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‘Prabhakaran’s former deputy was RAW agent’

An LTTE leader who was once a deputy to its supreme leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was a RAW agent, recruited as early as 1989, a new book says. Journalist Neena Gopal, who interviewed former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi moments before he was assassinated in 1991, says that Gopalaswamy Mahendrarajah alias Mahattaya was a Research and Analysis Wing Read More

Govt could do more for reconciliation – TNA

Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan says that even though some of the lands have been released by the military in North and East, much more could have been done by the Government in this matter and that the resettlement processes too could have been speeded up.

Lanka to develop labour, attract workers overseas: PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that it is time for a new human resource policy to go hand in hand with the economic development plan which will be outlined soon.“Skilled human capital is essential to harness the key advantages of Sri Lanka like the strategic geographic location, create one million jobs, meet growth aspirations of Read More

Lanka adopts Swiss procedure for unsolicited proposals

The Cabinet of Ministers has decided to include the “Swiss challenge” procedure in the government procurement guidelines to be followed on unsolicited proposals. A Swiss challenge is a form of public procurement which requires an authority which has received an unsolicited bid to publish the bid and invite third parties to match or exceed it.

Lanka expects $ 671mn BOP surplus: Ravi

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told Parliament that the government expects 671 million US dollar worth surplus in the overall balance of payment account for 2016. Karunanayake said the government forecasts around 11,374 million US dollars of foreign exchange earnings and 10,703 million US dollars foreign exchange payments for this year.

FM’s speech on OMP Bill in Parliament

Hon. Speaker, The Office on the Missing Persons’ Bill, which we will be debating today (11) in this House, I believe heralds a new beginning, a new era of peace and reconciliation for our long suffering country. 68 years after Independence, two youth insurrections, and a 26 year old war, Sri Lanka is now ready Read More

Cabinet approves purchase of fighter aircraft

Cabinet of Ministers has approved the purchase of new fighter aircraft following a proposal by President Maithripala Sirisena who is also the defense minister, reports said. A JF-17 fighter, jointly developed by China and Pakistan, would cost at least 20 million dollars, and Sri Lanka is reportedly considering this aircraft.

Sino-Lankan Corporation to run Port City

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Parliament that a corporation set up by the Sri Lankan government with Chinese officers would control the Colombo Port City. He said all service supplies to the Port City would be done by the Colombo Municipal Council and the controlling body would be set up as an incorporated institution through Read More