Karu Jayasuriya to abolish executive presidency if chosen as candidate
Prime Minister says no orders were given to lease Agri. building
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe before Presidential Commission on Corruption
India, Sri Lanka share unshakeable bond – Health Minister
All set to open South Asia’s tallest Lotus Tower tomorrow by President
In collaboration with the 10th installment of “The Diyakawa mission”, the commando regiment of the Sri Lanka Army hosted a military exercise yesterday at the BMICH on rescuing hostages.
United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa today announced that he is prepared to give way if the UNP, by majority vote, decides to pick another candidate to contest the Presidential elections.
To obtain more income, solar panels would be installed on railway station roofs and sold energy produced, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga says. The private sector will be invited to supply and reorganize the solar panels on a profit-sharing basis, the minister said recently.
The country’s foremost economic event, the Sri Lanka Economic Summit (SLES) 2019, at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo today (17).
The Excise Department announced yesterday that the liquor licenses obtained during the years 2017 and 2018 will be subject to cancelation if procedural conditions under the Excise Ordinance have not been met.
In the context of the continuing heavy rains, a Disaster Management Center released a landslide alert for several districts. Kiriella, Kalawana, Ratnapura, Eheliyagoda Divisional Secretariat and surrounding places in Ratnapura District, Ambagamuwa Divisional Secretariat Division
Due to heavy rains in the country, the Road Development Authority advised drivers to keep a maximum speed limit of 60 kmph while using the Southern Expressway.
Rs.2, All Island Bakery Owners Association said the cost of a normal loaf of bread is now reduced. N.K.Jayawardena, president of the Association, told news media that this decision had been made since they were notified that the price of wheat flour would be lowered by Rs.5.50.
SLNS "Sindurala" and SLNS "Suranimila" which left for India on last 5th September to participate in Sri Lanka India Naval Exercise-2019, arrived the island. Accordingly, SLNS "Sindurala" arrived at Naval Dockyard Trincomalee on 14th September while SLNS "Suranimila" arrived the port of Colombo on 15th September and the two ships were welcomed SL Navy in accordance with Naval traditions.
His Eminence Cardinal, Most Rev Dr Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo blessed the office of the new Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva when he paid obeisance to His Eminence at the Archbishop's House in Colombo 8 Tuesday (10) afternoon upon assumption of his duties at the Army Headquarters.
President Maithripala Sirisena handed over title deeds of 75 shrines to the Maha Sangha at the House of President on Tuesday as part of the domestic program to hand over land deeds and land certificates to one million people. Over 355 title deeds of sacred premises have been issued from 2015, with arrangements being made to provide another 700.
SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lanka's national carrier, and Oneworld alliance member, recently celebrated 40 years of operations at the Katunayake Airport. On the occasion, State Finance Minister Eran Wickramaratne was the chief guest. The event was attended by the Chairman of SriLankan Airlines, G.S. Withanage, Chief Executive, Vipula Gunatilleka and many staff members.
The Lotus Tower, the biggest 350-meter tower in South Asia, would be proclaimed open on September 16 at 5:00 p.m. under the aegis of President Maithripala Sirisena. USD 104 million was spent on building the tower and eighty percent of the price was financed by China's EXIM Bank.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh, Saudi Arabia's Speaker of the Shoura Council (Parliament), said effective measures would be taken to build powerful collaboration between Saudi Arabia and the parliaments of Sri Lanka. He said this when, today (September 10), he called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the office of the President in Colombo.
President Maithripala Sirisena inaugurates MAS Athena, Thulhiriya, of the Asia-Pacific Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation (10). President Sirisena pointed out that it is vital to maintain human beings and the environment in a healthy way in a timely way to ensure sustainable human and social life.
A mechanic who produced a jeep at a cost of Rs. 55,000 was reported from a remote village in Galbokkayaya that could accommodate five people.
The 15th Seva Vanitha Unit Army President (ASVU) Mrs.Sujeewa Nelson took office in her office in Narahenpita last month in the midst of religious blessings, warm greetings, and good wishes.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe opened the third exhibition of Enterprise Sri Lanka in Jaffna on Saturday. The PM said Rs.90,000 mn was disbursed as loans for multiple companies among 53,000 people.
In order to meet the shortage of subject-specialist educators in domestic and provincial colleges, 4,286 graduate holders of Colleges of Education were hired to the teacher service yesterday at a ceremony held yesterday under the patronage of the Prime Minister at Temple Trees.
A distinct fund will help to set up companies in the Jaffna region, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Jaffna last week at a conference on the Jaffna Municipal Grounds following the launch of several development initiatives in the Jaffna region. He said that the fishing industry will also be enhanced so that fishermen can go fishing in the deep sea.
Priority will be provided to duty-free shop stalls for Jaffna products at Palali Airport, Petroleum Resources and Civil Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranatunge said in Jaffna. Minister Ranatunge visited Palali Airport with a group of 80 representatives to see the project.
The Elections Department today asked individuals to make sure that their names were in the 2019 electoral register. It said that individuals could also check the inclusion of their names with the corresponding Grama Niladhari or by visiting the website of the Elections Department.
A team of experts led by Dr. Amila Sasanka Ratnayake at the Kandy Teaching Hospital
Sri Lanka has become the 5th nation to eliminate measles in Southeast Asia.
In its recently published book, the Yala National Park was ranked number six among the greatest national parks in the world by the famous National Geographic
The tourism industry welcomed the much expected decision by the government to lift the state of emergency from August 22, 2019, with a collective sigh of relief, hoping it will serve as a huge boost to the revival of the tourism industry that hit after the Easter Sunday terror attacks.
Sri Lanka and Australia have re-dedicated themselves to counter people smuggling and discussed in detail avenues for strengthening cooperation to address the recent escalation of the number of people-smuggling ventures from Sri Lanka to Australia since May, 2019.
This morning, the Railway Control Room said, a new train service called Sri Devi was commissioned from Colombo Fort to Kankesanthurai (KKS). From today the train will be in daily service. The train leaves Colombo Fort Railway Station at 3:55 p.m. and is planned to reach KKS at 11:14 p.m.
The Macau Tourism Crisis Management Office (GGCT) reduced its Sri Lankan travel advisory from Level 2 to Level 1, almost five months after the Easter Sunday terror attacks. However, the Office has advised residents of Macao who plan to travel to Sri Lanka to be cautious.
The national movement "Jeevanabhimani" begins as a rural-wide program to develop the attitudes and abilities of young people while preserving their dignity.
After concluding his official visit to the Maldives this morning, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe returned. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe agreed in a joint statement yesterday on the significance of working together bilaterally, regionally and multilaterally to combat the increasing threat of terrorism, violent extremism and radicalization at home and overseas.
‘It is the necessity of country to unite all to achieve peace while eliminating poverty’ – President
President Maithripala Sirisena says that uniting all without religious and ethnic distinctions is currently necessary to attain peace while eliminating poverty. The President extending his greetings to the World Annual Bora Conference said the Great Muhammad's teachings contained the same message as well.
‘Let’s Stand Together for the Country’ national development programme to be launched in 04 districts within next two months
The national development program' Rata Wenuwen Ekata Sitimu' (Let's Stand Together for the Country) introduced under President Maithripala Sirisena's directives with the objective of offering individuals with an effective and satisfactory service to solve their unresolved problems will be introduced in 04 districts in the next two months.
President presents teaching appointments to 587 graduates who passed teaching examination in the Western Province
The teacher should mediate to build both academically and ethically wealthy kids President Maithripala Sirisena says the teacher should mediate to build an academically and ethically enhanced disciplined pupil.
Sri Lanka has sought expertise in preventing violent extremism (PVE) from the Global Community Engagement & Resilience Fund (GCERF), in the post-Easter Sunday scenario where violent extremism has become the biggest threat to national security. At the invitation of the Foreign Ministry, the Executive Director of GCERF, Dr. Khalid Koser was in Sri Lanka from 27 – 30 August, and met with political leaders, senior officials and other stakeholders with a view to ascertain possible programs for GCERF assistance.
Professor Carlo Fonseka, former president of the Sri Lankan Medical Council (SLMC), aged 86, passed away today (02) because of illness. Fonseka was a former dean of Kelaniya University's Faculty of Medicine.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrived on an official visit to the Maldives today at the invitation of Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of the Maldives.
EPS Center of HRD Korea in Sri Lanka is organizing a Gathering of Returnees which will be held in Colombo at SLBFE, for people who returned after the completion of their employment in Korea under EPS System.
The fourth meeting of the Working Group on Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights under the European Union-Sri Lanka Joint Commission was held in Colombo on 30 August 2019.
A short time ago, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left for Maldives on an official three-day visit.
The malicious, grief-stricken memories of the 30-year-old civil war, the Palmyrah tree, the taste of Jaffna chicken curry savored years ago-these are the vague yet interrelated memories that crowd us in the South when someone says' Jaffna'
Ambassador-designate to Belgium Grace Asirwatham met with the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, Bruno van der Pluijm on 28 August 2019 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brussels.
President Maithripala Sirisena ordered the Commander of the Army and the Governor of the Northern Provincial Council to release the land held by the army and issue a complete report by October 1.
The Supreme Court instructed that the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha be held long-postponed elections. Elections to this local government body were postponed in 2018 after an interim order was given by the Supreme Court at that moment stopping it when one contesting political party lodged action owing to the failure to recognize their nomination documents.
As Sri Lankans we inherit an oriental religion, President Maithripala Sirisena says, and as a result we are a proud country with a peaceful culture.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby who is currently visiting Sri Lanka called on President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (29) and appreciated the commitment of President to build peace and reconciliation in the country.
Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe met yesterday with Canterbury Archbishop Rev Justin Welby, the Anglican Church's spiritual leader who is on a three-day solidarity visit to Sri Lanka.
Mahinda Deshapriya, Chairman of the National Elections Commission, states they are hoping to hold an election for Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha within the first week of October this year. After accepting nominations from the Democratic United National Front (DUNF), the Supreme Court today instructed the Elections Commission to hold the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha elections.
Hanaa Singer, the UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, published today (30) a statement marking the International Day of Victims of
Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual head of the Anglican world church, highlighted yesterday the need for Christian unity when he arrived at St. Sebastian Church, Katuwapitiya, where more than 100 people died in the suicide attacks of Easter Sunday.
The Yala National Park will be closed for September and October to repair its highways and lakes and to inseminate its wildlife.
The Irrigation Department has warned that the water level of the rivers Kalu, Gin and Kelani is currently increasing to' Flood Level.' The river's water point has reached the level of the spill from the Ratnapura area due to the downpours influencing the areas near the Kalu River, the Irrigation Department further said.
After the demise of Salinda Dissanayake, the Coordinating Officer of the AG said, the Election Commission was notified of the view of the Attorney General on the left vacant parliamentary seat. Last week, the Elections Commission indicated that measures had been taken,
Special notice of the Gazette was published declaring the railway service of Sri Lanka once again as an essential service. On August 27th, a special gazette notice was published making the railways an “essential public service” under the 1979 Essential Public Service Act No. 61.
Health authorities in Sri Lanka have stepped up their reaction to dengue in an attempt to prevent further spread of mosquito-borne dengue fever in many areas of the nation with heavy rains.
In order to promote mutual understanding, cooperation and exchanges between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in various areas, the Government of Pakistan has given fully-funded scholarships to 15 Sri Lankan students to study in Pakistani universities
An international conference to mark the completion of 1620 years to the historic seafarer of Ven. Fa-Hsien Thera of China and of the Silk Route, was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the BMICH yesterday.
It is scheduled that Sri Lanka and the Maldives will sign several agreements during next week's official visit to Malé by the Sri Lankan Prime Minister. On 2 September 2019, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will undertake an official visit to the Maldives at the invitation of Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to chair the 2019 Indian Ocean Conference.
A special traffic plan will be in force on the Colombo Marine Drive for certain hours today (30), the police spokesman said. The special traffic plan will be enforced from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow evening.
His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, Dawoodi Bohra community leader, arrived in Colombo yesterday to conduct a series of sermons in the city. Cabinet ministers, government officials, and community members received him at the airport.
Today, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, the car parade carrying the torch of 31st Mahaweli Games started near the Mahaweli Center (28).
President Maithripala Sirisena inaugurated the 2019 Colombo Defense Seminar at today's BMICH (29). For critical discussions under the theme of' Evolving Military Excellence in Contemporary Security Landscape,' the annual defense meeting will bring together a worldwide network of defense partners to formulate a collective and assertive strategy to repelling safety threats to countries.
President Maithripala Sirisena advised the authorities concerned to take measures to release land without creating any barriers to national security. The government has made special efforts over the past five years to release private lands that were under military control to their owners after the end of the armed conflict, the president said.
President Maithripala Sirisena will receive the honorary degree of Vidwath Jana Prasadini today at the call to confer the degree of Prachina Panditha at the Nelum Pokuna Theater, a release from the Ministry of Education said.
Archbishop Rt. Rev. Justin Welby of Canterbury, the spiritual leader of the Anglican Church, will arrive in Sri Lanka today on a three-day trip as a sign of solidarity with Sri Lanka. The Archbishop of Canterbury is expected to show solidarity with Sri Lanka in the wake of the April Easter Sunday bombings.
INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock praised the steps taken by President Maithripala Sirisena, the Ministry of Defence, Sri Lanka Police, and intelligence services for swiftly taking action to apprehend the criminals who were responsible for the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks. He presented President Sirisena with the INTERPOL Medal at the President’s Office in Colombo today.
Starting in the winter season, LOT will fly from Warsaw to Colombo in Sri Lanka with flights operating seasonally, from 3 November to 28 March, three times a week by modern Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.
The Bohra Global Convention is scheduled to be held from 1 st to 10 the September 2019 in Colombo, with an estimated participation of over 20, 000 guests, with accommodation expected in all-star class hotels.
At the invitation of Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will undertake an official visit to the Maldives on September 02. The two leaders will discuss bilateral ties and promote greater collaboration in different areas between the two countries.
The Colombo Defence Seminar would be held for the 9th consecutive year on August 29and 30th at the BMICH on the theme ‘Evolving Military Excellence in the Contemporary Security Landscape’.
The President's Scientific Publications Awards were held in Colombo yesterday (26) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Over 240 doctors and professors have got awards this year for their 2017 Scientific Publications.
Colombo's surveillance system (CCTV) will be technically developed in the future, said DIG Ajith Rohan.
President Maithripala Sirisena conferred "National Honors" for the outstanding and invaluable service they rendered to the Motherland on distinguished personalities.
The Management Services Department of the Ministry of Finance has been working out a mechanism to promote constables to positions up to Chief Inspectors of Police despite the existing cadre positions in the Police Department.
Mr. Mohamed Cassim Mohamed Faizal and Mr. Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, who resigned from their State Ministerial portfolios two months ago, were sworn in to their previous posts again before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat.
President Maithripala Sirisena says a building sector needs to prioritize sustainable development. These comments were made by the President at the inaugural ceremony of the global building exhibition' CONSTRUCT 2019'.
The second mobile service of Enterprise Sri Lanka which provides entrepreneurial loan at concessionary interest rates will be held at the Dambulla Pelwehera Agriculture School premises on August 24 and 25.
A short time ago, under the patronage of PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, the passenger boat service running on the Beira Lake from Union Place to Colombo Fort was launched. The boat service, which was proposed as a solution to the heavy traffic congestion in the town, is managed by the Sri Lankan Land Development Corporation (SLLDC).
The SAARC Development Fund will hold its 31st Board meeting on 23-24 August in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Dr. Sunil Motiwal, CEO of the SAARC Development Fund, called Mangala Samaraweera's Sri Lankan Finance Minister in his office on Tuesday before the session.
The Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) to supply, install and commission X-Ray baggage screening machines with explosive detection capabilities.
Over the next three weeks, the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) has advised the general public that water supply will be under lower pressure for various areas in Kalutara district.
President launches the National Quality Policy Report and the 24th National Quality Awards of Sri Lanka
The National Quality Policy Report and the 24th Sri Lankan National Quality Awards Ceremony were launched yesturday (21st) evening at the Neluam Pokuna Theater in Colombo under President Maithripala Sirisena.
The newly built academic center at the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM) in Colombo was opened by President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (21). PGIM is the only formal educational institution in Sri Lanka that provides medical doctors with specialist training and board certification.
President Maithripala Sirisena says Sri Lanka's faithful and trusted friend is strong peace-maker Yasushi Akashi. He said this when yesterday's President's Office (July 20) called for President Sirisena by the Japanese peace envoy Akashi.
Under the announcement of the Urban Development Authority (UDA), the Megapolis and Western Development Ministry, the Colombo Port City was created as an urban development region. According to the powers vested in the Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka, under the section 3 of the Urban Development Authority Act No. 41 of 1978, the Colombo Port City was declared as an Urban Development Area on Tuesday.
A special permanent unit has been established by the Elections Commission to monitor election violence and violate election laws and regulations at future elections. It is headed by Additional Election Commissioner . An election secretariat official said the secretariat has a presidential counsel to investigate daily received complaints. The unit would also seek media assistance in obtaining information on election violence.
The Indian Coast Guard held a high-level meeting with the Sri Lankan Coast Guard at Coast Guard Headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday and addressed a range of maritime security issues. Coast Guard K Natarajan headed the Indian side, while Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunge headed the Sri Lankan delegation, the Indian Ministry of Defense declaration said.
The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal to amend the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act. Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs Minister Abdul Haleem and Justice and Prison Reforms Minister Thalatha Atukorale submitted the proposal.
The Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka (INSSSL) launched its' Indo-Pacific: Security, Geopolitics, and Connectivity ' report. INSSSL Director-General Asanga Abeyagoonasekera and co-editors Ruwanthi Jayasekara, Research Assistant and Research Assistant Lucy Stronach submitted the original report to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. The Speaker acknowledged the importance of INSSSL's timely report and study work.
The final Randholi Perahera of the Bellanwila Rajamaha Vihara will parade the streets on August 24. Now the 69th annual Esala Maha Perahera Festival of the Rajamaha Vihara is held on a grand scale.
The National Elections Commission (NEC) says that it will display the updated electoral register from August 23rd. NEC Director-General Saman S. Ratnayake indicated that all Grama Seva Divisions and branches of the National Elections Commission would display the names omitted from the 2018 electoral register and the names added to the 2019 electoral register.
Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva has been appointed as the Sri Lankan Army's 23rd Commander. Defense Secretary General Shantha Kottegoda, stated that President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Shavendra Silva as commander of the Sri Lankan army.
The conduct of the EXPO 2020 exhibition in Dubai gives an opportunity to take Sri Lanka to the world. This observation has been made by Deputy Minister Nalin Bandara. The Exhibition will be held from the 20th of October next year to 10th April 2021.
Local News from Sri Lanka: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says his goal is to alter the current system, rebuild their confidence
President Maithripala Sirisena today awarded two war heroes with Veerodhara Vibushana medals. This highest gallantry medal awarded by the Commander-in-Chief for all the serving officers in Army, Navy and Air Force in recognition of their unmatched valour, dedication and unfailing commitment, stated the President’s Media Division.
The German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) provides a total sum of 4 Million Euros (approx. 800 Mn LKR) towards demining activities in affected areas of the Northern and Eastern Provinces in Sri Lanka. The GFFO took this decision in the light of Sri Lanka’s accession to the Ottawa Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, with the aim of assisting Sri Lanka to achieve the target of becoming a mine-impact free country by 2020.
To receive government complaints about illegal liquor, the Excise Department has launched a unique telephone hotline, #1913, with effect from today, Monday 19th. The 24-hour operational telephone contact will entertain all private complaints in any portion of the nation about any activity linked to any kind of illicit liquor, police sources said.
Today (July 19) at the President's House in Colombo, three fresh European envoys accredited to Sri Lanka submitted their credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena. Ms. Trine Eskedel–Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, Ms. Sarah Hulton–High Commissioner of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Ms. Tanja Gonggrijp –Ambassador of the Netherlands were the envoys who submitted credentials.
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake was nominated as the' National People's Power' presidential candidate led by the JVP. This was announced formally at this afternoon's Galle Face Green rally (18)