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SriLankan Airlines failed to conduct share valuation prior to buying Rs. 4 billion in shares

Views - 267 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

The Board of Directors of SriLankan Airlines decided to buy back 40 million shares of SriLankan Catering, at Rs. 100 a share with a total cost of Rs. 4 billion, without conducting a prior share valuation, the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into i


UNP says Govt. has established greater freedoms during 3 years in power

Views - 59 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

As the Good Governance Government completes its third year, the United National Party (UNP) yesterday spoke of its key achievements with regards to freedom, independence and the Right to Information.


Sri Lanka Working Journalists

Views - 61 Friday, 17 August 2018 00:10

Sri Lanka Working Journalists’ Association President Mudith Kariyakarawana presenting a gift sent by Indian journalists to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday. The Prime Minister held a special discussion with the Executive Committee of t


All Ceylon Private Bus Workers’ Association strike from today to protest new spot fines

Views - 150 Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:05

A private bus association were preparing to launch a strike from last night, demanding the Government to reduce the spot fines that were increased recently. The All Ceylon Private Bus Workers’ Association (ACPBWA) said it would launch a strike from


CID to visit former President on 17 August

Views - 143 Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:05

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has informed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that they will visit his residence to record a statement on 17 August. Reports say that the letter signed by the CID Senior DIG Ravi Seneviratne was delivered to


PM promotes peace and reconciliation at annual feast of Madhu Church

Views - 282 Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:05

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said the Unity Government is working to deliver long-term peace to the island nation, and that religious festivals are important to promote peace and reconciliation. The Prime Minister made this observati


Intelligence officer arrested for abduction of 11 youth given Rs. 500,000 from Navy accounts

Views - 188 Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:03

The Fort Magistrate Court yesterday remanded the former Navy intelligence officer who was arrested by the Criminal investigations Department (CID) on Monday in connection with the abduction and disappearance of 11 youth. Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka


72nd Independence Day of India marked in Sri Lanka

Views - 51 Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:00

The Indian High Commission yesterday celebrated the 72nd Independence Day of India with a Flag Hoisting ceremony at the residence of the High Commissioner of India (India House, No.86, Kumaratunga Munidasa Mawatha, Colombo-3. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, H


Strengthening bilateral relations through strategic economic partnership with Romania

Views - 118 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:45

Minister Daya Gamage recently visited Romania to strengthen the bilateral relationship between Sri Lanka and Romania. He was accompanied by Deputy Ministry of Petroleum Resources Development Dr. Anoma Gamage. During this visit the Minister had discu


Reception on board PMSS ‘Kashmir’

Views - 75 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:44

A dignified reception on board Pakistan Maritime Security Ship (PMSS) ‘Kashmir’ was held on 14 August at the Port of Colombo. The event coincided with the Independence Day of Pakistan. Petroleum Resources Development Minister Arjuna Ranatunga was


Foreign Ministry holds 2nd Integrated Consular Mobile Service in Mannar

Views - 37 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:43

The second Integrated Consular Mobile Service (ICMS), coordinated by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, was held on 12 and 13 August at the Mannar Town Hall. The objective of the ICMS was to address the consular related needs of those who had sought refug


Korean Embassy announces quiz competition

Views - 48 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:37

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea will be organising a quiz competition about Korea, following the K-pop Festival held on 14 July. The Embassy has organised the Quiz on Korea to respond to the growing love and deep interest in Korean culture and l


‘Navy Sampath’ arrested for abduction and disappearance of 11 youths

Views - 86 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

A suspect named Chandana Hettiarachchi was arrested on Monday by the Criminal Investigation Division for the kidnapping and disappearance of 11 youths in 2008 and 2009. According to Police media


President to intervene in North-South fishermen clash in Mullaitivu

Views - 74 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday promised to convene a meeting of all stakeholders to solve the dispute between local northern fishermen and their counterparts from the south of the country.


JO to make moves to counter Speaker ruling on Opp. Leader post

Views - 52 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

The Joint Opposition is planning on taking action to counter the ruling given by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya regarding the post of Opposition Leader. Joint Opposition Parliam


UL’s X-ray machine procurement flawed: Official

Views - 113 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

The steps followed by SriLankan Airlines when procuring X-ray machines were flawed, a top official of the national carrier said yesterday, testifying before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on irregularities at SriLankan Airlines, SriLan


Pakistan’s Independence Day celebrated in Sri Lanka

Views - 61 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

The High Commission of Pakistan and the Pakistani community based in Sri Lanka celebrated the Independence Day of Pakistan on Tuesday with national zeal and enthusiasm as well as the commitment to protect the country against all perils.


PM in Anuradhapura

Views - 108 Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:10

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe leaving the Sri Maha Bodhi yesterday after religious observances. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, who visited the Attamastana in Anuradhapura to inaugurate conservation work, met the Chief Incumbent of Atamastana Ve


Mahinda Samarasinghe appointed as SLFGTUF Vice Chairman

Views - 157 Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:30

Minister of Ports and Shipping, Sri Lanka Freedom Party Vice Chairman and Media spokesmen Mahinda Samarasinghe has been appointed as the vice chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Government Trade Union Federation (SLFGTUF), affiliated to the Sri Lanka F


Prashan De Visser recognised as 2nd Commonwealth Point of Light from Sri Lanka

Views - 139 Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:30

In honour of his exceptional voluntary service, engaging young people and promoting peace across Sri Lanka, her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II yesterday recognised Prashan De Visser as the second Commonwealth Point of Light from Sri Lanka. By sharing the


JVP allege Leader of the House and 3 other posts in WPC illegal

Views - 95 Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:30

By Skandha Gunasekara Several JVP Western Provincial Councillors yesterday charged that four posts in the Western Provincial Council, including the post of Leader of the House, and the allowances being received by these councillors, were illegal. Th


Four hospitalised following inmate clash at Welikada

Views - 105 Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:28

Four individuals were hospitalised yesterday following a clash within the female ward of the Welikada Magazine Prison. According to police sources, a clash had broken out among the inmates of the female prison ward which had resulted in four persons


Piyawara Pre-Schools focus on Early Childhood Care and Development

Views - 116 Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:00

Piyawara added its 46th and 47th pre-school to the national network with the opening of two Piyawara Pre-Schools in Rambewa, Anuradhapura District and Nerriyakulam, Vavuniya District. Both schools were constructed by the Sri Lanka Army. Initiated in


War-affected women with disabilities cry for recognition

Views - 767 Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:00

By Shanika Sriyananda The LTTE cadres were at their doorstep that night, to recruit one member from the family to fight against the on-going military thrust that was progressing rapidly towards Mullaitivu in 2008. They were eyeing to drag Devi Selv


Peace Corps and Education Ministry sign agreement marking Peace Corps return to Sri Lanka

Views - 175 Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:00

On 9 August, Sri Lankan Education Ministry Secretary Sunil Hettiarachchi and Peace Corps Sri Lanka Country Director Kris Besch signed a new Memorandum of Understanding, to formalise support for English education by bringing US Peace Corps volunteers


Sri Lanka India Society celebrates 72nd Independence Day of India and Platinum anniversary

Views - 102 Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka and India share a legacy of historic significance and substance; a heritage that stands firmly behind the Sri Lanka India Society as this distinguished body celebrates its Platinum anniversary; which coincides with the Society’s celebrati


Railway strike called off

Views - 230 Monday, 13 August 2018 00:44

Following a discussion held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Railway Trade Unions yesterday decided to call off their ongoing strike action.


Glyphosate under fire from San Francisco to Sri Lanka

Views - 367 Monday, 13 August 2018 00:43

Glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed-killer roundup, is the subject of fierce controversy all across...


Rajitha directs registration of private medical institutes with immediate effect

Views - 163 Monday, 13 August 2018 00:41

In a fresh attempt to curb prescription of medicinal drugs without proper registration, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has instructed all medical officers....


“Green Development on the way to help Belt and Road realise goal”: Expert group from China and SL

Views - 234 Monday, 13 August 2018 00:25

The Pathfinder Foundation (PF) taking pioneering effort in contributing to the Sri Lankan discourse on Green Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) possibilities and challenges....


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Identifying traitors: I cannot wait until Dr. Padeniya presents his point scheme

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Cause for excitement I am excited! A way of identifying and measuring a traitor is soon to be unveiled; by no less than the President of the GMOA! Hasn’t he also qualified in some department of neurology? All the more reason to justify my excitemen


The evils of translocating wild elephants

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

The subject of translocating wild elephants has been a much-debated topic recently, after the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWLC), acting on the orders of the Minster for Wildlife, wanted to move the only two wild elephants habituating the Sin


Climate scientists cheating us to a $ 12 b/year economic loss in 2050

Monday, 20 August 2018

Local news media carried the disturbing pronouncement by World Bank economists to the effect that Sri Lanka will become an extremely hot territory with 30C temperature rise and $ 12 billion per year economic loss by 2050.


Singapore miracle – How SL could benefit from trade with Singapore

Monday, 20 August 2018

According to a media report released by President’s Media Division, a committee of experts has been appointed by the President to examine and report on ‘the practical impact and use of the proposed officer policy guidelines and recommendations on


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