Month: April 2016

Basil trying to split SLFP- Dayasiri

Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa had been given a contract to divide the SLFP and weaken President Maithripala Sirisena allegedly funded by a neighbouring country, Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera charged yesterday.

Sri Lankan rupee rises after IMF loan announcement

Sentiment on the Sri Lankan rupee improved on Friday, as reflected in the forwards market, after the country signed a $1.5 billion, three-year loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund.

IMF agrees $1.5 billion bailout for Sri Lanka to avert balance of payments crisis

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Friday it has reached agreement with the Sri Lankan government for a $1.5 billion bailout to help the island nation avert a balance of payments crisis.

UPFA allies to join May Day Rally in Galle

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) have expressed their willingness to join the UPFA May Day Rally.

SriLankan Airlines passengers offloaded after box containing butane torch caught fire

A SriLankan Airlines flight made to return to Changi Airport for “security reasons” two weeks ago did so because a checked-in box had caught fire, injuring a baggage handler, said the Singaporean police in a statement on Thursday (April 28).

Geetha removed from organizer post

Benthara – Elpitiya SLFP Organizer Geetha Kumarasinghe has been removed from the organizer post by party leader…

Sri Lankan Tamils asked not to brush issues of social justice under the carpet

Former Sri Lankan parliamentarian Murugesu Chandrakumar, who recently quit the Eelam Peoples’ Democratic Party (EPDP), has said that social injustice is rampant among Lankan Tamils, and that it is time they stopped brushing this grave issue under the carpet on the specious plea that bringing it out will jeopardize “Tamil unity”.

Jayasuriya back to lead selection panel

Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed the return of Sanath Jayasuriya as chief selector, little more than a year since he stepped down from the role.

UNP using Kirulapone-Galle issue to cover up its failure – Dullas

The UNP-led government was using the issue of the SLFP and the Joint Opposition (JO) holding two separate May Day rallies in Galle and Kirulapone to cover up its failures and rackets, former Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said yesterday.

My top priority is to ensure that there will be no place for rotten corrupt regimes in future – President

President Maithripala Sirisena said the top most priority of the government is to create legal, constitutional and political conditions in Sri Lanka to ensure that corrupt, rotten, autocratic regimes will not come to power in the future.

Construction of two domestic airports to commence this year

The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation said yesterday that construction work on two out of four proposed domestic airports would be commenced this year in Bandarawela and Palavi.

UN experts on torture and justice system in joint visit to Sri Lanka

United Nations human rights experts Mónica Pinto and Juan E. Méndez will carry out a visit to Sri Lanka from 29 April to 7 May 2016 to assess recent developments and identify challenges related to the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and to the independence of the justice system, UN said in a release.

Sri Lanka to cancel four Airbus aircraft

Sri Lanka’s prime minister on Tuesday said that he ordered the national carrier to cancel four Airbus aircraft it has already ordered.

SLFP won’t support Federalism: Mahinda Samarasinghe

The SLFP neither supports nor is willing to discuss federalism, Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said.

Sampanthan, others storming army camp: Probe hushed up

Police investigations into a complaint that a group of more than 50 persons led by Opposition and TNA Leader R Sampanthan forcibly entering an army camp at Paravipachchan in Kilinochchi on April 16 have been stalled as the army has been ordered not to pursue the case.

A new political programme will be introduced after May 01- President

President Maithripala Sirisena says he will introduce a new political programme in the country after May 01.