Your appointment is illegitimate, Sampanthan tells Mahinda (video)

Opposition leader R. Sampanthan met Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (30) and told him that his appointment by the president as the prime minister was illegitimate, unconstitutional and anti-democratic.

Refusing to meet him at the PM’s office, Sampanthan met

UNP’s main policy is to sell country’s resources – Wijeyadasa

The selling of Sri Lanka’s resources to foreign countries had become the fundamental policy of the United National Party (UNP), says the Minister of Education and Higher Education Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe.

The country will have to face an immense danger by handing over

Taxes should be simplified: MR

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksha while assuming duties as the Finance and Economic Affairs Minister said today that collecting taxes from the people should be simplified and it should be collected on their ability.

The Prime Minister said the government should not burden the

Special protection for Nalaka de Silva

Former DIG Nalaka de Silva, who is in remand custody in connection with the alleged plot to assassinate several VIPs, has been provided with special protection, a Prisons Department official said.

He said the DIG was being detained in a special cell at the

JO to call for dissolution of House after new Govt. is formed

The joint opposition has said it will strive towards the dissolution of Parliament soon after the new government assumes office.

It said it would first present the Vote on Account in Parliament and thereafter, either the JO or the Mahinda Rajapaksa group of the UPFA will move a resolution calling for the dissolution of

Won't resort to legal action, but we urge RW to leave: PM Sec

Legal action will not be instituted against UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe for not vacating Temple Trees to date, new Premier’s Secretary Sirisena Amarasekara said.

The Secretary to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, however said it was the duty of the former Premier to vacate the premises and

President tells diplomats he acted according to the constitution

President Maithripala Sirisena briefing foreign diplomats at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday had emphasized that new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was appointed according to the powers vested in him in the constitution, the President’s office said.

During the meeting the President explained to the diplomats

B’gamuwa tragedy: Lady doctor granted bail

The lady doctor -- who was involved in the Boralesgamuwa tragedy where a Police Inspector was killed and his wife and two children badly injured -- was granted bail by the Gangodawila

Elections Commission Chief regrets postponing elections

Chairman of National Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya says that as a citizen of the country he regrets the postponement of elections.

He stated this addressing a press conference held yesterday (29) at the

New Cabinet sworn in

The new Cabinet of Ministers was sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, short while ago.

Twelve Cabinet Ministers, one State Minister and one Deputy Minister took oath today while the rest are to be appointed in the

New PM to assume duties today

Newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is slated to assume office today (29).

Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila stated that assuming Prime Ministerial duties will take place at the Prime Minister’s Office.

The new Cabinet of Ministers will also be sworn in today, says MP

I just wished MR but support Ranil: Vadivel Suresh

Deputy Minister Vadivel Suresh yesterday scoffed reports that he had pledged his support to newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and said he had only met the latter just to wish him as a matter of courtesy.

He said this addressing a news briefing at the Temple Trees a short

RW’s security reduced from 1,008 to 10

The security detail of UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had been reduced to 10 personnel from 1,008 on the directions of the IGP, Police said.

However, Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara assured the reduction of the security personnel in number would not

Over 20 UNP MPs ready support Mahinda - Ananda Aluthgamage

UNP Parliamentarian Ananda Aluthgamage says that over 20 MPs of the United National Party are ready to support the new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Kandy District MP made this claim while addressing the Joint

New Cabinet likely to take oath tomorrow

It is reported that the Cabinet of the new government was scheduled to take oath at the Presidential Secretariat tomorrow morning.

The list of the MPs to be sworn in as ministers is being prepared by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda

PRECIFAC Report - English, Tamil translations tabled in House

English and Tamil translations of the report submitted by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) was tabled in parliament yesterday.

Both government and opposition members have asked in parliament

IGP Pujith Jayasundara in discussion with MR

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara arrived at Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa‘s residence and was in

I command confidence of Parliament: Ranil to Prez

UNP leader Ranil Wckremesinghe in a letter to the President said he was the constitutionally appointed Prime Minister and continues in that office.

He said he commanded the confidence of Parliament as

Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as Prime Minister

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been appointed as the Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and was sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena today (26) at the Presidential Secretariat.

We have received video footage of the swearing in ceremony at the

Bail for 'Ali Roshan' & 6 others

Seven persons, including Samarappulige Niraj Roshan alias ‘Ali Roshan’, who were arrested over the illegal possession of four elephants, have been granted bail by the Permanent High Court-at-Bar today (26).

The case taken up by Justices Sampath Abeykoon, Sampath

MR’s security can be stepped up if threats have increased: PM

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s security can be stepped up if threats to his life had increased, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

Responding to concerns raised by JO MP Dinesh Gunawardane, the premier went on to say that Mr.Rajapaksa was already provided with special security for his residences in Wijerama,

Drone hovering over Ravi’s house: Three summoned

Three persons including a manager of a private drone operating firm had been summoned by the Thalangama Police to record statements over the incident where a drone was found hovering over MP Ravi Karunanayake’s residence.

Police said they recorded the statement from the manager this

Former DIG Nalaka de Silva arrested by CID

Former DIG Nalaka de Silva who was arrested by CID over VIP assassination allegations have been remanded until 7th November.

The former DIG was presented before the Fort Magistrate last night (25) itself, following the arrest.


Dissolve Cabinet, form caretaker govt.: Ratana Thera

President Maithripala Sirisena should immediately dissolve the Cabinet and establish a caretaker government with the support of all political parties, Parliamentarian Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera yesterday said.

He said the country was going through a rough patch and there

New constitution: Second interim report on Nov. 7?

The second interim report of the new constitution is to be presented to the Constitutional Assembly by the steering committee on Nov. 7, top government sources said yesterday.

A senior official attached to the Constitutional Assembly told us that a document was due to reach them on November 7, but

RAW agents in Cabinet - Expose them and resign: Dilan tells Amaraweera

If the Cabinet consists of four agents of the Indian spy agency RAW, what UPFA General Secretary and Minister Mahinda Amaraweera should do is to expose them and quit the government immediately, SLFP dissident Dilan Perera said yesterday.

He said he could not understand why 23 SLFP members were still

Kasun Palisena and Arjun Aloysius further remanded

Perpetual Treasuries Limited owner Arjun Aloysius and CEO Kasun Palisena have been further remanded until 08 November by the Colombo Fort Magistrate.

They were arrested by Criminal Investigations Department (CID)

Duminda wants investigation into Welgama’s serious allegations

Minister Duminda Dissanayake today requested police investigative agencies to investigate the ‘serious allegations’ which were recently leveled by Joint Opposition MP Kumara Welgama against a fellow parliamentarian.

If a former minister, a responsible person and Member of

STF security for 3 more prisons from today

The Police Special Task Force (STF) will be deployed for the security of Welikada, Magazine and Colombo Remand Prisons, with effect from today (25).

Accordingly, the STF will be in charge of the external security of these prisons and of inspecting the persons entering prison

Namal Kumara alleges SF behind DIG Nalaka

Anti-Corruption Force Operations Director Namal Kumara yesterday said that in his initial statement to the CID, he had mentioned that Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka’s name and questioned whether Fonseka had got to know about it.

Addressing a media briefing at his home in Ampara, Namal

Fmr. DIG Nalaka arrives at CID for the fifth time

Former Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) DIG Nalaka Silva arrived at the CID for the fifth day to give a statement over the inquiry into the alleged assassination plot on President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The CID had recorded more than 33-hour-long statement from

I don’t believe Ministers have links with RAW: MR

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yerterday said that he didn’t believe that the Cabinet Ministers would have any links with the RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) of India.

Responding to journalists after visiting the Henakaduwa Temple at Tangalle, Mr Rajapaksa, however, said the act of one of the

This is the starting point-PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who made a special statement on the naming of Sri Lanka as the top destination to visit in 2019 said this achievement should be a starting point to go to a higher level in tourism.

“Let us make this award, for us, a starting point to go to a higher

Is compensating terrorists justifiable? – Gotabaya

Former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa questions the whether it is justifiable to compensate LTTE terrorists.

He mentioned this to the media following an event held in Colombo. The event was attended by former President Mahinda

SriLankan Airlines Commission: There were practices above the law- fmr. minister

There were practices above the law; no matter what laws are created practices are higher. Whether it is a violation of a law at some points a minister has to take that decision because it was the practice at that time, former Civil Aviation Minister Priyankara Jayaratne yesterday told the SriLankan Airlines Commission

The former minister informed the Commission that although he was

Dissolving the Board of Directors - Shows they are corrupt: JO

President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to replace the Board of Directors of the Bank of Ceylon, People’s Bank and the BOI shows that these institutions are corrupt similar to the Central Bank in the past, joint opposition (JO) MP Bandula Gunawardana said yesterday.

He said all these institutions were functioning in a manner that

MS saying DS' UNP is no more is a joke: SF

Responding to the statement made by President Maithripala Sirisena that the UNP founded by the late D S Senanayake was no more, Minister Sarath Fonseka said yesterday DS was engaged in a different kind of politics during his time.

“Leaders such as former prime minister D.S Senanayake were

Sri Lanka Cricket’s Chief Financial Officer remanded

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Sri Lanka Cricket, who was arrested for alleged financial fraud, has been remanded until November 01 by the Colombo Additional Magistrate.

Piyal Nandana was arrested on Monday following a complaint

DIG, Namal Kumara voice samples match, says GA

The Government Analyst today informed Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court that 123 out of 124 audio clips of the phone conversations of Namal Kumara and former DIG Nalaka de Silva matched with their voice samples.

Namal Kumara and former DIG Nalaka de Silva are being

SL seeks India's help to tackle fixing rut

India has offered to assist Sri Lanka with its inquiry into match-fixing in cricket and drafting laws to combat cheating in the game, Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said yesterday.

He said India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) could provide

Letting officials to run PCs tantamount to dictatorship: EC

Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has sent a hard-hitting letter to the government and recognized political parties informing them that getting officials to run provincial councils was undemocratic and likened it to an administration of dictatorship.

The Elections Commission said this letter had been sent to the

Situ in SL will improve by National New Year, 2019

The situation in Sri Lanka will turn for the better by next year's National New Year, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday.

He said this at a ceremony held at Temple Trees where appointment

Reveal names of Cabinet ministers in RAW pay list-Namal

Joint Opposition MP Namal Rajapaksa said that President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe should reveal the names of the two cabinet ministers, who were claimed to be in the pay list of India’s Intelligence wing – RAW.

“If some cabinet ministers are in the pay list of the RAW, it’s not

Welgama’s remarks detrimental to JO: Gammanpila

The recent remarks made by UPFA MP Kumara Welgama on his objection to Gotabaya Rajapaksa, were baseless and detrimental to smooth functioning of the Joint Opposition, the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader MP Udaya Gammanpila said today.

MP Welgama recently made remarks that he was firmly against

Special investigation to probe protest at Agunukolapelessa Prison

The Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms has decided to conduct a special investigation into how the inmates from Angunukolapelessa got out of their cells.

A special team is to be sent to Angunakolapelessa Prison regarding

Herath to retire after first Test against England

Veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath will call it quits from the longest format of the game after the first Test against England at Galle.

Herath, who has 430 Test scalps to his name, is second on Sri Lanka's list of leading wicket-takers - behind Muttiah Muralitharan,

DIG Nalaka Silva to appear before CID for third time today

Deputy Inspector of Police(DIG) Nalaka Silva is due to appear before the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today for the third time.

DIG Nalaka Silva has been summoned by the CID regarding the alleged plot for the assassination of President Maithripala Sirisena

Train from Batticaloa to Fort derails at Mahawa

Colombo bound train from Batticaloa has derailed in Mahawa area, this morning (22), according to the Railway Control Room.

Accordingly, the train services from Fort to Batticaloa will

Mangala ridicules public with fake price formula – Chandima Weerakkody

According to the fuel price formula, fuel from the Trincomalee harbor should be less expensive than the fuel from the Colombo Port, says former Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Chandima Weerakkody.

He mentioned this yesterday (21), when media questioned him on the

Mano reveals reason for people’s disappointment in govt

Minister Mano Ganesan says that the people of the country are a bit disappointed and that the reason for that unhappiness is the conflict of opinions and democratic disagreements between the President and the Prime Minister in the government.

The Minister of National Integration, Reconciliation and Official