Palestinians must face reality over Jerusalem – Israeli PM

Israels prime minister has said Palestinians must get to grips with the reality that Jerusalem is Israels capital in order to move towards peace. Benjamin Netanyahu said Jerusalem had been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years and had never been the capital… Read More …read more

Last round of SLFP-JO talks fail

Last round of SLFP-JO talks fail

A last round of talks between the SLFP and the joint opposition last Friday on contesting the local government polls has ended in failure.

Therefore, the SLFP-led UPFA has decided to contest under its ‘betel leaf’ symbol, while the JO will field candidates under the ‘flower bud’ symbol of Sri Lanka …read more

Venezuela opposition banned from running in 2018 election

Venezuelas president, Nicolas Maduro, says the countrys main opposition parties are banned from taking part in next years presidential election. He said only parties which took part in Sundays mayoral polls would be able to contest the presidency…. Read More …read more

JO leaders accuse Basil over Sriyani’s desertion

JO leaders accuse Basil over Sriyani’s desertion

MEP MP for Digamadulla district Sriyani Wijewickrama of the joint opposition yesterday (10) met president Maithripala Sirisena and extended her support to him.

Meeting the president at President’s House, she said she would join with his programme and engage in political activities.

Leaders of affiliate parties, including the MEP, say her leaving …read more

Constitutional Council to convene shortly

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The Constitutional Council is set to convene this morning at the Parliament. Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera will present the Draft Excise Bill to amend the Excise Ordinance in Parliament this morning.

The post Constitutional Council to convene shortly appeared first on Sri Lanka …read more

Girl dies in suspicious circumstances in Vavuniya

Police have found a body of a 20-year-old young girl from a house in Nedunkeni. The Oddusuddan Police said she had died by hanging. Police said the reason for her death was unclear. So the police are treating this death as a suspicious one. The body was… <a class="colorbox" href="http://www.hirunews.lk/178082/girl-dies-in-suspicious-circumstances-vavuniya" …read more

Police step in as railway strike action reaches day four

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The Railway Department states that nearly 20 trains to be used by office goers have been added to the service today for the convenience of the commuters. The General Manager S.M Abeywickrama said that the trains will run along the upcountry, coastal and Kelani railway lines covering all the main …read more

Namal Laments Killings Of Elephants In Sri Lanka: Accuses Government Of Inaction

Namal Laments Killings Of Elephants In Sri Lanka: Accuses Government Of Inaction

Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, expressing his views on the rising number of elephant killings in Sri Lanka said, the government was taking no action to reverse this trend. 

“It’s unfathomable that this many elephants in #SriLanka have been killed this year. The Gov. was quick to arrest even …read more

Sword gangs emerge from Vavuniya

Police say 2 motorcyclists have dropped 2 swords and fled upon seeing police in Vavuniya last night (10). A traffic team from Vavuniya Police, which was in Bazzar Street, had signalled to a motorcycle to stop. However, without stopping, the motorcyclists… Read More …read more

Talks Between President's Secretary And Railway Unions Fail: Strike Action To Continue

Talks Between President's Secretary And Railway Unions Fail: Strike Action To Continue

The discussions between railway trade unions and President’s Secretary Austin Fernando ended without a concrete decision last night. 

The discussions were held at the residence of the President’s Secretary and the trade unions said they would continue with the union action. 

The main demand of the railway unions is to resolve their …read more

Sri Lanka And Iran Explore Ways To Strengthen Mutual Cooperation In Energy Sector

Sri Lanka And Iran Explore Ways To Strengthen Mutual Cooperation In Energy Sector

Sri Lankan Ambassador to Iran Sharif Anis voiced his country’s willingness to broaden mutual cooperation with Tehran, specially in the energy sector.

“Sri Lanka is interested in buying Iran’s oil products,” the Sri Lankan ambassador said.

Anis reiterated that Iran and Sri Lanka enjoy long-lasting experience in political, economic and …read more

Law And Order Minister Stresses Need For Broader Framework To Expedite Battle Against Corruption

Law And Order Minister Stresses Need For Broader Framework To Expedite Battle Against Corruption

Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said there had to be a strong mechanism involving many parties to expedite the battle against bribery and corruption.

“There are challenges that we need to overcome. I am aware that the patience of the public – especially the ones who have voted for the …read more

Bathiudeen, Hassan Ali, Segu Dawood Form New Muslim Alliance Ahead Of LG Polls

Bathiudeen, Hassan Ali, Segu Dawood Form New Muslim Alliance Ahead Of LG Polls

All Ceylon Muslim Congress, led by Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, former Muslim Congress General Secretary Hassan Ali and former deputy Minister Basheer Segu Dawood have formed a new alliance, the United People Alliance, for the Local Government election. 

“This is a turning point in Sri Lanka’s Muslim political history. The …read more

Lloyd Yapa’s Treatise On Export Competitiveness: A Must Reference Book For Sri Lanka’s Economic Policy

By W.A Wijewardena –

Dr. W.A Wijewardena

Dwindling exports are Sri Lanka’s main constraint to prosperity

A pressing economic problem faced by the present Government, and any government that would come to power in the future, is the dwindling export earnings. They have been falling in relation to both the size of the economy, known …read more

Sriyani Wijewickrama Joins SLFP Group Supporting President: Few Other JO Stalwarts Currently Holding Talks To Switch Sides

Sriyani Wijewickrama Joins SLFP Group Supporting President: Few Other JO Stalwarts Currently Holding Talks To Switch Sides

Joint Opposition Parliamentarian Sriyani Wijewickrama has joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party group supporting President Maithripala Sirisena. 

Wijewickreama got elected to Parliament on the UPFA ticket representing the Digamadulla district. 

Sources close to the President said Wijewickrama will support the SLFP at the forthcoming Local Government elections. 

They also added that a few …read more

මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලයේ දී ආචාර්ය නාලක ගොඩහේවා කරන ලද කතාවට පිළිතුරු – කොටස IX   

ලයනල් බෝපගේ –

ආචාර්ය ලයනල් බෝපගේ

[මෙම ලිපි මාලාවේ අටවන කොටස දෙසැම්බර් මස 7 වන බ්‍රහස්පතින්දා පළ කොට ඇත.]

වෙනම රාජ්‍යයක් සඳහා වූ ඉල්ලීම කරන ලද්දේ තමන්ගේම ජනතාව මර්දනය කර සූරාකෑමේ “සිය ඉපැරණි පුරුද්ද” වෙත ආපසු යන්නට යි; ත්‍රස්තවාදය ඉස්මතු වීම මෙම බොරු ප්‍රචාරක කටයුතු වල ප්‍රතිඵලයක් විය; ඔව්හු දිගටම …read more

Response To Dr Nalaka Godahewa’s Speech At The UNHRC In Geneva – Part IX

By Lionel Bopage –

Dr Lionel Bopage

[Part 8 of this series was published on Thursday, the 7th of December 2017]

Dr Godahewa says: Demand for a separate state was to go back to “their age-old practice” of suppressing and exploiting their own people; emergence of terrorism was a result …read more

Jerusalem: The Silence Of Sri Lanka

By Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka –

Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka

On Friday the 8th of December, 8 of the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council called an emergency meeting. It was called by Bolivia, Egypt, France, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, UK and Uruguay, in response to President Trump’s …read more

TRAINS TO RUN?

Railway commuters were greatly inconvenienced when the train strike went on for the third consecutive day. Commuters were seen trying to board any available train which would take them close to their destination as possible. Packed to the brim, commuters boarded trains from the window while women held on for dear life clinging on to footboards. Based on the performance report of Sri Lanka Railways, more than 133 million passengers had travelled by train in 2016 alone. Pictures by Saman Mendis

CABINET TO DISCUSS MATTER TOMORROWUNIONS ADAMANT TO CONTINUE STRIKERailway commuters were greatly inconvenienced when the train strike went on for the third consecutive day. Commuters were seen trying to board any available train which would take them close to their destination as possible. Packed to the brim, commuters Tags:

Hambantota to become a world class port – Mangala

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The world’s largest and emptiest pool in Hambantota could become a world class port bringing prosperity and development to the country, Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said in Parliament on Saturday.

“This is with the joint venture PPP partnership with the China Merchant Port Holdings (CMPH) …read more

Low interest housing loans for Middle Class

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Slum dwellers will be given 20,000 new houses in the Colombo Municipal area under the first stage of the housing development programme, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

Middle class people will be granted housing loans at low interest rates for a five year …read more

Malwatte Chief Prelate praises Govt. for reducing essential drug prices

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The steps taken by the government to reduce the prices of several essential drugs by breaking the back of the drug mafia is highly commendable, Most Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddartha Sumangala Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatte Chapter said.

“The measures taken on the initiative of the Health Minister …read more

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