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'Joint Opposition will only slash the powers of Executive Presidency'

The main Opposition United National Party yesterday cleared its position over the abolishment of the Executive Presidency. When former Minister and common Opposition candidate Polonnaruwa district » Read more

November 28,2014 Top Story

Breaking News

Body found on Beira lake near Floating Market

November 28,2014 15:13

The body of a male has been found in Beira lake near the 'Floating Market' along Bastian Mawatha, Maradana. Police said the body was discovered at around 10.00 this morning. Read more

Romesh Gunesekera shortlisted for South Asia fiction prize

November 28,2014 15:09

Romesh Gunesekera shortlisted for South Asia fiction prize

Sri Lanka born London based writer Romesh Gunesekera has been shortlisted for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, a prestigious literary award for South Asian fiction. Read more

Malaka released on bail

November 28,2014 14:26

The Colombo Magistrate’s Court released Malaka Silva, son of Minister Mervyn Silva, and six other suspects who were arrested on charges of assaulting a foreign couple at a nightclub in Colombo. The » Read more

A.H.M. Azwer resigns from parliament

November 28,2014 14:21

A.H.M. Azwer resigns from parliament

United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) National List MP A.H.M. Azwer has resigned from parliament today. Reports said Azwer has already handed his resignation letter to the secretary general of parliament. Read more

French lawmakers debate recognition of Palestine as a State

November 28,2014 14:15

French lawmakers will debate a proposal on Friday to recognise Palestine as a state in a move aimed at pushing for "a definitive resolution of the conflict". The non-binding motion is expected » Read more

Indonesian officials ordered to eat street food to trim budget

November 28,2014 12:59

Indonesia has ordered officials to eat local street food at meetings instead of fancy foreign fare and stop holding lavish parties, the latest moves by the new government to crack down on » Read more

Distribution of school textbooks for 2015: National event in Galle

November 28,2014 11:52

The national event of distribution of school textbooks for the year 2015 will be held on December 1, 2014, at Sangamitta Balika Vidyalaya, Galle, with the participation of the Minister of Education » Read more

China denies report on naval bases in the Indian Ocean

November 28,2014 11:45

Defending its submarine’s docking at Colombo port as common practice, Chinese military yesterday termed “utterly groundless” reports that it is setting up 18 naval bases in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar and several » Read more

Maithripala says "I'll not allow anyone to be tried for war crimes"

November 28,2014 11:13

Common candidate of the opposition Maithripala Sirisena said that he will not allow anyone to be tried for war crimes after his presidential election victory. Read more

How Modi wooed neighbors to block China's inroads

November 28,2014 10:48

India pledged a slew of regional investments at the South Asian summit in Nepal this week, seeking to counter China's growing economic inroads into its backyard. Read more

CID arrests 37 suspected illegal migrants

November 28,2014 09:40

The Sri Lanka Navy has handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) 37 persons suspected of trying to illegally sail to Australia by boat. Read more

Pictorial warnings: Maithri promises 90 percent

November 28,2014 08:28

The common candidate of the opposition Maithripala Sirisena stated that he will impose not 80 percent but 90 percent pictorial warnings on cigarette packets when he comes to power. Read more

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Hughes bids farewell

Hughes bids farewell

Australian batsman Phillip Hughes passed away today from a head injury after being hit by a bounce during a domestic game in Australia this week. Hughes who was admitted to St. Vincent's Hospital where he was under induced coma until his death earlier today. Read more

Back to winning ways

Back to winning ways

Sri Lankan cricketer Thisara Perera (L) celebrates after dismissing England cricketer Joe Root during the first One Day International (ODI) match between Sri Lanka and England at the R. Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo on November 26, 2014. Read more

President visits Lumbini

President visits Lumbini

President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited Lumbini, the birthplace of the Lord Buddha yesterday (25). The President is currently in Nepal to attend the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Summit (SAARC) which is scheduled to commence today.   Read more

Sports

India's new football league says more popular than Serie A

November 28,2014 14:23

India's fledgling football league has become the fourth most popular in the world after just six weeks, surpassing Italy's long-standing Serie A in average » Read more

Focus on Abbott’s state of mind

November 28,2014 08:55

The cricketing fraternity is obviously shocked by the demise of Phillip Hughes, but there has also been widespread sympathy for Sean Abbott, the pacer » Read more

We were always in control despite Moeen and Ravi - Mathews

November 28,2014 07:52

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said that he was not duly concerned by the contributions made by Moeen Ali and Ravi Bopara for England » Read more

Lanka draw first blood in series with improved performance

November 27,2014 09:11

Lanka draw first blood in series with improved performance

A maiden one-day hundred from England opener Moeen Ali playing in only his sixth match proved a vain effort as Sri Lanka pulled off » Read more

News Features

A formidable challenge

23-11-2014 News Features

It had to happen that way, and the break was only possible with a serious split within the regime. The moment had come for members of the SLFP to take... Read more

we need An active and well-informed society

23-11-2014 News Features

we need An active and well-informed society

Former Chairman of the Panadura Urban Council and first Chairman of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Nandana Gunathileke was the first notable figure to resign from the ruling UPFA... Read more

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Business

Coal-gasification on the cards?

November 23, 2014 Business news

Coal-gasification on the cards?

Sri Lanka needs major capital injections in the energy sector as a recent study suggests it will be viable for coal power plants to convert to » Read more

Durable retailers to rejoice in 2015

November 23, 2014 Business news

Fitch Ratings on Friday said that lower borrowing rates, reduced electricity tariffs and an upcoming cut in the value added tax (VAT) will create a more » Read more

Pvt sector credit picks up again - CB

November 23, 2014 Business news

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka which last week kept the policy rates unchanged noted that a healthy growth of credit disbursements to the private sector » Read more

Lens - The political digest

Changing economic strategies most vital

23-11-2014 12:11 Lens

Changing economic strategies most vital

The Presidential Election is at present the concern of everyone. Many ideas are mooted by patriotic persons » Read more

Red marks that dotted a struggle

23-11-2014 12:11 Lens

Red marks that dotted a struggle

Twenty five years since what is arguably the most intense genocide in “Southern Lanka”, that dark reign » Read more

Name them, shame them and jail them!

23-11-2014 12:11 Lens

Name them, shame them and jail them!

The report released this week by parliamentary watchdog, the Committee On Public Enterprises (COPE), has again exposed » Read more

Why can’t they unite for a Tamil cause?

23-11-2014 12:11 Lens

Why can’t they unite for a Tamil cause?

Tamil politics in Sri Lanka has seen a very violent and destructive history post-independence. The emergence of » Read more

Unity among Diversity

23-11-2014 12:11 Lens

Unity among Diversity

People talk about unity in public places, but some do not realize and understand the real meaning » Read more

Comments on JHU leaving government

23-11-2014 12:11 Lens

Comments on JHU leaving government

“Ask this question from the President” - Nimal Siripala de Silva : Minister of Irrigation and Water » Read more

Interview

Benefits of development not trickled down to the masses

19-10-2014 Interview

Benefits of development not trickled down to the masses

Chairman of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), C.V.K. Sivagnanam, says that the funds allocated to the council was very much less than what the Government claimed it to be and denied accusations that the money allocated was underutilized. » Read more

“TNA painting wrong picture to outside world”

05-10-2014 Interview

“TNA painting wrong picture to outside world”

Former parliamentarian and leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), V. Anandasangaree rules out future collaboration with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) until they completely denounce the LTTE and its activities.In an interview with The Nation, Anandasangaree » Read more

Critical Point

Be careful on iron deficiency

31-05-2014 Critical Point

Infants born of mothers with iron deficiency (16 percent of pregnant women) often have low birth weight and face a higher risk of dying in infancy and childhood, stated Dr. Shanthi Gunawardena, Director, Nutrition of the Ministry of » Read more

Pak-China corridor will be a game changer in the region

30-05-2014 Critical Point

Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the two 660 MW coal fired projects, having total capacity of 1320 mega watts, at Sahiwal  on May 30, 2014. Sahiwal will contribute in the production of cheap electricity in Pakistan. » Read more

Why SL failed in 80% of pictorial warning

12-05-2014 Critical Point

We are thoroughly UNHAPPY about the NEW percentage  AS this is what the tobacco company wanted. EXPERIENCES FROM OTHER COUNTRIES PROVE THAT IT IS THE 80% WHICH HAS BEEN EFFECTIVE IN DISCOURAGING THE PEOPLE WHICH THE PEOPLE OF » Read more

Walla patta a potential cash crop

27-04-2014 Critical Point

Walla patta a potential cash crop

Smuggling is not a new phenomenon in this country, or for that matter, in this world. It’s an activity that is illegal, yet carried out worldwide. From drugs to people, smuggling is carried out due to various reasons, » Read more

Political

The frustrated PM Wannabe  who’d be Executive President for 100 days

The frustrated PM Wannabe who’d be Executive President for 100 days

Some believe that there was something wrong with the ‘auspicious time’ at which the late S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike formed the Sri Lanka Fre... Read more

International

Obama to visit  India in January

Obama to visit India in January

Washington, United States (AFP)- US President Barack Obama will travel to India in January for its Republic Day celebrations and talks ... Read more

Indonesia’s new president causes a buzz by flying economy

Indonesia’s new president causes a buzz by flying economy

Jakarta, Indonesia (AFP)- Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo caused a stir this weekend by opting to fly economy class to watch his ... Read more

People and Event

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Inauguration of Students and Youth Council

Inauguration of Students and Youth Council

Promoting the next generation of friends of China is an important need. We wish...

Pope Francis’s most pragmatic approach

Pope Francis’s most pragmatic approach

At the outset let me honestly and sincerely state, this letter is to praise...

Help build temple for Lord Vishnu

Help build temple for Lord Vishnu

The life of people who engage in spiritual service is adored by all. It...

Five Sri Lankan artistes to recive Bunka (cultural) Awards

The 21st Bunka (Cultural) Awards ceremony organized by the Japan Sri Lanka Friendship Cultural...

Lifestyle

Cashiers too make mistakes

23-11-2014 12:11 Lifestyle

Cashiers too make  mistakes

After a few minutes of standing, faking interest in what’s being shown on the TV and checking your » Read more

Ready to recruit?

23-11-2014 12:11 Lifestyle

Ready to recruit?

One person is not a front.  Sometimes a single person can make a big difference, but if you » Read more

No right way or amount of time to grieve

23-11-2014 12:11 Lifestyle

No right way or amount  of time to grieve

“My mother died in a car accident when I was 14. This was a sudden shock and I » Read more

Selfies, selfies you are everywhere

23-11-2014 12:11 Lifestyle

Selfies,  selfies you are  everywhere

Today’s world is dominated by selfies, which have come to dominate the social media and has more or » Read more

A friend-in-need is a friend indeed

23-11-2014 12:11 Lifestyle

A friend-in-need  is a friend indeed

Who is a friend? A friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself and » Read more

Kids

The world is rearranged by silhouettes

23-11-2014 12:11 Kids

The world is rearranged by silhouettes

There are times when we wonder if things are as they really seem.   Think of something. Think of » Read more

What is philosophy?

23-11-2014 12:11 Kids

By celebrating World Philosophy Day each year, on the third Thursday of November,  the UNESCO underlines the enduring » Read more

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