Month: December 2016

Ten SLFPers to Quit Government?

A group of SLFP MPs are planning to leave the Government after 8 January 2017, informed sources said, adding that among them are 10 State and Deputy Ministers.

Extend the borders of Wilpattu and declare it a ‘Wildlife Zone’

President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered relevant authorities to extend the borders of the Wilpattu National Park and declare it a ‘Wildlife Zone’, by a gazette notification.

Obama expels 35 Russian diplomats in retaliation for US election hacking

The Obama administration on Thursday announced its retaliation for Russian efforts to interfere with the US presidential election, ordering sweeping new sanctions that included the expulsion of 35 Russians.

UNP condemns Vijayakala’s statement

The UNP MPs yesterday distanced themselves from a statement by State Minister Vijayakala Maheshwaran in which she suggested that “had Prabhakaran been alive he could have been the Prime Minister”.

Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa opposes land for Chinese investment

Sri Lanka’s former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday criticised a government plan to grant 15,000 acres for Chinese investment in his constituency, saying it will deprive people of agricultural land.

“Prabhakaran could have been PM if he were alive”: Minister

If LTTE leader Prabhakaran had been living today he could have become the Prime Minister of the country, said the State Minister of Child Affairs, Vijayakala Maheswaran.

Modi condoles the demise of former Sri Lankan Prime Minister

The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ratnasiri Wickremanayake.

Ground broken for USD 166 mn Havelock City project

The ground breaking ceremony to commence the construction for USD 166 million Havelock City Commercial Development project got off the ground yesterday under the auspices of Overseas Realty Ceylon Chairman S.P Tao.

Rising price of rice/Rice miller blames minister

The main reason for the price of rice rising is that the Rural Economic Affairs Minister does not release the paddy stocks held by the government into the market in a systematic manner, a major rice miller said yesterday.

Minister’s brother questioned over illegal land grabs

The CID has launched an investigation into an incident where the brother of Minister Rishad Bathiudeen allegedly acquired 600 acres of land in Mannar recently.

Ratnasiri Wickremanayake passes away

Former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake passed away a short while ago at the age of 83 at a private Hospital in Colombo.

Joint Working Group of India and SL to meet and solve fishermen issue

With an aim to find a solution to the vexed issue of fishermen, a Joint Working Group (JWG) of India and Sri Lanka will hold a meeting on Saturday.

Dust allowance for sanitary labourers

Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapha directed Municipal Commissioners to offer a dust allowance for sanitary labourers.

JVP guns for parliamentary debate on COPE report on Bond issue

In an attempt to coerce the Government to take action on the controversial bond issue, JVP MPs yesterday called on the Government to hold a Parliamentary debate to decide on the course of action to be taken to address the issue.

World’s tallest artificial Christmas tree created in Sri Lanka

Colombo: Sri Lanka has unveiled a towering Christmas tree, claiming to have surpassed the world record for the tallest artificial Christmas tree.

Festival hampers or other gifts are bribes, state employees warned

Giving seasonal gifts to state employees could amount to an act of corruption.