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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|

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|

Reforms to include 25% females to LG bodies - PM

Reforms to include 25% females to LG bodies - PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that reforms will be introduced by the government to include 25 per cent females into local government authorities before the next LG election. MORE..

September 30, 2015  11:58 am|

Everyone agrees that we should find out the truth Ranil

Everyone agrees that we should find out the truth  Ranil

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the only issue that cropped up during discussions on the UN resolution was whether Sri Lankas judiciary is sufficiently strong enough for a domestic mechanism and not about the countrys armed forces. MORE..

September 29, 2015  01:47 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|

$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|

Ranil meets Modi in New Delhi

Ranil meets Modi in New Delhi

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in Delhi a short while ago. MORE..

September 15, 2015  12:12 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|

President Sirisena reveals secrets behind January polls

President Sirisena reveals secrets behind January polls

President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday (6) revealed that he was alerted by his security not to attend the last election rally held in Maradana prior the presidential polls in January. MORE...

September 6, 2015  04:36 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|

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|

New Ministers likely to take oath tomorrow

New Ministers likely to take oath tomorrow

The swearing-in ceremony of the new Ministers will likely be held tomorrow (25), a source said. The oath ceremony will be held before President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe at the President Secretariat Office. MORE...

August 24, 2015  11:07 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|

Modi congratulates Ranil

Modi congratulates Ranil

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated Ranil Wickremesinghe on being sworn-in as Sri Lankas Prime Minister. MORE..

August 21, 2015  01:36 pm|

Ranil hails most peaceful election in a long time

Ranil hails most peaceful election in a long time

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said the 2015 parliamentary poll has been the most peaceful, free and fair election in a long time and that the younger people have not witnessed such an election during their lifetime. MORE..

August 13, 2015  03:11 pm|

Derana 360 program with Ranil today

Derana 360 program with Ranil today

Watch 360 program tonight (11) at 10.30 p.m. featuring Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe on Derana TV and Ada Derana 24x7 on Dialog TV. MORE...

August 11, 2015  11:18 am|

UNP vows to combat violence against women

UNP vows to combat violence against women

Under a new government, the United National Party (UNP) will appoint two commissions to combat violence against women, the Prime Minister said. MORE...

August 9, 2015  11:34 am|

Rajapaksa wants govt to probe Lasantha, Eknaligoda cases

Rajapaksa wants govt to probe Lasantha, Eknaligoda cases

Sri Lankas former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has vowed to win an outright majority in parliamentary elections due on 17 August. MORE..

August 7, 2015  12:17 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|

PM invites Mahinda to contest

PM invites Mahinda to contest

I invite the former President to contest for the prime ministerial post at the forth coming general election in next August, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe said. MORE...

June 28, 2015  10:10 pm|

Only people can take me away from PM post: Ranil

Only people can take me away from PM post: Ranil

Only the people can take me away from the Prime Ministerial post, Prime Minster Ranil Wickramasinghe has said. MORE...

May 31, 2015  05:45 pm|

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|

Bribery Commissioner resigns; new probes on hold

Bribery Commissioner resigns; new probes on hold

Justice L.K. Wimalachandra, a Commissioner of the Bribery Commission, has resigned with effect from Friday (15), the Director General of the commission Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe said. MORE..

May 16, 2015  12:43 pm|

Gotas FR: Ranil points to defect in court order

Gotas FR: Ranil points to defect in court order

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said that a defect may exist with regard to the recent Supreme Court order, preventing the arrest of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, because such a stay order requires a minimum of three judges. MORE..

May 15, 2015  05:25 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|

Opposition demands anti-graft chiefs sacking

Opposition demands anti-graft chiefs sacking

Main opposition demanded on Tuesday the countrys anti-graft chief be sacked for summoning former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to answer bribery allegations amid renewed uproar in parliament. MORE...

April 21, 2015  05:27 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|

PM offers worship at Guruvayur Temple

PM offers worship at Guruvayur Temple

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, who left for India this morning, offered worship at the famous Lord Krishna Temple in Guruvayoor amid heavy security. MORE..

April 18, 2015  04:13 pm|

BOI recommends criminal prosecution of ex-SriLankan Airlines Chairman & CEO

BOI recommends criminal prosecution of ex-SriLankan Airlines Chairman & CEO

A Board of Inquiry has found shocking details of corruption running into billions of dollars, manipulations of service contracting, recruitment of unqualified staff and major security breaches at the SriLankan Airlines under the former government. MORE..

April 4, 2015  04:08 pm|

Sanath Jayasuriya resigns as Sri Lankas chief selector

Sanath Jayasuriya resigns as Sri Lankas chief selector

Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee, Sanath Jayasuriya says that he has resigned from his post. MORE..

April 3, 2015  07:53 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|

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|

Govt to establish National Unity office under CBK

Govt to establish National Unity office under CBK

The government is planning to establish an office of National Unity headed by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga to promote national unity in the country. MORE..

March 26, 2015  10:14 am|

19 member Sri Lankan team to attend Chennai fishermen talks

19 member Sri Lankan team to attend Chennai fishermen talks

A 19-member Sri Lankan team, comprising 10 leaders of fishermen and nine officials, will be participating in the talks between the fishermens associations of Sri Lanka and India to be held in Chennai on March 24 and 25, officials said on Saturday. MORE..

March 21, 2015  02:36 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|

Concern in Indian Parliament over PMs remarks

 Concern in Indian Parliament over PMs remarks

Members in Parliament today voiced concern over remarks of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe that his countrys navy has the right to shoot any intruder, prompting the government to express willingness for a debate on the issue. MORE...

March 18, 2015  04:38 pm|

We are going after Rajapaksas stolen assets: Mangala

We are going after Rajapaksas stolen assets: Mangala

The Sri Lankan government has asked India to help with its investigation against the former regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa for alleged corruption, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told The Hindu. MORE..

March 14, 2015  11:30 am|

Rajapaksa says RAW rallied opposition to his presidency

Rajapaksa says RAW rallied opposition to his presidency

Claiming that the Research and Analysis Wing conspired with Western agencies CIA and MI-6 to rally the opposition led by President Maithripala Sirisena against his presidency, Sri Lankas former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he does not, however, believe Prime Minister Narendra Modi or the government was responsible. MORE..

March 14, 2015  12:43 am|

Tamils in Canada urge Modi to pressure Sri Lanka

Tamils in Canada urge Modi to pressure Sri Lanka

Welcoming Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit to Colombo, a leading Tamil group in Canada - home to the largest Tamil diaspora outside Sri Lanka - has urged him to put pressure on new President Maithiripala Sirisena to resolve the dragging ethnic issue. MORE..

March 13, 2015  04:12 pm|

India to help Trincomalee become regional energy hub

India to help Trincomalee become regional energy hub

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced that the Indian government will extend visa on arrival facility to Sri Lankan nationals from 14 April this year. MORE..

March 13, 2015  12:14 pm|

Indian PM Narendra Modi arrives in Sri Lanka

Indian PM Narendra Modi arrives in Sri Lanka

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Sri Lanka early this morning for a historic visit during which he is expected to hold talks with the countrys top leadership. MORE..

March 13, 2015  06:43 am|

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|

Karunanidhi condemns Ranil Wickramasinghes remarks

Karunanidhi condemns Ranil Wickramasinghes remarks

Slamming Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe for his remarks that Indian fishermen may be shot if they intruded into Lankan waters, DMK on Monday said it amounted to a slap on Prime Minister Narendra Modis face ahead of his tour to the island nation. MORE...

March 9, 2015  10:57 pm|

India, Sri Lanka mull resuming ferry services

India, Sri Lanka mull resuming ferry services

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday discussed with her Sri Lankan counterpart Mangala Samaraweera the possibility of resuming ferry services between the two countries, The Hindu reported. MORE..

March 7, 2015  04:04 pm|

Sushma says India, Sri Lanka destinies intertwined

Sushma says India, Sri Lanka destinies intertwined

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is here on a two-day official visit ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modis arrival next week, said India and Sri Lanka were bound by ties of history, geography and culture, and their destinies were intertwined. MORE..

March 7, 2015  01:12 pm|

DMK urges Modi to ensure harsh comments are not made

DMK urges Modi to ensure harsh comments are not made

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader TKS Elangovan on Saturday said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi must discuss the fishermen issue with Sri Lanka and ensure that such harsh comments are not made from the other side in near future. MORE..

March 7, 2015  11:29 am|

Sushma Swaraj arrives in Sri Lanka

Sushma Swaraj arrives in Sri Lanka

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in the island today on a two-day official visit, in preparation for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit later this month. MORE..

March 6, 2015  05:04 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|

Malaysia eyes infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka

Malaysia eyes infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka

Malaysia has proposed to implement several infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka under a government-to-government understanding which, among others, include the Colombo City Monorail by Scomi International, oil pipeline, highways, and housing development. MORE..

February 28, 2015  11:53 am|

I want entire Parliament to be a Govt Ranil

I want entire Parliament to be a Govt  Ranil

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe today said that he does not want to form a United National Party (UNP) government at the next General Election and that he desires for the entire Parliament to be a government. MORE..

February 12, 2015  05:32 pm|

China official says Colombo Port City project going ahead

China official says Colombo Port City project going ahead

The China-funded port city project in Colombo was going ahead, a top Chinese official from the company executing it said Wednesday, days after the new Sri Lankan government claimed the deal was still being assessed. MORE..

February 12, 2015  10:23 am|

Cant call it genocide Rajitha

Cant call it genocide  Rajitha

Terming the resolution adopted in the Northern Provincial Council an extremist position, Health Minister and Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne says President Maithripala Sirisena had promised to initiate an internationally approved, domestic inquiry process. MORE..

February 11, 2015  01:04 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|

Parliament adjourned amid uproar over PMs statement

Parliament adjourned amid uproar over PMs statement

The parliament adjourned its session for 20 minutes following uproar over a statement made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe pertaining to the impeachment of former Chief justice Shirani Bandaranaike. MORE..

January 30, 2015  02:47 pm|

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