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Three Provincial Councils Up For Grabs

Following the cross over of former SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena and several other ruling party parliamentarians to the opposition, a lot of horse-trading is being » Read more

November 23,2014 Top Story

Breaking News

JVP still tight-lipped over support for Maithripala

November 23,2014 03:28

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that his party’s aim at the forthcoming presidential election will not be limited to working to defeat President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Speaking at a » Read more

Maithri playing lead role in ‘Her Rage’

November 23,2014 03:22

‘It’s nothing more than a mega teledrama,’ was how the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) described the move to field its former General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena as the opposition’s ‘Common Candidate’. Minister » Read more

First stage of struggle successful-Sobitha Thera

November 23,2014 03:20

First stage of struggle  successful-Sobitha Thera

National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) Head Ven Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera who campaigned for the abolishment of the Executive Presidency told The Nation yesterday that the first phase of their struggle has » Read more

TNA’s stand next week

November 23,2014 03:18

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will decide early this week whether or not to back the common candidate, TNA Jaffna district MP Suresh Premachandran said. The alliance had earlier stated that it » Read more

We’re running out of chocolate

November 23,2014 03:18

We’re running out of chocolate

There’s no easy way to say this: You’re eating too much chocolate, all of you. And it’s getting so out of hand that the world could be headed towards a potentially disastrous » Read more

No change in papal visit despite presidential election

November 23,2014 03:16

The Roman Catholic Church in Sri Lanka yesterday reiterated that the Papal visit scheduled to take place on January 13, 2015 will go ahead as planned despite the announcement of Presidential Election, » Read more

suspects at large

November 23,2014 03:14

Police have still not been able to apprehend the suspects involved in the shooting of a former United National Party (UNP) Pradeshiya Sabha member on Friday evening (November 21). When contacted, Police » Read more

Applications called for photographic diploma course

November 23,2014 03:12

The Competent Authority of the National Photographic Arts Society of Sri Lanka will conduct a three-year diploma course for photographers and applicants have been requested to send in their entries before November » Read more

Rice coming from Bangladesh

November 23,2014 03:10

Moves are afoot by the Ministry of Trader and Internal Affairs as well as the Consumer Affairs Authority to bring down a total of 50,000 metric tons of rice from Bangladesh in » Read more

Presidential Election on January 8

November 23,2014 03:08

The Commissioner of Elections Mahinda Deshapriya recently announced that the presidential election will be held on January 8, 2015. Nominations will be accepted on December 8, 2014 from 9am to 11am. Objections » Read more

Wants celebrations banned

November 23,2014 03:06

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy last Friday urged Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh to issue a directive to the Tamil Nadu Government to ban the move to celebrate birth anniversary of slain LTTE » Read more

Minister Yapa new SLFP General Secretary

November 23,2014 03:04

Kurunegala district parliamentarian and Petroleum Industries Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa was appointed as the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent party of the ruling United People’s » Read more

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FACES AND PHASES

FACES AND PHASES

Home vs Home. Friends and Foes.  Nothing is Permanent.  One Party Rule -- Sri Lanka Style.  There are many possible tags that describe the current political moment.  At the end of the day, someone will win.  Someone will lose.  What of the voter though, once the cheers and jeers are done?  Read more

The 'Common Candidate' revealed

The 'Common Candidate' revealed

Former Health Minister and General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Maithripala Sirisena today revealed that he would be the 'Common Candidate' from the opposition to challenge President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the upcoming presidential election in January. Sirisena made the announcement at a tightly packed media briefing held at New Town Hall in Colombo this evening, thus ending days of speculation regarding who will be the much discussed common candidate. Along with Sirisena and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MPs Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Arjuna Ranatunge, Wasantha Senanayake, M.K.S. Gunawardena and Duminda Dissanayake were all present at the media briefing, where among other things, a pledge was made to abolish the executive presidency within 100 days if Sirisena emerged victorious. Read more

Countdown begins

Countdown begins

The President has signed the proclamation announcing his intention to hold Presidential polls next year. The Elections Commissioner's department has confirmed that it had received the document following which the Commissioner would decide on the dates for the polls and filing nominations.  Read more

Sports

One poor series doesn’t make us a bad team – Mathews

November 23,2014 00:00

One poor series doesn’t make us a bad team – Mathews

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews hit out at critics who had rushed to conclusions that Sri Lanka were a struggling team following their 5-0 » Read more

Penney, Snape on opposite camp

November 23,2014 00:00

Penney, Snape on opposite camp

How ironical that with England due to a start a seven-match one-day international series against Sri Lanka next week that two of their former » Read more

Curtains for Navy fortress

November 23,2014 00:00

Curtains for Navy fortress

It was an occasion that everyone waited for and a match where defeat meant the end of one team in the fray or the » Read more

Spaniard wins fourth stage at Nuwara Eliya-Kandy race

November 23,2014 00:00

Spaniard wins fourth stage at Nuwara Eliya-Kandy race

Ismael Ventura of Spain is in the lead after the fourth stage of the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ mountain biking challenge that was conducted » 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

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Pope Francis’s most pragmatic approach

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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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