IGP asked to resign?

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara has been requested by President Maithripala Sirisena to hand over his resignation letter within two weeks, according to political sources.  Read more...

President recalls Austria envoy over “unanswered phone call” – report

Foreign media reports that Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recalled his top envoy to Austria and five other embassy staff for failing to answer his long-distance telephone calls, officials said Saturday (15). Ambassador Priyanee Wijesekera was given her marching orders after calls made by Sirisena to the embassy in Vienna last week went “unanswered for several hours,” an official source said. The source declined comment on why Sirisena needed to contact the embassy urgently or why he Read more...

CBSL to investigate the bond scam and EPF

The Central Bank has decided to conduct an independent investigation into allegations of irregularities in terms of Central Banks bonds and the Employees Provident Fund. Governor Dr. Indrajith Coomaraswamy said that the investigation will be carried out according to a recommendation made by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry. He added that the investigations will be conducted by international auditors which most likely will span 9 months. He further added that accordingly, if any evidence of Read more...

Military campaign was against LTTE and not against Tamils: Rajapaksa

In a major public speech delivered in New Delhi on Wednesday former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa reached out to the Tamil community and said that the war of 2009 was against terrorism of LTTE and not against the community. Mr Rajapaksa hit out at his international critics and said that allegations of human rights abuse against the victorious Sri Lankan military is “false”. “We did not at any time, wage an ethnic war: the military action was certainly not directed against the Tamil Read more...

Fuel Prices In Sri Lanka And India See Unbroken Northward March: Depreciating Rupee And Rising Crude Oil Prices Main Reasons

The Ministry of Finance increased fuel prices for the third consecutive time last night, under the newly introduced price formula. Under the revised prce, the price of Petrol 92 Octane has been increased from Rs 145 to Rs 149 (a litre), Petrol Octane 95 increased from Rs 157 to Rs 161, Auto Diesel from Rs 118 to 123, Super Diesel from Rs 130 to 133. In addition to the state-owned Ceypetco, Lanka IOC too announced a price hike this morning. LIOC said Petrol(92 octane) would be sold at Rs 150 a litre, Read more...

Gotabhaya and 6 others released on bail

The Special High Court has imposed a travel ban on the former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the 6 other over the case of D.A. Rajapaksa Memorial Museum. When the case was taken up before a three-judge bench, the suspects including Rajapaksa was bailed on a cash bail bond of Rs 100,000 and two personal bails worth Rs 1 million on each suspect. The tri- person judge bench comprising of Sampath Abeykoon, Sampath Wijerathne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne also ordered for a fingerprint report Read more...

‘Jana Balaya Colombata’ is only the first step – Mahinda

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that today everybody in the country – from the poor man to the businessman – are hurt due to the actions of the ruling government. Addressing supporters at the Joint Opposition rally at Lake House Roundabout in Colombo, he also accused the government of secretly introducing bill which look to divide the country. “Not only are they dividing the country, they are burdening the public even more by continuing to impose taxes,” he said. He charged that Read more...

Chief Organizer Of Protest Namal Rajapaksa Says Government Backed Groups Causing Hindrances To People Taking Part In JO Rally

Chief Organizer of the ‘JanaBalaya Kolambata’ protest march Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa said this morning that the government backed groups were trying to cause hindrances to the people taking part in their rally. Despite these hindrance, Rajapaksa said, the people are marching towards Colombo to show solidarity with the Joint Opposition. The Joint Opposition also said that restaurants at Pettah floating market, which were preparing to provide meals and drinking water to protestors, Read more...

People want MR as Leader – Gotabaya Rajapaksa

It is not a matter of whether Mahinda Rajapaksa can contest for the Presidency once again or not, as long as whoever becomes the President at the next election forms a Government with him (Mahinda) as the Prime Minister, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said. He was responding media queries after appearing before the Investigation Unit of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) today (29), to give evidence regarding the formation and initial operations of Mihin Lanka during his tenure Read more...

President Urges Railway Unions To Have Confidence In Him: Buys Two More Months To Resolve Salary Issues In Railway Sector

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday urged railway trade unions to have confidence in him and asked for two more months to resolve their salary issues. The President made this request when he had discussions with railway trade unions at the Presidential Secretariat last evening. Following the discussion with the President, the railway unions called off the strike scheduled for August 29. This was the second discussion the railway unions held with President Sirisena this month. At the previous Read more...