We are ready – Gov.

The Government yesterday said that it was ready to meet any contingency or negative fall-out of the countrywide multiple trade union strike which is expected to cripple the nation’s health, education, transport and other sectors. “We are a democratically elected sovereign government and we are ready to meet any contingency. We are ready to meet fire with fire,” Government Spokesman, Media and Information Minister Gayantha Karunatilleke told Ceylon Today, last night. “We will act within the democratic powers vested in the government and in accordance with the people’s Read more...

Bandula to resign as SLFP organizer to Homagama electorate

UPFA MP Bandula Gunawardena says that he will resign as the organizer of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) for Homagama electorate. The announcement was made while he was speaking at an event held in Homaama , a short while ago on Sunday (21). Gunawardena added his letter of resignation will be submitted to the President tomorrow (22). UPFA strongman MP Dullas Alahapperuma also resigned from the Matara District SLFP leadership post earlier. The former minister stated that he decided to resign from Read more...

‘Will expose MR’s ‘secrets’ if he forms new party’

“I will expose all that we have kept as secrets so far if they go ahead with the plan to form a new party,” Sirisena warned while addressing a rally. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday threatened to further expose the ‘misdeeds’ of his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa’s rule if the former strongman goes ahead and forms a new party. “I will expose all that we have kept as secrets so far if they go ahead with the plan to form a new party,” Sirisena warned while addressing Read more...

Pada Yatra arrives in Colombo today

Today is the fifth and final day of the Jana Satana Pada Yatra organized by the Joint Opposition. The march that began from Nittambuwa last morning ended at the Kiribathgoda town. Accordingly, the march is scheduled to proceed from the Kiribathgoda town this morning and arrive in Colombo. However so far no definite announcement has been made with regard to the venue where the final rally will be held. The march began from Peradeniya on the 28th. Police headquarters said that special security would Read more...

Executive Presidency should go: President

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday reiterated that he will continue to set in motion measures to abolish the Executive Presidency and introduce a new constitution. The President said that he always believed the Executive Presidency which has vast powers should go and added that this has to be done constitutionally. Speaking at a ceremony in Kegalle to commemorate Minister Dharmasiri Senanayake, the President said the unity government of the SLFP and the UNP has identified the necessary changes Read more...

Colombo Mayor to say goodbye, term of LG bodies not likely to be extended

The term of the Local Government bodies likely would not be extended again, sources said. The term of 23 Local Government bodies are set to end as of today (30). Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapha has said that the decision on extending the tenure of the Local Government bodies will be announced before midnight today. A final decision will be reached on the matter after discussing with the President and Prime Minister as a unity government currently exists, he told Read more...

No Spilt in SLFP; CM of Western Province

Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya stated that many seniors of the Party have assured President Maithripala Sirisena that they will not support the formation of a new Political Party by dividing the SLFP. This was addressing a media briefing in Colombo yesterday.  Read more...

Ranjan, Aluthgamage clash in Parliament

UPFA MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage, from the Joint Opposition and UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake were involved in fisticuffs in Parliament yesterday, following a heated argument between them, where they insulted each other’s mother in obscene language, Parliament sources revealed. According to eye witnesses, Ramanayake had met JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, while waiting for the lift reserved for MPs on the Second Floor. There, Ramanayake had inquired as to why the JVP Leader had agreed to safeguard Read more...

No international pressure on Sri Lanka – President

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has emphatically denied that the international community is putting pressure on Lanka and that he is betraying the country and handing it over to outside powers. Speaking at a seminar in Colombo on Monday on Lanka’s foreign policy since he came to power in January 2015, Sirisena said that there is absolutely no pressure on Lanka from the international community to do one thing or the other. When he meets leaders of these countries they do give them their Read more...

JVP Charges That The 1180 Million Rupees Supplementary Estimate Violates Good Governance Policy

The Opposition is objecting to the government’s proposal to parliament of a supplementary estimate of one thousand 180 million rupees to purchase vehicles for 30 ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers of 22 ministries. The Opposition argues that allocating such a huge amount of money at a time when the country has faced monetary strain is unjustified. On behalf of the Finance Minister, chief government whip minister Gayantha Karunathilaka presented the estimate. Under this supplementary Read more...

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