Month: June 2018

Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka breaks silence on New York Times report

The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka today broke its silence over a New York Times report published recently which revealed that China had funded former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s election campaign in 2015.



TNA paying dearly for ‘failed experiment’ Wigneswaran – Sumanthiran

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran has expressed regret with regard to the behavior of the Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran, saying the latter was ‘a failed experiment’ of the party.



President Promotes 5 Brigadiers to Major General Rank & 34 Captains to Major Rank

President Maithripala Sirisena, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces has promoted five senior Brigadiers of the Army to the rank of temporary Major General and 34 Captains to the rank of temporary Major, states a communiqué issued by the Military Secretariat on Friday (29) evening.



Shortage of passports in Sri Lanka to end soon

Sri Lanka’s Department of Emigration and Immigration on Friday said the shortage of new passports, which has presently put thousands on the waiting list, will end within two months.



Hambantota Port deal beneficial to both parties – PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe while defending Chinese investment in the Hambantota Port yesterday said this project with 15 industries, will transform the Hambantota district.



Gas cylinder price reduced by Rs. 138

The price of a 12.5 kg domestic LP gas cylinder will be reduced by Rs 138 from midnight today (29), the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) said.



More and better jobs critical for Sri Lanka to reach upper-middle income status: WB

The World Bank says that despite natural disasters, Sri Lanka is reaping the benefits of improved revenue collection and managed expenditures and, has thus recorded a primary fiscal surplus for the first time in decades.



President inspects construction work of National Nephrology Hospital in Polonnaruwa

President Maithripala Sirisena made an inspection tour of the construction site of the National Nephrology Hospital in Polonnaruwa, which is a gift from China, yesterday (28).



5 dead in shooting at newspaper building in Maryland

Five people were killed Thursday in a shooting at a local newspaper building in Maryland, and several others were wounded, officials in Annapolis said. A law enforcement official tells CBS News the suspect has been identified as Jarrod Ramos, 38, of Laurel, Maryland.



Deputy Minister takes tipper driver’s side in Suriyawewa

An argument erupted between Wildlife Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma and Police Special Task Force officials at Suriyawewa after tipper drivers complained to the Deputy Minister that STF personnel in civvies are in the habit of confiscating their mobile phones.



Sri Lankan rupee eases on dollar demand from banks, importers

The Sri Lankan rupee closed marginally weaker on Thursday as dollar demand from importers and banks in late trade surpassed selling of the U.S. currency in early trade and inward remittances, dealers said.



Cabraal says New York Times article is ‘fake’ news

Former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Ajith Nivard Cabraal, has refuted the allegations made in a recent article published by The New York Times, referring to it as ‘fake’ news which has violated the truth and a gross misrepresentation of facts.



Suspect arrested with Heroin, Ice and Hashish at BIA

A 57-year-old Sri Lankan was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning while attempting to smuggle drugs including heroin, crystal methamphetamine (ice) and hashish worth Rs.4.7 million into the country, Police said.



Udayanga would return on my request: MR

Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga, who the government has named as a fugitive, would return to Sri Lanka in a month on my request, Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday.



Sri Lankan national arrested in India, two others escape

A Sri Lankan national, was arrested at Uchipuli Valangapuri coast near Rameswaram while two others escaped into a nearby forest, Tamil Nadu police said today.



Arjuna wants probe on bookies

World Cup winning Captain and Minister Arjuna Ranatunga yesterday said that he would soon formally request Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera to examine profits made by bookies on days the national cricket team lost international matches under controversial and arguable circumstances.