Category: Local News

No one has backbone to probe Gota’s abductions: Mervyn

The man behind the white van culture was former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the FCID had no backbone to investigate into the person who gave orders to the white van abductions, Former Minister Mervyn Silva said.



Special program to monitor excise offenses during Vesak

The Department of Excise has decided to conduct a special monitoring program to prevent excise offenses and irregularities in excise-licensed establishments, during the Vesak season.The program will take place from 27th April to 3rd May, reported the Excise Department.



Ranjan Ramanayake rues missed opportunities for batsman Ranil Wickremesinghe

Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment Ranjan Ramanayake has always been an outspoken character during his career in acting as well as his time in politics. Yesterday (April 23rd) he convened a media briefing to speak about Cricket and also spoke about the actions of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in cricketing terms.



Sri Lanka hopes to accelerate Chinese projects, says PM

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said his government will work with China to accelerate ongoing projects and attract more Chinese investment in order to promote economic and social development in the island country.



Celebrating Vesak in April, a joke – prelate

All other Buddhist nations, the world over, are making grand preperations to celebrate Vesak Poya Day, on May 29, and it is absurd for Sri Lanka to celebrate Vesak on April 29, Malwatte Anunayake Ven. Niyangoda Sri Vijithasiri Thera says.



CBK takes JO to task

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been conspiring to break up the government and cause division between the President and Prime Minister for the last three years, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said.



‘Potta Naufer’ bags awards for Avurudu games

Underworld drug kingpin ‘Potta Naufer’ serving a term for life for the assassination of High Court Judge Sarath Ambepitiya had won several awards for his skills in games at an Avurudu festival held at the Badulla Prison yesterday.



US rights report notes Sri Lanka’s slowness in transitional justice

US State Department mentioned arbitrary or unlawful killings by government or its agents in 2017. Torture remained endemic throughout Sri Lanka in 2017, the US has said, highlighting limited progress made by the government in establishing additional transitional justice mechanisms.



Rs.30 million to setup Police posts at 20 resorts

The government has allocated Rs.30 million to establish Police posts at 20 identified tourist hotspots to provide better security for tourists visiting the country.



It is wrong to impose laws on temples – Mahinda

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that the government is going to bring a draft bill on establishing new religious places and maintenance.



Interpol “red notice” for Sri Lanka’s ex-c.bank chief over bond sale

Interpol has issued a red notice, a request to locate and provisionally arrest, Sri Lanka’s former central bank governor Arjuna Mahendran who is wanted in connection with an investigation into a bond sale.



Time ripe for growth in Iran-Sri Lanka ties: Larijani

The Iranian Parliament Speaker, Ali Larijani, says that Iran and Sri Lanka should increase their trade interactions and develop political and trade ties.



Mirissa hoteliers told to obtain SLTDA registration

Project Management, Youth Affairs and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka instructed all owners and hotel operators in Mirissa to strictly adhere to the registration processes of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA).



Two underworld gang members arrested in Thotalanga

Two persons suspected to be from a gang involved in a series of crimes have been arrested by STF personnel at Thotalanga, the Police spokesman said.



Taxi meters compulsory from today

Meters with the capability of issuing a printed bill will be compulsory from today, the National Council for Road Safety (NCRF) said.



Five dead in ‘ammonia tank’ accident at Horana rubber factory

Five people were killed and several others hospitalized after being exposed to Ammonia gas in Bellapitiya, Horana a short while ago, the Police said.