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Millennium Challenge Corp. ups support for SL to Rs. 1.6 b

Views - 122 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:12

The US Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Managing Director for Europe, Asia, Pacific, and Latin America Caroline Nguyen visited Sri Lanka from 11 to 13 June to advance the development of the proposed MCC compact – a large-scale


AG challenges acquittal of Gnanasara; CA fixes Argument on 23 November

Views - 150 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:10

By S. S. Selvanayagam Court of Appeal yesterday fixed for Argument on 23  November the appeal filed by the Attorney General against the High Court Judgment, wherein Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero and two Buddhist monks, as well as 10 other l


TISL launches national integrity award

Views - 45 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:03

By Skandha Gunasekara Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) on Tuesday launched an integrity award for the public sector to encourage ethical and professional practices among government officials. The new endeavour, called the Integrity Award,


Pathfinder Foundation and CAWD to cooperate in education field and strengthen relations 

Views - 81 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:02

The China Academy of West Region Development (CAWD), a well-known think-tank and consultancy outfit, was established jointly by the National Development and Reform Commission of China and the Zhejiang University in 2006 with the blessings of Presiden


DCS Library services goes online

Views - 218 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:01

The Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) recently launched its digital repository and online library catalogue. State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha De Silva launched the digital repository on 8 June at the DCS in


Event promoting rediscovery of Kandy architectural attractions kicks off today

Views - 90 Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:00

Kandy is the capital of the Central Province, and the second largest city in Sri Lanka with a population of about 130,000 people (2012). Due to the historical importance of being the sanctuary of Sri Lanka Buddhism, as well as being the capital of th


AYAVEC Youth Collective presents 100,000-signature petition to Women and Child Affairs Minister

Views - 33 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:26

AYAVEC, a collective of seven volunteer youth organisations campaigning against child abuse and for the protection of children’s rights, presented a petition consisting of 100,000 signatures to Women and Child Affairs Minister Chandrani Bandara. Th


ONUR’s ‘Heal the Past Build the Future’ project expanded to 14 districts

Views - 72 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:23

The Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) has taken steps to expand ‘Heal the Past Build the Future’ project in 14 districts more to create a discourse on reconciliation at grass root level. The pilot project of this program was con


SC reserves order on Writ Petition on incumbent Superior Court Judge

Views - 99 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:20

By S.S. Selvanayagam The Supreme Court yesterday (12) reserved its order on the Writ Petitions seeking to quash the decision of the Bribery Commission to institute criminal proceedings against the incumbent Judge of the Court of Appeal. The Bench com


Harin claims presidency easier for UNP if Gota contests

Views - 74 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:19

UNP Propaganda Unit Chief and Telecommunications, Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment Minister Harin Fernando yesterday claimed it would be easier for the UNP if former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa contested the 2020 presidential el


Seven new State and Deputy Ministers appointed

Views - 134 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:19

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday appointed six additional State and Deputy Ministers at the Presidential Secretariat. Accordingly, UNP MP Ranjith Aluwihare was appointed the State Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affair


CA fixes Tangalle murder case appeal for 15 Oct.

Views - 29 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:18

The Court of Appeal yesterday fixed for argument on 15 October the appeal petitions filed by the Attorney General as well as the convicts in the Tangalle murder case judgment of the High Court. The bench comprised justices S. Thurairaja and Shiran Go


Queen to honour young Lankan with prestigious award for improving lives

Views - 189 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:18

Queen Elizabeth will present Bhagya Wijayawardane from Sri Lanka with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London, on Tuesday, 26 June. The awards recognise the work that young people from across the Commonweal


Euro 4 to replace Super Diesel and 95 Octane petrol

Views - 86 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:14

The Government is to introduce Euro 4 fuel to the market and replace Super Diesel and 95 Octane petrol. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera had announced last year that from this year Sri Lanka will follow the environmentally-friendly Euro 4 emissio


Sri Lanka attends ‘Development of Parliamentarism’ forum in Moscow

Views - 36 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 08:27

The official Sri Lankan delegation, comprising Deputy Minister of Science, Technology, Research, Skills Development, Vocational Training and Kandyan Heritage Karunarathna Paranawithana, Member of Parliament Susil Premajayanth and Chargé d’Affaires


Negombo gets Rs. 20 b worth EU- funded major wastewater management system

Views - 76 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 08:27

A major wastewater management system first of its kind in the Negombo area was inaugurated by City Planning and Water Supply Minister, leader of SLMC Rauff Hakeem. The Rs. 20 billion project will take four years to construct, and is funded with suppo


EU provides emergency relief worth Rs. 29 m to flood victims

Views - 23 Wednesday, 13 June 2018 08:26

Following the devastating floods and landslides which have struck Sri Lanka over the last weeks, the European Commission gave €160 000 (approximately Rs. 29 million) in humanitarian funding to bring emergency assistance to the communities affected


SLFP group of 16 to meet Gota

Views - 262 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:52

By Skandha Gunasekara The SLFP group of 16 are set to meet former Defence Secretary and Presidential aspirant Gotabhaya Rajapaksa tomorrow to discuss various issues, including the current political climate of the country and the latter’s hopes of b


Sri Lanka mulls introducing solar-powered agricultural water supply to Mahaweli farmers

Views - 119 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:51

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday held a special discussion at the Presidential Secretariat on the Shasya Shakthi Project, implemented in parallel to the Gramashakthi people’s movement, the national program of poverty alleviation. The motive


Kerosene down to Rs. 70 starting Wednesday

Views - 71 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:51

By Rahel Kirinde Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Vijith Vijithamuni yesterday reaffirmed that kerosene prices would be dropped down to Rs. 70 per litre starting midnight. “I discussed this issue with the President and the Finan


CID questions MP Dayasiri Jayasekara for nearly six hours

Views - 83 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:50

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday questioned the former Cabinet Minister and Kurunegala District UPFA Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekara for nearly six hours about the allegation that the MP received money from the former Directo


Rs. 1 b to Kandy Municipal Council from Local Loans Development Fund

Views - 236 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:05

A loan of Rs. 1 billion will be granted to the Kandy Municipal Council to construct the proposed shopping complex and nine-storey car park at Katukele to reduce traffic congestion in Kandy City.


EU recognises Sri Lanka’s progress in protecting and enhancing human rights

Views - 21 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

Brussels: The European Union, recognising the progress made by Sri Lanka in protecting and enhancing human rights


Sri Lanka, South Korea hold second bilateral political consultations

Views - 57 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

The second round of bilateral political consultations at the level of foreign affairs ministries of Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea took place in Colombo on Thursday 7 June.


Australia to provide new support for demining

Views - 32 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

Australia is proud to provide renewed support for humanitarian demining efforts in Sri Lanka, committing $A700,000 in assistance over the next two years


Maldives election body sets September date for presidential election

Views - 65 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

Malé (Reuters): Maldives presidential election will be held in September, the country’s Election Commission chief said


Sri Lanka hopeful of completing mine action and reaching mine-free status by 2020

Views - 54 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

Geneva: Sri Lanka is making steady progress towards the goal of mine-free status and remains hopeful of completing


PM challenges MR: Tell me how to repay loans while reducing taxes

Views - 156 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

Responding to a claim by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that he would reduce taxes by 20% after regaining power


OMP to meet families of missing in Trincomalee on 13 June

Views - 36 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) will be holding its next regional meeting in Trincomalee on 13 June. The newly-created


Govt’s aim to strengthen economy: Sajith

Views - 122 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

Deputy Leader of the UNP and Minister of Housing and Construction, Sajith Premadasa, says the Government’s aim


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