Month: July 2018

Sri Lankan visa scam revealed, but no review of past applications

The New Zealand immigration office in Mumbai that handles Sri Lankan applications received a tip off at the start of the year.

Harin says jamming not practical

A discussion should be held with the Examinations Department and other relevant parties with reference to installing signal jammers at examination centres, Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment Minister Harin Fernando said yesterday.

Wary of China’s rise, Pompeo announces U.S. initiatives in emerging Asia

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced $113 million in new technology, energy and infrastructure initiatives in emerging Asia on Monday, at a time when China is pouring billions of dollars in investments into the region.

Representatives of Sri Lanka President Visit Karunanidhi

Representatives of Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena on Monday visited the Kauvery hospital to meet the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi.

The World’s Loneliest Airport Has India, Sri Lanka In a Tough Spot

Earlier this month, Sri Lankan civil aviation minister Nimal Siripala de Silva had told the Parliament that the government had asked the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to submit its business plan to operate the loss-making Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport.

Sri Lanka launches tourist friendly tuk tuk’s to boost arrivals

The Sri Lankan government on Monday issued certificates, approved by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), to over 750 tuk tuk drivers in the capital who have been trained as tour guides as well as drivers to local and foreign tourists.

Ingiriya OIC, Policemen suspended over assault

The Officer In-Charge of the Ingiriya Police, Inspector Ananda Piyadasa had been suspended with immediate effect over the alleged assault on two civilians by the three Police officers of the Ingiriya Police.

SLPP split over which Rajapaksa to support

Former Southern Provincial Councilor Ajith Prasanna published a post on his Facebook page today, (July 29) stating that he has withdrawn from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and will function as an independent politician.

Two arrested with Ebony wood at Buttala

Two suspects have been arrested at Buttala-Okkampitiya road while transporting a stock of Ceylon Ebony wood, commonly known as ‘Kaluwara’, in a lorry.

Better air connectivity will boost Eastern Province economy – PM

Better air connectivity was needed to boost tourism and the Eastern Province economy, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday, predicting that the East will soon get a new domestic air service.

Driver, security guard arrested over Rs. 10 million ATM cash

A driver and a security guard of a private company had been arrested over a robbery, in which more than Rs. 10 million cash was stolen when it was being transported in Bulathsinhala, the Police said.

Sampanthan reveals who is future President

Last Monday, 23 July 2018, Senior Colonel Xu Jianwei, Military, Naval & Air Attaché of Embassy of China in Sri Lanka, hosted a reception at the Shangri-la Hotel to celebrate the 91st founding anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Chinese envoy says Sri Lanka key component of Belt and Road Initiative

Sri Lanka is a key component of China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road with Hambantota Port and Colombo Port City as the two flagship projects of cooperation between China and Sri Lanka under the Belt and Road Initiative, Chinese Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan said.

‘Teaching official languages will help resolve national issue’ – Mano Ganesan

The national issue could be resolved 50 per cent by teaching Sinhala and Tamil to students, National Integration, Reconciliation and Official Languages Minister Mano Ganesan yesterday said.

Gota in powwow with Tamil media, underpins his vision on accelerated development

Wartime Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on Thursday (July 26) told Colombo-based senior Tamil print and electronic journalists that countrywide economic empowerment was the key to post-war stability.

Mattala deal will embroil Sri Lanka in India-China ‘regional power games’ – MR

Sri Lanka’s proposed deal with India over the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport will “unnecessarily” embroil the island national in India-China “regional power games”, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.