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Dambara Amila Thero disputes President’s actions

Views - 26 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 01:26

By S.S. Selvanayagam The Supreme Court yesterday deferred for support on 7 January the fundamental rights petition filed by Dambara Amila Nayake Thero of Nalanda University College challenging the acts of President Maithripala Sirisena on the removal


Ranil says massive constitutional coup protest rally on 17 Dec.

Views - 18 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 01:26

UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday informed UNP MPs, provincial councillors and organisers that a mass protest rally, which will see the participation of members of several political parties and civil society organisations, will be held in Col


President to ask SC to deliver dissolution verdict as soon as possible: Wimal

Views - 22 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 01:26

By Nuwan Senarathna In a bid to end the country’s current political deadlock, President Maithripala Sirisena will today make a special request to Chief Justice Nalin de Silva through Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya for the Supreme Court’s d


JVP accuses President of making bogus claims about 19A

Views - 14 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 01:25

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday charged that President Maithripala Sirisena’s claim that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was brought in haste was baseless and said it was discussed for months prior to its approval in Parliament


Sri Lanka participates at International Volunteer Forum in Russia

Views - 148 Monday, 10 December 2018 02:26

Nine members of the delegation from Sri Lanka visited Russia to participate at the International Volunteer Forum, which was held on 2-5 December, in Moscow. Sergey Kiriyenko, the First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration of Russi


5 Ministry Secretaries to be summoned before Parliamentary Committees for questioning

Views - 270 Monday, 10 December 2018 02:23

A motion to summon five Secretaries to Ministries before Parliamentary Committees for questioning has been handed over to the Speaker of the House, Parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka said yesterday. The motion to summon the five Secretaries, in


Sirisena admits Rajapaksa bribing MPs to show majority

Views - 1006 Monday, 10 December 2018 02:22

President Maithripala Sirisena has openly admitted that his Prime Minister appointee Mahinda Rajapaksa has attempted to bribe Parliamentarians to show majority in the House and said that the current crisis is a result of his failure to gather 113 MPs


UNP opposes presidential moves to amend 19A

Views - 140 Monday, 10 December 2018 02:21

The UNP said yesterday that it was opposed to the proposal made by President Maithripala Sirisena to amend the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. UNP MP Ajith P. Perera told a media briefing that it was likely that the President had wanted the 19th


Two arrested with cache of firearms and ammunition

Views - 71 Monday, 10 December 2018 02:21

The police seized a large cache of weapons and ammunition yesterday hidden in a house in Beruwela and arrested two people. The Kalutara Police Division law enforcement unit has seized 13 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition from the house o


President visits Diya Man Bridge

Views - 156 Monday, 10 December 2018 02:21

The new Diya Man Bridge, constructed in parallel with the Gini Petti Bridge in Polonnaruwa, was inspected by President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday. This bridge, situated in Wijayabhahupura in Polonnaruwa, crosses over a canal which supplies wate


Military to release lands in Trincomalee

Views - 100 Monday, 10 December 2018 02:20

By Shanika Sriyananda The military, which has expedited releasing military-held lands in the Eastern Province, will hand over five plots of land in the Trincomalee District to the legitimate owners today. The five plots – five acres in Kalampattu i


Hong Kong to assist in recovering Namal Kumara’s deleted phone recordings

Views - 105 Monday, 10 December 2018 02:20

A team has left for Hong Kong to recover the voice recordings deleted from Namal Kumara’s phone, stated Police Media Spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekara. The two officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and one official from the Governme


Drunk driver kills three people in two separate accidents

Views - 273 Monday, 10 December 2018 02:20

Three persons died in two separate road accidents in Mount Lavinia and Ratmalana when a drunk motorist ran over several vehicles. Police say seven others, including two children, sustained injuries in the accidents. According to the police, the same


NDB wins Banking Sector National Business Excellence Award 2018

Views - 67 Monday, 10 December 2018 01:40

National Development Bank PLC emerged Winner under the banking sector at the National Business Excellence Awards 2018, hosted by the National Chamber of Commerce, Sri Lanka (NCCSL) in addition to emerging as the Runner-Up for Excellence in Corporate


Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission to host event commemorating UDHR 70th Anniversary

Views - 124 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:36

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) is organising an event to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The event will be held under the theme ‘The world made anew: The UDHR in our lives; Chi


RW occupying TT in contravention of Interim Order: SLPP

Views - 157 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:36

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday charged the United National Party (UNP) and its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe could be held in Contempt of Court for occupying Temple Trees even after the Interim Order issued by the Court of Appeal, which s


Mass grave in Mannar in northern Sri Lanka unearths 266 human skeletons

Views - 166 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:35

Skeletal remains of 266 people and human bones have been unearthed so far from the mass grave found in Mannar in Northern Sri Lanka since excavations began on 28 May this year, according to the Senior Judicial Medical Officer Shaminda Rajapaksa. Raja


Police arrest a main suspect of 231kg heroin haul

Views - 131 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:35

The police yesterday arrested the owner of the trawler that transported 231kg of heroin valued over Rs. 2.7 billion in Yatiyantota. The owner of the multi-day trawler, 44-year old Dinayadura Duleep Samantha de Silva, a resident of Beruwala, was arres


SL Railways commences special holiday train services

Views - 118 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:35

Sri Lanka Railways has commenced special train services to facilitate travellers during school vacation. It said that the special train services on the main line will be operated until 5 January 2019. Having begun the services yesterday, the special


SC postpones Ranjan’s Contempt of Court case

Views - 73 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:35

By S.S. Selvanayagam The Supreme Court yesterday deferred the Contempt of Court case against MP Ranjan Ramanayake for 26 February.  The Rules was already read to the Accused Respondent Ranjan Ramanayake. He had pleaded not guilty.  The Attorney Ge


Pathfinder Foundation at USI Seminar on ‘Evolving Geo-Politics of the Indo-Pacific Region’

Views - 105 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:10

The United Service Institution of India (USI) conducted an international security seminar on 1 and 2 November in New Delhi with participation of senior level scholars, subject matter experts and a host of Indian military officers. There were particip


Navy begins Anniversary celebrations with religious observances

Views - 102 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:10

The Sri Lanka Navy has commenced its 68th Anniversary celebrations, giving prominence to religious observances. According to Navy media, an all-night ‘Pirith’ chanting and alms-giving ceremony were held at SLNS Gemunu in Welisara on 30 November a


Committed to democracy, not UNP: ACMC

Views - 55 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:00

The All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) yesterday said that they are committed stakeholders of Sri Lanka’s democracy and not striving to promote United National Party Leader MP Ranil Wickremesinghe as an individual. “We do not have any personal pas


INSSSL invited for Asia Think Tank Summit 2018

Views - 111 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:00

The Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka (INSSSL) under the Ministry of Defence was invited for the 6th Asia Think Tank Summit held in Bali, Indonesia from 21-23 November. Director General Asanga Abeyagoonasekera was invited as a panellis


Sri Lanka participates at International Volunteer Forum in Russia

Views - 154 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:00

Nine members of the delegation from Sri Lanka visited Russia to participate at the International Volunteer Forum, which was held on 2-5 December, in Moscow. Sergey Kiriyenko, the First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration of Russi


UPFA voted for 19A on President’s request

Views - 152 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

In a desperate attempt to defend its decision to vote in favour of the 19th Amendment, United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP W. D. J. Senewiratne yesterday said the decision was made on President Maithripala Sirisena’s special request, argui


No slowdown of development: Sirisena

Views - 82 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena said that the development process and the public welfare services should not be inefficient for any reason and that public officials are responsible for implementing programs despite current political turmoil, the Presi


Book on Sajith Premadasa to launch in Jan. 2019

Views - 602 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

The book, ‘Sajith Premadasa: The People’s Leader/The Legacy of Ranasinghe Premadasa’, is scheduled to be launched in January 2019 (ISBN 978-955-51312-6-1). The book consists of 12 chapters, 300 pages, a hard cover and jacket of the same artwork


the second largest heroin haul in Sri Lanka was seized

Views - 265 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

A mammoth heroin haul of 231.5 kilos valued at more than Rs. 2,778 million--the second largest heroin haul in Sri Lanka--was seized by the Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB) officials in the seas off Beruwala Wednesday night - Pic by Kushan Pathiraja


Sri Lanka accords high priority to the implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention

Views - 73 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

Addressing the Meeting of the State Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), Sri Lanka Permanent Representative in Geneva Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez stated that Sri Lanka accorded high priority to the effective implementation of the BWC - the


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Why didn’t they tell the President?

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

The President appears to believe that he still possesses the full executive powers he derived from the Constitution when he was elected to his office in January 2015. Three months later, he sat during a tumultuous session in Parliament, and witnessed


The implications and consequences of the verdict, whatever it is

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Quite obviously I haven’t the slightest notion of what the Supreme Court verdict will be, unlike my friend Eran Wickramaratne who announced publicly (and rather curiously) that he doesn’t have the slightest doubt about it. However I do know, as a


Sri Lanka’s economy at crossroads: The 1972-76 Five-Year Plan and its diagnosis of economic ailments

Monday, 10 December 2018

The economist who produced ‘From Dependent Currency to Central Banking’ Professor H A de S Gunasekara, popularly known as HAdeS, was a legend in economics in Sri Lanka. The doctoral thesis ‘From Dependent Currency to Central Banking in Ceylon


Are you monitoring logistics cost in your supply chain?

Monday, 10 December 2018

On the internet a simple explanation of logistics says: “Logistics is generally the detailed organisation and implementation of a complex operation. In a general business sense, logistics is the management of the flow of things between the point of


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