Maithri to be told to name Gota as PM candidate!

Several senior SLFP ministers are planning to propose to president Maithripala Sirisena that ex-defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa be named their prime ministerial candidate, reliable sources told. The party’s central committee has already decided that president Sirisena should seek a second term at the 2020 election. SLFP minister Sarath Amunugama has told BBC Sandeshaya that president Sirisena would be the only candidate who could gain a majority of votes out of the 27 per cent of minority communities. At the same time, Gotabhaya should be in the forefront of the campaign to attract the Read more...

No agreement yet on Hambantota port – president

An agreement is yet to be finalized with regard to the port and an industrial zone in Hambantota, said president Maithripala Sirisena. There is no truth to claims by some that the agreement would be signed tomorrow (07), he said. According to him, the government will not cause any harm to the dignity of the country or the constitution when reaching agreements with other countries. Basic agreement signed Meanwhile, strategic development minister Malik Samarawickrama told the media at the finance ministry Read more...

Saturday declared day of mourning for ex-PMs funeral

Saturday December 31 has been declared a day of mourning as a mark of respect for the funeral of former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake. President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to conduct the funeral of the former Prime Minister with full state patronage. At the time of his death Mr. Ratnasiri Wickremanayake was serving as a Senior Advisor to the President.  Read more...

‘Letters in Sinhala thrown to the dustbin’ – Wijedasa

Certain state officials in Batticaloa publicly throw letters received by them in Sinhala to the dustbin even though they can well understand the language, BBC Sandeshaya quotes justice minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe as saying. He was speaking to the media in Batticaloa yesterday (21) following a meeting with Bodu Bala Sena, Sihala Ravaya and Sinhala organizations. The minister went onto say that the Sinhalese, who are a minority in the district, could not obtain a letter from their Grama Seva officers Read more...

H’tota Harbour unsafe

Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga claimed that several foreign shipping lines have declared the Magampura Harbour in Hambantota as a risk zone for shipping activities. Minister Ranatunga speaking to media yesterday (14) claimed that following last Saturday’s incident, several insurance companies of the foreign shipping lines, that frequently visit the Hambantota Harbour, had declared, last Tuesday (13), that the Hambantota Harbour was unsafe for ships. The Sri Lanka Ports Authority Read more...

GCE Ordinary Level exams begin today

GCE Ordinary Level examinations began today. All candidates have been requested to be present at the examinations centres by 8am with the NIC or a valid passport, the Commissioner of Examinations told Ada Derana. Over 700,000 candidates will sit for the Examination at 5669 centers islandwide. The Exams Department says that stern action will be taken against the students who violate regulations at the examination. Using mobile phones and electronic appliances have been totally banned.  Read more...

More Chinese tourists expected to visit Sri Lanka

Chinese tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka are projected to grow by a further 10.2 percent in the coming six months, an official said here on Tuesday. Jameson Wong, Director Business Development for the Asia-Pacific region at ForwardKeys, a travel data company, told the Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference held in Colombo that the number of Chinese visiting Sri Lanka had grown by 29 percent in the year-to-date. He said Russian travelers to Sri Lanka were also rising while the overall number of Read more...

Issue over police uniforms!

An issue has arisen over the uniforms given to junior members of the Police Department. Officers from sub inspectors upward are given clothing material and a sewing allowance for their uniforms, but constables and sergeants are given ready-made uniforms of the same size. They are asking the minister in charge that they too, are provided with clothing material and a sewing allowance as their seniors, so that they can have wearable uniforms.  Read more...

Southern Province Governor, Hemakumara Nanayakkara dwells on “valuable lives lost”

Governor of the Southern Province, Hemakumara Nanayakkara spoke on the importance of all lives, at a briefing held on Thursday, November 24. The Governor of the Southern Province said: ” I think we should have a day of lamenting and passing on merit to all dead people in the past 32 years of the war period, irrespective of the religion race or the creed or caste, Sinhala soldiers died, Muslim soldiers died, Sinhala – Tamil ordinary people died, then the members of the tiger movement died, all Read more...