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We await President’s response – Gemunu  👤4546

2017-03-22 05:03:13

By Umesh Moramudali and Methmali Dissanayake

The issues related to the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) are getting complicated by the day. It appears that the protests against SAITM are not going to end anytime soon. Amidst the heat of the SAITM controversy, Ceylon Today interviewed SAITM Medical Faculty Parents Forum Convener Gemunu Wijeratne. During the interview, Wijeratne stressed that the Higher Education Ministry shirked their responsibility and Minister Lakshman Kiriella did not show any interest in solving the issue.

LTTE atrocities also have to be investigated - Varatharaja Perumal  👤5133

2017-03-21 03:56:19

BY Mirudhula Thambiah

Former Chief Minister of the merged North-East A. Varatharaja Perumal said, there is much to investigated on LTTE atrocities and disappearances committed by them, they also have to be inquired into. But these issues are not on the agenda in any place. Only the last part of the war is on the agenda of the UNHRC in Geneva.

Exporters to EU must be educated on Brexit – GM ECCSL Srinath  👤4246

2017-03-20 05:07:42

By Rathindra Kuruwita and
Umesh Moramudali

Europe has been one of our biggest export markets for decades, and it still is, even after the loss of the GSP + concession in 2010. Ceylon Today spoke to Srinath Fernando, General Manager of European Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ECCSL) to discuss the current situation of the EU market, the issues faced by our exporters and what the government should do to take advantage of the probable resumption of the GSP + concession.

Dinesh only UPFA’s Deputy Leader  👤4156

2017-03-19 06:06:46

By Dhammika Ranaweera

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said, he appears for the rights of the Joint Opposition to the maximum of his powers, considering it as his duty. "Not only they, but the Inter Parliamentary Union also praised me for that."

Speaker refused our request  👤3353

2017-03-19 05:04:59

BY Kavindya Chris Thomas

Former minister and current parliamentarian of the Joint Opposition (JO) Dinesh Gunawardena made news last week when he was suspended from Parliament, after a controversial verbal battle with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. In the fallout of the incident, we witnessed the august House taking some dramatic turns – even the government members walked out of the session, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the proceedings. Ceylon Today interviewed the man responsible for the latest drama in Parliament.

Voters must exercise caution when electing MPs – Harshana Rajakaruna  👤4103

2017-03-17 05:49:19

By Rasika Hemamali

Member of Parliament for Gampaha District, Harshana Rajakaruna, says "If people's aspirations are not fulfilled we will have to face defeat at the next elections".

Forced family planning is happening countywide – Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera  👤4510

2017-03-15 04:20:06

By Panchamee Hewavissenti

General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera slams the authorities for not taking actions to abrogate illegal abortion and birth control centres, operating in the country, which has led to making many women in the country infertile, even if they wish to have more children.

ITAK’s arbitrary actions cause conflict in TNA – Sivasakthy Ananthan  👤4622

2017-03-14 04:24:58

BY Mirudhula Thambiah

Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) Secretary and Vanni District Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian N. Sivasakthy Ananthan said both leaders Sampanthan and Sumanthiran are taking the most crucial decisions in the TNA. They rarely discuss and obtain the opinions of others of the constituent parties.

NCSL for Sustainable Development  👤3785

2017-03-13 05:53:18

By Umesh Moramudali and Rathindra Kuruwita

The Ven. Athuraliye Rathana thera recently established the National Council of Sri Lanka (NCSL) in a bid to bring about the necessary changes and assure the people on setting the government on the right path. The strategy of the NCSL is to take our country to sustainability and stability.

Major endorsement of govt’s reconciliation efforts  👤3951

2017-03-12 07:20:48

By Ravi Ladduwahetty

Secretary General of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Reconciliation Mechanism Mano Tittawella, in an interview with Ceylon Today Sunday Edition, believes that UNHCR Resolution 30/1 was a major endorsement of the government's reconciliation efforts.
So far there is no question of a hybrid court, since the government has made it abundantly clear that the accountability mechanism will be purely Sri Lankan in composition, he said.

I am with the President – Isura Deshapriya  👤3690

2017-03-10 07:17:57

By Dhammika Ranaweera Denagama

Chief Minister of Western Provincial Council Isura Deshapriya says the rule of law and fiscal policy are severely politicized under this government. "People think that UNP is selling public property to find money for the next election".

Implement the commitments made to international community – James Berry MP UK  👤3182

2017-03-09 05:25:28

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan

UK Conservative MP for Kingston and Surbiton Constituency, James Berry, who is also a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee and Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPGT) the liasing body for which the British Tamil Forum (BTF) speaks to Ceylon Today on the Resolution Undertakings by the Government of Sri Lanka.

Raw Deal for Women in Education, Politics  👤2905

2017-03-08 08:20:49

By Umesh Moramudali and Isurinie Mallawaarachchi

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Urban Councillor, Jeevanee Kariyawasam says that although the majority of University lecturers and school teachers are women, 80% of school principals in Sri Lanka are males

Easterners want all Muslim parties to unite – Hasen Ali  👤3174

2017-03-07 05:09:48

BY Mirudhula Thambiah

One time Secretary General of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and one of its founding leaders, M.T. Hasen Ali said, the focus of the current leader of his party was just to obtain a ministerial position in any government and therefore, is failing to address the aspirations of the Muslim community.

Stop recruitments & nationalize SAITM - Dr. Naveen de Soysa  👤2843

2017-03-06 08:05:38

BY UMESH MORAMUDALI AND
RATHINDRA KURUWITA

Today Trade Union Talk focuses on a very current topic with a trade union that is in the thick of it. Ceylon Today interviewed the General Secretary of the Government Medical Officers' Association(GMOA) Dr. Naveen de Soysa regarding issues about the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).

Politicians know better than engineers and technocrats!– Dr. Tilak Siyambalapitiya  👤3673

2017-03-03 04:58:49

WITH RAVI LADDUWAHETTY

Dr. Tilak Siyambalapitiya believes that the cancellation of the Sampur Power Project by the highest echelons of this government had cost the country dearly; with the power crisis being aggravated by the failures of both the South-west and North-east monsoons and the resulting drought.

We are against sale of education and health– Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa  👤4769

2017-03-02 06:12:33

By Anuradha Herath

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Kalutara District Member of Parliament Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa said in an interview that the JVP opposes SAITM not only because of non compliance to standards, but in principle. Following are excerpts of an interview:

JO members could also contest under SLFP banner – Faizer Mustapha  👤4490

2017-03-01 04:12:30

WITH RAVI LADDUWAHETTY

Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faizer Mustapha, PC, said yesterday that the SLFP members in the Joint Opposition could also contest the forthcoming Local Government polls under the SLFP banner.

Sinhalese and Muslims also suffered– Keerthi  👤4338

2017-02-27 05:29:14

By Umesh Moramudali and
Rathindra Kuruwita

Centre for Human Rights and Research (CHR) released a report last week on the state of Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka. One of the striking features of this report was that CHR's insistence that the suffering of Sinhalese and Muslims who were affected by the conflict must be recognized and the government should recognize their right to return. This is not usually the stance taken by many NGOs who try to ignore the fact that Sinhalese and Muslims also suffered greatly. Ceylon Today interviewed CHR Executive Director, Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon about the report.

SAITM students will not be accepted by any country– Prof. Hiran Amerasekera  👤4570

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."

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