Thursday, October 18, 2018

NFF leader gives details of suspect's RAW identity

Leader of the National Freedom Front Wimal Weerawansa insists that an Indian national, who has revealed a plot to assassinate the president, former president and the former defence secretary, is RAW-trained and had been spying in Sri Lanka.

Speaking to the media at N.M. Perera Centre in Borella yesterday

Cannot allow EPF to be invested in stock market – Lalkantha

The Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) cannot be managed on the whims of the rulers, says JVP politburo member K. D. Lalkantha.

He mentioned this addressing a seminar held in this regard.

Despite whichever government they are from, rulers should not

Nothing to see here: Sri Lanka to revoke rogue bikini ban

Sri Lanka on Wednesday promised to revoke a rogue bikini ban raising eyebrows at a popular seaside resort, as the authorities urged tourists to wear what they want at the beach.

The signs erected by local police at Habaraduwa Beach, about 130 kilometers (81 miles) south of the capital Colombo, depicted a pair

Fmr. TID DIG Nalaka arrives at CID

Former Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) DIG Kaushal Nalaka de Silva arrived at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) a short while ago over the inquiry into the alleged assassination plot on President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, CID sources said.

He was summoned last Tuesday (16) to appear before the CID and

Gotabaya’s petition to be taken up on Nov 02

The petition filed by former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, seeking an injunction halting his arrest over the case against him for the alleged misappropriation of state funds to establish the D.A. Rajapaksa Memorial Museum, will be taken up again on November 02.

The order was issued when the petition was taken up before a Court

Indian envoy meets Prez over RAW claim

In the wake of President Maithripala Sirisena reportedly implicating India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) in the alleged assassination attempt on him, Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu called on him yesterday and sought clarification in

UNP finds 25 men to axe

The United National Party (UNP) said it had identified 25 of its electoral organizers to be axed under its reorganization programme, it is learnt.

According to sources, the UNP would dispense with its organizers

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Oil tanks in Trincomalee will not be sold – Arjuna

Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Ranatunga say that the unused oil tanks in the Trincomalee Oil Tank Complex will be sold off.

Affirming that it is not his principle to get into agreements that are harmful for the country, the Minister said that the relevant oil tanks will only be developed with the assistance of investors.

He made these comments today (17), at a press

Prez - PM showdown at Cabinet

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe are reported to have had a showdown at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting over the proposal to develop the East Container Terminal of the Colombo Port as an Indian investment.

At the meeting, Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda

Minister recommends NPC to suspend DIG Nalaka

Law and Order Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara has recommended the National Police Commission (NPC) to suspend DIG Nalaka Silva, based on the ongoing investigation into the alleged plot to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena and

Johnston Fernando acquitted of all charges

Former Minister Johnston Fernando, his private secretary Sakeer Mohamed and former Sathosa Chairman Nalin Fernando, who were remanded on September 3 in connection with the misappropriation of SATHOSA funds worth Rs. 5.2 million in 2013, were acquitted of all charges by the Kurunegala High Court today.

Johnston Fernando, a former minister of Co-operatives and Internal

President grants Rs 1 million to Sergeant interdicted over Thebuwana incident

President Maithripala Sirisena has granted Rs 1 million to the Police Sergeant who was interdicted following the incident in Thebuwana.

The President provided the grant following a meeting held with the

President grants Rs.14 Customs Tax to release sugar stock at Port

Following discussions held with President Maithripala Sirisena at the President Secretariat yesterday, he had agreed to release the sugar stocks already at the harbour under Rs.14 customs tax concession, Sugar Importers' Association member Priyantha Senavirathne said.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror he said 5,000 tonnes of sugar was

Nothing certain about PC polls: EC

Even after Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe submits the delimitation review report to President Maithripala Sirisena by October 28, PC polls cannot be held until amendments if any are approved by Parliament, Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said yesterday.

He said however, the President was required to gazette the report no

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

I introduced the technical subject stream to syllabi – Bandula

The main reason behind the increasing price of fuel is the depreciation of the Sri Lankan Rupee, says the Joint Opposition.

JO MP Bandula Gunewardane stated this today (16) holding a press conference in Colombo.

Price paid for a barrel of crude oil going up as the Rupee

SLFP will not withdraw from govt - Amaraweera

The incumbent government has done a significant service so far and it expects to go forward as a country by identifying its shortcomings, says the Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera.

He stated this addressing an event held in Malpettawa,

Govt. should intervene to protect temples in North-East – Mahinda

The government should intervene to protect Buddhist temples in Northern and Eastern provinces, says former President Mahinda Government.

On a visit to Kandy, the former President worshipped the Temple of

Jayasuriya couldn’t explain his phone details – Report

It might have come as a shock for many fans of former Sri Lankan skipper and swashbuckling opener Sanath Jayasuriya when, earlier yesterday (15), the ICC charged him on two counts for breaching its anti-corruption code. But THE WEEK has reliably learnt that Jayasuriya was questioned by the ICC’s anti-corruption unit (ACU) in September in Colombo as part of its ongoing investigation into corruption charges, which has been going on for over a year and a half.

The ICC had released a statement earlier in the day, charging Jayasuriya on two counts: “Article 2.4.6 Failure or refusal, without compelling justification, to cooperate with any investigation carried out by the ACU, including failure to provide accurately and completely any information and/or documentation requested by the ACU as part of such investigation.

“Article 2.4.7 Obstructing or delaying any investigation that may be carried out by the ACU, including concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation and/or that may be evidence or may lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt conduct under the Anti-Corruption Code,” the statement said.

The batting legend, it is reliably learnt, was unable to furnish details related to phone numbers in his possession at a particular time. He, reportedly, had used four SIM cards but was not able to give a satisfactory explanation regarding two of those numbers which he had used during matches. In fact, he “failed” to remember that he had two of those phone numbers at a given point of time. And when confronted with proof, Jayasuriya, it is said, could not give a satisfactory response.

The ICC has, reportedly, been carrying on “direct and indirect investigations along with Sri Lanka Cricket’s ACU”.

Jayasuriya has been given 14 days—starting October 15—to respond.

This is not the first time Jayasuriya’s name has been linked to anti-corruption code violations. In 2011, former Lankan skipper Hashan Tillakaratne had, in a meeting with then Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, alleged that Jayasuriya and his former national teammate Aravinda De Silva and current SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala were involved in fixing of international matches. An allegation, which all three denied.

Source: The Week


DIG Nalaka summoned to CID today

DIG Kaushal Nalaka de Silva who was in charge of the Terrorism Investigations Department( TID) has been summoned to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today obtain a statement regarding an alleged assassination plot on President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, CID

More to be exposed: Namal Kumara

Anti-Corruption Force Operations Director Namal Kumara yesterday said he would reveal more incidents including an alleged land fraud taking place in the country.

He expressed these views to the media after giving a statement to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) over the ongoing

Malik to meet Chinese Commerce Minister next month

Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama said yesterday he would meet his Chinese counterpart next month in China to discuss how to resume talks on the proposed Free Trade Agreement between the two countries.

He told Daily Mirror that he would leave for Shanghai next month

Monday, October 15, 2018

Intl. assistance to probe Namal Kumara and Nalaka de Silva’s voice samples

The CID has decided to render the international assistance to examine whether certain parts of the alleged conversation between DIG Nalaka de Silva who was in charge of the TID and the Director (Operations) of the Anti-Corruption Force Namal Kumara have been destroyed.

According to the CID, this decision was taken as the prevailing

PHU to seek Court of Appeal assistance against Vijayakala

While claiming that the legal action against MP Vijayakala Maheswaran was not taken in a proper manner on her statement on the resurgence of the LTTE, the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) said it would seek legal assistance at the Court of Appeal against

Govt. is likely to freeze fuel prices temporarily

The budget 2019 is likely to freeze the much criticized fuel pricing formula temporarily for a few months and also bring down the fuel prices in the domestic market to ease the hardships faced by the low income families, a senior Cabinet minister said yesterday.

The minister told Daily Mirror on condition of anonymity for

Drowning death: President appoints CDS to implement a National Plan

Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne has been appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena, to implement a National Plan to reduce the number of deaths caused by drowning, which has come to an alarming rate.

The office of the CDS said that there have been 760 and 678 deaths

It is better to resign if it's everyone's wish: IGP

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara said yesterday that it would be better for him to resign if it were the wish of everyone that he do so.

He said this in response to questions about his decision to resign

Further import controls unnecessary unless fuel prices rise: Malik

Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama said yesterday further import cuts would not be necessary unless there was a sharp rise in fuel prices in the global market.

Mr. Samarawickrama told Daily Mirror that things appeared to have

PM warns of the worse to come

Stating that the global economic crisis is turning to the worse, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday stressed that government expected support of everyone to see the nation through from it.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said this at the opening of a new

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Counter terrorism law- Confessions no longer admissible at trial: Sampanthan

Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan said confessions would no longer be admissible at the trial of a person charged with an offence under the new Counter Terrorism law and the same position should be applied to those already charged based on confessions.

He said if the new counter terrorism Law accepts that position, then

15 MPs to propose that SLFP quits govt

MP Sudarshani Fernandopulle says that a written proposal will be handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena today (13) calling for the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to leave the national government.

She stated that the request will be made presented in writing

Big gap between productivity levels of public, private sectors: Prez

President Maithripala Sirisena said that there was a definite gap in the levels of efficiency and productivity when one compares the public and private sectors and added if 15,50,000 public servants committed them selves to improve their productivity at least by 50% from the current 30%, it will not be a difficult task to meet Sri

PC Elections- Political parties to disclose stance by Oct.31

Political parties have reportedly agreed to inform the Election Commission prior to October 31 about of their stance on the conduct of provincial council elections .

Party representatives met the Election Commission on Thursday

LIOC-CPC to develop Trinco oil tank farm: Arjuna

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and the Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC) will jointly administer and develop the Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm, Petroleum Resources Development Minister Arujna Ranatuga told Parliament yesterday.

He said this in response to a question asked by Chief Opposition

As a Buddhist I feel sad for Duminda: Hirunika

Referring to the Supreme Court’s confirmation of the death sentence imposed on Duminda Silva, UNP MP Hirunika Premachandra said yesterday as a Buddhist she felt sorry for him but as a was happy at the court ruling.

The SC on Thursday confirmed the death sentence imposed by the

Friday, October 12, 2018

Sri Lankan Govt to sell hotel stakes?

Sri Lanka plans to put two state-owned hotel companies up for sale within the next six months in a sale that could raise $500 million for the island nation as it seeks to bolster its finances, a state minister told Reuters.

Sri Lanka faces repayments on expensive infrastructure foreign

Over 50 injured in head-on collision between buses

More than fifty passengers have sustained injuries in an accident that took place near the Lunugamvehera bus stand on the Hambantota-Wellawaya main road this afternoon (12).

A private bus that had been en route to Ampara from Matara has collided head-on with an SLTB bus, which had been travelling from Dehiattakandiya to Matara.

Reportedly, over 50 persons including the drivers of both buses

SL rejects US claims, says no Chinese military base at H’tota

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has rejected US' claim that China might set up a "forward military base" at Hambantota Port, describing it as "imaginary", the Economic Times reported on Thursday.

Addressing a programme at London's Oxford University on

Arjuna on the cause for degradation of cricket

Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Ranatunga says that the degradation of cricket has been caused because of interference of money.

He made this reviews at the inauguration ceremony of XBAN 2018

Post of CJ: Prez nominates SC Judge Nalin Perera

President Maithripala Sirisena has nominated Supreme Court Judge Nalin Perera to the post of Chief Justice which will fall vacant today with the retirement of the present incumbent, it is learnt.

The President has referred his nominee to be considered by the Constitutional Council (CC). It will be the first appointment to be

Coalition government: MR says only a proposal on the table

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said at present there was only a proposal on the table to form a coalition government and re-iterated that there had been no discussions in this regard as yet.

Responding to a question raised by a journalist at the

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Oh minister please protect your head!

Due to the traffic congestion on the Parliament road, he had to stop a motorcycle and come to parliament in the rain, Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam told Parliament yesterday (09).

Although he had to be on time in parliament having to respond to three questions, he was delayed due to being stuck for over an hour

Taking semi-nude photos: Three youths released

The three youths, who were remanded on charges of posting semi-naked photostaken on top of the Pidurangala Rock on social media, were warned and released by the Dambulla Magistrate today.

They were released on a fine of Rs.1, 500 each after they pledged

Fuel prices to increase with pricing formula

In accordance with the pricing formula activated by the Ministry of Finance, there is the possibility of the price of fuel being increased from today said the general secretary of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Trade Union D.J. Rajakaruna.

He said that in view of the appreciation of the Dollar and the price

Even I'm unable to comprehend pricing formula: Mangala

The Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said yesterday that even he cannot comprehend what this pricing formula was.

He said further that when people come to know what this formula was, they will also be affected mentally.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera made this comment at a media

There won't be any change of Govt: Kiriella

House Leader and Minister, Lakshman Kiriella said today there would be no change in the government as claimed by the opposition and that the good governance government or the United National Front had a clear mandate to govern the country.

He told parliament that this government was not prepared nor had it

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Thebuwana Police Sergeant granted bail

Matugama Magistrate has granted bail to the Police Sergeant who displayed unruly behavior over his OIC releasing a lorry transporting sand.

The police officer in question, who is attached to the Thebuwana Police Station, was taken into custody with great difficulty after he

20A: Some clauses need 2/3 majority and referendum

Deputy Speaker J. M. Ananda Kumarasiri informed the Parliament today that Supreme Court had determined that some clauses in 20th

Special High Court to hear Gota’s case daily from Dec. 4

The Special High Court today decided to hear the case against former defense secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa daily from December 4, 2018 on alleged misappropriation of Rs 49 million to

Female officers at Geneva embassy rent their quarters

Three chief female officers in Sri Lanka’s embassy in Geneva have rented their official quarters on a daily basis, according to ‘Aruna’.The Foreign Affairs Ministry pays 3,500 Swiss Francs (Rs. 525,000) for one luxury house with three bedrooms and pantry and 2,500 Swiss Francs (Rs. 375,000) each for the two other houses.

These female officials are single and three separate houses are

SB rejects any talks with Prez, MR at his residence

Former minister and MP S.B. Dissanayake yesterday said no discussion was held between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at his residence as reported.

He said in a statement that however, it was true that former