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Malaysian High Commission in Colombo celebrates 62nd Independence Day

Views - 40 Saturday, 7 September 2019 00:00

The Malaysian High Commission in Colombo celebrated its 62nd Independence Day at the official residence of the high commissioner on Saturday (31). Malaysian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Tan Yang Thai, the Malaysian community and many distinguished


SL, State of Odisha seek to enhance connectivity

Views - 43 Saturday, 7 September 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka and the State of Odisha in India have sought to further enhance connectivity between them, capitalising on the centuries-old strong historical linkages. The possibility of further strengthening these ties was discussed when Sri Lanka’s Hi


Sri Lanka-India Society celebrates India’s 73rd Independence Day

Views - 68 Saturday, 7 September 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka-India Society (SLIS) celebrated India’s 73rd Independence Day on 1 September at a function held at the Taj Samudra hotel in Colombo. Minister of Ports and Shipping and Southern Development, Sri Lanka Sagala Ratnayaka was the Chief Gu


UPFA blames Govt. for not completing compensation to Easter Sunday attack victims

Views - 45 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Dayasiri Jayasekara yesterday charged the Government in Parliament, for allegedly delaying compensation to the families of the deceased and the injured in the Easter Sunday attacks. Raising a Point of Order i


MPs upset over bad rap for P’ment expenses

Views - 84 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

Government lawmakers yesterday claimed they were being given a bad rap due to the operational expenses of Parliament also being attributed to parliamentarians, and requested the Speaker to disclose a detailed report to update the public. Highlighting


Govt. MPs criticised for being absent during question time

Views - 48 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent Opposition lawmakers yesterday criticised the absence of their Government counterparts in Parliament to respond to questions, forcing House Leader Lakshman Kiriella to request the Speaker to postpone


Archbishop of Canterbury this Sunday’s guest on ‘In Black & White with Milinda Moragoda’

Views - 94 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

The guest on this Sunday’s ‘In Black & White with Milinda Moragoda’ will be His Grace Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury. The program will be broadcast on Sunday 8 September at 8:30 p.m. on TV1. It will also be broadcast with subtitles in


SL-Aussie cooperation to counter people smuggling

Views - 110 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka and Australia have re-dedicated themselves to counter people smuggling and discussed in detail avenues for strengthening cooperation to address the recent escalation of the number of people-smuggling ventures from Sri Lanka to Australia sin


Sajith pledges women’s and youth empowerment to develop economy

Views - 126 Friday, 6 September 2019 00:00

Presidential aspirant, United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader, and Housing, Construction, and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa yesterday pledged to bring two new laws to empower women and youth in the country, so they can make a greater


President praises Dawoodi Bohra community for message of peace and harmony

Views - 1531 Thursday, 5 September 2019 01:43

President Maithripala Sirisena called on 53rd al-Dai al-Mutlaq and Dawoodi Bohra community head Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin during the fourth Ashara Mubaraka sermon in Colombo. The President visited Husaini Masjid at Colombo-4 where he was warmly w


The right qualities make the President: MR

Views - 328 Thursday, 5 September 2019 01:43

By Nuwan Senarathna The Executive Presidency is still a powerful position despite the 19th Amendment, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday insisting they have picked the candidate who can make the most of that power to deliver effectiv


SLFP sends disciplinary letters to five MPs

Views - 92 Thursday, 5 September 2019 01:41

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has served letters on disciplinary action to five National List MPs who had left the party, SLFP General Secretary MP Dayasiri Jayasekara said yesterday. Speaking at the SLFP head office, Jayasekara said parliamentarian


Sajith denies Central Cultural Fund misused

Views - 1300 Thursday, 5 September 2019 01:41

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa yesterday denied Opposition allegations on misappropriation of money regarding the Central Cultural Fund in Parliament. The Minist


Australia says asylum seekers from Sri Lanka rising

Views - 115 Wednesday, 4 September 2019 00:00

Reuters: The number of Sri Lankans trying to enter Australia illegally by sea is rising, an Australian general said on Tuesday, a day after Canberra said it had intercepted a 13th boat carrying asylum seekers from the Indian Ocean island. The increa


Govt. must bring guidelines for ICCPR: JVP

Views - 54 Wednesday, 4 September 2019 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent Opposition lawmaker Bimal Rathnayake yesterday urged the Government to introduce guidelines to prevent the Police from abusing provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights


Two SC Petitions filed against proposed development corporation

Views - 101 Wednesday, 4 September 2019 00:00

Parliament received copies of two Petitions filed at the Supreme Court under Article 121(1) of the Constitution, in respect of the Bill regarding the Ruhunu Economic Development Corporation of Sri Lanka, the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya informed the House


Syedna Saifuddin counsels Bohra community to be optimistic and never abandon hope

Views - 379 Wednesday, 4 September 2019 00:00

During the third sermon of the Ashara Mubaraka event, His Holiness Syedna Saifuddin spoke of hope and optimism. Expounding on the sayings of Imam Ali bin abi Talib AS, he counselled the community to never abandon hope even in the most dire circumsta


Govt. to digitise court system

Views - 233 Wednesday, 4 September 2019 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent The Government will be taking urgent measures to digitise the court system as a part of its ongoing digitalisation of State institutions, Non-Cabinet Minister of Digital Infrastructure and Informati


SL seeks assistance in preventing violent extremism

Views - 66 Wednesday, 4 September 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka has sought expertise in preventing violent extremism from the Global Community Engagement & Resilience Fund (GCERF), in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks. At the invitation of the Foreign Ministry, the Executive Director of GCERF,


New govt. needs to probe alleged war crimes: Maj. Gen. Mehta

Views - 970 Wednesday, 4 September 2019 00:00

By Shanika Sriyananda A policy analyst on South Asian security affairs and former Commander of the Indian Peace Keeping Forces (IPKF) Maj. Gen. (Retd) Ashok K. Mehta said under a new government alleged war crimes during the final phase of the war wou


JICA and MOWCADZD launch training program for frontline officers working towards women empowerment

Views - 76 Wednesday, 4 September 2019 00:00

Ministry of Women and Child Affairs and Dry Zone Development (MOWCADZD) has launched the capacity building training program for Frontline Officers (FLOs) under technical cooperation by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Inauguration and l


UNDP Resident Rep calls on Senasinghe

Views - 85 Wednesday, 4 September 2019 00:00

UNDP Resident Representative Robert Juhkam made a courtesy call to Minister of Science, Technology and Research Sujeewa Senasinghe yesterday. The two discussed ongoing initiatives between UNDP Sri Lanka and the Ministry, including Citra Social Innova


Crossovers could damage coalition talks: SLFP

Views - 522 Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:44

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary MP Dayasiri Jayasekara yesterday faulted the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) for recruiting its members, saying it created unwarranted tension between the two parties which were currently engaged in


Speaker highlights importance of protecting children online

Views - 49 Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:43

By Ashwin Hemmathagama Protecting children online, including on social media, should be a priority Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said yesterday, calling on policymakers to commit to improving child rights across South Asia. The 3rd annual South Asian Par


SLPP defends crossovers

Views - 221 Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:43

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday defended giving membership to Parliamentarians Dilan Perera and S.B Dissanayake, insisting it was done with good intentions and would not derail ongoing coalition talks. Responding to a statement ma


Good governance, rule of law and human rights in the spotlight

Views - 103 Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:07

Following is the Joint Press Release issued after the Meeting of the European Union-Sri Lanka 4th Working Group on Good Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights: The fourth meeting of the Working Group on Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights und


High Commissioner Mallimaratchi presents Letters of Credence to Namibia President

Views - 284 Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:06

Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner of South Africa accredited to the Republic of Namibia presented Letters of Credence to President of Namibia Dr. Hage G. Geingob on 22 August at State House, Windhoek, Namibia. The High Commissioner along with the Aust


Ambassador Pradeepa Saram presents credentials to King Hamad of Bahrain

Views - 232 Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:04

The newly-appointed Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Kingdom of Bahrain Pradeepa Saram presented Letters of Credence to King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, of the Kingdom of Bahrain on Tuesday 27 August at Al-Sakhir Palace, Manama. The ceremony was attended


Sri Lanka appoints new honorary consul in Botswana

Views - 393 Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:03

The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Pretoria Kumar Mallimaratchi presented the Commission of Appointment to the newly-appointed Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in Botswana Ranjith Priyalal de Silva on 26 August, at a meeting held in the High Commissio


New Permanent Rep. of Sri Lanka to UNESCAP reaffirms country’s commitment to achieve SDGs

Views - 76 Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:02

Samantha K. Jayasuriya has presented credentials to Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in Bangkok, as the new Permanent Representative of Sri Lank


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Doomsday experts and entrepreneurial policymaking

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Views of two economic experts caught my eye last week. While one has given a scathing criticism of the Government for its handling of the economy, the other has given an analysis of the so-called “debt problem” of Sri Lanka. Doomsday scenario by


Gotabaya’s promise and corporate Sri Lanka

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

In the backdrop of the $ 93 billion economy, Sri Lanka is wobbling with overall household consumption declining to 4.7% growth and GDP forecasted at 2.7%, which means Sri Lanka is in for tough times. In this backdrop the first candidate off the block


Industry 4.0, disruptive technology and MAS Matrix: An example for way forward in Sri Lanka

Monday, 16 September 2019

Technology has always been disruptive. When a new technology is introduced, it changes the way the humankind lives, behaves, earns, interacts and communicates. Some 10,000 years ago, when agriculture and animal breeding were domesticated through the


Radically reinvented reality: Relevance to Sri Lanka

Monday, 16 September 2019

I am delighted to be involved in the National HR Conference 2019, the largest HR event in South Asia. This time it is on the theme ‘Radically Reinvented Reality’. We need to take another look at the way we act institutionally and nationally, in u


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