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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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