Elections Commissioner commences elimination of unsuitable members!

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said there are many who contested the Local Government, Municipal Council, Urban Council and Pradeshiya Sabha elections without proper qualifications.

The Elections Commissioner said this in response to a query made regarding the measures proposed to be taken by the Elections Commission regarding the unsuitability of many of those who were elected based on false documentation.

Oman denies it has agreed to invest in Sri Lanka oil refinery project

Oman’s oil ministry on Wednesday denied being part of a $3.85 billion plan to build an oil refinery in Sri Lanka, a day after the government in Colombo announced the Arab country’s participation.

Sri Lankan officials told a news conference on Tuesday that a joint venture between the Oman oil ministry and a Singapore investment vehicle owned by India’s Accord Group had agreed to build the 200,000 barrel per day refinery near Chinese-controlled Hambantota port on the island’s south coast.

Mahendran extradition request : Singapore awaiting documents

Singapore is waiting for certain documents and information before it can consider Sri Lanka's request to extradite its former central bank chief Arjuna Mahendran, the 'Straits Times' report.

In fact, the authorities here have been working with their Sri Lankan counterparts on the issue since January, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), it adds.

Yesterday (20), Singapore rejected Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's allegation it was sheltering a former central bank chief wanted for fraud, saying Colombo failed to provide documents to support its extradition request.

N’cholai back online: No more power cuts, says Ministry

With the broken down generator of the Noraichcholai Power Plant coming online, there won’t be power outages anymore, Ministry of Power and Energy said today.

Several areas experienced power outages during the last two days after the unit 2 generator shut down due to a technical mishap on Monday (18).

Johnston cleared of assets non-declaration cases

The Bribery Commission has withdrawn four cases filed against MP Johnston Fernando regarding non-declaration of assets. In turn, the Colombo Chief Magistrate Court has discharged MP Fernando of the relevant charges.

The case was taken up before the Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne, this morning (19) when the officials representing the Bribery Commission requested permission from the court to withdraw the 04 cases stating technical errors in the cases.

MPs who own the most number of milch cows

The MPs who own the best milch cows was revealed in parliament today during the debate on imported milch cows.

“When these cows were purchased they claimed these animals would yield 25-30 litres of milk, but in turned out that they did not yield even as much as the local cows. There has been a massive fraud here,” said UPFA-MP Dayasiri Jayasekara.

Milk powder prices increased under new formula

The prices of powdered milk have been increased according to the new milk food price formula, Minister of Industry and  Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.

Accordingly the price of a 1kg packet of milk powder has been increased by Rs 60 while the price of a 400g packet has been increased by Rs 25.

Former ministers still occupying official residences!

Around 19 former ministers are still occupying the official residences that they were using while they were ministers, it is reported.

Although 20 of the newly appointed ministers had requested for official residences from the Public Administration Ministry, as the previous ministers had not vacated these residences, they are unable to provide the new ministers these official residences.

4500 unplanned appointments given by Wimal abolished

Appointments given by Wimal Weerawansa to the 4,500 Samurdhi Officers during 52 day government are not valid, says Minister of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development P. Harrison.

He was speaking at the Govijana Abhiman ceremony held in the North Central Province.

Red notices issued on 14 Lankans by Interpol

The Interpol website has reported that red notices have been issued against 14 Sri Lankans charged with committing crimes at international level.

According to Interpol sources, several leading criminals including Sajeewa De Soysa, Kosgoda Suji, Emil Lakshmi Kanth, Munisami Thamseelan and Vikranarazha Selvanathan have been listed on the website.