Three more members of Ava Group arrested

Another three suspected members of the notorious criminal gang ‘Ava Group’ have been arrested by Chunnakam Police. According to the Police Spokesman’s Office, the suspects were apprehended at around 7.35pm last night near the cemetery at Malwam in the Chunnakam police division. The suspects have been identified as Thuraisingam Raj Kumar alias ‘Ajith Kumar’ from Manippai, Ravichandran Stralinton alias ‘SR’ from Manippai and Krishnapillai Kirubakaran alias ‘Kisba’ from Chunnakam. They are to be produced at the Mallakam Magistrate’s Court today (10).  Read more...

Protesting CPC workers block road in Kolonnawa

The Dematagoda – Kolonnawa road is blocked for traffic in front of the Kolonnawa petroleum storage complex due to a protest being staged by CPC employees. Several trade unions of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) launched a strike action from midnight on Monday (July 24). The strike is based on three demands including the acquisition of Trincomalee Petroleum tanks complex to the CPC, acquisition of Hambantota Port Tanks Complex to CPC and modernization of the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery. However, Read more...

Army deploys 25 units for Dengue eradication

The Army has deployed 25 units to take part in dengue eradication programmes in Colombo and its suburbs. These units will include 200 soldiers, 25 Policemen and 25 PHIs. This initiative which commenced on 1 July will continue till 8 July. The Army has also established two temporary wards at Negombo Hospital for dengue patients. This step was taken after the President conducted an observation visit to the Negombo Hospital and identified that there were not enough space for residential dengue patients.  Read more...

NPC calls report on protest against SAITM

The National Police Commission (NPC) has decided to obtain a report from the police regarding the assault on protesting university students at the Health Ministry premises, it was reported. NPC Secretary, Ariyadasa Cooray stated that further steps in connect to the incident will be taken accordingly. A large number of university students, during a protest against SAITM, had forcibly entered the ministry premises and caused damages to public property, last week. Several students including Convener Read more...

No excuses for stealing Govt assets – Minister

No one has the right to misuse assets belonging to the government or the general public. Those who have stolen public assets have been interdicted, said Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister Fisheries, while on an inspectional visit to Embilipitiya at Mahaweli residential business office. During his visit, he discussed ongoing issues in Embilipitiya Mahaweli Zone with relevant officers and stated that immediate actions will be taken after discussing these issues with President Maithripala Sirisena who is Read more...

Arrest warrant issued on Lakshman Yapa’s son

An arrest warrant has been issued on the son of Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena. The warrant was issued over the failure by Osanda Yapa to appear in court in connection to a traffic violation. – Colombo Gazette    Read more...

Bus fare hike in July

Bus fares are likely to increase by 6-7 per cent in July while the minimum fare will increase from Rs 9 to Rs 10, Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA) President Gemunu Wijeratne told Ceylon Today. He said, according to rough calculations the annual bus fare revision is due in July in terms of the provisions of the National Bus Fare Policy. Wijeratne told Ceylon Today that although the price of diesel was not increased, other expenses relating to bus maintenance and interest on loans obtained Read more...

Tobacco cultivation will be banned by 2020 – Rajitha

Tobacco cultivation in Sri Lanka will be completely banned by year 2020, Minister of Health, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne stated to the Parliament. The Health Minister stated this in response to a question raised by Member of Parliament (MP) Buddhika Pathirana during parliamentary proceedings today (07), Ada Derana parliament reporter said. Dr. Rajitha Senaratne had reportedly also added that the government had already taken many steps to minimize the use of tobacco and narcotics in Sri Lanka. The Minister Read more...

London Bridge attack – cops shoot three terrorists, no Lankans affected

No reports of any Sri Lankans being affected in London attack, so far, the Foreign Ministry confirmed a short while ago. Three terrorists wearing stab-proof vests drove a van into pedestrians at 50mph on London Bridge before attacking revellers with hunting knives. Six people have died and at least 30 have been left wounded following the 10:08pm attack. Staff at a packed pub locked the doors as the gang tried to smash their way in. One man was stabbed five times. Assistant Commissioner of Met Police Read more...

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