UN blocks deployment of Sri Lankan military officer to Lebanon

The United Nations (UN) has blocked the deployment of a Sri Lankan military officer to Lebanon for peacekeeping operations. UN Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq said that following questions raised, the deployment of Rathnappuli Wasantha Kumara Hewage has been suspended, Innercity Press reported. “We were asked last week about a Sri Lankan officer who was scheduled to [...]

Shooting incident in Borella, one person injured

A shooting incident took place along Cotta Road in Borella on Tuesday evening during which one person sustained injuries. The Police said that the gunmen had arrived on a motorcycle and carried out the shooting near the railway crossing. A 32 year old man sustained injuries in the incident and was admitted to hospital. (Colombo Gazette)

Sri Lanka to introduce a new economic plan next week

A new economic plan is to be introduced for Sri Lanka next week, the National Economic Council said. During the meeting, detailed discussions were held on the rapid changes required in the country and short term and long term programmes needed to be implemented and the decision to be taken to speed up economic development. The [...]

Providing Tabs to A/L students and teachers put on hold

A Government programme launched to provide Tabs to Advanced Level (A/L) students and teachers has been suspended. The decision to suspend the programme was taken by the cabinet. The Government had decided last year to prioritize education and give free tablet computers to students and teachers. The Government had set a target to provide Tablets to [...]

Leadership training for principal suspended following death

The Education Ministry says the leadership training programme conducted for principals has been suspended following the death of a principal. According to the Education Ministry, an investigation will be conducted into the death. The principal of the Ambalantota Suchi National School Rohini Kumari Attapattu (53) had died while participating in the training programme conducted for [...]

Speaker not informed of extension of unity Government MOU

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says he has not been informed of an extension of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of unity Government. Responding to questions raised in Parliament on Tuesday by the opposition, the Speaker said that he will seek a clarification from the Government with regards to the MoU of the unity Government. The opposition that [...]

Debate postponed as no English/Tamil translation of PRECIFAC report

The debate in Parliament which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday on the report by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate into serious acts of fraud and corruption (PRECIFAC) had to be postponed after sittings began as there was no English or Tamil translation of the report. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian [...]

Ramanna Nikaya Anunayaka Venerable Girambe Ananda Thero passed away

The Anunayaka of the Ramanna Nikaya the Venerable Girambe Ananda Thero passed away. He was 80 years of age at the time of his demise. The Anunayaka of the Ramanna Nikaya passed away at the Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital while receiving treatment.

Lankan among two held for harassing tribal woman in Andhra Pradesh

Two men, including a Sri Lankan national, were on Sunday arrested by Visakhapatnam Rural Police for allegedly sexually harassing a tribal woman in Andhra Pradesh, The New Indian Express reported. The accused and victim worked in a private firm at Brandix India Apparel City, Atchutapuram SEZ area in Vizag. The arrested have been identified as [...]

Quick Tea joins the ranks of ‘Green Businesses’

Quick Tea Private Limited, a subsidiary of Sri Lanka’s largest Tea Exporter for over two decades – Akbar Brothers Limited, became the recipient of yet another accolade for the diversified group of companies by being certified as a ‘CarbonConscious® Company’. The certification was awarded to Quick Tea by the Sustainable Future Group (SFG), committing the [...]

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