Month: January 2018

Rs. 202 Million PET scanner arrives

The PET Scanner to be installed at the Maharagama Apeksha Hospital has arrived in Sri Lanka.



JVP, JO want President’s Secy questioned over thousands of pages missing from bond report

The JVP and Joint opposition MPs demanded from Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday to summon Secretary to the President to parliament and question him for misleading parliament by providing it with an incomplete copy of the report of the bond commission.



World Cup arrives in Sri Lanka to kick off global tour

The World Cup trophy has arrived in Sri Lanka for the first time as the most coveted prize in global soccer started a 54-country tour ahead of the 2018 tournament in Russia.



Wigneswaran turns down Bathiudeen’s request

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran has turned down the request made by Minister Rishad Bathiudeen asking for 1000 acres of land for the rehabilitation of Muslims in Mullaitivu district.



Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrives in Sri Lanka

Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrived in Sri Lanka a short while ago, with a delegation of 50 members, on a two-day official visit.



Light railway to take off this year

Physical work of the proposed light railway project from Kaduwela to Colombo Fort would commence this year said Minister of Megalopolis and Western Development Champika Ranwaka.



Singapore PM ‘very glad’ negotiations for FTA with Sri Lanka went smoothly

While Sri Lanka is in the process of negotiating free trade agreements (FTA) with several partners, Singapore is the first to complete one with them, and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is “very glad” that negotiations went smoothly.



Speaker says nothing missing from Bond Commission report

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced yesterday that he had been informed by the Secretary to the President that Parliament had been given copies of the complete report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, which had investigated the bond scams.



Uva Chief Minister surrenders to police

Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake surrendered to the Badulla Police this morning in connection with a incident in which he was accused of forcing a lady Principal kneel in front of him.



Singapore firms bullish about Sri Lanka amid news of FTA

Singapore businesses said they are bullish about the Sri Lanka market, and expect to benefit considerably from a free trade agreement (FTA) that both countries will sign today.



Sri Lanka rupee slips on importer dollar demand

The Sri Lankan rupee closed slightly weaker on Monday as dollar demand from importers and banks surpassed mild selling of the U.S. currency by exporters, dealers said.



All Opposition parties, sans JO, now in ‘Yahapalana’ Govt., says MR

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday claimed that while there was a yahapalana government in power there was a yahapalana opposition as well.



President orders immediate probe

President Maithripala Sirisena has directed IGP Pujith Jayasundera to conduct an immediate investigation into complaints of alleged harassment caused by Uva Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake to a female school principal in Badulla recently.



Kataragama shooting incident :58 protesters arrested

58 persons including 13 women have been arrested as police fired tear gas to disperse violent protesters in Kataragama.



Udayanga says he acquired assets legitimately with funds earned overseas

Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga, says the Yahapalanaya government is trying to foist allegations of “acquiring properties illegally” against him as a ploy to eclipse the truth at a time an election is around the corner.



Gone like a shot: Why did Sri Lanka reinstate alcohol ban for women?

Even in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, women will finally get the right to drive cars this year. Compare that to Sri Lanka, where women recently won the right to buy a drink at a bar – or rather had won it, until it was revoked just days later.