Popular actor Daya Alwis has passed away this morning at the Sri Jaywewardenepura Hospital. He was aged 72 at the time of his death. He had been hospitalized following an accident last week.

Full Article Monday, 27 April 2015 08:58

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...

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 02:35

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)

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00

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.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 02:34

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.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 02:32

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...

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 02:30

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.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 02:28

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.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 02:26

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.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 02:24

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...

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 02:22

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...

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 02:20

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...

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 02:18

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.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 02:16

Swarna Hansa Foundation Chief, Gallage Punyawardana in a statement claimed that Leader of the New Sama Samaja Party, Dr. Wickramabahu Karunaratne should apologize to the Sinhala nation and withdraw immediately his ‘mad dog talk’ over the national flag of Sri Lanka.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 02:14

Minister of Arts and Culture Nandimitra Ekanayake said that a decision has been taken to remove the mosque built in Kuragala archaeological site and to re- establish it in another location. However, he failed to give a straight answer to the question ‘when will begin the removal process and said ‘in due course’.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 02:12

The Norwegian Ambassador, Ms Grete Løchen, called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, on April 23, 2015

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 02:10

Reinforcing the theme of unity, reconciliation and peace, over 300 Sri Lankans in Austria came together in Vienna, joined by the Austrian community and friends of Sri Lanka, to celebrate the Sinhala and Tamil New Year on April 11(Saturday), 2015 at the Sri Lanka Embassy in Vienna.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 02:08

The Consulate of Sri Lanka in Chengdu organized Sinhala & Tamil New Year celebrations on 14th April 2015 with the active participation of the Sri Lankan community in Sichuan Province composed of members of the business expatriate community, as well as students from Huaxi Medical College at Huaxi sports field.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 02:06

DF Kariyakarawana (1921-2015) had the last word - DF Kariyakarawana functioned as the editor of Dinamina, Janatha and Silumina in a journalistic career that exceeded half a century.  It could be said that he never really retired as he continued to pen interesting and informative pieces, especially on the subject of the Sinhala Language and its correct usage until the very end.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 02:04

Turkish Navy frigate TCG Gediz will arrive at Colombo Port on Sunday, April 26, 2015. The goodwill visit of the ship (from April 26 to 28) to Sri Lanka is part of the commemoration activities of the 125th anniversary of the voyage of Frigate Ertuğrul to Japan.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 02:02

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