Month: March 2019

Dimuth Karunarathne arrested and released on bail

Sri Lankan Test Cricket Captain Dimuth Karunaratne has been released on police bail after being arrested over a case of drunk driving resulting in an accident.

Emergency power purchases from private sector

The Government is set to rush into emergency power purchases from the private sector to overcome the current power crisis, despite previous claims that it would not resort to such action.

Dialog Axiata powers pilot mobile 5G service

For the first time in South Asia, Dialog Axiata PLC has successfully demonstrated a fully standards-based 5G mobile service, integrating 5G network infrastructure with a mobile 5G device.

UN torture prevention body to visit Sri Lanka

The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture is set to carry out its first visit to Sri Lanka from 2 to 12 April to examine the treatment of people deprived of their liberty and the safeguards in place for their protection against torture and ill-treatment.

Now Ravi promises solution before Vesak

Minister of Power, Energy and Business Development Ravi Karunanayake yesterday promised to provide a permanent solution to the country’s crippling power crisis before the next Vesak Full Moon Poya Day in May.

Australia says Sri Lankan allegations should be investigated

An Australian envoy said Friday that its armed forces have no qualms about working with Sri Lankan security forces accused of grave human rights violations during the country’s civil war, but added that the allegations must be taken seriously and investigated.

Veteran singer Angelin Gunathilake passes away

Veteran Singer Angelin Gunathilake passed away a short while ago at the age 0f 79.

China Merchants Port posts HK$ 7.2 billion, benefits from Sri Lanka terminals

China Merchants Port Holdings (0144) reported today net profit for the year ended December 31, 2018, grew by 20.2 percent year-on-year to HK$7.24 billion. The port operators said the group benefited from overseas operations, including in Sri Lanka, while Hong Kong throughput declined by more than 5 percent in 2018.

In Chennai to meet boyfriend, Sri Lankan woman ends life

CHENNAI: A 21-year-old Sri Lankan Tamil who came to the city to meet a man she befriended on social media was found dead at a lodge in Singaperumal Koil near Urapakkam on Wednesday.

Deal for new Sri Lanka oil refinery will take at least a year to finalize

An agreement to build a proposed $3.85 billion oil refinery in Sri Lanka will take at least a year to be finalized as its main investor, India’s Accord Group, says it is yet to recruit partners and conduct an assessment of the plan’s viability.

Aravinda tells Government to ‘walk the talk’

A former cricketer-turned-businessman called on the Government to ‘walk the talk’ and achieve its ambitious goals, while being mindful of certain actions that could hurt the Sri Lankan private sector.

G.C.E. O/L Best Results

Nilakna Disiwari from Visaka Vidyalaya gained the best results of the G.C.E. Ordinary Level for year 2018.

Two Ministry Expenditure Heads defeated : Will be re-submitted – Minister Kiriella

All Expenditure Heads of Megapolis and Western Development Ministry and some Expenditure Heads of Internal and Home Affairs and Provincial Councils and Local Government Ministry were defeated in an unexpected move during the committee stage of the ‘Budget 2019’ yesterday.

State offices urged to use electricity sparingly

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has urged administrative service officers to use electricity sparingly in state offices until the prevalent power crisis is addressed.

No room for violation of Constitution and country’s independence

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday stressed that he would not implement any decisions that would violate the country’s Constitution and independence at the whims and fancies of the international community or any other persons.

Hambantota refinery project a potential money laundering risk – TISL

Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) says the controversy surrounding the proposed USD 3.85 billion oil refinery in Mirijjawila, Hambantota, could have a negative impact on Sri Lanka’s efforts to remove itself from the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) ‘Grey List’ of countries vulnerable to money laundering and terrorism financing.