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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|

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|

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|

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 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|

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|

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|

$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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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