GCE Ordinary Level exams begin today

GCE Ordinary Level examinations began today. All candidates have been requested to be present at the examinations centres by 8am with the NIC or a valid passport, the Commissioner of Examinations told Ada Derana. Over 700,000 candidates will sit for the Examination at 5669 centers islandwide. The Exams Department says that stern action will be taken against the students who violate regulations at the examination. Using mobile phones and electronic appliances have been totally banned.  Read more...

More Chinese tourists expected to visit Sri Lanka

Chinese tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka are projected to grow by a further 10.2 percent in the coming six months, an official said here on Tuesday. Jameson Wong, Director Business Development for the Asia-Pacific region at ForwardKeys, a travel data company, told the Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference held in Colombo that the number of Chinese visiting Sri Lanka had grown by 29 percent in the year-to-date. He said Russian travelers to Sri Lanka were also rising while the overall number of Read more...

Issue over police uniforms!

An issue has arisen over the uniforms given to junior members of the Police Department. Officers from sub inspectors upward are given clothing material and a sewing allowance for their uniforms, but constables and sergeants are given ready-made uniforms of the same size. They are asking the minister in charge that they too, are provided with clothing material and a sewing allowance as their seniors, so that they can have wearable uniforms.  Read more...

Southern Province Governor, Hemakumara Nanayakkara dwells on “valuable lives lost”

Governor of the Southern Province, Hemakumara Nanayakkara spoke on the importance of all lives, at a briefing held on Thursday, November 24. The Governor of the Southern Province said: ” I think we should have a day of lamenting and passing on merit to all dead people in the past 32 years of the war period, irrespective of the religion race or the creed or caste, Sinhala soldiers died, Muslim soldiers died, Sinhala – Tamil ordinary people died, then the members of the tiger movement died, all Read more...

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 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...