Saturday, November 25, 2017

EC says polls possible for unaffected local bodies

The Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Desapriya told a JVP delegation yesterday he would inform Court on December 4 that there was no impediment in conducting elections to the local bodies unaffected by delimitation.

A petition has been filed in the Court of Appeal against the

President ready to leave all positions for struggle against corruption & fraud

“If there are undue criticism and complaints against the decisions taken by me to stop corruption and fraud, I am ready to leave all positions and join the people to continue the struggle,” says President Maithripala Sirisena.

He was speaking at a public meeting held yesterday(24) in

Friday, November 24, 2017

Gotabhaya’s arrest put off!

An expected arrest of former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa by the FCID on November 22 was postponed following a meeting between a group of Buddhist monks and the president at the latter’s Paget Road, Colombo residence on the previous day, ‘Ravaya’ reports.

The attorney general has given permission to the IGP to arrest the

PM asks UNP whether polls be held before Feb.4

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has directed the legal unit of the United National Party (UNP) to check and inform him whether it would be possible to hold the local government elections before February 4 next year.

Sources close to Mr Wickremesinghe told Daily Mirror that he had

Suspended sentences for Hirunika’s supporters in abduction case

Six supporters of MP Hirunika Premachandra, who pleaded guilty to the abduction of a youth from Dematagoda, have been sentenced to 2 years rigorous imprisonment suspended for 12 years by the Colombo High Court.

The sentence was delivered by Colombo High Court Judge R.

Nimal Siripala recruits more casual railway workers

Transport minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has recruited more than 500 workers on casual basis to the Railway Department, which has been having around 2,000 workers in the non-permanent cadre for four years, railway trade unions allege.

De Silva has also enrolled 210 workers on permanent basis, and is

President gives into ‘caste’; extends Navy chief’s term!

President Maithripala Sirisena has given a six month service extension to Navy commander Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe, reports say.

Due to retire on November 19, he will now remain in the position until May next year.

Previously, the president justified the mere one month extension

UNP back-benchers tell Musthapha to resign

UNP back bench parliamentarians yesterday challenged Provincial Councils Minister Faizer Musthapha to resign from his portfolio before the gazette on delimitation was proved incorrect.

UNP MP Kavinda Jayawardhane told a news conference held at the parliament complex that the minister should resign and sit at the

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Qatar donates town to Sri Lanka!

President Maithripala Sirisena said Qatar has promised to build a town in Sri Lanka complete with all amenities.

He said this while addressing a function at Water’s Edge hotel recently.

The President said Qatar has said we could select the location of the

‘Private sector’ under probe for funding CWG bid campaign!

The government is to investigate the private sector institutions that had reportedly funded in 2011 the then regime’s bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Finance Ministry will separately look into if those institutions had paid their tax dues.

Acting on a complaint it had received several months ago, the FCID