Category: Local News

AirAsia and FitsAir among bidders for SriLankan Airlines

Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia is among six bidders for Sri Lanka’s state-run carrier SriLankan Airlines as the island nation looks to reduce losses incurred by government-owned enterprises under a US$2.9 billion (RM13.8 billion) International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme.



Fox Hill SuperCross racers involved in fatal crash remanded after arrest

The two drivers involved in Sunday’s tragic accident at the Fox Hill SuperCross races in Diyatalawa, who were arrested while undergoing treatment in hospital, have been remanded until April 30 by the Bandarawela Magistrate’s Court.



Astrologer Chandrasiri Bandara passess away

Astrologer Chandrasiri Bandara passed away this morning (April 22) while undergoing treatment in a private hospital, as confirmed by family members.



Sri Lanka President initiates monthly rice distribution for low-income families

Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe declared the government’s commitment to ensuring inclusivity in strengthening the country’s economy, prioritizing both economic growth and citizen welfare.



Seven killed, 21 injured in accident during ‘Fox Hill Super Cross’ in Diyatalawa

Seven people died in an accident during the ‘Fox Hill SuperCross 2024’ racing event held in Diyatalawa today (April 21).



Sri Lanka marks five years since Easter Sunday Attacks, calls for justice persist

Five years have passed since the horrific Easter Sunday attacks that shattered Sri Lanka’s peace, claiming 269 lives in bombings targeting churches and hotels.



WFP begins fortified Rice distribution for school meals across Sri Lanka

The distribution of fortified rice, provided by the World Food Program (WFP) on behalf of a program initiated under the instructions of President Ranil Wickremesinghe to provide nutritious meals for school students, commenced on Friday (April 19), at the Veyangoda warehouse complex.



General Amnesty announced for Tri-Forces AWOL personnel, excludes Commissioned Officers

The Ministry of Defence of Sri Lanka has announced a General Amnesty period from April 20, 2024, to May 20, 2024, specifically targeting members of the Tri-Forces who have been marked as Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL).



Sri Lanka and United States discuss Economic Support and Reforms

Sri Lanka’s Finance State Minister Shehan Semasinghe recently engaged in bilateral talks with Robert Kaproth, the U.S. Treasury’s Deputy Assistant Secretary.



President says he will build a Sri Lanka that the youth aspire to

Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed his firm conviction in his ability to shape Sri Lanka into the country that the nation’s youth envision.



NPP presents 7-point pledge on Easter Sunday Attack to Cardinal Ranjith

The National People’s Power (NPP) today (April 18) presented a statement with seven-point pledges to Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, promising justice for the victims of the Easter Sunday attacks.



Dialog Axiata to acquire Bharti Airtel’s telecom operations in Sri Lanka

Reuters reports that Dialog Axiata, a leading Sri Lanka telecom operator, has finalized an agreement to acquire Bharti Airtel’s operations in Sri Lanka.



IMF ready to support Sri Lanka’s discussions with bondholders

According to Reuters, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has expressed readiness to facilitate Sri Lanka’s ongoing negotiations with international bondholders.



Sri Lankan among NASA’s new crew for next simulated Mars journey

Sri Lankan postdoctoral research scientist Piyumi Wijesekara is among the new crew of four volunteers selected by NASA to participate in a simulated mission to Mars within a habitat at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.



Court extends enjoining order blocking Sirisena from SLFP chairmanship until May 9

The Colombo District Court today (April 18) extended an enjoining order that prevents former President Maithripala Sirisena from serving as the chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) until May 09.



Proposed Electricity sector reforms gazetted, to be tabled in Parliament

The proposed electricity sector reforms have been published in the government gazette on Wednesday (April 17), as the ‘Sri Lanka Electricity Bill’.