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Pathfinder Director speaks on international political economy and Sri Lanka in Yibin, China

Views - 188 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage, the Director of Centres for Indo-Lanka Initiatives and Law of the Sea at Pathfinder Foundation delivered a lecture titled ‘International Political Economy: Case of Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean and Indo-Pacific Strategy


New Commission to revise electricity tariffs

Views - 659 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent Power, Energy and Business Development Minister Ravi Karunanayake yesterday told Parliament that he plans to appoint a new Commission to revise electricity rates. Karunanayake, who had earlier sub


ITF urges Sri Lanka to release detained Ukrainian Captain

Views - 142 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has called on the Sri Lankan Government to release a Ukrainian seafarer who has been detained in Sri Lanka since 2016. Captain Gennadiy Gavrylov has been prevented from leaving Sri Lanka since h


EP Senior DIG in the dark about NTJ activity intelligence reports

Views - 410 Thursday, 11 July 2019 01:11

By Chandani Kirinde Head of the State Intelligence Service (SIS) Nilantha Jayawardena had submitted a comprehensive report to IGP Pujith Jayasundera on 18 April, three days before the Easter attacks, which identified Zahran and his organisation as be


AG asks CJ to appoint special Trial-at-Bar for Rathupaswala shooting trial

Views - 132 Thursday, 11 July 2019 01:09

By Manopriya Gunasekera The Attorney General yesterday requested the Chief Justice to appoint a special Trial-at-Bar at the Gampaha Magistrate’s Court to hear the case pertaining to the Rathupaswala shooting incident. The case is being heard before


JVP moves NCM in P’ment

Views - 181 Thursday, 11 July 2019 01:09

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent Challenging the Unity Government and its right to govern the country by failing to prevent the Easter Sunday attacks, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) moved a No-Confidence Motion yesterday in Par


Sri Lanka honoured to be among London Declaration founding members: Speaker Jayasuriya

Views - 241 Thursday, 11 July 2019 01:00

The Annual General Meeting of the Royal Commonwealth Society Sri Lanka ’19/’20, held last Friday under the auspices of Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya, and well-attended by its members, office bearers, and guests, marked a couple of milesto


Justice Minister denies backing US law firm to set up in SL

Views - 137 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:58

Justice Minister Thalatha Atukorale yesterday denied she was in support of efforts to establish an American law firm in Sri Lanka, and insisted that neither she nor the Government would ever do anything to undermine the independence and sovereignty o


Hirunika calls on President to come before PSC

Views - 167 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:57

United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra yesterday called on President Maithripala Sirisena to come before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to look into the Easter Sunday attacks. Addressing media at Temple


Appeal by Lalith Weeratunga: CA defers for 11 October

Views - 170 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:56

By S.S. Selvanayagam The Court of Appeal yesterday (10) deferred for 11 October the petitions filed by former President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and former TRC Director General Anusha Palpita  contesting the judgment of the Colombo High Cour


Madrasas should be under Education Ministry: Marikkar

Views - 90 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

The United National Party (UNP) yesterday called for formulating new regulations for madrasas and training Moulavies under supervision of the Education Ministry as a measure to formalise the education structures of the Muslim community. Speaking to


SL’s Honorary Consul honoured by Govt. of Czech Republic

Views - 64 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

The Czech Republic Government held its Honorary Consuls Meeting in Prague recently. This grand event takes place once in five years with the participation of 225 Honorary Consuls representing Czech Republic world over.  Consul General of the Czech R


Viyathmaga goes to Kegalle

Views - 151 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

“What we are experiencing today is the most incompetent, most corrupt and most unpatriotic Government of our history since independence,” says Dr. Nalaka Godahewa. He made these remarks addressing a seminar organised by Viyathmaga in Kegalle on


Janaprith meets King of Sweden

Views - 68 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

Senior Attorney Janaprith Fernando recently held a discussion with King of Sweden King Carl XVI Gustaf, regarding the developments of scouting in the world and the Asia Pacific region. Janaprith is a member of the World Scout Committee and Deputy Chi


CCC discussion on Constitutional powers of President post-19A

Views - 66 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will hold an informative discussion on the constitutional powers of the president post the 19th Amendment to the Constitution on 26 July. The current President came into power on an election promise that the Executive P


Diwulapitiya Manudam Uyana Green Gardens: Yet another program of social upkeep by NSB

Views - 66 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

A green garden, which consists of valuable trees and plants, established in commemoration of the people who have lost their lives by the terrorist attack on 21 April, was declared opened by Minister of Maweli Development and Environment Ajith Manappe


Mangala seeks P’ment approval to raise Rs. 480 b for debt financing

Views - 98 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent Moving a resolution under Section 3 of the Active Liability Management Act No. 8 of 2018, Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera sought that Parliament resolve to raise a sum not exceeding Rs. 480


Land bill gazetted without changes by President: SLFP

Views - 83 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekera yesterday faulted the United National Party (UNP) for failing to include changes suggested by President Maithripala Sirisena in the State Land (Special Provisions) Bill before gazet


Copies of petitions filed against State Land Bill received by P’ment

Views - 108 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

The Parliament has received copies of the petitions filed against the State Land (Special Provisions) Bill on par with the provisions of Article 121 (1) of the Constitution, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya confirmed to Parliament yesterday. The State Land (S


New land bill not ploy to enable foreigners to buy land: UNP

Views - 194 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

The United National Party (UNP) yesterday said the Land Grants (Special Provisions) Bill will not create an opportunity for foreigners to buy land in Sri Lanka but will instead allow many poor families to utilise their land more productively. Speaki


Fresh petition against proposed Land Bill

Views - 145 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

A fresh petition has been filed before the Supreme Court against the proposed State Lands (Special Provisions) Bill that was moved in Parliament by the Government recently. The petition said the proposed bill is against Sri Lanka’s Constitution an


CAA sets record straight on landing of civilian aircraft at BIA

Views - 741 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) yesterday issued a statement setting the record straight on the landing of a civilian aircraft at the Bandaranaike International Airport. It said the attention of this Authority is drawn to a few recent media report


P’ment Oversight Committee to formulate Code of Conduct on breaking news

Views - 316 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent Sectoral Oversight Committee on Women and Gender met yesterday in the Parliament complex and decided to bring in a code of conduct for breaking news, which is harmful to female victims and their imm


President appoints National Security Advisory Board

Views - 226 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday appointed a National Security Advisory Board to look into matters related to national security, the President’s Media Division said. Dr. Sarath Amunugama functions as the Chairman of this Board while Presid


Zahran accomplices arrested

Views - 161 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

A suspect, who authorities suspect received weapons training with the alleged mastermind behind the Easter Sunday attacks, Zahran Hashim, was arrested by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) yesterday. Police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said


Daya Gamage denies deductions from Samurdhi recipients

Views - 158 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent Primary Industries and Social Empowerment Minister Daya Gamage yesterday denied using Government money to organise ceremonies where fresh recipients were included into the Samurdhi program. Respondi


CEB, CPC reach agreement, no more disruption in thermal power generation

Views - 146 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

The Ministry of Power and Energy stated that there will be no more obstructions to the thermal power generation as the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has agreed to supply fuel needed to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB). Power and Energy Ministr


AG directs fresh investigation into Trinco student killings

Views - 307 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

By Chandani Kirinde The Attorney General (AG) yesterday directed police to recommence investigations into the killing of five students in Trincomalee in 2006, after all 13 accused in the case were acquitted last week. In a letter to the Acting IGP, t


UNP says no SOFA

Views - 780 Tuesday, 9 July 2019 00:58

The United National Party (UNP) yesterday said the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) will not be signed between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Government of USA. Speaking to media at the Temple Trees UNP MP Hesha Withanage said the Government w


FR seeking to prevent journo Kusal Perera’s arrest re-fixed for 23 Sept.

Views - 245 Tuesday, 9 July 2019 00:56

The Supreme Court yesterday re-fixed for 23 September support for granting of Leave to Proceed with the Fundamental Rights petition filed by senior journalist and political analyst Kusal Perera. The Bench comprising Justices Priyantha Jayawardane, P


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Expand employer-backed childcare to close the gender gap in Sri Lanka

Friday, 19 July 2019

In Sri Lanka, women’s formal workforce participation is at only 36%, compared with 75% for men. Sri Lanka could raise its gross domestic product by as much as 20% in the long-run by closing the gender gap in the workforce, according to one estimate


Who should be our next president?

Friday, 19 July 2019

After the recent terrorist attacks and the subsequent violence unleashed against innocent Muslims by racists, Sri Lankans are searching for a leader who can save the country. Many have lost faith in the leaders, due to the breakdown in the security a


The messed-up lives

Friday, 19 July 2019

It can be seen that there is a serious mess-up not only in the State and the social system in Sri Lanka, but also in the lives of the people. People of Sri Lanka are having smiling faces, yet those who live happily are very rare. You will find that u


Reimagining our reality: the last best hope for us?

Friday, 19 July 2019

Imagination can be a powerful tool for shaping everyday reality. We use it to construct everything from the mundane to the mystic. A down-to-earth example would be our subscription to the idea of the intrinsic value and worth of every human being. I


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