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Friday, September 21, 2018

Mangala warns of further depreciation of rupee

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday warned of a tendency of a further rupee depreciation against the US dollar within the next few weeks.

He told parliament that not only the Sri Lankan rupee but also currencies of most Asian countries had depreciated during the

SLFP rebels want President to take over Law and Order Ministry

Three SLFP rebel group frontliners, MPs S.B. Dissanayaka, Dilan Perera and Thilanga Sumathipala yesterday urged President Maithripala Sirisena to take over the Law and Order Ministry immediately under his wings and remove IGP Pujith Jayasundara from his post.

They alleged that there was a real threat to the lives of President

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Police should be assigned under President – Dilan

It is vital that the President assigns the Police under the Ministry of Defense, stated Dilan Perera of  Group of 16 in SLFP, at a press conference held today (20).

He says that the 23 SLFP MPs are suspiciously quiet on the conspiracy to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena and former

Group of 15 boycotts SLFP CC

The group of 15 SLFP members have taken a decision to boycott the SLFP Central Committee meetings until the party leaves the government and none of the group of 15 members would be attending the SLFP Central Committee meeting scheduled to be held today (20) under the patronage of President Maithripala

Education should be adapted to suit modern world – Akila Viraj

Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that the education system in the country should be adapted to suit the modern world.

Initial steps required for this have already been implemented, he

DIG Nalaka de Silva has LTTE connections: NFF

Former in charge of the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) DIG Nalaka de Silva, against whom allegations had been levelled over his alleged plot to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, had connections with the LTTE, the National Freedom Front charged today.

Addressing a news briefing, NFF National Organizer Jayantha

SL has no plan to hand over strategic Palaly Airport to India – Transport Min.

Sri Lanka has decided against giving control of Palaly Airport to India just days after the state-run Airport Authority of India made a move to develop it.

Sri Lankan civil aviation minister Nirmal Sripala De Silva told the

SL to buy Spanish ocean cleaner: Dy. Min. Mannapperuma

Mahaweli Development and Environment Ministry would buy a high tech ocean cleaning vessel through Spanish funds in near future, Deputy Minister of Environment Ajith Mannapperuma said.

“The vessel is capable of cleaning waste in saline water,” he said.

He was addressing a press conference at UNP headquarters

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Bus fare increased again by 4%

The Cabinet has approved a 4 per cent fare increase to bus tickets with effect from midnight tomorrow, the Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry said.

However, it said the minimum bus fare of Rs. 12 would not be changed.

Earlier, the private bus unions demanded a 10

Minister recommends DIG Nalaka Silva to be sent on compulsory leave

Law and Order Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara recommended the National Police Commission (NPC) to send DIG Nalaka Silva on compulsory leave to facilitate an independent inquiry.

DIG Nalaka de Silva, who was in charge of the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) and is currently mired in a controversy