Joint opposition reiterates call for early General Elections

The joint opposition today reiterated its call for early General Elections by dissolving Parliament. Joint opposition Parliamentarian Vasudeva Nanayakkara said the joint opposition is ready to support President Maithripala Sirisena to obtain the majority needed to dissolve Parliament. He said the Government must be removed in order to ensure a stable political situation in the country. [...]

Sampanthan warns MR of Eelam blooming from lotus bud

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R Sampanthan on Monday warned former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that the lotus bud of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) will bloom into Eelam if he continues to spread false propaganda. Speaking in Parliament during the debate on the political situation in the country, Sampanthan said that there was no [...]

SLFP to remain in the Government and push for changes

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has decided to remain in the Government and push for changes. SLFP Treasurer S.B. Dissanayake, speaking to reporters after a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday, said that the priority of the SLFP at this moment is not to form its own Government. He said the SLFP has [...]

Speaker writes to Maldives Speaker raising concerns

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has written to Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed, the Speaker of the Majlis (Parliament) in the Maldives, raising concerns over the current developments in the Maldives. Jayasuriya, writing as the chair of the Association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians, said that democratic norms and Parliamentary practices appear to be in peril at this time [...]

Kiriella says no agreement on SLFP-UNP divorce

Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella says there is no agreement between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) to part ways from the unity Government. Kiriella told Parliament on Monday that any decision regarding the unity Government cannot be unilateral. He was responding to questions raised by the joint [...]

Sri Lankan housemaid commits suicide by hanging in Kuwait

A Sri Lankan housemaid committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling of her room using a rope inside her sponsor’s house in the Rabya area in Kuwait, Arab Times reported. According to security sources, when the Operations Room of Ministry of Interior received information from the sponsor about the incident, securitymen and paramedics rushed [...]

Families of missing in Kilinochchi to mark one year of protest

The families of the disappeared from Kilinochchi will make their one year of continuous protest on Tuesday, from 9am to 3pm, in the Kilinochchi town. The protest is being staged to find out the truth about their loved ones and hold accountable those responsible for their disappearances. President Maithripala met with the families of the [...]

UAE to extend labour rights awareness to Sri Lanka

As the country marches on with the guidance of prospective domestic workers and labourers, the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has announced extension of awareness programmes to Sri Lanka following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the Ministry entered with Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Employment, Gulf Today reported. The MoU paves the [...]

Diplomatic community concerned over MR returning

By Easwaran Rutnam The diplomatic community is concerned over the possibility of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa returning to power in the near future. Western diplomats are believed to have raised their concerns with the Government and among the diplomatic community. The concerns arise from steps taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to have talks with the [...]

Sri Lanka assures support for Chinese projects and investments

President Maithripala Sirisena said that Sri Lanka will actively support Chinese projects and investments in Sri Lanka, China Times reported. The President also reiterated his support for the “One Belt, One Road” initiative of Chinese President Xi Jinping. President Sirisena expressed these views at a meeting with China’s Ambassador to Sri Lankan Cheng Xueyuan on [...]

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