Berlin, Germany (AFP) The European Union on Friday unveiled an interim deal meant to end Russia’s latest gas war with Ukraine which could see a return of supplies to the crisis-hit nation and a renewal of trust between the rival neighbours.The so-called “winter package” unveiled in Berlin came with Moscow threatening to cut off Europe’s own gas shipments and
Former Parliamentarian and United National Party (UNP) Chief Ministerial candidate at the recently concluded Uva Provincial Council elections Harin Fernando said that it was too early to comment on the status of the Leadership Council, but added that its future role should be discussed.“My view is that they should not scrap the council just because there are changes happening
Minister Wimal Weerawansa, a controversial character in the Sri Lanka political arena, began his politics from the People’s Liberation Front known as JVP and played a main role there before he suddenly decided to form his own party. National Freedom Front (Jathika Nidahas Peramuna). It is one of the youngest parties in Sri Lanka. His party is affiliated to one
Mavai Senathirajah, who took over the leadership of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi from R. Sampanthan, on September 6 (yesterday) spoke to The Nation on several issues including the position of the party and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on the invitation extended by the Government for talks.He stated that the TNA was not averse for talks
Former Deputy Mayor of Colombo and Leader of the National Unity Alliance (NUA), Azath Salley states that he would extend his support to United National Party (UNP) Chief Ministerial candidate at the Uva Provincial Council polls despite his disappointment with some of the party moves. In an interview with The Nation,
Newly appointed Ambassador to the United States, Prasad Kariywasam says that Sri Lanka continues to maintain a cordial relationship with US despite its concerns on Sri Lanka’s human rights issues. He stated that he had held discussions with US President Barrack Obama and several officials of the US State Department with regard to strengthening the bilateral relationship.
The interim COPE report had revealed a lot of shortcomings in several government institutions. We used to publish annual reports and by the time they come out some of the details that are there are dated. So in the last annual reports, we mentioned that we would publish quarterly reports, which means that the details would be more current and…
Director General, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL), Anusha Palpita says that all mobile service providers have been given time till end of this year to streamline the process of SIM card issuance and to ensure that their respective dealers do not issue cards under the name of an existing customer without his or her knowledge, or consent
The Higher Education Ministry will take responsibility for the issues faced by the students if the issues are lawful, valid and important, and brought to the Ministry’s notice in a genuine manner.Secretary to the Higher Education Ministry, Dr. Sunil Jayantha Nawaratne, in an interview with
The Department of Motor Traffic (DMT) has initiated moves to implement an official endorsement for drivers involved in passenger transport service. DMT Commissioner General, S.H. Harischandra in an interview with The Nation stated that the move was initiated as part of a process to develop the standard of local drivers. He also briefed on the introduction of new road signs
Head of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Prof Rohan Gunaratna says recent arrests in Malaysia where seven out of 14 LTTE suspects arrested were holding the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) cards indicated that the majority who applied for refugee status were not genuine. “The UN should review…
The future of legal education in the country is set to undergo some significant changes in the coming weeks due to several proposals that are currently being discussed at the highest level. The Council of Legal Education, headed by the Chief Justice, is set to finalize some of the proposals soon.
The Federation of University Teachers Associations (FUTA) recently announced a token strike alleging that the Higher Education Ministry was still silent on several demands put forward by the union. President, FUTA, Dr. Chandraguptha Thenuwara in an interview to The Nation explained the reason behind the token strike and the situation prevalent within the Higher Education system.
Yes. The issue of tobacco has been there for years now. We did not have much evidence pertaining to the impact of tobacco until late 1970s and early 80s. However, it took several more years for us to have concrete evidence to show that tobacco was indeed a killer. The first reliable and most important finding came from the US
Minister of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy and senior member of the Jathika Hela Urumaya, Patali Champika Ranawaka says the operation of casinos would result in grave consequences that would lead the breakdown of moral and ethical values of society while encouraging social evils such as drugs, blackmoney and prostitution. In an interview with The Nation,
The building blocks of strong regional security cooperation is building strong inter and intra agency collaboration within Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Government should replace its Department Of Immigration and Emigration with a powerful Border Control Agency. With the essential requirement for multilayered security screening of those entering and departing Sri Lankan ports, Sri Lanka Border Control
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentary Group Leader, R. Sampanthan says that the Tamil population in the country was opposed to the return of violence. In an exclusive interview to The Nation, MP Sampanthan stated that he was unaware as to whether the LTTE was in fact regrouping in Sri Lanka, but added that the Government should take action if there
Terrorism expert, Prof. Rohan Gunaratna says that there has been over half a dozen threats plots by the LTTE's international network targeting Sri Lanka since 2009. In an email interview with The Nation, Prof. Gunaratna said it was important that the overseas infrastructure of the LTTE was dismantled. He also expressed his views on the recent reports of LTTE revival…
United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Minister Dulles Alahapperuma speaking to the media two weeks back said the finalized list of candidates for the provincial council elections included teachers, lawyers, engineers, etc and the list had the name of a scientist too. The Nation looked for this scientist which the UPFA is going to enlist for the Colombo district.
Samanmalee Gunasinghe, a council member of the Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Municipal Council for last one and half decades is contesting for the Provincial Council elections this time representing her party - Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna which she joined several years back as a university student.