New York Times Article Is ‘Typical Fake News’: Dr. Nalaka Godahewa: “Trying To Mislead The Public”

Former Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Dr. Nalaka Godahewa has rejected the validity of a New York Times article, titled ‘How China Got Sri Lanka To Cough Up A Port’. “The article that appeared on New York Times on 25th June, about Hambantota Port, is typical fake news – that American President Donald Trump is talking about,” he said. “New York Times has a history of controversial news items,” he said, adding, “when you go through the article you can clearly see, it has been written with a bias.” “Most of the information in that article, is factually incorrect,” he reiterated, Read more...

Udayanga Weeratunga prepared to appear before court – lawyers

Attorneys representing the former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga, today informed the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court that their client is prepared to appear before the court in connection with the MiG aircraft deal. They said that Weeratunga hopes to return to Sri Lanka very soon in order to appear before the court over the case. The court had issued an open warrant to arrest and produce the former diplomat, who was absconding, before the court immediately while Interpol had Read more...

Sri Lanka’s debt increased to $44.8bn under MR

Yesterday, News 1st reported startling revelations made by the New York Times on China’s direct involvement in funding Sri Lankan elections and its stranglehold on Sri Lanka. In its investigative report titled ‘How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough Up a Port’, the New York Times reports that “Chinese officials and the China Harbor company, which constructed the Hambantota Port, went to great lengths to keep relations strong with Rajapaksa,” to the point that large payments started to flow toward Read more...

Suspect arrested over murder of six-year-old school girl in Jaffna

Police have made an arrest in connection with the murder of a six-year-old girl who was found strangled to death in Chulipuram, Jaffna. The body of a girl in school uniform was discovered inside a well in the Chulipuram area on Monday (June 25) while the post-mortem examination carried out at the Jaffna Hospital last evening had revealed that the deceased, Sivaneswaran Rejina, had died due to strangulation. Vaddukoddai Police said that the girl had not returned home from school on June 25 after looking Read more...

Kusal Janith Perera injured

Sri Lankan cricketer Kusal Janith Perera was injured during the third test match against West Indies. He sustained the injury when fielding. The day night test match is currently underway at the Kensington Oval, in Bridgetown, Barbados. Kusal Janith injured himself after colliding with an advertisement board on the boundary line in the 5th delivery of the 28th over of Dilruwan Perera. He was taken to hospital in an ambulance for treatment.  Read more...

Army Corporal shot at by unidentified gunmen

An Army Corporal has been shot at and injured by unidentified gunmen at Chakkindarama Road in Ratmalana, stated the Police Spokesperson. According to the Police Spokesperson, The incident had occurred at around 7.20 am this morning (25) and the gunmen have arrived in a three-wheeler and a motorcycle. The Corporal had been shot while he was at the house of a Lieutenant Colonel and was admitted to the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital for treatment. Mt. Lavinia Police has commenced further investigations Read more...

14 individuals linked to LTTE designated by Sri Lankan govt

The Government has issued an extraordinary gazette notification listing the names of 14 individuals living overseas with links to the LTTE and banning them from entering Sri Lanka, by placing them in the list of designated persons. The amendment to the List of Designated persons under the United Nations Regulations No. 01 of 2012 has been made through a gazette issued by Secretary to the Defence Ministry, Kapila Waidyaratne. Among the individuals included to the list are LTTE intelligence leaders Read more...

Senior Buddhist Monk Publicly Advises Gota To Launch Into Hitler-like Military Rule And Build Up Country

A senior Buddhist monk yesterday advised former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to launch into a military rule ‘like Hitler’. The monk, Vendauwe Upali thera, made this remark while speaking at a religious ceremony to mark the birthday of the former Defence Secretary. He is an Anunayake of the Asgiriya Chapter, in Kandy. “What I have to say is that you must take lead in building this country up. Launch into a military rule like Hitler and revive this country,” he said. The Read more...

Retired SDIG Ravi Waidyalankara Re-recruited To Police Service Through Cabinet Paper: Appointed To Head FCID

Senior DIG Ravi Waidyalankara has been reappointed to head the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division. Waidyalankara, who retired last month, has been re-recruited on a contract basis. A special Cabinet paper was presented seeking to re-recruit Waidyalankara into the Police service. The decision has been made despite two internal inquiries into his conduct.  Read more...

All leave of postal workers cancelled

he Post Master General has stated that all leave of Postal Department employees have been cancelled. The employees who fail to report for duty today (19) will be deemed as having vacated their posts, he further stated. Based on several demands, postal workers commenced a strike since the 4th of June. They engaged in a protest in front of the Central mail Exchange yesterday morning (18), which caused disruptions in the traffic flow.  Read more...