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CaFFE urges candidates in the north to refrain from using LTTE songs for election propaganda

Views - 82 Monday, 15 January 2018 00:10

The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) says candidates of several political parties contesting for the local government elections in the northern districts of Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu are using separatist songs popularised by the


Pakistan’s Army Chief in town today

Views - 74 Monday, 15 January 2018 00:00

The Army Chief of Pakistan, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, is visiting Sri Lanka on the invitation of the Commander of the Sri Lankan Army from 15-17 January.


Crimes reduced by 35% during last three years: Law and Order Minister

Views - 43 Monday, 15 January 2018 00:00

Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said that during the last three years the crime rate in the country had declined by 35% and the crime clearance rate has increased by 20%.


Academic collective Shudesha calls on public to vote against corruption

Views - 175 Monday, 15 January 2018 00:00

A collective of university academic staff this week called on the public to use their vote at the upcoming local government elections against the forces behind the alleged bond scam.


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe marks Thai Pongal

Views - 78 Monday, 15 January 2018 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe marked Thai Pongal yesterday by participating in a ceremony at the Kotahena Sivan Kovil where he obtained blessings from the Chief Priest.


Sajith opens Colombo UNP Mayoral Candidate Rosy Senanayake office

Views - 258 Monday, 15 January 2018 00:00

UNP Colombo Mayor Candidate Rosy Senanayake’s office opening ceremony was held on 8 January, at Colombo 07.


Mangala visits India

Views - 78 Monday, 15 January 2018 00:00

Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera called on the Minister of External Affairs of India, Sushma Swaraj, at Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan in New Delhi on Saturday.


To accelerate development process, elect decent people to LG: President

Views - 29 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:44

President Maithripala Sirisena said that decent people’s representatives should be elected to the local government institutions to achieve the development plans of the country in a speedy manner.


Earl and Countess of Wessex to attend Sri Lanka’s Independence Day celebrations

Views - 116 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:12

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, andtheCountess of Wessex, will visit Sri Lanka from 31 January to 4 February.They will represent the Queen at the70th anniversary celebration of Sri Lanka’s independence on 4 February.


President pledges to punish wrongdoers irrespective of party affiliations

Views - 46 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:12

President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday stressed that the highest possible punishment would be meted out to all those who commit fraud and corruption, irrespective of their political leanings, party affiliations, official positions or social statu


UN child rights committee to review children’s rights in Sri Lanka

Views - 25 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:11

Geneva: The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child will be reviewing children’s rights in Sri Lanka along with seven other countries during its meeting in Geneva from 15 January to 2 February, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Hum


Police to publicly destroy 900 kg of cocaine

Views - 65 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:11

The Police have scheduled to publicly destroy 900 kg of cocaine seized by the Police Narcotics Bureau at various occasions.


PM says 50,000 housing units will be constructed in Colombo city for middle income earners

Views - 115 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:10

Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that 50,000 housing units would be constructed soon for Colombo city dwellers and a sum of Rs. 75 million had been set aside for the purpose.


93rd death anniversary of Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam commemorated

Views - 32 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:00

The 93rd death anniversary of Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam was commemorated on 9 January at the Presidential Secretariat premises (old parliament premises). The Chief Guest was Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa while Prison Reforms


Navy rescues fishermen after fishing trawler collides with container carrier in mid sea

Views - 28 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:00

The Navy has launched a rescue and recovery operation after a fishing trawler with seven fishermen on board collided with a container carrier recently in the mid sea off the southern coast.


Seychelles court remands 8 Sri Lankans for illegal fishing

Views - 20 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:00

A Seychelles court has remanded eight Sri Lankan nationals who were allegedly fishing in the island nation’s territorial waters until 19 January. The Magistrate Court of Seychelles has remanded the eight Sri Lankans for an extra 10 days as the inve


Minister Dr. Amunugama presents his book “Lion’s Roar” to Japanese Mahanayaka

Views - 32 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:00

Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama presented his book “Lion’s Roar – Anagarika Dharmapala and The Making of Modern Buddhism” to the Mahanayaka Thera, President, Ohtani Chohjun temple of Honganji, Kyoto, Japan when the Mahanayaka called on him at t


Ceremonial commencement of work in the year 2018

Views - 21 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:00

The staff of the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai commenced work for the year 2018 by reaffirming the oath of the public service and offering alms to the Buddhist Sangha in Maharashtra.


Schools actively involved in reconciliation and peace building

Views - 71 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:00

Cabinet of Ministers based on a Cabinet Memorandum submitted by President Maithripala Sirisena as the Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation has declared 8-14 January every year as National Integration and Reconciliation Week.


SAITM parents want Harsha committee report released

Views - 129 Friday, 12 January 2018 00:10

The parents association of the South Asia Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) yesterday called on the Government


Pilot project to mail traffic tickets to personal addresses

Views - 150 Friday, 12 January 2018 00:00

Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said yesterday the Police would launch a pilot project


Cabinet subcommittee to recommend relief to journalists harassed during MR regime

Views - 31 Friday, 12 January 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena has proposed to appoint a new subcommittee to recommend relief to journalists who had been harassed during the tenure of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.


Cabinet agrees to compensate victims of Aluthgama violence

Views - 65 Friday, 12 January 2018 00:00

Almost four years after violence enveloped the Muslim and Sinhalese communities in Aluthgama destroying property and assets,


CPA wants Supreme Court advisory opinion to be made public

Views - 218 Friday, 12 January 2018 00:00

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has called on the Supreme Court to make its advisory opinion on the question


President has only 695 days left in office: CaFFE

Views - 423 Friday, 12 January 2018 00:00

The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) yesterday made interventions in the Supreme Court during public


25 District Reconciliation Committees meet to dialogue and address religious and ethnic tensions

Views - 102 Friday, 12 January 2018 00:00

The concept of District Reconciliation Committee (DRC) is a brainchild of President Maithripala Sirisena as Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation


President Sirisena visits Sunil Ratnayake

Views - 389 Friday, 12 January 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena recently paid a visit to television, film, teledrama and advertising industry veteran Sunil Ratnayake at home


JVP faults Speaker, PM for Parliament upheaval

Views - 166 Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:57

Referring to the fracas that erupted in Parliament yesterday, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) accused the Speaker and Prime Minister of setting the stage for the brawl which occurred.


Speaker cautions against creating clash between Executive and Legislature

Views - 104 Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:56

The Speaker of Parliament yesterday appealed to the House not to cause friction between the Executive and the Legislature.


The website Nidahasyugayak.com launched by President Maithripala Sirisena

Views - 100 Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:56

Left Picture: The website Nidahasyugayak.com being launched by President Maithripala Sirisena during the event to kick off the second phase of the local government election campaign at the media operation centre in Colombo yesterday. SLFP Media Commi


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Problem is not us women and booze: It’s paternalism and capriciousness in policymaking

Friday, 19 January 2018

The other day the President of Sri Lanka went public expressing his intention to revoke a ministerial order revoking the notion that a woman of any age has no more maturity than a youth less than eighteen years old.


MS-RW Unity Govt. must stay united for the sake of the country

Friday, 19 January 2018

A few days after the Unity Government celebrated its third anniversary, President Maithripala Sirisena asked the Supreme Court: “Whether


The joy of books! Cuddling up with a wish to explore

Thursday, 18 January 2018

I walked into a small communication shop to discover that you can buy almost anything from rubber seeds and tree leaves to bird feathers to support a student attending a school. I noted that all leaves are properly and accurately (hopefully!) identif


Wake up, drifting mega infrastructure development professionals!

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Infrastructure investment is a key driver of a stronger and productive economy. Stakeholders, especially the public and the international funding agencies, demand greater transparency and scrutiny on infrastructure decision as the Government spend th


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