US, Lanka agree to expand defence ties

The United States and Sri Lanka have agreed to expand military-to-military cooperation, the governments announced in a joint statement issued following high level talks in Washington.

Parliament staffer arrested

A Parliament staff member has been arrested by Police on Saturday over suspicion of aiding activities of extremist organisations.

No-Confidence against Minister Bathiudeen UNP MPs want Conscience Vote

A group of United National Party parliamentarians has decided to present a proposal to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe requesting him to allow them to exercise their right of conscience in using their votes for the No-Confidence Motion against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen.

Import levy on big onions hiked

The import levy on big onions has been increased by Rs 20 per kilo, the Minister of Agriculture P. Harrison has said.

Government brought down military morale: MR

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that the Government deliberately used the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) against armed forces personnel to bring down the morale of the entire security establishment.

President visits Gnanasara Thera at Prison Hospital

President Maithripala Sirisena has met Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Ven. Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thera at the Welikada Prison Hospital on Saturday.

Sajith wants Counter Terrorism Act scrapped

Deputy Leader of the United National Party, Minister Sajith Premadasa, dropped a bombshell by demanding the Government to push democracy and human rights concerns aside for at least a little while, and give priority to defeating terrorism and ensuring national security in the face of a global terrorist threat.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa confirms presidential run in anxious Sri Lanka

Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, accused by rights groups of war crimes during the final months of Sri Lanka’s long-running civil war a decade ago, has confirmed he plans to run for the presidency in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks that have shattered the country’s uneasy peace.

New legislation required to replace outdated Prevention of Terrorism Act – Kiriella

Public Enterprise Minister Lakshman Kiriella said yesterday that the Prevention of Terrorism Act introduced in 1979, based on the British model, was outdated and even the United Kingdom had updated its legislation.

India Offers Sri Lanka Full Support To Fight ‘Jihadi Terrorism’

Colombo: India has offered full support to Sri Lanka in dealing with the common threat of “Jihadi terrorism” following the deadly Easter Sunday suicide bombings that killed nearly 260 people, including 11 Indians.

Buddha’s teachings inspire whole world – UN Secretary General

I extend best wishes to all celebrating Vesak, a sacred occasion to millions around the world. On this day marking the Birth, Enlightenment and Passing of the Buddha, all of us, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, can reflect on his life and draw inspiration from his teachings, states United Nations Secretary General António Guterres in a Vesak message.

World Cup 2019 winners to get US $4 million

The winner of the 2019 men’s World Cup will walk away with a monetary reward of US $4 million, with the runner up getting half the amount ($2 million), as the ICC, on Friday, announced details of the total prize money on offer for the 10-team tournament.

Batticaloa campus should be regulated by the government – GMOA

Secretary of the Government Medical Officers Association, Haritha Aluthge commented on the controversial Batticaloa campus.

Hisbulla says Government cannot take over Baticaloa University

Eastern Provincial Governor, MLAM Hizbullah says that the private education institute known as Batticaloa University located at Punani cannot be taken over by the Government.

IMF says Sri Lanka’s economy expected to recover in 2019

Sri Lanka’s economy remains vulnerable to adverse shocks and the economy is expected to recover gradually in 2019, while downside risks remain, the International Monetary Fund said in its staff report released Thursday following the Fifth Review under the Extended Fund Facility.

Two suspects with close links to Zahran arrested at Horowpathana

Two members of the National Thowheed Jamath organization believed to have maintained close ties with the terrorist Zahran Hashim have been arrested from Paththawa, Horowpothana.