GMOA President summoned for Contempt

The Court of Appeal yesterday issued summons to the President of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya, to appear before the Court on 22 May. He has been summoned by Court in response to a petition charging the GMOA President with contempt of Court. The Court of Appeal also…… issued an interim injunction against the GMOA President preventing him from making statements regarding the SAITM issue which can be construed as contempt of Court. The Petition was examined before a two-member Court of Appeal bench comprising Justices Vijith K. Malalgoda Read more...

We will cripple country today -GMOA

The GMOA last night issued an unapologetic threat to “cripple the country today” in the public transport, health and education sectors. “We will bring all operations of the country in these sectors to a grinding halt since the government is acting in an undemocratic manner,” GMOA President Dr. Navin de Zoysa told Ceylon Today last night. He said, the Sri Lanka Railways will strike, but buses will operate despite the SLTB being supportive of our cause. All the teachers’ Read more...

Meethotamulla garbage dump on fire

A fire was reported at the Meethotamulla garbage dump and the Fire Brigade had been deployed to douse the blaze, the Police Media Unit said. Initial attempts to douse the fire failed as the firemen were unable to reach the affected area. However, the fire trucks were re-routed and later reached the area where the fire was blazing. “Backhoes are also being used to create a buffer zone to prevent the fire from spreading. The residents closest to the fire must have been asked to evacuate,” Read more...

Politician behind prisoners’ killing?

Reports in the internet suggest that a politician is connected to yesterday’s killing of an underworld leader, four of his associates and two prison officers in a shooting on a prison bus in Kalutara. The Facebook account of the underworld leader in question M.P. Aruna Damith Udayanga Pathirana alias ‘Samayan’ confirms that he had campaigned on behalf of a particular politician during the past elections. However, police say their investigations point to the shooting as being a result Read more...

Robbery at Kusal Mendis house

Thieves entered the home of Sri Lanka Cricketer Kusal Mendis, at Halkanuwa Road, Gorakana in Panadura, at midnight and made away with Rs 310,000 worth of gold jewellery and cash, according to a complaint lodged at the Panadura North (Keselwatte) Police Station. In the complaint, it is stated that the robbery had taken place at night on 2 February. The robbers had taken three gold chains, four gold rings, a gold necklace of 1¾ sovereigns, 2 rings and Rs 5000 in cash. All the gold jewellery had been Read more...

Mothers should take lead in making drug free households – President

President Maithripala Sirisena said that mothers should take the lead in making every family a drug free household. The President pointed out that the drug menace is the main obstacle in creating a prosperous family. He requested all the mothers to take the leadership in building a healthy nation while protecting their respective families and the society from this menace. He made these remarks addressing the Galle district conference of the Southern Province Mothers’ Health Societies programme Read more...

Wimal remanded further

Colombo Fort Magistrate today (24) ordered to further hold former minister Wimal Weerawansa in remand custody. Accordingly, Weerawansa, who faces charges of  misusing 40 state vehicles, will be remanded until February 07.  Read more...

Govt. in illegal deal with China – Dinesh

Joint Opposition (JO) Parliamentary Group Leader MP Dinesh Gunawardana alleged in Parliament yesterday that the government was attempting to hand over the Hambantota Harbour to the Chinese in an illegal manner. The MP made these remarks while raising a question under Standing Order 23/2 in the House yesterday. He said by giving ownership of the Hambantota Port to China, the government was violating the Port Development Bill. “All ports and harbours in the country come under the Port Development Read more...

BIA closed for 8 hours from today

The Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake will be closed for airport operations for eight hours daily between 08.30 a.m. and 04.30 p.m. from today (January 06) to April 05, 2017. The purpose of the closure is to overlay the runway in order to improve surface conditions and friction levels of the runway. This would be the first time such an overlay project is to be carried out since the commissioning of the runway in 1986. The estimated cost of the construction of the runaway is nearly Read more...

ASP Liyanage appointed ambassador to Qatar

President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed politician turned businessman – A.S.P. Liyanage as the ambassador to Qatar, reports say. He has been appointed as the ambassador on Dec. 31, we learn. Speaking to ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’, Mr. Liyanage verified the report. An old Nalandian, Mr. Liyanage has also worked as the Nigerian ambassador in the past.  Read more...

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