Party leaders fail to agree on a date for Rishad’s NCM

The party leaders’ meeting held today ended without any final decision being reached on a date for the motion of no confidence against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had called a meeting of the party leaders at the Parliament Complex in order to decide on a date for the debate on the no-confidence motion (NMC) against the minister brought by the Joint Opposition.

Gnanasara Thero to be granted presidential pardon, BBS spokesperson says

A spokesperson of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization, speaking to Ada Derana, said the Presidential Secretariat had informed that Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, who was arrested in 2016 over Contempt of Court charges, will be granted presidential pardon today (23).

Rishad invited to join Joint Opposition?

State Minister J.C. Alawathuwala claims the Joint Opposition has invited Minister Rishad Bathiudeen to join their party.

Joining the ‘Wada Pitiya’ political programmed by Derana, the State Minister said Minister Bathiudeen had stated this during the meeting of the UNP’s parliamentary group.

Madumadawa's ride to Minuwangoda seized

The Special Task Force (STF) has seized the jeep, which was used by the deputy leader of Pivithuru Hela Urumaya Madumadawa Aravinda, at Kadawatha.

Mr. Aravinda who is reportedly absconding from Police has used the particular jeep to go to Minuwangoda on 13 May, the day that a tense situation erupted in the area.

Petition challenging PM’s seat in Parliament rejected

The Court of Appeal today rejected the petition filed seeking a Quo Warranto preventing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe from being a Member of Parliament.

The decision was delivered by a judge bench comprising Justices Shiran Gunaratne and Priyantha Fernando.

SIM cards found in Ma Oya belong to a private company

The police stated that 1475 SIM cards used for mobile phones were found in Ma Oya in the Kochchikade area in Negombo. A stock of unused SIM cards has been found at a wooded area near Ma Oya, last evening (20). The SIM cards had been inside a sack and they belong to a certain private company, stated Kochchikade Police.

JVP to bring no-confidence motion against govt

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) will be handing over a no-confidence motion against the government, said the JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake.

He made this statement at a press conference held in Colombo today (20).

Presidential, General elections to be postponed?

The government senior politicians have inquired whether the Presidential election and the General election could be postponed due to the Easter Sunday attacks and the subsequent clashes in the country targeting the Muslim people which led to the implementing of emergency law, it is reported.

Reduction in vehicle prices: vehicle importers badly affected!

Due to the volatile situation arising in the country, the vehicle prices have dropped unexpectedly, it is reported.

According to the Vehicle Importers Association President Indika Merenchihe, the vehicle sales have come to a complete standstill.

SLPP-MP Naushad arrested !

SLPP Mabola Wattala Urban Council leader of the Opposition Mohommed Naushad who had earlier functioned as the Mabola organiser of the National Thawheed Jamath Organisation and lad fled the country subsequent to the Easter Sunday bombings, was arrested early this morning by the CID.