The government is looking forward to the assistance of World Bank for the selected development projects carried out by it, President Maithripala Sirisena said when World Bank Vice President for the South Asia Region Anette Dixon called on him yesterday. Responding immediately to the President’s request, the World Bank Vice President expressed the global lending […]

February 21, 2015  Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Thursday briefed the Parliament about his successful visit to the European Union as well as steps taken to address the issue of the EU ban on Lankan fish exports and the suspension of the GSP scheme. Here is the full text of Minister Samaraweera’s speech: Hon. […]

February 21, 2015  The Right to Information Bill, which will be presented in Parliament soon, will have constitutional status, Media Ministry Secretary Karu Paranawithana said on Thursday. He said the Bill is being drafted to enable the public to have access to information from public institutions and it is not about media freedom alone. “There […]

Reuters: Sri Lanka is reconsidering the outright transfer of a parcel of land to China under a $1.5 billion port city deal signed by a previous Government, the Energy Minister said, amid concerns it could be used for Chinese naval activity. China’s port and other infrastructure investments in Sri Lanka are under the scanner ever […]

Friday, 20th February 2015 The newly elected Director General of the Commission to Investigate Complaints of Bribery or Corruption, Dilrukshi Wickramasinghe, today said that she had put forward an idea of having a separate court to hear such cases related to bribery and corruption because of the sheer number of complaints that the Commission had […]

Friday, 20th February 2015 By Saman Indrajith The previous government had paid Rs. 95,592,244 to a multinational law firm to carry out tasks that Sri Lanka Embassy officials in Washington could have carried out at a much lower cost, Parliament was told yesterday. Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington had hired the services of multinational law firm […]

Friday, 20th February 2015 The proposed constitutional amendments for repealing the executive presidential powers must go together with electoral reforms to replace the current proportional representation with the first-past the-post system with limited PR, as pledged in the ‘Maithripala Manifesto’, Leader of the National United Front (NUF) M.M. Zuhair PC said, addressing a panel discussion on […]

Friday, 20th February 2015 Modi to visit Sri Lanka next month by Zacki Jabbar Sri Lanka had declined an offer by India for borderless fishing between the two countries, it was revealed yesterday. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, addressing yesterdays Cabinet Press Briefing in Colombo, said that the proposal had been made during last week’s talks between […]

Friday, 20th February 2015 An agreement between Sri Lanka and India on Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy was signed early this week in New Delhi by Minister of Power and Energy, Patali Champika Ranawaka, on behalf of Sri Lanka, and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy for India, Shri Ratan Kumar Sinha The […]

Friday, 20th February 2015 BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody Election monitoring bodies will present a document, outlining the necessary criteria for persons wanting to be representatives of the people, to the clergy and political party leaders on 12 March. The polls monitors’ remarked, the draft of the document stating: the criteria to be a people’s representative at […]