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The High Commission of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Sri Lanka invites applications for award of Jinnah Scholarships from deserving Sri Lankan students pursuing their studies at O’ Levels and A Levels. The Government of Pakistan is awarding Jinnah Scholarships for Sri Lanka O/A level students for past 10 years through its High Commission in Sri Lanka.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 02:00

The Draft National Audit Bill has received Cabinet approval and will be presented to Parliament as an emergency bill, the government said today. Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said Cabinet approved a proposal presented by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to present the said Draft Bill to Parliament as an urgent bill under clause 122 of the Constitution.

Full Article Thursday, 23 April 2015 15:38

The Draft Bill on the Right to Information has received Cabinet approval. Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said the draft bill, as pledged in the 100-Day program, will be presented to Parliament. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved a proposal presented by the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe to present the said Draft Bill to the parliament as an urgent bill under clause 122 of the Constitution.

Full Article Thursday, 23 April 2015 15:30

The 100-Day program of the Maithripala Sirisena government comes to an end today. The program began on January 10 soon just after the Presidential Election.

Full Article Thursday, 23 April 2015 09:45

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has arrived at the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption to give a statement.

Full Article Thursday, 23 April 2015 09:32

Former Minister of Economic Development, Basil Rajapaksa, who was remanded last night by the Kaduwela Magistrate, has been transferred to the prison hospital. Rajapaksa was arrested last evening by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) over allegations of misappropriation of funds in the Divi Neguma program.

Full Article Thursday, 23 April 2015 09:03

Paris (AFP) - An IT student allegedly planning a church attack in France has been arrested, the country's interior minister said Wednesday, just over three months after Paris was hit by a jihadist killing spree.

Full Article Wednesday, 22 April 2015 20:21

Former Minister of Economic Development and United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Basil Rajapaksa has been arrested this evening by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division over allegations of financial fraud.

Full Article Wednesday, 22 April 2015 19:14

President Maithripala Sirisena is to make a special statement via all electronic media at 9.00pm tomorrow (April 23), the Presidential Media Division said. The statement will coincide with the deadline of the Sirisena government's 100-day program, which falls tomorrow.

Full Article Wednesday, 22 April 2015 17:15

President Maithripala Sirisena should dissolve Parliament immediately if the 19th Amendment is not passed in Parliament next week, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ajith P. Perera said today. Speaking at a media briefing in Colombo, the deputy minister said the government will not have a mandate to move forward if it failed to achieve its main goal...

Full Article Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:17

Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa arrived at the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) of Police to give a statement this morning regarding the allegations of financial fraud against him. The session began at around 1100 hours and still going on.

Full Article Wednesday, 22 April 2015 13:59

Poddala Pradeshiya Sabha in Bope, Galle had a tense situation yesterday when the session commenced. Four councilors were seen on tables agitating against the Bribery Commission’s decision to summon and question former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. They also questioned the absence the Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman for the session. Pic by Suneth Gallage

Full Article Wednesday, 22 April 2015 11:49

New Leftist Front Leader Vasudeva Nanayakkara told the media that the proposed 20th amendment seeking to reform the electoral system too would be presented in parallel to the 19th amendment. Speaking to media, just after meeting President Maithripla Sirisena, MP Nanayakkara said that the parliamentarians of the United People’s Freedom Alliance have no hesitations to vote both the 19th and 20th Amendments to the Constitution together.

Full Article Wednesday, 22 April 2015 09:30

Justice Minister Wijayadasa Rajapakshe in an urgently summoned press briefing yesterday stressed that had no powers to summon the officials of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIBOC) to the Parliament.

Full Article Wednesday, 22 April 2015 08:53

A Cairo court has sentenced former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and 12 other defendants to 20 years in prison. Morsi was charged with inciting the killing of protesters, in connection to the deaths of 10 people outside the presidential palace in December 2012. The court acquitted the former president of murder charges the could have seen him face the death penalty.

Full Article Tuesday, 21 April 2015 14:49

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa has informed the Parliament this morning that the Bribery Commission should inform him beforehand, if the Commission wants to investigate or record statements from Parliamentarians.

Full Article Tuesday, 21 April 2015 13:28

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa adjourned the Parliament till April 27 finally after adjourning the House for 10 minutes once and again for 30 minutes. The debate on the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was due for today and the tense situation arose in the Parliament reasoned to postpone the sessions.

Full Article Tuesday, 21 April 2015 13:20

Over 100 fishermen from Tamil Nadu will meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj next Monday to give a petition demanding uninterrupted fishing rights in the Sri Lankan waters.

Full Article Tuesday, 21 April 2015 13:19

Two girls who had been drowning while bathing in the sea in Polhena beach in Matara were saved by three police constables who had been on duty as police lifeguards yesterday. The two girls had been given first aid after being saved and had been handed over to their parents by the police constables.

Full Article Tuesday, 21 April 2015 11:07

Due to the prevailing adverse weather conditions currently affecting the island, the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) has issued landslide warnings for six districts, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) states.

Full Article Monday, 20 April 2015 19:11

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