Sunday, 22nd February 2015 India is Sri Lanka’s closest neighbour. The relationship between the two countries is more than 2,500 years old and both sides have built upon a legacy of intellectual, cultural, religious and linguistic intercourse. Relations between the two countries have also matured and diversified with the passage of time, encompassing all areas […]

Sunday, 22nd February 2015 By Manjula Fernando The decision to defer the human rights report on Sri Lanka by six months by UN Human Rights High Commissioner Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, received mixed reactions from different stake holders here in the domestic front as well as elsewhere. The Government immediately welcomed the reciprocation while […]

Sunday, 22nd February 2015 The Government has the right to halt any project if necessary to ensure that any environmental risks and hazards are adequately dealt with, the country’s new environment regulator head told the ‘Sunday Observer’. by Dhaneshi Yatawara CEA Chairman, Professor Lal Mervin Dharmasiri The debate of over prioritising environment conservation and development […]

Sunday, 22nd February 2015 By S. Rubatheesan Navy now looks on while Indians raid our fish bank, say locals Suppaiyah Yogarasan, 58, from Myliddy Jaffna is looking for work as a labourer in order to support his eight-member family because, he says, he can no longer make a living from fishing in the northern sea. […]

Sunday, 22nd February 2015 By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The government will, within the next fortnight, appoint its diplomatic mission heads world-wide and reinstate the diplomats who were interdicted without valid reasons, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ajith C. Perera said 70% of the appointments would be members from the Foreign […]

Sunday, 22nd February 2015 By Steve Creech The conflict is not only over poaching by Indian trawlers, but also over Jaffna’s mechanised vessels The newly elected leaders of India and Sri Lanka renewed their governments’ commitment to resolving the fishing dispute between the two countries when they met in New Delhi last week. Another round […]

Sunday, 22nd February 2015 By Paneetha Ameresekere Sri Lanka’s foreign debt servicing commitments in the 12-month period ending 31 December 2015 is equivalent to 106% of Sri Lanka’s total foreign currency reserves, latest Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) data showed. Further, such debt servicing commitments last month alone amounted to 31.7% of its total […]

By Zahrah Imtiaz The World Bank’s Doing Business Index (DBI) 2015 reported that Sri Lanka’s ranking for this year had improved to 99 (out of 189) when compared to the rank of 105 last year. In simple terms it means it is now easier for businesses to start and flourish this year when compared to […]

By Gagani Weerakoon and Skandha Gunasekara The government yesterday disclosed, in Parliament, that a Sri Lankan ambassador, during last regime, had used the Sri Lankan mission, in a prominent country, to sell weapons. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera also said that Sri Lankan diplomatic missions abroad had been functioning as business centres during the last regime. […]

The Government will appoint five cabinet sub-committees to make suitable recommendations pertaining to specific areas or issues to facilitate the decision-making process of the Cabinet in its endeavour to promote good governance, transparency, productivity and efficiency in the state sector. The Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal submitted by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on this […]