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CCC discussion on Constitutional powers of President post-19A

Views - 69 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 - 67 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 - 84 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 - 195 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 - 147 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 - 743 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 - 317 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 - 310 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 - 781 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 - 246 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


Former Rakna Lanka chief arrested by CID

Views - 107 Tuesday, 9 July 2019 00:54

Rakna Lanka Security Company former Chairman Victor Samaraweera was yesterday arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Police said he was arrested after he surrendered to the CID this morning. On Friday the Attorney General directed t


President’s ex- Chief of Staff indicted for taking Rs. 20 m bribe

Views - 152 Tuesday, 9 July 2019 00:54

President Maithripala Sirisena’s former Chief of Staff and former Head of the State Timber Corporation were yesterday indicted by the Special High Court Trial-at-Bar for taking a bribe of Rs. 20 million from an Indian investor. The two accused, Pr


Wellampitiya copper factory worker further remanded till 15 July

Views - 65 Tuesday, 9 July 2019 00:53

By T. Farook Thajudeen The Wellampitiya copper factory worker Karuppiah Rajendran who is in remand allegedly over involvements into the Easter Sunday bomb blast was further remanded till 15 July by Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratna yesterday.


BRI, debt and diplomacy: Challenges and opportunities for China-Sri Lanka economic relations

Views - 236 Tuesday, 9 July 2019 00:51

In Sri Lanka, emerging evidence suggests that economic relations with China are broadening to include a shift towards more Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) and trade flows. However, FDI inflows are still narrowly concentrated in less productive areas


Port City completes Rs. 500 m livelihood support program

Views - 308 Tuesday, 9 July 2019 00:34

What could be tagged the largest community service program in the country, impacting thousands of lives, was brought to a close by Port City Colombo, at a ceremony held in Negombo earlier this week. The Fishermen’s Livelihood Support Society Ltd. (


China-gifted frigate reaches Colombo

Views - 629 Tuesday, 9 July 2019 00:32

The P625, a state-of-the-art frigate gifted by China to Sri Lanka Navy, arrived at the Colombo Harbour yesterday after 12 days’ sail from Shanghai, with 18 officers and 92 sailors on board. The arrival was warmly welcomed by Ambassador of China to


Ambassador of China visits St. Sebastian’s Church

Views - 205 Tuesday, 9 July 2019 00:31

Ambassador of China to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan visited the St. Sebastian’s Church at Katuwapitiya, Negombo on Sunday (7 July) to inquire into the damages caused to the church following the 21/4 bombing, and the reconstruction works. A donation was


Jaffna People’s Forum for Coexistence denounces BBS Kandy forum

Views - 683 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:43

The Jaffna People’s Forum for Coexistence in a statement has denounced the Bodu Bala Sena forum in Kandy yesterday. Following is the full text of the statement: We have condemned the targeting of the Muslim community after the Easter Sunday attack


President instructs officials to accelerate Moragahakanda combined development projects

Views - 224 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:43

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed all relevant officials to accelerate multiple irrigation projects connected to the Moragahakanda-Kaluganga mega development plan, as the people living by farming in those dry zones should receive benefits


Jaffna Catholic lawyers solicit President not to implement death sentence

Views - 126 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:42

By S.S. Selvanayagam The Jaffna Diocesan Catholic Lawyers Association (JDCLA), in a memorandum, solicited President Maithripala Sirisena to do away with the decision to re-implement death penalty, instead of effecting a series of strong and long-ter


First of 100 model villages to be built with Indian assistance inaugurated

Views - 173 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:31

In a special event held on 6 July, the first model village built with Indian assistance under the Model Villages Program of the Ministry of Housing and Construction and Cultural Affairs – Ranidugama in Gampaha district was inaugurated and the compl


High Commissioner of Britain visits Muslim Aid Sri Lanka’s project site in Muthur, Trincomalee

Views - 177 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:29

High Commissioner of Britain James Dauris paid a visit to Muslim Aid Sri Lanka’s field office premises in Muthur, Trincomalee. As a British-based relief and development agency, Muslim Aid welcomed the envoys as a show of solidarity with the British


Ambassador-designate of Sri Lanka to Indonesia Yasoja Gunasekera assumes duties

Views - 251 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:28

Ambassador-designate of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Indonesia Yasoja Gunasekara assumed duties on 1 July. Gunasekera called on the Director General for Protocol and Consular Affairs/Chief of State Protocol soon after arrival in Jakarta and will meet


James Godakanda passes away

Views - 364 Monday, 8 July 2019 00:27

Retired mechanical technician James Godakanda (86) has passed away. He was the beloved husband of (late) Nanda Gunawardena and precious father of Gamini Sarath Godakanda (MMBL-Pathfinder Director - Media and PR), Malkanthi Dias (Elpitiya Plantations


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“Sri Lanka’s future lies in producing exportable manufactured goods”: Dr. Howard Nicholas

Monday, 22 July 2019

Drawing lessons from Vietnam’s experiences The Sri Lanka-born economist attached to The Hague based Institute of Social Studies – Dr. Howard Nicholas – addressing a packed audience consisting of the alumni of the Postgraduate Institute of Manag


We should sell our water

Monday, 22 July 2019

When you read the title of this article, you will probably feel disgusted with me as selling our water has been a controversial topic since a long time ago. By the way, I am talking about virtual water trade and you would be surprised to know that we


A voice of compassion amid howls of zealotry

Monday, 22 July 2019

The unrestrained freedom extended by the current regime to a bunch of saffron-clad street vendors of Sinhala Buddhist zealotry is pushing Sri Lanka once again into a cauldron of ethnic and religious convulsion. The nationwide spread and virulence of


Roger Beteille: The man who reinvented the commercial airliner

Monday, 22 July 2019

The visionary engineer, pilot and manager who led Airbus to some its most significant decisions, passed away last month. Beteille, who was the head of French aircraft manufacturer Sud Aviation’s flight testing section, was made technical director


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