Sports Minister introduces new concept

Sports Minister Faiszer Musthapha has introduced a new concept of granting free entry to school children in the Southern Province to watch the ongoing Test match between Sri Lanka and South Africa being played at the Galle Stadium. Twenty one schools – including difficult areas like Angunukolapalassa – have been given the opportunity to send their cricket crazy children to the Stadium by providing free transport, food and tickets. SLC has stated that the programme will continue throughout the Test. The organizers expect to facilitate around 1,000 children per day. The first day of the Read more...

65% of state employees lack A/Levels

A study by the Department of Census and Statistics has found that 65% of state sector employees lacked Advanced Level qualifications while 17.2% lacked G.C. E. Ordinary Level qualification. The Census of Public and Semi-Government Sector Employees conducted in November 2016 revealed that out of the 1.1 million employees in the public sector, excluding the security forces, only 17.6% were graduates. Experts say politically motivated appointments has led to this situation. Former Deputy Governor of Read more...

Nurses and Govt. Executives to launch protests today

A protest march demanding solutions for 6 issues in the nursing care service will be launched today (11), said All Ceylon Nurses’ Union (ACNU). According to the National Organizer of ACNU, H.M.S.G. Mediwatte, the march will commence at 12 pm near the National Hospital, Colombo, and conclude at the Ministry of Health. Meanwhile, All Island Service Executive Officers’ Joint Committee stated that executive officers of 19 government institutes will engage in a sick note campaign today. This is in Read more...

Samsung opens world’s largest phone factory in India

South Korean President, Moon Jae-in and Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, jointly inaugurated the world’s largest mobile factory, in India’s northern Noida city on Monday (July 09). The facility in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, will allow Samsung to make phones at a lower cost due to its scale when other phone making hubs such as China are getting more expensive, analysts who track the sector said. The South Korea based electronics giant, Samsung, currently has over ten percent of Read more...

Ranjan Shifts His Focus To Vijayakala: Hits Out At State Minister For Making “Very Irresponsible” Remark

Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake has now hot out at State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran over her remark on ‘resurrecting the LTTE’ to ensure the well-being of the Tamil community. “Very irresponsible statement that all of us should condemn as we did to the Hitler comment, we saw how the terrorist LTTE established rule of law by killing civilians and even recruiting children as soldiers, we don’t need neither Prabakaran or Hitler,” Ramanayake tweeted. Ramanayake, who Read more...

New York Times Journalist Says MR Did Not Respond To Multiple Requests For Comment

Maria Al-Habib, the New York Times journalist who wrote the story on the controversial Chinese deals in Sri Lanka under the previous government said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s camp did not respond to ‘multiple requests for comment.’ The reporter said former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal, in his interview with New York Times said, he could not speak about the port’s financing, only the Finance Ministry can. “And we all know who was Finance Minister Read more...

Religious discipline in school has declined – Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith

Religious discipline in schools in this country has declined today, states the Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith. He stated this responding to a question raised by a media personnel following an event held in Hanwella, yesterday (30). Rev. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith points out that the present has become a secular environment due to the lack of proper religious education. The reason for this is the nationalization of religious schools and entrance of political education into the schools Read more...

Wigneswaran should resign as Chief Minister – Thavarasa

The Northern Provincial Council’s Leader of the Opposition, S. Thavarasa, says that Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran should resign in the wake of court order issued yesterday against the latter’s decision to sack a provincial minister. He stated that if Wigneswaran has any shame he should step down from his position like a gentleman. The Appeal Court issued an injunction order yesterday against the decision taken by Chief Minister to remove P. Deniswaran from the position of Northern Province Read more...

Postal workers call off the Work to Rule campaign

The Department of Posts says letters that have been collected during the strike by Postal employees, will be distributed by next Wednesday (July 4). Post-Master General, Rohana Abeyrathne said a formal plan will be initiated for this. As of now, there is a backlog of 5 million letters at the Central Mail Exchange in Colombo. Meanwhile, Convenor of the Joint Postal Trade Union Collective, Chinthaka Bandara said the “Work to Rule” trade union action that was launched, in order to expedite the distribution Read more...

Committee to update fuel prices every three months

The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal to establish a committee to maintain the transparency of methodology of the fuel price formula and to update petrol and diesel prices every three months. The Cabinet had previously approved to introduce a cost based price formula for fuel, to execute this formula from 11th May 2018 and to update the fuel price before 5th day of third month based on the international prices of previous two months. Accordingly the Cabinet of Ministers approved the Proposal Read more...