Two youngsters identified from ‘semi-naked’ photos at Pidurangala

Two of the youths who had taken ‘semi-naked’ photographs on top of the Pidurangala Rock have been identified, stated Sigiriya Police.

Investigations conducted by police have revealed that the youths who published ‘semi-naked’ photos at Pidurangla are from Galewela and Kurunegala areas.

A higher official at the Sigiriya Police said that a special police team has been sent to arrest the two youths from Galewela.

Limits imposed on bank foreign exchange

The Sri Lanka Central Bank has imposed limits on the daily foreign exchange allowed to be held by commercial banks.

According to bank sources, commercial banks would not be allowed to hold American Dollars and other foreign currency over the Central Bank stipulated quota and this limit would change from bank to bank.

Dollar sets new record at 170

The American dollar has set a new all time high in the history of the country by reaching Rs. 170 today (21).

The buying price of a dollar was recorded as Rs. 166.77 and the selling rate is Rs. 170.65.

New order to limit vehicle imports

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has imposed a 100% margin deposit requirement against Letters of Credit (LCs) opened with the commercial banks for the import of motor vehicles, generally used for non-commercial purposes, with immediate effect.

This decision has been taken to curb non-essential imports of motor vehicles, and ease undue pressure on the current account of the balance of payments (BOP) and the exchange rate in a situation when the dollar is rising rapidly and the rupee is declining at an alarming rate.

There is no language called Sinhala - Wigneswaran

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran had made a comment to a newspaper in Jaffna on September 14 that there was no language known as Sinhala and it was coined together using the Tamil language and several other languages.

He had further stated to this newspaper that the leader of the Tamil National People’s Front Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam is not a politician but a terrorist.

3 state institutions punish errant Kuwaiti couple

A Kuwaiti couple has been punished by three state institutions over their involvement in an altercation with customs officials at the Katunayake airport with regard to the quarantining of their pet dog.

The Negombo magistrate, Customs and the Animal Productions Department have carried out the hearings.

This is the third time that the couple had been involved in such an incident.

Rajapaksa meets Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi

Former President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa met with former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and party leader Anand Sharma in Delhi today (13).

Sri Lanka’s former foreign minister Professor G.L. Peiris and MP Namal Rajapaksa were also present on the occasion.

Rajapaksa is in India at the invitation of BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy to deliver a talk in Delhi and is also participating in various events in India.

SLC blames ‘hacker’ for attempted financial fraud at SLC

Heads of Sri Lanka Cricket are trying to insinuate that it was a hacker who had tried to transfer to a personal account a sum of 5.5 million US dollars due to the institution, reports say.

The money in question was due from a foreign television channel for the broadcasting rights of the series with England.

The SLC is yet to take disciplinary action against the main culprit, who is its head of finance.

Fuel pricing formula, a scapegoat

The National Movement for the Protection of Consumer Rights accuses the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation of raising fuel prices overnight by citing, as the scapegoat, a pricing formula that has not been seen by the consumers.

The Movement blames the massive fraud and corruption taking place in the CPC for the price increases.

Largest haul of KG floats on Northern seas

The Navy had recovered the largest haul of Kerala Ganja weighing 284.05 kg from the Northern seas on September 07.

Naval personnel on board 3 Inshore Patrol Craft (IPCs) attached to the North Central Naval Command, during routine patrol, found 284.5kg of Kerala Cannabis floating in the sea area southeast of Iranativu island.

Central Bank will intervene if rupee moves on speculation - official

Sri Lanka’s central bank will intervene in the foreign exchange markets if its rupee currency moves for any reasons other than global trends, Nandalal Weerasinghe, the bank’s senior deputy governor, told Reuters on Friday.

Currency dealers have said the central bank had not intervened much to defend the currency, which has dropped 5.6 percent this year, even after it hit record lows for 13 straight sessions through Thursday.

Rosie’s toilet maintenance tender raises eyebrows!

Colombo mayor Rosie Senanayake has not followed tender procedures when she awarded a tender to a private institution to maintain seven public toilets.

These toilets have been built by the Colombo municipal council with World Bank assistance.

S.S. Enterprises is to be paid nearly Rs. 300,000 a month for maintaining those public toilets, whose electricity and water bill will be borne by the CMC.

Sri Lankan rupee hits record low

The Sri Lankan rupee fell to an all-time low on Wednesday with the selling price of the US Dollar reaching 163.3676 for the first time in the country’s history.

The buying price has been recorded as 160.1636 according to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL).

Another 150,000 new votes for PC elections !

For the Provincial Council elections, another 150,000 new voters have been registered in 2018, according to an Elections Commission Spokesman.

Accordingly, the total number of registered voters would amount to almost sixteen million 16,000,000, he said.

The temporary voter list has already been released to the internet and to the Grama Seva officers and time has been allocated until the 6th of September to examine the lists and file for any appeal.