Hambantota constructions

Sri Lanka woos Chinese firms for $10 billion project

Sri Lanka has started talks with Chinese investors on the $10 billion Hambantota Economic Project to be implemented in the southern region of the island nation.

Fatal accident

Four killed, another four injured in two accidents

Four people were killed and another four injured in two separate road accidents in Warakapola and Mankulam yesterday, police said.

Muttiah Muralitharan with Stephen O'Keefe

Inspired by Murali, Australia take on Sri Lanka in Test series

Australia will be looking to local legend and one-time bogeyman Muttiah Muralitharan to inspire them to success on his home patch as the world’s number one Test team begin a three-match series in Sri Lanka this week.

Srilankan Airlines

PIA confirms talks with Sri Lanka for four A330s

PIA, Pakistan’s national air carrier, is in talks with Sri Lanka to take four wide-bodied planes (A330s) on rent, which it will use for its premium flights to London that PIA intends to start from August 14, officials said.

Ranil Wickremasinghe

Sri Lanka PM slams media for backing Mahinda Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday accused the country’s print media of backing the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa with a view to see him back in power.

Geetha Kumarasinghe

High drama in house over Geetha’s remarks

Parliament sessions came alive with amusement when UPFA MP Geetha Kumarasinghe spoke during an adjournment debate last evening with the MP making some sarcastic remarks on the government and the ruling party MPs heckling her.

Nimal Siripala three wheelers

Import of three-wheelers should be controlled – Transport Minister

Considering the large number of the three-wheelers on the road at present, the import of the three-wheelers should be controlled in the future, opined the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva.

China Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka seeks to expand trade ties with China

The Sri Lankan government will look to expand trade ties with China in the future, the Sri Lankan president’s office said.

Srilankan Airlines

Sri Lanka’s cash-strapped airline may lease four planes to Pakistan

Sri Lanka’s cash-strapped national airline is in talks to lease four of its Airbus A330 planes to Pakistan International Airlines Corp, a government minister said on Thursday, months after cancelling an order for four Airbus A350 aircraft.

Dato Seri Dr. Ahmed Zahid Hamidi

Malaysian Deputy PM to visit Sri Lanka today

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs of Malaysia Dato Seri Dr. Ahmed Zahid Hamidi, will pay an official visit to Sri Lanka from 21 to 22 July 2016.

CV Wigneswaran

Appoint commission to probe Jaffna clash: Vigneswaran, Thavarajah

Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran, and S. Thavarajah, Leader of Opposition in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), have together asked the government to set up a “full-fledged” Commission of Inquiry to conduct an in-depth probe into last Saturday’s clash between Tamil and Sinhalese students in Jaffna University.

Ranil Wickremasinghe

Ranil urges tri-nation economic convergence

Improving on his 2003 idea of converting south India-Sri Lanka sub-region into a single market, Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is now for economic collaboration among his country, Singapore and the five southern States of India.

Protest on tax in Sri Lanka

What the public did not know about VAT

The ‘National Unity’ government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is finding out the hard way that governing in a coalition of the two major political parties, the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), is no walk in the park.

China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank - AIIB

Government to obtain US$ 1 billion loan from AIIB

The government is to obtain US$1 billion from the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) for various projects, Finance Minister Ravi Karunayake said yesterday.

Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi

Media giving a ‘criminal experience’ to people

Defence Secretary and engineer Karunasena Hettiarachchi called for a radical change of the media culture and stressed the local media should focus on news which does not give its readers a ‘criminal experience.’

Rajya sabha

Indian MPs seek Govt intervention to get fishermen released

Members in India’s Rajya Sabha today sought government intervention in ensuring the release of a large number of Indian fishermen, arrested by the Sri Lankan navy in the recent past.