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Ceylon Chamber’s economy.lk conducts essay competition for university students

Views - 63 Monday, 13 August 2018 00:23

Economy.lk is a premier platform dedicated to disseminating key insights to economic and financial issues, trade, policies and views from key influential individuals, both in the local and global business sphere.


PM launches Dhanabhimani Program to empower women through economic strength

Views - 140 Saturday, 11 August 2018 04:37

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday launched a program to empower women socially, economically, and politically, and to aspire them to contribute to the development drive of the country.


Army to hand over another 922 acres in North and East to owners

Views - 235 Saturday, 11 August 2018 04:35

The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) will release nearly 922 acres out of the remaining 2600 acres of Army-held land in the North and the East to the rightful owners, soon, a senior Army official said yesterday.


Vidya murder case appeal: SC defers to 13 December

Views - 43 Saturday, 11 August 2018 04:33

Supreme Court Thursday deferred to 13 December the appeal made by the convicts in the sensational murder case of female student Vidya of Punguduthivu, one of the islets of the Jaffna Peninsula.


President asks new envoys to serve interests of country with utmost dedication

Views - 69 Saturday, 11 August 2018 04:28

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday appointed new envoys to 10 different countries, including Russia.


Laos grants visa on arrival for Sri Lankans

Views - 203 Saturday, 11 August 2018 03:25

Lao People’s Democratic Republic has recommenced issuing visa on arrival for Sri Lankans from 1 August. Honouring a request received from the Rajapakse Government, Lao People’s Democratic Republic has stopped stamping Sri Lankan passports with


JICA technical cooperation project for Kandy urban development plan concludes with seminar in Kandy

Views - 113 Saturday, 11 August 2018 03:23

The Urban Development Authority (UDA) of Sri Lanka and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have been working together since February 2017 to formulate the urban development vision, plan and design guidelines with the objective of realising


Study of Eastern Indian Ocean gathers momentum in Lanka with Chinese collaboration

Views - 85 Saturday, 11 August 2018 03:21

With climate change and disaster management grabbing world attention, the study of the Eastern Indian Ocean, in which Sri Lanka is located, has begun in right earnest, with China taking a deep interest in it.


Pakistan maritime security ship ‘Kashmir’ to visit Sri Lanka

Views - 18 Saturday, 11 August 2018 03:19

Pakistan Maritime Security Ship (PMSS) ‘Kashmir’ is scheduled to arrive at Colombo Port on a four-day goodwill visit from 13 to 16 August.


Army teams up with SLADC to launch project to plant over 100,000 herbal plants

Views - 33 Saturday, 11 August 2018 03:15

Sri Lanka Army and the Sri Lanka Ayurvedic Drugs Corporation (SLADC) have jointly organised a mega nation-building project to plant more than 135,000 herbal saplings inside all island-wide Army installations.


Legendary war hero Lt. Gen. Denzil Kobbekaduwa and other war heroes remembered

Views - 62 Saturday, 11 August 2018 02:04

The 24th death anniversary of Lieutenant General Denzil Kobbekaduwa and several other military war heroes, who sacrificed their lives for the country took place this week amid honours at Anuradhapura town in the presence of LalyKobbekaduwa, family me


Endangered thresher sharks targeted by sports fishing company in breach of the law

Views - 445 Saturday, 11 August 2018 01:54

The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act, No. 2 of 1996 (as amended on 14 October 2015 under Section 61) states that: No person engaged in fishing operations in Sri Lanka Waters shall catch any shark of the species specified....


Parliament approves Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (amendment) Bill

Views - 36 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:53

Regardless of all efforts the UPFA Joint Opposition took to disrupt the process, the Government was able to receive the House approval smoothly for the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (amendment) Bill when


Govt. negotiating with private bus owners to give train ticket holders free rides

Views - 42 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:53

The Government is currently negotiating with private bus owner associations to allow train season ticket holders to ride for free, Deputy Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Ashoka Abeysinghe said yesterday. “We will try to develop a mech


High Posts Committee split over Dayan

Views - 174 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

The High Posts Committee of Parliament finally ratified President Maithripala Sirisena’s nomination of Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka as ambassador to Russia yesterday, but only after pitched battles within the committe


Party restructuring progressing swiftly: Mahinda Samarasinghe

Views - 25 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) reforms have successfully progressed with the establishment of ‘Bala Mandala’, Party Spokesperson and Port and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said yesterday.


Strikers must remember rights of public when demanding privileges: President

Views - 26 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

Workers engaged in trade union action should consider the rights of the public with the same attitude they have towards their own privileges, President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday at a ceremony held at Viharamahadevi Park in Colombo.


We must defeat trade union terrorism: Sagala

Views - 41 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

Minister of Youth Affairs, Project Management and Southern Development and Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Sagala Ratnayaka in a statement said people must unite to defeat trade union terrorism. Following is the ful


MR questions IGP’s failure to follow Police Commission recommendations

Views - 39 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

Former President and current Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament yesterday demanded to know why the Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara failed to follow recommendations of the N


Medical (amendment) Bill gets clearance from Supreme Court

Views - 94 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

The Supreme Court has determined the provisions of the Medical (amendment) Bill are not inconsistent with the Constitution and could be passed by Parliament by a simple majority. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya read out the determination on the Medical (amen


SLMA calls for SLMC reform to improve doctor accountability

Views - 52 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

The Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) yesterday called for reforms within the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), to allow non-medical professionals to be included to protect patients from malpractices, but retain the self-reg


BBS to request presidential pardon for Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero

Views - 188 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

Criticising the ruling against Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero, Sinhala Ravaya and BBS revealed they were seeking a presidential pardon. “Ven. Gnanasara Thero’s words were that the eunuch governmental officia


Harsha helps stranded A/L students with discounted taxi rides

Views - 168 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

An initiative by Deputy Minister Harsha de Silva to provide transport to A/L candidates to get to examination halls on time as the railway strike continues has caught on, with popular taxi services coming on board to provid


Rs 205 million allocated for compensation of Kandy riots victims

Views - 142 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:10

By Skandha Gunasekara Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe informed Parliament yesterday that Rs. 205 million has been allocated as compensation for victims of the communal violence that occurred in the Kandy area earlier this year, but that awarding


EFL granted Special Leave to Appeal to challenge unlawful electric fence in Ehetuwewa

Views - 146 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:10

EFL was granted Special Leave to Appeal by the Supreme Court on 1 August in SC (Spl) LA 289/2017, relating to an illegal forest clearing and the subsequent erection of an electric fence within the immediate vicinity of the Nakolagane Purana Raja Ma


SL Ambassador to Qatar forcibly took over Sri Lankan school in Doha: JO

Views - 980 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:10

By Skandha Gunasekara The Joint Opposition yesterday charged that the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Qatar A. S. P. Liyanage had wrested control of the Stafford Sri Lankan School in Doha, forcibly bringing it under the management of the Sri Lankan Embassy


Rajitha defends proposal to provide perks for Gamperaliya-monitoring MPs

Views - 72 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:09

Defending the proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to give allowances for Government-side Parliamentarians monitoring the Gamperaliya development program, Cabinet Co-spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne said that the proposal will be taken


Flash strike by railway unions trigger chaos

Views - 330 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:08

Hundreds of train commuters yesterday clashed with railway trade unions after a flash strike was staged by the latter with no notice, prompting the Government to deploy the Special Task Force (STF) to protect the station. Commuters, who flocked to


Contempt of Court allegation: CA summons CM Wigneswaran, Sasitharan and Sivanesan

Views - 54 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:07

By S.S.Selvanayagam Court of Appeal yesterday issued summons to Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran as well as Provincial Ministers Ananthi Sasitharan and K. Sivanesan to appear before Court on 7 September to answer the Contempt of C


SLMC guilty of not taking action against errant doctors: Rajitha

Views - 116 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:07

Launching a passionate appeal for the rights of patients, Health Minister and Cabinet Co-spokesperson Dr. Rajitha Senaratne yesterday said that the Sri Lanka Medical Council has been safeguarding errant doctors at the expense of the interests of pati


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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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