Month: January 2015

Sri Lankan Airlines cabin crew member dies, 3 injured in Doha

A Sri Lankan Airlines female cabin crew member succumbed to injuries while 3 others were wounded when a vehicle on desert safari met with an accident in Doha, Qatar.

Canada welcomes reinstatement of Sri Lankan Chief Justice

The Canadian Government today welcomed the reinstatement of Shirani Bandaranayake as Chief Justice of the Sri Lankan Supreme Court while also expressing hope that President Maithripala Sirisena fulfills the mandate given to him by the people to foster a transparent, responsive and pluralistic government.

James Packer’s Crown pulls plug on $400m Sri Lanka casino plan after Colombo scraps tax concessions

James Packer’s Crown Group says it will not go ahead with a proposed plan to develop a $400 million luxury hotel and resort in Sri Lanka, following a decision by the government in Colombo to scrap tax concessions for the project.


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday stated that as there was a serious defect in the process of impeachment moved in Parliament against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranaike, her removal by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was totally illegal.

Even Ravi Karunanayake has to pay Mansion Tax: JVP

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said today Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayke should be aware that he too would have to pay the newly imposed ‘Mansion Tax’ of Rs.1 million.

EU to consider lifting fish import ban on Sri Lanka

The European Commission has offered Sri Lanka assistance to meet the regulatory requirements that would enable an early lifting of ban on fish exports from Sri Lanka to the EU, the Sri Lankan External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday.

Sri Lanka hikes company taxes, says economy in ‘sad state’

Sri Lanka’s new government Thursday announced hefty taxes on top companies in a bid to raise revenue, accusing the previous regime of fudging the figures and leaving the economy in a “sad state”.

Removal of Mohan Peiris: PM to make special statement in Parliament

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Parliament yesterday that the need to remove Mohan Peiris from the post of Chief Justice did not arise as he was not duly appointed. The Prime Minister said he would make a full statement in this connection in Parliament today.

Budget at a glance

Salaries of Government servant will be increased by Rs.10,000. Rs.5000 will be given in February while the balance will be given in June.

MR’s sons no longer rugby team captains

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s sons Yoshitha and Rohitha are to be removed from the captaincy of the Rugby teams of the Navy and Army respectively, on the instructions of a highly placed official, informed sources said yesterday.

MR, Namal should take legal action if falsely accused – More revelations pending – JVP

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his son MP Namal Rajapaksa should take legal action if they can prove that they are being wrongfully accused of corruption, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Western Provincial Councillor, Nalinda Jayatissa said.

Sri Lanka wins toss, bats in 7th ODI vs. New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat Thursday in the seventh limited-overs cricket international against New Zealand, which holds an unbeatable 4-1 lead in the seven-match series.

All Ranks, Privileges & Pension Restored for General (Retd) Sarath Fonseka

Entitlement to wearing of all decorations of General Sarath Fonseka, former Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, has been restored, following the full Presidential amnesty granted by President Maithripala Sirisena.

Shirani assumes duties as CJ; will retire tomorrow

The Government has removed all obstacles for Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayaka to hold her position as the 43rd Chief Justice of Sri Lanka, Bar Association President Upul Jayasuriya said. She has assumed duites and will retire from her post tomorrow, Jayasuriya added.

UK Minister Hugo Swire to visit Sri Lanka

The UK Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire is paying a second visit to Sri Lanka from 28-30 January, shortly after the formation of a new government, the UK High Commission in Colombo said in a release today.

Peshala Jayaratne sworn in as NCP Chief Minister

Peshala Jayaratne was sworn in as the Chief Minister of the North Central Province before the North Central Provincial Governor P.B. Dissanayaka, a short-while ago.