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 Minister were sworn in at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.  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...

Gammanpila thanks Modi for revealing the truth about Indo-Lanka relations

I express my sincere thanks to Narendra Modi for revealing the bitter truth about Indo-Lanka relations that the rulers of our country struggled to hide, United People’s Freedom Party MP Udaya Gammanpila stated. He also said that Sri Lanka had already become a state partially under the Indian supremacy. MP Gammanpila stated this upon addressing the media in Colombo today (15). He said that although the leaders of our government assured that Modi’s visit was solely for the purpose of attending Read more...

Announcement to takeover Neville Fernando hospital to govt. today

An announcement to takeover the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital in Malabe to the government will be submitted today, a top government minister said. The Minister of Higher Education and Highway, Lakshman Kiriella stated that the necessary documents have been signed by both himself and the Minister of Health, Rajitha Senaratne. The transfer of this asset, without any additional cost has been agreed upon by both parties. Meanwhile, the GMOA has requested for the case to be presented to the courts Read more...

SL gets GSP+ approval

The European Union Foreign and Trade Minister’s Council, last night approved the Generalized System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) for Sri Lanka. “Now the next step is that we have to wait till it is gazetted and that will be on either 21 or 22 May,” Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva told Ceylon Today last night.  Read more...

Mahendran’s transfer list astonishing – Dy. Governor

The Deputy Governor of the Central Bank (CB) Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe, giving evidence before the Special Presidential Commission (SPC) appointed to probe the CB Treasury Bond scam, said that he was astonished after having looked at the list of persons transferred by former Governor Arjun Mahendran in January 2015. Dr. Weerasinghe told the Commission that Mahendran had appointed Deepa Seneviratne to the post of State Loan Director despite the fact that this individual did not possess the knowledge Read more...

MR’s Security now 187 personnel

Minister of Law and Order, Sagala Ratnayake, informed Parliament yesterday that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been given a security contingent consisting of 187 Police and STF personnel. The Minister made these remarks in response to an issue raised by MEP Leader, Dinesh Gunawardena earlier this week concerning the security detail of the former President, adding that 26 STF personnel trained for VIP Security are attached to the security detail of former President Rajapaksa. The Minister Read more...

SAITM CEO himself planned the shooting

The CEO of SAITM Dr. Sameera Senaratne himself had planned the shooting on his own vehicle that occurred on February 06, police say. The revelation came when a police team questioned him at length after taking him into custody. Two persons who had fired at Senaratne’s car have been identified, one being a regional politician. Police are investigating to arrest the suspects who are in hiding.  Read more...

Namal says India misread Lanka’s ties with China

India misinterpreted the Rajapaksa administration’s relationship with China, but is silent on the current government’s engagement with the rising super power, Sri Lankan parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, the eldest son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, said. “We always made sure that Sri Lankan soil or waters was not used against any other country. And we maintained that during my father’s time on a strict basis,” he told The Hindu in a recent interview. Formerly a rugby player, he Read more...

Tear gas and water cannon end march

A major protest, organized by the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) and the Medical Faculty Students’ Action Committee (MFSAC), was cut short yesterday (2) when the…… Police intervened with tear gas and water cannon. IUSF and the MFSAC sources told Ceylon Today that the demonstration, which commenced from Colombo yesterday evening, was part of a series of protests against the recent Court decision in favour of the Malabe South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine Read more...

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