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SAITM students will not be accepted by any country– Prof. Hiran Amerasekera  👤3666

2017-02-24 08:02:46

By Rasika Hemamali

Professor Hiran Amerasekera of the Sri Jayewardenepura University says, "The government should do justice to the students who have enrolled in SAITM because the former government allowed the establishment of SAITM."

I have no issues with the Minister– Anoma Gamage  👤3656

2017-02-23 11:46:00

By Rasika Hemamali

Deputy Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Anoma Gamage says that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) Chairman was removed by the Minister, as the chairman acted arbitrarily, "The chairman made decisions on his own and treated employees in a degrading way"

LG elections should be under new system  👤3079

2017-02-22 10:10:19

By Umesh Moramudali 

Ceylon Today interviewed, JVP Parliamentarian, Bimal Rathnayake who spoke of the JVP standpoint regarding the proposed election reforms. He stressed, that the JVP is not against holding the Local Government elections, but do not want the elections to be conducted in an unfair manner. The JVP urged the government to come up with a fair election system and hold the election as per such system and noted that it is not only the JVP that is against this proposed system.

Dr. Sivamohan reiterates preference for foreign intervention  👤3136

2017-02-21 08:12:48


Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Vanni District Parliamentarian Dr. Sivapragasam Sivamohan said that a similar set up to South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission will not be suitable for Sri Lanka; therefore an international inquiry on war crimes must be established.


2017-02-20 10:55:55


In the recent past there have been many discussions on rice prices. In order to understand the root cause of this issue Ceylon Today interviewed Namal Karunaratne, the National Organizer of the All Ceylon Peasants' Federation (ACPF).

I believe in cooperative politics – Karuna  👤3939

2017-02-19 11:14:09

By Mirudhula Thambiah

Former Minister and Vice President of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, alias Karuna Amman in an interview with Ceylon Today said: "I strongly believed that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would solve the issues of the North and East people. If the TNA had joined hands with the government at that moment, we would have already resolved many issues."

I like to talk to diehard Sinhala chauvinists – Wigneswaran  👤4173

2017-02-19 05:07:52

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan

Nothern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran said, " We need to have the North and East merged to avoid Sinhalisation of the North and East. Today Sinhalisation is taking place at a rapid rate".

Justices should be subject to judicial audits  👤3153

2017-02-17 11:04:27


Excerpts of the interview:

President of Bar Association of Sri Lanka, Geoffrey Alagaratnam in conversation with Ceylon Today says that Judges should be free of political or any other interference and any pressure. "They should be self regulated in every way. They should be men of integrity and of excellent professional calibre. But, they should also be under the control of a supervisory body when it comes to disciplinary controls and impeachments".

Traders have imported rice under local branding– Duminda Dissanayake  👤4867

2017-02-16 03:36:25

By Charminda Rodrigo

Minister of Agriculture, Duminda Dissanayake says the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is waiting to see what stance former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would take at the Local Government elections.

CTSU to protest SAITM ruling-on the streets  👤3863

2017-02-15 05:25:31


General Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers' Services Union Mahinda Jayasinghe during an interview with Ceylon Today said that although the Courts have passed

‘Unity Government’ A golden opportunity...  👤4167

2017-02-13 11:23:26


This week we sat with one of the most senior politicians of the country, Imthiaz Bakeer Marker who is also the head of the National Media Centre.

New Laws for Port City – Malik Samarawickrama  👤3259

2017-02-12 06:23:02

By Ravi Ladduwahetty

Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama, in an interview with Ceylon Today said new laws will be passed to cover the economic criteria such as exchange rates at the Colombo Port City, but when it comes to criminal offences, the general law will be applied. He also said the Port City will have desalination plants and renewable energy in case of a shortfall in water and power and that there will be no geopolitical conflicts.

I did not give vehicles to Wimal’s relatives– Prof. Ashu Marasinghe  👤4528

2017-02-10 06:20:30

By Rasika Hemamali

United National Party Member of Parliament, Professor Ashu Marasinghe said, that he gave a statement to the Financial Crimes Investigations Department, regarding the incident of the misuse of vehicles. "I have not done anything wrong. I have not personally misused vehicles. I had an official vehicle that was given to me. I gave that vehicle back and went home. I had no necessity to misuse vehicles nor have I misused vehicles".

We will continue our struggle against SAITM – Tilvin Silva  👤6140

2017-02-09 06:18:46

BY Charmindra Rodrigo

General Secretary of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Tilvin Silva says the SAITM Judgment had been delivered upon the legal facts presented before Court. He also states "However, it does not negate the fact that SAITM provides substandard education to their students."

President is a prisoner of his own Govt– Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena  👤4162

2017-02-08 06:15:17

By Shaahidah Riza

President Maithripala Sirisena is a prisoner of his own government, thus, is unable to make unwavering decisions said United People's Freedom Alliance MP Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, a member of the Joint Opposition. He went on to say that President Sirisena is trapped amidst a plethora of indecisive situations, where he feels obliged to the powers in the UNP, that made him President and is unable to trust anyone else. The President is dillydallying Abeywardena said, and added that he is unable to keep his promises to the people.

Only the people can solve issues - Basheer Segu Dawood  👤3150

2017-02-07 06:12:32

BY Mirudhula Thambiah

Former Chairman of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Basheer Segu Dawood commenting on his suspension from the high command said,

Ensure people are not criminalized for being themselves  👤2978

2017-02-06 06:09:44

By Umesh Moramudali and Rathindra Kuruwita

Once again Sri Lankans are debating whether homosexuality should be decriminalized. Ceylon Today interviewed Madu Dissanayake, Director Public Affairs, Policy and Advocacy of the Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka to find out her views on the issue.

Abductions continue  👤4315

2017-02-05 10:37:43

By Panduka Samarasekera

The news that the Vice-President of Telecom Manpower Welfare Association Sujeewa Mangala was abducted on the night of 28 January, and that he was missing for a few days, spread across the country like wild fire. It was the first case of disappearance during the government of good governance. No one knew of his whereabouts until 1 February, when he suddenly arrived at the Ingiriya police station. The news of the first missing person during the government of good governance ended there. Excerpts of an interview with Sujeewa Mangala:

Govt had to reinstate my citizenship  👤4140

2017-02-05 10:33:35

By Niranjala Ariyawansha

Frontline Socialist Party Organizing Secretary and Central Committee member Kumar Gunaratnam says,
"We still feel the heartbeat of my brother and other comrades who lost their lives during the struggle against suppression in the past." He said he will continue to be in socialist politics.

I will fix it like Duterte  👤5461

2017-02-01 04:36:02

By Rathindra Kuruwita

Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment Ranjan Ramanayake is no stranger to controversy. Last week, his attempts to draw the attention of Divulapitiya Divisional Secretary H.M.L.S. Herath to illegal soil excavation in Akaragama, led members of Gampaha District Administrative Services Association (GDASA) to the streets demanding an apology as Sri Lanka Administrative Services Association interpreted the incident as unnecessary interference. Ceylon Today spoke to Ranjan Ramanayake about the incident.



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