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CBSL governor to stay in post, says improvement observed in political stability

Sri Lanka’s central bank governor said on Thursday he will stay on as head of the bank given an improvement in political stability in the midst of an economic crisis, and he would not step down as he had earlier said he would. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  12:02 am

Wind speed and swell waves around the island likely to increase

Showers will occur at times in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-Western provinces and in Gale and Matara districts, the Department of Meteorology says. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  7:07 am

Sri Lanka talks conclude May 24, monitoring developments closely - IMF

An International Monetary Fund virtual mission to Sri Lanka is expected to conclude technical talks on a potential IMF loan program to the crisis-wracked South Asian country on May 24, Fund spokesman Gerry Rice said on Thursday. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  7:26 am

No power cuts after 6pm during O/L exam period - PUCSL

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) says power supply will not be interrupted after 6.00 p.m. from May 23 to June 01 in order to facilitate 517,496 candidates facing 2021 (2022) G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  7:32 am

More Cabinet ministers tipped to be sworn in

Several more Cabinet Ministers are tipped to be sworn in this morning, sources told Ada Derana. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  8:44 am

Nine more cabinet ministers sworn in

Nine new Cabinet Ministers have been sworn in before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa this morning (May 20). MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  10:15 am

G7 backs debt relief efforts for Sri Lanka

The Group of Seven economic powers support efforts to provide debt relief for Sri Lanka, G7 finance chiefs said on Thursday in a draft communique from a meeting in Germany after the country defaulted on its sovereign debt. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  10:33 am

Litro officials summoned to COPE over gas crisis

The management of Litro Gas Lanka Ltd was summoned before the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) this morning to inquire into the current gas shortage and related solutions. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  11:24 am

Main suspect in killing of MP Amarakeerthi under arrest

One of the main suspects in the killing of MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala, has been taken into police custody, the police spokesperson said today. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  11:38 am

SJB to take disciplinary action against Manusha and Harin

The main opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) says it would seek disciplinary action against the party members who joined the government. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  11:44 am

LIOC suspends sale of petrol in cans, containers and bottles

Amidst the shortage of petrol persisting in the country, Lanka IOC (LIOC) has decided to suspend the sale of petrol in cans, containers, or bottles with immediate effect. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  12:24 pm

Cotta Road in Borella blocked by protest

The Cotta Road in Borella has been blocked by protesters, Ada Derana correspondent says. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  12:38 pm

Sri Lanka to get emergency assistance of USD 3 Mn from Japan

The government of Japan, through UNICEF and the World Food Program (WFP), has granted humanitarian emergency assistance of USD 3 million to Sri Lanka for the procurement of essential medicines and food. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  1:10 pm

Accepting ministerial portfolios is against SLFP’s decision - Maithripala

Former President and Chairman of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Maithripala Sirisena says accepting ministerial portfolios in the incumbent government is against the decision reached by the party. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  1:59 pm

SJB suspends party membership of Harin and Manusha

The main opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) has suspended the party membership of its lawmakers Harin Fernando and Manusha Nanayakkara who accepted ministerial portfolios in the government. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  3:09 pm

Sri Lanka maintains ‘no genocide’ stance, rejects allegations by Canadian Parliament

The government of Sri Lankan, refuting the allegations of genocide of Tamils made the Canadian parliamentary motion, has slammed the move to recognize May 18 as Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  3:55 pm

Navy apprehends 40 people involved in illegal migration attempt

Sri Lanka Navy, during a recent patrol conducted on seas off Batticaloa and in a special operation in the beach area of Kalawanchikudi, Batticaloa, managed to apprehend 40 individuals who attempted to illegally migrate to a foreign country via sea routes. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  4:09 pm

“Last administration is to blame” for current crisis - PM tells foreign media

Sri Lanka’s prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has told Sky News that “the last administration is to blame” for the country’s current crisis. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  4:39 pm

CID records statement from Namal over unrest on May 09

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is currently recording a statement from MP Namal Rajapaksa with regard to the unrest that unfolded on the 9th of May. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  4:48 pm

Committee on Public Finance to summon CB governor, Finance Secretary

The Committee on Public Finance, chaired by MP Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Member yesterday (May 19), has decided to summon the Central Bank Governor, the Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and other officials before the committee next week to discuss the current economic crisis and the solutions. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  5:45 pm

South Korea issues special travel advisory on Sri Lanka

South Korea on Friday issued a special travel advisory on Sri Lanka, the foreign ministry said, as the island country is gripped by civil unrest stemming from an economic crisis. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  6:08 pm

Litro asked to distribute 60% of LP gas cylinders in highly populated areas

The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has instructed Litro Gas to distribute 60% of its LP gas cylinders to highly populated areas like Colombo and Gampaha. MORE>.

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  7:04 pm

Power cut schedule from May 22 to June 01

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has announced the electricity demand management schedule from 22nd of May to 1st of June to facilitate the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  7:34 pm

Namal leaves CID after recording four-hour long statement

SLPP parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa has left the CID after giving a nearly four-hour long statement regarding the incidents at Galle Face and Kollupitiya on the 09th of May. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  8:03 pm

Protesters block Colombo-Negombo road demanding gas

The Colombo-Negombo main road has reportedly been blocked for traffic at Wattala by a large number of protestors MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  8:33 pm

Energy Minister issues update on fuel distribution

Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera says the unloading of another cargo of diesel and a petrol is expected to commence tomorrow (May 20). MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  9:01 pm

Sri Lanka welcomes G7 announcement in securing debt relief

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday welcomed the G7 announcement that they will assist the country in securing debt relief as it is grappling with its worst economic crisis. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 20, 2022  11:50 pm

‘India looks a lot like Sri Lanka’: Rahul Gandhi slams Modi govt over economy

Indian National Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday hit out at the BJP government over rising inflation and unemployment and warned that India “looks a lot like Sri Lanka”. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  12:56 am

South-west monsoon establishes over the island

The Department of Meteorology says the south-west monsoon is established over the island. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  7:37 am

CID records statements from three more MPs

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has recorded statements from three more parliamentarians regarding the incidents that took place in Galle Face and Kollupitiya on May 09. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  8:10 am

Central Bank decides to keep policy rates unchanged

The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka has decided to maintain the Standing Deposit Facility Rate (SDFR) and the Standing Lending Facility Rate (SLFR) of the Central Bank at the current levels of 13.50 per cent and 14.50 per cent, respectively. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  8:29 am

Shipment of 3,500 MT of LP gas arrives in Sri Lanka

Another shipment of liquefied petroleum (LP) gas arrived in Sri Lanka, Litro Gas Lanka Limited says. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  10:17 am

Jagath Samarawickrama sworn in to fill late MP Amarakeerthi’s vacant seat

Jagath Samarawickrama, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna’s representative from Polonnaruwa District, has been sworn in as a Member of Parliament. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  10:26 am

Road from Maligawatte to Panchikawatte blocked by protest

The road from Maligawatte to Panchikawatte has been blocked by a protest staged by a group of individuals demanding fuel, Ada Derana correspondent says. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  10:37 am

Price of wheat flour goes up

Prima Ceylon (Pvt) Limited has increased the price of wheat flour by Rs. 40.00 per kilogram. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  11:11 am

No MP given fuel at subsidized rates; Energy Minister refutes claims

Minister of Energy Kanchana Wijesekara has refuted the posts in circulation, which claimed that Members of Parliament are given fuel at subsidized rates. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  11:28 am

Non-essential public workers asked not to report to work tomorrow

Public sector employees, except those in essential services, are not required to report to work tomorrow due to the prevailing fuel crisis, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in parliament this morning (May 19). MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  11:45 am

Protests demanding fuel disrupt vehicular movement in many areas

As the fuel shortage persists in the country, the general public staged protests in many areas, demanding the supply of fuel. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  11:58 am

School holidays from tomorrow until end of O/L exam

The first phase of the first term of all grades of government schools and government-approved private schools will end tomorrow (May 20), the Ministry of Education announced today. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  1:31 pm

Court rejects police request seeking order against IUSF protest

The Colombo Magistrate’s Court has rejected the request made by the police to prevent a protest organized by the Inter-University Students’ Federation (IUSF) at the Polduwa Junction. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  1:52 pm

Farmers to receive chemical fertilizer for Rs. 10,000 per bag

The committee appointed by the Prime Minister has decided to provide chemical fertilizer to farmers at Rs. 10,000 per bag. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  2:24 pm

Price of bread increased from midnight today

Price of a loaf of 450g bread will be increased by Rs.30 with effect from midnight tod, the Association of Bakery Owners. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  2:29 pm

Court order issued barring IUSF protesters from entering several roads

The Colombo Fort Magistrate Court has issued an order preventing the members of Inter-University Students’ Federation (IUSF) from entering several roads in Colombo today (May 19). MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  3:42 pm

Eight suspects including Moratuwa Mayor, Dan Priyasad remanded

Eight suspects including Mayor of Moratuwa Saman Lal Fernando and Dan Priyasad, who were arrested their involvement in the attacks on the anti-government protesters in Colombo on the 9th of May, have been remanded. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  3:56 pm

Police use tear gas and water cannons to disperse IUSF protesters

The police fired gas and used water cannons to disperse the protesting Inter-University Students’ Federation (IUSF) members near the World Trade Centre at the Galle Face Green. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  4:15 pm

Schools closed tomorrow

All grades of government schools and government-approved private schools will be closed tomorrow (May 20), the Ministry of Education says. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  5:21 pm

CID records statements from Pavithra Wanniarachchi

The Criminal Investigation Department today recorded statements from MP Pavithra Wanniarachchi regarding the attacks on the anti-government protest sites outside the Temple Trees and at the Galle Face Green on the 9th of May. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  6:10 pm

Two more including municipal councillor arrested over attack on protesters

The Criminal Investigation Department has arrested two more suspects for their involvement in the brazen attack on the ‘GotaGoGama’ at the Galle Face Green and the protesters camped outside the Temple Trees on the 9th of May. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  6:56 pm

Mirihana unrest: Man arrested on suspicion of torching army bus

A 42-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of torching an army bus during the protest staged in front of the President’s residence in Pengiriwatte, Mirihana on the 31st of March. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  9:51 pm

Notice for principals and teachers assigned for O/L exam duties

The Department of Examinations has requested the teachers assigned for 2021 G.C.E. Ordinary Level exam duties and principals to report to schools tomorrow (May 20) to prepare the venues for the exam, although the day is declared a holiday for schools. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 19, 2022  10:27 pm