Month: April 2015

Sri Lanka economy grows 7.4% in 2014: CB Report

Sri Lanka’s economy grew by 7.4% (Agriculture 0.3%, Industry 11.4%, service 6.5%) last year, according to the Annual Report of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka for the year 2014 which was launched today.

Sigiriya girl released

S. Udaya Sri the girl serving a two year prison sentence for scribbling on the Sigiriya Mirror wall who received a Presidential pardon has been released a short while ago.

Rathgama PS Chairman murder weapon found

Rathgama Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Manoj Pushpakumara Mendis was shot dead in a hotel in the Wewala area in Hikkaduwa on 23 March midnight, whilst two other individuals were critically injured in the incident.

Kerry hopes to reset US relations with Sri Lanka

A senior U.S. State Department official said Wednesday that Secretary of State John Kerry was traveling to Sri Lanka to show that the U.S. “applauds the vision” of that country’s new government.

Namal votes himself out of Sri Lanka 2021 presidential race

Former president’s eldest son and the Rajapaksa clan’s heir apparent, MP Namal may have voted himself out of the 2021 presidential election by supporting the 19th amendment to the constitution.

19A shuts out Gota

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which was passed in Parliament on Tuesday with an overwhelming majority, has barred former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa from contesting Parliamentary elections.

Jacqueline demands Rs. 4 crore to dance at a wedding

Sri Lanka’s Jacqueline Fernandez has accepted an offer to perform at a high-profile wedding in London and has quoted Rs. 4 crore to shake a leg.

Hambantota Mayor arrested

Hambantota Mayor Eraj Fernando arrested for allegedly attempting to assault a suspect in police custody in March, 2014, Police spokesman told media.

Thank You Everyone for Contributing towards Passing 19A – President

The adoption of the 19th amendment to the constitution with two-thirds majority is a historic victory of Sri Lankan society says President Maithripala Sirisena. This victory is the result of a 37-year long struggle of all active citizens of Sri Lanka.

All contributed for 19A – PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that all in the parliament contributed to the historic 19th Amendment that made the executive president responsible to the Parliament through the Cabinet following the passage of the Amendment.

19th Amendment passed with a vast majority

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution was passed with a vast majority in Parliament, a short while ago on Tuesday (28), with the government gaining 211 votes in favor of the amendment while 01 voted against it, 01 member abstained from voting. 10 members were absent.

Second reading of 19th Amendment passed in Parliament

The second reading of the 19th Amendment to Constitution was passed in Parliament with a majority of 214 votes, a short while ago, with 215 members voting for and a single vote against.

DG Kumarage elected as Kataragama Basnayake Nilame

Kandy businessman D.G Kumarage was elected uncontested as the 11th Basnayaka Nilame of the Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya this morning.

Basil granted 3 months leave

Parliament has approved three(03) months leave for MP Basil Rajapaksa commencing from today (28). The approval was granted on a proposal made by Opposition leader Nimal Siripala De Silva.

Another committee to probe cricket

Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake felt confident that Sri Lanka’s present issues with International Cricket Council (ICC) could easily be resolved through dialogue and reiterated that ICC must understand and accept the real situation in Sri Lanka.

Kerry to make historic trips to Sri Lanka, Kenya, Djibouti

US Secretary of State John Kerry will make historic first official visits to Sri Lanka, Kenya and Djibouti in the coming days.