Railway Unions Cry Foul

By Nirmala Kannangara Railway employees question why the northern railway line contract was given to India when Railway Department workers could have carried out the job for a lesser rate. The contract for the 56 km long northern railway stretch from Palai to Jaffna was given to Indian Rites and Indian Railways Construction Company (IRCON)  [...]

Regulation Not For Locals With Foreign Passports

By Camelia Nathaniel The Ministry of Defence (MOD) revealed that all foreign passport holders are required to register with the MOD prior to travelling to the North. However, this regulation will not be strictly implemented for those born in Sri Lanka who hold foreign passports. According to MOD sources, Sri Lankan expatriates who visit Sri [...]

Sharma and WigneswaranTo Hold Talks

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma will hold talks with Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran during a visit to Jaffna. Sharma arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday and will be in the country tillWednesday. He is here to brief the current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, President MahindaRajapaksa, on the achievement of objectives and implementation of work set at the [...]

UK Studying EU Judgement

The British Government says it is studying the recent EU Court ruling on the LTTE sanctions while the rebels continue to remain banned in Britain. A spokesperson at the British High Commission in Sri Lanka said that it is important to understand that the LTTE remain a proscribed organisation in the UK under the Terrorism [...]

Pope’s Visit On Track So Far

By Nirmala Kannangara Pope Francis’ scheduled visit to Sri Lanka in January next year is still on track as the Government has not made any official announcement of a Presidential Election, Catholic Church Spokesman Rev. Cyril Gamini said. Although there was confusion earlier over the Pontiff’s visit because of an impending Presidential Election in January, [...]

UNP Wants 19A Passed

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) yesterday informed Parliament that it backs the proposed 19th Amendment to the Constitution and wants it passed in Parliament without a debate if other political parties also support it. Opposition UNP leader RanilWickremesinghe said that there are reports on some websites indicating there is a move by the [...]

“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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Probe On Illegal Elephant Licences

By Nirmala Kannangara The Auditor General’s Department is conducting an investigation into the issuing of another ten illegal elephant licenses by the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC), Deputy Auditor General P.L.K. Perera said. Perera said that investigations into the latest ten illegal licenses are to be concluded by middle of this week and he also [...]

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