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Ahimsa dispels assumptions on filing case against Gota

Views - 10408 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:02

In April this year, Ahimsa Wickrematunge filed a lawsuit against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the District Court of Central California, alleging his involvement in her father Lasantha Wickrematunge’s 2009 assassination. In respons

PM clears ACMC Leader Rishad on allegations

Views - 163 Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:37

Contrary to the accusations, the Police Intelligence Report on Easter Sunday bombings do not show ACMC Leader Rishad Bathiudeen being linked to the attacks, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Speaking at a school ceremony in Kinniya on Sunday,

Ranil wants explanation from Ranjan

Views - 243 Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:35

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday sought a written explanation before 21 July from Highways and Road Development State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake over statements he had made against Buddhist monks on social media. Wickremesinghe, releasin

Drug gangs behind Easter bombings, President Sirisena claims

Views - 671 Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:34

AFP: International drug syndicates orchestrated Sri Lanka’s deadly Easter Sunday bombings, the country’s leader claimed yesterday, despite earlier blaming the attacks on Islamists. The statement comes amid a nationwide narcotics crackdown, with

Western Province Governor  calls on Mahanayakes

Views - 146 Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:32

Western Province Governor A.J.M. Muzammil called on the Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter, Ven.Thibbatuwawe Sri Sumangala Thero, Mahanayake of Asgiri Chapter Ven.Warakagoda Dhammasiddi Sri Panyananda Gnanaratana Thero and Mahanayaka of the Ramanya N

Blood contamination among Lankans high due to hazardous chemicals

Views - 457 Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:08

By Shanika Sriyananda An international study revealed that Sri Lanka is yet to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which contain over 4,500 man-made fluorinated chemicals that may cause cardiovascular diseases, asthma, elevated blood

Milk for school children: A future investment

Views - 199 Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:06

By G.H.M. Amarasinghe US 31st President Herbert Hoover once claimed: “If we could have but one generation of properly born, trained, educated, and healthy children, a thousand other problems of government would vanish.” The overall health of the

Turkey commemorates third anniversary of thwarted coup attempt

Views - 221 Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:06

The commemoration ceremony for the third anniversary of the thwarted coup attempt was held on 15 July at the Official Residence of the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey. The ceremony was graced by members of the Sri Lankan Parliament, the armed forc

Understanding social media and conflict

Views - 99 Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:00

By Samidh Chakrabarti and Rosa Birch At Facebook, a dedicated, multidisciplinary team is focused on understanding the historical, political and technological contexts of countries in conflict. Today we’re sharing an update on their work to remove

People will have opportunity to select new government within 5 months: President

Views - 145 Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:00

People will have the opportunity to elect a new government within the next five months, President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday, calling on the masses to use their franchise wisely to select “honest individuals” who love the country. “The

Jalani Premadasa claiming to be future First Lady shows UNP divided: SLPP

Views - 1518 Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday criticised Jalani Premadasa, the wife of Housing and Construction Minister Sajith Premadasa, for her statement that she would be the future First Lady. Premadasa, addressing an event on Saturday, said

Presidential candidate will release policy statement on 8 Oct.: SLPP

Views - 91 Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:00

By Nuwan Senarathna The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday said the policy statement of its presidential candidate will be launched on 8 October. Speaking to media at SLPP head office, SLPP Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris said the policy stateme

SL appreciates support and solidarity by Commonwealth post-Easter Sunday tragedy

Views - 124 Monday, 15 July 2019 01:44

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha last Wednesday conveyed Sri Lanka’s appreciation for the support and solidarity extended by the Commonwealth membership and the Secretary-General in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday tragedy, and called for gr

Army releases another 27 acres in Jaffna to owners

Views - 126 Monday, 15 July 2019 01:42

The Sri Lanka Army has released another 27 acres of land in Jaffna, used by the Army for service requirements on Friday. Security Force Headquarters-Jaffna (SFHQ-J) has released 26.4 acre extent from the Palaly cantonment area for original land owner

LKI hosts ‘From Counterterrorism to Recovery: Lessons from International Experience’

Views - 215 Monday, 15 July 2019 01:24

Man-made terror attacks – like natural disasters – are extreme events and their frequency appears to be rising globally. Examples of highly coordinated attacks include 9/11 in the US in 2001, the Bali Bombings in 2002, 7/7 attacks in London in 20

New Army Deputy Chief of Staff honoured in special formal ceremony at SLSR HQ

Views - 164 Monday, 15 July 2019 01:22

Sri Lanka Army new Deputy Chief of Staff Major General Kumudu Perera of Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (SLSR) was felicitated by his mother Regiment Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (SLSR) at Ambepussa in a formal and colourful ceremony, held recently in the prese

Ambassador Saroja Sirisena presents credentials to Austrian President

Views - 399 Monday, 15 July 2019 01:20

Ambassador Saroja Sirisena last week presented Letters of Credence to Federal President of the Republic of Austria Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen, at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, accrediting her as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of S

JO Parliamentarian says facing harassment for criticising President

Views - 541 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:07

UPFA’s Joint Opposition group MP Roshan Ranasinghe yesterday raised a privilege issue highlighting life threats from parties related to President Maithripala Sirisena and Police and said his complaints had been ignored for four years. MP Ranasinghe

Prosecutors say tests needed before sterilisation case can proceed

Views - 337 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:06

Reuters: Prosecutors said on Thursday tests would be needed to establish whether a Muslim doctor had sterilised Buddhist patients, while there was no evidence to support other charges against him of links to terrorist groups or money laundering. The

House adjourned due to lack of quorum

Views - 152 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:01

The Parliament was adjourned yesterday at 4.18 p.m. due to lack of quorum. The House moved the adjournment motion on ‘Allegation against Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine by GMOA’, proposed by United Peoples’ Freedom Allianc

Top Police and intelligence officials before PSC on 24 July

Views - 131 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:01

Top officials from the Police Department including the Chief of the State Intelligence Service (SIS) have been summoned to appear before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday attacks on 24 July, Committee Chair Deputy Spe

Sri Lanka seeks fresh trial over student massacre

Views - 151 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:01

AFP: Sri Lanka’s State prosecutor is to seek a fresh trial over the notorious murder of five students during the country’s Tamil separatist war after a magistrate dismissed a case against security forces, a spokeswoman said Friday. Attorney-Gene

CPA contests President’s decision to pardon Ven. Gnanasara Thero

Views - 166 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

By S.S. Selvanayagam The Supreme Court yesterday deferred the Fundamental Rights petition filed by Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), challenging the President’s decision to pardon Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnan

Muslims MPs to take back portfolios

Views - 229 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Muslim ministers, State and Deputy Ministers, who resigned from their posts en mass in early June, decided to accept their ministerial portfolios again yesterday. The group of MPs, including Rauff Hakeem, Rishad Bathiudeen, M.H.A. Haleem, and A.H.M.

Dr. Shafi remanded till 25 July

Views - 232 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Kurunegala Teaching Hospital employee Dr. Mohamed Shafi was further remanded until 25 July by the Kurunegala Magistrate’s Court yesterday, due to the seriousness of the charges against him, and on the basis that releasing him would result in a publ

EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator to visit Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Views - 134 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

The European Union’s (EU) Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove will visit Sri Lanka and the Maldives from 11-16 July.  The visits aim to support the two countries in their respective efforts to step up security and develop a better exc

SLFP-SLPP coalition to be finalised before 10 August

Views - 169 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

The Joint Opposition (JO) has decided to vest Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa with power to name the Presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), and to finalise discussions to form a political coalition with the Sri Lanka Fr

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to US Rodney Perera presents credentials to President Trump

Views - 213 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States, E. Rodney M. Perera, presented his credentials to the President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump, at the Oval Office of the White House on 8 July. Ambassador Perera conveyed to President

100 projects to help the poor under latest Gammadda initiative

Views - 213 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

By Maleesha Sulthanagoda A hundred new projects to help thousands of poor families resolve issues related to water, sanitation and farm land were launched on Thursday by the Gammadda Foundation, which is a charity under the Maharaja Group. Maharaja C

Shangri-La partners Dialog Foundation to provide relief to Easter Sunday victims

Views - 300 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Following the tragic incidents of Easter Sunday, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, made a generous donation towards the Rally to Care initiative by Dialog Foundation, which will enable long-term educational support to a segment of affected children until th

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Expand employer-backed childcare to close the gender gap in Sri Lanka

Friday, 19 July 2019

In Sri Lanka, women’s formal workforce participation is at only 36%, compared with 75% for men. Sri Lanka could raise its gross domestic product by as much as 20% in the long-run by closing the gender gap in the workforce, according to one estimate

Who should be our next president?

Friday, 19 July 2019

After the recent terrorist attacks and the subsequent violence unleashed against innocent Muslims by racists, Sri Lankans are searching for a leader who can save the country. Many have lost faith in the leaders, due to the breakdown in the security a

The messed-up lives

Friday, 19 July 2019

It can be seen that there is a serious mess-up not only in the State and the social system in Sri Lanka, but also in the lives of the people. People of Sri Lanka are having smiling faces, yet those who live happily are very rare. You will find that u

Reimagining our reality: the last best hope for us?

Friday, 19 July 2019

Imagination can be a powerful tool for shaping everyday reality. We use it to construct everything from the mundane to the mystic. A down-to-earth example would be our subscription to the idea of the intrinsic value and worth of every human being. I

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