Month: June 2016

Minister Sarath Fonseka obtains UNP membership

A special event was held at the UNP party headquarters sirikotha today to appoint Leader of the Democratic party, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka as the chief organizer of the UNP for Kelaniya.

Sri Lanka’s co-sponsorship of UN resolution was a landmark moment: UK

Sri Lanka’s co-sponsorship of the 2015 Human Rights Council resolution and ownership of its content, was a landmark moment, the UK statement on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council Sessions said.

“Reckless Borrowing and hard taxes”

“We have never faced a crisis as acute as the one created by the reckless borrowing of the Yahapalana Government…

Not enough evidence to file charges against Ranawaka – Court

The Colombo Traffic Court today ruled that there is insufficient evidence to file charges against Minister Patali Ranawaka in connection with a road accident that left two youths injured in Rajagiriya in February.

Exports will be hit by Brexit, says minister

Sri Lanka said its trade would be hurt by the United Kingdom’s “nightmare” vote to leave the European Union, with $1bn in annual exports to the British market now clouded by uncertainty.

Suicide bombs kill 31, wound close to 150 at Istanbul airport

Three suicide bombers opened fire before blowing themselves up in the main international airport in Istanbul on Tuesday, killing 31 people and wounding close to 150, officials said.

UN urges Sri Lanka to rein in military, prosecute war crimes

Sri Lanka must rein in its military forces, prosecute war crimes committed during the long civil war with Tamil rebels and win the confidence of the Tamil minority, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Sri Lankan nurses to get UK jobs

Sri Lankan nurses will be trained at the British Council and provided jobs in the UK, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.

Sri Lankan rupee forwards fall as dollar strengthens on Brexit

Sri Lankan rupee one-week forwards ended weaker on Monday due to a stronger dollar after Britons voted to leave the European Union last week, but the losses were capped as a state-run bank sold the greenback, dealers said.

Three treaties signed between Sri Lanka and Ukraine

Sri Lanka and Ukraine signed three treaties on judicial cooperation, namely, Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, Transfer of Sentenced Prisoners, and on Extradition on Saturday (25th June) during the Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s official visit to Ukraine.

Bus strike on Colombo – Chilaw route

Private bus drivers operating on the Colombo- Chilaw bus route have resorted to a strike action since this morning (27), President of the Lanka Private Bus Owners Association Gemunu Wijerathne said.

Colour code for sugary drinks

A colour code for sugary drinks has been made mandatory by the Health Ministry.

Example is better than advice in building a drug free country – President

President Maithripala Sirisena says the example is better than the advice in the program to build a drug free country.

CB Governor says not seeking reappointment

Under fire Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran said he would not seek reappointment when his term ends next Thursday 30, after the Government came under intense pressure to replace the controversial official.

Sri Lanka enacts right to information bill after successive delays

Sri Lanka’s parliament enacted a right to information bill on Friday, in a move to curb corruption and provide timely information to the public.

EU vote shows divided Britain, result too close to call

Britain’s bitterly contested referendum on whether to quit the European Union was too close to call on Friday as early results showed a deeply divided nation while the pound was hammered on financial markets.