Category: Local News

Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Government sells $110 Million to CBSL

The Government sold US$ 109.82 million (Rs 13,920 million) on Friday (14 July) to the Central Bank, interpretation of CBSL’s Open Market Operations (OMO) press releases showed.

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

Gota says he never approved dismantling of KKS cement factory

Former Defence Secretary Gotabahya Rajapaksa has stated that he never approved the dismantling of the Kankesanturai (KKS) Cement Factory and cement company and sale of its machinery and equipment as scrap iron.

Patali Champika Ranawaka

Champika gets down to ‘dirt’ business

About 600 Metric Tonnes (MT) out of 700MT of garbage collected in Colombo on a daily basis can be recycled or reused provided the public supported such efforts, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said.

Ben Emmerson, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism

U.N. raps Sri Lanka’s slow progress on tackling war crimes

The United Nations criticized Sri Lanka on Friday for slow progress in addressing war crimes and past human rights abuses and said the international community was running out of patience.

Bangladesh foreign Minister AH Mahmood with Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena

There is nothing we cannot do for Sri Lanka- Bangladesh Foreign Minister

’Bangladesh will not hesitate to provide whatever the possible assistance or help to Sri Lanka as we have an extremely cordial relationship’, said the Bangladesh Foreign Minister A. H. Mahmood Ali when he met with President Maithripala Sirisena.

'Thirteen killed' in clashes at Sri Lanka's Welikada prison

Sri Lanka opens landmark inquiry into 2012 jail massacre

Sri Lanka announced on Thursday a long-awaited investigation into the massacre of 27 prisoners that became a symbol of the rights abuses allegedly perpetrated by the war-era regime.

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter Terrorism Ben Emmerson Vs Sri Lanka Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa

Justice Minister, UN official in heated argument

Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC, had a heated argument with visiting UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter Terrorism Ben Emmerson, QC, over UN intervention here as regards promotion and protection of human rights.

The World Bank

World Bank to loan USD 1,340 million to Sri Lanka

The World Bank has decided to entrust Sri Lanka a loan worth USD 1,340 million as aid to enhance financial and technological stability, for a period of three years, in effect from July 1, this year, the Finance Ministry said in a statement.

Ranil Wickremesinghe

Sri Lanka says Buddhism will remain paramount in new charter

Sri Lanka’s prime minister said on Wednesday Buddhism will remain paramount in the bitterly divided island, seeking to head off protests led by the powerful Buddhist clergy against proposed changes to the constitution.

D. Jayakumar

Retrieving Katchatheevu from Sri Lanka is the only solution: TN Minister

Reiterating its stand on Katchatheevu, the Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday strongly opposed the recent legislation passed by the Sri Lankan government, which restricts certain fishing practices, and asserted that it would retrieve the ceded islet from the neighbouring island nation.

Sri Lanka Rupee vs US Dollar

Sri Lankan rupee recovers on dollar selling by foreign bank

The Sri Lankan rupee recovered from early falls to close slightly firmer on Tuesday as dollar selling by a foreign bank and exporters outweighed importer demand for the U.S. currency, dealers said.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC)

Sri Lanka apologises to stripped groundsmen

Dozens of groundsmen at Sri Lanka’s Hambantota cricket stadium have complained that they were ordered to give back their uniforms before being paid — even though they were wearing them at the time.

Sri Lanka Traffic Police

Tension after Vadamarachchi shooting

Two Policemen have been interdicted following Sunday’s killing of a youth in Vadamarachchi East and a tense situation prevailed in the area yesterday.

President Maithripala Sirisena at Polonnaruwa President primary college

If price of rice goes further up, Govt. will provide rice at a concessionary rate, losing money – President

President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government will take steps to provide rice at a concessionary rate to the public by importing rice from other countries, if the price of rice goes up in the local market further, as the paddy production decreased due to the recent droughts.

Carlo Fonseka

Carlo Fonseka insists GMOA not to strike because of him

Professor Carlo Fonseka on Monday insisted the representatives of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) not to go ahead with the scheduled strike following the end of his term in office as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC).

JICA Japan

Japan provides Rs. 60 billion for the implementation of two development projects

Having identified the need for developing the infrastructure such as rural roads, medium and small size irrigation and rural and urban water supply, the Government of Sri Lanka has decided to implement Rural Infrastructure Development Project in Emerging Regions and Kalu Ganga Water Supply Expansion Project (I).