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Marikkar pours scorn on Govt, Rajapaksas  👤4879

2017-04-20 05:44:15


S.M. Marikkar, Colombo District MP and UNP organizer for Kolonnawa electorate, says the antagonism directed by victims of the Meethotamulla tragedy, towards politicians who visited the garbage dump site after it occurred was absolutely understandable considering the intense mental pressure they might be experiencing in its aftermath. They have lost their homes and loved ones , so their anger is natural.

Mahinda Rajapaksa never left the fray – MR  👤4044

2017-04-19 05:00:20

Mahinda Rajapaksa was President of Sri Lanka from 2005 to 2015. He is a human rights lawyer by profession, but has been the butt of widespread outrage and criticism for alleged human rights violations by the Sri Lankan armed forces during the final stages of the 30 year long civil war against the armed separatist group: the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which invented the 'suicide bomb', forcibly recruited child soldiers and used civilians as human shields.

Solution to problems is removal of Capitalist economy  👤2455

2017-04-18 10:24:47

By Udeni Saman Kumara

Dr. Lionel Bopage joined the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna at 27 years of age, while being a student of the Engineering Faculty of the Peradeniya University.

SLFP in grip of unwholesome men – Mervyn Silva  👤4283

2017-04-16 04:14:56


The much talked-about Mervyn Silva has stolen the limelight once again with the launch of a new political party. Although still lacking a name and a symbol he says they have been decided on, but it was premature to make it public until the party gets legal recognition from the Election Commissioner's Department. The former MP rebukes political leaders for wilfully depriving him of the right to contest elections. "Some politicians in the party conspired to withhold my nomination," he quips.

No personal grudge against President – Gammanpila  👤3280

2017-04-13 10:12:24

By Panchamee Hewavissenti

In an interview with Ceylon Today, General Secretary of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya and member of the Joint Opposition Udaya Gammanpila said, the economy of the country is on the verge of collapse as the inflation rates, interest rates as well as the rate of unemployment are rising sharply with the county's foreign reserves depleting rapidly.

Minorities’ frustration a powder keg – VIDURA  👤3022

2017-04-12 08:09:40


Certain factions in the government are creating extremists and fuelling the fire of racial and religious discord, said Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MP Vidura Wickremanayake. In an interview with Ceylon Today he noted that the minorities of the country are frustrated by these actions and are being 'pushed against the wall.' The people of Sri Lanka do not have the right to practice their religion or culture as enshrined in the Constitution, Wickremanayake said, and added that this might lead to agitation in certain aspects of the community and give way to a more lethal and devastating war than what Sri Lanka experienced for three decades.

Administrative powers a must for the Plantation Tamils –Radhakrishnan  👤3091

2017-04-11 05:06:53


State Minister of Education and Leader of Up Country People's Front (UCPF) Velusamy Radhakrishnan said it is a must for the Plantation Tamils to obtain administrative powers at least through the upcoming constitutional reforms.

Rajapaksa sought advice from McGuinness– Indika Perera  👤2810

2017-04-10 10:01:12

By Rathindra Kuruwita and
Umesh Moramudali

Indika Perera, attorney at law and the former Director – Programme for Initiative for Political and Conflict Transformation (INPACT) spoke to Ceylon Today about Martin McGuinness, the legendary Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) leader, who passed away a few weeks ago, and his involvement in the Sri Lankan peace process. In the first months of Mahinda Rajapaksa's tenure as President of Sri Lanka, Perera who played a key role in introducing the two men (McGuinness and Rajapaksa) spoke of attempts made by McGuinness to share the lessons learnt, from their successful peace deal with the British Government in 1998, and how ultimately circumstances prevented Sri Lankan peace talks from coming to fruition.

I will lead SLFP to victory in future elections – President  👤2426

2017-04-09 08:32:35

By Udeni Saman Kumara

President Maithripala Sirisena in an interview with our sister paper Maubima said that people who elected him are still hopeful that the problems could be resolved through this government. "I like to unite and not to divide", he said.

Hang the ‘traitors’– RTD. REAR ADMIRAL WEERASEKARA  👤2478

2017-04-09 08:29:51

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan

Sixty-five-year-old Rtd. Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara, also a former UPFA MP says he is against the UN resolution cosponsored by the government.

We oppose Nationalism and Federalism – Samarasinghe  👤4464

2017-04-06 06:06:10


Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna is proclaimed to be the richest political party in the country, with its total income exceeding Rs 87 million, in 2015. JVP is also said to be the most financially secure party with assets worth of over Rs 190 million. 

These people are Sri Lankans, They are not ‘Kallathonis’ Mujibur Rahman  👤4949

2017-04-05 04:20:58


President Maithripala Sirisena must look into the concerns of the IDPs languishing for the past 25 years in camps situated in Puttalam, and other areas said United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Mujibur Rahman.

Gazette minimum standards for Medical Education - Dr. Naveen de Soysa   👤4938

2017-04-03 04:55:03

By Umesh Moramudali and
Rathindra Kuruwita

Come next week, the Healthcare system of the entire country is likely come to a standstill due to a possible strike action to be launched by the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) against the government's ignorance over the issues relating to the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).

South Korean aid to develop fish industry  👤4824

2017-03-31 04:18:40

By Skandha Gunasekara

A USD 2.5 million from the Korean Government will enable further expediting the development of the island's Fisheries Sector, said the State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Dilip Wedaarachchi, speaking to Ceylon Today. He also stated that the former regime's carelessness in carrying out development projects, especially the maritime and fisheries projects had resulted in a waste of resources and opportunities.

North wanted to send 1,000 participants – Shantha Bandara  👤4895

2017-03-30 05:40:22

By Panchamee Hewavissenti

The SLFP Youth Front is ready to hold a youth conference on 2 April, with the participation of approximately 10,000 young members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Youth from all corners of the country is expected to take part in this event.

India should leave SL alone– Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle  👤4830

2017-03-29 05:02:18

By Shaahidah Riza

India should not interfere in Sri Lanka's internal affairs, said State Minister for Urban Development and Water Supply, Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle. She made this remark in relation to the recent cancellation of Indian celebrity Rajinikanth's visit to Sri Lanka's North.

International mechanism will try LTTE cadres again – Thulasi  👤5209

2017-03-28 05:28:03

BY Mirudhula Thambiah

Former LTTE cadres led Crusaders For Democracy (CFD) Media Coordinator Ganeshalingam Chandralingam alias Thulasi commenting on the alleged war crimes investigations said, even if a Hybrid Court system is adopted, former cadres will have to face disadvantages of being tried again in Courts for war crimes, which they have already faced under the local judiciary as a result of which they have undergone rehabilitation, hence the former cadres will have to undergo judicial proceedings twice.

Rewarded for sensitizing rights of the disabled  👤4692

2017-03-27 03:09:55

By Umesh Moramudali and
Rathindra Kuruwita

Last week, young Sri Lankan, Krystle Reid won the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year Award for 2017. Reid, who is the co founder of the Enable Lanka Foundation (ELF), shared some thoughts on the award, on winning, and her views on enabling youth of the country. Following are the excerpts of the interview:

Foreign Judges can hear cases – Niran Anketell  👤4092

2017-03-26 02:33:20


Attorney-at-Law and Co-Founder of South Asian Centre for Legal Studies Niran Anketell who has litigated human rights, constitutional law, and civil cases in Sri Lankan Courts for over seven years speaks to Ceylon Today on the government co sponsoring the United Nations Human Right Council's resolution 30/1.

We await President’s response – Gemunu  👤4807

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.



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