SAITM is here to stay – Kiriella Slams protests by doctors and others

Minister of Higher Education and Highways Lakshman Kiriella said that the government will never close the Medical Faculty of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), no matter how many protests are carried out by doctors and others. Kiriella made this remark during a meeting with the Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thero on Saturday (7). A draft of the new Constitution was handed over to the Prelate during the meeting. Speaking further on the SAITM issue, the minister said that it is the doctors and the medical students who are creating Read more...

We will protest against the sale of public lands – Namal

MP Namal Rajapaksa stated that he aims to conduct forceful protests against government officials should they attempt to sell public lands to foreign investors in order to gain monetary benefits. He further stated that the government is currently in the process of selling thousands of acres of land in Hambantota to international companies. – Courtesy : Ada Derana  Read more...

US Congressman David Price said ‘we drafted a Constitution for Sri Lanka’ – Keheliya Rambukwella

United People’s Freedom Alliance, Kandy District, Member of Parliament Keheliya Rambukwella said that the masses are displeased with this Government that is already very unpopular, and that ‘such a government will fall soon’. Excerpts of the interview: ? How are you these days? When are you joining the Government? A: What nonsense, I will not join the Government. ? There are rumours that you will be joining the Government? A: This story has been doing the rounds for the last two Read more...

Amaraweera SLFP second tier leader

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) leadership has identified that Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Mahinda Amaraweera is a suitable candidate to lead the Sri Lanka Freedom Party in the future, State Minister of…… Highways Dilan Perera revealed yesterday. Addressing a media briefing, Perera said that one of the foremost issues plaguing the main political parties in Sri Lanka was a lack of strong second tier leaders. “The absence of strong second tie leaders is a serious Read more...

We are ready – Gov.

The Government yesterday said that it was ready to meet any contingency or negative fall-out of the countrywide multiple trade union strike which is expected to cripple the nation’s health, education, transport and other sectors. “We are a democratically elected sovereign government and we are ready to meet any contingency. We are ready to meet fire with fire,” Government Spokesman, Media and Information Minister Gayantha Karunatilleke told Ceylon Today, last night. “We will Read more...

Bandula to resign as SLFP organizer to Homagama electorate

UPFA MP Bandula Gunawardena says that he will resign as the organizer of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) for Homagama electorate. The announcement was made while he was speaking at an event held in Homaama , a short while ago on Sunday (21). Gunawardena added his letter of resignation will be submitted to the President tomorrow (22). UPFA strongman MP Dullas Alahapperuma also resigned from the Matara District SLFP leadership post earlier. The former minister stated that he decided to resign from Read more...

‘Will expose MR’s ‘secrets’ if he forms new party’

“I will expose all that we have kept as secrets so far if they go ahead with the plan to form a new party,” Sirisena warned while addressing a rally. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday threatened to further expose the ‘misdeeds’ of his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa’s rule if the former strongman goes ahead and forms a new party. “I will expose all that we have kept as secrets so far if they go ahead with the plan to form a new party,” Sirisena warned while addressing Read more...

Pada Yatra arrives in Colombo today

Today is the fifth and final day of the Jana Satana Pada Yatra organized by the Joint Opposition. The march that began from Nittambuwa last morning ended at the Kiribathgoda town. Accordingly, the march is scheduled to proceed from the Kiribathgoda town this morning and arrive in Colombo. However so far no definite announcement has been made with regard to the venue where the final rally will be held. The march began from Peradeniya on the 28th. Police headquarters said that special security would Read more...

Executive Presidency should go: President

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday reiterated that he will continue to set in motion measures to abolish the Executive Presidency and introduce a new constitution. The President said that he always believed the Executive Presidency which has vast powers should go and added that this has to be done constitutionally. Speaking at a ceremony in Kegalle to commemorate Minister Dharmasiri Senanayake, the President said the unity government of the SLFP and the UNP has identified the necessary changes Read more...

Colombo Mayor to say goodbye, term of LG bodies not likely to be extended

The term of the Local Government bodies likely would not be extended again, sources said. The term of 23 Local Government bodies are set to end as of today (30). Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapha has said that the decision on extending the tenure of the Local Government bodies will be announced before midnight today. A final decision will be reached on the matter after discussing with the President and Prime Minister as a unity government currently exists, he told Read more...