Category: Local News

Drug kingpin D. Manju shot dead

Drug kingpin Dadallage Manju alias D. Manju was killed during a shoot out with the Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel in Wattala a short while ago, the Police said.



INTERPOL has issued red warrant on Udayanga: Police

INTERPOL had issued a ‘Red Warrant’ on former Sri Lankan Envoy to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga, naming him as a fugitive wanted by the Sri Lankan authorities, Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara announced.



National Economic Council tackles food prices, fertiliser and infrastructure issues

The National Economic Council (NEC), which met under the chairmanship of President Maithripala Sirisena this week, deliberated over multiple issues concerning the cost of living, fertilisers and infrastructure development and agreed to swiftly resolve these problems.



Sri Lanka to launch global marketing campaign for tourism promotion

Sri Lanka will launch a global marketing campaign starting from next month to attract more and more tourists to the country, an official here said on Thursday.



Sri Lanka ranked 91 in Corruption Perceptions Index

Sri Lanka has failed to show significant improvement in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2017, released by Transparency International (TI), the global movement against corruption, the Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) said.



SAITM students to be transferred to KDU

The government has decided to transfer students of South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) to the medical faculty of Sir John Kotelawala Defense University (KDU) after determination their basic qualifications, Presidential Media Unit said yesterday (21st Feb.).



Sri Lankan rupee ends firmer on bank dollar sales

The Sri Lankan rupee ended slightly firmer on Wednesday as exporter dollar sales outweighed importer demand for the greenback on hopes that political stability would resume after coalition partners agreed to continue with a cabinet reshuffle.



Police suspect grenade in passenger’s bag exploded

Initial police investigations into yesterday’s blast in a private bus proceeding from Jaffna to Diyatalawa have revealed that a grenade carried by one of the passengers exploded.



Cabinet reshuffle set to take place tomorrow – Amunugama

A Cabinet reshuffle is set to take place tomorrow (22) said Minister of Special Assignments Sarath Amunugama.



National Government is still valid – PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking in Parliament today (21), assured that the National Government is still valid and that the agreement between the UNP and the UPFA has not been rescinded.



19 injured following fire in Diyatalawa bus

At least 19 persons have been hospitalised with injuries after a passenger transport bus caught fire in the early hours this morning at Kahagolla in Diyatalawa, the Police Spokesman said.



SLRC’s ‘Reconciliation Channel’ launched

The ‘Reconciliation Channel,’a new Tamil language channel under the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) was launched yesterday, presided over by President Maithripala Sirisena.



Tamil asylum seeker to be deported after UN committee withdraws torture concerns

A Tamil asylum seeker appears set for deportation to Sri Lanka after the UN committee against torture withdrew a request to Australia to halt his removal while it investigated the risk of him being tortured upon return.



President continues to keep PM without removing him: MR

Former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa today said it was none other than President Maithripala Sirisena who keeps Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his post without ousting him.



Gas cylinder prices to be increased?

Sri Lanka gas companies say that they expect to hold discussions with relevant authorities today (20) with regard to increasing the prices of LG gas cylinders.



Sri Lankan president’s party decides to stay in unity government

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday ended days of political uncertainty in the country, saying it would continue to be a part of the unity government to push for “major changes” within the government.