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LANKAN POLITICS AND SCIENCE LIKE OIL AND WATER!  👤2462

2017-05-30 05:17:23

WITH RAVI LADDUWAHETTY

Professor of Chemical and Process Engineering at the Moratuwa University Ajith De Alwis said that Sri Lankan politics and science is like oil and water. They never mix. "It is also sad that we look at all things from a political perspective and it is high time that we bring engineering and science together towards helping the economic development of the country which is sadly lacking at present.

China’s long-term plan in Lanka – Carl Zha  👤4644

2017-05-29 05:42:36

By Rathindra Kuruwita and Umesh Moramudali

The One Belt One Road initiative is one of the key topics discussed in Sri Lankan political circles. However, most of those commenting on it have very little understanding of the project or how the Chinese State operates. Ceylon Today got US based China Watcher, Carl Zha to explain the One Belt One Road initiative, the economical and geopolitical reasons that drive China and the importance of Sri Lanka to China.

Deal opposition and tame opposition silent  👤5534

2017-05-26 05:36:08

By Ishara Silva

Joint Opposition MP Bandula Gunawardane warns that countries far more developed than us collapsed by relaxing foreign exchange controls.

Forefathers of this country were Tamils – Sangaree  👤4116

2017-05-25 05:46:28

BY PANCHAMEE HEWAVISSENTI

Former MP of Jaffna District and Leader of Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), Veerasingham Anandasangaree, said the TNA is not the sole representative of the Tamil community and that it acts according to the whims and fancies of the government, in an interview with Ceylon Today.

Nationalizing SAITM would be a mistake  👤3997

2017-05-22 05:59:58

BY RATHINDRA KURUWITA
AND UMESH MORAMUDALI

Former State Minister of Higher Education, Rajiva Wijesinha spoke to Ceylon Today about the current controversy regarding SAITM. During the interview he stressed that SAITM was started in good faith, and the then government was at fault in not smoothing out any contentious issues immediately. But the questions with regard to quality are specious, because similar standards are not applied to government universities.

Eligibility criteria stiffer than in State Universities – SB  👤3242

2017-05-21 05:15:20

WITH RAVI LADDUWAHETTY

Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare S.B. Dissanayake, himself former Minister of Higher Education, during whose tenure was brought in the South Asia Institute of Technology and Medicine (and popularly known by the acronym SAITM) says that standards of SAITM students are far higher than the State University students.

Joint Opposition will accept President Sirisena’s leadership – Vasudeva Nanayakkara  👤5051

2017-05-19 10:13:06

BY PANCHAMEE HEWAVISSENTI

The Joint Opposition is confident of capturing power in the North Central Provincial Council (NCPC) and two other PCs , encouraged by the crisis-ridden situation in the NCPC subsequent to the removal of its Health Minister. The 18 SLFP members of the NCPC decided to function as independents and submitted an affidavit to the Governor of the NCPC calling for the Chief Minister in whose place they want S.M. Ranjith appointed. However, the Governor, P.B. Dissanayake, rejected the affidavit. With this decision of 18 of the 21 SLFP councillors in the NCPC, the Joint Opposition appears to command a majority in the Council.

Cabinet reshuffle is to remove the ‘naughty boys’– Aluthgamage  👤4090

2017-05-18 05:30:09

BY SHAAHIDAH RIZA

The government is trying to redeem its tarnished reputation by whitewashing it through a Cabinet reshuffle; said United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage. Aluthgamage who is a member of the Joint Opposition from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) noted that the incumbent government has gained unpopularity as the ministers were unnecessarily taxing people and stealing from the public. In an interview with Ceylon Today he asserted that the Cabinet reshuffle was to remove certain 'naughty boys' like Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake from their present portfolios.

If 20th Amendment is passed Mobs will storm Temple Trees,President’s House – Wimal  👤4441

2017-05-17 05:50:35

BY PANCHAMEE HEWAVISSENTI

In an interview with Ceylon Today MP Wimal Weerawansa remarked that he should be grateful to the government for imprisoning him since he could write two books while he was in the prison. The launch of one the books titled Ratata Uvamana Vama was held recently. When asked if the hunger strike that he observed in the prison was merely an attention grabbing 'fake show', he stated that those who say that it was a 'fake show' are not able to skip even one meal.

Indian teachers for upcountry  👤3203

2017-05-16 05:36:24

By Mirudhula Thambiah

People's Teachers Union (PTU) General Secretary R. Nelson Mohanraj said, instead of recruiting Indian teachers for the plantation sector it is more favourable to appoint B.Sc graduates from the North and East to teach Maths and Science in Tamil medium schools.

WE ARE TOTALLY DEMOCRATIC!– DR. PADENIYA  👤3246

2017-05-12 05:59:02

WITH RAVI LADDUWAHETTY

The President of the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya yesterday said that the GMOA had no political or commercial agendas and they did what they thought was the best for the profession and the country.

WE ARE NOT SCARED OF MR – SB  👤3244

2017-05-10 05:14:12

Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare S.B. Dissanayake, himself a former SLFP General Secretary, said that he and the government were not at all scared of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the massive crowds which thronged the Galle Face Green on May Day.

ETCA will destroy Sri Lanka’s IT sector– Lasantha Wickramasinghe  👤2754

2017-05-08 05:27:31

By Umesh Moramudali and
Rathindra Kuruwita

The proposed Economic and Technology Corporation Agreement (ETCA) with India has caused many a controversy, and in this interview with Ceylon Today Secretary of the Society of Information Technology Professionals, Lasantha Wickramasinghe, explains how ETCA will affect the country's economy, and the reasons for opposing it.

Piyasena Gamage wants me removed – Geetha  👤3197

2017-05-07 10:25:20

By Aruni Mallawaarachchi

Joint Opposition MP Geetha Kumarasinghe says defeated politician Piyasena Gamage wants to pull her down. "He was behind all this. He is waiting eagerly to occupy my seat in Parliament," she said.

Who is Rajitha to teach me politics? – John  👤2984

2017-05-07 08:22:57

By Niranjala Ariayawansha

Labour Minister John Seneviratne says that Minister Rajitha Senaratne acted irresponsibly as the media spokesman.

Unity Govt robbed more in two years– Sunil Handunnetti  👤3955

2017-05-05 08:20:36

WITH RAVI LADDUWAHETTY

Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) and JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti believes that the current Unity Government, which has been in the echelons of power for merely two years, has fleeced more public funds than the Mahinda Rajapaksa Presidency, which lasted for a decade from 2005-2015.

CBK wants Ranil to be President in 2020– Dullas  👤3089

2017-05-04 10:17:40

BY PANCHAMEE HEWAVISSENTI

The Joint Opposition could accomplish the challenge of filling up the Galle Face Green with its supporters at the JO May Day Rally.

Resignation from minister post a conscientious decision – Pramitha  👤1844

2017-05-03 05:15:02

BY PANCHAMEE HEWAVISSENTI

Three electoral organizers of the SLFP were removed last week to give way for new organizers. Accordingly, former Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon lost the post of Dambulla organizer, MP Lohan Ratwatte lost Pathadumbara and MP Anura 

Use of Tamil Language in plantation sector necessary  👤2173

2017-05-02 10:12:28

BY Mirudhula Thambiah

President of Ceylon Workers' Union and Member of Parliament Muthu Sivalingam said that implementing the usage of the Tamil Language in the plantation sector is a must as the population of Tamil speaking people is comparatively high especially in the Nuwara Eliya District.

A VERITABLE TIME BOMB  👤2206

2017-05-01 05:35:54

WITH RAVI LADDUWAHETTY

President of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation General Employees Union Asoka Ranwala yesterday cautioned the Government that if the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery catches fire due to delays in the refurbishment it would kill at least 3000 people.

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