Month: October 2018

Government to train 5,000 odd cyber security experts

In an effort to improve cyber security, the Telecommunications, Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment Ministry will bring all Government organisations under the Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (SLCERT), train 5,000 cyber security experts and work to become a cyber security hub in the region.



Two more elephants die and one injured in collision with trains

Two elephants have been killed and another elephant was critically injured in two train accidents



Ranil and Modi discuss India-assisted development projects

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe held talks Saturday covering the entire gamut of bilateral relations and discussed ways to deepen the “historically close” relations between the two countries.



PM Wickremesinghe meets Modi in New Delhi

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today held talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi.



FUTA takes Wijeyadasa to task

The Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) yesterday (19), criticized Minister of Higher Education, President’s Counsel Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe for allegedly insulting University lecturers and the State University system by publishing a list containing the names of signatories who have taken loans to study abroad.



Dissolving director boards – Only subject minister can do so: Kiriella

In the wake of President Maithripala Sirisena dissolving the director boards of the two State banks, Public Enterprise Development Minister Lakshman Kiriella said it was the subject minister who had the authority to do so.



SRI LANKAN RUPEE DROPS TO NEW LOW

Sri Lankan Rupee has depreciated further against the US Dollar, informed the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL).



DIG Nalaka De Silva informed to arrive at CID again today

Former Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) DIG Kaushal Nalaka de Silva arrived at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) a short while ago for the second day to give a statement on VIP assassination allegations.



Sri Lanka reverses $300-million China housing deal

Sri Lanka has reversed a decision to award a $300-million housing deal to China in favour of a joint venture with an Indian company, the government said, ahead of a visit by the prime minister to its South Asian neighbour.



SLFP alleges some cabinet ministers plotted against President

Ports and Shipping Minister and SLFP spokesman Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday alleged a deliberate attempt by a member or some members of the Cabinet to cause unprecedented rift between President Maithripala Sirisena and India.



Terror charges against Sri Lankan student Kamer Nizamdeen dropped

Australian Police are dropping terrorism charges against a NSW University student who was accused of plotting to assassinate Australian politicians, with the lawyer for the Sri Lankan national threatening legal action against the police.



Fuel pricing formula revealed

Sri Lanka’s much-talked about Fuel Pricing Formula was revealed in detail to the media by Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera, at a press conference in Colombo today (18).



“SLPP has split into several factions” – S.M. Marikkar

UNP Parliamentarian S.M. Marikkar claims the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna has split into several factions.



BOI comprised of highly respected professionals: Malik

Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama today said the Board of Directors of the Board of Investment (BOI) comprised of highly respected professionals, who functioned with utmost responsibility and Integrity.



SLFP Mawanella organizer arrested by STF

Mawanella SLFP Organizer Imitiaz Cader had been arrested by the STF this morning with three weapons including a MP5K weapon used only for VIP protection in Sri Lanka, a T-56 rifle, a repeater and rounds of ammunition, STF sources said.



Board of Directors of People’s, BOC and BOI dissolved

The Boards of Directors of the People’s Bank, Bank of Ceylon (BOC) and Board of Investment (BoI) have been dissolved by President Maithripala Sirisena with effect from last night.