Month: July 2013

Another tax revision

  The import duty on vehicle tyres excluding those of buses: Vehicle parts and dairy products including butter has also been revised from today, the Finance Ministry said….

Pay more for liquor

The Finance Ministry today decided to increase the excise duty on alcohol and beer with immediate effect, the Finance Ministry stated….

CPC accepts 25,000 metric tonnes of petrol

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has decided to unload the 25,000 metric tonnes of 90 octane petrol, which when tested for the second time was found compatible with Sri Lanka’s quality standards, Petroleum Minister Anura Priyadharsana Yapa said….

Fire at Ministry of Cooperatives and Trade building

Heavy damage is reported due to the fire which broke out at the Ministry of Cooperatives and Trade building at Vauxhall Street early morning today. The Fire Brigade was able to douse the fire and no injuries are reported as yet. Investigations are currently underway to ascertain the reason for the blaze….

Cigarette prices up

The Prices of cigarettes have been increased by Rs. 2 and Rs.3 with effect from today, the Ceylon Tobacco Corporation said a short while ago….


“I have never changed a principled political position in my political career,” President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday speaking to print and broadcast media heads at Temple Trees….

President and First Lady Congratulate Royal Family on Birth of the Prince of Cambridge

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa have congratulated the Royal Family on the birth of the Prince of Cambridge, the third heir to the throne….

Sri Lankans protest alleged Indian intervention

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A group of Sri Lankans urged neighboring India on Monday not to interfere in their country’s internal affairs by criticizing plans to withdraw rights from provincial councils set up to share power with ethnic minority Tamils….

Pope to visit Sri Lanka

Pope Francis has said that he is considering an invitation from Sri Lanka to pay a visit to the country next year, an AP news report said yesterday….

Malaka hospitalized after clash

Son of Minister Mervin Silva, Malaka Silva has been admitted to the Nawaloka Hospital, after he was reportedly stabbed after a clash in the car park of Odel leading shopping mall in Colombo 7…

Notice on ousted. CJ Shirani Bandaranayake

FILE PHOTO Notice has been issued on ousted Chief Justic Shirani Bandaranayake to appear before the Colombo Magistrate Court on September 16 over non declaration of assets….

Nomination denied to Sarath Kumara

Re-remanded former Provincial Councillor, Ananda Sarath Kumara, who, it was alleged, had made a teacher kneel before him in the presence of her students, was not included in the UPFA’s nomination list for the upcoming North-Western Provincial Council elections, political sources said yesterday….

Ban Beef: Start with the Parliament Canteen

– by Shenali D Waduge – The National Pride of the Sinhala Buddhists and Tamil Hindus which comprise more than 85% of Sri Lanka’s population has been badly hurt by the decision of the Parliament to blatantly ignore the Buddhist-Hindu sensitivities to the serving of Beef but re-introduce the ban on Pork in its canteen,…

India armed, trained, financially sponsored LTTE terrorists and Sri Lankan Tamil Militants

  – by Shenali D Waduge – The Jain Commission confirms so, Dixit confirms it, India’s intelligence does not deny it, memoirs of former officials give details, Tamil Nadu leaders have accepted it and there are enough of affidavits to prove that on the explicit orders of India’s government it applied the replica of the…

Dilshan century guides Sri Lanka to series win

(Reuters) – Tillakaratne Dilshan scored his 17th one-day international century and shared a second wicket stand of 184 with Kumar Sangakkara to guide Sri Lanka to a series clinching eight wicket win over South Africa in the fourth match at Pallekele on Sunday. The hosts were outplayed in the third match two days ago at…

Aged death row prisoners considered for release

The President has instructed the Department of Prisons to explore the possibility of releasing senior citizens, who are on death row….