He was speaking at a religious ceremony to unveil the marble Buddha statue at Sri Dharma Vijayaloka Maha Viharaya in Pannipitiya yesterday . The President, who paid the floral tribute to the Buddha statue, opened it for the worship of the people. President Sirisena looked into the well-being of Maha Nayaka of Kotte Chapter of Shyamopali Maha Nikaya Ven. Dimbulkumbure Vimaladhamma Thero, Ven. Yatiravana Seelananda Nayaka Thero, Ministers Wijayadasa Rajapakshe, Daya Gamage and the Chief Minister of Western Province Isura Dewapriya were among those participated in this occasion.
August 16, 2017 11:31 UTC
NewsNo decisions has been taken to slash the Samurdhi Allowance of some Samurdhi beneficiaries Cabinet Media Spokesman Gayantha Karunathilake said. “ President Maithripala Sirisena at the Cabinet stated that the government has not yet decided to cut down or cancel any allowance who are dependent on Samurdhi, he said. Meanwhile Co Cabinet Spokesman Dr Rajitha Senaratne said that discussions were made to ensure that no changers made to the allowance scheme immediately. He explained that the Ministry of Social Empowerment , Welfare and Kandyan Heritage have issued a questionnaire based on their computerized details on Samurdhi benefiters to see whether the allowance could be increased or decreased. Dr Senaratne added that during the meeting the discussions came to an end with a policy decision that the allowance of people enlisted as beneficiaries to be left unchanged while people yet unidentified as Samurdhi to also receive increase allowance .
August 16, 2017 10:20 UTC
No decisions has been taken to slash the Samurdhi Allowance of some Samurdhi beneficiaries Cabinet Media Spokesman Gayantha Karunath... Features & AnalysisBollywood actress Anushka Sharma was spotted in Sri Lanka with beau Virat KholiAnushka Sharma was seen in Sri Lanka with Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli as the Indian team concluded a test seri... Inside the Emirates A380 which landed at KatunayakeAn Emirates A380 aircraft landed at Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake on Monday. The special one-...Sashi Mendis Studio of Drama and Speech to perform "Drama Quintet"If you’ve ever watched a play produced by the Sashi Mendis Studio of Drama and Speech, the performances, over 9...2017 Global Voices Summit to be held in December in ColomboRegistration for The 2017 Global Voices Summit has been announced. The event will bring together inspiring ...
August 16, 2017 09:37 UTC
FeaturesAnushka Sharma was seen in Sri Lanka with Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli as the Indian team concluded a test series win over Sri Lanka. India thumped hosts Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs in the third and final Test, which ended in under three days. The couple were spotted with Sri Lankan fans at a hotel on Tuesday (August 15). Virat Kohli's fanpage on Instagram posted the picture of the trio and captioned it, "Virat & Anushka with Lucky Fans in Sri Lanka today! Kohli treated Instagram followers to a sneak peek posting a picture of the couple togetherPicture below courtesy Virat Kholi Instagram
August 16, 2017 09:23 UTC
NewsFollowing his appointment by President Maithripala Sirisena on 29 July, as Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prasad Kariyawasam assumed duties yesterday morning, ministry said. Mr. Kariyawasam joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1981. Prior to his appointment as Secretary, he served as the Ambassador for Sri Lanka to the United States of America from July 2014 to August 2017. He has held diplomatic assignments in Geneva, Riyadh, Washington, New York, and New Delhi, and has served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York and Geneva and High Commissioner to India. He has been previously concurrently accredited as Ambassador / High Commissioner to Chile, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, the Bahamas, Jamaica, the Holy See, Bhutan and Afghanistan.
August 16, 2017 09:04 UTC
FeaturesAn Emirates A380 aircraft landed at Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake on Monday. The special one-off A380 flight operated as EK654 from Dubai, replacing the B777 aircraft usually deployed by Emirates on flights to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s minister of Transport & Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva M.P. was at the airport to greet Abdul Hameed Abdul Fattah Kazhim Al-Mulla, UAE Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Emirates' senior vice president commercial (West Asia & Indian Ocean) Ahmed Khoory who were among the VIPs on the flight - the first A380 commercial flight to the country. Pix by Amila Gamage
August 16, 2017 07:07 UTC
FeaturesIf you’ve ever watched a play produced by the Sashi Mendis Studio of Drama and Speech, the performances, over 90% of the time are a curious mix of originality, reality and large doses of imaginations. This September, Sashi and her senior students will present “Drama Quintet”. The show is a follow up of “Drama Quartet” which took the stage a few years ago. Suitably titled, Drama Quintet will find her older students performing a series of 5 original plays, ranging from comic, brutal to thought provoking coming of age stories devised by her and her crew of teenage thespians. “Drama Quintet” presented by the Sashi Mendis Studio of Drama and Speech will take place from September 2 to 3 at the Punchi Theatre.
August 16, 2017 06:45 UTC
NewsDevotees who arrived at the Madu Church to participate in the Church's annual feast have been faced with severe inconvenience after torrential rains inundated the area on Monday (14), the District Disaster Management Center Office stated. According to the Madu Police, an estimated 200, 000 pilgrims had been camped on the Church grounds when the sudden torrential downpour hit on Monday evening. The rains had lashed the area for over two hours, resulting in the entire area being inundated. The pilgrims' accommodation was also flooded, severely inconveniencing tens of thousands who had been camped out waiting for the feast to begin. While the floodwaters had receded by yesterday (15), the entire area has become a muddy, making it difficult for people to move about.
August 16, 2017 05:26 UTC
NewsYoshitha Rajapaksa, sone of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, arrived at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) a short while ago to make a statement. He is being questioned regarding a defender vehicle used by his mother and former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa's 'Siriliya Saviya' Foundation. Shiranthi Rajapaksa made a statement to the CID yesterday (15) in relation to the same case.
August 16, 2017 05:03 UTC
SportSri Lanka named a 15-man squad for the five-match One Day International (ODI) series against India, which will begin with the first game at Dambulla on Sunday (20). Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) selectors have not named the Test captain Dinesh Chandimal in the ODI squad , which includes two uncapped players and two more recalled. Allrounders Thisara Perera and Milinda Siriwardana have been recalled into the ODI squad after a brief lapse while left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara and the left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando are the two rookies to earn a calling. This will be the very first full ODI series Upul Tharanga will be leading Sri Lanka as the team's full-time ODI captain. Sri Lanka ODI squad: Upul Tharanga (Capt), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando
August 16, 2017 04:52 UTC
FeaturesRegistration for The 2017 Global Voices Summit has been announced. The event will bring together inspiring digital activist and citizen media communities from around the world to Colombo in December (2nd -3rd) . Summit hosts and international participants will be in Colombo for two days of debate, discussion and exchange about the burning issues of our time—from industrial-strength misinformation and the increasingly hostile global information space, to creative projects that point us in new directions. Like all GV events, the 2017 Summit, will be a great opportunity for learning and sharing with a diverse and dynamic global community. Stay tuned for the launch of the Summit website and details on venues, registration, programming and more—and do save the date!
August 16, 2017 03:45 UTC
Devotees who arrived at the Madu Church to participate in the Church's annual feast have been faced with severe inconvenience after torrential... Features & AnalysisInside the Emirates A380 which landed at KatunayakeAn Emirates A380 aircraft landed at Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake on Monday. The special one-...Sashi Mendis Studio of Drama and Speech to perform "Drama Quintet"If you’ve ever watched a play produced by the Sashi Mendis Studio of Drama and Speech, the performances, over 9...2017 Global Voices Summit to be held in December in ColomboRegistration for The 2017 Global Voices Summit has been announced. Son of the late singer Natalie Cole passes away at 39The son of the late singer Natalie Cole has passed away. According to the Daily Mail, Robert Yancy was found ...
August 16, 2017 02:48 UTC
NewsThe Indira Gandhi Zoological Park has initiated steps to bring 10 different species of wild animals and birds from Israel, Colombo, Germany, Czech Republic and Japan zoos this year, the Deccan CHronicle reported. Zoo curator B. Vijaya Kumar was quoted as saying plans were underway to bring a Pygmy Hippopotamus from Colombo. Further, he said other animals would be Chapman Zebra, Oliver Baboon from Israel, Fishing cat, Red Necked Wallabies, Scarlet Macaw, Military Macaw from the Czech Republic and Greater Flamingos from Japan would be brought to the zoo park in this fiscal only. Under the International Animal Exchange Programmes, zoos can bring inmates from other places after obtaining permission from Central Zoo Authority. “Impressed with the vast natural habitat of the zoo, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) had shown interest to give four zebras,” he said.
August 16, 2017 02:03 UTC
Following the deal, however, there was much domestic unrest and accusations by Sri Lanka’s opposition parties of a sell-out to China, forcing Colombo to reconsider its position. Sri Lankan leaders say the new deal corrects all that was wrong with the 2016 agreement. This is seemingly inconsistent with Sri Lanka’s claims that Colombo has majority holding in the second firm, with a controlling interest. India’s security establishment cannot ignore Sri Lanka’s critical position in South Asia, astride key regional sea-lanes, making it a prime logistics hub for Chinese war vessels. The true nature of Sri Lanka’s pact with China at Hambantota will only be revealed through a close reading of its original document.
August 16, 2017 01:18 UTC
WorldSEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has delayed a decision on firing missiles toward Guam while he waits to see what the United States does, the North's state media reported on Tuesday as the United States said any dialogue was up to Kim. The DPRK stands for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. North Korea has often threatened to attack the United States and its bases and released similar photos in the past but never followed through. Pyongyang's latest threat prompted a surge in tensions in the region last week, with U.S. President Donald Trump saying the U.S. military was "locked and loaded" if North Korea acted unwisely. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said North Korea's decision to hold off was not enough and Pyongyang would have to show it was "intent on denuclearizing the Korean peninsula."
August 16, 2017 00:33 UTC