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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

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy last Friday urged Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh to issue a directive to the Tamil Nadu Government to ban the move to celebrate birth anniversary of slain LTTE chief V Prabhakaran, who was responsible for killing of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 03:06

Kurunegala district parliamentarian and Petroleum Industries Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa was appointed as the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent party of the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). Minister Anura Yapa is replacing the vacated post by former Minister Maithripala Sirisena last Friday and he will be assuming duties tomorrow (Nov 24).

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 03:04

Any information regarding missing principal of the Rajagiriya Hewavitharana Maha Vidyalaya, N.N Chithrapala has not been received yet. “We still have not received any information regarding my brother,” said P. Nagasinghe, the brother of the missing principal. Chithrapala has been missing since the morning of November 19.

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 03:02

“We would like an explanation of the budget proposal from Dr. PB Jayasundara,” Federation of University Teachers’ Association (FUTA) President Dr. Chandraguptha Thenuwara said, adding that, “a responsible economist will have to explain the budget proposals,” to Dr. Thenuwara as he is unable to understand it.

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 03:00

Gunmen seized a bus in northeastern Kenya near the Somali border early Saturday and executed 28 non-Muslim passengers, in an ambush the police blamed on the Shebab Islamic extremists. Al Shebab militants later accepted the responsibility for the attack.

Full Article Saturday, 22 November 2014 16:55

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MPs who formed a breakaway group to support the opposition's common candidate have been stripped of their ministerial portfolios and privileges on the orders of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Full Article Friday, 21 November 2014 21:20

Former Health Minister and General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Maithripala Sirisena today revealed that he would be the 'Common Candidate' from the opposition to challenge President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the upcoming presidential election in January. Sirisena made the announcement at a tightly packed media briefing held at New Town Hall in Colombo this evening, thus ending days of speculation regarding who will be the much discussed common candidate. Along with Sirisena and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MPs Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Arjuna Ranatunge, Wasantha Senanayake, M.K.S. Gunawardena and Duminda Dissanayake were all present at the media briefing, where among other things, a pledge was made to abolish the executive presidency within 100 days if Sirisena emerged victorious.

Full Article Friday, 21 November 2014 19:47

The Department of Elections has now confirmed that the declared presidential election will be held on January 8, 2015. According to officials of the department nominations for the presidential race are to be called on December 8.

Full Article Friday, 21 November 2014 18:58

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