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CID to obtain statements from 5 inmates over alleged plot to assassinate President

The Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court yesterday (21) ordered the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to obtain statements from five prison inmates over the alleged plot to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 22, 2019  5:07 am

Showers & winds expected to enhance - Met. Dept.

The windy condition over the island, particularly in Northern, North-central, North-western provinces and in Trincomalee, Hambantota districts, can increase up to 50 kmph at times and the showery condition in South-western part of the island is expected to enhance to some extent. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 22, 2019  8:29 am

SriLankan Airlines incurred loss of Rs 17,058 mn – COPE report

The report presented to Parliament by the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) on SriLankan Airlines has pointed out that a direct loss of Rs 17,058 million was incurred when the current government cancelled an agreement to purchase four A350 airbuses signed by the previous government. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 22, 2019  9:15 am

Another suspect arrested over Welikada Prison Training School’s chief jailor murder

Another suspect, who had aided and abetted the murder of the chief jailor of Welikada Prison Training School, has been arrested in Hikkaduwa area. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 22, 2019  10:08 am

Beira Lake passenger boat service launched

The passenger boat service operating on the Beira Lake from Union Place to Colombo Fort has been launched under the patronage of PM Ranil Wickremesinghe a short while ago. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 22, 2019  10:12 am

Government medical officers on 24-hour token strike

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) launched a 24-hour token strike from 8.00 am this morning (22). MORE..

(0)Comments | August 22, 2019  10:51 am

New Army Chief vows to safeguard country from all threats

New Army Chief Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, in his message on assumption of office as the 23rd Commander of the Army, has vowed to protect the country from all threats. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 22, 2019  11:20 am

Will not discuss presidential election with other parties - Handunnetti

Appointing the Commander of the Army is an internal matter of a country and other parties should not be concerned about the matter, stated Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 22, 2019  11:31 am

Dress code of Muslim females will change under Police Act - Patali

Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka says the main responsibility of the succeeding President and the government is to strengthen state finances. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 22, 2019  11:56 am

Naval and fishing communities warned

The sea area extending from Hambantota to Pottuvil can be very rough at times as the wind speed can increase up to 60-70 kmph at times, the Department of Meteorology said. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 22, 2019  12:01 pm

Sathosa suffered loss of billions of Rupees, COPE hearing reveals

It is revealed that Lanka Sathosa has incurred a loss of billions of Rupees by storing a stock of imported rice at the Sri Lanka Customs. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 22, 2019  12:23 pm

CID report on 6 cases including Thajudeen, Lasantha murders submitted to AG

The report on Wasim Thajudeen and Lasantha Wickrematunge murders and four other high profile cases, submitted by the Criminal Investigation Department, has been handed over to the Attorney General by the Acting Inspector General of Police. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 22, 2019  12:57 pm

Island-wide census on drones launched

An island-wide census has been launched on the drones present in the country, stated the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAA). MORE..

(0)Comments | August 22, 2019  1:17 pm

JMI member who trained with Zahran arrested in Ampara

Ampara Police has arrested a suspected active member of the banned organization Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem (JMI), who had allegedly received weapons training in Nuwara Eliya. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 22, 2019  1:21 pm

AG’s advice sought on vacant MP seat

The Elections Commission states that they have taken steps to seek the advice of the Attorney General regarding the nomination for the vacant MP post following the death of MP Salinda Dissanayake. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 22, 2019  1:37 pm

Sri Lanka’s new Permanent Representative presents credentials to UN chief

The new Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, Kshenuka Senewiratne, presented her credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 22, 2019  1:56 pm

Suspects arrested over Mawanella Buddhist statue vandalism further remanded

The fourteen suspects who were arrested for allegedly vandalizing Buddhist statues in Mawanella area have been further remanded till September 5th, Ada Derana reporter said. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 22, 2019  2:06 pm

There was 16 hours to prevent Easter attacks, Presidential Committee members tell PSC

The members of the tri-member Committee appointed by the President to probe the Easter attacks revealed that the explosives used for the Easter attacks had been made using Urea Nitrate, the same substance used in the explosives for the 9/11 attacks in the United States. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 21, 2019  1:16 am

US warns Sri Lanka on investment, military ties after army chief appointment

A senior U.S. State Department official warned on Tuesday that Sri Lanka’s appointment of a war veteran accused of serious human rights violations as head of its army could affect U.S. military cooperation and investment in the island nation. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 21, 2019  8:32 am

Winds and showers expected to enhance during next few days

Windy condition over the island, particularly in Northern, North-central, North-western provinces and in Trincomalee, Hambantota districts up to 50 kmph at times and the showery condition in South-western part of the island is expected to enhance to some extent during next few days, the Department of Meteorology said. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 21, 2019  9:03 am

New Army Commander assumes duties

Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva has assumed duties as the 23rd Commander of Sri Lanka Army a short while ago at the Army Headquarters. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 21, 2019  10:13 am

Cabinet approval to amend Muslim Marriage & Divorce Act

The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the proposal to amend the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 21, 2019  10:43 am

Drug trafficker sentenced to death by Colombo HC

The Colombo High Court today sentenced a person to death for the trafficking and possession of heroin. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 21, 2019  11:41 am

Marvel abandons ‘Spider-Man’ films in dispute with Sony

The successful partnership between Disney’s Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures on the “Spider-Man” films has come to an end... MORE..

(0)Comments | August 21, 2019  12:29 pm

Four tipper trucks transporting garbage to Aruwakkalu attacked

Four tipper trucks transporting garbage from Colombo to Aruwakkalu have come under an attack by a group of unidentified persons. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 21, 2019  12:54 pm

Sumanthiran files petition for intervention concerning PC polls

TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran has filed a petition for intervention with the Supreme Court stating that the President does not have the jurisdiction to call Provincial Council (PC) election without delimitation of electorates. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 21, 2019  1:46 pm

GMOA to launch token strike tomorrow

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has decided to launch a 24-hour token strike island-wide. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 21, 2019  1:53 pm

PS member Dulakshi Fernando & sister remanded

Wennappuwa Pradeshiya Sabha member from United National Party (UNP) Dulakshi Fernando and her sister, who were arrested over a case of obstructing the duties of police officers, have been remanded till the 30th of August. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 21, 2019  2:06 pm

People in coastal areas warned of high waves, coastal inundation

The Department of Meteorology today issued an advisory for high waves and coastal inundation for the coastal areas from Puttalam to Pottuvil via Colombo, Galle and Hambanthota. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 21, 2019  3:03 pm

Unfair to condemn new Army Chief based on unsubstantiated allegations: Sarath Weerasekera

Rear Admiral (Retd) Sarath Weerasekera says that the United States cannot act in the manner of an individual or NGO when accusing another country of various abuses, but must base those accusations on reports accepted and approved by the international community. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 21, 2019  3:44 pm

Term of PSC probing Easter attacks extended

The term of the Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to probe the terror attacks took place in different places in Sri Lanka on 21st April 2019 has been extended till the 30th of September. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 21, 2019  3:53 pm

AG requests for HC Trial-at-Bar to hear Avant-Garde case

The Attorney General today (21) directed a letter to the Chief Justice requesting the appointment of a Trial-at-Bar in Colombo High Court over MV Avant Garde arms trafficking case involving Nissanka Senadhipathi and 12 others. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 21, 2019  4:39 pm

Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss return for ‘Matrix 4’

Actors Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are returning for the fourth installment of the “Matrix” franchise, which will be helmed by Lana Wachowski. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 21, 2019  5:51 pm

Global Sri Lankan Forum extends wishes to new army chief

The Global Sri Lankan Forum says that Sri Lankans can rest assured that with Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva at the helm of the Sri Lanka Army, the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the island nation will be protected. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 21, 2019  6:03 pm

UNP given deadline to resolve issues - Champika

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says that all the issues that had existed with regard to the forming of the UNP-led alliance “Democratic National Front” had been resolved at the party leaders’ meeting last Saturday. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 21, 2019  7:12 pm

Low pressure water supply in Kalutara for next three weeks

Water supply will be under low pressure for multiple areas in Kalutara district during the next three weeks, the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) has cautioned the general public. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 21, 2019  9:26 pm

X-Ray machines with explosives detection technology to be deployed at BIA

The Cabinet of Ministers has granted the approval to supply, install and commission baggage-screening X-Ray machines with explosive detection capability at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). MORE..

(0)Comments | August 21, 2019  10:26 pm

UNP should learn to take decisions like SLPP - Fonseka

UNP Parliamentarian Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka is of the view that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has the right to be the presidential candidate according to the party constitution. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 21, 2019  11:56 pm

Three new European envoys present credentials to President

Three new European envoys have accredited to Sri Lanka presented their credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s House in Colombo yesterday (19). MORE..

(0)Comments | August 20, 2019  3:20 am

Shavendra Silva’s appointment as Army Commander ‘deeply troubling’ - UN human rights chief

The appointment Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva as Commander of the of Sri Lankan Army is deeply troubling, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in a statement. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 20, 2019  8:11 am

President confers Veerodhara Vibushana medals on two war heroes

President Maithripala Sirisena has awarded “Veerodhara Vibushana” medals to two war heroes, according to the President’s Media Division. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 20, 2019  8:33 am

Presidential Commission members probing Easter attacks to testify at PSC today

The Special Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to inquire into the Easter Sunday terror attacks is set to reconvene again this afternoon (20). MORE..

(0)Comments | August 20, 2019  8:36 am

Suspect arrested over murder of Welikada Prison Training School’s chief jailor

A person, who is suspected of aiding and abetting the murder of the Chief Jailor of Welikada Prison Training School, has been arrested in Ambalangoda, the Police Media Spokesperson said.

(0)Comments | August 20, 2019  8:59 am

Special Forces soldier dies in parachute training

A Sri Lanka Army Special Forces personnel has been killed in an accident during a training session at Ampara, stated the Sri Lanka Army Media unit. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 20, 2019  10:19 am

COPA proceedings to be opened to media from tomorrow

The proceedings of the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) are to be open to the media from, the chairman of the committee Parliamentarian Lasantha Alagiyawanna said. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 20, 2019  10:27 am

Kane Williamson and Akila Dananjaya reported for suspect bowling action

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Sri Lanka bowler Akila Dananjaya have both been reported with a suspect bowling action following the first Test. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 20, 2019  11:19 am

Country in a grave financial crisis?

Every presidential candidate must explain steps they will take to resolve the existing state financial crisis in the country, states Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranwaka. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 20, 2019  11:31 am

Ten arrested over attempt to illegally sail to Australia

Wennappuwa Police have arrested 10 persons at a house in Wennapuwa over an attempt to illegally migrate to Australia via a sea route. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 20, 2019  12:02 pm

Outgoing army chief promoted to General

The outgoing Commander of the Sri Lanka Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, who formally retired from the army on Sunday (18), has been promoted to the rank of General by President Maithripala Sirisena. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 20, 2019  12:06 pm

Sajith to hold special meeting tonight

Deputy Leader of the United National Party Minister Sajith Premadasa is set to meet the backbenchers of the party tonight (20). MORE..

(0)Comments | August 20, 2019  12:28 pm