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 to function in that particular post. Dr. Weerasinghe stated that a loan of Rs. 11 billion had not 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...

SAITM CEO himself planned the shooting

The CEO of SAITM Dr. Sameera Senaratne himself had planned the shooting on his own vehicle that occurred on February 06, police say. The revelation came when a police team questioned him at length after taking him into custody. Two persons who had fired at Senaratne’s car have been identified, one being a regional politician. Police are investigating to arrest the suspects who are in hiding.  Read more...

Namal says India misread Lanka’s ties with China

India misinterpreted the Rajapaksa administration’s relationship with China, but is silent on the current government’s engagement with the rising super power, Sri Lankan parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, the eldest son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, said. “We always made sure that Sri Lankan soil or waters was not used against any other country. And we maintained that during my father’s time on a strict basis,” he told The Hindu in a recent interview. Formerly a rugby player, he Read more...

Tear gas and water cannon end march

A major protest, organized by the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) and the Medical Faculty Students’ Action Committee (MFSAC), was cut short yesterday (2) when the…… Police intervened with tear gas and water cannon. IUSF and the MFSAC sources told Ceylon Today that the demonstration, which commenced from Colombo yesterday evening, was part of a series of protests against the recent Court decision in favour of the Malabe South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine Read more...

Free education system will be strengthened to benefit all children – President

President Maithripala Sirisena says he will take steps to create a society of intellectuals by strengthening the free education system of the country and providing equal benefits to all the children in the country. He made these remarks participating at the centenary celebrations of the Visakha Vidyalaya, at the school premises on Monday (23). President Sirisena further said that the challenges of new technology, commercialization and competitiveness, as well as the powerful social evils pose great Read more...

Maithri to be told to name Gota as PM candidate!

Several senior SLFP ministers are planning to propose to president Maithripala Sirisena that ex-defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa be named their prime ministerial candidate, reliable sources told. The party’s central committee has already decided that president Sirisena should seek a second term at the 2020 election. SLFP minister Sarath Amunugama has told BBC Sandeshaya that president Sirisena would be the only candidate who could gain a majority of votes out of the 27 per cent of minority Read more...

No agreement yet on Hambantota port – president

An agreement is yet to be finalized with regard to the port and an industrial zone in Hambantota, said president Maithripala Sirisena. There is no truth to claims by some that the agreement would be signed tomorrow (07), he said. According to him, the government will not cause any harm to the dignity of the country or the constitution when reaching agreements with other countries. Basic agreement signed Meanwhile, strategic development minister Malik Samarawickrama told the media at the finance ministry Read more...

Saturday declared day of mourning for ex-PMs funeral

Saturday December 31 has been declared a day of mourning as a mark of respect for the funeral of former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake. President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to conduct the funeral of the former Prime Minister with full state patronage. At the time of his death Mr. Ratnasiri Wickremanayake was serving as a Senior Advisor to the President.  Read more...

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