President appoints members to RTI Commission

President appoints members to RTI Commission

🕔22:24, 30.Sep 2016

President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a five-member Right to Information (RTI) Commission. The Commission to be headed by former Secretary to the Ministry of Labour Mahinda Gammanpila includes attorney-at-law Kishali Pinto Jayawardena, former judge Salim Marsoof, S.G.Punchihewa and T .Selvakumaran.

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BBS holds protest against Wigneswaran in Vavuniya

BBS holds protest against Wigneswaran in Vavuniya

🕔17:03, 30.Sep 2016

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) staged a protest in Vavuniya today against Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran. The BBS said that the protest was staged to express opposition to the recent statements reportedly made by Wigneswaran. BBS General Secretary Galagoda

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Environment not conducive to hold summit says Sri Lanka

Environment not conducive to hold summit says Sri Lanka

🕔14:50, 30.Sep 2016

The Government today said that the environment in the Pakistan region is not conducive to hold south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, which was scheduled to take place in November. The Foreign Ministry said the Government regrets that the

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Gota and other suspects granted bail in Avant Garde case

Gota and other suspects granted bail in Avant Garde case

🕔13:12, 30.Sep 2016

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and six other suspects were today granted bail in the Avant Garde case. Rajapaksa appeared before the Colombo Chief Magistrate with the six suspects today when the case was heard. The Magistrate granted Rajapaksa and the other

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Court again refuses to issue Interpol warrant for Udayanga

Court again refuses to issue Interpol warrant for Udayanga

🕔11:55, 30.Sep 2016

The Colombo Fort Magistrate has again refused to issue a warrant through Interpol for the arrest of Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga. The police Financial Crimes Investigations Division sought the arrest warrant on Weeratunga as part of ongoing

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Ranil begins New Zealand visit, rights groups seek pressure

Ranil begins New Zealand visit, rights groups seek pressure

🕔11:34, 30.Sep 2016

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrived in New Zealand today on an official visit during which he will meet New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. Radio New Zealand meanwhile reported today that John Key is being urged to make strong statements about

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First dredger to work on reclamation for Port City arrives

First dredger to work on reclamation for Port City arrives

🕔11:11, 30.Sep 2016

The first of the three dredgers to work on the reclamation for Port City (Financial City) has docked at the Colombo South Harbour. The Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) mining license for the designated sand burrow area was obtained

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BBDO wins Network of the Year at Spikes

BBDO wins Network of the Year at Spikes

🕔08:28, 30.Sep 2016

BBDO Asia Pacific was recently crowned with the ‘Network of the Year’ title at the 2016 Spikes Asia Awards. This was the fourth time in five years and the third time in a row that the global agency had won

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Sri Lanka to play two Tests in Zimbabwe

Sri Lanka to play two Tests in Zimbabwe

🕔08:22, 30.Sep 2016

Sri Lanka will travel to Zimbabwe later next month for a two-Test series, the Zimbabwe Cricket Board (ZCB) announced on Thursday (September 29). The first Test will be played from October 29 while the second will start from November 6.

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India looks at more ways to pressure Pakistan

India looks at more ways to pressure Pakistan

🕔08:19, 30.Sep 2016

Beyond Thursday’s raid by Indian special forces into Pakistan’s side of divided Kashmir, New Delhi is considering new economic and diplomatic measures to bring pressure to bear on its neighbor, Indian officials said. In a rare public acknowledgement, Indian officials

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Former party boss of China’s Guangzhou jailed for life for graft

Former party boss of China’s Guangzhou jailed for life for graft

🕔08:16, 30.Sep 2016

A Chinese court on Friday jailed for life the former Communist Party boss of the southern city of Guangzhou after finding him guilty of corruption, the latest official to fall in President Xi Jinping’s sweeping war on graft. Wan Qingliang

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U.S. lawmakers may change September 11 law after rejecting veto

U.S. lawmakers may change September 11 law after rejecting veto

🕔08:14, 30.Sep 2016

U.S. lawmakers expressed doubts on Thursday about Sept. 11 legislation they forced on President Barack Obama, saying the new law allowing lawsuits against Saudi Arabia could be narrowed to ease concerns about its effect on Americans abroad. A day after

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Sri Lanka backs call to postpone SAARC summit

Sri Lanka backs call to postpone SAARC summit

🕔23:58, 29.Sep 2016

Sri Lanka has reportedly backed calls to postpone the SAARC summit scheduled to take place in November. The 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit was to be conducted in November in Pakistan. However  four nations decided to pull

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No move to endanger Sri Lanka’s sovereignty through Constitution

No move to endanger Sri Lanka’s sovereignty through Constitution

🕔23:51, 29.Sep 2016

The Government asserted that there is no move to endanger Sri Lanka’s sovereignty through the new Constitution. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauff Hakeem said that the international community expects Sri Lanka to put forward a political solution to the

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Cabinet approves imposing 15% VAT on cigarettes

Cabinet approves imposing 15% VAT on cigarettes

🕔23:42, 29.Sep 2016

The Government says Cabinet has approved imposing the 15% VAT increase on the price of cigarettes. The production tax on cigarettes has also been increased by Rs. 5 per cigarette. (Colombo Gazette)

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External turbulence a challenge for Sri Lanka after budget

External turbulence a challenge for Sri Lanka after budget

🕔23:31, 29.Sep 2016

The Government says external turbulence will be a challenge for Sri Lanka when implementing the proposed budget for 2017. Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told reporters today that Sri Lanka will however need to confront any challenge it does not foresee. He

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Residential garbage must be segregated from November

Residential garbage must be segregated from November

🕔15:53, 29.Sep 2016

Residential garbage in the country must be segregated from November in order for it to be collected, the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils said today. The Ministry said that residential garbage which is not segregated will not be collected by

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CID tells court probe underway on drone over Lasantha’s grave

CID tells court probe underway on drone over Lasantha’s grave

🕔14:14, 29.Sep 2016

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) informed the Mount Lavinia Magistrate Court today that it has launched an investigation over a drone which was used to take images of the exhumation of the remains of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunga. The CID briefed the

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BBS to stage protest against Wigneswaran in Vavuniya

BBS to stage protest against Wigneswaran in Vavuniya

🕔13:03, 29.Sep 2016

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) is to stage a protest in Vavuniya tomorrow against Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran. The BBS said that the protest will be staged to express opposition to the recent statements reportedly made by Wigneswaran. BBS

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Sri Lanka to enhance “important relationship” with India

Sri Lanka to enhance “important relationship” with India

🕔12:43, 29.Sep 2016

Sri Lanka’s new High Commissioner to India Chitranganee Wagiswara presented her credentials to the President of India Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapathi Bhawan in New Delhi. Meeting the President of India after presenting the Credentials, Mrs. Wagiswara conveyed the greetings of the

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