DIG Vaas Gunawardena

Siyam murder: Vass Gunawardena, son and 4 others found guilty

Six suspects including former DIG Vass Gunawardena and his son Ravindu have been sentenced to death after being found guilty for the abduction and murder of businessman Mohamed Siyam by the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar.

Azmi Thassim

Sri Lankans should understand and respect Saudi laws – envoy

The new Sri Lankan ambassador to Saudi Arabia has stressed the importance of improving the island nation’s relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Malta

President Sirisena arrives in Malta

President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Malta Thursday morning (Nov. 26) to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) – 2015, to be held at Fort St. Angelo in Birgu from November 27-29.

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka ex-president’s brother faces arms probe

A brother of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse has been formally named in a corruption case involving the transfer of state weapons, as the new government pushes ahead with its crackdown against the old regime.

Sunil Handunnetti

Sunil Handunnetti named new COPE Chairman

JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti has been appointed as the Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) in Parliament, Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera said.

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen skipped Colombo but graces Malta

British monarch Queen Elizabeth II, who did not attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka in 2014, will grace this year’s summit in Malta.

Rajiv Gandhi

KP’s bank details to be checked for Rajiv Gandhi’s killing

The Multi-Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) is keen to know about the bank details of Selvarasa Pathmanathan alias ‘KP’ and some of his associates over the investigation on Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case.

Ravi Karunanayake

Sri Lanka permanent residence for investors bringing US$ 5 million

Sri Lanka is planning to give permanent residence for investors who bring over 5 million US dollars to the country and three year residence visa for those brining over 250,000 dollars, the Finance Ministry said.

Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena

Budget proposals more export oriented – Minister

State Finance Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena highlighting several aspects of the new budget proposals said it will help to create a social and export oriented economy in the country.

Budget 2016 - Sri Lanka

How will the 2016 Budget Impact Sri Lanka’s Real Estate Sector?

Last week, Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister announced plans to remove the 15 percent land leasing tax for foreign investors, and reduce the approval period for foreign direct investment requests.

Ravi Karunanayake presents budget

Sri Lanka prepared budget without IMF direction: Finance Minister

Sri Lanka has done a budget for 2016 without being controlled by the International Monetary Fund, which could also help the country if it wished, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said.

Samantha Power with Maithripala Sirisena

We appreciate govt’s commitment to reconciliation – US Envoy to UN, Samantha Power

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power commended the commitment of the Sri Lankan government for a sustainable reconciliation during past ten months.

Lanka train

More than 20 office trains cancelled

It has been reported that more than 20 office trains had been cancelled this morning (24).

Chandrika Kumaratunga

Reconciliation will bridge Tamil-Sinhalese gap – CBK

Bridging the gulf that divides Tamil and Sinhalese population in Sri Lanka is essential for the wellbeing of the country, former President of Sri Lanka, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, has said.

Ravi Karunanayake

Emission levy will not be charged from bikes and trishaws: Ravi

A Rs. 5,000 annual emissions tax will only be charged from vehicles with more than four wheels, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake says.


Electricity, telephone chargers may increase

The Inland Revenue Department has indicated a likely increase in charges for electricity, telephone calls and hotel services, among others, with the increase in VAT proposed in Budget 2016.