Month: October 2017


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was buoyant yesterday when he presented the two year progress report of the government led by the United National Party.

Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa condemns Constitutional Assembly

Former Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa stated that the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly has been an unconstitutional and powerless entity since its inception.

China urges closer cooperation with Sri Lanka on key projects

China and Sri Lanka should focus on strengthening cooperation over key investment projects, Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday told his visiting counterpart from Sri Lanka, amid strong local opposition to some major Chinese-invested schemes.

Buddhist policy is to resolve conflicts without destroying lives – President

“President Maithripala Sirisena has an immense capability to overcome critical challenges faced by the country. He is the only leader who can give a solution to the national issue, with an agreement of all communities”, says Ven. Medagoda Abhayathissa Thero, senior lecturer of Sri Lanka Pali and Buddhist University.

SAITM medical faculty abolished

The Presidential Committee appointed to resolve issues related to the South Asia Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) has recommended abolishing the SAITM Medical Faculty and establishing a not-for-profit Institute under the supervision of the Higher Education Ministry for its operations and management.

Sri Lanka launches first banking robot

One of Sri Lanka’s leading commercial banks, Sampath Bank, said on Thursday that it had launched the country’s first banking robot that works in the form of a humanoid teller.

Presidential Committee releases statement with recommendations to solve SAITM issue

A statement was issued a short while ago by the Presidential Committee appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to solve the problems that have arisen in the Faculty of Medicine at SAITM.

Four killed in Kosgoda shooting incidents

Four persons have been confirmed dead following multiple shooting incidents that ensued in Kosgoda earlier today (29), where one individual has also been injured.

Tax concessions for small businesses, subsidies for select groups

Tax concessions for small and medium scale businesses, and targeted subsidies to selected groups are among highlights of next month’s budget proposals.

Constitution making: MPs mustn’t support SC report: Elle Gunawansa Thera

Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera yesterday asked the government not to deceive the people with regard to the Steering Committee (SC) report and urged the MPs to avoid supporting it when presented in Parliament.

Smart Identity Card from today

Department of Registration of Persons will issue new Smart Identity Cards with modern technology from today (27th Oct.).

Harsha slams CEB

Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Harsha De Silva repeatedly criticised the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) for what he called an abdication of its duty.

Hero Pakistan bus driver happy to welcome back Sri Lanka

Meher Mohammad Khalil, a Pakistani bus driver who held his nerve under gunfire to guide the Sri Lankan team to safety during an attack in 2009, is thrilled that international cricket is finally returning to Lahore.

SLC denies the alleged involvement of any official or employee in the incident of harassment

Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to deny the alleged involvement of any official or employee of SLC in the purported incident of harassment of a female journalist in Abu Dhabi during the ongoing Sri Lanka Vs. Pakistan series.

UNP promoting TNA agenda – Vasu

The United National Party (UNP) is actually promoting the agenda of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) through the proposed new Constitution. That is why Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe wants it passed in a hurry, United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara alleged.

Issues affecting Tamils have to be addressed – Government

The government said yesterday that the Tamil people had issues which needed to be resolved and it would be addressed within a united country.