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‘Vipathmaga’ blueprint to build castles in the air: Mangala

Views - 572 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday in a statement said that SLPP’s presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ‘economic blueprint’, unveiled on Sunday, was meant to build castles in the air. Following is Samaraweera’s statemen


Sajith promises prosperity for all under his leadership

Views - 142 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

By Nisthar Cassim UNP presidential candidate hopeful Minister Sajith Premadasa yesterday promised a truly prosperous nation to all people, as opposed to enriching a select few as rulers to date have done in Sri Lanka. Delivering the 22nd M.A. Bakeer


AG files indictment against 13 in Avant-Garde high seas arms trafficking case

Views - 85 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

The Attorney General’s Department yesterday filed indictment in the Avant-Garde High Seas Arms Trafficking case before a Trial-At-Bar against 13 persons including Avant-Garde Maritime Services Ltd.


SLFP backs neutral symbol for coalition with SLPP

Views - 595 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

By Nuwan Senarathna The war of words over which symbol is to be used to represent the coalition between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) continued yesterday, with the former backing a neutral symbol, warn


SLPP refuses to budge on symbol

Views - 172 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

The simmering debate on the symbol for the proposed coalition between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) continued yesterday, with Opposition MP Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena saying they will not change their sta


TISL files failure to submit asset declaration complaint against eight Cabinet Ministers

Views - 202 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) yesterday filed a complaint with the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC), citing information obtained through the Right to Information Act, which shows that eight members


Pakistan claims at UN HR forum ‘genocide’ in Kashmir, sees no talks with India

Views - 70 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

Geneva (Reuters): Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told the top United Nations human rights forum on Tuesday that India’s “illegal military occupation” of the Muslim-majority territory of Kashmir raises the spectre of “genocide


Flower bud is the most suitable symbol: SLPP 

Views - 244 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 01:31

By Nuwan Senarathna The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday stuck fast to their intention to keep the flower bud as their symbol insisting it is the most suitable symbol for the proposed coalition as it is more popular among the public. SLFP


Herath appointed to fill MP post left vacant by death of Salinda Dissanayake

Views - 63 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 01:30

The Election Commission has selected H.M.D.B. Herath to fill the vacancy left by the death of United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Member of Parliament Salinda Dissanayake. In an Extraordinary Gazette issued yesterday by the Election Commission,


Australian Sri Lanka bomb victims offered compensation

Views - 102 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 01:30

Australian residents who were injured or lost a family member in the Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka can apply to the Federal Government for compensation. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said on Sunday the eight suicide bombings on 21


Sajith claims no crisis in UNP, only democracy

Views - 425 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 01:30

United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader Minister Sajith Premadasa claimed yesterday that for those who are unfamiliar with democracy may see there is an internal crisis in the UNP, but it is the true democracy that is at work. He points out that th


Drug kingpin Kanjipani further remanded

Views - 28 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 01:29

The Colombo Magistrate yesterday further remanded the underworld drug leader Mohamed Najim Mohamed Imran alias Kanjipani Imran who has been sentenced to rigorous imprisonment, until 20 September on charges of threatening to two Police officers with d


SL to hold largest international conservation symposium

Views - 166 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 01:28

Sri Lanka will host the largest international conservation-focused symposium of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) for the first time with the participation of over 400 international and local scientists from 10 to 13 Septem


Saudi Shoura Council Speaker leads delegation to Sri Lanka for high-level talks

Views - 109 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 01:27

A delegation of the Shoura Council of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia led by its Speaker Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh have arrived in Sri Lanka for an official visit on an invitation by the Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament. Upon his arrival in the capital


20 Sri Lankan bureaucrats to visit Pakistan

Views - 45 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:58

The High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, has organised training of 20 high-ranking Sri Lankan bureaucrats in Pakistan from 15 to 27 September at Pakistan’s National School of P


Ministry initiates strategy for accountable results-based public service

Views - 109 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:58

The Ministry of National Policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, Northern Province Development and Youth Affairs has initiated action to launch and mainstream the strategy for Managing for Development Results (MfDR)/Results Based


Japanese Ambassador gets report of International Advisory Group on Indian Ocean security

Views - 101 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:57

Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage, Director of Centers for Indo-Lanka Initiatives and Law of the Sea of Pathfinder Foundation, handed over the first copy of a report produced by the International Advisory Group (IAG) to Japanese Ambassador Akira Sugiy


Dr. Moragodage Christopher Walter Pinto receives Deshamanya award

Views - 56 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:56

Dr. Moragodage Christopher Walter Pinto was presented with the Deshamanya award by President Maithripala Sirisena at the 2019 National Honours Ceremony held recently. Dr. Pinto is a leading specialist in international law and former diplomat. In 19


National Honours conferred on Prof. Lakshman R. Watawala

Views - 40 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:55

President Maithripala Sirisena conferred the National Honours 2019 Sri Lanka Sikhamani on Prof. Lakshman R. Watawala for distinguished services of a general nature in honour of the outstanding services rendered by him to the Motherland. The ceremony


Dr. Surath Wickramasinghe awarded National Honour of Deshamanya

Views - 16 Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:52

The investiture ceremony of National Honours 2019 to honour and felicitate distinguished personalities who have rendered outstanding and invaluable services to the Motherland was held at the BMICH on 19 August. President Maithripala Sirisena conferre


Two die, 13 critical after faith healing fiasco in Horowupotana

Views - 183 Monday, 9 September 2019 00:00

AFP: Two people died from heat exhaustion after attending a mass open air faith healing session in northeast Sri Lanka which left 13 others fighting for their lives, police said Sunday. Around 10,000 people, some of whom were seriously ill, had gath


Rs. 6,000 monthly to families of missing persons

Views - 52 Monday, 9 September 2019 00:00

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday revealed that the Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal to pay a monthly allowance of Rs. 6,000 to each family of missing persons. He instructed the members of the missing persons to obtain the C


Work begins for new Town Hall in Jaffna

Views - 144 Monday, 9 September 2019 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe laid the foundation stone to the new Town Hall in Jaffna yesterday. Megapolis and Western Region Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, Jaffna Mayor Arnold Emmanuel, State Minister of Education Wijekala Mah


Penal Code amendment to axe Queen and replace with Republic

Views - 605 Monday, 9 September 2019 00:00

By Chandani Kirinde Nearly half a century after the country became a Republic, Parliament is set to amend the Penal Code to do away with the words that link the country to its colonial past. Words that will be consigned to the legal dustbins of hist


Editors resolve 274 complaints under ‘Right of Reply’ option

Views - 94 Monday, 9 September 2019 00:00

National newspaper Editors resolved 243 complaints made directly to them by aggrieved readers in 2018 and 31 complaints with the involvement of the Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL). During the year under review, the PCCSL received 79


Pathfinder Foundation in dialogue with CIIS

Views - 144 Saturday, 7 September 2019 00:10

China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) Vice President and Senior Research Fellow Dr. Rong Ying together with two other Assistant Research Fellows met with the leadership of the Pathfinder Foundation (PF) early this week. PF Founder Milinda M


Northern fishermen want Govt. support

Views - 133 Saturday, 7 September 2019 00:10

Fishermen in Mannar have appealed to the Government to build a fisheries harbour in Pesalai and support to stop Indian fishermen illegally fishing in Sri Lankan waters. The appeal was made when Vanni District MP and Industry and Commerce Minister Ri


Fielding Presidential candidate only if coalition talks fail: SLFP

Views - 88 Saturday, 7 September 2019 00:05

The SLFP yesterday said even though they had announced plans to field a Presidential candidate, such a move was merely a contingency plan in case coalition talks with the SLPP failed.


112th Feast of National Shrine of Our Lady of Matara today

Views - 156 Saturday, 7 September 2019 00:01

The 112th Annual Feast of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Matara will be held today (7). Holy masses will be held at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The Bishops and other dignitaries will be welcomed at 3:30 p.m. The Bishop of Ratnapura the Mos


Ministerial Committee to be appointed on human-elephant conflict

Views - 37 Saturday, 7 September 2019 00:01

The Government will appoint a committee comprising ministers responsible for wildlife and forests to meet on a monthly basis with department heads and the lawmakers representing areas under wild elephant attacks to evaluate the progress of preventive


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Doomsday experts and entrepreneurial policymaking

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Views of two economic experts caught my eye last week. While one has given a scathing criticism of the Government for its handling of the economy, the other has given an analysis of the so-called “debt problem” of Sri Lanka. Doomsday scenario by


Gotabaya’s promise and corporate Sri Lanka

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

In the backdrop of the $ 93 billion economy, Sri Lanka is wobbling with overall household consumption declining to 4.7% growth and GDP forecasted at 2.7%, which means Sri Lanka is in for tough times. In this backdrop the first candidate off the block


Industry 4.0, disruptive technology and MAS Matrix: An example for way forward in Sri Lanka

Monday, 16 September 2019

Technology has always been disruptive. When a new technology is introduced, it changes the way the humankind lives, behaves, earns, interacts and communicates. Some 10,000 years ago, when agriculture and animal breeding were domesticated through the


Radically reinvented reality: Relevance to Sri Lanka

Monday, 16 September 2019

I am delighted to be involved in the National HR Conference 2019, the largest HR event in South Asia. This time it is on the theme ‘Radically Reinvented Reality’. We need to take another look at the way we act institutionally and nationally, in u


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