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Sunday May 16th, 2021
Politics

Put lives before economy, former Sri Lanka PM urges govt

“Any damage to the economy can be recovered. We cannot recover lost lives,” he said.

4 minutes

Recall retired doctors, nurses to combat COVID-19, Sri Lanka opposition SJB tells govt

“You need people to lift weight at the gym,” the MP said.

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Opp leader yet to inform govt of any int'l aid he secured for Sri Lanka: Minister

“If the opposition does have such connections, the government will happily accept their assistance.”

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Call all-party conference to discuss Sri Lanka's COVID-19 crisis, opposition SJB asks govt

The opposition will extend its fullest support to the government to manage the crisis, he said.

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UNP goes into self-imposed lockdown amid Sri Lanka's COVID-19 surge

All public meetings and media events will temporarily suspended

USD 50 million allocated to repair fighter jets as COVID-19 rages: Sri Lanka Opp Leader

The funds should be prioritised to combat the epidemic, said Premadasa

Imesh Ranasinghe

2 min read

Heated debate over detained Sri Lanka MP Rishad Bathuideen attending p'ment

“This has never happened in the history of this house,” MP Sumanthiran said.

Imesh Ranasinghe

3 min read

Govt denies undue political influence in relaxing Piliyandala lockdown

"I have a right to speak up for my constituents," said Minister Gamini Lokuge

Chanka Jayasinghe

3 min read

Use Nelum Pokuna theatre to treat COVID-19 patients: Sri Lanka's ex health minister

Senaratne requested the government to not add beds for COVID-19 treatment to hospitals that provide tertiary care

2 min read

Sri Lanka parliament postpones controversial Port City bill debate: report

Parliament has yet to receive the Supreme Court's verdict on the bill.

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Sri Lanka opposition accuses govt of rushing Port City bill debate

"This is a bill that will decide Sri Lanka’s sovereignty," the MP said.

Imesh Ranasinghe

3 min read

Call ceasefire on internal cold war and focus on COVID-19, Sri Lanka opp. leader asks govt

"This is the time to put a stop to internal conflict,” he said.

Imesh Ranasinghe

2 min read

Sri Lanka opposition May Day events to go virtual

The ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramau (SLPP) has notably decided to forego May Day celebrations this year

Imesh Ranasinghe

2 min read

Honk-protestor arrest shows Sri Lanka govt's insecurity, intolerance: UNP

"We urge the authorities to ensure that the freedom of speech and freedom of expression is upheld"

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Sri Lanka police arrest alleged instigator of honk protest during China VIP visit

The suspect is a resident in Battaramulla who had been in Australia for 10 years, police said.

Imesh Ranasinghe

1 min read

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Sri Lanka plans to purchase Mi-171 helicopters amid vaccine shortage: Opposition Leader

The government has also ordered 60 armoured personnel carriers (APCs), he said.

Imesh Ranasinghe

2 min read

Sri Lanka government ignored health warnings, leading to COVID-19 resurgence: TNA MP

“The government must take full responsibility for the ongoing third wave,” he said.

Imesh Ranasinghe

2 min read

Sri Lanka Freedom Party will oppose any move to arrest Harin: Dayasiri

Jayasekara said Fernando had presented some important information to parliament about the Easter attack probe

Imesh Ranasinghe

2 min read

Sri Lanka govt trying to cover up shortcomings by highlighting India's pandemic woes: NPP

"The government is trying, unsuccessfully, to highlight the Indian situation and claim that we have it better”

Imesh Ranasinghe

2 min read

Sri Lanka President meets China Defence Minister

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Sri Lanka cabinet approves burqa ban: Minister

Sri Lanka's cabinet of ministers have approved a controversial proposal to ban face covers including the burqa

2 min read

Amend Port City bill: Sri Lanka govt MP Gevindu Kumaratunga

Sri Lanka should amend the controversial Port City economic commission bill to reflect constructive criticism: MP

Imesh Ranasinghe

3 min read

Bathiudeen bros to be detained for 90 days: police

Former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen and his brother Riyaj are to be detained for 90 days for further questioning, police s...

Imesh Ranasinghe

1 min read

Sri Lanka ruling party wants action against entire former cabinet

Government MPs have requested President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to take legal action against the entire Yahapalana cabinet ov...

Imesh Ranasinghe

4 min read

Sri Lanka former minister and brother arrested over alleged links to Easter Sunday bombers

Former Sri Lankan minister Rishad Bathiudeen and his brother Riyaj were taken into custody in the early hours of today f...

2 min read

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