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Ambassador Thassim calls on new Minister of Labour and Social Development of Saudi Arabia

Views - 80 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Azmi Thassim called on the newly appointed Minister of Labour and Social Development Eng. Ahmed bin Sulaiman bin Abdulaziz al-Rajihi on 3 October at the Ministry of Labour and Social Development


Sri Lankan Ambassador to the Russian Federation receives PRDS Director-General

Views - 152 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

The Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat (PRDS) Director-General Vajira Dassanayake met with Sri Lankan Ambassador to the Russian Federation Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka at the Embassy Premises and discussed matters relating to the hydrocarbon explor


Foreign Affairs State Minister Vasantha Senanayake visits Portugal

Views - 128 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake paid an official visit to Portugal from 18-20 September, during which he met with Portugal State Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Teresa Ribeiro. During the discussions, the State Min


Minister Amunugama asks if SL is ready for transformation

Views - 94 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Addressing the annual sessions of the Organisation of Professional Associations (OPA), last week, Minister of Science, Technology, Research, Skills Development, and Vocational Training and Kandyan Heritage Dr. Sarath Amunugama posed the question whet


Shipping Minister in China for fresh support

Views - 198 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe met with Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng during his official visit to China. Samarasinghe is on an official visit to China with the aim of gathering technical assistance in the development of Sri Lanka


JO welcomes Supreme Court ruling on 20th Amendment

Views - 235 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

By Nuwan Senarathna The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday welcomed the Supreme Court ruling on several proposed articles of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution presented in Parliament by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). The Supreme Court determ


Government gears up assistance as adverse weather takes heavy toll

Views - 66 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent The bad weather experienced in most parts of the island in the last few days has left 69,583 persons from 17,303 families in distress. According to the latest reports, 12 persons have died while 18 h


SC dismisses appeal filed against Duminda Silva’s death penalty

Views - 768 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed the appeals filed by former MP Duminda Silva and two others against their death penalties over the murder of former Presidential Advisor Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra. The five-judge bench headed by Chief Justic


Import Promotion Desk of Germany to partner EDB in export target activities

Views - 75 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:00

With the recently-concluded visit of the Sri Lanka delegation headed by Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama organised by the AHK – Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Sri Lanka, EDB Chairperson


CIMA Global President visits HNB Headquarters, meets members

Views - 73 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:00

Steve Swientozielskyj, the 85th Global President of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), during his recent visit to Sri Lanka visited HNB Headquarters and met with the CIMA members and discussed the opportunities and risks for th



Seminar on ‘Sri Lankan Economy, Banking and Capital Markets’

Views - 336 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:00

Acclivity Training announced that a seminar on ‘Sri Lankan Economy, Banking and Capital Markets’ will be held on Thursday, 18 October at the Galadari Hotel, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as a continuation of the seminar series on ‘Essential Busi


Army Chief calls on soldiers to be prepared to prevent re-emergence of insurgencies

Views - 123 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:00

By Shanika Sriyananda Stressing on the importance of promoting reconciliation among all ethnic groups irrespective of their races and religions, Army Chief Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake called on soldiers to be dedicated and fully prepared to defend th


Top-level meeting between JO and SLFP Group of 15 today

Views - 101 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:00

By Nuwan Senarathna A top-level meeting is due to be held today (11) between the Joint Opposition (JO) and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Group of 15 at the residence of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The meeting is a continuation of the meeti


Green-light for Office for Reparations Bill

Views - 120 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent The controversial Office for Reparations Bill received the approval of the House yesterday. The Office of Reparations Bill is aimed at providing legal provisions for the establishment of the Office f


Final rites for Ronnie Leitch today

Views - 481 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:00

The final rites of popular singer and comedian Ronnie Leitch will be held at 3 p.m. today at the General Cemetery in Mount Lavinia. The singer passed away on 1 October in Perth, Australia. His remains arrived in Colombo yesterday. The cortege will li


Dayasiri accused of abuse of power

Views - 282 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:00

By Madushka Balasuriya  Allegations of abuse of power have been brought against Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekera for incidents that took place during his term as North Western Province Chief Minister in 2013. The UPFA MP is alleged to have person


President returns after successful visit to Seychelles

Views - 107 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena returned to Colombo yesterday (10), after completing a successful visit to Seychelles. Sirisena, who paid a two-day state visit to Seychelles on the invitation of his Seychellois counterpart, Danny Faure, attended high


JO action on S’pore FTA hinges on independent committee outcome

Views - 61 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:00

The Joint Opposition (JO) on Tuesday revealed that if the independent committee appointed by the President to study the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed with Singapore concluded that the FTA would not yield negative effects then it would not oppose


Over 29,000 prisoners released on Special Presidential Pardon in past 10 years

Views - 72 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:00

During the last 10 years, 29,309 inmates were released under a Special Presidential Pardon, the Government informed Parliament on Tuesday. These prisoners were released to mark Independence Day, International Women’s Day, Prisoners Welfare Day, We


Threat of trade war significant, warns Mangala

Views - 211 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:00

Global finance and reserve bank chiefs will gather this week in Bali, Indonesia for the annual gathering of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank amid rising concern over trade war and risks of global economic crisis. Minister of Finance and


Govt. emphasises importance of collaborating to combat human trafficking

Views - 131 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:00

By Shanika Sriyananda Since people in all countries, including those in developed countries, have fallen prey to human traffickers, it is vital to have partnerships in combating human trafficking, a top Government official said on Tuesday. Foreign Af


TISL flags Rs. 40 m in Govt. pilfering 

Views - 251 Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:00

By Madushka Balasuriya Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has flagged over Rs. 40 million in misappropriated public funds in a filing at the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) in Colombo yesterday. The mo


President orders aid for victims of inclement weather

Views - 62 Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday instructed the relevant authorities to provide immediate relief to those who were affected by the heavy rain and inclement weather conditions prevailing in the country. President Sirisena, who is on a two-day


Bad weathers claims 9 lives; 48,918 people affected

Views - 171 Tuesday, 9 October 2018 00:07

By Nuwan Senarathna Disaster Management Centre (DMC) Spokesman Pradeep Kodippili yesterday said nine lives had been lost and 48,918 people from 12,478 families had been affected due to the prevailing adverse weather. The deaths were reported from Ga


Seychelles success

Views - 270 Tuesday, 9 October 2018 00:06

President Maithripala Sirisena was warmly received by Seychelles President Danny Faure yesterday. The two leaders discussed several issues, focusing on health, education, tourism, environment, fisheries, maritime security and the Indian Ocean Commis


Former CB Governor faults Govt. for economic crisis

Views - 576 Tuesday, 9 October 2018 00:04

By Ruwandi Gamage Former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal yesterday called for immediate action to stabilise the rupee by bringing in new policy changes and protecting existing foreign investments. “The Government, Central Bank and all po


Police arrests Vijayakala for controversial remarks on LTTE

Views - 117 Tuesday, 9 October 2018 00:03

By Chathuri Dissanayake Former State Minister and UNP MP Vijayakala Maheswaran was arrested and was later granted bail for her alleged public remarks which spoke of a revival of the LTTE. Police sources said that she was arrested upon her arrival at


Garbage dispute sorted, CMC pays Rs. 100 m to SLLRDC

Views - 162 Tuesday, 9 October 2018 00:03

Settling the dispute between the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLRDC) and Colombo Municipal Council (CMC), the SLLRDC yesterday resumed its operations. SLLRDC Chairman Roshan Gunewardena yesterday told Daily FT that CMC had


UNP throws down gauntlet on caretaker government

Views - 408 Tuesday, 9 October 2018 00:03

The United National Party (UNP) yesterday claimed that if President Maithripala Sirisena were to try and form a caretaker government, the UNP had the capability to form a government of its own more conveniently. Speaking at a press conference held at


Today's Columnists

IPS’s State of the Economy Report 2018 is a demonstration of its independent analysis of the economy

Monday, 22 October 2018

Economists are at the receiving end of society today when it comes to economic crises. They have been blamed not only for giving confusing advice, but also for failing to predict accurately the oncoming economic catastrophes.


Future competencies for Sri Lankans: Rhetoric and reality

Monday, 22 October 2018

I was humbly happy to be the first Sri Lankan to speak at Fiji Annual HR Convention. It gave me a wonderful opportunity to meet warm people of another island nation. With booming tourism and bountiful natural resources, it appears as one of the most


Challenges in preserving and promoting Pakistan’s Buddhist past

Saturday, 20 October 2018

The international media has been portraying Pakistan as a hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism, especially after the Americans carried out a surgical strike there to kill international terrorist and fugitive, Osama bin Laden.


Government’s cohabitation stuck in the past or what?

Friday, 19 October 2018

The appointment of career judge Nalin Perera as the new Chief Justice, who has served in the judiciary for over 30 years, provides a snapshot into President Maithripala Sirisena’s thought process, amidst various stories of clashes with his coalitio


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