Rs 539.7m loss for SriLankan over aircraft returning delay

SriLankan Airlines had incurred a loss of Rs. 539.7 million, in 2017 due to its failure to return a leased A-320 aircraft to the lessor before the deadline, the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on irregularities at SriLankan Airlines, SriLankan Catering and Mihin Lanka was told, yesterday.

Asitha Fernando, Technical Services Engineer at SriLankan told the PCoI, referring to documents, that the airline had to return the aircraft on March 15, 2017.

Mahinda Rajapaksa recognised as Opposition Leader

The Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya has recognised UPFA MP Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Leader of the Opposition.

Meanwhile UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera has been accepted as the new Chief Opposition Whip.

This was announced by the Speaker following the commencement of parliamentary proceeding today (18).

EU welcomes SL's political resolution

The Delegation of the European Union says they 'welcome the peaceful and democratic resolution of the political crisis in accordance with the constitution.'

The statement, issued in agreement with the EU Ambassadors and the Norwegian Ambassador resident in Colombo further states,

Wild boar traps claim around 16 lives

With the relaxing of laws for the curtailment of wild boar, the number of traps set to kill wild boar had increased and around 16 persons had lost their lives in the Udahewaheta area, after they had stepped on these traps.

The police reports stated that these persons had fallen victim when they had got caught up in these traps set for wild boar.

Govt. hasn't decided to suspend Singapore FTA - Ministry

The International Trade and Investment Promotion Ministry yesterday categorically denied news articles stating that further actions on the Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA) have been temporarily suspended, adding that the Government is yet to take a decision on it

“The Government of Sri Lanka has not yet decided to temporarily suspend the Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. The further actions on the trade agreement will be taken based on the recommendations of the expert committee appointed by the President to review the Agreement,