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Mangala meets his British counterpart

January 30,2015 18:10

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera held talks with visiting British Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Hugo Swire at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today. Minister Swire stated that the purpose » Read more

James Packer pulls plug on $400m Sri Lanka casino plan

January 30,2015 18:02

James Packer pulls plug on $400m Sri Lanka casino plan

James Packer's Crown Group says it will not go ahead with a proposed plan to develop a $400 million luxury hotel and resort in Sri Lanka, following a decision by the government » Read more

MR owes SLTB Rs.140 million - Transport Minister

January 30,2015 15:00

Minister of Internal Transport, Ranjith Madduma Bandara today said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presidential campaign still owed Rs.140 million to the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB). Read more

26 killed as attacks rock Egypt's Sinai

January 30,2015 13:11

Cairo (AFP) - Militants fired a barrage of rockets and set off a car bomb Thursday killing at least 26 people, mostly soldiers, in Egypt's North Sinai province, where security forces are » Read more

Transfers of 10,000 cops postponed

January 30,2015 10:58

Transfers of around 10,000 police officers which were due to take effect from February 1, 2015 have been postponed till May 1, 2015, Police Headquarters said in a statement. Accordingly, these transfers » Read more

Father and son killed in house fire

January 30,2015 09:09

A father and his three-year-old son were killed after their house burned down in Sammanthurai last night. Police Media Unit said officers responded to information received via the 119 emergency hotline that » Read more

UNHRC ready for a 'Constructive engagement'

January 30,2015 08:26

  United Nation’s Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has agreed to keep ongoing dialogue with Sri Lanka, revealed by Senior Advisor on Foreign Affairs to the President Jayantha Dhanapala. Read more

'Statement on Peace' to be made on Independence Day

January 29,2015 18:36

A statement on Peace will be made at the 67th Independence Day celebration to be held on February 4. According to the government, the Cabinet approved a joint proposal made by the » Read more

Proposal to impose 80% pictorial warnings on tobacco packs approved

January 29,2015 17:39

Proposal to impose 80% pictorial warnings on tobacco packs approved

Cabinet has approved a proposal made by Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne to make it compulsory for tobacco companies to cover 80% of the surface area of tobacco packs with pictorial » Read more

15% tax reduction for vehicles less than 1000cc

January 29,2015 16:09

Taxes on motor vehicles less than 1000cc will be reduced by 15%. Taxes on Hybrid vehicles would also be revised. Unused vehicles abandoned in state yards will be auctioned off. The government » Read more

Top Story

K. Sri Pavan sworn in as new Chief Justice

K. Sri Pavan sworn in as new Chief Justice

The senior-most Judge of the Supreme Court, Justice K. Sri Pavan was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Sri Lanka before President Maithripala Sirisena » Read more

January 30,2015 Top Story

Business

Prices of 13 essential items reduced

January 29, 2015 Business

The prices of 13 essential items have been reduced through the interim budget being presented by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake in Parliament. Accordingly, the prices of » Read more

CBSL keeps key policy rates unchanged

January 27, 2015 Business news

CBSL keeps key policy rates unchanged

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) decided to maintain the key policy rates while maintaining Standing Deposit Facility Rate (SDFR) and the Standing Lending Facility » Read more

CSE turnover tumbles to 8 mth low pending policy announcement

January 26, 2015 Business news

CSE turnover tumbles to 8 mth low pending policy announcement

Colombo shares swung between gains and losses and ended higher in thin trading on Monday as investors adopted a wait-and-see approach. The market turnover reached 8-month » Read more

Sports

India to host 2016 T20 WC

January 29,2015 15:59

India has been confirmed as host for the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup, scheduled to be held from March 11 to April 3, the ICC » Read more

Panic-hit Sri Lanka Cricket enlist Rumesh Ratnayake

January 28,2015 17:03

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has enlisted the services of former fast bowler and coach Rumesh Ratnayake to prepare the team for the forthcoming World » Read more

Chief selector unhappy with World Cup preparations

January 25,2015 00:00

Chief selector unhappy with World Cup preparations

Sri Lanka chief cricket selector Sanath Jayasuriya is far from happy the way the national team is preparing itself for the 2015 World Cup » Read more

Mathews in doubt, NZ aim for series win

January 25,2015 00:00

DUNEDIN: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews could miss a second straight match in New Zealand as the hosts aim to wrap up the seven-game » Read more

International

Protests erupt across southern Asia

Protests erupt across southern Asia

Islamabad, Pakistan (AFP)- Tens of thousands across Afghanistan, Pakistan and Muslim-majority Indian Kashmir took to the streets on Fri... Read more

Russia hosts Syria talks

Russia hosts Syria talks

Little hope of breakthrough as Moscow, Russia (AFP)- Russia plans to bring together members of the Syrian regime and opposition in a ne... Read more

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A Presidential Workout

A Presidential Workout

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena (L) warms up at Colombo Independence Square in Colombo on January 30, 2015. Sirisena, who became president earlier in the month after defeating strongman Mahinda Rajapakse, is seen regularly at the square jogging in the morning. Read more

No Apple, but there's PINE-Apple

No Apple, but there's PINE-Apple

Imported apples from US were taken out of local markets due to suspected bacterial contamination. However, the market had enough local produce, 'PINE-Apple' being one of the favorites. (Pic by Damith Wickramasinghe) Read more

The picture speaks…

The picture speaks…

Everything changes. That’s the nature. No one can change that reality The two pictures; above and below clearly demonstrate the fact. No words are needed to explain. (Pic by Deepal Warnakulasuriya) Read more

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News Features

Undiyal money transfer a threat to security

25-01-2015 News Features

Undiyal money transfer a threat to security

Along with the arrest of notorious drug kingpin Gampola Vidanalage Samantha Kumara alias Wele Suda on January 12, the hawala remittance system also commonly called the undiyal system has once... Read more

Collapse of the Rajapaksa Regime Some Lessons

25-01-2015 News Features

Collapse of the Rajapaksa Regime  Some Lessons

If there is any overall lesson from the Rajapaksa collapse, that is ‘not to abuse power or position.’ Although this lesson is loud and clear for anyone in politics, it... Read more

Achieving post-election tasks

25-01-2015 News Features

Achieving post-election tasks

Most of the problems, we Sri Lankans have now have not been caused by us. What we are burdened with today we have inherited and were caused a very long... Read more

Lens - The political digest

Ranil’s moment of truth

25-01-2015 12:01 Lens

Ranil’s moment of truth

Two months ago Ranil Wickremesinghe had to decide whether or not to contest the presidential election. In » Read more

Six million in Papal Mass

25-01-2015 12:01 Lens

Six million in Papal Mass

Philippines Pope Francis has celebrated an outdoor Mass in front of unprecedented crowds in the Philippine capital Manila... Read more

Rebels take Yemen Presidential Palace

25-01-2015 12:01 Lens

Rebels take Yemen Presidential Palace

Fragile efforts to bring stability to one of the poorest and most unstable countries in the Arab » Read more

Forgive and Forget?

25-01-2015 12:01 Lens

GreeceGreece’s anti-austerity SYRIZA party is leading in opinion polls days ahead of a general election held today. » Read more

SELMA

25-01-2015 12:01 Lens

SELMA

A Phenomenon in the Midst of a Resurgent Movement Selma was distributed to a mainstream audience on January » Read more

France’s Front National

25-01-2015 12:01 Lens

France’s Front National

Jean-Marie Le Pen and the West’s Predicament The conspiracy theorist functions as both magnet and vessel. Conspiracy theorists, » Read more

Political

Maithripala’s ‘Watery’ Battle for Good Governance

25-01-2015 Politics

Maithripala’s ‘Watery’ Battle for Good Governance

“Where is yahapalanaya (good governance) in the new overnment?” Now this seems to be the million dollar question, at this juncture. Two ... Read more

Depressing memories of a ‘battered’ minority

25-01-2015 Politics

I am getting a little tired of all the hype of Mahinda Rajapaksa being the worst and most autocratic President of this country. Everyone... Read more

End of the Road for Mahinda?

18-01-2015 Politics

End of the Road for Mahinda?

One and a half months ago, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the fifth Executive President of Sri Lanka, seemed invincible. He was surrounded by a fami... Read more

The national question of Sri Lanka

18-01-2015 Politics

Sri Lankans now have new President and another opportunity to focus their hearts and minds on the ethnicity based national question. The... Read more

Interview

“If CJ won’t step down, we have other options” - Minister Rajitha

25-01-2015 Interview

“If CJ won’t step down, we have other options” - Minister Rajitha

Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine, Rajitha Senaratne in an exclusive interview with The Nation mentioned that the government will do what it takes to » Read more

Common opposition a ‘corporation of failures’

04-01-2015 Interview

Common opposition  a ‘corporation  of failures’

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, candidate of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) met with several editors of national newspapers on Wednesday, December 31 for an open » 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

People and Event

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Jana karaliya to enroll new artistes

Jana karaliya  to enroll new artistes

Jana karaliya, Theater Arts Foundation, led by veteran cinema and drama director Parakrama Niriella,...

Diamonds of Holy Cross College on Blue Rhythmic Water Waves

Diamonds of Holy Cross College on Blue Rhythmic Water Waves

The Holy Cross College emerged, in close proximity to Holy Cross Church, during the...

Hindustani Vocal Music Recital by Pandit Vinod Kumar Dwivedi

Hindustani Vocal Music Recital by Pandit Vinod Kumar Dwivedi

Indian Cultural Center, Colombo will be organizing a Hindustani Vocal Music Recital by Pandit...

Scholarships for studying Hindi in india

The Government of India is offering scholarships to Sri Lankan nationals to study Hindi...

Lifestyle

The games you can and cannot play with rice

25-01-2015 12:01 Lifestyle

The games you can and cannot play with rice

There are many stories about how the game of chess was invented.  About 40 years ago, a man » Read more

Language is not the only means of communication

25-01-2015 12:01 Lifestyle

We talk in emoticons, :emotions within colons: and #unnecessary use of punctuation and signs. To make things worse, » Read more

Animals have tips for you

25-01-2015 12:01 Lifestyle

Animals have  tips for you

Not many people knew of ‘animal styles’ in martial arts until movies such as ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,’ » Read more

You can leave them, but can you take them?

25-01-2015 12:01 Lifestyle

You can leave them,  but can you take them?

There is no shortage of inspirational posts about beauty or appearance. They tell us to accept our bodies » Read more

Eating disorders

25-01-2015 12:01 Lifestyle

Eating  disorders

“My 14-year-old cousin was admitted to the hospital. Her weight dropped from 75 kilos to 62 kilos, and » Read more

Kids

Jaffna Fort

25-01-2015 12:01 Kids

Jaffna Fort

Hi kids, in our journey to Jaffna, today we are going to visit the enormous star-shaped Jaffna Fort, » Read more

Wind

25-01-2015 12:01 Kids

What is wind?  - Wind is somewhat of a mystery. We can’t see it, but can feel it. » Read more

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