Files on Tamil Tigers and MI5 in Sri Lanka erased at UK Foreign Office

Britain’s Foreign Office destroyed almost 200 files on Sri Lanka dating from the start of a Tamil Tiger uprising during which MI5 and the SAS secretly advised the country’s security forces, it has emerged.



INTERPOL confirms Arjuna Mahendran is in Singapore

INTERPOL has confirmed that the Former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Arjuna Mahendran, is in Singapore.



Navy alerted as water level of Diyawanna Oya rises

The Navy was being kept in readiness following a warning issued to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya by Minister of Western Development and Megapolis Patali Champika Ranawaka that the Parliamentary complex might go under water if the water levels of the Diyawanna Oya rises further.



RAINS WREAK HAVOC, OVER 100,000 AFFECTED

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said a total of 105,352 persons (18,542 families) were affected and eleven deaths have been reported so far due to the prevailing inclement weather.



Australian, UN to help Sri Lanka prepare to face natural disasters

The Australian Government, WFP and UNICEF have signed a 3-year partnership (2018-2020) with a funding of AUD750,000 (around 89 million Sri Lanka Rupees), to ensure stronger preparedness and faster, more integrated responses to natural disaster emergencies in Sri Lanka.



10 dead, nearly 85,000 affected by severe weather

The Disaster Management Center (DMC) says that 84,943 persons in 14 districts have been affected due to the heavy monsoon rain and strong winds across Sri Lanka.



Petroleum Minister calls for new refinery system

Petroleum Resources Development Minister Arjuna Ranatunga yesterday stated that country could save US$ 400–450 million per year through a new and more efficient oil refinery system.



Sri Lanka hikes cricket wages by 34 percent

Sri Lanka’s cricket board on Tuesday increased wages for national players by more than a third after making record profits in 2017.



Tobacco kills 20,000 Sri Lankans every year: official

Around 20,000 Sri Lankans die every year due to the diseases caused by the use of tobacco, an official here said on Tuesday.



Cabinet approves 12.5 percent bus fare hike

The Cabinet has approved a 12.5% bus fare hike and to increase the minimum fare up to Rs 12 with effect from midnight, Deputy Minister of Transport Ashoka Abeysinghe said.



Johann Peries second Sri Lankan to summit Mt. Everest

Sri Lanka’s Johann Peries successfully summited the 29,030 feet of Mount Everest at 5.55 a.m in Nepal time today.



Rain havoc claims more lives

The Ratnapura, Galle, Matara, Kegalle, Kalutara, Anuradhapura, Mullaitivu, Trincomalee, Badulla, Nuwara Eliya and Matale districts were affected by the South-Western monsoonal rains.



Over 13,000 affected by adverse weather – 1,024 displaced

Due to the prevailing adverse weather conditions, 1,024 persons have been displaced while a total of 13,314 have been affected, stated the Disaster Management Center (DMC). According to the DMC, 7 deaths have been confirmed so far due to the current weather condition.



Using taxpayers’ money to mislead the people – Rohan Welivita

A press release has been made to respond government’s recent clarification on fuel prices by media secretary of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.



Five dead in adverse weather

Five people were reported dead due to adverse weather conditions with the Meteorology Department predicting landslides and floods if the heavy rains persist in the country in the next few days.



NBRO issues a Level 3 Landslide warning

The National Building Research Organization (NBRO), issued a level 3 Landslide Early Warning at 7:30 PM on Saturday (May 20), requesting the public to evacuate to safer locations.