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MR wants Speaker to block UN Special Rapporteur from meeting CJ, judges

Views - 149 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent Opposition lawmakers including Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday requested Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to prevent the visiting United Nations Special Rapporteur fr


Migrant households are less likely to be in debt, IPS study reveals

Views - 112 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

Currently, over one in every 14 households in Sri Lanka has an international migrant, while one in every 11 households receives remittances. In this context, the latest study by the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) and the Sri Lanka Bu


Defence Secy and IGP bail revision application fixed for 1 August

Views - 48 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

The bail revision application filed before the Colombo High Court against the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s order granting bail to IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando will be taken up on 1 August. The decision was ma


President rejects criticism over Easter attacks

Views - 69 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena has said he rejects allegations levelled against his administration over the Easter Sunday attacks and emphasised that his administration had fulfilled its duties and responsibilities to restore security after the tragi


JVP wants answers from Govt. on waste containers

Views - 71 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

Opposition lawmaker Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday criticised the Government in Parliament for not updating the House on details of the waste containers shipped to Sri Lanka and demanded to know what steps will be taken by the responsible parties


JO calls on President to take action on waste containers

Views - 114 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday called on President Maithripala Sirisena to take measures to prevent future imports of medical waste that could lead to potential health concerns and conduct an investigation on people responsible for the incident.


P’ment vote makes Port City part of SL

Views - 383 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

Lawmakers passed a historical resolution yesterday in Parliament, adding 1,105 acres of the Port City Colombo to Sri Lanka under the provisions of the Administrative Districts Act. Internal and Home Affairs and Provincial Councils and Local Governmen


SL economy likely to rebound later in the year

Views - 156 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent Sri Lanka’s economy is expected to rebound in the remaining quarters of 2019, due to policy measures taken by the Government to restore normalcy and support affected sectors in the aftermath of the


Rs. 5 m reward for Easter Sunday attack informant: Police

Views - 100 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) C.D. Wickramaratne yesterday decided to give a reward of Rs. 5 million to the individual who had provided information, which led to locating explosives in two safe houses in Sammanthurai. Police media spo


United Nations High Level Forum on Sustainable Development Goals

Views - 303 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:52

The High-Level Forum on sustainable development and the High Level Segment of Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) meeting was held from 8 to 19 July at the United Nations (UN) Head Quarters in New York and this important event was attended by over 1


Discussion on constitutional powers of the President post-19A

Views - 172 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:51

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will hold an informative discussion on the constitutional powers of the President post the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Chamber CEO Dhara Wijayatilake explained why the discussion is being organised. “Presiden


Zahira College holds Nelson Mandela Day

Views - 183 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:49

Zahira College Colombo recently organised Nelson Mandela Day at the College Gaffoor Hall. High Commissioner of South Africa in Sri Lanka R.P. Maks was present as Chief Guest. It was held under the patronage of Principal of the College Trizviiy Marikk


Korea-South Asia Inter-Parliamentary Diplomacy Forum launched in Seoul

Views - 69 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:48

The Korea-South Asia Inter-Parliamentary Diplomacy Forum, initiated by Republic of Korea Speaker of the National Assembly Moon Hee Sang, was launched at the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea on 18 July, with the intention of strengthening In


Drug smuggling masterminded from within Welikada prison: President

Views - 111 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:47

Inmates of Welikada Prison have become the main obstacle to law enforcement efforts, President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday, as investigations into the recent apprehension 270 kg of heroin revealed that operations were masterminded from within


Petition filed seeking new laws against importing waste

Views - 107 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:47

By Shanika Sriyananda The Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) yesterday filed a petition before the Court of Appeal to order the Government to draft new laws blocking imports of waste materials to Sri Lanka. The petition was filed against the C


Defense Secy and IGP case moved to October

Views - 89 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:45

The case against suspended IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando in connection with the Easter Sunday terrorist attack, was taken up for hearing yesterday by the Colombo Chief Magistrate court. Hemasiri Fernando and Pu


SLPP calls for tough measure to prevent communal violence

Views - 261 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:44

Marking the 36th Anniversary of Black July, which falls this week, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday called on the Government to take measures to prevent a repetition of communal violence in the country. Speaking to media at SLPP head


Dr. Shafi’s FR petition postponed to 6 August

Views - 94 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:43

By S.S. Selvanayagam Supreme Court yesterday deferred to 6 August for granting of Leave to Proceed, the Fundamental Rights petition filed on behalf of Dr. Mohamed Shafi Shihabdeen (42) of Kurunegala Teaching hospital. The Bench comprising Justices B.


SC fixes Sandya Ekneligoda’s petition on 21 November

Views - 199 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:43

The Supreme Court yesterday re-fixed to support on 21 November the petition for granting of Special Leave to Appeal filed by Sandya Ekneligoda to set aside a suspended sentence given by the Homagama High Court to Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretar


Bribery case against President’s ex-Chief of Staff to be heard from 9 August

Views - 35 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:41

By Manopriya Gunasekera The case filed against President Maithripala Sirisena’s former Chief of Staff and former Head of the State Timber Corporation for taking a bribe of Rs. 20 million from an Indian investor will be heard from 9 August, the Spe


June inflation at 2.1%

Views - 44 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:41

Inflation in June rose to 2.1% year-on-year but declined from 3.5% posted in May, mainly on lower food prices, the Census and Statistics Department said yesterday. Issuing National Consumer Price Index (NCPI), for the month of June, Director General


AG calls for report on progress of Easter attack investigations

Views - 33 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:41

Attorney General Dappula de Livera yesterday requested a report on the progress of investigations into the Easter Sunday attacks from Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) C.D. Wickramaratne. In a letter to the Acting IGP the Attorney General has


Maths tutor connected to Kalagedihena attack remanded till 29 July

Views - 48 Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:40

Mathematic tutor Dinesh Nuwan Amaratunga along with seven other suspects in connection with an alleged attack on a van by a group of people at Kalagedihena have been remanded till 29 July by the Attanagalle Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Police Spok


Friends of Sri Lanka relaunched in newly-elected European Parliament

Views - 179 Monday, 22 July 2019 01:54

The ‘Friends of Sri Lanka Group’ was relaunched by the newly-elected European Parliament in Strasbourg on 17 July. Group Chairman, MEP and British Conservative Geoffrey Van Orden, who founded the Friends Group in 2006 made the opening remarks. Am


Special Japan Immigration form directed at Sri Lanka arrivals called ‘racist’

Views - 414 Monday, 22 July 2019 01:52

The Asahi Shimbun: An organisation that assists refugees is criticising immigration officials for singling out and discriminating against Sri Lankan nationals seeking to enter Japan by asking them if they face possible difficulties returning home. O


Lankan envoy in UK meets London Mayor Sadiq Khan

Views - 169 Monday, 22 July 2019 01:52

The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the UK Manisha Gunasekera met with London Mayor Sadiq Khan on 4 July at the City Hall in London. The High Commissioner had a productive discussion with the London Mayor on strengthening Sri Lanka’s cooperation


St Sebastian’s Church damaged in Easter Sunday blasts reconsecrated

Views - 159 Monday, 22 July 2019 01:42

(PTI): The St Sebastian’s Church in Sri Lanka’s western coastal town of Negombo was re-consecrated on Sunday, three months after it was badly damaged in the Easter Sunday blasts that rocked the island nation. A monument with the names of 114 peop


10,000 brick and mortar type houses for conflict-affected Northern and Eastern Provinces

Views - 314 Monday, 22 July 2019 01:40

On the initiative of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as Minister of National Policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Northern Province Development and Youth Affairs, 10,000 brick and mortar type houses are being implemented i


Unity helped SL recover from Easter attacks: PM

Views - 136 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:10

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said that Sri Lanka is recovering from the Easter Sunday attacks and expressed gratitude to the people for coming together to overcome the challenges created by the suicide bombings. Releasing a statemen


Muzammil calls on Archbishop

Views - 162 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:10

Western Province Governor A.J.M. Muzammil called on Archbishop Reverend Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith at the Bishop’s House yesterday to extend an invitation to ‘The National Conference on Peace, Harmony and Coexistence’ to be held at the Nelum Poku


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Why are Sri Lankan passports so bad?

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

My children have two different passports, making them a sort of case study in the stupidity and ultimate cruelty of passports. My daughter has a white passport, so no visas required. My son has a brown passport and he has to prove that he’s not try


Concept of Free Zones and their economic importance

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

With the growth of cross broader international trade, economic liberalisation and relocation of manufacturing facilities to economical location in search of competitive advantages, the concept of Free Zones was born. Free Zones include varieties of F


Howard at the PIM

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

A number of very important people called to thank me for inviting them to the very popular presentation by Dr. Howard Nicholas. It was held on 18 July at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) auditorium. The title of the presentation was ‘


“Sri Lanka’s future lies in producing exportable manufactured goods”: Dr. Howard Nicholas

Monday, 22 July 2019

Drawing lessons from Vietnam’s experiences The Sri Lanka-born economist attached to The Hague based Institute of Social Studies – Dr. Howard Nicholas – addressing a packed audience consisting of the alumni of the Postgraduate Institute of Manag


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