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Gnanasara claims he has information which can create chaos

The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), the Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, claims he has information which can cause chaos. Gnanasara Thero told reporters, Tuesday, that if he reveals the information he has it will result in chaos in the country in two hours. The controversial monk said that the information he [...]

Sujeewa Senasinghe slams President on treasury bond probe

State Minister of International Trade Sujeewa Senasinghe on Tuesday slammed President Maithripala Sirisena on the treasury bond investigations. Senasinghe told reporters that the Presidential Commission investigating the treasury bond scam, should have been given the mandate to investigate bond placements since 2008 and not from 2015. He said that the United National Party (UNP) had [...]

Kabir proposes appointing commission to probe CWG bid

Minister of Public Enterprises Development Kabir Hashim today proposed appointing a commission to investigate matters related to Sri Lanka’s failed bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Hashim told Parliament that there is no information on the money spent by the private company formed for the bid by the former Government. The Minister said that Rs. 200 [...]

Media rights group calls for justice for journalists

The leading media rights group in Sri Lanka today called for justice for journalists who faced various forms of attacks or threats over the past few years. The Free Media Movement, which celebrates 25 years today, also called for a new media culture in the country. In June 1992, the Free Media Movement was formed by [...]

Gamini Senarath and two others released on bail

Former President’s Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath and two others were released on bail today when they appeared before the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court. Senarath and two others had been remanded till today after surrendering to court over an ongoing case. (Colombo Gazette)

SC orders voice recording of statement by Ranjan

The Supreme Court today ordered the authorities to submit the voice recording of Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake where he had allegedly been critical of the judiciary. Ramanayake appeared in court on Tuesday over the case where he has been accused of contempt of court. During the proceedings, the Supreme Court ordered that the voice recording of Ramanayake [...]

US lawmakers raise concerns over China’s role in Hambantota

US lawmakers have raised concerns over China’s role in the Hambantota port. Hambantota was discussed when the lawmakers expressed concerns over the ambitious ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative of China and sought recommendations for improving development finance efforts. While infrastructure investment is desperately needed across the region, there’s more to the ‘Belt and Road’ [...]

Next round of ETCA negotiations set for next month

The next round of talks on the proposed Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India is scheduled to take place next month. Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama told Parliament on Monday that six rounds of talks on ETCA have been completed. He said the key objective of ETCA is to resolve [...]

TNA asserts it does not want the LTTE to return

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R Sampanthan told Parliament today that the TNA does not want the LTTE to return. He said the TNA also does not want violence and instead wants a political solution for the Tamils within a united Sri Lanka. “That is something we publicly state. So why don’t we try to [...]

Presidential Commission denies tapping phones of MPs

The Presidential Commission investigating the alleged treasury bond scam has denied claims of phone tapping of Parliamentarians. Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella told Parliament today that the privilege of Parliamentarians had been violated by the Presidential Commission as the mobile phones of some Parliamentarians had been tapped. He said that the Presidential Commission or the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) [...]

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