UK approves use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine; rollout from next week

The United Kingdom (UK) has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use.

British regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe for roll out next week.

Dvineguma case : 4 including Basil acquitted & released

 
Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa and 3 others were acquitted and released by the Colombo High Court in the case filed over the misappropriation of public funds to distribute roofing sheets during the run up to the 2015 Presidential Election.

Committee investigating four state banks commence duties

 
The four-member committee appointed to investigate irregularities in four major state  banks during the previous government has commenced its duties yesterday (27 Nov).

It is reported that several senior officials of the relevant banks are preparing to give evidence regarding the large scale corruption that has taken place in these banks.

All anti-government forces shall unite in overthrowing a regime, Navin ready to renew friendship with Sajith

All anti-government forces shall be united in overthrowing a regime, National Organiser of United National Party former MP Navin Dissanayake said.

In the move towards a progressive journey for the country, the former MP said he is ready to renew the friendship with Mr. Sajith Premadasa, the Leader of Opposition.

Son from family of actors, contract Covid-19

An actor hailing from a family of actors, has been tested positive for Covid-19.

He had displayed symptoms of fever after a teledrama shooting in Kandy and was admitted to a private hospital. He had been tested positive after a PCR test.

For whom is the newly created Ministry for the Police?

Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has placed the police department under a new cabinet ministry, removing the law enforcement agency from the junior ministry that was previously held by his elder brother Chamal.

Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Palpita acquitted from ‘Sil Redi’ case

Former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and former Director-General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Anusha Palpita have been acquitted from the ‘Sil Redi’ case.

The verdict was given when the case was taken up before the Court of Appeal Justices Kumuduni Wickramasinghe and Devika Abeyratne today (November 19).

PM turns 75 as President marks a year in office

Today (18) marks the first anniversary of President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa's inauguration as President.

He is to address the nation at 8.30pm tonight which will be broadcast on TV, radio and social media.

PM to present Budget 2021 today

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Mahinda Rajapaksa will present the Budget 2021 of the Government in Parliament today (17).

The Second Reading debate on Budget 2021 is scheduled from November 18 to 21. The Second Reading vote will be taken on November 21.

Gazette issued expanding Sinharaja forest reserve

The Gazette Notification increasing the size of the protected Sinharaja rainforest area to 36,474.93 hectares, signed by former President Maithripala Sirisena on the 11th of November 2019, has been issued, after a lapse of more than one year.