Protesters attack the police

Protesters who had attempted to head towards the Finance Ministry at Galle Face this evening attacked the police when they were obstructed using poles and other objects. Eye witnesses told The Sunday Leader that the protesters led by JVP member Bimal Ratnayake, had attempted push their way through police barricades to head towards the Finance Ministry. [...]

Grero joins the government

UNP MP Mohanlal Grero crossed over to the government during the vote on the second reading of the budget in parliament today. The second reading of the budget was passed by a majority of 91 votes with 151 members, including Grero, voting in favour of the budget. Earlier in the evening President Mahinda Rajapaksa held [...]

Two more accidents on speedway

The police said that two more accidents were reported on the Southern Expressway over the last two days which also resulted in a CCTV camera and a post being damaged. The first accident to occur on the southern expressway since it was opened on Sunday was reported on Monday morning when a van toppled injuring [...]

UK discusses sustainable peace

British Deputy High Commissioner Robbie Bulloch met the Security Forces Commander in Jaffna, Maj. Gen. Mahinda Hathurusinghe today and discussed further steps that need to be taken to ensure a sustainable peace. The British High Commission in Colombo said that Bulloch met Hathurusinghe as part of a two-day visit of Jaffna and the North. During [...]

Disciplinary action against six UPFA LG members

The governing UPFA has informed six local government members of disciplinary action being initiated against them. UPFA General Secretary, Petroleum Minister Susil Premajayantha told The Sunday Leader that letters have already been sent to six UPFA local government members representing the Dodangoda Pradeshiya Sabha and the Poddala-Bope Pradeshiya Sabha. The six local government members representing [...]

Gazprom officials to discuss with Cairns

Russia’s Gazprom officials who are currently in Sri Lanka are to hold a discussion with India’s Cairns Company with regard to drilling oil and natural gas in the Mannar Basin. Cairns announced the finding of two natural gas deposits in the Mannar Basin while exploring for oil. Speaking to The Sunday Leader Petroleum Minister Susil [...]

New UNP office bearers in Dec.

The UNP Working Committee is to appoint new office bearers for the party in December. UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake told The Sunday Leader that according to the party Constitution amended last year, the office bearers have to be appointed annually by the Working Committee. However, he said the appointments do not need to be [...]

Dilshan beats Sanga for cricketer of the year

Sri Lankan cricket captain T.M Dilshan beat Kumar Sangakkara for the cricketer of the year award at the CEAT cricket awards held in Colombo last night. Sangakkara, who was initially tipped to win the award, was instead given the people’s choice award. A total of 81 awards were presented at the 2011 edition of the [...]

Thousands gather for UNP protest

Thousands of supporters of the main opposition UNP took the streets this afternoon to protest against the government. UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe told the protestors during the rally that he will continue to push for the release of jailed former army commander Sarath Fonseka. The opposition supporters also demanded that the government step down over [...]

Death toll rises to 27

The death toll from the storm which mostly affected the south of the country last week rose to 27 today, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said. According to the DMC, 15 people now remain missing from the strong winds and flash floods experienced since last Thursday. Several fishermen who went out to sea had been [...]

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