73rd Independence Day of India celebrations in Sri Lanka

Views - 40 Saturday, 17 August 2019 05:14

A mega musical evening ‘Strings of Harmony’ – a Santoor Jugalbandi featuring legendary maestros from India Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and Pandit Rahul Sharma enthralled the music lovers of Colombo at BMICH on 15 August.

SLPP will implement fixed national policies

Views - 61 Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:28

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday pledged to formulate national policies with the involvement of 24 expert committees that will be implemented consistently, regardless of changes of Ministers or Ministry Secretaries.

President says statements detrimental to national security must be avoided

Views - 48 Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:27

President Maithripala Sirisena requested everyone to refrain from making statements which are detrimental to the national security of the country. He made these remarks participating in a ceremony to present ‘Rana Parashuwa’....

Muzammil received by King Salman Bin Abdulaziz

Views - 140 Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:26

Western Province Governor A.J.M. Muzammil was received by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz at a lunch banquet hosted by the monarch at the Royal Palace in Mina in the holy city of Mecca....

Pakistan High Commissioner calls on Foreign Minister

Views - 21 Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:22

High Commissioner of Pakistan Maj. Gen. (Rtd.) Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat, called on Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Tilak Marapana at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 13 August, to apprise him about the grave situation in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kas

Germany grants Rs. 800 m to support ‘Humanitarian Mine Clearance in Sri Lanka’

Views - 32 Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:21

The German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) has provided a sum of Euros 4 million (approx. Rs. 800 million) towards demining activities in affected areas of the Northern and Eastern Provinces in Sri Lanka.

OMP to open office in Jaffna

Views - 24 Saturday, 17 August 2019 04:21

The Office of Missing Persons will open its third regional office in Jaffna next week in an effort to provide greater access to families of the disappeared, it said in a statement yesterday.

President invites all to unite to build better country, virtuous future generation

Views - 26 Saturday, 17 August 2019 00:41

President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday invited everyone to come together to create a better country and a virtuous future generation while ensuring the prevailing freedom and the democracy in the country.

Sri Lanka Air Force organises Ranaviru Upahara Commemoration Islamic Harmony 2019

Views - 73 Saturday, 17 August 2019 00:39

Sri Lanka Air Force organised a Ranaviru Upahara Commemoration Islamic Harmony – 2019 at Kolupitiya Jummah Mosque in memory of the Muslim soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the ethnic problem in the north of Sri Lanka.

Pathfinder Foundation holds successful panel discussion on Compact with MCC

Views - 52 Saturday, 17 August 2019 00:37

The Pathfinder Foundation (PF), a leading think tank in Sri Lanka conducted a successful panel discussion on the Compact with the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a US aid agency operational since 2004, held at the BMICH.

Ambassador meets MD for Asia Pacific Region of EU’s External Action Service

Views - 13 Saturday, 17 August 2019 00:34

Ambassador-designate of Sri Lanka to the European Union Grace Asirwatham met with Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for the Asia Pacific Region of the European External Action Service (EEAS) following her recent assumption of duties in Brussels.

UNP will always abide by CA on power devolution: PM

Views - 104 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said the United National Party (UNP) will always abide by the Constitutional Assembly proposals on power devolution and formulating national policy frameworks. During a visit to Jaffna on Thursday, Wickre

Govt. must expand Rs. 2,500 salary hike to semi-Govt., private sectors: Bandula

Views - 207 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

By Nuwan Senarathna The Joint Opposition yesterday called on the Government to expand the allowance of Rs. 2,500 to include semi-Government institutions, authorities, the private sector, and the plantation sector as it would boost consumption and dr

New UNDP Resident Representative takes office

Views - 41 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

Robert Juhkam presented his credentials on 15 August 2019 to Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana, officially taking office as the new Resident Representative for UNDP in Sri Lanka. Prior to his appointment in Sri Lanka, Juhkam served as the Strat

Sri Lanka celebrates 73rd Independence Day of India

Views - 75 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

The 73rd Independence Day of India was celebrated by the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka at the India House, Colombo with High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu as the Chief Guest. The Indian community participated at the event

Zahran’s wife gives secret statement in court

Views - 387 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

Abdul Cader Fatima Hadiya, wife of Mohammed Zahran, the leader of the National Thowheed Jama’ath organisation and the suicide bomber who attacked the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo on Easter Sunday, made a secret statement yesterday before the Colombo

SLFP to announce decision on Presidential candidate on 3 Sept.

Views - 111 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will announce its decision on fielding a Presidential candidate during its 68th anniversary celebrations on 3 September. The party is now focused on internal restructuring and policy formulation, and will announce i

Sajith will be backed by UNP team: Harsha

Views - 2191 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

Non-Cabinet Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Dr. Harsha de Silva yesterday defended United National Party (UNP) members backing Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa insisting it was not their intention to “discard” UNP leader Ranil

President receives ‘Sannasa’ informing successful conclusion of Kandy Esala Perahera

Views - 80 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

In keeping with traditional customs, Diyawadana Nilame (Custodian) of the Sacred Sri Dalada Maligawa Nilanga Dela Bandara, along with the Basnayake Nilames of the four Devalas, presented the traditional communication of the successful conclusion of t

Three suspected JMI members arrested in Ampara

Views - 73 Friday, 16 August 2019 00:00

Three more members of the banned organisation, Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem (JMI), who had allegedly received training from terrorist leader Zahran Hashim, have been arrested by police. Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said that the suspects were a

AG in hot water over media release about Chief Magistrate

Views - 3609 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:30

By a Special Correspondent A complaint has been lodged with the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal against Attorney General Dappula De Livera, for being in Contempt of Court over a media release issued by his office appearing to criticise Colombo

Pakistan celebrates Independence Day in solidarity with Kashmiris

Views - 62 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:26

The High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka held a colourful flag-hoisting ceremony to mark the 73rd Independence Day at the High Commission’s premises on 14 August. Joined by the Pakistani community and dignitaries from different walks of life, t

European Commission allocates Rs. 1.7 b for preventing violent extremism and peacebuilding in SL

Views - 99 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:25

Brussels: The European Commission, through its Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace, has allocated € 8.5 million (over Rs. 1.65 billion) to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to prevent violent extremism, build community resilience, and promot

Foreign Ministry to hold Integrated Consular Mobile Services in Anuradhapura and Puttalam

Views - 23 Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be conducting Integrated Consular Mobile Services in Anuradhapura and Puttalam Districts on 17 and 19 August respectively. This mobile consular service will be conducted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in coor

Pathfinder Foundation holds discussion with counterpart think tanks in New Delhi

Views - 60 Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

Pathfinder Foundation (PF) holds discussion with counterpart think tanks in India with a view to promote bilateral relations and discuss political, economic and strategic issues. Director of the Centres for Indo-Lanka Initiatives and Law of the Sea o

Photo exhibition on 40 years of reform and opening policy of China on Friday

Views - 48 Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

By E. Weerapperuma Socialism with Chinese characteristics has ushered in a great leap forward from its founding and development to its perfection. The Chinese people have ushered in a great leap forward from inadequate food and clothing to a moderate

‘Wisdom at our Doorstep’

Views - 86 Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

‘Wisdom at our Doorstep’, a book of collections of parables, tales and proverbs, compiled from various traditions by UK-based Sri Lankan author and Human Rights activist Lukman Harees, was launched at the auditorium of the Hindu College Colombo,

Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Jeddah celebrates ‘Esala Poya’ festival

Views - 111 Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

Under the guidance of Consul General, Justice A.W.A. Salam, Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Jeddah conducted ‘Esala Poya’ program in collaboration with the Sri Lankan expatriate community living in Jeddah on 19 July at the Consulate premises. T

Catholic Bishops call for independent inquiry into Easter attacks from Govt.

Views - 85 Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka (CBCSL) yesterday renewed calls for an independent and impartial inquiry into the Easter Sunday attacks as a matter of urgency and appealed for support from the Government. In a statement signed by 14

DMC issues severe weather warning

Views - 121 Wednesday, 14 August 2019 00:00

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) yesterday issued a severe weather warning, cautioning the public of an increase in wind speed and landslide warnings for several parts of the country. DMC spokesman Pradeep Kodippili said the windy and showery co

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Religion is a problem in Sri Lanka; can it be a solution?

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Generally, it is expected that religion should be a solution to a problem. Ironically in Sri Lanka religion is the problem. Therefore, what would be the solution? When religion becomes a problem of a country....

Orthodoxy and change: A perennial Muslim issue

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Whether Muslims live as minorities in non-Muslim countries or as majorities in a total of fifty seven countries, the clash of orthodoxy with modern challenges is a perennial issue that bedevils progress on several fronts in these communities.

Making the MCC Compact work for Sri Lanka

Friday, 16 August 2019

It is a sign of these political times that even an apolitical issue like a foreign aid program becomes a hot topic in Sri Lanka. In April 2019, the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) approved a compact program for Sri La

Sri Lanka needs a president hungry for success, not power

Friday, 16 August 2019

The late John F. Kennedy described politics as a “noble adventure, an adventure in which one joins hands with the masses for the service of man”. Not that the Kennedys didn’t play “politricks” in their heyday. But playing “politricks” w

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