Monthly archives: March, 2016

China Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka to strengthen defence ties with China

Government hopes to further strengthen its defence ties with China this year.

Sri Lanka Rupee vs US Dollar

Sri Lanka shares rise on foreign buying, Central Bank rate move

Sri Lankan shares edged up on Wednesday from a two-week closing low hit in the previous session on buying led by foreign investors and following a central bank decision to keep key policy rates steady.

Police car

Another haul of ammunition discovered

Fourteen pressure mines, 21 bombs, one RPG launcher and four mortar ammunitions were unearthed by the police in the Illuppukadawai police division in Mannar this afternoon.

Suicide jacket

Suspect arrested over discovery of suicide jacket, explosives

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the earlier recovery of a suicide jacket and explosives inside a residence at Maravanpulo on the A32 road in Chawakatchcheri, Jaffna District.

Sri Lanka Rupee vs US Dollar

India, Sri Lanka central banks sign $700 mln currency swap agreement

India’s central bank said on Tuesday it would allow its Sri Lankan counterpart to draw up to $700 million over a maximum period of three months under a new special currency swap agreement signed by the two central banks.

Maithripala Sirisena

Word “electric chair” was removed from our dictionaries – President

Public, politicians and the journalists today have removed the word “electric chair” from their dictionaries, which was spoken for last few years, according to President Maithripala Sirisena.

Bandaranaike International Airport

Japan lends $400 Million to Sri Lanka for airport expansion

Japan has loaned $400 million to Sri Lanka to build a new terminal at the island’s main international airport which suffers congestion from growing tourism, it was announced today.

President Maithripala Sirisena

Objective of the new government is to convert the Police service into a people-friendly service – President

President Maithripala Sirisena says the objective of the new government is to convert the Police service into a real people-friendly service.

Gun shooting

Businessman killed in Ambalangoda shooting

An individual was shot dead at the Fisheries Habour in Ambalangoda a short while ago.

Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott: I was right to defend Sri Lanka rights record

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has defended his decision to cosy up to former Sri Lankan strongman president Mahinda part of his efforts to stop the flow of asylum-seeker boats.

Sarath Fonseka

UNPers upset over naming SF as Kelaniya organiser

Days after Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka’s statement, claiming that he was offered the UNP organiser post in the Kelaniya electorate, UNP activists in the Kelaniya Electorate held a media discussion on Saturday (26) in Kelaniya.

Safari park

First Safari Park in Sri Lanka opens today

Government has made arrangements to open the country’s first safari park today (March 28) at Ridiyagama in Hambantota in the Southern Province.

NO Islamic Jihadi

No Islamist jihadi groups in Sri Lanka

There are no Islamist jihadist groups in Sri Lanka, said a study commissioned by the Colombo-based International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES).

Ceylon Electricity

One-hour power cuts imminent

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has been compelled to impose at least a 1-hour power cut daily in order to avoid power cuts during the New Year, CEB Engineers’ Union warns.

Angelo Mathews

Seniors did not step up, says Angelo Mathews

As they go out of the World Twenty20’s semifinal race, Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews said the senior players did not do enough to inspire the inexperienced teammates.

Arrest by Police

Deported drug kingpin arrested at BIA; Suspect nabbed with 5kg heroin in Welisara

The Police Narcotics Bureau has arrested a person transporting 5kg of heroin in a three-wheeler at Welisara, Ragama.