The Sunday Leader

Modi seeks closer ties with Sri Lanka after launching Ambulance Service

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today sought closer ties with Sri Lanka after launching an ambulance service in Jaffna. Modi joined Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe through a live video conferencing from New Delhi today for the launch of the island-wide expansion of the 1990 Suwaseriya Emergency Ambulance Service in Jaffna. Several Ministers and other dignitaries from [...]

Notorious underworld figure Dalath Kumara alias “Raththa” arrested

Notorious underworld figure Dalath Kumara alias “Raththa” has been arrested. Dalath Hashan Kumara was arrested by the Police Special Task Force in Ekala. The Police said that the 32 year old suspect had in his possession heroin and a hand grenade. Dalath Hashan Kumara is accused of being involved in several crimes. (Colombo Gazette)

Two teens drown while bathing in the Dee Ella Oya

Two teens drowned while bathing in the Dee Ella Oya in Veyangoda today, the Police said. The Police said that the two boys, aged 16 and 17, had drowned after going for a bath with two others. The bodies of the two boys were recovered and taken to hospital. (Colombo Gazette)

President insists will go ahead with death penalty despite objections

President Maithripala Sirisena today insisted that he will go ahead with implementing the death penalty on serious offenders on death row for drug trafficking. Speaking at an event in Pollonaruwa the President said that he will implement the death penalty despite strong objections being raised against the move. The international community, including the European Union, local [...]

Three suspects arrested while transporting ethanol in Ja-Ela

Three suspects were arrested today while they were transporting ethanol in Ja-Ela, the Police said. The Police said that the suspects had been transporting 50 barrels of ethanol worth over Rs. 13.1 million at the time of the arrest.

Malaysian politician rejects allegations linking him to the LTTE

Malaysia’s Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P Ramasamy has brushed aside allegations linking him to the terrorist group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Star reported. The allegations surfaced after a photo of him and pro-LTTE politician V. Gopalasamy was circulated online. Dr Ramasamy explained that he was invited to be a [...]

Austin Fernando to be Sri Lanka’s new envoy to India

Austin Fernando, President Maithripala Sirisena’s former secretary, has been named Sri Lanka’s next High Commissioner to India, the Press Trust of India reported. He will replace Chitrangani Wagiswara, a career foreign service officer, officials said. Fernando was Sirisena’s Secretary until first of this month when he resigned. His will be a political appointment outside the [...]

Gold biscuits found in parcel placed behind BIA water dispenser

Gold biscuits were found in a parcel placed behind a water dispenser at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). The parcel contained 28 gold biscuits worth approximately Rs 20 million. The parcel was found by an employee of a Duty Free shop at the airport. (Colombo Gazette)

Modi Government sails through no-confidence vote

After a marathon 12-hour debate, the Narendra Modi government has won the trust vote in the Lok Sabha by a comfortable margin on Friday evening. The debate that started at 11 in the morning ended up with a trust vote minutes after 11 pm on Friday. The session witnessed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was [...]

Sri Lanka says its focus is on diversification of labour markets

Minister of Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment, Harin Fernando, emphasised that the Government of Sri Lanka accorded priority to increasing foreign employment opportunities for Sri Lankans in semi-skilled and skilled categories, with a clear focus on diversification of labour markets. The Minister particularly highlighted the long-term productive contributions made by Sri Lankan labour migrants [...]

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