Famed economist turns nostalgic with ‘Return to Sri Lanka – Travels in a Paradoxical Island’

Views - 252 Thursday, 23 January 2020 02:20

A day in early December 1977 is well etched in Razeen Sally’s memory. He was visiting the family’s estate bungalow named Razeena in Badulla and though only 12 years old at the time, there was foreboding that his carefree days spent with family

UNP defends 19A, questions Govt. roll-back efforts

Views - 147 Thursday, 23 January 2020 02:15

The United National (UNP) Party yesterday renewed calls for the Government to halt plans to repeal the 19th Amendment, citing the need of the constitutional provision to maintain a balance of power between the different arms of Government. UNP Senior

UNP awaits new Working Committee: Kiriella

Views - 103 Thursday, 23 January 2020 02:14

MP Lakshman Kiriella yesterday said that any decision on party leadership will have to be approved by the Working Committee and be announced at a party convention, but was unclear when a new Working Committee would be appointed. Commenting on the o

Ranjan requests bail for two days

Views - 340 Thursday, 23 January 2020 02:13

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent UNP lawmaker Ranjan Ramanayake yesterday told Parliament he wished to receive bail for two days, enabling him to table all the evidence in his possession in order to expose the corrupt.  According t

Medical student in Jaffna murdered

Views - 621 Thursday, 23 January 2020 02:11

A 29-year-old medical student at the Jaffna University was found murdered last yesterday near Pannai Lagoon in Jaffna. It is reported that the victim was stabbed to death.  According to the Police, an autopsy will be carried out by the Judicial Med

Court summons former Navy Commander and 14 others

Views - 450 Thursday, 23 January 2020 02:10

The Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar yesterday issued summons for 14 individuals, including the former Commander of the Navy Admiral (Retd) Wasantha Karannagoda, to appear before the Court on 24 January over the alleged abduction and enforced disapp

SLPP alleges MP Ramanayake’s motives far from pure

Views - 127 Thursday, 23 January 2020 02:10

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday questioned the motives behind MP Ranjan Ramanayake’s controversial call recordings, insisting they were not done with altruistic motives, but rather to interfere in key institutions.  SLPP MP Sudhar

President expands COI on political victimisation to bring in national security component

Views - 102 Thursday, 23 January 2020 02:09

By Chandani Kirinde President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday expanded the scope of a Commission of Inquiry (COI) he appointed two weeks ago to look into political victimisation during the previous Government to ascertain if investigations and legal pro

Jayampathy resigns

Views - 152 Thursday, 23 January 2020 02:09

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent UNP national list lawmaker President’s Counsel Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne tendered his resignation to the Secretary General yesterday in Parliament. His resignation will be effective from 20 Jan

Health Ministry considers non-toxic chlorophyllin for dengue control

Views - 295 Thursday, 23 January 2020 02:08

The Health and Indigenous Medicine Ministry is considering using a non-toxic and sustainable chlorophyll product to control dengue mosquitoes in the country. This measure was being considered following discussions with German specialist Prof. Donat P

Benefits from stimulus must trickle down to public: UNP

Views - 47 Thursday, 23 January 2020 02:06

The United National Party (UNP) yesterday urged the Government to ensure that the benefits from the stimulus package trickled down to the public.  UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella yesterday challenged the Government to look at the change felt in the cost of

Govt. assures continued facilities for TNA leader

Views - 38 Thursday, 23 January 2020 02:05

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent Government has no intension to curtail facilities enjoyed by Illankai Tamil Arasu Kacchi MP Rajavarothiam Sampanthan, Leader of the House Dinesh Gunawardena told Parliament yesterday. “This Governm

Measures to prevent coronavirus infected entering from BIA

Views - 68 Thursday, 23 January 2020 02:04

By Charumini de Silva The Government yesterday said that a special program is being carried out in collaboration with the Tourism Ministry and Health Ministry to identify coronavirus-infected tourists coming through the Bandaranaike International Air

Sri Lanka seeks more interaction with Iran, new envoy says

Views - 38 Thursday, 23 January 2020 02:04

Iran’s new ambassador to Sri Lanka, Hashem Ashjam Zadehsaid said on Wednesday that the South Asian country seeks increased interaction with Iran in different fields. In a meeting with the Governor-General of Iran’s East Azerbaijan Province Esmaei

Education Ministry asked to submit comprehensive report on “Hathe Ape Potha” 

Views - 133 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 02:38

The Sectoral Oversight Committee on Education and Human Resources Development and Sectoral Oversight Committee on Women and Gender met yesterday in the Parliament Complex and directed the Ministry of Education to submit a comprehensive report within

Rs. 21.7 b supplementary allocation presented to P’ment

Views - 265 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 02:38

A Supplementary Allocation of a total of Rs. 21,708 million was presented to Parliament yesterday, seeking House approval for the expenses incurred in the month of November to provision 73 different programs and purposes. Using the Supplementary Allo

Germany jails LTTE spy for six years over Kadirgamar assassination

Views - 137 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 02:38

A Court in Germany yesterday sentenced a Sri Lankan man to six years and 10 months imprisonment for his involvement in the assassination of late Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar. Kadirgamar was a Tamil lawyer, President’s Counsel, politician,

Ranjan defends phone recordings

Views - 404 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 02:38

A selection of telephone conversations, some of which have been released to the public, were recorded as proof in his lone efforts to curb corruption and to apprehend the criminals, United National Party (UNP) MP Ranjan Ramanayake told Parliament yes

High Court Judge interdicted

Views - 112 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 02:37

High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya was interdicted yesterday over his involvement in the controversial telephone conversation recording made by Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake. The action follows recommendations made to President Gotabaya Rajapaksh

Police Sergeant caught in Bribery Commission’s net

Views - 81 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 02:37

Officers from the Bribery Commission yesterday arrested a Police Sergeant attached to the Pelmadulla Police for accepting a bribe of Rs. 50,000. According to the Bribery Commission, the policeman was the Sergeant of the Pelmadulla Police Crimes Unit

Court issues summons to Rajitha

Views - 85 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 02:37

The Colombo High Court yesterday issued summons for United National Party Parliamentarian Rajitha Senaratne to appear in Court on 5 March. High Court Judge Manjula Thilakarathna issued the order after considering a revision application filed by Atto

Double trouble: Sri Lanka’s twin gathering marred by overcrowding

Views - 1166 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 02:31

COLOMBO (Reuters): Thousands of twins packed two-by-two into a stadium in Sri Lanka’s capital on Monday - so many that officials struggled to count them in time to prove they had organised a record-breaking gathering. Huge queues built up at the op

Indian Navy Ship Airavat arrives at Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port

Views - 89 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 02:29

Sri Lanka Navy in compliance with naval customs ceremonially welcomed the Indian Navy Ship (INS) Airavat arrived at the Port of Colombo on Monday (20 January) on a training visit. The Commanding Officer of the ship Commander Sunil Sankar and a group

Ambassador of SL to Viet Nam meets Deputy Chief of Viet Nam Coast Guard Snr. Col. Tran Quang Tuan

Views - 94 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 02:29

On 15 January, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Viet Nam Prasanna Gamage met with the Deputy Chief of Viet Nam Coast Guard, Senior Colonel Tran Quang Tuan, at the Department of Foreign Relations of the Ministry of Defence of Socialist Republic of Viet Nam,

Govt. dismisses criticism of MCC

Views - 86 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 02:28

The Government yesterday dismissed criticism by Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa to throw out the Millennium Challenge Cooperation (MCC) and Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreements (ACSA). The Government last month appointed a four-member Commit

MCC committee report in four months: Govt.

Views - 72 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 02:26

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent The Government has decided to halt the much-debated Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement, pending the Committee report expected in four months. Minister of Foreign Relations and Minister

Nivard Cabraal appointed to ‘Api Venuwen Api’ fund

Views - 63 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 02:26

Ajith Nivard Cabraal has been appointed as a Board Member of the ‘Api Venuwen Api’ fund under the Ministry of Defence with immediate effect. Cabraal currently serves as the Prime Minister’s Senior Advisor on Economic Affairs. He was the Gover

China confirms human-to-human transmission as SARS-like virus spreads

Views - 250 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 03:14

BEIJING, AFP: A SARS-like virus that has spread across China and reached three other Asian nations is contagious between humans, a government expert said yesterday, fuelling fears of a major outbreak as millions travel for the Lunar New Year holiday.

Govt. aiming to boost renewables to 50% by 2030

Views - 128 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:00

By Shailendree Wickrama Adittiya Measures are being taken to ensure 50% of Sri Lanka’s total power generation is derived from renewable energy, including large hydropower plants by 2030, while the Government has also pledged to reduce carbon emissi

CC to meet to decide on new SC nominee

Views - 57 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:00

The Constitutional Council will meet on Wednesday to consider President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the demise of Justice Prasanna Jayawardena. The President of the Court of Appeal Yasantha Kodagoda PC

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Research and Development: Is it essential for Sri Lanka?

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Not long ago, on the day of our 71st Independence Day celebrations, the Army for the first time in our history paraded a locally built Multi-Barrel rocket launcher. It was never revealed that the Sri Lanka Army had an R&D wing named Center for Resear

Our heritage is Kandyan law; not Roman Dutch law as Rathana Thero thinks

Thursday, 23 January 2020

There were four bills presented by private members to the Parliament on 8 January (one bill is to be presented) which were already advertised in the gazette. They were to repeal the Kandyan Marriage and Divorce Act No. 44 of 1952; to repeal the Musli

Sri Lanka at tipping point ?

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Let’s accept it, Sri Lanka is in trouble with the economy growing at +2.6%, exports declining for the fifth month in a row to register a marginal +1% growth, tourism declining by -20% and S&P credit rating at B with Negative Outlook, which sure ind

The importance of business incubators for emergence of new businesses

Thursday, 23 January 2020

The new Government is poised to enter an arena in the development of entrepreneurship in the country which most of the developed countries have succeeded at the initial stages as well as in continuous efforts. The appointment of the new chairman and

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