Month: December 2014

Supporters of Dayasiri, Johnston crossover

A total of 21 Pradeshiya Sabha members and organisers, who supported UNP defectors Dayasiri Jayasekara and Johnston Fernando today pledged to support Maithripala Sirisena together with three other SLFP Pradeshiya Saba members….

Deputy Minister Faizer Mustapha supports Maithripala

Investment Promotion Deputy Minister and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Colombo Central Organizer Faizer Mustapha today quitted the government and pledged to support Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena at the forthcoming Presidential election….

Kamal Indika surrenders to police over Kumbukgate incident

Wayamba PC Member Kamal Indika has surrendered to police over the alleged assault on a group of artists in Kumbukgate on December 29, DIG Kurunegala District Anura Sarath Kumara told media….

Sri Lanka raises deposit rate for over-60s to 12 pct before election

Sri Lanka’s central bank on Tuesday raised fixed deposit rates for some savers aged over 60 to 12 percent, as promised in the 2015 budget and ahead of a Jan. 8 snap presidential poll….

No reason for postponing election – Polls Chief

The presidential election would be held as scheduled in every part of the country, including flood affected areas, Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said yesterday….

Bodies, debris from missing AirAsia plane pulled from sea off Indonesia

Indonesian rescuers searching for a missing AirAsia plane carrying 162 people pulled bodies and wreckage from the sea off the coast of Borneo on Tuesday as relatives of those on board broke down in tears on hearing the news….

Manamendra to support Rajapaksa

Nawa Sihala Urumaya Leader Sarath Manamendra has pledged his support to President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the forthcoming presidential election, the government information department announced today….

TNA supports Maithripala

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Sri Lanka’s main Tamil political party, has decided to support the Opposition’s Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena at the upcoming Presidential Election….

CID to question Tissa about Ranil – Maithri pact

Former United National Party (UNP) General Secretary Tissa Attanayake will be questioned by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today (30) regarding the statement of a secret agreement between UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and Presidential Candidate Maithripala Sirisena….

Salman was not paid: Namal

Refuting allegations that Indian actor Salman Khan was paid to visit the country with a presidential election looming, Tharunyata Hetak Chairman and MP Namal Rajapaksa said no payments were made and that the actor was in the country in connection with his charities….

UNP says bringing Bollywood actor for campaigning a disgrace

Bringing in Bollywood actor Salman Khan to campaign for President Mahinda Rajapaksa is a disgrace to the Sri Lankans, says UNP MP Dr. Harsha de Silva….

Hakeem is a “political prostitute”- Gnanasara Thera

Ven. Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thera, the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization has accused former Justice Minister and Sri Lanka Muslin Congress (SLMC) Leader Rauff Hakeem of being a “political prostitute” who stood up against the government at all the Presidential elections….

Young artistes supporting Maithri attacked

A group of artistes who were participating in a programme to muster support for Presidential Candidate of the New Democratic Front Maithripala Sirisena, have been attacked in Kumbukate, Kurunegala….

Govt. allocates Rs.500 million to assist affected families

Heavy rains, floods, landslides and earth slips in Sri Lanka have affected 1,109,606 people belonging 308,770 families in 22 districts up to 9.00am today (29), the Disaster Management Centre said….

Maithri’s Mahiyangana office attacked

Common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena’s election office at Mahiyanganaya has been attacked last night, the Police media unit said….

Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez here for Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Polls Campaign

Bollywood star Salman Khan is in Sri Lanka to prop up the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa’s re-election bid, the first Indian actor to be roped in for a poll campaign in the country….