‘Kanjipani Imran’ given 6 year rigorous jail term

The Colombo High Court today sentenced notorious drug kingpin Mohamed Najim Mohamed Imran alias ‘Kanjipani Imran’ to 6 years in prison for the possession and trafficking of 5.3 kg of cannabis.

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Two Muslim state ministers reappointed

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Parliamentarians Faizal Cassim and Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana, who resigned from their State Ministerial portfolios two months ago, were sworn in to their previous posts again before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (23).

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Sri Lanka central bank cuts rates by 50 bps

Sri Lanka’s central bank cut its key interest rates on Friday, in a surprise move to boost sluggish growth after the country’s tourism sector and investments plummeted following the Easter day attacks.

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Rs.160 million paid for 85 NWSDB employees-Hakeem coordinators: COPE

The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) revealed yesterday that a staggering Rs.160 million had been paid as salaries to 85 employees of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) who were recruited as ministerial coordinating officers of Subject Minister Rauff Hakeem since 2015.

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“Will re-organise military intelligence” – Army Commander

The new Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, Lt. General Shavendra Silva, in his message to his troops and to the public as the 23rd Commander of the Army, has vowed to protect the country from all threats whilst adding that he would re-organise military intelligence units and raise them to an elevated level in keeping with strategies of international armies.

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Ranil tells UNF partners not to put cart before the horse

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, yesterday, urged the leaders of the UNF constituents to finalise the draft of the constitution of the proposed Democratic National Front (DNF).

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Beira Lake passenger boat service launched

The passenger boat service operating on the Beira Lake from Union Place to Colombo Fort has been launched under the patronage of PM Ranil Wickremesinghe a short while ago.

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Doctors to launch 24-hour countrywide strike today

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) will begin a 24-hour token strike island-wide over several demands from 8 this morning.

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We are a sovereign country – MP Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe

United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday (21) told Parliament that the USA has no power to order Sri Lanka as to who the Commander of the Tri-Forces should be or should not be.

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National carrier has become a drain on economy – COPE

SriLankan had become a drain on the economy, and the situation had been exacerbated by compensation paid for terminating an airbus deal, Parliament was told, yesterday.

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Cabinet approval to amend Muslim Marriage & Divorce Act

The joint proposal tabled by Minister of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs Abdul Haleem and Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Atukorale to amend the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act has received the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers.

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The UNP lacks discipline – Arjuna

Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Arjuna Ranathunga speaking with journalists after the conclusion of a media briefing held at Temple Trees said that it was his view that the UNP lacked discipline.

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Sri Lanka rejects criticism of army chief’s appointment

Sri Lanka’s government on Tuesday hit out at foreign criticism of its appointment of a general accused of war abuses as the new army commander.

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Government policies helped increase per capita income – PM

Sri Lanka’s per capital income had increased by between 50% and 100% due to the right economic policies of the government, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said, at meetig in Mawathagama.

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Williamson, Dananjaya reported for suspect bowling actions

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya have been reported for suspect bowling actions after the first test between the teams which ended on Sunday.

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Shavendra Silva’s appointment as Army Commander ‘deeply troubling’ – UN human rights chief

The appointment of Sri Lankan Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva as Commander of the country’s army is deeply troubling, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in a statement released on Monday, adding that the military leader had been given the role despite “serious allegations of gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian law against him and his troops during the war”.

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