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SLMC National Convention


The 19th National Convention of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) brought together all political leaders including President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan along with all other political big wigs irrespective of their political views, highlighting unity amidst diversity, in Ampara last Saturday (19). Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, the premier Muslim Party was founded by the late...

The Joint Opposition fired its first public salvo at the government at Hyde Park last Thursday by simply adopting the theme 'The People's Struggle', accusing the government of not addressing the issues facing the populace in general.None of the speakers articulated exactly what issues faced by the people were not being addressed by the government. One hopes, against vain hope, that the Joint Opposition is not driven by desperation of the fear of being relegated to a political limbo, as it...

Growing up in the City of Colombo, we were witness to various sports taking place there. The leading sport, like in the present times, was cricket followed by football and not far behind was athletics. Even the women's sports had a following. There was even a Ladies Hockey Ground near Radio Ceylon. However, a sport was never thought of as a money maker therefore, never got any sort of recognition in those realms. Although we were just about in our final handshake with then rulers –...

Recently, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told an investment forum in Singapore that the government is seeking to privatize some of the non-strategic public sector institutions to cut public-debt, while hoping to list a few non-strategic State-owned bodies in the Colombo Stock Exchange, in the next three months. State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) such as Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and SriLankan Airlines are incurring massive losses and, thereby, have become a burden to the public....

The general man on the street, as well as the affluent, citizens all, might be forgiven for taking with a teaspoonful of salt, the assignment of Special Task Force operatives to track down gangsters and their weapons in a knee-jerk reaction to the sudden spurt of gangland killings in Colombo over the past fortnight. STF DIG Ranjith Perera has inherited one heck of a poser in that he has to deploy his men countrywide to flush out these killer gangs and the T56 weapons they are reported to...

The Government has decided to deploy the Army to provide security to all power stations in the country following three major countrywide power failures in the past six months.With the latest power failure which occurred last Sunday (13), the Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board, Anura Wijepala, while denying any sabotage with regard to the countrywide three power failures, including the latest break down on Sunday, opted to submit his resignation which was not accepted by the Minister...

The recent T-20 Asia Cup tournament in Bangladesh has clearly pointed out the need of cleansing Sri Lanka Cricket and putting the game back on the right track to regain its old glory. From the time Sri Lanka obtained its International Cricket Council (ICC) membership and Test Match status in 1981, the Island Nation's most favourite sport began to stretch its wings smartly and reached its heights as a highly admirable cricket team in the World. When Sri Lanka gained its ICC status in 198...

The tax reforms that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced in Parliament last week, were in accordance with the Policy Statement that was also made by him on assuming office. That was to increase the direct tax ratio to indirect tax ratio from 20:80 to 40:60. This was seen as a progressive move, given that the thrust of the argument being that direct taxes are paid based on realized incomes and the ability of that segment of the market to pay. This is in contrast to indirect taxes...

The People Smuggling Conference which was held at a venue just outside Colombo revealed pretty mind-boggling statistics on this crisis of calamitous proportions around the world and especially in the Asia-Pacific region. Australia teamed up with Sri Lanka to co-host this conference attended by nearly ten nations in the region. It's a safe bet to say that people smuggling in the region operates on two facts: namely that families and individuals who see no hope for their futures in their ho...

The United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) appointed Hambantota District Member of Parliament and Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera as its third General Secretary filling the position that fell vacant after the demise of Prof. Wishwa Warnapala.Born in a remote village called Udayala in Angunukolapelassa in the outskirts of the Hambantota District, Amaraweera received his primary education at Angunukolapalessa primary school and secondary education at Vijitha Central College, Dikwella...

The Prisons Department has decided to install cell phone jammers in all prisons countrywide in order to prevent inmates from communicating with each other and those outside prison walls via mobile telephones. As sources revealed, the Prisons Department has resolved technical glitches in such jammers installed in certain prisons in Colombo in the recent past, before deciding to install a new set of cell phone jammers that could block communication between inmates, suspects, and those outs...

The government has laid the emphasis on regional development. It has appointed Sagala Ratnayaka as Minister for Southern Development, Sarath Nawinna for North Western Regional Development, Champika Ranawaka as Minister of Western Development and now, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka as Minister for Regional Development. The United National Front Government of 2001-2004 under Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also had a Cabinet ranked Minister for all nine Provinces. This underscored th...

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