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UN ensures Sri Lankan peacekeeping troops have no allegations of human right abuses

Views - 30 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:00

The United Nations says it screens the Sri Lankan troops committed to peacekeeping operations to ensure that they have no allegations or records of human right abuses before they are being used for UN operations.


ONUR and Barkeer Markar Center award 900 students of art and essay competition on national unity

Views - 32 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:00

A joint endeavour organised by the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation and the Barkeer Markar Center for National Unity – the All Island Inter School Art and Essay competition – conducted in all three medium, had more


Official visit of Canadian branch of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to Sri Lanka

Views - 56 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:00

A delegation from the Canadian branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is in Sri Lanka for a three-day visit from 9 to 11 November. The multiparty delegation’s presence will strengthen bonds with an


Rotary Club of Colombo East, Soundarie David partner Shangri-la Hotel, Colombo for Timeless Classics

Views - 122 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:00

Timeless Classics, featuring the much-loved Soundarie David and Shey Liyanage, is a concert which seeks to raise funds for two of the Rotary Club of Colombo East’s anchor projects, namely Project BEAP—Accident and


United Nations Association of Sri Lanka marks 72nd United Nations Day

Views - 142 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:00

The United Nations Association of Sri Lanka organised its National Observance of the 72nd United Nations Day in association with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations in Sri Lanka at the Bishop’s College


Grand reception on board Pakistan naval ship SAIF

Views - 39 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:00

A colourful reception was held on board Pakistan naval ship SAIF, anchored at the Colombo dockyard this week.


Wary PM promises to probe police obstruction of cycling JO MPs

Views - 354 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:00

Led by former president and Kurunegala District Member of Parliament Mahinda Rajapaksa, some members of the UPFA Joint Opposition parliamentary group arrived on bicycles to Parliament yesterday for the Budget speech.


EU Parliamentary delegation visits Sri Lanka to discuss national integration and reconciliation ini

Views - 57 Friday, 10 November 2017 00:00

A four-member European Parliamentarian Delegation with an European Parliament Secretariat, Political Advisor and EU Sri Lankan Mission of a 10-member delegation visited Sri Lanka to study the national reconciliation


Govt. secures huge coconut tranche to ease cost of living

Views - 356 Thursday, 9 November 2017 00:45

As coconut prices soared due to a drought-fuelled supply shortage, Sri Lanka announced that it was sourcing a large volume of coconuts from domestic suppliers instead of international sellers to be sold to local consumers at a low price.


Petrol crisis: Govt. accepts responsibility but blames officials

Views - 309 Thursday, 9 November 2017 00:20

The Government yesterday accepted full responsibility for the fuel crisis, which is now into its sixth day, but pinned the blame on officials of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), hinting that malpractice and sabotage may be


Govt. green-lights 400 MW LNG power plant by China in H’tota

Views - 207 Thursday, 9 November 2017 00:00

The Government this week green-lighted the construction of a 400 MW Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) power plant in Hambantota.


Budget likely to target exports, fiscal consolidation

Views - 196 Thursday, 9 November 2017 00:00

Reuters: The Coalition Government will seek to stoke exports and employment through support for the small business sector in its 2018 budget, a move that is likely keep the island nation’s fragile public finances under


Govt. raises taxes on dubbed foreign movies, dramas and commercial shows

Views - 59 Thursday, 9 November 2017 00:00

The Government has increased the levy charged on dubbed foreign movies, dramas and commercials with immediate effect.


Whatever allegation is made President says he is committed to eliminate fraud and corruption

Views - 83 Thursday, 9 November 2017 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena said that even though a few people within the Government levelled allegations and criticisms against him for appointing the Bond Commission, he appointed the Commission to fulfill the pledge given


Harsha tells P’ment SAITM will be wound up

Views - 184 Thursday, 9 November 2017 00:00

Plans to wind up controversial private medical school the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) before the end of this year surprised lawmakers present for the Constitutional Assembly yesterday.


Piyasena Gamgae to replace Geetha

Views - 187 Thursday, 9 November 2017 00:00

Piyasena Gamage is expected to take oaths in Parliament in the coming days to fill the seat vacated by actress-turned politician and former MP Geetha Kumarasinghe.


Seoul seeks sister city link in Sri Lanka

Views - 108 Thursday, 9 November 2017 00:00

The Mayor of the South Korean capitol Seoul, Park Wonsoon, during a courtesy call on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat on Tuesday, said that Seoul wished to establish a link with a sister city in


Benedictine memorial service

Views - 33 Thursday, 9 November 2017 00:00

The Council of the Old Boys Union of St. Benedict’s College, as part of its annual events will commemorate the memory of its departed members, Rev. Farthers, Rev. Brothers, teachers, members of the staff and students by organising a solemn requiem


3-member committee to probe fuel crisis: Duminda

Views - 79 Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:10

A three-member Cabinet Sub-committee has been appointed to probe into the ongoing petrol crisis at the request of Petroleum Resources Development Minister, a top Minister said yesterday.


Speaker Karu Jayasuriya addresses CityNet Congress

Views - 38 Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:00

Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya on 6 November addressed the participants at the CityNet Congress, which is being held at the Colombo Hilton.


Shortage or sabotage?: UNP

Views - 475 Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:00

UNP Kurunegala District MP Nalin Bandara yesterday called into question the circumstances under which the ongoing fuel crisis came to be.


Govt. seeks House approval to meet contingent liabilities

Views - 57 Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:00

Two days before the Second Reading of Budget 2018, which is due to be read in Parliament tomorrow at 3.00 p.m., the Government sought House approval to meet its contingent liabilities worth Rs. 11,206 million incurred in September 2017.


Speaker warns Vasu

Views - 639 Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:00

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday warned UPFA Joint Opposition group MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara to behave in Parliament and take back the criticism made against the chair for being partly responsible for leasing the tank


Speaker issues directive on Geetha

Views - 179 Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:00

Based on a recent Supreme Court confirmation to disqualify the popular Sinhala movie star Geetha Kumarasinghe from being a Parliamentarian, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has instructed parliamentary officials to remove her


Initiatives for betterment of majority will not be halted due to acts of small minority: President

Views - 57 Tuesday, 7 November 2017 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena said some sections of society were using technology invented for people’s progress in a wrongful manner to spread false propaganda regarding the Government and emphasised that the initiatives taken for the betterment


Suspects in Dematagoda abduction except Hirunika plead guilty

Views - 72 Tuesday, 7 November 2017 00:00

By T. Farook Thajudeen Eight suspects who were involved with MP Hirunika Premachandra in the abduction of a garment stall employee pleaded guilty to all charges framed against them by the Attorney General in the Colombo High Court. The accused were c


Pakistan naval ship PNS Saif arrives at Sri Lanka port on goodwill mission

Views - 73 Tuesday, 7 November 2017 00:00

The Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed the Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS) Saif, which arrived at the Port of Colombo yesterday on a goodwill visit. PNS Saif, a Sword class F22P Frigate of Chinese origin, is 123 metre


The full transcript of Minister Arjuna Ranatunga’s comments at yesterday’s media briefing:

Views - 290 Tuesday, 7 November 2017 00:00

LIOC ordered a vessel with petrol on 17 October which had been rejected after two inspections. We can’t accept it without data. Therefore we asked them to move the rejected vessel. I regret to say that the above vessel is still expecting to unload


Former Litro Gas head and three others released on bail

Views - 98 Tuesday, 7 November 2017 00:00

By T. Farook Thajudeen The former Chairman of Litro Gas Lanka Ltd. Shalila Moonesinghe and three other suspects who were in remand were released on Rs. 50,000 cash with three sureties of Rs. 500,000 each by Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yes


President says Government has implemented transparent development process across country

Views - 53 Monday, 6 November 2017 00:39

President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government has implemented many development projects island-wide, allocating a huge amount of money, and


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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