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Dhamya Sports and Yoga Academy ties hands with Intl. Conference on Yoga for Global Well-Being

Views - 102 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:10

At a time when human beings are experiencing severe stress due to their fast paced lifestyle, yoga is receiving worldwide attention for its proven therapeutic results. In this contextthe National Institute of Sports Science Sri Lanka, together with H


Govt. support led to arrest of drug kingpins: Sagala

Views - 473 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

Ports Minister Sagala Ratnayaka yesterday said that broad structural reforms within the Police service led to the successful raid in Dubai where drug kingpin Makandure Madush and his associates were arrested. Speaking to the media at the Colombo Por


PM commends STF on drug arrests

Views - 126 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday sent a letter commending the Special Task Force (STF) and STF DIG M.R. Latheef for their work in apprehending drug smugglers and to eradicate the drug menace from Sri Lanka, Prime Minister’s media said.


Contempt against Sarath Silva: Justice Jayawardane recuses himself from hearing

Views - 103 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

By S.S. Selvanayagam Justice Priyantha Jayawardane recused himself from being a member of the Bench which is hearing the contempt of court allegation against former Chief Justice Sarath N.Silva. The matter came up before the Bench comprising Justices


SLFP and SLPP must have one candidate

Views - 629 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

By Nuwan Senarathna Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s (SLFP) breakaway fraction yesterday called for one Presidential candidate from the SLFP and Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), insisting both parties should have one candidate to form an alliance to c


Conflicts’ resolution is indispensable for durable peace in South Asian region: Pak Envoy

Views - 126 Thursday, 7 February 2019 01:15

The High Commission of Pakistan organised a seminar titled ‘Prospects of Peace, Progress and Prosperity in South Asia’ at BMICH Colombo on 5 February. Various aspects of progress, development and resolution of conflicts in South Asian region were


MR kicks off free legal service for people subjected to political revenge

Views - 542 Thursday, 7 February 2019 01:14

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday launched a new initiative to provide free legal assistance and advice for people who have allegedly been subject to political revenge and injustice, or accused of illegal activities and corruption from 20


Govt. to employ 20,000 graduates

Views - 305 Thursday, 7 February 2019 01:11

Rejecting the Opposition charges for not taking action to reduce alleged high unemployment in the country, the Government yesterday held at Parliament that 20,000 graduates will be recruited under the Budget 2019. State Minister of National Policies


PM rejects setting up a foreign naval base in Sri Lanka

Views - 395 Thursday, 7 February 2019 01:11

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assured the Parliament that his Government will not allow any foreign military to set up camps in the country nor would be allowed to make use of the country to transfer military equipment under any circumstance. H


Building relations

Views - 161 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday met Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih during his visit to Sri Lanka


UNF confident of forming national govt.

Views - 220 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

By Uditha Jayasinghe and Nuwan Senaratne The United National Front (UNF) yesterday expressed confidence of getting the numbers needed to back its motion to establish a national government despite vehement opposition by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (S


MR slams Govt. over Customs

Views - 195 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa held the Government responsible for the trade union action taken by Sri Lanka Customs and related other services which went on for seven days. Based on the removal


Rs. 1.1 b worth of heroin nabbed, 3 arrested

Views - 209 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

Three persons were arrested by the Excise Department’s Narcotics Unit yesterday for possession of 110 kg of heroin valued at Rs. 1.1 billion, Excise Department Media Spokesman and Deputy Excise Commissioner Kapila Kumarasinghe said. The Narcotics


Questions raised over milk powder quality

Views - 814 Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00

The Government will take stern action against milk powder imports from New Zealand, now under investigation based on complaints they include controversial ingredients in their respective products. Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce Buddhika Pat


Victor Ivan predicts “No Constitution” at Jaffna Managers’ Forum

Views - 467 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 01:37

Yesterday, 3 February saw Victor Ivan speaking at the Jaffna Managers’ Forum (JMF), the only organisation in Jaffna bringing speakers with views of various hues and delivering lectures on diverse topics. In Jaffna, to say nothing is off-limits is t


Sri Lanka keeps firebrand Buddhist monk behind bars

Views - 477 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 01:36

AFP: The President resisted calls from the island’s Buddhist hierarchy to release a jailed firebrand monk Monday, even as 518 other convicts were released to mark the island nation’s Independence Day. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara has long been accus


Remains of fallen UN Peacekeepers arrive

Views - 293 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 01:34

The remains of the two Sri Lanka Army personnel, posthumously promoted late Major H.W.D. Jayawickrama and Sergeant S.S. Wijekumara,who were killed while engaged in peacekeeping operations in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisatio


UPFA to oppose National Government

Views - 129 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 01:33

By Nuwan Senarathna United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is expected to oppose United National Party (UNP) efforts to establish a National Government when it takes up the issue during its group meeting which is scheduled to be held at Parliament


All political leaders have failed to bring about economic development: President

Views - 196 Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday declared that all political leaders of Sri Lanka to date have failed to bring about economic development whilst a political solution to ethnic issue remains elusive. “We all, as political leaders, have faile


Time for radical systemic change: CBK

Views - 370 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:07

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga releasing her Independence Day message highlighted the need for “radical systemic change” to propel Sri Lanka to a unified and prosperous future. Given below is the full message released by Kum


Govt. hikes taxes on potatoes, maize

Views - 136 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:06

The Government has decided to increase the import tax on one kilogram of potatoes by Rs. 30 while the import levy on one kilogram of maize has been increased by Rs. 20. Minister of Agriculture P. Harrison said the tax increase came into effect from F


Political differences should be put aside: Vajira

Views - 92 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:06

Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardana issuing an Independence Day message said it is time for different political ideologies to be set aside so that everyone can focus on developing Sri Lanka. The full message is given below. With a proud hist


No TN Tamils among SL refugee returnees

Views - 143 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:06

By Shanika Sriyananda No Tamils from Tamil Nadu (TN) are included among the Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who are voluntarily returning to the country facilitated by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a top ministry official said, yes


Queen sends Independence Day wishes

Views - 153 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:06

Queen Elizabeth II issuing a message to mark Sri Lanka’s Independence Day said she wished for the good fortune and happiness of all Sri Lankans. The message was released by the British High Commission in Colombo. “It gives me great pleasure to


Navy ship Sayurala leaves for Pakistan for multi-nation naval exercise

Views - 124 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:05

The Navy’s Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) SLNS Sayurala left the country from the Port of Colombo on Saturday for Pakistan to take part in AMAN 2019, the biennial multi-national naval exercise hosted by the Pakistan Navy. SLNS Sayurala is s


Muslim organisations of Sri Lanka issue joint statement over recent incidents

Views - 487 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:10

The plurality of religions is a reality of the human experience. All religions acknowledge this fact undeniably. No religion encourages blasphemous or humiliating acts towards other religions.


Sri Lanka sends bone fragments from mass grave for US analysis

Views - 80 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:10

AFP: Bone fragments from one of the biggest mass graves found in Sri Lanka since its civil war ended nearly a decade ago have been sent to the US for analysis, officials said Thursday. The remains of dozens of men, women and children were found at t


Sirisena urged not to abuse Presidential pardon

Views - 351 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

Following is a statement signed by more than 250 concerned citizens and organisations, calling on the President to not grant a Presidential pardon to Gnanasara Thero, as it would seriously undermine the independence of the judiciary and rule of law


Asanga Abeyagoonasekera invited for book discussion at ORF

Views - 83 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

Observer Research Foundation (ORF), one of the leading think tanks in New Delhi, invited Institute of National Security Studies Director General Asanga Abeyagoonasekera to discuss his new book ‘Sri Lanka at crossroads: Geopolitical challenges and n


Collective meditation and all religion prayer today at 7 a.m. in Colombo

Views - 64 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

Religions for Responsible Governance (RRG) is organising a group prayer-meditation gathering today at from 7-8.30 a.m. at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute. The occasion will mark the 71st Independence anniversary celebrations of our island nation,


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Discipline and the devil’s disciples

Monday, 18 February 2019

That coach who repeatedly slapped a boy under his care has generated a storm of controversy on social media. On one side are aunties, bleeding hearts, civil rights champions et al who are outraged or at the very least shocked or surprised. On the oth


SL growth profile: Arrest moving down the staircase immediately to avoid hard landing on the floor

Monday, 18 February 2019

Strong message in the Sri Lanka Development Update 2019 Sri Lanka Development Update for 2019 was released by the World Bank last week. This document contains a review by the bank’s residential staff of the present state of the country’s economy


Prudential banking and saga of MTD Walkers

Monday, 18 February 2019

The matters referred to in the article under this title published in the Daily FT (15 February) are spotlighted in more detail under this scrutiny. While the general attention of the public remains more focused on recently arrested underworld kingpin


Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s empty rant

Monday, 18 February 2019

Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe (WR) has joined President Sirisena’s reckless verbal onslaught on the Constitutional Council (CC) that was set up by the 19th Amendment (Daily Mirror 15 February). I use “verbal onslaught” intentionally since, as


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