Category: Local News

Ranil Wickremesinghe - Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

PM off to US

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left for the United States on Saturday on a private visit, sources close to his office said yesterday.

Helicopter crashes in Baddegama Sri Lanka

Air Force helicopter in Baddegama crashes

An Air Force helicopter, involved in the relief effort has crashed in Baddegama this morning, Air Force Spokesman said.

Flood disaster in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka faces more landslide risks as death toll rises to 151

Landslides and floods in Sri Lanka have killed at least 151 people and the country faces the risk of more mudslides as torrential rains continue, officials said on Sunday.

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin

Chinese, Russian Presidents condole loss of life

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday sent messages of condolences to President Maithripala Sirisena over the devastating floods and landslides in the country in which 151 people have been killed.

China Sri Lanka

China pledges $ 2.2 m disaster relief support for Sri Lanka

The Chinese Embassy in a statement released yesterday said Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang sent messages of condolence to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe respectively over the tragic loss of life and property following the heavy rains that led to severe floods and landslides recently.

Flood disaster in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka seeks international help after deadly flooding, landslides

The number of people known to have been killed in floods and landslides in Sri Lanka rose to 122, officials said on Saturday, as the country appealed for international assistance.

Deaths due to landslides, floods in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka landslides, floods death toll rises to 91; over 100 missing

Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka have killed at least 91 people while more than 100 are missing after torrential rain, officials said on Friday, as soldiers fanned out in boats and in helicopters to help with rescue operations.

Ambulance lights

Six feared buried in Baduraliya landslide

More than six people in five houses were reportedly buried in a landslide in Baduraliya due to heavy rains, police said.

Gnanasara thero

Four police teams to arrest BBS General Secretary

Four police teams have been deployed to arrest Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation’s General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera.

Rathupaswala tragedy

Brigadier Gunawardena remanded

Brigadier Deshapriya Gunawardena, who has been accused of ordering the Army to open fire at protesters in Rathupaswala in 2013, was arrested and questioned by the CID yesterday

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

President, Turnbull agree to extend cooperation in many areas

President Maithripala Sirisena and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull agreed to expand cooperation between the two countries in several areas.

Gas pipeline

India, Japan Joint Venture To Build Gas Import Terminal In Sri Lanka

India and Japan will jointly set up a $250 million liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Sri Lanka, the first collaboration between the two nations to counter China’s growing influence in the Island nation.

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena with Mark Fraser and Simon Birmingham in Australia

Those who disturb the peace will be prosecuted : President

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said he has instructed the authorities responsible for the country’s security to strictly impose the law against those who try to disrupt peace in the country, irrespective of their status.

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.

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.