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, considering the inconvenience faced by the people, the government declared storage, transport 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...

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...

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