Police threaten Jaffna students with death!

Armed policemen stormed the Jaffna University hostel and threatened students with death, radiogagana.com quotes students’ associations as saying. In a complaint to the vice chancellor and the registrar, the students say they had been celebrating a colleague’s birthday on November 22 when the incident occurred. When students questioned police over their unauthorized entry, one policeman pointed a firearm at them and threatened to shoot, student union president K. Rajivan said. He said they would lodge a complaint with the human rights committee of Jaffna, as it was pointless to go to the police. Rajivan Read more...

Basil requests to travel to US

Colombo High Court Judge Sarojini Kusala Weerawardene today (22) called on the Attorney General to file any objections against former minister Basil Rajapaksa travelling overseas. Basil Rajapaksa requested permission from courts to travel to the United States between the 10th of December and the 2nd of March in order to receive medical treatment. Justice Weerawardene advised to file any objections by Nov. 25th.  Read more...

Fashion Bug fire, not a sabotage

A fire has erupted at Fashion Bug warehouse in Pepiliyana, Borelesgamuwa. The fire brigade, aided by residents in the area are currently attempting to douse the fire. However, reports add that access to water had not been easy due to a water cut in the area earlier during the day. Speaking to media , the Police Headquarters clarified that this was not an act of sabotage. Police further said that they had a minor spat with the company officials when they went to the premises to collect CCTV footage Read more...

Sri Lanka will not sell H’tota Port or Airport – PM

Sri Lanka will not sell the Hambantota Port or the Airport to the Chinese or to any other country as mentioned by some newspapers, but will only lease it out to investors, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. Speaking at the Business Today Top 30 awards at Colombo Hilton, the Prime Minister said they have received a bid for 1.2 billion US dollars to lease out the Hambantota. He said that when the Good Governance government assumed office they were given a Port minus ships but with huge loans Read more...

38 members of Ava Group arrested so far – Sagala

Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake says that 62 suspected members of the criminal gang ‘Ava Group’ have been identified and that 38 of them have been arrested so far. Responding to a question from JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake in Parliament today (15), he said that the sword-wielding gang had got down its first sword from Brazil via India and that afterwards they had manufactured several similar sword by themselves. Ratnayake said that investigations are Read more...

Water bills to increase by 30% from December

The water tariff will be increased by 30 per cent on average with effect from December 01, the Chairman of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board K. A. Ansar said. He stated that religious institutions and schools will be exempted from this tariff hike.  Read more...

US Presidential Election: Donald Trump wins North Carolina and leads Hillary

Republican candidate Donald Trump is advancing further ahead of Democrat rival Hillary Clinton in the surprisingly close race for the White House, with key states such as New Hampshire and Pennsylvania too close to call. Key points: Voting has been completed in more than two-thirds of the 50 US states. Donald Trump is currently leading Hillary Clinton. Republicans are expected to retain control of the House of Representatives. Mr Trump has claimed Ohio and Florida and is also projected to win North Read more...

Lankan man ‘bit part of ex-girlfriend’s ear off’ in Dubai

A 34-year-old Sri Lankan man is accused of attacking his ex-girlfriend and biting off a part of her ear in Dubai. On April 28 the woman said she was walking to work in Al Satwa when the cook’s assistant attacked her from behind, restrained her arms and tried to snatch her purse. When she tried to break free, he bit off a bit of her ear, she said. “We were in a relationship about three years ago but we broke up and since then he has been stalking me and attacking me and even stealing my money,” Read more...

Veteran musician Pandit Amaradewa is no more

Veteran musician Pandit Amaradewa has passed away at the age of 88, a family member told Ada Derana. Pandit Amaradewa was hospitalized this morning following a cardiac emergency. He was being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital. Wannakuwatta Waduge Don Albert Perera born 5 December 1927 in Koralwella, Moratuwa, better known by his adopted name Amaradeva, was also a violinist and composer. In the mid-1950s, Amaradeva in his Janagayana project consulted experts Read more...