Sri Lanka - Sunday Times (Sri Lanka)
Sunday - 18th March, 2018
Emergency to be lifted
President Maithripala Sirisena was due to rescind the State of Emergency last night immediately upon...
Sunday - 11th March, 2018
Facebook shut down till emergency is lifted
The temporary blockade of access to the social media site Facebook could remain in place till the St...
Sunday - 4th March, 2018
Not an explosion but maintenance negligence
The Air Force Mi 17 helicopter crash that killed the then Minister M. H. M. Ashraff was not due to a...
Sunday - 25th February, 2018
Rice mafia in plot against farmers
A glut of rice, the result of a bumper harvest, has not prevented the Ministry of Industry and Comme...
Sunday - 18th February, 2018
UNP-SLFP numbers game continues; PM stays put
President Maithripala Sirisena goes into a second week to resolve his worst political crisis -- whet...
Sunday - 11th February, 2018
Even by boat, they came to vote
Aware that important issues were involved in yesterday’s local council polls, an unexpectedly larg...
Sunday - 4th February, 2018
Former SC judge heads commission to probe SriLankan, Mihin Lanka
Retired Supreme Court Justice Anil Gooneratne will head a Commission of Inquiry that will probe the ...
Sunday - 21st January, 2018
New law to manage borrowings
With the Government debt level in excess of Rs. 9,387 billion, a new Active Liability Management Law...
Sunday - 14th January, 2018
Huge Korea-backed project for 1m tons of LNG a year
The Government will open for procurement under the Swiss Challenge method a South Korean proposal fo...
Sunday - 7th January, 2018
Issue with Pakistan averted
Hot on the heels ofa spat over a tea ban by Russia, the fertiliser shortage which the Government bla...
Sunday - 31st December, 2017
EAP's financial arms may be managed by Bank of Ceylon
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has asked the Bank of Ceylon (BOC) to be the managing agent for...
Sunday - 24th December, 2017
Superpowers fight it out over Russian hacker in Colombo
A Russian wanted for extradition from Sri Lanka by a US Grand Jury has sparked a row in Colombo with...
Sunday - 17th December, 2017
Sri Lanka seeks ASEAN tie-up
Sri Lanka will tomorrow ask Malaysia’s assistance to establish a Sectoral Partnership with the Ass...
Sunday - 10th December, 2017
Minister goes for emergency spot purchases
A delay in ordering fertiliser stocks on time has compelled agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake...
Sunday - 3rd December, 2017
Rs. 3.5 billion for local polls, heavy cost for training
Local polls in February next year, for the first time under a new mixed electoral system, will cost ...
Sunday - 26th November, 2017
Election Chief announces polls to 93 local councils
The Election Commission will go ahead with the polls for 93 local councils where there are no multi-...
Sunday - 19th November, 2017
Speaker seeks legal opinion on conduct of four COPE members
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya will seek legal opinion on the cases of four parliamentarians who were named...
Sunday - 12th November, 2017
Malaysia's AirAsia wants to set up budget carrier here
Malaysian low- cost airline AirAsia has made a strong pitch to set up a budget carrier in Colombo wi...
Sunday - 5th November, 2017
PTL's Rs. 10.5 billion frozen in Central Bank
Perpetual Treasuries Ltd ( PTL)' s two bank accounts amounting to Rs. 10.5 billion -containi...
Sunday - 29th October, 2017
Tax concessions for small businesses, subsidies for select groups
Tax concessions for small and medium scale businesses, and targeted subsidies to selected groups are...
Sunday - 22nd October, 2017
Rs. 250 million racket in importing elephant for Dalada Maligawa
More than Rs 261 million was sent overseas fraudulently in the guise of paying for the import of an ...
Sunday - 15th October, 2017
TNA boycotts President's functions in the north
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday boycotted a state festival presided over by President Ma...
Sunday - 8th October, 2017
Sri Lanka imposes tough economic sanctions on nuclear North Korea
The Government this week issued regulations imposing sanctions on the Democratic People’s republic...
Sunday - 1st October, 2017
Prospects of holding Provincial Council elections next year were “less than 50 percent,” Electio...
Sunday - 24th September, 2017
US$ 135m Russian patrol craft for Navy
REVENUE FLOWS A proposal from President Maithripala Sirisena, as Minister of Defence, to pr...
Sunday - 17th September, 2017
RDA pushes ahead without EIA report
The Road Development Authority (RDA) has started acquiring land for the US$ 1.8 billion ( Rs. 275 bi...
Sunday - 10th September, 2017
Rejected company re-enters through influence
A Japanese Government advisor pressured Sri Lanka directly, including in writing, into giving a disq...
Sunday - 3rd September, 2017
721 BOI companies closed down from 2010 to 2016
A total of 721 Board of Investmentapproved companies, including more than 100 that were granted BOI ...
Sunday - 27th August, 2017
Getting drunk on food not drink; Lankan doctors unravel medical mystery
NEW YORK - The lead story in last Sunday’s Staten Island Advance recounted the unravelling of a me...
Sunday - 20th August, 2017
50,000 brick houses for North, East
The Government will construct 50,000 brick and mortar type houses in the Northern and Eastern Provin...
Sunday - 13th August, 2017
Danger of another Uma Oya in Central Expressway
The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) has approved construction of the third section of the Cent...
Sunday - 6th August, 2017
PC powers to vest in House during dissolution
A twentieth amendment to the Constitution which the Government wants to introduce seeks to vest in P...
Sunday - 30th July, 2017
Hambantota port deal signed; minority stake for SLPA in both new companies
The Concession Agreement for the controversial Rs. 193 billion Hambantota Port, the legally binding ...
Sunday - 23rd July, 2017
Drought devastates North and six other districts
DRY HOPES The entire Northern Province and six other districts have been hit by a prolonged...
Sunday - 16th July, 2017
Battle against dengue, garbage on military footing
Two ministers want to place the Government’s battle against raging dengue and piling garbage on a ...
Sunday - 9th July, 2017
Govt. seeks solution
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CCEM) has been asked to come up with recommendations o...
Sunday - 2nd July, 2017
Controversial Uma Oya project may be suspended
The Government is to consider the suspension of the controversial Uma Oya multi-purpose Development ...
Sunday - 18th June, 2017
House of Justice at new site
All Hulftsdorp courts, barring the Superior Courts complex, are to be shifted to a “House of Justi...
Sunday - 11th June, 2017
CIABOC to recruit 200 experts
The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption ( CIABOC) is to recruit professio...
Sunday - 4th June, 2017
The Central Bank ( CB) directed all licensed banks in Sri Lanka to grant a threemonth moratorium on ...
Sunday - 28th May, 2017
USAID slashes aid to Lanka by 92 percent
Sri Lanka will receive only US$ 3.38 million for its programmes here from the USAID in the 2018 budg...
Sunday - 21st May, 2017
After Geetha's case, Foreign Ministry checks whether any diplomats are dual citizens
The Foreign Affairs Ministry has asked Sri Lankan diplomats here and abroad to notify it if any of t...
Sunday - 14th May, 2017
Cabinet reshuffle after PM returns from China
President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe decided on Friday night that ...
Sunday - 7th May, 2017
Action against Customs officer for leaking info to media
A senior Customs investigation officer, who was investigating an alleged fraud involving used vehicl...
Sunday - 30th April, 2017
New anti-terrorism law undermines RTI
The Counter Terrorism Act policy framework approved by the Cabinet this week has reintroduced offenc...
Sunday - 23rd April, 2017
President gives people access to Cabinet decisions
In a note presented by President Maithripala Sirisena and approved by the Cabinet recently, the Pres...
Sunday - 16th April, 2017
Rs. 1 billion worth jewellery and gold to be returned to owners soon
The Defence Ministry has decided to fast-track the process of returning almost Rs one billion worth ...
Sunday - 9th April, 2017
No upgrade for BIA despite US$ 50m renovation
A SICK STATE OF AFFAIRS Despite three months' renovation work which disrupted airli...
Sunday - 2nd April, 2017
Reprieve if secret funds are brought back
Sri Lankans holding money in unauthorised foreign bank accounts will receive a full reprieve under a...
Sunday - 26th March, 2017
Airbus contracts end up in London court
An international company through which SriLankan Airlines extended leases on three A330-200 aircraft...
Sunday - 19th March, 2017
Two major clauses to appease critics
The draft Hambantota Port privatisation agreement -- which is to go before Cabinet on Tuesday -- inc...
Sunday - 12th March, 2017
Hambantota Port deal prohibits military activity
An agreement to be signed between the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and China Merchant Port Holdi...
Sunday - 5th March, 2017
Stinging protest by Ports Minister
The draft privatisation agreement for Hambantota Port lets a private entity unilaterally decide port...
Sunday - 26th February, 2017
The Sunday Times invokes RTI law to get to the bottom
As many as 681 fishing permits were issued for foreign vessels to fish in Sri Lankan waters from 201...
Sunday - 19th February, 2017
Foreign job industry at stake
With a significant decrease in the number of Sri Lankans going overseas for jobs, the Foreign Employ...
Sunday - 12th February, 2017
Crisis brewing over UDA getting powers of PCs
A constitutional crisis is in the making over the Government’s move to vest with the Urban Develop...
Sunday - 5th February, 2017
President calls youth to the frontline
President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday declared that the Government would give priority to the you...
Sunday - 29th January, 2017
Land clearing suspended on President's orders
The clearing of land in Horana for the setting up of businessman Nandana Lokuwithana’s tyre factor...
Sunday - 22nd January, 2017
AG hits out at Finance Minister
CHINESE CIRCUS The Auditor General has accused the Finance Minister of being impatient and ...
Sunday - 15th January, 2017
Govt. rushing through rights plan
The Government wants to rush a five-year National Human Rights Action Plan (NHAP) next week as part ...
Sunday - 8th January, 2017
SLFP wants executive presidency retained and Sirisena to contest
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) wants to retain the executive presidency and has decided that Mai...
Sunday - 1st January, 2017
High-level concern over H'tota project
2017: MODERNISATION A PRIORITY President Maithripala Sirisena has included his own nominee ...
Sunday - 25th December, 2016
Alleged corruption leaves 1,300 multi-day boats without vital equipment
Funds meant to buy equipment to be fixed on fishing vessels have been returned to the Treasury as of...
Sunday - 18th December, 2016
Undeclared monies in foreign banks can be brought home
The Government will allow Sri Lankans holding undeclared funds in foreign banks to transfer them to ...
Sunday - 11th December, 2016
CC recommends action against Police Chief
The Constitutional Council (CC) will ask President Maithripala Sirisena to initiate action against P...
Sunday - 4th December, 2016
Bids being evaluated before approval of EIA report
The Highways Ministry is evaluating two bids for the third section of the Central Expressway ( CE) e...
Sunday - 27th November, 2016
Super Group ahead in race for SriLankan
Super Group Partners Company Ltd--a joint venture between Trans Maldivian Airways and the Singaporea...
Sunday - 20th November, 2016
Dutch firm ups stakes on Airbus A 350 deal
The controversial payment of US$ 98 million or more than Rs. 14.5 billion to a Dutch firm for the ca...
Sunday - 13th November, 2016
Bills going up, use water sparingly
From December 1, you will have to pay 30 percent more for the water supplied to you by the National ...
Sunday - 6th November, 2016
President to ST
A “judicial mechanism” to probe the February 27, 2015 bond issue by the Central Bank of Sri Lank...
Sunday - 30th October, 2016
Sri Lanka joins 70-nation Open Government Partnership
President Maithripala Sirisena will head a National Steering Committee that will monitor the Governm...
Sunday - 23rd October, 2016
SriLankan slashes 620 flights
SriLankan Airlines will have to slash a massive 620 flights off its schedule to accommodate the dayt...
Sunday - 16th October, 2016
Central Expressway cost increases by Rs. 12 billion
The Government is in talks with China’s Exim Bank to fund the first section of the Central Express...
Sunday - 9th October, 2016
60 MPs offered big incentive for development work
Some sixty Government parliamentarians are being told to choose between an existing Rs. 200,000 mont...
Sunday - 2nd October, 2016
Another scandal reported at HSBC; forex law violations under probe
HSBC Sri Lanka allegedly violated exchange control regulations by opening offshore current accounts ...
Sunday - 25th September, 2016
Billion-dollar Northern housing tender resurfaces
The tender for a massive project to build houses for conflict-affected people in the North and East ...
Sunday - 18th September, 2016
Lanka on Red alert for Chikungunya, Zika
Sri Lanka’s entry and exit points, particularly the Bandaranaike International Airport and the Col...
Sunday - 11th September, 2016
Move to draw more foreign investment
In a major move to draw foreign i nve s t m e n t , the Government is to withdraw the 300 percent ta...
Sunday - 4th September, 2016
SL Army contingent invited for UN Peacekeeping in Mali
A battalion of officers and men from the Sri Lanka Army have been invited to join the United Nations...
Sunday - 28th August, 2016
Rajapaksa loyalists to form new party with Mahinda at the helm
Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) dissidents are to form their own party with former President Mahinda ...
Sunday - 21st August, 2016
Malik hires another US firm to lobby for Lanka
Development Strat e gies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrema has engaged a United ...
Sunday - 14th August, 2016
Australia lists 'Tamil Eelam' in census
Angry protests from Sri Lankans domiciled in Australia and the High Commission there forced the with...
Sunday - 7th August, 2016
AG's Dept. to be restructured
A committee of ministers and parliamentarians will probe delays at the Attorney General’s Departme...
Sunday - 31st July, 2016
China declines Lanka's request
China has declined Sri Lanka's request to convert into equity Beijing- funded projects inclu...
Sunday - 24th July, 2016
Ministry passes buck on coal tender to Cabinet
The Power and Energy Ministry will ask Cabinet to decide whether to cancel a controversial multibill...
Sunday - 17th July, 2016
Fly by night at BIA from January to April
For three months next year, Sri Lanka’s main international airport -the Bandaranaike International...
Sunday - 10th July, 2016
EC shortens list of conditions
The European Commission has imposed upon Sri Lanka fifteen conditions in return for granting the GSP...
Sunday - 3rd July, 2016
Plan to grant licences to limited number of Indian trawlers
The Sri Lanka Government is considering a proposal to issue permits to a limited number of Indian tr...
Sunday - 26th June, 2016
300 Revenue Officers to go after tax dodgers
The Government is to position Revenue Officers countrywide in a bid to widen the tax net and collect...
Sunday - 19th June, 2016
No torture or humiliation of terror suspects
Police and Armed Forces have been given new directions by President Maithripala Sirisena on the arre...
Sunday - 12th June, 2016
President says technical assistance only if necessary, but no foreign judges
MORE REGULAR NOW President Maithripala Sirisena made clear in an interview with the Sunday ...
Sunday - 5th June, 2016
Disaster at Disaster Management Centre
Billions of rupees worth of equipment to effectively cope with natural disasters have become unusabl...
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