EconomyNext – Sri Lankan voters should ask candidates at next month’s parliamentary polls to declare their assets and only vote for those with good education and experience and a national outlook, a minister said. “To get a job you need a real qualification and a character certificate from a referee who is of some social standing,” said Deputy Investment Promotions Minister Eran Wickremeratne……………….. read more
EconomyNext – German investors like car manufacturer Volkswagen did not invest in Sri Lanka in the recent past because the ousted Rajapaksa regime demanded bribes and commissions to approve investments, a minister said.
Foreign investors were now more keen to invest in the island because the new government formed after the January 2015 presidential poll assured them a fair and transparent investment environment, he said.
United States aerospace firm Honeywell is to send another science and technology team to Sri Lanka in two weeks, Wickremeratne told a news conference. ……………….. read more
President Maithripala Sirisena said he would remain neutral at the general election and won’t back former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He said that he is against Mr. Rajapaksa and that there are many seniors he could appoint as Prime Minister in the event the SLFP wins at the general elections. He said that irrespective of the party that comes to power, he wants those who could carry his pledges forward to be elected.
President Sirisena said that he was totally against the granting of nominations to Mahinda Rajapaksa, and said that Mr. Rajapaksa would lose the upcoming general elections similar to his loss on January 8. ……………….. read more
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa after having been given nomination to contest the 17 August, 2015 General Election under the UPFA ticket on Friday, in probably his first interview to the media, reproduced by this newspaper on its yesterday’s edition, revealed his prime ministerial ambitions………….. read more