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.
At the moment I am working as an English teacher in Sri Lanka at the British Council, I worked at a couple of private institutes. I do private classes. I am also an actor. I am not a trained actor but I have appeared in a lot of Sri Lankan teledramas, films, television programs, international films being filmed here. I
Udara Rathnayake is another new face to the political arena. He was known as a budding artiste though his father was a known figure in the cinema industry. Udara a product of DS Senanayake College, graduated from the Sussex University, and later at the University of Colombo. Udara still in his20s says the present social system is dangerously decayed and
Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) National Organizer and its Media Spokesman, Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe, after 20 years of backstage politics, has come out to contest an election this time. Warnasinghe who hailed from a family which engaged in ‘Leftist Politics’ in 70s contest the PC elections for Colombo District from the ruling United People’s
Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful countries I have visited and I have met many people who have been very kind and friendly. I had hoped to be able to get a better picture of what is happening in the ground for myself, but unfortunately this has not been as easy as I hoped. We have been followed