Day: March 14, 2017

Somali pirates suspected to have hijacked Sri Lankan-flagged ship

Somali pirates are suspected to have hijacked a Sri Lankan-flagged fuel freighter after the ship sent a distress call, turned off its tracking system and altered course for the Somali coast

Japan’s largest warship to visit Sri Lanka

Japan plans to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, three sources said, in its biggest show of naval force in the region since World War Two.

Labour Dept. field officer gets 10 years for accepting bribe

A former field officer of the Labour office in Anuradhapura was yesterday sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment by the Colombo High Court after he was found guilty of soliciting and accepting a bribe of Rs. 25,000 from a bakery owner in Anuradhapura in 2009.

No room will be left for collapse of government – President

President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that even though some sections of the society entertain the thought that the present government would collapse today or tomorrow, he would not allow any room for it and he further stated that the Government will fulfill its duties and responsibilities within the appropriate time frame in accordance with the mandate of the people.

As drought slashes rice harvest, 900,000 face hunger in Sri Lanka

The worst drought in five years has pushed 900,000 people in Sri Lanka into “acute food insecurity”, the World Food Programme (WFP) says.

SLMC moves SC against Appeal Court decision

The Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) yesterday filed an appeal application in the Supreme Court, requesting that the Court of Appeal order of Jan. 31, 2017, making it mandatory for the SLMC to provisionally register, under Section 29/2 of the Medical Ordinance, the medical graduates of South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), be set aside.