Police officers protect the office of the Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board W.B. Ganegala following a tense situation which arose between the staff and the management.
Ganegala was held hostage by the staff and had to be freed by the Police.
Picture by Indika Sri Aravina

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Law and Order Minister slams conduct of Police in Kataragama »


Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake on Tuesday slammed the conduct of the Police in Kataragama where a tense situation arose over the weekend. Ratnayake said that when quelling a tense situation or an unruly demonstration, justifiable force should be used, in strict adherence to…

January 23, 2018 - 16:47 / No Comment / Read More »

Supreme Court rejects more petitions filed by SLPP »

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna SLPP

The Supreme Court  on Tuesday rejected more petitions filed by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramunda (SLPP) against the rejection of its nomination lists. The petitions were filed over the nominations for Panadura, Agalawatte, Mahiyanganaya and Thirippane for the Local Government (LG) elections. Last week the Supreme…

January 23, 2018 - 16:27 / No Comment / Read More »

Bond commission and PRECIFAC reports tabled in Parliament »


The reports of the Presidential Commission which investigated the treasury bond scam and the Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate into serious acts of fraud and corruption, were tabled in Parliament on Tuesday. The Reports of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to investigate and inquire…

January 23, 2018 - 16:19 / No Comment / Read More »

Uva Chief Minister granted bail after surrendering to Police »

Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake

Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake was granted bail today after he surrendered to the Police over an incident where he forced a female school principal to kneel at his feet. Chamara Sampath Dassanayake surrendered to the Badulla Police and was produced before a…

January 23, 2018 - 16:04 / No Comment / Read More »

Chinese Ambassador and four new envoys present credentials »


The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka was among five new envoys who presented their credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday. The new Ambassador of China Cheng Xueyuan, the Ambassador of the Republic of the Sudan Sirajuddin Hamid Yousif, Ms. Pham Thi Bich Ngoc, Ambassador of…

January 23, 2018 - 15:35 / No Comment / Read More »

US Embassy and American Center in Colombo back to normal »


Operations at the US Embassy in Sri Lanka has returned to normal, the US Embassy in Colombo said on Tuesday. The Embassy said that the American Center in Colombo is also now open to the public. Operations were back to normal after the US government partial…

January 23, 2018 - 14:49 / No Comment / Read More »

Sri Lanka and Singapore sign FTA following bilateral discussions »


The Government of Sri Lanka signed a Free Trade Agreement with Singapore at the Presidential Secretariat on Tuesday. The Free Trade Agreement will boost the trade between the two countries as this would facilitate duty free access to selected goods and services of each other,…

January 23, 2018 - 14:15 / No Comment / Read More »

Sri Lanka, Iran extradition treaty sent to Iran Parliament »


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has submitted the extradition treaty between Iran and Sri Lanka to the Iranian Parliament, Iran’s MNA news agency reported. President Hassan Rouhani has submitted the extradition treaty signed between Iran and Sri Lanka to the Parliament. In the treaty’s cover letter…

January 23, 2018 - 08:41 / No Comment / Read More »

WHO says World Health Day 2018 will be celebrated in Sri Lanka »


The World Health Organization (WHO) announced in Geneva during the 142ndSession of the Executive Board of the WHO that the World Health Day 2018 will be celebrated in Sri Lanka. This year’s theme will be the Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director…

January 23, 2018 - 08:31 / No Comment / Read More »

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong begins Sri Lanka visit »


Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong began an official visit to Sri Lanka on Monday at the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena. He will call on President Sirisena, who will also host an official lunch on Tuesday. Lee will also meet his Sri Lankan counterpart…

January 22, 2018 - 22:50 / No Comment / Read More »

Ravi slams Dayasiri, Amaraweera, Seniviratne and S.B »


United National Party (UNP) Assistant Leader, Parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake on Monday slammed Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members and Government Ministers Dayasiri Jayasekera, Mahinda Amaraweera, John Seniviratne and S.B. Dissanayake. Speaking at an election propaganda meeting in Kotahena on Monday, Karunanayake said that Dayasiri Jayasekera, Mahinda Amaraweera,…

January 22, 2018 - 15:44 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Cash-strapped SriLankan says it achieved highest ever revenue »


SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, says it achieved the highest ever monthly revenue in the history of the company in December 2017. A statement by the airline said that the air-transport operation of the company…

January 22, 2018 - 14:58 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Protest staged near Justice Ministry seeking equality for Muslim women »


A protest was staged near the Justice Ministry highlighting Muslim women’s call for justice and equality in Sri Lanka. The silent protest focused on the failure to implement amendments to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA). The Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) has been in…

January 22, 2018 - 14:35 / No Comment / Read More »

Ceylon Petroleum Corporation bans bulk sale of ‘Lanka Kerosene oil’ »


The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CEYPETCO) today banned the bulk sale of ‘Lanka Kerosene oil’ which is red in colour as it is being used by some industries. CEYPETCO said that Lanka Kerosene oil is issued to low income families and the fishing community yet some industries have…

January 22, 2018 - 14:09 / No Comment / Read More »
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The role of the yahapalana opposition »


By Mahinda Rajapaksa There is a yahapalana government as well as a yahapalana opposition in this country. After the August 2015 parliamentary election, the UNP…

January 21, 2018 - 18:55 / No Comment / Read More »

China confident its relationship with Sri Lanka will grow stronger »


The Chinese Government said that it is confident that the friendship with Sri Lanka will grow stronger. Cheng Xueyuan, the Ambassador-designate of the People’s Republic…

January 21, 2018 - 14:59 / No Comment / Read More »

Mount Lavinia Police, TID exposed in Lasantha murder probe »


The underhand activities of the Mount Lavinia Police and the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) at the time the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed,…

January 21, 2018 - 00:47 / 6 Comments / Read More »

Army cannot interfere in our matters – C.V. Wigneswaran »


By Taylor Dibbert C.V. Wigneswaran is the chief minister of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka and a member of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).…

January 21, 2018 - 00:20 / 9 Comments / Read More »

Child’s brutal killing shocks Jaffna »

Jaffna child

The brutal killing of a three year old girl shocked residents of Vannarpannai in Jaffna last Friday. The young girl was stabbed to death by…

January 21, 2018 - 00:20 / No Comment / Read More »

Overplaying Israel »

Benjamin Netanyahu

By Vidyadharan MP Last week in India, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s got presumably one of his warmest welcomes ever received in a foreign country.…

January 21, 2018 - 00:10 / 2 Comments / Read More »

The Indian Ocean does not need an Indian Cold War »


By Trevor  Jayetileke A Cold War in the Indian Ocean will not be in the best interests of any country in the Indian Ocean and  this …

January 21, 2018 - 00:05 / No Comment / Read More »
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