India given assurance Hambantota will not be given to foreign Navy

India has been given an assurance that the Hambantota port will not be given to any foreign Navy. Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne dismissed speculations surrounding the Hambantota port. “I can assure that no action whatsoever will be taken which will jeopardize India’s security concerns,” he said, according to The Hindu newspaper. Wijegunaratna [...]

Sri Lanka faces refinancing risks in the coming years

Sri Lanka, like many developing nations, faces refinancing risks in the coming years, Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said on Tuesday. He said that this warrants a concerted and coordinated policy response to mitigate such risks. The Minister was speaking at the opening of the G-24 Technical Group Meeting at the BMICH in Colombo. Speaking [...]

Cabinet approves amended National Audit Draft Bill

The cabinet, which met on Tuesday, has approved the amended National Audit Draft Bill, the Government said. The National Audit Bill has already been amended several times. The Sri Lanka Audit Service had been quoted in the media recently as accusing President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of failing to get the Draft National [...]

Stay order preventing FCID from taking action on Gota extended

A stay order preventing the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) from taking action on former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, was extended on Tuesday till March 23. The Court of Appeal extended the stay order when the matter was heard in court. The FCID was looking at taking action against Gotabaya Rajapaksa under the Public Property [...]

Ampara tense following attack on shop and mosque

Ampara was reported to be tense on Tuesday following an attack on a shop and a mosque on Monday night. The attack took place after a group of people accused a Muslim owned shop of mixing some pills in the food. A video was posted on social media by a Buddhist organisation where a man [...]

Assistant Superintendent of Police arrested by Bribery Commission

An Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) was arrested by officers of the Bribery Commission for allegedly soliciting a bribe of Rs 30,000. The Bribery Commission said that the Wennappuwa ASP had demanded the bribe from the owner of an Ayurveda massage center in the The ASP was arrested while accepting the bribe. (Colombo Gazette)

Nine year old boy who was reported missing found dead

A nine year old boy who was reported missing in the Chilaw area has been found dead, the Police said on Tuesday. The boy had been reported missing two days ago and his body has now been found in a jungle in Iranawila, Chilaw. Police suspect the boy had been abducted and murdered. Eyewitnesses said [...]

Egyptian driver murders Sri Lankan maid after love affair

An Egyptian twenty-two-year old driver is being held in custody for four days over charges of killing a 54-year-old Sri Lankan maid who worked in Egypt after a love affair had transpired between them, the Egypt Independent reported. The suspect, Mahmud R, admitted during interrogations by Giza prosecutors the details of the story which ended [...]

Ranil faces fresh revolt in the UNP led by Range Bandara

United National Party (UNP) leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is facing a fresh revolt in the UNP led by State Minister Palitha Range Bandara. The revolt threatens to split the UNP like it did when there was a push a few years back to make Sajith Premadasa the party leader and Prime Ministerial candidate. Bandara [...]

SriLankan Airlines faces delays following bird strike, other issues

SriLankan Airlines on Monday said that it regretted continuing delays and congestion at the Colombo Airport. The airline said that due to a combination of unforeseen events, including a bird strike which damaged an aircraft in Cochin, valued customers of SriLankan Airlines have been subjected to great inconvenience and delayed flights. “We request all our passengers [...]

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