former MP Kumara Welgama made this revision application in the Colombo HC agai


Flower bud only for Presidential Election: SLPP

Views - 669 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:51

By Nuwan Senarathna Presenting a new twist to the ongoing tug-of-war between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) on which symbol their proposed coalition would contest under, Opposition MP Susil Premajayantha


SL Rep. to UNHRC says Army Chief appointment a sovereign decision by Head of State

Views - 575 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:50

Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador A.L.A Azeez yesterday reiterated that the recent appointment of the Army Commander is a sovereign decision taken by the Head of State and “external attempts to influence decision


SC to hear petition against pardoning Gnanasara on 5 Dec.

Views - 390 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:48

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered to hear two petitions filed against the President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to pardon and release Bodu Bala Sena Organisation General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero on 5 December. The Presi


Indictments filed against four in Rathupaswala shooting incident

Views - 81 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:47

The Attorney General yesterday filed indictments in the Rathupaswala case at the Gampaha High Court. The case against the four accused in the case will be heard before High Court Judges Menaka Wijesundera (President), Nimal Ranaweera and Nishantha Ha


New train to Polonnaruwa under Indian funding flagged off

Views - 210 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:42

President Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga and High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu jointly flagged off a new train, the Pulathisi Express, from Fort Station in Colombo to Polonn


Dr. Saj Mendis presents open copy of credentials to Korean Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Views - 76 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:39

Ambassador-designate of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Korea Dr. A. Saj U. Mendis presented the Open Copy of his Letter of Credence to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is in-charge of Protocol Affairs at the Ministry, Lim Ki-mo, before the forma


Prime Minister of Bahrain affirms strengthening cooperation with Sri Lanka

Views - 106 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:38

Welcoming the newly appointed Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Bahrain Pradeepa Saram at Riffa Palace, Manama, Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa affirmed Bahrain’s interest in strengthening cooperation and friendship with Sri Lanka and


Senior journalist Clifford Hieler no more

Views - 77 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

Senior journalist and editorial consultant at the Sunday Island Peter Clifford Hieler passed away yesterday after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of the late Bernie Hieler, precious father of Mario Hieler, and father-in-law of Merina Kus


Survey by ex-Peradeniya academic finds Karu has slight edge in presidential polls

Views - 1401 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

An island-wide opinion survey conducted by a former Peradeniya University Professor has given Speaker Karu Jayasuriya a slight edge over UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa, the retired sociologist told a news conference yesterday.  Senior Fulbright


‘Vipathmaga’ blueprint to build castles in the air: Mangala

Views - 571 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday in a statement said that SLPP’s presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ‘economic blueprint’, unveiled on Sunday, was meant to build castles in the air. Following is Samaraweera’s statemen


Sajith promises prosperity for all under his leadership

Views - 142 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

By Nisthar Cassim UNP presidential candidate hopeful Minister Sajith Premadasa yesterday promised a truly prosperous nation to all people, as opposed to enriching a select few as rulers to date have done in Sri Lanka. Delivering the 22nd M.A. Bakeer


AG files indictment against 13 in Avant-Garde high seas arms trafficking case

Views - 82 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

The Attorney General’s Department yesterday filed indictment in the Avant-Garde High Seas Arms Trafficking case before a Trial-At-Bar against 13 persons including Avant-Garde Maritime Services Ltd.


SLFP backs neutral symbol for coalition with SLPP

Views - 591 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

By Nuwan Senarathna The war of words over which symbol is to be used to represent the coalition between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) continued yesterday, with the former backing a neutral symbol, warn


SLPP refuses to budge on symbol

Views - 165 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

The simmering debate on the symbol for the proposed coalition between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) continued yesterday, with Opposition MP Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena saying they will not change their sta


TISL files failure to submit asset declaration complaint against eight Cabinet Ministers

Views - 202 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) yesterday filed a complaint with the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC), citing information obtained through the Right to Information Act, which shows that eight members


Pakistan claims at UN HR forum ‘genocide’ in Kashmir, sees no talks with India

Views - 70 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

Geneva (Reuters): Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told the top United Nations human rights forum on Tuesday that India’s “illegal military occupation” of the Muslim-majority territory of Kashmir raises the spectre of “genocide


Flower bud is the most suitable symbol: SLPP 

Views - 244 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 01:31

By Nuwan Senarathna The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday stuck fast to their intention to keep the flower bud as their symbol insisting it is the most suitable symbol for the proposed coalition as it is more popular among the public. SLFP


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Industry 4.0, disruptive technology and MAS Matrix: An example for way forward in Sri Lanka

Monday, 16 September 2019

Technology has always been disruptive. When a new technology is introduced, it changes the way the humankind lives, behaves, earns, interacts and communicates. Some 10,000 years ago, when agriculture and animal breeding were domesticated through the


Radically reinvented reality: Relevance to Sri Lanka

Monday, 16 September 2019

I am delighted to be involved in the National HR Conference 2019, the largest HR event in South Asia. This time it is on the theme ‘Radically Reinvented Reality’. We need to take another look at the way we act institutionally and nationally, in u


Boeing in MAX-imum trouble

Monday, 16 September 2019

Boeing, America’s mighty aircraft manufacturer, is in deep trouble. The controversy surrounding the best-selling 737 MAX has refused to go away. The Federal Aviation Administration, the US aviation regulator, has spent over 110,000 hours addressing


Gotabaya Rajapaksa at Viyathmaga: Vision with an authoritarian zeal!

Monday, 16 September 2019

Gotabaya Rajapaksa has unveiled his national strategy or vision as a presidential candidate with an authoritarian zeal. This is clear from his Viyathmaga speech. He should be commended however for his fairly clear expression of views and objectives.


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