Month: August 2017

Rathupaswela shooting: Brigadier Aruna Deshapriya, Sergeant released on bail

Sri Lanka Army Brigadier Aruna Deshapriya Gunawardena and the Staff Sergeant Sirisena who were alleged to have given orders to shoot the Rathupaswela protestors were released on bail by the Gampaha High Court today.

Rajitha defends decision to take money from President’s fund

Irate Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne defended his decision to take Rs. 10 million from the President’s fund for his medical treatment in Singapore stressing that he was not the “only one” to do so.

LTTE handbills distributed in Vavuniya

Security forces stationed in Vavuniya have reported that handbills penned by LTTE intelligence agencies were circulated among the people of Vavuniya last night (29).

President reviews drought relief activities

President Maithripala Sirisena has reviewed the progress of the programmes implemented by the Government to provide relief to the people affected by the drought prevailed in various parts of the country.

Selection Committee resigns

The entire National Cricket Selection Committee headed by Sanath Jayasuriya has tendered their resignations effective 7 September.

Post crowd violence in Pallekele, ICC seeks security assurance

ICC Match Referee Andy Pycroft has reportedly sought security assurance from the Sri Lankan cricket board for the remainder of the limited-overs series against India following boorish fan behaviour during the third ODI in Pallekele on Sunday.

Wimal renews corruption charges against new Justice Minister

National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa, MP, has alleged that Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Atukorale had been rewarded with justice portfolio, in spite of prevailing corruption charges against her.

President laid foundation stone for ‘Pandith Amaradeva Sangeetha Asapuwa’

The foundation stone laying ceremony of the ‘Pandith Amaradeva Sangeetha Asapuwa’ was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the premises of the Ape Gama, yesterday (28).

Avant Garde Chairman, Major General Palitha Fernando notified to appear before High Court

The Colombo High Court issued summons on Avant-Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi and Maj. Gen. Palitha Fernando ordering them to appear in court on September 19 for allegedly offering and accepting a bribe of Rs.35.5 million following the Avant-Garde floating armoury transaction.

Lack of Revenue CBSL prints Rs 11.3 Billion

Due to the Government’s lack of revenue, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), on Friday (25), printed Rs 11,336 million to help the former meet its monetary commitments, interpretation of Central Bank’s open market operations (OMO) showed.

Rajitha claims drug & tobacco lobbies conspiring against him

Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne yesterday said that pharmaceutical mafia and tobacco companies were behind the moves to oust him.

Proposal for foreign company to run expressways

The Government is considering a proposal to hand over the management and operation of existing and proposed expressways to an international company, Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella said.

Will defeat no-faith motion against Rajitha: Ravi Karunanayake

Former Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake yesterday said they would defeat the no-confidence motion brought against Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne by the Joint Opposition MPs.

New Justice Minister & Buddha Sasana Minister sworn in

Ms Thalatha Atukorale has been appointed as the new Minister of Justice and Mr Gamini Jayawickrama Perera has been appointed as the new Minister of Buddha Sasana.

India survive Dananjaya brilliance to beat Sri Lanka

Akila Dananjaya’s career-best 6-54 was in vain as India beat Sri Lanka by three wickets in their second one-day international to go 2-0 up in the five-match series on Thursday.

Sri Lanka likely to miss 2017 revenue goal on tax proposal delay

Sri Lanka is likely to miss its revenue target this year due to delays in implementing proposals set out in the 2017 budget, a top finance ministry official said on Thursday.