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 Bill. The Ports were initially run by the Port Development Board (PDB) and later by 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...

Def. Secy. hits back at Prof. Wijesuriya

Karunasena Hettiarachchi, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence has sent a letter of demand claiming a sum of Rs 100 million from the Convener of the National Movement for a Just Society (NMJS) Prof. Sarath Wijesuriya for having tarnished his public image. When contacted by Ceylon Today, Prof. Wijesuriya stated that he had received a letter of demand last Friday from Hettiarachchi. Defence Secretary Hettiarachchi when contacted said in the recent past the Convener of NMJS had made several derogatory Read more...

‘Act aims to bring about speedy development’ – PM

Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the development (special provisions) act will bring about accelerated development to the country. He made the remark yesterday (20) at the handover at Sugathadasa indoor stadium of land ownership deeds to 2,667 families in Colombo district. The government does not need to keep powers of the provincial councils, but this act will be implemented with the support of the PCs, he went onto say. The aims of the government are to bring about political stability within Read more...

Sri Lanka takes urgent measures to avert dengue epidemic

Sri Lanka is likely to face a dengue epidemic if the number of infected patients continues to rise, health ministry officials said on Wednesday. A total of 48,000 people have been infected with dengue so far this year, with 76 deaths reported, compared to the 30,000 infected last year with 54 deaths. The health ministry said that urgent preventive measures have already been put in place in order to avoid an epidemic. “The numbers are much higher this year. This is mainly due to the floods in June. Read more...

Rajapaksa’s allegations malicious and misleading – Govt

The government on Wednesday vehemently rejected as “malicious and misleading” the allegations made by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that the government is selling off the national assets. “The government vehemently rejects these allegations and it is unbecoming of a person who ruled this country twice to implement such a vicious circle to mislead the people,” the Finance Ministry said. The Hambanthota Port which failed to bring return on its huge investment will be converted in to a Read more...

Jayalalitha no more

One of India’s most influential and colourful politicians, J Jayalalitha, has died at 68. The chief minister of Tamil Nadu state suffered a heart attack on Sunday night and died at 23:30 local time (18:00 GMT) on Monday, Chennai’s Apollo Hospital said. Thousands of her supporters had gathered to pray for her recovery. Extra police have been deployed in the southern state amid fears of unrest among her supporters. The former film star served as Tamil Nadu chief minister four times. She Read more...