President returns from Iran

President Maithripala Sirisena and the Sri Lankan delegation have arrived in the island, concluding a two-day state visit to Iran. The Lankan delegation arrived at the Katunayake International Airport at around 1.45 this morning. During his visit, President Sirisena held bilateral discussions with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani. During bilateral discussions, President Hassan Rouhani and President Sirisena had reviewed long standing bilateral relations in political, trade, economic and socio-cultural spheres. Both leaders also held discussions in further enhancing the ties in the fields Read more...

Heavy winds in Wellawaya damage 30 houses

Around 30 houses have been damaged due to strong rainfall and wind conditions in the Wellawaya Divisional Secretariat Division. Reportedly, the houses of around 30 families living in Athiliwewa, Maharagama, Hunuketiya, Randeniya and Handapanagala areas were damaged and about six houses have been completely damaged. Due to the sudden strong winds with the rainfall last night (13) had uprooted many large trees obstructing several roads in the area. Around 100 people living in the area are alleged to Read more...

Basil’s almanac case postponed

The Colombo High Court has postponed the case against former Minister Basil Rajapaksa and another defendant for allegedly using funds belonging to the Divi Neguma Department to print almanacs with the image of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Attorney General had filed indictments against the former minister and the former Director General of the Divi Neguma Department Kithsiri Ranawaka for the misappropriation funds from the department to the tune of Rs. 29.4 million to print five million Read more...

Several SriLankan Airlines flights delayed due to various reasons

A variety of reasons have caused delays to several SriLankan Airlines flights today (May 3). The untimely sickness of a passenger inbound from the Gulf initiated a diversion to Cochin on one flight while another aircraft inbound from Kuwait was caught in a dust-storm and required attention from Engineering. Two other aircraft were delayed for technical reasons that have since been resolved, SriLankan Airlines said in a statement. The lack of aircraft meant that a number of flights, namely UL884 Colombo-Melbourne, Read more...

15 hurt in Swiss road accident involving Sri Lanka tourists

Fifteen people were injured on Wednesday (Apr 18) when a coach carrying tourists from Sri Lanka crashed with two trucks on a Swiss highway, police and media said. A tourist coach carrying 40 passengers collided with two trucks near the Winterthur-Wulflingen exit on a motorway not far from the northern city of Zurich, at 3.15pm (9.15pm Singapore time), regional police said. “Fifteen people were injured, one of them seriously,” Zurich’s cantonal police said in a statement, adding that the cause Read more...

CPC under pressure to raise fuel rates

Sri Lanka’s state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corp (CPC) is under pressure to raise fuel prices as the refiner incurred huge losses this year, cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said on Wednesday. The CPC incurred a loss of 9.9 billion rupees ($63.5 million) in the first two months of the year, a government document showed. “It (CPC) is under pressure to raise prices because of such losses,” Senaratne told Reuters after the weekly cabinet press briefing, adding it is not a “good time” to raise Read more...

Stanley Dias of SLPP elected Mayor of Dehiwala-Mt. Lavinia

Nawalage Stanley Dias of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has been elected as the Mayor of the Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Municipal Council, which was won by the UNP at the local government polls. He was elected with 23 votes in an open ballot held this morning while Sunethra Ranasinghe of the United National Party (UNP) received only 21 votes.  Read more...

SL to raise age for cigarette sales to 21

Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry said on 5 March that it would soon seek Cabinet approval to raise the age limit of the sale of cigarettes to adults from 18 to 21 years. Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the proposals would soon be drafted, and following Cabinet approval, cigarette sales would be banned to anyone below the age of 21 years. He said that steps were also being taken to ban the sale of cigarettes near schools across the island in order to discourage students from smoking. He Read more...

‘CID Yet To Establish If Arjuna Mahendran Still In Singapore: Court Notice Yet To Be Handed Over To Former CB Governor

The Criminal Investigations Department is yet to establish if former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran is in Singapore, Informed Police sources said Although the former Central Bank Governor is a citizen of Singapore, there is no evidence to say he still resides in that country, they further added. It is learnt that the notice the CID sent to Mahendran’s Singapore’s residence has been returned as Mahendran no longer lives at his residence in Singapore. “We don’t even Read more...

Diyatalawa grenade explosion Police question Army officer

The Staff Sergeant Major of the Army who is alleged to have been in possession of the hand grenade that exploded in a private bus in Kahagolla, Diyatalawa last week, has given a statement to the Police. The Army officer, who had been receiving medical attention at the intensive care unit of the Diyatalawa Hospital since 21 February, was transferred to the general care unit yesterday (26) morning. Diyatalwa Police, investigating the explosion and fire, sent out a team of officers to record a statement Read more...