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Pakistan celebrates 52nd Defence Day in Sri Lanka

Views - 32 Saturday, 9 September 2017 00:00

To commemorate the ultimate sacrifices rendered by valiant Pakistan’s Armed Forces during the 1965 war, the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka celebrated Pakistan’s 52nd Defence Day in Colombo recently. The Defence Advisor of Pakistan, Col


BIA College Fort Galle celebrates 125th anniversary

Views - 48 Saturday, 9 September 2017 00:00

Al Bahajathul Ibraheemiyyah Arabic College Fort Galle established in 1892, one of the oldest Islamic Arabic institutions in Sri Lanka which is world renowned, celebrates its 125 years of existence this year.


Foreign Affairs Minister to visit India

Views - 14 Saturday, 9 September 2017 00:00

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Assignments TilakMarapana will visit New Delhi from 8-10 September. This will be his first overseas visit after assuming office as Minister of Foreign Affairs.


Launch of South Asia Religious Leaders’ Platform to Promote Children’s Rights

Views - 25 Saturday, 9 September 2017 00:00

Kathmandu: On 5 September, UNICEF South Asia launched the first South Asia Religious Leaders’ Platform for Children in Kathmandu. The launch brought together more than 30 influential leaders and distinguished representatives from various religious


British MP denies £100K SL holiday claim

Views - 74 Saturday, 9 September 2017 00:00

Rejecting allegations levelled against him, British MP Ian Paisley said he did not declare £100,000 in hospitality from the Sri Lankan Government, the BBC reported yesterday.


President donates Myanmar tusker to Dalada Maligawa

Views - 33 Saturday, 9 September 2017 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday offered a tusker named Pulatisi Raja to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.


SL’s reform agenda prompting stronger U.S. ties

Views - 31 Saturday, 9 September 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka’s commitment to a reform agenda has increased its engagement with the US, including military-to-military relations, a top Trump administration official has said.


Govt. will not support legalising abortions

Views - 230 Saturday, 9 September 2017 00:00

Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga yesterday categorically opposed limited legalising of abortion as proposed and insisted that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has assured the proposal would not be supported.


PRECIFAC term not extended

Views - 140 Friday, 8 September 2017 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday declined to extend the term of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC).


Govt. backs General Jayasuriya

Views - 114 Thursday, 7 September 2017 00:00

The Government yesterday assured Parliament that it would not allow action to be taken against army commanders despite the intentions of international lobby groups with ulterior motives to disrupt development and reconciliation.


Govt. seeks Rs. 134.4 m supplementary allocation

Views - 37 Thursday, 7 September 2017 00:00

The Government moved a Rs. 134.4 million supplementary allocation yesterday in Parliament seeking House approval to support a Cabinet decision enabling lawmakers to maintain an office in their respective electorates and to fund a few other State matt


Chinese Ambassador positive of belt-road initiative opportunities

Views - 130 Thursday, 7 September 2017 00:00

Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang delivered the keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the International Conference on ‘China in South Asia/South Asia in China: OBOR and the Sri Lankan Experience’.


PM promises local authority elections

Views - 71 Thursday, 7 September 2017 00:00

The Joint Opposition parliamentary group’s efforts to draw a parallel between a chairman of a local authority and field officers by highlighting the respective involvement in allocating and distributing relief in a particular area, which could infl


AG undertakes changes to 20th Amendment

Views - 103 Thursday, 7 September 2017 00:00

The Attorney General yesterday undertook to amend the implementation mechanism of the Provincial Council elections when the 13 petitions challenging the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution were taken up in the Supreme Court.


Lifting of EU ban opened Rs. 7 b market for seafood

Views - 258 Wednesday, 6 September 2017 00:10

The removal of the European Union’s ban on fish exports and regaining the GSP+ tariff concession have opened up a Rs. 7 billion market for Sri Lanka’s fisheries industry, Minister of Primary Industries Daya Gamage said.


Navy ships Sayura and Sagara leave for Indo-Lanka joint naval exercise SLINEX 2017

Views - 62 Wednesday, 6 September 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka Navy’s offshore patrol vessels SLNS Sayura and Sagara left Trincomalee on Monday for India to participate in the joint maritime naval exercise with the Indian Navy.


INSSSL and NESA hold strategic forum

Views - 29 Wednesday, 6 September 2017 00:00

The Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka (INSSSL), affiliated to the Ministry of Defence, together with the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA), will be holding a two-day strategic forum under the theme ‘Meeting the


House of key witness in Welikada prison riot shot at

Views - 70 Wednesday, 6 September 2017 00:00

The house of a key witness in the Welikada prison riot was shot at last night but no one was injured.


Ravi K opens drinking water supply project

Views - 355 Wednesday, 6 September 2017 00:00

The country has faced a difficult time in achieving its targeted goals because certain groups continue to hinder the Government, believes former Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake.


Facilities to control flooding in Mannar handed over to public by European Union & UNOPS

Views - 101 Tuesday, 5 September 2017 00:00

The European Union and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) officially handed over new and renovated infrastructure critical for flood control within the Mannar urban council area during a ceremony organised in Mannar on 29 August.


Sarana Gunawardena arrested

Views - 227 Tuesday, 5 September 2017 00:00

Former Petroleum Industries Deputy Minister and former Chairman of Development Lotteries Board (DLB) Sarana Gunawardena was arrested by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) yesterday on charges of misusing public properties during his tenure as the Chai


Cabinet approval for 66 road projects in N&E

Views - 186 Monday, 4 September 2017 00:46

The Cabinet has granted approval for the rehabilitation and upgrade of 66 roads in the conflict-affected Northern and Eastern provinces based on a Cabinet memorandum submitted by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.


Eid-Ul-Adha Celebrations

Views - 89 Monday, 4 September 2017 00:44

Muslims gathered at Galle Face Green on Saturday to pray and celebrate Eid-Ul-Adha (the religious festival of Haji) conducted by Haji Hafiz Eheshan Qadri.


Modi rejigs cabinet to refocus on economy

Views - 78 Monday, 4 September 2017 00:43

New Delhi (Reuters): Prime Minister Narendra Modi appointed Nirmala Sitharaman as defence minister on Sunday as part of a cabinet reshuffle, as he seeks to get economic growth back on track and modernise the armed forces before national elections in


Indonesian authorities detect boat with 33 people from Sri Lanka

Views - 63 Monday, 4 September 2017 00:42

Indonesian authorities had last week detected a boat with 33 people from Sri Lanka, an Australian Minister said yesterday.


SAITM corrects Prof. Carlo Fonseka

Views - 375 Monday, 4 September 2017 00:41

The Management of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) in a statement yesterday said that various speculations made to the media and general public by Prof. Carlo Fonseka were completely inaccurate.


Sri Lanka emerging as transit hub for cocaine smugglers

Views - 138 Friday, 1 September 2017 00:10

Colombo (Reuters): International cocaine smugglers are increasingly turning to Sri Lankan as a transit hub in Asia, authorities say, after they made a series of seizures of the drug, some smuggled in containers of sugar from Brazil.


Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Brazil leaves after end of tenure

Views - 90 Friday, 1 September 2017 00:00

Sri Lankan Ambassador to Brazil retired General Jagath Jayasuriya has left after his tenure ended on 27 August, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.


US lauds Sri Lanka’s ambitious reforms agenda and reconciliation steps

Views - 43 Friday, 1 September 2017 00:00

United States Acting Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells praised the progress made by Sri Lanka under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena in the democratic reforms and reconciliation process.


President presides over meeting on 18th Session of CITES to be held in 2019 in SL

Views - 43 Friday, 1 September 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka is ready to host the 18th Session of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 2019, and a discussion was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Se


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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