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Gotabhaya files revision application in CA seeking release from Avant Garde case

Views - 57 Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:10

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse yesterday filed a revision application in the Court of Appeal on the High Court rejection of his application sought to acquit and release him from the Avant Garde case.


New frontier of cooperation in infrastructure and connectivity between Indonesia and Sri Lanka

Views - 60 Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:05

Indonesia’s Minister of Public Works and Housing Basuki Hadimoeljono has said that a new frontier of cooperation in infrastructure and connectivity with Sri Lanka has emerged following Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s official State visit to Sr


Epoch making ACMC victory hints at shift in Lankan Muslim leadership

Views - 110 Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:00

A major shift in the Sri Lankan Muslim political landscape is evident in the aftermath of inroads made by All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) in the recent Local Government Elections. The pragmatic and dynamic leadership given by ACMC Leader Rishad Bat


Sri Lankans in Seychelles celebrate 70th Independence anniversary

Views - 32 Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:00

A commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka took place in Victoria, Mahe Island, on 3 and 4 February with the participation of the Sri Lankan community living in Seychelles. Representatives of the Seychelles Government, among


Underworld figure D Manju shot dead

Views - 135 Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:00

An underworld figure known as Dadallage Manju was shot and killed yesterday in a Special Task Force (STF) operation in Wattala.


High Court rejects first accused objections in RADA fraud case

Views - 338 Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:00

Colombo High Court Judge Vikum Kaluarachchi rejected the objections raised by the Counsel for the accused appearing for former MP Tiran Alles in the Rs. 200 million Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) fraud case who had claimed that the 15 d


President kicks off Gama Hada Gamu

Views - 44 Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday kicked off the Gama Hada Gamu rural development program implemented under the Mathin Nidahas Ratak initiative at the Mahaweli Ground, Embilipitiya, with the participation of public servants and representatives


WB Director calls for more private sector involvement to achieve upper middle-income status

Views - 51 Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:00

While Sri Lanka in many ways has been a development success story since its independence 70 years ago, the island nation still faces some critical challenges as it strives to transition to another stage of its development and become a competitive upp


Karu says presenting coalition agreement to P’ment unnecessary

Views - 100 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:10

Presenting the agreement signed between the United National Party (UNP) and the United People’s Freedom Alliance


Close to 10% increase in women’s representation at LG bodies

Views - 40 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

Marking close to a 9% increase in the number of women elected to local government bodies island-wide, this time voters have elected 535 women candidates to councils.


Sri Lankan High Commissioner in UK has not resigned: Foreign Ministry

Views - 94 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

The Foreign Affairs Ministry denied media reports that the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Amari Wijewardene


Dr. Sara Dissanayake responds to Opposition Leader Sampanthan

Views - 518 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

Dr. Sara Dissanayake, whose opinion article titled ‘Looking beyond the current political gridlock: Future of Tamil nationalist politics’


Prosecutor calls Maldives’ extension of state of emergency unconstitutional

Views - 57 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

MALE (Reuters) - The extension of a state of emergency in the Maldives was unconstitutional, the country’s prosecutor general has said


US Pacific Partnership mission to return to Sri Lanka for second time

Views - 61 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

The Asia-Pacific’s largest humanitarian assistance and disaster-relief preparedness mission will return to Sri Lanka for a second


Govt. and TNA conspired to postpone Bond debate: JO

Views - 302 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:20

The Joint Opposition yesterday claimed that the Government had schemed with the TNA, to avoid the continuation of the debate on the Bond report. Joint Opposition MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara charged that the TNA had objected to holding the debate on the B


International Mother Language Day celebrations highlight various ethnic identities across world

Views - 101 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:19

By Shannon Jayawardena The International Mother Language Day 2018 was celebrated yesterday, at the Viharamahadevi Open Air Theatre, highlighting the various ethnic identities across the world and the importance of one’s mother tongue, as it is the


President launches Special Reconciliation TV Channel

Views - 213 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:19

President Maithripala Sirisena as National Integration and Reconciliation Minister initiated a special budget proposal in 2017 to establish a special dedicated reconciliation TV channel. This special dedicated reconciliation TV channel has been laun


FR petition to prevent arrest on H’tota hotel project fixed for 7 June

Views - 415 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:18

By S. S. Selvanayagam The Supreme Court yesterday (21 February) re-fixed for 7 June to be mentioned the fundamental rights petitions filed by former President’s Chief of Staff Gamini Sedara Senarath, and two others, former Sri Lanka Insurance Cor


Sampanthan corrects Daily FT opinion article by Dr. Sara Dissanayaka

Views - 337 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:17

Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan’s Media Secretary Raghu Balachandran has sent the following Statement with regard to an Opinion article in Daily FT on Tuesday titled “Looking beyond the current political gridlock: Future of Tamil nationalist pol


Cabinet green-light to award Central Expressway Phase III to Taisei Corp

Views - 104 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

Cabinet this week gave approval to award the construction of the Central Expressway Phase III to Japanese company Taisei Corporation, Cabinet co-Spokesperson Gayantha Karunathilaka said yesterday. Running from Pothuhera to Galagedera, Phase III is 3


Govt. to re-evaluate and prioritise investment projects

Views - 95 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

The National Economic Council (NEC) this week decided to revisit all investment projects planned to prepare a priority list for implementation, Dr. Sarath Amunugama told Daily FT. “After what happened in the elections, we all felt that we needed to


Cabinet nod for $115m AIIB loan for Waste Management Project

Views - 186 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

By Chathuri Dissanayake Cabinet this week gave approval to finalise details on a loan facility provided by Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, to the value of $115 million, to finance the Waste Management Project under the Ministry of Megapolis an


Opposition questions ministerial numbers

Views - 161 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:10

Bitterness over the strained relationship between the United National Party (UNP) and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) surfaced again in Parliament


Chinese warships enter East Indian Ocean amid Maldives tensions

Views - 257 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

Shanghai (Reuters): Eleven Chinese warships sailed into the East Indian Ocean this month, a Chinese news portal said


Bond and PRECIFAC reports debate postponed indefinitely

Views - 56 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

The continuation of the crucial debate on the bond report and the PRECIFAC report was postponed yesterday due to the PRECIFAC


No decision to amend law on 25% mandatory female representation 

Views - 55 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

The Party Leaders meeting on Monday (19) has not decided to amend the law requiring 25% female representation


Speaker to make a special statement on unity government today

Views - 673 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya yesterday told Parliament he will issue a special statement today regarding the agreement between


ACMC calls for stability amid post-poll upheaval 

Views - 177 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

Riding on its latest electoral victory at the recent Local Government polls, the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) has called for political


Motion to adjourn P’ment unsuccessful

Views - 490 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:31

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent The Unity Government successfully weathered the Joint Opposition-led political typhoon, which crippled the nation for over 10 days before coming to a grinding halt yesterday with an unsuccessful adjo


Parliament revises Standing Orders

Views - 99 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:30

The revised draft of the Standing Orders and the Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament was moved yesterday in Parliament. The revised Standing Orders will repeal the Standing Orders which were used since May 1979 and widen the authority of the Pa


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Tamil actor Kamal Haasan stars in new role as political leader

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Srinivasan Kamal Haasan is one of India’s foremost film actors. Known popularly as Kamal, the talented and versatile thespian has not only excelled as an actor onscreen, but has successfully engaged in other cinematic spheres too. The multi-faceted


Yameen’s economic offensive to counter political adversity ahead of presidential poll

Saturday, 24 February 2018

The embattled Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, who is facing intense political opposition both in and out of the country, hopes to win the September, 2018 presidential election using a combination of political belligerence and a strong economic pr


In the end, there was nothing

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Much more than a storm in a tea cup! To a non-discerning person, it all seemed like the final battle of the counter revolution. President Sirisena was up in smoke trying to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for no articulated reason. He asked


Shouldn’t Govt. prevent parliamentary system from decay and destruction?

Friday, 23 February 2018

The wrong people teach us the best lessons. As a clever nation, we had always used our ballot and chased the wrong people


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