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  • Two including MR’s driver further remanded

    The Colombo Magistrate’s Court has extended former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s driver’s placement in remand custody till July 18, our news sources said. The chauffeur and another individual were previously arrested over the alleged misuse of state-owned property. The court correspondent stated that the Court today (11) ordered that the two arrestees be placed in remand... [full post]

  • Saman Kumara at CB suspended from duty

    he Attorney-General’s Department informed that Saman Kumara, a senior employee of the Central Bank, had been suspended from duty. The  Attorney-General had made the announcement upon appearing before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to conduct investigations into the alleged Central Bank bond scam.

  • Corruption case against Mahindananda fixed for trial

    The Colombo High Court yesterday fixed the trial against UPFA member of parliament for Kandy District Mahindananda Aluthgamage for Nov. 21. He has been indicted for his inability to explain how he earned Rs. 27 million to purchase a house in Colombo 7 during the former regime.   The complainant is the CID. The Deputy... [full post]

  • Dinesh questioned for three hours

    Presidential Commission inquiring into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) yesterday questioned Joint Opposition Parliamentary Group and MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardena for nearly three hours.   The PRECIFAC questioned Gunawardena on an alleged fraud running to Rs 3,000 million in implementing a drinking water project during the... [full post]

  • Travel ban on Jaliya Wickramasuriya temporary lifted

    Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya, who is under investigation for allegedly misusing state funds, was permitted to travel abroad by the Fort Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne lifted the travel ban following a request made by a Counsel who appeared on behalf of Wickramasuriya. The Counsel has apprised... [full post]

  • Two cops remanded

    Two police officers who were arrested in connection with the shooting at Point Pedro have been remanded until 24 July. The suspects were remanded after being produced before the Jaffna Magistrate this afternoon. The two arrested officers have also been suspended from duty. Police opened fire at a lorry carrying sand which neglected a order... [full post]

  • Dambulla Cave Temple to be closed temporarily

    The Dambulla Cave Temple will be closed temporarily for conservation until further notice, the Education Ministry said. Accordingly, the archaeological site will temporary remain closed for tourists, the Ministry said in a statement. The ticket issuing at the site will too be handled by the Central Cultural Fund in future.

  • Zimbabawe beat SL to secure series win

    Zimbabwe beat Sri Lanka by three wickets to win the series, 3-2. Sri Lanka scored a grand total of 203 for 8 wickets, in the space of 50 overs, while Zimbabwe who batted second, finished the match with a score of 204 for 7 wickets in 38.1 overs. The match was the fifth out of... [full post]

  • Gotabaya Rajapaksa at CoI today

    Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa Monday morning (10) arrived at the Commission of Inquiry (CoI), an official said. Gotabaya was summoned to certify the fact through a Justice of Peace that the Defence Ministry granted permission to remove pieces of scrap metal at the Kankesanthurai Cement Factory. Meanwhile, Joint Opposition MP Dinesh Gunawardena has too... [full post]

  • 2% tax on land hosting dengue breeding sites

    The government on Monday said it would impose a new tax on abandoned lands in the Western Province to help curb the spread of dengue fever, which has claimed 225 lives. Chief Minister of the Western Province Isuru Dewapriya said a 2 percent tax would be charged on the total value of the abandoned lands... [full post]

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  • CB bond Scam: Saman Kumara suspended from duty

    The Attorney-General’s Department informed that Saman Kumara, a senior employee of the Central Bank, had been suspended from duty. Ada Derana reporters stated that the Attorney-General had made the announcement upon appearing before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to conduct investigations into the alleged Central Bank bond scam. The suspension was ordered as Saman... [full post]

  • Sakvithi Ranasinghe file missing: AG orders CID to investigate

    The Attorney General today informed Colombo High Court that a document file pertaining to the registration activities of Sakvithi Housing and Construction (Pvt.) Ltd that was maintained by the company’s registered office, has gone missing. Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris appearing for the Attorney General made this remarks when the case against Sakvithi Ranasinghe and... [full post]

  • Disappearance bill to deal with future only – Minister Samaraweera

    The proposed Bill for protection against enforced disappearances provides only for the future and it has nothing to do with the past incidents, Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. Samaraweera made this clarification issuing a media communique yesterday to counter the allegations against the proposed legislation. The Government presented the International Convention for the... [full post]

  • Government will move forward without any fear of challenges and criticisms – President

    The current government will move forward without any fear of the challenges and criticisms for the betterment of the people of the country, says President Maithripala Sirisena. He said that if he can’t face challenges and criticisms, he wouldn’t have come out from the previous government in November 2014. “How many humiliations and insults did... [full post]

  • Proposed new Constitution has no hidden clauses – Gayantha

    Lands and Parliamentary Affairs Minister and Chief Government Whip Gayantha Karunathilake yesterday assured that the proposed new Constitution will not include any hidden clauses harmful to the country and it will not create division. He said the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country will not be compromised and Buddhism will not be threatened... [full post]

  • Uma Oya project to proceed

    The government will go ahead with the completion of the Uma Oya Multi-purpose Development Project as the majority of work has already been completed, State Minister of Mahaweli Development, Mahinda Amaraweera said today. “The project would resolve water issues in the Moneragala District and while the last government also planned to take water to Hambantota... [full post]

  • New President’s Secretary, Defence Secretary, Army Commander and EP Governor

    Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando has been appointed as the new Secretary to the President. He received his letter of appointment from President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday. He is one of the most senior civil servants of the country and he holds Masters (MA) in Public Administration from the University of Sri... [full post]

  • Japan provides Rs 358 million for HRD Scholarships

    The Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resources Development Scholarship (JDS) Program was introduced in Sri Lanka in 2010 by the Government of Japan in order to provide opportunities to the executive level public sector officials to undergo Master Degree Programs in prominent universities in Japan. Accordingly, under the first framework (2010-2013) and the second framework... [full post]

  • Removal of Carlo Fonseka not a solution to SAITM issue

    Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Leader Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka today said that the removal of Professor Carlo Fonseka from his position as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) is not a solution to the SAITM issue. He made this observation at a media conference held today at JHU office... [full post]

  • GMOA to launch strike on July 5

    The central committee of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has given consent to launch a continuous strike. Accordingly, the GMOA will be launching the continuous strike from Wednesday (05) onwards. Representatives of the Association informed the media of the impending strike during a media briefing which was held in Colombo today (03). The GMOA... [full post]

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  • The Aftermath: Aluthgama Three Years On

    “Mewa dakala danwath meka nawaththuwoth monawa nathath, eka mokakhari” (If they see these and put an end to this, if nothing else, that’s something) The words of a Muslim man I met...

  • Disinformation in Sri Lanka: An overview

    Featured image courtesy EPThinkTank/Alswart Editor’s Note: This discussion note was prepared in the run up to the Digital Disinformation Forum, held on June 26 and 27. Excerpts of this were used in...

  • Blue Sky Mining

    Featured image courtesy NewsFirst “We are aware of the great difference in carbon dioxide that is emitted from biological sources and carbon dioxide emitted from fossil sources. One has sequestered rates measured...

  • Sri Lanka’s current political impasse: Some additional thoughts

    Photo courtesy News In Asia Editors note: Read in conjunction with Sri Lanka’s deepening political crisis: Not losing an opportunity to lose another opportunity by the same author. Sri Lanka has entered...

  • Sri Lanka’s deepening political crisis: Not losing an opportunity to lose another opportunity

    Image courtesy Asian Mirror Editors note: Also read Sri Lanka’s current political impasse: Some additional thoughts by the same author. Is the Yahapalanaya (‘good governance’) regime jointly led President Sirisena and Prime...

  • Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) on Lakshan Dias

    Image courtesy News First The reply sent by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka [BASL] to Lakshan Dias is embarrassing. Faced with a belligerent Ministerial threat to disenroll him Dias had emailed...

  • Bias in the Dias affair: A reflection

    The initial shock at the response of a high ranking minister to comments made by a citizen on a recent talk show, soon shifted to the realisation of its seriousness. During the...

  • Aluthgama Three Years On

    Dharga town is sleepy in the afternoon heat, especially at this time of year, the month of Ramadan. However, three years ago, in 2014, the streets were filled with smoke. Groundviews has...

  • World Refugees Day and refugees from and to Sri Lanka

    Photograph courtesy Borgen Magazine 20th June is World Refugee Day. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that 65.6 million people have been forcibly displaced globally. I have heard that close...

  • A Tale of Incompetence – RTI Reveals CMC Inaction Leading Up To Meethotamulla Tragedy

    On April 14, 2017 the garbage dump in Meethotamulla collapsed, killing 32 people. These deaths could have been avoided. That they could not, points to a systematic failure of the State to...

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  • Man injured in shoot out at Mahabage

    A man was injured when a motorcyclist shot at a jeep in Mahabage this evening, Police said.

  • EPF officer who dealt with PTL interdicted

    A senior officer of the Central Bank's EPF Department, Saman Kumara, who dealt on behalf of the EPF in secondary market transactions with Perpetual Treasuries Ltd., (PTL) has been interdicted by the CB, the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) today confirmed to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI).

  • GMOA threatens to reveal 'true' situation on Dengue

    The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) is to complain to foreign embassies about Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne’s inability to find a solution to the dengue outbreak in the country which had now reached epidemic proportions.

  • Fines for road rule violations: Report submitted to President

    The final report on the fairness of increasing the amount of fines for violation of road rules, formulated by the committee appointed by the President, was handed over to the President today at the Presidential Secretariat.

  • New Constitution instead of Amendments: Ajith P Perera

    The Government had decided to bring in a new Constitution because the present Constitution had gone through so many amendments, Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera said today.

  • Mathews reconsidering captaincy after Zimbabwe low

    Angelo Mathews is reconsidering his role as Sri Lanka captain after the one-day series loss to Zimbabwe which he considers one of the lowest points in his career, the 30-year-old has said.

  • U.S. military plane crashes in Mississippi; 16 dead

    At least 16 people were killed when a U.S. military plane crashed in rural Mississippi on Monday evening, a regional emergency management official said.

  • SL condemns terror attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in India

    Sri Lanka today condemned the terror attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India, where seven pilgrims were killed and another 19 were injured on Monday.

  • Dambulla Cave Temple closed indefinitely for conservation

    The Dambulla Cave Temple Complex for tourists until further notice, the Archeological Advisory Committee announced yesterday.

  • Burning of tyres continue in Pt. Pedro

    Burning of tyres on the road and pelting stones at the Special Task Force (STF) were reported for the second day in the Point-Pedro area in Jaffna yesterday, in connection with an incident in which an individual was killed when an illegal sand transporting vehicle was shot at by the Police.

  • 143,902 multiple registrations in 2016

    The annual report of the Elections Commission has revealed that according to the 2016 electoral lists 143,902 people had registered their names several times.

  • GMOA forms new alliance

    The Frontline Socialist Party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), Hela Urumaya, Joint Opposition and several trade unions today pledged their support to the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) to form a new alliance to abolish the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).

  • PCoI allows counsel to represent Aloysius

    In the wake an allegation levelled against Perpetual Treasuries chief Arjun Aloysius that he had interfered with a witness who was supposed to testify at PCoI, a President’s Counsel today represented Mr. Aloysius to protect his interests at the inquiry.

  • Qatari FM briefs Ravi on measures taken against them

    Foreign Minister of Qatar has briefed Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake on the latest developments in the Gulf crisis and the ‘illegal’ measures taken against Qatar, the Gulf Times reported today.

  • Carlo rejects GMOA requests

    Turning down requests by the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) to be reappointed as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), Prof. Carlo Fonseka cited his medical condition as the reason to do so.

  • Zimbabwe restrict Sri Lanka to 203

    Off-spinner Sikandar Raza claimed three wickets to help Zimbabwe restrict Sri Lanka to 203 for eight in the fifth and deciding one-day international on Monday.

  • Kaduwela - Kadawatha segment on E01 closed again

    The segment between Kaduwela and Kadawatha on the Southern Expressway would be closed for traffic from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm today to enable the removal of the high tension cable which had fallen on the expressway last night, the Road Development Authority said.

  • Abandoned lands in WPC to be taxed

    Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya has directed the authorities to charge a two per cent tax on the total value of the lands remaining abandoned in Western Province in keeping with the laws pertaining to such matters.

  • Gota at PRECIFAC

    Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived at the PRECIFAC this morning in connection with the investigation into a fraud at the KKS cement factory.

  • Update: SI and constable remanded over Pt. Pedro shooting

    A Sub Inspector and a Police Constable, attached to the Point Pedro Police Station, who were arrested in connection with the shooting which an individual was killed when an illegal sand transporting vehicle was shot at by the Police, were remanded till July 24 by the Pont Pedro Magistrate Court today.

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  • Ruling Lee Family Of S’pore In Crisis

    The Seventh Heaven, the Nirvana of Asian Capitalism, the Land of Plenty where everything could be found from cures of skin blemishes to cardiac arrests and of course where there is no garbage on the roads, has been struck by a severe man-made earthquake.   Lee family and Singapore Singaporeans awoke one morning late June... [full post]

  • No Time To Sleepwalk

    The political strategies of the anti-UNP forces together aimed against the Joint National Government are clear: Rally all possible forces – sane or insane, informed or stupid – in addition to the traditional anti-UNP forces lined up to topple this government and keep to the Rajapaksa pledge of destroying this government within the course of... [full post]

  • Champika Warns Cabinet Of Another 88′ – 89′ Period

    By Ashanthi Warunasuriya Cabinet Minister and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary, Patali Champika Ranawaka warned that the country may face a repeat of the 1988 – 1989 period. He has told a Government group meeting that the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) must be abolished. Ranawaka told the Government at the... [full post]

  • The SLFP Cannot Be Reunited – Arundika Fernando

    by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Several photographs of Deputy Minister Arundika Fernando and Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga were published recently on social media and it sparked widespread controversy. Tourism and Christian Affairs Deputy Minister Arundika Fernando however said there was nothing controversial about the meeting with Weeratunga who is wanted in Sri Lanka... [full post]

  • Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe – 4th ODI – Hambantota Malcolm Waller and Craig Ervine starred with the bat and ball to lift Zimbabwe to a crucial series-levelling win in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka at Hambantota on Saturday. Needing 301 to win, the Zimbabwean innings was interrupted midway by rain and when play resumed... [full post]

  • Seychelles Says Not Informed Of Moves To Shift Lankan Embassy

    The Seychelles government says it has not been informed of any moves to shift the Sri Lankan embassy out of the Seychelles, the Seychelles News Agency reported. A spokesperson for Seychelles’ Foreign Affairs Department said that Seychelles has not received any official documents from Sri Lanka indicating the removal of its embassy from the island... [full post]

  • An official of the World Health Organisation (WHO) inspects parts of Colombo during a drive launched by the government to identify and eradicate dengue.- Picture by Lalith Perera

  • Moves To Form An Alternative GMOA

    Moves are underway to form an alternative government doctors’ association to counter the pressure faced by the government from the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA). The GMOA has in the recent past launched strikes which has affected activities at all government hospitals. Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has told President Maithripala Sirisena that government doctors... [full post]

  • A Hell Of A Ward!

    Installment 3: I will now take up where I left readers last week – unconscious on a hospital floor after unsuccessfully seeking assistance from the nursing staff of the ward. As I understand it, a cardio-thoracic surgical team took me in their care and performed emergency open-heart surgery in order to clear out all the... [full post]

  • Govt. Allays Fears Among Minority Parties

    The government allayed fears among minority political parties last week that the process to draft a new Constitution will come to a grinding halt. The fears rose from a statement made by the Chief Prelates of the three main Buddhist sects saying there was no need for a new Constitution. The government rushed to speak... [full post]