Power outage due to malfunctioning transmission line

Power interruptions have been reported in Panadura, Dehiwela, Sri Jayawardenepura and Ratmalana areas this morning due to a malfunction of Pannipitiya – Biyagama 220 kV transmission line, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said. Energy Ministry secretary Dr Suren Batagoda said power supply went off at about 7.20a.m. The CEB engineers are investigating the matter  Read more...

Bus operators warn of strike if fare is not hiked by 20%

Over the increase in fuel prices, private bus operators have threatened to launch a countrywide strike if the Government does not approve a fare hike for them. Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) President, Gemunu Wijeratne told Ceylon Today that the association will be forced to cease services from 17 May, if the Government does not approve a proper increase in bus fares. “We requested an increase of more than 10% from the National Transport Commission (NTC) and they promised us a Read more...

President Sirisena meets Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

President Maithripala Sirisena who is on a two-day state visit to Iran, met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani a short while ago. President Sirisena is expected to sign new MoUs to further strengthen the economic and trade ties between the two countries, according to President’s Media Division (PMD). President Maithripala Sirisena along with a delegation of 10, left for Iran for a two-day state visit at the invitation of the Iran President Hassan Rouhani. President Sirisena left for Iran in a Qatar Read more...

CoL Committee recommends to increase milk powder prices

The Cost of Living Committee has recommended to the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) to increase the price of imported milk powder. Accordingly the committee has recommended increasing the price of a 400g packet of milk powder by Rs. 20 and the price of a 1kg packet by Rs. 50. The price of imported milk powder has not been increased since 2015 while companies had requested for a price hike. However, the Cost of Living Committee which convened yesterday (3) decided to increase the prices by a lower Read more...

President’s Chief of Staff and Timber Corp. Chairman arrested over Rs 20m bribe

The Bribery Commission has arrested the President’s Chief of Staff Dr I.H.K. Mahanama and the Chairman of the Timber Corporation P. Dissanayake while accepting a bribe of Rs 20 million. According to reports, they were taken into custody by officers of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption while soliciting the bribe at a prominent luxury hotel in Colombo. They had allegedly requested a bribe of Rs 100 million from an individual with regards to a deal on the shares of Read more...

Cabinet reshuffle to take place on May 01 – President

President Maithripala Sirisena today said a comprehensive Cabinet reshuffle would take place on May 01. It would aid the proper functioning of religious activities, the President pointed out. The President made this statement at a religious ceremony held in Dambulla Sri Valagamba Maha Piriven Viharaya.  Read more...

Kaduwela Municipal Councillor arrested for SAITM CEO shooting

The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) has arrested Kaduwela Municipal Councillor Aruna Lakmal Nishantha in connection to the shooting of SAITM CEO Dr. Sameera Senaratne. The Police noted that the suspect was produced before the Kaduwela Magistrate’s court yesterday (April 18th) and was taken in for further questioning under detention orders. A gunman on a motorbike opened fire at the vehicle of Dr. Sameera Senaratne on the 6th of February 2017 as he was returning home after work. The CEO of Read more...

Politicians are destroying cricket in Sri Lanka – Murali

Muttiah Muralitharan says that Sri Lankan cricket is currently in a mess as politicians have taken over the running of the game and with little or no knowledge of the game they are destroying the institution with every passing day. In a conversation with India’s Economic Times, the Sri Lankan spin legend came down hard on the country’s cricket administration when asked about Sri Lanka cricket’s downfall. From the days of Sanath Jayasuriya, Kaluwitharana, Aravinda de Silva and Arjuna Ranatunga Read more...

16 SLFP MPs quit national government

The sixteen SLFP Ministers and MPs who voted in favour of the no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister will step down from their posts in the National Government from midnight today (11). President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the leader of the SLFP, has given permission for the 16 party members to resign from their posts, MP Thilanga Sumathipala said. However, he added that 16 MPs will continue to work under the leadership of the President. The SLFPers who voted against the PM Read more...

SLFP decides to request PM to resign before no-confidence vote

The Parliamentary Group of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has unanimously decided to request Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to step down from his position, Minister Chandima Weerakkody said. The decision was taken after the SLFP MPs met with President Maithripala Sirisena, short while ago, for crucial talks. Speaking to reporters following the meeting, the minister said that the SLFP parliamentary group unanimously decided to request the UNP leader to resign as Prime Minister before the Read more...