Archive for May 5th, 2018

MAHA SANGA MUST SUMMON  RANIL WICKREMASINGHE AND ANURA KUMARA

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

By M D P DISSANAYAKE The Supreme Council of Maha Sanga of Sri Lanka has demanded that  Executive Presidency of Sri Lanka should not be abolished  and the proposed 20 Amendment must be withdrawn.  In previous occasions,  on key issues Malwatte Maha NayakeThero disagreed with the rest.  But on this issue of proposed 20th Amendment, […]

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Sweet deal turns sour for Sirisena

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

ECONOMYNEXT – May 5, 2018, 7:45 pm The arrest of the President’s Chief of Staff while allegedly accepting a 20 million bribe may have seriously damaged Maithripala Sirisena ’s image and weakened his position within the tenuous coalition. Sirisena was reportedly visibly shaken when a senior aide told him on Thursday that his Chief of […]

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Comfort and care at the end of a selfless journey

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

By Kumudini Hettiarachchi he journeyed to the nooks and crannies of the country preaching bana or delivering dharma deshana, a grim reality hit him hard. With age making them feeble and frail, monks who had followed in the footsteps of Lord Buddha, renouncing all that was worldly including their relatives, faced absolute neglect. These were […]

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Sri Lanka to sign deals with Total, Schlumberger for seismic study

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka will sign agreements with French oil and gas major Total and a subsidiary of U.S. firm Schlumberger for a seismic study off its east coast to evaluate any prospective oil resources, a top official said on Friday. Vajira Dassanayake, the director general at Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat (PRDS), said a […]

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Sri Lanka approves $500 million LNG plant near Chinese-controlled port

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s state-run investment body has approved a $500 million liquefied natural gas plant by China Machinery Engineering Corp near a Chinese-controlled port and industrial zone, the development strategies minister said on Friday. The state-run Board of Investment has approved investment projects worth $1 billion in the first quarter, Malik Samarawickrama said, […]

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 Development projects will bear fruit in a few years: PM

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Sudath Gunasekara 5.5.2018 Why don’t you say your development projects have already born fruits to the whole nation in a right royal manner long time ago with the Central Bank robbery led by your able leadership. People know it is sweet for you but utterly sour for them, though, you don’t realize it as a […]

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In defence of Executive Presidency

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

By Udaya P Gammanpila Courtesy Ceylon Today It was pointed out in the previous column that allegations against the Executive Presidency are baseless. We posed five questions to the anti-executive Presidency camp. Before discussing any further, let us revisit those five questions. If the Executive Presidency is dictatorial, why has it become the most popular governing […]

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Will President Sirisena heed Naseby’s advise?

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

by Rajeewa Jayaweera Courtesy The Island President Sirisena met with British Peer Lord Naseby during his recent visit to attend CHOGM in the UK. In October 2017, Naseby, after appealing to the British Information Commissioner, obtain 39 pages of highly redacted confidential dispatches from the British High Commission in Colombo during the last stages of the […]

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FCID faces leadership crisis

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Courtesy The Island May 5, 2018, 7:46 pm The head of the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) reaches the mandatory retirement age of 60 next week with attempts to extend his services despite legal obstacles, official sources said. Senior Deputy Inspector-General Ravi Waidyalankara submitted his papers to retire on his 60th birthday on May 14, […]

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Sugar buddies caught with cash in a carpark as countdown begins for their bosses’ future

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Rajan Philips Courtesy The Island May 5, 2018, 12:00 pm For starters today, I was planning this secular prayer: Let us first say thanks for small mercies – for keeping Ravi Karunanayake out of the cabinet in last Tuesday’s reshuffle. Two days later the thunderbolt struck –the President’s Chief of Staff and the Timber Corporation Chairman […]

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