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TRC to lift social media ban on Friday

Views - 742 Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:00

A beleaguered Telecom Minister yesterday sought to bring clarity over the decision to enforce the social media firewall

Voices grow against social media ban

Views - 1605 Tuesday, 13 March 2018 00:39

By Uditha Jayasinghe and Chathuri Dissanayake The State-imposed thorny ban on social media looks set to drag on till at least Thursday (15 March), after a high-level meeting yesterday failed to agree on a timeline for restrictions, despite numerous

Govt. should hold reform course: IMF

Views - 921 Monday, 12 March 2018 01:06

Sri Lanka’s economy is projected to grow by 4.4% in 2018, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said in its latest update but warned reforms, including a fuel price rise...

Harsha calls for Presidential Commission of Inquiry to probe clashes

Views - 489 Saturday, 10 March 2018 00:00

State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha De Silva in Parliament yesterday called for the appointment of a Presidential Commission of Inquiry to investigate the incidents in Ampara and Theldeniya

Tremors for tourism!

Views - 2106 Friday, 9 March 2018 00:00

The country’s tourism industry has been dealt an immediate blow by recent violence in the Kandy District, with hundreds of cancellations

Govt. grapples with communal chaos

Views - 3922 Thursday, 8 March 2018 00:53

As flames engulfed more homes and shops in different parts of Kandy, President Maithripala Sirisena rushed to the hill capital yesterday to meet with religious leaders and Government officials, in a bid to quell the situation.

Govt. declares state of emergency

Views - 3641 Wednesday, 7 March 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena declared a state of emergency yesterday for the first time since 2011 as the Government

Digana turns divisive!

Views - 7721 Tuesday, 6 March 2018 00:15

The Government yesterday deployed 200 Special Task Force (STF) personnel and declared special area curfew in Digana in the Kandy District, after mobs attacked shops and places of religious worship in the Muslim-majority town.

PM to power stock market takeoff

Views - 1263 Monday, 5 March 2018 00:39

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday for the first time met with capital market stakeholders on the sidelines of a successful Invest Sri Lanka Forum in Singapore, listening to a host of issues and assuring to speed up implementation.

PM urges Singapore-based funds to invest in Sri Lanka

Views - 909 Saturday, 3 March 2018 00:02

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday urged Singaporeans and fund managers based in the city state to invest in Sri Lanka and be part of the new growth story in the Indian Ocean.

NEC decides to lift ban on glyphosate

Views - 1975 Friday, 2 March 2018 00:00

The National Economic Council (NEC) has decided to lift the arbitrary ban imposed on glyphosate, a widely-used weedicide,

Cabinet reshuffle fell below expectations: Rajitha

Views - 1417 Thursday, 1 March 2018 00:00

A subdued Rajitha Senaratne yesterday admitted that the cabinet reshuffle did not go as many anticipated, saying that more significant changes were expected by Government Ministers, including him.

Stronger policies key for better debt management: Mangala

Views - 715 Wednesday, 28 February 2018 00:00

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday sounded an alarm over the debt repayments of developing countries

Govt. gets going on good governance

Views - 953 Tuesday, 27 February 2018 00:16

In what could have far reaching changes in the law and order sphere, the Government yesterday redoubled its efforts to fast-track anti-corruption measures, appointing three new high-profile ministerial committees and reviewing progress on ongoing inv

Mixed musings over mini-shuffle

Views - 2288 Monday, 26 February 2018 00:52

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday effected the first round of Cabinet changes confined to portfolios of the coalition’s main partner, the United National Party (UNP), which evoked mixed reactions.

PM designs way forward

Views - 2404 Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:10

Seeking to regroup swiftly after the Local Government polls setback, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday reinforced his intention to prioritise and fast-track policy implementation with the appointment of a top ministerial committee, while

Mixed ending to 2017 external trade

Views - 832 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

External performance in December brought a mixed ending to 2017 with exports surpassing $1 billion for the fifth time buoyed

CB Chief calls on Govt. to ‘stay the course’

Views - 1744 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:16

Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy yesterday called on the Government to ‘stay the course’ to avoid any downside risk to economic stability, and the framework that has been carefully put in place to meet the urgent needs of the peopl

Economy underpins political loss: Dr. Sally

Views - 2373 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

Respected economist Dr. Razeen Sally stayed true to his usual straight-talking style yesterday, criticising the main political parties

Reprieve for coalition

Views - 4131 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:32

President Maithripala Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party announced it would remain in the ruling national unity coalition yesterday, ending a week of political uncertainty and abruptly ending its campaign to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

Coalition crisis conundrum

Views - 3730 Monday, 19 February 2018 00:00

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya launched last-ditch effort to save the beleaguered ruling national unity coalition yesterday

Cool and confident Ranil carries on as PM

Views - 2316 Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:15

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe radiated a ‘business as usual’ attitude yesterday as he announced that he would continue in office, and brushed off a week of political uncertainty and chaos as the difficulties of ‘coalition politics’ in h

CB chief calls for political stability

Views - 1646 Friday, 16 February 2018 00:00

Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy yesterday rang an alarm bell over Sri Lanka’s political leaders calling for a quick

Stalemate in Sri Lanka!

Views - 3972 Thursday, 15 February 2018 01:00

In a tit-for-tat move, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)-led UPFA threatened to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and form its own Government, under the premiership of senior party man and current Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal S

Crunch talks to check coalition crack

Views - 4404 Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:00

The enactment of the historic 19th Amendment continues to have profound relevance on the options open to President Maithripala Sirisena

Flush with victory, Mahinda demands snap parliamentary polls

Views - 650 Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:21

Jubilant after his party swept local government polls on 10 February, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa stepped up pressure on the Government to call parliamentary elections, even as the shocking election upset plunged the ruling coalition deep into

Pohottuwa paralyses UNP, SLFP

Views - 4948 Monday, 12 February 2018 00:55

In an unexpected election upset, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday swept the Local Government polls, winning a significant majority and positioning itself ahead of the United National Party (UNP), United People’s Freedom Alliance (UP

Battle for local ballot today

Views - 4896 Saturday, 10 February 2018 00:30

Over 15 million people expected to vote countrywide in today’s Local Government election that will be crucial to the future of the coalition Government. According to the Department of Elections, 175,000 public officials will be on duty at a total

PM pledges P’ment power over public debt

Views - 937 Friday, 9 February 2018 00:00

Taking a break from his campaigning, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday underscored the importance

Malik’s mantra to mint $ 2.5 b FDI

Views - 2027 Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:31

The sun is rising on Sri Lanka’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) prospects, a top minister assured yesterday, with officials targeting about $ 2.5 billion for 2018 and eyeing the completion of trade and services agreements with both India and China

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Syria: A case of using ‘false flags’ or fake news to start a war

Saturday, 21 April 2018

The airstrikes carried out by the US, UK and France on alleged chemical weapons fa

Has the ‘colonial diarchy’ come to Sri Lanka again?

Friday, 20 April 2018

For the last three four months, Sri Lanka has not been moving forward as it should have been. The most affected are the economy

The glyphosate story – CKDu, food security and national economy

Thursday, 19 April 2018

We in Sri Lanka have a history to be proud of. According to our historical record, the golden age of Sri Lankan agriculture production centres around Polonnaruwa during reign of King Parakramabahu the Great (1153-1186 AD).

President is powerless to remove the Prime Minister

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Some commentators have persistently advanced the proposition that, notwithstanding the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the President’s power to remove the Prime Minister is intact. It is a view that relies on a literal reading of the Sinhala te

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