US Government shuts down as Senate fails to pass new budget

The US Government began a federal shutdown on Saturday after the Senate failed to agree on a new budget. Despite last minute bipartisan meetings, the bill to fund the government until 16 February did not receive the required 60 votes. It is the first shutdown ever to happen while the same party, the Republicans, controls [...]

Udayanga insists property in Sri Lanka legally purchased

Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga insists property owned by him in Sri Lanka had been legally purchased. The Fort Magistrate had on Friday issued an order against the sale or transfer of any land belonging to Weeratunga. In a media statement on Saturday, Weeratunga said the property had been purchased using funds he [...]

Nepal, Sri Lanka discuss working together during natural disasters

The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) of the Nepal Army, General Rajendra Chhetri, who is on a goodwill visit, called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s official Residence in Colombo, on Friday. During this meeting views were exchanged on reinforcement of cooperation between the two armies in for the task of nation building, [...]

Fitness center says hoarding was to promote obesity-free Sri Lanka

A fitness center behind a hoarding in Rajagiriya which drew controversy said that the hoarding was to promote an obesity-free Sri Lanka. Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr Harsha de Silva had said on Thursday he had called for the removal of the “offensive hoarding” in Rajagiriya. The hoarding, giving publicity to [...]

Mervyn Silva’s son Malaka surrenders to court

Former Minister Mervyn Silva’s son Malaka Silva surrendered to court on Friday after an arrest warrant was issued on him. The arrest warrant was issued by the Colombo Additional Magistrate on Thursday after Malaka Silva failed to appear in court over a case. The case involves an assault on a Scottish couple in 2014. Silva’s lawyers informed [...]

Order issued against sale or transfer of Udayanga’s property

The Fort Magistrate has issued an order against the sale or transfer of any land belonging to Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga. A warrant was issued on Udayanga Weeratunga last year over ongoing investigations into the controversial MiG deal. Udayanga Weeratunga claims he is in Ukraine and has refused to support any [...]

United States to fund Sri Lanka to counter human trafficking

The United States Government will award more than 183 million rupees ($1.2 million) to counter trafficking in persons in Sri Lanka over the next three years. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs will award the new project “Equipping Sri Lanka to Counter Trafficking in Persons (EQUIP)” to the International [...]

Hambantota port workers suspend strike following talks

Workers attached to the Hambantota port on Friday suspend a hunger strike following talks with the authorities. The workers had been protesting against a deal reached between a Chinese company and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority to operate the Hambantota port. The protest fast was launched on January 9 demanding that the 438 employees of the [...]

Supreme Court dismisses petition filed by SLPP on nominations

The Supreme Court on Friday, dismissed a petition filed by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) over the rejection of its nominations list for the Maharagama Urban Council.

Air bags and seat belts compulsory in vehicles from July

The Ministry of Finance and Mass Media having considered the representations made by motor vehicle importers and manufacturers for a lead time to make required adjustments to comply with the proposed emission standards and safety measures, has decided to postpone the implementation of the budget proposal on introduction of emission standards and safety measures from [...]


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