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Feasibility before tabs: Thilanga

Views - 367 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) lawmaker Thilanga Sumathipala yesterday called on the Government to commence a pilot project to assess the practicality of providing tablet PCs for Advanced Level students. The proposal, which has been in the


CA overrules Preliminary Objections on C.V. contempt of court charges

Views - 182 Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:34

The Court of Appeal yesterday overruled the Preliminary Objection raised on the Contempt of Court allegation against former Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran. Justice Janak De Silva, with Justice Kumudini Wickramasinghe concurring, ma


Pakistan President confers military honour upon Sri Lanka’s Chief of Defence Staff

Views - 249 Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:32

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s President Dr. Arif Alvi Wednesday conferred Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military) upon Chief of Defence Staff of Sri Lankan Armed Forces Admiral Ravindra Chandrasiri Wijegunaratne in a special investiture ceremony held here at the Aiwan-


MR backs unemployed graduates

Views - 232 Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:31

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday condemned the use of tear gas and water cannons on a protest carried out by a group of unemployed graduates at Fort and called on the Government to commence discussions to find solutions to address their


OHCHR meets Sagala, discusses UNHRC report on SL to March session

Views - 165 Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:29

A high-profile delegation from the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday held a meeting with Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka on a wide range of matters including Sri Lanka’s progress on U


UK announces Core Group will submit resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC session

Views - 179 Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:28

The United Kingdom on Monday announced that the Core Group on Sri Lanka will present a resolution at the 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) scheduled to be held from 25 February - 22 March. The Core Group on Sri Lanka, co


Challenge of extraditing Makandure Madush and other criminals in Dubai back to Sri Lanka

Views - 1889 Thursday, 14 February 2019 01:06

The notorious underworld criminals and drug smugglers including Makandure Madush, who were arrested in Dubai, could not be brought back to the country as Sri Lanka’s Parliament has not yet endorsed the Extradition Treaty signed by Sri Lanka and the


Right to Information Commission holds first public sitting and appeal hearing in Ampara

Views - 123 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

As Sri Lanka marks two years of operationalisation of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, No. 12 of 2016 on 3 February, the Right to Information Commission (RTIC) is pleased to announce the commencement of public sittings and the hearing of appeals i


Release of two books by Sri Lanka RTI Commission on RTI Act and Regime

Views - 110 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

Two books by Sri Lanka RTI Commission on RTI Act and Regime have been released online. The first volume contains extracts from selected orders of the Commission during 2017-2018 with keywords, synopsis of decisions and important principles highlight


Preliminary Objections raised;costs sought by Respondents

Views - 228 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

Counsels for the Respondent, including for Ranil Wickremesinghe, raised Preliminary Objections on the maintainability of the Writ of Quo Warranto applicationyesterday, and sought Court to award the Respondents futile costs.  The Bench, comprising Ju


Amal and Nadeemal’s YouTube videos produced before Dubai Police 

Views - 368 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

The Bur Dubai Police authorities are yet to confirm the blood test of singer Amal Perera, who was arrested with the most wanted underworld criminal Makandure Madush, for consuming drugs, Attorney-at-law Udul Premaratne said. Premaratne said that Nade


Attacks on judiciary and independent commissions will weaken war on drugs: PM

Views - 118 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

Criticising independent Commissions as well as attacking the independent Judiciary will weaken the control and eradication of narcotics, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday. Speaking at an event in Maligawatte today, the Premier said b


New regulations for appointing Justice of Peace

Views - 275 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

Justice and Prison Reforms Minister Thalatha Athukorala said new regulations will be introduced to appoint Justices of Peace according to administrative districts, to improve the impartiality of the post. “It is obvious that certain people who are


Sri Lanka hiring hangmen, inspired by Philippines’ war on drugs

Views - 245 Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:00

Colombo (Reuters): Sri Lanka began advertising for hangmen this week, as the country’s President pushes ahead with a hardline policy, modelled on the Philippines, to combat drug trafficking. The last execution in Sri Lanka was 43 years ago, but Pre


CBK off to India

Views - 232 Tuesday, 12 February 2019 01:08

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has left for India on a short visit to attend the World Sustainable Development Summit 2019, being held in New Delhi from 11 to 13 February. Kumaratunga will give a keynote address on ‘A Vision


No non-SLPP Presidential candidate: Basil

Views - 767 Tuesday, 12 February 2019 01:08

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) national organiser Basil Rajapaksa yesterday said the Party members will not support anyone outside the party as a Presidential candidate under any circumstance, and the candidate would have to contest under the Par


Only Dubai Police raided Madush and gang, not jointly with SL: Lawyer Udul Premaratne

Views - 835 Tuesday, 12 February 2019 01:07

Attorney-at-law Udul Premaratne, now in Dubai to represent singer Amal Perera and his son Nadeemal Perera, who are under Bur Dubai Police custody with the notorious organised criminal and drug smuggler Makandure Madush, claimed that the raid was not


Special High Court rejects Gota’s preliminary objections over jurisdiction

Views - 243 Tuesday, 12 February 2019 01:07

The Special High Court has rejected the objection filed by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa challenging the Court’s jurisdiction to hear the DA Rajapaksa Museum case on misappropriation of public funds. The three-judge Bench of Justices,


Sri Lanka to purchase Mi-17 Helicopters from Russia for UN missions: Ambassador

Views - 393 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:56

Sri Lanka is conducting negotiations with Russia to purchase a new batch of Russian Mi-17 helicopters, which the country will use in UN peacekeeping missions, according to a report by Russian state news agency, Sputnik. Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russi


Nonexistence of pig fat in Halal certified milk powder: HAC

Views - 577 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:56

The recent controversy purporting the possible existence of pig fat amongst other adulterants in imported milk powder marketed in Sri Lanka, has seemingly caused a great deal of angst and distress amongst many consumers. A majority of these milk powd


Major breakdown in India-SL relationship after change of Govt. in 2014: Rajapaksa

Views - 325 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:56

(Hindu): Sri Lanka’s Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday said here there was a “major breakdown” in bilateral relationship between India and his country after a new government was formed in New Delhi in 2014, but the Opposition coal


HRCSL rejects President Sirisena’s statements

Views - 300 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:31

The Human Rights Council of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) yesterday rejected President Sirisena’s critical statements, insisting it has acted fairly and professionally within its mandate to protect the rights of prisoners and in vetting soldiers for UN Peaceke


Funerals of Sri Lankan Peacekeepers held with military honours

Views - 204 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:30

The last rites of the two Sri Lankan Peacekeepers were conducted amidst full military honours on Thursday (7 February). According to Army media, the funerals of late Major H. W. D. Jayawickrama of 11 Sri Lanka Light Infantry (SLLI) of Polonnaruwa an


MPs request Parliamentary Select Committee to probe milk powder imports

Views - 372 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:30

Lawmakers from both sides requested the Speaker to appoint a Parliament Select Committee to investigate the controversial disclosure of Industry and Commerce Deputy Minister Buddhika Pathirana on milk powder imports. Making a personal clarification a


24-hour water cut tomorrow

Views - 264 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:29

The National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) has said that water supply to Rajagiriya and several areas will be disrupted for 24 hours from 4 a.m. tomorrow. Accordingly, the water cut will affect Moragasmulla, Ethul Kotte, Obesekarapura, Band


SC issues notice to Mahinda; FR Petition to support on 10 May

Views - 354 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:29

By S.S.Selvanayagam The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notices on Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa and the former members of the Cabinet in respect of the fundamental right petition filed by Ven. Dambara Amila Thero challenging the Acts of the P


Sri Lankan Independence Day celebrated in multi-faith ceremony at Embassy in Russia

Views - 263 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:28

On 4 February, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in the Russian Federation organised a ceremony in commemoration of the 71st Independence Day of Sri Lanka. The official ceremony began with hoisting of the National Flag and singing of the National Anthem in S


Dr. Omar Sadr speaks at the National Security Think Tank

Views - 136 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:25

Dr. Omar Sadr, Senior Researcher at the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS), conducted a public lecture on the ‘Fallacy of the Afghan Peace Process,’ based on his publication with the AISS on 16 January. The participants included member


Sri Lanka’s 71st Independence anniversary celebrated in Melbourne

Views - 584 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:25

The Office of the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Melbourne with the assistance of the Sri Lankan expatriate community and the State Government of Victoria organised the celebration of the 71st anniversary of the Independence of Sri Lanka in the ev


Ambassador Thassim calls on President of Saudi Human Rights Commission

Views - 111 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:24

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Azmi Thassim called on Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Alban, President of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (SHRC), in Riyadh last week. At this cordial meeting, the two parties focused on the situation of forei


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Discipline and the devil’s disciples

Monday, 18 February 2019

That coach who repeatedly slapped a boy under his care has generated a storm of controversy on social media. On one side are aunties, bleeding hearts, civil rights champions et al who are outraged or at the very least shocked or surprised. On the oth


SL growth profile: Arrest moving down the staircase immediately to avoid hard landing on the floor

Monday, 18 February 2019

Strong message in the Sri Lanka Development Update 2019 Sri Lanka Development Update for 2019 was released by the World Bank last week. This document contains a review by the bank’s residential staff of the present state of the country’s economy


Prudential banking and saga of MTD Walkers

Monday, 18 February 2019

The matters referred to in the article under this title published in the Daily FT (15 February) are spotlighted in more detail under this scrutiny. While the general attention of the public remains more focused on recently arrested underworld kingpin


Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s empty rant

Monday, 18 February 2019

Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe (WR) has joined President Sirisena’s reckless verbal onslaught on the Constitutional Council (CC) that was set up by the 19th Amendment (Daily Mirror 15 February). I use “verbal onslaught” intentionally since, as


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