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Millennium Challenge Corporation official visits Sri Lanka to continue progress on Compact

Views - 4 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

A delegation from the US Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), led by Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Nash, visited Sri Lanka this week to continue progress on the proposed MCC compact – a large-scale five-year grant program. MCC


PCCSL releases Annual Report 2017

Views - 5 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

The Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL) received 116 complaints in 2017, of which 76 complaints were valid complaints falling within the purview of the PCCSL mechanism under the Editors’ Code of Professional Practice. Of the 76 valid c


New Villages Development Authority for Plantation Region Bill presented to Parliament

Views - 4 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

By Skandha Gunasekara The Government presented the New Villages Development Authority for Plantation Region Bill in Parliament on Wednesday. Presenting the Bill, Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development Minister PalanyThiga


Minister Sagala Ratnayaka undertakes official visit to United States

Views - 5 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

Minister of Youth Affairs, Project Management and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayaka undertook an official visit to Washington DC from 12-13 September. Minister Ratnayaka is also the Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister.  During the visit Mini


Ambassador-designate of Sri Lanka to Myanmar presents credentials to President of Myanmar

Views - 3 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

The Ambassador-designate of Sri Lanka to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, E.M.M. Nandimithra Ekanayake presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, U Win Myint on Tuesday, 4 September, at the Presidential P


The authentic brand: Staying true, being great – Part 1

Views - 188 Thursday, 20 September 2018 02:20

Michel Nugawela sat down with Siddhalepa Managing Director Asoka Hettigoda and Dilmah Tea CEO Dilhan Fernando to discuss what sets apart their brands as representative symbols of their categories and our wider culture and country By Michel Nugawela W


Government approves bus fare hike

Views - 98 Thursday, 20 September 2018 02:11

The Government yesterday agreed to increase bus fares by 4% from midnight but kept the minimum charge unchanged, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva said in a statement. However, the Minister said that the demand to incre


Ministry of Law and Order recommends compulsory leave for DIG Nalaka

Views - 64 Thursday, 20 September 2018 02:10

The Ministry of Law and Order yesterday recommended to the Police Commission to send former Police Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) Director DIG Nalaka de Silva on compulsory leave till the investigations on him are completed. DIG Nalaka de Sil


Gas price to go up, milk powder to be reduced

Views - 112 Thursday, 20 September 2018 02:10

The Cost of Living Committee appointed by the Cabinet on Monday recommended to increase the price of a 12.5kg domestic gas cylinder by Rs. 195. Gas companies had made a proposal to the Committee to increase the price of the 12.5kg domestic gas cylind


Bakers slash bread prices after Govt.’s call for support

Views - 173 Thursday, 20 September 2018 02:10

Sri Lanka’ largest association of bakers announced on 19 September that they are ready to slash bread prices back to previous levels, in support of the Government’s efforts to help consumers. The bakers, after in-depth discussions, also called fo


Kanag Iswaran PC takes up preliminary Objection

Views - 268 Thursday, 20 September 2018 02:09

By S.S. Selvanayagam Senior Counse K. Kanag Iswaran PC took up a preliminary objection based on the Constitution on the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal to proceed with the Contempt of Court allegation. President’s Counsel Kanag Iswaran contende


Sri Lanka stops import of Iranian oil ahead of sanctions

Views - 135 Thursday, 20 September 2018 02:08

The National: Sri Lanka has stopped crude imports from Iran and is actively switching to other crude grades, as South Asian importers, including India, significantly restrict supply in anticipation of US sanctions against Tehran. “We stopped as soo


No permission to hike wheat flour, market raids and court battle ahead

Views - 40 Thursday, 20 September 2018 02:08

There is no go-ahead whatsoever given by the Government to increase wheat flour prices in the domestic market, Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen said on 18 September. “Some wheat flour suppliers and millers have increased their flour


Sirisena asks public to join National Tree Planting program to meet environmental responsibilities

Views - 95 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:27

President Maithripala Sirisena says everyone must unite to fulfill the national responsibility of the National Tree Planting Week by planting at least a one tree in every house. The President pointed out that the main factor which determines the surv


Youth4Youth: Young Sri Lankans come together to drive lasting peace

Views - 94 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

A peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone. Peace will enable a sustainable environment to take shape, and a sustainable environment helps promote peace. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) promotes the importan


PCCSL releases Annual Report 2017

Views - 24 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

The Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL) received 116 complaints in 2017, of which 76 complaints were valid complaints falling within the purview of the PCCSL mechanism under the Editors’ Code of Professional Practice. Of the 76 valid c


Peace through the eyes of youth

Views - 73 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

Feeling for others and understanding others would not create a warring situation among people, Sasitha Gunawardena, who just pasted his most favourite phase on peace on the white board under four letters – DPCW, which means Declaration of Peace and


Speaker warns lawmakers

Views - 45 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama Speaker Karu Jayasuriya warned lawmakers yesterday to maintain the quorum at all times during each Parliament sitting. Bringing the seriousness of wasting public money and incapacity of Parliament to pass laws necessary to gov


SLFP calls for fresh probe into CID conduct leading to CDS arrest

Views - 165 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

By Nuwan Senarathna   The Sri Lanka Freedom Party yesterday raised suspicion over investigations that could lead to the possible arrest of the Chief of Defence Staff, alleging possible ulterior motives.   SLFP spokesperson Minister Mahinda Samarasi


Kamer Nizamdeen’s family urges Australian authorities to arrest real culprit

Views - 2326 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

A silent vigil was held yesterday at Independence Square demanding the release of KamerNizamdeen, with over 500 people gathering at the venue. Those gathered included family, friends, colleagues, civil society groups and rights activists. In a statem


MPs from both sides of the aisle call for DIG’s arrest

Views - 241 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

By Skandha Gunasekara Both Government and Joint Opposition MPs demanded in Parliament yesterday that Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Nalaka De Silva be arrested and investigated over his alleged involvement in a plot to assassinate President Maithripa


CID questions Namal Kumara

Views - 166 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:25

By Nuwan Senarathna The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday questioned Anti-Corruption Unit Director – Operations Namal Kumara, the individual who made headlines last week after he revealed an alleged attempt to assassinate the Presi


2/3rd in Parliament and Referendum require for 20th Amendment: AG

Views - 615 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:25

By S. S. Selvanayagam  The Attorney General yesterday told the Supreme Court that they are of the view that the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution, placed as a private member Bill, requires a 2/3rd majority in Parliament, and the consent o


Parliament must be first example of efficiency: President

Views - 87 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:25

Parliament must be an example of efficiency as a country that is moving towards development goals, said President Maithripala Sirisena. The President made these remarks participating in the inaugural ceremony of EvalColombo2018, held in Colombo yeste


Rear Admiral Weerasekara to file petition against SL resolution in UN

Views - 86 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:24

By Nuwan Senarathna Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara yesterday revealed that he will file a petition to the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) against the Government for co-sponsoring the resolution 30/1 of October 2015. At a conference organ


Coalition requests fair trial for Kamer

Views - 572 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:24

By Skandha Gunasekara A coalition of civil society and rights groups have issued a public statement calling on the Australian Government to ensure fair treatment of Kamer Nizamdeen and to expedite investigations into his arrest. Highlighting the fac


Wide inequalities in people’s well-being cast a shadow on sustained human development progress

Views - 76 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

New York: Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Ireland and Germany lead the ranking of 189 countries and territories in the latest Human Development Index (HDI), while Niger, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Chad and Burundi have the lowest scor


Sri Lankan Ambassador to Vienna recalled for not answering phone

Views - 327 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:38

President Maithripala Sirisena recalled his top envoy to Austria and five other Embassy staff for failing to answer his long-distance telephone calls, officials said on Saturday.


JO issues statement on investigation into abduction of Keith Noyahr

Views - 265 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:38

The Joint Opposition’s National Organiser MP Dullas Alahapperuma yesterday issued the following statement on the investigation into the abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr.


Sri Lanka-India joint naval exercise ends on successful note in Trincomalee

Views - 114 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:37

The Sri Lanka Navy-Indian Navy joint exercise SLINEX-2018, held in Trincomalee from 7-13 September, concluded on a successful note last week, the Navy said. Around 1,000 naval personnel from both countries....


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Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc


The bald truth about fake news, etc.

Friday, 21 September 2018

In its most innocent forms, we may all enjoy a bit of ‘fake news’ and go to bed with a lighter heart and clean conscience. A meme on Facebook urging social media consumers to caution – “You can’t believe everything you read on the internet


Withholding Taxes – What, why, when?

Thursday, 20 September 2018

The tax regime in Sri Lanka historically imposes WHT on both domestic as well as cross border payments. WHT on domestic payments eases revenue collection (e.g.: PAYE) while WHT on cross border payments are adopted by most countries to ensure that the


Withholding Taxes – What, why, when?

Thursday, 20 September 2018

The tax regime in Sri Lanka historically imposes WHT on both domestic as well as cross border payments. WHT on domestic payments eases revenue collection (e.g.: PAYE) while WHT on cross border payments are adopted by most countries to ensure that the


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