President called Modi to reject ‘baseless’ media reports October 18, 2018 08:47 am

President Maithripala Sirisena telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday to “categorically” reject media reports about him alluding to the involvement of India in an alleged plot to assassinate the president and a former defence secretary, the Indian Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said. The statement by the PMO said that the president apprised the Indian leadership of the urgent steps that were taken to “reject” these “baseless” reports. “He mentioned that the mischievous and malafide reports were utterly baseless and false, and seemed to create misunderstanding between Read more...

Vasu and Welgama make statements according to a plan – Ranjan

MPs Vasudeva Nanayakkara and Kumara Welgama make statements according to a plan of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, says deputy minister Ranjan Ramanayake. He made these comments when he visited the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) yesterday to issue a statement regarding a complaint made by him. Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake arrived at the CID regarding a complaint filed against former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa stating that he owns a bungalow in the Kataragama Forest Reserve.  Read more...

Jayasuriya couldn’t explain his phone details – Report

It might have come as a shock for many fans of former Sri Lankan skipper and swashbuckling opener Sanath Jayasuriya when, earlier today (15), the ICC charged him on two counts for breaching its anti-corruption code. But THE WEEK has reliably learnt that Jayasuriya was questioned by the ICC’s anti-corruption unit (ACU) in September in Colombo as part of its ongoing investigation into corruption charges, which has been going on for over a year and a half. The ICC had released a statement earlier Read more...

“I Made No Commitment To Form Coalition Government With Sirisena”: MR Tells JO Seniors At GL’s House

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had informed party leaders and stalwarts of the Joint Opposition that he had not made any commitment to form a coalition or caretaker government with President Maithripala Sirisena. The meeting was held at the private residence of Prof. G.L. Peiris, the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Podujana Party. At the meeting, the former President had told his supporters “not to panic” due to various media reports on coalition and caretaker governments. “We will Read more...

23,000 alcohol related deaths annually in Sri Lanka

Today is World Temperance Day, but one day alone is insufficient to discuss and act on the issues which have arisen due to alcohol consumption and abuse in Sri Lanka, where alcohol dependence is a major health and social problem. Alcohol consumption has become one of the main factors and causes of harm to the happiness, health and progress of people around the world while it also leads to health problems and adversely affects people’s lives, relationships with their family as well as society. Alcohol Read more...

Popular singer Ronnie Leitch passes away

Popular singer and comedian Ronnie Leitch has passed away in Perth, Australia, early this morning. Leitch had been 65 at the time of his demise due to a sudden illness. Sources close to him said the singer traveled to Australia to attend a musical show and he was scheduled to return to the country this evening. His carer spanned for nearly four decades and he was a much-loved personality among music lovers in Colombo. He often performed with Gypsies, a popular band formed by Sunil Perera, although Read more...

Sirisena Reveals Horrific Plan To Cluster Bomb Colombo During Last Two Weeks Of Battle: “That’s Why Top Brass Leaders Left Shores”

In a shocking revelation, President Maithripala Sirisena said the LTTE, during the last two weeks of war, had plans to cluster-bomb Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, using aircraft’s operated from Chennai. That is why, Sirisena said, some top-notch war time leaders  – namely  former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, former Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickremanayake and former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka – were not in the country Read more...

Welikada Prison Incident: Rangajeewa granted bail

Inspector of Police (IP) Neomal Rangajeewa who was arrested over the Welikada Prison clashes in 2012, was granted bail by the Court of Appeal this morning (25). IP Rangajeewa of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) was arrested by the CID on 28 March over the alleged killing of inmates at Welikada prison during the clashes in 2012.  Read more...

Roshan Mahanama disappointed by Sri Lanka Cricket

Former Sri Lankan Cricketers Roshan Mahanama says that the administration of Sri Lanka cricket should be ashamed of the current state of cricket in the country. Speaking to the journalists following an event held in Colombo recently, Mahanama shared these views on Sri Lanka’s early exit from the Asia Cup after being defeated by Bangladesh and Afganistan. While stating that he does not spend a majority of his time watching cricket matches, Mahanama stated that it is unbearable to see the losses Read more...

President Summons All Ministers For Special Cabinet Meeting At 12 Noon To Discuss Possible Arrest Of Country’s Senior-most Military Officer

President Maithripala Sirisena has summoned all Cabinet ministers to the Presidential Secretariat, in Colombo, for an urgent meeting at 12 noon. Top government sources said the meeting had been convened to discuss the possible arrest of Admiral Ravi Wijegunaratne, the senior-most serving military officer in the country. Wijegunaratne left for Mexico earlier this week, hours before he was expected to give a statement to the CID on the murders of 11 Tamil youth. The Chief of Defence Staff office told Read more...