Month: March 2018


The Colombo Fort Magistrate yesterday issued an open warrant written in English through the Interpol for the arrest of former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga, a first cousin of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

CRICKET: Bangladesh’s dressing room door damaged in Colombo

Aggressive bodily contact, shoving, agitated yelling, pointed fingers and a shattered dressing room door, all marred the finish and the immediate aftermath of the Nidahas Trophy match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Take advantage of our strategic location minister told at japanese investor forum

Japanese businesses must take advantage of Sri Lanka’s strategic location, preferential market access into key economies, and be an early mover in the country’s new growth drive, remarked Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama at an investor forum in Tokyo.

Sri Lankan PM calls for greater trade, economic co-operation with China

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday called for greater economic and trade cooperation with China and hoped China’s assistance and aid would benefit more ordinary people in the island country.

Facebook blockage lifted with immediate effect

President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) to lift the blockage imposed on Facebook with immediate effect, a short while ago.

Facebook expresses concern over Sri Lanka ban

Facebook said Wednesday it was responding to Sri Lanka’s concerns over incendiary material shared on its platform and hoped internet restrictions imposed during anti-Muslim riots last week would be lifted soon.

President visits modern waste management centre in Tokyo

President Maithripala Sirisena, who is on a state visit to Japan, made an observation tour of modern waste management centre in Shinagawa in Tokyo, yesterday (14).

Japanese – Sri Lankan state leaders agree to strengthen bilateral ties

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated that he would work towards providing funds without loans anytime possible while giving assistance to the development progammes of Sri Lanka.

“I introduced internet to Sri Lanka” – PM

Prime Minster Ranil Wickramasinghe said he is responsible for introducing the internet to Sri Lanka for the very first time.

It was not a Sinhala-Muslim clash, it was a mob attack on Muslims: Sri Lanka Minister Rauff Hakeem

Xenophobic forces have mobilised themselves and seem to have identified a new enemy in post-war Sri Lanka, says the cabinet minister


Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Leader, Megalopolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday stressed the importance of controlling social media by implementing existing laws or enacting new laws.

Office on Missing Persons becomes operational

Sri Lanka has operationalised the Office on Missing Persons, an special office set up for determining the status of all persons who went “missing” during the war against the LTTE.

Sri Lanka President Sirisena meets Japanese Emperor Akihito

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena, who is on a state visit to Japan to further strengthening the long standing bilateral relations between the two countries, met with Emperor Akihito today (13).

Social media back by Friday, FB team here on Thursday: Harin

Social media platforms, including the Facebook, which were blocked last week, would be accessible by Friday morning, Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Minister Harin Fernando said today.

Sri Lankan maid shot dead in Saudi, killer commits suicide

JEDDAH – A Sri Lankan woman was killed by gunfire in Saudi Arabia Saturday morning. A Saudi man who was accused of opening fire on the woman later committed suicide by shooting himself.

Voices grow against social media ban

The State-imposed thorny ban on social media looks set to drag on till at least Thursday (15 March), after a high-level meeting yesterday failed to agree on a timeline for restrictions, despite numerous pleas from the private sector, rights activists and top diplomats.