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- Two including MR’s driver further remanded
The Colombo Magistrate’s Court has extended former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s driver’s placement in remand custody till July 18, our news sources said. The chauffeur and another individual were previously arrested over the alleged misuse of state-owned property. The court correspondent stated that the Court today (11) ordered that the two arrestees be placed in remand... [full post]
- Saman Kumara at CB suspended from duty
he Attorney-General’s Department informed that Saman Kumara, a senior employee of the Central Bank, had been suspended from duty. The Attorney-General had made the announcement upon appearing before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to conduct investigations into the alleged Central Bank bond scam.
- Corruption case against Mahindananda fixed for trial
The Colombo High Court yesterday fixed the trial against UPFA member of parliament for Kandy District Mahindananda Aluthgamage for Nov. 21. He has been indicted for his inability to explain how he earned Rs. 27 million to purchase a house in Colombo 7 during the former regime. The complainant is the CID. The Deputy... [full post]
- Dinesh questioned for three hours
Presidential Commission inquiring into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) yesterday questioned Joint Opposition Parliamentary Group and MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardena for nearly three hours. The PRECIFAC questioned Gunawardena on an alleged fraud running to Rs 3,000 million in implementing a drinking water project during the... [full post]
- Travel ban on Jaliya Wickramasuriya temporary lifted
Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya, who is under investigation for allegedly misusing state funds, was permitted to travel abroad by the Fort Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne lifted the travel ban following a request made by a Counsel who appeared on behalf of Wickramasuriya. The Counsel has apprised... [full post]
- Two cops remanded
Two police officers who were arrested in connection with the shooting at Point Pedro have been remanded until 24 July. The suspects were remanded after being produced before the Jaffna Magistrate this afternoon. The two arrested officers have also been suspended from duty. Police opened fire at a lorry carrying sand which neglected a order... [full post]
- Dambulla Cave Temple to be closed temporarily
The Dambulla Cave Temple will be closed temporarily for conservation until further notice, the Education Ministry said. Accordingly, the archaeological site will temporary remain closed for tourists, the Ministry said in a statement. The ticket issuing at the site will too be handled by the Central Cultural Fund in future.
- Zimbabawe beat SL to secure series win
Zimbabwe beat Sri Lanka by three wickets to win the series, 3-2. Sri Lanka scored a grand total of 203 for 8 wickets, in the space of 50 overs, while Zimbabwe who batted second, finished the match with a score of 204 for 7 wickets in 38.1 overs. The match was the fifth out of... [full post]
- Gotabaya Rajapaksa at CoI today
Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa Monday morning (10) arrived at the Commission of Inquiry (CoI), an official said. Gotabaya was summoned to certify the fact through a Justice of Peace that the Defence Ministry granted permission to remove pieces of scrap metal at the Kankesanthurai Cement Factory. Meanwhile, Joint Opposition MP Dinesh Gunawardena has too... [full post]
- 2% tax on land hosting dengue breeding sites
The government on Monday said it would impose a new tax on abandoned lands in the Western Province to help curb the spread of dengue fever, which has claimed 225 lives. Chief Minister of the Western Province Isuru Dewapriya said a 2 percent tax would be charged on the total value of the abandoned lands... [full post]
- CB bond Scam: Saman Kumara suspended from duty
The Attorney-General’s Department informed that Saman Kumara, a senior employee of the Central Bank, had been suspended from duty. Ada Derana reporters stated that the Attorney-General had made the announcement upon appearing before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to conduct investigations into the alleged Central Bank bond scam. The suspension was ordered as Saman... [full post]
- Sakvithi Ranasinghe file missing: AG orders CID to investigate
The Attorney General today informed Colombo High Court that a document file pertaining to the registration activities of Sakvithi Housing and Construction (Pvt.) Ltd that was maintained by the company’s registered office, has gone missing. Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris appearing for the Attorney General made this remarks when the case against Sakvithi Ranasinghe and... [full post]
- Disappearance bill to deal with future only – Minister Samaraweera
The proposed Bill for protection against enforced disappearances provides only for the future and it has nothing to do with the past incidents, Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. Samaraweera made this clarification issuing a media communique yesterday to counter the allegations against the proposed legislation. The Government presented the International Convention for the... [full post]
- Government will move forward without any fear of challenges and criticisms – President
The current government will move forward without any fear of the challenges and criticisms for the betterment of the people of the country, says President Maithripala Sirisena. He said that if he can’t face challenges and criticisms, he wouldn’t have come out from the previous government in November 2014. “How many humiliations and insults did... [full post]
- Proposed new Constitution has no hidden clauses – Gayantha
Lands and Parliamentary Affairs Minister and Chief Government Whip Gayantha Karunathilake yesterday assured that the proposed new Constitution will not include any hidden clauses harmful to the country and it will not create division. He said the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country will not be compromised and Buddhism will not be threatened... [full post]
- Uma Oya project to proceed
The government will go ahead with the completion of the Uma Oya Multi-purpose Development Project as the majority of work has already been completed, State Minister of Mahaweli Development, Mahinda Amaraweera said today. “The project would resolve water issues in the Moneragala District and while the last government also planned to take water to Hambantota... [full post]
- New President’s Secretary, Defence Secretary, Army Commander and EP Governor
Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando has been appointed as the new Secretary to the President. He received his letter of appointment from President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday. He is one of the most senior civil servants of the country and he holds Masters (MA) in Public Administration from the University of Sri... [full post]
- Japan provides Rs 358 million for HRD Scholarships
The Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resources Development Scholarship (JDS) Program was introduced in Sri Lanka in 2010 by the Government of Japan in order to provide opportunities to the executive level public sector officials to undergo Master Degree Programs in prominent universities in Japan. Accordingly, under the first framework (2010-2013) and the second framework... [full post]
- Removal of Carlo Fonseka not a solution to SAITM issue
Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Leader Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka today said that the removal of Professor Carlo Fonseka from his position as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) is not a solution to the SAITM issue. He made this observation at a media conference held today at JHU office... [full post]
- GMOA to launch strike on July 5
The central committee of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has given consent to launch a continuous strike. Accordingly, the GMOA will be launching the continuous strike from Wednesday (05) onwards. Representatives of the Association informed the media of the impending strike during a media briefing which was held in Colombo today (03). The GMOA... [full post]
- The Aftermath: Aluthgama Three Years On
“Mewa dakala danwath meka nawaththuwoth monawa nathath, eka mokakhari” (If they see these and put an end to this, if nothing else, that’s something) The words of a Muslim man I met...
- Disinformation in Sri Lanka: An overview
Featured image courtesy EPThinkTank/Alswart Editor’s Note: This discussion note was prepared in the run up to the Digital Disinformation Forum, held on June 26 and 27. Excerpts of this were used in...
- Blue Sky Mining
Featured image courtesy NewsFirst “We are aware of the great difference in carbon dioxide that is emitted from biological sources and carbon dioxide emitted from fossil sources. One has sequestered rates measured...
- Sri Lanka’s current political impasse: Some additional thoughts
Photo courtesy News In Asia Editors note: Read in conjunction with Sri Lanka’s deepening political crisis: Not losing an opportunity to lose another opportunity by the same author. Sri Lanka has entered...
- Sri Lanka’s deepening political crisis: Not losing an opportunity to lose another opportunity
Image courtesy Asian Mirror Editors note: Also read Sri Lanka’s current political impasse: Some additional thoughts by the same author. Is the Yahapalanaya (‘good governance’) regime jointly led President Sirisena and Prime...
- Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) on Lakshan Dias
Image courtesy News First The reply sent by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka [BASL] to Lakshan Dias is embarrassing. Faced with a belligerent Ministerial threat to disenroll him Dias had emailed...
- Bias in the Dias affair: A reflection
The initial shock at the response of a high ranking minister to comments made by a citizen on a recent talk show, soon shifted to the realisation of its seriousness. During the...
- Aluthgama Three Years On
Dharga town is sleepy in the afternoon heat, especially at this time of year, the month of Ramadan. However, three years ago, in 2014, the streets were filled with smoke. Groundviews has...
- World Refugees Day and refugees from and to Sri Lanka
Photograph courtesy Borgen Magazine 20th June is World Refugee Day. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that 65.6 million people have been forcibly displaced globally. I have heard that close...
- A Tale of Incompetence – RTI Reveals CMC Inaction Leading Up To Meethotamulla Tragedy
On April 14, 2017 the garbage dump in Meethotamulla collapsed, killing 32 people. These deaths could have been avoided. That they could not, points to a systematic failure of the State to...
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- President’s diary: Report on Motor traffic fines increase handed over
Sticking to tradition, the new Commander of Sri Lanka Army Lt. General Mahesh Senanayake called on President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday July 11). The 22nd Commander of the Sri Lankan Army presented a special memento to the President to mark... [full post]
- Central Bank Bond Scam: A new twist in the saga
We have been reporting on the Central Bank Bond Scam constantly since day one. The story of the scam, which allegedly cost the nation billions in money, took a brand new twist on Tuesday, July 11.... [full post]
- Mahinda Rajapaksa’s driver denied bail, further remanded
Captain Tissa Wimalasena – the driver of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and Lal Priyantha Peiris (former Councillor of the Puttalam Pradeshiya Sabha have been remanded until the July 18. Captain Wimalasena was arrested recently over charges of allegedly carrying out... [full post]
- AG’s Department to conduct investigation on Uma Oya Project
The Auditor General’s Department has taken steps to conduct an investigation into issues regarding the Uma Oya project. Auditor General, Gamini Wijesinghe, that a number of issues pertaining to the commencement of the project will be inspected, adding that a... [full post]
- Health Minister vows to curb Dengue within a month
Minister of Health, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, says that a programme is to be implemented where the spread of Dengue would be curbed by 50 percent within a month. The Minister said this programme would be implemented based on the... [full post]
- “I do not need to be forgiven, what I want is justice” – Gotabhaya Rajapaksa
Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and former Minister Dinesh Gunawardena appeared before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire Into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) today. PRECIFAC is investigating... [full post]
- SriLankan Airlines required to pay US$700,000 over failure to release airbus on time
Reports state that SriLankan Airlines has failed to release an Airbus aircraft to an Indian company after its lease expired. It is learnt that a loss of approximately USD 700,000 has been incurred due to this delay. When contacted by... [full post]
- Former President of SLMC makes an appeal to the GMOA
Members of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) called on Professor Carlo Fonseka today and handed in a request calling on him to remain as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Medical Council for the next five years. Responding to... [full post]
- What does the future hold for the Anti Corruption Committee Secretariat?
The Anti Corruption Committee Secretariat was established by the present government in line with their aim to crack down on fraud and corruption.It has been ten days since the work on the Committee Secretariat came to a standstill. This Secretariat... [full post]
- “Bill for protection against enforced disappearances provides only for the future”
Issuing a media release, Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera notes that the proposed Bill for protection against enforced disappearances provides only for the future, and that it has nothing to do with the past incidents. The government... [full post]
- Angelo Mathews steps down as captain from all formats
July 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's skipper Angelo Mathews has stepped down as Sri Lanka captain in all three formats, following his Sri Lanka's 3-2 ODI series loss to Zimbabwe.
- Sri Lanka Cricket apologizes to temporary ground workers at Hambantota after disgraceful Incident
July 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's cricket board has apologized to the temporary ground workers at Hambantota Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium after they were told to strip off their Sri Lankan Cricket uniforms before they could get paid.
- WHO submits report on controlling dengue mosquitoes to Health Minister
July 11, Colombo: The World Health Organization has submitted a report to the Health Ministry on measures which need to be taken to control the spread of dengue in Sri Lanka.
- Former president's driver Capt. Tissa Wimalasena further remanded
July 11, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today further extended the remand of Captain Tissa Wimalasena, the driver of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Puttalam Pradeshiya Sabha member Lal Priyantha Peiris.
- Families of Meethotamulla garbage dump collapse victims receive Rs. 1 mn compensation for loss of life
July 11, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to pay Rs. 1 million for loss of life due to the collapse of the Meethotamulla garbage dump.
- Mobile payment for Nutrition Program for Pregnant Mothers
July 11, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government plans to provide the Rs. 20,000 allowance for expectant mothers, currently distributed through the Divisional Secretariats, as a digital voucher to their mobile phones.
- Sri Lanka's new Inland Revenue Act aims to broad base and simplify the tax system for an investor friendly atmosphere
July 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's new Inland Revenue Act will broad base and simplify the tax system for an investor friendly atmosphere, the island's Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera says.
- New Army Commander sets out plans to raise standards of Sri Lanka Army to fit country's current needs
July 11, Colombo: The new Commander of Sri Lanka Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake has set out his vision and future roles of the Army to elevate the organization to meet the required modern standards considering the country's current needs.
- Report on restructuring fines for road rule violations presented to President
July 11, Colombo: The final report on the fairness of increasing of the amount of fines for violation of road rules, formulated by the committee appointed by the President, was handed over to the President today (July 11) at the Presidential Secretariat.
- WTO to give Sri Lanka first glimpse of the landmark Information Technology Agreement
July 11, Colombo: As the World Trade Organization's landmark global Information Technology Agreement (ITA) completes its 20th anniversary, Sri Lanka will catch its first glimpse of the agreement in Colombo tomorrow.
- Pakistan agrees to provide 25,000 MT of rice to Sri Lanka
July 11, Islamabad: Pakistan has agreed to provide initially 25,000 metric tons of non-basmati rice to Sri Lanka that would be procured on government to government basis, Associated Press of Pakistan reported.
- SriLankan Airlines recruits 20 management trainees
July 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines said creating opportunities for dynamic young individuals to achieve their potential, the airline has recruited 20 new management trainees following a one-year comprehensive training program.
- Sri Lanka condemns militant attack on Hindu pilgrims in Kashmir
July 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka today expressed strong condemnation for the terrorist attack on Amarnath Yatris Hindu pilgrims in Kashmir on Monday.
- Defense Adviser at Sri Lanka embassy in Washington missing - report
July 11, Colombo: An army brigadier who had served as a security advisor at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington DC has disappeared after this tenure ended at the embassy, a local media report said.
- Historic Dambulla Cave temple to be closed temporarily for renovation
July 11, Colombo: The Archaeological Advisory Board has decided to temporarily close the historic Rangiri Dambulla Cave temple complex for both local and foreign tourists for conservation and preliminary testing.
- Tamil Nadu CM says Sri Lanka showcases its 'high-handedness' arresting fishermen
July 10, Colombo: The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state Edappadi K. Palaniswami says Sri Lanka is showcasing its "high-handedness" by continuing to arrest the Indian fishermen violating the island's territorial water for poaching.
- Sri Lanka President says government will provide rice at concessionary rate if price goes up further
July 10, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the government will take steps to provide rice at a concessionary rate to the public by importing from other countries, if the price of rice goes up in the local market further, as the paddy production decreased due to the recent droughts.
- Prof. Carlo Fonseka appeals to GMOA not to strike on his behalf
July 10, Colombo: The former Chairman of the Sri Lanka Medical Council Prof. Carlo Fonseka today said he is not prepared to accept the Chairman's post again and appealed to the state doctors' union, Government Medical Officers'' Association (GMOA) not to launch a strike on his behalf.
- Customs thwarts attempt to smuggle in cigarettes
July 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport this morning arrested a passenger who was attempting to smuggle in foreign cigarettes illegally.
- UN Special Rapporteur on human rights begins mission to Sri Lanka
July 10, Colombo: United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson has arrived in Sri Lanka for a five-day official visit at the invitation of the Sri Lankan government.
- Jaliya Wickramasuriya gets court nod to visit US for 8 weeks for medical treatment
July 10, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Monday granted permission to former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States Jaliya Wickramasuriya to travel to U.S. for eight weeks.
- New program launched to properly distribute government's welfare benefits
July 10, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has launched a program utilizing new technology to properly distribute welafare benefits to the people.
- Minister appeals to PM for speedy resettlement of Mannar district's IDPs
July 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce and Wanni district parliamentarian Rishad Bathiudeen has appealed to the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to expedite the resettlement of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Mannar district.
- Sri Lankan delegation arrives in Pakistan to finalize export of 300,000 MT rice
July 10, Islamabad: A Sri Lankan delegation has arrived in Islamabad to negotiate with the Pakistani officials to finalize deal to export 300,000 metric tons of rice to Sri Lanka.
- Update: Police officers arrested over Pt. Pedro shooting remanded till July 24
July 10, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today remanded the two police officers arrested for fatal shooting at a truck illegally transporting sand at a checkpoint in Point Pedro, Jaffna.
- Australian Naval Ship 'Arunta' arrives at Sri Lanka's Colombo Port on goodwill visit
July 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed an Australian naval ship arrived todayat the Port of Colombo on a goodwill visit.
- FAO and the Ministry of Education support school garden initiative for better nutrition in Sri Lanka
July 10, Colombo: The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) together with the Ministry of Education hosted an event last week at Wijerama Maha Vidyalaya in Udahamulla, Nugegoda to highlight the importance of school gardens for child nutrition and life skills.
- Sri Lanka FM reiterates necessity of a complete constitution acceptable to all communities
July 10, Colombo: The Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake reiterates that the main aim of the Unity Government is to enter a process of Constitutional Amendment that would form a unitary system of rule where Buddhism is fostered, protected and is given its due place and honor.
- Two police officers arrested over fatal shooting at truck in Point Pedro
July 10, Colombo: Two police officers have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting at a truck that ran through a check point in Point Pedro resulting in the death of a youth.
- Sri Lanka FM, Qatar PM discuss enhancing bilateral relations
July 10, Doha: Qatar's Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani met Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake, and the accompanying delegation at Al Bahr Palace in Doha yesterday.
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- Man injured in shoot out at Mahabage
A man was injured when a motorcyclist shot at a jeep in Mahabage this evening, Police said.
- EPF officer who dealt with PTL interdicted
A senior officer of the Central Bank's EPF Department, Saman Kumara, who dealt on behalf of the EPF in secondary market transactions with Perpetual Treasuries Ltd., (PTL) has been interdicted by the CB, the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) today confirmed to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI).
- GMOA threatens to reveal 'true' situation on Dengue
The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) is to complain to foreign embassies about Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne’s inability to find a solution to the dengue outbreak in the country which had now reached epidemic proportions.
- Fines for road rule violations: Report submitted to President
The final report on the fairness of increasing the amount of fines for violation of road rules, formulated by the committee appointed by the President, was handed over to the President today at the Presidential Secretariat.
- New Constitution instead of Amendments: Ajith P Perera
The Government had decided to bring in a new Constitution because the present Constitution had gone through so many amendments, Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera said today.
- Mathews reconsidering captaincy after Zimbabwe low
Angelo Mathews is reconsidering his role as Sri Lanka captain after the one-day series loss to Zimbabwe which he considers one of the lowest points in his career, the 30-year-old has said.
- U.S. military plane crashes in Mississippi; 16 dead
At least 16 people were killed when a U.S. military plane crashed in rural Mississippi on Monday evening, a regional emergency management official said.
- SL condemns terror attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in India
Sri Lanka today condemned the terror attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India, where seven pilgrims were killed and another 19 were injured on Monday.
- Dambulla Cave Temple closed indefinitely for conservation
The Dambulla Cave Temple Complex for tourists until further notice, the Archeological Advisory Committee announced yesterday.
- Burning of tyres continue in Pt. Pedro
Burning of tyres on the road and pelting stones at the Special Task Force (STF) were reported for the second day in the Point-Pedro area in Jaffna yesterday, in connection with an incident in which an individual was killed when an illegal sand transporting vehicle was shot at by the Police.
- 143,902 multiple registrations in 2016
The annual report of the Elections Commission has revealed that according to the 2016 electoral lists 143,902 people had registered their names several times.
- GMOA forms new alliance
The Frontline Socialist Party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), Hela Urumaya, Joint Opposition and several trade unions today pledged their support to the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) to form a new alliance to abolish the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).
- PCoI allows counsel to represent Aloysius
In the wake an allegation levelled against Perpetual Treasuries chief Arjun Aloysius that he had interfered with a witness who was supposed to testify at PCoI, a President’s Counsel today represented Mr. Aloysius to protect his interests at the inquiry.
- Qatari FM briefs Ravi on measures taken against them
Foreign Minister of Qatar has briefed Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake on the latest developments in the Gulf crisis and the ‘illegal’ measures taken against Qatar, the Gulf Times reported today.
- Carlo rejects GMOA requests
Turning down requests by the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) to be reappointed as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), Prof. Carlo Fonseka cited his medical condition as the reason to do so.
- Zimbabwe restrict Sri Lanka to 203
Off-spinner Sikandar Raza claimed three wickets to help Zimbabwe restrict Sri Lanka to 203 for eight in the fifth and deciding one-day international on Monday.
- Kaduwela - Kadawatha segment on E01 closed again
The segment between Kaduwela and Kadawatha on the Southern Expressway would be closed for traffic from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm today to enable the removal of the high tension cable which had fallen on the expressway last night, the Road Development Authority said.
- Abandoned lands in WPC to be taxed
Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya has directed the authorities to charge a two per cent tax on the total value of the lands remaining abandoned in Western Province in keeping with the laws pertaining to such matters.
- Gota at PRECIFAC
Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived at the PRECIFAC this morning in connection with the investigation into a fraud at the KKS cement factory.
- Update: SI and constable remanded over Pt. Pedro shooting
A Sub Inspector and a Police Constable, attached to the Point Pedro Police Station, who were arrested in connection with the shooting which an individual was killed when an illegal sand transporting vehicle was shot at by the Police, were remanded till July 24 by the Pont Pedro Magistrate Court today.
- Web of deals between Perpetual Treasuries, EPF, Sri Lanka Insurance, NSB revealed
Sri Lanka's Employment Provident Fund, a state insurer and a savings bank bought bonds originally held by Perpetual Treasuries at pre-arranged rates from PABC, a commercial bank, a commission inquiring into a securities scam was told.
- Sri Lanka cricket apologises to stripped groundsmen
Dozens of groundsmen at Sri Lanka's Hambantota cricket stadium have complained that they were ordered to give back their uniforms before being paid -- even though they were wearing them at the time.
- Sri Lanka should regulate investment banks, advisory services: IOSCO
ECONOMYNEXT – The global standard setter for securities regulation has urged Sri Lanka’s markets regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to regulate investment banking and advisory services as a priority.
- Sri Lanka HNB Rights to boost capital, loan growth: Moody’s
ECONOMYNEXT – The Rs15 billion rights issue by Sri Lanka’s Hatton National Bank (HNB), rated B1 negative, will boost its capital and loan growth at a time the island’s banks have faced shrinking capital buffers, Moody’s rating agency said.
- UN agency helps promote small business in Sri Lanka
ECONOMYNEXT - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will hold a trade fair in Sri Lanka this week aiming to promote small businesses in outlying districts of the island.
- Namalie Herath to head Newco Sri Lanka
Namalie Herath, General Manager of MEC Sri Lanka, will take over as chief executive of newly combined MEC and Maxus 'NewCo' agency in the country when it launches in January 2018.
- Asian markets push rally into second day ahead of earnings
Asian markets on Tuesday built on the previous day's rally after a broadly positive lead from Europe and Wall Street, while traders look ahead to the start of US earnings.
- US legislators call on SEC to reject Chinese takeover of Chicago Stock Exchange
Eleven US legislators are urging regulators to block a Chinese takeover of the niche Chicago Stock Exchange, according to a letter sent Monday.
- Sri Lanka's Lak Sathosa loses Rs8.4bn in two years, bank debt spikes to Rs12bn
Sri Lanka's Lak Sathosa, which has a history of procurement corruption and buffer stock fraud, has lost 4.8 billion rupees in 2016 and has accumulated 12.3 billion in bank debt, a government report shows.
- Sri Lanka airport targets 10.5mn passengers in 2017
ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's main international airport is targeting 10.5 million passengers in 2017, with 9.5 million passengers passing through in 2016 despite having a designed capacity for only 6 million visitors.
- Mathews steps down as Sri Lanka captain
Angelo Mathews has stepped down as Sri Lanka captain in all three formats, following his sides 3-2 ODI series loss to Zimbabwe. Mathews, who called the defeat one of the lowest points of his career and said in its aftermath that he would discuss his... Read More
- An individual shot at in Wattala
An individual shot at in Magulpokuna area in Mahabage, Wattala and hospitalized in critical condition. Read More
- New Army Commander meets President
Lieutenant Genera Mahesh Senanayake who assumed duty as the 22nd commander of Sri Lanka Army met President Maithripala Sirisena today. Meanwhile High Court Judges A.A.G.R. Amarasekera and A.L. Shiran Gunarathna and Senior Deputy solicitor general Janak... Read More
- Independent media regulatory Draft Bill to the Cabinet within 2 months
A five member committee including 4 government ministers have been appointed to discuss the proposed Independent media regulatory Draft Bill and submit a report to the Cabinet within 2 months. Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Health Minister... Read More
- Chief Incumbent of Dambulla temple refuses to close the temple
Different views have been expressed over the decision taken by the Archaeological Consultation Board to temporarily close the ancient Cave temple in Dambulla. Addressing a media conference held today, Trustee of the Dambulla Ancient Temple Ambagaswewe... Read More
- Ravi Shastri Named New Coach Of Indian Cricket Team
Ravi Shastri was named as the new coach of the Indian Cricket team. The former Team director will hold the post for two years, until the ICC 2019 World Cup. Shastri was carded to be the front-runner once he applied for the post on July 3. Sources had... Read More
- NATIONAL NUTRITION PROGRAMME FOR PREGNANT MOTHERS TO BE DIGITALIZED
Plans are underway to introduce a digital voucher system in order to disburse funds among pregnant mothers under the National Nutrition Programme. Under the present system, a pregnant mother receives a voucher of Rs. 2000 each month during her pregnancy.... Read More
- Interdicted EPF officer gives a statement to the Presidential commission
The senior manager of the EPF who handled the Treasury bond with the Perpetual Treasuries has submitted a statement to the Presidential Commission probing the controversial bond issue today. Audio clips of communications between this EPF senior manager... Read More
- The Chief incumbent says Dambulla cave temple is open
A member of the Asgiri Chapter Karaka Sangha Sabha, Dr. Godagama Mangala Thera says that despite attempts made by the Archaeological consultation board to temporarily close Rangiri Dambula Cave temple, it will continue to be kept open for... Read More
- 48 students from a Mathugama school hospitalized (Photos)
48 students from Walagedera Maha Vidyalaya in Mathugama have been hospitalized having shown symptoms of experiencing an allergic reaction to an unknown substance. School principal Wimal Wickramathantri told our news team that 48 students from Year 6 and... Read More
- STF protection continues at Point Pedro (Photos)
Police say the STF has been further deployed in Point Pedro to maintain law and order after police shot at a lorry and killed a youth Meanwhile, funeral of the 24-year old , Yogaraja Dinesh is scheduled to be held today. A Police Media spokesman stated... Read More
- Petroleum trade unions threaten to strike after July 14th
The Petroleum Trade Union Collective threatened to launch a wildcat strike if they are not granted the opportunity to meet with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe before July 14th. Convener of the collective D.J. Raajakaruna... Read More
- Welimada- Colombo main road which was obstructed by a toppled container, reopened (Photos)
The Welimada- Colombo main road earlier obstructed by a toppled container transporting tea leaves, has since been cleared and the road has been reopened. Police noted that the container was carrying nearly 12 tonnes of tea leaves when it toppled at around... Read More
- MEC And Maxus Announce ‘Newco Sri Lanka’ Leadership Sri Lanka, 10th July 2017
Tim Castree, Global CEO of MEC and GroupM’s ‘NewCo’ announced that Namalie Herath, General Manager, MEC Sri Lanka will take on the role of CEO of the newly combined MEC and Maxus NewCo agency in Sri Lanka when it launches in January... Read More
- DATES FOR GCE (A/L) EXAMINATION ANNOUNCED
Department of Examinations says the 2017 GCE (A/L) examination will be held from 08th of August to 2nd of September. 237,943 school candidates and 77,284 private candidates will sit for this years examination. The authorities have set up 2,230 examination... Read More
- Minor parties ask for a Vice President post
Several minor political parties headed by the Tamil Progressive Alliance have submitted to the Constitutional Committee a proposal to the effect that through the proposed new constitution a post of Vice President should be set up so as to represent minor... Read More
- Dambulla cave temple temporarily closed for conservation; Proceeds of ticket sales directed to Central Cultural Fund
The archaeological advisory board has decided to temporally halt local and foreign tourists from visiting the Rangiri- Dambulla cave temple for the purpose of preservation and examination until further notice. The advisory board has also decided that... Read More
- The Defence Advisor at Sri Lankan Embassy in the US reported missing
Reports say that an army brigadier who had served as a security advisor at the Sri Lankan Embassy in the Washington DC has disappeared. It was noted that his disappearance coincided with the end of his term in office. The army said that it believed... Read More
- A Minister reveals a group that trying to divide UPFA and SLFP
The UPFA General Secretary Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says a group of young MPs affiliated to the Joint Opposition is engaged in an attempt to divide the UPFA and SLFP. Minister Amaraweera made this statement while speaking at a ceremony held in Ambalantota... Read More
- STF deployed in Point Pedro, residents burn tires today as well
The two policemen who were arrested in connection with the death of a man in a shooting at Manalkadu in Point Pedro have been remanded until July 24th. Meanwhile, residents in the area staged protests in several places against the shooting in Point Pedro... Read More
- Professor Carlo Fonseka tells GMOA their demands are justified but strike is abhorred
Former chairman of Sri Lanka Medical Council, Professor Carlo Fonseka says that the strike planned by the GMOA demanding another extension for him is unjustified. Professor Fonseka expressed these views to journalists when a group of GMOA members visited... Read More
- TRADING AT CSE ENDS IN A MIXED NOTE
The share trading at the Colombo Stock Exchange ended in a mixed note today. The All Share Price Index gained a healthy 20.74 (0.31%) to push the index up to 6,758.24. Meanwhile, S&P SL20 dropped marginally to 3,904.32 by 4.62 (0.12%). Turnover was... Read More
- Zimbabwe won by 3 wickets
Zimbabwe beat SL by 3 wkts in the 5th ODI to record their first bilateral series win (3-2) over a Test nation away SL 203/8 (50) ZIM 204/7 (38.1) Read More
- Gotabaya arrives at the Presidential commission
Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa arrived at the Presidential Commission probing massive fraud and corruption, this morning. He is presently at the Commission to certify his statement provided in connection with a misappropriation being committed... Read More
- Professor Carlo fonseka requests the GMOA not to strike
Former Chairman of the Sri Lanka Medical Council Professor Carlo Fonseka has urged the GMOA not to launch another strike. Professor Fonseka made the appeal this morning at a meeting with a group of GMOA members . The meeting took place in order to hand... Read More
- Pregnant mother nutrition program to enable mobile payments
National Nutrition Program for pregnant mothers is one of the welfare programs conducted by the government. The program has been implemented by the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs with the objective of uplifting the wellbeing of both the child and the... [full post]
- UNDP to help uplift local SMEs through National Trade Fair
July 11, 2017 (LBO) – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sri Lanka will organize Aadhayam 2017, a national trade fair, to help businesses expand and promote innovation, employment, skill development and local enterprise. Aadhayam 2017... [full post]
- CB to issue Rs10 commemorative coin to mark 150 yrs of Ceylon Tea
Central Bank is to issue 10 rupee commemorative coin to mark 150 years of Ceylon Tea. The coin which will be in general circulation, as customary, will be released by the Governor of the Central Bank to Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, tomorrow.... [full post]
- HNB rights issue will boost capital, credit positive: Moody’s
July 11, 2017 (LBO) – Hatton National Bank’s rights issue will boost their capital buffer well above the Basel III requirements that took effect in Sri Lanka on 1 July, which is credit positive, Moody’s said in a analysis. Last week, the... [full post]
- Govt to provide rice at concessionary rate: President
July 11, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena says the government will provide rice at a concessionary rate to the public by importing it from other countries, if the price goes up in the local market further. Paddy production in... [full post]
- Srilankan Airlines recruits 20 management trainees
July 11, 2017 (LBO) – State-run SriLankan Airlines has recruited 20 management trainees, following a one-year training programme, to absorb new blood into the organization, the company said in a statement. The company has taken six batches of management trainees in the... [full post]
- School gardens promoted by FAO and Sri Lanka’s education ministry
July 10, 2017 (LBO) – Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with the Ministry of Education kicked off a project where schools develop their own garden for child nutrition and life skills. “School gardens can be used as a... [full post]
- Sri Lanka’s foreign debt USD25.6bn by April: Mid Year Fiscal Report
July 10, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s total outstanding external debt was 25.61 billion US dollars (Rs3,886bn) by the end of April 2017, up from 23.1 billion dollars at the end of April last year, the Mid-year Fiscal Report revealed. Government’s total... [full post]
- SriLankan Airlines, CEB, CPC record Rs30bn loss in first 4 months
July 10, 2017 (LBO) – State-owned carrier Sri Lankan Airline, main power supplier Ceylon Electricity Board and Ceylon Petroleum Corporation together have recorded a loss of 30 billion rupees in the first four months of this year, a treasury report showed.... [full post]
- Dialog launches Sri Lanka’s first TIER III Certified Data Centre and Media Hub
(Press Release) – Dialog Axiata Group announced last Friday, the commissioning of Sri Lanka’s first Tier III certified data Centre and media bub. Dialog, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider and a leader in the provision of world class enterprise solutions was recently... [full post]
- Court of Appeal Judges sworn in
- New Inland Revenue Act will bring an investor-friendly tax system– Minister Samaraweera
- Mobile payment for Nutrition Program for Pregnant Mothers
- Govt. to go ahead with Uma Oya Project
- Report on Dengue prevention handed over to Health Minister
- Unitary status and place given to Buddhism in Constitution will not be changed- President
- SLAF Inter Unit Drill and Band Competition held
- Troops fight against Dengue
- National Elders’ Flag Month begins
- Prime Minister seeks comprehensive plan for sacred Anuradhapura
- Sri Lanka: STF deployed escalating tension in Vadamaraadchi after civilian shot and killed by SL Police
Two policemen of occupying Sri Lanka shot and killed a daily wage worker on Sunday in Jaffna while he was in a vehicle that was transporting illegally scooped sand. The SL policemen chasing the vehicle in their motorbike have intentionally fired targeting the youth who was seated on top the sand, the family said. The... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Mayiliddi people will not succumb to SL military resettlement farce: Subramaniyam
It doesn't matter which regime was in power in Colombo. But, it was a Colombo government that created the mind-set in the ranks of SL military that in turn of war victories, it was ‘rewarded’ with all kinds of abuse of power such as raping Tamil women and seizing the lands of Eezham Tamils. This... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Tamil youth in UK protest against BJP-triggered detention of Thirumurugan Gandhi
A group of young Eezham Tamil diaspora activists as well as progressive activists of older generation, numbering around 30, got together in front of the Indian High Commission in London stressing the need to mobilise against the arrest of May 17 Movement Coordinator Thirumurugan Gandhi and three activists of Thamizh Vidiyal Kadchi who have been... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Muslims next target of demographic, structural genocide in northern Trincomalee
After waging physical, economic and demographic genocide against the Eezham Tamil villages surrounding the Kokku’laay lagoon for decades, genocidal Colombo has intensified a systematic demographic genocide against Tamil-speaking Muslims of ilmenite-rich Pulmoaddai (புல்மோட்டை/Pulmōṭṭai/Pulmoddai) since 2010, say Muslim activists who have been confronting the occupation in all directions. In a recent in-depth interview to TamilNet, former... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Redefining modernity as alternative to extractivist Capitalism: Houtart in 2016
In a tribute to the Belgiam-born Marxist sociologist Emeritus Professor Rev. Francois Houtart who recently passed away, TamilNet publishes an interview recorded with him last year when 2016 Mu'l'livaaykkaal Remembrance was commemorated in Quito, Ecuador. In the interview, which centred on his experiences on Latin American discourses, Rev Houtart said: “We need to redefine modernity,... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: SL Police officer grabs 10 acres of lands at Kokkaddi in Champoor
An SL Police officer, A.K.A. Sawahir, who chased away uprooted Tamil villagers who went to their village of Kokkdaddi (Vaddavan) in October 2015 on the instruction of Moothoor Divisional Secretary V. Yoosuff and the SL Forest Department, has now illegally grabbed 10 acres of lands at the same locality for himself with the help of... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Indian mission in Jaffna entertains Sinhala monk engaged in controversial Vihara project
Consul General of India in Jaffna A. Natarajan was visiting the Chief Incumbent monk of Nagadeepa vihara in Naiyinaa-theevu, Navadagala Paduma Kiththi Tissa Thero on Wednesday. The CGI visiting the Sinhala-Buddhist monk at Nayinaatheevu, who is treated by the occupying Sinhala Navy as a commander as standing above the executive SL President, is sending wrong... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Understanding ‘Quisling politics’ and facing it with ‘Navaratnam School of Thought’
The internal and external proponents of unitary constitution of genocidal ‘Sri Lanka’ want to remove Justice C.V. Wigneswaran from the position of Chief Minister in the NPC at whatever price before selling the Singapore principle-based SL Constitution to Eezham Tamils. The proponents want to preserve the unitary character of SL State. This means preserving the... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: No land-route to released pocket of land in Mayiliddi in Valikaamam North
The SL military on Monday released 27 acres along the fishing jetty in Mayiliddi in Valikaamam North and another lot of 27 acres surrounding a Hindu temple near the locality. Amidst the big propaganda, no residential lands were released. All those who wanted to witness the ‘release’ of lands were taken by the occupying SL... [full post]
- Tamil blood-infuse campaign draws Sinhala-Buddhist monks in genocidal Sri Lanka
A false propaganda was recently let loose through Sinhala media in the South hinting that Tamils in the North were reluctant to donate their blood to the blood bank in Jaffna due to ‘caste differences’ prevailing among them. The propaganda, seems to have originated from Colombo’s “Army and Archaeology,” which is interlinked with the extremist... [full post]
- UN in Myanmar reaps what it has sown in genocidal Sri Lanka
Myanmar on Friday surpassed ‘Sri Lanka’ in challenging UN scrutiny of its crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing. Myanmar will refuse entry to members of a UN probe focusing on allegations of killings, rape and torture by its security forces against Rohingya Muslims. In addition, it wants to keep the so-called ‘Domestic Investigation’ in the... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Nullified ownership of lands not revoked by Colombo: resettled Champoor Tamils
Occupying Colombo has once again proved its systematic violation of traditional land ownership rights of Eezham Tamils to their private lands in Champoor, complain representatives of Vinaayakar Community Centre (Chana-chamooka-nilaiyam) from Champoor in Moothoor East of Trincomalee district. The families in Champoor had residential and agricultural lands as combined tracts of lands that measured from... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Diaspora should conceive institutions in homeland based on native paradigm of nation-building
Many of the NGOs of the West and India that operate in the occupied country of Eezham Tamils want to de-politicize the social institutions of Eezham Tamils in the homeland and in the diaspora. They are deployed with the agenda of de-linking the nationhood politics of Eezham Tamils from their social institutions. The Tamil diaspora... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Quisling politics of ITAK seeks to contain protests against SL military land grab
Politicians of Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK) are engaged in a new round of exercises in containing the protests of uprooted people by arranging a meeting between Ruwan Wijewardene, the SL Deputy Minister of Defence and the protesting people of Ira’naitheevu in Ki’linohchci on Wednesday. In the meeting, Mr Wijewardene went on record promising to... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Belated OHCHR ‘discovery’ of US-UK paradigm, eye opener to Tamils
The UN Human Rights Chief, Zeid Ra’ad al- Hussain said to an audience in London on Monday that struggle against terrorism was “being exploited by governments” and risked undermining international rights treaties, reports Reuter on Tuesday. Zeid was telling this in the context of the outlook of Trump, May, Duterte, and the governments of Egypt,... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Multi-pronged ‘Intelligence’ harassment on CBOs, local NGOs in Batticaloa
Officers of the occupying Sinhala military intelligence are again harassing the Community Based Organisations and local Non Governmental Organisations that have been assisting the war-affected and poverty-stricken families in the rural areas of Batticaloa district. On Friday an event organised by a local NGO, Akam, was suspended at Thannaamunai village located 5 km north of... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Uprooted Mu'l'lik-ku'lam fishermen blocked from fresh-water fishing
The uprooted families of Mu'l'lik-ku'lam, who are languishing without access to their village, which has been seized by the occupying Sinhala Navy, complain that the SL fisheries authorities were also blocking them from fishing in the Mudar-kaama-aa'ru river, where they use to fish when the winds were not in favour of fishing in the high... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Colombo's erasing of “Eezham” from Tamil philosophical poet’s statue evokes strong reactions
SL Military Intelligence officers, who came from Colombo, were harassing the Divisional Secretary of Karaichchi division in Ki'linochchi, demanding the latter to erase the term "Eezham" from the base of the statue of Tamil Poet and Philosopher Thiruva'l'luvar. The statue was raised inside the premises of Karaichchi DS office on 17 June. The organisation, coordinating... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: SL State Intelligence targets families of Diaspora Tamil activists in North-East
SL Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe's State Intelligence Service (SIS), which was formerly known as the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB), is now going after the families of Tamil diaspora activists, who are living in the island, particularly in the North and East. Instead of operating white-vans and issuing TID notices, the SIS interrogators send couple of... [full post]
- Sri Lanka: Tamil fishermen in Vanni warn of confronting intruding Sinhala fishermen
Eezham Tamil fishermen’s societies in Mullaith-theevu and in Vadamaraadchi East complain that more than 400 trawlers from the South have been deployed along their coast from Chaalai to Naakar-koayil in Jaffna district, exploiting their livelihood and marine resources almost on daily basis in the recent weeks. The occupying Sinhala fishermen were telling the local fishermen... [full post]
- Ruling Lee Family Of S’pore In Crisis
The Seventh Heaven, the Nirvana of Asian Capitalism, the Land of Plenty where everything could be found from cures of skin blemishes to cardiac arrests and of course where there is no garbage on the roads, has been struck by a severe man-made earthquake. Lee family and Singapore Singaporeans awoke one morning late June... [full post]
- No Time To Sleepwalk
The political strategies of the anti-UNP forces together aimed against the Joint National Government are clear: Rally all possible forces – sane or insane, informed or stupid – in addition to the traditional anti-UNP forces lined up to topple this government and keep to the Rajapaksa pledge of destroying this government within the course of... [full post]
- Champika Warns Cabinet Of Another 88′ – 89′ Period
By Ashanthi Warunasuriya Cabinet Minister and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary, Patali Champika Ranawaka warned that the country may face a repeat of the 1988 – 1989 period. He has told a Government group meeting that the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) must be abolished. Ranawaka told the Government at the... [full post]
- The SLFP Cannot Be Reunited – Arundika Fernando
by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Several photographs of Deputy Minister Arundika Fernando and Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga were published recently on social media and it sparked widespread controversy. Tourism and Christian Affairs Deputy Minister Arundika Fernando however said there was nothing controversial about the meeting with Weeratunga who is wanted in Sri Lanka... [full post]
Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe – 4th ODI – Hambantota Malcolm Waller and Craig Ervine starred with the bat and ball to lift Zimbabwe to a crucial series-levelling win in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka at Hambantota on Saturday. Needing 301 to win, the Zimbabwean innings was interrupted midway by rain and when play resumed... [full post]
- Seychelles Says Not Informed Of Moves To Shift Lankan Embassy
The Seychelles government says it has not been informed of any moves to shift the Sri Lankan embassy out of the Seychelles, the Seychelles News Agency reported. A spokesperson for Seychelles’ Foreign Affairs Department said that Seychelles has not received any official documents from Sri Lanka indicating the removal of its embassy from the island... [full post]
An official of the World Health Organisation (WHO) inspects parts of Colombo during a drive launched by the government to identify and eradicate dengue.- Picture by Lalith Perera
- Moves To Form An Alternative GMOA
Moves are underway to form an alternative government doctors’ association to counter the pressure faced by the government from the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA). The GMOA has in the recent past launched strikes which has affected activities at all government hospitals. Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has told President Maithripala Sirisena that government doctors... [full post]
- A Hell Of A Ward!
Installment 3: I will now take up where I left readers last week – unconscious on a hospital floor after unsuccessfully seeking assistance from the nursing staff of the ward. As I understand it, a cardio-thoracic surgical team took me in their care and performed emergency open-heart surgery in order to clear out all the... [full post]
- Govt. Allays Fears Among Minority Parties
The government allayed fears among minority political parties last week that the process to draft a new Constitution will come to a grinding halt. The fears rose from a statement made by the Chief Prelates of the three main Buddhist sects saying there was no need for a new Constitution. The government rushed to speak... [full post]