Month: August 2018

Gnanasara Thero denied leave to appeal sentence

The Court of Appeal today rejected Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero’s application for leave to appeal his sentence.



Sri Lankan man arrested and charged with terror offences in Sydney

A Sri Lankan man employed by a Sydney university has been charged over a document that police allege contained plans for terrorism attacks.



Japan Is Trying To Catch Up With China In Sri Lanka

Japan is getting more serious about preventing China’s dominance of the Indian Ocean. Last week, Tokyo donated two coast guard patrol craft to Sri Lanka, according to ChannelNewsAsia. The craft cost over US$11 million to make.



India ready to assist Sri Lanka in any way: PM Narendra Modi

Kathmandu: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that he had “extensive deliberations” on various aspects of India-Sri Lanka ties during a meeting with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena here, and expressed willingness to assist the country in any way that it desires.



Gnanasara thera’s appeal hearing today

The Court of Appeal will today consider a request for filing an appeal challenging the six-year sentence pronounced on General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena Organisation venerable Galagodaththe Gnanasara thera.



Investigation into ex-PC member using Facebook while in prison

The Colombo High Court has called for a report of the complete investigation into the incident of former member of Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council Hasitha Muhandiram a.k.a ‘Sarpaya’ using his Facebook account, while serving a prison sentence over triple-murder charges.



Government to reduce loan burden by 2020 – PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that measures are being taken to reduce the loan burden to 70 per cent of the total state revenue by 2020.



Sri Lanka arrests two Indians on suspicion of match-fixing

Sri Lankan cricket’s anti-corruption unit detained two Indian spectators on suspicion of match-fixing during a domestic Twenty20 league game, officials said yesterday.



People want MR as leader – GOTA

It is not a matter of whether Mahinda Rajapaksa can contest for the Presidency once again or not, as long as whoever becomes the President at the next election forms a government with him (Mahinda) as the Prime Minister, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said.



Top Sri Lanka military officer to be arrested for abduction, murder during Tamil civil war

A court Wednesday ordered the arrest of Sri Lanka’s top military officer in connection with the abduction and murder of 11 people during the island’s civil war.



Four disabled war heroes promoted as Major Generals

Five Brigadiers of the Sri Lanka Army had been promoted to the rank of Major General while 25 Lieutenant Colonels had been promoted to the rank of Colonel by President Maithripala Sirisena.



President leaves for Nepal to attend 4th BIMSTEC Summit

President Maithripala Sirisena left Colombo this morning (Aug 29) to attend the 4th Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), which will be held from tomorrow until 31 August in Kathmandu.



‘Sri Lanka keen on signing as many FTAs in the region as possible’

The government is keen to sign Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with other countries in order to position Sri Lanka as the largest trading market in the region, State Minister of Finance and Mass Media Eran Wickramaratne said.



Sri Lanka Warns Players of Match-Fixing Approaches

Sri Lanka cricket chiefs on Tuesday, 29 August raised a new match-fixing alert after “suspicious individuals” were kicked out of a Twenty20 game.



There is no differentiation in the development of the country – President

President Maithripala Sirisena says there is no differentiation or discrimination in the development of the country and the responsibility of delivering development benefits for the people living in the Northern and Eastern provinces will be fulfilled.



Stalin, Karunanidhi’s son and political heir, elected DMK chief unopposed

MK Stalin has been elected as DMK president, a post which has been lying vacant since the demise of M Karunanidhi, at the party’s General Council meeting today. The 65-year-old leader had filed his nomination papers at Anna Arivalayam, the party headquarters, in Chennai on Sunday.