Category: Local News

Chamara Sampath Dasanayake

Uva Chief Minister surrenders to police

Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake surrendered to the Badulla Police this morning in connection with a incident in which he was accused of forcing a lady Principal kneel in front of him.

Free trade agreement between Singapore and Sri Lanka

Singapore firms bullish about Sri Lanka amid news of FTA

Singapore businesses said they are bullish about the Sri Lanka market, and expect to benefit considerably from a free trade agreement (FTA) that both countries will sign today.

Sri Lanka Rupee vs US Dollar

Sri Lanka rupee slips on importer dollar demand

The Sri Lankan rupee closed slightly weaker on Monday as dollar demand from importers and banks surpassed mild selling of the U.S. currency by exporters, dealers said.

Mahinda Rajapaksa - Former President of Sri Lanka

All Opposition parties, sans JO, now in ‘Yahapalana’ Govt., says MR

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday claimed that while there was a yahapalana government in power there was a yahapalana opposition as well.

Maithripala Sirisena in a trouble

President orders immediate probe

President Maithripala Sirisena has directed IGP Pujith Jayasundera to conduct an immediate investigation into complaints of alleged harassment caused by Uva Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake to a female school principal in Badulla recently.

Police shooting in Kataragama Sri Lanka

Kataragama shooting incident :58 protesters arrested

58 persons including 13 women have been arrested as police fired tear gas to disperse violent protesters in Kataragama.

Udayanga Weeratunga

Udayanga says he acquired assets legitimately with funds earned overseas

Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga, says the Yahapalanaya government is trying to foist allegations of “acquiring properties illegally” against him as a ploy to eclipse the truth at a time an election is around the corner.

Alcohol shop in Sri Lanka

Gone like a shot: Why did Sri Lanka reinstate alcohol ban for women?

Even in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, women will finally get the right to drive cars this year. Compare that to Sri Lanka, where women recently won the right to buy a drink at a bar – or rather had won it, until it was revoked just days later.

Iran oil

Sri Lanka to settle $42 million oil dues to Iran by February

Sri Lanka is going to pay $42 million of its oil dues to Iran this February, Sri Lankan Daily Mirror reported citing the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Ranil Wickremasinghe

Maximum period for court cases will be limited to three years – PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that the current legal system within Sri Lanka is undergoing radical change to enable the justice system to become more efficient and prevent the delay of justice.

Seat belt

Importing vehicles without seat belts, airbags banned from July

The government’s decision to ban the import of vehicles which are not equipped with air bags and seat belts and below the emission levels or its equivalent as prescribed by Euro IV, has been postponed to July 1, the Finance Ministry said today.

Austin Fernando

National action plan for elimination of bribery and corruption

An intellectual gathering to discuss setting up of an action plan for elimination of bribery and corruption, chaired by Secretary to the President, Austin Fernando was held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (January 18).

Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon

CaFFE writes to Speaker asking for missing parts of bond commission report

Annexure three of the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Treasury Bonds has neither been given to the MPs nor released to the public via the Presidential secretariat website

Ceylon Electricity Board

CEB workers calls off strike

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) workers called off the strike which was launched yesterday against assaulting some CEB workers

Ranil Wickremasinghe

Lanka will enjoy economic progress in the near future – PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that the government has adopted a strong and adaptable fiscal policy to ensure that the country enjoys a vast level of economic progress in the near future.

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena

President orders AG and other officials Act Now on Bond Commission Report Prime Minister’s ‘Value Judgment’ questioned

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday directed the Attorney General, Jayantha Jayasuriya, the Governor of the Central Bank, Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy and DG Bribery Commission Sarath Jayamanne and other officials to immediately act on the recommendations of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the alleged Bonds scam.