Month: January 2019

Ajith Mannapperuma appointed State Minister

Deputy Minister Ajith Mannapperuma has been sworn in as the State Minster of Mahaweli Development and Environment.

Sigiriya to become a polythene free zone

The government has decided to declare world heritage site Sigiriya as polythene free and waste free zone from tomorrow (Feb 1).

‘Grave implications if Gnanasara is released’

The Lawyers for Democracy organisation has expressed serious concern pertaining to reports of a possible grant of Presidential pardon to arrested and convicted Thera Galagoda Atthe Gnanasara.

Death for drug traffickers soon – President

President Maithripala Sirisena said he will ensure the death sentences passed on drug offences are carried out soon.

No agreement to establish US military camp in Sri Lanka – Ruwan Wijewardene

There has been no agreement with the United States of America to establish a US military camp within Sri Lanka, says Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene.

National team has become a laughing stock – Thisara

All-rounder Thisara Perera has urged Sri Lanka Cricket to intervene in matters concerning the national players after describing the team as “a laughing stock to the whole country” because of the exchanges unfolding on social media.

President seeks Cabinet approval for PC polls before May 31

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday submitted a Cabinet memorandum seeking approval to conduct elections to the nine provincial councils on a single day before May 31 this year.

Minister tells plantation companies: ‘Hand over estates to govt., if you can’t pay Rs. 1,000’

Plantation Companies should hand over their estates to the government if they cannot pay a daily wage of Rs. 1,000 to plantation workers, Public Enterprise, Kandyan Heritage and Kandy City Development Minister Lakshman Kiriella said.

UL lost USD 14.04 million, flying via Mattala

SriLankan lost USD 14.04 million between 2013 and 2015 as it was compelled to fly to and handle flights at the Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport, the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on irregularities at SriLankan Airlines, SriLankan Catering and Mihin Lanka was informed, yesterday.

Circular on schools collecting funds cancelled

Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has issued directives to the Secretary to the Ministry to cancel the circular on the collection of funds for various projects in schools.

Sri Lanka 89th in Corruption Perceptions Index

Sri Lanka has retained the 89th position in the latest Global Corruption Perceptions Index released by Transparency International.

Non-declaration of assets: Johnston Fernando acquitted from all charges

Former Minister Johnston Fernando was acquitted from all charges with regard to a case filed against him over non-declaration of his assets and liabilities for the year 2010 by Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne.

“If the tax was reduced, the price would drop by Rs.50 per kilo” – Milk powder Importers’ Union

Milk powder Importers’ Union says that if the government revises the 170-rupee tariff it levies on imported milk powder, it would be possible to decrease the price of milk powder by Rs. 50 per kilogramme.

Ready to provide leadership for the war to save the nation from drug smugglers – President

President Maithripala Sirisena says to save the nation from brutal drug smugglers a war must be conducted in a similar manner as the war against the ruthless terrorism that lasted 30 years.

Sri Lanka’s central bank chief sees investor sentiment stabilising

Investor confidence in Sri Lanka is stabilising after the country repaid a $1 billion sovereign bond in mid-January, Central Bank of Sri Lanka Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy told Reuters on Monday.

I will resign if PC polls are not held before Presidential poll – Deshapriya

Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya says he will resign from his post, if the Provincial Council Election is not held before the 10th of November 2019.