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MR says public calls for Gota to be candidate being considered

Views - 527 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says public calls for his brother to be considered as the Presidential candidate


Minister Amunugama meets South Korean Ambassador

Views - 106 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

South Korean Ambassador Lee Heon called on Science, Technology, Research, Skills Development, Vocational Training


3,666 suspects arrested in island-wide police operation

Views - 77 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

Around 3,666 suspects have been arrested for various offences during a special island-wide police operation, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.


Kerosene price reduced to Rs. 70 from Tuesday

Views - 95 Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy State Minister Dilip Wedaarachchi said that the price of a litre of kerosene would be reduced to Rs. 70 from midnight Tuesday (12).


Sri Lanka more peaceful; up 13 places to rank 67th in 2018 global index

Views - 183 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:19

Sri Lanka has shown a significant improvement in the 2018 Global Peace Index (GPI), jumping 13 notches to rank 67th out of 163 countries with a global score of 1.954. Sri Lanka was again the second most peaceful nation in South Asia and the second la


SC fixes to mention Avant-Garde Chairman’s FR on 19 July

Views - 144 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:18

By S.S. Selvanayagam The Supreme Court yesterday fixed to be mentioned on 19 July to ascertain the proceedings in the Magistrate’s Court in respect of the Fundamental Rights petition filed by Avant-Garde Maritime Service Ltd. Chairman Nissanka Se


ONUR says all must unite to overcome challenges against peace, reconciliation

Views - 42 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:18

The Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) Director General M. S. Jayasinghe addressed the International Steering Committee of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflicts at a forum held in Colombo on Wednesday (6 June).


New MP from UNP takes oath

Views - 83 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:17

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent The United National Party (UNP) has nominated C.M.M. Ismile as a national list Member of Parliament, filling the vacancy of M.H.M. Navavi who recently stepped down. MP Ismile took oath before Speaker


Work on Greater Anamaduwa Water Supply Scheme begins

Views - 67 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:00

The Minister of City Planning and Water Supply and the leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Rauff Hakeem, is to lay the foundation stone recently for the proposed Anamaduwa Greater Water Supply Scheme. The foundation laying ceremony of the projec


Non-Muslim Lankan expats lead ifthar program in Saudi

Views - 256 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:00

By Mohammed Rasooldeen in Riyadh Non-Muslim Sri Lankans in the western part of Saudi Arabia took the lead in organising a ifthar (breakfast) program at the Sri Lanka Consulate in Jeddah. More than 800 Sri Lankans including men, women and children g


US Army delegates enlightened on Sri Lanka’s civil-military cooperation

Views - 42 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:00

A delegation of the US Army, Pacific Command (USPACOM) was enlightened on Sri Lanka’s civil-military cooperation when they met Sri Lanka Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake at his office recently. The four-member USPACOM delegation


Commemoration of 31st anniversary of Aranthalawa attack

Views - 25 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:00

Eastern Province Governor Rohitha Bogollagama was the Chief Guest at the 31st anniversary commemoration of the assassination of Buddhist Bhikkhus at Aranthalawa, held on 2 June. In 1987, the LTTE assassinated 31 Buddhist Bhikkhus and 3 civilian pilgr


Sri Lanka showcases fight against corruption at UN High-Level debate

Views - 41 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka participated prominently in the High-Level debate of the United Nations General Assembly to mark the 15th anniversary of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). The event was held on 23 May at the United Nations Headquarte


Handunetti reelected as COPE chief

Views - 59 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:10

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) MP Sunil Handunetti was unanimously re-elected as the head of the parliamentary


Mangala says MR following Goebbels theory of deceit, challenges to a debate

Views - 405 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:00

Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera in Parliament yesterday once again challenged former President Mahinda Rajapaksa


SC fixes rights petition by Gamini Senarath for 1 Oct. 

Views - 135 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:00

The Supreme Court yesterday re-fixed for 1 October the fundamental rights petition filed by the former President’s Chief


Lankan man who terrorised Malaysian Air flight from Melbourne with fake bomb jailed for 12 years

Views - 115 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:00

Melbourne: A Sri Lankan man who threatened to blow up an international flight minutes after take-off from Melbourne has been jailed for 12 years.


PTL paid Rs. 3.2 m credit card bill of former CB Chief Mahendran

Views - 236 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:00

The Colombo Fort Magistrate Court yesterday further remanded Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. (PTL) Director Arjun Aloysius


Brain drain a major problem: Sirisena

Views - 288 Friday, 8 June 2018 00:00

Professionals leaving the country have become a significant impediment to development, President Maithripala Sirisena


High Commissioner to Kenya presents credentials

Views - 29 Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:00

High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Kenya Weerawardena Sunil Dharmasena de Silva presented credentials to Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya at a ceremony held on 5 June 2018 at the State House in Nairobi. The High Commissioner, during


Treasurer of Bar Association awarded

Views - 66 Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:00

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) appreciated the assistance rendered by its members in achieving its goals during the year 2017 at Hotel Grand Monarch, Thalawatugoda recently. Sujeewa Lal Dahanayake, Chairman of the Human Rights Committee and


Gully bowser distribution by City Planning and Water Supply Ministry under World Bank assistance

Views - 70 Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:00

City Planning and Water Supply Minister Rauff Hakeem said that his Ministry has launched a program of establishing waste water and solid waste disposal networks in selected areas, with assistance from the World Bank, in order to provide safe drinking


Over 500 Muslim IDPs languish in capital’s ‘hell compound’ 28 years after eviction

Views - 238 Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:00

A shocking number of internally-displaced families evicted from Jaffna region in the 1990s continue to languish homeless after 28 years of their initial displacement in a highly-unsanitary compound that borders Colombo. “Every year our religious fa


P’ment updated on efforts to nab Jaliya, Udayanga and Mahendran

Views - 70 Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama Three top brass Sri Lankan officers charged for fraud avoiding prosecution by taking refuge overseas came into the limelight yesterday, leading the House to engage in a heated debate. Explaining the action taken to bring thes


MS wasn’t involved in 100-Day Program design: Rajitha

Views - 107 Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:00

The controversy over the 100-Day Program used during the presidential campaign in 2015 has thickened, with Cabinet Co-Spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne yesterday claiming that the President was not involved in its design. Backing Maithripala Sirisena



President instructs Finance Ministry to stop charging 14% tax on teledrama sales

Views - 113 Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the Minister of Finance to inform the relevant institutions in writing not to charge the 14% of withholding taxes for the sale of teledramas, the President’s Office said in a statement yester


TRC accuses TNL of malpractice, denies hidden agenda

Views - 144 Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:00

Defending its actions on the seized Polgahawela transmitter owned by private TNL television network, the Telecom Regulatory Commission yesterday outlined its reasons in a two-page statement. Stating that the channel used a frequency which it had not


UNP Ananda Kumarasiri appointed Deputy Speaker

Views - 160 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:12

UNP candidate Ananda Kumarasiri was elected Deputy Speaker of Parliament yesterday, defeating the SLFP candidate Dr. Sudharshani


Contempt charge against Dr. Padeniya: CA re-fixes inquiry for 4 Sept.

Views - 132 Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:00

The Court of Appeal yesterday re-fixed for 4 September the inquiry against Government Medical Officers’


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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

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Muslim markers in Sri Lanka: Changes and challenges

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

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