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Sunday December 3rd, 2023

Sri Lanka budget has not prioritised North East: Legislator

The total allocation for the North and East specifically is 4.25 billion.

November 22, 2023 1 min read

Sri Lanka has made progress on child rights since UN convention but work remains: UNICEF

"Only 14 percent of Grade 3 students reached all essential learning competencies in literacy."

November 22, 2023 5 min read

Sri Lanka allocates Rs 10 bn for elections: Minister

Although this provision was not formally presented in the budget proposals but has been factored into the estimates

November 22, 2023 1 min read

Sri Lanka's "forward-looking" 2024 budget will instill fiscal discipline: MR

“Fiscal discipline is essential for a country,” he said.

November 21, 2023 2 min read
Loss of freedom feared from online law, many do not know: survey

Only 34 percent of the respondents said they had heard about the bill.

Sri Lanka in process of rightsizing military; tri forces to be 150,000 by 2030 – State Minister

Despite end of 26-year war, Sri Lanka still allocates higher budget for defence

Sri Lanka opposition calls SLPP bluff, challenges ruling party to defeat budget

The SLPP can defeat the upcoming budget if they want a parliamentary election, he said.

November 10, 2023 2 min read

Sri Lanka's legal system delays discourage investors: Minister

Sri Lanka must digitise legal system, expedite court cases to attract investors, minister of foreign affairs says

Nethmi Rajawasam
November 10, 2023 3 min read

River for Jaffna project to supply water to Sri Lanka's north

Government to revisit 'River for Jaffna' project proposed by engineer decades ago, and in the pipeline for years

November 9, 2023 1 min read

Sri Lanka Bar Association hits out at MPs commenting on court cases in parliament

It is seen as a direct threat to the independence of the judiciary, the BASL said.

November 9, 2023 3 min read

Sri Lanka's returning female migrant workers don't plan for long-term sustainability: study

They rarely see the need for such reintegration as they do not understand the economic and labour market realities.

November 9, 2023 5 min read

Sri Lanka drafting fresh legislation for people with disabilities

"1.6 million differently-abled community members have not received the empowerment they deserve."

November 9, 2023 3 min read

Cabinet nod for initiation of new agency replacing Sri Lanka's BOI, EDB

Sri Lanka is also drawing up a new law for Colombo Financial Zone at the Chinese-built Port City.

November 8, 2023 2 min read

Sri Lanka's NPP may reach out to other MPs to form government: AKD

If it seems the voters have attempted to form an NPP government, the party will feel obligated to honour that, he said.

November 8, 2023 2 min read

Sri Lanka's state workers must not disrupt revenue generating sectors: MP

“So why try to sabotage it now?” said Abeywardena.

November 8, 2023 2 min read

Sri Lanka seized drugs incinerated in Wanathavilluwa: Minister

All narcotic drugs seized in raids or by Customs will be destroyed at the new incinerator built in Wanathavilluwa

November 8, 2023 1 min read
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Singapore, Sri Lanka MPs discuss violence against women

Action is needed by both the public sector and the private sector for prevention of violence against women

November 8, 2023 1 min read

Committee-stage amendments to Sri Lanka's 'Online Safety Bill': CPA concerned

The proposed amendments could drastically change the initially gazetted bill, the CPA said.

November 7, 2023 11 min read

Sri Lanka state minister defends salary hike proposal amid revenue shortfall concerns

"We're now doing the math. There are 1.4 million workers and 600,000 pensioners -- a total of 2 million."

November 7, 2023 3 min read

Sri Lanka's 'Online Safety Bill' can be passed with simple majority subject to 31 amendments

The bill was challenged in the Supreme Court in terms of Section 121(1) of the constitution.

November 7, 2023 2 min read

Sri Lanka court orders BOI not to bar recyclers who refused irregular payments

Recyclers said they could not make payments that did not go the BoI or the consolidated fund

November 7, 2023 2 min read

Lal Kantha says ready for armed struggle if needed, has advice for NPP

The former MP said that, since 1931, Sri Lankans have been changing governments through universal franchise.

November 6, 2023 3 min read

Only 7.7 pct of Sri Lanka's working-age women in formal employment: IPS

Household and caregiving responsibilities and limited availability of jobs compound the issue, the IPS said.

November 6, 2023 6 min read

China seeks another research ship visit approval from Sri Lanka - sources

Foreign Ministry spokesman said he is unaware of a request by China

Shihar Aneez
November 5, 2023 2 min read

One Sri Lankan decides to stay in Gaza, 11 crossed Egypt border; five to reach border: official 

Two Sri Lankans have been killed since the conflict started on Oct 7

November 3, 2023 2 min read

Sri Lanka opposition leader claims VAT hike will shrink economy

“This government is shrinking the economy. By increasing VAT, they’re trying to pickpocket the pittance in your hand...

November 3, 2023 2 min read