US Pentagon’s report mentions China’s motive behind Hambantota

The Pentagon has released its annual report on China’s military capabilities, and it noted several developments that could be of concern for U.S. military planners.



Gazette reducing prices of another 25 drugs in two weeks – Minister

Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said the Gazette Notification announcing the price reduction of another 25 medicines, including 10 cancer drugs will be issued within the next two weeks.



MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA CANNOT CONTEST PRESIDENCY AGAIN

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is not qualified to contest the upcoming Presidential election, Higher Education Minister Wijeyedasa Rajapakshe said yesterday.



Train travel to cost more

Railway fares are to be increased for the first time in over a decade. The fares will go up by 15 per cent with the next month, according to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation.



Vajpayee helped Sri Lanka in war against LTTE: Wickramasinghe

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayeewas a “true friend” of Sri Lanka and had assisted the country in the civil war against the LTTE, Prime Minister



Mahinda ineligible to contest 2019 prez poll – Jayampathy

There is no lacuna or provision in the 19th Amendment and its application for legal arguments to be made that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is eligible to contest in the upcoming 2019 presidential election, a top constitutional expert said, amid frantic attempts by the Joint Opposition to push for a third term for the controversial ex-President.



Will consult Supreme Court on Presidential Candidacy – Mahinda

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that SLPP will be inquiring with the Supreme Court whether, under the 19th Constitutional Amendment, a person who had previously held the post of President twice, could run at a Presidential election again.



Current government prevented bankruptcy and economic downfall of country – PM

The current government was able to prevent the bankruptcy and economic downfall of the country, after it came to power, says Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.



Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dead at age 80

Former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan has died at age 80, his foundation confirmed Saturday.



Open economy destroyed Lankan values: Cardinal

The open economy has destroyed the social norms and values practiced by the people of this country, Colombo’s Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said.



19 Chinese, Sri Lankan couples wedded at mass wedding ceremony in Sri Lanka

Nineteen couples from China and Sri Lanka were wedded at a mass wedding ceremony in Negombo here on Thursday, strengthening the island’s position as an ideal wedding destination.



Keith Noyahr abduction: Sri Lanka ex-president says ‘can’t remember’

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa told the CID Friday that he was unable to recall two crucial telephone calls which investigators link him to the abductors of news editor Keith Noyahr 10 years ago.



Government gazettes new revenue proposals

The government has gazetted a series of amendments to the Finance Act to give effect to several revenue proposals in the budget 2018, including taxes on cellular towers, luxury motor vehicles, vehicle entitlement and carbon emissions.



SLTB in the black for first time

The Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) which was incurring heavy losses for many years, had earned a profit of Rs. 1,618 million last year, for the first time in its history.



NATIONAL UNITY GOVERNMENT MARKS THREE YEARS

Exactly three year ago, the people went to the polls to reaffirm the mandate given to the two major political forces in the country to work together. President Maithripala Sirisena who won the Presidential Election in January 2015 had already appointed UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister.



SLSFTA won’t be suspended: Malik under fire over receives SLFP backing

The SLFP yesterday threw its weight behind Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrema, now under heavy fire over Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA) finalized in January this year.