Suspended sentences for Hirunika’s supporters in abduction case

Six supporters of MP Hirunika Premachandra, who pleaded guilty to the abduction of a youth from Dematagoda, have been sentenced to 2 years rigorous imprisonment suspended for 12 years by the Colombo High Court. The sentence was delivered by Colombo High Court Judge R. Gurusingha, who also imposed a fine of Rs 32,000 on each defendant and ordered them to pay Rs 285,000 as compensation to the victim. One of the accused in the case was not sentenced by the court as he is still a student and was released on a bond of Rs 100,000. The case against Premachandra, who did not plead guilty to the charges, Read more...

SLC confirms intentions of hiring Hathurusigha

Sri Lanka Cricket today confirmed it would explore the possibility of recruiting Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusigha for the post of National Head Coach of Sri Lanka. SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala has written to the Bangladesh Cricket Board informing them that SLC is in discussion with Hathurusigha’s attorneys and would offer him the position subject to the full release of his contractual obligations of the BCB. Speaking on the probable appointment, SLC President said: “There’s Read more...

PM to appear before the Bond Commission today

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry today (20) to record a statement over Central Bond scam. The Prime Minister was given summons last week to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the alleged Bond Scam. A questionnaire was put forth to the PM by the commission, and the answers were established through an affidavit, it is reported. However, the PM was informed by the commission that he will be questioned only regarding Read more...

Iran, Iraq earthquake death toll rises to 140

Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds injured in Iran and Iraq, according to early estimates by local officials, after a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the region yesterday, Nov 12. “At last 141 people have been killed and some 866 injured since the earthquake struck”  said the Deputy director of Iran’s crisis management unit According to the deputy governor of Kermanshah province, the region is currently facing a “shortage of physicians.” Therefore, those who needed Read more...

Blocking Lankaenews.com: TRCSL clueless

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) was not aware of whether the website, www.lankaenews.com, had been blocked. There is an ongoing Supreme Court case against the website and its Editor, Sandaruwan Senadheera over the publication of articles that were allegedly to be of a defamatory nature and were contemptuous of Court. Sandaruwan Senadheera is currently residing in England. The website reportedly claimed that it had been banned following the publication of several Read more...

Naveska Lady docks at Muthurajawela: Fuel distribution to commence today

The fuel tanker ‘Naveska Lady’ with a consignment of 40,000 metric tonnes of petrol has docked at the Muthurajawela buoy a short while ago. Authorities have commenced sample testing and will begin the distribution of fuel within the course of the day (9). The ship, which is arriving from Dubai, was expected to dock at the Muthurajawela buoy after midnight, where it will commence the transfer of fuel. Officials confirmed that before reaching the buoy, tests will be carried out to determine the Read more...

48-Hour railway strike from midnight

The Sri Lanka Railway Station Masters’ Union has threatened to walk out on a 48-hour strike commencing at midnight tonight (8). Several sources at the Union confirmed that several other trade unions associated with the railway service, including the Railway Locomotive Operating Engineers, Drivers Unions will go on strike from midnight tonight. This will mean that, all railway drivers, operators, station masters and guards will take part in this strike. The strike action will be taken due to Read more...

2015 Dematagoda abduction All but Hirunika plead guilty

Eight of MP Hirunika Premachandra’s supporters admitted to their involvement in the 2015 abduction of an individual from Dematagoda, when the case was taken up for trial by the Colombo High Court yesterday (06). Premachandra is the only suspect who had not admitted to the charges. In December 2015, a 35-year-old male was abducted, at the Baseline Road area in Dematagoda, by a group of individuals, who were travelling in a Defender, of which Premachandra is alleged to be the owner. Counsel appearing Read more...

Bond Commission to request PM Wickremesinghe to testify

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry Investigating into the Bond Issue, is to request Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to testify before the Commission. During today’s proceedings, it was said that a date will be announced, in due course, for Premier Wickremesinghe to testify. Proceedings of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry Investigating into the Bond Issue resumed the hearing of evidence today, following the President’s approval to extend the Commission’s term by a further six weeks.  Read more...

Gazette notification on LG elections to be signed today

The gazette notification pertaining to the Local Government elections will be signed by Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faiszer Mustapha at 11.00am today (1). The zoning plan of Ambagamuwa and Nuwara Eliya Pradeshiya Sabhas will also be launched parallel to the gazette notification, the Minister said. The Minister also said that the report will be released based on the geographical location and demographic composition of these areas. Minister Mustapha further stated that some Read more...