How China got Sri Lanka to cough up Hambantota Port – Report

hina’s acquisition of the strategic Hambantota port from Sri Lanka has given it “control of a territory” just a few 100 miles off the shores of India, highlighting its “debt trap” and ambitious use of loans to gain influence around the world, a media report has said. An investigation by New York Times about Sri Lanka’s handover of the Hambantota Port to China in December 2017 illustrates how China turned an ally’s struggles to its strategic advantage. The report says feasibility studies had found that the port would not work and “frequent lenders” like India had refused to provide Read more...

I have not begun the process of revoking US citizenship – Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa returned to the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division today (June 25) to provide a statement over the charge that he misused state funds in constructing the D.A. Rajapaksa museum. While a case has already been filed in this regard with the Magistrate’s Court, Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived at the FCID at about 9 AM today (June 25) to provide a statement following a court order. Rajapaksa left the FCID at about noon and responded to questions posed Read more...

Rajarata University closed indefinitely

The University of Rajarata has been closed until further notice as per a decision taken by the administration of the university. This decision was taken after several students had entered the administration building of the university yesterday (21) and forcibly stayed inside, said the Vice Chancellor Prof. Ranjith Wijewardena. Accordingly, all students in hostels have been notified to leave the hostels before 10 a.m. today (22). It was reported that the Students’ Union had been called for a discussion Read more...

US Ambassador Says They Sill Support Sri Lanka To Fulfill Commitments Despite Withdrawing From UNHRC

US ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap yesterday said the US would support Sri Lanka to fulfill the latter’s commitments relating to the UNHRC resolution despite the US pulling out of the UN Human Rights body. A press release issued by the US Embassy last night said Keshap met with senior Sri Lankan officials to convey the assurance of the United States Government that the US will remain fully engaged with the Sri Lankan Government to help it meet its continuing and standing commitments to Read more...

Parliament Road closed due to protest by Uni. students

The Parliament Road has been closed from Diyatha Uyana Roundabout due to a protest being staged by the Medical Faculty Students’ Union. The students are reportedly engaged in a silent protest over the SAITM issue. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes in order to avoid any inconvenience.  Read more...

Stay order lifted: Court allows fresh SLC elections

The Court of Appeal today lifted the stay order issued preventing the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) election from being held and allowed the calling of nominations for fresh elections. Sports Minister Faiszer Musthapha and the Secretary to the Ministry has informed the court that steps will be taken to hold fresh elections for the country’s cricket governing body. This was informed to the court by Deputy Solicitor General Sumathi Dharmawardena, appearing on behalf of the minister and the ministerial Read more...

Five injured after bus topples on Southern Expressway

At least five persons have been wounded and hospitalised after the bus they were traveling in toppled near the 121km Post between Kokmaduwa and Godagama on the Southern Expressway this morning. Police said that the accident had occurred at around 5.30am today (13) and that the bus, which was traveling towards Godagama, was not a passenger transport bus. The wounded passengers were admitted to the Matara General Hospital, however none of them are in critical condition. Matara Police is conducting Read more...

Mihin Lanka transition improperly registered– Prosecution

Company Registrar General Nihal Ranjan Siriwardene yesterday (11), said while perusing the documents it had been clear that the registration of Mihin Lanka Private Limited had not been carried out in a proper manner. He made this comment while giving evidence before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) which has been formed to probe corruption that had taken place at the SriLankan Airlines, the SriLankan Catering, and Mihin Lanka Private Limited. Leading evidence before the PCoI, Deputy Read more...

Facebook staff to learn Sinhala insults after Sri Lanka riots

Three months after Sri Lanka was rocked by deadly anti-Muslim riots fuelled by online vitriol, Facebook is training its staff to identify inflammatory content in the country’s local languages. The social network has been seeking penance in Sri Lanka after authorities blocked Facebook in March as incendiary posts by Buddhist hardliners fanned religious violence that left three people dead and reduced hundreds of mosques, homes and businesses to ashes. Until the week-long ban, appeals to Facebook Read more...

‘UNP Will Field Its Leader As Presidential Candidate Of 2020’ – Akila Viraj

The UNP will field its leader as the Presidential Candidate of 2020, UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said. Addressing media yesterday, Kariyawasam stated that no other candidate would pose a formidable threat to the UNP leader at the Presidential election. “That includes former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa,” he said. “We told the public that our candidate would win the Presidential election of 2015 and it happened. Similarly, our candidate will win the Presidential Read more...