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 also the Minister for Mahaweli Development. It is sad to mention that some who are involved in stealing 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...

More heavy rain to be expected around country

Showery conditions are expected to further develop in the South-western part of the country today. Fragmented episodes of rain should be expected in the  Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Central and North-western provinces. Heavy falls about resuting in 100 mm water levels should be expected at some places (Particularly in the Colombo, Kaluthara, Gampaha, Ratnapura, Kurunegala & Kegalle districts). Showers or thundershowers will occur in the Eastern, Uva, North-central provinces and in the Vavuniya Read more...

3000 prisoners sacrifice their meals to help flood victims

The prisoners of the Welikada Prison have volunteered to sacrifice their lunch for those affected by the floods. Accordingly, sources reveal that all prisoners of the Welikada Prison will be donating their mid-day meal to the destitute today (30). A decision has been made to provide 3000 more food parcels, in addition to the food donated by an estimate of 3000 prisoners. The Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs stated that the food parcels would be Read more...

19 killed, 50 injured in Manchester Arena blast

Nineteen people have been killed and about 50 injured in a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena. Police were called to reports of an explosion at the venue at about 22:35 BST following a pop concert by the US singer Ariana Grande. The cause of the blast is unknown but the counter terrorism experts are treating it as a possible terrorist incident. Greater Manchester Police is working to set up a contact number for relatives. Officers have told the BBC there is a second suspect device near where Read more...

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