Govt. invited China, India power struggle into SL: Gota

The government has invited the power struggle between China and India into the country by handing over national assets to these two countries, former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said.

He said the Hambantota Port was leased out to China by the

Action on Ravi putt off

The UNP working committee had decided to put off taking action against Former Minister Ravi Karunanayake till it gets the opinion from the Attorney General on the recommendations made on the former Minister over the bond commission report, party sources said yesterday.

The Bond commission recommended that legal action should be

No Confidence Motion: UNF to support PM

The leaders of the political parties of the United National Front (UNF) pledged to stand in solidarity with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday in the face of no confidence motion brought against him.

Party leaders Patali Champika Ranawaka, Palani Digambaram and

Aloysius, Palisena re-remanded

Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) owner Arjun Aloysius and its CEO Kasun Palisena, who were arrested by the CID over the Central Bank bond scam, were further remanded till April 12 by the

Court re-issues arrest warrant on Mahendran

The Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court today re-issued an arrest warrant on former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran as the prosecution is currently working on getting the red notices from Interpol.

The first arrest warrant was issued on March 15 because Mr.

No faith-motion: UNP Working Committee decides to back PM

The UNP Working Committee today passed a resolution to back Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to defeat the no-faith motion brought in by the Joint Opposition against him, Minister Navin Dissanayake said.

He said it was also decided to give a new face to the party before

Kiriella-Thilanga lock horns

The Leader of the House, Lakshman Kiriella was reported to have locked horns with Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala at the party leaders’ meeting over his participation at a press conference along with Minister S.B. Dissanayake.

At this press conference, Mr Dissanayake said it would be difficult

GCE O/L 2017 exam results released

The Examinations Department today announced that the GCE O/L examination results-2017 had been released and could be viewed and downloaded from its website

Commissioner Department of Examinations Sanath Pujitha told Daily Mirror that six students had been placed joint first countrywide with same marks that were the highest whilst nine candidates were classified as receiving the second position countrywide.

The six who achieved joint top marks were -:

01 S. M. Kasuni Hansika Thathsarani Senavirathne Rathnavali Balika Maha Vidyalaya, Gampaha
01  . A. Chamodi Ravisa Subasinghe Rathnavali Balika Maha Vidyalaya, Gampaha
01 Navodya Prabhavi Ranasinghe Girls' High School, Kandy
01 Limasha Amandi Divyanjana Wimalaweera Mahamaya Balika Vidyalaya, Kandy
01 M.P Randi Lakpriya Sujatha Vidyalaya, Matara
01 A. M. A Kavisha Prabhath Sivali Central College, Ratnapura.

The nine countrywide second position mark getters were -:

07  H. M. G. Nipuni Indivari Herath Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo 8
07 Anisha Geethanjalee Gunawardana Fernando C. M. S Balika Vidyalaya Colombo 7
07 Risini Dinara Kumarasinghe Samudradevi Balika Vidyalaya, Nugegoda
07 M. Kavin Sandeepa Siriwardana St. Josheps College 10
07 W. M.Thimantha Samadhi Wickramasinghe Bandaranaike Vidyalaya, Gampaha
07 Senuri Dilru Mallikarachchi Mahinda Rajapaksa Vidyalaya, Homagama
07 Miruthi Sureshkumar Vembadi Girls’ High School, Jaffna,
07 R. M Nisansa Kasundi Gokarella Hillwood College, Kandy
07 P. N Amandi Nayanathara Jayasuriya Sujatha Vidyalaya, Matara

The Commissioner said the department had decided to cancel the results of 969 applicants who sat for the examination due to reports on several irregularities such as using high-tech equipment and violating examination rules and regulations.

A total of 2,804 complaints were received out of which 2, 798 complaints were regarding incidents related to applicants.

Following initial investigations the results of 1, 829 applicants had been released. However, the results of the 969 applicants had been cancelled. Results would be posted to outstation schools today (29), the Commissioner said.

For further information contact School Examinations Organization Branch on: 0112784202 / 0112784537/ 0113188350 / 0113140314. Emergency contact number 1911 (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)


Udayanga arrested in Dubai: Minister Rajitha

Co-cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratna today confirmed that former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga was arrested by authorities in Dubai on Monday.


Cabinet committee on economic management scrapped

President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have obtained Cabinet approval to scrap the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CCEM) headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The President submitted a Cabinet paper seeking to abolish this

Ukraine, Sri Lanka to reach agreement on mutual protection of investments

Ukraine is to reach an agreement with Sri Lanka on mutual cooperation and protection of investments. This is stated in the President’s decree on March 26.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko formed a delegation for the

No party could capture power without assistance of SLFP - President

President Mithripala Sirisena admits that even though the elections are fought as different parties, after the victory the service for the community should be provided without party differences.

President Sirisena stated this participating in the oath taking ceremony of the elected members of SLFP of Polonnaruwa district on Monday (March 26). The victorious candidates elected to the

GMOA opposes appointment of Chief Epidemiologist

The entire Epidemiology Unit has been defunct due the Health Ministry’s arbitrary appointment of a medical administrator to the post of Chief Epidemiologist, the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) said yesterday.

GMOA said it strongly oppose the appointment of the medical

Sri Lanka needs second-generation Tamil leaders - Namal

MP Namal Rajapaksa says that Sri Lanka is lacking in a second generation of Tamil politicians and that he believes political parties giving opportunities for young Tamil leaders to come up the ranks and get involved in the decision-making would help the reconciliation process.

In the process of reconciliation and bringing harmony, what we

Shots fired at residence of a state minister’s private secretary

Two unidentified gunmen are reported to have fired at the residence of State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe’s secretary early this morning.

Police said no one was injured but some window panes and the outer wall of the house at Jothipala Mawatha in Malabe, Athurugiriya, was damaged in the shooting.

Police said they suspect the two gunmen who had arrived on a motorcycle to have used a T-56 weapon. (Buddhika Kumarasiri)


Police probe prove JHU not involved in Kandy riots: Champika

Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary and Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said today that in the wake of Police investigations ruling out any JHU involvement in the unrest in the Kandy district, the police should now reveal the political forces behind the violence.

He told a news conference that most of those arrested were

O/L results on Wednesday

Results of the 2017 GCE O/L examination will be released on Wednesday, Commissioner General of Examinations, Sanath Pujitha said today.

He said results would be uploaded to the examination department website on Wednesday night while Colombo schools could collect

Ministers rent ‘rented vehicles’ to SLT

Several top ministers have obtained vehicles on rent, which they in turn have rented to Sri Lanka Telecom at very high monthly rentals, details have emerged.

Of these vehicles, PE 8813, PC 8608 and PE 3301 have been rented

Ranjan calls opposition MPs for public debate

UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake yesterday called the opposition MPs including former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who accused him of insulting Supreme Court judges for a public debate.

Mr. Ramanayake was responding to the allegation made by the opposition MPs that he had insulted judicial offices using his

Powerful minister’s Gold Coast dream!

A powerful Minister has been pressuring the Sports Ministry to make the necessary arrangements for him to attend the Commonwealth Games scheduled to be held in Gold Coast, Australia in April, according to internal sources.

This minister had strong connections with the sport of rugby and

Shipping Corporation swindle exposed by COPE!

An agreement had been signed by the Shipping Corporation to supply Rs. 539 million worth of coal to the CEB but by March 2017 they had failed to supply the said stock of coal, it was exposed by the COPE Committee.

The COPE Committee report pertaining to 13 institutions that were

LIOC increases fuel prices

The Lanka-IOC has increased the fuel prices with effect from midnight yesterday (23), LIOC Shed Owners said. Accordingly, the price of petrol (92 Octane) has been increased by Rs 9 per liter and

MPs voting for no-faith motion of PM should step down from govt.: Minister

Buddhasasana Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera said parliamentarians who will vote against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in the no-confidence motion should immediately step down from their governmental portfolios.

Addressing an event held in Kurunegala on Thursday, Minister Perera said the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Wickremesinghe which was brought by the joint opposition could

Ravi blames CB for economic crisis

UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake yesterday slammed the Central Bank saying it was responsible for the bond scam and the present economic crisis.

“The President, Prime Minister, the former president and the politicians are blamed for the economic crisis but no one speaks of

Disciplinary action not an issue for those voting in favour of no faith motion: Susil

Disciplinary action would not be an issue for those who sign the no confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, UPFA Parliamentarian, Minister of Science, Technology and Research A. D. Susil Premajayantha said yesterday.

The Minister said the main allegations of the no confidence motion

AG ordered to examine Ranjan’s statement

he Supreme Court has ordered the Attorney General to examine the recent statement made by Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake and inform whether he can be charged for contempt of court.

The two cases filed by Ven. Magalkande Sudantha Thera and retired Air Force officer Sunil Perera accusing Ramanayake of

I am ready to give up my ministerial portfolio - Nishantha Muthuhettigamage

Deputy Minister Nishantha Muthuhettigamage said he is ready to give up his ministerial portfolio in the process of removing Prime Minister through the no-confidence motion.

Muthuhettigamage made this statement while briefing media about

Can SF attend Parliament wearing uniform, asks Vasu

Joint opposition MP Vasudewa Nanayakkara today asked in parliament whether Minister, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka could attend parliament proceedings and functions held in parliament wearing the army uniform.

Chief Government Whip Gayantha Karunathilaka said the minister

No-faith motion targets President, Speaker: Arjuna

The real target of the No-confidence motion submitted by the Joint Opposition was not the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe but the President Maithripala Sirisena and the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Petroleum Industries Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said yesterday.

He said more details would be revealed soon and underscored the

Saudi to repatriate SL housemaid’s body following postmortem report

The body of a Sri Lankan woman, who had worked as a housemaid in Saudi Arabia, will be repatriated within two weeks following the issuance of the postmortem report, the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) said yesterday.

The woman, Priyantha Jayasekara (38), was shot dead by a Saudi

Rosy sworn in as Mayor

Rosy Senanayake of the United National Party (UNP) officially assumed duties as the Mayor of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) yesterday.

She took office this morning and became the first female Mayor to be appointed.

Senanayake was recently sworn in as the Mayor of Colombo at a

Govt. to operate SriLankan on 51-49 equity partnership

The government is prepared to grant 49 percent of the equity of SriLankan airlines together with its management to a private partner, Public Enterprise Development Minister Lakshman Kiriella told Daily Mirror today.

He said a consultant had been appointed to make recommendations

8 deaths due to underworld clashes this year

Clashes in the underworld in the past three months led to the deaths of eight persons, says the police headquarters.

Two of them were killed on March 19, at Armour Street, Colombo and Athurugiriya.

The others were murdered at Hulftsforp and Grand Pass in

No-confidence motion against PM handed over to Speaker

The motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been handed over to the Speaker of Parliament by MPs representing the Joint Opposition.

Joint Opposition leader Dinesh Gunawardena handed over the

GTF-GSLF debate on sidelines of UNHRC session

One of the side events organised by the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) to coincide with the UNHRC's 37th session in Geneva was called off midway following a heated argument between GTF and Global Sri Lankans Forum (GSLF) representatives on Monday, sources said.

Two side events organised by the GTF and the GSLF were held on

Aloysius, Palisena file revision bail application in CA

Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) Owner Arjun Aloysius and its CEO Kasun Palisena filed a revision application in Court of Appeal seeking bail over the alleged Central Bank bond scam.

The suspects who are currently in remand custody have filed the

No-faith motion against PM to Speaker today: Gammanpila

The joint opposition members will submit the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya this evening, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) General Secretary MP Udaya Gammanpila said.

He said the joint opposition and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)

Bond scam - first case by new HC-at-Bar: Talatha

The bond scam could be the first case to be heard by the new High Court-at-Bar which the government intends to set up, Minister of Justice Talatha Athukorala told Parliament yesterday.

“Some MPs have talked much about the bond scam and what I could say that this could be the first case which the new high courts

Speaker receives copies of seven petitions

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday announced that he had received copies of seven petitions filed in the Supreme Court against the Judicature Amendment Bill.

The Bill seeks to create a special permanent High Court-at-Bar

SLIEOA Intensifies Trade Union Action

The Sri Lankan Immigration and Emigration Officers’ Association (SLIEOA) yesterday launched a trade union action in response to the failure of the government to provide a resolution to their demands.

President of the SLIEOA, Aruna Kanugala said the association made its grievances known six months earlier at a press conference. He stated

SLFP ministers to tell Prez they'll support no-faith motion

SLFP ministers are reportedly hoping to inform President Maithripala Sirisena in writing that they would support the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara told yesterday that a few SLFP ministers would sign the no confidence motion but the rest

Court warns Wimal to be on time

Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara today warned National Freedom Front (NFF) leader MP Wimal Weerawansa and MP Jayantha Samaraweera to present in court on time when their cases were heard.

The court case was to be taken up yesterday morning at the

Prasanna Ranweera remanded over assault

UPFA Gampaha District MP Prasanna Ranaweera was remanded till March 22 by Mahara Magistrate’s Court over an assault incident.

He was charged with assaulting a candidate who contested at the

Ariyadasa Cooray removed as NPC Secretary

National Police Commission (NPC) Secretary Ariyadasa Cooray has been removed from the post with effect from today.

Mr. Cooray said he had received a letter from the Commission informing that he was suspended from the post according to a Public Administration Circular.

NPC Chairman P.H. Manatunga said according

People need to identify politicians who only think of power and not country - President

President Maithripala Sirisena says some are working according to their personal agendas to gain political power and they are not interested in strengthening the peace and reconciliation or in solving the issues of the country.

The President further said that the people should recognize these people who only consider their political power without giving

Most Sinhalese happy about recent riots: EC

Dismissing the popular view on the attitude of a majority of Sinhalese towards the attacks on Muslim-owned properties and mosques during the recent riots in Ampara town and the Kandy District, Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya claimed they seemed happy about what happened.

"The claim that a majority of Sinhalese were against the recent

PM asked to name a successor

The committee appointed to look into the reorganization of the United National Party (UNP) in its report had recommended that Party Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe should name a person who would take over the party leadership as and when he steps down from the leadership.

A member of the committee said it had come out with this

Three-minister delegation to 37th UNHRC session

The Sri Lankan delegation to the 37th session of the UNHR Council will include Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana, Special Assignments Minister Sarath Amunugama and Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapha, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

Issuing a statement, it said Minister Marapana will lead the