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SL’s computer literacy 27.6% in 2016


The percentage of computer literate population over the survey periods has been gradually increasing. Overall computer literacy reported in 2016 for Sri Lanka is 27.6 percent. The survey results show an increase of 7.3 percentage points from 2009... More

Lankan President sacks Justice Minister on request of PM


After weeks of being netted in controversy for his damning critique of diverse government policies, Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe was Wednesday afternoon removed from his ministerial position by President Maithripala Sirisena. The decision by... More

Lankan PM advises President to sack Justice Minister Wijeyadasa


Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has advised President Maithripala Sirisena to sack Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Raja pakshe for acts not compatible with the policies of the government of Sri Lanka. Wickremesinghe met Sirisena late on Monday, and... More

Highways to be leased out to Chinese Co: PHU


The government is attempting to lease out the three expressways to a Chinese Company called ‘Shandong’, the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) claimed today. It said a proposal was to be presented to the Cabinet this week to lease... More

Sril Lankan PM and President in midnight powwow over Wijeyadasa


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena had an emergency meeting on Monday night following a government parlimentary group meeting at Temple Trees. Government sources said some MPs had taken up the issue of Justice and Buddha... More

Sri Lanka: Govt. to hold parliamentary, presidential polls together


The government is, in consultation with political parties, exploring the possibility of holding both parliamentary and presidential polls on the same day, says Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne. "Conducting local, provincial , parliamentary and presidential elections on separate days... More

Lankan govt. on financial policy see saw


In the backdrop of announcing a much dreaded re-making of the country’s tax system through a new Inland Revenue Bill, the Lankan Government has paradoxically announced a surprise “pre-budget relief package” including a host of concessions such... More

Constitution won’t permit foreign judges, says FM Marapana


Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, PC, on Friday said foreign judges couldn’t be accommodated in domestic judicial mechanisms in accordance with the Constitution. He said so when The Island asked him whether he, would as a former Attorney General,... More

Sirisena makes history by appointing a Tamil as navy chief after 47...


Sri Lankan President Maithripal Sirisena made history on Friday, when he appointed Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah, from the minority Tamil community, as Commander of the Sri Lakan Navy (SLN) after a gap of 47 years. Sinniah’s appointment is... More

UNP adopt No-Confidence motion against Wijeydasa


The Working Committee of the United National Party (UNP) and its parliamentary group on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution stating they do not have confidence in the conduct of Justice and Buddhasasana Minister Wijeydasa Rajapakshe. The resolution submitted... More

China is key to Sri Lanka’s progress: Survey


Close to 72% of the respondents of an islandwide poll conducted for business magazine LMD by research firm Kantar TNS believe that China is key to Sri Lanka’s economic progress. Survey participants point out that China ‘provides donations... More

Colombo among biggest improving cities during five years


Sri Lanka’s main commercial city Colombo is among the five biggest improvers during the last five years in terms of liveability, recently released Global Liveability Report 2017 showed. According to the report by The Economist Intelligence Unit, Colombo... More

Sri Lanka, China port deal to attract meaningful FDIs: CCC


Sri Lanka's largest business community, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), on Tuesday expressed the appreciation for the steps taken to develop the Hambantota Port. In a statement, the CCC said the reported scale and size of the... More

New Foreign Minister appointed in Lanka, Karunanayake awaits comeback


Tilak Janaka Marapana, Minister of Development Assignments was sworn-in as Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister on Tuesday in place of Ravi Karunanayake who had resigned last week on account of a controversial financial dealing with a principal figure... More

Is Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe bidding for Lanka’s Sinhala-Buddhist constituency?


Sri Lanka’s Minister for Justice and Buddha Sasana, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, appears to be making a bid to capture the island’s core political constituency - the Sinhala Buddhist-Nationalist constituency - in the absence of credible senior claimants. The constituency... More

3 family members of former President Rajapaksa quizzed 


In Sri Lanka, three family members of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa have been summoned for questioning this week by investigative authorities in cases of crime and corruption. Former first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa has been summoned to the Criminal... More

Does China harbor strategic ambitions for SL port?


Sri Lanka says it’s a way for it to help claw its way out of debt. China says it’s a strictly commercial deal for one of its state firms. But analysts say the Hambantota port on the southern... More

SL’s economy continues to stabilize – IMF


Sri Lankan economy which showed signs of stabilization in 2016 has continued that trend in 2017, the IMF said. Sri Lanka’s overall fiscal deficit decreased from 7 percent to 5.4 percent of GDP between 2015 and 2016, with... More

Lankan political saga continues post Karunanayake resignation


Three days after the voluntary exit of Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake for his link with the Central Bank bond scam, when he was Finance Minister, the debate is still rife comparing Karunanayake to a sacrificial goat in... More

Don’t use LTTE label on every incident in the North: Army Commander


Army Commander Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake says that tagging the ‘LTTE label’ on every incident happening in the north is "completely misplaced" as sporadic activity by "subversive groups" do not constitute a threat to national security. Asked by... More

TNA won’t back 20 A: Govt. move to put off PC polls...


The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Friday declared that it wouldn’t support the 20th Amendment to the Constitution in its present form, under any circumstances, top party spokesperson, Jaffna District MP M.A. Sumanthiran told The Island. The TNA... More

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Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... More

Hunt with the hound, swim with the crocodile

On the sidelines of the G20 conference in Argentina, there were two very important summits. One involved US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This was the first trilateral that brought Modi and Trump together. “The relationships between our three countries is extremely good, extremely strong. I think, with India, maybe stronger than ever. And with Japan, I think, stronger than ever,” Trump said, as... More

India’s dead-end Afghan policy

While India has been investing in Afghanistan for several years, the changing dynamics of the Afghan war indicate that this economic, political and diplomatic investment may not yield the desired results after all. First and foremost, India’s Afghan-policy has been driven by the imperative of having a strong presence on Pakistan’s western border, which India has been able to pursue—and aims to continue—with the help of Kabul. But the... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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