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.

SF to be given Internal Affairs Minister post

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka was set to receive the additional post of Internal Affairs Minister on the recommendation of the government, sources said yesterday.

This decision was reached at a high level meeting of senior ministers of the United National Front (UNF) which took place under the chairmanship of UNP Leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees yesterday (10).

Madush to return to SL this week

Notorious underworld kingpin - Makandure Madush is to be brought down to Sri Lanka within this week, Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris today (09) informed the Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake.

2 more in Madush’s Dubai clique nabbed!

Two more persons who were nabbed together in Dubai with the notorious underworld criminal - Makandure Madush, have been arrested by the CID upon their arrival at the Katunayake Bandaranaike Airport today (08).

Sampanthan replaces Chamal in Constitutional Council

Parliamentarian R. Sampanthan was nominated to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of MP Chamal Rajapaksa from the membership of the Constitutional Council, at the Council meeting today (05).

The Constitutional Council met this evening in the Parliament chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

Five including Ryan Van Rooyan deported from Dubai

Actor Ryan Van Rooyen and four more suspects, who were arrested with ‘Makandure Madush’ at a party in Dubai, have been deported to Sri Lanka last night (03), the Police Spokesperson said.

They had arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) at 5.25 a.m. this morning (04).

President inaugurates “Bak Maha Divuruma”

The national pledge to eradicate the drug menace, “Bak Maha Divuruma”, has been inaugurated by President Maithripala Sirisena, a short while ago.

The event commenced at the Independence Square in Colombo this morning (03) under the patronage of President Sirisena.

Two others arrested with ‘Makandure Madush’ deported from Dubai

Two more suspects, who were arrested in Dubai along with the notorious drug kingpin ‘Makandure Madush’ at a party that involved drugs, have been deported to Sri Lanka last night (01), the Police Spokesperson said.

Upon their arrival, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had taken them into custody at the Bandaranaike International Airport.

Hacker who threatened 36 companies, arrested

An IT university student who had hacked into a computer network and within five hours had caused a loss of Rs. 19.3 million and had demanded a ransom of Rs. 5 million from the owner of the company had been arrested today (29) by the Trincomalee Police Headquarters.

The IT student had hacked into an international computer software company headquartered in Trincomalee.

Amal Perera to be deported from Dubai soon

Singer Amal Perera, who was arrested in Dubai with the drug kingpin “Makandure Madush”, is to be deported to Sri Lanka soon, according to sources.

On February 5th, the Dubai Police had arrested “Makandure Madush” at a party which involved drugs. Several prominent underworld figures and Sri Lankan celebrities including singer Amal Perera and his son Nadeemal Perera were also taken into custody at this party thrown by Madush.

CID arrests ‘Kanjipani Imran’ deported from Dubai

hree more persons, who were arrested with “Makandure Madush” and deported from Dubai, have been taken into the custody of Criminal Investigation Department upon their arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport today (28), the Police Spokesperson said.

Grade 5 scholarship exam to be scrapped - President

President Maithripala Sirisena said that the Government has decided to cancel the Garde 5 Scholarship exam according to one of his proposals.

Addressing a ceremony to mark the vesting of the newly built “Maithri Shilpa Kala Mandapaya to the children of Royal College Polonnaruwa today, he said this decision was taken considering the sufferings faced by the children due to this examination.

Four including fmr CBSL Deputy Governor arrested over bond scam

Former Deputy Governor of Central Bank P. Samarasiri and three Directors of Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) have been arrested over the bond scam, the police spokesperson said.

The arrest was made by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) under the instructions of the Attorney General.

Real owner of diamond stolen by Madush, revealed

Investigations have revealed that the Diamond alleged to have been stolen from a gem businessman in Arawwala Maharagama on the instructions of Makandure Madush, has been brought to the country by a South African national.

The South African national had tried to smuggle the diamond into the country and upon being detected by the Customs officer, he had tried to cut a deal with him, the Aruna Newspaper reported.

Elections Commissioner commences elimination of unsuitable members!

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said there are many who contested the Local Government, Municipal Council, Urban Council and Pradeshiya Sabha elections without proper qualifications.

The Elections Commissioner said this in response to a query made regarding the measures proposed to be taken by the Elections Commission regarding the unsuitability of many of those who were elected based on false documentation.

Mahendran extradition request : Singapore awaiting documents

Singapore is waiting for certain documents and information before it can consider Sri Lanka's request to extradite its former central bank chief Arjuna Mahendran, the 'Straits Times' report.

In fact, the authorities here have been working with their Sri Lankan counterparts on the issue since January, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), it adds.

N’cholai back online: No more power cuts, says Ministry

With the broken down generator of the Noraichcholai Power Plant coming online, there won’t be power outages anymore, Ministry of Power and Energy said today.

Several areas experienced power outages during the last two days after the unit 2 generator shut down due to a technical mishap on Monday (18).

Johnston cleared of assets non-declaration cases

The Bribery Commission has withdrawn four cases filed against MP Johnston Fernando regarding non-declaration of assets. In turn, the Colombo Chief Magistrate Court has discharged MP Fernando of the relevant charges.

The case was taken up before the Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne, this morning (19) when the officials representing the Bribery Commission requested permission from the court to withdraw the 04 cases stating technical errors in the cases.

Milk powder prices increased under new formula

The prices of powdered milk have been increased according to the new milk food price formula, Minister of Industry and  Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.

Accordingly the price of a 1kg packet of milk powder has been increased by Rs 60 while the price of a 400g packet has been increased by Rs 25.

Red notices issued on 14 Lankans by Interpol

The Interpol website has reported that red notices have been issued against 14 Sri Lankans charged with committing crimes at international level.

According to Interpol sources, several leading criminals including Sajeewa De Soysa, Kosgoda Suji, Emil Lakshmi Kanth, Munisami Thamseelan and Vikranarazha Selvanathan have been listed on the website.

First official talks between SLFP and SLPP begin

The first official discussion between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) regarding the potential new alliance commenced a short while ago.

Reportedly, representatives of both parties have arrived at the Office of the Opposition Leader, where the meeting is held.

Budget 2019 will oppress the people, says Mahinda

People will be oppressed by the Budget 2019, says the Leader of Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa.

He stated this speaking to the media following an event held at the Tharangani Theatre of the National Film Corporation.

15 individuals who made FB comments on OIC accident summoned

The Police say 15 persons will be summoned to the court and examine on social media comments they have published on the death of Inspector Ananda Sagara Sarachchandra (51), who happened to be the traffic OIC of the Borella Police.

Fuel prices to be revised today

The committee appointed for the monthly revision of fuel prices is scheduled to assemble today (11), a spokesperson from the Ministry of Finance stated.

This committee revises the prices of fuel according to the prices of the global oil market and the fuel price formula.

Five MPs dodge CID!

The CID had reportedly summoned five MPs for questioning regarding the clash which occurred within the parliament chamber as part of the investigations.

The UPFA- MPs who were summoned were Johnston Fernando, Prasanna Ranaweera, Niroshan Premaratne, Wimal Weerawansa and Sanath Nishantha.

‘Women-only’ train compartment service launches

The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation launched a train compartment service designated only for women from today (08) onwards.

This initiative was taken considering the harassments that women have to experience while commuting in the trains on a daily basis.

Police suspicious over behaviour of Madush’s pal Ryan’s sister

The police had searched the house belonging to the sister of tele-actor Ryan Van Royen, who is currently in custody in Dubai together with drug kingpin Makandure Madush, yesterday due to the suspicious behaviour of the occupants.

The house down Parantha Dolewatte Road, Panadura was taken on rent under Ryan’s sister’s name and his mother. Father, sister and family had been living there.

Rajapaksa issues clarification on today’s talks with JVP

Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa has issued a clarification on the matters pertaining to the discussion scheduled to be held with members of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP).

The statement issued by his office said that a meeting was held yesterday evening with the party leaders of the Joint Opposition and the matter regarding the discussion scheduled to be held today with the JVP was also taken up.

Cabinet approves 2019 Budget proposal

The budget proposal for the year 2019 has received the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers.

The weekly Cabinet meeting was held this morning (5) chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena while the budget proposal was unanimously approved, Minister Vajira Abeywardena said.

JVP and Opposition Leader set to meet

A special discussion between Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has been scheduled to be held on Wednesday (06), says JVP Parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti.

The parliamentarian mentioned this addressing a public meeting held in Kamburupitiya, Matara.

JVP’s K.D. Lalkantha remanded

JVP politburo member K.D. Lalkantha has been remanded until March 14 after being arrested on charges of drunk driving.

Lalkantha, who was arrested on drunk driving charges yesterday following a traffic accident, was produced before the Anuradhapura Magistrate’ Court today (02).

Five-year prison sentence for match-fixers - Harin

Local sportsmen and sportswomen tend to earn money by other means when they do not receive adequate funds, says the Minister of Sports Harin Fernando.

The minister stated this addressing an event held to declare open the new building of Sri Lanka Anti-Doping Agency yesterday (28).

Proposal to hold Presidential elections first

It is more important to hold the Presidential elections first, said Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka.

He said the National Democratic Alliance led by the UNP is ready to nominate a strong contender for the Presidential election.

Sanath banned from cricket for 2 years

Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya has been banned from cricket for two years after admitting two breaches of the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption code.

The 49-year-old, who was charged in October, admitted failing to co-operate with an investigation and "concealing, tampering with or destroying evidence".

248 schools in the North to be closed down!

The Northern Provincial Education Directorate has decided to close down 248 government schools in the Northern Province by the end of the year if which have fewer than 50 students and no progress would be shown. During the period of last ten years the said schools had less than 50 students.

Discussions have also been held to transfer the students of the closed down schools to nearest schools.

Mahindananda’s son arrested over accident that injured Borella Traffic OIC

The son of UPFA MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage’s son has been arrested over a hit-and-run accident which hospitalized the Borella Traffic OIC in Bamabalapitiya, stated Police Media Spokesperson.

The Traffic OIC of the Borella Police, who had been en route to the Kollupitiya Police, had met with an accident when the motorcycle he was riding was hit by a Defender in Bambalapitiya, at around 4.35 am last morning (24).

Plans for another agreement with US forces!

The Agreement signed between Sri Lanka and the USA to provide facilities for American operations had ended in 2017, but the government had again renewed this agreement, said JVP-MP Bimal Ratnayake.

The government is trying to sign a new agreement with the USA called Status Of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and discussions are currently under way, adding that if this agreement is signed, Sri Lanka would not be able to take any legal action against any American soldiers who commit wrong.

Legitimate child named 19th Amendment abused, says President

President Maithripala Sirisena has said that the legitimate child, named the 19th Amendment, given birth by him has been abused.

The President recalled that in keeping with the pledge given to the people in this country through his election manifesto for January 08, 2015 Presidential Election and with the clean and pure determination, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was introduced and it was passed with the consent of 215 out of 225 Members of the Parliament.

Shammi Silva elected SLC President

Shammi Silva has been elected as the President of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for the year 2019/2021. (Latest Updates of SLC Election...)

The election commenced at 10.00 a.m. this morning (21) at the Ministry of Sports.

Reportedly, Shammi Silva has served as a Member of the Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in 2014.

Price of bag of cement goes up by Rs. 100

The price of a 50 kilogram bag of cement has been increased by Rs 100 from last Saturday (16).

According to a request made by INSEE Cement (Sanstha) and Tokyo Cement Companies from the Consumer Affairs Authority, the permission has been granted to increase the price.

Youth arrested for posting offensive FB posts

A 22-year-old man was arrested for allegedly posting offensive Facebook posts which are harmful to the Pitigala Police Station and to the Sri Lanka Police Department, police said.

They said the suspect, Shammi Dushan Chathuranga, had posted these offensive posts using a fake account.

General election prior to PC elections !

The UNP leadership has focussed his attention on holding the Provincial Council election prior to the Presidential election, a party senior told.

Accordingly, he said the UNP leadership is in discussions regarding the presenting of a proposal to parliament to dissolve parliament by the middle of this year.

Sanath's biography released in India

ndia's Rupa Publishers have released a biography on Sri Lankan cricket legend Sanath Jayasuriya.

The book has been authored by Chandraseka Narayan, who has been a sports journalist for several Indian newspapers and presently a cricket commentator.

PM orders to expedited Palaly Airport project

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed that the Palaly Airport Development Project in Jaffna should be completed without further delay.

He made this observation when he inspected the development activities at the airport yesterday (14). The Prime Minister also noted that all stakeholders need to work hand in hand to expedite the initiative.

CID reveals Nalaka de Silva’s ties with Madush & Amal Perera

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has informed the court yesterday (12) that former DIG Nalaka de Silva, who was arrested in connection with the alleged VIP assassination plot, has had close ties with singer Amal Perera and ‘Makandure Madush’.

The CID further said that investigations are being carried out with the international police to unveil more information on the nexus between ‘Makandure Madush’, Amal Perera and the former DIG.

LNG tender goes to a Chinese company

The Cabinet yesterday decided to award the tender for the construction of the LNG power plant in Kerawalapitiya to a Chinese company.

Controversy surrounds this move because Lakdhanavi, a local company which made a lower bid for the project, was denied the tender. The power plant is to be built to generate 350 megawatts of electricity.