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News: Sri Lanka’s regional economic disparities narrow: central bank
Posted Date: 02/11/2018 (Friday)
Sri Lanka’s Western Province retained its dominance in the economy in 2017 but its share reduced as other provinces, some considered lagging regions, contributed a bigger share, narrowing regional disparity, the central bank said. The Provincial Gross Domestic Product (PGDP) shows that the Western Province continued to account for the largest share of the country’s nominal GDP, it said in a statement.
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News: JVP’s support only to reconvene Parliament immediately - Vijitha
Posted Date: 02/11/2018 (Friday)
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says that it will only extend its support to immediately reconvene the Parliament and that it will not support either Ranil Wickremesinghe or Mahinda Rajapaksa. JVP parliamentarian Vijitha Herath stated that an incorrect news report had been published on the website of a local newspaper claiming that the JVP is going to support Ranil Wickremesinghe.
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News: TNA and UNP MPs sworn in as Minister & Dy Minister
Posted Date: 02/11/2018 (Friday)
A new Cabinet Minister and a new Deputy Minister were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo today (2). Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and several UPFA parliamentarians also arrived at the Presidential Secretariat for the ceremony.
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News: Debate on constitutionality of dismissal of Ranil based on misconception - GL
Posted Date: 01/11/2018 (Thursday)
Former External Affairs Minister and Prof of Law. G.L. Peiris yesterday told The Island that a deliberate attempt was being made to mislead the public as regards the dismissal of PM Wickremesinghe. The following is the full text of the statement issued by Prof. Peiris: There is extensive discussion in the media regarding the legality of the action taken by President
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News: Another committee to resolve land issues in North
Posted Date: 01/11/2018 (Thursday)
The lands in the Northern Province which are under the control of security forces will be released to their rightful owners before December 31 and a committee has been appointed to resolve the issues with this regard, says the Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray. He stated this during the discussion held with the commanding officers of Vavuniya security forces and heads of state institutions at the Vavuniya District Secretariat yesterday (30).
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Events: Migration Museum launch party
Posted Date: 01/11/2018 (Thursday)
Migration Museum at the Workshop 26 Lambeth High Street, London SE1 7AG
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News: Sri Lanka hit with further travel advisories amid constitutional crisis
Posted Date: 31/10/2018 (Wednesday)
Australia and Canada have also issued travel advisories for Sri Lanka following a constitutional crisis, joining the US and UK which have given warnings for their citizens when visiting Sri Lanka. "There is an increased likelihood of large protests and demonstrations in Sri Lanka due to political instability following the President's dismissal of the Prime Minister on 26 October," the Australian government said on Tuesday.
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News: Media freedom at a time of crisis
Posted Date: 31/10/2018 (Wednesday)
While Sri Lanka faces a political crisis, the United Nations on Friday marks the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists worldwide. The UN says that for the past twelve year, 2006-2017, close to 1010 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the people. In nine out of ten cases the killers go unpunished. Impunity leads to more killings and is often a symptom of worsening conflict and the breakdown of law and judicial systems.
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News: Sri Lanka AG signals illegal sacking of PM - Update
Posted Date: 31/10/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka’s Attorney-General refusing to respond to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s query about the legality of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's sacking is seen by legal observers as the clearest sign that he does not consider it constitutional. Soon after President Maithripala Sirisena dismissed Premier Wickremesinghe on Friday and followed it up a day later with a 20-day suspension of parliament, Speaker Jayasuriya sought Attorney General (AG) Jayantha Jayasuriya’s opinion.
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News: Trishaw fares down by Rs.5 from midnight
Posted Date: 31/10/2018 (Wednesday)
Following Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s assurance that he would consider a revision of fuel pricing methodology, the National Three-Wheeler Federation yesterday said they would reduce the fare of the second kilometer by Rs. 5 from midnight today. Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Federation Chairman Sunil Jayawardana said the decision was taken following the speech made by Prime Minster Mahinda Rajapaksa when he assumed duties as the Finance Minister at the Ministry.
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News: Tension at Temple Trees
Posted Date: 31/10/2018 (Wednesday)
The Official Residence of the Prime Minister Temple Trees went into few minutes of tension today, when two men claimed to be from the office of newly appointed Prime Minister, came claiming to get an inventory of the items that were in the premises. People who were inside the Temple Trees were provoked and were heard shouting, sources said.
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News: Speaker Meets President: Sirisena Says He Is Willing To "Consider" Convening Parliament Before November 16
Posted Date: 31/10/2018 (Wednesday)
During a discussion held with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, President Maithripala Sirisena has said he will "consider" convening Parliament before November 16. The meeting had lasted for over an hour and the sources close to President Sirisena said the discussion was "cordial".
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News: Speaker Meets President: Sirisena Says He Is Willing To "Consider" Convening Parliament Before November 16
Posted Date: 31/10/2018 (Wednesday)
During a discussion held with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, President Maithripala Sirisena has said he will "consider" convening Parliament before November 16. The meeting had lasted for over an hour and the sources close to President Sirisena said the discussion was "cordial".
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News: Prime Minister assumes duties as Finance
Posted Date: 31/10/2018 (Wednesday)
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has assumed duties as the Finance and Economic Affairs Minister, a short while ago. Addressing the event, he stated that the fuel price formula introduced by the past government has to be changed.
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Photos: Maldives: The tortuous ordeal of a prisoner in paradise
Posted Date: 31/10/2018 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Sri Lanka: A battleground for India-China rivalry
Posted Date: 31/10/2018 (Wednesday)
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News: Mahinda says they will immediately hold PC elections
Posted Date: 29/10/2018 (Monday)
Issuing a press release Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that the country is in a state of uncertainty. He states at this moment of national peril he accepted the invitation extended by President Maithripala Sirisena to assume the position of Prime Minister, as the people expected their leadership and protection.
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Events: Ideas, capital and people on the move Conference on Diaspora engagement in Sri lanka's Post-war development, reconcilliation, and sustainable peace
Posted Date: 29/10/2018 (Monday)
Renuka City hotel, Jasmine hall, Colombo 3
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Events: MOVING TOWARDS A NEW UN
Posted Date: 29/10/2018 (Monday)
Hilton London Euston 17-18 Upper Woburn Place London WC1H 0HT
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News: Stern action if anyone obstructs RW from functioning as PM: Sagala
Posted Date: 28/10/2018 (Sunday)
The government would pursue stern action against anyone obstructing Ranil Wickremesinghe from functioning as the Prime Minister, Mr. Wickremesinghe's Chief of Staff Sagala Ratnayaka said. In a statement, he said the Prime Minister's position was rightfully Mr. Wickremesinghe’s.
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