Fmr. SLC administrators urge to appoint interim committee

Several past administrators of Sri Lanka Cricket have appealed to Sports minister - Faiszer Mustapha to maintain rule of law of the institution.

In a letter, Jayantha Dharmadasa, Rienzie Wijetilleke, Sidath Wettamuny, Upali Dharmadasa, Hemaka Amarasuriya, Ana Punchihewa, Arjuna Ranatunga and Vijaya Malalasekara have urged the minister to look into the misdeeds that had taken place in the institution since the Thilanga Sumathipala-led administration came to power.

Issuing of passports is likely to be halted completely

The issuing of passports is likely to be halted completely for around one month, Neth News reports.

The Department of Immigration and Emigration is running out of passport stocks.

The Home Affairs Ministry submitted a cabinet paper last November to obtain fresh stocks, but the Finance and Digital Infrastructure Ministry raised objections.

Aloysius’s prison cell phone conversations exposed!

The owner of Perpetual Treasuries Arjun Aloysius and CEO Kasun Palisena and other prisoners in the “H” ward Colombo Magazine Prison are said to be enjoying privileged facilities including access to mobile phones, according to prison sources.

In a recent raid of the ‘E’ and ‘H’ wards the authorities had found three mobile phones that were hidden.

Aloysius and Palisena had been remanded in the ‘E’ ward previously and had been shifted to the ‘H’ ward recently.

Legal redress against MPs who took money from Aloysius

Attorney-At-Law Nagananda Kodituwakku says he will seek legal redress against politicians who had obtained money from Arjun Aloysius for elections, based on section 70 of the Bribery Act.

Section 70 of the Bribery Act states :

Any public servant who, with intent to cause wrongful or unlawful loss to the Government, or to confer a wrongful or unlawful benefit, favour or advantage on himself or any person, or with knowledge, that any wrongful or unlawful loss will be caused to any person or to the Government, or that any wrongful or unlawful benefit, favour or advantage will be conferred on any person”.

Kim talks, honest, direct & productive - Trump

US President Donald Trump says his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that ended in a joint agreement were "honest, direct and productive".

Mr Trump said he would halt "war games" while Mr Kim had promised to destroy a missile testing site.

Their agreement also included a commitment from Mr Kim to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons.

Suren Ratwatte retires from SriLankan

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SriLankan Airlines, Captain Suren Ratwatte, has decided to take an early retirement.

Ratwatte has submitted a letter announcing early retirement, the national carrier said yesterday (07).

The announcement comes just a few days after Presidential Commission on SriLankan and Mihin commenced witness hearings.

CID to record statement from MR over Keith’s abduction

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID), probing the abduction and assault on Keith Noyahr, the Associate Editor, The Nation in May 2008 is expected to record a statement from former President Mahinda Rajapaksa soon.

A senior police officer told The island that investigators had decided to clarify some issues with the former President following a statement recorded from Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

Southern Expressway bus fare reduction from July 01

The bus fares charged for busses plying the Southern Expressway will be reduced from July 01 and accordingly, the bus fare of Rs. 600 charged from Matara to Colombo would be reduced to Rs. 460, said the Chairman of the Passenger Transport Company Aruna Halpe.

He said this addressing the media at the Matara Thanayama. He noted that by having two separate standards and laws for the Southern Expressway and the Colombo Katunayake Expressway the people are being treated unfairly.

Commission on SriLankan, Mihin and SriLankan Catering commences recording evidence

The Presidential Commission appointed to investigate financial irregularities which are said to have taken place at SriLankan Airlines, SriLankan Catering (Pvt.) Limited and Mihin Lanka Airlines, commenced recording of evidence today (04).

The company Registrar and an official were summoned before the commission to record statements this morning, Commission’s Secretary, Ariyadasa Coorey said.