Month: June 2015

Emirates plane makes emergency landing at BIA

Emirates flight A380 bound to Dubai made an emergency landing at Bandaranaike International Airport, today (26) at around 3.47a.m.

MR says will contest only from SLFP

“I will contest the next election only from the UPFA led by the SLFP”, stated former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the committee which was now attempting to unite the SLFP, sources said.

‘President will be forced to dissolve Parliament if 20A drags on’

Demanding President Maithripala Sirisena to dissolve Parliament early is unacceptable when he is determined to fulfill his promises given to the people, Deputy Media Minister Shantha Bandara said.

Parliament dissolution within next two days

Parliament is likely to be dissolved either tonight to tomorrow night to enable General Elections to be conducted by the middle of August, informed sources said yesterday.

Sri Lanka attempts to weaken funding networks of LTTE

The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday said it was in the process of strengthening diplomatic ties with countries that have worked with Sri Lanka in the past to weaken the financial and support networks of the Tamil Tiger rebels.

Hakeem drops a bombshell

Urban Development Minister Rauff Hakeem yesterday said in Parliament that there was a dictatorship of a small group within the Cabinet of Ministers that prevails against minor and minority parties.

SC to proceed with the applications against the FCID

The Supreme Court on Wednesday (24) granted leave to proceed in applications filed challenging the establishment of the Financial Crime Investigation Division.

Sri Lankan Navy asked not to open fire on fishermen: India

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday informed the Madras High Court Bench in Madurai that it has impressed upon the Sri Lankan Navy “to act with restraint, not to fire on [Indian] fishermen and to treat [Indian] fishermen in a humane manner.”

Pavement hawkers granted permission on cross streets

There are mixed reactions over the decision to allow pavement hawkers to conduct business on the streets of Colombo. The Rajapaksa regime under the Colombo City Beautification Programme prohibited them from doing business on the pavements, which resulted in a great loss to them.

Sri Lankan rupee steady on state bank’s dollar sales

The Sri Lankan spot rupee traded steady on Tuesday, as a state bank, through which the central bank usually directs the market, sold dollars at a flat rate of 133.90, but trading was dull amid political uncertainty, dealers said.

One killed as police open fire at lorry

Police have fired fired shots at a lorry which did not heed to police orders at the Aranthalawa police post early Tuesday morning.

UNHRC says not funding diaspora festival

The UNHRC on Monday dismissed reports of having allocated funds for the proposed ‘Diaspora Festival’ organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the end of this year.

UPFA never demanded MR be PM candidate

The UPFA never demanded or asked anyone to name former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the next Prime Ministerial candidate, give him nominations or anything else. It is a section of the SLFP which are making these demands, National Freedom Front leader MP Wimal Weerawansa said.

Sri Lankan shares edge up; political woes hurt sentiment

Sri Lankan shares inched up on Monday, recovering from a two-month low hit in the previous session, led by large caps, but trading was choppy as political woes ahead of an announcement on parliamentary election date weighed on sentiment.

Sri Lanka condemns attack on Afghan Parliament

President Maithripala Sirisena condemned the terrorist attack on Afghanistan Parliament.

Jaya seeks PM Modi’ s intervention for release of fishermen by Sri Lanka

Following the latest instance of arrest of Indian fishermen by Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention for the release of 31 such people along with their boats.