Month: October 2015

President to lead SLFP at LG polls

President Maithripala Sirisena says he will lead the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to victory at the upcoming Local Government elections.

Absence of UGC officials to listen to students, cause of Thursday’s incident – Police

Police yesterday justified the use of force on Thursday to disperse a group of protesting students of Higher National Diploma in Accountancy (HNDA). Nine students including girls suffered head injuries at the hands of the riot police.

Finance minister says Sri Lanka a future investment destination

The Minister of Finance, Mr. Ravi Karunanayake, called on Swiss investors to invest in the future investment destination that is Sri Lanka.

Wimal to file FR

MP Wimal Weerawansa said that he will file a Fundamental Rights application against the CID for violating his human rights. He made this observation yesterday at a press conference held in Colombo.

CB Chief slams tax system

Tough-talking Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran yesterday slammed Sri Lanka’s tax system as “pathetic” and “regressive,” insisting it needed to be boosted through fresh measures and called for reduced stress on State banks placed by loss making State Owned Enterprises (SOEs).

Arming MPs: Data to be released soon

Media and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Gayantha Karunathileke yesterday said that he would reveal the statistics on the number of MPs who had applied for licenced firearms and the number of former MPs who had returned the firearms which were given to them while they were in the previous Parliament.

Nishantha informs PRECIFAC he is abroad

Former SriLankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha Wickramasinghe has informed that he was abroad and unable to give a statement to the Presidential Commission PRECIFAC this Friday.

Mahinda arrives at PRECIFAC

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC), a short while ago.

President calls for unconditional cooperation in urgent disaster response

Sri Lanka expressed condolences on the tragic loss of life and destruction of property caused by the devastating earthquake in the Hindukush region of Afghanistan on Monday which also affected parts of India and Pakistan.

Douglas Devananda to stand trial for Chennai murder

Former Sri Lankan minister Douglas Devananda is set to stand trial, through video conferencing, before a Chennai court in a 28-year-old murder case.

Mysterious space junk set to land near Sri Lanka

A mysterious chunk of space debris will hit Earth off the coast of Sri Lanka on November 13.

Sangakkara gives nod to play Pakistan Super League

Former Sri Lanka batting great Kumar Sangakkara has become the latest cricketer to enroll for the draft of the inaugural edition of the Twenty20 Pakistan Super League (PSL), which is scheduled to be held next year in Dubai and Sharjah.

Leadership Training Programme in universities – Grero

The “Leadership Training Programme” for university entrants will be conducted at university base, University Affairs State Minister Mohan Lal Grero said.

Indian Coast Guard arrests 29 Sri Lankan fishermen

Indian Coast Guard Ship Samudra Prahari apprehended two Sri Lankan trawlers namely Holy Cross III and VI along with 29 Sri Lankan nationals on Saturday (24) around 4.30pm in Lakshadweep waters for poaching of endangered marine species, sea cucumber.

Karuna Amman resigns from SLFP

Former MP and Vice President of the SLFP Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman said he will resign from the SLFP and join the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) led by Anandasangaree.

Channa, Upuli rebuff reports on cash transactions

Issuing a press statement Channa Wijewardena and Upuli Panibharatha yesterday rebuffed reports that said that their performing arts foundation had accepted Rs 15 million for their dance presentations at the Hambantota Harbour opening.