Monday, 24th November 2014 :::



Today, Colombo, Sri Lanka


Wind: 8.05 km/h


The third reading of the budget was passed in Parliament a short while ago with a majority of 95 votes. Accordingly, 152 voted in favor of the Budget while 52 voted against.

Full Article Monday, 24 November 2014 17:40

JVP Minister of Co-operative, Trade, Industrial, Rural Development and Tourism of the North-Central Provincial Council Peshala Jayaratne was removed from his ministerial portfolios today by Chief Minister Ranjith Samarakoon, reports said. It was reported that the portfolios held by Jayaratne has been taken over by the Chief Minister himself.

Full Article Monday, 24 November 2014 17:02

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam on Monday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention to secure the release of 38 fishermen from Sri Lankan jails.

Full Article Monday, 24 November 2014 13:01

Rescuers pulled 44 more bodies from a fast-flowing river in western Nepal where a bus crashed last week, hiking the death toll to 47, police said on Monday.

Full Article Monday, 24 November 2014 13:03

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says that it would work towards defeating President Mahinda Rajapaksa but added it would not share the platform in support of another candidate. Speaking at a media briefing today, Leader of the JVP and Parliamentarian, Anura Kumara Dissanayake stated that the party would launch its campaign to defeat the Government.

Full Article Monday, 24 November 2014 12:42

N Chithrapala, the Principal of Hewavitharana Maha Vidyalaya, Rajagiriya, who was reported missing since last Wednesday (November 19) has returned home yesterday morning, Police said.

Full Article Monday, 24 November 2014 10:51

The vote of the third reading of the Budget Is set for this afternoon. The vote becomes crucial following the crossing over of six SLFP members to the opposition last Friday (21). It is expected that the UNP and the JVP would vote against the budget.

Full Article Monday, 24 November 2014 10:50

India's new premier heads to his first South Asia summit this week seeking stronger regional integration in the face of growing Chinese influence, but experts see little hope of progress while tensions with Pakistan persist.

Full Article Monday, 24 November 2014 09:27

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that his party’s aim at the forthcoming presidential election will not be limited to working to defeat President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Speaking at a political TV talk show yesterday evening he said that the JVP will be capitalizing on this opportunity to form a new mass movement which will defeat the president...

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 03:28

Home vs Home. Friends and Foes.  Nothing is Permanent.  One Party Rule -- Sri Lanka Style.  There are many possible tags that describe the current political moment.  At the end of the day, someone will win.  Someone will lose.  What of the voter though, once the cheers and jeers are done? 

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

Following the cross over of former SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena and several other ruling party parliamentarians to the opposition, a lot of horse-trading is being done at the provincial council level to seize the power of at least three provincial councils before the next presidential election. Highly placed political sources told The Nation that three provincial councils – namely Uva,...

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 03:24

‘It’s nothing more than a mega teledrama,’ was how the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) described the move to field its former General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena as the opposition’s ‘Common Candidate’. Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development and SLFP Treasurer Dullas Alahapperuma made the above observation at a press briefing held at the SLFP headquarters on Saturday also attended...

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 03:22

National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) Head Ven Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera who campaigned for the abolishment of the Executive Presidency told The Nation yesterday that the first phase of their struggle has been successful, as the common opposition candidate has already agreed to abolish the executive presidency.

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 03:20

There’s no easy way to say this: You’re eating too much chocolate, all of you. And it’s getting so out of hand that the world could be headed towards a potentially disastrous (if you love chocolate) scenario if it doesn’t stop. Those are, roughly speaking, the words of two huge chocolate makers, Mars, Inc. and Barry Callebaut, and there’s some data to back them up.

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 03:18

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will decide early this week whether or not to back the common candidate, TNA Jaffna district MP Suresh Premachandran said. The alliance had earlier stated that it would consider backing a common candidate at the upcoming presidential polls, if he or she meets requirements and conditions put forward by the TNA. Premachandran stated that the...

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 03:18

The Roman Catholic Church in Sri Lanka yesterday reiterated that the Papal visit scheduled to take place on January 13, 2015 will go ahead as planned despite the announcement of Presidential Election, which is to be held on January 8. Accordingly, the Pope’s visit to the country will take place from January 13-15. Speaking to The Nation, Director of the National Catholic Center for...

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 03:16

Police have still not been able to apprehend the suspects involved in the shooting of a former United National Party (UNP) Pradeshiya Sabha member on Friday evening (November 21). When contacted, Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said no arrests had been made and those involved in the shooting remained unidentified yesterday (November 22).

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 03:14

The Competent Authority of the National Photographic Arts Society of Sri Lanka will conduct a three-year diploma course for photographers and applicants have been requested to send in their entries before November 30. The course will be conducted in 2015.
Details can be obtained from the official website at

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 03:12

Moves are afoot by the Ministry of Trader and Internal Affairs as well as the Consumer Affairs Authority to bring down a total of 50,000 metric tons of rice from Bangladesh in the coming days; however officials have openly stated that they haven’t done any tests to ascertain the traceability of arsenic in any of the stocks.

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 03:10

The Commissioner of Elections Mahinda Deshapriya recently announced that the presidential election will be held on January 8, 2015. Nominations will be accepted on December 8, 2014 from 9am to 11am. Objections for the nominations will be accepted on the nominations day from 11am to 11.30am.

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 03:08

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