Monthly archives: January, 2017

Donald Trump with Sally Yates

Trump fires Sally Yates after acting attorney general contradicted travel ban

Donald Trump has fired the acting US attorney general after she told justice department lawyers not to defend his executive order banning entry for people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

SAITM Malabe Sri Lanka

SAITM medical degree is lawful – Appellate Court

The South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) is legally eligible to issue medical degrees to the students, the Court of Appeal has ruled on Tuesday.

Sri Lankan Navy chief Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne

Presence of Chinese submarines in Sri Lanka purely for economic reasons: Navy chief

Sri Lankan Navy chief Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne has assured India that the presence of Chinese nuclear submarines in his country was “purely economic reasons” even as India’s views the development with suspicion.

Ranil Wickremasinghe

Regaining GSP Plus, a boost to econmoy : PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said that regaining the GSP Plus tariff concession will help boost the country’s economy in a significant manner.

Ravi Karunanayake

Tax burden to ease once economy improves – Ravi

Tax will be reduced to give relief to the people in the near future once the economy gains momentum through the current strategies, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said.

Ranil Wickremesinghe - Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

Discussions are underway to develop Trinco Harbor – PM

Government has planned to develop Trincomalee harbor and discussions are being held with the governments of Japan and India, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Ranjan Ramanayake

President summons Ranjan, Divulapitiya DS

Social Empowerment and Welfare Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake and the Divulapitiya Divisional Secretary have been summoned to the Presidential Secretariat today

Sri Lanka garment industry

‘In terms of skills, Pakistan lags behind Sri Lanka and Bangladesh’s garment industries’

In terms of skill base in the garment industry Pakistan lags behind Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, Firoz Rasul, the president of the Aga Khan University, said on Saturday.

Palitha Thewarapperuma

Dy Minister Thewarapperuma breaks a leg chasing cattle thieves

Internal Affairs and Wayamba Development Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma in a daring chase which broke one of his legs nabbed two cattle rustlers and saved the lives of six oxen stolen from a dairy farm at Yatadola in Matugama on Saturday night.

Ranil Wickremesinghe - Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

Colombo city to become best urban centre in Indian Ocean :PM

Colombo city will be developed to the best urban centre in the Indian Ocean within the next decade, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

SAITM Malabe Sri Lanka

Argument breaks out over SAITM

A dispute over the SAITM medical college erupted in Parliament yesterday, with the Opposition questioning the legitimacy of the institution while the government stated that it would ensure that no laws were broken.

President Maithripala Sirisena at Ananda college - Colombo

Forest density to be increased within next four years – President

President Maithripala Sirisena says his plan as the Minister of Environment is to increase the forest density from the current 27-28% to 32% within next four years.

President Maithripala Sirisena and Professor Lakshman Jayathilaka

Proposal for national policy on education presented to President

The proposal for the national policy on general education which includes the proposals on the reforms in the education sector of the country was presented to President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (Jan. 26) at the President’s Official Residence.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying

China downplays protests in Sri Lanka over Hambantota Port

Refuting allegations of pressurising Sri Lanka with huge loans to lease out the loss-ridden southern port of Hambantota, China today said the agitation against its industrial zone is a result of “misunderstanding”.

Ravi Karunanayake

Sri Lankan finance minister blames previous government for “debt trap”

Sri Lanka’s public debt repayments will grow to a record $4 billion in 2019, the finance ministry said on Thursday, blaming “colossal borrowing” by the previous government.

Ranil Wickremesinghe - Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

Prosperous nation through “Balagathu Sri Lanka”: PM

The ‘Balagathu Sri Lanka’ National Economic Development Plan would be implemented in order to create a prosperous Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.