US Offers Sri Lanka Funding To Strengthen Civil Society

The US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour (DRL) announced an open competition for organisations interested in submitting applications for projects that support strengthening civil society in Sri Lanka. DRL is seeking proposals for programmes that strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations to influence and monitor the role of the [...]

Sri Lanka’s Decision To Abstain From Voting Draws Flak

Sri Lanka’s decision to abstain from voting on a resolution by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which denounced Israeli violations in and around the al-Haram al-Sharif compound in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds, drew flak in parliament on Friday. Joint Opposition member Dinesh Gunawardena raised the matter in parliament. [...]

Question Papers Of CPC Test Leaked

The question papers of a competitive test of the wholesale storage complex of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation had been leaked before the test was held. Applicants charged that two new officials were recruited to the CPC delivery and assistant transport sections by the manager of the storage complex from among his supporters, the applicants charged. [...]

UN In Sri Lanka Adapting And Refocusing Its Work

The United Nations says it has been adapting and refocusing its work in Sri Lanka with evolving global and national development priorities. United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Una McCauley said that this year, the UN has scaled up its interventions to support the government’s peace-building, reconciliation and governance agendas, to tackle the [...]

End Animals’ Suffering At Dehiwala Zoo – Otara

by Ifham Nizam Renowned animal lover, entrepreneur, philanthropist and fashion icon Otara Del Gunewardene says the failure to implement relevant laws and regulations is harming Sri Lankan wildlife conservation efforts. She said enforcing stronger laws and heavy fines is a must to preserve wildlife and protect all animals. Excerpts of the interview given below:   [...]

Only Immigration – Trump’s Trump Card Can Make Him Win

With less than ten days to go for an extremely contentious American Presidential Election, Democratic Party candidate Hilary Clinton is leading the controversial Republican Donald Trump in practically every recognized opinion poll in America by an average of around five to eight points and political pundits too agree with the predictions.     It would be [...]

UNICEF Notes Sri Lanka Must Invest In Its Children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says Sri Lanka must invest in its children and find ever-more innovative ways to support its most vulnerable young people. Tim Sutton assumed office as the new Representative for UNICEF in Sri Lanka. Sutton presented his credentials to the Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the Ministry of Foreign Affair. [...]

Jaffna On Edge After Shooting Incident

by Hafsa Sabry Jaffna is on edge following the shooting incident in which two youth were killed, allegedly by police action. The incident has seen the spotlight being placed on a sword gang named ‘Aava Group’  which was involved in an attack on two policemen just days after the shooting incident. Police fired at the [...]

President Claims His Recent Speech Was Distorted

President Maithripala Sirisena last week claimed that a speech he made recently, which created a lot of controversy, was distorted by the media. President Sirisena accused the media of misusing media freedom to sling mud at him. The President was quoted as saying recently that key institutions working against corruption had a political agenda. He [...]

Interpol Informed On Udayanga Weeratunga

The warrant issued by the Fort Magistrate recently to arrest Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga has been passed on to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) said. The Fort Magistrate had recently issued the warrant to arrest Weeratunga and instructed the CID to issue the warrant through [...]

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