The Sunday Leader

Australian, UN to help Sri Lanka prepare to face natural disasters

The Australian Government, WFP and UNICEF have signed a 3-year partnership (2018-2020) with a funding of AUD750,000 (around 89 million Sri Lanka Rupees), to ensure stronger preparedness and faster, more integrated responses to natural disaster emergencies in Sri Lanka. UNICEF said that 96 per cent of disasters in Sri Lanka are caused by climate, such [...]

Video shows Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s singing skills at work

A video circulating on social media shows former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s singing skills at work. The video was reportedly recorded recently at a birthday party of a former military officer. Rajapaksa is seen singing together with a few others to the backing of a live band. (Colombo Gazette)        

Death toll from weather rises to 10 and over 27,000 displaced

The death toll from the adverse weather rose to 10 today and over 27,000 people have been displaced, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said today. The DMC said that 84,943 people (18,542 families) have been affected as of Wednesday morning. People at flood risk have been evacuated to safe locations. Approximately, 7,526 families have been evacuated into 194 welfare centres due [...]

US and Sri Lanka discuss disaster preparedness ahead of monsoon season

The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Atul Keshap, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Sri Lanka Mission Director Reed Aeschliman, and Dr. Michael Ernst from USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) met with the Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management and Disaster Management Duminda Dissanayake to discuss Sri Lanka’s preparedness ahead of the [...]

Maldivian detained with heroin valued at over Rs 24 million

A Maldivian national was detained at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) with heroin valued at over Rs 24 million. The Police Narcotics Bureau arrested the Maldivian, aged 33, with the heroin. The Police said the Maldivian had on his possession 2.3kg of heroin valued at Rs. 24.4 million.

Two Chinese arrested without valid visas in Sri Lanka

Two Chinese nationals have been arrested in Colombo without valid visas, the Police media unit said. The Police said that the two Chinese were arrested by the Kollupitiya Police. The Police media unit said that a Chinese woman aged 48 and a Chinese man aged 27 had been arrested and are to be produced in [...]

Digambaram warns President and Prime Minister on future

Minister Palani Digambaram has warned President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that their future and the future of the country will be at risk if they fail to unite and work together to develop the country. Digambaram said that the unity Government was formed three years ago yet the public have some concerns [...]

Former Maldives President Nasheed holds talks with Colombo Mayor

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed had talks with Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake in Colombo. Nasheed tweeted saying among the matters they discussed was the merits of a low carbon development strategy. “Privileged to meet @Rosy_Senanayake, Mayor of Colombo. Colombo now hosts the second largest population of Maldivians. Discussed long standing historical, commercial and cultural ties between [...]

Mahindananda claims Sujeewa is dejected and unhappy with Minister

Joint opposition Parliamentarian Mahindananda Aluthgamage today claimed that State Minister of International Trade, Sujeewa Senasinghe is dejected and unhappy with his subject Minister. Aluthgamage told Parliament today that he had spoken to Senasinghe, who was absent in Parliament this afternoon despite subjects under his Ministry being discussed. Aluthgamage claimed that Senasinghe had told him he was dejected [...]

Sri Lanka defends trade deals with Singapore, China and India

Sri Lanka today defended the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Singapore and the proposed deals with China and India, Asia Pacific Daily (APD) news reported. Speaking in Parliament, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama told Parliament that the FTA with Singapore will not harm employment opportunities in Sri Lanka. He also said that the [...]

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