Protesters attack Thambuttegama Police Station

UPDATE: - Four police officers were injured and hospitalized after a group of angry protesters pelted stones and laid siege to the Thambuttegama Police Station earlier today (28).

They have been admitted to the Thambuttegama Hospital, police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.

He stated that a police water cannon truck has also been damaged

Gota amused by attempts to implicate him in Lasantha’s murder

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said attempts by the government to implicate him in the murder of Lasantha Wickramatunge by spreading false information and trying to conceal information pertaining to the incident, is amusing.

Issuing a statement regarding the allegations leveled against him,

Aloysius contracts sores in prison

Arjun Aloysius who is currently in prison over the Central Bank bond scam, has contracted sores while in the Magazine Prison hospital, said the Chief Prison Medical Officer Jagath Malwatte.

He said Aloysius is currently being treated for the skin disease at the prison hospital and if required measures would be taken to take

NPC wants Int’l court over alleged war crimes

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) yesterday passed a resolution to request the UNHRC to establish an International Court to look into the alleged war crimes committed by the armed forces during the wartime in the province.

The resolution, which was submitted by Councillor M.K.

HC to decide on revision applications filed by Aloysius and Palisena

The Colombo High Court says that the decision whether to proceed with the revision applications filed by Perpetual Treasuries Limited owner Arjuna Aloysius and CEO Kasun Palisena, will be announced on March 09.

The attorneys representing Aloysius and Palisena filed the revision

India invited to invest in Hambantota

Under no circumstance will the Hambantota Port be used for military purposes and nothing would be done within the ports and ocean zones of this country that would jeopardize India’s security, said the Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunawardena.

Indian media reported that the CDS had made this statement at a

Why is Malinga being overlooked by Labrooy?

Sri Lanka’s star pacer Lasith Malinga has once again been sidelined by selectors despite proving his fitness and form.

On Feb. 17, chief selector - Graeme Labrooy stated that Malinga has the chance to be selected for the Nidahas trophy if the latter

Power Ministry wants Rs.2.5 Bn to buy extra electricity

The Ministry and Renewable Energy has submitted a Cabinet paper requesting for Rs.2.5 billion to purchase supplementary electricity from private power generating sources. Sources said the document was submitted by Minister Ranjith Siyamabalapitiya at the Cabinet meeting presided over by the President yesterday.

The request for the immediate purchase 100 megawatts of

President short-circuits PM's CCEM

At yesterday's Cabinet meeting, President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have rebuffed the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CCEM) headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and stressed the need for centralized decision-making on economic matters.

The CCEM takes decisions on economic matters and meets every

PM pledges to declare war on drugs

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who took over the Ministry of Law and Order few days ago pledged to declare war against drugs yesterday.

The Prime Minister made this pledge at a ceremony held to mark the 35th anniversary of STF which also coincided with the passing

Ajith meets President to get Power & energy chair!

After today’s Cabinet meeting today, Minister Ajith P. Perera had been waiting to meet President Maithripala Sirisena, according to Presidential Secretariat sources.

He was apparently waiting to meet the President over the ministry he was given in the second cabinet reshuffle on February 25, of the good governance regime.

In that reshuffle Perera was given the post of

Body of missing boy found in Iranawila jungle

The body of a 9-year-old school boy who was reported missing 2 days ago has been recovered from a jungle at Iranawila area in Chilaw, Ada Derana Reporter said.

The boy is suspected to have been abducted and murdered by an

Interim order for Gota further extended

The interim order issued by the Court of Appal preventing the FCID from taking action against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa under the Public Property Act, was further extended till March 23.

The petition filed by Mr. Rajapaksa in this regard was taken up

President must officially ask S’pore to extradite Mahendran: JO

President Maithripala Sirisena should officially request the Singapore Government to extradite former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran to Sri Lanka, who is allegedly connected to the bond scam, JO National Organizer MP Dullas Alahapperuma said today.

Addressing a media conference, he said having been issued a notice

STF withdraws security for 5 ministers

The STF has withdrawn its commando security for ministers Sagala Ratnayake, Piyasena Gamage, P. Digambaran, Rauff Hakeem and Mano Ganeshan.

The first two have had their portfolios changed at the cabinet

MR flies to Bangalore

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa left for Bangalore, India this morning with a six member delegation, Airport sources said.

He is to return tonight.

The airport sources said joint opposition MP Lohan Ratwatte and

No diesel shortage in the country: CEYPETCO

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CEYPETCO) yesterday denied the rumors circulating in social media claiming that there would be a shortage of diesel in the country, CEYPETCO said.

Speaking to the media its spokesperson Ajith Dharmapriya said it was informed that such rumors were created with the intention of

Wimal asks PM, President to resign

While claiming that it was a big mockery to appoint the Prime Minister, who was the mastermind of the bond scam, as the Law and Order Minister, the National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa said the PM and the President should resign without dragging the country towards anarchy.

Addressing a news briefing, he said the President who proclaimed

Mahendran not in Singapore address - Courier service

An international courier service, which was tasked to hand over the Notice issued by the Colombo Fort Magistrate, to former Central Bank Governor Arjun Mahendran who is in Singapore, had reportedly informed the CID that Mr. Mahendran was not present in the given address in Singapore, informed sources said.

Recently, Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne issued a notice

No-faith motion if UNP leadership doesn’t change: Range Bandara

UNP State Minister Range Bandara today said a no-faith motion would be brought against the party  leadership with the support of other UNP MPs, if the party leadership was not changed.

He said this while addressing a news briefing in Puttalam today.

“A number of MPs are ready for this move,” he said. (Rochan

Three-member committee to expedite action against fraud and corruption

A three-member committee comprising Rajitha Senaratne, D.M. Suwaminathan and Ajith P. Perera was appointed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to expedite the action to be taken on fraud and corruption.

The decision was taken at a special meeting held at Temple Trees

SriLankan flights delay due to unforeseen events

Issuing an Urgent Travel Alert, the SriLankan Airlines today said its customers have been subjected to great inconvenience and delayed flights due to a combination of unforeseen events, including a bird strike which damaged an aircraft in Cochin.

“We request all our passengers to check in for their flights online, to

PM may use Law and Order portfolio to shield Mahendran: GL

While claiming that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had no moral right to be appointed as the Minister of law and Order, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman G.L. Peiris claimed that the PM would make use the new portfolio to protect Central

Gota's Avant Garde case fixed for March 26

The trial, in which former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Nissanka Senadhipathi and six others are facing corruption charges in connection with the Avant Garde Maritime Services Ltd, was postponed to March 26 by Colombo Chief Magistrate today.

President's Counsel Anil Silva appearing for Mr. Rajapaksa

Cabinet reshuffle a joke: Ravi

United National Party (UNP) MP Ravi Karunanayake told journalists yesterday the Cabinet reshuffle was a joke and an eyewash.

He said at an event held in Central Colombo that it would have

Team returns empty-handed without Udayanga

A two-member government team returned empty handed from Dubai where they tried unsuccessfully to secure the arrest of former ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga.

Additional solicitor general Yasantha Kodagoda and FCID director

Govt. yet to fulfil promises to Tamils, Sampanthan tells US delegate

The Good Governance Government had not fulfilled the promises it had given to the Tamil community when it was elected to office in 2015, Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan told US Congressman James Sensenbrenner at the Opposition Leader’s office in

Attanayake Case: Court re-summons Prez, PM

The Colombo High Court today re-summoned President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister RanilWickremesinghe to appear in court on July 24 to give evidence in a case filed against

A pointless reshuffle: MR

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday that the Cabinet reshuffle was pointless as there was nothing new in it, while observing that removing the portfolio of Highways from the Minister from Kandy was a loss to the Kandy people.

Speaking to the media after visiting the Sri Dalada Maligawa and

PM will hold Law and Order only for a week

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will hold the Minister of Law and Order only for a week, informed sources said yesterday.

Prime Minister was appointed as the Minister of Law and Order previously held by Minister Sagala Ratnayake at the Cabinet

Live Updates: Cabinet reshuffle

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as the new Cabinet Minister of Law and Order, during the Cabinet reshuffle currently underway at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo.

A total of ten portfolios have changed including six Cabinet

Cabinet reshuffle on UPFA side expected soon

While congratulating the newly appointed Cabinet, State and Deputy Ministers following today’s Cabinet reshuffle, President Maithripala Sirisena has stated that changes will soon be made in the UPFA side as well.

He stated that these changes as well as those soon to be made on the UPFA side of the government will strengthen the National

Cabinet Reshuffle : Susil, Arjuna & Thilanga go abroad

Susil Premajayantha, Arjuna Ranatunga and Thilanga Sumathipala will be absent at today’s (25) cabinet meeting as they are presently overseas.

A cabinet reshuffle is also due, with ministers, deputy and state

Hashim, Kiriella get Ministries swapped

Former Public Enterprise Development Minister Kabir Hashim was appointed as the new Cabinet Minister of Higher Education and Highways.

Former Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kirielle was

PM new Law and Order Minister

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed as the new Cabinet Minister of Law and Order during the Cabinet reshuffle commenced at the Presidential Secretariat today, President’s Media Division said.

President Maithripala Sirisena said the government needs to

No ministerial post for Ravi!

Ravi Karunanayake was rumoured to be receiving a ministerial position in this cabinet reshuffle, but President’s office sources stated that he would not be receiving any ministerial position.

While prominent UNP ministers and back benchers were of the view that Karunanayake should be given a ministerial post, Ravi

No opposition leader post for Mahinda while Yahapalanaya exists!

After the Local Government election victory, although the Podu Jana Peramuna and the Joint Opposition had made several statements to the media claiming that rightfully they should be given the post of Opposition Leader, they have not made a written request from the Speaker so far, it is reported.

Under the current circumstances, if they are to receive that position,

Susil refuses ministerial post!

At the Cabinet reshuffle expected to take place tomorrow, it is believed that Susil Premajayantha will not accept a ministerial post.

It is said that he would not accept a post based on his statements made earlier that he would not serve on a Cabinet led by Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime minister.

Premajantha is expected to boycott the cabinet

Aloysius and Palisena admitted to Prison hospital

The owner of Perpetual Treasuries Limited Arjun Aloysius and CEO Kasun Palisena who were in the remand custody in connection with the alleged Central Bank bond scam, have been admitted to Prison Hospital, sources said.

A spokesman for the Prisons department said that both of them

Brig. Priyankara fiasco: UK says taking the incident very seriously

A minister of the United Kingdom has spoken to Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana regarding the incident involving Sri Lankan Military Attache Brigadier Priyankara Fernando who displayed his shoulder flash bearing the national emblem to pro-LTTE protestors in London on February 4.

The Brigadier displayed this as a warning, during a demonstration

Olympic Committee President Suresh!

In the National Olympic Committee election held after nine years, Suresh Subramaniam was elected as the new President.

In the election held yesterday (23) Subramaniam received 18 votes, while the other candidate Rohan Fernando received only 12 votes.

Meanwhile, Maxwell de Silva was elected to the post of Secretary

CPC urges public to disregard malicious reports intended to sabotage national fuel supply

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) wishes to notify the general public that fabricated reports are currently being circulated on various communication platforms, of a possible fuel shortage in the country.

The CPC firmly reassures the fuel supply across Sri Lanka, is

New Cabinet to swear-in tomorrow

Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella and Public Enterprise Development Minister Kabir Hashim may swap their portfolios in the Cabinet reshuffle likely to take place tomorrow.

The United National Party (UNP) had has decided to re-arrange the

Devalaya robbed, a month after Ranil's inauguration

A police investigation have been initiated over a robbery at the Wennappuwa – Koswatte, Potuwatawana Viharaya Vishnu Devalaya, where thieves had stolen a Conch shell (Valampuri), gold chain and Rs. 130,000 in cash.

According to the police, the theft is believed to have taken place between 09.00 pm on the 19th to 08.00 pm on the 20th.

Investigations commenced subsequent to a complaint lodged by the Chief Incumbent of the temple Ven. Siddamulle Vajirawansa Thera.

The monk in his complaint had stated that the thieves had broken the till and stolen the cash in it, a conch shell placed on the Vishnu statue valued at Rs. 500,000 and a 3½ sovereign gold chain.

Meanwhile, last month the Prime Minister had declared open the Sanghawasa (monks’ abode) at the temple last month.

So far the police have not identified any of the thieves.

The Koswatte Police is investigating further.


Another team to Dubai to seek Udayanga’s extradition

The attorney general’s department and the FCID have sent their officials to Dubai to make submissions to the courts there in order to get ex-ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga extradited to Sri Lanka.

Additional solicitor general Yasantha Kodagoda and FCID director P.K.D. Priyantha have left armed with a red warrant for Udayanga’s arrest.

The ex-ambassador was detained in Dubai on

Brigadier Priyanka Fernando arrives in Sri Lanka after recall

The Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London, Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, arrived in the country after being recalled by the government.

Army Spokesman Brigadier Sumith Attapaatu said yesterday that

Vijayakala’s thugs forcibly acquires mansion in Kollupitiya!

A group of thugs had forcibly thrown out a millionaire businessman and other occupants out of a luxury house in Alfred Avenue, Kollupitiya and occupied it. The millionaire businessman had been living at that mansion for the past 28 years on rent.

 The said businessman had lodged a complaint with the police regarding this incident.

 This incident had occurred on Tuesday (20) and

High Commissioner Wijewardene didn’t resign- Ministry

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs a short while ago rejected the reports being circulated in the media that High Commissioner to the UK Mrs. Amari Wijewardene, had resigned.

Issuing a special statement it said High Commissioner Wijewardene

Kabir wants Presidential Com. on UL, Mihin to be based on Weliamuna Report

Minister of Public Enterprise Development Kabir Hashim told Parliament today that he had made a written request to President Maithripala Sirisena that investigations carried out by the Special Presidential Commission appointed to look into Srilankan and Mihin Air should be based on the J C Weliamuna report.

The Minister was referring to an oral question raised by JVP MP Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa on the national carrier and Mihin Air.

Dr Jayatissa questioned as to what had become of the investigations that had been carried out on the losses incurred by the two airlines.

Minister Hashim said the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) should carry out an investigation on the two airlines.

Mr Hashim said he was willing to go before COPE and testify on the two airlines. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)