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The Long Journey Back Home…

By Camelia Nathaniel Despite active opposition from pro-LTTE Tamil nationalist groups in Tamil Nadu and the unhelpful attitude of the Tamil Nadu Government, a Sri Lankan Tamil refugee rehabilitation organisation working in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka for the past 30 years, is trying its best to bring back to the Island the thousands of [...]

“Indo – Lanka Ties Withstood Test Of Time”

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee says relations between India and Sri Lanka have withstood the test of time and socio-cultural exchanges for centuries have fostered further close cooperation in various fields. He says both the countries have much to learn and imbibe from each other in order to resolve various issues which are the legacies of [...]

Discussing The Budget!

Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Governor of the Central Bank and Dr P. B. Jayasundera, Treasury Secretary, two key figures in the country’s economy, exchanging views while proceeding to listen to the Budget speech delivered by President Mahinda Rajapaka in Parliament on Friday. Picture by Lalith Perera

Benjamin Henry Miller Gets Peace Award

The National Peace Council has awarded its Citizens Peace Award for 2014 to Reverend Father Benjamin Henry Miller for his long years of service to the war affected people of Sri Lanka, especially during the period of war. Fr Miller, known as Harry, arrived at the Jesuit Mission in Batticaloa from the United States in [...]

A Protectionist Budget – Eran Wickremaratne

By Camelia Nathanie UNP MP Eran Wickremaratne said that if statistics can make an economic miracle, Sri Lanka has already achieved it. He said that the budget for 2015 claims that inflation is at very low single digit, and that the budget deficit is below 4 per cent, and that there is a drastic poverty [...]

‘Security Jobs Should Not Be The Last Option’

By Roy Silva Employment in the security industry should no longer be the last option, but should be raised to a professional sector, said Mrs. D. M. S. D. Jayaratne, Competent Authority & Additional Secretary (Civil Security & Development) Ministry of Defence & Urban Development on Tuesday. In view of the speedy development taking place [...]

GMOA Seeks Government Response

By Nirmala Kannangara In order to stop the brain drain, the Government Medical Officer’s Association (GMOA) is expecting the government to accept their proposals, Secretary, GMOA, Dr. Nalinda Herath said. Retaining professionals in the government sector is the responsibility of the government and failure to do so will adversely impact the state sector in the [...]

CCC Budget Seminar On Thursday

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will hold a budget seminar on October 30 to discuss the National Budget of 2015, presented in Parliament on October 24. As customary every year, The Chamber will line up top government officials, senior tax consultants and corporate executives aspanelists to brief the Private sector operational staff on all aspects [...]

Divi Neguma Phase 6 Begins

Phase 6 of the DiviNeguma National Programme commenced under President Rajapaksa’s guidance on Monday October 20. Parallel to the event 56,088 ceremonies were held island-wide with the participation of nearly 200,000 people. At these functions 2.5 million packages of seeds and 1.26 million vegetable plants were distributed to strengthen 2.5 million household economic units in [...]

A Demand For 6% of GDP

By Waruni Karunarathne Several education unions went about town holding placards last week in support of countrywide protests staged by both the public and private sectors hoping that their demands would be addressed by the 2015 budget. Many trade unionists are of the view that the only way they could make authorities take notice of [...]

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