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Mahinda: Parliament can access entire bond report


Refuting allegations leveled by several NGOs and the Joint Opposition (JO) that some parts of the bond commission report were missing, Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday assured that the report now in public domain was complete and several annexures had not been attached thereto but they could be made available to Parliament on request.

Meanwhile, the Campaign for Free and fair Elections (CaFFE) has, in a letter to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, said that annexure three of the report has neither been given to the MPs nor released to the public via the Presidential secretariat website. The JO has demanded an explanation from President Maithripala Sirisena as regards the missing section of the bond commission report, handed over to him on Dec 30, 2017.Read More...

SL’s first modern FTA with Singapore inked


A Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Singapore and Sri Lanka, which contains one of the most liberal rules of origin, giving greater access to each others markets , was signed in Colombo yesterday, following a comparatively short period of negotiati...

Speaker says nothing missing from Bond Commission report


Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced yesterday that he had been informed by the Secretary to the President that Parliament had been given copies of the complete report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, which had investigated the bond scams....

Only one question out of 14 answered by govt.

Only one out of the 14 questions listed for the day in yesterday’s parliament order paper was answered while another was tabled. The government asked time to answer the remaining questions.

The government asked for one month to answer on...

TNA wants draft Constitution presented to parliament soon after LG polls


Leader of Opposition and of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan has demanded that the draft Constitution be submitted to Parliament soon after Feb. 10 local government polls.

A statement issued by the TNA yesterday quoted Sampanthan ...

Ingredients - Difference between British, Sri Lankan curries – James Dauris


Launching the first Taste of Britain Festival in Colombo yesterday , the British High Commissioner James Dauris said that seasoning and other additives, could be the difference between the curries produced in the two countries.

Asked what he ...

PM asks Bohras to help hold investment conference in Mumbai


Colombo, Jan. 23 - Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe has asked His Holiness, Syedna Aaliqadr Mufaddal Saifuddin, the 53rd Dai-Al-Mutlaq and current leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community, to help the Sri Lankan government hold an i...

One seat vacant in Parliament

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday announced to Parliament that a seat had fallen vacant as UNP National List MP Parliamentarian M.H.M. Salman had resigned.

MP Salman had handed over his resignation letter on Jan 18 to Parliament Secretary ...

DEW tells Ravi: ‘Get ready to wear prison jumper’

Communist Party General Secretary and former COPE Chairman D. E.W.Gunasekera yesterday asked former Minister Ravi Karunanayake to be ready to wear the prison uniform for giving false evidence before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, which prob...

Survey Department to standardize and romanize geographical names


The Survey Department is in the process of standardizing geographical names in Sinhala and Tamil and will romanize Sinhala geographical names. Senior Deputy Surveyor General, D. N. D. Hettiarachchi said during a recent interview with The Island. Thi...

SC dismisses SLPP petitions challenging rejection of nomination papers

The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed the petition filed by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, against rejection of their nomination papers to contest the Local Authorities poll for the local bodies of Panadura, Agalawatta, Mahiyangana, Thirappane and...

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