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Mawbima owner Tiran Alles and two others remanded over RADA case

Mawbima owner Tiran Alles and two others remanded over RADA case

Three persons including owner of the Mawbima newspaper Tiran Alles have been remanded till November 10 by the Colombo High Court, on charges of misappropriating public funds through the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) in 2006. MORE...

November 2, 2016  01:23 pm|

Jaffna incident: IGP admits shortcomings

Jaffna incident: IGP admits shortcomings

We should admit the fact that there may have been shortcomings on the part of the police with respect of the incident in Jaffna which resulted in the deaths of two university students, IGP Pujith Jayasundara says. MORE...

October 25, 2016  04:16 pm|

Siva Senai in Sri Lanka gets Shiva Sena Support, Colombo Worried

Siva Senai in Sri Lanka gets Shiva Sena Support, Colombo Worried

Shiv Sena in Mumbai has extended its support to a new Sri Lankan Tamil outfit called Siva Senai, triggering concerns among the mainstream politicians of the island nation that sectarian outfits will reopen wounds of a 20-year-old civil war that ended only in 2009. MORE...

October 14, 2016  08:10 am|

Jaffna University Conflict: Non-Fictional Clash of Clans?

Jaffna University Conflict: Non-Fictional Clash of Clans?

(FEATURE) The violent argument that occurred in the University of Jaffna earlier this month has possibly left considerable doubt in the minds of Lankans: Are we falling prey to racism? Is peace an intricate luxury that we seemingly cannot afford? MORE.....

July 27, 2016  02:43 pm|

UN Watch welcomes progress made by Sri Lanka

UN Watch welcomes progress made by Sri Lanka

UN Watch welcomes the progress made by the Sri Lankan government since resolution 30/1 was adopted in October 2015, a Statement by UN Watch made during the 32nd Session of the UNHRC says.MORE...

July 6, 2016  10:17 pm|

Sri Lanka could accept international actors in war crimes probe

Sri Lanka could accept international actors in war crimes probe

Sri Lankas foreign minister said on Thursday he is willing to consider international participation in investigating possible war crimes during the 26-year Tamil insurgency. MORE...

February 26, 2016  07:54 am|

Yoshitha, Nishantha and Rohan Weliwita remanded

Yoshitha, Nishantha and Rohan Weliwita remanded

Yoshitha Rajapaksa, Rohan Weliwita, Nishantha Ranatunga and 2 others have been remanded till February 11th by the Kaduwela Magistrates Court. MORE..

January 30, 2016  07:48 pm|

AG orders Hirunikas arrest

AG orders Hirunikas arrest

The Attorney General has instructed the Police to arrest Colombo District MP Hirunika Premachandra in connection with the abduction incident in Dematagoda. MORE..

January 9, 2016  07:51 am|

We will not act in haste on war crimes special court - President

We will not act in haste on war crimes special court - President

The Sri Lankan government would not act in haste on the issue of setting up a special court on allegations of violations of human rights in the last stages of the civil war, President Maithiripala Sirisena said on Sunday. MORE...

January 4, 2016  08:14 am|

No dire need of emergency funding in Lanka - Mahendran

No dire need of emergency funding in Lanka - Mahendran

Sri Lanka is in no dire need of emergency funding as the countrys economy fared well in 2015 with reserves on a sound footing, Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran said today. MORE...

January 1, 2016  07:15 am|

TN parties stoke sentiments on Sri Lanka, LTTE ahead of polls

TN parties stoke sentiments on Sri Lanka, LTTE ahead of polls

Ahead of the 2016 assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, the ruling AIADMK and other political parties are attempting to stoke public sentiments on emotive issues like Sri Lankan Tamils sufferings and LTTE, although they have not translated into electoral gains in the past. MORE...

December 29, 2015  09:21 am|

Namal was planning on becoming countrys leader - Dilan

Namal was planning on becoming countrys leader - Dilan

Namal Rajapaksa was planning on becoming the countrys next leader if his father was in power for another 15 years, claims State Minister Dilan Perera. MORE..

December 16, 2015  04:52 pm|

Port City can resume tomorrow if Chinese firm agrees to leasehold - Ravi

Port City can resume tomorrow if Chinese firm agrees to leasehold - Ravi

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake says that the Sri Lankan government is prepared give the go-ahead for the Colombo Port City project to resume even tomorrow, if the Chinese company agrees to begin the US$1.4 billion project on a 99-year lease. MORE.

December 12, 2015  10:17 pm|

SL to sign convention of protection from enforced disappearances

SL to sign convention of protection from enforced disappearances

Today Sri Lanka will sign the International Convention for the protection of all persons from enforced disappearances, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. MORE..

December 10, 2015  06:25 pm|

FCID summons ex-SEC chairman Nalaka Godahewa

FCID summons ex-SEC chairman Nalaka Godahewa

The former Chairman of the Securities Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC), Dr Nalaka Godahewa, has been summoned to appear before the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID). MORE..

December 4, 2015  11:12 pm|

Two arrested over financial irregularity at SEC

Two arrested over financial irregularity at SEC

Two individuals including a former top SEC official have been arrested over an alleged financial irregularity at the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) in 2013, police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said. MORE..

December 4, 2015  09:14 pm|

Siyams father says Vass Gunawardena didnt kill his son

Siyams father says Vass Gunawardena didnt kill his son

In a surprising twist, the father of slain businessman Mohamed Siyam says that his son was not murdered by former DIG of Police Vass Gunawardena, who was sentenced to death after being found guilty over the killing. MORE..

November 27, 2015  06:17 pm|

Siyam murder: Vass Gunawardena, son and 4 others found guilty

Siyam murder: Vass Gunawardena, son and 4 others found guilty

Six suspects including former DIG Vass Gunawardena and his son Ravindu have been sentenced to death after being found guilty for the abduction and murder of businessman Mohamed Siyam by the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar. MORE..

November 27, 2015  03:20 pm|

Kumar Gunaratnam further remanded

Kumar Gunaratnam further remanded

Frontline Socialists Party (FSP) political committee member Premakumar Gunaratnam, who was arrested and remanded for visa violations, has been further remanded till December 11 by the Kegalle Magistrates Court. MORE..

November 27, 2015  12:23 pm|

Sunil Handunnetti named new COPE Chairman

Sunil Handunnetti named new COPE Chairman

JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti has been appointed as the Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) in Parliament, Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera said. MORE..

November 26, 2015  04:51 pm|

Rajitha, Champika and Arjuna ask IGP to probe bribery claims

Rajitha, Champika and Arjuna ask IGP to probe bribery claims

Ministers Champika Ranawaka, Dr Rajitha Seenaratne and Arjuna Ranatunga today requested the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to investigate the allegations made against them by the Chairman of Avant Garde Private Limited, Nissanka Senadhipathi. MORE..

November 24, 2015  01:20 pm|

LIVE UPDATES: Budget 2016

LIVE UPDATES: Budget 2016

The new governments first full-year budget, for the fiscal year of 2016, is being presented to the Parliament of Sri Lanka by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake. MORE..

November 20, 2015  02:04 pm|

Sri Lanka to usher in a capital oriented budget: Ravi

Sri Lanka to usher in a capital oriented budget: Ravi

Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake said that the Yahapalana Governments new budget on November 20 will be capital oriented while aiming at higher revenue than recurrent expenditure. MORE...

November 12, 2015  02:07 pm|

Tamil prisoners recommence hunger strike

Tamil prisoners recommence hunger strike

Over 200 Tamil prisoners have yet again commenced their hunger strike in several prisons across the country to protest against being jailed for years without trial. Earlier, they ended the fast following an assurance from President Maithripala Sirisena that their grievances would be addressed. MORE...

November 10, 2015  10:30 am|

Estate workers to get loans for Deepavali

Estate workers to get loans for Deepavali

The government will provide a loan of Rs 3,500 for estate workers for the Deepavali festival in addition to the Rs 6,500 salary advance, Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake says. MORE..

November 6, 2015  07:50 pm|

Sri Lankas anti-corruption efforts not rhetorical Harsha

Sri Lankas anti-corruption efforts not rhetorical  Harsha

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva says that at the international level Sri Lankas commitment to contributing to efforts to combat corruption remains strengthened as never before specially following the democratic changes in country this year. MORE..

November 4, 2015  02:24 pm|

Anura hospitalised following a brief illness

Anura hospitalised following a brief illness

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has been admitted to the Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital following a brief illness, the hospital Director said. MORE...

November 2, 2015  11:48 am|

Falling space junk to create fireball in the sky: experts

Falling space junk to create fireball in the sky: experts

A piece of space junk will fall back to Earth next month, giving researchers a chance to study how incoming objects behave when they hit the planets atmosphere. MORE...

October 29, 2015  01:48 pm|

Karuna Amman resigns from SLFP

Karuna Amman resigns from SLFP

Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman says he has decided to to resign from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to join the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) led by V. Anandasangaree. MORE...

October 26, 2015  12:21 pm|

Accountability process would be purely domestic: FM

Accountability process would be purely domestic: FM

The process to fix accountability as mandated by the latest UNHRC resolution for the alleged rights abuses during the conflict with the LTTE will be completely domestic, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has said rejecting claims that it was a hybrid mechanism. MORE...

October 25, 2015  11:45 am|

UNP Provincial Councilor Tissa Bandara arrested

UNP Provincial Councilor Tissa Bandara arrested

UNP Central Provincial Councilor Tissa Bandara has been arrested for allegedly assaulting an individual at the Dambulla Economic Centre, the police say. MORE...

October 25, 2015  11:06 am|

Paranagama report far worse than UN report Rajitha

Paranagama report far worse than UN report  Rajitha

The government today said that the resolution adopted at the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka would have been much more severe if the Paranagama report had been released before the session in Geneva. MORE..

October 22, 2015  05:39 pm|

Parliamentary programme for the Budget 2016 amended

Parliamentary programme for the Budget 2016 amended

The parliamentary programme for the Budget 2016 which was approved at the Cabinet of Ministers has been amended according to a proposal made by Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance. MORE...

October 22, 2015  04:06 pm|

Dilan admires JVP for its stance on US-sponsored resolution

Dilan admires JVP for its stance on US-sponsored resolution

State Minister Dilan Perera on Thursday (22) admired Sri Lankas leftist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) for maintaining a clear stance on the US-sponsored resolution that was adopted at the recently concluded UN Human Rights Council Sessions in Geneva. MORE...

October 22, 2015  03:49 pm|

UN will continue to press for accountability in Sri Lanka: Farhan

UN will continue to press for accountability in Sri Lanka: Farhan

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that the United Nations (UN) will continue to press for accountability in Sri Lanka over incidents related to the alleged war crimes. MORE...

October 22, 2015  12:52 pm|

UN Assistant Secretary-General to visit Sri Lanka

UN Assistant Secretary-General to visit Sri Lanka

United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Miroslav Jenča, will be visiting Sri Lanka today (21) on a four-day official visit. MORE..

October 21, 2015  10:42 am|

Vavuniya DIG case: President requests report on missing cop

Vavuniya DIG case: President requests report on missing cop

President Maithripala Sirisena has issued a directive to the IGP to expedite the investigation in connection with the disappearance case of a police Sergeant who was a witness in the case in which several top cops including a DIG are suspected of allegedly involved in a treasure hunting incident in Vavuniya. MORE...

October 20, 2015  06:06 pm|

UN resolution, Udalagama & Paranagama Commission reports tabled in Parliament

UN resolution, Udalagama & Paranagama Commission reports tabled in Parliament

The resolution adopted at the UN Human Rights Council as well as the Udalagma and Paranagama Commission Reports were tabled in Parliament by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe a short while ago.

October 20, 2015  01:31 pm|

Sajin gets permission to go to Singapore

Sajin gets permission to go to Singapore

The Colombo Magistrates Court today (20) allowed former UPFA MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, whose passport was earlier seized, to go to Singapore for medical treatments. MORE...

October 20, 2015  01:10 pm|

Sri Lanka holds rates as Mahendran eyes next fiscal budget

Sri Lanka holds rates as Mahendran eyes next fiscal budget

Sri Lankas central bank kept interest rates unchanged for a sixth straight month and Governor Arjuna Mahendran said the government will focus on boosting revenue in its budget due November, the Bloomberg news agency reported today. MORE...

October 20, 2015  11:35 am|

Tamil prisoners end hunger strike

Tamil prisoners end hunger strike

Over 200 Tamil political prisoners, who were on hunger strike in Sri Lanka to protest against being jailed for years without trial, today ended their fast following an assurance from President Maithripala Sirisena that their grievances would be addressed. MORE...

October 18, 2015  03:24 pm|

Danuna Tilakaratne acquitted in Hicorp case

Danuna Tilakaratne acquitted in Hicorp case

The Colombo High Court today acquitted Danuna Tilakaratne from the Hicorp fraud case. Thilakaratne, former son-in-law of ex-Army Commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, had surrendered to Colombo High Court in December last year and was released on bail. MORE..

October 15, 2015  11:25 am|

FCID probes ex-security forces chiefs who held diplomatic posts

FCID probes ex-security forces chiefs who held diplomatic posts

The Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) has commenced investigations regarding five former diplomats, including four ex-security forces commanders, for allegedly engaging in political activities while attached to Sri Lankan missions abroad. MORE..

October 14, 2015  04:48 pm|

Suspected underworld figure gunned down in Wellampitiya

Suspected underworld figure gunned down in Wellampitiya

A 47-year-old man was killed following a shooting incident which took place on Gothami Mawatha in Welewatta, Wellampitiya. MORE..

October 14, 2015  12:49 pm|

US trains Lanka Navy on underwater demining

US trains Lanka Navy on underwater demining

The U.S. Navy has concluded a two-week training session in Trincomalee to equip and support Sri Lankas underwater demining efforts, the US embassy in Colombo announced today. MORE...

October 13, 2015  03:28 pm|

Court to announce verdict in Shyam murder trial in November

Court to announce verdict in Shyam murder trial in November

The verdict in the murder trial of Bambalapitiya businessman Mohamed Shyam, in which former DIG Vass Gunawardena is accused, will be announced on 27 November. MORE...

October 12, 2015  06:25 pm|

Police seek public help in Lasanthas case

Police seek public help in Lasanthas case

The police headquarters today (08) announced it seek public help to identify the suspects involved in the controversial murder of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge. MORE...

October 8, 2015  05:24 pm|

Dr. Herath calls on Seychelles President

Dr. Herath calls on Seychelles President

The new resident High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Seychelles, Dr. Tikiri Herath Gunathilake, has presented his credentials to Seychelles President James Michel at State House. MORE...

October 8, 2015  12:28 pm|

Lalith, Palpita granted bail

Lalith, Palpita granted bail

The Colombo High Court today (07) granted bail to Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the former President and Anusha Palpita, former Chairman of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRC). MORE...

October 7, 2015  04:20 pm|

Ex-DIG, Chief Inspector further remanded

Ex-DIG, Chief Inspector further remanded

Former Vavuniya DIG U.K. Dissanayake and a Chief Inspector who were arrested in connection with an incident of illegal excavations carried out in the Kudakachchakodiya area have been further remanded until October 21 by the Vavuniya Magistrates Court today (07). MORE...

October 7, 2015  02:10 pm|

CaFFE and CHR welcome release of commission reports

CaFFE and CHR welcome release of commission reports

The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) and the Center for Human Rights and Research (CHR) today welcomed the decision to release the reports of the Udalagama and Paranagama Commissions on alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka. MORE..

October 6, 2015  03:04 pm|

Indian govt. urged to move resolution against Lanka

Indian govt. urged to move resolution against Lanka

Indias Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader and former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has urged the Union government to move a private member resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) seeking an international inquiry into the alleged war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan Army in the last phase of the civil war. MORE...

October 6, 2015  10:26 am|

Finance Minister leaves for Peru to attend IMF annual meeting

Finance Minister leaves for Peru to attend IMF annual meeting

Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake left the Island to attend the 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund which will take place in Lima, Peru, from October 9-11. MORE...

October 5, 2015  04:53 pm|

Kundasale PS chairman arrested over assault on principal

Kundasale PS chairman arrested over assault on principal

Chairman of the Kundasale Pradeshiya Sabha, Asela Ekanayake, has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a school principal, the Police said. MORE...

October 5, 2015  01:06 pm|

Place your money in Sri Lanka - Ravi

Place your money in Sri Lanka - Ravi

Sri Lankas Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has invited Sri Lankans and Indians who had to take back their deposits from banks in Switzerland to place their funds in Sri Lanka. MORE...

October 5, 2015  08:18 am|

Jayalalithaa, Karunanidhi slam UN resolution on Sri Lanka

Jayalalithaa, Karunanidhi slam UN resolution on Sri Lanka

Coming out strongly against a UN resolution that endorsed a domestic probe in Sri Lanka over alleged war crimes, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa expressed deep disappointment and anguish while DMK chief Karunanidhi termed it shocking. MORE..

October 3, 2015  12:30 pm|

All-party conference to discuss solutions to rights issue - President

All-party conference to discuss solutions to rights issue - President

President Maithripala Sirisena today said that the country had achieved a great victory at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as the international community expressed high appreciation of the steps taken by the government since January. MORE..

October 2, 2015  08:29 pm|

President arrives after concluding US visit

President arrives after concluding US visit

President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in the country a short while ago after concluding his visit the United States to attend the UN General Assembly in New York. MORE..

October 2, 2015  04:14 pm|

Drug kingpin Mohammed Siddique further remanded

Drug kingpin Mohammed Siddique further remanded

Drug kingpin Mohammed Siddique, had was arrested in Pakistan and later brought to Sri Lanka, was further remanded until October 16 by the Colombo Magistrates Court. MORE..

October 2, 2015  12:55 pm|

SL is pleased to join as co-sponsor of the resolution: Ambassador Ravinatha

SL is pleased to join as co-sponsor of the resolution: Ambassador Ravinatha

We see the resolution on the island nation as a measure of encouraging and inspiring the government of Sri Lanka, delivering his remarks during the general debate on the report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka, Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha said. MORE...

October 1, 2015  06:04 pm|

Resolution on Sri Lanka adopted at UNHRC

Resolution on Sri Lanka adopted at UNHRC

The US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka was adopted without a vote by consensus at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, a short while ago. MORE..

October 1, 2015  05:18 pm|

Chairman of Missing Persons Panel rebuts Zeid

Chairman of Missing Persons Panel rebuts Zeid

Responding to the UN Human Rights High Commissioner Prince Zeids call to disband the Sri Lankan Missing Persons Commission and assign its work to a more credible body, the chairman of the panel, Justice Maxwell Paranagama, contended that nobody else can do the job better. MORE..

October 1, 2015  03:21 pm|

President congratulates Nepal on new constitution

President congratulates Nepal on new constitution

Nepals Deputy Prime Minster Prakash Man Singh and Sri Lankan President Maitripala Sirisena held a meeting in New York on Wednesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. MORE..

October 1, 2015  12:30 pm|

New plan of action to advance human rights: President Sirisena

New plan of action to advance human rights: President Sirisena

We intend to implement a new programme and plan of action in Sri Lanka to advance human rights, President Maithripala Sirisena said at the General Assembly of the United Nations during the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly Meeting held at the UN Headquarters. MORE...

September 30, 2015  07:17 pm|

Ex-Vavuniya DIG further remanded

Ex-Vavuniya DIG further remanded

Former Vavuniya DIG U.K. Dissanayake, who was arrested in connection with an incident of illegal excavations carried out in the Kudakachchakodiya area, has been further remanded until October 07 by the Vavuniya Magistrates Court. MORE..

September 30, 2015  02:58 pm|

U.S. supports a credible domestic process in Sri Lanka - Kerry

U.S. supports a credible domestic process in Sri Lanka - Kerry

The U.S. has said it will support a domestic investigation by Sri Lanka to address allegations of human rights abuses during the final phase of the countrys civil war. MORE..

September 29, 2015  06:42 pm|

Everyone agrees that we should find out the truth Ranil

Everyone agrees that we should find out the truth  Ranil

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the only issue that cropped up during discussions on the UN resolution was whether Sri Lankas judiciary is sufficiently strong enough for a domestic mechanism and not about the countrys armed forces. MORE..

September 29, 2015  01:47 pm|

No reason to postpone LG polls - PM

No reason to postpone LG polls - PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said that there is no reason to postpone the Local Government election which is scheduled to be held in March next year. MORE..

September 29, 2015  10:53 am|

UN resolution could advance justice in Sri Lanka - HRW

UN resolution could advance justice in Sri Lanka - HRW

The United Nations Human Rights Council should adopt a resolution ensuring a robust international role in Sri Lankas justice mechanism for abuses during the countrys brutal civil war, Human Rights Watch said today. MORE..

September 29, 2015  10:46 am|

Vaiko detained during protest against draft US resolution

Vaiko detained during protest against draft US resolution

MDMK general secretary Vaiko and representatives from 32 organisations were detained on Monday morning after they threatened to lay siege to the U.S. Consulate in Chennai following a rally condemning the draft U.S. resolution for a domestic investigation into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka. MORE..

September 29, 2015  10:28 am|

President assures sustainable development by 2030

President assures sustainable development by 2030

President Maithripala Sirisena speaking at the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015 assured that the Government of Sri Lanka anticipates achieving sustainable development by 2030. MORE...

September 27, 2015  09:55 pm|

Aust co-sponsors Sri Lanka resolution

Aust co-sponsors Sri Lanka resolution

Australia has co-sponsored a reconciliation resolution to the United Nations with the Sri Lankan government. MORE...

September 27, 2015  10:55 am|

Sri Lanka trying to water down UNHRC resolution: HRW

Sri Lanka trying to water down UNHRC resolution: HRW

Sri Lanka should not be allowed to water down a UNHRC resolution on its alleged rights violations during its civil war with the LTTE, according to a prominent rights group which said that the current draft was counterproductive to the reconciliation efforts of the government. MORE..

September 25, 2015  12:48 pm|

Human trafficking racket busted in Kerala; 9 Sri Lankans arrested

Human trafficking racket busted in Kerala; 9 Sri Lankans arrested

Kerala police on Thursday busted a racket of trafficking Sri Lankan refugees from Tamil Nadu to Australia. MORE..

September 25, 2015  11:39 am|

TNA commends govts willingness to co-sponsor resolution

TNA commends govts willingness to co-sponsor resolution

The Tamil National Alliances (TNA) today welcomed the draft text of a resolution on Sri Lanka tabled by the co-sponsors of the resolution at the UN Human Rights Council. MORE..

September 25, 2015  10:46 am|

Resolution on Sri Lanka tabled at UN Human Rights Council

Resolution on Sri Lanka tabled at UN Human Rights Council

A resolution calling for a credible justice process with Commonwealth and other foreign judges in order to prosecute for mass atrocities committed during the final stages of the islands armed conflict has been tabled at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. MORE...

September 24, 2015  10:57 pm|

Wigneswaran welcomes UN proposal to set up hybrid court

Wigneswaran welcomes UN proposal to set up hybrid court

The Chief Minister of Sri Lankas Tamil-dominated Northern Province has welcomed the UNHRCs proposal to set up a hybrid court to probe the alleged war crimes during the last phase of the conflict with the LTTE, saying it is a dramatic step towards achieving reconciliation. MORE...

September 24, 2015  11:18 am|

UN war crimes report soft pedals LTTEs using human shield: G.L.

UN war crimes report soft pedals LTTEs using human shield: G.L.

Former Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Prof.G.L.Peiris has said that the report of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights on war crimes in Lanka has soft pedaled the LTTEs using civilians as a human shield, when it is a war crime under international humanitarian law. MORE...

September 24, 2015  10:33 am|

President orders Avant Garde case to continue

President orders Avant Garde case to continue

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed relevant authorities to continue with legal proceeding regarding the controversial Avant Garde issue, Cabinet Spokesman and Minister Rajitha Senaratne said. MORE..

September 23, 2015  02:09 pm|

High Court grants bail to Sajin Vass

High Court grants bail to Sajin Vass

The Colombo High Court on Wednesday granted bail to former UPFA MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena who is in custody for allegedly misusing vehicles belonging to the President Secretariat Office. MORE...

September 23, 2015  12:36 pm|

Sajin Vass further remanded

Sajin Vass further remanded

Former UPFA Parliamentarian Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, who was arrested for allegedly misusing vehicles belonging to the President Secretariat Office, has been further remanded until October 6 by the Fort Magistrates Court, today (08). MORE...

September 22, 2015  02:11 pm|

Three more MPs sworn-in

Three more MPs sworn-in

Three more politicians from the UNP, UPFA and JVP sworn-in as Parliamentarians before the Speaker this morning (22). MORE...

September 22, 2015  01:23 pm|

Ambassador Aryasinha responds to draft resolution on Sri Lanka

Ambassador Aryasinha responds to draft resolution on Sri Lanka

I am sure that all of you, who have watched the country closely, are aware of all the changes Sri Lanka had after the January 8 election victory, Intervention by Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva said. MORE...

September 21, 2015  07:21 pm|

Four more Provincial Councilors sworn-in

Four more Provincial Councilors sworn-in

Filling the seats left vacant after the August general election, four more UPFA members of the Uva and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils took oath as Councilors this morning (21). MORE...

September 21, 2015  03:34 pm|

Karunanidhi slammed over Lankan Tamil issue

Karunanidhi slammed over Lankan Tamil issue

Former Indian MP and MDMK general secretary Vaiko has slammed DMK president M. Karunanidhi on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, The Hindu newspaper reported. MORE...

September 20, 2015  05:07 pm|

Ready to face trial: Fonseka

Ready to face trial: Fonseka

Democratic Party founder and former SLA Commander Sarath Fonseka, offered himself to face a domestic court of law on allegations against military operations during the Eelam War. MORE...

September 20, 2015  01:07 pm|

UN group on missing to visit Sri Lanka in November

UN group on missing to visit Sri Lanka in November

The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances will visit Sri Lanka from from November 9 to 18. The announcement was made at the UN Human Rights Council which is meeting for its 30th session in Geneva. MORE...

September 20, 2015  11:06 am|

Capital punishment if Parliament approves - President

Capital punishment if Parliament approves - President

President Maithripala Sirisena says that he expects to implement capital punishment in Sri Lanka next year, if the Parliament gives consent. MORE..

September 18, 2015  12:19 pm|

Govt at risk of claims by Chinese port city project - document

Govt at risk of claims by Chinese port city project - document

Sri Lanka would be exposed to the risk of claims from the firm managing a suspended Chinese-backed real estate project if the government fails to obtain approvals needed by the project within 60 days, a government document showed on Thursday. MORE..

September 18, 2015  10:53 am|

Sri Lankas domestic mechanism to be finalised by January

Sri Lankas domestic mechanism to be finalised by January

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera says that the setting up of a four-tier domestic mechanism to investigate allegations of human rights violations will be finalised by January 2016 and implemented within 18 months. MORE..

September 17, 2015  04:47 pm|

UN members should back hybrid court in Sri Lanka - HRW

UN members should back hybrid court in Sri Lanka - HRW

The call by the United Nations top human rights officer for a domestic-international hybrid court to address allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka should receive strong endorsement by members of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Human Rights Watch said today. MORE..

September 17, 2015  02:42 pm|

MP Udayashantha Gunasekara hospitalised

MP Udayashantha Gunasekara hospitalised

UPFA MP Padma Udayashantha Gunasekara has been hospitalized due to a sudden illness while participating in a protest in the Monaragala area today. MORE..

September 17, 2015  02:03 pm|

Cop dies from heart attack during Divulapitiya protest

Cop dies from heart attack during Divulapitiya protest

A police officer attached to the intelligence unit has passed away after he suffered a heart attack during a protest held in Divulapitiya this morning demanding the arrest of suspects in the recent murder of 5-year-old girl Seya Sadewmi. MORE..

September 17, 2015  01:10 pm|

TNA wants UN probe recommendations in next resolution

TNA wants UN probe recommendations in next resolution

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today said that it welcomes the report of the investigation conducted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OISL) and its recommendations. MORE..

September 17, 2015  12:58 pm|

Govt assures due attention to UN report

Govt assures due attention to UN report

The Sri Lankan Government today said it will ensure that the content and recommendations of the UNHRC report receive due attention of the relevant authorities including the new mechanisms that are envisaged to be set up. MORE..

September 16, 2015  09:58 pm|

Keheliya, PB and Lalith grilled at Presidential CoI

Keheliya, PB and Lalith grilled at Presidential CoI

Former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, former Finance Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundera and former Secretary to the President Lalith Weerathunga have been questioned today regarding Rs 200 million in losses incurred by a state media institution during the Presidential Election. MORE..

September 16, 2015  06:04 pm|

Sri Lanka promises justice after UN war crimes report

Sri Lanka promises justice after UN war crimes report

Sri Lanka promised to deliver justice after a United Nations human rights report called on Wednesday for a special court to be set up to prosecute war crimes committed during the nations 26-year civil conflict. MORE..

September 16, 2015  04:00 pm|

Full Report of OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka

Full Report of OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka

The long-anticipated report of the United Nations investigation into allegations of human rights violations during the war in Sri Lanka was released a short while ago. Click for Full Report..

September 16, 2015  03:05 pm|

TN assembly for international probe on Sri Lanka

TN assembly for international probe on Sri Lanka

A day after India and Sri Lanka decided to renew efforts to address the vexed ethnic issue in the island nation, Tamil Nadu today stepped up pressure on the Modi government for an international probe against alleged human rights violations and war crimes committed in 2009 in Northern Sri Lanka. MORE..

September 16, 2015  02:46 pm|

Zeid urges creation of hybrid special court in Sri Lanka

Zeid urges creation of hybrid special court in Sri Lanka

A UN report published today has identified patterns of grave violations in Sri Lanka between 2002 and 2011, strongly indicating that war crimes and crimes against humanity were most likely committed by both sides to the conflict. MORE..

September 16, 2015  02:14 pm|

MP Chathura Senaratne issued notice

MP Chathura Senaratne issued notice

The Negombo Magistrates Court has issued notice on UNP Gampaha District MP Chathura Senaratne for allegedly threatening a group of individuals in custody at the Ragama Police Station. MORE..

September 16, 2015  01:39 pm|

UN report contains legal analysis and recommendations

UN report contains legal analysis and recommendations

UN report on Sri Lanka will focus on human rights violations from 2002 to 2011, and it will contain legal analysis and recommendations, it was reported. MORE...

September 15, 2015  11:16 pm|

Tamils reject govts wartime truth commission, demand international inquiry?

Tamils reject govts wartime truth commission, demand international inquiry?

Sri Lankas minority Tamils has rejected government plans for a truth commission to promote reconciliation after decades of ethnic war, insisting on an international inquiry, the AFP news agency reported. MORE...

September 15, 2015  06:19 pm|

Government holds a double standard: Gammanpila

Government holds a double standard: Gammanpila

The government holds a double standard in dealing with the international community and the public with respect to the probe on alleged war crimes investigation, leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya Udaya Gammanpila says. MORE...

September 15, 2015  05:00 pm|

Brigadier who ordered Weliweriya shooting arrives amidst protest

Brigadier who ordered Weliweriya shooting arrives amidst protest

The Sri Lankan military officer who allegedly ordered troops to open fire on protesters demanding clean water in the Rathupaswala area in Weliweriya two years back, was escorted out of the airport premises under tight security after he arrived in the island today. MORE..

September 15, 2015  04:02 pm|

Swire extends UK support to Sri Lanka

Swire extends UK support to Sri Lanka

The United Kingdom stands ready to help Sri Lanka in any way possible to deliver the credible processes and mechanisms it has promised, British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth office, Hugo Swire, said today (14). MORE...

September 14, 2015  08:58 pm|

New constitution, amendments to penal code; steps to create a new Sri Lanka: Mangala

New constitution, amendments to penal code; steps to create a new Sri Lanka: Mangala

The best guarantee for non-recurrence is of course a political settlement that addresses the grievances of the Tamil people. We hope that we can achieve this through the adoption of a new Constitution, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. MORE...

September 14, 2015  03:41 pm|

Mangala holds talks with UN rights chief

Mangala holds talks with UN rights chief

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakse have held discussions with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein. MORE...

September 14, 2015  10:31 am|

UN should probe war crimes in Sri Lanka: Ramasamy

UN should probe war crimes in Sri Lanka: Ramasamy

United Nations should probe the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, Indian Second Deputy Chief Minister, Penang, Malaysia, P. Ramasamy, has said in Coimbatore. MORE...

September 14, 2015  10:07 am|

Sri Lanka set to announce reconciliation plans

Sri Lanka set to announce reconciliation plans

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera would make a statement in Geneva on Monday, the inaugural day of the the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)s three-week-long session. MORE...

September 13, 2015  11:25 am|

UN probe report handed over to govt

UN probe report handed over to govt

The UN probe report on alleged war crimes committed during the final phase of Sri Lankan militarys battle against the LTTE has been handed over to the government. MORE..

September 12, 2015  04:49 pm|

Harsha focusing on economic diplomacy

Harsha focusing on economic diplomacy

Deputy Foreign Minister Dr Harsha de Silva today said that the main economic issue in Sri Lanka is the weaknesses in the countrys economic relations with other countries. MORE..

September 11, 2015  04:02 pm|

CBK ran one of the most repressive governments - Rajapaksa

CBK ran one of the most repressive governments - Rajapaksa

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today accused fellow SLFP Patron Chandrika Kumaratunga of running one of the most repressive governments in living memory and charged that her recent comments amount to an admission that she too presided over a party full of murderers and rogues. MORE..

September 10, 2015  06:04 pm|

AG claims witness intimidation in Thajudeen case

AG claims witness intimidation in Thajudeen case

The Attorney General today informed the Colombo Fort Magistrate regarding the alleged intimidation of witnesses in the murder case of former Sri Lankan Rugby player Wasim Thajudeen. MORE..

September 10, 2015  01:10 pm|

Sri Lankan man jailed for killing disabled friend

Sri Lankan man jailed for killing disabled friend

A Sri Lankan man has been jailed by a British court for killing his housebound friend by punching him in the head when he was in bed. MORE..

September 9, 2015  05:03 pm|

President, PM appoint their nominees to the CC

President, PM appoint their nominees to the CC

The Prime Minister and the President on Wednesday (09) appointed their nominees to the Constitutional Council. Accordingly, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and Wijedasa Rajapakse have been appointed to the CC respectively. MORE...

September 9, 2015  12:01 pm|

Three new Cabinet Ministers sworn in

Three new Cabinet Ministers sworn in

Three new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena short while ago, the Presidential Media Division said. MORE..

September 9, 2015  11:46 am|

Sarana Gunawardena released on bail

Sarana Gunawardena released on bail

Former Deputy Minister Sarana Gunawardena, who was in custody for allegedly assaulting a person, has been released on bail by the Gampaha Magistrate on Wednesday (09) morning. MORE...

September 9, 2015  11:02 am|

DMK opposes US move to bring in revised resolution

DMK opposes US move to bring in revised resolution

DMK today opposed any move by the US to bring in a revised resolution in a UN rights body on a probe into alleged rights violations in Sri Lanka, as reported in the media, and said India should not support it. MORE..

September 9, 2015  09:58 am|

No bail for Sajin Vass

No bail for Sajin Vass

UPFA Parliamentarian Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, who was arrested for allegedly misusing vehicles belonging to the President Secretariat Office, has been further remanded until September 22 by the Fort Magistrates Court, today (08). MORE...

September 8, 2015  01:14 pm|

HRCs sitting on Sri Lanka fixed on Sept 30

HRCs sitting on Sri Lanka fixed on Sept 30

A report on alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka during the Eelam War is likely to be presented on September 30 during the 30th session of the United Human Rights Council. MORE...

September 7, 2015  11:18 pm|

No decision to dissolve Bribery Commission: PMU

No decision to dissolve Bribery Commission: PMU

A decision has not been taken to dissolve the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption, the Presidents Media Unit says. MORE...

September 7, 2015  05:38 pm|

Ex-DIG admitted to Colombo National hospital

Ex-DIG admitted to Colombo National hospital

Former DIG Vass Gunawardena, who is in custody following the murder case of Bambalapitiya businessman Mohamed Shyam, has been admitted to the Colombo National hospital following a sudden illness, Ada Derana Court reporter said. MORE...

September 7, 2015  11:04 am|

Viber, not India, helped in unseating Rajapaksa: CBK

Viber, not India, helped in unseating Rajapaksa: CBK

Former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Bandarnaike Kumaratunga is in India for her first visit since the surprise defeat of her successor Mahinda Rajapaksa, a man who was once a close associate and now a political enemy whose regime she was instrumental in overturning. MORE...

September 6, 2015  12:04 pm|

Massive killings if Mahinda returned to power - CBK

Massive killings if Mahinda returned to power - CBK

Mahinda Rajapaksa during his tenure as the President of Sri Lanka ran a police state and if he was successful in returning to power as Prime Minister in recent parliamentary polls the country would have experienced massive killings of innocents, according to former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. MORE..

September 6, 2015  12:39 am|

Sampanthan as Opposition Leader gives hope - DMK

Sampanthan as Opposition Leader gives hope - DMK

DMK President M Karunanidhi today welcomed the appointment of Tamil National Alliance leader R Sampanthan as the Leader of Opposition in Sri Lankan Parliament, saying it has given hope for the Tamils in the island nation. MORE..

September 5, 2015  03:15 pm|

India attaches highest importance to ties with Sri Lanka: Modi

India attaches highest importance to ties with Sri Lanka: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India attaches the highest importance to its relations with Sri Lanka and looks forward to taking the ties to new heights as he received former President Chandrika Kumaratunga in New Delhi. MORE..

September 4, 2015  10:21 am|

JVP nominates Bimal Ratnayake as NL MP

JVP nominates Bimal Ratnayake as NL MP

(Audio) The JVP has nominated Bimal Ratnayake as a National List MP for the seat vacated due to the resignation of S. Mayadunne, JVP Secretary Tilvin Silva told Ada Derana. MORE..

September 4, 2015  07:06 am|

Mayadunne resigns from parliamentary seat

Mayadunne resigns from parliamentary seat

JVP National List MP and former Auditor General S. Mayadunne says he will resign from his parliamentary seat after making a special statement in Parliament today. MORE..

September 3, 2015  09:38 am|

Petition seeks revocation of UPFA National List MPs appointments

Petition seeks revocation of UPFA National List MPs appointments

A petition has been filed at the Supreme Court requesting to revoke the appointments of the UPFA MPs who got elected to the Parliament through the National List, Ada Derana Court reporter says. MORE...

September 2, 2015  05:15 pm|

Sajins assets case postponed to December 10

Sajins assets case postponed to December 10

The Colombo Magistrates Court on Tuesday (1) set the trial for former UPFA MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena in connection with the case filed against him by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption. The case will be taken up for hearing on December 10. MORE...

September 1, 2015  11:59 am|

Dr. Thenuwara appointed new President of FUTA

Dr. Thenuwara appointed new President of FUTA

Dr. Chandragupta Thenuwara, of University of Peradeniya has been appointed as the new President of the Federation of University Teachers Associations (FUTA). MORE...

August 31, 2015  02:28 pm|

Prabhakaran killed himself, says Karuna Amman

Prabhakaran killed himself, says Karuna Amman

Ex LTTE eastern commander and Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman claims that the leader of the defeated Tamil tigers, Velupillai Prabhakaran, committed suicide by shooting himself with a firearm. MORE...

August 30, 2015  10:08 pm|

UPFA coalition partners to form new alliance?

UPFA coalition partners to form new alliance?

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksas allies are planning to form a new opposition alliance, breaking away from President Maithripala Sirisenas United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) coalition, senior leftist leaders said on Saturday. MORE..

August 30, 2015  12:24 am|

ITAK wants Opposition Leader post

ITAK wants Opposition Leader post

The Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) today said that the partys Parliamentary Group Leader must thus be recognized as the Leader of the Opposition in accordance with Parliamentary practice and convention as they have now emerged as the largest political party in Opposition in Sri Lankas Parliament. MORE..

August 29, 2015  04:48 pm|

Former govt spent $6.5m to influence US

Former govt spent $6.5m to influence US

The former Sri Lankan government allegedly paid around US$6.5 million to a private equity fund manager over a five-month period in 2014 for consulting services which included influencing the U.S. government, according to documents obtained by Foreign Policy Magazine. MORE..

August 29, 2015  03:59 pm|

Karunanidhi condemns US support to Sri Lankan domestic probe

Karunanidhi condemns US support to Sri Lankan domestic probe

DMK chief Karunanidhi today condemned the US governments reported proposal for support to a domestic probe by Sri Lanka into alleged war crimes rather than going in for an international investigation. MORE..

August 29, 2015  01:29 am|

Police launch probe into fake postage stamps

Police launch probe into fake postage stamps

Police today said that a special investigation has been launched regarding the counterfeit postage stamps found in more than 500 envelops at the Nittambuwa post office. MORE..

August 28, 2015  05:10 pm|

PB Jayasundara questioned at SIU

PB Jayasundara questioned at SIU

Sri Lankas former Finance Ministry and Treasury Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundara is currently being questioned by the Police Special Investigation Unit (SIU), the police spokesman said. MORE..

August 28, 2015  11:45 am|

Samarasinghe admits failure to implement 2009 resolution

Samarasinghe admits failure to implement 2009 resolution

President Maithripala Sirisena took the initiative to revive Sri Lankas connections with countries that had distanced itself from the island nation and he managed to win the trust of the worlds most powerful countries within a short span, says Mahinda Samarasinghe. MORE..

August 27, 2015  06:15 pm|

Petitions against Rajapaksa, Mahendran and Cabraal withdrawn

Petitions against Rajapaksa, Mahendran and Cabraal withdrawn

The petitions filed with the Colombo Magistrates Court against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran and former CB Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal have been withdrawn.

August 27, 2015  12:01 pm|

US backs Sri Lankas domestic probe

US backs Sri Lankas domestic probe

The United States said Wednesday that it wants to sponsor a resolution at next months U.N. human rights session that is supportive of Sri Lankas government, which wants to conduct its own investigation into alleged war crimes. MORE..

August 26, 2015  02:31 pm|

New cabinet to be sworn in on Sep 02

New cabinet to be sworn in on Sep 02

The Cabinet of Ministers of the new government will be sworn in next Wednesday (September 02), UNP Chairman Malik Samarawickrama told Ada Derana. MORE..

August 26, 2015  02:01 pm|

SLFP, UNP will form the National Government: Malik

SLFP, UNP will form the National Government: Malik

The United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) have reached a final consensus over forming a National Government, UNP Chairman Malik Samarawickrama said in a statement today (26).

August 26, 2015  01:40 pm|

FR petition filed challenging UFPA National List

FR petition filed challenging UFPA National List

A Fundamental Rights (FR) petition has been filed today by a member of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) challenging the UFPA National List, which includes several candidates who were defeated at the general election. MORE..

August 26, 2015  01:32 pm|

Vacated PC seats to be filled after MPs take oath

Vacated PC seats to be filled after MPs take oath

The appointing of new Provincial Councillors to fill the seats left vacant by more than 50 Provincial Council members including 3 Chief Ministers who contested and won at the recent parliamentary elections, is scheduled to take place after the new Parliament is sworn in. MORE..

August 26, 2015  11:37 am|

Sarana Gunawardena further remanded

Sarana Gunawardena further remanded

The Gampaha Magistrate on Wednesday (26) further remanded former Deputy Minister Sarana Gunawardena who was in custody for allegedly assaulting a person. MORE...

August 26, 2015  11:19 am|

Sajin Vass further remanded

Sajin Vass further remanded

UPFA Parliamentarian Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, who was arrested for allegedly misusing vehicles belonging to the President Secretariat Office, has been further remanded until September 8 by the Fort Magistrates Court, today (11). MORE...

August 25, 2015  01:02 pm|

Biswals visit hastens swearing-in of three key Ministers

Biswals visit hastens swearing-in of three key Ministers

The visit of Nisha Biswal, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia on Tuesday to discuss the UN Human Rights Commissioners report on war crimes in Sri Lanka, has hastened the swearing-in of Mangala Samaraweera as Foreign Minister; Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe as Justice Minister; and D.M.Swaminathan as Resettlement Minister. MORE...

August 25, 2015  07:52 am|

Sarana remanded for assaulting a person

Sarana remanded for assaulting a person

Former Deputy Minister Sarana Gunawardena and three others have been arrested and remanded till 26 August for alleged assault on a person during the General Election 2015. MORE...

August 24, 2015  04:15 pm|

No legal basis for international investigation within Sri Lanka; it has to be domestic - PM

No legal basis for international investigation within Sri Lanka; it has to be domestic - PM

There is no legal basis for international investigation within Sri Lanka; it has to be domestic, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said in an interview to the Hindu. The reason some of the people have been calling for international investigation is the loss of confidence in the judiciary, he added. MORE...

August 24, 2015  08:25 am|

Rishads ACMC removes General Secretary

Rishads ACMC removes General Secretary

The General Secretary of the All Ceylon Muslim Congress (ACMC), Y.L.S. Hameed, has been removed from his position while his party membership has also been temporarily cancelled. MORE..

August 23, 2015  12:12 am|

Presidents Coordinating Secretary appointed as Municipal Councillor

Presidents Coordinating Secretary appointed as Municipal Councillor

Presidents Coordinating Secretary, Attorney at Law Rajika kodithuwakku sworn in as a member of Municipal Council, Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, before President Maithripala Sirisena today (Aug. 22). MORE...

August 22, 2015  04:08 pm|

UN chief urges Ranil to seize opportunity

UN chief urges Ranil to seize opportunity

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has congratulated Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on his election and commended his message of good governance and national unity. MORE..

August 22, 2015  12:27 am|

Singapore leaders congratulate Ranil

Singapore leaders congratulate Ranil

Leaders of Singapore on Friday (Aug 21) sent congratulatory letters to Sri Lankas Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has been re-elected for another term. MORE..

August 21, 2015  02:42 pm|

Modi congratulates Ranil

Modi congratulates Ranil

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated Ranil Wickremesinghe on being sworn-in as Sri Lankas Prime Minister. MORE..

August 21, 2015  01:36 pm|

Sri Lankan refugees guarded in reaction to Sri Lankan poll results

Sri Lankan refugees guarded in reaction to Sri Lankan poll results

The Sri Lankan Tamils at the Mandapam camp reacted to the election of United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister with cautious optimism. MORE..

August 21, 2015  11:50 am|

UNP names National List MPs

UNP names National List MPs

The United National Party (UNP) today named the MPs who will enter Parliament through its National List to fill the 13 bonus seats won by the party at the recent general election. MORE..

August 21, 2015  10:00 am|

Karu to become next Speaker?

Karu to become next Speaker?

Senior UNP leader Karu Jayasuriya has been proposed as a suitable candidate for the post of Speaker of the next Parliament, according to political sources. MORE..

August 20, 2015  08:41 pm|

SLFP for National Govt; CBK to head MOU committee

SLFP for National Govt; CBK to head MOU committee

(Audio) The Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has appointed a committee to formulate a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), for the forming of a National Government with the United National Party (UNP). MORE..

August 20, 2015  12:26 pm|

Handunetti, Mayadunne named as JVP National List MPs

Handunetti, Mayadunne named as JVP National List MPs

Former MP Sunil Handunetti and former Auditor General Sarathchandra Mayadunne have been named as National List MPs from JVP. MORE..

August 20, 2015  09:39 am|

DMK hopes for permanent solution to Tamils issues

DMK hopes for permanent solution to Tamils issues

DMK President M Karunanidhi today congratulated Ranil Wickremesinghe for his victory in the Sri Lanka parliamentary elections and hoped the Tamil National Alliance win in North and East provinces would give rise to a situation for a permanent solution to travails of Tamils. MORE..

August 20, 2015  12:36 am|

China stands ready to work with new Government

China stands ready to work with new Government

China stands ready to work with Sri Lanka to consolidate the traditional friendship, strengthen mutually-beneficial cooperation, and elevate China-Sri Lanka strategic cooperation partnership to a new level, said Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying. MORE...

August 19, 2015  05:08 pm|

US commends commitment to democracy

US commends commitment to democracy

The United States has commended Sri Lankas commitment to democracy and rule of law as displayed by the peaceful parliamentary elections. MORE...

August 19, 2015  10:48 am|

UNP wins Galle, UPFA tops postal votes

UNP wins Galle, UPFA tops postal votes

The United National Party (UNP) has received the highest votes in the Galle Polling Division in the Galle Electoral District. MORE..

August 18, 2015  01:11 am|

Ratnapura postal vote results released

Ratnapura postal vote results released

The first postal vote result of the 2015 General Election was released a short while ago by the Department of Elections. MORE..

August 17, 2015  10:55 pm|

Court orders handed over to Yapa and Premajayantha

Court orders handed over to Yapa and Premajayantha

The Colombo High Court today (17) ordered to handover a notice and an order, with respect to the courts ruling to prevent Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and Susil Premajayantha from acting and discharging duties as the General Secretaries of the SLFP and UPFA respectively, to their houses. MORE...

August 17, 2015  06:20 pm|

UPDATE: President sacks 13 SLFP CC members

UPDATE: President sacks 13 SLFP CC members

President Maithripala Sirisena has sacked 13 members from the SLFP Central Committee. The President in his capacity as the Chairman of the SLFP has sent a letter to the Elections Commissioner informing him of the removal and a list of the new 25 members of the Central Committee, a source from the Presidential Secretariat said. MORE...

August 17, 2015  05:50 pm|

Two dead, 5 injured after van crashes into wall in Jaffna

Two dead, 5 injured after van crashes into wall in Jaffna

Two persons were killed and another 5 wounded after a van crashed into a wall in the Kodikamam area in Jaffna today (16). MORE..

August 16, 2015  01:15 pm|

Hand grenade found outside candidates house

Hand grenade found outside candidates house

A hand grenade has been discovered in front of the residence of a political candidate contesting the General Election from the Kurunegala District. MORE..

August 16, 2015  12:24 pm|

Six suspected LTTE operatives arrested in Kolkata

Six suspected LTTE operatives arrested in Kolkata

The arrest of 6 men allegedly belonging to the LTTE has left security officials in West Bengal in a spot of bother. They are verifying why these six men had come to Kolkata from Chennai. MORE..

August 15, 2015  01:46 pm|

Election campaigning ends at midnight

Election campaigning ends at midnight

Campaigning for the General Election will draw to a close at 12.00 midnight today (Aug 14), 48 hours before the election. MORE..

August 14, 2015  10:08 am|

UPFA will modernise the FCID: Susil

UPFA will modernise the FCID: Susil

Measures will be taken to modernise the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID), if the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) wins the forthcoming election, former Minister Susil Premajayantha asserted. MORE...

August 13, 2015  05:41 pm|

Ranil hails most peaceful election in a long time

Ranil hails most peaceful election in a long time

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said the 2015 parliamentary poll has been the most peaceful, free and fair election in a long time and that the younger people have not witnessed such an election during their lifetime. MORE..

August 13, 2015  03:11 pm|

MR contesting polls to avoid consequences for past actions - UNP

MR contesting polls to avoid consequences for past actions - UNP

The United National Party (UNP) claims that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is contesting the parliamentary election in an attempt to avoid serious consequences for his past actions and that he is seeking protection from ongoing investigations. MORE..

August 12, 2015  11:19 pm|

Rajapaksas racist brand of politics should be defeated - UNP

Rajapaksas racist brand of politics should be defeated - UNP

Minister Joseph Michael Perera says that it is very necessary to continue with the newly established atmosphere of communal and religious harmony in the country. MORE..

August 12, 2015  05:31 pm|

Sarath Kumaras bail plea turned down for 7th time

Sarath Kumaras bail plea turned down for 7th time

The Anuradhapura Magistrates Court today rejected for the seventh time the bail plea put forward by the House Leader of the North Central Provincial Council, Ananda Sarath Kumara. MORE..

August 12, 2015  12:28 pm|

EXCLUSIVE: UNP leadership not my personal property - Ranil

EXCLUSIVE: UNP leadership not my personal property - Ranil

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that accusations of dividing the country and imposing taxes on water are last-ditch efforts by the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to sling mud at the UNP and assured that the people will not be deceived by them. MORE...

August 12, 2015  12:41 am|

Sajin de Vass Gunawardena further remanded

Sajin de Vass Gunawardena further remanded

UPFA Parliamentarian Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, who was arrested for allegedly misusing vehicles belonging to the President Secretariat Office, has been further remanded until August 25 by the Fort Magistrates Court, today (11 MORE...

August 11, 2015  03:59 pm|

Government to make several SOEs self financed: Ravi

Government to make several SOEs self financed: Ravi

The new governments plan to restructure the loss making State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) to be self financed without depending on the General treasury will be a reality soon, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said. MORE...

August 11, 2015  01:20 pm|

Sundar Pichai appointed the new CEO of Google

Sundar Pichai appointed the new CEO of Google

India-born Sundar Pichai has been named CEO of Google as part of a surprise corporate overhaul that saw the search giant forming a new parent company called Alphabet Inc. MORE..

August 11, 2015  11:21 am|

Sri Lanka softens stance on China-backed port project

Sri Lanka softens stance on China-backed port project

Sri Lanka is offering a compromise that could allow a major Chinese-backed real estate project to restart after months of delays, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told Reuters on Monday. MORE...

August 11, 2015  08:39 am|

Sajins bail application rejected

Sajins bail application rejected

A bail application, which was filed by a Counsel on behalf of former UPFA MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, was dismissed by the Colombo High Court. MORE...

August 10, 2015  11:57 am|

President Sirisena revamps his security ahead of polls

President Sirisena revamps his security ahead of polls

Maithripala Sirisena has disbanded a part of the Presidential Security Division, and replaced the elite Sri Lankan unit with a highly-trained team of commandos, it was reported. MORE...

August 9, 2015  09:18 pm|

UNP vows to combat violence against women

UNP vows to combat violence against women

Under a new government, the United National Party (UNP) will appoint two commissions to combat violence against women, the Prime Minister said. MORE...

August 9, 2015  11:34 am|

Shivajilingam writes to UN human rights chief

Shivajilingam writes to UN human rights chief

M K Shivajilingam, who is contesting in the upcoming parliamentary polls as an independent candidate, has asked the UNHCR for an international probe into the alleged war crimes during the conflict with the LTTE. MORE..

August 9, 2015  12:23 am|

Gym instructor arrested over Bloemendhal shooting

Gym instructor arrested over Bloemendhal shooting

Police today arrested a suspect in connection with last weeks tragic shooting incident at Bloemendhal Road in Colombo, which claimed the life of two persons and wounded a dozen more. MORE..

August 8, 2015  04:41 pm|

Economy has flourished every time UNP was in power - Karu

Economy has flourished every time UNP was in power - Karu

Minister Karu Jayasuriya says that the decision of the voters at the coming parliamentary election will determine the destiny of the country and future of the people, and therefore urged voters to act prudently and identify the need of the hour. MORE..

August 7, 2015  11:14 pm|

Student commits suicide over A/L admission, principal suspended

Student commits suicide over A/L admission, principal suspended

The principal of a school in the Pandarikulam area in Vavuniya has been suspended after female student of the school committed suicide due to not receiving an admission form to sit for the G.C.E. Advanced Level examination. MORE..

August 7, 2015  06:04 pm|

Good governance has become underworld governance - Susil

Good governance has become underworld governance - Susil

The UPFA today charged that with the escalating crime wave in the country and the increasing election-related violence being unleashed by UNP candidates, good governance has turned into underworld governance. MORE..

August 7, 2015  03:41 pm|

Hirunika, Nishantha among 6 sacked from UPFA

Hirunika, Nishantha among 6 sacked from UPFA

The United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has terminated the membership of 6 Provincial Council members representing the party. MORE..

August 7, 2015  01:08 pm|

Enjoining order preventing SLFPs CC meeting extended till Aug 24

Enjoining order preventing SLFPs CC meeting extended till Aug 24

The enjoining order preventing the Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) from convening without the consent of the partys Chairman, has been extended until August 24 by the Colombo District Court. MORE..

August 7, 2015  10:41 am|

Elections Chief to brief top police officers

Elections Chief to brief top police officers

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) is scheduled to conduct a programme to brief the high-ranking police officers in Kurunegala and Puttalam districts with regard to the forthcoming General Election. MORE..

August 7, 2015  10:08 am|

Rajapaksa wants govt to probe Lasantha, Eknaligoda cases

Rajapaksa wants govt to probe Lasantha, Eknaligoda cases

Sri Lankas former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has vowed to win an outright majority in parliamentary elections due on 17 August. MORE..

August 7, 2015  12:17 am|

CID pursuing top military officers - Nalaka Thero

CID pursuing top military officers - Nalaka Thero

Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka Thero says that presently the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is chasing after high-ranking military officers who helped save the country and that the Defence Secretary is aware of it. MORE..

August 6, 2015  06:17 pm|

Funeral of free health service not far Bandula

Funeral of free health service not far  Bandula

Former UPFA Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena says that the funeral of Sri Lankas world-renowned free health service is not very far. MORE..

August 6, 2015  03:21 pm|

Ex-PC member and UC chairman arrested

Ex-PC member and UC chairman arrested

Former Eastern Provincial Council member Kalanthar Lebbe Mohamed Fareed and the former Chairman of the Kattankudy Urban Council Sahul Hameed Mohamed Asfer have been arrested by police. MORE..

August 6, 2015  12:24 pm|

Dilan Perera should tender public apology - P. Harrison

Dilan Perera should tender public apology - P. Harrison

Minister P. Harrison says that former UPFA Parliamentarian Dilan Perera should tender a public apology to the entire body of Maha Sangha for insulting and treating them with contempt. MORE..

August 6, 2015  12:08 am|

Sujeewa wants IGP to resign

Sujeewa wants IGP to resign

Deputy Justice Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe says that it is wrong to ask a person to consume poison and that it is also wrong to attempt to make someone drink poison. MORE..

August 5, 2015  04:56 pm|

Printing press raided over defamatory book on Mahinda

Printing press raided over defamatory book on Mahinda

Police today raided a printing press which had allegedly been printing a slanderous book targeting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is contesting the forthcoming General Election. MORE..

August 5, 2015  01:38 pm|

Mahinda is suffering from Amnesia Ajith P. Perera

Mahinda is suffering from Amnesia  Ajith P. Perera

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksas only political slogan is based on racism, communalism and religious extremism, says the United National Party (UNP). MORE..

August 4, 2015  11:15 pm|

Litro sends letter of demand to Bandula

Litro  sends letter of demand to Bandula

The Litro Gas Lanka Ltd sent a letter of demand to former Minister Bandula Gunawardena demanding Rs. 1 billion in damage over several remarks made against it. MORE...

August 4, 2015  02:02 pm|

Sajin further remanded

Sajin further remanded

UPFA Parliamentarian Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, who was arrested for allegedly misusing vehicles belonging to the President Secretariat Office, has been further remanded until August 11 by the Fort Magistrates Court. MORE...

August 4, 2015  11:04 am|

Will not allow anyone to tear the country into pieces, says Mahinda

Will not allow anyone to tear the country into pieces, says Mahinda

It is yet a secret that what types of pacts have been signed between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the United National Party (UNP), former President Mahinda Rajapaksa claims. MORE...

August 3, 2015  02:55 pm|

Bloemendal shooting: Another succumbs to injuries

Bloemendal shooting: Another succumbs to injuries

Another person injured during the shooting incident at Bloemendal Road last Friday has succumbed to his injuries. The injured person was receiving treatment at the National hospital at the time of his demise. MORE...

August 3, 2015  10:03 am|

Fraud and corruption led to economic downturn, says Ravi

Fraud and corruption led to economic downturn, says Ravi

Finance minister Ravi karunanayke said that the wrong economic policies by the previous government embedded with corruption and frauds resulted in the continuous deterioration of the government revenue and the agro based economy as well. MORE...

August 2, 2015  03:53 pm|

Im ready to sacrifice my life to save Ranil, says Sajith

Im ready to sacrifice my life to save Ranil, says Sajith

Im even ready to sacrifice my life in a bid to save the Prime Minister in any situation, Deputy Leader of the United National Party (UNP), Sajith Premadasa, said. MORE...

August 2, 2015  11:49 am|

Ravi has unleashed terror in Colombo - Thilanga

 Ravi has unleashed terror in Colombo - Thilanga

Deputy Minister Thilanga Sumathipala says that although the Elections Commissioner had promised to conduct a free and fare election, Finance Minister Raci Karunanayake has been able to unleash terror in the city of Colombo. MORE..

August 1, 2015  05:44 pm|

UPDATE: One dead, 4 injured after van runs over Dumindas supporters

UPDATE: One dead, 4 injured after van runs over Dumindas supporters

One person died while another 4 were wounded, 2 critically, when a van driven by a police officer ran over a group of political party supporters in Rambewa, Anuradhapura. MORE..

August 1, 2015  03:00 pm|

UN awaits report on Sri Lanka to decide on international probe

UN awaits report on Sri Lanka to decide on international probe

The United Nations says that its exploring provision of a broad package of technical and financial assistance to Sri Lankas Northern Province, at the request of Chief Minister C.V Wigneswaran. MORE..

August 1, 2015  11:44 am|

UPFA calls for immediate probe into Bloemendhal shooting

UPFA calls for immediate probe into Bloemendhal shooting

The United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UFPA) today expressed shock and disbelief over the tragic shooting incident at Bloemendhal Road in Colombo, which claimed the life of a UNP supporter and wounded at least another dozen. MORE..

July 31, 2015  11:48 pm|

UNP condemns cowardly attack on supporters

UNP condemns cowardly attack on supporters

The United National Party (UNP) today condemned the attack on a group of people engaged in Minister Ravi Karunanayakes election campaign at Bloemendhal Road, Colombo. MORE..

July 31, 2015  05:50 pm|

Ravi condemns shooting at Kotahena

Ravi condemns shooting at Kotahena

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake today condemned the shooting incident, which claimed the life of a woman and left more than 10 of his supporters wounded near Bloemendhal Road in Kotahena. MORE..

July 31, 2015  02:09 pm|

Shots fired at Ravis supporters; 1 dead and 11 injured

Shots fired at Ravis supporters; 1 dead and 11 injured

(UPDATE) One person has been confirmed dead while at least 13 supporters of UNP Colombo District candidate Ravi Karunanayake have been hospitalised with injuries following a shooting incident at Bloemendhal Road, Colombo. MORE..

July 31, 2015  12:05 pm|

Drug trade flourished under Rajapaksa regime - Karu

Drug trade flourished under Rajapaksa regime - Karu

Minister Karu Jayasuriya today charged that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his set of thieves would resort to any corrupt an unholy action, crushing all accepted moral values and human relations for the sake of power. MORE..

July 30, 2015  11:16 pm|

Bribery Commission did not probe any serious allegations Rajitha

Bribery Commission did not probe any serious allegations  Rajitha

New commissioners will be appointed to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption after August 18, says Cabinet Spokesman Dr Rajitha Senaratne. MORE...

July 30, 2015  04:41 pm|

Railway unions to stage strike from midnight today

Railway unions to stage strike from midnight today

Train services around the country would likely come to a standstill from midnight today following a strike called by the Joint Trade Union Alliance (JTUA) of Railway Employees. MORE...

July 30, 2015  12:07 pm|

Six arrested for abducting Sagalas supporters

Six arrested for abducting Sagalas supporters

Police today arrested 6 suspects in connection with the abduction of two men, who were pasting posters of UNP Matara District candidate Sagala Ratanayake, and their three-wheeler in the Diyalape area in Akuressa. MORE..

July 30, 2015  11:39 am|

Nalaka Thero reveals Champikas alleged plan

Nalaka Thero reveals Champikas alleged plan

In a bid to fulfill the demands of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a pact has been signed between the United National Party (UNP) and Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero, Convener of the National Joint Committee, Gunadasa Amarasekara said. MORE...

July 29, 2015  06:48 pm|

Litro Gas denies Bandulas allegations

Litro Gas denies Bandulas allegations

The Litro Gas Lanka Ltd on Wednesday (29) denied allegations that the government has signed a MoU with Shell Gas Ltd to purchase Gas at US D 105 per MT, contrary to international tender procedures. MORE...

July 29, 2015  12:55 pm|

FR petition filed seeking COPE report made public

FR petition filed seeking COPE report made public

A petition was filed with the Supreme Court today seeking an order for the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) sub-committee report on the Central Bank bond issue to be made public. MORE..

July 28, 2015  05:44 pm|

President cancels SLFP memberships of four including Rajitha, Hirunika

President cancels SLFP memberships of four including Rajitha, Hirunika

The President has ordered to cancel the SLFP memberships of Rajitha Senaratne, S.B. Navinna, M.K.D.S. Gunawardene, Arjuna Ranatunga and Hirunika Premachandra, the Presidents Media Unit said in a statement today (28). MORE...

July 28, 2015  02:43 pm|

Ranil wants all to live as kings and no royal family

Ranil wants all to live as kings and no royal family

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that he wants to make every citizen of the country live like kings and not just establish a royal family. MORE..

July 28, 2015  02:08 pm|

Rajapaksa promises new constitution within 6 months

Rajapaksa promises new constitution within 6 months

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today reiterated that that the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has not divided into two factions. Only one faction exists and that is the anti-UNP faction, he said. MORE..

July 28, 2015  12:11 pm|

Strong quake hits off Indonesia, but no tsunami warning

Strong quake hits off Indonesia, but no tsunami warning

A strong earthquake hit off of Indonesias main island of Java on Sunday afternoon, causing residents to pour into the streets, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and no tsunami warning was issued. MORE...

July 26, 2015  05:44 pm|

Street sweeper stumbles upon grenade and ammunition

Street sweeper stumbles upon grenade and ammunition

A live hand grenade and 20 bullets have been discovered in the roadside at Jaya Mawatha in Pallama, Puttalam. MORE..

July 25, 2015  04:25 pm|

President Sirisena to leave for Maldives on Sunday

President Sirisena to leave for Maldives on Sunday

President Maithripala Sirisena is to undertake a state visit to Maldives on Sunday to participate in the special ceremony celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Independence of the Indian Ocean archipelago to be held in Male. MORE..

July 25, 2015  02:56 pm|

Karuna denies saying Prabhakaran was captured alive

Karuna denies saying Prabhakaran was captured alive

Former Deputy Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan, commonly known as Karuna Amman, today completely denied reports quoting him as saying that slain LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran was arrested and tortured by Sri Lankan troops before being killed. MORE..

July 24, 2015  05:28 pm|

Sajins FR petition rejected

Sajins FR petition rejected

The Supreme Court today dismissed the Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed by former UPFA Parliamentarian Sajin de Vass Gunawardena challenging his arrest and detention. MORE..

July 24, 2015  01:08 pm|

UNF election manifesto

UNF election manifesto

The United National Front for Good Governance, a coalition led by the UNP, today released its election manifesto titled A New Country in 60 Months: Five Point Plan, underlining the policy of the party for the next five years. Click to Read...

July 23, 2015  03:59 pm|

UNDP Sri Lanka hosts 32 young trilingual Unlocked bloggers

UNDP Sri Lanka hosts 32 young trilingual Unlocked bloggers

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sri Lanka conducted an interactive blogging workshop for the selected 32 young bloggers as they gear to take the Youth and Development agenda forward under the Unlocked Project. MORE..

July 23, 2015  01:28 pm|

Enjoining Order against COPE report dissolved

Enjoining Order against COPE report dissolved

The Colombo District Court today dissolved the enjoining order granted earlier preventing the publication of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) sub-committee report on the Central Bank bond issue. MORE..

July 23, 2015  10:21 am|

Govt to pay the Golden Key depositors from Friday

Govt to pay the Golden Key depositors from Friday

The government is to begin the disbursement of payment to the deposit holders of the defunct Golden Key Credit Card Company Ltd (GK) from Friday (July 24). MORE..

July 23, 2015  09:55 am|

Indian sailor found dead on ship, police launch probe

Indian sailor found dead on ship, police launch probe

The body of an Indian sailor has been found on a ship off the Sri Lankan coast, prompting authorities to ask the captain to dock the vessel at the Colombo Harbour and launch a probe. MORE..

July 22, 2015  10:38 pm|

Ravi to send letter of demand to MR

Ravi to send letter of demand to MR

A letter of demand will be sent to the former President seeking Rs 5000 million in damage over several defamatory remarks made against me to a newspaper, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said. MORE...

July 22, 2015  05:41 pm|

Military Police investigates Mirihana incident: DM

Military Police investigates Mirihana incident: DM

The Military Police have launched an investigation in connection with the three army personnel who were arrested by the police while traveling in a white-coloured van with fake number plates in Mirihana, the Defence Ministry said in a statement today (21). MORE...

July 21, 2015  05:58 pm|

Over 70 incidents of election violence within a week

Over 70 incidents of election violence within a week

The Center for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) says that a total of 71 incidents of election-related violence have been reported within the past week, from July 13 to 21. MORE..

July 21, 2015  04:56 pm|

Sajin further remanded

Sajin further remanded

UPFA Parliamentarian Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, who was arrested for allegedly misusing vehicles belonging to the President Secretariat Office, has been further remanded until August 4 by the Fort Magistrates Court. MORE...

July 21, 2015  04:48 pm|

Three army personnel arrested with firearm

Three army personnel arrested with firearm

The police on Monday (20) have arrested three armed army soldiers in civvies who were travelling in a white-coloured van with fake number plates, the police Spokesperson said. MORE...

July 21, 2015  03:03 pm|

EU election observers commence their activities

EU election observers commence their activities

It is a great pleasure to be here in Sri Lenka and lead the European Union Election Observation Mission to this country, Cristian Preda, a Romanian member of the European Parliament said today (21). MORE...

July 21, 2015  12:43 pm|

WFFP urges full implementation of UN Law of seas

WFFP urges full implementation of UN Law of seas

The World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP) has sought a permanent solution to tackle the issue of arrest and incarceration of fishermen crossing the national borders and entering the territory of neighbouring countries. MORE...

July 20, 2015  04:05 pm|

E03 expressway development stuck in a rut,says MR

E03 expressway development stuck in a rut,says MR

The former President on Monday (20) charged that the new government has done nothing to further construct the Katunayake expressway though it obtained loans for the development of the project. MORE...

July 20, 2015  02:43 pm|

No poll ticket for Rajiv attacker: BJP

No poll ticket for Rajiv attacker: BJP

The radical Sinhalese-Buddhist party, the Bodu Jana Permuna (BJP), has refused to give an election ticket to Wijemuni Vijitha Rohana de Silva, who had hit Rajiv Gandhi with his rifle butt when the then Indian Prime Minister. MORE...

July 20, 2015  11:35 am|

Prasanna Ranatunga, wife arrives at FCID

Prasanna Ranatunga, wife arrives at FCID

Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga and his wife arrived at the FCID a short while ago to give a statement over an alleged financial malpractice connected to a land deal. MORE...

July 20, 2015  09:49 am|

Fuel price reduction if world oil prices drop: Ravi

Fuel price reduction if world oil prices drop: Ravi

The government will consider a further reduction in the fuel price if oil prices in the world drop, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said. We wont do this as an election bribe. When the gas prices dropped in the world market we reduced the price accordingly, he added. MORE...

July 18, 2015  12:22 pm|

Petitions filed against Mahinda Rajapaksas security detail

Petitions filed against Mahinda Rajapaksas security detail

A Fundamental Rights (FR) petition has been submitted to the Supreme Court seeking a directive to reduce the security provided to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is contesting the forthcoming parliamentary polls. MORE..

July 17, 2015  01:57 pm|

Sri Lanka human rights improved under Sirisena: UK

Sri Lanka human rights improved under Sirisena: UK

The human rights situation in Sri Lanka has improved since Maithripala Sirisena took over presidency from Mahinda Rajapaksa, a UK government report has said. MORE..

July 16, 2015  10:44 pm|

FCID cannot summon UPFA candidates before polls Susil

FCID cannot summon UPFA candidates before polls  Susil

The United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) today briefed the Election Commissioner regarding the various problems allegedly faced by the party, such as the lack of security ex-MPs and the summoning of candidates before the FCID, ahead of the General Election. MORE..

July 16, 2015  04:48 pm|

Sri Lankan woman held on charge of smuggling gold

Sri Lankan woman held on charge of smuggling gold

A 33-year-old Sri Lankan woman has been arrested for allegedly smuggling gold worth 5.5 million Indian rupees, Chennai airport officials said on Thursday. MORE..

July 16, 2015  12:05 pm|

Court order against publishing COPE report

Court order against publishing COPE report

The Colombo District Court today issued an interim injunction preventing the publishing of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) sub-committee report on the controversial Central Bank bond issue, until July 23. MORE..

July 16, 2015  11:17 am|

Sri Lanka cheers end of Iran sanctions

Sri Lanka cheers end of Iran sanctions

The easing of sanctions on Iran will deliver a much needed pick-me-up to Sri Lanka`s troubled tea industry by allowing the resumption of direct exports to one of its main markets, the government said Wednesday. MORE..

July 15, 2015  10:19 pm|

Request has been made to sack five SLFPers, says Thilanga

Request has been made to sack five SLFPers, says Thilanga

A request has been made to the Central Committee (CC) of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to sack five party members who defected from the SLFP and scheduled to contest under the United National Front (UNF) at the forthcoming election, SLFP Media Coordinator Thilanga Sumathipala said. MORE...

July 15, 2015  05:48 pm|

EU observers confirmed for General Election

EU observers confirmed for General Election

Following an invitation from the Sri Lanka authorities, the European Union has today started the deployment of an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Sri Lanka to observe the Parliamentary Elections scheduled for 17 August 2015. MORE...

July 15, 2015  08:49 am|

I was against giving nominations to MR, says the President

I was against giving nominations to MR, says the President

I was of the view that nominations should not be given to the former President to contest under the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) ticket at the forthcoming General Election, President Maithripala Sirisena said today (14). MORE...

July 14, 2015  07:00 pm|

Champika and Rathana Thero have betrayed national interests - CNO

Champika and Rathana Thero have betrayed national interests - CNO

Patali Champika Ranawaka and Athuraliye Rathana Thero have betrayed the national movement and national interests of the country, charged the Collection of National Organisations. MORE..

July 14, 2015  04:52 pm|

Court grants bail to Prasanna and wife

Court grants bail to Prasanna and wife

The Fort Magistrate on Tuesday (14) granted bail to the Chief Minister of the Western Province, Prasanna Ranatunga, and his wife in connection with a case filed against them over an irregular land deal. MORE...

July 14, 2015  10:26 am|

Showers, thundershowers in sea areas

Showers, thundershowers in sea areas

Sea area extending from Puttalam to Pottuvil via Colombo, Galle and Hambantota will be rough at times as the winds can strengthen up to 60 kmph at times while other sea areas around the island may be fairly rough at times, the Met Department said. MORE..

July 14, 2015  09:55 am|

UPFA and UNP Colombo District nominations announced

UPFA and UNP Colombo District nominations announced

The nominations lists (Colombo) of the United National Party (UNP) and the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) have been announced for the forthcoming General Election. MORE...

July 13, 2015  12:37 pm|

No nominations for Earl from UNP

No nominations for Earl from UNP

The nominations has not been given for former Parliamentarian Earl Gunasekara to contest at the August election under the United National Party (UNP) ticket, it was reported. MORE...

July 12, 2015  06:00 pm|

MoU of Good Governance alliance signed

MoU of Good Governance alliance signed

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the formation of the United National Front for Good Governance, which is to contest the upcoming General Election under the UNPs Elephant symbol, was signed at the Temple Trees, today (12). MORE...

July 12, 2015  10:47 am|

Reginald, Amunugama opt out of electoral contest; Sudarshani to go with UPFA

Reginald, Amunugama opt out of electoral contest; Sudarshani to go with UPFA

Former MP Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle says that she will not contest the forthcoming General Election from any party other than the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA). MORE..

July 11, 2015  10:36 pm|

Hirunika to contest under elephant symbol

Hirunika to contest under elephant symbol

UPFA Western Provincial Council member Hirunika Premachandra has reportedly signed nominations to contest the upcoming parliamentary election from the United National Front for Good Governance, the UNP-led political alliance. MORE..

July 11, 2015  05:21 pm|

MoU of Good Governance alliance to be inked tomorrow

MoU of Good Governance alliance to be inked tomorrow

The singing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the formation of the United National Front for Good Governance, which is to contest the upcoming General Election under the UNPs Elephant symbol, is to take place on Sunday (12). MORE..

July 11, 2015  03:37 pm|

Paranavitana resign as Media Ministry Secretary

Paranavitana resign as Media Ministry Secretary

Karunaratne Paranavitana has resigned from his position as the Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media and Information, with effect from Friday (10). MORE..

July 11, 2015  02:23 pm|

Rajitha confirms new alliance with UNP

Rajitha confirms new alliance with UNP

Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Dr Rajitha Senaratna today said that they will not reverse the promise made to the public at the recent Presidential Election, to establish good governance within the country. MORE..

July 11, 2015  01:46 pm|

UNP approves United National Front for Good Governance

UNP approves United National Front for Good Governance

The United National Party (UNP) today approved the forming of the new alliance United National Front for Good Governance to contest the forthcoming General Election under Elephant symbol. MORE..

July 11, 2015  12:52 pm|

India extends tsunami warning services to Sri Lanka

India extends tsunami warning services to Sri Lanka

India has extended its tsunami early warning system services to Sri Lanka and the Seychelles. MORE..

July 11, 2015  11:57 am|

UNP forms new alliance to contest against UPFA

UNP forms new alliance to contest against UPFA

A new political alliance headed by the UNP, under the name of United National Front for Good Governance, is to contest the parliamentary election on August 17 with sections of the SLFP and JHU, sources told Ada Derana. MORE..

July 10, 2015  09:02 pm|

Another split looms in SLFP?

Another split looms in SLFP?

A group of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members including several Ministers are preparing to contest the upcoming General Election separately and not from the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA), political sources told Ada Derana. MORE..

July 10, 2015  07:51 pm|

Paranavitana turns down UPFA nominations

Paranavitana turns down UPFA nominations

Karunaratne Paranavitana has turned down nominations extended to him from the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to contest the forthcoming General Election from the Ratnapura District. MORE..

July 10, 2015  03:49 pm|

RC Wijegunaratne appointed as new Navy Commander

RC Wijegunaratne appointed as new Navy Commander

Vice Admiral Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne has been appointed as the 20th Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy with effect from tomorrow (July 11), the Ministry of Defence said. MORE..

July 10, 2015  01:39 pm|

Court summons Prasanna Ranatunga

Court summons Prasanna Ranatunga

The Chief Minister of the Western Province Prasanna Ranatunga has been summoned to appear before the Colombo Fort Magistrates Court on July 14, in connection with a case filed against him, police said. MORE..

July 10, 2015  11:53 am|

Ada Derana wins at Sumathi Awards 2015

Ada Derana wins at Sumathi Awards 2015

Ada Derana won the Best Television Investigative and Current Affairs news reporting awards at the annual Sumathi Awards 2015 held at Nelum Pokuna Theater in Colombo today. MORE..

July 9, 2015  09:09 pm|

Govt rebuts ex-Presidents allegations on ethanol licences

Govt rebuts ex-Presidents allegations on ethanol licences

The Ministry of Finance today rejected the allegation made by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that the government in 100 days has issued 28 ethanol licences. MORE..

July 9, 2015  03:03 pm|

Wigneswaran wants Sirisena to undertake meaningful reforms

Wigneswaran wants Sirisena to undertake meaningful reforms

The US and the international community can play a large role in supporting the Sri Lankas economic development and accountability and reconciliation processes, as the country tries to move beyond its corrupt and troubled past, says Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran. MORE..

July 9, 2015  11:40 am|

Chilaw Mayor Fernando extends support to UNP

Chilaw Mayor Fernando extends support to UNP

The Chilaw Mayor, Hilary Prasanna Fernando, on Thursday (09) said that he will extend his support to the United National Party at the forthcoming General Election. MORE...

July 9, 2015  11:26 am|

Election deposits made by 85 independent groups, 2 parties

Election deposits made by 85 independent groups, 2 parties

A total of 85 independent groups and 2 political parties have made their deposits for the General Election as of last evening. MORE..

July 9, 2015  09:50 am|

Provincial Councillor arrested for threatening man with gun

Provincial Councillor arrested for threatening man with gun

UPFA Western Provincial Council member Thushara Perera has been arrested for allegedly threatening a three-wheeler driver with a firearm, police said. MORE..

July 8, 2015  04:20 pm|

No bail for Sajin Vass

No bail for Sajin Vass

UPFA Parliamentarian Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, who was arrested for allegedly misusing vehicles belonging to the President Secretariat Office, has been further remanded until July 21 by the Fort Magistrates Court. MORE...

July 7, 2015  10:57 am|

Gayantha says UNP confident in election win

Gayantha says UNP confident in election win

As the United National Party (UNP) is about to contest separately at the General Election, it does not matter to whom the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) grant nominations to, Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka asserted. MORE...

July 6, 2015  05:11 pm|

SB Nawinna to contest from UNP

SB Nawinna to contest from UNP

SLFP Treasurer and Minister S.B. Nawinne says that he will join the United National Party (UNP) and contest the upcoming General Election from the UNP ticket. MORE..

July 4, 2015  05:12 pm|

SLMC still undecided on contesting with UNP

 SLMC still undecided on contesting with UNP

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) says that it has still not taken a final decision regarding contesting the forthcoming election with the United National Party (UNP). MORE..

July 4, 2015  01:18 pm|

Rights groups urge UNHRC to maintain fullest scrutiny of Sri Lanka

Rights groups urge UNHRC to maintain fullest scrutiny of Sri Lanka

Several international human rights groups have urged the international community and the UN Human Rights Council to maintain the fullest scrutiny of Sri Lanka on questions of justice and accountability. MORE..

July 4, 2015  10:55 am|

UNP minority Govt will be defeated on Aug 17 - Dinesh

UNP minority Govt will be defeated on Aug 17 - Dinesh

We hope to defeat the UNP minority government on August 17, MEP Leader and former UPFA MP Dinesh Gunawardena said a short while ago. MORE...

July 3, 2015  05:07 pm|

Sri Lanka initiates collaboration with CERN

Sri Lanka initiates collaboration with CERN

Sri Lanka and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) have entered into an agreement to begin cooperation between CERN and the scientific community in Sri Lanka. MORE..

June 30, 2015  10:42 am|

Judge declines to give statement over assault complaint

Judge declines to give statement over assault complaint

A Supreme Court Judge has declined to give a statement to the police in connection with accusations of assaulting a female servant in his employment. MORE..

June 30, 2015  10:19 am|

UN closes down humanitarian office in Sri Lanka

UN closes down humanitarian office in Sri Lanka

The United Nations is downsizing its humanitarian staff in some Asian countries where governments have stepped up with funds and manpower after a decade of massive floods, storms and earthquakes. MORE...

June 30, 2015  08:27 am|

Network cuts Miss USA over Trump remark

Network cuts Miss USA over Trump remark

A Univision network is dropping the Miss USA pageant and the company says it will cut all business ties with Donald Trump in a spiraling controversy over comments the Republican presidential candidate made recently about Mexican immigrants. MORE..

June 26, 2015  02:19 pm|

CB Governor seeks overseas loans to reduce debt costs

CB Governor seeks overseas loans to reduce debt costs

Sri Lankan central bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran is seeking concessional overseas loans to refinance costlier debt and reduce reliance on global bond markets. MORE..

June 26, 2015  01:21 pm|

US report highlights Sri Lankan human rights problems in 2014

US report highlights Sri Lankan human rights problems in 2014

There were reports that the Sri Lankan government or its agents committed arbitrary or unlawful killings in 2014, the U.S. State Department said in an annual report on Thursday. MORE..

June 26, 2015  12:41 pm|

Eight Indian men arrested with gold in rectums, waist band

Eight Indian men arrested with gold in rectums, waist band

Eight Indian nationals have been arrested by Sri Lankan customs officers at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake for attempting to leave the country with gold worth over Rs 4.5 million concealed in their rectal cavities and waist band. MORE..

June 25, 2015  10:36 am|

Politicians shouldnt waste public money for banners, cutouts: President

Politicians shouldnt waste public money for banners, cutouts: President

Politicians should not waste public money for the banners and cutouts for their election campaigns and instead should spend that money for the welfare of the people, President Maithripala Sirisena said today. MORE..

June 24, 2015  10:31 pm|

Central Bank clarifies on new Governor, currency notes issue

Central Bank clarifies on new Governor, currency notes issue

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka today clarified on the validity of the appointment of its present governor and controversy surrounding the currency notes issued by the Bank on February 04, in view of frivolous allegations appearing in certain media. MORE..

June 24, 2015  10:22 pm|

Saliya Wickramasuriya released on bail

Saliya Wickramasuriya released on bail

Former Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Sri Lanka Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA), Dr Saliya Wickramasuriya, has been released on bail by the Colombo Fort Magistrates Court. MORE..

June 24, 2015  11:58 am|

US wants to build lasting peace and fellowship in Sri Lanka

US wants to build lasting peace and fellowship in Sri Lanka

The United States wants to build a lasting peace and fellowship among Sri Lankas various religious and ethnic groups, President Barack Obamas ambassadorial nominee for Sri Lanka told lawmakers today. MORE...

June 24, 2015  08:25 am|

Twelve Police OICs transferred

Twelve Police OICs transferred

Twelve Police officers-in-charge (OICs) have been ordered transferred with immediate effect on exigencies of service by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said. MORE..

June 23, 2015  02:27 pm|

Mahinda Rajapaksa has not asked for a helicopter Weliwita

Mahinda Rajapaksa has not asked for a helicopter  Weliwita

Reports that the government has provided a helicopter for the use of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa are completely untrue, according to latters Media Coordinator, Rohan Weliwita. MORE..

June 20, 2015  04:47 pm|

We have to rise above hatred and feelings of vengeance - Mangala

We have to rise above hatred and feelings of vengeance - Mangala

The Sri Lankan government pursues a policy of engagement, dialogue and cooperation with all countries and international organisations and will remain open to the ideas of others, their views and opinions, says the countrys foreign minister. MORE..

June 20, 2015  12:02 pm|

LTTE financial network operated throughout 2014: US report

LTTE financial network operated throughout 2014: US report

Despite its military defeat at the hands of the Sri Lankan government in 2009, the LTTEs international network of sympathizers and financial support persists, the United States says. MORE..

June 20, 2015  09:50 am|

56 garment factory workers hospitalised

56 garment factory workers hospitalised

At least 56 workers at a garment factory in the Katunayake Investment Promotion Zone were hospitalised today with symptoms of food poisoning. MORE..

June 19, 2015  03:15 pm|

CID reveals transactions between Wele Suda and actress

CID reveals transactions between Wele Suda and actress

The Colombo Magistrates Court today informed the CID to produce a copy of the Colombo High Court directive to freeze the bank accounts belonging to popular cinema and television actress, Udayanthi Kulatunga. MORE..

June 19, 2015  01:57 pm|

UNP to contest General Election alone

UNP to contest General Election alone

The Working Committee of the United National Party (UNP) has decided that the party will contest the upcoming General Election alone and to give party leader PM Ranil Wickremesinghe powers to make appointments to the nominations board. MORE..

June 19, 2015  12:09 pm|

Ex-PS member arrested for poaching in reserve

Ex-PS member arrested for poaching in reserve

A former UNP member of the Ambalantota Pradeshiya Sabha has been arrested by wildlife officers for allegedly poaching within the Madunagala Reserve. MORE..

June 19, 2015  09:46 am|

Sri Lanka economy to grow 7.2 pct in 2015 - Ravi

Sri Lanka economy to grow 7.2 pct in 2015 - Ravi

The Sri Lankan economy is expected to expand 7.2 percent this year despite a sluggish increase in the first three months of 2015, on higher growth in tourism, banking and garment manufacturing, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said on Wednesday. MORE...

June 18, 2015  09:27 am|

Opposition Leader slams UNPs dual policy

Opposition Leader slams UNPs dual policy

Sri Lankas Opposition today said that they will seek to debate the motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament, in the third week of July. MORE..

June 17, 2015  03:20 pm|

Sajin further remanded again

Sajin further remanded again

UPFA Parliamentarian Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, who was arrested for allegedly misusing vehicles belonging to the President Secretariat Office, has been further remanded until June 24 by the Colombo Magistrates. MORE..

June 17, 2015  11:49 am|

Tissa grilled at Bribery Commission

Tissa grilled at Bribery Commission

Former UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake was today summoned to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption to record a statement regarding his acceptance of a ministerial portfolio before the Presidential Election. MORE..

June 17, 2015  10:35 am|

Sri Lanka to treat migrants as victims of smugglers

Sri Lanka to treat migrants as victims of smugglers

The Government is taking action against human traffickers under due processes while treating migrants as victims of smugglers, Sri Lankas envoy to the United Nations Ravinatha Aryasinha said. MORE..

June 16, 2015  01:07 pm|

US commends fight against corruption in Lanka

US commends fight against corruption in Lanka

The US called on Sri Lanka to continue on its path of ensuring accountability and reconciliation in a statement delivered to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. In an opening statement delivered on Monday, the US said we commend the people of Sri Lanka for restoring democratic institutions and combatting corruption. MORE...

June 16, 2015  07:50 am|

Buddhist monk immolates self

Buddhist monk immolates self

A Buddhist monk has committed suicide by self-immolation in a forest area at the Madunagala Hermitage. MORE..

June 13, 2015  05:18 pm|

Namal Rajapaksa questioned by CID

Namal Rajapaksa questioned by CID

UPFA Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa arrived at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) this morning to give a statement, Ada Derana Reporter said. MORE..

June 12, 2015  09:19 am|

Sri Lanka to raise up to $2 bn in foreign borrowings

Sri Lanka to raise up to $2 bn in foreign borrowings

Sri Lankas government plans to borrow up to $2.0 billion from overseas, the finance minister said Thursday, just two weeks after raising a billion through its first international bond issue. MORE..

June 11, 2015  11:46 pm|

Air Marshal Gunatilleke appointed new CDS

Air Marshal Gunatilleke appointed new CDS

Air Marshal Kolitha Gunatilleke has been appointed as the new Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) with effect from June 16, the Air Force Spokesman said. MORE..

June 11, 2015  05:21 pm|

MPs who failed A/L questioning CC nominees qualifications - CaFFE

MPs who failed A/L questioning CC nominees qualifications - CaFFE

A number of MPs have used the debate on the composition of the Constitution Council (CC) and the appointment of civil members to the CC to derail the progress made by the 19th amendment to the constitution, a Sri Lankan election watchdog said. MORE..

June 11, 2015  05:07 pm|

Minority parties didnt raise their voices properly - Rajitha

Minority parties didnt raise their voices properly - Rajitha

Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratna says that a final decision will be reached regarding the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, introducing electoral reforms, at the special cabinet meeting to be held on Friday (12). MORE..

June 11, 2015  04:32 pm|

Police hunt kidnappers of Vavuniya businessmans son

Police hunt kidnappers of Vavuniya businessmans son

Police have launched investigation into the kidnapping of a businessmans five-year-old son in Vavuniya, seeking a ransom of Rs 3 million. MORE..

June 11, 2015  11:52 am|

Bans spokesman reveals reason for statement delay

Bans spokesman reveals reason for statement delay

The Office of the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General has conceded that a failure in its system had led to the delay in the dissemination of a statement regarding last weeks telephonic conversation between Ban Ki-Moon and President Maithripala Sirisena. MORE..

June 11, 2015  10:45 am|

UNP defends electoral reforms

UNP defends electoral reforms

The ruling United National Party (UNP) has strongly defended the scheme of electoral reforms approved by the Cabinet a few days ago as part of the 20th constitutional amendment. MORE...

June 11, 2015  07:52 am|

We will survive no-confidence vote - Ravi

We will survive no-confidence vote - Ravi

Sri Lankas finance minister has defended the pace of the countrys economic recovery, as a bruising vote of no confidence in the government looms. MORE...

June 10, 2015  07:42 am|

Missing Persons panel to submit final report in August

Missing Persons panel to submit final report in August

A Sri Lankan presidential panel probing the alleged disappearances of thousands of people, including minority Tamils, during the deadly civil war will present its final report in August, an official said today. MORE..

June 6, 2015  06:07 pm|

Opposition wants installation of majority govt, not Parliament dissolution

Opposition wants installation of majority govt, not Parliament dissolution

Sri Lankas opposition parties want the installation of a government which has majority support in parliament and not its dissolution and fresh elections. MORE..

June 6, 2015  03:11 pm|

Six police OICs shuffled

Six police OICs shuffled

Police Headquarters has transferred 06 officers-in-charge (OICs) of police stations with effect from Friday (5) on exigencies of the service, police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said. MORE..

June 6, 2015  12:47 pm|

No-confidence Motion against PM handed over to Speaker

No-confidence Motion against PM handed over to Speaker

The motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been handed over to Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa last night, UPFA Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena said. MORE..

June 5, 2015  11:10 am|

UN chief commends President Sirisena

UN chief commends President Sirisena

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has appreciated the new Governments forward march under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena, to build peace and reconciliation in the country while protecting democratic rights of the People. MORE..

June 4, 2015  10:04 pm|

Politicians who sacrilege religious places are eventual losers - Gayantha

Politicians who sacrilege religious places are eventual losers - Gayantha

Minister of Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilaka says that individuals who commit sacrilege at religious places of worship for political purposes are the eventual losers and that political and religious extremism is a threat to the peace and harmony in Sri Lanka. MORE..

June 4, 2015  02:27 pm|

Over 100 MPs signed no-confidence motion against PM - Wimal

Over 100 MPs signed no-confidence motion against PM - Wimal

National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa says that the motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be submitted today. MORE..

June 3, 2015  06:08 pm|

Unfair to question CB governors citizenship Ranil

Unfair to question CB governors citizenship  Ranil

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that it is unfair to question the citizenship of Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran. MORE..

June 3, 2015  04:34 pm|

Parliament adjourned amidst CC stand-off

Parliament adjourned amidst CC stand-off

The Speaker today decided to adjourn Parliament until next Tuesday (June 09), despite its failure to reach a final decision with regard to the appointing of three civil society representatives to the Constitutional Council. MORE..

June 3, 2015  02:05 pm|

President Sirisena has moved country away from divisive politics - US

President Sirisena has moved country away from divisive politics - US

President Maithripala Sirisena has moved the country away from divisive politics and crony capitalism toward a new path of reconciliation and inclusive development, the United States said today. MORE...

June 3, 2015  09:54 am|

President Sirisena has become a prisoner of the UNP: Bandula

President Sirisena has become a prisoner of the UNP: Bandula

(Exclusive) President Maithripala Sirisena has become a prisoner of the United National Party (UNP), former Minister Bandula Gunawardena said. MORE...

June 1, 2015  12:29 pm|

Injustice against Tamils in Sri Lanka continues: DMK

Injustice against Tamils in Sri Lanka continues: DMK

Expressing concern over a report on the Sri Lankan armys continued occupation of traditional Tamil homeland, DMK on Saturday said it showed that the scene has not changed despite a change of guard in the island republic. MORE..

May 30, 2015  03:22 pm|

Truth behind Rugby players death expected soon

Truth behind Rugby players death expected soon

Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara says that the truth regarding the death of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen will be uncovered very soon. MORE..

May 29, 2015  06:04 pm|

New Ministers sworn in

New Ministers sworn in

SLFP Parliamentarians Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Chandrasiri Sooriyaarachchi, Hemal Gunasekara and Pandu Bandaranayake have received ministerial portfolios. MORE..

May 29, 2015  12:57 pm|

New SLFP Ministers to be sworn in

New SLFP Ministers to be sworn in

A group of SLFP Parliamentarians are to be sworn in as Ministers today filling the vacant portfolios following the recent resignation of several SLFP Ministers. MORE..

May 29, 2015  11:02 am|

Johnston Fernando released on bail

Johnston Fernando released on bail

Former Minister Johnston Fernando, who was arrested and remanded over charges of financial fraud, was released on bail by the Kurunegala High Court today. MORE..

May 28, 2015  11:34 am|

PCB hopes to host Sri Lanka next year

PCB hopes to host Sri Lanka next year

Managing to impress the visiting Zimbabwe cricket team with its security arrangements, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is now targeting a tour by the Sri Lankan outfit sometime in April next year. MORE..

May 28, 2015  10:32 am|

Special Parliamentary session to approve CC members

Special Parliamentary session to approve CC members

(UPDATE) A special parliamentary session to approve the civil society representatives of the Constitutional Council will be held next Wednesday (June 03), Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody said. MORE..

May 27, 2015  12:53 pm|

Sarath Fonseka says he would welcome war crime investigation

Sarath Fonseka says he would welcome war crime investigation

Sri Lankas wartime army chief says his conscience is clear and he would welcome a war crimes investigation to prove his innocence. MORE..

May 27, 2015  09:51 am|

Special court to try Jaffna rape accused - President

Special court to try Jaffna rape accused - President

President Maithripala Sirisena, who is currently visiting Jaffna, pledges that the accused in the Pungudutivu gang rape and murder case will be punished even through a special court, the Presidential Media Division said. MORE...

May 26, 2015  01:22 pm|

Court issues stay order banning protests in Chunnakam

Court issues stay order banning protests in Chunnakam

The Mallakam Court issued a stay order banning any processions or protests up to 14 days from today within the Chunnakam police area in Jaffna, police said. MORE..

May 26, 2015  09:57 am|

JVP to boycott National Executive Council

JVP to boycott National Executive Council

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says that it would no longer participate in the National Executive Council. MORE..

May 26, 2015  09:14 am|

Post-war systemic breakdown blamed for Jaffna violence

Post-war systemic breakdown blamed for Jaffna violence

Dr. Daya Somasundaram, Professor of Psychiatry at Jaffna University, blames the breakdown of traditional social and administrative structures for the gang rape and murder of 18 year old school girl, S. Vithya, at Pungudithivu on May 13, and the mayhem that engulfed Sri Lankas Northern Province subsequently. MORE..

May 23, 2015  09:51 am|

Court bans protests in Jaffna Town

Court bans protests in Jaffna Town

The Jaffna Magistrate Court has issued a stay order banning all types of protests in Jaffna Town, Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said. MORE..

May 23, 2015  07:15 am|

130 arrested over Jaffna violence remanded

130 arrested over Jaffna violence remanded

The 130 persons arrested for unlawful protest, damaging public property and assaulting police officers near the Jaffna Magistrates Court have been ordered remanded. MORE..

May 21, 2015  04:07 pm|

Tense situation erupts near Jaffna Court

Tense situation erupts near Jaffna Court

Police today used tear gas to disperse protesters who were behaving violently near Jaffna Court over a rape and murder of a girl in Kayts, the police said. MORE..

May 20, 2015  01:32 pm|

Hambantota Mayor released on bail

Hambantota Mayor released on bail

Mayor of Hambantota Eraj Fernando, who was arrested and remanded for allegedly attempting to assault a suspect in police custody, has been released on bail by the Hambantota Magistrates Court. MORE..

May 20, 2015  10:58 am|

New Parliament by September - President

New Parliament by September - President

President Maithripala Sirisena today said that the Sri Lankan Parliament will be dissolved after appointing a constitutional council and that there will be a new Parliament by September. MORE..

May 20, 2015  09:31 am|

The UN at 70: A 60-Year Journey with Sri Lanka

The UN at 70: A 60-Year Journey with Sri Lanka

The year 2015 marks an important milestone in Sri Lankas relationship with the United Nations. It is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations and also the 60th anniversary of Sri Lankas entry into the U.N. system. MORE...

May 19, 2015  08:09 am|

UN shows no positive progress for our issue, says Wigneswaran

UN shows no positive progress for our issue, says Wigneswaran

Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council Justice C.V. Wigneswaran on Monday (18) condemned the international community for its delay in handling the accountability issue in Sri Lanka and failure to bring justice to the Tamil people. MORE...

May 18, 2015  03:05 pm|

No-confidence motion filed against Ravi Karunanayake

No-confidence motion filed against Ravi Karunanayake

A no confidence motion, signed by over 100 MPs, has been handed over to the Speaker against Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Parliamentarian Ranjith de Zoysa told Ada Derana. MORE...

May 18, 2015  01:33 pm|

Government nominates former cricketer Skandakumar as top envoy to Australia

Government nominates former cricketer Skandakumar as top envoy to Australia

Sri Lanka has nominated a new chief envoy to Australia a former cricket administrator, businessman and member of countrys Tamil minority. MORE...

May 18, 2015  12:20 pm|

Sri Lankan arrested after undercover sting in Florida

Sri Lankan arrested after undercover sting in Florida

A 22-year-old Sri Lankan man is facing up to 15 years in prison if found guilty on charges of attempted lewd and lascivious battery and traveling to meet a minor for a sexual encounter in Florida, US. MORE..

May 16, 2015  02:36 pm|

Trains delayed as Yal Devi collides with container truck

Trains delayed as Yal Devi collides with container truck

Trains on the main line have been delayed due to a collision involving the Anuradhapura-bound Yal Devi train and a container truck near Hunupitiya Railway Station. MORE..

May 16, 2015  07:34 am|

Muslim Council writes to JVP over resettlement comments

Muslim Council writes to JVP over resettlement comments

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka today wrote to the JVP to raise its concern over comments made on the resettlement of Muslim IDPs. MORE...

May 15, 2015  04:19 pm|

Three nabbed over kidnap, rape and murder of student

Three nabbed over kidnap, rape and murder of student

Police have arrested three suspects in connection with the kidnapping, rape and murder of an 18-year-old student, who was on her way to school Wednesday morning in Punkudithivu, Jaffna. MORE..

May 15, 2015  12:35 pm|

No-confidence motion against CB Governor next week- Peiris

No-confidence motion against CB Governor next week- Peiris

The opposition will move a motion of no confidence against Central Bank Governor, Arjuna Mahendran, who is in the spotlight due to the controversy surrounding the treasury bond issue, former Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris said. MORE...

May 14, 2015  04:57 pm|

Heavy rain fall expected in parts of the country

Heavy rain fall expected in parts of the country

The Department of Meteorology says that under the influence of Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), the possibility for rain and lightning activities over the country still persists. MORE..

May 14, 2015  02:22 pm|

65 Sri Lankan refugees return from India

65 Sri Lankan refugees return from India

A batch of 65 Sri Lankan refugees, from some 32 families, returned from India today, Minister of Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M. Swaminathan told Ada Derana. MORE..

May 13, 2015  06:18 pm|

DMK welcomes Sri Lankas efforts to solve fishing dispute

DMK welcomes Sri Lankas efforts to solve fishing dispute

Welcoming Sri Lankas efforts to solve the fishing dispute in Palk Strait, DMK today urged the Indian government to take steps for bilateral talks involving fishermen of the island nation and India and bring about a lasting solution to the vexed issue. MORE..

May 13, 2015  04:49 pm|

Lalith Weeratunga questioned over RADA

Lalith Weeratunga questioned over RADA

Former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga is currently giving a statement at the special investigations unit regarding alleged financial fraud at the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA), police said. MORE..

May 13, 2015  11:17 am|

SC rejects FR against Arjuna Mahendran

SC rejects FR against Arjuna Mahendran

The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka today rejected the Fundamental Rights (FR) petition seeking an independent inquiry into the controversial Central Bank Treasury bond issue and its Governor Arjuna Mahendran. MORE...

May 13, 2015  11:12 am|

SLC election in January 2016 - Sports Minister

SLC election in January 2016 - Sports Minister

The elections for the Sri Lanka Cricket Board will be held prior to January 2016, says Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake. MORE..

May 12, 2015  09:02 pm|

Arrested corporal had gun, not water bottle Police

Arrested corporal had gun, not water bottle  Police

Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara today denied claims that the army corporal, who was arrested following a security breach at an event attended by the President, was only holding a bottle of water in his hand and not a gun. MORE..

May 12, 2015  06:14 pm|

Heroin worth over Rs.80 million recovered from Marawila

Heroin worth over Rs.80 million recovered from Marawila

Over 8kgs of heroin with a street value of over Rs. 80 million has been recovered from Thoduwawa in Marawila, Police said a short while ago. The heroin in believed to have been smuggled from India into the country. MORE..

May 12, 2015  07:31 am|

19A has failed to address what it promised, says Attanayake

19A has failed to address what it promised, says Attanayake

(Exclusive) The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which passed with a two third majority in the parliament, has failed to address what it promised to the people back in the January polls, former General Secretary of the United National Party (UNP) and former Health Minister Tissa Attanayake said. MORE...

May 12, 2015  12:05 am|

UN group on missing to visit Sri Lanka in August

UN group on missing to visit Sri Lanka in August

The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances has confirmed that it will visit Sri Lanka from August 3 12. MORE...

May 10, 2015  05:55 pm|

Mutual understanding the key to pass 20A: JVP

Mutual understanding the key to pass 20A: JVP

The President has vowed to dissolve Parliament, if fails to reach a final agreement on the 20th Amendment at the tomorrows All Party Leaders (APL) meeting, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said. MORE...

May 10, 2015  01:17 pm|

9 hour water cut in several areas

9 hour water cut in several areas

The National Water Supply and Drainage Board announced a 9 hour water cut from 8.00am to 5.00pm tomorrow (May 10) in several areas int he Western Province. MORE..

May 9, 2015  09:33 pm|

Ex-COO of RADA arrested for tsunami fund fraud

Ex-COO of RADA arrested for  tsunami fund fraud

The former Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Sri Lanka Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA), Saliya Wickramasuriya, has been arrested over alleged fraud in tsunami housing funds. MORE..

May 9, 2015  08:28 pm|

No-confidence motion against Ravi next week Bandula

No-confidence motion against Ravi next week  Bandula

Former Minister Bandula Gunawardena says that a motion of no confidence will be submitted in Parliament next week against Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, who he claims is responsible for the crises that have befallen the countrys economy. MORE..

May 9, 2015  06:00 pm|

Term of LG bodies will not be extended Rajitha

Term of LG bodies will not be extended  Rajitha

The term of the local government bodies that were extended until May 15 will not be further extended and would dissolve automatically, Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said. MORE..

May 9, 2015  04:35 pm|

Sajin summoned by CID

Sajin summoned by CID

UPFA Parliamentarian Sajin de Vass Gunawardena has been summoned to appear at the Criminal Investigations Department on Monday (May 11). MORE..

May 9, 2015  01:57 pm|

Local government bodies to be dissolved on May 15

Local government bodies to be dissolved on May 15

Minister of Public Order & Christian Affairs, John Amaratunga, says that a decision has been taken to dissolve all local government institutions next Friday (May 15). MORE..

May 9, 2015  12:48 pm|

Will bring no-confidence motion against Ranil - Wimal

Will bring no-confidence motion against Ranil - Wimal

Former Minister Wimal Weerawansa says that a motion of no confidence will be brought against Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe. MORE..

May 9, 2015  10:02 am|

Gotabaya seeks Rs 1 billion in damages from Watagala

Gotabaya seeks Rs 1 billion in damages from Watagala

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has sent a letter of demand to JVP Western Provincial Councillor Attorney-at-Law Sunil Watagala, seeking Rs 1 billion in damages over alleged malicious and defamatory remarks made by the latter against him. MORE..

May 8, 2015  06:23 pm|

Janaka Ranawaka remanded

 Janaka Ranawaka remanded

The Mayor of the Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, Janaka Ranawaka, who was arrested this morning for allegedly assaulting the Opposition Leader of the Municipal Council, has been remanded until May 11 by the Hulftsdorp Magistrate court. MORE..

May 8, 2015  05:26 pm|

Kotte Opposition leader also arrested

Kotte Opposition leader also arrested

Opposition leader of the Kotte Municipal Council Sugath Appuhami has been arrested over the alleged assault on the Mayor of the Kotte MC, police said. Earlier today the Mayor of the Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, Janaka Ranawaka, was arrested for allegedly assaulting the Opposition Leader of the Municipal Council, police said. MORE...

May 8, 2015  03:51 pm|

High Court suspends Salman Khans jail sentence

High Court suspends Salman Khans jail sentence

The Mumbai high court suspended on Friday actor Salman Khans jail term in the 2002 hit-and-run case, pending appeal, giving him temporary reprieve. MORE..

May 8, 2015  01:52 pm|

Methsiri loses Galle mayorship again

Methsiri loses Galle mayorship again

The Court of Appeals today annulled the Galle High Courts decision to invalidate the gazette notification issued to remove Methsiri de Silva as Mayor of Galle Municipal Council. MORE..

May 8, 2015  01:29 pm|

Kotte Mayor arrested over attack on Opposition Leader

Kotte Mayor arrested over attack on Opposition Leader

The Mayor of the Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, Janaka Ranawaka, has been arrested for allegedly assaulting the Opposition Leader of the Municipal Council, police said. MORE..

May 8, 2015  12:41 pm|

Lankan accused in hit-and-run pleads guilty

Lankan accused in hit-and-run pleads guilty

A Sri Lankan man, who is in New Zealand on a work permit, has admitted he struck a woman while driving a rental car and talking on a mobile phone, then fled the scene. MORE..

May 8, 2015  10:55 am|

Sri Lanka sets September date for war crimes probe

Sri Lanka sets September date for war crimes probe

Sri Lankas new government yesterday said an investigation into allegations of war crimes would begin by September, amid international pressure to account for atrocities committed during the islands decades-long separatist conflict. MORE...

May 8, 2015  08:15 am|

Sri Lankas Development Goals fall short on Gender Equality - report

Sri Lankas Development Goals fall short on Gender Equality - report

When Rosy Senanayake, Sri Lankas minister of state for child affairs, addressed the U.N. Commission on Population and Development (CPD) in New York last month, she articulated both the successes and shortcomings of gender equality in a country which prided itself electing the worlds first female head of government... MORE

May 6, 2015  07:58 am|

SC decides expulsion of Attanayake from parliamentary seat is invalid

SC decides expulsion of Attanayake from parliamentary seat is invalid

The Supreme Court in a historic judgment on Tuesday (5) ruled that expulsion of former United National Party (UNP) General Secretary, Tissa Attanayake, from parliamentary seat is invalid as due process was not followed. MORE...

May 5, 2015  10:36 am|

FUTA condemns attack on former president

FUTA condemns attack on former president

Condemning the Fridays attack on Dr Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri and Dr Kumudu Kusum Kumara, the Federation of University Teachers Associations today said that the incident is a grim reminder of the political culture that people thought they had defeated on January 08. MORE..

May 3, 2015  12:04 pm|

Armed soldier at Presidents event arrested

Armed soldier at Presidents event arrested

An Army Corporal who was allegedly armed with a weapon at a recent event attended by President Maithripala Sirisena in Agunukolapelessa has been arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said. MORE..

May 3, 2015  10:30 am|

Five jailed in The Hague for supporting Tamil Tigers

Five jailed in The Hague for supporting Tamil Tigers

Five Dutch nationals of Sri Lankan origin have been jailed for between 19 months and six years three months for raising money for the Tamil Tigers, which has been on the EUs official list of terrorist organisations since 2006. MORE..

May 1, 2015  11:43 am|

Two uni students arrested for damaging public property

Two uni students arrested for damaging public property

Two university students arrested on charges of causing damage to public property during a protest opposite the UGC yesterday have been remanded until May 11, police said. MORE..

April 30, 2015  04:30 pm|

Eraj Fernando further remanded until May 13

Eraj Fernando further remanded until May 13

The Mayor of Hambantota, Eraj Fernando, who was arrested and remanded for allegedly attempting to assault a suspect in police custody was further remanded until May 13 by the Hambantota Magistrates Court. MORE..

April 30, 2015  12:25 pm|

Sri Lanka economy grows 7.4% in 2014: CB Report

Sri Lanka economy grows 7.4% in 2014: CB Report

Sri Lankas economy grew by 7.4% (Agriculture 0.3%, Industry 11.4%, service 6.5%) last year, according to the Annual Report of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka for the year 2014 which was launched today. MORE..

April 30, 2015  11:05 am|

EXCLUSIVE: Positive proposals from opposition not discarded Wijedasa

EXCLUSIVE: Positive proposals from opposition not discarded  Wijedasa

Minister of Justice Wijedasa Rajapaksa says that not a single positive proposal brought forward by opposition parliamentary groups with regard to the 19th amendment were discarded by the government, despite the raising of baseless and childish arguments at various points. MORE..

April 29, 2015  06:29 pm|

19th Amendment to come into force from April 30

19th Amendment to come into force from April 30

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution will come into force from April 30, except for 4 articles which will come into force in the next Parliament, Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa told Ada Derana. MORE..

April 29, 2015  03:07 pm|

Heres a look at changes made to 19A

Heres a look at changes made to 19A

Sri Lankas parliament overwhelmingly passed reforms on Tuesday (April 28) reducing some of the presidents powers, in a move that did not go as far as President Maithripala Sirisena had promised but is nevertheless seen as a victory for the leader and his government. MORE..

April 29, 2015  01:17 pm|

I never interfered to secure the release of an impounded container: Senasinghe

I never interfered to secure the release of an impounded container: Senasinghe

Deputy Justice Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe on Tuesday (28) dismisses allegations that he interfered to customs affairs in a bid to secure the release of an impounded container of copper rods, thus, he would instigate legal action against a print media institution that published an article to sling mud at him. MORE...

April 28, 2015  05:50 pm|

19th amendment hits another roadblock?

19th amendment hits another roadblock?

(UPDATE): The Parliamentary session was extended by one hour due to the discussion between Party Leaders with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa. MORE..

April 28, 2015  05:11 pm|

Death toll in Nepal may touch 10,000 - PM Koirala

Death toll in Nepal may touch 10,000 - PM Koirala

The death toll in Nepals devastating earthquake may go up to 10,000, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Tuesday told the envoys of India, China and the US. MORE..

April 28, 2015  02:37 pm|

DG Kumarage elected as Kataragama Basnayake Nilame

DG Kumarage elected as Kataragama Basnayake Nilame

D.G. Kumarage has been elected as the new Basnayake Nilame of the Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya. MORE..

April 28, 2015  11:04 am|

AUDIO: Sri Lanka dispatches emergency relief assistance to Nepal, creates hotline

AUDIO: Sri Lanka dispatches emergency relief assistance to Nepal, creates hotline

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Kathmandu has established a hotline for any inquiries regarding Sri Lankan nationals residing Nepal, in wake of the powerful earthquake that shook the country and Northern India. MORE..

April 25, 2015  08:34 pm|

AUDIO: Nepal earthquake kills atleast 449, triggers avalanches

AUDIO: Nepal earthquake kills atleast 449, triggers avalanches

(UPFATE) The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Kathmandu says that so far there have been no reports of Sri Lankan nationals in Nepal being affected by the earthquake. MORE..

April 25, 2015  04:52 pm|

Import tax on potatoes and big onions increased

Import tax on potatoes and big onions increased

The import tax on potatoes has been increased from Rs 40 to Rs 55 per kilogram and big onions increased from Rs 10 to Rs 30 per kilogram with effect from today, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said.

April 25, 2015  07:51 am|

UPFA politicians summoned on contempt charges

UPFA politicians summoned on contempt charges

The Colombo Magistrates Court today issued notice on 27 persons including 10 UPFA Parliamentarians to appear before the court on May 8 on contempt of court charges, after they violated a court order and staged a protest opposite the bribery commission. MORE..

April 24, 2015  04:30 pm|

New govts policies have created positive environment: Ban Ki-moon

New govts policies have created positive environment: Ban Ki-moon

Welcoming the new Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stated that a positive environment has been created by the policies of the new government in Sri Lanka for a greater collaboration with the United Nations and the international community. MORE..

April 24, 2015  01:06 pm|

President appeals to parties to help adopt 19th Amendment

President appeals to parties to help adopt 19th Amendment

President Maithripala Sirisena today appealed to all political parties to assist in passing the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in order to firmly establishing freedom and democracy in the country. MORE..

April 23, 2015  09:51 pm|

Arjuna Mahendran resumes duty at Central Bank - sources

Arjuna Mahendran resumes duty at Central Bank - sources

Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran has resumed his duties after a more than five-week voluntary leave of absence after being cleared by a panel investigating a controversial government bond auction, according to a Reuters report. MORE..

April 23, 2015  02:15 pm|

Tense situation outside Bribery Commission as Gota arrives

Tense situation outside Bribery Commission as Gota arrives

A tense situation reported due to a protest opposite the Bribery Commission as former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been summoned to give a statement, the police said. MORE..

April 23, 2015  09:56 am|

Court bans protests in front of Bribery Commission

Court bans protests in front of Bribery Commission

The Colombo Chief Magistrate has issued an order banning protest in front of the Bribery Commission tomorrow (April 23), police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said. MORE..

April 22, 2015  08:23 pm|

Opposition demands anti-graft chiefs sacking

Opposition demands anti-graft chiefs sacking

Main opposition demanded on Tuesday the countrys anti-graft chief be sacked for summoning former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to answer bribery allegations amid renewed uproar in parliament. MORE...

April 21, 2015  05:27 pm|

No-confidence motion to be filed against Ravi Karunanayake

No-confidence motion to be filed against Ravi Karunanayake

A no confidence motion to be brought against Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena said.

April 21, 2015  03:24 pm|

I had no secret accounts in any foreign bank, says Rajapaksa

I had no secret accounts in any foreign bank, says Rajapaksa

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday (19) dismissed allegations of him, his wife or sons maintaining any illegal or secret offshore accounts in any foreign bank. MORE...

April 19, 2015  02:09 pm|

Sri Lankan couple, daughters land near Rameswaram

Sri Lankan couple, daughters land near Rameswaram

A Sri Lankan Tamil couple with their three teenage daughters landed clandestinely at Arichalmunai, off Dhanushkodi in the early hours of Friday, The Hindu reports. MORE..

April 18, 2015  05:40 pm|

PM offers worship at Guruvayur Temple

PM offers worship at Guruvayur Temple

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, who left for India this morning, offered worship at the famous Lord Krishna Temple in Guruvayoor amid heavy security. MORE..

April 18, 2015  04:13 pm|

Sung influenced Sri Lanka for Bans election

Sung influenced Sri Lanka for Bans election

Deceased Keangnam Enterprises Chairman Sung Woan-jong claimed that he contributed considerably to the election of Ban Ki-moon as United Nations secretary general, Sungs associates were quoted as saying by a vernacular newspaper. MORE..

April 17, 2015  11:55 pm|

Lankan charged over hit-and-run in New Zealand

Lankan charged over hit-and-run in New Zealand

A Sri Lankan man has allegedly hit a woman in the rental car he was driving then fled the scene in New Zealand, foreign media reported. MORE..

April 17, 2015  02:42 pm|

India unsuited to play mediator due to TN factor - Dayan

India unsuited to play mediator due to TN factor - Dayan

India is structurally unsuited to be mediator or facilitator in the Sri Lankan ethnic conflict because it is subject to the emotional and electoral power of one of its constituent states, namely, Tamil Nadu, argues former Sri Lankan envoy at the UN in Geneva, Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka. MORE..

April 17, 2015  01:47 pm|

Ranil merely joked about shooting Indian fishermen - CBK

Ranil merely joked about shooting Indian fishermen - CBK

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe was joking when he made the comment about shooting Indian fishermen, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga said in an interview with DNA. MORE...

April 17, 2015  09:09 am|

Mahinda Rajapaksa prepares for political comeback - report

Mahinda Rajapaksa prepares for political comeback - report

Former president of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa is planning to stand in parliamentary polls to launch an attempt to return to power, aides have said. MORE..

April 16, 2015  11:56 pm|

Arjuna Mahendran questioned at Bribery Commission

Arjuna Mahendran questioned at Bribery Commission

The Bribery Commission has recorded a statement from the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Arjuna Mahendran. MORE..

April 16, 2015  05:28 pm|

Worlds first self-powered video camera developed

Worlds first self-powered video camera developed

The worlds first self-powered video camera that runs without a battery and can produce an image each second has been developed by researchers led by an Indian-origin scientist. MORE..

April 16, 2015  04:11 pm|

57 MPs visit Mahinda Rajapaksa

57 MPs visit Mahinda Rajapaksa

Around fifty-seven Members of Parliament today visited former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at his Carlton House in Tangalle. MORE..

April 16, 2015  12:31 pm|

Rohitha Abeygunawardena sacked from SLFP central committee

Rohitha Abeygunawardena sacked from SLFP central committee

Former Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena has also been removed from the Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). MORE..

April 16, 2015  11:00 am|

Nishantha Ranatunga questioned by FCID

Nishantha Ranatunga questioned by FCID

The Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) is currently questioning former SLC Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga, regarding a financial transaction of a private media organisation. MORE..

April 15, 2015  01:39 pm|

Sri Lanka must offer full support to UN probe - Cameron

Sri Lanka must offer full support to UN probe - Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron says he has offered support to the steps being taken by the government to address past issues while stressing that Sri Lanka should go further and continue to offer full support to the ongoing UN investigation. MORE..

April 15, 2015  12:14 pm|

Over 600 arrested for drunk driving

Over 600 arrested for drunk driving

Police have arrested 605 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol following special operations launched in view of the festive season. MORE..

April 14, 2015  03:34 pm|

Two brothers intentionally run over after dispute

Two brothers intentionally run over after dispute

Two brothers were killed and another person critically wounded after they were intentionally run over by a lorry driver in the Kehelulla area in Padiyathalawa. MORE..

April 14, 2015  02:32 pm|

We will continue to push for independent probe - Ed Miliband

We will continue to push for independent probe - Ed Miliband

British Prime Ministerial hopeful Ed Miliband says that the Labour Party will continue to push for a full and independent, international investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka. MORE..

April 14, 2015  01:15 pm|

US diplomat discusses human rights and accountability with Sri Lanka

US diplomat discusses human rights and accountability with Sri Lanka

A senior American diplomat has held discussion with Sri Lankan government officials on human rights and strengthening democracy, transparency, and accountability during his recent visit to the island nation. MORE..

April 14, 2015  11:39 am|

Motorists urged to not drink and drive this New Year

Motorists urged to not drink and drive this New Year

The Police Department today appealed to all motorists to refrain from driving while under the influence of alcohol. Special police teams have been deployed to arrest drunken drivers, police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said.

April 14, 2015  10:42 am|

SLFP appoints new members to Central Committee: sources

SLFP appoints new members to Central Committee: sources

Replacing the sacked senior members, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) sources on Monday (13) announced its bid to appoint five new members to the partys Central Committee. MORE...

April 13, 2015  01:11 pm|

Sacking of Central Committee members not unlawful: SLFP

Sacking of Central Committee members not unlawful: SLFP

The removal of four members from the Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is not a violation of partys constitution, a party source said. MORE...

April 13, 2015  09:35 am|

Dissanayake to step down as SLFP Ampara organiser

Dissanayake to step down as SLFP Ampara organiser

Former Provincial Councilor Wimalaweera Dissanayake on Sunday (12) asserted that he will step down from his post as the Sri Lanka Freedom Party organiser for Ampara electoral district in protest over partys conclusion to sack several members attached to its central committee. MORE...

April 12, 2015  04:29 pm|

Sri Lanka has potential to be a role model: UN

Sri Lanka has potential to be a role model: UN

If handled well, the case of Sri Lanka has the potential to constitute an example for the region and for the world of how a sustainable peace ought to be achieved, says Pablo de Greiff, UN Special Rapporteur on Truth, Justice, Reparations, and Guarantees of Non-recurrence. MORE...

April 12, 2015  01:11 pm|

Several SLFP central committee members sacked

Several SLFP central committee members sacked

Several more UPFA Parliamentarians say they have been removed from the central committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). MORE..

April 11, 2015  09:19 pm|

Bandula sacked from SLFP central committee

Bandula sacked from SLFP central committee

Former Minister Bandula Gunawardena says that he has been removed from the Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). The UPFA MP said he has received a letter notifying him of this decision. MORE..

April 11, 2015  05:39 pm|

Vajira Wijegunawardene appointed SEC Director General

Vajira Wijegunawardene appointed SEC Director General

Vajira Wijegunawardene has been appointed as the Director General of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Sri Lanka with immediate effect. MORE..

April 10, 2015  04:55 pm|

ITAK entitled to post of Opposition Leader

ITAK entitled to post of Opposition Leader

Weighing in on the standoff over the Opposition Leader post, Sri Lankas main Tamil party today said that no MP elected from the UPFA or UNP can hold the position and that the ITAK is entitled to it, having the next highest number of representatives. MORE..

April 10, 2015  03:07 pm|

STF member dies from accidental shooting

STF member dies from accidental shooting

A police constable serving with the Special Task Force (STF) was killed after being accidentally shot by another officer during a raid carried out in the Ridee Ella Reserve at Bakamuna, Dambulla. MORE..

April 10, 2015  11:16 am|

Power must be distributed President

Power must be distributed  President

President Maithripala Sirisena says that he plans to announce details of a domestic probe into allegations of human rights violation during Sri Lankas long civil war by the end of June, just as the country heads into early general elections. MORE..

April 9, 2015  04:44 pm|

UN to back 100-day programme

UN to back 100-day programme

The UN system and UNDP in particular is pleased to continue to provide support to the 100 days programme, at the request of the Government, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDPs Asia-Pacific Regional Director Haoliang Xu has said. MORE...

April 9, 2015  04:28 pm|

Police grills Tiran Alles

Police grills Tiran Alles

The police Special Investigation Unit on Thursday (9) recorded a statement from MP Tiran Alles over an alleged financial fraud, the police Spokesperson said. MORE...

April 9, 2015  03:00 pm|

Police Inspector arrested for accepting bribe

Police Inspector arrested for accepting bribe

An Inspector attached to the Ahungalla Police Station has been arrested on charges of soliciting a bribe. MORE..

April 9, 2015  11:54 am|

Senior UN official visits war-ravaged north

Senior UN official visits war-ravaged north

A senior UN official, who is on a six-day tour to Sri Lanka, has visited the war ravaged north to assess the development needs in the area and hold discussions with government officials, the UN office in Colombo said. MORE...

April 9, 2015  08:11 am|

Kapila Wijegunawardene named chairman of selectors

Kapila Wijegunawardene named chairman of selectors

Former cricketer Kapila Wijegunawardene has been appointed as chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee, the Sports Ministry confirmed on Wednesday. MORE...

April 8, 2015  12:02 pm|

Proposal on Treasury Bill defeated in Parliament

Proposal on Treasury Bill defeated in Parliament

A motion tabled by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake to increase the threshold of Treasury Bills was defeated in Parliament with 31 voting for and 52 against. MORE...

April 7, 2015  07:13 pm|

PM, CBK take crucial decisions now: Gammanpila

PM, CBK take crucial decisions now: Gammanpila

Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) General Secretary and Western Provincial Councillor Udaya Gammanpila on Tuesday (7) charged that those who assisted to form the new government take crucial decisions about the island nation, but not the President. MORE...

April 7, 2015  06:40 pm|

Speaker needs more time on Opposition Leaders post

Speaker needs more time on Opposition Leaders post

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa says that he needs more time to consider his decision on the Opposition Leaders post, which subject of controversy after 26 Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MPs joined the new Government to accept ministerial portfolios. MORE...

April 7, 2015  02:33 pm|

Dinesh to get Opposition Leader post?

Dinesh to get Opposition Leader post?

A proposal signed by some 60 Parliamentarians, requesting to appoint Mahajana Eksath Peramuna leader Dinesh Gunawardena as the Opposition Leader, has been handed over to the Speaker, former Minister T.B. Ekanayake told Ada Derana. MORE...

April 7, 2015  01:05 pm|

UN Assistant Secretary-General meets Harsha de Silva

UN Assistant Secretary-General meets Harsha de Silva

The Visiting UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDPs Regional Director Haoliang Xu, had discussions with the Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs, Dr. Harsha de Silva on Monday (6). MORE...

April 7, 2015  10:59 am|

Vimukthi Kumaratunga helps to rescue five-foot boa constrictor

Vimukthi Kumaratunga helps to rescue five-foot boa constrictor

The amusing story is reported today of how a five-foot boa constrictor became trapped behind a steering wheel after it slithered behind the dashboard and was rescued by Vimukthi Kumaratunga son of former President Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumaratunga in Bristol, UK. MORE...

April 7, 2015  07:50 am|

Sun directly over Sri Lanka today: Met. Department

Sun directly over Sri Lanka today: Met. Department

The Sun is going to be directly over Sri Lanka from today (5) to 15 April, the Meteorology Department said. MORE...

April 5, 2015  12:50 pm|

Major parties should agree on reasonable power devolution - Kiriella

Major parties should agree on reasonable power devolution - Kiriella

The major political parties in the country should agree on reasonable devolution of power to the North and East, says Minister of Plantation Industries Lakshman Kiriella. MORE..

April 4, 2015  06:04 pm|

BOI recommends criminal prosecution of ex-SriLankan Airlines Chairman & CEO

BOI recommends criminal prosecution of ex-SriLankan Airlines Chairman & CEO

A Board of Inquiry has found shocking details of corruption running into billions of dollars, manipulations of service contracting, recruitment of unqualified staff and major security breaches at the SriLankan Airlines under the former government. MORE..

April 4, 2015  04:08 pm|

26/11-like attack by ISI agents based in Sri Lanka thwarted - report

26/11-like attack by ISI agents based in Sri Lanka thwarted - report

A 26/11-like attack was in the making, but this time, from the east coast. That is how National Investigation Agency (NIA) Director-General Sharad Kumar sums up the agencys exhaustive nearly two-year investigation into what it says was a massive terror plot against India by Pakistans Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). MORE..

April 4, 2015  11:23 am|

China appreciates Sri Lankas stance on Dalai Lama invitation

China appreciates Sri Lankas stance on Dalai Lama invitation

China on Friday said it appreciated Sri Lankas stance on the Dalai Lama, as it seems unlikely their government would grant him a visa to visit. MORE..

April 4, 2015  12:18 am|

I am always available if SLC needs me Jayasuriya

I am always available if SLC needs me  Jayasuriya

Former captain Sanath Jayasuriya, who resigned as Sri Lankas chief cricket selector, said he was bowing out to give the new SLC management an opportunity to appoint a new selection panel but did not rule out a comeback. MORE..

April 3, 2015  03:29 pm|

Shortest total lunar eclipse of the century on Saturday

Shortest total lunar eclipse of the century on Saturday

There will be a lunar eclipse on April 4th visible to Sri Lanka with the moon rising from the eastern horizon around 6.18 p.m. and till 7.15 p.m. MORE..

April 3, 2015  12:02 pm|

Embilipitiya UC chairman removed

Embilipitiya UC chairman removed

The Chairman of the Embilipitiya Urban Council, Venerable Wevelduwe Gnanapraba Thero, has been temporarily removed from the post by Sabaragamuwa Chief Minister Maheepala Herath. MORE..

April 2, 2015  01:52 pm|

Sri Lanka vows to remedy root causes of terrorism

Sri Lanka vows to remedy root causes of terrorism

The Sri Lankan Government today vowed to remedy the root causes of injustice, discrimination and prejudice that have spawned hate and violence for many decades in the country. MORE..

April 2, 2015  12:59 pm|

Clash between uni students, police regrettable: PMO

Clash between uni students, police regrettable: PMO

The Prime Ministers Office says the clash between protesting university students and police personnel was regrettable and that protesters refusing to allow their representatives to hand over the memorandum had resulted in yesterdays unfortunate incident. MORE..

April 1, 2015  05:52 pm|

Police probe violent clashes between students and police

Police probe violent clashes between students and police

The police on Wednesday launched an investigation into the violent clashes which erupted between local university students and the police on Tuesday resulting in several people being injured. MORE...

April 1, 2015  05:22 pm|

UN Assistant Secretary-General to visit Sri Lanka

UN Assistant Secretary-General to visit Sri Lanka

Mr. Haoliang Xu, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, Chair, United Nations Development Group Asia-Pacific and UNDP Assistant Administrator & Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka from April 4-10, 2015. MORE..

April 1, 2015  12:05 pm|

I have a clean record, says Mevyn Silva

I have a clean record, says Mevyn Silva

(EXCLUSIVE) Im not concerned that I wasnt offered a ministerial portfolio from the coalition government, despite campaigning for the victory of the present President in the January polls, former Minister Mevyn Silva said. MORE...

March 31, 2015  07:10 pm|

Mattala is like a chicken-and-egg problem: ex-CEO

Mattala is like a chicken-and-egg problem: ex-CEO

Eran Wickramaratne, the deputy minister of investment promotion, says the current government now has to figure out how sunken investments like the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) can be salvaged, or if they can be at all. MORE..

March 31, 2015  05:18 pm|

Police tear gas protesting university students

Police tear gas protesting university students

(UPDATE) The Galle Road has been closed from Kollupitiya Junction to Galle Face Roundabout due to the protest launched by university students, polcie spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said. MORE..

March 31, 2015  04:43 pm|

P.B. Jayasundera questioned over hedging deal

P.B. Jayasundera questioned over hedging deal

The Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) is currently recording a statement from former Treasury Secretary and Economic Development Ministry Secretary P.B. Jayasundera in connection with the controversial hedging deal, police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said. MORE...

March 31, 2015  10:36 am|

Sajin granted bail

Sajin granted bail

The Colombo Fort Magistrate on Tuesday (31) granted bail to MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena on a case filed by the Bribery Commission over failure to declare his assets. MORE..

March 31, 2015  10:33 am|

Sidath Wettimuny appointed IC Chairman

Sidath Wettimuny appointed IC Chairman

Former cricketer Sidat Wettimuny has been appointed as the Chairman for the interim committee of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). MORE...

March 30, 2015  10:49 pm|

Rigorous imprisonment for Mahinda Abeykoon

Rigorous imprisonment for Mahinda Abeykoon

Chairman of the Central Provincial Council Mahinda Abeykoon has been sentenced to two and a half years rigorous imprisonment by the Kandy High Court on Monday (30). MORE...

March 30, 2015  05:17 pm|

Sarana Gunawardena released on bail

Sarana Gunawardena released on bail

The Attanagalla Magistrate on Monday (30) granted bail to ex-Minister Sarana Gunawardena who was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on charges of criminal breach of trust. MORE...

March 30, 2015  03:53 pm|

SLC interim committee to be appointed tomorrow

SLC interim committee to be appointed tomorrow

Mired in controversies owing to allegations of corruption, Sri Lanka Cricket will now be run by an interim committee, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Monday. MORE...

March 30, 2015  01:05 pm|

Lanka for Indias inclusion in regional cooperation with China

Lanka for Indias inclusion in regional cooperation with China

Sri Lanka has backed Chinas surprise initiative to make India an important component of a regional cooperation to address New Delhis concerns over Chinese involvement in large-scale projects in the country, a senior Sri Lankan minister has said. MORE...

March 29, 2015  10:23 pm|

Mihin Lanka flight in emergency landing at BIA

Mihin Lanka flight in emergency landing at BIA

A Mihin Lanka flight bound for Bangladesh has made an emergency landing at the Katunayake airport following a technical snag on Sunday (29) morning. MORE...

March 29, 2015  04:12 pm|

Pablo de Greiff to visit Sri Lanka today

Pablo de Greiff to visit Sri Lanka today

UN Special Rapporteur on Truth, Justice, Reparations, and Guarantees of Non-recurrence, Pablo de Greiff, will arrive in Sri Lanka for a six-day visit, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Sunday (29). MORE...

March 29, 2015  12:06 pm|

President Maithripala Sirisenas brother dies

President Maithripala Sirisenas brother dies

Priyantha Sirisena, the brother of President Maithripala Sirisena, who was treated at a private hospital in Colombo after an axe attack died this morning (28) at the age of 40. MORE...

March 28, 2015  07:58 am|

Sri Lanka fires fresh salvo at Chinese firm

Sri Lanka fires fresh salvo at Chinese firm

The Chinese company involved in the controversial US$1.4 billion Colombo Port City project has failed to furnish the necessary documents within the two-week deadline set by the new government, which is also reviewing other Chinese projects including a high-profile telecommunications tower, Sri Lankas finance minister said. MORE..

March 28, 2015  01:32 am|

Priyantha Sirisenas attacker remanded

 Priyantha Sirisenas attacker remanded

The suspect who was arrested last night for attacking the Presidents brother Priyantha Sirisena with an axe, has been remanded until the 8th of April by the Polonnaruwa Magistrates Court. MORE..

March 27, 2015  05:48 pm|

Priyantha Sirisenas attacker reveals motive

Priyantha Sirisenas attacker reveals motive

The suspect arrested over the attack on President Maithripala Sirisenas brother Priyantha, says he hid and waited before attacking the victim with an axe, because the latter had yelled at his parents. MORE..

March 27, 2015  04:54 pm|

Four arrested over Sri Lankans murder in Coventry

 Four arrested over Sri Lankans murder in Coventry

Four suspects have been arrested, with one appearing in court yesterday, over the murder of a Sri Lankan man in Coventry, England. MORE..

March 27, 2015  11:59 am|

Thirteen wounded after van crashes into embankment

Thirteen wounded after van crashes into embankment

At least thirteen persons were injured and hospitalised after a van veered off the road and collided with a roadside embankment in the Hagiliella area in Badulla. MORE...

March 27, 2015  10:51 am|

Suspected attacker of Presidents brother surrenders

Suspected attacker of Presidents brother surrenders

The suspect who was wanted in connection with the attack on President Maithripala Sirisenas brother Priyantha earlier today has been arrested. MORE..

March 26, 2015  10:21 pm|

I will return to Sri Lanka soon - Basil

I will return to Sri Lanka soon - Basil

Former Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa, speaking to Ada Derana, said that he will return to Sri Lanka soon and assist in the investigations into allegations against him. MORE..

March 26, 2015  07:45 pm|

Over 26 SLFP MPs attend Ratnapura rally

Over 26 SLFP MPs attend Ratnapura rally

Over 26 Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Parliamentarians attend a public rally currently being held in Ratnapura urging Mahinda Rajapaksa to be nominated as the partys Prime Ministerial candidate. MORE..

March 26, 2015  05:24 pm|

Man gets death penalty for heroin possession

Man gets death penalty for heroin possession

A person found guilty for the possession of 303.5 grams of heroin was sentenced to death by the Colombo High Court today. MORE..

March 26, 2015  03:53 pm|

Wont do anything that requires referendum Ranil

Wont do anything that requires referendum  Ranil

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe today expressed confidence that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution will be passed in Parliament with sufficient backing, despite objections voiced by certain parties including the JHU - a key partner of the government and calls for a referendum. MORE..

March 26, 2015  02:20 pm|

Govt to establish National Unity office under CBK

Govt to establish National Unity office under CBK

The government is planning to establish an office of National Unity headed by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga to promote national unity in the country. MORE..

March 26, 2015  10:14 am|

Lalith-Kugan case: Rambukwella and Handunnetti summoned

Lalith-Kugan case: Rambukwella and Handunnetti summoned

A Jaffna court on Wednesday (25) issued summons to former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and Parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti to appear before court on 30 July. MORE...

March 25, 2015  05:43 pm|

Lack of vehicles jeopardizing MRs security - Media Coordinator

Lack of vehicles jeopardizing MRs security - Media Coordinator

The lack of vehicles to transport the 213 security personnel assigned to Mahinda Rajapaksa has jeopardized his security, according to the former presidents Media Coordinator Mr Rohan Welivita. MORE..

March 25, 2015  05:36 pm|

Rehearsal for a new political culture - Ranil

Rehearsal for a new political culture - Ranil

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe says that the time has come to introduce a new political culture to the country and do away with the existing expired political system and culture. MORE..

March 25, 2015  04:53 pm|

President Sirisena leaves for Beijing

President Sirisena leaves for Beijing

President Maithripala Sirisena today left for Beijing commencing a four-day state visit on the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. MORE..

March 25, 2015  02:10 pm|

Police to seek court order to bring down Basil Rajapaksa

Police to seek court order to  bring down Basil Rajapaksa

The police will seek a court order to bring down ex-Presidents brother and former Minister Basil Rajapaksa in order to question him over alleged financial frauds, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said. MORE...

March 25, 2015  12:00 pm|

JVP mulls quitting National Executive Council

JVP mulls quitting National Executive Council

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says that the government had taken a sudden decision to cancel the National Executive Council meeting scheduled for today. MORE..

March 24, 2015  04:48 pm|

National Govt: SLFP the only loser Gammanpila

National Govt: SLFP the only loser  Gammanpila

Leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya, Provincial Councilor Udaya Gammanpila, says that there is a risk of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) being offered the position for Opposition Leader. MORE..

March 23, 2015  04:28 pm|

Sarana Gunawardena further remanded

Sarana Gunawardena further remanded

Former Deputy Minister Sarana Gunawardena, who was arrested on charges of financial fraud and criminal breach of trust, has been further remanded until March 30 by the Attanagalla Magistrates Court. MORE..

March 23, 2015  01:15 pm|

New administrative procedure introduced for dual citizenship

New administrative procedure introduced for dual citizenship

The new administrative procedure for the granting of dual citizenship will be introduced from today, Minister of Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs John Amaratunga said. MORE..

March 23, 2015  11:41 am|

Special commissioner for LG bodies: ex-President expresses disapproval

Special commissioner for LG bodies: ex-President expresses disapproval

Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday (22) expressed his disapproval with respect to the new governments decision to place all local government bodies under a special commissioner. MORE...

March 22, 2015  03:20 pm|

Indian, Sri Lankan fishermen to meet to sort out issues

Indian, Sri Lankan fishermen to meet to sort out issues

Fishermens associations of India and Sri Lanka will meet in Chennai next week to resolve the vexed issue of violation the maritime boundary and invading each others waters. MORE...

March 22, 2015  12:18 pm|

Mangala is a liar Tamara

Mangala is a liar  Tamara

Sri Lankas former Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Tamara Kunanayakam, today accused Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera of playing on racist and chauvinist anti-Tamil sentiment and termed him as unsuitable to represent the country internationally. MORE..

March 21, 2015  05:53 pm|

Bribery Commission files action against Sajin

Bribery Commission files action against Sajin

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption today filed action against MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena under section 9 of the Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Law No. 1 on 1975. MORE..

March 20, 2015  04:23 pm|

Sri Lankan Muslims wont fall prey to ISIS trap Fonseka

 Sri Lankan Muslims wont fall prey to ISIS trap  Fonseka

Former Sri Lanka army chief General Sarath Fonseka urged India and Pakistan to speedily resolve the Kashmir issue, adding that countries of the region should start behaving like neighbours. MORE..

March 20, 2015  03:05 pm|

Former officials stashed billions abroad - Rajitha

Former officials stashed billions abroad - Rajitha

Sri Lankan investigators have located more than $US2 billion ($2.6 billion) that was secretly transferred to accounts in Dubai by figures close to the administration of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, the government said on Thursday. MORE...

March 20, 2015  08:05 am|

Government grants approval to construct breakwater of Colombo Port City

Government grants approval to construct breakwater of Colombo Port City

Sri Lankas cabinet on Wednesday approved the construction of a breakwater for a Chinese funded port city project which had been suspended by the government earlier this month. MORE...

March 19, 2015  03:19 pm|

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