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13th Amendment back in the limelight in Sri Lanka

13th Amendment back in the limelight in Sri Lanka

Even as Sri Lanka is preparing to come up with a new Constitution with devolution as one of the key issues, the 13th Amendment, which created provincial councils in the country, is again in the limelight. MORE...

January 21, 2016  08:42 am|

PM to leave for Switzerland tomorrow

PM to leave for Switzerland tomorrow

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is due to leave Sri Lanka tomorrow for the World Economic Forum that will be held in Davos-klosters, Switzerland from January 20 to 23. MORE...

January 18, 2016  10:18 pm|

PM vows to continue development projects

PM vows to continue development projects

UPDATE: The new government has taken every possible effort to resolve issues with respect to allegations of human rights violations, the Prime Minister says. MORE...

January 4, 2016  12:27 pm|

No foreign naval bases on SL soil: PM

No foreign naval bases on SL soil: PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that Lanka will not allow other countries to set up naval bases in its territory. MORE...

November 25, 2015  10:12 am|

Sri Lanka to usher in a capital oriented budget: Ravi

Sri Lanka to usher in a capital oriented budget: Ravi

Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake said that the Yahapalana Governments new budget on November 20 will be capital oriented while aiming at higher revenue than recurrent expenditure. MORE...

November 12, 2015  02:07 pm|

Deepavali signifies a moment of light overcoming darkness: PM

Deepavali signifies a moment of light overcoming darkness: PM

Deepavali renews hope in our hearts towards the engagement of the human spirit in overcoming evil with the goodness that exist among mankind, the Prime Minister said in his Deepavali Message. MORE...

November 10, 2015  11:08 am|

Marapana explains reasons behind his resignation

Marapana explains reasons behind his resignation

Explaining his stance on the decision to resign from his post as the Minister of Law and Order, Tilak Marapana asserts the conduct of the operations at the Avant Garde Security Service were legal. MORE...

November 9, 2015  12:52 pm|

Parliamentary programme for the Budget 2016 amended

Parliamentary programme for the Budget 2016 amended

The parliamentary programme for the Budget 2016 which was approved at the Cabinet of Ministers has been amended according to a proposal made by Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance. MORE...

October 22, 2015  04:06 pm|

Dilan admires JVP for its stance on US-sponsored resolution

Dilan admires JVP for its stance on US-sponsored resolution

State Minister Dilan Perera on Thursday (22) admired Sri Lankas leftist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) for maintaining a clear stance on the US-sponsored resolution that was adopted at the recently concluded UN Human Rights Council Sessions in Geneva. MORE...

October 22, 2015  03:49 pm|

Sri Lanka to allow Chinese submarines to visit, inform neighbours

Sri Lanka to allow Chinese submarines to visit, inform neighbours

Sri Lanka will allow future submarine visits by China provided they are not too frequent, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said underlining that the mistrust with India in the past could have been avoided if it had been kept in the picture about the dockings. MORE...

October 19, 2015  01:34 pm|

Prime Minister to visit Singapore today

Prime Minister to visit Singapore today

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will leave for Singapore today (15) on a two day official tour, the Government Information Department announced. MORE...

October 15, 2015  03:50 pm|

CID gets detention order to question Pillayan

CID gets detention order to question Pillayan

The Colombo Chief Magistrate today (14) allowed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to detain former Chief Minister of the Eastern Province Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan for questioning till November 04. MORE...

October 14, 2015  01:29 pm|

Rajapaksa govt. turned a blind eye to corruption: Patali

Rajapaksa govt. turned a blind eye to corruption: Patali

Majority of the people sought a regime change in a bid to put a full stop to corruption of the previous government, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says. MORE...

October 12, 2015  10:45 pm|

CID detains Pillayan for further questioning

CID detains Pillayan for further questioning

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is interrogating former Chief Minister of the Eastern Province Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan under a detention order, the police say. MORE...

October 12, 2015  11:42 am|

Talks on with Tamil parties: Ranil

Talks on with Tamil parties: Ranil

The Sri Lankan government has begun informal discussions with the Tamil National Alliance and other parties on a political solution to the ethnic conflict, according to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. MORE...

October 8, 2015  12:19 pm|

Sri Lanka to use foreign missions to promote trade, investment

Sri Lanka to use foreign missions to promote trade, investment

The new government on Wednesday said it will use its diplomatic missions overseas to promote the countrys trade, investment and businesses. MORE...

October 7, 2015  05:55 pm|

Sri Lanka again asks NTPC to shift power plant location: Report

Sri Lanka again asks NTPC to shift power plant location: Report

Sri Lanka has reportedly asked India to change the location of a stalled US$500 million power project to be built by NTPC Ltd, the India Info Line news agency reported today. This is the second time that Sri Lanka has made the request for change of location for this project. The first was in 2007. MORE...

October 7, 2015  12:05 pm|

Japan promises PM infrastructure, maritime aid

Japan promises PM infrastructure, maritime aid

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged aid to Sri Lanka on Tuesday in a meeting with his counterpart, Ranil Wickremsinghe, and reiterated a promise to help Sri Lanka bolster its maritime security and to provide patrol ships. MORE...

October 6, 2015  11:16 pm|

Finance Minister leaves for Peru to attend IMF annual meeting

Finance Minister leaves for Peru to attend IMF annual meeting

Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake left the Island to attend the 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund which will take place in Lima, Peru, from October 9-11. MORE...

October 5, 2015  04:53 pm|

Vigneswaran says he has faith on President Sirisena

Vigneswaran says he has faith on President Sirisena

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran says he has hope and confident that President Maithripala Sirisena will achieve peace and prosperity.

October 5, 2015  11:30 am|

Place your money in Sri Lanka - Ravi

Place your money in Sri Lanka - Ravi

Sri Lankas Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has invited Sri Lankans and Indians who had to take back their deposits from banks in Switzerland to place their funds in Sri Lanka. MORE...

October 5, 2015  08:18 am|

Prime Minister to address the Japanese Parliament tomorrow

Prime Minister to address the Japanese Parliament tomorrow

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasingh who is on an official visit to Japan was received by Sri Lanka Ambassador in Japan Professor Dhammika Ganganath Dissanayake at the Kansai Airport. MORE...

October 4, 2015  10:39 am|

Akila vows 6% of GDP for education

Akila vows 6% of GDP for education

The Education Minister vowed a gradual allocation of 6% of GDP for Education. The observation was made at a press conference held in Colombo on Monday (28). MORE...

September 28, 2015  06:00 pm|

India refloats plan for lanka port

India refloats plan for lanka port

With a friendlier government now at the helm in Colombo, India has revived its plan to develop a port in Sri Lanka, hoping to catch up with the Chinese, the New India Express news agency reported today. MORE...

September 27, 2015  12:09 pm|

Aust co-sponsors Sri Lanka resolution

Aust co-sponsors Sri Lanka resolution

Australia has co-sponsored a reconciliation resolution to the United Nations with the Sri Lankan government. MORE...

September 27, 2015  10:55 am|

War crimes in Sri Lanka: Jaya urged to convene all-party meeting

War crimes in Sri Lanka: Jaya urged to convene all-party meeting

Indian PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss on Thursday urged Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa to convene an all-party meeting to exert pressure on the Centre to bring out a resolution in the UNHRC, seeking international probe into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, the Times of India news agency reported. MORE...

September 24, 2015  02:49 pm|

Wigneswaran welcomes UN proposal to set up hybrid court

Wigneswaran welcomes UN proposal to set up hybrid court

The Chief Minister of Sri Lankas Tamil-dominated Northern Province has welcomed the UNHRCs proposal to set up a hybrid court to probe the alleged war crimes during the last phase of the conflict with the LTTE, saying it is a dramatic step towards achieving reconciliation. MORE...

September 24, 2015  11:18 am|

UN war crimes report soft pedals LTTEs using human shield: G.L.

UN war crimes report soft pedals LTTEs using human shield: G.L.

Former Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Prof.G.L.Peiris has said that the report of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights on war crimes in Lanka has soft pedaled the LTTEs using civilians as a human shield, when it is a war crime under international humanitarian law. MORE...

September 24, 2015  10:33 am|

Lankan High Commissioner calls on Bangladesh Foreign Minister

Lankan High Commissioner calls on Bangladesh Foreign Minister

Newly appointed Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Bangladesh Yasoja Gunasekera has paid a courtesy call on Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali. They discussed issues of mutual interest, the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry has said. MORE...

September 21, 2015  12:31 pm|

$5.19 billion road project to begin by October

$5.19 billion road project to begin by October

Keen on fostering ties with neighbours, India is set to engage in high-level talks with Sri Lanka by October for an ambitious $5.19 billion road project to connect both the nations through a sea-bridge and an underwater tunnel, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. MORE...

September 20, 2015  05:05 pm|

No discussions on CEPA: says PM, President

No discussions on CEPA: says PM, President

The President and the Prime Minister have yet again assured that discussions on a trade agreement entitled Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) was not held during PMs visit to India earlier this week. MORE..

September 18, 2015  03:46 pm|

Tamils reject govts wartime truth commission, demand international inquiry?

Tamils reject govts wartime truth commission, demand international inquiry?

Sri Lankas minority Tamils has rejected government plans for a truth commission to promote reconciliation after decades of ethnic war, insisting on an international inquiry, the AFP news agency reported. MORE...

September 15, 2015  06:19 pm|

Government holds a double standard: Gammanpila

Government holds a double standard: Gammanpila

The government holds a double standard in dealing with the international community and the public with respect to the probe on alleged war crimes investigation, leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya Udaya Gammanpila says. MORE...

September 15, 2015  05:00 pm|

Looking at power sharing and devolution within a unity state: PM

Looking at power sharing and devolution within a unity state: PM

We are looking at how power sharing and devolution take place within the Constitution, with in a unity state, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe says. MORE...

September 15, 2015  02:04 pm|

Modi must press for international probe: Ramadoss

Modi must press for international probe: Ramadoss

Indian MP and PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stress on his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe for an international judicial probe into the alleged war crimes in the island nation during the final stages of the civil war. MORE...

September 15, 2015  11:46 am|

PM begins three-day visit to India

PM begins three-day visit to India

On the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left for an official visit to India from September 14 to 16. MORE...

September 14, 2015  06:41 pm|

Australian prime minister ousted after party vote

Australian prime minister ousted after party vote

Australias beleaguered prime minister has been ousted from his position by an internal government challenge, and the partys former leader has been elected to replace him. MORE...

September 14, 2015  05:57 pm|

New constitution, amendments to penal code; steps to create a new Sri Lanka: Mangala

New constitution, amendments to penal code; steps to create a new Sri Lanka: Mangala

The best guarantee for non-recurrence is of course a political settlement that addresses the grievances of the Tamil people. We hope that we can achieve this through the adoption of a new Constitution, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. MORE...

September 14, 2015  03:41 pm|

Mangala holds talks with UN rights chief

Mangala holds talks with UN rights chief

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakse have held discussions with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein. MORE...

September 14, 2015  10:31 am|

Two more Deputy Ministers appointed

Two more Deputy Ministers appointed

Two more Deputy Ministers have been sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday. MORE..

September 10, 2015  02:15 pm|

New State and Deputy Ministers sworn in

New State and Deputy Ministers sworn in

(UPDATED) The swearing in ceremony of State and Deputy Ministers of the National Government commenced a short while ago at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. MORE..

September 9, 2015  02:34 pm|

Three new Cabinet Ministers sworn in

Three new Cabinet Ministers sworn in

Three new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena short while ago, the Presidential Media Division said. MORE..

September 9, 2015  11:46 am|

44 Ministerial Secretaries appointed

44 Ministerial Secretaries appointed

The appointing of 44 Secretaries for the new Ministries took place today at the Presidential Secretariat with the participation of Secretary to the President P.B. Abeykoon. MORE..

September 8, 2015  06:35 pm|

Dayasiri vows to implement National Sports Policy

Dayasiri vows to implement National Sports Policy

The National Sports Policy of Sri Lanka will be implemented within the next two years in a bid to strengthen and develop the sports industry, Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara says. MORE...

September 7, 2015  12:05 pm|

No place for racism anymore: Mano

 No place for racism anymore: Mano

There will be no place for racism in our country anymore, Minister of National Dialog Mano Ganesan asserts. MORE...

September 6, 2015  12:06 pm|

UAE Foreign Minister calls on President Sirisena

UAE Foreign Minister calls on President Sirisena

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nayhan has called on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. MORE...

September 6, 2015  11:05 am|

UNP celebrates 69th anniversary today

UNP celebrates 69th anniversary today

The 69th anniversary of the United National Party (UNP) is currently being held under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe at the party headquarters in Sirikotha. MORE...

September 6, 2015  10:35 am|

New Ministers sworn in

New Ministers sworn in

(UPDATED) The swearing in ceremony of the new Cabinet of the National Government commenced at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, a short while ago. MORE..

September 4, 2015  12:24 pm|

Dont act like monkeys, says PM

Dont act like monkeys, says PM

The decision on the opposition leader post sparked uproar in parliament when Colombo district MP Wimal Weerawansa this morning (3) questioned the government on the validity of the new appointment. MORE...

September 3, 2015  12:46 pm|

New Parliament convenes tomorrow

New Parliament convenes tomorrow

The first sitting of the Eighth Parliament will be held tomorrow (1) from 9.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena. MORE...

August 31, 2015  10:43 am|

New Government will work closely with all partners, says Mangala

New Government will work closely with all partners, says Mangala

The new Government will work closely with all its partners to ensure a stable and secure atmosphere for sustainable economic prosperity for all people, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has said. MORE...

August 30, 2015  05:30 pm|

EPDP backs National Government

EPDP backs National Government

Since we have a faith that the National Government would address the issues faced by the Tamil community, the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) will back the coalition government, former Minister Douglas Devananda said. MORE... (Audio)

August 27, 2015  01:32 pm|

Biswal meets President Sirisena

Biswal meets President Sirisena

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal called on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat on Tuesday (25) evening. She was accompanied by the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski. MORE...

August 26, 2015  12:14 pm|

Blair assures to appear on behalf of Sri Lanka

Blair assures to appear on behalf of Sri Lanka

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has assured to appear on behalf of Sri Lanka in eliminating misconceptions in the world. He gave this assurance during a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena. MORE...

August 25, 2015  11:12 am|

Nisha Biswal arrives in Sri Lanka

Nisha Biswal arrives in Sri Lanka

The United States Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal arrived in Sri Lanka this morning (25). MORE...

August 25, 2015  09:59 am|

Sarana remanded for assaulting a person

Sarana remanded for assaulting a person

Former Deputy Minister Sarana Gunawardena and three others have been arrested and remanded till 26 August for alleged assault on a person during the General Election 2015. MORE...

August 24, 2015  04:15 pm|

Three Cabinet Ministers take oath

Three Cabinet Ministers take oath

Three Cabinet Ministers took oath before the President a short while ago. Mangala Samaraweera took oath as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe as Minister of Justice and D. M. Swaminathan as Minister of Rehabilitation. MORE...

August 24, 2015  12:02 pm|

No legal basis for international investigation within Sri Lanka; it has to be domestic - PM

No legal basis for international investigation within Sri Lanka; it has to be domestic - PM

There is no legal basis for international investigation within Sri Lanka; it has to be domestic, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said in an interview to the Hindu. The reason some of the people have been calling for international investigation is the loss of confidence in the judiciary, he added. MORE...

August 24, 2015  08:25 am|

Nisha Biswal to arrive here next week

Nisha Biswal to arrive here next week

The United States Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal is due to arrive in Sri Lanka next week, the Government sources said. MORE....

August 23, 2015  03:24 pm|

Chinese premier congratulates new PM

Chinese premier congratulates new PM

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has sent a congratulatory message to Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was sworn in as prime minister of Sri Lanka, the Xinhua news agency reproted.

August 22, 2015  11:47 am|

Ranil to hold discussions to establish a national plan

Ranil to hold discussions to establish a national plan

Discussions will be held with the party leaders and the President to reach an agreement on current matters and future party leadership matters in a bid to create a national plan, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe said. MORE...

August 19, 2015  12:06 pm|

PM Modi congratulates Ranil Wickremesinghe on poll win

PM Modi congratulates Ranil Wickremesinghe on poll win

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called up Ranil Wickremesinghe to congratulate him on his partys victory in Sri Lankan parliamentary polls, and expressed confidence that the relations between the two countries will get better under his leadership. MORE...

August 19, 2015  08:28 am|

UPFA will modernise the FCID: Susil

UPFA will modernise the FCID: Susil

Measures will be taken to modernise the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID), if the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) wins the forthcoming election, former Minister Susil Premajayantha asserted. MORE...

August 13, 2015  05:41 pm|

EXCLUSIVE: UNP leadership not my personal property - Ranil

EXCLUSIVE: UNP leadership not my personal property - Ranil

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that accusations of dividing the country and imposing taxes on water are last-ditch efforts by the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to sling mud at the UNP and assured that the people will not be deceived by them. MORE...

August 12, 2015  12:41 am|

Government to make several SOEs self financed: Ravi

Government to make several SOEs self financed: Ravi

The new governments plan to restructure the loss making State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) to be self financed without depending on the General treasury will be a reality soon, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said. MORE...

August 11, 2015  01:20 pm|

Ranil vows to probe CB bond issue

Ranil vows to probe CB bond issue

The Government says that another select committee will be appointed to probe the controversial Central Bank bond issue when the new Parliament convenes. MORE...

August 6, 2015  10:46 am|

Rs. 50 billion fraud in Kandy- Colombo expressway project, says Dilan

Rs. 50 billion fraud in Kandy- Colombo expressway project, says Dilan

The Prime Minister has siphoned off over Rs. 50 billion though a new cabinet paper put forward by him with respect to the Kandy- Colombo expressway project, former Minister Dilan Perera charged. MORE...

August 4, 2015  06:27 pm|

Iran to further boost ties with Sri Lanka

Iran to further boost ties with Sri Lanka

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a meeting with Sri Lankan delegation to Iran, has voiced Tehrans willingness to further boost ties with Sri Lanka, Iranian media reported. MORE...

August 3, 2015  06:17 pm|

Bloemendal shooting: Another succumbs to injuries

Bloemendal shooting: Another succumbs to injuries

Another person injured during the shooting incident at Bloemendal Road last Friday has succumbed to his injuries. The injured person was receiving treatment at the National hospital at the time of his demise. MORE...

August 3, 2015  10:03 am|

Fraud and corruption led to economic downturn, says Ravi

Fraud and corruption led to economic downturn, says Ravi

Finance minister Ravi karunanayke said that the wrong economic policies by the previous government embedded with corruption and frauds resulted in the continuous deterioration of the government revenue and the agro based economy as well. MORE...

August 2, 2015  03:53 pm|

Litro Gas denies Bandulas allegations

Litro Gas denies Bandulas allegations

The Litro Gas Lanka Ltd on Wednesday (29) denied allegations that the government has signed a MoU with Shell Gas Ltd to purchase Gas at US D 105 per MT, contrary to international tender procedures. MORE...

July 29, 2015  12:55 pm|

Ranjan Ramanayake to be charged of contempt of court?

Ranjan Ramanayake to be charged of contempt of court?

Kotte Deputy Mayor Madura Vithanage on Monday (27) handed over a letter to the Supreme Court seeking contempt of court charges against Deputy Minister, Ranjan Ramanayake, for allegedly making defamatory remarks on the judiciary and lawyers. MORE...

July 28, 2015  11:44 am|

Ravi to send letter of demand to MR

Ravi to send letter of demand to MR

A letter of demand will be sent to the former President seeking Rs 5000 million in damage over several defamatory remarks made against me to a newspaper, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said. MORE...

July 22, 2015  05:41 pm|

Prasanna Ranatunga, wife arrives at FCID

Prasanna Ranatunga, wife arrives at FCID

Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga and his wife arrived at the FCID a short while ago to give a statement over an alleged financial malpractice connected to a land deal. MORE...

July 20, 2015  09:49 am|

Fuel price reduction if world oil prices drop: Ravi

Fuel price reduction if world oil prices drop: Ravi

The government will consider a further reduction in the fuel price if oil prices in the world drop, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said. We wont do this as an election bribe. When the gas prices dropped in the world market we reduced the price accordingly, he added. MORE...

July 18, 2015  12:22 pm|

I was against giving nominations to MR, says the President

I was against giving nominations to MR, says the President

I was of the view that nominations should not be given to the former President to contest under the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) ticket at the forthcoming General Election, President Maithripala Sirisena said today (14). MORE...

July 14, 2015  07:00 pm|

Court grants bail to Prasanna and wife

Court grants bail to Prasanna and wife

The Fort Magistrate on Tuesday (14) granted bail to the Chief Minister of the Western Province, Prasanna Ranatunga, and his wife in connection with a case filed against them over an irregular land deal. MORE...

July 14, 2015  10:26 am|

Ranil wants Maithri to stay away from election?

Ranil wants Maithri to stay away from election?

President and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) chairperson Maithripala Sirisena, who has received flak recently from certain sections for reportedly clearing the nomination of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the parliamentary elections, is going to stay away from the polls, the Hindu Newspaper reported. MORE...

July 13, 2015  02:08 pm|

Kalutara town and Calido beach to be developed

Kalutara town and Calido beach to be developed

The Government has taken steps to develop the Kalutara Town and Calido Beach, the Government Information Department said in a statement. MORE...

July 13, 2015  12:17 am|

Ranil promises devolution of power to provinces

Ranil promises devolution of power to provinces

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has promised power devolution to the islands provinces as part of the reconciliation process with the minority Tamils ahead of the August 17 parliamentary election, the PTI reproted. MORE...

July 12, 2015  10:28 am|

Gayantha says UNP confident in election win

Gayantha says UNP confident in election win

As the United National Party (UNP) is about to contest separately at the General Election, it does not matter to whom the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) grant nominations to, Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka asserted. MORE...

July 6, 2015  05:11 pm|

JHU to contest under a new front

JHU to contest under a new front

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said that the Jathika Hela Urumaya will depart from the the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and will contest under a new front at the forthcoming general election. MORE...

July 5, 2015  01:18 pm|

Mangala concludes Japan tour

Mangala concludes Japan tour

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, who undertook a visit to Japan on the invitation of his Japanese counterpart, Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida, concluded his tour successfully, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. MORE...

June 21, 2015  10:01 am|

Sri Lanka to dilute dependence on China - Mangala

Sri Lanka to dilute dependence on China - Mangala

Sri Lankas foreign minister says the country will review its China-dependent foreign policy and boost ties with other nations. MORE...

June 19, 2015  07:56 am|

Govt does not have will to help Tamils - Wigneswaran

Govt does not have will to help Tamils - Wigneswaran

Chief Minister of Sri Lankas Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran, has accused the countrys Central government of not having the will to help Tamils or minorities. MORE..

May 30, 2015  10:26 am|

New Ministers sworn in

New Ministers sworn in

SLFP Parliamentarians Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Chandrasiri Sooriyaarachchi, Hemal Gunasekara and Pandu Bandaranayake have received ministerial portfolios. MORE..

May 29, 2015  12:57 pm|

New SLFP Ministers to be sworn in

New SLFP Ministers to be sworn in

A group of SLFP Parliamentarians are to be sworn in as Ministers today filling the vacant portfolios following the recent resignation of several SLFP Ministers. MORE..

May 29, 2015  11:02 am|

Government recognizes the importance of engaging with the diaspora: Mangala

Government recognizes the importance of engaging with the diaspora: Mangala

The Government recognizes the importance of engaging with the diaspora, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs intends to take the lead in organizing a diapora festival where persons of Sri Lankan origin from around the world in all possible fields...MORE

May 24, 2015  05:46 pm|

Fonsekas Democratic Party to back UPFA at the election- Dayasiri

Fonsekas Democratic Party to back UPFA at the election- Dayasiri

The United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) will form a coalition government after the forthcoming election, thus several political parties are expected to join hands with the party in near future, North Western Province Chief Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said. MORE...

May 24, 2015  12:16 pm|

TN CM Panneerselvam resign; Jayalalithaa invited to form Govt soon

TN CM Panneerselvam resign; Jayalalithaa invited to form Govt soon

Accepting the resignation of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam and his council of ministers on Friday Governor K. Rosaiah invited AIADMK general secretary J.Jayalaltihaa to form the ministry at the earliest, a Raj Bhavan statement said. MORE...

May 22, 2015  10:37 am|

Several Ministers to resign today

Several Ministers to resign today

Several ministers of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) are set to resign from their respective portfolios today. MORE..

May 21, 2015  10:34 am|

PMs remark is a major blow to the independence of the judiciary: Silva

PMs remark is a major blow to the independence of the judiciary: Silva

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghes recent remark, concerning the order of the Supreme Court on the former Defence Secretarys fundamental rights petition, is a major blow to the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law, Opposition Leader and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MP Nimal Siripala de Silva said today (17). MORE...

May 17, 2015  04:07 pm|

SLC election in January 2016 - Sports Minister

SLC election in January 2016 - Sports Minister

The elections for the Sri Lanka Cricket Board will be held prior to January 2016, says Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake. MORE..

May 12, 2015  09:02 pm|

Dy Minister Neranjan Wickramasinghe passes away

Dy Minister Neranjan Wickramasinghe passes away

The Deputy Minister of Public Order, MP Neranjan Wickramasinghe, has passed away at the Panadura Hospital following a brief illness, hospital sources confirmed. MORE..

May 12, 2015  02:20 pm|

PM ensures the independence of FCID

PM ensures the independence of FCID

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe on Monday (11) said that the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID), which came to effect in February through an extraordinary gazette notification, is only a functional division of the Police Department, which was established in response to the emerging trend of serious financial frauds. MORE...

May 11, 2015  12:47 pm|

President Sirisena congratulates British Premier Cameron

President Sirisena congratulates British Premier Cameron

President Maithripala Sirisena has sent a congratulatory message to British Prime Minister David Cameron upon his re-election. MORE...

May 10, 2015  11:17 am|

Kerrys Sri Lanka visit to show US support

Kerrys Sri Lanka visit to show US support

Top US diplomat John Kerry left early Friday on a landmark trip to Sri Lanka, the first such visit in a decade to the Indian Ocean island as it returns to the diplomatic fold. MORE..

May 1, 2015  02:36 pm|

Wigneswaran defends raising convicts issue with Modi

Wigneswaran defends raising convicts issue with Modi

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran on Friday strongly defended his action of forwarding to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a representation, seeking the release of four convicts of a case of rape and murder, popularly called the Premananda case. MORE..

April 25, 2015  10:43 am|

SC ruling on 19A: Parliamentary debate on 21,22 April

SC ruling on 19A: Parliamentary debate on 21,22 April

All parties agreed to debate on Supreme Court approved sections of the 19th Amendment in Parliament on 21 and 22 April, General Secretary of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA), Minister Susil Premajayantha said. MORE...

April 19, 2015  12:12 pm|

Sri Lanka neither pro-India nor pro-China: Ranil

Sri Lanka neither pro-India nor pro-China: Ranil

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has said Sri Lanka is neither pro-India nor pro-China. MORE...

April 19, 2015  08:45 am|

Bhutan Premier to meet President tomorrow

Bhutan Premier to meet President tomorrow

The Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay has arrived in Sri Lanka for a visit from 9 to 12 April on an invitation extended by President Maithripala Sirisena. MORE...

April 9, 2015  01:09 pm|

New govt satisfied with progress achieved

New govt satisfied with progress achieved

The new Sri Lankan government said on Tuesday that it is happy with the progress achieved so far since it came to power following the Jan. 8 presidential elections. MORE...

April 8, 2015  10:45 am|

PM, CBK take crucial decisions now: Gammanpila

PM, CBK take crucial decisions now: Gammanpila

Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) General Secretary and Western Provincial Councillor Udaya Gammanpila on Tuesday (7) charged that those who assisted to form the new government take crucial decisions about the island nation, but not the President. MORE...

April 7, 2015  06:40 pm|

Health Minister to attend fifth SAARC health meet

Health Minister to attend fifth SAARC health meet

India is all set to host fifth meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Health Ministers at New Delhi on Wednesday where Health Ministers of Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, and Pakistan will attend the meeting. MORE...

April 7, 2015  05:09 pm|

Bhutan PM to visit SL on April 09

Bhutan PM to visit SL on April 09

The Prime Minister of Bhutan Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay will visit Sri Lanka on Thursday (09) on a three-day visit, the Government Information Department said. MORE...

April 7, 2015  11:54 am|

Government to assist thousands of war widows

Government to assist thousands of war widows

Government is to set up a welfare center in the former war-torn north to assist thousands of women widowed by the countrys three-decade war, a statement from the prime ministers office said on Monday. MORE...

April 6, 2015  04:04 pm|

Send firm message to Sri Lanka, OPS tells Indian PM

Send firm message to Sri Lanka, OPS tells Indian PM

Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up the arrest of 37 fisherman from Nagapattinam at the highest diplomatic-level and secure their release and 18 boats now in the custody of Sri Lankan Navy. MORE...

April 5, 2015  09:30 am|

Deputy Minister Tissa Karaliyadda resigns

Deputy Minister Tissa Karaliyadda resigns

UPFA Parliamentarian Tissa Karaliyadda has decided to resign from his deputy ministerial portfolio. He stated that steps were taken to inform the Parliament regarding the decision. MORE..

April 2, 2015  10:34 am|

Clash between uni students, police regrettable: PMO

Clash between uni students, police regrettable: PMO

The Prime Ministers Office says the clash between protesting university students and police personnel was regrettable and that protesters refusing to allow their representatives to hand over the memorandum had resulted in yesterdays unfortunate incident. MORE..

April 1, 2015  05:52 pm|

Court bans foreign travel by Bogollagama

Court bans foreign travel by Bogollagama

The Colombo Chief Magistrate on Wednesday (1) granted bail to former Minister Rohitha Bogollagama in a financial fraud case. MORE...

April 1, 2015  11:35 am|

One thousand acres for Jaffna resettlement

One thousand acres for Jaffna resettlement

An extent of 1,000 acres is to be released for the resettlement of the people in the Jaffna District by April and the Security Forces are exploring possibilities of releasing more land for resettlement in the district, the President Media Unit said on Monday (30). MORE...

March 30, 2015  10:56 pm|

Political settlement with Tamils must for stability: PM

Political settlement with Tamils must for stability: PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said a political settlement with the minority Tamil community is a prerequisite for a stable and secure country. MORE...

March 29, 2015  10:27 pm|

Lanka for Indias inclusion in regional cooperation with China

Lanka for Indias inclusion in regional cooperation with China

Sri Lanka has backed Chinas surprise initiative to make India an important component of a regional cooperation to address New Delhis concerns over Chinese involvement in large-scale projects in the country, a senior Sri Lankan minister has said. MORE...

March 29, 2015  10:23 pm|

Special agent to monitor NP projects

Special agent to monitor NP projects

A special agent will be appointed in order to supervise the activities and monitor the progress of projects in the Northern Province, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe said on Sunday (29). MORE...

March 29, 2015  12:46 pm|

General amnesty offered to army absentees

General amnesty offered to army absentees

Following the approval of the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces and the Minister of Defence, President Maithripala Sirisena, has offered a general amnesty period for Army absentees, enabling them to receive their legal discharge from the Army within a day or two. MORE...

March 25, 2015  03:07 pm|

Sri Lanka has many lessons to share: UN

Sri Lanka has many lessons to share: UN

The findings in the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) country report make a strong case for Sri Lanka to be a leading and credible actor in the global deliberations around the development agenda for post-2015, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Subinay Nandy said. MORE...

March 24, 2015  01:28 pm|

Port city issue should not hinder bilateral ties: China

Port city issue should not hinder bilateral ties: China

Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jianchao says that the temporarily suspended port city development should not hinder the strengthening the friendly relationship between Sri Lanka and China. MORE...

March 23, 2015  09:32 pm|

New SLFP Ministers take oath

New SLFP Ministers take oath

President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed eleven new Cabinet Ministers, five State Ministers and ten Deputy Ministers at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, a short while ago. MORE..

March 22, 2015  03:39 pm|

Sri Lanka plans to lift terrorist ban on Tamil groups

Sri Lanka plans to lift terrorist ban on Tamil groups

Sri Lankas new government has announced plans to remove 16 groups and hundreds of Tamils from a list of foreign terrorists as part of reconciliation with its largest ethnic minority. MORE...

March 19, 2015  08:16 am|

Select Committee to probe corrupt deals at the Stock Exchange

Select Committee to probe corrupt deals at the Stock Exchange

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe on Wednesday (18) informed the Parliament that a Select Committee will be appointed to probe corrupt deals said to have taken place at the Colombo Stock Exchange since 2010. MORE...

March 18, 2015  05:37 pm|

Livelihood programme for ex-LTTE cadres

Livelihood programme for ex-LTTE cadres

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinhge has emphasized the necessity of introducing a livelihood programme to ensure permanent source of income for ex LTTE cadres. MORE...

March 16, 2015  09:47 pm|

Supreme Court issues notice to PM

Supreme Court issues notice to PM

The Supreme Court on Thursday (12) issued a notice to Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe with respect to a Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed by former Health Minister and former General Secretary of the United National Party (UNP) Tissa Attanayake. MORE...

March 12, 2015  03:29 pm|

Government releases Tamil activists, but conspiring to arrest war heroes: NFF

Government releases Tamil activists, but conspiring to arrest war heroes: NFF

Leader of New Left Front Dr. Wickramabahu Karunaratne said that former Presidents brother and ex-Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa should be arrested if enough evidence exists in the floating armoury case. MORE...

March 12, 2015  12:44 pm|

Kariyawasam not mature enough, says Dayasiri

Kariyawasam not mature enough, says Dayasiri

Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam is not mature enough to handle and execute his duties, Chief Minister of the North Western Province, Dayasiri Jayasekera, charged on Wednesday (11). MORE...

March 11, 2015  06:32 pm|

Chinese firm confirms suspension of Colombo Port City project

Chinese firm confirms suspension of Colombo Port City project

China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC), the ultimate investor in the Colombo Port City Project, says that it will fully cooperate with the Government of Sri Lanka and continue to adhere to the procedures and conditions stipulated in the agreement entered into with the government. MORE..

March 7, 2015  11:50 pm|

Govt. seeks foreign help in corruption probe

Govt. seeks foreign help in corruption probe

The government said that it has sought assistance from India, the US and Britain to help investigate financial fraud allegations against the former government. MORE...

March 2, 2015  12:19 pm|

Public opinion survey is underway on 100-day programme: PM

Public opinion survey is underway on 100-day programme: PM

The Government has launched a special survey to find out the opinion of the general public and to analyze the progress of the 100 days programme, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe said in a statement today (1). MORE...

March 1, 2015  03:01 pm|

VIDEO: No intention of staying as Opposition Leader for long Nimal

VIDEO: No intention of staying as Opposition Leader for long  Nimal

Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala De Silva says that it is not important who will be appointed as the Prime Minister and that what is important is that a Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) government is formed. MORE..

February 28, 2015  05:15 pm|

Minister to order probe into match-fixing incident

Minister to order probe into match-fixing incident

Sports minister Navin Dissanayake has been urged to order a probe into a match-fixing incident involving an Indian player during the Asia Cup tournament held in the country in June 2010. MORE...

February 26, 2015  06:23 pm|

Another call to re-call Mahinda

Another call to re-call Mahinda

A group of opposition members are expected to meet former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and urge him to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections in the island country, an opposition member has told the Xinhua news agency. MORE...

February 26, 2015  07:58 am|

Minister Dissanayake vows actions against absent officials

Minister Dissanayake vows actions against absent officials

Minister of Tourism and Sports Navin Dissanayake has said that stern action will be taken against some key officials who did not attend a meeting between the Minister of Sports and the Heads of the National Sports Associations which was held this afternoon (25) at the Ministry of Tourism and Sports Auditorium. MORE...

February 25, 2015  06:38 pm|

Goverment to set up an Anti-Corruption Secretariat

Goverment to set up an Anti-Corruption Secretariat

The government today decided to set up a special Secretariat to investigate into large corruption and malpractices of the previous government, the official Government news portal said in a statement. MORE...

February 12, 2015  04:05 pm|

Sri Lanka says seeking delay in UN war-crimes report

Sri Lanka says seeking delay in UN war-crimes report

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said on Wednesday his country was seeking a delay of several months in the release of a U.N. report on alleged war crimes during his countrys civil war until the government had time to establish a mechanism to deal with the issue. MORE...

February 12, 2015  07:41 am|

State Minister Faizer Mustapha resigns

State Minister Faizer Mustapha resigns

Parliamentarian Faizer Mustapha has tendered his resignation as State Minister of Aviation, this morning. Mustapha told Ada Derana, however, he will continue to support the President Maithripala Sirisena though he resigned from the ministerial portfolio. MORE...

February 9, 2015  01:00 pm|

Ahamed Nazeer sworn in as Eastern Province CM

Ahamed Nazeer sworn in as Eastern Province CM

SLMC Deputy Leader and Provincial Councilor, Ahamed Nazeer Zainulabdeen, took oaths as the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province before the Governor Austin Fernando this evening. MORE..

February 6, 2015  07:12 pm|

Tissa Attanayake gets relief from court

Tissa Attanayake gets relief from court

The Fort Magistrates Court today allowed Tissa Attanayake MP to attend Parliament sessions on 5, 6, and 7, February. MORE...

February 5, 2015  01:05 pm|

Tissa Attanayake remanded

Tissa Attanayake remanded

Former United National Party (UNP) General Secretary Tissa Attanayake has been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), this afternoon, Police Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana said. MORE...

February 2, 2015  01:54 pm|

State Minister Faizer Mustapha resigns?

State Minister Faizer Mustapha resigns?

Parliamentarian Faizer Mustapha has tendered his resignation as State Minister of Aviation and has flown overseas, this afternoon, a source close to the Government said.

February 1, 2015  03:09 pm|

Mahindanandas passport to be impounded

Mahindanandas passport to be impounded

The Bribery Commission has instructed immigration authorities to impound the passport of former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage for a period of 3 months, pending an investigation into a complaint against him. MORE..

January 26, 2015  05:09 pm|

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