No extremism in my blood – Kabir Hashim

Former Minister Kabir Hashim says that he has always acted while staying true to his heart and that every decision he takes is on behalf of the country.

Footage of secretive meeting of Zahran Hashim uncovered

Former Eastern Province Governor M. L. A. M. Hizbullah yesterday said National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ) Leader Zahran Hashim supported President Maithripala Sirisena at the last Presidential Election in 2015 while he had supported former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Mr. Hizbullah said this while testifying before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) looking into the Easter Sunday attacks.

Rathana Thero files complaint against Batticaloa Campus

Venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thero has lodged a complaint against the Batticaloa Campus yesterday (12).

The complaint was filed with the Office of the Superintendent of Police in Batticaloa.

AG ordered to submit indictments against Ranjan

The Supreme Court has ordered the Attorney General to submit indictments against State Minister of Highways & Road Development Ranjan Ramanayake, for the second case filed against him over contempt of court, within a month’s period starting from today (12).

Anyone who says terrorism has been eradicated is an idiot - Fonseka

The security situation of the country has not yet turned to normal according to UNP MP Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka.

Commenting to the media following an event held in Kelaniya, Fonseka stated that the Special Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to probe the Easter Attacks is a legal Select Committee.

Fuel prices to be revised today?

It is reported that fuel prices are to be revised today (10) in line with the fuel pricing formula.

The fuel pricing formula was implemented on 10th May 2018 and Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera revealed the pricing formula to the public for the first time on October 18.

Gnanasara Thera to Japan until 2020!

Ven. Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thera has received a three year resident visa to travel to Japan to pursue his higher studies and engage in religious activities.

Accordingly, the Thera will engage in religious activities and remain in Japan for the duration of his course.

Sajith to commence presidential campaign from Anuradhapura on 08th?

Sajith Premadasa will give a definite word on whether he will contest the next Presidential election or not on 08th, it is reported.

The Anidda newspaper had reported that Sajith Premadasa is scheduled to announce his presidential plans at the unveiling of the Anuradhapura Sri Swarna Jayanthi Viharaya Cheithya under the ‘Sasunata Aruna’ programme.

Tri Nikaya request return of Muslim Ministers

Tri Nikayas' Sanga Nayaka Theros have expressed their sympathy towards the resignation of Muslim Ministers from the government and requested their return stating that they should take up their responsibilities.

Rathana Thera discharged from Hospital

Venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thera who was admitted to the Kandy Hospital after the hunger strike, was discharged from Hospital today.

Ven. Rathana Thera launched a hunger strike outside the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy, demanding the removal of Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, Azath Sally and M.L.A.M Hizbullah from their posts.

Luxury car kept violating customs laws found in Salley’s garage

A super luxury motorcar kept in violation of Customs laws has been found in the garage of former Western Province Governor Azath Salley.

Police stated that the documents belonging to the former governor were also found inside the vehicle.

Hizbullah and Salley hand in resignations

President’s Media Division stated that the President accepted the resignation letters of the governors.

A discussion was held at the Presidential Secretariat between President Sirisena, MPs of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Governors Hizbullah and Salley regarding the titles of the governors.

TNA MP Viyalendiran begins protest fast supporting Rathana Thero

TNA Parliamentarian S. Viyalendiran has launched a protest fast at Gandhi Park in Batticaloa, supporting the hunger strike launched by MP Ven. Athureliye Rathana Thero.

The TNA Batticaloa District MP, who has pledged support to the Joint Opposition, commenced the protest this morning (01) supporting the demands made by Ven. Rathana Thero.

Madush takes responsibility for Samayang, Rangajeewa shootings

Notorious underworld kingpin Samarasinghe Arachchilage Madush Lakshitha alias Makandure Madush has accepted responsibility for the shooting of the Police Narcotics Division OIC – IP Neomal Rangajeewa and underworld leader Aruna Udaya Shantha alias ranale Samayang while he was being taken to courts in a prison bus, according to CID internal sources.

New Ministers and State Minister sworn in

New appointments to ministerial posts and stated ministerial posts have been made by President Maithripala Sirisena, today (29).

Accordingly, two new Ministers and a State Minister have been sworn in this morning, stated President’s Media Division.

Six-member committee from Health Min. to investigate Dr. Shafi

A committee has been appointed by the Ministry of Health to investigate the activities of Dr. Mohamed Shafi of the Kurunegala Hospital.

According to the Secretary of the Health Ministry, a six-member committee including doctors specializing in obstetrics and gynecology is appointed for this purpose.

Mahela turns down SLC invitation

Former Sri Lankan Cricket team Captain Mahela Jayawardena had turned down an invitation by Sri Lanka Cricket Board to join the Sri Lanka team management at the World Cup scheduled to commence in England.

he had made this statement during an interview with a weekend newspaper.

Doctor arrested over suspicious assets

A 42-year-old doctor attached to the Kurunegala Hospital has been arrested over assets earned through suspicious means, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.

The arrested doctor has been identified as Seigu Siyabdeen Mohamed Shafi, 42, a resident of Weerasinghe Mawatha in Kurunegala.

He was arrested last night (24) based on information received by Kurunegala Police in order to investigate his assets and the means by which he had earned them.

Kurunegala Police is conducting further investigations.

UPDATE: The arrested doctor in question is reportedly a member of Minister Rishad Bathiudeen’s All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) and had contested the last General Election from the Kurunegala District under the UNP.

Sri Lankan with possible links to Easter attacks arrested in Myanmar

A Sri Lankan man, believed to have connections with those involved in the Easter bombings that killed at least 250 people, was arrested in Myanmar on Thursday afternoon.

Abdul Salam Irshad Mohmood, 39, was detained by police when he appeared at an immigration office in downtown Yangon to renew his visa.

Party leaders fail to agree on a date for Rishad’s NCM

The party leaders’ meeting held today ended without any final decision being reached on a date for the motion of no confidence against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had called a meeting of the party leaders at the Parliament Complex in order to decide on a date for the debate on the no-confidence motion (NMC) against the minister brought by the Joint Opposition.

Rishad invited to join Joint Opposition?

State Minister J.C. Alawathuwala claims the Joint Opposition has invited Minister Rishad Bathiudeen to join their party.

Joining the ‘Wada Pitiya’ political programmed by Derana, the State Minister said Minister Bathiudeen had stated this during the meeting of the UNP’s parliamentary group.

SIM cards found in Ma Oya belong to a private company

The police stated that 1475 SIM cards used for mobile phones were found in Ma Oya in the Kochchikade area in Negombo. A stock of unused SIM cards has been found at a wooded area near Ma Oya, last evening (20).

The SIM cards had been inside a sack and they belong to a certain private company, stated Kochchikade Police.

JVP to bring no-confidence motion against govt

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) will be handing over a no-confidence motion against the government, said the JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake.

He made this statement at a press conference held in Colombo today (20).

SLPP-MP Naushad arrested !

SLPP Mabola Wattala Urban Council leader of the Opposition Mohommed Naushad who had earlier functioned as the Mabola organiser of the National Thawheed Jamath Organisation and lad fled the country subsequent to the Easter Sunday bombings, was arrested early this morning by the CID.

No-Confidence motion against Rishad presented to Speaker

The No-Confidence motion against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen has been handed over to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya a short while ago, stated MP Udaya Gammanpila.

The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) Leader stated that the motion has been signed by nearly sixty-six parliamentarians including the MPs of the Opposition.

Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist country - Mano

Referring to Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s statement that Sri Lanka was not a Sinhala Buddhist country, National Integration, Official Languages, Social Progress and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister Mano Ganesan said yesterday that Sri Lanka was a Sinhala Buddhist country.

Namal Kumara-Amith Weerasinghe arrested

The Leader of Maha Sohon Balakaya Amith Weerasinghe and the Director of Anti-Corruption Movement Namal Kumara have been arrested.

Reportedly, the arrests have been made today (14) by a special police team, stated the Police Media Spokesperson.

Muslim Affairs Minister should be changed - Army chief

Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake has told 'Divaina' that the Minister of Muslim Affairs should immediately be changed and the Ministry should be assigned to a qualified person.

"This ministry should not be given a Minister of Muslim nationality. People from other religions can also be given.

Charges served on Gnanasara Thera

The Police Organized Crime Prevention Division (POCPD) yesterday charged Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera at the Colombo Magistrate's Court for obstructing a police officer from performing his duties at Welikada.

President's Counsel Thirantha Walaliyadda appearing with attorney R.A.P. Ranawake for the suspect, objected to charges being framed against his client.

Names of 60 local IS members on Saharan’s lap?

The police has uncovered the names of the local representatives involved in the IS terror group and eight others who had maintained ties with the IS network.

These names were discovered by checking the computer which was found at Saharan’s Blackpool traiacning centre in Nuwara Eliya.

President’s son weds Nipuni today!

President Maithripala Sirisena’s son Daham Sirisena is to enter wedlock today (09).

He will take the hand of Nipuni, the daughter of Athula Rohan Weeraratne, who is the owner of Elcardo.

SC orders to issue notice on IGP and former Defense Secretary

The Supreme Court has ordered to handover notice to the Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara and former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando to appear before the court regarding a fundamental rights petition filed against them.

Pujith to go before the Supreme Court against the President's decision

Former IGP Pujith Jayasundera has decided to file a fundamental rights case before the Supreme Court against sending him on compulsory leave without informing him any justifiable reasons.

Pujith Jayasundara is currently consulting lawyers in this regard and is preparing to hand over his petition to the Supreme Court within the next two weeks.

Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith appeals to public to retain peace

His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith has issued a special statement concerning the current situation of the country and the tense situation that emerged between two groups in Porutota-Kochchikade, Negombo last evening (05).

Cardinal Ranjith urged the authorities not to allow the prevailing situation to worsen and to take necessary measures to curtail it.

IS terrorism will be eradicated from Sri Lanka - PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe vowed to hunt down any remaining Islamic State extremists behind the deadly Easter bombings in Sri Lanka.

He said some of the conspirators in the April 21 bombings of three hotels and three luxury hotels may still be at large.

Harin entrusts cricket team security to police !

Sports Minister Harin Fernando said that two Sri Lanka police officers would accompany the Sri Lankan team to the UK on May 07th.

He said since the Sri Lankan team will engaged in practice sessions in the UK for around three weeks, the two senior police officers would coordinate the security arrangements for them.

89 detonators recovered from house in Pulmudai; two arrested

Two persons have been arrested along with 89 detonators, 08 tubes of water gel and 02 detonator chargers.

The suspects were arrested in Pulmudai, Trincomalee this morning (02), Army officers in Vanni said.

Maithri visits Gnanasara at Welikada

The Central Province Governor Maithri Gunaratne had visited the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena Organisation Ven. Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thera at the Welikada Jail and handed over a message from the President, it is reported.

Having visited Gnanasara Thera who is serving a jail term on charges of contempt of court, Gunaratne spoke to the media thereafter.

ISIS Leader to the fore: Talks about attack on Sri Lanka!

The Easter Sunday attacks on Sri Lanka is in retaliation for the defeat in the Syrian town of Baghuz, said the Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Appearing for the first time since 2014 when he proclaimed the existence of the now collapsed caliphate in mid-2014, he claims that his intention is to take revenge for the collapse of the Islamic State.

Covering of face to avoid identification banned

President Maithripala Sirisena has taken steps to ban covering the face to avoid identification of one’s self under Emergency Regulations.

Accordingly, this ban would be in effect from tomorrow (29) to ensure public safety, stated President’s Media Division.

Gotabaya says he will run for president, tackle radical Islam

Sri Lanka’s former defence secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, said on Friday he would run for president in elections this year and would stop the spread of Islamist extremism by rebuilding the intelligence service and surveilling citizens.

More than 250 people were killed in bomb attacks on hotels and churches on Easter Sunday that the government has blamed on Islamist militants and that Islamic State has claimed responsibility for.

Colourful Hijabs to replace black burka?

Prominent muslims in Sri Lanka are considering to introduce burkas of several colours to Sri Lankan Muslim women, instead of the black burka that covers the entire face and body.

Speaking to 'Sri Lanka Mirror', a medical professional involved in the initiative said that the measure is taken after considering the wave of protest raised against the traditional garment following the Easter Sunday bombings.

A search operation to arrest a Mouvlavi who justified Easter Day attacks

A security operation has been launched to arrest a Mouvlavi from Vavuniya who had released a video clip via internet justifying the on Easter bomb attacks on Sunday.

When ISIS had claimed the responsibility of this attack, Moulavi Nouman, who leads the mosque at Pattaniechur in Vavuniya, had released the video on internet justifying the attacks.

"All governments should take responsibility for attacks” – Sarath Fonseka

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka blamed all successive government that ruled over the past ten years for the current situation in the country, adding that such attacks could not have been planned by these terrorists in a day or two.

Joining the debate on the state of emergency he said if the country is to prosper, suitable people should be appointed to the suitable positions.

Mujibur Rahman should take responsibility for the attacks - Wijeyadasa

Parliamentarian Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe stated that the government including United National Party (UNP) MP Mujibur Rahman should bear the responsibility for the series of explosions which occurred around the country on Easter Sunday (21).

MP Rajapakshe mentioned this at the special parliamentary meeting held today (23).

Island-wide police curfew to be re-imposed from tonight

The government has decided to impose island-wide police curfew again starting from 8.00 p.m. today (22) until 4.00 a.m. tomorrow (23).

The Department of Government Information stated this issuing statement a short while ago.

Resolving the UNP Presidential candidacy issue entrusted to Ranil!

The task of resolving the dispute between Housing Construction and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa and Power and Energy and Business Development Minister Ravi Karunanayake regarding the presidential candidacy from the UNP, has been handed over to party leader Ranil Wickremesimghe.

Sudden Presidential election amidst UNP-SLPP internal clashes!

At a time when there are clashes within the UNP and the SLPP regarding the presidential candidate for the upcoming elections, presidential advisors have focussed their attention on calling for a snap presidential election.

ICC points to female involved in match fixing !

The ICC investigations into match fixing allegations against Sri Lankan players have uncovered information regarding a female who had acted as a go between.

The said female is a businesswoman from the South and is said to own a restaurant close to the Race Course.

Steps to renounce US citizenship successfully concluded - Gotabaya

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa says all necessary steps have been successfully concluded to renounce his US citizenship.

He made these comments upon his arrival in Sri Lanka this morning (12) following his personal visit to the United States.