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Rajitha says President misquoted

Views - 141 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:33

By Nuwan Senarathna The Government yesterday denied the reports that President Maithripala Sirisena accused India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of plotting his assassination on Tuesday. “The President said that the India national arrested ov


Sirisena apologises to Modi

Views - 969 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:33

By a Special Correspondent President Maithripala Sirisena spoke with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last night after bombshell revelations in the local and international media that President Sirisena had accused the Indian intelligence agency,


President meets Tamil representatives; assures rapid development

Views - 144 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:30

President Maithripala Sirisena has said that the Government would extend every possible assistance to streamline the developmental activities in the North and East to provide maximum benefits to the people. He said this during a discussion with the r


No plans to introduce a pricing formula for power: Rajitha

Views - 67 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:29

The Government yesterday said there are no plans to introduce a price formula for electricity, but pledged to explain the fuel pricing formula at a later date. Under the $1.5 billion Extended Fund Facility of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a


Diplomats from 23 countries attend SL Foreign Policy & Economic Diplomacy Dialogue

Views - 446 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Foreign Policy and Economic Diplomacy Dialogue, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, commenced on 15 October with the participation of mid-career diplomats from 23 countries from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and


President Sirisena alleges that RAW is plotting his assassination

Views - 644 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

By Meera Srinivasan The Hindu: In a move that might seriously impair Indo-Lanka relations, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday accused India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of plotting his assassination. Mr. Sirisena, who was sp


TISL says Airbus deal deserves special attention

Views - 601 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has alerted the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into Allegations of Large Scale Fraud and Malpractice in SriLankan Airlines to alleged corruption surrounding the controversial procurement of Airbus A350 aircraf


Tripartite fight for presidential nomination in SLPP

Views - 378 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

By Nuwan Senarathna Heated debates over a possible Joint Opposition (JO) presidential candidate clearly showed a tripartite contest emerging within the JO ranks over who would bag the nomination, the United National Party (UNP) said yesterday. “


TISL calls on Govt. to fast track implementation of UNCAC pledges

Views - 405 Tuesday, 16 October 2018 00:34

By Charumini de Silva Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) yesterday highlighted that the country’s commitment to implement the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) needs faster momentum, as there is still a lot of work to be


Govt. failed to identify priorities of public: SLPP

Views - 133 Tuesday, 16 October 2018 00:32

SLPP claims effort to push new Constitution to distract from economic problems By Nuwan Senarathna Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday claimed the Government’s inability to recognise economic and social priorities and address them early w


Govt. committed to protecting environment, managing natural resources with development: PM

Views - 249 Monday, 15 October 2018 00:58

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said that a special program will be prepared to protect the environment during the next 10 years.


Swift measures to control flooding: President

Views - 190 Monday, 15 October 2018 00:57

President Maithripala Sirisena says a speedy process is needed to control the flooding around the city of Colombo and the surroundings of the Kelani River.


India assists in developing 50 additional model villages across Sri Lanka

Views - 247 Monday, 15 October 2018 00:55

India and Sri Lanka signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) yesterday to construct 1,200 houses through 50 model villages, using Indian grant assistance of Rs. 600 million.


Four Maldives’ election officials flee to Sri Lanka, citing threats

Views - 191 Monday, 15 October 2018 00:54

Intimidation and threats drove four members of an election panel in the Maldives to flee the island nation, two officials said on Saturday, a day before its top court hears defeated president Abdulla Yameen’s challenge to his election loss last mon


TISL to launch Anti-Corruption Commitment Tracker today

Views - 120 Monday, 15 October 2018 00:54

The Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) will launch an online platform today, which will track the progress that has been made by the Government on the pledges made by it at the 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit held in London, UK.


Frohnau Buddhist Temple receives a sapling of the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi

Views - 130 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

A sapling of the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi was planted auspiciously at Frohnau Buddhist Temple in Germany on 30 September. The sacred sapling was presented to Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Germany Karunasena Hettiarachchi on 27 September, by a delegation c


Pathfinder Foundation links up with National Institute for South China Sea Studies in Hainan, China

Views - 151 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

The Centre for Law of the Sea (CLS) of the Pathfinder Foundation has linked up with the National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCSS) located in Haikou in Hainan Province in China. The Centre for Law of the Sea was established in January 20


A gentle giant lies fallen

Views - 168 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

Two days ago, yet another elephant was knocked by a train on the Batticaloa line. This was the third such incident in a space of one week, leaving behind a trail of mangled remains of some seven wild elephants, while the authorities still discuss and


Ambassador Jayatilleka presents credentials to President Putin

Views - 241 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

On 11 October, Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka presented his Letters of Credence in a solemn ceremony bringing together the newly-appointed Ambassadors of 23 countries in the magnificent St. Alexandre’s Hall of the Kremlin. The credentials were received by V


Pakistan High Commissioner calls on Foreign Minister

Views - 101 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

High Commissioner of Pakistan Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat called on Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 9 October. During the meeting, bilateral relations and areas of mutual interest and cooperation


Minister Amaraweera launches agricultural development programs in Northern Province

Views - 97 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

Agriculture Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera visited the Northern Province on 18 October and vested to the people many development programs in the field of agriculture in Vavuniya and Kilinochchi. The minister opened an Agriculture Research Ce


Amunugama meets Japanese Science and Technology in Society Forum Founder Omi, Koji

Views - 103 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

Minister of Science, Technology, Research, Skills Development, and Vocational Training and Kandyan Heritage Dr. Sarath Amunugama who is at present in Japan, met Omi, Koji, Founder and Chairman o


Sri Lankan Police undergo industrial security training in India

Views - 117 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

A team of 30 Sri Lankan Police Officers participated in a comprehensive training program on industrial security at the National Industrial Security Academy (NISA) in Hyderabad, India. The course was organised f


All public servants must protect forest resources: President

Views - 84 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday stressed that all public servants have a responsibility beyond their limits of assigned duties, in achieving national development goals while increasing the density of forests across the country. He made these


Sri Lanka seeks to strengthen defence cooperation with Thailand

Views - 198 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene has stressed on the importance of strengthening defence cooperation with Thailand during an official visit to the Asian country. The State Minister, who commenced a four-day official visit to Thailand from


Hirunika hails SC verdict despite mixed feelings

Views - 2071 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:10

Commenting on the verdict delivered by the Supreme Court on former MP Duminda Silva’s death sentence, MP Hirunika Premachandra yesterday said she had mixed feelings about the ruling.


Hirunika to demand explanation from FCID on alleged fraud

Views - 69 Saturday, 13 October 2018 00:09

MP Hirunika Premachandra yesterday said that she would demand anexplanationfrom the Financial Crimes Division (FCID) via her attorneyin relation to media reports claiming the MP had taken Rs. 20 million from the ‘Maga Neguma’ account. “I want t


Ministry of Science and Technology to work with Chinese Academy of Sciences

Views - 96 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of Science, Technology, Research, Skills Development and Vocational Training and Kandyan Heritage and the Chinese Academy of Science last week at the Ministry office at Sethsiripaya. Minis


Public Lecture by British Scholars’ Association of Sri Lanka on 16 Oct.

Views - 90 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Shanaka Jayasekara, Program Coordinator (Indian Ocean Region), Global Maritime Crime Program(GMCP) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), will deliver a lecture on ‘Drug Trafficking Trends in the Indian Ocean and Impact on Sri L


US Embassy launches cultural heritage preservation project in Jaffna

Views - 78 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Chargé d’affaires Robert Hilton inaugurated a two-year project to preserve pre-historic artefacts in the collection of the University of Jaffna last week. The funding is provided by the US Department of State under the Ambassadors Fund for Cultura


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IPS’s State of the Economy Report 2018 is a demonstration of its independent analysis of the economy

Monday, 22 October 2018

Economists are at the receiving end of society today when it comes to economic crises. They have been blamed not only for giving confusing advice, but also for failing to predict accurately the oncoming economic catastrophes.


Future competencies for Sri Lankans: Rhetoric and reality

Monday, 22 October 2018

I was humbly happy to be the first Sri Lankan to speak at Fiji Annual HR Convention. It gave me a wonderful opportunity to meet warm people of another island nation. With booming tourism and bountiful natural resources, it appears as one of the most


Challenges in preserving and promoting Pakistan’s Buddhist past

Saturday, 20 October 2018

The international media has been portraying Pakistan as a hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism, especially after the Americans carried out a surgical strike there to kill international terrorist and fugitive, Osama bin Laden.


Government’s cohabitation stuck in the past or what?

Friday, 19 October 2018

The appointment of career judge Nalin Perera as the new Chief Justice, who has served in the judiciary for over 30 years, provides a snapshot into President Maithripala Sirisena’s thought process, amidst various stories of clashes with his coalitio


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