Month: February 2017

Government takes every action for war heroes’ welfare – President

“After being elected, the current government has taken several steps to provide welfare facilities and grant benefits to the war heroes throughout the last two years. With that the government will not be complacent and will continue to take every possible action for their welfare in the future too”, says President Maithripala Sirisena.

Kepapaulavu and Pudukuduirippu: President assures release of lands within 2 days

President Maithripala Sirisena has assured that the lands in Kepapaulavu and Pudukuduirippu will be handed over to the people in the area within two days, Opposition Leader R Sampanthan said yesterday.

Sri Lanka seeks higher bids for ailing airline

Sri Lanka is seeking higher bids to restructure its state-owned loss-making airline, the finance minister said on Monday, after three short-listed firms failed to give “sizable” bids.

CAA continues raids against rice price violation

Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) according to the complaints received regarding the violation of MRP for rice has carried out 159 raids island-wide during the last 48 hours.

Seven dead after gunmen open fire at prison vehicle

Seven people, including Aruna Udayasahnatha Pathirana alias ”Samayan’, the’ leader of an underworld gang, have been killed in a shooting that occurred in Kalutara.

Rajapaksa vows legal action against those who tried to ‘frame’ him

Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday condemned what he called a diabolical attempt by the government to frame him for the bond scams, and vowed to take legal action against those responsible for it.

Man shot dead in Mawathagama

A man has been killed after an unidentified gunman had opened fire at him in Mawathagama on Monday morning, police said.

FCID recovers Rs. 1 billion in ill-gotten assets

The Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) which completes two years today (February 26) has recovered nearly Rs.1 billion worth of State and unduly earned assets of politicians through its investigations

Namal slaps CBK with defamation

Hambantota District SLFP MP Namal Rajapaksa has sent a letter of demand to former President Chandrika Kumaratunga demanding a sum of Rs 250 million for defamation of character by the latter.

White House blocks news organizations from press briefing

CNN and other news outlets were blocked from attending an off-camera White House press briefing that other reporters were hand-picked to attend, raising alarm among media organizations and First Amendment watchdogs.

New law to standardize degrees from state, non-state unis

Amid the continuing controversy on the quality of higher education offered by private sector educational institutions, the Higher Education Ministry is to introduce legislation in Parliament to standardize the degree courses offered by State and non-State institutions, Minister Lakshman Kiriella said yesterday.

New Zealand-bound boat people arrested in Negombo

Eighteen Sri Lankans who attempted to migrate to New Zealand illegally were arrested in Negombo in a combined operation carried out by the Navy and the police last night.

Sri Lanka police deny ‘hunting’ refugees who sheltered Snowden in Hong Kong

Sri Lankan asylum seekers living in Hong Kong fear they are being illegally pursued by police after sheltering the US whistleblower Edward Snowden in the city.

Maha Siva Rathri Day deeply symbolizes co-existence and harmony – PM

The Hindus believe that Maha Siva Rathri is the favored night of Lord Shiva; it is spent in the company of friends and family amidst great fellowship.

Religious way of life essential for a better society – President

The prime expectation and the noble vision of all religions is to promote spiritual and moral well-being of humankind. All their religious rituals and celebrations recall those core values ofreligious teachings.

TNA will achieve purpose whatever happens at referendum: JO

If the government opts for a Constitutional referendum, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will achieve its objectives regardless of the referendum results, the Joint Opposition (JO) said yesterday.