Decisive Decision To Be Taken On SriLankan Board

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya President Maithripala Sirisena is to take a decisive decision on the SriLankan Airlines board of management, sources said. The move comes following several allegations being raised against some board members, including the Chairman Ajith Dias. The Cabinet, which met last week, also discussed the issue at SriLankan Airlines at length, sources said. [...]

Police Commission Orders Report From IGP

By Indika Sri Aravinda The National Police Commission has ordered a report from Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara over the manner in which the Police dealt with protesting university students last week. Secretary to the Commission Ariyadasa Cooray said that the IGP was asked to give a detailed report on the Police action [...]

President Tells Ministers To Keep Mobiles Off

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed his Ministers to keep their mobile phones off during cabinet meetings. Sources said that the President was irked that some Ministers are not focused on the cabinet meetings. He has found that some Ministers make telephone calls or are browsing Facebook during crucial cabinet meetings. (AW)

Wijeyadasa’s Hard Hitting Statement Stuns Diplomats

By Easwaran Rutnam A statement made in Parliament last week by Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe stunned western diplomats based in Colombo. In his statement Rajapakshe accused the former UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mónica Pinto, of falling prey to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) when compiling a report on Sri Lanka. Rajapakshe told [...]

MR Says No Talks With MS On SLFP

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he will not have any talks with President Maithripala Sirisena on the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). It was reported last week that there was a move to initiate talks between Rajapaksa and Sirisena. However Rajapaksa, who was in Pakistan last week, said that any discussion on the SLFP should [...]

GMOA Suspends Strike After Talks

The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) yesterday suspended a strike launched on Thursday following talks with President Maithripala Sirisena. Earlier, Health Ministry sources said that government doctors who were on protest last week on the Malabe SAITM campus issue were to be dealt with by the Ministry of Health. Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne had been discussing steps [...]

Minor extremist group has challenged democracy – FM

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake says that a people’s government cannot keep mum at a time when a minor extremist group has challenged democracy by taking people hostage in this country. The Minister points out that any person or group irrespective of their status should be brought to book if they are covering up in existing [...]

Sri Lankan Muslims In Canada Write To Justin Trudeau

Sri Lankan Muslims in Canada has written to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seeking his intervention over the violence in Sri Lanka targeting Muslims. The letter states that minorities in Sri Lanka are once again facing a crisis. The diaspora urged the Canadian Prime Minister to intervene through his office to stress upon the Government [...]

Pakistan’s Prestigious Jinnah Scholarships For Sri Lankan Youth

The government of Pakistan, through its High Commission in Sri Lanka, has awarded scholarships to 170 bright Sri Lankan students of O’ and A’ levels under prestigious Jinnah Scholarship programme worth Rs. 4.225 million. The scholarships are named after the great statesman and leader of the Sub Continent, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who is the [...]

Lowest Prevalence Of Teen Smoking In Sri Lanka

The lowest prevalence of teen smoking in the world was seen in Sri Lanka, according to a study, the Reuters news agency reported. Roughly 11 per cent of youth aged 13 to 15 around the world use tobacco products like cigarettes and cigars, a global survey of students suggests. Tobacco use is the world’s leading [...]

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