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2017-01-20 04:36:29

By Anuradha Herath

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader, Anura Kumara Dissanayake says that the JVP doesn't reject the Constitutional Reforms, and went on to say "We need these reforms to maintain democracy, fundamental rights and rights of all communities."


2017-01-19 04:17:38


Chairman of the Public Representations Committee of the Constitutional Reforms Process, Senior Attorney-at-Law and former Opposition Leader of the Central Provincial Council Lal Wijenayake said that, a wider contribution from society was mandatory for enacting what would be a people-friendly Constitution.

No need for a new Constitution  👤4561

2017-01-17 03:11:08

BY Mirudhula Thambiah

Tamil United Liberation Front(TULF) Leader V. Anandasangaree said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe refused to meet him when he made attempts to discuss current issues, and went on to blame the TNA for influencing the Prime Minister.

People are sick of the same old faces  👤4478

2017-01-16 03:58:26

By Rathindra Kuruwita and Umesh Moramudali

Senior lawyer Gomin Dayasiri has been a vocal critic of the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG), especially regarding the manner in which the Constitutional Reform process is being conducted. Ceylon Today sat with Dayasiri to obtain his views on Constitutional Reform and the due process.

No property in Wimal’s name – Shashi Weerawansa  👤6987

2017-01-15 05:00:47

By Anura Bandara Rajaguru

The National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa's wife Shashi Weerawansa says she does not know anything about the alleged misuse of vehicles by her husband.

Government rushing into self-destruction  👤4527

2017-01-13 03:24:22


UPFA MP Gamini Lokuge says that the true reason for the arrest of National Freedom Front Leader Wimal Weerawansa is to
sabotage the seminar his party has scheduled for 22 January.

No one can divide MS and RW – Daya Gamage  👤5539

2017-01-11 03:12:42

By Shaahidah Riza

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had already agreed to give away 750 hectares in Hambantota, said UNP Parliamentarian, Primary Industries Minister Daya Gamage, with regard to criticisms the incumbent government was faced with, in the issue of giving 15,000 acres in Hambantota to a Chinese company.

This Environmental Destruction of Wilpattu must stop!  👤4516

2017-01-09 03:39:18


This week our focus is on the continuous environmental destruction of forest cover near Wilpattu National Park which has been going on since 2009. Ceylon Today spoke to Sajeewa Chamikara who has been at the forefront to protect this ecologically sensitive area.
Following are the excerpts of the interview:

We want an anti-UNP government  👤6287

2017-01-08 10:36:29

By Denagama Dhammika Ranaweera

United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Namal Rajapaksa says a UPFA government will one day reclaim the Hambantota Port like the way his father reclaimed SriLankan and the Insurance Corporation.

Disappointed with many decisions of the Govt  👤4173

2017-01-08 10:33:22


Former State Minister Priyankara Jayaratne says that he called the SLFP Committee members of his electorate for a discussion at which they unanimously urged him to resign. "I represent the interests of the voters in Anamaduwa. They insisted that I take this decision".

Attempts to transform PCs into Provincial Govts  👤6361

2017-01-06 03:33:49

By Denagama Dhammika Ranaweera 

Governor of the Southern Province Dr. Hemakumara Nanayakkara says people voted for the government to protect the territorial integrity of the country and not to break it up. "People sacrificed their lives on behalf of the territorial integrity of the country. A group including the Chief Minister and the Opposition Leader of the Northern Province are trying to break up this unity".

Those who don’t belong should leave  👤6477

2017-01-05 03:15:39

By Charminda Rodrigo

United National Party MP Harshana Rajakaruna speaking to Ceylon Today said that Rajapaksa gang members should leave the government at the earliest if they think that they do not belong in the Unity Government.

Foreign govt grants down in 2015/2016  👤5384

2017-01-04 02:41:45

By Shaahidah Riza

United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP, Udaya Gammanpila, claimed that State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran felt indebted to the LTTE for her success in her political career. He made this comment in response to a statement made by State Minister Maheswaran, a UNP parliamentarian, who indicated that if slain LTTE leader Prabhakaran was alive, he would be the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. He further noted that if UNPers were genuinely concerned by this comment, they should immediately remove her from the party.

Positive signals on land and Police powers – Sithadthan  👤5959

2017-01-03 02:30:33

BY Mirudhula Thambiah

Jaffna District Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian and Leader of People's Liberation OrganiZation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) Dharmalingam Sithadthan said there are positive signals in obtaining land and Police powers to the provinces. "Police and land powers are very important. There are positive signals on these matters. Power sharing is positive. We are in discussions with the government and hopefully we might be able to reach an agreement," he said. Following are excerpts of the interview:

Bloody mayhem on Lanka’s roads  👤4731

2017-01-02 03:17:21

By UMesh Moramudali and
Rathindra Kuruwita

In the recent past, much has been said about road accidents and proposals to increase traffic fines. Ceylon Today interviewed the Chairman of the National Council for Road Safety Dr. Sisira Kodagoda. During the interview Dr. Kodagda noted that in 2016, 783 pedestrians were killed due to road accidents and out of this figure only 29 of the victims had died owing to their own fault.

Rajitha points accusing finger at a clique  👤6890

2017-01-01 02:15:14

By Rathindra Kuruwita

Co-Cabinet Spokesperson and Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne in an interview with Ceylon Today discussed the current political developments, plans for the health sector in 2017 and rumours of his appointment as the next prime minister.

JO Hallucinating No Issues, Govt Steady – Palitha  👤5611

2016-12-29 03:59:04

By Rasika Hemamali

JO members shout themselves hoarse against any move aimed at development in bid to derail progress and make a grab for a return to power before any serious headway is made into probes that will reveal the bribery and corruption that were hallmarks of their regime. The UNP cannot amend the Constitution on its own. 

Masses will take to streets  👤4712

2016-12-28 03:48:51

By Umesh Moramudali

This week in midweek meet up, Ceylon Today interviewed a vehement critic of the Budget 2017, Wasantha Samarasinghe, JVP North Central Provincial Councillor and the President of the Inter Company Employees' Union (ICEU).

Effective option for youngsters  👤6035

2016-12-26 03:40:24

By Rathindra Kuruwita and Umesh Moramudali

Despite free education up to the tertiary level, about 20 per cent of those who pass the GCE A/L examination give up higher studies. One of the options for them is the vocational training. Renowned educationist, Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha in an interview with Ceylon Today shares his views regarding the importance of vocational training.

No political hope left for MR  👤5974

2016-12-22 02:49:44

By Charminda Rodrigo

Chairman of the National Trade Union Centre K.D. Lalkantha in an interview with Ceylon Today said that UNPers have undoubtedly shattered their aspirations for a better economy.



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