Aloysius attorney stated that Aloysious’s phone used in 2015 was “destroyed” in Singapore.

The mobile phone submitted by Arjun Aloysius of Perpetual Treasuries “was only used in the past six months”, said the Attorney General’s Department. The Presidential Commission instructed Arjun Aloysius to hand over all of his communication devices on Monday, July 24. Aloysius was asked to hand over all devices used since January 1, 2015 to the CID for examination in the inquiry into the Bond Scam. He complied and handed over his devices to the CID on Monday and his attorney stated that Aloysious’s phone used in 2015 was “destroyed” in Singap  Read more...

Uma Oya blight: cabinet ad hoc committee to conduct field inspection

The ministerial ad hoc committee appointed to address issues pertaining to the Uma Oya Multi-purpose Development Project is scheduled to conduct a field inspection today (03). The ad hoc committee comprised of cabinet ministers was elected by President Maithripala Sirisena in order to investigate the potential sinking in of the Bandarawela town, as well as the water shortages caused by the project’s implementation. Ministers Mahinda Amaraweera, Patali Champika Ranawaka and Vijith Vijayamuni Zoysa Read more...

We are being deprived of the freedom of expression – Mahinda

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the freedom of expression is slowly being deprived of. Rajapaksa proceeded to condemn the violent course of action taken by the Government to quell the university students’ movements. The former President expressed his sentiments to the media upon attending a religious ceremony in Colombo. The ceremony took place in the evening yesterday (28).  Read more...

PM demanded Ravi given lotteries boards – SB

inister S.B. Dissanayake admits problems in the allocation of subjects following the recent cabinet reshuffle, saying the president is unhappy over the handover of lotteries boards to foreign affairs minister Ravi Karunanayake as demanded by the prime minister. Speaking at a function in Kandy yesterday (12), Dissanayake said he personally believed that to be inappropriate. He also said the elections commission chairman would be entrusted with the task of arranging, within the next fortnight, for Read more...

Estate Superintendent commits suicide in Marawila?

Body of a 61-year-old Estate Superintendent who is believed to have committed suicide was found from an estate bungalow in Mudukatuwa, Marawila, police said. The police believe that the person had shot himself using his official firearm. The Marawila police have commenced an investigation in connection with the incident. The body of the Estate Superintendent was found following a tip-off received by the police on Monday (12) morning. The remains of the deceased will be taken to the Marawila Base Read more...

Govt. to ban sell of medal won by athlete in international event

The Sports Minister says he intends to introduce laws preventing the sale or auction of any medal won by an athlete in an international event. Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara made the observation during an event held on Wednesday. This came after Olympic Silver Medalist Susanthika Jayasinghe claimed that she has decided to auction her medal. Jayasinghe also alleged that the ministry has stopped paying her salary for her work as a consultant to the Sports Ministry. However, Minister Jayasekara Read more...

Death toll rises – search, relief and rescue operations in place

Death toll due to floods and landslides has risen to 196, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said. 93 persons remain missing. 622,510 in total were affected by the disaster situation that made an impact across 15 districts, the DMC added. Over 84,000 individuals have been relocated in 382 secure locations. Meanwhile, a risk of a landslide has emerged in Paskoda, Rotumbakanda of the Matara district. The Matara District Secretary confirmed that the occupants of the danger zone were evacuated yesterday Read more...

Flood and landslides: 180 deaths, 110 missing

The number of deaths due to the floods and landslides has increased up to 180 while 110 are missing, Disaster Management Center said. 588, 082 have been affected and about 76, 902 people are in 368 safety centers as of now.  Read more...

Cabinet reshuffle

President Maithripala Sirisena said that the Cabinet reshuffle which took place last morning would allow the country to strive towards more development with a new impetus. He made this comment while addressing the Cabinet of Ministers after having conducted a reshuffle of certain Ministries. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was also present. President Sirisena also requested the ministers who took oaths yesterday to work towards the betterment of the country. Nine Cabinet Ministers and a State Read more...

Weather today

Fairly strong winds at times (up to 50kmph) can be expected over the island (Especially in the western slope of the central hills) and strong winds at times in the surrounding sea areas (up to 60-70 kmph). Showery weather condition is expected to continue over south-western part of the island. Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Central and North-western provinces. Heavy falls (more than 100 mm) can be expected at some places. Showers or thundershowers Read more...

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