JVP Campaign Against Rising Cost Of Living

The JVP is to launch a two-month campaign against the rising cost of living. The campaign is to commence from January 6 and is to be titles, “The way forward for the motherland.” JVP Propaganda Secretary and parliamentarian Vijitha Herath has told the local media that the campaign would be carried out to over the [...]

Funds To Clear Backlog Of Cases

A senior government official has said there is a heavy backlog of about 650,000 cases pending in Courts countywide for a long period and that it was increasing at alarming proportions. The government had allocated Rs. 400 million to expedite the hearing cases. Addressing a workshop for the Kurunegala District Conciliation Boards, Assistant Secretary to [...]

Govt. To Dissolve Local Bodies In Jan

SLFP General Secretary and Minister Maithripala Sirisena has said that all local government bodies will be dissolved in January 2011. He has said that elections to these bodies will be held in March. Sirisena has also added that the ruling party will finalize its list of nominees by January 30.

UNP: Govt. Must Declare Stance On UN Panel’s Visit

The UNP has said the government needed to explain its stance on the visit of the UN Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka. UNP parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera told a press conference that the government needed to explain its stance on the Panel and that either Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne or External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris [...]

Kelaniya Protest (Photos)

Students of Kelaniya University protested about the delayed re-opening for second and third year students last week. Classes were suspended on the same day they were about to commence, following a protest about the shortage of hostel facilities in the University. Protesters further called on authorities to allow the 14 students suspended nearly three months [...]

Rs. 200 Million Illegal Cigarette Stash Discovered (Photos)

Sri Lanka Customs discovered one more stash of contraband cigarettes today. Cigarettes worth Rs. 200 million was recovered, it is learned. The illegal cigarettes had been imported from Dubai. Nearly 10 million cigarettes were found, packed in approximately a hundred boxes. It has been estimated that the illegal import of these cigarettes has cost the [...]

A’pura MC Budget For 2011 Defeated

The 2011 budget of the Anuradhpura Municipal Council (AMC) was defeated today (28) with seven members voting against and six member voting favor of it. Three members from the JVP, three from the UNP and governing party councilor who crossed over to the opposition, Anuruddhika Dissanayake had voted against the budget while six governing party [...]

Shangri-La To Open In Colombo

The government has today (28) granted approval to the world renowned Shangri-La group to set up a hotel in the country. Treasury Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundera has told the media that the Board of Investment (BOI) has granted approval to Hong Kong based group Shangri-La today to build a 500 room hotel in Colombo. Dr. [...]

Pvt. Bus Operators To Strike

Private bus operators today (28) warned that they would strike in January against the decision of the Western Province Passenger Transport Authority to increase its bus route permits by 20 percent. The Private Bus Operators Association (PBOA) told a press conference that they would also call on the government to increase bus fares as well. [...]

UNP: Govt. Cannot Import Coconuts

The UNP has said that the government could not import coconuts under the Plant Protection Act. Following the steep increase in coconut prices, the government announced its decision to import coconuts from Kerala, India, to maintain local prices. However, UNP parliamentarian Dr. Harsha De Silva has told the media that the coconut cultivation in India [...]

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