Cabinet nod to amend MMDA

Sri Lanka's cabinet of ministers has approved to amend the Muslim Marraige and Divorce Act (MMDA), a statement said.

A Government Information Department statement said that amendments will be brought on the minimum age of marriage, how marriages are registered and consent to marriage.

Dananjaya, Williamson reported for suspect action

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya have been reported for suspect action, following the first Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka, which took place from August 14-18 in Galle.

The match officials' report, which was handed over to the management of both teams, cited concerns about the legality of the bowling actions of both the players.

Anura to contest Prez polls ; UNF candidate from UNP

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday (18) announced the party leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake as the presidential candidate of the National People's Power (NPP), the alliance headed by the JVP at the upcoming presidential election.

Election Commission prepares to hold PC polls

Chairman of Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya has told the BBC Sandeshaya that the Elections Commission is ready to hold any election after the Supreme Court ruling.

Political critics have expressed doubts whether he had made these comments to hold provincial council elections before the presidential election as the comments were made at a time when the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) leader Maithripala Sirisena has asked the Chief Justice to inform the Supreme Court before August 30 whether the provincial council election could be held in the absence of the limitation report.

However, the President's request will be taken up before a five-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Buwaneka Aluvihare, Sisira de Abrew, Prasanna Jayawardena and Vijith Malalgoda on 23 August.

"There is nothing we can do regarding this. We are ready to hold any election as per the directives given to us," Deshapriya said.

8 Provincial Councils which have completed their official term

Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council - 1 year and 10 months from the end of official term.

North Central Provincial Council - 1 year and 10 months from the end of official term.

Eastern Provincial Council - 1 year and 10 months from the end of office term.

Central Provincial Council - 10 months from the end of official term.

Northern Provincial Council - 10 months from the end of official term.

North Western Provincial Council - 10 months from the end of official term.

Western Provincial Council - 4 months from the end of official term.

Southern Provincial Council - 4 months from the end of official term.

According to what the Constitution states regarding the term of a Provincial Council, unless a provincial council is dissolved in advance, its term lasts five years from the date fixed for the first meeting of the provincial council. When that five year period has elapsed, the Provincial Council will be considered dissolved.

When is the Presidential Election?

According to the Election Commission, the President can call the Presidential Election at any time from January 8, 2019.

If the President decides to complete his term, the presidential election will be held in November or December.

As the term of the President expires on January 8, 2020 it is necessary to hold a presidential election at the latter part of this year.

Source - BBC Sandeshaya

Anura Kumara to be the JVP presidential candidate

Leader of the JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayake would be appointed as the party’s presidential candidate, JVP sources said.

It is further revealed that a majority of proposals received by the party favours the appointment of the party leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake as the most suitable to be nominated as the presidential candidate.

Investigation on police officers alliance with Kanjipani Imran

An investigation has been initiated regarding a complaint lodged by Magalkande Sudantha Thera on several police officers attached to the CCD maintaining close ties with underworld drug leader Kanjipani Imran who is currently under the custody of the Colombo Crimes Division.

Amaraweera warns SLFP members who attended SLPP convention

The General Secretary of the UPFA Mahinda Amaraweera stated that none of the SLFP members had been permitted to attend the SLPP convention.

He said that all the SLFP members who had attended the SLPP convention last Sunday (11) would be brought before the SLFP Central Committee, which would convene shortly.

Hathuru makes friends with Bangladesh?

The Sri Lanka Cricket Board has wanted the Sri Lanka Cricket Team Coach Chandima Hathurusinghe to resign from his post and it is said that he has again focused his attention on regaining his position as the Coach of the Bangladesh Cricket team.

Sajith in operation to become PM prior to presidency?

Minister Sajith Premadasa is said to have engaged in an operation of gathering 62 MPs loyal to him currently.

This move is believed to be made to show the majority in parliament and to obtain the Premiership.

Set of high ranking officials arrested over Lasantha, Ekneligoda, Thadjudeen cases!

Currently the CID is conducting investigations into the killing of Lasantha Wickramatunga, abduction and disappearance of Ekneligoda, Killing of Wasim Thadjudeen, Abduction and assault of Keith Noyahr and the abduction of 11 youths.

Gamini Senarath and 2 others acquitted over Litro Gas case

The Permanent High Court-at-Bar acquitted and released former President’s chief of staff Gamini Senarath and two other defendants from the case filed against them over the alleged misappropriation of Litro Gas funds.

Fmr Navy and Air Force commanders awarded highest military ranks

Former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda and the former Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke had been awarded highest military ranks by President Maithripala Sirisena.

Accordingly, Admiral Karannagoda was promoted to the rank of Admiral of the Fleet while Air Chief Marshal Goonetileke was promoted to the rank of Marshal of the Air Force.

UNP bans public announcements regarding presidential candidacy !

The decision regarding the presidential candidate to be fielded from the UNP led coalition should be made subsequent to discussions and agreement of UNP Leader Ranil Wiclremesinghe and his Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa, the government group had proposed yesterday (05).

Mahinda says Shiranthi not among presidential candidates

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa states that there are five names proposed for the Presidential candidacy and that there is a female among them.

However, he said that the name of the candidate would not be revealed before August 11th.

Hambantota Mayor Eraj Fernando sentenced to prison

Mayor of Hambantota Eraj Ravindra Fernando has been sentenced to 5 years imprisonment by the Hambantota High Court.

He was sentenced over the case filed against him for threatening several UNP Parliamentarians with a pistol during their visit to the Hambantota Harbour on April 17, 2014.

‘Came to know of ‘note’ only on April 21 through social media’

Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake who had testified at the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) mandated to probe the terror attacks on Easter Sunday testified for the second time yesterday.