Friday, 30th January 2015 Attorney-at-Law and rebellious head of Sri Lanka’s unofficial Bar, Upul Jayasuriya, calls on Shirani Bandaranayake to accept responsibility for the introduction of the 18th Amendment, salutes her courage and bids her a poignant farewell at her last ceremonial sitting My lady the Chief Justice and other Judges of the Supreme […]

  Friday, 30th January 2015 As expected, the budget of President Maithripala Sirisena’s coalition party, the New Democratic Front (NDF), mainly comprising Sri Lanka’s two principal political parties, the UNP and the SLFP, which presented its maiden, and possibly last budget before general elections are held in another five months’ time from now. Those included […]

  Friday, 30th January 2015 CJ 43 says her fight was battle for judicial independence, integrity On her final day on the bench of the Supreme Court, 24 hours after her reinstatement as lawful Chief Justice of Sri Lanka, Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake speaks out for the first time on the ‘turmoil and peril’ of the […]

Friday, 30th January 2015 By Lucien Rajakarunanayake Reducing the term of the Executive Presidency was not a matter discussed as widely as other constitutional changes proposed by the common Opposition campaign. However, President Maithripala Sirisena has made the important and welcome announcement that the period of the Executive Presidency would be reduced to two five-year […]

Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake yesterday retired from service,after the resumption of office the previous day as the Chief Justice. Dr. Bandaranaike (57) was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1996. She was purportedly impeached by Parliament in 2013. Yesterday, she publicly announced her retirement at a ceremonial sitting of the Supreme Court. Justice K. Sripavan will […]

  Friday, 30th January 2015 Sri Lanka has rarely, if ever, topped any US foreign-policy agenda. But after the surprising outcome of its Presidential Election earlier this month, it should get higher billing. In a stunning reversal, Sri Lankans ousted President Mahinda Rajapaksa after 10 years of increasingly authoritarian and corrupt rule. By the time […]

  Thursday, 29th January 2015 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka By KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Sri Lanka’s new government plans to return private land seized by the military in the civil war-ravaged north and release several hundred detainees, a minister said, in an apparent move toward reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils. Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told reporters […]

Thursday, 29th January 2015 Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Seychelles Rajatha Piyatissa presented his credentials to Seychelles President James Michel in June 2014 (Joena Bonnelame, Seychelles Nation)  (Seychelles News Agency) – Sri Lankan citizens living and working in the Seychelles need not fear that diplomatic ties between their home country and their adopted nation will be […]

Wednesday, 28th January 2015 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Sri Lanka’s new president has reinstated the country’s chief justice, who was impeached two years ago after she refused to back a law granting wider powers to the former president’s brother, the government said Wednesday. In a statement, the president’s office described Shirani […]

January 29, 2015, 10:15 pm by Saman Indrajith Rs 1 bn levy on the casino industry A Rs. 1,000 million levy will be imposed immediately on all the casino operators. The payment will have to be paid before 15 April 2015 as a one off special levy. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday told Parliament that […]