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...

Free education system will be strengthened to benefit all children – President

President Maithripala Sirisena says he will take steps to create a society of intellectuals by strengthening the free education system of the country and providing equal benefits to all the children in the country. He made these remarks participating at the centenary celebrations of the Visakha Vidyalaya, at the school premises on Monday (23). President Sirisena further said that the challenges of new technology, commercialization and competitiveness, as well as the powerful social evils pose great Read more...

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 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...

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