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Boom-Boom over Boom-Doom

Boom-Boom over Boom-Doom

Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal dismissed claims made by Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka that numbers about the health of the » Read more

December 21,2014 Top Story

Breaking News

Hambantota Mayor arrested

December 22,2014 16:20

Hambantota Mayor Eraj Fernando was arrested earlier today, after he surrendered to the police over an alleged attack on opposition supporters at Hambantota yesterday. Read more

Severe weather warning issued

December 22,2014 16:00

The Met Department issued a severe weather warning at 1pm today. The warning is valid for 18 hours. Read more

Police use tear gas to disperse student protest

December 22,2014 15:22

Police used tear gas and water canons to disperse a student protest near the University Grants Commission. Read more

Sinhalese translation of Terry Eagleton's 'Why Marx was Right' to be released tomorrow

December 22,2014 12:23

The Sinhalese translation of Terry Eagleton's "Why Marx was Right" will be released tomorrow (23) at Hector Kobbekaduwa Research Institute, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo. Read more

Two Russian warships on courtesy call in Colombo

December 22,2014 12:06

Two Russian warships are currently in Colombo harbor on a courtesy call. These ships are named 'Moskva' and 'Kola.' Read more

Amit Shah says BJP will not ally with AIADMK in 2016 Tamil Nadu election

December 22,2014 07:05

BJP national president Amit Shah on Sunday indicated that the party would lead the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Tamil Nadu in 2016 Assembly election, but would go to the polls only » Read more

India may end its support to Palestine in the UN

December 22,2014 07:02

In what could amount to a tectonic shift in the country’s foreign policy, the Modi government is looking at altering India’s supporting vote for the Palestinian cause at the United Nations to » Read more

Sri Lankan maid in Saudi reportedly commits suicide

December 21,2014 13:27

A Sri Lankan housemaid committed suicide in the bathroom at her employers’ house in Saudi Arabia and police said they were investigating the incident. Read more

Rajitha says fuel price will drop by ‘about Rs 50’

December 21,2014 02:20

The joint-media spokesperson of the common opposition Rajitha Senaratne clarified different remarks made by opposition leaders on the fuel prices, adding that the policy statement has clearly said that Rs 40 billion » Read more

Monitors accuse Local Govt. politicos

December 21,2014 02:18

Election monitors have accused local government politicians of being behind some of the most serious incidents of election violence, while police have also confirmed at least 10 Pradeshiya Sabha (PS) members are » Read more

Goons attack Pro- Maithripala meeting in Haputale

December 21,2014 02:16

The venue of a public meeting of the United National Party (UNP) in support of common candidate Maithripala Sirisena was attacked in Haputale last evening (December 20), leaving several people injured. The » Read more

Neutrality no longer a viable option for Muslim parties

December 21,2014 02:14

Contrary to reports that Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) would reach a decision on whom they will support at the upcoming Presidential polls, members within the party confer that a meeting hadn’t » Read more

ASP to lead police investigation into Muthuhettigama incident

December 21,2014 02:12

A police team headed by an ASP is currently investigating last Friday’s incident (December 19) where Deputy Minister Nishantha Muthuhettigama is alleged to have attempted to forcibly take away several suspects being » Read more

CMC cautions customers against unhygienic foods

December 21,2014 02:10

Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ruwan Wijayamuni warned the public that during the festive season, they should be careful when purchasing boondi as it has food coloring not safe » Read more

OUSL activists to defy court action threat

December 21,2014 02:08

OUSL activists to defy court action threat

Student activists of the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) will continue their Satyagraha campaign despite threats of being taken to courts, OUSL Students’ Union Convener Amila Sandaruwan said. He added that » Read more

Showers in Anuradhapura force spill gates to be opened

December 21,2014 02:06

Heavy rains continued to lash several areas of the country yesterday, flooding several main roads and forcing people to evacuate from some low-lying areas, as spill gates of many reservoirs were also » Read more

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Our yesterday, their today

Our yesterday, their today

Pakistani nationals held a candle light vigil at the Vihara Maha Devi Park on Friday to mourn school children killed in Peshwar during a Taliban attack, kindling memories of the LTTE abducting school children. (Pic by Ravindra Dharmathilake) Read more

People’s Choice

People’s Choice

Even as candidates intensify election campaigns, the people of Sri Lanka remain ‘grounded’ and unwavering about their true heroes.  Mahela Jayawardena, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan  won a clearly unanimous vote during the final ODI against England. Read more

Looking for justice...

Looking for justice...

Political party leaders and supporters of the common opposition held a protest in front of the Elections Secretariat in Rajagiriya this morning (18) against the persistent incidents of election violence and election law violations that are allegedly being carried out by the government. The protesters demanded that the Elections Commissioner exercise his duties fairly and prevent what they called the blatant abuse of state resources and violations of election law that were taking place. The protesters also handed over a letter of complaint detailing their grievances to officials from the Department of Elections. Read more

Sports

Havies blow then deflate

December 21,2014 00:00

Havies blow then deflate

Havelocks kissed goodbye any outside chance they may have had of staking a claim for the title as they ruined a golden occasion to » Read more

Sri Lanka cricket team attacker executed

December 21,2014 00:00

The man who was responsible for plotting and carrying out the attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team bus during an aborted tour of » Read more

Former Trinitian to referee CR-CH match

December 21,2014 00:00

A Trinity College product, Clement Isaac, now based in Dubai will be the referee at Sunday’s Dialog inter club League rugby match between CR » Read more

Robben to the rescue as Bayern snatch win at Mainz

December 21,2014 00:00

BERLIN, - Arjen Robben scored a 90th minute winner in their 2-1 victory at Mainz 05 on Friday to send Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich » Read more

News Features

The key word Leader

21-12-2014 News Features

The key word Leader

One of most crucial issues that is bound to come up in the forthcoming presidential election is leadership. Having eliminated the terrorist menace that dragged on nearly thirty years, the... Read more

Getting a glimpse of the Presidential waula

21-12-2014 News Features

Getting a glimpse of the Presidential waula

Folks, it sure looks like we’ve got a game on.A couple of weeks ago it seemed like President Rajapaksa was cruising to another term in office. After the initial euphoria,... Read more

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NCP Opposition Leader to support MR

22-12-2014 Hits:9

The Opposition Leader of the North Central Provincial Council Kins Kumar Nelson offered his support to President »

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Rishad Bathiudeen to support common…

22-12-2014 Hits:46

Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen has decided to support the common opposition.

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Maithri says MR tried to destroy Ba…

22-12-2014 Hits:34

Maithri says MR tried to destroy Bandaranaike's SLFP

Presidential candidate of the New Democratic Party Maithripala Sirisena stated that President Mahinda Rajapaksa tried to destroy »

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Upcountry People's Front going in t…

22-12-2014 Hits:59

The Upcountry People's Front is threatening to break-up on the issue of the presidential election.

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'The opposition is changing their s…

22-12-2014 Hits:100

President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that those who wanted to abolish the executive presidency are now changing their »

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Opposition group attacked at Hamban…

21-12-2014 Hits:134

A street protest involving Opposition members and activists has been attacked in Hambantota this morning, a media »

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The Voter

21-12-2014 Hits:453

Election Day is less than three weeks away.   Campaigns are gathering intensity.  Candidates and their supporters are falling over each other promising the sun, moon, stars and whatever else they »

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The leader, commoner and the change of hearts

14-12-2014 Hits:396

The leader, commoner and the change of hearts

A leader will never change his policies. He will never bow down in the face of sinister moves and threats. A real leader will have the courage and determination to »

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People’s Alliance at its zenith

14-12-2014 Hits:398

People’s Alliance at its zenith

The third presidential election in Sri Lanka was held under unique circumstances. The United National Party government, which had come to power in 1977, had fallen in the General Election »

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Maithripala and Chandrika discuss campaign strategy

21-12-2014 Hits:42

Maithripala and Chandrika discuss campaign strategy

If it is rumored that former president Chandrika Kumaratunga was instrumental in getting Maithripala Sirisena to take on Mahinda Rajapaksa, the lady’s thinly-disguised treatment of the candidate as though he was a serf in her»

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The floating voter weighs options

14-12-2014 Hits:310

The floating voter weighs options

In all elections, people talk of the floating vote. The undecided.   Those who may be swayed one way or another.  In some elections the floating vote can decide an election.  Naturally, come election time all»

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Mahinda and Maithripala compare headaches

07-12-2014 Hits:1167

Mahinda and Maithripala compare headaches

Everyone talks about the candidates.  The candidates themselves talk about each other.  In a parallel universe they actually talk WITH each other.  And so we ‘heart’ Mahinda Rajapaksa comparing notes with Maithripala Sirisena.  It was»

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Business

Maithri’s manifesto mum on petrol cut

December 21, 2014 Business news

The manifesto of the common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena released on Friday has been strangely silent on the earlier claim that if the common opposition candidate » Read more

Macro-economic targets broadly on track: Analysts

December 21, 2014 Business news

Sri Lanka is likely to achieve most of its macroeconomic targets set for the year 2014 at the beginning of this year although some sectors of » Read more

Piumee hails Mihin’s hospitality

December 21, 2014 Business news

Piumee hails Mihin’s hospitality

Miss Tourism Sri Lanka 2013, Piumee Vithanage in a recent customer testimonial has praised the hospitality offered by Sri Lanka’s national low-cost carrier, Mihin Lanka during » Read more

Lens - The political digest

The case against human rights

21-12-2014 12:12 Lens

The case against human rights

In July 2013, Amarildo de Souza, a bricklayer living in a Rio de Janeiro favela, was arrested » Read more

Re-election after narrow escape

21-12-2014 12:12 Lens

The fourth presidential election in Sri Lankan history was held in December 1999 at a time of » Read more

A piece of charcoal tells an interesting story

21-12-2014 12:12 Lens

It was reported recently in the media that the Beta Analytic Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory in Miami in » Read more

Of rats, ranting, lies and shouting!

21-12-2014 12:12 Lens

Of rats, ranting, lies and shouting!

With roughly a fortnight to go for the crucial Presidential Election the nation is being treated to » Read more

Contemporary understanding of ‘lone-wolf’ concept

21-12-2014 12:12 Lens

Contemporary understanding of ‘lone-wolf’ concept

Until last week Australia remained one of the peaceful nations in the world, but on the brink » Read more

Who are the TTP?

21-12-2014 12:12 Lens

Who are the TTP?

(AFP) The Pakistani Taliban which claimed responsibility for Tuesday's school rampage that killed at least 130 people » Read more

Interview

Our battle goes beyond elections - Nagamuwa

07-12-2014 Interview

Our battle goes beyond elections - Nagamuwa

Duminda Nagamuwa from the Frontline Socialist Party (FLSP), formed by a breakaway faction of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is among the candidates contesting the upcoming presidential election. He sat down with ‘The Nation’ to explain why he » Read more

Forget ‘Third Force’ We are the ‘Alternative’

07-12-2014 Interview

Forget ‘Third Force’  We are the ‘Alternative’

Western Provincial Council Member KD Lalkantha is a key leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and is active in the labor movement. In an exclusive interview with ‘The Nation’, he discussed the stance of the JVP on the » 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

Bollywood glamour for Mahinda

Bollywood glamour for Mahinda

Just two and a half weeks before the election, Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena launched his election manifesto at the Viharamahad... Read more

International

Rights activists slam Pakistan

Rights activists slam Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan (AFP)- Rights groups Saturday condemned Pakistan's decision to hang two convicted militants in its first executions... Read more

Vatican lit up by Christmas hope and love

Vatican lit up by Christmas hope and love

Vatican City, Holy See (AFP)-The Christmas lights came on at the Vatican Friday, sending out what Pope Francis described as a message o... Read more

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The Ministry of Defence and the Urban Development Authority join hands with the Colombo...

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Barefoot (PVT) Ltd today is a design house that produces beautiful handloom fabric, which...

Nalanda 89 Group Silver Jubilee celebrations

Nalanda 89 Group Silver Jubilee celebrations

The 89 Group of Nalanda College, Colombo celebrated the25th Anniversary since leaving their alma...

Dis/placement - An exhibition

Exhibition titled Displacement is being held at the Saskia Fernando Gallery, 41, Horton Place,...

Lifestyle

What're you thanking for this year?

21-12-2014 12:12 Lifestyle

Thanksgiving is not celebrated in Sri Lanka. However, as we are close to the end of the year » Read more

The R, L and H of rebellion

21-12-2014 12:12 Lifestyle

The R, L and H of rebellion

In 1971, a determined set of young people sought to overthrow the then Government, secure the commanding heights » Read more

Sinhala and Tamil language options in sites and apps

21-12-2014 12:12 Lifestyle

Sinhala and Tamil  language options in sites and apps

In this complex world, technology is paving simple paths to deal with the world. As a result, very » Read more

What you resist persists

21-12-2014 12:12 Lifestyle

What you resist  persists

Q. What health problems are associated with excessive alcohol use? - Excessive and long-term alcohol abuse can cause » Read more

Memories are an information bank

21-12-2014 12:12 Lifestyle

Memories are an information bank

If I were to ask you, what your fondest memory was so far in life, would you tell » Read more

Kids

Numbers are beautiful

21-12-2014 12:12 Kids

There was a young boy who loved to stare at the sky.  Well, not all the time.  He » Read more

Cricket World Cup 1975

21-12-2014 12:12 Kids

Cricket World Cup 1975

The 1975 Cricket World Cup (officially called the Prudential Cup) was the first edition of the International Cricket » Read more

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