New Zealand mosque shootings kill at least 49, seriously wound 20

WELLINGTON – At least one gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 20 during Friday prayers at two New Zealand mosques in the country’s worst ever mass shooting, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as terrorism.



Three killed, three injured in accident at Polgahawela

Three people were killed while three others wounded after a three-wheeler collided with a van on the Colombo-Kurunegala Road at Meddalanda in Polgahawela.



NPC suspends Colombo Crimes OIC’s transfer

The National Police Commission has suspended the transfer issued to the Officer in Charge of the Colombo Crimes Division, Chief Police Inspector Nevil de Silva.



We will solve all the educational problems in Sri Lanka – Vijayakala

A significant amount of funds are being allocated to the education sector development from each budget, Education State Minister Vijayakala Maheshwaran said.



Bond scam no fault of mine, says Ranil

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament yesterday said that those who question him about the bond scam should read the report of the Presidential Commission which probed the issue as it had not faulted him for anything.



Hathurusingha asked to return to Sri Lanka from South Africa

Sri Lankan cricket team head coach Chandika Hathurusingha was on Thursday told to return home from South Africa in the middle of the One-Day International series, with fielding coach Steve Rixon given complete charge for the subsequent T20 series.



Two killed, one injured in shooting in Moratuwa

Two people were killed while another was injured following a shooting incident in Moratuwa this morning at around 10:30 a.m.



Beware of adverse factors of UNHRC resolutions – Mahinda Samarasinghe

Sri Lanka should be watchful of the UNHRC resolution that would be presented on March 21, 2019, as it is connected to the adverse resolutions which were adopted in the past, MP Mahinda Samarasinghe told Parliament today.



Basil commends Gotabaya for declaring his candidacy

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) heavyweight Basil Rajapaksa, yesterday (13), announced the launch of a large-scale grassroots level political project later this week in preparation for the forthcoming national elections––presidential polls in Dec. 2019 and next year’s parliamentary election.



Malinga frustrated as familiar failings scupper Sri Lanka

Lasith Malinga was scathing of his Sri Lanka team-mates after another poor display with the bat contributed to their six-wicket defeat at the hands of South Africa on Wednesday.



President leaves for Kenya

President Maithripala Sirisena left for Kenya this morning to participate in the United Nations Environment Assembly to be held in Nairobi, Kenya.



Over 240,000 teachers to fall sick today

Over 240,000 teachers from 6,000 schools are to go on a sick leave campaign starting today over the government’s failure to address their salary anomalies which has been unchanged since 1997, unionists said.



Budget making villagers more indebted – Anura Kumara

JVP Leader and Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday (12), stressed that the Budget 2019 was a deadly trap for villagers as it would increase their indebtedness even more.



Mahinda says it is wrong of government to blame all economic woes on him

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa told Parliament, yesterday, that it was wrong for the government to try to shift all the blame to him for the country’s economic ills.



STF nabs “Jee-Bumba” in Gampola

Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel have arrested the criminal known as “Jee-Bumba” who is an accomplice of notorious underworld figure “Kanjipani Imran”.



Fuel prices hike from midnight today

The Ministry of Finance announced that fuel prices have been increased with effect from midnight today (12), based on the pricing formula.