Aloysius before commission again, told to return on Wednesday

Arjun Aloysius appeared before the Presidential Commission investigating the treasury bond scam for a fifth day in a row today. He was later ordered to appear before the commission again on Wednesday, the Colombo Gazette reported. Aloysius appeared before the Commission yesterday as well and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Telephone recordings played before the Presidential [...]

John says abortion, LGBT rights will not be legalised

The Government says abortion and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights will not be legalised. Tourism and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga said that he had received an assurance from Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that abortion will not be legalised. He said that even if the cabinet considers it, both he and the Prime Minister [...]

Weeratunga found guilty, sentenced to three years in jail

Lalith Weeratunga, the secretary to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and former Telecom Regulatory Commission Chairman Anusha Pelpita, were today found guilty in the ‘sil redi’ case. They were both sentenced to three years in jail by the Colombo High Court, and ordered to pay Rs. 2 million each as a fine and Rs. 50 million [...]

EU tells Government to give families of missing answers

The European Union (EU) today asserted that the Government must give answers to the families of those reported missing. An EU monitoring mission for GSP Plus met the relatives of the disappeared in Kilinochchi on 200th day of their protest. “Govt needs to urgently tell relatives the fate of their loved ones. 5 of the [...]

Sri Lanka will never forget Pakistan’s support during war

Sri Lanka says it will never forget Pakistan’s unconditional support during the war against the LTTE. To commemorate the ultimate sacrifices rendered by valiant Pakistan’s Armed Forces during the 1965 war, the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka celebrated Pakistan’s 52nd Defence Day in Colombo. The Defence Advisor of Pakistan, Col. Sajjad Ali in [...]

No faith Norochcholai plant will last its full lifetime

The Government has no faith the Norochcholai coal power plant will last its full lifetime. Deputy Minister of Power and Energy Ajith Perera told Parliament today that the lifetime of one plant at the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant expires in 2041 and the other on 2044. However he said the Government has doubts if the plant [...]

Petronet to form joint venture with Japan, Sri Lanka for LNG plant

Petronet LNG Limited, India’s largest LNG importer, will soon form a joint venture with Japanese and Sri Lankan companies for an LNG terminal near Colombo, Petronet said in a statement today. Sri Lanka has decided to go ahead with the setting up of an LNG terminal near Colombo with Indian and Japanese companies. The two countries [...]

Government distances itself from statement by Sarath Fonseka

The Government today distanced itself from statements made by Minister and former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka on former Army Commander Jagath Jayasuriya. Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella told Parliament that the statement made by Fonseka was his personal opinion and not that of the Government. However opposition Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa said that a Government Minister [...]

SriLankan Airlines denies claims by Canadian tourists

SriLankan Airlines denied claims by a group of Canadian tourists who were not allowed to board a flight at the Katunayake airport yesterday. SriLankan Airlines said that this group of passengers reported to the check-in counters after the check-in counters had closed and SriLankan staff at the counters informed them that the airline (UL195) is [...]

Maldives President appoints new Ambassador to Sri Lanka

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom today appointed Mohamed Hussain Shareef as Ambassador of the Maldives to Sri Lanka. President Yameen presented the letter of appointment to the new Ambassador, at a ceremony held at the President’s Office this morning. (Colombo Gazette)

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