Thilanga to commence Ph.D program at Beijing Foreign Studies University

Views - 781 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:35

Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) is one of China’s best universities in foreign studies committed to introducing China to the world and the world to China, and has fostered over 400 ambassadors and over 1000 cou

President meets Sri Lankan community in London

Views - 61 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:34

President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing the Sri Lankan community living in London, said that the attempts made by some to hide the truth and promote falsehoods are a hindrance to the forward march of the Motherland.

Govt. to begin new national program upon President’s return: PM

Views - 65 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:33

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said the Government is to initiate a new program for the country upon the return of President Maithripala Sirisena to the country from his visit to England. Addressing

16 SLFP MPs to crossover to Opposition

Views - 132 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:32

A total of 16 Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Parliamentarians have decided to crossover and sit in the Opposition Parliament, the Daily FT learns. SLFP stalwart, MP Lakshman

SL establishes diplomatic relations with Dominica

Views - 59 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:32

The Government of Sri Lanka and the Government of Dominica have decided to establish diplomatic relations between the two countries, effective from 17 April. This was following the signing of the agreement by United Nations Ambassador and Permanent R

Trade unions object to postponing May Day to 7 May

Views - 80 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:31

Trade unions raised strong objections to the decision taken by the Government to postpone May Day to 7 May on Tuesday (17 April). In a joint statement, several trade unions said that in Sri Lanka, it is a workers’ right to celebrate international w

Pakistan and Sri Lanka agree to organise ‘Green Cricket Match’

Views - 217 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 02:04

City Planning and Water Supply Minister Rauff Hakeem held a meeting with Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahidullah Khan, to discuss opportunities for mutual cooperation on water, sanitation and climate change.

S.B.C. Thassim passes away in Canada

Views - 579 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 02:03

Well-known social worker Al-Haj. S.B. C Thassim(77) passed away yesterday after a brief illness in Toronto, Canada.

President to deliver keynote address at Commonwealth Business Forum today

Views - 53 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 02:02

President Maithripala Sirisena, is billed to deliver the keynote address at the Commonwealth Business Forum on the topic, “Delivering the SDGs: Aligning Business, Society and the Governments,” today.

“It is you who are going to change the world”: Prince Harry

Views - 130 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:05

Performs first duty as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador at CHOGM Youth Forum Prince Harry, who has been appointed a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador by the Queen, took part in his first duties where he attended a youth round table and delivered a speech at

At opening of CHOGM’s Business Forum Global growth is fragile, more could be done to make system fai

Views - 63 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:03

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum opening in London on Monday, said “global growth is fragile”.However she added that more could be done to make the global system fairer.

First Commonwealth Conference on FDI in Malta next year

Views - 36 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:01

Malta will host the first Commonwealth Conference on Foreign Direct Investment next year. Dr. Muscat made his announcement when he was addressing the Commonwealth Business Forum in London on Monday, which is a prelude to the Commonwealth Heads of Gov

Recommendations on women’s political participation endorsed on Forum’s first day

Views - 37 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:00

The recommendations were made in a Commonwealth handbook and a report on increasing women’s political participation in the Caribbean and African Commonwealth countries. They will be presented to leaders attending the Commonwealth Head of Government

Iran Speaker to visit Sri Lanka to discuss bilateral and international issues

Views - 67 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:58

Teheran: Iran’s Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani, heading a delegation, will visit Sri Lanka this week following a visit to Vietnam to discuss bilateral and international issues, particularly the Syrian situation after the recent US-led strikes.

Sri Lanka joins Commonwealth alliance to fight against plastic pollution

Views - 66 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:53

London: British Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Sunday (15 April) that Sri Lanka, along with New Zealand and Ghana, has joined the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance (CCOA) to join forces in the fight against plastic pollution.

President in London to attend CHOGM, grand welcome for Commonwealth Heads of State

Views - 134 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:46

President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in London on Sunday to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). He is one amongst 53 leaders of State from around the world to arrive in the city of London which is agog and dressed up for th

CHOGM Forums begin in London in true British grandeur ‘Towards a common future’

Views - 50 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:00

The 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), described by British Prime Minister as the largest summit of its kind in the United Kingdom’s history, got off to a flying start in London yesterday with the three days of Forums – to run

Sujeewa off to Harvard Global Empowerment Meeting

Views - 140 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:00

State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe left the country yesterday (16 April) to attend the Global Empowerment Meeting (GEM 2018), organised by Harvard University. GEM 2018 is organised by Harvard University’s Centre for International Development, and is

Ambassador Azeez presents credentials in Geneva

Views - 55 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:00

Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez presented credentials on 12 April, to Michael Møller, the Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, accrediting him as the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva.

President participates in oil anointing ceremony in London

Views - 41 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena, who is in London to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), took part in the oil anointing ceremony held at the London Buddhist Vihara, yesterday.

Maldives must let ex-President contest election, U.N. rights group says

Views - 18 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:00

Geneva (Reuters): The Maldives must quash the conviction of former President Mohamed Nasheed and allow him to stand for office, including in a presidential election later this year, the U.N. Human Rights Committee said yesterday (16 April).

A record 683 acres of land released to the Jaffna people

Views - 116 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:00

In line with the Government’s policy of releasing civilians’ land, hitherto used by Jaffna Security Forces, the Sri Lanka Army without compromising national security interests, released a record 683 acres of land in the Tellippalai Divisional Sec

Pakistan’s National Defense University delegation in Sri Lanka

Views - 46 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:00

A twenty-one-member delegation from the National Defense University (NDU) of Pakistan, led by Major General Fiaz Hussain Shah, arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday (15 April) and will be in Sri Lanka on a foreign study tour until 19 April.

Sri Lanka Journalists for Global Justice condemns Israeli killing of Palestine journalist

Views - 83 Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:10

The Sri Lanka Journalists for Global Justice (SLJGJ) in a statement yesterday (11 April) called upon journalists and peace-loving

PM calls on Sri Lankans to share rich cultural heritage

Views - 52 Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday (11 April) called on Sri Lankans to share their rich cultural heritage and ensure future generations are proud of the nation’s deeply entrenched traditions.

Govt. orders striking non-academic staff to report to work

Views - 102 Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:00

The Ministry of Higher Education yesterday (11 April) ordered all striking non-academic staff of all universities to report to work before 17 April

President instructs to provide assistance to drought-hit farmers

Views - 39 Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena has issued instructions to commence a project to cultivate 600 acres of sorghum,

Govt. plans to build 50,000 flats for low income families in Colombo

Views - 722 Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:00

The Government plans to launch a project to build housing units in Colombo and suburbs for low income families, aiming to relocate families

New chairperson appointed for NCPA

Views - 110 Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:10

President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed Attorney-at-Law H.M. Aberathna as the new Chairman of the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA).

Colombo Development Dialogues highlights integrated development through partnerships, innovation

Views - 130 Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:00

The inaugural Colombo Development Dialogues were held last Wednesday (4) under the theme ‘Integrated development impact through partnerships and innovation’.

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The glyphosate story – CKDu, food security and national economy

Thursday, 19 April 2018

We in Sri Lanka have a history to be proud of. According to our historical record, the golden age of Sri Lankan agriculture production centres around Polonnaruwa during reign of King Parakramabahu the Great (1153-1186 AD).

President is powerless to remove the Prime Minister

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Some commentators have persistently advanced the proposition that, notwithstanding the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the President’s power to remove the Prime Minister is intact. It is a view that relies on a literal reading of the Sinhala te

The ‘Trafficbathgoda’ town of Kiribathgoda

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Getting through Kiribathgoda town particularly in the evening after work is a real nightmare. Even the morning is equally bad, creating a huge pileup of vehicles along the main road. In particular, in the evening, to move from Tyre Corporation Junct

Beware of evidence-independent recommendations from academics in positions of power

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

It was just over a year ago that I wrote in this newspaper about the need to fact check politicians and pundits ( That column was triggered by an evidence-independent claim made a

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