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Benedictine annual Requiem Mass service

Views - 2 Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

The Council of Management of the St. Benedict’s College Old Boys’ Union, as part of its annual events has organised its annual Requiem Mass in memory of its departed members, Rev. Fathers, Rev. Brothers, Teachers, members of the non-academic staf


550th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji celebrated in Colombo

Views - 6 Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

The High Commission of India commemorated the 550th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji on 9 November. Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was the first Guru and founder of Sikhism, one of the youngest religions in the world. He was a poet, a religious tea


SL and Cyprus conclude 1st round of negotiations

Views - 14 Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

A four-member delegation headed by Commissioner General of Inland Revenue of Sri Lanka A.N. Guruge successfully concluded the first round of negotiations on the Agreement for Elimination of Double Taxation between Sri Lanka and Cyprus from 29-31 Octo


SLAF Commander holds discussions with defence officials in Moscow

Views - 13 Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

On 5-6 November, Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force Air Marshal Sumangala Dias, together with Air Commodore Kithsiri Leelaratne, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Russia Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka, and Defence Attache of the Sri Lankan Embassy Group Captain Ud


SL Ambassador to Viet Nam meets with Ha Noi People’s Committee Chairman

Views - 10 Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

On 31 October, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Viet Nam Prasanna Gamage met with Ha Noi People’s Committee Chairman Dr. Nguyen Duc Chung at the Headquarters of the People’s Committee of Ha Noi. At the outset, assuring his fullest support and cooperati


Commander hands over UN compensation to families of two army heroes killed in Mali

Views - 12 Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

UN-granted compensations for two army heroes, who made the supreme sacrifice whilst on active duty in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) under the United Nations Peace Keeping Operations in the trou


Sri Lanka and Poland pledge to enhance connectivity and economic cooperation

Views - 16 Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

The second session of political consultations between Sri Lanka and Poland was successfully held on Wednesday, 6 November at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombo. The delegations of Sri Lanka and Poland were led by the State Minister of Foreign A


National Peace Council calls for cross-party consensus for stability, development

Views - 5 Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

The National Peace Council, in a statement issued yesterday, urged the victorious candidate at the forthcoming Presidential Election to reach across the political divide and secure a basic consensus with policymaking in order to deliver political sta


AG seeks trial at bar to hear case against Karannagoda and 13 others

Views - 5 Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

The Attorney General yesterday requested Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya to appoint a trial at bar to hear the abduction and murder case against former Navy Commander Karannagoda, Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayake and 12 others. The men have been indict


GR’s responsibility to prove US citizenship renunciation, say lawyers

Views - 49 Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

By Shailendree Wickrama Adittiya Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa is responsible for addressing the renunciation of his US citizenship, Upul Jayasuriya PC said yesterday, adding that obtaining the documents


SLPP doubles down on GR’s citizenship issue

Views - 35 Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

By Nuwan Senarathna The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday defended its presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s renunciation of his US citizenship and attempted to frame any criticism on the issue as a political move to undermine his


Tolls announced for newly opened sections of Southern Expressway

Views - 352 Monday, 11 November 2019 01:43

The tolls for the newly opened sections of the Southern Expressway has been announced in a Gazette notification. According to the Road Development Authority (RDA) the distance from Barawakumbuka to Andarawewa via Mattala is 21 km. A Rs. 100 fee will


SL calls for Indian Ocean security architecture

Views - 93 Monday, 11 November 2019 01:43

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has called for an overarching security architecture tasked to mitigate regional security challenges in the Indian Ocean Region, giving priority to the littoral states and sensitive to the interests of all maritim


Commonwealth to observe Sri Lanka’s presidential electoral process

Views - 529 Saturday, 9 November 2019 02:45

The Commonwealth is deploying a team to observe the Presidential Election in Sri Lanka. A ten member Commonwealth Observer Group, led by former Ghanaian Minister of Interior Prosper Bani, will observe the polls, which take place on 16 November.


Sajith refutes Rajapaksa’s claims that NDF manifesto  pledges federal Govt.

Views - 343 Saturday, 9 November 2019 02:40

NDF presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa yesterday rejected accusations by Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa that he had agreed to a federal form of government to win the support of the Tamil community, saying that what he pledged in his manifes


Sri Lanka High Commission in London celebrates Deepavali

Views - 120 Saturday, 9 November 2019 02:35

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London held its annual Deepavali celebrations on Friday 25 October at the High Commission premises, with the attendance of faith leaders, members of parliament, councillors and other dignitaries, and a large segmen


KOICA holds local training seminar on forensic science for prosecutors in Sri Lanka

Views - 42 Saturday, 9 November 2019 02:34

From 5 to 7 November, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is holding a local training seminar on forensic science for prosecutors, at Hilton Colombo Residences.


Asirwatham addresses Foreign Affairs Committee of European Parliament

Views - 108 Saturday, 9 November 2019 02:33

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the European Union Grace Asirwatham was invited to speak on developments in Sri Lanka at a meeting of the South Asia Delegation, which functions under the purview of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament


Ambassador Jayatilleka attends Diwali celebration in Moscow

Views - 104 Saturday, 9 November 2019 02:31

On 2 November, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Russia Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka accompanied by Sanja Jayatilleka attended the celebration of Diwali, at the invitation of Ambassador of India Venkatesh Varma.


Colombo-based Kantha Saviya pledges support to Gotabaya

Views - 697 Saturday, 9 November 2019 02:29

A long time Colombo-based UNP women’s group, Kantha Saviya, led by Ferouza Muzammil pledged its fullest support to the presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa at its convention held in the presence of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna....


Sri Lanka and Australia sign MoU on scientific and technical cooperation

Views - 115 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Scientific and Technical Cooperation was signed between Sri Lanka and Australia on 5 November in Canberra. Geological Survey and Mines Bureau of Sri Lanka (GSMB) Chairman W.M.A.S. Iddawela and Geoscience Austral


Mallimaratchi presents credentials to Zimbabwean President

Views - 58 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka envoy to the Republic of South Africa, accredited to the Republic of Zimbabwe, Kumar Mallimaratchi, presented his Letters of Credence as the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Zimbabwe to President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangawa at a


Appointment of Nigerian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka

Views - 40 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

The Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka has appointed Maj. Gen. Chris Eze (Rtd.) as the High Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Sri Lanka in succession of Ahmed Salihu Umar


Appointment of Lebanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka

Views - 31 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

The Government of the Republic of Lebanon with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka has appointed Rabie Narsh as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lebanon to Sri Lanka in succession of Khaled Salman. He pre


Appointment of EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka

Views - 56 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

The Delegation of the European Union with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka has appointed Denis Chaibi as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka, in succession of Tung-Laï M


Sri Lanka and China to further elevate cultural relations

Views - 88 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

The Agreement for the Establishment of a Friendly Temple Relationship between the Shentong Temple of Shandong Province of China and the Bodhi Raja Viharaya of Thalpitiya, Wadduwa, in Sri Lanka was signed in Shandong on 29 October between Abbot of She


PM asks Speaker to hold special sitting on Monday

Views - 921 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has requested Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to hold a special session of Parliament on 11 November at 10.30 a.m. after a lack of speakers brought sittings to an early cl


GR will back laws to protect women: Amunugama

Views - 87 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

By Nuwan Senarathna Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Parliamentarian Dr. Sarath Amunugama yesterday said Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa would uphold the rule of law to prevent sexual harassment against wome


TNA urges people to vote for Sajith

Views - 147 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

The TNA yesterday urged all people, particularly the Tamil People whom it represents, to vote for Sajith Premadasa, the New Democratic Front (NDF) candidate contesting under the swan symbol in the upcoming Presidential Elections. In a press statement


MR slams SP on use of ‘undivided State’ in manifesto

Views - 479 Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:58

Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday alleged that New Democratic Front (DNF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa was attempting to mislead the public into thinking that he was backing a unitary state even though his manifesto used the te


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Why NPP for minorities and the nation?

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

The two minority communities, Tamils and Muslims, and their ethnic political parties are once again caught up in a dilemma in choosing one or the other of the two leading presidential candidates, Sajith and Gota. The Tamil parties drew a set of 13 d


Why NPP for minorities and the nation?

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

The two minority communities, Tamils and Muslims, and their ethnic political parties are once again caught up in a dilemma in choosing one or the other of the two leading presidential candidates, Sajith and Gota. The Tamil parties drew a set of 13 d


Corporate treasurers should make more use of derivatives to hedge risks

Monday, 11 November 2019

Humans have never liked the idea of uncertainty. More so, they did not like the idea of economic uncertainty. Hence, the need to hedge this uncertainty gave rise to the evolution of derivatives. Derivatives have been used by mankind for a very long


China’s rising giants

Monday, 11 November 2019

China’s evolution into a global powerhouse with the world’s second largest economy is a familiar story. Less well-known though is the tremendous growth of the nation’s state-sponsored aviation sector, which now has a global reach. Serving the w


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