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Human Rights Watch says Sri Lanka’s progress on UN resolution for two years scant

Views - 45 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

Geneva: The New York-based global rights organisation, Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday called on United Nations member countries at the Human Rights Council in Geneva to press Sri Lanka to promptly meet the targets of the council’s October 201


Launch of ‘Janadhipathi Thaththa’ today

Views - 205 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

The launching ceremony of the book ‘Janadhipathi Thaththa’, which contains a wonderful story of an extremely ordinary man who was born to a farming family, becoming the President of the country, through the eyes of a daughter will be held at 7:30


Sri Lanka bright spot in South Asia in developing future human capital

Views - 106 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka has been ranked 70th globally in the newly-released Human Capital Report 2017 with an overall score of 61.19 on the Human Capital Index, which quantifies how 130 countries are developing and deploying their human capital, and tracks progres


Sri Lanka to export cannabis from first plantation

Views - 520 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:18

AFP: Sri Lanka is to launch its first official cannabis plantation to supply the traditional medicine market and export to the United States, the health minister said Wednesday.


Rajapaksa can be taken to court for his comments on ‘Sil Redi’ case: Rajitha

Views - 167 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:18

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa can be taken to courts on two accounts connected to his comments on the recent court determination of the misappropriation of Rs. 600 millions to donate ’sil redi’ during the Presidential Elections, Cabinet Co-s


Cabinet nod for Appropriation Bill 2018

Views - 90 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:18

The Cabinet yesterday approved the Appropriation Bill for 2018 to be presented in Parliament during the last week of this month.


PUCSL seeks public views on electric vehicle charging station regulation

Views - 60 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:05

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) yesterday opened the path for the public to comment on issues pertaining to Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS) and their users in order to identify and draft the required regulatory tools.


Local govt. elections next year

Views - 108 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:10

The Election Commission will agree upon one of three possible dates in January next year to hold the Local Government Elections, Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said.


Thailand keen to expand economic ties with Sri Lanka: Envoy

Views - 200 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:05

Thailand is keen to make a significant expansion in economic ties with Sri Lanka with a host of bilateral initiatives under way and several new measures bearing fruit.


Govt. keen to enhance opportunities for legal education

Views - 33 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

Responding to a public request made by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, the Policy Development Office of the PMO, the Government has recently submitted a list of proposals for consideration, to increase the opportunities for the legal education in t


The Inner Temple addresses the Bar Association of Sri Lanka

Views - 98 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

A delegation of The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (‘The Inner Temple’) addressed the members of the Bar Association and the Medical Association of Sri Lanka on 4 September at the Dr. H.W. Jayewardene QC Auditorium (BASL Auditorium).


Warm welcome for first Lankan President of Toastmasters International

Views - 1100 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

The first-ever Sri Lankan to be appointed as the President of Toastmasters International, Arunasalam Balraj, was given a warm welcome upon his return to the country on Sunday at the Bandaranaike International Airport following the historic developmen


US Senate Committee opposes cuts in aid to Sri Lanka proposed in 2018 budget

Views - 85 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

The United States Senate Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific has opposed the Trump Administration’s proposal of a drastic 92% cut in US aid to Sri Lanka.


President signs gazette to operationalise Office on Missing Persons

Views - 263 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation, yesterday signed a gazette notification to operationalise the Office on Missing Persons, the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliati


Massacre of 27 inmates in Welikada: CA Writ for support on 17 October

Views - 70 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

The Court of Appeal yesterday (12) fixed for support on 17 October the Writ petition seeking investigation into the alleged killing of 27 inmates of the Welikada Prisons in December 2012 where it is alleged that Army, STF, TID as well as the Prison I


Maithri fires Deputy Minister Fernando for rocking coalition

Views - 376 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

AFP: President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday sacked a minister who had threatened to split his coalition government, three weeks after another was fired for publicly criticising a government decision.


FR case filed against slaughter of cats and dogs

Views - 450 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

A senior counsel who is in the vanguard in the battle against animal cruelty yesterday raised concerns in the Supreme Court that although the killing of dogs has now been prevented through the initiation of a fundamental rights petition they are stil


GMOA goes for district wise token strikes from today

Views - 45 Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:05

The state doctors’ trade union, Government Medical Officers’ Association announced that it will launch district wise one-day token strikes from today to oppose the Presidential Committee appointed to look into the SAITM issue. The GMOA said four-


SAITM MBBS students urge authorities for a fair and just solution

Views - 100 Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:05

Graduates and students of the MBBS program at the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) have urged authorities to provide a fair solution to the current predicament. These students have been deprived of completing their internship


President emphasises need for economic cooperation between friendly countries

Views - 104 Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:05

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said countries with close relations must strengthen economic cooperation to ensure solid long-term bilateral ties.


UN Human Rights Chief urges Sri Lanka to move faster on implementing UN proposals

Views - 117 Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:05

Geneva: The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein yesterday urged the Sri Lankan Government to accelerate the pace of fulfilling all the obligations in the consensual resolution HRC 30/1 adopted by the United Natio


Iran’s ¤ 14.4 million in blocked assets in Sri Lanka released

Views - 185 Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:04

Iran yesterday announced that its € 14.4 million worth of foreign exchange assets in Sri Lanka have been released after the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement.


Sri Lanka calls for sharing of best practices among Asian consular reps. in Gulf on migrant needs

Views - 51 Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:00

The Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha has called on Colombo Process (CP) member states to bring together consular representatives from Asian migrant sending countries in the GCC region, to share


Syrian conflict de-escalation highlighted at anti-terrorism seminar at Russian Centre, Colombo

Views - 27 Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:00

Russian Centre in Colombo (10, Independence Avenue) hosted the seminar ‘A world without terrorism’, organised jointly with the Ministry of Defence of Sri Lanka, alongside which the general topic de-escalation of the conflict in Syria was touched


Aloysius summoned to testify tomorrow

Views - 501 Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:00

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) appointed to inquire into the controversial bond issuance of February 2015 yesterday summoned the former Director of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. (PTL) Arjun Aloysius to appear before the commission tomorrow


Modi reaffirms importance India attaches to relations with Sri Lanka

Views - 38 Monday, 11 September 2017 01:44

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday reaffirmed the great importance that India attaches to its relations with Sri Lanka, when the visiting Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister.


Govt. evading Tamils’ problems due to fear MR will return, claims Wigneswaran

Views - 90 Monday, 11 September 2017 01:42

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran says the good governance government will not really seek solutions to the problems of the Tamil people in the North due to the fear that Mahinda Rajapaksa will be able to return to power.


Ravi K calls on Alle Gunawansa

Views - 174 Monday, 11 September 2017 01:36

Alle Gunawansa Thero, who met former Minister Ravi Karunanayake last week, advised the latter to be strong and not abandon his commitment to the United National Party


Govt. hands over development programs in Ampara

Views - 12 Saturday, 9 September 2017 00:00

Deputy Minister of Health Faizal Cassim and Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne visited Ninthavur (3 Sunday) and vested several development programs in the Ampara District.


Ummu Zavaya Mosque organises welcome ceremony for Sheikh Mohamed Abdulla Al Fassy

Views - 85 Saturday, 9 September 2017 00:00

The Board of Management of the Ummu Zavaya Mosque Colombo 12 has organised a welcome ceremony for Sheikh Mohamed Abdulla Al Fassy bin Sheikh Ajward Abdulla Al Fassy Sheik Ush Sujjadah from Saudi Arabia at the Ummu


Today's Columnists

Is Sri Lanka ready for the 2025 growth agenda?

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The other day the President and Prime Minister launched the 2025 vision for Sri Lanka which was incidentally the third policy statement of the Government since coming to power in 2015. My view is that the continuous changes to policy is important and


Venerable villainy of mercenary monks

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The picture says it all. The ‘Silredi Sirakaruwan Mudaganime Aramudala’ was not demonstration of piety. It was a bold repudiation of the rule of law by a cabal of venerable villains, brazenly insisting that we Sinhala Buddhists submit to a rule b


Government has accepted jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice over Sri Lanka

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

At the ongoing September 2017 sessions of the UN Human Rights Council, the UK has written to the President of the Council to assert that a long standing dispute it has with the Mauritius cannot be referred to the International Court of Justice becaus


Vision 2025: Part 1: Need for moving from a wish list to a concrete plan

Monday, 18 September 2017

The Unity Government released its newest economic policy statement titled V2025 – the marketing tag for the goals it has set for realisation from 2017 to 2025 – two weeks ago.


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