Imported milk powder: Rajitha says he can ‘educate’ President

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne told the media yesterday (Feb 19) at the Information Department that he could have explained the situation to President Maithripala Sirisena if the latter had raised the issue of contaminated milk powder products at the weekly Cabinet meeting.



Issuing e-Health cards to public starting today

Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine has taken steps to issue an electronic health card which includes a personal health record with an individual identification number to each of the 21 million Sri Lankan citizens by the year 2020.



Kabir Hashim arrives at Presidential Commission

Minister Kabir Hashim arrived at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) unit at the Presidential Commission appointed to investigate financial irregularities that had taken place at SriLankan airlines, SriLankan Catering (Pvt.) Limited and Mihin Lanka Airlines, to give a statement a short while ago.



How can you eradicate cocaine – Some politicos also using it: MR

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday that it was not possible to eradicate cocaine when some politicians were addicted it.



Chainsaws to be registered from today

All chainsaw machines that are currently in use must be registered from today (20) as per an order issued by the President.



Madush’s accomplice in Rs. 7 billion diamond heist held

An accomplice of drug lord Makandure Madush named Wedikande Kasun was taken into police custody in a raid conducted by the Mirihana Police Special Crime Investigation Unit yesterday.



Petition seeking SC order calling for PC polls filed

A petition has been filed before the Supreme Court, requesting it to order the Elections Commission to hold Provincial Council elections immediately.



Sri Lanka to launch first nano satellite in mid-2019

Sri Lanka’s first nano satellite, developed by the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies with technological support from Japan, will be launched by mid-2019, Non-Cabinet Science, Technology and Research Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe yesterday said.



16 states sue to stop Trump’s use of emergency powers to build border wall

A coalition of 16 states, including California and New York, on Monday, challenged President Trump in court over his plan to use emergency powers to spend billions of dollars on his border wall.



Special Police team awaits permission to question Madush

A special Police team is ready to leave for Dubai to question drug kingping Makandure Madush now in Police custody in Dubai, soon after permission is granted by the Dubai authorities.



Ranjan reveals names to Karu

State Minister of Highways, Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development Ranjan Ramanayake yesterday (18), said that he had revealed the names of politicians, including Members of Parliament, who allegedly consume cocaine and other illegal narcotics to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on 17 February.



Dananjaya returns to Sri Lanka squad for South Africa ODIs

Sri Lanka have selected off-spinner Akila Dananjaya in their ODI squad to face South Africa, while Dinesh Chandimal has been left out.



‘Raina’ arrested over shooting incident

‘Raina’, an accomplice of organized crime gang member ‘Keselwatte Dinuka’, has been arrested over a shooting incident.



Sri Lanka to tap bond market for $2 billion after Chinese loan delay – sources

Sri Lanka will bring forward a plan to raise $2 billion through the bond market after a delay in a pledged loan from Bank of China, sources close to the deal said on Monday.



Government seeks US$ 48 million credit line from India to develop KKS port

The government will obtain a US$ 48 million credit line from India for the development of Kankesanthurai Port, an official said yesterday.



Pest certification puts brakes on grape exports to Sri Lanka

Export of grapes from India to Russia and Sri Lanka has halted midway in the season over stronger pest control requirements from the destination countries, the Indian Express reported.