Meethotamulla garbage dump on fire

A fire was reported at the Meethotamulla garbage dump and the Fire Brigade had been deployed to douse the blaze, the Police Media Unit said. Initial attempts to douse the fire failed as the firemen were unable to reach the affected area. However, the fire trucks were re-routed and later reached the area where the fire was blazing. “Backhoes are also being used to create a buffer zone to prevent the fire from spreading. The residents closest to the fire must have been asked to evacuate,” a spokesman for the Police said. Although there was no information about the severity of the fire, Read more...

Politician behind prisoners’ killing?

Reports in the internet suggest that a politician is connected to yesterday’s killing of an underworld leader, four of his associates and two prison officers in a shooting on a prison bus in Kalutara. The Facebook account of the underworld leader in question M.P. Aruna Damith Udayanga Pathirana alias ‘Samayan’ confirms that he had campaigned on behalf of a particular politician during the past elections. However, police say their investigations point to the shooting as being a result Read more...

Robbery at Kusal Mendis house

Thieves entered the home of Sri Lanka Cricketer Kusal Mendis, at Halkanuwa Road, Gorakana in Panadura, at midnight and made away with Rs 310,000 worth of gold jewellery and cash, according to a complaint lodged at the Panadura North (Keselwatte) Police Station. In the complaint, it is stated that the robbery had taken place at night on 2 February. The robbers had taken three gold chains, four gold rings, a gold necklace of 1¾ sovereigns, 2 rings and Rs 5000 in cash. All the gold jewellery had been Read more...

Mothers should take lead in making drug free households – President

President Maithripala Sirisena said that mothers should take the lead in making every family a drug free household. The President pointed out that the drug menace is the main obstacle in creating a prosperous family. He requested all the mothers to take the leadership in building a healthy nation while protecting their respective families and the society from this menace. He made these remarks addressing the Galle district conference of the Southern Province Mothers’ Health Societies programme Read more...

Wimal remanded further

Colombo Fort Magistrate today (24) ordered to further hold former minister Wimal Weerawansa in remand custody. Accordingly, Weerawansa, who faces charges of  misusing 40 state vehicles, will be remanded until February 07.  Read more...

Govt. in illegal deal with China – Dinesh

Joint Opposition (JO) Parliamentary Group Leader MP Dinesh Gunawardana alleged in Parliament yesterday that the government was attempting to hand over the Hambantota Harbour to the Chinese in an illegal manner. The MP made these remarks while raising a question under Standing Order 23/2 in the House yesterday. He said by giving ownership of the Hambantota Port to China, the government was violating the Port Development Bill. “All ports and harbours in the country come under the Port Development Read more...

BIA closed for 8 hours from today

The Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake will be closed for airport operations for eight hours daily between 08.30 a.m. and 04.30 p.m. from today (January 06) to April 05, 2017. The purpose of the closure is to overlay the runway in order to improve surface conditions and friction levels of the runway. This would be the first time such an overlay project is to be carried out since the commissioning of the runway in 1986. The estimated cost of the construction of the runaway is nearly Read more...

ASP Liyanage appointed ambassador to Qatar

President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed politician turned businessman – A.S.P. Liyanage as the ambassador to Qatar, reports say. He has been appointed as the ambassador on Dec. 31, we learn. Speaking to ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’, Mr. Liyanage verified the report. An old Nalandian, Mr. Liyanage has also worked as the Nigerian ambassador in the past.  Read more...

Istanbul Reina nightclub attack ‘leaves 39 dead’

At least 39 people, including 16 foreigners, have died in an attack on a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey’s interior minister has said. Suleyman Soylu also revealed police were still hunting for the “terrorist” who attacked the Reina nightclub at about 01:30 local time (22:30 GMT). For hours after the attack the authorities had said nothing about the whereabouts of the assailant. Another 69 people were being treated in hospital, the minister added. “The search for the terrorist Read more...

‘IGP’s phone call secret exposed

The controversial telephone call received by the IGP some time ago has exposed a secret, says convener of the National Movement for a Just Society Prof. Sarath Wijesuriya. He has told BBC Sandeshaya that that telephone call confirmed as a fact that the Rajapaksa loyalists were being given protection by the incumbent government. Sarathwijesuriya 670px 28 12 16Neither the president nor the prime minister have failed to fulfill just one promise they had given, despite civil society activists, who had Read more...