Sri Lanka’s drought, failure to raise power capacity force nationwide power cuts

Sri Lanka’s state-run power firm has imposed daily power cuts for the first time in more than two years as a drought has slashed hydro-power output, highlighting the government’s failure to build new power plants, officials said on Monday.

Ship with Sri Lankan crew detained in Australia

Australia’s maritime safety watchdog has detained a German-owned cargo ship on the NSW south coast while it investigates several complaints from its crew about working conditions.

Government decides not to hold Grade 5 Scholarship Exam in future

President Maithripala Sirisena says the government has decided not to hold the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination in future.

Nurses launch two-day token strike

Government nurses have launched a two-day token strike at government hospitals across the island.

Rs. 25,000 fine for seven traffic offences

The Government has identified seven traffic offences and intends to impose the Rs.25,000 fine for these offences. This is with the aim of reducing the road accidents in the country, Transport and Civil Aviation State Minister Ashok Abeysinghe said.

Geoffrey Aloysius and others remanded

Former Deputy Governor of Central Bank Sri Lanka P. Samarasiri, Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) Chairman Geoffrey Aloysius and three directors of PTL were remanded till April 5 by Colombo Chief Magistrate.

Perpetual Treasuries Chairman Geoffrey Aloysius arrested

Geoffrey Aloysius, the Chairman of the Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. has been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department in connection with the Central bank Bond scam.

Tissa Attanayake case ends on settlement

The defence and the prosecution in the case filed against former Parliamentarian Tissa Attanayake, for forging the signatures of the then-common candidate Maithripala Sirisena and Leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickresminghe, have agreed to conclude judicial proceedings amicably.

UNP Working committee to decide the next Presidential candidate

Minister Gayantha Karunatileka says the working committee and the parliamentary group will decide on the next United National Party Presidential candidate.

Four including former CBSL Deputy Governor arrested over bond scam

Former Deputy Governor of Central Bank P. Samarasiri and three Directors of Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) have been arrested over the bond scam, the police spokesperson said.

Sri Lanka opens work on $3.85 billion refinery near strategic port

Sri Lanka began construction Sunday of a nearly $4 billion oil refinery it hopes will revive foreign interest in its shipping facilities after Beijing’s takeover of a nearby port spooked international investors.

Daily power cuts imposed from tomorrow

The CEB states that intermittent power cuts in the morning and in the afternoon will be in effect until the current power crisis is resolved.

It was Basil who gave permission to Bathuideen to clear Wilpattu Jungle

Permission for Rishard Bathuideen to clear the Wilpattu jungle had been given in 2012 by Basil Rajapaksa, Leader of the House Public Enterprises, Kandyan Heritage and Kandy Development Minister, Lakshman Kiriella told Parliament yesterday.

Sri Lanka’s heightening war on the drug menace

President Maithripala Sirisena’s controversial announcement last month that drug traffickers in Sri Lanka would be executed drew international attention. Renewing an older pledge, he sought to lift a four decade-long moratorium on capital punishment in the island

Cricket: Sri Lanka’s Malinga ready to put country before IPL cash

Sri Lanka’s limited-overs captain Lasith Malinga says he is ready to sacrifice his earnings from the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) in order to win a place in the country’s World Cup squad.

Lasith Malinga to retire from international cricket after 2020 ICC World T20

Sri Lankan limited overs captain Lasith Malinga will retire from international cricket after next year’s Twenty20 World Cup, he revealed on Friday.