Marikkar Slams President: Says The Pick-Pocket President Has Now Forgotten The Past

UNP Parliamentarian S.M. Marikkar yesterday described President Maithripala Sirisena as a ‘pick-pocket President.” Addressing a UNP election meeting, Marikkar said the President had referred to UNPers as men who picked pockets. “But he had forgotten that the UNPers were the ones who campaigned for him and made him the President. We pick-pocketed him from the Rajapaksa administration. So, in that sense, he is a pick-pocket President,” Marikkar said. He added that President Sirisena had now forgotten the past. The UNP Parliamentarian also criticized the President for trying Read more...

Thuggery and obscenity: the order of the day – Parliament degenerates into madness

The hallowed Chamber of Parliament once again turned into a rowdy arena with Members throwing punches, hurling objects and invective as the proceedings into the much hyped debate into the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, which investigated and inquired into the issuance of Treasury Bonds was taken up yesterday. Some MPs were injured when Joint Opposition (JO) Members invaded the well of the House carrying placards and shouting ‘Hora (thief)’ when Prime Minister Ranil Read more...

President seeks Supreme Court’s opinion for six-year term

President Maithripala Sirisena has sought the Supreme Court’s opinion if he could be the president for six years, a request which contradicts the amendment he introduced to reduce the presidential term to five years. He spearheaded the 19th amendment (19A) to the Constitution in 2015 to prune the presidential term from six to five years. The president’s term should end in 2020, but has sought the Supreme Court’s opinion if he could continue until 2021. The Registrar of the Supreme Court yesterday Read more...

Moragahakanda Development Project to be commissioned today

The waters of the last and biggest reservoir of the multipurpose Mahaweli Project at Moragahakanda opens its sluice gates today (January 8) to irrigate parched dry lands in faraway Vanni in the Northern Province on one side and Rajarata, Wayamba, Central and Eastern Provinces on the other. Today also marks the 42nd anniversary of the commissioning of the first Mahaweli Project at Polgolla in the Central Province by the then Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike on January 8, 1976. Mahaweli is the Read more...

Law And Order State Minister Storms Nagoda Police Station: Berates Officers Who Fined Traffic Offenders

Just five days after demanding the Police Special Task Force (STF) security for his son, Police State Miniter Piyasena Gamage had stormed the Nagoda Police Station on January 01, and scolded its officers in filth. The officers had earned the ire of the State Minister for issuing fines on some motor cyclists who rode without helmets. Apparently, the motor cyclists were supporters of Gamage and they were on their way to attend a meeting organised by him. When the supporters brought the incident to Read more...

Public made to wait until rice shipments arrive: ex-President

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the people of a country which was self-sufficient in rice in the past, have now been made to wait for rice shipments to arrive from abroad. The former President made this statement while addressing a gathering held at Neluwa, Matara. In the meantime, MP Rohitha Abeygunawardena said that the public should commence their work on the New Year with the intention of chasing away the present government.  Read more...

SLT Announces ‘Free Broadband Internet Access To ALL’ On 1st Of January 2018

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the county’s leading digital service provider and No. 1 broadband network operator proudly announces its special offer, “Free Broadband Internet Access to All” for its internet customers on 1st of January for a period of 24 hours to celebrate the dawn of New Year. With this offer, SLT broadband customers get the opportunity of access internet for any purposes such as access all social media platforms, audio-video streaming, online gaming, online shopping etc. absolutely Read more...

Lunch time protests in main postal offices today

The postal trade unions will protest today (27) in five Regional Mail Sorting Centres (RMSC) and 12 divisional post offices during the lunch hour demanding the government to settle the dispute in recruitment procedure in postal service, said the Joint Postal Trade Unions’ Front. Accordingly, the protest demonstration will be held in Jaffna, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Kandy, Matale, Kegalle, Kurunegala, Gampaha, Galle and Badulla divisional post offices. Speaking to Ada Read more...

Cabinet approves request for proposals For first phase of Ruwanpura Expressway

The Cabinet on 19 December approved the calling of tender proposals for the commencement of the construction of the first phase of the Ruwanpura Expressway. The Expressway from Kahathuduwa to Pelmadulla will be 73.9 kilometres (km) in length. The construction will take place in four phases. The initial phase is from Kahathuduwa to Ingiriya, a distance of 26.30 km. The China National Technical Import and Export Corporation will commence requests for proposals, according to a proposal put forward by Read more...

Over 100 private buses found to be operating without permits

The National Transport Commission says that nearly 100 private buses operating from Colombo to distant areas run without a route permit. Commission Chairman M.A.H Hemachandra said that around 30 buses from Jaffna to Colombo run without a route permit. He added that those buses run with the assistance of certain police stations. The chairman said that although raids were being carried out, it was difficult to charge the buses according to transportation law.  Read more...