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Govt.: No Gas Price Hike

Cooperatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando said today (31) that domestic gas prices will not be subjected to an increase from midnight today. However, he said the prices would not be reduced and will remain unchanged as all the taxes on gas will be removed. According to the Minister, President Mahinda Rajapaksa had allowed [...]

Ranil: Govt. Cannot Provide Any Relief

Opposition and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today (31) called for an explanation from the government as to why it has not released its plans with regard to salary increments and providing relief to the masses. Wickremesinghe told a press conference today that the government’s commitment to the IMF has made it difficult for it to [...]

Rains Affect Over 300,000 Persons

The Disaster Management Center (DMC) has reported that the heavy rains experienced in most parts of the country has affected over 300,000 persons. The DMC has stated that the rains and floods have affected 308,000 persons and 81,000 families. The most number of victims have so far been reported from the Batticaloa District. According to [...]

Government To Encourage Investments

The government has decided to remove charges imposed by the Urban Development Act in a bid to promote investments. Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told the media that the government has a target of increasing investments by over 40 percent within the next 10 years. He has said that private and foreign investors could be encouraged [...]

Army Destroys Over 300,000 Land Mines

The Sri Lanka Army has destroyed over 300,000 land mines within a land area of 1,870 square kilometers. Military Spokesperson Major General Ubhaya Medawela has told the local media that the land mines have been destroyed by the Army Field Engineers involved in the de-mining operation. Major General Medawela has said the respective clearing operation [...]

Complicity To Chaos And Corruption, ‘Al Capone’ Style

It is now officially announced by the Military Spokesman, Ubhaya Medawela, the defence establishment has 50,000 army deserters on its hands, to deal with. The amnesty period for voluntary surrender over, they remain to be tracked down, arrested and prosecuted, according to the military spokesman, as quoted by AFP. There is no significant change in [...]

Govt. To Grant Visas To UN Panel

The government said today (30) that visas would be issued to the UN Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka to visit the country and meet only with the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Keheliya Rambukwellla said that the government would grant visas to the members of the Panel only to go [...]

Journalists Prevented From Entering Into Boosa Camp

Several journalists and a BBC correspondent have been prevented from covering the sessions of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) at the Boosa detention camp in Galle. LLRC Secretary, S.B. Athugoda had informed 10 local journalists and the BBC correspondent when they had arrived at the detention camp that they needed clearance from the [...]

“Sri Lanka” To Replace “Ceylon”

The Government Information Department has said the government has decided to change the names of all public enterprises that begin as Ceylon with the word Sri Lanka. Currently there are several public enterprises with the name of Ceylon, such as Bank of Ceylon, Ceylon Petroleum Cooperation, Ceylon Electricity Board, Ceylon Tourist Board, etc.

Over 12,000 Arrested For Throwing Garbage

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mahinda Balasuriya has said that police environment protection units located across the country in almost all the police stations have arrested more than 12,800 persons during the last month for throwing garbage in public places. Most of the garbage throwers had come in their vehicles and thrown the garbage on [...]

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