Month: March 2017

Customs detect Rs.14 Million worth heroin from inside a flight

Customs officers detected 1.4 kilograms of heroin worth Rs.14 million left in a flight that arrived from Dubai this morning, Customs Media Spokesmen Dharmasena Kahandawa said.

Sri Lankan ‘sorcerer’ arrested in Kuwait

Kuwaiti criminal detectives put an end to the activities of a Sri Lankan ‘sorcerer’, who claimed his customers were VIPs and charged KD 250 for each job, foreign media reported.

Sandya Eknaligoda, recipient of International Women of Courage award

Missing Journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda’s wife Sandya Ekneligoda was a recipient of ‘International Women of Courage Award for 2017’ from US First Lady Melania Trump at a ceremony held at the US State Department yesterday.

Around 800,000 suffer from depression

About 800,000 persons, in Sri Lanka, have been found to suffer from depression, Consultant Psychiatrist Dr. Neil Fernando said.

Will the ancient sword go back to its rightful place?

The ancient sword belonging to the Kandyan era presented by the Russian President Vladimir Putin to his Sri Lankan counterpart President Maithripala Sirisena will be handed over to the National Museum, sources said.

‘Unable to protect those found guilty of killing media persons or sportsmen’: President

President Maithripala Sirisena said today he was not prepared to make any war hero a suspect in the charges leveled against the armed forces and the government on the alleged violations of human rights during the war against terrorism.

‘Will meet when time is right’: Rajinikanth writes to Sri Lankan Tamils

Indian actor Rajinikanth today thanked Sri Lankan Tamils for their love and affection, days after he cancelled his visit to the island nation following opposition from pro-Tamil outfits.

MR, two others file objections against amended plaint

Three defendants including former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who had been named as a defendant in connection with the alleged defaulting of a sum of Rs.142 million owed to the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB)

Van allegedly used in Keith Noyahr abduction found

A van suspected to have been used for the abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr has been found in the Piliyandala area.

Sri Lanka must come to terms with past tragedies: Mangala

Insisting that as a sovereign state the final decision with regard to the 23 March Geneva resolution rests with Sri Lanka, Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to move forward with the two-year extension.

First ‘Smart Bus Halt’ in Town Hall

The national mobile service provider Mobitel launched a state-of-the-art Smart Bus Halt at Town Hall, Colombo as a step toward transforming Colombo into a Smart City.

War crime probes will hinder Sri Lanka’s reconciliation: ex-defense secretary

War crime investigations backed by some Western countries and the United Nations will exacerbate the differences between Sri Lanka’s two main ethnic groups instead of uniting them, former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said on Monday.

Withholding of evidence — SF should be arrested: Udaya

Field Marshal and Minister Sarath Fonseka should be arrested and put in jail on charges of withholding evidence on the killing of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickramatunge in 2008, MP Udaya Gammanpila said today.

Sri Lanka wants to reduce China’s stake in strategic port deal

Sri Lanka’s government wants a Chinese company to agree to cut its stake in a strategic port project by up to a quarter, as part of a renegotiation aimed at blunting public and political opposition to the deal.

Special committee to set guidelines to modernise legal system

Since most countries have modernised their legal systems, a special committee will be appointed this year to set guidelines for modernising our legal system too, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Ravi Karunanayake gets The Banker’s title as Best Finance Minister of Asia Pacific

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said yesterday that the financial discipline of Sri Lanka had been recognised internationally with the selection of him as the Best Finance Minister of the Asia Pacific region by prestigious London-based international financial magazine The Banker.