President instructs relevant authorities to fight Fall Army Worm (Sena caterpillar) on a war footing

President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the relevant authorities to fulfill their respective duties with great commitment and an efficient manner with a war footing to control the Fall Army (Sena) caterpillar, which poses a massive threat to the agricultural crops.



Former CJ ordered to appear before Supreme Court

Former Chief Justice Sarath N Silva has been issued notice to appear before the Supreme Court on the 7th of February on charges of contempt of Court.



President leaves for Singapore

President Maithripala Sirisena left for Singapore today on a two-day official state visit.



UNF to establish National Democratic Front

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the National Democratic Front led by the United National Party will be established within the next two weeks.



Another Dollar loan from IMF

Sri Lanka is likely to apply for another dollar loan from the International Monitory Fund (IMF) after the last tranche of US$ 1.5 billion was paid in late 2019, Treasury Secretary Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga said yesterday.



EPF loses Rs. 80 million

The Financial Crimes Division (FCID) yesterday told the Fort Magistrates’ Court that it was investigating a loss amounting to Rs. 80 million the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) suffered due to Treasury Bond transactions on January 08, 2016.



Rs. 1.1 Billion in heroin seized

Five suspects, including three foreigners, were arrested yesterday (22) for possessing 95.88 kilogrammes of heroin valued at a staggering Rs 1,100 million.



Sunil Handunnetti re-appointed COPE Chairman

JVP Parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti has been re-appointed as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises.



Kumar Dharmasena wins ICC Umpire of the Year

Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena has won the David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year 2018 for the second time.



Death penalty against drug traffickers to stay – President

The programme to eradicate drug racketeering conducted during the last four years will be accelerated with a new orientation from next week.



Gamage criticizes Agri Ministry/Dept apathy

The Ministry of Agriculture has done very little to save the country’s many crops from the devastation caused by the fall armyworm, Minister of Primary Industries and Social Empowerment, Daya Gamage claimed yesterday (21).



Opposition leader urges government to focus on eradicating Sena menace

The government must focus on eradicating the Fallarmyworm (Sena) destroying cultivations in several provinces in the country, instead of passing bills that don’t benefit the people, Opposition Leader, Mahinda Rajapaksa told The Island yesterday.



Shooting in Weligama injures one

A 38-year-old businessman had been hospitalised when unidentified gunmen opened fire on him at Polwatte, in Weligama, Matara a short while ago, the Police said.



Power devolution within a unitary state – PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday denied allegations that the UNP has introduced a new Constitution that is unfavourable to the country.



Ex-LTTE member arrested with firearms and ammo

A former LTTE member was arrested with four firearms and a stock of ammunition by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) in Palei, Kilinochchi yesterday, Police said.



Sagala explains why Ranil led government could remain in power

Minister Sagala Ratnayaka says that the reason behind why a government led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is in power is due to the strengthening of institutions which protect democracy.