PM tries to cover up procurement irregularities?

Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has proposed to the cabinet committee on economic management that the police be ordered to handover to the National Procurement Commission the current FCID investigations into complaints against questionable procurements by state institutions under the current administration.

In a letter dated 09 March 2017, he has noted the Commission has been set up as per the 19th amendment to the constitution, and said it should investigate those criminal complaints, according to ‘Ravaya’.

AG advised Hingurana Sugar to obtain liquor manufacturing license

The Auditor General’s Department has advised Hingurana Sugar Company to obtain a liquor manufacturing license without any further delay and start producing ethanol in order to halt its increasing losses, reports say.

The AG’s Department has made the recommendation after auditing the 2016 performance of Galoya Plantations (Pvt.) Ltd. that owns Hingurana Sugar.

UN to probe threats to Sri Lanka activists in Geneva

The global rights chief has directed a topmost official to look into complaints on harassment and intimidation of Sri Lankan human rights activists at the UN premises itself.

Speaking at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 22 March, the UN human rights commissioner said that he is disturbed to hear reports of intimidation of members of civil society in the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

My people are important than satisfying int’l community - president

President Maithripala Sirisena says it is important to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and the people’s dignity rather than satisfying the international community.

Summoning senior ministers of the government last night (20), the president made the remark in response to a question raised by minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, according to reports reaching.

Present at the meeting were prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and ministers Sajith Premadasa, Ravi Karunanayake, Kabir Hashim, Mangala Samaraweera, Malik Samarawickrama, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Thalatha Athukorale, Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Sarath Amunugama, Susil Premajayantha, Mahinda Amaraweera, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Dayasiri Jayasekara, Dilan Perera, Thilanga Sumathipala and Patali Champika Ranawaka.

Diplomatic offensive to rescue ship with Lankan crew

Sri Lanka’s government has joined forces with other parties in a diplomatic offensive to rescue the ship with eight Sri Lankan crew members taken hostage by Somali pirates two days ago.

The Somali government, Society of Maritime Industries in the UK, EU, NATO and CMS of Bahrain are mediating on behalf of them.

The Sri Lankans being held are S.A. Nicholas of Jaffna, K.T.T.R. Sampath of Mathugama, D.M. Anuranga of Galle, K. Jayantha of Colombo, L.H.S. Shamendra of Matara, B.C. Perera of Gampola, K.A.Shanmugam of Matale and V.L. Indunil of Imaduwa.

Sri Lanka supplies jokes to the world

In a strong criticism of the prevailing national politics, Ven. Prof. Bellanwila Wimalaratana Thera says Sri Lanka has now become a country that supplies jokes to the world.

He was speaking at the inauguration of the citizens’ campaign for clean politics organized by March 12 Movement at Independence Square in Colombo today (12).

The top prelate also strongly denounced how MPs were behaving in parliament, noting that exchanging blows, words and filth has become an everyday happening where dignity was no more.

Mendis - Guneratna sets new record

As Day 01 of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh came to a close, Sri Lanka reached a slow but steady innings to reach 321 /4.

Winning the toss, Sri Lankan skipper opted to bat first.

Asela Gunaratne was bowled by Taskin Ahmed after securing 85 runs.

SPDC MD challenges JO over its ‘top 9 accusation’

State Pharmaceutical Drugs Corporation’s managing director Dr. H.M.M. Rumy has challenged the ‘top 9 accusation’ leveled against health minister Rajitha Senaratne by the joint opposition.

Noting that all those having Mohamed as their names are not his relatives, Rumy refuted JO’s charges that his relatives were directors of pharmaceutical companies.

Rathana Thera’s document aims to put off elections?

A document launched by the Sri Lanka National Council at its first meeting at the BMICH on February 28 with MP Athuraliye Rathana Thera at the chair has come into question.

Also, no one in the UNP had been invited to attend the occasion.

The document in question titled ‘way to sustainable era - plan to build the country’ rejects the present electoral system and wants a continuation of proportional representation, but along with a provincial council election system that replaces the preferential voting method with the first-past-the-post method.