Democratic National Alliance MP and JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told the Parliament that few self-exiled journalists who were in Nepal have been refused safe-return to Sri Lanka by the Embassy officials. He told the House the government should intervene the issue and must confirm the safety of the journalists.
The Court of Appeal extended the interim order issued suspending the Police circular to ban full-face helmets until May 19. Earlier, the Court of Appeal on April 02 initially issued an interim order suspending the operation of police advisory circular banning the use of full face helmets until April 28.
President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Parliament this morning to participate in the the debate on the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and told the parliament that he was the only President who had been so flexible and committed to reducing or curtailing the powers of the Executive Presidency.
International rescue teams and relief supplies began arriving in Nepal's devastated capital Monday to help terrified and homeless survivors of a quake that has killed more than 3,200 people in the impoverished nation.
Five persons who were allegedly engaged in treasure hunting at Gonahena, Kadawatha, were arrested by police yesterday. Police Media Unit said that the suspects were arrested along with digging tools while digging for treasure at a rock in the middle of a paddy field in Gonahena.
The much talked of 100 days of the ‘100 Days Program’ that was part of President Maithripala Sirisena’s election campaign is now completed. The President himself has come out with a statement which can be read as ‘observations on progress’ (see pages 4, 8 and 9). The Government claims that much was done. Others claim that it’s mostly talk and that nothing significant or lasting...
In a context where the most powerful man in the country and the Leader of the Opposition are from the same political party, relations between the two are as confused as they are confusing. Are they not on talking terms? Are they at odds? Are they discussing the 19th or the 20th Amendment? Only they would know.(Pics By Ravindra Dharmathilake)
The Cabinet is to deliberate on a draft 20th Amendment to the Constitution that seeks to reform the electoral system. ‘The Nation’ learns that if approved the draft Amendment will be gazetted on Monday, April 27. There are five salient features in the two major proposals presented at the parliament recently, with which minority parties can easily agree to.
Economists state that the depreciation in euro would only have a temporary effect on Sri Lanka’s exports to the region but have urged the country to expand and diversify its exports to avoid setbacks. The World Bank recently stated that the depreciation in euro would have an impact on countries which export to the region.
Colombo Magistrate Court issued notice on Friday evening for 27 identified persons including nine United People Freedom Parliamentarians to appear before the courts on May 08 on the charge of contempt of court. The court had issued an order banning the protests in front of the Commission to Investigate Bribery and Corruptions on April 23 when the former Defense Ministry Secretary...
Sri Lanka Freedom Party Parliamentarians stressed that they need the resignation of the Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran. Plans are already made to apply pressure on the government to meet their demand. A letter, regarding this issue and signed by MPs, will be handed over to Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa this week.
Sonali Samarasinghe, widow of slain journalist Lasantha WIckramatunga has been earmarked for the post of Sri Lanka’s Minister Counsellor at the UN Headquarters, New York, according to sources close to the Foreign Ministry. The Ministry, which recalled all ‘political appointments’ to the country’s missions abroad has remained tight-lipped about Samarasinghe’s credentials to warrant such a posting.
Concerns have been raised regarding ‘sensationalist coverage’ of violent crime in the media, with authorities urging media institutions to be more cautious when reporting such incidents.
The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has announced that it is mandatory for organizers to register all Vesak Dansals (offering free meals for devotees who come on worshipping the religious places) which they wish to operate within the Colombo Municipality area.Chief Medical Officer of the Colombo Municipal Council, Dr. Ruwan Wijayamuni said that all those wishing to host and organize...
Unlike the last year, most of the political parties have already arranged their May Day rallies to hold in Colombo. Accordingly, Sri Lanka Freedom Party will go along with the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in Hyde Park and the United National party to have its May Day rally at the Campbell Park. The People’s Liberation Front (JVP) will be...
In a move to adhere to European Union (EU) guidelines and lift the ban imposed on Sri Lankan fisheries export to the region, the Government is to bring down 1450 Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) units next month, officials said. Secretary, Sea Food Exporters’ Association of Sri Lanka (SFEASL), Retd. (Col) Channa Weeratunga told The Nation that the task force appointed by...
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has introduced an amendment to the Fisheries and Aquatic Act, which if approved by Parliament, would make bottom trawling in Sri Lankan waters an offense, irrespective of the nationality of the fishermen.