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Govt. trying to enact Foreign Exchange Bill on the sly – lawyer

Only two days to file action


Attorney-at-law and public litigation activist Nagananda Kodituwakku has told a three-member bench of the Supreme Court on Monday (April 24) that the government made a deliberate attempt to deprive interested parties of an opportunity to challenge Foreign Exchange Bill within stipulated seven days by placing it on Order Paper of Parliament on Friday April 7, 2017.

Kodituwakku pointed out that as April 8,9,10, 13,14,15 and 16 were public holidays, they had to move court only on April 11 or 12.


Sand causes closure of Oluvil harbour

The Oluvil Fisheries Harbour in Ampara would be shut down due to high cost of maintenance, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said yesterday.

The Oluvil Fisheries Harbour, which was opened for fishing vess...

‘Mahendran transferred honest officers to influence bond related decisions’


Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda yesterday told the Special Presidential Commission investigating the alleged bond scam that the then Governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran had transferred senior officers of the bank who had a c...

Janaka’s son resigns in protest


KANDY: Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon, son of Parliamentarian Janaka Bandara Tennakoon has resigned as the Central Province Minister of Sports, Industries, Women’s Affairs and Youth Affairs. His letter of resignation was handed over to the Central...

Ranil has hectic day in New Delhi

NEW DELHI, April 25: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrived here this evening on a four-day visit to India. This is his fourth visit to this country since assuming office in January 2015. Earlier, he visited in September 2015, and in Oc...

Poverty, illiteracy, discrimination nurture extremism­–Jayasuriya


In recent years, the world had witnessed waves of violent extremism that had threatened the security and stability of societies across the world. That was a growing concern for the security of the Asia-Pacific region, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said ye...

Prime Minister’s Indian visit to focus on ETCA

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who arrived in New Delhi yesterday, on a four-day working visit, would focus on obtaining the best possible terms on the proposed Economic and Technology Cooperative Agreement with India, Kurunegala District UNP M...

Salawa blast victims decide to seek legal redress

Victims of the Salawa army armory blast, unable to so far obtain compensation from the government for their properties destroyed, have decided to seek legal redress.

The Victims’ Collective Secretary Chandana Suriyarachchi told The Isla...

Referendum before elections – Rajitha


Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Rajitha Senaratne yesterday said the government would hold a referendum before elections.

Senaratne said the government had to amend the existing Constitution first of all. The amendments pro...

A plastic eating caterpillar found


Paris, France | AFP | Monday 4/24/2017: A moth caterpillar commonly bred to provide fish bait feasts on a notoriously resistant plastic, scientists reported Monday, raising hopes the creature can help manage the global problem of plastic-bag polluti...

JO asks govt to honour promise to CPC workers


The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday urged the government to honour its promise to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) workers, who ended their strike on Monday night.

Addressing the media at the Vajirashshrama temple in Punchi Borella, Gam...

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