Friday, September 22, 2017

Grand aunt of Yoshitha Rajapaksa to submit evidence before FCID

It has been reported that the Colombo Magistrate’s court has ordered Ms.Daisy Forrest Wickremasinghe, the great aunt of Yoshitha Rajapaksa to submit a statement to the Financial Crimes Investigation Department in relation to the purchase of a luxury house in Galkissa.

Ms.Daisy Forrest, who is under scrutiny for her connection to the

Plastic desks, chairs for classrooms!

Education minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam is trying to introduce plastic desks and chairs for classrooms in government schools, teacher unions allege.

A tender had been called on 03 October 2016 to purchase the desks and chairs for Rs. 1930.

Mahendran Before Bond Commission For The Third Time: Questioned On 2015, 2016 Treasury Bond Auctions

Former Governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran arrived before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating the Treasury bond issue this morning for the third time.

Mahendran is being questioned on the controversial bond auctions of 27 February 2015 and 29, 31 March 2016 at which Perpetual

Kandyan couple attempts to establish Guinness World Record for longest saree trail

A procession was organized along the Gannoruwa-Kandy main road to display a 3.2Km long saree trail designed for a Kandyan bride in an attempt to establish a Guinness World Record yesterday (21).

The saree which was designed by Manjula Thilakaratne of Mala

New Navy chief without official vehicle, residence

Newly-appointed Navy commander Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah is yet to receive the official vehicle or the official residence, Navy sources say.

He took office as the 21st chief of the Navy on August 18.

His predecessor, presently chief of defence staff Vice Admiral

Not against devolution of power in new Constitution: SLFP

Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said yesterday the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was not against the devolution of power in the new Constitution.

He told parliament that they had put forward several proposals to

Man Who Attempted To Enter Into MR's Residence With A Knife Taken Into Police Custody

A man who attempted to trespass into the Colombo residence of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was apprehended, last evening.

He was taken into custody by the former President's security officers and was later handed over to the Police.

The former President's security officers said the man had a knife in

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Basic draft of a new constitution today!

The basic draft for a new constitution, the first official document of its kind, is due to be presented to the Constitutional Council when it meets this morning (21).

It contains proposals by all parties represented in parliament, the six subcommittees of the CC and the Lal Wijenaike committee that collected proposals from the public.

The document will be discussed, changes made if necessary and subsequently submitted to parliament as a draft for a new constitution.

It has to be passed by a two-third parliamentary majority and most likely at a referendum too.

However, the SLFP is looking at if it will be sufficient to have it passed in parliament only.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Teacher postings for O/L qualified!

A teacher trade union opposes a move to recruit those who have passed the GCE ordinary level examination in six subjects only as physical training instructors for schools.

Ceylon Teachers Union secretary Joseph Stalin says this demeans

Suspended CPC manager yet to leave official residence!

The marketing manager of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation was suspended more than one-and-a-half years ago, but he is yet to return his official residence to the institution, reports say.

His suspension came following an inquiry into fraud, corruption and irregularities.

The ex-official had been posted to the CPC head office in Colombo,

Lalith Weeratunga, Anusha Palpita Granted Bail Until Case Is Heard At Appeal Court

The Colombo High Court this morning granted bail to former President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and former Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Director General Anusha Palpita.

The two men were convicted in the ‘Sil Redi’ case by the High

House in uproar over expressway exposure!

Parliament was in uproar yesterday (19) over an exposure at a media briefing by JVP’s Sunil Handunnetti about an alleged fraud in the construction of expressways.

Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, highways minister

Best way for govt. to save face!

The provincial councils (amendment) draft bill that raises representation of women nominees at PC polls to 30 per cent will be debated in parliament today (20).

The decision was taken after the Supreme Court’s determination

CEB employees to protest tomorrow

A massive protest will be staged tomorrow (21) if the government fails to address their issues before 12 noon today (20) announced the Ceylon Electricity Board Employees’ Union (CEBEU).

The government should take up the responsibility of any

New ploy to put off PC polls!

Parliament will today (20) debate the provincial councils (amendment) draft bill that raises representation of women nominees at PC polls to 30 per cent, party leaders decided at a meeting yesterday.

The decision was taken after the Supreme Court’s determination

11 months of data missing from Mahendran’s phone

Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda yesterday said that according to the experts who conducted the extraction of data from Arjuna Mahendran’s mobile phone, data pertaining a considerable time period (approximately 11 months), which coincide with the

SL qualify for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Sri Lanka have qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after the Windies lost the first ODI against England at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

With 30 September 2017 set as the cut-off date for automatic qualification for the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over tournament, the

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Arundika Fernando Crosses Over: Joins Joint Opposition After Making Special Statement In Parliament

United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentarian Arundika Fernando crossed over to the Joint Opposition (JO) this afternoon after making a special statement to Parliament.

Fernando, who was formerly the Deputy Minister of Tourism

SLC selection committee receives approval from Sports Minister

The new SLC selection committee chaired by former cricketer Graeme Labrooy has been approved by the Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekara.

The SLC has reported that the panel of five selectors was approved by the sports Minister earlier today (19).

Accordingly, Graeme Labrooy (Chairman), Asanka Gurusinghe,

Supreme Court determines that several clauses of 20A are unconstitutional

During parliamentary sessions today (19), the Speaker of Parliament informed the House that the Supreme Court had found several clauses of the proposed 20th amendment to the constitution to be inconsistent with the constitution and that a referendum will be required to legally establish the proposed Bill.

Accordingly the Speaker informed the parliament that the decision

Railway strike midnight tomorrow

The Railway Operation Supervisory Officers Unions would launch a 48-hour token strike from Wednesday midnight demanding solutions to salary anomalies, the Railway Guards Union said.

Union President Janaka Fernando said they had sent proposals to

Uma-Oya project will be transformed into a viable resource – Amaraweera

Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Development Mahinda Amaraweera stated that the Uma-oya project which has morphed into a misfortune that has plagued the residents of the Uva region will be transformed into a viable resource for the public.

The Minister stated that a development plan will be formulated to

Arjuna Mahendran to appear before Bond Commission today

Former Governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran is scheduled to appear before the Presidential Commission of inquiry today (19), to submit evidence for the ongoing inquiry on the dealings of Perpetual Treasuries Limited.

Arjuna Mahendran, who appeared before the Commission on

House to be informed of SC ruling today!

The speaker will inform parliament about the Supreme Court determination with regard to the 20th amendment to the constitution when the House commences sittings this afternoon (19).

Leader of the joint opposition Dinesh Gunawardena has told Neth

‘Intervene to stop attempts to delay election!’ - CaFFE

The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has written to Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya, Legal Draftsman Deepani Kumarajeewa and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya expressing its displeasure at the attempts made by the government to postpone provincial council elections by making hitherto undiscussed

No US visa for me, says SF

Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Saratha Fonseka said on Monday that despite his name was included in the delegation travelling to the United States with President Maithripala Sirisena to participate at the UN Sessions in New York, he was not granted visa for the tour.

Speaking to the media at Kelaniya, Field Marshal Fonseka said he

JO, UNP inquire into businesses of Maithri’s family!

Ex-minister Basil Rajapaksa has advised several joint opposition MPs to inquire into family businesses of president Maithripala Sirisena and report back to him, political sources say.

He also told them to look into how state resources were used at the

Monday, September 18, 2017

Person Trapped Under Debris At Ahangama Rescued: Five Others Injured Rushed To Hospital

An individual who was trapped under the debris of a five-storey building that collapsed this morning in Kataluwa, Ahangama was rescued a short while ago.

The individual was rushed to the Karapitiya Hospital.

Earlier today a five-storey building – believed to be a hotel – collapsed on residents injuring five.

The five injured individuals were rushed to the Karapitiya Hospital

Tuition Master, Brother, Arrested For Leaking A/L Chemistry Paper Released On Bail

Gampaha Magistrates Court this morning released on bail the tuition master and his brother who were arrested for leaking the Advanced Level Chemistry paper.

On August 21, Police arrested four people for circulating a leaflet

Welikada Prison hospital chief medical officer transferred

Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne has instructed to transfer Welikada Prison Hospital Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. N. Thenuwara who is alleged to have approved to give preferential treatment to politicians.

The Health Minister gave instructions today in response to the

Pitch-preparations linked to match-fixing?

Bowler Lasith Malinga blames disregard for the team when preparing pitches and a head coach without standards for the present debacle in Sri Lanka’s cricket.

He made the allegation during a cricket workshop at Water’s Edge in Battaramulla recently.

According to him, cutting grass in the pitch during the several

CEB Technological Engineers and Superintendents to join strike from midnight

The Ceylon Electricity Board Employees’ Union (CEBEU) said that they will not report to work until the respective parties involved in the CEB frauds are penalized.

Meanwhile Ceylon Electricity Board Technological Engineers and Superintendent Union (CEBTESU) yesterday said they would also support the strike action from midnight today (18).

However Power and Renewable Energy Minister, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya yesterday (17) asked the

Govt. abandons effort to pass 20A

The government has decided to give up on its efforts to pass the 20th Amendment to the Constitution which contains provisions to hold elections to all Provincial Councils on the same day, as well the decision to postpone elections for the North Central, Sabaragamuwa and Eastern Provincial Councils.

The debate on the amendment was scheduled to be held on

Mahela Hits At SLC Again; Questions Ban On Chamara Silva: "How Does The Guy Walking Away From Fixing Get Two Years?"

Former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela jayawardena questioned the two year ban imposed on Sri Lankan cricketer Chamara Silva by the Sri Lanka Cricket.
"How is this fair.. the guy walks away from fixing gets two years. Ones who are involved gets one year?" Jayawardena questioned in a tweet.

"I Have Every Right To Question Buddhist Monks As I Am A Keen Student Of Buddhism:' Ranjan Responds

UNP Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake yesterday scoffed at claims by certain Buddhist monks that he could not talk about the conduct of the Bikkhu community.
Addressing a press conference at his residence yesterday, Ramanayake said he had a right to talk about Buddhism as he is a keen student of Buddhist philosophy.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

People’s Alliance to make comeback?

The SLFP is considering contesting the upcoming elections on the ‘chair’ symbol of the People’s Alliance, together with leftist parties and other groups, according to ‘Sathhanda.’

Ex-president Chandrika Kumaratunga has chaired several meetings in this regard.

Also, Mahinda Amaraweera, Dayasiri Jayasekara, Vijithamuni

Over 200 inmates in Welikada and Bogambara Prisons on hunger strike

At least 150 remand prisoners, sentenced to death and serving life imprisonment in the Welikada Prison, launched a hunger strike yesterday, Prisons Spokesperson Thushara Upuldeniya said.

This follows close on the heels of a hunger strike launched by around 50 inmates of the Bogambara Prison on Thursday (14).

Upuldeniya said the Welikada remand prisoners, who had refused to eat since yesterday morning, were demanding to be paroled via a common pardon.

Upuldeniya said their demand would not be fulfilled immediately as they needed to wait for the recommendations of a committee headed by retired Supreme Court Judge Nimal Dissanayaka, appointed by the Justice Ministry in 2013, to decide on the fate of prisoners on death row.

Currently, Welikada Prison houses more than 200 prisoners on death raw and more than 150 serving life sentences.

Upuldeniya hinted that the hunger strike might be an attempt by some outside organization to sabotage the peaceful environment that exists in the prison system.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Attorney at Law Senaka Perera, representing the Committee for Protecting Rights of Prisoners said that more than 50 prisoners at the Bogambara prison were still refusing to eat.

“Prisoners in all the prisons, including the one in Bogambara, are living hellish lives, as all prisons lack even basic facilities. The authorities should open their eyes and take appropriate measures to solve these long-standing issues,” he said. (Piyumi Fonseka and J.A.L. Jayasinghe)


Gotabhaya’s signature sent for inspection

The FCID has sent the signature of former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to the Colombo Crime Report Division for inspection.

The measure relates to allegations that he had ordered the use of Rs.

20th amendment will decide election dates –Election Commissioner

Dates for the forthcoming election will be decided, with the 20th constitutional amendment, Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said.

Addressing a media briefing, he said that holding or not holding a

CEB strike a failure, says Ministry; TU rejects claims

Despite CEB employees launching a work stoppage from Wednesday (13) the Power and Renewable Energy Ministry said it was able to maintain regular supply of electricity without any major disruption.

Ministry spokesman Pathum Pasqual said according to reports, 100 per cent efficiency had been reported in power generation and

Aloysius lied to COPE: Palisena

PTL CEO Kasun Palisena giving evidence before the PCoI today admitted that his boss Arjun Aloysius had ‘lied’ to the Parliamentary watchdog committee COPE headed by MP Sunil Handunneththi, when he appeared before it during its inquiry into the Treasury Bond controversy.

During the cross-examination, Deputy Solicitor General Milinda

By 2030 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish – Champika Ranwaka

Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka stated that there will be a greater mass of plastic waste in the ocean than the mass of aquatic life by 2030.

Minister Ranawaka expressed these sentiments while attending a campaign held yesterday (15) to clear the Dehiwala beach of all the

Friday, September 15, 2017

Navy Finds Body Of British Journalist: Dragged Into Lagoon By Crocodile Last Evening

The Sri Lanka Navy has recovered the body of the British journalist Paul McClean from the lagoon near Crocodile Rock in Panama, near Arugam Bay.

The 25-year-old journalist went missing yesterday and is believed

Hayleys acquires Singer Sri Lanka for Rs 10.89 billion

Hayleys PLC, controlled by business magnate Dhammika Perera, has purchased a 61.73 percent stake in SINGER (Sri Lanka) PLC this morning (15).

Hayleys has acquired 231,864,362 shares of SINGER Sri Lanka at

Chathurika's 'Janadipathi Thaththa' launched - (photos)

First daughter - Chathurika Sirisena's book titled ‘Janadipathi Thaththa' (my father. the President) was launched today (15) at the BMICH, Colombo.

President Maithripala Sirisena attended the event as the Chief Guest which was also graced by the clergy, first lady Jayanthi Sirisena,

Clergy should go on ‘pinda patha’ to raise funds for Weeratunga and Palpita – Ven Abayathissa thero

Ven.Medagoda Abayathissa thero stated that the act of going on ‘pinda patha’ to collect funds to liberate Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Palpita is not something that should be frowned upon by the Buddhist clergy.

Speaking to the media at a press briefing yesterday (14),

Sri Lanka has worst polluted beaches!

Sri Lanka has the fifth worst polluted beaches in the world, Marine Environment Protection Authority manager Dr. Terny Pradeep Kumara told the media at the Government Information Department yesterday (14).

He was announcing plans for the national marine resources

Anti-SAITM vehicle parade to arrive in Colombo today

The anti-SAITM vehicle parade is scheduled to arrive in Colombo today (15).

A doctors’ strike will also be staged in the districts of Puttalam, Gampaha, Kegalle, Colombo and Kalutara, in line with the vehicle parade.

Accordingly, the strike will be staged from 8.00 am today (15) till 8.00 am tomorrow (16).

Media committee representative of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), Dr.

President instructs RDA to correct accusations over expressways

President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized the need of a national highways policy which does not change from time to time when the construction of expressways is being carried out.

The President made these remarks at the progress review meeting

Thursday, September 14, 2017

‘Are you happy now?’ president asks Mangala

“See, I’ve signed the gazette notification forming the office of missing persons. Are you happy, now?” president Maithripala Sirisena has inquired from minister Mangala Samaraweera, president’s office sources say.

Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Samaraweera too, were