Month: September 2017

Army to stay in North & East – Commander Shuns claim by Wigneswaran

Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said that expediting the removal of Army Camps in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, is not suitable under the present circumstances.


Sri Lanka was given a positive outlook to its economic reform program by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday.

Sri Lanka imposes tougher visa sanctions on North Koreans

Sri Lanka recently imposed enhanced visa restrictions for North Koreans entering the country in compliance with the U.N. Security Council’s sanctions against North Korea’s nuclear and missile development.

Sri Lanka’s tourism earnings pass 2 billion USD in 2017

Sri Lanka has earned over 2 billion U.S. dollars from tourism this year with steady growth in numbers, the country’s Central Bank said here on Thursday.

IGP should be directed to arrest cops who turned a blind eye – Senaratne

Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday that the government should direct the Inspector General of Police to arrest the policemen who had turned a blind eye when some Buddhist monks surrounded and attacked a UNHRC safe house in Mount Lavinia, sheltering some Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, on Tuesday.

Will not allow room for corruption, fraud or irregularities in development process – President

President Maithripala Sirisena says the assistance of the international community has been received for the development process of Sri Lanka as a result of the ensured political stability in the country, and emphasized that he will not allow any room to occur corruption, fraud or irregularities within the development process.

UNHCR alarmed at violence against Rohingyas in Sri Lanka

The United Nations on Wednesday raised concern for the safety of Rohingya Muslim asylum seekers in Sri Lanka after Buddhist monks and hardline nationalists forced them to flee a U.N. shelter in the capital Colombo.

Protesters force Rohingya refugees to flee Sri Lanka safe house

Sri Lankan monks and hardline nationalists protesters forced 31 Rohingya Muslim asylum seekers to flee a United Nations safe house in the capital Colombo on Tuesday, police said.

Detained Rohingya refugees transferred under Police protection

The group of 30 Rohingya refugees, who were detained at a house of UNHRC in Mount Lavinia, had been taken into the Police custody for their protection, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.

JVP does not pander to Rajapaksa: Anura Kumara

Whether we vote in favour of or against a Bill solely depends on the decision of the JVP Central Committee. The JVP is not pandering to Rajapaksa or any other party, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said.

President directs imposition of 100% levy on big onion imports

President Maithripala Sirisena directed to the Finance Ministry to impose 100% levy on imported big onions.

Sri Lanka to take action to control coconut price

Sri Lanka will bring in a permanent price index to control the price of coconuts after several black marketeers have been caught selling coconuts at exorbitant rates, a local media report said Monday.

LP gas prices increased

The price of a domestic Litro gas cylinder (12.5kg) would be increased by Rs.110 with effect from midnight today, the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) said.

Call to lift ban on movement of Rohingyas to Sri Lanka

A day after Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe categorically stated that his government will not admit Rohingya refugees into the country, a pro-peace think tank, the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka appealed to the Sri Lankan government to lift the ban on the entry of Rohingya refugees

Sri Lanka says Chinese-funded port city project to attract $1 billion investment in next stage

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the country will attract $1 billion of investment after completion of the first site of a China-funded massive port city project, state media reported Sunday.

Police force to be modernised: PM

The Government will introduce new reforms to the Sri Lanka Police to make it more efficient and productive, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.