Kalutara prison attack I forgave my attackers a long time ago-Douglas

The Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) leader and Jaffna District Parliamentarian Douglas Devananda, commenting on the sentence given to the men who attempted to kill him inside the Kalutara prison in July 1998, said that he had pardoned them long ago and that they should make an appeal against the verdict passed on them by the Colombo High Court on Monday (31). He told Ceylon Today that the attack at the Kalutara Prison was the second such attack he had experienced. The first one was when he was detained at the Welikada prison in Colombo in 1983. Colombo High Court Judge Piyasena Ranasinghe Read more...

Sri Lankan maid gets SR88,600 salary dues for 17 years of service in Saudi Arabia

With the help of Saudi authorities, a Sri Lankan maid received SR88,600 ($23,625) in back wages for the past 17 years.This is considered the largest amount, around 3.6m Sri Lankan Rupees, recovered as salary arrears paid to a Sri Lankan migrant worker in the history of the island. K.G. Kusumawathi, 44, came to the Kingdom in 2000 when she was only 27 and had a two-year-old daughter Hansika Sewwandi, and a son Thushitha Madusha, four years of age. The sponsor kept her for this period without allowing Read more...

Sri Lanka will send ‘A’ and U-19 teams to Pakistan – Thilanga

Thilanga Sumathipala, Sri Lanka Cricket’s President, on Sunday vowed his board will not leave Pakistan in cricketing isolation and will send ‘A’ and Under-19 teams to the country where improvement in security situation is paving way for the revival of international cricket. Sunday’s Twenty20 International between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is the fourth international activity in Pakistan since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team March, 2009. Those attacks suspended all international cricket Read more...

Ranjan ordered to reappear before SC

The Supreme Court yesterday (25) ordered Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake, who appeared before Court on contempt charges, to reappear on 21 November. The Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage was previously issued notice over a statement made in August criticizing the legal profession saying that most of the lawyers and Judges in the country were corrupt and bias. Two petitions were filed against him claiming that such views were defamatory toward the Judiciary, and Read more...

Missing girls surrender to Police Three charged with abduction

Three suspects, including the 19-year-old girl, reported missing with two other girls, were arrested upon surrendering to the Police yesterday (18). Police Media Spokesman, SP Ruwan Gunasekara said two girls, 19-year-old Malithi Wathsala, the mother of an infant and 15-year-old Yasanthi Madushani, her sister-in-law surrendered to the Wellampitiya Police yesterday morning. Subsequently, the 14-year-old Charithri Chandrasekaram had also surrendered to the Gampaha Police shortly after the two girls. Read more...

Strike cost Railway Dept Rs 12 M

The Department of Railways suffered a loss of Rs 12 million due to the recent train strike, a senior official said yesterday. He said that income was lost on ticket sales, and seat reservations during this period. The strike, launched on 11 October, resulted in the cancellation of nearly 370 scheduled trips. According to the official, it also inconvenienced passengers who had purchased tickets and made reservations. The strike, which was scheduled for midnight on 12 October, however, took place at Read more...

PM Wickremesinghe returns after Finland official tour

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his delegation arrived in the country this morning, following an official visit to Finland. The Premier and his delegation engaged in discussions with the Finnish Prime Minister, the Speaker and theMinister of Foreign Affairs. A number of agreements in various fields were also discussed between the two nations.  Read more...

Ministers Kabir Hashim, Malik Samarawickrama arrives at the Bond Commission

Minister of Public Enterprises Development, Kabir Hashim and Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama are due to appear before the Presidential Commission Inquiring into the Issuance of Bonds. Summons were issued on the ministers yesterday. The commission said the two ministers were summoned to record statements regarding the financial irregularities in the issuance of bonds. The commission will convene at 10 this morning. – News First  Read more...

Appropriation Bill for financial year 2018 to be presented in Parliament

The first reading of the budget Appropriation Bill for the Financial ear 2018 will be presented in Parliament today by State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne. The state expenditure for the financial year 2018 stands at Rs. 3982 billion. The state income for the year is estimated at Rs.2175 billion. Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera is due to present the budget proposal on November 9.The presentation of the budgetary Appropriation Bill, which includes the estimated state Read more...

Scholarship Exam results out on 5 October

Results of the Grade Five Scholarship Examination are expected to be released on 5 October according to the Examinations Department website. Cut off marks for the selected major schools will be released in December. The exam was held on 20 August with nearly 356,728 candidates sitting for it at 3,014 centres……throughout the island. 562 candidates are children with special needs. Around 28,000 officials were deployed for administrative activities and invigilation. Mobile phones, smart Read more...