US Pentagon’s report mentions China’s motive behind Hambantota

The Pentagon has released its annual report on China’s military capabilities, and it noted several developments that could be of concern for U.S. military planners. Notably, China’s bomber force has been much more active in “overwater” training flights in “critical maritime regions,” and the Pentagon assesses that these likely include trainings for attacks on U.S. targets or U.S. allies. In addition, the report notes, China is becoming a true “nuclear triad” nation, with nuclear weapons platforms on land, under the sea and in the air.

Dual citizens disallowed from being PC councilors

The provincial councils act has provisions to disallow dual citizens from holding membership in the PCs, the legal division of the election commission says.

The relevant act, in its Sinhala version refers to it as ‘being loyal to another country’, whereas the English one says ‘being loyal to a country outside the Commonwealth.’

Sri Lanka to get another female CJ?

Legal circles are talking about as to who will succeed chief justice Priyasad Dep, who is due to retire in October this year.

Every time he was abroad, Eva Wanasinghe acted in his capacity, since she is the senior most judge in the Supreme Court after Dep.

The seniors after her are Buwaneka Aluvihare, Priyantha Jayawardena and Sisira de Abrew.

Iran agrees to accept Sri Lankan rupees

Iran has agreed to accept Sri Lankan rupees when trading in view of the US sanctions, minister Sarath Amunugama told the cabinet at its meeting yesterday (14).

Sri Lanka mainly buys its petroleum products from Iran, while exporting tea to that country.

Plot to kill Dilantha Malagamuwa!

Several special police teams have commenced investigations regarding allegations of a plot to kill renowned motor racing champion Dilantha Malagamuwa.

These investigations have commenced subsequent to a complaint made to police by Dilantha regarding the threat to his life.

According to police sources, the threat to Dilantha’s life is over a land dispute of a tea estate in Mathale, where a former Kelaniya provincial politician had given a contract to kill Dilantha to an underworld member currently in prison. This was revealed during the questioning of an arrested underworld gang member.