Thursday, May 24, 2018

Files on LTTE and MI5 in SL erased at UK Foreign Office

Britain’s Foreign Office had destroyed almost 200 files on Sri Lanka dating from the start of the LTTE uprising during which MI5 (Military Intelligence, Section 5) and the SAS (Special Air Service) secretly advised the country’s security forces, the Guardian reported on Wednesday.

It said the loss of the files means that there is almost no record of

M.H.M. Navavi resigns from parliamentary seat

United National Party National list parliamentarian M.H.M Navavi has resigned from his portfolio, Secretary General of Parliament said.

Navavi is a member of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Current govt. has given war heroes the place they deserve – Fonseka

Minister of Sustainable Development, Wildlife and Regional Development Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, states that the current government has given the country’s war heroes the place they deserve.

Responding to questions from the media, he says that certain people

Tripping of grid substations cause power outages in several areas

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said that the tripping of grid substations in Katunayake, Bolawatta, Pannala, Maho, Puttalam, Chilaw and Old-Anuradhapura have resulted in power outages in several areas.

The CEB said that the tripping of the grid substation in Chilaw at

Mahendran played key role in singing FTA: Dayasiri

SLFP MP Dayasiri Jayasekara alleged today that former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, who was in Singapore, had played the key role in signing the Free Trade Agreement between Sri Lanka and Singapore.

"Mr. Mahendran has been assigned the duties to function as the Sri

Investing in new refinery system is better than establishing expressways - Arjuna

Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Ranatunga says that the best solution to manipulate the fuel prices is to establish a new refinery system.

He said his personal view is investing to a new refinery system is

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

JVP to present 20A in parliament today

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said yesterday it would today present the 20th Amendment to the Constitution on abolishing the executive presidency.

JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake told Daily Mirror the draft of the

Saturday, May 19, 2018

FTA with Singapore: Lankans won't lose job opportunities

Sri Lankan professionals will not lose job opportunities as a result of the free trade agreement (FTA) which Sri Lanka has signed with Singapore and neither will the country's job market be opened for foreigners under this agreement, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

He had said this when he met representatives of the Sri Lanka

Can't compare JVP with LTTE: Champika

Minister Champika Ranawaka said yesterday the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) could not be compared with the LTTE.

He said this at the 2018 Virudana Ranaviru Upahara or

JVP hits back at Rajitha

JVP MP Vijitha Herath yesterday rejected the statement made by Minister Rajitha Senaratne where he compared the the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) with the LTTE and said it was surprising for the minister, who had led a terrorist outfit known as “Pra” to make such a statement.

He told Daily Mirror the JVP was a political party that had stood

Akila plans postings for ‘political victims

A plan by Akila Viraj Kariyawasam to give education sector appointments to 1,058 persons alleging them to be political victims has come to light, ‘Ravaya’ reports.

He has sought approval of the Public Services Commission for the

Friday, May 18, 2018

Ministry orders inquiry over abandoned jumbo with gunshot injuries

The Wildlife Ministry yesterday ordered for an investigation into the incident where an elephant was found with gunshot injuries in Gomarankadawala, Trincomalee had been left without treatment by Wildlife Conservation Department officials claiming the injury was incurable.

Wildlife Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma told Daily

COPE, PAC, Public Finance: Former members re-appointed

Party leaders, who convened at the Parliamentary complex yesterday decided to reappoint the former members who served in the parliamentary bodies Committee on Public Enterprises(COPE), Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and the Public Finance Committee.

These committees lapsed as a result of the prorogation of

Don’t use war heroes for personal agendas: Army Chief

War heroes must not be manipulated to serve narrow objectives and personal agendas, nor should they be incited to resort to emotional and anti-social acts, Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake said.

Lieutenant General Senanayake said nine years have passed since the eradication of terrorism from the country and he firmly believed the freedom thus gained should be shared not by

Pandu Bandaranayake joins SLPP

Former Minister and SLFP stalwart Pandu Bandaranayake said yesterday he joined the Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna (SLPP) in order to be a part of the progressive political journey of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

He said as the only “Bandaranayake “in active politics today, he took great pain to leave the SLFP.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Deaths of two British rugby players: Police probe drug use

Police are investigating whether drugs contributed to the death of two British rugby players after a visit to a nightclub in Colombo.

A source said that 27-year-old Thomas Baty, who died on Tuesday (15), had given a statement while he was undergoing treatment at

Meethotamulla tragedy: AG's report blames CMC

The Auditor General had held that the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) was responsible for the death of 32 people and for the damage caused to properties as a result of the collapse of the Meethotamulla garbage dump in April last year.

The report of the audit carried out by the Auditor General's

Saman Weerasinghe appointed as Presidential advisor

Dr. Saman Weerasinghe, former Ambassador of Sri Lanka in the Russian Federation from the year 2016 to 2018 has been appointed as President Maithripala Sirisena’s Advisor on International Affairs with Immediate effect.

As an individual, his achievements include an award presented by the Russian Government, which is the highest level of recognition received by a Sri Lankan citizen for friendship, to date.

His level of professionalism played a vital role in speedily and effectively solving the recent tea crisis, which put the country at a major economical risk.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

JVP urge Govt. to reduce fuel prices

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today urged the government to reduce the recently increased fuel prices and said the government was earning the tax income on fuel unreasonably, showing losses of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC).

JVP MP Vijitha Herath told a news conference that the fuel prices

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Cabinet approves to absorb 982 SAITM students to KDU

Cabinet approval has been granted to absorb 982 SAITM students to General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), Higher Education Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said.

Speaking to Daily Mirror, Dr. Rajapakshe said the students would

Power supply restored, says CEB

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said that it had restored the power interruption in the Colombo area a short while ago.

Energy Ministry Secretary Dr Suren Batagoda said as he was informed by the CEB engineers, it was identified by them as a software malfunction.

However, after five hours, the power was

Police seek public help to arrest woman over Rs. 15mn fraud

The Police today released a picture of a 50-year-old woman, who was wanted over an alleged financial fraud of Rs. 15 million.

Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said the woman had been evading arrest over the fraud, in which cheques issued by her to several shop owners had not been honoured.

The woman has been operating a boutique dress shop in Mount Lavinia and had issued the cheques after buying dress items from various businessmen.

SP Gunasekera said at least 24 complaints had been lodged to the Mount Lavinia Police and the Mount Lavinia Special Crimes Investigation Unit against the woman in connection with Rs. 8.6 million financial frauds.

The Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court had issued an arrest

New Chairpersons for state media institutions

Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera has appointed new Chairpersons to the state-owned media institutions.

Inoka Sathyangani has been appointed as Chairperson of Rupavahini Corporation while Siddi Mohamed Farook has been

TID summons Dilum Amunugama

Joint Opposition MP Dilum Amunugama has been summoned by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) to present at the TID today to record a statement, UPFA MP Shehan Semasinghe told

MP Amunugama has been summoned to record a statement over the recent violent incidents that took place in Kandy.

The TID initiated a special investigation into the

Monday, May 14, 2018

President Srisena to return from Iran today

President Maithripala Sirisena who is on a two-day state visit to Iran, is scheduled to arrive at the country today (14).

The President met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani yesterday (13) and signed five new MoUs to further strengthen the economic and trade ties between the two countries, according

A special program to resolve the human-elephant conflict is underway –Sarath Fonseka

A special program to find solutions for the human-elephant conflict, which causes humans’ as well as wild elephants’ deaths, is currently being prepared, said the Minister of Sustainable Development, Wildlife and Regional Development Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka.

He says that several discussions regarding this have been held on the Ministerial-level.

Also, measures have been taken to provide

A Supreme Court fundamental rights petition against the Uva CM

The Principal of Tamil Girls’ Maha Vidyalaya, Badulla has filed a fundamental rights petition at the Supreme Court saying that the Uva Province Chief Minister has violated her fundamental rights by forcing her to kneel before him.

Principal R. Bhavani has named 8 persons including Uva Chief

Petrol can be sold for Rs 90, if taxes removed: Gammanpila

A litre of petrol could be sold for Rs. 90, if not for the taxes, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader and MP Udaya Gammanpila said today.

“There are four taxes imposed on fuel such as Import Duty, Local

There is no controversy between the Rajapaksa brothers –Mahinda Rajapaksa

There is no controversy between the Rajapaksa brothers as some say, said the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

He made this comment in response to a question raised by a media personnel after a religious program at the Thimbirigasyaya Sama Viharaya, this morning (13).

Speaking further, the former President said that through the

Norochcholai Coal Power Plant could affect Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi: Ecologist

The toxic acids evaporated from the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant could pose a threat to the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, the oldest living tree of the world with a written history, Ecologist Dr. Ranil Senanayake said yesterday.

Addressing a press conference organized by the Centre for Human

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Checking revenue licence via SMS: Police dismiss FB claims

Dismissing a claim spread through a Facebook post, Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said yesterday that vehicle registration details obtained via SMS cannot be accepted when the drivers are not in possession of revenue licences or the driving licence.

SP Gunasekara told the Daily Mirror that the drivers should be able

Won’t worship or apologise to politicians: SF

Minister and Field Marshal, Sarath Fonseka yesterday said he would never worship or apologise to any politician.

Speaking to journalists at the end of an inspection tour of the Elephant orphanage in Horowpathana, he said he had only

Better Wifi facilities at BIA in three months: Minister

Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said yesterday steps would be taken to provide Wifi facilities at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) within three months.

Responding to JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake, who said Wi-Fi facility at the BIA was very poor, the minister told parliament that he was

Difficult to manage without a deputy: Speaker

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said yesterday it was difficult for him to manage without a deputy speaker.

He said this when the matter of a deputy speaker was being discussed by the MPs.

“I hope the President will take steps to appoint a new deputy

I had to pull out pistol to get things done: Range Bandara

Irrigation, Water Management and Disaster Management State Minister Palitha Range Bandara said yesterday that the Anamaduwa Technical College was built using the Rs.38 million allocated for the purpose by the State, after he drew his pistol.

The minister made these remarks addressing a function to mark the

Thursday, May 10, 2018

SF pledges to resolve issues affecting wildlife

Wildlife Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said yesterday he would resolve the issues affecting wildlife in the same manner he ended the 30-year-long civil war. He said this while participating at the ceremony in which Wildlife Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma assumed duties.

“The Wildlife Ministry has always had its own, unresolved

Special dialogue on female representation in politics

The Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus has decided to hold a special series of discussions regarding the female representation in politics.

Its first phase will commence at the parliamentary premises today (10), according to Minister Chandrani Bandara, the Chairperson of the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus.

Issues faced by women when engaging in politics, relating to the

Fuel price hike from midnight today

The prices of fuel will be increased with effect from midnight

Aloysius, Palisena re-remanded

Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) Owner Arjun Aloysius and its CEO Kasun Palisena, who were arrested by the CID over the Central Bank bond scam, were further remanded till May 24 by the

External forces attempting to disrupt China-SL ties: Ambassador

Chinese Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan maintained that certain external forces are provoking unfounded speculation on joint mega-projects between Sri Lanka and China in order to disrupt the cooperation and create problems between the two countries in order to further their own interests.

Issuing a statement, the Chinese Embassy said the Ambassador has

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Audit Bill in accordance with Constitution: Speaker

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today informed Parliament that the National Audit Bill was in accordance with the Constitution.

The National Audit Bill was approved by the Cabinet in February this year. The bill was initially expected to come into effect in March, 2015 under the 100-day programme of the National

Minor fire at Minister Jayawickrama’s Parliamentary room

The Fire Brigade was rushed to the Parliamentary complex a short while ago as the air condition system in the office of Buddha Sasana Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera was on fire.

Eyewitnesses said flames and smoke were seen coming out of the

Railway strike called off

he strike by railway unions demanding the government rectify salary anomalies was called off with immediate effect an hour after it was launched today.

Convener for the Collective of Railway Trade Unions, Janaka Fernanado, said the decision was made after Minister Sarath

Court restricts IUSF protest

Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today issued an order preventing the Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) causing public nuisance or forcibly entering government offices during its scheduled protest today.

The order was issued by the Magistrate following a petition filed by

FTA with Singapore detrimental to SL: JO

The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed with Singapore was detrimental to the country because it would allow the flowing in of cheap labour from countries such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, the joint opposition said yesterday.

JO MP Bandula Gunawardana said any company which is

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Sengal Oya Irrigation Project to commence on May 10

The construction of the Sengal Oya Irrigation Project will commence on May 10, according to the State Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources & Disaster Management, Palitha Range Bandara.

He said this at a discussion regarding the

Opposition’s duty, govt.’s actions should change: President

The duty of the opposition and the course of action of the allies of the national government should take a different form in today’s political arena, President Maithripala Sirisena said.

Commencing the second session of the 8th Parliament, President Sirisena said, “If the political allies in the government should act

IP Rangajeewa and Lamahewa re-remanded

Police Narcotic Bureau Inspector Neomal Rangajeewa and Prisons Department Commissioner Emil Ranjan Lamahewa, who were in remand custody over the Welikada Prison riots in 2012, were further remanded till May 22 by Additional Magistrate Ranga

President saying it to retain those left with him: MR

Responding to President Maithripala Sirisena’s statement that he won’t retire in 2020, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa told the Joint Opposition’s May Day rally in Galle yesterday that President Sirisena had to say so to hold on to those left with him today by his side.

Addressing the rally which was held at the Samanala Grounds in

JVP blames rulers for Sri Lanka’s economic woes

JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake says that the country’s rulers are responsible for Sri Lanka becoming a state which has achieved no economic victories and a state in which the economy is collapsing.

Addressing the May Day rally of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) at BRC Grounds in Colombo yesterday (7), he said that the