Friday, August 17, 2018

Rosy proposes to increase CMC member’s salary

A proposal has been submitted to the council with regard to increasing the salary of the members of the Colombo Municipal

Minister gave 800 tickets free of charge: SLC incurs Rs.4 mn loss: JO

Sports Minister Faiszer Mustapha distributed some 800 tickets free of charge among his close associates for the recently concluded 50 over finals and the T20 between Sri Lanka and South Africa, thus incurring a Rs.4 million loss to Sri Lanka Cricket, the joint opposition said yesterday.

JO MP Shehan Semasinghe told a news conference that the minister

Akila thanks bus operators that did not join strike

Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has expressed his gratitude to all private bus owners, drivers and conductors who did not support the bus strike and provided transport services considering the students sitting for the Advanced Level examination.

Issuing a statement yesterday (16), he said that certain groups are

A/L exam timetable in a muddle

Several candidates have lost the opportunity to sit for two subject papers with the alleged bungling of the GCE Advanced Level examination timetable, it is learnt.

The timetable had been published in the official website of the Education Department in two occasions on May 16 and June 25,

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Won’t support Chandrika if she contests while on Ranil’s lap – Dilan

MP Dilan Perera said that if the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa can contest at the upcoming Presidential Election, he will support him without an argument.

He stated this addressing a press conference held in Colombo today

Door still open for Malinga, insists Hathurusingha

Sri Lanka’s National Coach Chandika Hathurusingha yesterday reiterated that there was still a place in the National Team for Lasith Malinga, if the fast bowler did his part and met selection criteria.

It has been almost a year since Malinga last represented Sri Lanka in an international encounter - a T20I at home against India last

Bus strike-Failure: Minster, Success: ACPBWA

The bus strike which was launched last night by the All Ceylon Private Bus Workers Association (ACPBWA) against new traffic fines was a failure, Transport Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said today.

However, ACPBWA claimed 80 per cent of buses were not operated during the strike.

FTA to be amended if expert committee recommends

The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Sri Lanka and Singapore will be amended if the expert committee appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena proposes they were necessary, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said yesterday.

He said the President appointed a five-member expert committee

President’s assures Commission for all Public Sector, not only for Railways

President Maithripala Sirisena in his discussion with railway TUs had stated that a Special Commission would be appointed to review the salaries in the entire Public Sector, not just the Railways Department, Cabinet Co-Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday.

Accordingly, the proposal made to President Sirisena by Finance

JO mulls legal action against UPFA Secretary’s decision

The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday said it was ready to take legal action against UPFA Secretary and Minister Mahinda Amaraweera for giving his 'personal' opinion on the Opposition Leader's post claiming it as the party's opinion.

Addressing a news briefing, MP C.B. Ratnayake said Minister

Green light for 125 % increase in basic allowance for CMC members

The Standing Committee on Finance of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has approved the increase in the basic allowance of a member by 125 per cent following a proposal submitted by Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake, CMC member Sharmila Gonawala confirmed yesterday.

Mrs. Gonawala told Daily Mirror that the basic allowance of all 119

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

It’s time to chase away current govt. – JO

Time has arrived to chase away the current government, say the MPs representing the Joint Opposition.

They made this statement addressing a convention held yesterday (14) for the 39th commemoration of late Dr. N. M. Perera.

When the rupee is depreciating by the day and the cost of living is

Govt. officers bound to provide information to public - Thalatha

There is no hindrance for the public at present to obtain necessary information under the Right to Information Act, says Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Atukorale.

Government employees are obliged to provide the relevant

Keith Noyahr Incident: Mahinda summoned by the CID

Former President Mahinda Rajapakse has been summoned by the CID to be present at their office on August 17th in order to record a statement relating to the abduction and assaults made on Keith

Ranil assures Dilantha an independent probe over death threat

Sri Lankan racing driver Dilantha Malagamuwa said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had assured him that an independent investigation would be conducted over the alleged death threat.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror Mr. Malagamuwa said Premier Wickremesinghe had phoned him yesterday morning and told him that he would

Will review pacts made with foreign buyers: SLPP

All agreements entered into with foreign buyers by this government to sell valuable properties in Colombo would be reviewed under our government, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said yesterday.

SLPP Chairman G.L. Peiris claimed the government was

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

‘Navy Sampath’ arrested by CID

Chandana Hettiarachchi also known as ‘Navy Sampath’, wanted for the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths from Colombo, has been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

The arrest has been made in the Lotus road, according to the police.

Former Navy Lieutenant Commander Hettiarachchi Mudiyanselage

Rs.1 mn cheated from Actress Angeline Roshana

Mirihana Special Crimes Operations Unit said yesterday that a film director who had allegedly cheated a sum of Rs. 1 million from the actress Angeline Roshana Ondachchi on the pretext that a luxury vehicle would be imported for her.

A complaint had been made to Mirihana Special Crimes Operations

Rs. 200, 000 to 55 MPs is a bribe: NFF

The Government’s decision to give Rs. 200, 000 each month as transport allowance to 55 MPs was a bribe to those MPs, National Freedom Front (NFF) alleged today.

 Addressing a news briefing, NFF Propaganda Secretary Muhammad Muzammil said since the Government was struggling

All ministers of Northern PC should resign – Reginald Cooray

Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray says that all the ministers of Northern Provincial Council (NPC) should resign and new ministers should be sworn in for the provincial ministerial portfolios.

Any provincial council should comprise of only five ministers,

Ranjith Ariyaratne new Post Master General

Polonnaruwa District Secretary Ranjith Ariyaratne has been appointed as the Post Master General (PMG).

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Minister of Posts, Postal Service M. H. A. Haleem said the Cabinet approval had been sought two weeks

SL currently facing a foreign currency issue: PM

Sri Lanka is currently facing a foreign currency issue and needs to go for an export-driven economy, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday.

Mr. Wickremesinghe expressed this sentiment during the opening

Monday, August 13, 2018

Buying expensive chairs 'simple' for cash rich WPC: Chief Minister

Chief Minister Isura Devapriya said it was nothing out of the ordinary for a rich governing body like the Western Provincial Council to import chairs for the use of provincial legislators at a cost of Rs. 640,000 each.

He however reiterated that the decision to import these chairs at

Colombo bus commuters praise decision to ban TVs in buses

The decision taken by the Road Passenger Transport Authority (RPTA) of Eastern Province to ban televisions in buses has received praise from the Colombo District Bus Passengers Association (CDBPA).

Eastern province RPTA has taken this decision taking into

Sangakkara addresses rumors on his entry to politics

Former Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara has declared that he will not enter politics despite the prevailing rumors of his entry to politics as presidential candidate in 2020.

Posting a message on his Facebook page, he says that he has no

People in North will not allow a return to violence: Anura Kumara

JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake speaking in Kuruwita, Ratnapura on Saturday alleged that an unnecessary fear psychosis prevailed in the South, but people in the North would never leave any room for a return to violence.

He said this by addressing a gathering of scholars on the theme

Medical, Dental, Agri. Faculties to open today

The Senate of the Peradeniya University had decided to re-open the Medical, Dental and Agriculture Faculties, which had been closed for over fifteen days, sources said yesterday.

The Faculties will open on Monday, August 13, for academic

Ven. Gnanasara gets prison dress

General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena Organization, Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera, who is being medically treated in Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital under imprisonment, had been issued a

Friday, August 10, 2018

Fuel prices revised from midnight today

Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera said that the fuel prices have been revised with effect from midnight today (10), based on the fuel pricing formula.

The price of 95 Octane Petrol has been increased by Rs 2 per litre while the price of Super Diesel has been increased by Rs 1 per litre.

Accordingly the new price of 95 Octane Petrol is Rs157 per litre

Extracts of inquiry into Vijayakala's speech sent to AG

The Organised Crime Prevention Division (OCPD) today informed the Colombo Chief Magistrate that the extracts of the magisterial inquiry conducted into the alleged speech made by former Child Affairs State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaren, has been sent to the Attorney General for his opinion.

According to the prosecution, 59 statements have been recorded by

Allow independent commissions to work independently: MR

Former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday it was pointless increasing salaries of chairpersons and members of independent commissions if they were not allowed to function independently.

Raising a question during the debate on revising the emoluments

Speaker advises Sajith and Wimal

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday advised both Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa and his former counterpart Wimal Weerawansa not to waste valuable Parliament time.

The Speaker came out with the advice as both Premadasa and Weerawansa were engaged in a showdown in the House by making

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Eight trains to operate this evening: Railway Dept.

The Railway Department will operate eight trains by this evening despite the work stoppage by the railway trade unions, Railways Additional General WijayaSamarasinghe told Daily Mirror.

He said trains would operate services on main lines -- Chilaw,

Muthurajawela destroyed disregarding President’s orders

Disregarding presidential orders banning the filling, sand excavation and construction on the Muthurajawela wet lands environmental destroyers are already destroying hundreds of acres of this eco system.

This land area is located East of the Colombo – Katunayake expressway and West of the Colombo – Negombo highway in the Ja-Ela Divisional Secretariat division covering the

Resolve issues in a humane manner: Prez urges TUs

President Maithripala Sirisena today requested the trade unions including the railways to resolve their issues in an intelligent and humane manner without causing inconvenience to the innocent people.

Addressing an event held at the Viharamahadevi Park, President

Proposals from Dayasiri to strengthen SLFP

Party anniversary and party reformation process was discussed at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Central Committee meeting, says Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe.

He stated this at a press conference held at Colombo, today (09).

At the Central Committee meeting yesterday (08), a committee

Sri Lanka get first win of ODI series against S Africa

Sri Lanka beat South Africa by three runs in a tense rain-hit clash to end their losing streak in the one-day series in the fourth game in Pallekele.

Dasun Shanaka hit a quickfire 65 as Sri Lanka blasted 306-7 off 39 overs. With a prolonged rain stoppage, South Africa were set a

Duties on small cars to be revised soon: PM

The government intended to revise the import duties imposed on small cars and hybrid vehicles in the near future, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe informed Parliament yesterday.

The Prime Minister expressed these sentiments in response to a question raised by Joint Opposition MP Bandula Gunawardane in

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Ven. Gnanasara Thera sentenced by Appeal Court

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera had been sentenced to 19-years imprisonment to be served in six years, for contempt of court by the Appeal Court, today.

However, a spokesman for the BBS said an appeal had been

Speaker to make special statement next week

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had informed the leaders of political parties represented in Parliament that he will make a special statement on the Opposition Leader’s post when Parliament meets next week.

He had also said issues such as the allocation of speaking time to the joint opposition and also matters on appointing its members to various

President Sirisena condoles death of Karunanidhi

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today mourned the death of DMK chief M. Karunanidhi.

“I am deeply saddened by the death of former Chief Minister and senior political leader Karunanidhi,” he said in a tweet, extending

SAITM no more, staff should request salaries from President: Dr. Fernando

SAITM founder Dr. Neville Fernando said that as the SAITM Institute was abolished by President Maithripala Sirisena the staff should ask him for their salaries.

“There is no academic activity at SAITM since it was abolished. So, there isn’t any need for staff. As there is no income I’m unable

Fuel prices might drop after Friday: Ministry

The scheduled fuel price revision every two months would come to effect on Friday (10) where there might be a drop in fuel prices, the Finance Ministry said.

Fuel prices are determined every two months according to the

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Clashing views on Opposition Leader post

The official stance of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) regarding the position of the Leader of the Opposition has been conveyed to the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

The Speaker’s Office mentioned that the relevant decision will be

PM says that no proposal was made to him on MP salary hike

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that there was no proposal presented to him or the Cabinet regarding a salary increment of MPs.

He points out that the claims of the alleged salary hike for MPs are

Train collision: Four railway officials interdicted

Four railway officials have been interdicted in connection with yesterday’s train accident at Pannaliya off Polgahawela.

Spokesman for the Civil Aviation and Transport Ministry said officers under interdiction pending further investigations are the driver the assistant driver, the head guard and the under guard of the

Sampanthan to continue in Opp. Leader's post: UPFA decides unanimously

Party leaders of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) unanimously decided yesterday that the Opposition Leader's post in Parliament should be further held by R. Sampanthan.

According to political sources, the parliamentarians of the Joint Opposition are a group who contested for the election under United People’s Freedom Alliance. Despite the fact that the UPFA acts as

Govt. shouldn't steer commercial banks to bankruptcy: Gammanpila

The government should not influence commercial banks for political projects leading them to bankruptcy, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader and MP Udaya Gammanpila said yesterday.

Addressing a news briefing, he said the Central Bank (CB) had requested the heads of commercial banks to join the national

Monday, August 6, 2018

Govt. should reconsider SL-Singapore FTA- Mahinda

The government should reconsider the Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA) as it includes several clauses that are disadvantageous to the country, emphasized the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

He stated this to the media today (06), in Anuradhapura, after

Current govt. is destroying public transportation service - Anura

JVP claims that the authorities are engaged in an attempt to sabotage the public transportation services.

According to them, even though foreign countries prioritize the public transportation system, a system of that sort is not