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162 Colombo Port canteen fire kills one
[ Friday, 09-12-2016 10:55:19 ]

A 38-year-old person had been killed and another was injured due to a fire that broke out at a cafeteria in the premises of Colombo Harbour early today. The injured was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital. The fire, which broke out at 4 a.m today was doused with the assistance of the fire brigade and the Police. -Daily Mirror


162 SL mulls building naval craft: Ruwan
[ Friday, 09-12-2016 10:54:09 ]

Sri Lanka is looking at the possibility of building naval craft in collaboration with Japan, said State Minister for Defence Ruwan Wijewardene yesterday. Speaking during the committee stage debate on the budget in Parliament, he said this was one of the steps the government intended taking in order to upgrade the Sri Lankan armed forces. “Sri Lanka will acquire one offshore naval craft from India ne


rajan-hoole-3 Living At The End Of One’s Nerves
[ Saturday, 26-11-2016 7:34 ]

To the local Tamils and Muslims everything was stacked against them, with a number of ministries and state agencies working towards their discomfiture. Out of several moves, by the State they may protest and stop some of them. But the ones that succeed would have done a lot of damage. To those trying to protect the interests of the local community or seeing the long-term prospects, it was to live at the end of one’


chandrika-150x150 CBK Concerned Over Continuing Rise Of Hate Speech
[ Saturday, 26-11-2016 7:25 ]

The Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) headed by Chandrika Kumaratunga has today urged relevant authorities to take appropriate action against all hate speech incidents re


ameer_ali-140x150 Paranoia & Paralysis: The Buddhist-Muslim Tragicomedy
[ Saturday, 26-11-2016 3:32 ]

The military victory led by an overwhelmingly Sinhala-Buddhist army over the tyrannous LTTE in 2009 has, among other things, injected in the minds of certain sections of the Buddhist commu


amal-kumarage The Cost & Benefits Of Expressway Building
[ Saturday, 26-11-2016 2:53 ]

A road for the village has been a fail-safe election promise in Sri Lanka since Independence. Sixty thousand kilometres of rural roads were constructed between 1960 and 1990. Since 2000, aro


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162 Colombo Port canteen fire kills one
[ Friday, 09-12-2016 10:55 ]

A 38-year-old person had been killed and another was injured due to a fire that broke out at a cafeteria in the premises of Colombo Harbour early today. The injured was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital. The fire, which broke out at 4 a.m today was doused with the assistance of the fire brigade and the Police. -Daily Mirror

162 SL mulls building naval craft: Ruwan
[ Friday, 09-12-2016 10:54 ]

Sri Lanka is looking at the possibility of building naval craft in collaboration with Japan, said State Minister for Defence Ruwan Wijewardene yesterday. Speaking during the committee stage debate on the budget in Parliament, he said this was one of the steps the government intended taking in order to upgrade the Sri Lankan armed forces. “Sri Lanka will acquire one offshore naval craft from India ne

wijeyadasa_rajapaksa NPC resolution prohibiting Buddhist temples has no legal value: Wijeyadasa
[ Friday, 09-12-2016 10:51 ]

The resolution approved by the Northern Provincial Council prohibiting the construction of Buddhist temples in the North will have no legal value, Buddha Sasana and Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe told Parliament today while taking part in the committee stage debate on the Budget. He told Parliament that there were no constitutional provisions for provincial councils to introduce such resolution

maithripala-sirisena-13-july-15-prz-media Power is temporary: President
[ Friday, 09-12-2016 10:49 ]

President Maithripala Sirisena said today the power was temporary and the priority should be given to the programs carried out for the betterment of the people.  “It is the responsibility of the ministries and other institutions to use their power in a flexible way to find the solutions for this common problem”, he said. “Whatever the form in which the law and power exist, everybody should be f

muslims-remembers-the-birth-of-the-prophet-of-islam Healing The Wounds Of Racism: Lessons From The Holy Prophet Of Islam
[ Friday, 09-12-2016 10:47 ]

By Lukman Harees – As another birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet of Islam (OWBP) dawns, there are no signs of the well-orchestrated Islamophobic campaign launched on a global plane abating, with many far right groups taking the lead in many countries exploiting this trend to make political gains. In these challenging times, what are the lessons the world can draw from his great exemplary

rohana-jayaratne Our Unique Bio Diversity Needs Priority In The Development Agenda
[ Wednesday, 07-12-2016 7:04 ]

By Rohana Jayaratne – Black necked Storks I had the distinct privilege of spotting an elegant pair of black necked storks (ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) at the Kumana Sanctuary on a recent expedition with Cinnamon Trails on 16th October 2016 as per attached pictures I took with my amateur camera. This follows a similar sighting recently by Srilal Mithapla at Uda Walawe National Park. The sto

sabra-zahid MMDA: Personal Laws At The Expense Of Fundamental Rights?
[ Tuesday, 06-12-2016 7:01 ]

By Sabra Zahid – Given the division within the Muslim community with regard to reforming the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act of 1951 (MMDA), I thought I’d put down something as well to add to the discussion and also specifically after having listened to a few ladies share their experiences in the jury of a particular Quazi court (in the capacity of counselors of sorts). They had s

maithripala3 Ignorance Of Colombo NGOs And Bar Delays Appointing RTI Commission
[ Tuesday, 06-12-2016 6:55 ]

The Colombo Telegraph learns that the Presidential Secretariat is in the process of finalizing procedures for the appointment of the two remaining Commissioners to Sri Lanka’s Right to Information (RTI) Commission. The appointments are expected to take place within the coming week/s. The Commission consists of five persons appointed by the President upon the recommendation of the Constituti

siri-gamage Decentralisation Of Power To Provinces Is A Democratic Right
[ Tuesday, 06-12-2016 6:55 ]

By Siri Gamage – More powers to determine public affairs by the elected representatives in Provinces and Local Government areas should be viewed as a democratic right to be gained by the people living in these areas rather than diluting the powers that the Central Government in Colombo wields at present. The Central Government and its decision-making processes are far removed from th

lakshan-dias TISL Whistleblowers Ignored, Bullied, Victimised, And Corruption Inquiry Report Suppressed, Staff Say
[ Tuesday, 06-12-2016 6:52 ]

The Sri Lankan Chapter of the global anti-corruption body, Transparency International (TI) is accused of suppressing the inquiry report of its own corruption and malpractices. In August, Colombo Telegraph, reported serious allegations of corruption and malpractices at TISL. We reported that one of the whistleblower, Ananda Jayasekara, who had worked for TISL for ten years continuously although under

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ct-19-09-2016-10 Blessing or Curse?
[ Monday, 19-09-2016 8:53 ]

Given the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, local residents in different parts of the country have – in the absence of sufficient government action against the insurgents – taken up arms to defend themselves. While in some provinces such vigilantes are accused of abuse and harassment, an example in the North Eastern Province of Badakhshan seemingly had positive effects. But even in this example the threat

_91022912_mediaitem91022911-05-09-16 Giant pandas rebound off endangered list
[ Tuesday, 06-09-2016 9:55 ]

The giant panda is no longer an endangered species, following decades of work by conservationists to save it. The official status of the much-loved animal has been changed from "endangered" to "vulnerable" because of a population rebound in China. The change was announced as part of an update to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. But the update als

rtsjltx_2Japan-knife-attack-26-07-16 Japan knife attack leaves 19 dead
[ Tuesday, 26-07-2016 10:49 ]

Nineteen residents have been killed in a knife attack at a care centre for people with mental disabilities in the Japanese city of Sagamihara. Such attacks are extremely rare in Japan - the incident is the worst mass killing in decades. Police have arrested a local man, said to be a former employee of the centre, who went to a nearby police station and allegedly admitted to the attack. He reportedly said he wanted

Attack-in-Nice-80-Dead-15-07-16 Attack in Nice: 80 Dead
[ Friday, 15-07-2016 11:00 ]

At least 80 people were killed Thursday night when a truck careened through crowds of people celebrating Bastille Day in the southern French city of Nice. French President François Hollande has said the attack, which also left 18 people in critical condition and dozens more injured, was likely an act of terrorism. According to eyewitness accounts, bodies were sent flying into t

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Dr. Nalinda Herath President responded positively: GMOA
[ Saturday, 19-12-2015 9:06 ]

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) said President Maithripala Sirisena had given a positive response to its demands during the discussion its members had with the President yesterday afternoon. During the discussion, the GMOA had put forward some issues including their strong opposition to the South Asian Institution of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), Economic and Technology Cooperative Agreement

kiriella Govt. opposes Indian bridge, tunnel link to Sri Lanka
[ Saturday, 19-12-2015 8:38 ]

Leader of the House University Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella told media yesterday that Sri Lankan government was against India’s plans to build a bridge between Rameshwaram of Southern India and Thalaimannar. Commenting on Indian Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari’s Wednesday statement to the Lok Sabha that India was set to build a sea bridge and tunnel connecting Sri Lanka,

Prof. Razeen Sally Govt urged to put ‘the right people in the right place along with the right system’
[ Saturday, 19-12-2015 8:32 ]

The 2016 budget does not tally with the economic policy statement laid out by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe recently and the government needs to start putting the "right people in the right place along with the right system," to genuinely implement reforms to put the country in order, internationally renowned economist Prof. Razeen Sally said. "Sri Lanka's high exposure to external debt has widened her curre

laura UK-led foreign coalition in overdrive to help GOSL
[ Saturday, 19-12-2015 8:28 ]

Battle against corruption An international coalition led by Britain is now helping the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government stamp out corruption. Deputy British High Commissioner Laura Davies said that the UK would work closely with the US, Australia and Switzerland to help the new administration. Davies is also accredited to the Maldives. Davies said that the UK was in the process of enhancing Sri Lanka’s

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