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SLFP to file legal action against delays in PC polls

Views - 104 Friday, 1 February 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is taking steps to file legal action against Internal & Home Affairs and Provincial Councils & Local Government Minister Vajira Abeywardena for postponing Provincial Council Elections, SLFP General Secretary Dayasir


Will build new alliance: MR

Views - 284 Friday, 1 February 2019 00:00

By Nuwan Senarathna Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said he would work to build a new political alliance, including the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) as well as other political parties, which would function as the Joint Opposition.


CA directs to re-issue notice on Navy Sampath

Views - 306 Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:11

The Court of Appeal fixed the appeal filed against the High Court Order in the Former MP Raviraj murder case to be mentioned for April 4 yesterday, and directed to re-issue notice on Chaminda Hettiarachchi, alias Navy Sampath. The Bench comprised J


UPFA calls for incentives for plantation industry

Views - 111 Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:09

United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Gamini Lokuge yesterday called on the Government to provide fertiliser subsidies and other incentives to enable plantation companies to increase the worker’s salary to Rs. 1000 per day. Speaking to rep


OMP observes handover of Mannar mass grave bone samples for carbon dating

Views - 113 Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:08

The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) has acted as an observer when handing over bone samples from the Mannar mass grave to an international laboratory in the US for carbon dating, the organisation said in a statement yesterday. On 25 January, the Off


President says ready to provide leadership for war to save nation from drug smugglers

Views - 151 Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:02

To save the nation from brutal drug smugglers a war must be conducted in a similar manner as the war against the ruthless terrorism that lasted 30 years, President Maithripala Sirisena said on Monday. Sirisena requested members of the Tri-Forces, Pol


India Muslim League Youth Front leader meets All Ceylon Muslim League Youth Front committee

Views - 86 Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:01

Indian Muslim Youth League, and National Treasurer of Indian Union Muslim League President, M.K. Muhammad Younus, visited All Ceylon Muslim League Youth Front President Dr. Farook, former President N.M. Ameen, Vice President Azam Barkeer Markar, Depu


62 CMC casual workers to be made permanent from 1 Feb.

Views - 50 Thursday, 31 January 2019 01:59

On a directive issued by the Western Province Governor M. Azath S. Salley, 62 casual workers working in the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) will be made permanent from 1 February. The Governor said that these employees who were attached to the Draina


‘Silk Road Super Ambassador’ award for Dep. Ambassador Shani Calyaneratne Karunaratne

Views - 283 Thursday, 31 January 2019 01:58

China conferred a special award on Sri Lanka’s Deputy Ambassador in Beijing Shani Calyaneratne Karunaratne in honour of her outstanding contribution to the Belt and Road Initiative. The title conferred is ‘Silk Road Super Ambassador’ and the pr


UNP must declare stance on PC polls: SLPP

Views - 178 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:39

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday called on the United National Party (UNP) to declare their stance on holding Provincial Council elections and fast track the report of the committee appointed to resolve issues on delimitation.


Primary care reforms needed at community-levels

Views - 266 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:37

The need for much focused reforms in the primary care health structures in the region was emphasised by Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, at the opening of the WHO Executive Board meeting in Geneva last week.


Media freedom

Views - 125 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:35

Members of the Sri Lanka Free Media Movement (SLMM) yesterday held a demonstration at Lipton Circus, Town Hall calling for an end to impunity against media suppression


New information hotline for hopeful migrant workers

Views - 91 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:34

Ministry of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports Harin Fernando yesterday launched a new information hotline for potential migrant workers to access information and guidance on safe work migration.


CHC issues Enjoining Order against Sinhala film ‘Sujatha’

Views - 429 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:31

The Commercial High Court issued an Enjoining Order restraining telecasting, exhibiting, displaying or showing the film ‘Sujatha,’ which was the first Sinhala film produced in Sri Lanka. High Court Judge Ashan Marikar issued this order pursuant t


Sri Lanka’s Center for Investigative Reporting ceremonial launch today

Views - 504 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:06

Addressing a long-felt vacuum, Sri Lanka will launch the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) at a ceremony today (30) at ‘The Lighthouse’ Auditorium of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute in Colombo.


Deshapriya throws a curve ball

Views - 237 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 03:12

Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday announced he would resign if Government does not make provisions to hold elections before 10 November. “If the Government does not take necessary measures to ensure elections are held before


Court orders warrant over Rs. 4 b Gin-Nilwala fraud

Views - 1583 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 03:09

By Manopriya Gunasekera The Fort Magistrate yesterday ordered Police to issue a warrant to arrest former Irrigation and Water Management Ministry Secretary Ivan Silva over the alleged misappropriation of Rs. 4 billion from the Chinese funded Gin-Nil


SLPP raises national security concerns

Views - 466 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 03:09

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday raised concerns over national security and called on the Government to provide strategies to increase the level of security in the country. “We have seen an increase in the number of shooting inciden


Australia gifts three Stabicraft vessels to enhance Sri Lanka Coast Guard fleet

Views - 446 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 02:59

The Australian Government gifted three Port class Stabicraft vessels to the Sri Lanka Coast Guard on 25 January, reinforcing Sri Lanka’s civil maritime security capabilities and fulfilling a promise made by then Australian Prime Minister Turnbull d


Norway and FAO welcome findings of Nansen survey  

Views - 166 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 02:56

National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) and Institute of Marine Research, Norway (IMR) held an event to launch the main research findings of the survey carried out by the Norwegian research vessel Dr. Fridtjof Nansen in Sri


Sri Lanka High Commissioner pays courtesy call on UK Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field 

Views - 163 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 02:54

The new High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom Manisha Gunasekera paid a courtesy call on the Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Mark Field, MP, recently in London. The strengthening of th


US grant for IOM to implement 30-month project to combat human trafficking in SL

Views - 149 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 02:52

The United States Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP) has awarded a grant to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to implement a 30-month project to combat trafficking persons in Sri Lanka


Army to receive bodies of two Lankan peace troopers this week

Views - 93 Monday, 28 January 2019 01:40

By Shanika Sriyananda The bodies of the two slain Sri Lankan UN peace troopers will be handed over to the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) after the holding of final farewell procedures of the UN Peacekeeping Mission Headquarters in Mali, within a few days. The


Group of estate workers protest demanding Rs. 1,000 daily wage 

Views - 93 Monday, 28 January 2019 01:40

A group of estate workers yesterday took to the streets in Bagawanthalawa demanding a daily wage of Rs. 1,000. Around 200 estate workers came out to protest, blocking the Hatton-Balangoda main road and demanding Rs. 1,000 as a daily wage, refusing t


New train under Indian funding flagged off: Maiden journey from Colombo to Jaffna

Views - 453 Monday, 28 January 2019 01:40

President Maithripala Sirisena flagged off a new train supplied by India yesterday. Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga and High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka H.E. Taranjit Singh Sandhu were also present. The train (self-pr


Lifetime salaries and benefits for disabled soldiers on President’s instructions

Views - 41 Monday, 28 January 2019 01:39

President Maithripala Sirisena has advised authorities to provide salaries and benefits for lifetime to disabled soldiers and the families of deceased soldiers. The President has instructed to implement a program to extend the salaries and benefits t


CaFFE calls for PC elections

Views - 46 Monday, 28 January 2019 01:39

Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) yesterday called on the Government to hold Provincial Council elections, charging that lawmakers who had clamoured to protect parliamentary democracy in October and November 2018 had forgotten the people


Ravi calls for report to solve solar issues

Views - 614 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:32

Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ravi Karunanayake commissioned a report on issues faced by small solar entrepreneurs, due in two weeks, following a meeting held with stakeholders. Minister Ravi Karunanayake called for the report after he met wit


Singapore to provide Sri Lanka with technical expertise to prevent drug trafficking

Views - 139 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:32

The Government of Singapore agreed to introduce the technical knowledge of the Government of Singapore for the prevention of narcotic drugs and to assist the drug prevention program initiated by President Maithripala Sirisena. A meeting held at the M


Rs. 100 m from Japan to support humanitarian demining in Northern Province

Views - 182 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:31

The Government of Japan has extended a total sum of $ 624,382 (approximately Rs. 100 million) for humanitarian demining in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. The grant contract was signed on 24 January at the Ambassador’s Residence in Colombo, be


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Discipline and the devil’s disciples

Monday, 18 February 2019

That coach who repeatedly slapped a boy under his care has generated a storm of controversy on social media. On one side are aunties, bleeding hearts, civil rights champions et al who are outraged or at the very least shocked or surprised. On the oth


SL growth profile: Arrest moving down the staircase immediately to avoid hard landing on the floor

Monday, 18 February 2019

Strong message in the Sri Lanka Development Update 2019 Sri Lanka Development Update for 2019 was released by the World Bank last week. This document contains a review by the bank’s residential staff of the present state of the country’s economy


Prudential banking and saga of MTD Walkers

Monday, 18 February 2019

The matters referred to in the article under this title published in the Daily FT (15 February) are spotlighted in more detail under this scrutiny. While the general attention of the public remains more focused on recently arrested underworld kingpin


Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s empty rant

Monday, 18 February 2019

Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe (WR) has joined President Sirisena’s reckless verbal onslaught on the Constitutional Council (CC) that was set up by the 19th Amendment (Daily Mirror 15 February). I use “verbal onslaught” intentionally since, as


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