Rangana to lead during B'desh Tests

Rangana Herath will captain Sri Lanka in the Tests against Bangladesh, while prolific domestic left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara joins him in the squad, Sri Lanka Cricket has announced.

These are the only squad details released so far, however. It is likely the remainder of the squad has not been picked yet - an earlier release stated the selectors were not due to meet until Tuesday.

JO MP alleges move to disband Army intelligence

A joint opposition MP alleges a move to disband the more than 7,000-member strong Army intelligence by claiming that such a unit is useless during a no-war situation.

The MP told Sri Lanka Mirror that a former top figure of the Army was going to make the request to the president, also by noting that the Army intelligence had been used for illegal activities by certain officials to serve the needs of politicians during the previous regime.

Sri Lankan Airlines records a drop in revenue

Mismanagement, operation inefficiencies and incompetence of the present top management of Sri Lankan Airlines has pushed the national carrier into deep financial turbulence following the Treasury’s refusal to grant tax payers money to revenue loss caused by operational slip-ups.

The national carrier has recorded a revenue drop of Rs. 2.4 billion during the 2015 /2016 financial year comparing to 2014/2015 financial year.

Australia V Sri Lanka T20: Sri Lanka Wins Thriller On Last Ball

The debate over having two Australian sides playing concurrently is set to reignite after Sri Lanka claimed a final-ball, five-wicket win in game one of the Twenty20 series on Friday night.

Chasing 169 for victory, the tourists needed six to win off the final over bowled by paceman Andrew Tye. Scores were locked after five balls but, with the field called in, Chamara Kapugedera was able to find a gap and slap a boundary through cover to post an exciting victory.

Protest in Melbourne against honourary doctorate to Ranil

A group of Sri Lankans belonging to the Sinhalese and Tamil Diaspora in Australia yesterday staged a protest in Melbourne calling for the revoking of the honorary doctorate conferred on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe by an Australian university earlier in the week.

Those belonging to the Tamil Diaspora had protested by displaying LTTE flags while the Sinhala Diaspora for their part had carried the country's national flag, according to eye witnesses.

Upper Limit for 15% interest to senior citizen FDs raised

The upper limit to pay 15% special interest on fixed deposits maintained by senior citizens in the licensed commercial banks and the licensed Specialized Banks has been increased up to Rs.1.5 million from the current limit of Rs.1 million with effect from March 01.

On the instruction of the Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake, Treasury Secretary Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga has informed the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to notify all banks amending the previous circular in this regard.

‘Sathhanda’ editors to be arrested

Legal action is to be taken against the ‘Sathhanda’ newspaper and its editors as per provisions in clause five of the right to information act, reports say.

The accusation against them is causing a breach in Sri Lanka’s diplomatic relations with the US.

Lankaenews.com website has published an article on the matter, which says the weekend newspaper and the website owned by it also carried out a poster campaign based on the said article, causing inconvenience to the two countries at diplomatic level.

Faizer influences removal of Asoka Peiris

President Maithripala Sirisena has replaced Asoka Peiris with Maithri Gunaratne, recently removed as Lanka Coal Company, as competent authority of Lanka Mineral Sands Ltd.

The removal of Peiris and Gunaratne’s appointment in his place have come in a letter sent on February 07 by secretary to the president P.B. Abeykoon, copied to the secretaries of finance and commerce ministries.

Sri Lanka's Export to Sweden forum opens next Wednesday 15

Three Swedish trade experts will be arriving in Colombo next week to meet and help Sri Lankan exporters striving for the Swedish market.

The Department of Commerce (DoC) has made arrangements to bring in experts from the Swedish National Board of Trade to meet Lankan exporters in Colombo on Wednesday February 15.

Rajitha concerned over probes making no headway

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne says the government is facing serious accusations over the lack of progress and the slow pace of investigations into incidents of massive corruption and fraud during the Rajapaksa regime.

That is especially so with regard to the MiG deal involving ex-defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa failing to make headway, he told a meeting at the health ministry.

Japan confers prestigious decoration on Speaker Karu Jayasuriya

The Government of Japan has conferred Speaker Karu Jayasuriya with “The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun”

This is the first occasion where this honour has been conferred upon a Sri Lankan.

Even though arrangements were made to award the Order of the Rising Sun by Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace of Japan on the 08th of November 2016, Mr.  Jayasuriya was unable to attend the ceremony due to the demise of his younger daughter.