SLFP decides to request PM to resign before no-confidence vote

The Parliamentary Group of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has unanimously decided to request Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to step down from his position, Minister Chandima Weerakkody said. The decision was taken after the SLFP MPs met with President Maithripala Sirisena, short while ago, for crucial talks. Speaking to reporters following the meeting, the minister said that the SLFP parliamentary group unanimously decided to request the UNP leader to resign as Prime Minister before the vote on the no-confidence motion which has been brought against him. The debate in Parliament on the Read more...

Shooting reported at Jothipala Mawatha in Malabe

A shooting incident has been reported targeting a residence at Jothipala Mawatha in Malabe in the early hours this morning. Police said the shooting had taken place at around 2.40am today (26) and that a T-56 assault rifle was used to open fire at the house, located on 14th Lane in Jothipala Mawatha. Several window panes and the wall of the house were damaged in the shooting, but nobody has been injured, the Police Spokesman said. Athurugiriya Police is conducting further investigations.  Read more...

President visits Hiroshima

President Maithripala Sirisena paid floral tribute to the victims of atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima during the 2nd World War.On arrival, he was received by Mayor of Hiroshima. The President also visited the Hiroshima Museum after paying his respects at the Hiroshima war memorial. On August 6, 1945, during World War II (1939-45), the world’s first atomic bomb dropped over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; tens of Read more...

‘Responding To The Situation In Sri Lanka’: Facebook Says It Is In Contact With SL Government To Support Efforts To Remove Hate Speech

Social media giant Facebook has said it is in contact with Sri Lankan authorities to identify and remove hate speech and incitements to violence after Sri Lanka banned social media in the wake of sectarian violence in the hill capital of Kandy. “We have clear rules against hate speech and incitement to violence and work hard to keep it off our platform. We are responding to the situation in Sri Lanka and are in contact with the government and non-governmental organizations to support efforts to Read more...

I’m doing what the govt should do – Mahinda

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that he intervened and fulfilled a duty which the government should rightly do, at this time of discord among communities. He made these comments while speaking to reporters following a discussion with Buddhist, Muslim and Hindu religious leaders in Kandy this morning, regarding the tense situation which had prevailed in the area. Rajapaksa said that he participated in the discussion due to a request from the Muslim community and that he played a mediatory Read more...

US State Department Issues Security Warning On Sri Lanka: Says More Violence Can Be Expected

The US State Department issued a security warning to all US citizens currently in Sri Lanka. The security alert is aimed at ensuring the safety of US citizens in Sri Lanka in the wake of recent racially motivated violence against muslims. “The Sri Lankan government declared a State of Emergency and curfews have been imposed in some regions, including Kandy, Administrative District, due to communal unrest. Further incidents possible over the next few days. Monitor local media for updates,” Read more...

CMC Commissioner’s removal Workers to protest today

Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) workers have decided to stage a walk out today in protest against the ‘wrongful’ removal of Municipal Commissioner V.K.A. Anura. A collective of high ranking CMC officers told Ceylon Today that 17 trade unions will commence a protest in front of the Council in the morning today. They claim that the Colombo Municipal Commissioner Anura was removed from office on false grounds and they challenge the administration to remedy it. According to them, the Urban Read more...

SriLankan report due today – Airline makes request from passengers

COLOMBO (News1st): The Ministry of Public Enterprises Development has requested for a report on the delay of flights belonging to SriLankan Airlines. According to the Secretary of the Ministry, Ravindra Hewawitharana, the report is to be handed over to the ministry by SriLankan Airlines, this morning. SriLankan Airlines noted that flights belonging to the national carrier were delayed following technical difficulties that arose in two flights. As a result of this situation, the Media Spokesperson Read more...

People and country are first priority of my government – President

President Maithripala Sirisena says that the government needs to improve its policies, programmes and actions to better serve the people, while taking the message of the people at the recent election. “Taking the people’s message expressed at the recent #LGpollSL, the government needs to improve its policies, programmes and actions to serve our people better.” “The first priority of my government is the people and the country,” the President was quoted as saying by the official twitter Read more...

Brigadier Priyanka Fernando arrives in Sri Lanka after recall

The Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London, Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, arrived in the country after being recalled by the government. Army Spokesman Brigadier Sumith Attapaatu said yesterday that the Brigadier was recalled. A video appeared on social media depicting Brigadier Priyanka Fernando making certain gestures aimed at members from the Tamil community who were engaging in a protest outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in London on February 4, Read more...