SL-S’pore sign key FTA

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Opening a new chapter, Sri Lanka and Signapore yesterday signed the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) marking the first time Sri Lanka has entered into a bil ..


Ranil backs liberalisation, foreign investments

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 00:55 Views - 27

An upbeat Prime Minister yesterday backed economic liberalisation focused on investment but also acknowledged stronger policies were needed to protect


Standard Chartered Bank tips 5% GDP growth for SL

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 00:49 Views - 10

Standard Chartered Bank yesterday projected the Sri Lankan economy to do better this year although cautioning that the country needed to address sever


Singaporean PM here on 3-day official visit, FTA signing today

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 01:05 Views - 575

Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday on a three-day official visit to the country following an invitation from P


December inflation dips to 7.3%

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 01:00 Views - 196

Year-on-year inflation based on National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) has declined to 7.3% in December from 8.4% in November 2017 according to the Depa


SBI Japan opens liaison office in Colombo today

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 00:55 Views - 16

SBI Holdings Inc. will strengthened its presence in the South Asian region with the opening of a liaison office in Colombo today.The move reinforces S


President calls for PM’s support to penalise wrongdoers

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 01:10 Views - 252

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday called on the support of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to penalise those involved in fraud and corrupti


SriLankan Airlines flies to highest-ever monthly revenue in December

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 01:02 Views - 661

SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, yesterday said it had achieved the highest-ever monthly r


UN Food & Agriculture Organisation commits to new 5-year support program

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 00:59 Views - 133

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has committed to a new five-year country support program from 2018 to 2022.




Adam Carbons expands production capacity

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 01:24 Views - 14

dam Carbons Ltd. (formerly Bieco Link Carbons Ltd.) one of Sri Lanka’s premier manufacturers and exporters of high quality steam processed coconut s


Sirisena hosts Singapore Premier

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 01:23 Views - 4

Visiting Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was accorded a state welcome by President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat. The


Bond commission, PRECIFAC reports tabled in P’ment

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 01:19 Views - 4

The report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate, Inquire and Report on the Issuance of Treasury Bonds during the period from 1 Feb


Donald Trunk book launch and exhibition at Galle Literary Festival Art Trail today

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 01:17 Views - 3

Donald Trunk could have been a satirical take on an elephant in every room of the PC palace with witty ironies, blunt bludgeons and sharp intakes of b


British Council showcases “Active Citizens” projects to further promote community cohesion

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 01:16 Views - 4

The British Council on Monday showcased its “Active Citizens” projects to further promote community cohesion through networking and interaction, t


Railway workers on trade union action today

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 01:15 Views - 3

The Locomotive Operating Engineers Union (LOEU) of the Railway Department will engage in trade union action, refraining from working extra shifts and


Five new envoys present credentials to President

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 01:10 Views - 8

Five new ambassadors yesterday presented their credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s House. The new envoys were Cheng Xue


House informed of MP Salman’s resignation

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 01:04 Views - 4

The resignation of United National Party national list lawmaker M.H.M. Salman has created a vacuum in the House. Even though Salman was not a member


President asks to release report of PRECIFAC online

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 01:03 Views - 4

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed to release the final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Se


Gotabaya’s FR petition: SC refixes argument for 31 May

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 01:02 Views - 5

The Supreme Court yesterday re-fixed for 31 May the argument of the fundamental rights petition filed by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.


SC dismisses 4 more SLPP petitions over rejection of nomination papers

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 01:02 Views - 3

The Supreme Court yesterday further rejected four petitions filed by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) over the rejection of its nomination paper



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Unplanned and uncoordinated growth of grey infrastructure: An environmental disaster and public mena

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

The Ministry of Environment, which is under none other than President Maithripala Sirisena, has a laudable vision – that is to create a healthy and pleasant environment sustaining nature for the wellbeing of the people and the economy.

Is time running out for Sirisena, Wickremesinghe and Rajapaksa?

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

On 8 January 2015, the people of this country exercised their true democratic grit to dispel the rule of President Rajapaksa and his family. The right of the people was exercised in a clear wave of hope to end corruption, inequality and establish jus

If Perpetual is not relieved of its profits bond saga will be a pus vedilla

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

When the Bond Commission was set up I wrote an article on 8 September 2017 titled ‘If at the end of the enquiry Perpetual gets to keep the vast amount of profit it made, then it is a pus vedilla’. Now the Bond Commission Report is out but the spe

Towards a healthier tomorrow, today

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Seven years ago this month, the South-East Asia Region recorded its last case of wild polio virus. In 2014, three years later, the region was declared polio-free. Not a single case of wild polio virus has been recorded region-wide since, sparing mill

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