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Australian Direct Aid Program calls for applications

Views - 119 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:28

The Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) is now open for applications. The DAP is a flexible small grants program that has helped hundreds of organisations around the world, including in Sri Lanka and Maldives, to make a real diffe


New Executive Director at LKI

Views - 124 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:00

The Board of Management of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute (LKI) has appointed Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja as Executive Director (Actg). Dr. Wignaraja joined LKI from the Asian Development Bank in mid-2017 as Chair of the Global Economy Program (suppor


JO expects over 200,000 participants for ‘Jana Balaya Colombata’ rally

Views - 757 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:07

The Joint Opposition (JO) are expecting over 200,000 participants for their protest rally scheduled to take place in Colombo on Wednesday.


Need to support moderate religious leaders to curb extremism: Lt. Gen. Adato

Views - 119 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:06

Governments need to gain the support of moderate religious leaders to increase their influence on the community to prevent the spread of extremism while having professionals on the ground to maintain good relations with law enforcement agencies and l


President visits Lumbini

Views - 65 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:03

President Maithripala Sirisena, who attended the 4th Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) held in Kathmandu, Nepal, commenced his two-day state visit to Nepal with the conclusion of th


Wildlife Dept. to conduct post-mortem of dead elephants in Polonnaruwa

Views - 55 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:01

The five carcasses of the elephants that were found in the Mahaweli marshes in Polonnaruwa have been removed by the Department of Wildlife to carry out a post-mortem.


Northern people have bigger problems than war memorials: Rajitha

Views - 47 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

People of post-war north are grappling with bigger issues concerning their basic needs and not bothered about war memorials


President meets ministry secretaries

Views - 29 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

A meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and the secretaries to ministries was held at the Presidential Secretariat on 27 August.


President Xi Jinping extends birthday greetings to President Maithripala Sirisena

Views - 36 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

On 28 August, Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan called upon President Maithripala Sirisena, and handed over a letter of birthday greetings from President Xi Jinping. In the letter, President Xi congratulated his Sri Lankan counterpart on the latter’s 67th b


Hakeem meets largest water technology lab builder

Views - 52 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

Minister of City Planning and Water Supply Rauff Hakeem this week met Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Prof. Wei and senior officials of the construction company, China Railway Number-4 Engineering Group (CTCEG) which has undertaken the construction


USS Anchorage conducts exercise at sea with Sri Lanka Navy

Views - 84 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

The USS Anchorage joined the Sri Lankan naval ship Suranimila to conduct an exercise at sea on 28 August.  The exercise allowed the ships to improve each crews’ knowledge and strengthen a wide variety of seamanship skills critical to operating thr


10% employment of CPC will be offered to children of employees: Minister Arjuna Ranatunga

Views - 103 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Ranatunga stated that they decided to offer 10% employment


Amunugama asks English language instructors to empower rural youth

Views - 51 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

Minister Dr.Sarath Amunugama addressing a batch of English language instructors recruited recently by the Vocational Training Authority (VTA) said that it was their duty to empower their students adequately in the English language so that they would


Court rejects appeal against Gnanasara Thero’s sentence

Views - 150 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

Court of Appeal yesterday declined to grant formal leave to appeal to the Supreme Court contesting its judgment of the conviction and the sentence of Gnanasara Thero on 8 August.


Gota backs JO protest rally

Views - 166 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday called for the support of intellectuals and professionals to support the Joint Opposition rally to be held on 5 September.


UN expert on debt and human rights to visit Sri Lanka next week

Views - 65 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

Geneva: United Nations Foreign Debt and Human Rights Independent Expert Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky will conduct


Attitudinal change a must to move forward says HRC Chief

Views - 89 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka Chairperson Dr. Deepika Udagama believes attitudes of the people must change


Australian Police charge Sri Lankan with terror plotting

Views - 213 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

SYDNEY (Reuters): Australia has arrested and charged a Sri Lankan man with planning a terror attack after finding “symbolic


CA to consider Gnanasara Thero appeal application today

Views - 105 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:52

The Court of Appeal on 29 August deferred for today the decision to consider granting Gnanasara Thero permission to file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the sentence delivered against him by the Court


Social media part of global disruptive forces: PM

Views - 91 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:52

Advanced cyber security threats, including those that could emerge from social media, are part of non-traditional threats that countries must work together to quell, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe


Police arrest close associates of drug kingpin

Views - 235 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:51

Two suspects connected to underworld figure Makandure Madush were taken into custody on Wednesday by the Police, along with weapons. According to the Police media unit, the operation was conducted by the Organised Crimes branch, and the arrests were


Enterprise Sri Lanka exhibition revives Monaragala

Views - 427 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:51

Enterprise Sri Lanka, the first entrepreneurial exhibition focusing on the development of enterprises and the creation of 100,000 new entrepreneurs by 2020, was opened to the public at the Monaragala District Secretariat office on 29 August. Prime Mi


Japan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs commissions two patrol vessels provided via Rs. 2.3 b gra

Views - 445 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:10

State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Kazuyuki Nakane visited Sri Lanka from 28 to 30 August. During his stay, he participated in the Commissioning Ceremony of patrol vessels and held meetings with Sri Lankan government leaders in order to prom


President Sirisena meets Indian PM

Views - 41 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:03

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday expressed his deep appreciation of the commitment made by President Maithripala Sirisena to achieve reconciliation and sustainable peace while ensuring democrac


President appeals to BIMSTEC leaders to take collective steps against drug menace

Views - 34 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:03

President Maithripala Sirisena called on the leaders of states in the Bay of Bengal region to take collective steps against the drug menace with narcotics smugglers using ocean routes for drug smuggling.


Indian Housing Project extends to Monaragala District

Views - 141 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:02

In a special ceremony held yesterday at the Kumarawatta Estate in the Monaragala District, India High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu along with Public Administration, Management and Law and Order Minister Ranjit Madduma Bandara, Hill Country New


US hands over high endurance cutter to Sri Lanka Navy

Views - 118 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:01

On 27 August, the US Coast Guard handed over a high endurance cutter, formerly the USCGC Sherman, to the Sri Lankan Navy in a ceremony presided over by Sri Lanka Navy Commander Vice


Over Rs. 2.5 b losses incurred by Mahapola Trust fund

Views - 860 Thursday, 30 August 2018 01:08

By Chathuri Dissanayake The two fund management companies set up to handle Mahapola Higher Education Trust Fund are to be liquidated after incurring losses of over Rs. 2.5 billion during the last 15 years. The Government this week gave approval to


Warm welcome for President in Nepal

Views - 33 Thursday, 30 August 2018 01:07

President Maithripala Sirisena, who left for Nepal to attend the 4th Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), arrived at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu yesterday. The


Provincial election may be further delayed, hints Rajitha

Views - 61 Thursday, 30 August 2018 01:07

Hinting at a further delay in holding Provincial Council elections, Cabinet Co-Spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne yesterday said that polls could be held in January only under the new mixed system which has been opposed by majority of parties. “We can


Today's Columnists

STEAMing STEM – Moving from horoscopes to telescopes!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Walking into an inventors’ exhibition should give one an experience similar to an immersion into the future. The world change with inventions and inventors lead the change. The creativity displayed is an indicator of the creativity of the society f


STEAMing STEM – Moving from horoscopes to telescopes!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Walking into an inventors’ exhibition should give one an experience similar to an immersion into the future. The world change with inventions and inventors lead the change. The creativity displayed is an indicator of the creativity of the society f


There is smoke in the eyes of those who do not want to see!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Shyamon Jayasinghe, a former citizen of Sri Lanka, now living in Victoria, Australia, writing to Daily FT in a Guest Column article has given an old college try at the President of Sri Lanka by announcing about a cloaked portentous writing on the wal


Modi celebrates birthday whilst making India strong – Lesson for SL

Thursday, 20 September 2018

The Indian Prime Minister celebrated his birthday earlier this week in the backdrop of India growing at a blistering performance of 7.1%. The January-March quarter saw the highest GDP growth in the last seven quarters with India becoming the sixth la


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