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Closing Sri Lanka’s gender gaps in the workforce

Views - 67 Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:00

Removing barriers to women’s paid work will encourage more Sri Lankan women to participate in the workforce, a new World Bank report has found.


Fuel shortage ignites Cabinet

Views - 152 Wednesday, 15 November 2017 01:30

Following a heated debate over the fuel shortage the country faced last week, the Cabinet yesterday decided to extend the mandate of the ministerial committee appointed to find solutions to the shortage to carry on


Harsha de Silva leads delegation to Sri Lanka’s UPR review

Views - 64 Wednesday, 15 November 2017 01:25

Sri Lanka’s human rights report will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time today.


Govt. committed to rebuild public service: President

Views - 68 Wednesday, 15 November 2017 01:24

President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday said the Government was committed to restore the collapsed public service to its past glory.


Mechanism for border protection and prevention of human smuggling

Views - 26 Wednesday, 15 November 2017 01:22

Sri Lanka is currently drafting legislation and preparing a mechanism to prevent illegal immigration and promote the border security, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake said Tuesday (Nov 14).


Government looks at restructuring SLTB

Views - 79 Wednesday, 15 November 2017 01:16

The Government is looking at restructuring the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) with the aim of providing a high quality transport services to the general public as per a paper tabled in Parliament yesterday.


British House of Lords debate reveals SL fought “cleaner” war

Views - 136 Wednesday, 15 November 2017 01:16

The information made public by Lord Naseby in the British House of Lords revealed that the Sri Lankan armed forces fought a much cleaner war than often alleged in the international media, State Minister of Foreign Affairs,


Outdated agreement causes Rs. 8 b loss to CEB

Views - 72 Wednesday, 15 November 2017 01:14

A loss of Rs. 8 billion had been incurred by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) during the last five years as a direct result of the failure of the institute to amend its power purchasing agreement with the West Coast Ltd. power plant,


National Chamber has its say on new Inland Revenue Act

Views - 53 Wednesday, 15 November 2017 01:13

The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, in a recent statement on the Inland Revenue Act, underscored the compelling reasons for the new Act and praised the Government’s “very positive approach” during the draft


SL lost $ 400 b due to near 30-year conflict: Kiriella

Views - 62 Tuesday, 14 November 2017 00:10

The 30-year war against terrorism has led the Government to incur an average loss of nearly $ 400 billion, Higher Education and Highways Minister and Leader of the House of Parliament, Lakshman Kiriella, moving the motion of


Gamini Senarath surrenders; remanded for misappropriation of Rs. 4 b in state funds

Views - 91 Tuesday, 14 November 2017 00:00

The Colombo Fort Magistrate yesterday remanded former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath and two others until Wednesday.


Minister Ranatunga promises action against filling stations

Views - 57 Tuesday, 14 November 2017 00:00

Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Ranatunga promised action against filling stations that showed an artificial shortage of diesel and stopped issuing petrol during the country’s recent fuel crisis.


Court to decide on hearing of Basil’s case tomorrow

Views - 108 Tuesday, 14 November 2017 00:00

Colombo High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunge yesterday informed former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa that the court would issue notice tomorrow whether to hear the trial against Rajapaksa in his court or to transfer


JO to move adjournment on House of Lords debate

Views - 57 Tuesday, 14 November 2017 00:00

The Joint Opposition is listed to move an adjournment debate in Parliament today regarding the debate which took place in the British House of Lords over alleged war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan armed forces during the


Outcome of SAITM proposals before 31 Dec, AG tells SC

Views - 64 Tuesday, 14 November 2017 00:00

The Attorney General yesterday informed the Supreme Court that a ministerial committee has been set up by the President to ascertain the possibility of settlement of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine


Mahinda Rajapaksa’s driver Capt. Tissa Wimalasena further remanded

Views - 222 Tuesday, 14 November 2017 00:00

Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s driver and a former member of the Puttalam Pradeshiya Sabha who allegedly caused a loss of around Rs. 29 million to the State by operating an illegal quarry on state land in Korathota,


President says will not remove Army camps from North but will release lands to people

Views - 73 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:36

President Maithripala Sirisena said that army camps in the North would not be removed in a way which would weaken national security or have an impact on the security forces but lands acquired by the security forces during the war will be released to


President stresses the needt of a national program to control diabetes

Views - 71 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:35

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday stressed the need for a national program to control diabetes, one of the most common non-communicable diseases in the world.


COPA to present report on 831 state institutions to P’ment today

Views - 28 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:34

The latest report on the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) will be presented to Parliament today.


Promotions without structured marking scheme: CA issues notices on Central Bank Governor et al 

Views - 129 Monday, 13 November 2017 00:33

The Court of Appeal issued notices returnable for 12 December against the Monetary Board, the Governor of the Central Bank, the Attorney General and 15 other respondents in respect to the writ petition filed by the Director of the Financial Intellige


Wilpattu Deforestation and settlement: CA re-fixes argument on 8 February

Views - 155 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:55

The Court of Appeal yesterday (10) fixed for argument on 8 February next year the Writ Petition filed as public interest litigation on the alleged deforestation and illegal construction of housing project in the Northern Sanctuary of Wilpattu Nationa


IPU Human Rights Committee to probe JO’s concerns

Views - 23 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:23

The Human Rights Committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) will hold an inquiry into the issues faced by the Joint Opposition.


PLA’s training ship Qi Jiguang arrives in Colombo on goodwill visit

Views - 28 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:00

The training ship Qi Jiguang (Hull 83) of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy docked in Colombo Port on the morning of 10 November for a four-day goodwill visit.


Foreign Ministry condemns NY Times article, says torture allegations will be investigated

Views - 91 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:00

The Foreign Ministry yesterday issued a strongly worded reply condemning the New York Times article on torture by Sri Lankan Armed Forces, outlining preventive measures taken by the National Unity Government and giving assurances that all allegations


Maldives MP accuses Sri Lanka of aiding Opposition coup plots

Views - 51 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:00

Maldives Parliamentarian Riyaz Rasheed has accused Sri Lanka of assisting alleged Opposition efforts to overthrow the Maldivian Government, the Maldives Independent reported.


Navy ship Sayurala leaves for ASEAN International Fleet Review – 2017 in Thailand

Views - 84 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:00

The Navy’s largest Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV), SLNS Sayurala, left the country on Thursday to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) International Fleet Review – 2017 in Thailand. The ship left with a crew of 127 na


New Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in Busan, Korea

Views - 110 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:00

The Government of Sri Lanka appointed Kim Im-kweon as the new Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in Busan with effect from 30 October.


Govt. adds another MP to its rank

Views - 72 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:00

Piyasena Gamage in Parliament yesterday took oaths before Speaker Karu Jayasuriya as a Parliamentarian from the Galle District, filling the seat vacated by former MP Geetha Kumarasinghe.


JVP questions practicality of Budget 2018

Views - 311 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:00

The Appropriation Bill 2018 Second Reading Adjourned Debate commenced yesterday, with Opposition lawmaker JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti questioning the Unity Government on the likelihood of completing the tasks set in Budget Speech 2018, compared to the c


Political bouquets and brickbats for Budget 2018

Views - 225 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:10

Appreciating the Finance Minister’s steps to keep the Budget deficit low, State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne said that he had done a tremendous job in securing the macroeconomic fundamentals while raising


Today's Columnists

Is Iran a threat to global peace?

Saturday, 18 November 2017

The aim of this article is to explore Iran’s nuclear program and its consequences throughout the world. Iran one of the nuclear power countries in the Middle East, which has brought very grave concern to the US.


Maldives forcefully voices plight of small island states at climate change conference

Saturday, 18 November 2017

The plight of small island states was forcefully voiced by Maldivian Minister for Environment and Energy Thoriq Ibrahim at the 23rd Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP23) being held in Bonn, Germany.


The Blue Green Budget of the Unity Government

Friday, 17 November 2017

The Budget proposals of the Unity Government under the theme ‘Blue Green Budget’ for the fiscal year 2018 are expected to support the achievement of medium-term targets such as Per Capita Income of $ 5,000


Starship budgets and the “Bicycle Brigade”

Friday, 17 November 2017

One has only to read the wide and varied responses to Budget 2018 (B18) to realise how fissured our society is.


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