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Sajith-led Samagi Jana Balawegaya to launch on 2 March

Views - 677 Wednesday, 26 February 2020 01:16

The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) alliance led by Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa will be launched on 2 March.


Pakistan offers 1000 fully-funded scholarships to SL students

Views - 725 Wednesday, 26 February 2020 01:15

During the call on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday, High Commissioner of Pakistan to Sri Lanka Maj. Gen. (Rtd.) Muhammad Saad Khattak informed the Prime Minister that Pakistan is offering 1,000 fully-funded scholarships to Sri Lankan stude


Police criticised for failing to serve summons on Karannagoda

Views - 138 Wednesday, 26 February 2020 01:12

The Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar hearing the 11-youth abduction case on Monday issued summons on former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda for the fourth time, directing him to appear in court on 20 March.


State Minister of Highways Lohan Ratwatte yesterday undertook an observation visit of the Peradeniya

Views - 322 Wednesday, 26 February 2020 01:12

State Minister of Highways Lohan Ratwatte yesterday undertook an observation visit of the Peradeniya-Gannoruwa stretch of the Colombo-Kandy Highway


Bakery owners reduce bread prices

Views - 76 Wednesday, 26 February 2020 01:11

The All Ceylon Bakery Owner’s Association (ACBOA) yesterday announced that it will reduce the price of a 450g loaf of bread by Rs. 5.00 with effect from yesterday.


Six people arrested with 4 kilos of heroin in Dehiwala

Views - 89 Wednesday, 26 February 2020 01:10

Six suspects were arrested with 4.2 kilograms of heroin during a raid in Dehiwala conducted by the Police Narcotics Bureau on Monday night.


Shutdown of Kelanitissa and Norochcholai plants linked to unapproved power cuts

Views - 281 Wednesday, 26 February 2020 01:09

The unavailability of the 154 MW Kelanitissa Combined Cycle Power Plant and 270 MW Unit 1 of the Norochcholai coal power plant were contributing factors to the unapproved power interruptions in multiple areas of the country on 3 February, a report by


Govt. backs domestic structure to promote reconciliation

Views - 80 Wednesday, 26 February 2020 01:07

The Government yesterday advocated the need for a domestic reconciliation process which will bring sustainable peace, while assuring that they will continue to work closely with international organisations.


Best-performing State institutions of 2018 to be feted by President

Views - 108 Wednesday, 26 February 2020 01:06

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will present awards to the 110 best performing State institutions as recommended by the Parliamentary Committee on Public Account (COPA) at a ceremony to be held on 28 February at the parliamentary complex.


PM pledges to improve SLLDC operations

Views - 172 Tuesday, 25 February 2020 02:15

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday pledged that the Government would take new measures to improve the operations of the Sri Lanka Land Development Corporation (SLLDC) to fast-track land development projects. The Prime Minister expressed these


UNP can form Govt. if it bags 90 seats: Akila

Views - 741 Tuesday, 25 February 2020 02:14

The United National Party (UNP) yesterday expressed confidence that it can form a Government if the party manages to win 90 seats at the upcoming General Elections. UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said the party will be able to form a


Colombo Health Square Development Project work expedited

Views - 309 Tuesday, 25 February 2020 02:12

Work on the Colombo Health Square Development Project which will see a major transformation of the area in and around the National Hospital has been expedited to ensure that thousands of people who come to the area for medical treatment get the best


FR petition challenging powers of CoI on political victimisation to be heard on 25 March

Views - 158 Tuesday, 25 February 2020 02:09

The Supreme Court will take up for hearing on 25 March a Fundamental Rights petition filed by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) challenging the Gazette notification appointing a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to pr


Army deploys Military Police to assist Traffic Police

Views - 330 Tuesday, 25 February 2020 02:09

The Army yesterday began deploying Military Police (MP) to assist City Traffic Police during peak hours. MPs will be deployed at congested entry and exit points in the greater Colombo area and will assist in easing traffic congestion while closely l


Prelaunch of book ‘Archive of Memory – Reflections of 70 years of Independence’

Views - 114 Tuesday, 25 February 2020 01:22

The prelaunch of the book “Archive of Memory”- Reflections of 70 years of Independence’ was held last week with German Parliamentary Delegation led by Dr. Peter Ramsauer together with German Ambassador Jörn Rohde receiveing the first copies. T


British Scholars Association to host panel discussion on electoral reforms

Views - 99 Tuesday, 25 February 2020 01:21

The British Scholars Association will hold a panel discussion titled ‘The need for electoral reforms in Sri Lanka’ on Wednesday 26 February at 5:30 p.m. at the auditorium of the Organisation of Professional Associations (OPA), Prof. Stanley Thila


Foreign Secretary Aryasinha meets Human Rights Council President in Geneva

Views - 154 Monday, 24 February 2020 01:26

Ahead of the upcoming 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) scheduled to commence today, Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha briefed HRC President Ambassador Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger on the decision of the Government of Sri Lanka to wit


SL delegation heads to Geneva to work towards UNHRC resolution closure

Views - 754 Monday, 24 February 2020 01:26

By Chandani Kirinde Sri Lanka has requested a meeting with the UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet as the country begins to work towards the closure of a contentious UNHRC Resolution on Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Hum


Task force set up to expedite CID probe into Easter Sunday terrorist attacks

Views - 130 Monday, 24 February 2020 01:25

The Defence Ministry has established a task force (TF) to speed up the ongoing investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) into last year’s Easter Sunday serial terrorist attacks in the country, which had claimed more than 250 lives.


BASL says reference made by Wickramaratne ‘unjustifiable’ and ‘unreasonable’

Views - 320 Monday, 24 February 2020 01:25

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) on Friday defended itself over allegations made by UNP MP Eran Wickramaratne in Parliament that BASL had remained silent when Anurangi Singh, a lawyer and journalist attached to the Sunday Observer, was interr


Railway e-ticketing services available for retired government servants

Views - 148 Monday, 24 February 2020 01:20

An e-ticketing service for retired government servants was launched yesterday by Sri Lanka Railways (SLR), allowing users to book train tickets via an app instead of the much longer process followed to obtain railway warrants. According to the usual


Cabinet approves proposal to establish mechanism to reinstate Policemen ordered to vacate posts

Views - 112 Monday, 24 February 2020 01:20

The Cabinet last week approved a proposal by State Minister of Defence Chamal Rajapaksa seeking to establish a mechanism to reinstate Policemen who had been issued orders to vacate their posts. Speaking at a press conference, Minister of Information


Defence Ministry strongly denies HRW allegations of keeping missing person’s families on radar

Views - 98 Monday, 24 February 2020 01:20

The Defence Ministry has vehemently denied the accusations by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) which claimed that families of enforced disappearance and activists supporting them are under the microscope of the Sri Lankan Security Forces and intelligence


Indo-Lanka training exercise concludes

Views - 154 Monday, 24 February 2020 01:20

A three-day training exercise involving maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) between India Navy, Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Air Force came to an end at Weerawila Air Force Base last week. The exercise conducted by the Indian Naval Air Squadron 313 saw a


Govt. to inform UNHRC of intention to work towards closure of contentious resolution

Views - 141 Friday, 21 February 2020 00:00

The Government will announce at the upcoming 43rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that it intends to work towards the closure of UNHRC Resolution 40/1 on Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lank


Opp. Leader accuses Rajapaksa Govt. of ‘internationalising’ human rights issues after war-end

Views - 134 Friday, 21 February 2020 00:00

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa yesterday said that it was the Government of then-President Mahinda Rajapaksa which first “internationalised” human rights issues when it invited Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General at the time, to


CA says not to arrest Pilapitiya without order of competent court

Views - 134 Friday, 21 February 2020 00:00

By S.S. Selvanayagam The Court of Appeal yesterday declared that interdicted High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya shall not be arrested without an order from a competent court of law. A bench comprising Justices A.H.M.D Nawaz (CA President) and Arjuna O


Prasanna opposes MS joining SLPP alliance

Views - 1357 Friday, 21 February 2020 00:00

Industrial Export, Investment Promotion, Tourism and Aviation Minister Prasanna Ranatunga yesterday said he was against the inclusion of former President Maithripala Sirisena in the alliance contesting the forthcoming General Election as well as allo


National Peace Council urges Govt. to spell out alternate roadmap to reconciliation

Views - 170 Friday, 21 February 2020 00:00

The National Peace Council in a statement has urged the Government to spell out the alternative roadmap to national reconciliation.   Following is the full text of the statement: Sri Lanka’s Government is presently facing a major challenge with th


Japan supports building causeway in Buttala and intermediate mental healthcare unit in Trincomalee

Views - 523 Friday, 21 February 2020 00:00

The Government of Japan will provide a total amount of $ 175,246 (approx. Rs. 30 million) for ‘The Project for Constructing a Causeway in Buttala, Monaragala District’ and ‘The Project for Constructing a Psychiatry Unit of Divisional Hospital,


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Economy vs. environment – What you see in the mirror

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

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Seven Kartajaya mantras for Sri Lankan marketers

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

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When the saints go masquerading in

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

So that saintly MP has thrown a spanner in government’s works again. The pious member lashed out against a battery of citizens from journalists and lawyers to members of his own estate. Last week, much of his grievance was about the silence of the


So Sri Lanka; more like, so where are all the women in the hotel industry?

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

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