Colombo among biggest improving cities during five years

Colombo among biggest improving cities during five years

Colombo, Aug 16 – Sri Lanka’s main commercial city Colombo is among the five biggest improvers during the last five years in terms of liveability, recently released Global Liveability Report 2017 showed. According to the report by The Economist Intelligence Unit, Colombo has showed relative improvement during this period, especially after the end of a separatist […]

Is Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe bidding for Lanka’s Sinhala-Buddhist constituency?

Is Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe bidding for Lanka’s Sinhala-Buddhist constituency?

Colombo, August 16: Sri Lanka’s Minister for Justice and Buddha Sasana, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, appears to be making a bid to capture the island’s core political constituency – the Sinhala Buddhist-Nationalist constituency – in the absence of credible senior claimants, writes P.K.Balachandran in South Asian Monitor. The constituency was well served by Mahinda Rajapaksa until he […]

Tilak Marapana takes over as Sri Lanka’ Foreign Minister

Tilak Marapana takes over as Sri Lanka’ Foreign Minister

Colombo, August 15 (newsin.asia): Tilak Janaka Marapana, Minister of Development Assignments, was sworn-in as Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister on Tuesday in place of Ravi Karunanayake who had resigned last week. Karunanayake had resigned on account of his controversial financial dealings with stock broker Arjun Aloysisus, a principal figure in the 2015 Central Bank bonds scam. […]

Sri Lankan Airlines notes success in crack down on human trafficking at BIA

Sri Lankan Airlines notes success in crack down on human trafficking at BIA

Colombo, Aug 15 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s national airline carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines, on Tuesday said it had achieved considerable success in recent times in its efforts to crack down on illegal travel through Colombo’s international airport. A statement by Sri Lankan Airlines said that many passengers had attempted to use forged or altered travel documents, […]

New Foreign Minister sworn in, in Sri Lanka

New Foreign Minister sworn in, in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Aug 15 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s Minister of Development Assignments, Tilak Marapana, was sown in as the nation’s new Foreign Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday, the President’s Media Division said. Marapana who is a national list parliamentarian from the ruling United National Party, was filled into the post following the resignation of Ravi […]

Sri Lanka’s ex first lady questioned over ruggerite’s murder

Sri Lanka’s ex first lady questioned over ruggerite’s murder

Colombo, Aug 15 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s former first lady, Shiranthi Rajapakse was questioned by the Criminal Investigations Department on Tuesday over the murder of a former national rugby player. Shiranthi, was escorted into the CID by her husband and former President Mahinda Rajapakse after she was summoned to provide a statement. She is due to […]

Hambantota port deal signed before cabinet sub-committee’s report, says Lankan cabinet minister

Hambantota port deal signed before cabinet sub-committee’s report, says Lankan cabinet minister

Colombo, August 14 (Daily Mirror):  The Sri Lankan Minister for Science and Technology, Susil Premajayantha has said that the agreement between the Sri Lankan government and the Chinese company, CMPort, on the Hambantota harbor, was signed on July 29 before the cabinet Sub-Committee on the deal had submitted its report. Premajayantha ,who belongs to the […]

Sri Lankan government’s multifarious dilemmas

Sri Lankan government’s multifarious dilemmas

Two years into its five year term, Sri Lanka’s coalition government led by President Maithipala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is afflicted by chronic disunity; contradictions in domestic and foreign policies; and a marked inability to fulfill election promises, writes P.K.Balachandran in South Asian Monitor. Given its multifarious dilemmas and the inaction these have […]

Sri Lanka lifts tsunami warning following earthquake off Sumatra

Sri Lanka lifts tsunami warning following earthquake off Sumatra

Colombo, Aug 13 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Center (DMC), on Sunday said there was no tsunami threat to the island country following a 6.5 magnitude earthquake which struck off Sumatra. The DMC had earlier in the day issued a tsunami warning for all the coastal areas in Sri Lanka as news of the earthquake […]

Sri Lanka’s Sunday Leader newspaper faces severe financial crunch

Sri Lanka’s Sunday Leader newspaper faces severe financial crunch

Colombo, Aug 13 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s once popular Sunday Leader newspaper which gained popularity under slain Editor Lasantha Wickremetunga is now facing a severe financial crisis, with staff forced to go without salaries for months. Sources attached to the newspaper alleged that the paper was facing a financial crisis as a result of mismanagement […]

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