Mangala Samaraweera

New Finance Minister sees country’s private sector as vanguard of growth

The country at the time of the change of government in 2015 was like the Meethotamulla garbage dump, Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera told Parliament yesterday.

Sri Lanka Rupee vs US Dollar

Sri Lankan rupee firms, but seen easing on cenbank move to boost reserves

The Sri Lankan rupee ended slightly firmer in dull trade on Tuesday as two foreign banks sold dollars though traders say the currency is set to ease further on dollar demand from importers and a central bank move to buy the greenback to boost reserves.

Kumar Sangakkara - Cricket World Cup 2015

Sangakkara to bid farewell to first class cricket

Three days of engaging cricket from both sides ended, depressingly, with handshakes at 5.25pm. But whatever sorrow filled the air was engulfed by a deeper dismay when Kumar Sangakkara, with a century in each innings, announced that this would be his final season in the County Championship.

Ariana grande concert attack in Manchester

At least 19 killed in suspected attack at Ariana Grande concert in British arena

At least 19 people were killed and more than 50 injured in an explosion at the end of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Monday and two U.S. officials said a suicide bomber was suspected.

Arjuna Ranatunge

Arjuna removed from Ports Ministry amidst turmoil over H’tota harbour deal with China

Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga who has thwarted repeated attempts to finalise a controversial agreement with China on the Hambantota port lost his ministerial portfolio to Mahinda Samarasinghe in the mini Cabinet reshuffle yesterday.

New ministers take oaths in Sri Lanka

New ministers take oaths

Nine Cabinet Ministers and one State Minister took oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena today (22nd May) following the Cabinet reshuffle held at the Presidential Secretariat.

Doctor's strike in Sri Lanka

GMOA engages in 24-hour strike

The GMOA have engaged in a 24-hour long strike, today (22) which commenced at 8.00 am.

Gnanasara thero

Gnanasara Thera likely to be arrested today!

General Secretary of the militant monk movement Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera is likely to be arrested today.

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena

Sri Lanka offers fresh probe into missing people

Sri Lanka’s president announced on Saturday new investigations into alleged secret detention centres as part of a drive to find tens of thousands of people still missing after the country’s decades-long war.

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena

Forces, integral part of country’s development – President

Today our tri-forces are not just engaged in national security but they are also an integral part of our development and social activities, President Maithripala Sirisena said addressing the eighth National Ranaviru (War Heroes) commemoration yesterday.

Indrajith Coomaraswamy

Sri Lanka to study debt levels among N-E Tamils

Sri Lanka’s central bank will study the growing indebtedness in Tamil-majority north and east, its Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy said.

Building collapsed in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka to demolish 10,000 buildings after collapse

Sri Lanka said on Friday it will demolish an estimated 10,000 illegally built homes and offices in Colombo, a day after a seven-storey wedding hall collapsed, killing one and wounding 23.

Building collapsed in Wellawatta

Building collapse in Wellawatta: search operations in progress

The search operation for the victims of the building collapse in Wellawatta is still ongoing, Police say.

Sri Lanka Commandos

Nation pays tribute to war dead

The National War Heroes Day marking the eighth anniversary of the end of the country’s 30-year civil war will be held at the War Heroes Memorial near the Parliament Grounds, graced by President Maithripala Sirisena and PM Ranil Wickremesinghe this evening.

Handcuffs - Arrest by Police

Eight remanded after student protest

Eight people including a Buddhist Monk who behaved in an unlawful manner during yesterday’s Inter University Students’ Federation(IUSF) protest at Town Hall were arrested, the Police said.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

China hopes Sri Lanka fosters good atmosphere for projects

China hopes that Sri Lanka can create a good legal, security and public opinion environment for its investment projects in the Indian Ocean country, Premier Li Keqiang told his visiting Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe.