President says he has no plans to retire in 2020

President Maithripala Sirisena said that he will not retire in 2020 and will instead continue to fulfill his duties towards the country through a new process. The President said that he will use the experiences he gained through the past three years in this regard and join with honest politicians who love the country and [...]

President’s Chief of Staff took bribe to pay a VIP?

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya President Maithripala Sirisena’s Chief of Staff Dr. I. H. K. Mahanama, who was arrested last week while accepting a bribe, was reportedly going to pay a VIP part of the money, sources said. Mahanama, who has since been interdicted by President Maithripala Sirisena, had accepted the bribe over a land deal. Mahanama [...]

Human smuggling: Sri Lankans detained in Mauritius

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   A group of Sri Lankans have been detained in Mauritius after they were duped by human smugglers. Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Seychelles, Tikiri Herath Gunathilaka said that the Sri Lankans had paid huge sums of money and travelled to Mauritius expecting employment. However he said the Sri Lankans were instead [...]

India, Sri Lanka to firm up plan to combat drug crimes

India and Sri Lanka have decided to enhance mutual cooperation to combat drug crimes as a two-day bilateral meeting of anti-narcotics agencies of the two countries began on Friday. A delegation of Sri Lanka’s Police Narcotics Bureau, led by its Deputy Inspector General Sanjeewa Medawat, was in New Delhi on Friday to hold talks with their [...]

Twitter users told to change passwords after internal leak

Twitter’s 330 million users are being urged to change their passwords after some were exposed in plain text on its internal network. An error in the way the passwords were handled meant some were stored in easily readable form, said Twitter. The passwords should have been put through a procedure called “hashing” making them very [...]

Sri Lanka joins MPs from South Asia to discuss more investment in children

Sri Lanka joined Parliamentarians from South Asia to discuss more investment in children and young adults. UNICEF is hosting Parliamentarians from the entire South Asia region in an effort to increase investment in children and young adults, bringing about much needed change for millions of poor and improving the prospects for healthy economic growth in [...]

Parliament to debate Government policy statement on May 10

Parliament is to debate the Government policy statement on May 10, Party leaders decided on Thursday. President Maithripala Sirisena will address Parliament on May 8 when sessions resume. Party leaders who met today decided to debate the policy statement to be made by the President on May 10. (Colombo Gazette)

Tamil Nadu authorities seize gold smuggled from Sri Lanka

The authorities in Tamil Nadu seize gold smuggled from Sri Lanka, the Times of India reported. The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized 32.249kg of gold worth Indian Rs 10.21 crore in the last 24 hours from Chennai. Of this, 24kg of gold was seized from a mansion in Mannady in north Chennai area, a [...]

Glyphosate ban lifted for tea and rubber, planters hail move

The ban imposed on the herbicide Glyphosate has been lifted for tea and rubber with effect from today. Meanwhile, the Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) issued a statement commending the Government decision to lift the arbitrary ban on the importation of glyphosate-based weedicides in view of the overwhelming scientific consensus that the substance is not [...]

Some UNP members prepare for fresh battle as rift continues

A rift in the United National Party (UNP) is continuing as the party reforms did not meet the expectations of those who pushed for change. Sources said that some UNP members who had pushed for comprehensive reforms in the party, including in key posts, are preparing to launch a fresh battle against the party leadership. [...]

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