Day: February 13, 2019

Pentagon seeks sustained engagement with Sri Lanka

A top US commander has advocated sustained American engagement with Sri Lanka despite the political and ethnic turmoil in the island nation posing a challenge to bilateral ties, amid increasing Chinese influence in the strategically important Indo-Pacific region.



Two arrested when transporting over 5kg of cannabis

Two suspects were arrested by the Nochchiyagama Police while transporting 5kg of Ganja from Halmillakulama, Nochchiyagama.



Allowance for estate workers through the budget

The Deputy leader of the Tamil progressive alliance non state minister V. Radakrishnan says that an agreement in principle, was arrived at, on assuring an allowance from the government for estate workers through the upcoming budget.



MP Chaminda Wijesiri surrenders to court

UNP Parliamentarian Chaminda Wijesiri, who has been accused of assaulting a Police Constable, arrived at the Bandarawela Magistrate’s Court, a short while ago.



Judiciary will not be made a political football – PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday stressed that the Judiciary will not be made a football for bankrupt politicians. The Prime Minister added that the Judiciary should not be turned into a political football.



Will develop public transport service instead of highways: Champika

If I hold the power to monitor capital expenditure, I would give priority to uplift the public transport like train and bus services instead of constructing highways, expressways and flyovers, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said.



Seven member committee to monitor state media

Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera has appointed a seven member committee headed by Wijayananda Jayaweera to monitor the working of state media institutions. This committee will monitor state media institutions and ensure that they are truly engaged in public service.



Sri Lanka hiring hangmen, inspired by Philippines’ war on drugs

Sri Lanka began advertising for hangmen this week, as the country’s president pushes ahead with a hardline policy, modeled on the Philippines, to combat drug trafficking.