‘Act aims to bring about speedy development’ – PM

Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the development (special provisions) act will bring about accelerated development to the country. He made the remark yesterday (20) at the handover at Sugathadasa indoor stadium of land ownership deeds to 2,667 families in Colombo district. The government does not need to keep powers of the provincial councils, but this act will be implemented with the support of the PCs, he went onto say. The aims of the government are to bring about political stability within the first year in office, control the debt burden in the second and to achieve development in Read more...

Sri Lanka takes urgent measures to avert dengue epidemic

Sri Lanka is likely to face a dengue epidemic if the number of infected patients continues to rise, health ministry officials said on Wednesday. A total of 48,000 people have been infected with dengue so far this year, with 76 deaths reported, compared to the 30,000 infected last year with 54 deaths. The health ministry said that urgent preventive measures have already been put in place in order to avoid an epidemic. “The numbers are much higher this year. This is mainly due to the floods in June. Read more...

Jayalalitha no more

One of India’s most influential and colourful politicians, J Jayalalitha, has died at 68. The chief minister of Tamil Nadu state suffered a heart attack on Sunday night and died at 23:30 local time (18:00 GMT) on Monday, Chennai’s Apollo Hospital said. Thousands of her supporters had gathered to pray for her recovery. Extra police have been deployed in the southern state amid fears of unrest among her supporters. The former film star served as Tamil Nadu chief minister four times. She Read more...

India turns bank Gnanasara Thera!

Bodu Bala Sena general secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera returned home last night (26) after he was refused entry to India over a visa issue. According to reports, the double-entry visa he had been given by the Indian high commission here has apparently expired. He had recently been India and then gone to Nepal, and the issue surfaced after he tried to enter India again, to attend ‘Sanchi Mela’ Buddhist festival.  Read more...

Large sums of money at institutions were misused: MP Buddhika Pathirana

Statements were made in Parliament on Wednesday, November 23 regarding the confusion which has arisen when searching for individuals responsible for transactions which took place during the previous administration. UNP Parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana said, with the politicisation which was prevalent during the previous regime, large sums of money at institutions were misused. “Since your ministry has failed to intervene and take the necessary legal action in this regard, those suspected to be Read more...

All Island Bus Operators’ Association to oppose fine hike

The All Island Bus Operators’ Association (AIBOA) asserts that it opposes the decision to increase Rs.25,000 hefty fine for several traffic violations. AIBOA president Stanley Fernando said a meeting would be held with several bus unions and trishaw unions in this regard this afternoon. However, The Chairman of the Lanka Private Bus Owners Association, Gemunu Wijeratne, said they had agreed to increase fines following a meeting held with Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva and Ravi Karunanayake on Read more...

Traffic jam on Lotus Road due to protest march

The entry road to Galle Face has been closed for traffic from Lotus Roundabout due to a protest by a group of people affected by the Salawa armoury explosions. Severe traffic congestion was reported along Lotus Road in Colombo Fort due to the protest march, reporters said. The demonstration was organised by residents of the Salawa area who claim delays in the payment of compensation for their properties damaged by the fire at the ammunition depot in the area. The road has been blocked for traffic Read more...

President Obama was ready to visit Sri Lanka in May

US President Barack Obama was ready to visit Sri Lanka last May, but it was put off due to the Vesak celebrations, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. “Now I suppose it doesn’t matter, I must reveal something which many people don’t know so far. Last May [2016], even President Obama was ready to come to Sri Lanka which would have been the first ever official visit by an American President. But unfortunately, the dates suggested happened to be Vesak Day [Buddha Purnima day, when Sri Lanka Read more...

Two killed in motorcycle accident

The rider and the pillion rider were killed when their motorcycle collided with a tipper truck at Hungama yesterday (11), Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today online. The injured motorcyclist and pillion rider were admitted to Kuttigala Hospital where the motorcyclist succumbed to his injuries. The pillion rider was pronounced dead shortly after admission to the Embilipitiya Hospital. The victims were residents of Kurundugasara and Hambantota. They were aged 22 and 20 years. The post-mortem will be Read more...

Budget speech tomorrow

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake will deliver the budget speech tomorrow (10) while the budget debate will continue until December 10. Minister Karunanayake presented the 2017 Appropriation Bill at a special parliamentary sitting on 20 October. The forthcoming budget will be a people’s budget as it would incorporate ideas proposed by the people from all corners of the country, the Finance Minister said earlier.  Read more...