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Milinda meets India’s Kalinga International Foundation

Views - 140 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:26

The Pathfinder Foundation and India’s Kalinga International Foundation (KIF) held a roundtable discussion covering the different facets of Indo-Lanka relations recently in Colombo. KIF Chairman and f


Nalin Bandara participates at 22nd International Homeland Security Exhibition ‘Interpolitex 2018’

Views - 154 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:25

A three-member delegation headed by Deputy Minister of Public Administration and Management and Law and Order Nalin Bandara visited Russia to participate at the 22nd International Homeland Security Exhibition ‘Interpolitex 2018’ held from 23-26 O


Sri Lanka Embassy in Ha Noi celebrates Vietnamese Women’s Day for 3rd consecutive year

Views - 160 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:25

Viet Nam celebrates Women’s Day on 20 October, the day that the Viet Nam Women’s Union was established in 1930. The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Viet Nam for the third consecutive year, organised an Informal Networking Reception to celebrate Viet N


Amunugama hosts lunch for a high-level delegation from Kalinga Lanka Foundation

Views - 125 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:10

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Sarath Amunugama hosted a lunch on 30 October, soon after assuming duties at the Ministry, for the Founder President of the Kalinga Lanka Foundation and former Foreign Secretary of India, Ambassador Lalit Mansingh and


JVP calls for democracy to be upheld

Views - 265 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00


Ex-Maldives President back from exile, says new Government will clear $ 3 billion China loan

Views - 186 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

Reuters: Maldives’ opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed, returning from exile yesterday, said the new government, which his party backs, will work to pay off $ 3 billion in Chinese loans, mainly borrowed by the government of outgoing president Abdulla


US Ambassador Teplitz assumes duties

Views - 237 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz officially began her tenure as the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka yesterday after presenting her credentials to President Sirisena. The ceremony was held at the President’s official residence. Ambassador Teplitz was accom


UNP rejects Vote on Account

Views - 1056 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

The United National Party (UNP) yesterday confirmed they would be out in force when parliament is reconvened and rejected a Vote on Account as the legality of the Prime Minister’s appointment remains unsettled. The Speaker positively responded to


Customs nab 2 Sri Lankans smuggling illegal cigarettes

Views - 84 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Customs officials have arrested two Sri Lankan passengers at the Katunayake Airport for attempting to illegally bring a stock of cigarettes into the country from Singapore. Customs Spokesman Sunil Jayaratne said the two suspects are busines


Pakistan envoy calls on MR, Speaker

Views - 114 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

Pakistani High Commissioner Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat met former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Speaker Parliament Karu Jayasuriya yesterday. During the meetings, the current political situation in Sri Lanka was discussed. The High Commissioner reite


Foreign Minister Dr Sarath Amunugama meets SAARC Ambassadors

Views - 223 Thursday, 1 November 2018 01:26

Foreign Minister Dr Sarath Amunugama met the Ambassadors of SAARC nations at his office yesterday. The Ambassadors of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Maldives and Pakistan were present on this occasion to discuss matters of mutual interest. Mi


New Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha assumes duties

Views - 881 Thursday, 1 November 2018 01:26

Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, a senior officer of the Sri Lanka Foreign Service, assumed duties as the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday, having being appointed to the position by President Maithripala Sirisena. The new Foreign


Australia concerned by political developments in Sri Lanka

Views - 133 Thursday, 1 November 2018 01:25

Canberra: As a longstanding friend, Australia is concerned by political developments in Sri Lanka, Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Senator Marise Payne said in a statement yesterday. “It is important that issues be addressed expeditiously th


Imthiaz has faith Speaker will convene Parliament

Views - 660 Thursday, 1 November 2018 01:25

Unfolding before the eyes of a nation is an unprecedented sequence of events, and a historic moment in Sri Lanka’s post-independence era, said former UNP Parliamentarian and leading light of the party, Imthiaz Bakeer Markar, in reaction to the cons


Sacking of PM Ranil Wickremesinghe: Attorney General in a pickle

Views - 379 Thursday, 1 November 2018 01:23

By A special Correspondent Advising one party whose position may be at odds with the President’s position could put the Attorney General in a pickle, which may explain why he has declined to give an opinion, lawyers told the Daily FT. The experts s


Sri Lankan political crisis threatens media independence: Reporters Without Borders

Views - 144 Thursday, 1 November 2018 01:23

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) this week urged the Sri Lankan authorities to respect journalists’ safety and editorial independence after supporters of Mahinda Rajapaksa – the new prime minister, whose appointment is being disputed – invaded s


Diplomats meet with Speaker over current political crisis

Views - 162 Thursday, 1 November 2018 01:22

A group of envoys to Sri Lanka yesterday met with the Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya at the Parliament Complex and held a special discussion on the current political crisis in the country. The political uncertainty was created as a result of P


Water Resources Board launches preparation of long term water resources plan for Sri Lanka

Views - 314 Thursday, 1 November 2018 01:18

Minister in charge of Irrigation Water Resources and Disaster Management, Duminda Dissanayake, addressing the dignitaries at the launch event expressed his thoughts on the effective management of water quality and availability being a priority of thi


Sri Lanka celebrates 73rd anniversary of United Nations

Views - 122 Thursday, 1 November 2018 01:17

The United Nations last week celebrated its 73rd anniversary, marking the founding of its Charter which enshrines the UN’s commitment to the people of the world on Human Rights, Peace and Security, and Development. Over the past 63 years of partner


Sri Lanka-Philippines hold second Political Consultations

Views - 78 Thursday, 1 November 2018 01:17

Sri Lanka and the Philippines successfully convened their second Political Consultations in Manila. The meeting, co-chaired by Sumith Nakandala, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka and Enrique A. Manalo, Undersecretar


Sri Lanka Foreign Policy and Economic Diplomacy Dialogue 2018 concludes successfully

Views - 12 Thursday, 1 November 2018 01:16

The Valedictory Session of the Sri Lanka Foreign Policy and Economic Diplomacy Dialogue, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was held at the Ministry last week . The participating diplomats from 23 countries received their certificates from


Civil society hands over petition with 16,000 signatures to Speaker

Views - 11 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:00

Civil Society representatives met Speaker Karu Jayasuriya in his Office yesterday to hand over a petition containing 16,000 signatures, calling on him to convene Parliament immediately and to restore democracy. The Civil Society representatives urged


Tussle at Temple Trees

Views - 14 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:00

As the constitutional deadlock persists, one of Sri Lanka’s Prime Ministers’ complained to the IGP about attacks on his staff who visited Temple Trees, while the other issued a statement from the ‘Prime Minister’s Office’, indicating a tres


New US envoy arrives

Views - 9 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:00

The new US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz arrived yesterday.  Teplitz, a member of the Senior Foreign Service will also concurrently serve as Ambassador to the Maldives.  She is replacing Ambassador Atul Keshap, who left Sri Lanka in Au


Eager to build majority, Mahinda seeks TNA support

Views - 166 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

By a staff reporter Newly-appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had requested the support of the Tamil National Alliance to build his majority in Parliament yesterday, Daily FT learns. The former President met with Tamil National Alliance Leader


Sirisena meets foreign envoys

Views - 48 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena held a meeting with foreign ambassadors and high commissioners in Sri Lanka at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (29), to apprise them on the prevailing political situation of the country. During this meeting, Siri


UK urges President to reconvene Parliament immediately

Views - 32 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

The United Kingdom has joined the United States, the European Union and other countries to mount pressure on President Maithripala Sirisena to reconvene Parliament immediately to resolve the crisis before it turns violent and plunge the country into


Britain observing Sri Lanka developments with ‘concern’

Views - 128 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said yesterday that the Government was observing the political situation in Sri Lanka with a “great deal of concern.” The Foreign Secretary made these comments in response to a question from Conservative MP S


Appointment of new PM irks international actors

Views - 312 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

International pressure continued to mount against President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to appoint a new Prime Minister yesterday, even as thousands gathered in Colombo to urge Parliament to reconvene to end a constitutional deadlock. Former US


EU asks Sirisena to reconvene Parliament; says SL at risk of instability and unrest

Views - 155 Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:00

The European Union has asked Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena to reconvene Parliament immediately as the sudden deterioration of the situation in Sri Lanka over the weekend puts the country at risk of instability and unrest. Along with other


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The Brahmin footprint in Sri Lankan history

Saturday, 17 November 2018

It is generally said that there are no genuine “Sri Lankan” Brahmins in the island today, and that those Brahmins who officiate as priests in Hindu kovils (temples) are of Indian origin with close ties with Tamil Nadu.


Country paying for Sirisena’s childlike behaviour

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Many were surprised on 26 October to see former President Rajapaksa being appointed Prime Minister by the very man who defeated him a couple years ago, at a considerable risk to himself and to those who helped him win the election. Then events beca


The JR-MR effect

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Sri Lanka over the last few weeks has experienced a twin crisis. One is political provoked by its Constitution, and the other economic engendered by its politics. However, this crisis is the combined effect of two previous presidencies, those of J.R.


The fish that swallowed the whale

Friday, 16 November 2018

This is an easy-peasy, elementary effort of an ordinary citizen to comprehend the mad scramble for power among the political class. It is undertaken in the belief that the crisis we face is an opportunity to reject the family kleptocracy of Mahinda R


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