Ravi Karunanayake

Ravi K justifies cash withdrawal tax

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said today the budget proposal to impose a levy on cash withdrawals was meant to encourage the use of bank drafts and cheques for the transferring of cash.

Karunanidhi on Lanka issue

Use army chief’s Sri Lanka visit to end fishermen’s issue: DMK

DMK chief M. Karunanidhi today urged the Indian government to get in touch with the Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, now in Sri Lanka, to facilitate talks with that government so as to end problems faced by Indian fishermen.

President Maithripala Sirisena

I will never compromise on national security – President

President Maithripala Sirisena said that he loved Sri Lanka as much as or even more than any other Sri Lankan and wowed that he would never compromise of national security under any circumstance.

Asylum seeker in Nauru jailed

Asylum seeker on Nauru jailed after attempting suicide

Refugee advocates are concerned for a Sri Lankan asylum seeker on Nauru who has been jailed after he attempted to commit suicide at the detention centre there.

Jayalalitha writes

Jayalalithaa urges PM Modi to take action on release of arrested fishermen

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take immediate action on the release of eight Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy.

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Paris

President arrives in Paris to attend COP 21

President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Paris last morning, to attend a critical global climate meeting commonly known as COP 21.

British Prime Minister David Cameron with Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena

Praising President’s initiatives, UK PM Cameron offers more assistance to Sri Lanka

British Prime Minister David Cameron expressed deep appreciation for the steps taken by President Maithripala Sirisena in the last 10 months to strengthen democratic values, human rights and reconciliation.

Mangala Samaraweera

LTTE Did Not Represent Tamils, Says Mangala

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera says the LTTE terror did not represent the hopes and aspirations of the majority of the Tamil community.

Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga

CBK to get same pension as Rajapaksa

A resolution has been tabled in Parliament by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to place the pension entitlement of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga on par with the entitlement enjoyed by her successor Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Ranil Wickremasinghe

Govt. has to pay Rs. 400 billion for previous regime’s construction projects – PM

The government is faced with the task of paying Rs. 400 billion for construction projects undertaken by the previous government, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday.

Saudi Arabia flag

Sri Lanka urges Saudi not to stone to death maid for adultery

Sri Lanka said on Friday it was calling on Saudi Arabia to pardon a domestic worker sentenced to death by stoning after she admitted committing adultery while working in the Arab nation.

DIG Vaas Gunawardena

Siyam murder: Vass Gunawardena, son and 4 others found guilty

Six suspects including former DIG Vass Gunawardena and his son Ravindu have been sentenced to death after being found guilty for the abduction and murder of businessman Mohamed Siyam by the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar.

Azmi Thassim

Sri Lankans should understand and respect Saudi laws – envoy

The new Sri Lankan ambassador to Saudi Arabia has stressed the importance of improving the island nation’s relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Malta

President Sirisena arrives in Malta

President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Malta Thursday morning (Nov. 26) to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) – 2015, to be held at Fort St. Angelo in Birgu from November 27-29.

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka ex-president’s brother faces arms probe

A brother of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse has been formally named in a corruption case involving the transfer of state weapons, as the new government pushes ahead with its crackdown against the old regime.

Sunil Handunnetti

Sunil Handunnetti named new COPE Chairman

JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti has been appointed as the Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) in Parliament, Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera said.