Cabinet reshuffle

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as the new Cabinet Minister of Law and Order, during the Cabinet reshuffle currently underway at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. Ranil Wickemasinghe is the new Cabinet Minister of Law and Order. Laxman Kirelle is the new Cabinet Minister of State Enterprise and Kandy Development. Kabir Hashim is the new Cabinet Minister of Higher Education and Highways. Piyasena Gamage is the new State Minister Youth Affairs and Southern Development. Ravindra Samarawickerma is the new Cabinet Minister of Wildlife & Sustainable Development. Harin Read more...

Lasantha murder: SSP gives confidential statement

Former Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in charge of Mount Lavinia area, Hemantha Adhikari, who has been arrested in connection with the murder of journalist Lansantha Wickrematunge, has made a confidential statement before Mt. Lavinia Chief Magistrate Mohamed Mihail. Ada Derana court reporter said that the statement was given behind closed doors at the Magistrate’s chamber yesterday (22) and that the statement was made over nearly 3 hours. Hemantha Adhikari had informed the magistrate that Read more...

Iran plane crash: All 66 people on board feared dead

Sixty-six people are feared to have been killed in a passenger plane crash in the Zagros mountains in Iran. The Aseman Airlines plane, en route from Tehran to the south-western city of Yasuj, came down near the city of Semirom in Isfahan province. The Red Crescent deployed search and rescue teams to the site. The airline has retracted a statement saying definitively that all aboard were dead. Flight EP3704 left Tehran at 04:30 GMT (local time), and crashed about an hour later. The aircraft, a twin-engine Read more...

Arjuna Mahendran fails to make statement to CID

It is reported that Former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran has not yet returned to the country, even after being summoned to make a statement to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). He was named as a suspect in the bond scam and failed to make any statement to the CID yesterday, as ordered. Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered the former Central Bank Governor to make a statement to the CID before February 15. The order was issued via the Interpol. When News1st made inquiries, Read more...

Gas cylinder price hike likely

A top official attached to a leading gas company said that the deposit on a gas cylinder will have to be hiked by Rs 200 shortly. He stated that the steps regarding the price increase were being contemplated at the moment and that it would come into effect before the end of the month. The official added that already his firm had made representations to the Consumer Affairs Authority and the Committee on the Cost-of-Living and stressed that the price revision has to be carried out due to the recent Read more...

Rosy Becomes First Mayoress Of Colombo As UNP Secures Resounding Victory In Colombo Municipal Council

Former MP Rosy Senanayake has become the first Mayoress in Colombo as the UNP has secured an easy victory in the Colombo Municipal Council. The UNP has received 131353 votes in the Colombo MC area with 60 seats. The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramua has come second with 60097 votes and 23 seats. The UPFA has received only 31421 votes with 12 seats while the JVP has managed to get 14234 votes with 06 seats. Therefore, the UNP has secured victory in the CMC with a resounding margin, elevating Senanayake to Read more...

“I Will Run For Presidency In 2020;” Prime Minister Informs President: Pres. Election Likely To Be Three-Cornered Fight

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has informed President Maithripala Sirisena that he will run for the presidency in 2020, sources close to the  Prime Minister said. This comes in the wake of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) announcing that President Sirisena will be the party’s presidential candidate in 2020. “This means the President will not have the support of the UNP at the next Presidential election. The  UNP will have its own candidate,” a spokesman close to Prime Read more...

Sri Lanka is all talk and no action on repealing PTA – HRW

The Sri Lankan government has failed to fulfill its pledge to abolish the abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. For decades, the PTA has been used to arbitrarily detain suspects for months and often years without charge or trial, facilitating torture, and other abuse, it claimed. “The Sri Lankan government has been all talk and no action on repealing the reviled PTA,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “Replacing this draconian counterterrorism Read more...

Light Rail Project To Take Off This Year: Garbage Problem Will Also Be Addressed, Megapolis Minister Says

Physical work of the proposed light railway project from Kaduwela to Colombo Fort would commence this year said Minister of Megalopolis and Western Development Champika Ranwaka. Speaking at the launch of Construction EXPO 2018 he said that in addition the Arukkal project in Puttalum, the solution to Colombo’s garbage disposal too would begin this year. The Minister also said that the government is keen in promoting green buildings and all future government building would be built accordingly ensuring Read more...

CEB employees to commence strike over alleged assault on striking colleagues

The Ceylon Electricity Board Employees’ Union says, it will engage in a strike action from 9 a.m. today.Its Convenor Ranjan Jayalal said, the strike action was decided to be carried out in protest of an assault on its employees who were engaged in a strike last night. The Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), who was trapped by the employees was rescued last night by the riot police and STF officers. The employees of the CEB had launched the protest in an attempt to legalize an illegal Read more...