Month: March 2016

Sri Lanka to strengthen defence ties with China

Government hopes to further strengthen its defence ties with China this year.



Sri Lanka shares rise on foreign buying, Central Bank rate move

Sri Lankan shares edged up on Wednesday from a two-week closing low hit in the previous session on buying led by foreign investors and following a central bank decision to keep key policy rates steady.



Another haul of ammunition discovered

Fourteen pressure mines, 21 bombs, one RPG launcher and four mortar ammunitions were unearthed by the police in the Illuppukadawai police division in Mannar this afternoon.



Suspect arrested over discovery of suicide jacket, explosives

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the earlier recovery of a suicide jacket and explosives inside a residence at Maravanpulo on the A32 road in Chawakatchcheri, Jaffna District.



India, Sri Lanka central banks sign $700 mln currency swap agreement

India’s central bank said on Tuesday it would allow its Sri Lankan counterpart to draw up to $700 million over a maximum period of three months under a new special currency swap agreement signed by the two central banks.



Word “electric chair” was removed from our dictionaries – President

Public, politicians and the journalists today have removed the word “electric chair” from their dictionaries, which was spoken for last few years, according to President Maithripala Sirisena.



Japan lends $400 Million to Sri Lanka for airport expansion

Japan has loaned $400 million to Sri Lanka to build a new terminal at the island’s main international airport which suffers congestion from growing tourism, it was announced today.



Objective of the new government is to convert the Police service into a people-friendly service – President

President Maithripala Sirisena says the objective of the new government is to convert the Police service into a real people-friendly service.



Businessman killed in Ambalangoda shooting

An individual was shot dead at the Fisheries Habour in Ambalangoda a short while ago.



Tony Abbott: I was right to defend Sri Lanka rights record

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has defended his decision to cosy up to former Sri Lankan strongman president Mahinda Rajapaksa.as part of his efforts to stop the flow of asylum-seeker boats.



UNPers upset over naming SF as Kelaniya organiser

Days after Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka’s statement, claiming that he was offered the UNP organiser post in the Kelaniya electorate, UNP activists in the Kelaniya Electorate held a media discussion on Saturday (26) in Kelaniya.



First Safari Park in Sri Lanka opens today

Government has made arrangements to open the country’s first safari park today (March 28) at Ridiyagama in Hambantota in the Southern Province.



No Islamist jihadi groups in Sri Lanka

There are no Islamist jihadist groups in Sri Lanka, said a study commissioned by the Colombo-based International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES).



One-hour power cuts imminent

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has been compelled to impose at least a 1-hour power cut daily in order to avoid power cuts during the New Year, CEB Engineers’ Union warns.



Seniors did not step up, says Angelo Mathews

As they go out of the World Twenty20’s semifinal race, Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews said the senior players did not do enough to inspire the inexperienced teammates.



Deported drug kingpin arrested at BIA; Suspect nabbed with 5kg heroin in Welisara

The Police Narcotics Bureau has arrested a person transporting 5kg of heroin in a three-wheeler at Welisara, Ragama.