Month: February 2016

Yoshitha suspended from Navy

Lieutenant Yoshitha Rajapaksa who was remanded on charges of money laundering, has been suspended from Naval service with effect from February 28 as directed by the Defence Ministry, the Navy said today.

Mahinda: I’ll be arrested soon

KANDY – Former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said in Kandy that he was among the UPFA members to be arrested soon.

I will fulfill the highest responsibility to provide fertilizer subsidy to farmers – President

President Maithripala Sirisena says he would personally be dedicated to fulfill the highest responsibility in providing the fertilizer subsidy for the farming community.

Senadhipathi has Rs 1.1 B in 96 Fixed Deposits

Avant Garde Maritime Security Chairman Major [Rtd] Nissanka Senadhipathi has mammoth 96 fixed deposit accounts under his name in several banks,

Jayawardene hits back at Sri Lanka chief

Mahela Jayawardene has expressed his disappointment with criticism from Sri Lanka Cricket president Thilanga Sumathipala over his batting consultancy role with England.

Govt aim is to provide equal education to all students – President

President Maithripala Sirisena says the aim of the Government is to provide equal opportunities and benefits for all children in the field of education under a common policy which eliminates differences.

Singing of National Anthem in Tamil challenged in SC

Three residents in Kelaniya area yesterday filed a Fundamental Right petition in the Supreme Court challenging the government’s decision to sing the National Anthem in the Tamil language during the Independence Day celebrations.

Sri Lanka reconciliation steps ‘impressive’ – Kerry

The United States today hailed the reconciliation efforts of the Sri Lankan government in the past year as “very impressive”.

Sri Lanka could accept international actors in war crimes probe

Sri Lanka’s foreign minister said on Thursday he is willing to consider international participation in investigating possible war crimes during the 26-year Tamil insurgency.

Public servants’ minimum basic salary to be doubled

All measures are in place to double the minimum basic salary of the public service within the next five years, Public Administration Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara said.

Fonseka takes oath as Regional Development Minister

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka took oaths as the Regional Development Minister a short while ago at the Presidential Secretariat before President Maithripala Sirisena, President’s Media division has announced.

Yositha Rajapaksa further remanded

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son Yoshitha and four others including Nishantha Ranatunga and Rohan Weliwita were further remanded till March 10 by the Kaduwela Magistrate Dammika Hemapala today.

Sri Lankan rupee forwards close lower on dollar inflows

Sri Lankan rupee forwards ended slightly weaker on Wednesday as importer demand for the greenback and mild dollar inflows put pressure on the rupee despite a 50-basis-point rate hike by the central bank last week.

12 Tamil refugees to return to Sri Lanka tomorrow

In the next batch of voluntary repatriation, 12 Sri Lankan refugees, living in various camps across the State, would be leaving for Colombo from Tiruchi on Friday.

JVP Leader takes up issue of severe shortage of fertilizer

Farmers countrywide were undergoing many hardships as there was a severe shortage of fertiliser, but the government had failed to take any action to arrest the situation, Chief Opposition whip and JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told Parliament yesterday.

Sri Lanka is the shining light of Asian region – New Zealand Prime Minister

Prime Minister of New Zealand John Phillip Key described Sri Lanka as the ‘Shining Light of Asian Region’. He said there are enormous opportunities available in Sri Lanka for New Zealand entrepreneurs and investors.