Month: July 2017

If Ravi is a true gentleman, he should resign – Dayasiri

Minister of Sports, Dayasiri Jayasekara stated that Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake should ideally resign in light of the Central Bank’s bond scam allegations directed at him.

Sri Lanka condemns hostile acts by North Korea

The Government of Sri Lanka condemns the firing of a ballistic missile of intercontinental range by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 28th July, and the series of recent similar hostile acts by DPRK in violation of UN Security Council Resolutions.

Sampanthan hopes Govt’s efforts would find a lasting solution to ethnic issue

Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan hopes the government’s efforts to rewrite the Constitution would find a permanent solution to the ethnic issue.

Sri Lanka signs $1.1 billion China port deal amid local, foreign concerns

Sri Lanka signed a long delayed $1.1 billion deal on Saturday to lease its southern Hambantota port to China ignoring an appeal by opposition parties to debate the pact in parliament.

Finance Minister promises wide ranging economic reforms

Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday promised wide ranging reforms to the economy in the wake of a positive report from the IMF on the country’s economic condition this month.

Hambantota Port agreement to be signed tomorrow – PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that the Hambantota Port agreement will be signed tomorrow (29).

Arjuna didn’t say final was fixed, says Murali

Muttiah Muralidharan doesn’t wish to read much into Arjuna Ranatunga’s demand for a probe into Sri Lanka’s 2011 World Cup final loss to India at the Wankhede.

Power cut due to fuel shortages – Min. of Energy

The Ministry of Power and Energy addressed the frequent power cuts the country has been experiencing as of late.

Strike not acceptable – PM

The CPC trade union strike is not acceptable when a number of discussion rounds with unions had ended successfully, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Parliament yesterday.

Bond scam probe: Mahendran hands over two mobile phones to CID; Ravi doesn’t turn up

Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) yesterday ordered former Central Bank Governor Arjun Mahendran to immediately hand over his hand phones, tab computers and laptops used since January 1, 2015.

Ravi wants to live in Visumpaya; President says no

President Maithripala Sirisena has turned down three Cabinet papers submitted by Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake including the one seeking ‘Visumpaya’ (Acland House) Union Place, Colombo to be designated as his official residence, sources said.

Ravi should resign – Mahindananda Aluthgamage

Opposition MP, from the UPFA, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, in Parliament yesterday called for the resignation of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ravi Karunanayake

Government asks petroleum workers to report for duties

The government asks the workers of Petroleum Corporation to report for duties to avoid the inconvenience faced by the people.

Sri Lankan cabinet approves agreement with China on Hambantota Port

Sri Lankan cabinet has approved agreement with China on Hambantota Port, describing it as “a win-win situation for both countries.”

Security Forces enter Petroleum Storage Facilities in Kolonnawa and Muthurajawela

Distributing and unloading fuel has been declared an Essential Service from midnight, tonight.

Petroleum trade unions go on strike; public subjected to distress

President of the Ceylon Petroleum General Services Union, Ashoka Ranwala stated that fuel distribution had been stalled island-wide as a result of the ongoing strike.