Month: September 2018

Train fares: Minimum not changed

Train ticket prices would be increased by 15% with effect from tomorrow without the change of its minimum fare of Rs. 10, the Railways Department said.



Sri Lanka brings in measures to try to ease pressure on rupee

Sri Lanka on Saturday imposed a raft of measures to restrict imports with immediate effect to try to take pressure off the rupee, which is hovering at a record low, the Finance Ministry said in a statement.



Issuing vehicle permits to MPs and state sector employees suspended

The Government announced several temporary measures to be implemented with effect from midnight today (29) to ease the pressure on the Sri Lankan rupee.



Sri Lanka’s reconciliation and human rights vastly improved – Commonwealth Secretary General

Commonwealth Secretary General, Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland praised Sri Lanka’s progress in strengthening democracy and reconciliation. Sri Lanka’s progress in many fields are appreciable, she said.



Indonesia tsunami: At least 48 dead after quakes hit Sulawesi

Rescuers scrambled Saturday searching for survivors and carrying bodies away from the debris after a series of earthquakes and a tsunami struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.



DIG Nalaka gives voice sample to Government Analyst

The former DIG in charge of the TID Nalaka de Silva reported to the Government Analyst’s Department yesterday to give a voice sample with regard to the ongoing investigations regarding a plot to assassinate prominent political figures.



LTTE Planned To Attack Colombo With Plane From Chennai: Sri Lankan President

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has said that the LTTE militant group had planned to attack Colombo with an aircraft flying from Chennai in 2009.



Online booking launched for long-distance private buses

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has launched an online booking facility for long distance private buses starting from Colombo with effect from October 1.



Sydney Sri Lankan terror accused granted bail

A Sri Lankan man in Australia on a student visa who was accused of terrorist plot is to be released on bail.



Concentrate on 2019 World Cup – Sanga

Former Test captain Kumar Sangakkara has urged the Sri Lankan team to rethink its strategies, moving forward after the team’s failed campaign in the six-nation Asia Cup tournament.



People shaped by Buddhist civilization don’t violate HR: Cardinal

Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith yesterday said that people who had been shaped by Buddhist civilization do not violate human rights and added a society which attempts to make human rights a religion, could safeguard human rights effectively through Buddhist teaching.



MEDIA FREEDOM HAS BEEN RESTORED – PM

It is evident media freedom has been restored. I am the most abused person in the media today. As the French saying goes, I will defend till my last drop of blood is shed, your right to abuse me, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday.



Top Washington institute to assist Sri Lanka to formulate food policy

President Maithripala Sirisena held an important discussion with a leading institute in Washington about health and food habits of Sri Lankan people and the possibility of formulating a policy to ensure healthy food intake to minimize malnutrition.



Two killed, two injured in Ragama train accident

Two dead and another two injured after being knocked down by a train at Ragama, according to the police.



Sri Lanka should have an export driven economy to overcome economic crisis: PM

Sri Lanka would not have been affected by the current global economic crisis if the country did not get into a debt trap like the one it has got into, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday.



Mangala slams disinformation campaign on alleged assassination plot

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has not made any statement to establish or corroborate the allegations of a plot to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said.