Month: February 2019

Five Parliamentarians declare assets

Five Members of Parliament across party lines today published their declarations of assets and liabilities in public.

Water cannons fired to disperse Isurupaya strike

Police fired water cannons to disperse a protest staged by Lanka Teachers Union in front of the Education Ministry in Battaramulla this morning.

Constable commits suicide inside police station

A 29-year-old Police Countable attached to the Maharagama Police Traffic Unit, has committed suicide by shooting himself this morning.

Southern provincial councilor Krishantha Pushpakumara arrested

Southern Provincial Councillor Krishantha Pushpakumara was arrested this morning after he surrendered to the Police through a lawyer.

Crucial talks on new Constitution today

A special discussion has been scheduled to take place between President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa along with other political leaders this afternoon at the Presidential secretariat.

27-year-old arrested while transporting heroin

A 27-year-old person has been arrested in Kuliyapitiya area while transporting 10 kg of heroin valued at Rs.120 million.

Ex-CB head calls for action against mastermind of bond scams

Former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal, yesterday, said that besides his successor Arjuna Mahendran several others had to be held responsible for the biggest ever financial crime – the bond scams.

India Demands “Immediate, Safe Return” Of Air Force Pilot Captured By Pakistan

Indian government today said it expects the “immediate and safe return” of an Indian Air Force pilot captured by Pakistan after an air combat between the two sides for the first time since 1971, which marked the worst escalation between the neighbours in decades.

SriLankan cancels Thursday’s flights to Karachi and Lahore

SriLankan Airlines has cancelled flights to the Pakistani cities of Karachi and Lahore scheduled for Thursday (February 28) following the temporary closure of Pakistani airspace by the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan.

Trump and North Korea’s Kim predict success in high-stakes nuclear summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump met in Vietnam on Wednesday for a second summit that the United States hopes will persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons in exchange for promises of peace and development.

Pakistan says it shot down Indian jets, carried out airstrikes in Kashmir

Pakistan carried out airstrikes and shot down two Indian jets on Wednesday, Pakistani officials said, a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistan for the first time since a war in 1971, prompting leading powers to urge both sides to show restraint.

Makandure Madush and arrested group in remand custody for another month

Reports have surfaced that underworld kingpin Makandure Madush and others who are in custody in Dubai will continue to remain in remand custody for another month.

Increased exports can improve jobs – World Bank

Increasing exports can lead to better jobs and higher wages in Sri Lanka, including more formal jobs for women. Labor market policies can help different groups of workers to acquire the right skills and to ensure that the gains of more exports are shared more broadly across society.

Sri Lanka asks IMF for 1 year loan extension

Sri Lanka has asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to extend a $1.5 billion loan by another year and relax its tight spending targets ahead of key elections, two government sources close to the negotiations told Reuters on Tuesday.

Saudi official vows to help fight drug abuse in Sri Lanka

A senior Saudi adviser to the Muslim World League (MWL) has pledged the organization’s help in fighting drug abuse in Sri Lanka.

Sanath Jayasuriya: Sri Lanka great banned from all cricket-related activities for two years

Sri Lanka great Sanath Jayasuriya has been banned from all cricket-related activities for two years, the ICC have announced.