Diplomates Face Raw Deal

By Nirmala Kannangara Diploma holders in Critical Care Medicine (CCM) who have been unreasonably prevented from sitting for the Medical Degree (MD) by the Specialty Board in CCM, have requested President Maithripala Sirisena and Health Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne to intervene and allow them to face examinations to qualify as Board Certified Critical Care Specialists [...]

Constitution: Handle With Care

The 100-Day Time Limit for implementation of election pledge given by President Maithripala Sirisena lapsed last week and to the credit of the president it must be said that a great many pledges have been implemented although some still remain to be done. The usual practice after hectic election campaigning is for candidates to take [...]

New Path Brings Encouraging Results

Over 400 Cruise Travellers Visit Pinnawala The new direction taken by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau is generating encouraging results with a strong working relationship with the private sector. The most recent move was the 441 cruise travellers taking a one-day excursion to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage last Sunday. The Pinnawala gate earnings has netted [...]

Laws Sought To Restrict Protests

By Waruni Karunarathne Deputy Minister of Justice Sujeewa Senasinghe says laws must be introduced to restrict public demonstrations to specific areas as a move forward for to allow peaceful demonstrations in the country in order to protect the rights of activists, workers and the public. Minister Senasignhe said that in Sri Lanka the public demonstrations [...]

What Does A Rajapaksa Return Entail

By N Sathiya Moorthy The inevitable yet politically well-timed arrest of one or all of the Rajapaksa brothers, legal action against all on all and sundry causes and cases had all been written into the script when common Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena won the presidential polls. For the new government, it was at the very [...]

People free a man from the rubble of a destroyed building after an earthquake hit Kathmandu in Nepal, yesterday.  Over 400 people were reported killed as of last evening and many buildings, including the historic Dharara Tower, built in 1832, were destroyed. Photo: EPA

Many Challenges To Good Governance

By Lionel Guruge On April 23, President Maithripala Sirisena addressed the nation upon completion of his 100 day plan. In this address, he reflected upon his tenure as president and brought to light a few of his successes; namely the success of his international visits and the benefits they brings to the nation, the attainment [...]

Can’t Judge In 100 Days – SLMC — Hasan Ali

A lot was said last week as the Government completed 100 days in office and was preparing to seek Parliament approval for the 19th Amendment to the constitution and electoral reforms through the 20th Amendment. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), which is a partner in the coalition Government of President Maithripala Sirisena, said that [...]

Vulnerable Among The Vulnerable

By Waruni Karunarathne The war that lasted for over 30 years in the country has left many women in the North and East in a very sad state of poverty resulting in many women becoming widows or the sole bread-winners of the family. A large number of women who head their families struggle due to [...]

More Focus On Cruise Tourism

The cruise travel business, better known as the ‘floating marine resorts of the world’ that attracts the world’s most wealthy, has doubled for Sri Lanka with 40 cruise liners arriving bringing in 50,000 travellers this year alone. Fourteen cruise liners called the country in 2012/13 registering visitor arrivals of 19,615 cruise travellers whilst in 2013/2014 [...]

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