An emotional former President Mahinda Rajapaksa waving at his second son Yoshitha when the latter was moved to Welikada prison from the Kaduwela Courts after being further remanded. Yoshitha and five others were taken into custody on money laundering charges by the FCID.Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara,Kamal Bogoda

New AG: CC’s role limited to endorsing president’s choice

The Constitutional Council (CC) has only endorsed a presidential recommendation in appointing Jayantha Jayasuriya as the Attorney General. President Maithripala Sirisena recommended him for the post and sought the CC’s approval. Earlier he had submitted three names expecting the CC to pick one of them, but one half of the CC refused to do so, reminding the President that the onus was on him to recommend a name, according to sources.

Labour and Trade Union Relations Minister John Seneviratne (SLFP), Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa...



Govt-UNHRC deal compared with Kandyan Convention

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday described the pledge given by the government to implement  UNHRC resolution as a great betrayal comparable to the Kandyan Convention of 1815.Following is the full text of President Rajapaksa’s ...

Sri Lanka 2nd in SAG Tennis


Sri Lanka tennis team emerged second with six bronze medals behind India at the 12th South Asian Games.India won five golds and five silvers and no bronze medals. Out of the 10 bronze medals, four were won by Pakistan, the third place winner. All As...

Ethics, culture and relativism:


In Oct 2005 the 33rd session of UNESCO adopted by acclamation the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights. This short document sets out to provide a set of ‘universal principles’ in relation to bioethics and nothing less than &l...

Formal hotel sector expected to be affected by minimum room rate


The minimum hotel room rate system would negatively impact the formal hotel sector, which will, in turn, create distortions in the economy, John Keells Holdings (JKH) deputy chairman Ajith Gunewardena said."Today the informal hotel sector in Co...



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