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Craving Japanese? (Restaurant Review)

Japanese restaurant Sakura has been around for years. Walking into the place is a little like going back in time, as little of the place has changed, decor-wise. The rice-paper walls and bright red lanterns are still there. The place itself is fairly informal- you can choose to sit on the tatami mats, Japanese style, [...]

UNP Calls For Referendum

The UNP today (31) called on the government to hold a referendum on the proposed constitutional amendments. UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake told a press conference that the government was in a hurry to pass the constitutional amendments in parliament with a two-thirds majority without considering the many problems faced by the people in the [...]

Mervyn Not Guilty

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today (31) said the special disciplinary committee appointed by the party to inquire into the conduct of former deputy minister Mervyn Silva has found him not guilty. The disciplinary committee was inquiring into the alleged incident where Silva had tied a Samurdhi official to a tree. SLFP General Secretary [...]

Mervyn’s Disciplinary Report Given To President

The special disciplinary committee appointed by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to inquire into the incident where former deputy minister Mervyn Silva tied a Samurdhi official to a tree has submitted its report to President Mahind Rajapaksa. The three-member committee was led by President’s Counsel Jayantha Weeresekara and included Attorney N.M. Shaheed and Mahinda [...]

Parliament To Debate Amendments On Sept. 8

The government today (30) said it would present the proposed constitutional amendments before parliament next week for a two day debate. The proposed constitutional amendments were approved by a special Cabinet meeting today. SLFP General Secretary and Minister Maithipala Sirisena told a press conference today (30) that the proposals will be presented to Parliament on [...]

UNP Gets Draft Of Amendments

The UNP today (30) said it has received a copy of the proposed constitutional amendments. The party has also said it would oppose the government’s decision to continue with the executive presidency by extending the terms of office held by the Executive President. The UNP has said it would formally respond to the reforms proposals [...]

No Visa For KP’s Cousin

The Indian media has reported that India had denied a visa to Sinnaiah Thavaratnam, first cousin of detained LTTE leader Kumaran Pathmanathan’s (KP), when he had applied for one after being chosen to be part of a Sri Lankan fishermen team that toured Tamil Nadu to discuss bilateral fishing issues recently. Thavaratnam, who is the [...]

Uni Lecturers Postpone Union Action

University lecturers who were planning on resorting trade union action tomorrow (30) if the government failed to address their salary issue by then, have postponed the trade union action till September 7. However, the university lecturers are to launch an island wide protest on September 2 to impress upon the government the urgency to address [...]

Silva’s Disciplinary Committee Preparing Final Report

The special disciplinary committee of the SLFP inquiring into the incident where former deputy minister Mervyn Silva had allegedly tied a Samurdhi official to a tree is currently compiling the final report after concluding recording statements from witnesses. A committee spokesperson has reportedly said that the final report will be handed over to President Mahinda [...]

Govt. Cuts Export Target By 20%

The Commerce Ministry has revised downwards its export target by 20% to US$ eight billion this year, up 12.7% over last year’s export figure of US$ 7.1 billion, but down 1.2% over the 2008 export figure of US$ 8.1 billion. Previously the Ministry targeted a US$ 10 billion export figure for the year end. Minister [...]

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