Gun shooting

Four dead, 2 injured in shooting at Mattakkuliya

Four people were killed and two were critically injured after a group of unidentified men shot at them in Mattakkuliya area a short while ago.

President Maithripala Sirisena

Buddhism’s position in Lanka won’t change: President Sirisena

The foremost place accorded to Sri Lanka’s majority religion of Buddhism will be preserved in its new Constitution, President Maithripala Sirisena has said.

Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe with President Maithripala Sirisena

I am a tough administrator – Dilrukshi

President Maithripala Sirisena publicly warned that he would take action against the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) as well as the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) for ‘pursuing a political agenda’ at a function held on 12 October in Colombo.

Two Tamil students killed

2 Tamil students of Jaffna varsity shot dead by Lankan police

Two Tamil students were on Friday gunned down by police in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-dominated former war-zone Northern Province’s Jaffna city, prompting authorities to arrest and suspend five policemen.

Arjuna Mahendran

COPE report holds Mahendran responsible

Parliamentary watchdog committee, COPE (Committee on Public Enterprises), yesterday approved its Chairman’s report holding former Central Bank governor Arjuna Mahendran responsible for Treasury bond scandals.

Minister Rajitha Senaratne

Gazette to reduce prices of 48 drugs signed

The Gazette notification to reduce the prices of 48 varieties of essential pharmaceutical drugs has been signed by the Minister of Health Dr Rajitha Senaratne.

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United Nations Urges Sri Lanka To Reduce Army’s Grasp

A UN rights expert reiterated calls for Sri Lanka to step up reconciliation efforts and reduce the military’s presence in former war zones seven years after the end of fighting.

Ravi Karunanayake

New initiative to make the country self-sufficient in sugar manufacture – Finance Minister

Having targeted to make Sri Lanka self-sufficient in sugar manufacture, plans are afoot to increase sugarcane cultivation and set up of 15 new manufacturing plants in the country.

Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Brussels

Sri Lanka will regain GSP plus: Prime Minister

Sri Lanka will regain the GSP plus facility by early next year without a doubt, as the European Union authorities are ready to grant the facility by about that time, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday.

India Sri Lanka

India offers solar plant in Trincomalee

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought up the matter in his recent meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena in Goa, on the sidelines of the BRICS summit, highly-placed Indian government sources said.

Udaya Gammanpila

Hidden hand in country’s governance: Gammanpila

Referring to the recent remarks by President Maithripala Sirisena about the FCID, CID and the Bribery Commission, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader Udaya Gammanpila noted that this indicates there was a hidden hand involved in the governance of the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena hand over appointment letters to new employees of the Ceylon Electricity Board

As a govt. we fulfill the responsibilities hitherto neglected by others – President

President Maithripala Sirisena said although former leaders say that the government had not done anything in the past 2 years, as a government what we fulfill today are the responsibilities neglected by the former leader.

Tissa Attanayake Remanded

Tissa Attanayake remanded for forging documents

The Colombo High Court today remanded former United National Party Secretary, Tissa Attanayake until December 5.

Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe

Political hand behind Dilrukshi’s resignation: JHU

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said there may be a political hand behind the resignation of the Director-General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery Or Corruption (CIABOC) Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe.

Srilankan Airlines

Sri Lanka’s state run airlines imposes total ban on “Samsung Galaxy Note 7”

Sri Lanka’s state run airline carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines and and budget airline Mihin Lanka, on Tuesday said that it had banned the use and carriage of ‘Samsung Galaxy Note 7’ phones on its aircraft.

Garment workers

Sri Lanka hopes to obtain EU GSP Plus this year

Sri Lanka has said it hopes to obtain the GSP Plus trade concession from the European Union (EU) by the end of this year following successful discussions held in Brussels.