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Bollywood star Salman Khan sentenced to 5 years in jail

May 06,2015 14:25

Salman Khan, one of Bollywood's biggest stars, was sentenced on Wednesday to five years in prison for drunkenly killing a homeless man with his SUV in a 2002 hit-and-run. Read more

BASL urges for early establishment of CC

May 06,2015 12:59

Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) in a statement said that though they admire the passage of the 19th Amendment, it does not wholly meet the aspirations of the Bar Association of Sri » Read more

Former Minister Johnston arrested

May 05,2015 15:44

Former Trade Minister Johnston Fernando was arrested by the Police Financial Crimes Investigation (FCID) division today; May 05. According to the Police Media Spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekara, MP Fernando was arrested on the » Read more

Govt. welcomes TNA bill to ban bottom trawling

May 05,2015 14:56

The Government has welcomed a Private Member’s Bill presented by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran to ban mechanized bottom trawling in Sri Lanka’s territorial waters. Read more

Basil remanded for two more days

May 05,2015 13:46

Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and three others who had been remanded for questioning over the misuse of Divi Neguma funds were further remanded two more days. Read more

Ceylinco Insurance lies to shareholders

May 02,2015 02:24

A senior official of the Insurance Board of Sri Lanka (IBSL) has disputed a claim made to shareholders of Ceylinco Insurance that the IBSL has not raised any issue regarding the appointment » Read more

Rishad calls for Presidential Commission

May 02,2015 02:22

Minister of Industry and Commerce and Vanni District MP Rishad Bathiudeen has called for the appointment of a Presidential Commission to probe allegations of unauthorized settlements inside forest reserves. The minister made » Read more

US Secretary of State arrives today

May 02,2015 02:20

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Sri Lanka today for an official visit. He will meet government leaders, including President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, civil society members, » Read more

No follow-up action on BoC

May 02,2015 02:18

The Nation learns that although the committee appointed to probe the controversial Bond Issue by the Central Bank recommended an inquiry into the involvement of the Bank of Ceylon (BoC), no action » Read more

Major political parties display their strength

May 02,2015 02:16

More than twenty May Day Rallies were held at Colombo. Sri Lanka Freedom Party, United Nation Party, Peoples Liberation Front, Democratic Party, Front Line Socialist Party and the Opposition Alliance, which is » Read more

Top Story

MS - MR talk ends assuring the victory of SLFP

MS - MR talk ends assuring the victory of SLFP

The meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and former president Mahinda Rajapaksa ended cordially, but no concrete decision had been taken, sources said. Read more

May 06,2015 Top Story

Business

Construction jobs at stake

May 02, 2015 Business

Two of Sri Lanka’s largest construction companies MAGA Engineering (Pvt) Ltd and Access Engineering PLC have decided to retrench at least 20 percent of its current » Read more

Ravi K bows down to TU threat

May 02, 2015 Business

Ravi K bows down to TU threat

The reinstatement of the General Manager Bank of Ceylon (BoC), D. M. Gunasekara on April 27, 2015 after being suspended on the orders of Finance Minister » Read more

Harsha plays peacemaker at NCC’s heated CEPA forum

May 02, 2015 Business

Harsha plays peacemaker at NCC’s heated CEPA forum

Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Reconciliation, Policy Development and Economic Affairs Dr Harsha de Silva last week attempted to strike a balance between the proponents of » Read more

Sports

Player discipline vital for success – Kaluwitharana

May 02,2015 00:00

Player discipline vital for success – Kaluwitharana

Sri Lanka ‘A’ may have won the three-match one-day series against Pakistan ‘A’ when they took an unbeatable 2-0 lead with a win in » Read more

Ramanayake to replace Vaas

May 02,2015 00:00

Former Sri Lanka cricketer and fast bowling coach Champaka Ramanayake is likely to succeed Chaminda Vaas as fast bowling coach of the Sri Lanka » Read more

Malinda Warnapura is new Peterite coach

May 02,2015 00:00

Malinda Warnapura is new Peterite coach

Ex-Sri Lanka opening batsman Malinda Warnapura has taken up a coaching stint at his old school St. Peter’s College where it will be his » Read more

Sri Lanka rugby squad leaves for two Asian matches

May 02,2015 00:00

The Sri Lankan rugby squad will leave on Sunday (May 3) to contest two matches in the Asian Five Nations series in the Philippines. » Read more

International

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Another turban on his head

Another turban on his head

President Maithripala Sirisena was given a Tamil traditional welcome at the Ramakrishna Mission Hall, Wellawatte while he arrived in the annual Kamban Festival. A turban was placed on his head, he was draped with a shawl and an aala wattam at the festival which is commemorate great Tamil poet Kamban. (Pic by President’s Media Unit) Read more

No May Day for us comrades but never mind!

No May Day for us comrades but never mind!

The reds are out, so are the greens and blues.  All for the workers and their rights.  Meanwhile sporting green, blue and red, the ‘represented’ colors and sweats without slogan, cheer or flag. (Pics by Ravindra Dharmathilake) Read more

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

News Features

Time for transition from Arahath to President

02-05-2015 News Features

Maithripala Sirisena was elected by the voters to be the President of Sri Lanka. Sirisena overcame the obstacle of the incumbency by erecting the broadest political tent the country has... Read more

19th Amendment , Whose baby is it?

02-05-2015 News Features

19th Amendment , Whose baby is it?

The Constitution of Sri Lanka which was introduced by former President JR Jayewardene in 1978 was amended again last week for the 19th time. Many are of the opinion that... Read more

A partial, but great victory for democracy

02-05-2015 News Features

A partial, but great victory for democracy

Finally, the 19th Amendment is passed with only one UPFA MP opposing. Perhaps he was true to what he was advocating while many others were chickening out, including the ‘law... Read more

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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

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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

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