Over 100 towns in Sri Lanka stop cigarette sales

Over 100 towns across Sri Lanka have boycotted the sale of cigarettes with the aim of making the country tobacco-free, the Health Ministry said. According to the ministry, the Public Health Inspectors Union launched several programmes across the country to educate locals on the ill effects of smoking and as a result, shop owners and businessmen in many towns stopped selling cigarettes. Twenty-two towns in Jaffna, 17 towns in Matara and 16 towns in Kurunegala joined others in boycotting the sale of cigarettes. Currently, 107 towns are part of the drive, Xinhua news agency reported. Health Minister Read more...

Government Gazettes Salaries Commission: Mangala Contravenes President’s Promise And Says No Salary Hike For Anyone Until Two Months

Amid increasing demands from the railway sector to increase their salaries, the government has gazetted the names of the members of the Special Salaries Commission appointed to look into salaries of all state sector employees. The commission is chaired by S. Ranugge, a senior official in the administrative service. K.L.L Wijeratne, T.P Kollure, C.P. Siriwardena, Sudharma Karunaratne, Janaka Sugathadasa, Dharani Wijethilake, Lalith R. de Silva, G.S. Edirisinghe, A.R. Deshapriya, B.P.S. Abeygunawardena, Read more...

Heavy falls and cloudy skies to be expected

The possibility of increasing showery condition and wind speed is still high over the island in today, says the Meteorological Department. Cloudy skies can be expected over the island. Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Central, Sabaragamuwa, Western and North-western provinces and in Galle, Matara districts. Heavy falls of about 100mm can be expected at some places in Central, Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Kalutara district, and fairly heavy falls above 50mm can be expected at some Read more...

Official to probe issues led to Welikada female inmate protest

An official from the Prisons Reforms Ministry has been directed to look into the issues leading to the protest conducted by female detainees at Welikada Prison. Meanwhile, the protest which was launched last morning (13) by nearly 20 female inmates at Welikada Prison on top of its roof is still continuing today (14). Prisons Reforms Ministry Secretary Mangalika Adhikari stated that should the inmates end their protest and come down, the ministry is willing to hold discussions with them. An official Read more...

UNP Ministers, MPs Pool Their Vehicles To Provide Transports For AL Students Affected By Railway Strike

UNP Ministers and MPs have pooled their vehicles to provide transport for AL students inconvenienced by the railway strike. They will be picked up from railway stations and dropped off at their exam centres. The programme was initiated by Policy Planning and Economic Affairs State Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva. Meanwhile, Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Minister Sagala Ratnayaja said the government would resort to every possible action to defeat the ‘trade union terrorism.”  Read more...

1000 Eco-friendly buses for SLTB

Cabinet approval has been granted for a proposal by the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Nimal Siripala de Silva to import 1000 Eco-friendly buses to the Sri Lanka Transport Board. Through the proposal 250 fully electric buses and 750 hybrid buses have been ordered in collaboration with a Hungarian Company. This was revealed to the public by Co-Cabinet Spokesperson, Min. Gayantha Karunatileka  Read more...

Five-time Tamil Nadu CM Karunanidhi passes away

Five-time Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi passed away at 6:10 pm on Tuesday evening. He was 94 years old. Karunanidhi is survived by his wives Dayalu Ammal and Rajathi Ammal, sons M.K. Muthu, M.K. Azhagiri, M.K. Stalin and M.K. Tamzhalarasu and daughters Selvi and Kanimozhi. DMK president died in Chennai after prolonged illness, the city hospital where the leader was admitted, said. “With deep anguish we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar M Karunanidhi on 07.08.2018 at 6.10 pm. Despite Read more...

Special committee to probe Polgahawela train crash

A special committee has been appointed to look into yesterday’s train collision at Panaliya in Polgahawela. Additional General Manager of Railways Dr. Wijaya Samarasinghe stated that this committee was appointed to carry out preliminary investigations into the cause of the accident. At least 32 passengers were injured and hospitalised after a train journeying from Colombo to Rambukkana had collided with the train ahead of it, which was bound for Kandy from Colombo, at the Panaliya area in Polgahawela Read more...

Maharagama Urban Council Chairman Makes “Obnoxious” Request To Public To Address Him “Sir”

Tiraj Piyaratne, Chairman of the Maharagama Urban Council, has come under heavy fire on social media for a notice he has publicized at the council asking the government officials and the public at large to call him “Sir.” Piyaratne contested the election under the “Motor Cycle” symbol with the support of the sri Lanka Podujana Party. Piyaratne’s Facebook profile states that he is a strong supporter of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the de facto leader of the Sri Read more...

Speaker Seeks UPFA General Secretary’s Opinion On Appointing Dinesh Gunawardena As Opposition Leader

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has reportedly sought the opinion on UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera on appointing Dinesh Gunawardena as the Opposition Leader. The speaker received a request from the Joint Opposition to appoint MP Dinesh Gunawardena as the Opposition Leader in Parliament replacing TNA Leader R. Samanthan. Dunawardena, a Joint Opposition stalwart, got elected to Parliament on the UPFA ticket. The UPFA, however, is still a coalition partner of the national unity government. Therefore, Read more...