President Urges Railway Unions To Have Confidence In Him: Buys Two More Months To Resolve Salary Issues In Railway Sector

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday urged railway trade unions to have confidence in him and asked for two more months to resolve their salary issues. The President made this request when he had discussions with railway trade unions at the Presidential Secretariat last evening. Following the discussion with the President, the railway unions called off the strike scheduled for August 29. This was the second discussion the railway unions held with President Sirisena this month. At the previous meeting, the President promised the unions to resolve their salary issues immediately. However, the Read more...

MR Bats For Censorship On Anti-Buddhist Art: Says Government’s Reconciliation Only For Buddhists And Others Enjoying ‘Free Ride’

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said an organized campaign was underway to undermine Buddhism in Sri Lanka and turn the country into a state without a religion. Addressing a gathering at a Buddhist temple in his hometown, Rajapaksa said books were being written and the stage plays were being produced to fulfill this objective. This comes in the wake of allegations that government authorities took measures to censor several creations on the grounds that they insulted Buddhism. Following the move, Read more...

Gamini Senarath arrives for Special High Court’s first hearing

Former President’s Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath arrived before the newly established Permeant High Court at Bar, for its first hearing, Ada Derana reporter said. Senarath, a former Chairman of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation, and its Managing Director Piyadasa Kudabalage were the first to be indicted before the newly set up Permanent High Court at Bar, which commenced sitting last month. They will face charges of misappropriation of funds from the SLIC by investing millions of rupees in ventures Read more...

Keith Noyahr abduction: MR tells CID that Gota could order anyone’s release

The mere mention of former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s name was enough to have any detainee released from custody, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had told police he heard from a senior officer. In the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court yesterday (20), the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) said in the statement that the former President made to them with regard to the abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr he had related a conversation he had had with Senior Deputy Inspector General Read more...

New act for three-wheeler regulation won’t affect existing drivers – Dy. Minister

The proposed act for the regulation of three-wheeler will not affect the existing three-wheeler drivers, stated Deputy Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Ashok Abeysinghe. The law that the driver should be more than 35 years of age to drive three-wheelers will only be effective once the Three-wheeler regulation authority is established, he said. However, it was reported that the Cabinet paper presented by the Minister might be rejected by the Cabinet.  Read more...

Father of 5 killed by Army truck (video)

Police have arrested the driver of an Army truck that claimed the life of a motorcyclist in an accident on Kilinochchi-Iranamadu road, according to radiogagana.com. The victim has been identified K. Kuganeswaram of Bharatipuram, a 51-year-old father of five. Angered by the fatal accident, people of the area tried to attack the truck driver, but were prevented from doing so by the police. A top police official in civics promised to work according to the law and asked the witnesses to give evidence Read more...

CID to visit former President on 17th August

Criminal Investigation Department has informed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that they will visit his residence to record a statement. Reportedly, this will be regarding the abduction of Journalist Keith Noyahr. Accordingly, the CID will visit the former President on the 17th of August. Noyahr, the former Deputy Editor of an English weekly newspaper, was abducted on May 22, 2008. A day later, he was dropped off near his residence, badly beaten up and bruised. Several army personnel including Read more...

Speculation Ends: Kumar Sangakkara Announces He Will Not Run For Presidency In 2020

Ending months of speculation, former Sri Lankan cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara announced that he would not become a candidate at the Presidential election in 2020. Speculation was rife in the recent past that Sangakkara might run for presidency at the next election. Even the ministers of the government claimed that they would support the legendary cricketer if he decided to enter politics. The full statement issued by Sangakkara is as follows, “I have read with a sense of concern reports Read more...

Railway Strike To Continue Today As Well: Eight Trains To Operate Along Main Railway Lines

The railway strike, which started on Wednesday, is likely to continue today as well. Unions claim that they will not call off the strike until their demands are met by the government. However, they said they would operate eight trains today as well along the main railway lines. However, additional CTB buses and Army buses have been deployed by the government to strengthen public transport during the railway strike  Read more...

Government Starts Military Bus Service For AL Students: Additional Buses Deployed Retired Railway Workers Called In

The government said it would start a military bus service from tomorrow to support Advanced Level students sitting for exams. Apart from that, additional buses have been deployed to help the commuters inconvenienced by the railway strike. All leaves of CTB workers have been cancelled and retired engine drivers have been asked to report to work. Meanwhile, railway unions state that they will continue with their strike until the demands are met  Read more...