Eight Ex Ministers To Be Arrested

By Indika Sri Aravinda Eight former Ministers will be arrested over the next two weeks over alleged involvement in bribery and corruption. Sources said that the former Ministers are among 25 people, including members of parliament, expected to be arrested during this period. Preliminary investigations into some members of the former government have now been [...]

Mahinda Will Not Meet Maithri

By Camelia Nathaniel Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who had postponed a meeting he was to have with President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday, has now decided not to meet the President even at a later date. Sources close to former President Rajapaksa told The Sunday Leader that the former president had said that the atmosphere was not conducive for [...]

NEC Agrees To 20-A

The National Executive Council (NEC) has backed presenting the 20th Amendment to the Constitution in Parliament very soon, the leader of the New Left Front Dr Wickramabahu Karunaratne said. Accordingly, the proposal of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to introduce a new electoral system was also discussed at the meeting. “The concerns raised by [...]

Probe On Railway Project

The government is to launch a separate investigation into a project worth USD 149 million, which was carried out by the previous government to construct a railway track from Palai to Kankesanthurai. Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Transport Dr Lalithasiri Gunaruwan says a separate committee will be appointed to investigate the project. He added [...]

New Authority On Drugs

Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne says his ministry plans to install a separate authority to stipulate the prices of drugs. He said that since drugs are being sold at prices about four times the stipulated price, the new authority will ensure prices are not illegally increased. Malpractices in drug importation will be investigated and the new [...]

Mother And 3 Children Drown

A mother and her three children drowned in the Hambantota seas just off the old Tangalle Road yesterday, the police media unit said. The police said that the children are aged 2, 6 and 10. Three bodies were initially recovered while a search operation was launched for the fourth victim.

Commission Did Not Get Any Details

The Presidential Commission appointed to investigate complaints regarding missing persons noted that the commission through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, had requested information on names of persons who may have sought refuge in foreign countries, but such information had not been disclosed by foreign governments citing privacy laws. The Commission added that the interim report [...]

Laws Sought To Restrict Protests

By Waruni Karunarathne Deputy Minister of Justice Sujeewa Senasinghe says laws must be introduced to restrict public demonstrations to specific areas as a move forward for to allow peaceful demonstrations in the country in order to protect the rights of activists, workers and the public. Minister Senasignhe said that in Sri Lanka the public demonstrations [...]

Families Of Missing To Meet CBK

By Waruni Karunarathne Families of those missing are expected to meet former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Minister of Justice Dr Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe this week. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Reverend Fr M. Sakthivel, a Catholic priest representing the families of the missing, said that mothers of the disappeared from the North and [...]

Upul Wants Probe On Murders

By Indika Sri Aravinda The former President of the Sri Lanka Bar Association Upul Jayasuriya has called for immediate investigations into the killing of 68 persons during the former regime. Jayasuriya urged the government to conduct proper investigation into the assassinations of 35 persons when they were in the police custody and 33 persons who [...]

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