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Customs have nabbed around 70 containers of Indonesian areca nut (Karunka or betel nut) while trying to export to India as Sri Lankan products. The Nation learns that the value of one areca nut container could be around Rs.3.5million.

Full Article Friday, 15 May 2015 20:03

The few stalls that were open for business until recently, at the floating market, have literally closed shop. Shop owners complain that they cannot afford to pay up the Rs 4,000 rent with their meager customer base. They forewarn that, neglected for long, this would become the scene of various illegal activities. (Pic by Chandana Wijesinghe)

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) is contemplating a change in its structure which is likely to put the organization under the control of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), according to high ranking sources of the Association.

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 02:26

Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga revealed that massive financial irregularities had been taken place in the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) during the last few years and he has decided to appoint a commission to look into all kinds of irregularities taken place at the SLPA.

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 02:24

The Golden Key depositors state that they will withdraw court cases filed against the company only if the Central Bank or the Monetary Board agree in court that their monies are paid.Head of the Golden Key Depositors Association, Dushyanthi Hapugoda made this observation in response to Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake’s promise to repay the amount in full if they withdrew...

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 02:22

David Cameron is facing diplomatic isolation, and his first backbench rebellion over plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and exempt the Government from implementing unfavorable European Court of Human Rights rulings.

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 02:20

Disputes over fundamental notions of proper practices and the importance of interest-disclosure have embarrassed key rights advocates currently in at the forefront of investigating alleged wrongdoing by the previous Government.It is alleged that Chandra Jayaratne, former Chairman, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and member of Friday Forum, a rights and good governance advocacy group, was a member of the investigating team...

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 02:18

According to environmental groups, 500 acres have been cleared in the Kal Aru forest, adjoining Wilpattu, reportedly for the personal use of Minister of Industry and Commerce, Rishad Bathiudeen.
The Environment Conservation Trust, Pivithuru Hetak National Movement, Jathika Sangha Sammelanaya and Wilpattu Surakimu organizations were able to make this revelation during an observation tour, based on a tip off by...

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 02:16

The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) last week warned that action would be taken against companies and individuals who do not indicate prices of property and vehicles while advertising on media outlets and urged media outlets to refrain from publishing advertisements which do not indicate the prices of products.

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 02:14

The Vesak Poya was over and now, it is Poson Poya is around the corner and traditional clay lamp makers are still hard at work. However, many of those engaged in this small-scale industry lament that they face much hardship and receive little assistance from anyone. They also complain that profits from the sale of these lamps actually go to middlemen.

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 02:12

Bhikkhu undergraduates led by the Inter University Bhikkhu Federation engaged in a protest on Wednesday demanding the government to stop the move to reduce the number of bhikkhu students being admitted to national universities. They claimed that the government is gradually reducing the number of bhikkhu students. (Pic by Chandana Wijesinghe)

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 02:10

Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) is to take legal action against Ceylon Theatres, CMC Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ruwan Wijayamuni told The Nation. This was with regard to an inquiry about CMC inspections of the glasses given to patrons by 3D cinemas and the cleaning method adopted to ensure they are of the standard expected by the CMC.

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 02:08

The International Media Assessment Mission visited Sri Lanka from May 8 to 14, 2015 to assess the media freedom situation in the country. The International Mission was represented by several organizations such as ARTICLE 19, Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), International...

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 02:06

The Government  on Thursday announced that May 19, regarded as the War Victory Day for the last five years to mark the defeat of the LTTE terror outfit, would no longer be observed so. Cabinet spokesperson, Minister Rajitha Senarathne told the media that instead, it would be a day of remembrance for all those who sacrificed their...

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 02:04

The government has taken a decision to allocate Rs. 200 million to pay compensation to the people whose properties were damaged due to the Uma Oya Multi-Purpose Development Project.
The Ministry of Mahaweli Development, Irrigation and Environment, in a statement to the media, said the valuation...

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 02:02

Sri Lanka Army has appointed Major General N.A Jagath C Dias as the new Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, the Army Headquarters announced Thursday (14). Major General Dias is the Commander of Security Force in Mullaitivu.

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 02:00

The Government of Sri Lanka has sent the condolences to the Government of Pakistan over the tragic incident where innocent were killed by a terror attack. The statement says “Sri Lanka denounces in the strongest terms, yesterday’s terrorist attack on a bus in Karachi, killing innocent civilians and injuring many.”

Full Article Thursday, 14 May 2015 08:57

The Cabinet of Ministers yesterday appointed a committee comprising five ministers to identify the principles laid down by each party on introducing a new electoral system, informed sources said. The Committee is to meet this morning and finalize the draft bill soon.

Full Article Thursday, 14 May 2015 10:32

The main Opposition in the Parliament; Sri Lanka Freedom party plans to present a no-confidence motion against Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran at the next meeting of the party leaders.

Full Article Thursday, 14 May 2015 10:07

Deputy Minister of Law and Order and Christian Affairs Neranjan Wickremesinghe passed away this evening following a brief illness.

Full Article Tuesday, 12 May 2015 18:03

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