President Maithripala Sirisena, the outgoing Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, greets Queen Elizabeth II at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which kicked off on Friday with a grand opening ceremony at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, Malta’ (Pic by Sudath Silva)

Joint opposition pushes for more places in PAC and COPE

Members of the Joint Opposition would not vote for or support the budget 2016 if they do not get their due representations in the two parliamentary oversight committees – the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) and the Public Accounts Committee, UPFA Matara District MP Dullas Alahapperuma said yesterday.

Alahapperuma participating in the second reading debate on the budget said that MPs of the joint opposition have been subjected to step-motherly treatment when naming members to COPE and the PAC.


Avant Garde: Maldives awaits Sri Lanka’s investigation


Maldives says that it awaits the outcome of investigations being conducted by Sri Lanka into an Avant Garde Maritime Services ship allegedly switching off the Global Positioning System ( GPS ) while passing its shores last month.The Maldivian F...

The Commonwealth, Climate Change, and a Tsar-Sultan standoff in the Middle East


The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta this weekend is being seen as a rehearsal for the Climate Change conference starting tomorrow in Paris. And Paris will be hosting the Climate Change conference just two weeks after the deadl...

JKH collects Rs. 8 billion cash from warrants conversion

The Colombo Stock Exchange last week announced that approximately 49.25 million new shares of John Keells Holdings, the largest market capitalized company quoted on the CSE, had been listed on Nov. 26 following the conversion of JKH warrants into ordin...

Sri Lankans face many challenges in New Zealand series


The national cricket team left the island in the early hours of Saturday for a six weeklong tour of New Zealand during which they will play two Tests, five ODIs and two T-20s. New Zealand is a destination where the Sri Lankans have enjoyed decent succe...



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