DEW Gunasekara

COPE report on bond scam: DEW to go public today

The on-going controversy over the investigation carried out by a special 13-member committee into alleged Central Bank bond scam has taken a new turn with former Chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) Dew Gunasekera deciding to go public today.



Ranil Wickremasinghe

PM to pay for bullet proof vehicle

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had asked the Election Commissioner to inform him of the government’s expense for the bullet proof vehicle used by him until the election is held.



Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena

Maithri rejects MR

President Maithripala Sirisena has apparently rejected to give nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, sources said.



Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal

Saudi prince to donate $32bn fortune to charity

Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has said he will donate his entire $32bn fortune to charity.



India China map

Indian Ocean cannot be backyard of India – China

China recognises India’s special role in stabilising the strategic Indian Ocean region but the perception that it is India’s “backyard” may result in clashes, Chinese military officials and experts have cautioned.



Ravi Karunanayake

‘Govt has not halted development projects’

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said recently that the new government under President Maithripala Sirisena has neither halted nor terminated any development projects.



Chandrika Kumaratunga

I am not coming – Chandrika

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga yesterday denied reports that she too would contest the election if former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was to do so.



President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa to stand for Prime Minister in Aug. 17 polls

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa said he would run for prime minister during next month’s parliamentary elections, a move that is likely to infuriate rights groups as he is accused of war crimes in a civil war.



Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda has not been named as PM candidate

There are no arrangements in place to name a Prime Ministerial candidate from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) thus far, the President’s Media Unit said on Tuesday.



Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa Vs President Maithripala Sirisena

UPFA agrees to nominate MR

The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has finally agreed to nominate former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as a candidate at the August 17 general election under the betel symbol, a party leader said.



Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena

No Prime Ministerial candidate for SLFP before election : PMD

Issuing a special release the President’s media unit says that no candidate fielded by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party has been named as a prime ministerial candidate.



Chandrika Kumaratunga

No intention of grabbing power again – Former President Chandrika

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunga says she has no intention of grabbing power again unlike others.



President Maithripala Sirisena at the ceremony

Government expects increase per capita income to 6000 US$, within next 5 years – President

President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government expects to increase per capita income to 6000 American Dollars, within next five years.



OCHA

UN closes down humanitarian office in Sri Lanka

The United Nations is downsizing its humanitarian staff in some Asian countries where governments have stepped up with funds and manpower after a decade of massive floods, storms and earthquakes.



Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa Vs President Maithripala Sirisena

SLFP nominations for Mahinda: TALKS INCONCLUSIVE

Talks between President Maithripala Sirisena and SLFP stalwarts over accommodating former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the SLFP nomination list at the next election ended without a conclusion last night.



Colombo stock market

Sri Lanka shares recover after election announcement

Sri Lankan shares recovered on Monday from a near 2-1/2 month low hit in the previous session after President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved parliament and announced elections, but trading volume slumped due to the political uncertainty.