President calls urgent Cabinet meeting

An emergency meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers has been called at 3.00 p.m. today (19).

President Maithripala Sirisena has reportedly called the special Cabinet meeting while all Cabinet Ministers have been notified to attend the meeting.

Was liquor license issued demanding 10 million for Sirikotha?

The *Chief Opposition* Whip MP *Mahinda Amaraweera* requested Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri yesterday (17) to inquire into allegations that 84 liquor licenses had been issued by demanding Rs. 10 million for the Sirikotha fund.

Hathurusinghe paid even without work

The Sri Lankan Cricket Team Coach Chandika Hathurusinghe who has been ousted from his post has no intention of leaving as his contract is valid for another 16 months.

PM leaves PCoI after recording statement

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left the Presidential Commission of Inquiry a short while ago, after recording a statement with the Commission.

Madush’s second wife on mission to save him

Underworld kingpin’s second wife is said to have arrived in India and met with AngodaLokka’s gang in a bid to have him released from all his cases, it is reported.

Madush’ssecond wife is the wife of ‘Kalu Thushara’ another underworld gang leader whowas killed in the Welikada Prison riot.

FM sends Arjuna Mahendran extradition docs to Singapore HC

The Foreign Ministry has forwarded the 21,000-page extradition documents concerning former central bank governor Arjuna Mahendran to the Sri Lankan High Commission in Singapore, the Attorney General (AG)'s Department said.

Elec. Com. Calls for list of vehicles of state institution heads

The Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya has called for a list of all vehicles in the possession of state institutions and ministries within two weeks to be deployed for election duties throughout the country.

He has notified the heads of state institutions through a circular to provide him with this list within two weeks.

Lotus Tower to be opened on Sept. 16

The Lotus Tower, South Asia’s largest tower measuring 350 metres, would be declared open on September 16 at 5.00 pm under the aegis of President Maithripala Sirisena.

USD 104 million has been spent for construction of the tower and eighty per cent of the cost has been funded by the EXIM Bank of China.

Rupavahini under Defence Ministry

President Maithripala Sirisena took the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) under his purview last night, official sources confirmed. Accordingly, a gazette notification last night announced that the SLRC, which was previously under the Ministry of Mass Media, would come under the Defence Ministry, headed by the President.

Sri Lanka’s yorker king Lasith Malinga defies logic again

Lasith Malinga claimed four wickets in four balls for the second time in his career to lead Sri Lanka to a 37-run consolation win over New Zealand in the third Twenty20 international on Friday.

SLFP candidate for Presidential election: Dayasiritells Elec. Com.

TheGeneral Secretary of the SLFP Dayasiri Jayasekara told the media that he had notifiedthe Elections Commission yesterday that an SLFP candidate would be contestingthe Presidential election.

Kanjipani Imran appeals for reduced jail term

Organized crime leader, Mohammed Najeem Mohammed Imran alias ‘Kanjipani Imran’ has filed an appeal requesting that his six-year term of imprisonment for possession and trafficking of ganja be reduced.

Good news from Maldives, UNP presidential candidate ‘Karu’

“We congratulate you on being the presidential candidate. We received this news from the Maldives,” UPFA Genberal Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera had congratulated Speaker Karu Jayasuriya prior to the commencement of the
party leaders meeting yesterday (03).

President agrees to testify before PSC

President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have agreed to testify before the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) appointed to investigate the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

This was revealed during the meeting held between the PSC members yesterday (03).

Progressive Party also fields presidential candidate!

The need has arisen for a true leader to resolve the issues faced by the people and therefore the Progressive Socialist Party will contest the next presidential election, said its Education Secretary Pubudu Jagoda.

He made this statement to the media subsequent to meetings being held in Baddegama and Horagampitiya.