Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa can be taken to courts: Rajitha Senaratne

Co-Cabinet Spokesperson, Rajitha Senaratne said on Wednesday that the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa can be taken to courts over his admission to having given the order to distribute ‘Sil... More

No military operations in Mattala airport India deal

Sri Lanka is insisting on the inclusion of a specific clause in the proposed deal with India on the privatization of the Mattala Rajapaksaairport that will prevent it from being used for any military purposes, in a... More

Eliya movement of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa – the route to Presidency?

The theatre is being constructed to make the powerful former Defence Secretary and brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa the savior of Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism. The purpose clearly... More

War crimes: Exercise universal jurisdiction on Sri Lanka –UNHRC

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, on Monday (Sept 11) expressed frustration over the "slow pace of reforms" in Sri Lanka and said... More

Gota to be summoned by CID over crushing of 2012  prison riot

Former Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, former DIG Anura Senanayake, former Army commander Jagath Jayasuriya and several top ranking security establishment personnel would be summoned before the CID... More

Sri Lanka President slams retired army officer for inciting violence

President Maithripala Sirisena today accused a group of retired army officers politically linked to former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa of causing friction between disabled soldiers and the authorities. In an... More

Hambantota Port lease will save Rs 40 bn per year

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) would annually save around Rs. 40 billion by way of debt repayment through the lease of the Hambantota Port to China Merchant Port... More

Sri Lanka: Lalith, Anusha sentenced

Former presidential secretary Lalith Weeratunga and former director general of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC), Anusha Palpita were sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment after being found guilty to... More

Perpetual Treasuries Chief Dealer reveals: Aloysius received inside info from Lankan Central...

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry, probing alleged bond scams, resumed sittings on Wednesday, with Chief Dealer of Perpetual Treasuries (PTL), Nuwan Thilina Salgado, testifying. He said the company had... More

India hands over off-shore patrol vessel to Sri Lanka

Stepping up cooperation between the two coast guards, India Tuesday handed over an off-shore patrol vessel, Varuna, to Sri Lanka, the Indian maritime security agency said. The ship was... More

V2025 launched: Per capita income of USD 5,000, one million more jobs...

The Lankan government on Monday launched Vision 2025, aimed at establishing an "Enriched Country", at the BMICH in Colombo. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking after launching... More

Sirisena says he won’t hand over war heroes to foreign courts

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena took a public pledge on Sunday that, under no circumstances, will he hand over any war hero to a foreign court to face trial... More

Dayasiri – Arjuna clashed at Cabinet meeting

A heated argument had erupted between Petroleum Industry Minister Arjuna Ranatunga and Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara over cricket at the weekly Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, it is learnt. The problem... More

UNP to scuttle no-faith motion against Rajitha … won’t even allow it to...

Sri Lankan Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella said in Kandy on Monday (28), that the UNP would not allow the no-confidence motion against the Health and Indigenous... More

Drop in remittance from West Asia hurts Lankan economy

The Sri Lankan economy has suffered a severe blow from the Qatar-Gulf crisis and low oil prices following a drastic drop in remittances from Lankan migrant workers in West... More

Lanka passes 25% reservation for women in politics

The Sri Lankan parliament has passed a new local bodies election law under which women will get 25% reservation in seats where 60% of the seats will be filled... More

Sri Lanka: LG elections Bill passed

Local Government Elections (Amendment) bill was passed in Parliament on Friday with 120 voting for it none against and 44 abstaining. MPs of the Joint Opposition abstained from voting while... More

Sri Lanka: JO guns for Rajitha with no-confidence motion

The UPFA Joint Opposition group on Thursday submitted a no-confidence motion against Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne in Parliament. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya received this motion,... More

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... 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... 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... More


Sirisena in a fix over release of Tamil Tiger detainees

With three major national level elections to face in the coming three years, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is under pressure from multiple sections of the Sri Lankan polity and society to deliver on his electoral promises. Among... More

New Afghan strategy offers war not victory or peace

In its search for a strategy that might bring a victory -- or even a semblance of it -- in its longest war ever, the US is ending up offering more years of warfare than peace to... More

Will the Sinha to Miah transition solve the crisis?

Chief Justice Sinha is already history after his flight to Australia amidst much drama and corruption allegations made by the Government. His has been a dramatic regime anyway which began with calls to uphold the supremacy of... More

Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The role of Central Banks is critical in not only preventing and/or pre-empting failures... More

Aung San Suu Kyi reveals the strategic plans for Rakhine

At long last Aung San Suu Kyi has finally revealed the government’s new strategic plans for the trouble state of Rakhine. This is essentially the long-promised roadmap constructed around the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Advisory Commission... More


Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming... More

Slowdown haunts Indian government unwilling to admit its mis-steps

Seventy years after independence, India’s economy is at a critical juncture. Two years ago, thanks to a surge in growth since 2005 and China’s slowdown, India celebrated... More

Missing a Nobel chance

The Nobel Peace Prize, 2017, has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Had India joined 122 other member-states of the United... More

Fight the lie with the truth

The truth about Myanmar must be told, 10,000 times 10 years, the government of Myanmar has committed genocide against the Rohingya people. This is not a complicated issue,... More



Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate... More