Month: July 2014

Dutch assistance to boost Sri Lanka economy

Netherlands plans to provide Sri Lanka with technical and specialist knowledge according to Netherlands Vice Minister of Foreign Trade Simon Smits….

Nine kilograms of heroin seized from Wanathamulla

Police have recovered 9Kgs of heroin during a raid from Wanathamulla, Borella. The haul has been seized from different locations in Wanathamulla over the last few days, Borella police said….

Sri Lanka: Journalism Sold – Credibility of Paid News

“I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.” – Mahatma Gandhi Let’s ask ourselves a few questions. If media is an employable entity, where from editor down to journalists and columnists are paid and the media outlet publishes news in keeping with their agenda or conforming to their point of view only, can…

UNP MPs to check oil pipelines

A group of United National Party (UNP) parliamentarians are expected to undertake a fact-finding mission on Thursday to ascertain the seriousness of the breakdown in the pipe lines at the Sapugaskanda oil refinery, party sources said yesterday….

Katchatheevu’s sovereignty has never been with Sri Lanka – Karunanidhi

DMK president M. Karunanidhi opposed in the Indian Supreme Court the Centre’s stand that Katchatheevu belonged to Sri Lanka in light of the 1974 agreement and said the sovereignty over the islet “was never with Ceylon but with India.”…

Sri Lanka rupee hits over 1-year high

The Sri Lankan rupee climbed to its highest in more than a year on Tuesday, as inflows from remittances and exporter dollar sales surpassed dollar demand from importers….

Nine Kilograms of heroin nabbed

A suspect was arrested with nine kilogrammes of heroin worth Rs.63 million from Madiwela area by the Police Narcotics Bureau last night, Police said….

Beef is sold in Buddhist citadel of Kandy, pork is not

Kandy is special to Sri Lanka and the Sinhale Buddhists in many ways. It is where the sacred Tooth relic of Buddha is enshrined and a place of daily homage. The sanctity of Kandy and the entire Sinhale nation was preserved under Sinhale Buddhist kings. Animal slaughter was banned by all of Sri Lanka’ pre-colonial…


Contrary to what is erroneously being promoted the Sinhela race did not descend from banished King Vijaya of India. The discovery of the Balangoda man depicts a rich civilization going back 38000 years. Undoubtedly what distinguishes the Sinhala people is their Sinhala language – both people and language found nowhere else in the world except in…

Sri Lanka court keeps five in Australia asylum case in detention

A Sri Lankan court on Monday ordered that five suspected ringleaders of a people-smuggling operation remain in custody for two more weeks, in a case that has fuelled controversy over Australia’s tough line on immigration….

Karunanidhi gets four weeks to respond

The Supreme Court on Monday granted four weeks’ time to DMK president M. Karunanidhi and the Tamil Nadu government to file their response to the Centre’s reply that Katchatheevu could not be retrieved from Sri Lanka….

Mahela Jayawardene Announces Retirement From Test Cricket

Former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene has announced that he would retire from Test cricket after the forthcoming Test series against South Africa and Pakistan….

Lankan Tamil repatriates in India to get caste certificates

After decades of protests, hundreds of Sri Lankan Tamil repatriates, a majority of whom live in colonies in Puttur and Sullia taluks in India will be given caste certificates….

Rs. 6,000,000 worth of iron, mesh removed from outer circular expressway recovered

The Athurugiriya police has recovered around 100 pieces of galvanised iron pipes and wire mesh removed from the railings of Colombo Outer Circular expressway by some unidentified thieves, police said yesterday….

Magical Goetze eclipses Messi as Germany win Cup

A world class Mario Goetze volley in extra time fired Germany to a fourth World Cup crown with a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday, leaving the South Americans and their captain Lionel Messi heartbroken….

Monsoonal winds expected to continue

The Department of Meteorology says that the possibility for increasing of South-west monsoonal wind speed (up to 70-80kmph) at times over the country, particularly along the western slopes of the central hills and adjacent sea areas is still high….