Friday, 20th February 2015

Friday, 20th February 2015 By Ashwin Hemmathagama Our Lobby Correspondent Despite the best efforts of the Opposition to scrap the ‘Assistance to and protection of victims of crime and witnesses’ Bill, which is popularly known as the Witness Protection Bill, Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday tabled it in Parliament, calling it a timely need […]

Friday, 20th February 2015 By Charumini de Silva Though bilateral ties may have hit rough waters, Policy Planning and Economic Affairs Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva yesterday confirmed that a decision has been taken to proceed with the Free Trade Agreement with China. “The Government is not pushing it back; we will proceed with […]

Friday, 20th February 2015 By Ravi Ladduwahetty Ceylon Finance Today: Tourism and Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake has told Hilton International chain’s Vice President – Operations for South East Asia William Costley that the trend was that Chinese arrivals in Sri Lanka were well poised to beat British arrivals in Sri Lanka. In 2015, the visitors from […]

Friday, 20th February 2015 IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, who met in Washington, have held successful talks. Following their talks, a joint statement was issued. “We had a fruitful discussion about recent economic developments in Sri Lanka and the near-term outlook. These discussions will continue in the context […]

Government keen on initiating a credible domestic inquiry Friday, 20th February 2015 By Chaminda Perera Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P Perera yesterday said that the UN Human Rights Commission has deferred the report on Sri Lanka by six months with the intention of giving more time to Sri Lanka to resolve the issues with regard […]

Friday, 20th February 2015 By Chamikara Weerasinghe The Right to Information Bill, which will be presented in Parliament soon, will have constitutional status, Media Ministry Secretary Karu Paranawithana said yesterday. 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 […]

*States 19th Amendment would curtail executive powers of the President and ensure governance through a Cabinet led by the PM *Rules out holding of a referendum Friday,20th February 2015 By Chaminda Perera The draft 19th Amendment to the Constitution will be submitted to the Cabinet for approval during the first week of March, Prime Minister […]

Wednesday 18th February 2015 By Saman Indrajith Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday that the present government wanted to further strengthen relations with China and develop them more than the previous government.   “We will not let goodwill and friendship between China and Sri Lanka be jeopardised because of fraud and corruption. Neither China nor […]

  Friday, 30th January 2015  By S.W.R. de A. Samarasinghe and Tissa Jayatilaka The presidential election results of 8 January suggest that a significant segment of our electorate concurred with the assertion of the then common Opposition that bribery and corruption that tainted the administration of the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa which, in turn, tainted […]