I will not be deterred by GMOA’s threats: Rajitha

Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, in response to a strike planned by doctors, said he would not shy away from such threats. He urged the Government Medical Officers’ Association not to put people’s lives in jeopardy by resorting to trade union action because of unfounded charges against the health authorities. The minister said a merit system had been introduced for both the internship and the post internship appointments of doctors. “The GMOA sought representation at a transfer board. Only the Health Ministry decides on appointments depending on vacancies and shortcomings. Certain Read more...

Rathana Thera – Champika strife heightens

The strife between Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera and minister Champika Ranawaka over the ‘Vasa Visa Nethi Ratak’ project has even reached the Cabinet of ministers, political sources say. The ‘Vasa Visa Nethi Ratak’ project, which is overseen by the President Maithripala Sirisena, aims at making a gradual turn around from the use of imported agrochemicals, to locally produced organic and bio fertilizers for farming. The strife had sparked after minister Champika had tabled Read more...

Party comes first, says Lakshman Yapa

It is the party that comes first, the persons who are behind it take the second place, State Minister of Finance Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena says. The Minister also pointed out those MPs who work against them sooner or later would have to either join the United National Party (UNP) or the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). The observation was made at an event held in Matara.  Read more...

I will quit as Minister if Mahinda comes to Galle – Dayasiri

Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara today accused former Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa of fulfilling a “contract” for the United National Party (UNP) with the assistance of a neighboring country. He claimed that Rajapaksa’s intention is to create a division within the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and that he is receiving the money necessary for this from a neighboring state. Addressing a press conference at the SLFP headquarters in Colombo, Jayasekara said he has no issue Read more...

SL will be an economic hub in the Indian Ocean: PM

Sri Lanka will be turned into an economic and a monetary centre in the Indian Ocean where the ordinary citizens in the island will be able to engage in transaction in the monetary markets, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Saturday. “Sri Lanka will be turned into an economic and monetary hub in the Indian Ocean where ordinary people could invest in the monetary market,” the Prime Minister told a Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebration in Suduwella, Maradana over the weekend. “Colombo Read more...

Sampanthan federal call, a blow to reconciliation – JHU

Government-affiliate JHU stresses that opposition leader R. Sampanthan’s call for a federal solution is a blow to reconciliation. In a statement, its media secretary Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe says this goes onto show that the TNA has not yet woken up from its dream of a Tamil-speaking federal state. The JHU asks as to what the Tamil society has gained from political opinions and struggles for a Tamil eelam, or federal or provincial governments. Without learning a lesson even six years after the Read more...

Northern Province Governor for changes in housing scheme

Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray has sought changes in the design of the contentious housing project in the Northern and Eastern Provinces that has proposed to build 65,000 houses in the conflict-hit region in four years. In an interview with The Hindu at his official residence here, Mr. Cooray, who took over in mid-February, said: “Do not stop [the project]. Continue [the project] with various amendments.” He refused to divulge details of his suggestion, but indicated that some Read more...

SLFP Seniors to meet President

Against the backdrop of emerging political challenges, the SLFP seniors holding posts in the government are planning to meet with President Maithripala Sirisena to discuss how to deal with the situation, it is learnt. Newly appointed Secretary of SLFP-led United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Mahinda Amaraweera was booed by part supporters in Baddegama last Saturday during an address. Also, former Secretary Minister Susil Premajayantha had a similar experience in Mawanella. In the meantime, SLFP Read more...

UNP accused over economic crisis!

 The SLFP ministers and MPs in the government have decided that they should be freed from responsibility with regard to the economic crisis facing the government as they do not hold any cabinet duty relating to the country’s economy, reports say. They have also taken a decision to function separately in the government, as the UNP appears to disregard their proposals relating to economic-decision making. The SLFP politicians in the government had a discussion recently and agreed to submit an alternative Read more...

Some ministries to come under PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has decided to bring under his supervision several ministries, which were subjected to bureaucracy during the Rakapaksa regime, that have not been able to achieve the targets set for the first two quarters. This decision has been taken as some ministries which were exposed to rigid bureaucracy during the last regime had not yet been converted to suit the good governance concept of the United National Front Government. Some activities of the Foreign Affairs Ministry Read more...