Month: April 2018

UNP appoints new office bearers

The UNP politburo today nominated Akila Viraj Kariyawasam for the post of General Secretary, He was formerly the Deputy General Secretary.

Sri Lankan woman among the 10 dead in Toronto van attack

It has come to light that a Sri Lankan woman was among the 10 people killed in Toronto, Canada, when a man plowed a rental van into pedestrians on a crowded Toronto sidewalk.

No one has backbone to probe Gota’s abductions: Mervyn

The man behind the white van culture was former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the FCID had no backbone to investigate into the person who gave orders to the white van abductions, Former Minister Mervyn Silva said.

Special program to monitor excise offenses during Vesak

The Department of Excise has decided to conduct a special monitoring program to prevent excise offenses and irregularities in excise-licensed establishments, during the Vesak season.The program will take place from 27th April to 3rd May, reported the Excise Department.

Ranjan Ramanayake rues missed opportunities for batsman Ranil Wickremesinghe

Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment Ranjan Ramanayake has always been an outspoken character during his career in acting as well as his time in politics. Yesterday (April 23rd) he convened a media briefing to speak about Cricket and also spoke about the actions of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in cricketing terms.

Sri Lanka hopes to accelerate Chinese projects, says PM

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said his government will work with China to accelerate ongoing projects and attract more Chinese investment in order to promote economic and social development in the island country.

Namal teaches rugby in Kashmir, bets on sports to ‘change discourse’

Sri Lankan Member of Parliament Namal Rajapaksa, who is on his maiden visit to Kashmir for a seven-day rugby training workshop, on Monday said that sports has the potential to change the “perception and discourse about Kashmir” — just as cricket changed the discourse in his country.

Driver kills 10, injures 15 plowing van into Toronto sidewalk crowd

A driver deliberately plowed his white Ryder rental van into a lunch-hour crowd in Toronto on Monday, killing 10 people and injuring 15 along a roughly mile-long (1.6-km) stretch of sidewalk thronged with pedestrians, police said.

Celebrating Vesak in April, a joke – prelate

All other Buddhist nations, the world over, are making grand preperations to celebrate Vesak Poya Day, on May 29, and it is absurd for Sri Lanka to celebrate Vesak on April 29, Malwatte Anunayake Ven. Niyangoda Sri Vijithasiri Thera says.

CBK takes JO to task

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been conspiring to break up the government and cause division between the President and Prime Minister for the last three years, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said.

‘Potta Naufer’ bags awards for Avurudu games

Underworld drug kingpin ‘Potta Naufer’ serving a term for life for the assassination of High Court Judge Sarath Ambepitiya had won several awards for his skills in games at an Avurudu festival held at the Badulla Prison yesterday.

US rights report notes Sri Lanka’s slowness in transitional justice

US State Department mentioned arbitrary or unlawful killings by government or its agents in 2017. Torture remained endemic throughout Sri Lanka in 2017, the US has said, highlighting limited progress made by the government in establishing additional transitional justice mechanisms.

Rs.30 million to setup Police posts at 20 resorts

The government has allocated Rs.30 million to establish Police posts at 20 identified tourist hotspots to provide better security for tourists visiting the country.

It is wrong to impose laws on temples – Mahinda

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that the government is going to bring a draft bill on establishing new religious places and maintenance.

North Korea ‘halts missile and nuclear tests’, says Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said he will suspend all missile tests and shut down a nuclear test site with immediate effect.

Kohli among 100 most influential people

Indian captain Virat Kohli has been named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2018 following a stellar season last year in which he had amassed 2818 runs across all formats and slammed 11 centuries.