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FCID permitted to probe Cabraal’s bank accounts over Rs.600 million misappropriation

FCID permitted to probe Cabraal’s bank accounts over Rs.600 million misappropriation

The Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court today granted permission for the FCID to record a statement from former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal and investigate his bank accounts with regard to the misappropriation of Rs 600 million. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 8, 2018  9:08 pm
Two officials interdicted over destruction of archaeological site

Two officials interdicted over destruction of archaeological site

Two officials of the National Housing Development Authority have been interdicted in connection with the incident of an ancient archaeological site being destroyed at Ipalogama, Minister Sajith Premadasa told Ada Derana. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 8, 2018  7:37 pm
Railway strike postponed until tomorrow

Railway strike postponed until tomorrow

Railway trade unions have decided to postpone the strike action which was scheduled to be launched from midnight today (8). MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 8, 2018  6:53 pm
Man who impersonated President’s Private Secretary arrested by TID

Man who impersonated President’s Private Secretary arrested by TID

A suspect, who defrauded large sums of money from a number of people after promising them employment by impersonating a President’s Additional Secretary and a Private Secretary, has been arrested by the Terrorism Investigations Division (TID). MORE..

(0) Comments | May 8, 2018  4:54 pm
Four including Sri Lankan-born woman accuse New York AG of abuse

Four including Sri Lankan-born woman accuse New York AG of abuse

New York Attorney-General Eric Schneiderman, who held himself out as a champion of women and a liberal foil to President Donald Trump, has resigned from office after four women accused him of physical violence during intimate encounters. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 8, 2018  4:45 pm
Heavy traffic at Parliament Junction

Heavy traffic at Parliament Junction

Severe traffic congestion has been reported at Parliament Junction due to the gathering of a large number of political supporters to welcome the 16 SLFP MPs who sat in the opposition today. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 8, 2018  4:06 pm
Person caught smuggling drugs into prison

Person caught smuggling drugs into prison

A person attempting to smuggle heroin and ‘ice’ in to the Wariyapola Prison during his visit to see a prisoner was arrested by the police. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 8, 2018  3:52 pm
Sengal Oya Irrigation Project to commence on May 10

Sengal Oya Irrigation Project to commence on May 10

The construction of the Sengal Oya Irrigation Project will commence on May 10, according to the State Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources & Disaster Management, Palitha Range Bandara. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 8, 2018  3:26 pm
Cabinet meeting postponed

Cabinet meeting postponed

The Cabinet meeting which was scheduled to be held today (08) has been postponed until tomorrow (09) due to the ceremonial opening of the second session of the 8th Parliament. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 8, 2018  3:11 pm
Earth slip warnings for central highland areas – DMC

Earth slip warnings for central highland areas – DMC

Due to the heavy rainfall experienced in central highlands there is a risk of earth slips in the area, warns the Disaster Management Center (DMC) while requesting the public to be alert with this regard. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 8, 2018  3:06 pm
16 SLFP MPs sit in Opposition

16 SLFP MPs sit in Opposition

The sixteen Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MPs who recently resigned from their positions in the government, sat in the opposition bench in the Parliament today (8). MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 8, 2018  2:54 pm
President opens second session of Parliament

President opens second session of Parliament

The Second Session of the Eighth Parliament was ceremonially opened by President Maithripala Sirisena, a short while ago. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 8, 2018  2:28 pm
Police fire water cannon at protesting unemployed graduates

Police fire water cannon at protesting unemployed graduates

Riot police used high-pressure water cannons to disperse protesting unemployed graduates near the Lotus Roundabout in Colombo. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 8, 2018  1:25 pm
Sumanthiran denies calling for ban on Buddhist temples in North and East

Sumanthiran denies calling for ban on Buddhist temples in North and East

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M. A. Sumanthiran says that the reports alleging that he made a statement calling for prohibiting the establishing of Buddhist temples in the North and East are false. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 8, 2018  12:55 pm
Serbian Deputy PM Ivica Dačić meets Sri Lankan PM

Serbian Deputy PM Ivica Dačić meets Sri Lankan PM

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Ivica Dačić called on Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Temple Trees, yesterday (07). MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 8, 2018  12:33 pm
95% of murder suspects have been arrested – Police Spokesman

95% of murder suspects have been arrested – Police Spokesman

According to Police Media Spokesperson, SP Ruwan Gunasekara, the police have been able to arrest 95% of the murder suspect in Sri Lanka. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 8, 2018  12:25 pm
IP Rangajeewa and Prisons Commissioner further remanded

IP Rangajeewa and Prisons Commissioner further remanded

Inspector of Police (IP) Neomal Rangajeewa and Prisons Commissioner Emil Ranjan Lamahewa, who were arrested over the Welikada Prison clashes in 2012, have been further remanded until May 22 by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 8, 2018  12:17 pm
Ceremonial opening of 2nd session of Parliament today

Ceremonial opening of 2nd session of Parliament today

The Ceremonial Opening of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena will be held at 2.15 p.m. today (08). MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 8, 2018  11:13 am
Railway and CEB workers to launch trade union actions

Railway and CEB workers to launch trade union actions

Railway trade unions are preparing to engage in strike action from midnight today (08), based on several demands. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 8, 2018  10:53 am
Two women arrested with gold worth Rs 10 million

Two women arrested with gold worth Rs 10 million

Two Sri Lankan women have been arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake for attempting to smuggle 1.1kg of gold into the country. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 8, 2018  8:35 am
TISL commends Bribery Commission for tackling grand corruption

TISL commends Bribery Commission for tackling grand corruption

Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has commended the Bribery Commission for the swift action taken to apprehend the President’s Chief of Staff I.H.K. Mahanama and the former Chairman of the State Timber Corporation P. Dissanayaka, on charges of soliciting a bribe and accepting a sum of Rs. 20 million as an advance payment. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 8, 2018  8:13 am
JVP blames rulers for Sri Lanka’s economic woes

JVP blames rulers for Sri Lanka’s economic woes

JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake says that the country’s rulers are responsible for Sri Lanka becoming a state which has achieved no economic victories and a state in which the economy is collapsing. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 7, 2018  11:38 pm
Govt unable to govern a GN division, let alone country - Mahinda

Govt unable to govern a GN division, let alone country - Mahinda

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the incumbent government is unable to govern a Grama Niladhari Division, let alone a country. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 7, 2018  7:10 pm
I won’t retire in 2020 – President

I won’t retire in 2020 – President

Hinting at the possibility that he could seek reelection at the next presidential polls, President Maithripala Sirisena today said that he will not retire in 2020 as there is more work to be done in the country. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 7, 2018  5:27 pm
Five-day workweek for health workers - Rajitha

Five-day workweek for health workers - Rajitha

Minister of Health Dr Rajitha Senaratne says that presently workers do not respect the 8-hour workday which was achieved through the sacrifice of lives. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 7, 2018  5:00 pm
Suspects arrested for stealing Lester’s award remanded

Suspects arrested for stealing Lester’s award remanded

The six suspects arrested in connection with the theft of the Golden Peacock Award belonging to late Dr. Lester James Peiris have been remanded until May 21. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 7, 2018  3:51 pm
Weather to get hotter in certain provinces

Weather to get hotter in certain provinces

The Department of Meteorology says that caution level is expected in Northern, Eastern and Uva provinces and in Polonnaruwa district tomorrow as warm weather condition is expected to enhance. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 7, 2018  3:41 pm
Putin sworn in for another six years

Putin sworn in for another six years

Vladimir Putin has been sworn in for his fourth term as president after more than 70 per cent of voters backed him in an election with no serious challengers. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 7, 2018  3:19 pm
Amaraweera reveals SLFP’s next presidential candidate

Amaraweera reveals SLFP’s next presidential candidate

UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera says that President Maithripala Sirisena will be the Presidential Candidate of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) at the next presidential election. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 7, 2018  1:33 pm
Lester’s Golden Peacock award stolen by professional thieves

Lester’s Golden Peacock award stolen by professional thieves

Sri Lanka Police says that the five suspects arrested over the theft of the Golden Peacock award belonging to the late Dr. Lester James Peiris included several individuals who have been stealing valuable items at gatherings of crowds – specifically those of the rich, for the past couple of years. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 7, 2018  1:18 pm
Railway strike from midnight tomorrow

Railway strike from midnight tomorrow

The Railway Guard Union says that a strike will be launched from midnight tomorrow (8) with the participation of all railway trade unions. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 7, 2018  12:19 pm
Will never allow Samurdhi Bank to be brought under Central Bank - SB

Will never allow Samurdhi Bank to be brought under Central Bank - SB

Assigning the Samurdhi Bank under the Central Bank of Sri Lanka is not at all acceptable, says former minister S.B. DIssanayake, who held the Saurdhi portfolio. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 7, 2018  11:20 am
People smuggler threat to Australia and NZ remains, minister warns

People smuggler threat to Australia and NZ remains, minister warns

The head of Australia’s military-led border security operations has warned against any attempts to water the hardline policy down, following the interception of a people-smuggling boat carrying Sri Lankans off the coast of Malaysia. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 7, 2018  10:59 am
Possibility of afternoon thundershowers

Possibility of afternoon thundershowers

The possibility for afternoon thundershowers is still high over the island, according to the Meteorology Department. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 7, 2018  10:41 am
May Day rallies across Sri Lanka today

May Day rallies across Sri Lanka today

Several political parties and trade unions will today celebrate International Workers’ Day, marking the occasion with rallies and processions in towns across the country after the government decided to postpone the country’s May Day celebrations to May 7 due to the Vesak Week. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 7, 2018  8:20 am
Five arrested over theft of Lester’s Golden Peacock medal

Five arrested over theft of Lester’s Golden Peacock medal

Five suspects have been arrested by Bambalapitiya Police in connection with the theft of the Golden Peacock medal belonging to the late Dr Lester James Peiris during his funeral, the Police Spokesman said. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 7, 2018  8:04 am
Sri Lanka approves $500 million LNG plant near Hambantota port

Sri Lanka approves $500 million LNG plant near Hambantota port

Sri Lanka’s state-run investment body has approved a $500 million liquefied natural gas plant by China Machinery Engineering Corp near a Chinese-controlled port and industrial zone. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 7, 2018  1:11 am
Three arrested with Kerala Cannabis worth nearly Rs 10 million

Three arrested with Kerala Cannabis worth nearly Rs 10 million

Vavuniya division police narcotic unit has arrested 3 people for the possession of 69 kg and 735 g of Kerala Cannabis estimated to be worth nearly Rs 10 million at Omanthai, Vavuniya. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 6, 2018  5:40 pm
Akila vows to work towards electing a UNP president in 2020

Akila vows to work towards electing a UNP president in 2020

United National Party (UNP) General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam proclaims that he will provide the strength to produce a UNP president in 2020. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 6, 2018  4:22 pm
Heat weather advisory issued for several provinces

Heat weather advisory issued for several provinces

The Department of Meteorology has issued a Heat Weather Advisory for the Northern, Eastern, North-central and Uva provinces. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 6, 2018  3:54 pm
Sri Lanka mission working closely with Malaysian authorities on detained migrants

Sri Lanka mission working closely with Malaysian authorities on detained migrants

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that investigations are still underway after a tanker with 131 Sri Lankans was intercepted by Malaysian police, and that officials of the Sri Lanka High Commission are working closely with the relevant Malaysian authorities in this connection. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 6, 2018  3:31 pm
Terrified politicos trying to create crises within JO – Piyal Nishantha

Terrified politicos trying to create crises within JO – Piyal Nishantha

Joint Opposition MP Piyal Nishantha claims that subordinates of the President and the Prime Minister are in a competition to embezzle and take bribes. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 6, 2018  3:14 pm
Abolishing Executive Presidency should not be done in haste – Sarath Fonseka

Abolishing Executive Presidency should not be done in haste – Sarath Fonseka

Minister of Wildlife and Regional Development Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka says that a proper study should be conducted on the current political trend in the country before taking a decision on the Executive Presidency. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 6, 2018  3:06 pm
One person drowns at sea, 5 rescued in Ambalangoda

One person drowns at sea, 5 rescued in Ambalangoda

One person drowned while another 5 were rescued after a group of individuals were swept away by strong currents while bathing in the sea near the Ambalangoda Rest House. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 6, 2018  2:11 pm
Samurdhi Bank to be assigned under Central Bank - PM

Samurdhi Bank to be assigned under Central Bank - PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the Finance Minister has been instructed to assign the Samurdhi Bank under the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL). MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 6, 2018  1:54 pm
Navy detains 12 refugees trying to enter Sri Lanka illegally

Navy detains 12 refugees trying to enter Sri Lanka illegally

Authorities in Sri Lanka have arrested 12 people who were trying to illegally enter the island nation from India on Saturday. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 6, 2018  1:03 pm
Fuel station robbed by armed men in Galle

Fuel station robbed by armed men in Galle

A fuel station near the Pinnaduwa interchange of the Southern Expressway was robbed by two men who arrived on a motorcycle at around midnight yesterday (05). MORE..

(0) Comments | May 6, 2018  1:00 pm
Protesters block Horana-Colombo road at Piliyandala

Protesters block Horana-Colombo road at Piliyandala

The Horana-Colombo road (bus route No. 120) towards Colombo has been blocked by protesters near the Piliyandala town, resulting in severe traffic congestion in the area.

(0) Comments | May 6, 2018  11:49 am
Govt failed to properly utilize country’s infrastructure – Gotabhaya

Govt failed to properly utilize country’s infrastructure – Gotabhaya

Former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says that the infrastructure facilities built in Sri Lanka are being transferred to other countries due current government’s failure of properly utilizing them. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 6, 2018  11:45 am
Spill gate of Udawalawa reservoir opened

Spill gate of Udawalawa reservoir opened

According to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC), a spill gate at the Udawalawa reservoir has been opened at around 7pm last night (05). MORE..

(0) Comments | May 6, 2018  10:20 am