Iran, Iraq earthquake death toll rises to 140

Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds injured in Iran and Iraq, according to early estimates by local officials, after a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the region yesterday, Nov 12. “At last 141 people have been killed and some 866 injured since the earthquake struck”  said the Deputy director of Iran’s crisis management unit According to the deputy governor of Kermanshah province, the region is currently facing a “shortage of physicians.” Therefore, those who needed surgery will have to be transferred to the regional capital. The province has announced three days Read more...

Blocking Lankaenews.com: TRCSL clueless

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) was not aware of whether the website, www.lankaenews.com, had been blocked. There is an ongoing Supreme Court case against the website and its Editor, Sandaruwan Senadheera over the publication of articles that were allegedly to be of a defamatory nature and were contemptuous of Court. Sandaruwan Senadheera is currently residing in England. The website reportedly claimed that it had been banned following the publication of several Read more...

Naveska Lady docks at Muthurajawela: Fuel distribution to commence today

The fuel tanker ‘Naveska Lady’ with a consignment of 40,000 metric tonnes of petrol has docked at the Muthurajawela buoy a short while ago. Authorities have commenced sample testing and will begin the distribution of fuel within the course of the day (9). The ship, which is arriving from Dubai, was expected to dock at the Muthurajawela buoy after midnight, where it will commence the transfer of fuel. Officials confirmed that before reaching the buoy, tests will be carried out to determine the Read more...

48-Hour railway strike from midnight

The Sri Lanka Railway Station Masters’ Union has threatened to walk out on a 48-hour strike commencing at midnight tonight (8). Several sources at the Union confirmed that several other trade unions associated with the railway service, including the Railway Locomotive Operating Engineers, Drivers Unions will go on strike from midnight tonight. This will mean that, all railway drivers, operators, station masters and guards will take part in this strike. The strike action will be taken due to Read more...

2015 Dematagoda abduction All but Hirunika plead guilty

Eight of MP Hirunika Premachandra’s supporters admitted to their involvement in the 2015 abduction of an individual from Dematagoda, when the case was taken up for trial by the Colombo High Court yesterday (06). Premachandra is the only suspect who had not admitted to the charges. In December 2015, a 35-year-old male was abducted, at the Baseline Road area in Dematagoda, by a group of individuals, who were travelling in a Defender, of which Premachandra is alleged to be the owner. Counsel appearing Read more...

Bond Commission to request PM Wickremesinghe to testify

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry Investigating into the Bond Issue, is to request Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to testify before the Commission. During today’s proceedings, it was said that a date will be announced, in due course, for Premier Wickremesinghe to testify. Proceedings of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry Investigating into the Bond Issue resumed the hearing of evidence today, following the President’s approval to extend the Commission’s term by a further six weeks.  Read more...

Gazette notification on LG elections to be signed today

The gazette notification pertaining to the Local Government elections will be signed by Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faiszer Mustapha at 11.00am today (1). The zoning plan of Ambagamuwa and Nuwara Eliya Pradeshiya Sabhas will also be launched parallel to the gazette notification, the Minister said. The Minister also said that the report will be released based on the geographical location and demographic composition of these areas. Minister Mustapha further stated that some Read more...

Australian Premier to visit Sri Lanka

Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull will visit Sri Lanka on 2 November. According to a statement issued by the Australian High Commission yesterday (30), the Australian Premier is scheduled to meet his Sri Lankan counterpart, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena during his visit. The Australian Premier will discuss the strengthening of economic links, defence engagements and cooperation in combating transnational crimes, in particular, human smuggling with Read more...

Duleep Wijesekera leaning towards Joint Opposition?

Deputy Minister of Post and Postal Services, Duleep Wijeysekera has been removed from his post as deputy minister with immediate effect. It was also reported that Duleep Wijesekera is set to join the Joint Opposition in the near future. A replacement is yet to be appointed for the post left vacant following Duleep Wijesekera’s removal.  Read more...

President Sirisena to meet Qatar Emir and PM

President Maithripala Sirisena, who is on a two day official visit to Qatar, is due to meet King Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the Prime Minister of Qatar. The Sri Lankan delegation, headed by the President, engaged in a tour of the Islamic Arts Museum in Doha yesterday. The Doha Islamic Arts Museum is home to the largest collection of Islamic artifacts across the world.Courtesy -News First Read more...