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 denied allegations made by Susanthika Jayasinghe that his ministry has stopped paying the salary.  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...

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...

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