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Tan Yang Thai appointed as High Commissioner of Malaysia to Sri Lanka

Views - 34 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

The Government of Malaysia, with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka, has appointed Tan Yang Thai as the High Commissioner of Malaysia to Sri Lanka in succession of Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah. He presented his credentials to President of Sri L


Hanspeter Mock appointed as Ambassador of Swiss Confederation to Sri Lanka

Views - 28 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

The Government of the Swiss Confederation, with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka, has appointed Hanspeter Mock as the Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to Sri Lanka in succession of Heinz Walker-Nederkoorn. He presented his credenti


Judith Kang’oma Kapijimpanga appointed as High Commissioner of Zambia to Sri Lanka

Views - 32 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

The Government of the Republic of Zambia, with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka, has appointed Judith Kang’oma Kapijimpanga as the High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to Sri Lanka in succession of Brig. Gen. Patrick Rumedyo Te


Giovanni René Castillo Polanco appointed as Ambassador of Guatemala to Sri Lanka

Views - 25 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

The Government of the Republic of Guatemala, with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka, has appointed Giovanni René Castillo Polanco as the Ambassador of the Republic of Guatemala to Sri Lanka in succession of Georges de La Roche Du Ronzet


Ambassador Thassim concludes visit to Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia

Views - 69 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Azmi Thassim recently concluded a visit to the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia is one of the


Indian navy ships and aircraft arrive for joint exercise SLINEX 2018

Views - 130 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

The Sri Lanka Navy-Indian Navy joint exercise SLINEX 2018, which commenced yesterday, will be held at Trincomalee till 13 September. The exercise which was previously held once in two years has been converted to an annual event this year onwards. Thi


World free of cluster munitions demands pragmatism and dedicated action by all: Ambassador Azeez

Views - 60 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

“Practical achievement of the target of a world free of cluster munitions demands great dedication, concerted vision and collective initiatives and responses,” stated Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to UNO in Geneva


Prominence of Buddhism will be upheld in new Constitution: Kiriella

Views - 70 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

The proposed new Constitution would uphold the provisions in the current Constitution to ensure that Buddhism is given foremost place and protected by State patronage, the Government informed Parliament ye


New Constitution generates heated debate

Views - 127 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

Lawmakers on both sides of the political divide traded barbs on the new Constitution yesterday with Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella charging Joint Opposition Parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunaward


Northern Province CM, two others ordered to appear in Court again on 18 Sept.

Views - 73 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

The Court of Appeal yesterday ordered the Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran and two others, who have been accused of contempt of the judiciary, to appear in the Court again on 18 September. Along with the Chief Minister


IGP given 14 days to implement NPC recommendations

Views - 118 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara has been given a timeframe of 14 days by the Constitutional Council to implement the recommendations made by the National Police Commission. During yesterday’s m


JO to replicate ‘Janabalaya’ in Kandy and other districts

Views - 485 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

Claiming the ‘Janabalaya Kolombata’ protest was a success, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) plan on replicating similar rallies in each district in the coming months.


Time to take action against SLFP breakaway group: Duminda

Views - 77 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

Quoting clauses from Party Constitution, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) strongman Minister Duminda Dissanayake said that disciplinary action should be taken against members who participated in ‘Janabalaya Colombata’ protest organised by the Joint


International donor agencies pledge more development assistance

Views - 84 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

Representatives from international donors yesterday pledged more development assistance to Sri Lanka to continue the rehabilitation and development work in the war-torn North and East. President Maithripala Sirisena told representatives from leading


P’ment adjourned over lack of quorum

Views - 37 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama Soon after the House commenced sittings yesterday, the Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees J.M. Ananda Kumarasiri adjourned Parliament until 10.00 a.m. this morning as he was unable to continue the session due to a lack o


Police bust largest haul of Tramadol worth Rs. 1.5 b

Views - 246 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

The Police Narcotics Bureau yesterday confiscated a massive haul of Tramadol tablets worth an estimated Rs. 1.5 billion. The detection had been made by the Police Narcotics Bureau while Customs assisted with the raid, Police Media spokesman SP Ruwan


Sri Lanka OMP recommends urgent and immediate relief to families of involuntarily disappeared

Views - 55 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) in Sri Lanka, established to address the many cases of missing and disappeared, has recommended the Government provide urgent and immediate relief to the families of the involuntarily disappeared as their current s


AG files 14 witnesses list on Contempt of Court case against Ramanayake

Views - 569 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:53

By S.S. Selvanayagam The Attorney General yesterday filed a list of 14 witnesses in the Supreme Court on the alleged offence of Contempt of Court against Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake. The Court fixed argument on 10, 11 and 12 December. The Bench


SC rejects revision application made by Bribery Commission

Views - 729 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:53

The Supreme Court yesterday rejected the revision application made by the Bribery Commission which contested the Order dictated by Justice Eva Wanasundera who stayed the proceedings in the Colombo Magistrate’s Court against former Chief Justice Moh


Sections in the Companies Act to be amended

Views - 299 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:52

A host of proposals made by Industry and Commerce Minister Rishard Bathiudeen, including amendments to the Companies Act No. 07 of 2007, were approved by the Government yesterday. The Cabinet of Ministers gave approval to gazette the reforms to Sect


Jinasena launches Sri Lanka’s first-ever nano technology water purification plant in Polonnaruwa

Views - 334 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:42

Jinasena Ltd., one of the leading water management systems and solutions providers and the market leader in Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants in Sri Lanka, has launched the country’s first-ever nano technology water purification system with the opening o


SC dismisses without cost Chief Minister’s Special Leave

Views - 66 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:41

By S.S. Selvanayagam The Supreme Court yesterday (5) dismissed without cost the Special Leave to Appeal filed by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran contesting the Interim Order issued by the Court of Appeal in respect of the purported


Former scouts and guides to meet ‘Together with Friendship, Fellowship and Fun’

Views - 58 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:41

The Sri Lanka Scout and Guide Fellowship (SLSGF) will host the 15th Asia Pacific (AsPac) Gathering of the International Scout and Guide Fellowship (ISGF) in Colombo from today until 8 September at Global Towers, Colombo 6. This will be the third time


SL to be landmine-free by 2020

Views - 64 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:41

The Government is planning to free the entire island from landmines by 2020, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Minister D.M. Swaminathan told Parliament yesterday. Explaining the ongoing process to clear landmines, making things somewhat safer for civi


New Lankan envoy to Russia emphasises continuous development of bilateral ties

Views - 568 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:41

The newly appointed Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation, Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka assumed duties at the Mission on 3 September. Addressing the staff of the Embassy upon assumption of duties, Ambassador Jayatilleka spoke on the decades-old


Convicted Army officer appeals to SC

Views - 100 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:40

A divisional Bench of five Judges of the Supreme Court yesterday took up for argument the appeal filed by a former Army Officer Sunil Ratnayake against his conviction and sentence by the Colombo High Court in the massacre of eight civilians in Mirusu


PM wants plastic waste recycling laws amended

Views - 98 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:20

By Ashwin Hemmathagama Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe pointed out in Parliament yesterday the loopholes in environmental law, which has not warranted obtaining an environmental protection permit to stock solid plastic waste for recycling purpose


ILO scales up ‘LEED+’ for economic development and reconciliation

Views - 127 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:09

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) yesterday scaled up its flagship “LEED+” (Local Empowerment through Economic Development and Reconciliation) project on 5 September, at a launch event in Mullaitivu district. This new phase aims to prom


Sulaiman Jiffrey Mohideen: “Your memories will linger in eternity”

Views - 18 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:00

It is almost two months since my dearest friend and guide Moiya passed away after the Ramazan festival and I still cannot believe that he has left us and gone to His Almighty leaving me and his closest friends, especially Maxi, Rohan and Nimal, not f


Sampath Agalawatte: A beacon of light to many

Views - 986 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:00

Death is certain. We come with nothing into this world and will go with nothing but our impact on those we encountered during our lifetime. Our friend, our team mate and our work mate, Sampath Agalawatte, passed away on the morning of 29 August). Hi


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In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit


Imran may turn blind eye to blasphemy law and persecution of Ahmadiyyas

Saturday, 22 September 2018

There are clear signs that Pakistan’s freshly minted Prime Minister, Imran Khan, will make a sincere effort to reduce corruption and maladministration in the domestic sphere. In foreign affairs he is likely to make a brave attempt to mend fences wi


The rate of exchange, capital flight and the Central Bank

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. Its controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation


Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc


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