Category: Local News

Sagala Ratnayake

We won’t allow Aava group to raise its head – Sagala

Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka assured that the government would not allow the so-called Aava group, or any other criminal gang, to raise its head in the North.

Arjun Aloysius

CID probe into telephone conversations: Links between COPE ‘Footnote’ members and Aloysius revealed

An in-depth investigation, conducted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), has revealed a spate of telephone conversations between Perpetual Treasuries Pvt Ltd (PTL) owner Arjuna Aloysius and some members of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), which probed alleged bond scams.

Ravi Karunanayake

Ravi Karunanayake and family spoke to Aloysius over 750 times

Evidence before the Bond Commission revealed that former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and his family spoke to Arjun Aloysius over 750 times in total during the period February 5, 2015 to June 20, 2017.

Dr. Harsha De Silva in Geneva

Sri Lanka considers investment in peace as sound economic policy – Dr. Harsha De Silva at Geneva summit

Addressing the Third Cycle of Universal Periodic Review of Sri Lanka held in Geneva, National Policies and Economic Affairs Deputy Minster Dr. Harsha De Silva yesterday (15th Nov.) said: “For the very first time in our history, a section of the National Budget for 2018 is expressly dedicated to reconciliation.

British lady with Buddha tattoo

British woman wins $5,200 for Sri Lankan deportation over Buddha tattoo

A British woman won 800,000 rupees ($5,200) in compensation from a Sri Lankan court on Wednesday after being wrongly deported for having a Buddha tattoo on her arm.

Court Decision

Indictments against four Customs officers for accepting Rs.125 million bribe

The Colombo High Court today(15) filed indictments against four ex-senior customs officials allegedly involved in accepting a bribe of Rs.125 million; the largest ever recorded bribe nabbed by the Bribery Commission.

Minister Sagala Ratnayake

Sagala denies secret meetings with Senarath

Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayake denied that he had conducted any ‘secret meetings’ with former President’s Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath.

Arjuna Ranatunga

Filling Stations – Some creating artificial shortage: Arjuna

Petroleum Resources Development Minister Arjuna Ranatunge said yesterday he had received information that certain filling stations were continue to create an artificial petrol shortage and a special team had been deployed to investigate it.


30-year war cost Sri Lanka over US$ 400 Billion

The Government yesterday (13) said, that failure to manage the ethnic issue had resulted in the country’s economy losing billions over the years.

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena

Army camps won’t be removed endangering national security – President

President Maithripala Sirisena says that the army camps have not been removed in a way which will weaken the national security or will have an impact on the security forces.

Patali Champika Ranawaka

Tax revenue doubled

The State Tax Revenue has doubled within three years from 2014, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said.

Ranil Wickremasinghe with Maithripala Sirisena

Will President Maithri ask Ranil to quit as PM?

Clad in a carefully chosen blue and green tie, Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera entered the Chamber at 3.05p.m. on Thursday (9) to present Budget 2018, which was themed, ‘Blue-Green Budget; the Launch of Enterprise Sri Lanka’.

John Senevirathna

Labour Minister wants ‘Gal’ arrack prices reduced to benefit common man

Labour, Trade Union Relations and Sabaragamuwa Development Minister John Seneviratne asked the Finance and Mass Media Minister to bring down the price of ‘Gal’ (extra special) arrack.

Sri Lanka Rupee vs US Dollar

Sri Lankan rupee firms on remittances; budget clarity awaited

The Sri Lankan rupee edged higher on Friday on dollar inflows from remittances, while the market awaited more clarity on the budget policies announced a day earlier, dealers said.

Imported vehicles in Hambantota port

How Budget 2018 could affect vehicle prices

Sri Lanka’s vehicles importers today said that the Excise Duties of several vehicles are expected to change in line with proposals announced in the 2018 Budget.

Prasad Kariyawasam

Sri Lanka says it will investigate allegations of torture

Sri Lanka says it will investigate allegations by more than 50 ethnic Tamils that they were abducted and tortured by police or army soldiers long after the end of the island nation’s civil war.