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Mixed electoral system on the way

April 25,2015 02:34

The Cabinet is to deliberate on a draft 20th Amendment to the Constitution that seeks to reform the electoral system. ‘The Nation’ learns that if approved the draft Amendment will be gazetted » Read more

Impact of Euro depreciation on exports temporary

April 25,2015 02:32

Economists state that the depreciation in euro would only have a temporary effect on Sri Lanka’s exports to the region but have urged the country to expand and diversify its exports to » Read more

Protesters face charges

April 25,2015 02:30

Colombo Magistrate Court issued notice on Friday evening for 27 identified persons including nine United People Freedom Parliamentarians to appear before the courts on May 08 on the charge of contempt of » Read more

SLFP readies to pressure government

April 25,2015 02:28

Sri Lanka Freedom Party Parliamentarians stressed that they need the resignation of the Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran. Plans are already made to apply pressure on the government to meet their demand. » Read more

Sonali to the UN?

April 25,2015 02:26

Sonali Samarasinghe, widow of slain journalist Lasantha WIckramatunga has been earmarked for the post of Sri Lanka’s Minister Counsellor at the UN Headquarters, New York, according to sources close to the Foreign » Read more

Concerns over ‘sensationalist coverage’ of violent crime

April 25,2015 02:24

Concerns have been raised regarding ‘sensationalist coverage’ of violent crime in the media, with authorities urging media institutions to be more cautious when reporting such incidents. Read more

Registration of Vesak Dansals compulsory - CMC

April 25,2015 02:22

The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has announced that it is mandatory for organizers to register all Vesak Dansals (offering free meals for devotees who come on worshipping the religious places) which they » Read more

May Day rallies of main parties in Colombo

April 25,2015 02:20

Unlike the last year, most of the political parties have already arranged their May Day rallies to hold in Colombo. Accordingly, Sri Lanka Freedom Party will go along with the United People’s » Read more

Installation of Vessel Monitoring System begins

April 25,2015 02:18

In a move to adhere to European Union (EU) guidelines and lift the ban imposed on Sri Lankan fisheries export to the region, the Government is to bring down 1450 Vessel Monitoring » Read more

TNA proposes bill to ban bottom trawling

April 25,2015 02:16

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has introduced an amendment to the Fisheries and Aquatic Act, which if approved by Parliament, would make bottom trawling in Sri Lankan waters an offense, irrespective of » Read more

Top Story

100 Days program change or short - changed?

The much talked of 100 days of the ‘100 Days Program’ that was part of President Maithripala Sirisena’s election campaign is now completed. The President himself » Read more

April 25,2015 Top Story

Business

Pricing formula for bread also soon

April 25, 2015 Business

Pricing formula for bread also soon

The Consumer Affair Authority (CAA) has commenced discussions on a fresh pricing formula for bread based on its weight instead of the prevailing system, a senior » Read more

Confusion drives quadricycle

April 25, 2015 Business

Confusion drives quadricycle

Despite foreign media reports last week stating that Bajaj would commence production of its quadricycle to its export market including Sri Lanka, the vehicle, whose registration » Read more

Fiscal consolidation to stall: Fitch

April 25, 2015 Business

Fitch Ratings, which this week affirmed Sri Lanka’s Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency Issuer Default Ratings at ‘BB-’, says it believes fiscal consolidation could stall in » Read more

Sports

Two nations with one aim

April 25,2015 00:00

Two nations with one aim

The 2015 Cricket World Cup has led to a number of senior players quitting from international cricket from Sri Lanka and Pakistan and the » Read more

Mihin Lanka flies Sri Lanka’s hearing-impaired cricketers to Lahore

April 25,2015 00:00

Mihin Lanka, Sri Lanka’s national low-cost carrier proudly flew Sri Lanka’s hearing-impaired cricket team to Lahore for the Twenty20 Asia Cup. The Asia Cup » Read more

West Indies can’t beat Root as England flourish

April 25,2015 00:00

West Indies can’t beat Root as England flourish

England’s Joe Root struck his sixth test century, and his first on foreign soil, to put the tourists in control on 373 for six » Read more

Dalmiya pays respect to dead cricketer

April 25,2015 00:00

Dalmiya pays respect to dead cricketer

Indian Cricket Board president Jagmohan Dalmiya places a wreath over the body of Ankit Keshri, a former captain for his state’s under-19 team, at » Read more

International

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Between dream and wakefulness

Between dream and wakefulness

In a context where the most powerful man in the country and the Leader of the Opposition are from the same political party, relations between the two are as confused as they are confusing.  Are they not on talking terms?  Are they at odds? Are they discussing the 19th or the 20th Amendment?  Only they would know.(Pics By Ravindra Dharmathilake) Read more

When Pradeshiya sabhas get heat….

When Pradeshiya sabhas get heat….

Poddala Pradeshiya Sabha in Bope, Galle had a tense situation yesterday when the session commenced. Four councilors were seen on tables agitating against the Bribery Commission’s decision to summon and question former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. They also questioned the absence the Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman for the session. Pic by Suneth Gallage Read more

The Eagle has landed

The Eagle has landed

Sri Lanka’s first open air National Zoological Garden was declared open on Friday at Pinnawala. The zoo is located adjacent to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Built at a cost of Rs.862 million and spread across 44 acres, it provides free living space for animals in line with modern concepts. (Pic by Chandana Wijesinghe) Read more

News Features

Dear Grand Impostor

25-04-2015 News Features

Hello there Mr. Grand Impostor. I have been following your ascendancy to high office in recent times with great interest. Well, first it was interest, then it became a curiosity,... Read more

Those that fell by the wayside

25-04-2015 News Features

Those that fell by the wayside

Then Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena arrived in New Town Hall, Colombo flanked by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranathunga, MPs Rajiva Wijesinha, Arjuna Ranathunga, MDKS Gunawardene and Duminda Dissanayake on December... Read more

Living with memories of unfulfilled promises

25-04-2015 News Features

The new regime which planned a 100 day program had penned down 100 tasks in its agenda. It also had a 100 Day Diary for certain identified events. The 100... Read more

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Two incidents of matricide and one patricide were reported this April. The most publicized of these was » Read more

Sunil-Saputhanthri moment

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A couple of years ago, an article in Irida Divaina taught me that a work-of-art, be it » Read more

Govt. hedges over pie-in-the-sky pledges

25-04-2015 12:04 Insight

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The cracks are already beginning to be widening in the hastily cobbled administration following the last Presidential » Read more

Political instability continues

25-04-2015 12:04 Insight

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There should be a stable government for a nation to run smoothly. But unfortunately, this has not » Read more

Iraq war had zero justification

25-04-2015 12:04 Insight

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The justification for going to war in Iraq thirteen years ago, was based on a 93-page classified » Read more

Political appeasement A professional hazard!

25-04-2015 12:04 Insight

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Many political discussions revolved around as to why and how the Ranil-Sirisena regime spurted on a globetrotting » Read more

Political

Maithripala Sirisena holds the trumps

25-04-2015 Politics

Maithripala Sirisena  holds the trumps

The ‘100 days’ are done.  Much of the key elements of the ‘program’ part of it remain undone.  This should not worry President Maithripa... Read more

Political Darwinism and the plight of Sri Lankans

25-04-2015 Politics

Political Darwinism and the  plight of Sri Lankans

President Maithripala Sirisena was elected with 6.2 defeating Mahinda Rajapaksa with 5.8. We all know what Rajapaksa was trying to defen... Read more

13A After 19A & Wigneswaran Vs. Wickremesinghe

11-04-2015 Politics

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What is the future of the 13th amendment if the 19th amendment is passed into law? The 13th amendment was possible only because of the e... Read more

Promoting genuine reforms to broadbase power Not just transfer it

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Productive day in Parliament, with the first reading of two amendments to the Constitution that I had proposed, seconded by Upeksha Swar... Read more

Interview

Previous government didn’t guide youth

08-03-2015 Interview

Previous government  didn’t guide youth

Former Minister Festus Perera is a known and respected politician who has served the country in many ways. He is still being remembered everywhere in » Read more

No compromise on 100 Day Program – Ajith P Perera

22-02-2015 Interview

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Ajith P Perera is a United National Party Member of Parliament from Kalutara District. He was a foremost critic of the former government and after » Read more

Critical Point

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The cold weather has persisted since December 2014. There will be no let up and below freezing temperatures are to continue into early March. That is before the United Kingdom’s General Elections in May. “Now what connection has » Read more

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Janath V De Silva honored

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Lifestyle

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Recently, a picture was shared on Facebook, where 147 bodies lay in a tangled mess. Al-Shabaab, a militant » Read more

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Psychiatrists as a rule take far too little time for their patients, they more often than not differ » Read more

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25-04-2015 12:04 Lifestyle

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Is it possible to return back empty handed when you go shopping? It depends on the way you » Read more

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Kids

Let’s celebrate the nelli and ‘nelliness’

25-04-2015 12:04 Kids

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‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is a Welsh saying that’s quoted often.  In fact apples » Read more

King Pandusakya’s dilemma

25-04-2015 12:04 Kids

As I once said at the beginning of this story series, the History of Lanka has always been » Read more

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