No-confidence motion against Minister Udaya Gammanpila defeated

The Motion of No Confidence brought against Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila by the opposition has been defeated by a majority of 91 votes.

A total of 61 MPs had voted in favour of the motion while 152 parliamentarians voted against it. 

Ranil calls for debate on country’s foreign exchange crisis

UNP MP and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has called for a debate on what he called a major foreign exchange crisis that the country is facing at the moment.

Sri Lanka seeks USD 150Mn loan from ADB for Responsive Vaccines for Recovery project

The Government of Sri Lanka is planning to borrow two loans amounting to USD 150 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to implement the “Responsive COVID-19 Vaccines for Recovery (RECOVER) Project”.

Indian team touring Sri Lanka is a strong squad, not a second-string side: SLC

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Friday issued a statement, saying the current India team which arrived in the island to play three ODIs and three T20Is is a “strong squad”.

This clarification from SLC comes on the very day when former Sri Lanka skipper Arjuna Ranatunga criticised the board for letting India send their ‘second-string’ team while the main team stayed back in England to play the Test series which commences in August.

Ranil’s name gazetted as UNP National List MP

The Election Commission has gazetted the name of United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the party’s one and only National List Member of Parliament.

The extraordinary gazette notification was published today (June 18) by the Chairman of the Election Commission Nimal G. Punchihewa and the members of the election body, S.B. Divaratne, M.M. Mohamed, K.P.P. Pathirana and Jeevan Thiagarajah.

Port city is part of the growth story of Asia - Cabraal

State Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal says that the Colombo Port City, the Hambantota Port and other new development projects will be key factors in taking Sri Lanka forward over the next few years.

Tow X-PRESS PEARL into deep seas; Sri Lanka’s President instructs relevant officials

Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed to tow the ill-fated X-PRESS PEARL container ship in to deep seas off the Colombo Harbour.

Minister of Ports and Shipping Rohitha Abeygunawardena on Tuesday (01) had informed the President of all details surrounding vessel including its route from the UAE on the 19th of May to Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh Bank approves $200m currency swap with Sri Lanka

The Bangladesh Bank board on Sunday approved in principle a draft $200-million currency swap deal with Sri Lanka, which is struggling to maintain a moderate foreign exchange reserve.

The currency swap agreement would be finalized after getting a legal vetting approved by the government, BB officials told New Age after the meeting.

May 24, 25 declared special government holidays

The upcoming Monday (May 24) and Tuesday (May 25) have been declared Special Government Holidays, the Ministry of Public Administration stated.

However, this does not include the bank and mercantile sectors, the Secretary to the Ministry stated.

Parliament adjourned as SF - Chamal clashes (Video)

Parliament was adjourned for a short period today (08) morning following a heated exchange between government members and opposition.

Tensions erupted in Parliament during a heated argument between Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka and Minister Chamal Rajapaksa.