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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Highways and Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development Minister Kabir Hashim at the opening ceremony of a lubricant blending plant in Muthurajawela on Monday evening. It was the first public event the duo attended after Hashim accepted the ministerial post. Seated next to the Prime Minister Dato Hazimah Managing Director and Founder of Hyrax Oil.

Pic by Dharmasena Welipitiya

19A: UNP duped President


SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekera, MP, yesterday, claimed that President Maithripala Sirisena hadn’t been really aware of the implications of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, enacted in May 2015, four months after the last presidential election.

The SLFPer said so at the weekly press conference at the party office at the T.B. Jayah Mawatha.MP Jayasekera alleged that ‘MP Dr. Jayampathy Wickremaratne’ had misled the President. When The Island pointed out that Dr. Wickremaratne hadn’t been in parliament at that time, a smiling Jayasekera said the UNP accommodated the LSSPer on its National List following 2015 Aug 17 parliamentary election.



Five soldiers killed in train-truck collision


Five soldiers were killed and two others seriously injured when an army truck collided with a train at Kilinochchi yesterday.Army Spokesman Brigadier Sumith Atapattu said the soldiers injured in the accident had been rushed to the Kilinochchi hospita...

FastTrack Summer Internship Programme 2019 re-launched


Brandix Apparel Limited, Fonterra Brands Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd. and John Keells Holdings PLC held the orientation for fifteen diverse, talented interns at Hatch, Colombo, formally commencing the Fast Track Summer Internship Programme 2019. &nbs...

Growing global consensus on terrorism, hybrid threats and national security


On Easter Sunday this year, Sri Lankan people came face to face with international terrorism for the first time. At several international security conferences held in the Russian Federation over the last three months, the theme of international terrori...

Musician’s son who made England eat humble pie


Half-way through the ICC Cricket World Cup, Sri Lanka’s campaign was in shambles. Then came the biggest upset of the tournament. The 1996 champions overcame favourites England. The selectors made a big call ahead of the game. Lahiru Thirimanne wa...

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