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Second Reading Of Budget Passed

The second reading of the 2011 Budget was passed in parliament with 150 votes for and 46 against. The UNP and DNA voted against the Budget. The TNA however, abstained from voting.

Zardari Visits Sri Lankan Parliament

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari today (29) visited the Sri Lankan parliament and was greeted by Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa. Meanwhile, during parliamentary sessions today, Speaker Rajapaksa has said that speeches made by in parliament by legislators should not be probed for their accuracy by external sources. The Speaker made this comment in relation to the [...]

Govt.: A Lot Of Development Work For SL

Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella says that following the end of the three decade long war, Sri Lanka had a lot to catch up on in relation to development. Rambukwella told a public function in the Kandy District that one cannot be satisfied the country’s current position when looking back after achieving peace. He [...]

Minister Speaks Of Teachers On Maternity Leave

Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena says that teachers resorting to trade union action to win demands was not going to help produce successful students. He also said that given the large population of female teachers in the county, each teacher has to be given maternity leave close to one year when they have children. He explained [...]

Deputy Minister Cader Released

The Colombo High Court today (29) released a deputy minister of the government and two other suspects from all charges over an alleged misappropriation of Samurdhi Funds. Colombo High Court Judge Kumudini Wickramasinghe released Deputy Environment Minister Abdul Cader and two others of charges of misappropriating Samurdhi Funds. Cader defected to the government from the [...]

Court To Decide On Video Footage

The Colombo High Court has today (29) said that it would decide on December 1 whether the video footage on former Army Commander and DNA Leader Sarath Fonseka’s speech handed in by a private television station could be considered as evidence. The court has said that it would decide on the video footage handed in [...]

Hakeem Takes On Justice Ministry (Photos)

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauf Hakeem officially took his position as Minister of Justice today (29). Hakeem succeeded Athauda Seneviratne, who is now a Senior Minister for Rural Affairs. Photos show Hakeem being felicitated before taking up his post.

Qureshi In Maharagama (Photos)

Pakistan Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Hussain Qureshi made a visit to the Maharagama dharmayathanaya (a Buddhist organisation) this afternoon. Qureshi is part of a delegation from Pakistan on an official visit to Sri Lanka. Photos show Qureshi at the dharmayathanaya earlier today.

President Meets Zardari (Photos)

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, who is on an official visit to Sri Lanka, met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday afternoon. The meeting took place at the Presidential Secretariat. Following a discussion between the leaders, four agreements were signed between the two countries. Photos show Presidents Zadari and Rajapaksa, as well as Minister for External [...]

DNA Sacks Nava Sihala Urumaya

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) has sacked the Nava Sihala Urumaya from the Alliance. The DNA executive committee decided to sack the Nava Sihala Urumaya and its leader Sarath Manamendra. DNA Chairman Tiran Alles and executive committee member Jayantha Ketagoda have said that Manamendra had on several occasions informed them that he wanted to leave [...]

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