Nothing will happen in country when President and PM are fighting – MR

Sri Lanka’s Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa says that no development activities will take place in the country when there is no agreement between the President and the Prime Minister.



Perera blasts Sri Lanka to victory in first South Africa test

Sri Lanka’s middle-order batsman Kusal Perera scored a brilliant unbeaten century to lead them to a famous one-wicket win over South Africa in a thrilling first test at Kingsmead on Saturday.



EU urges Sri Lanka to maintain moratorium on executions

The European Union (EU) has reiterated its opposition to the use of the death penalty in all circumstances and encouraged Sri Lanka to maintain its moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.



Reconciliation, the way forward now – PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said people now recognise that there is reconciliation in the country and said the nation must now forge ahead together.



Bishops disapprove of death penalty

The Catholic Bishop’s Conference in Sri Lanka has stated that they do not approve of the resumption of the death penalty.



Kanjipaani Imraan’s mistress shot at in Kotahena

The mistress of organized criminal Kanjipani Imran who has been arrested along with Makandure Madush in Dubai, had been shot at yesterday in Kotahena- Melwattha near the Maithree Bodhi Raja Mawatha.



IMF reps in Sri Lanka today to discuss 5th loan tranche

Representatives of the International Monetary fund will arrive in the island today to resume discussions, on the provision of the 5th tranche of the IMF’s loan to Sri Lanka, which was temporarily suspended owing to the 51 day political crisis.



Law must be enforced properly irrespective of status & positions – President

President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that the law must be properly enforced against the persons who are engaged in drug smuggling and environmental damage irrespective of their status and positions in the society.



US to direct $39 million to Sri Lanka’s maritime security

A top US official said yesterday that his country planned to direct US$ 39 million to Sri Lanka to support maritime security, freedom of navigation, and maritime awareness as part of its Bay of Bengal initiative.



Disabled soldier receives house from Sri Lankan Tamil couple in Oman

A Sri Lankan Tamil couple in Oman donates a house built at a cost of 10 lakhs (one million) to a disabled army soldier who lost his right leg to a land mine in Muhamale in Jaffna in 2006.



ICJ deeply concerned by President Sirisena’s resolve to resume executions in Sri Lanka

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has called on Sri Lanka’s President, Maithripala Sirisena, to retract his recent pronouncement that executions would resume in the country notwithstanding a moratorium on capital punishment that has lasted 43 years.



CID reveals Nalaka de Silva’s ties with Madush & Amal Perera

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has informed the court yesterday (12) that former DIG Nalaka de Silva, who was arrested in connection with the alleged VIP assassination plot, has had close ties with singer Amal Perera and ‘Makandure Madush’.



Noose to be imported from overseas

The Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms has taken steps to acquire a new hangman’s noose from overseas. The Ministry said the measure was taken in response to a notice issued by the Sri Lanka Standards Institution which said that the present noose was unsuitable for use.



68 kilo grams of Kerala Ganja recovered in a SUV at Maradana

68 kilo grams of Kerala Ganja worth 7 million rupees were recovered this morning inside a luxury SUV which crashed into the Maradana Pedestrian bridge.



UNP: Aloysius was at Rohitha Rajapaksa’s wedding mass

The UNP, yesterday, asked its political rivals why Treasury Bond scam suspect, Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) owner, Arjuna Aloysius, had been invited to the church wedding of Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa’s youngest son, Rohitha to Tatyana.



EU adds Saudi Arabia to dirty-money blacklist, upsets Britain

The European Commission added Saudi Arabia, Panama, Nigeria and other jurisdictions to a blacklist of nations seen as posing a threat because of lax controls on terrorism financing and money laundering, the EU executive said on Wednesday.