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Sri Lanka’s governing party ally to forward 12 proposals to the government to continue its support

May 5, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Tue, May 6, 2014, 09:14 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 06, Colombo: An ally of Sri Lanka’s governing party, the National Freedom Front (NFF) has unanimously adopted several proposals at its second national convention to submit to the government in order to continue with its support.

The party held its second national convention at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium Monday evening under the theme “Defeating fatal traps against the Motherland”.

Sri Lanka Opposition Leader to convey party’s vision for future of country to the public

May 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Mon, May 5, 2014, 04:21 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 05, Cambridge, MA: Sri Lanka’s Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe says he aims to convey the party’s vision and goals for the future of the country to the public and raise awareness in the current situation of the country.

Speaking to ColomboPage exclusively, the Opposition Leader, who is currently finishing up a fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, dismissed the media reports which said that he will not contest the Presidency at the next Presidential elections.

Editorial- Island.lk

May 5, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Victims, perpetrators and hypocrites

May 5, 2014, 8:17 pm

The May Day hangover is not yet over. Workplaces are limping  back to normal, and in a few days holiday mood is sure to set in again in view  of Vesak. Politicians are preening themselves on crowds they attracted to their  rallies on the International Workers’ Day which they hijacked to promote  themselves on the pretext of championing workers’ cause.

What ails India, Sri Lanka?

May 5, 2014 at 10:08 pm


May 5, 2014, 8:50 pm

SCAM is a very interesting word, specially when it comes to  Indian politics. According to Wikipedia, India is grappled with various scandals  and scams. The biggest scam for this year is said to be the in the ‘Indian Coal  Allocation Scam’. The Comptroller and the Auditor General, in a special report  to Parliament alleged that the Coal Minister and Ministries and private  companies were involved in this unbelievable fraud which dwarfs the Himalayan  mountains. It amounts to Indian Rs. 185,591,034.

South African initiative, an opportunity for govt. to restore its credibility

May 5, 2014 at 10:02 pm


May 5, 2014, 8:47 pm

By Jehan Perera

The government’s inability or unwillingness to provide the  international community with the quantum of evidence required to ban the 16  Tamil Diaspora groups and 424 individuals it listed under a UN anti terrorism  resolution has led to both the United States and Canada refusing to ban them.   

Towards a religious, yet blissful nation

May 5, 2014 at 9:58 pm


May 5, 2014, 8:45 pm

Reading The Island of April 29 convinced me that Sri  Lanka is not only the Miracle of Asia but the Wonder of the World. It is already  or will very soon be the holiest replete with the ‘unholiest’ of practices.

The Religious Affairs Ministry Secretary has stated that Sri  Lanka is saturated with places of worship – 10,000 Temples, 5,000 Kovils, 2,500  Churches and 2,500 Mosques./ Many more may be existing unknown to the Ministry.  To these places of worship must be added the thousands of statues and even trees  of veneration. A census of the clergy and other religious leaders will also be  most revealing Perhaps in no other country do the citizens enjoy as many  religious holidays as in this blessed isle. Nor are there so many ‘dry’ days in  the name of religion.

Bodu Bala Sena: Other side of the coin

May 5, 2014 at 9:18 pm


May 5, 2014, 8:44 pm

By Rohana R. Wasala

Like the sensible majority of fellow Sri Lankans I disapprove of  Bodu Bala Sena monks’ aggressive, militant methods of agitation. A new group of  monks (known as Jathika Bala Senawa) opposed to them in respect of the problem  of a group of internally displaced Muslims being settled on land belonging to  the Wilpattu reserve are behaving in a similarly disgraceful manner. Many  Buddhists, disgusted at their behaviour, while perhaps being sympathetic to  their respective concerns, are helplessly watching their antics on TV news. It’s  high time that these errant monks were restrained by those who have authority  over them.

BBS monks granted bail

May 5, 2014 at 9:14 pm


May 5, 2014, 9:24 pm

By Madura Ranwala

The Colombo Fort magistrate yesterday granted bail to four  Buddhist monks and two laymen belonging to the Bodu Bala Sena organisation  alleged to have threatened Watareka Vijitha Thera at Nipon Hotel on April 09 and  insulted the Holy Quran at Slave Island on April 12. The Magistrate also had  warned them not to do so again.

Phones, batteries seized from jails weigh 367 kg

May 5, 2014 at 9:12 pm


May 5, 2014, 9:23 pm

Commissioner General of Prisons C. Pallegama yesterday disclosed  that 6,600 mobile phones and 4,343 phone batteries seized from different prisons  in the country and handed over to the Central Environmental Authority would be  destroyed.

The seized phones and batteries weighed 367 kilos. (NP)


UNP: FDIs down to USD 1.2 bn

May 5, 2014 at 9:09 pm


Non beneficial Casino projects cannot plug the problem

May 5, 2014, 9:14 pm

By Zacki Jabbar

Foreign Direct Investments had dropped to a woefully low USD 1.2  billion which was less than two percent of Sri Lanka’s GDP, the UNP said  yesterday.

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