Death toll reaches 126, more rain expected this week

The death toll from the floods and landslides reached 126 today with more rain expected this week. The Disaster Management Centre said that 97 people are missing and over one million people have been affected by the disaster. Click here for full story:

Two people attending Galle Face May Day rally die

Two people who were attending the joint opposition May Day rally at Galle Face today, died on admission to hospital. Full story: http://colombogazette.com/2017/05/01/two-people-attending-galle-face-may-day-rally-die/

Policeman arrested after opening fire at Sirikotha

A policeman was arrested after he opened fire at the Sirikotha UNP headquarters late this evening. No one was injured in the shooting incident. Full story: http://colombogazette.com/2017/05/01/policeman-arrested-after-opening-fire-at-sirikotha/

President Sirisena vows to transform the SLFP

President Maithripala Sirisena said the largely attended and successful Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) May Day rally in Kandy is a boost to the victorious forward march of the SLFP-led leftist progressive forces in the country. He vowed to transform the SLFP into a pure, corrupt-free, progressive and democratic political force. He pointed out that [...]

Joint opposition calls for black flag protest during Modi visit

The joint opposition today called for a black flag protest during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka. Modi has confirmed he will visit Sri Lanka next month to take part in the celebrations marking the UN ‘Vesak Day’, the most important in the Buddhist calendar. Full story: http://colombogazette.com/2017/05/01/joint-opposition-calls-for-black-flag-protest-during-modi-visit/

Ranil notes UNP ready for election at any time

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the United National Party (UNP) is ready for an election at any time. Wickremesinghe was speaking at the UNP May Day rally in Borella today. Full story: http://colombogazette.com/2017/05/01/ranil-notes-unp-ready-for-election-at-any-time/

Fonseka says he strongly opposed 48 hour ceasefire in 2009

Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka says he strongly opposed a 48 hour ceasefire which was declared in April 2009. Speaking at the United National Party (UNP) May Day rally in Borella today, Fonseka, who was the Army Commander at the time, said he urged the then Government not to go for a ceasefire. Full story: http://colombogazette.com/2017/05/01/fonseka-says-he-strongly-opposed-48-hour-ceasefire-in-2009/

TNA asserts new Constitution is a key requirement

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today asserted that a new Constitution is a key requirement for the country. TNA leader R. Sampanthan said that the Tamils must be given a political solution. Full story: http://colombogazette.com/2017/05/01/tna-asserts-new-constitution-is-a-key-requirement/

Rajitha admits most promises to the North not met

Health Minister and Government spokesman Dr Rajitha Senaratne today admitted that the Government has failed to meet most of its promises to the people of the North. Speaking at a May Day rally in Jaffna today, Senaratne said that ahead of the 2015 Presidential elections the people of the North were promised solutions to the [...]

Meethotamulla death toll reaches 31

The death toll from the collapse of the Meethotamulla garbage mountain rose to 31 today. The military is involved in the search operations at the site. President Maithripala Sirisenahas has instructed officials to provide maximum relief to the people who were affected due to the disaster. Several houses were buried after the Meethotamulla garbage mountain collapsed on Friday. A [...]

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