Only ‘square pins’ from tomorrow!

The implementation of the new standard for plugs, extension cords and sockets which will come into effect from January 1, 2019.

Accordingly, only plugs, extension cords and sockets conforming to the new regulations should be purchased, the Public Utility Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) said.

Sena, a bane for rice farmers as well!

he Fall Army Worm (FAW) threat has spread to rice plantations as well, reports say.

The larvae stage of the Fall Armyworm moth (Spodoptera frugiperda), commonly known in the country as the ‘Sena caterpillar’ has the ability to destroy hundreds of acres of cultivation overnight and could affect over 180 species of crops including paddy, maize, sugarcane, green gram, other vegetables and fruits.

No evidence of a VVIP murder conspiracy

There is no evidence to support the claim by Namal Kumara about a VVIP murder conspiracy from the retrieved deleted data of his mobile phone, ‘Anidda’ reports quoting CID sources.

According to the sources, the deleted data only includes an audio in which Kumara and former DIG of the TID Nalaka de Silva plotting to kill SP Prasanna Alwis.

Be prepared for an year of elections - president tells SLFP

President Maithripala Sirisena asked SLFP electoral organizers at a meeting at President’s House yesterday (24) to prepare for an year of elections in 2019.

After the meeting, general secretary of the party Prof. Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa told the media that they would not announce their presidential candidate in advance.

New Cabinet Ministers sworn in

A new Cabinet consisting of a total of 29 ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, a short while ago.

New Cabinet:

1. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe: Minister of National Polices, Economic Affairs, Resettlement & Rehabilitation, Northern Province Development, Vocational Training & Skills Development & Youth Affairs

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,

Tourist arrivals increase despite political crisis

Despite the political crisis, tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka rose 16.8 percent in November compared to the same period last year, colombopage.com reports quoting data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA).

The month recorded 195,582 tourists arriving in the country compared to the 167,511 arrived in November 2017.

Newest way to find a lost phone

The police has devised a new unit for complaining if a mobile phone is lost or stolen, said Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara issuing a special statement.

Accordingly, a new web site has been set up under the directives of the IGP and complaints regarding lost or stolen mobile phones could be made on www.ineed.police.lk , the Police Spokesman said.

US Ambassador states America’s stand on Lanka!

The US has stated that the crisis within Sri Lanka should be resolved democratically and in a transparent manner.

The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz said America’s stand on Sri Lanka as a friend is that the country should have a legitimate government.

CID arrests 45 Nigerians involved in dollar scam!

The CID had revealed information regarding a massive scam which drastically affected the country’s dollar reserves and had arrested 45 Nigerian Nationals connected with this scam, it is reported.

Based on complaints and information received by the CID Cyber Crimes Unit, it has been revealed that around Rs. 5 billion had been scammed through computers and sent out of the country.

Sri Lanka’s political crisis spurs tourists to cancel in peak season

Sri Lanka’s travel industry is starting to suffer the fallout of a political crisis in the middle of its peak tourist season, as uncertainty prompts cancellations by both business and leisure visitors.

Tourism makes up about 5 percent of the Indian Ocean island’s $87-billion economy, but the president’s sacking of the prime minister late in October triggered a crisis that credit rating agencies say has already hit economic prospects.

222 Lankan migrant workers dead in 2018

So far this year, 222 Sri Lankan migrant workers had died due to various reasons while being employed overseas, the Foreign Employment Bureau revealed.

Among them, 50 are females, while 145 of them had died due to natural causes. However, 06 females and 25 males had reportedly committed suicide.

Mass peafowl deaths in Polpithigama!

Residents of the Polpithigama, Moragollagama, Thibbatuwewa paddyfield area say that they have been finding dead peafowls in the area for several days.

Noting that the dead peafowls were found in the scrubland adjoining the paddyfields, residents say that their eyes had turned white.

Sri Lankan Rupee climbs

The Sri Lankan Rupee has appreciated after continuous fall in the recent past with the selling rate of the US Dollar reducing to 180.90 from Friday’s 181.46 showing a small climb in the currency.

The buying price of the US dollar is recorded as 176.93 by the Central Bank.

Trouble over cricket election again

There is dissatisfaction over the manner in which objections had been heard to the list of cricket clubs having voting rights at the election of office-bearers for Sri Lanka Cricket, reports say.

Therefore, the election could become problematic.

Some clubs allege a three-member committee tasked with holding the election have carried out the investigation outside the due procedure.