Saturday, July 21, 2018

Executioners to get a raise & a house!

The Department of Prisons is mulling over a providing a host of additional benefits to the post of executioner, reports say.

Officials are reportedly considering whether it is possible to increase the salary of from the present 35,000 (inclusive of all benefits) to Rs. 50,000.

Won't change decision to implement death penalty: President

President Maithripala Sirisena today assured that he would not change the decision taken to implement the death penalty, despite the objections raised by some factions against the move.

He expressed these views while addressing a ceremony held in Polonnaruwa to commence the

Buddhist Temporalities, Theravadi Bhikkhu Kathikawath Bills presented

Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said yesterday the government had presented the Buddhist Temporalities (Amendment) Bill and Theravadi Bhikkhu Kathikawath (Registration) Bill in Parliament on a request made by the Maha Sanga since 1956 to maintain discipline among Buddhist monks.

However, he said Ven. Medagoda Abayatissa Thera had requested

"PC polls on Jan. 5 if final decision taken by October end"

Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya and Delimitation Commission Chairman K. Thavalingam have informed party leaders that Provincial Council elections could be held on January 5 if a final decision on the polls was taken before the end of October.

A statement from the Speaker’s office said the two chairmen had come up with this notion at meeting held between them and leaders of

No constructive engagement between Govt. officials: Aluthgamage

We have never witnessed President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and MPs sitting together and taking decisions in support of the government, UNP backbench MP Ananda Aluthgamage said yesterday.

Mr. Aluthgamage said this during the parliamentary debate on the

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Feeding alcohol to toddler: Father, three others remanded

Four persons, including the 40-year-old father of a toddler, who fed an alcoholic beverage to the toddler, had been remanded till August 1 by the Galgamuwa Magistrate today.

The Meegalawa Police yesterday arrested the suspect after video

Gnanasara Thera’s case: CA verdict on August 8

The verdict on the case filed against Ven.Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera on defamation charges would be announced on August 8 by the Court of Appeal (CA).

The then Homagama Magistrate Ranga Dassanayake filed the case in the Appeal Court over the alleged violent behaviour of the monk

Gota refutes social media claims

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa today refuted reports circulating in the social media purported to be from the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, claiming to have appointed him as the Presidential Candidate for 2020.

“I wish to inform that a fake media release circulating in social

Satisfied with party re-organization: Range Bandara

State Minister of Disaster Management Palitha Range Bandara yesterday said that he was satisfied with the re-organization taking place within the United National Party (UNP) as it gears itself for the 2020 Presidential Election.

Speaking to the media at the Disaster Management Centre he said

Appointing Dinesh Opposition Leader: 70 MPs led by JO to meet Speaker today

A joint opposition-led coalition of 70 parliamentarians are due to meet Speaker Karu Jayasuriya this afternoon to request the appointment of MP Dinesh Gunawardane as the Opposition Leader in Parliament, an MP said yesterday.

JO National Organiser Dullas Alahapperuma said this was decided