Month: January 2016

Arrested without proper charges – Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Former President and Kurunegala District MP, Mahinda Rajapaksa, said the statement made by some ministers had clearly indicated how the Police were going to act in arresting Rajapaksa family members.

​Yoshitha Rajapaksa remanded

Yoshitha Rajapaksa, Rohan Weliwita, Nishantha Ranatunga and 2 others remanded till February 11th by Kaduwela Magistrates court over the alleged financial irregularities at the CSN.

Yoshitha Rajapaksa arrested by FCID

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son, Lieutenant Yoshitha Rajapaksa, has been arrested by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) and is expected to be produced at the Kaduwela’s Magistrate’s Court.

Mahinda’s media secretary taken in for questioning

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s media coordinating secretary, Rohan Weliwita, has been taken in for questioning by the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID).

Sri Lanka announces $40 bln mega-development project

Sri Lanka’s president announced on Friday a $40 billion mega-development project to build a new city over the next 15 years in a push to attract more foreign investment to the Indian Ocean island nation.

Graham Ford Signs Up for Second Spell as Sri Lanka Coach

London: Graham Ford has agreed to return to Sri Lanka for a second spell as coach, his English county championship employer Surrey announced on Thursday.

Ranil tears into media “Journalists’ hands aren’t clean”

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday, in Parliament, lashed out at the media, accusing them of promoting racism.

Levy on kilo of imported Mackerel increased to Rs.100

The Cabinet of Minister has approved a proposal to increase the Special Commodity Levy (SCL) imposed on import of Mackerel Fish for production of canned fish by Rs 50 to Rs 100 per kilogram.

Bail application filed for Gnanasara Thero rejected

Bail application filed at the Homagama Magistrate’s Court for the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation, Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, who was arrested and remanded for contempt of court has been rejected.

India awaits Lanka nod to execute rail projects

IRCON International, the Indian Railways’ construction company, is awaiting the Sri Lankan government’s nod to execute US$ 468 million worth of railway construction projects in the island nation, the company’s outgoing country representative, Shyam Lal Gupta, told newspersons in Colombo.

MR never said he would leave SLFP – TB

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had never said that he would leave the SLFP and form a separate political party. He said that a political party may be formed,but never did he say he will lead it, Lands State Minister

HRW: new government makes significant progress

Sri Lanka‘s government, elected in January 2015, ended the pervasive culture of surveillance and censorship and embarked on reforms aimed to undo years of increasingly authoritarian rule, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016.

Court orders arrest of ASP and HQI over Embilipitiya clash

The Embilipitiya Magistrate today issued arrest warrants on the suspects over the clash and the death of a man in Embilipitiya.

Don’t label us as Indian Tamils: TPA

The Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) yesterday urged the government to stop referring to the up-country Tamil community as “Indian Tamils” and in future to refer to them as “Indian origin Malayaga Tamils” in the New Constitution.

Missing persons panel seeks more time

The Missing Persons Commission headed by retired Justice Maxwell Paranagama, has requested the government to extend its term by a year from February 15, 2016 as it still has thousands of cases to investigate, the New Indian express reported.

Sri Lankan rupee steady after central bank holds rate

The Sri Lankan rupee was steady on Tuesday after the central bank kept its key policy rates unchanged and as dollar sales by a private bank helped offset importer greenback demand, dealers said.