Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong begins Sri Lanka visit

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong began an official visit to Sri Lanka on Monday at the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena. He will call on President Sirisena, who will also host an official lunch on Tuesday. Lee will also meet his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe and receive a courtesy call from the leader [...]

Ravi slams Dayasiri, Amaraweera, Seniviratne and S.B

United National Party (UNP) Assistant Leader, Parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake on Monday slammed Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members and Government Ministers Dayasiri Jayasekera, Mahinda Amaraweera, John Seniviratne and S.B. Dissanayake. Speaking at an election propaganda meeting in Kotahena on Monday, Karunanayake said that Dayasiri Jayasekera, Mahinda Amaraweera, John Seniviratne and S.B. Dissanayake had worked towards the defeat [...]

Cash-strapped SriLankan says it achieved highest ever revenue

SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, says it achieved the highest ever monthly revenue in the history of the company in December 2017. A statement by the airline said that the air-transport operation of the company recorded a stand-alone revenue of US Dollar 100.1 million – [...]

Protest staged near Justice Ministry seeking equality for Muslim women

A protest was staged near the Justice Ministry highlighting Muslim women’s call for justice and equality in Sri Lanka. The silent protest focused on the failure to implement amendments to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA). The Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) has been in force since 1956 and governs marriage and family matters for [...]

Ceylon Petroleum Corporation bans bulk sale of ‘Lanka Kerosene oil’

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CEYPETCO) today banned the bulk sale of ‘Lanka Kerosene oil’ which is red in colour as it is being used by some industries. CEYPETCO said that Lanka Kerosene oil is issued to low income families and the fishing community yet some industries have been found to be purchasing Lanka Kerosene oil instead of [...]

Magistrate grants bail to 58 protesters over Kataragama violence

The Tissamaharama Magistrate on Monday granted bail to 58 protesters who had been arrested over their involvement in the violence in Kataragama. The Police fired tear gas and made several arrests as violence erupted in Kataragama on Sunday following tensions resulting from a shooting incident. The tense situation arose in Kataragama after the Police shot [...]

Nasheed briefs diplomats in Sri Lanka; ready to field common candidate

Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed is in Sri Lanka where he briefed diplomats on the Presidential elections in the Maldives scheduled for this year and his intention to back a common opposition Presidential candidate in the event he is prevented from contesting. Speaking to journalists in Colombo on Monday, Nasheed said that a coalition of [...]

New FAO Country Programming Framework for Sri Lanka launched

Minister of Agriculture, Duminda Dissanayaka on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, and the Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for Sri Lanka, Ms Nina Brandstrup, signed the new FAO Country Programming Framework (CPF) 2018-2022. It is a tool used by FAO and the Government to define the priorities [...]

SLAITO, THASL hail upcoming promotion plan of Sri Lanka Tourism

In a joint communique, the Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) and The Hotel Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) have appreciated the efforts by Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau (SLTPB) and Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) to expedite the Digital advertising campaign planned for early 2018 and the Global advertising campaign scheduled [...]

The role of the yahapalana opposition

By Mahinda Rajapaksa There is a yahapalana government as well as a yahapalana opposition in this country. After the August 2015 parliamentary election, the UNP Speaker refused to recognize the Joint Opposition which had over 50 MPs as a part of the opposition, and gave the opposition leadership to the TNA which had 16 MPs. [...]

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