Government of Sri Lanka

New Ministers sworn in

Five United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentarians including Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena were this morning appointed as ministers by President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat.

United States - Department of state

U.S. think tank urges continued human rights pressure on Sri Lanka

There is little hope of post-war reconciliation in Sri Lanka unless the new government acts to end the oppression of minority Tamils and ensure reconciliation, a U.S. think tank said on Thursday, urging continued pressure on the country.

Rajitha Senaratne

Sri Lanka appoints special commission on port city project

The Sri Lankan government on Thursday said it has appointed a fresh committee to study the possibility of continuing a multi-million-dollar port city project in capital Colombo, an official said.

Mahindananda Aluthgamage

Sri Lanka’s opposition to protest for removal of government

Sri Lanka’s main opposition the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) said on Thursday that it will be launching protests after June 9 to gather support for the removal of the current government.

Sarath Fonseka

Sarath Fonseka says he would welcome war crime investigation

Sri Lanka’s wartime army chief says his conscience is clear and he would welcome a war crimes investigation to prove his innocence.

Johnston Fernando arrested and remanded

Johnston Fernando released on bail

Former Minister Johnston Fernando, who was arrested and remanded over charges of financial fraud, was released on bail by the Kurunegala High Court today.

Anura Kumara Dissanayake - JVP

‘Maithri-Ranil reluctants to punish Rajapakshe family’

JVP leader Anura Dissanayake speaking at the seminar held in Kunrunegala Town hall has said that “I am certain that either president or Prime Minister will not facilitate the legal process to punishing the Rajapakshe family who have robbed several millions of public money”

Sri Lanka women's cricket team

Sri Lanka sacks officials over sex scandal

Sri Lankan cricket’s governing body on Wednesday announced the sacking of three officials after allegations that members of the women’s national team were asked to perform sexual favours to keep their places.

Tiran Alas

Do not arrest Tiran – SC

Supreme Court a short while ago issued an order to FCID saying not to arrest MP Tiran Alles.

Basil Rajapaksa remanded

Basil re-remanded for the fourth time

Former Minister of Economic Development and UPFA MP Basil Rajapaksa has been re -remanded till 10 June.

Shiranthi Rajapaksa

Shiranthi Rajapaksa summoned to FCID

Former first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa has been asked to appear before the police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) on June 1, over alleged corruption in connection with a bank account of the ‘Siriliya Saviya’ Foundation,MP Namal Rajapaksa told media.

Health sector strike in Sri Lanka

Strikers deemed to have vacated posts

The Health and Indigenous Medicine Ministry will consider all substitute and casual health workers who were involved in yesterday’s strike as having vacated their posts, Health and Indigenous Medicine Ministry sources said.

Jonty Rhodes

Rhodes in Sri Lanka for short coaching stint

Jonty Rhodes, the former South Africa batsman and current Mumbai Indians fielding coach, will be in Sri Lanka from Tuesday for a 10-day stint as fielding coach ahead of the side’s home series against Pakistan next month.

Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero

Gnanasara thero released on bail

The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization, Ven. Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, has been released on bail by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court, after he was arrested on a pending warrant earlier today.

Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thero

Gnanasara thero arrested

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thera has been arrested after he produced himself at the Cinnamon Gardens Police.

Colombo stock market

Sri Lankan shares little changed amid political concerns

Sri Lankan shares were little changed on Monday as investors awaited clarity on the political front and the timing of a parliamentary election as concerns over political stability weighed on sentiment, stockbrokers said.