The Australian Federal Government has defended sending four men back to Sri Lanka this month after intercepting their boat off the Cocos Islands, describing it as a people smuggling venture. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said interviewers determined the men were not refugees, and their return to Sri Lanka sent a “very strong message to the […]

Sri Lanka registered a tourism growth of 6.6% with 156,246 visitors in January as per the provincial data with key markets of India at +28.8% with 22,944 visitors, UK at +4% with 13,410 visitors, France +7.9% with 9,095 visitors, Germany at +12.6% with 10,375 visitors, China at +8.9% with 11,375 visitors and Italy at +8.5% […]

By Saman Indrajith A sum of Rs. 1,177,434,333 had been spent for publicity projects by the Ministry of Mass Media and Information for the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meeting in 2013 in Colombo, parliament was told yesterday. Responding to a question raised by JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Minister of Mass Media and Parliamentary […]

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Close on the heels of Indo-Lanka bilateral agreement on civil nuclear cooperation, Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday held discussions with Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Sri Lanka Alexander A. Karchava to explore ways and means of improving country’s nuclear energy sector with assistance from Moscow. The discussion was held at the Power and Energy Ministry. Ambassador Karchava agreed […]

By Saman Indrajith A credible internal investigation into the last phase of North East conflict would help regain the lost respect and dignity of the Sri Lankan security forces, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told Parliament yesterday. The minister said so responding to a series of questions raised by Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala De Silva on […]

Link between Gampola gang and Canadian Lankan held for smuggling 36 kgs of heroin to be probed by Shamindra Ferdinando Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P. Perera yesterday alleged that some of those who had received diplomatic/official passports during the UPFA administration were believed to have exploited the facility to smuggle in narcotics through the Bandaranaike […]

  Emerging focus on Non-alignment   Apart from this being his first official visit abroad since election as President on January 8, there was other symbolism too of the opportunity and purpose of President Maithripala Sirisena’s visit to India. The most striking of this was the release of 87 Indian trawlers held in custody by […]

Editorial The Right to Information is recognised as one of the most fundamental rights in the modern world. What really is ‘right to information’? It essentially means that the public is empowered with facts, information and figures related to Government initiatives, projects and finances. In other words, the concept of right to information ensures transparency […]

The new government intends to put in place a framework to ensure that confidence will return and business will be able to operate without political interference, said Highways, Higher Education and Investment Promotion Deputy Minister Eran Wickramaratne. Delivering the keynote address at an Investment Seminar held in Singapore on February 13, Deputy Minister Wickramaratne emphasized […]

Dharma Sri Abeyratne Ports Shipping and Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said a decision will be taken on the Mattala International Airport and the Hambantota Harbour after the completing of the on-going reviews. The minister was speaking at the Civil Aviation Authority Head office yesterday. Minister Ranatunga said the ministry has received several proposals from international […]