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2020/07/05
09:15
Sri Lanka Mirror140 M drug money in beggar's accountAn investigation by the Mount Lavinia Police Superintendent's Office has found a bank account of a beggar which contained Rs.140 million. The  money is said to be belonging to the heroin smuggler Mervin Jana.A private bank account in a bank in Aththidiya had been opened on the beggar's name and the ...Link
2020/07/05
09:15
Ada DeranaTotal recoveries from Navy Covid-19 cluster climbs to 883Four more naval personnel who had contracted COVID-19 and underwent treatment in hospitals, have been discharged after full recovery from the virus, confirmed by PCR tests....Link
2020/07/05
09:15
Ada DeranaKusal Mendis arrested over fatal accidentSri Lankan cricketer Kusal Mendis has been arrested over a fatal accident in Panadura, police said....Link
2020/07/05
09:00
Ada DeranaShowers expected in several provincesThe Department of Meteorology says several spells of showers will occur in Western, North-western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Southern provinces....Link
2020/07/05
07:15
Ada DeranaPrinting ballot papers of all districts concludesPrinting ballot papers of all 25 districts for the General Election 2020 has been concluded, says the Department of Government Printing....Link
2020/07/05
07:01
Daily NewsShowers expected in several provincesSeveral spells of showers will occur in Western, North-western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Southern provinces, stated the Department of Meteorology. Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few......Link
2020/07/05
06:45
News.LkTotal Coronavirus recoveries increase to 1,885Total Coronavirus recoveries increase to 1,885....Link
2020/07/05
06:45
News.LkPresident pays homage to Anuradhapura Mihindu Aranya SenasanaPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited ancient Mihindu Aranya Senasana in Anuradhapura and received blessings yestarday (July 04)....Link
2020/07/05
06:45
News.LkCommander's Leadership in 'Battling The Strongest Enemy Invisible' Honoured & PraisedThe Management and Staff at Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya, the Elizabethan-era mansion, now a national heritage property, together with a group of young musicians and students hosted Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff, Commander of the Army and Head of the National Operation Ce...Link
2020/07/05
06:30
News.LkGrain imports halted: Now grow more and earn more -President tells Rajarata farmersPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa says in Anuradhapura that now is the time for local farmers to increase their production aiming both local and foreign markets and earn more as importation of grains has been restricted....Link
2020/07/05
05:45
BBCCoronavirus funerals: Sri Lanka's Muslims decry forced cremationSri Lankan authorities insist on cremation for coronavirus victims. Some Muslims says its discrimination....Link
2020/07/05
02:16
Colombo Telegraph A Robust Parliament Can Counterbalance A Hyperactive Executive: Elect MPs With Integrity & Pluck[…]...Link
2020/07/05
02:02
Lanka Business OnlineCommittee to examine concerns surrounding JCT & ECT Terminals of Colombo PortPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a five-member Committee to examine and report on the concerns regarding the......Link
2020/07/05
02:02
Lanka Business OnlinePwC Sri Lanka Advisory Leader Channa Manoharan appointed SLASSCOM ChairmanThe Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) announced at its virtual Annual General Meeting that......Link
2020/07/05
02:02
Asian MirrorUK's first female suicide bomb plotter says she was planning a Sri Lanka-style terror attackDaily Mail; This is the chilling moment the UK's first female suicide bomb plotter tells police during an interview she was planning a Sri Lanka-style terror attack on St Paul's Cathedral as she is jailed for 14 years.Wearing a black hijab, Muslim convert Safiyya Shaikh, 36, smiled and raised her in...Link
2020/07/05
02:02
Asian Mirror154 persons in Kotahena sent for quarantine154 individuals in the Jinthupitiya area in Colombo 13, have been sent to the Kandakadu Quarantine center after a Covid-19 infected patient found from the area yesterday, the Health Ministry said.Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Director General of Health Services confirms that there is no risk of spreading Covid...Link
2020/07/05
02:01
Asian MirrorSL watching northern coast to prevent refugees from IndiaSri Lanka has raised surveillance along its northern coast, following reports of some Sri Lankan refugees in India attempting to return by boats following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.However, authorities in Tamil Nadu denied any large-scale attempts by refugees to leave the country illegal...Link
2020/07/05
02:01
Asian MirrorScot accused of battering Malaka finally clears name after 6-year battleA Scot has finally cleared his name after being accused of battering the notorious playboy son of a government official while working abroad.James Casserly, from Shotts, Lanarkshire, has spent £20,000 on travel and legal costs since a rammy with Malaka Silva and his entourage at a nightclub in Sri L...Link
2020/07/05
02:01
Asian MirrorFake 'Sri Lankan' cricket tournament in India bustedIndian Police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka.Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday that were broadcast with live commentary on You...Link
2020/07/05
02:01
Asian MirrorGrain imports halted: Now grow more and earn more; PresidentPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa said in Anuradhapura that now is the time for local farmers to increase their production aiming both local and foreign markets and earn more as importation of grains has been restricted. The President called upon framing community to engage themselves in mass cultivation...Link
2020/07/05
02:01
Asian MirrorAttorney General blasts top police officersWhile claiming that senior officials are responsible for the state of affairs at the Police Department, Attorney General Dappula De Livera yesterday said that ‘only the corrupt protect the corrupt.’“If not by law, all involved in this crime will be punished by Karma," the Attorney General said in a ...Link
2020/07/05
02:01
Asian MirrorEC issues legal provisions for persons accompanying voters with disabilitiesThe Election Commission has issued the legal provisions regarding electors with disability to be accompanied by a person to assist in marking the ballot paper at the polling station.01. Provisions in Section 40(2) of the Principal Enactment amended by Elections (Special Provisions) Act, No. 28 of 20...Link
2020/07/05
02:01
Daily NewsSajith’s wish for power to remain a dream: LanzaFormer Community Development State Minister Nimal Lanza said at a public rally on Wednesday that Sajith Premadasa’s wish to gain power would remain a dream. Premadasa’s aim is to gain power of......Link
2020/07/05
02:01
Daily NewsPlanetarium reopens on July 7The Planetarium will be reopened from July 07, stated the Government Information Department. "All the shows will be held with a limited number of participants in order to......Link
2020/07/05
02:01
Daily News22 COVID-19 patients recovered, COVID-19 recovered cases rise to 1885Twenty-two persons who had tested positive for the virus had recovered from the virus by this morning, raising the total coronavirus recoveries to 1885....Link
2020/07/05
02:01
Daily NewsThree patients tests positive for COVID-19, Cases rise to 2070Three persons had tested positive for the Coronavirus, stated the Epidemiology Unit (12:30pm).Accordingly, the total number of COVID-19 positive patients in the country......Link
2020/07/05
02:01
Daily NewsAll set to reopen schoolsArrangements have been made for reopening schools following the Covid-19 outbreak, announced the Education Ministry.Ministry further stated that, the Disinfection of schools......Link
2020/07/05
02:01
Daily NewsFour patients tests positive for COVID-19, Cases rise to 2074Four persons had tested positive for the Coronavirus, stated the Epidemiology Unit (7:30pm). Accordingly, the total number of COVID-19 positive patients in the country stands at 2074....Link
2020/07/05
02:01
Colombo TelegraphMonocultures & Monoculturalism: A Cause Of Pandemics & Social Disharmony […]...Link
2020/07/05
02:01
Colombo TelegraphIs Trump Tipping Point For Change In US Racism?[…]...Link
2020/07/05
02:01
Colombo TelegraphBond Scams Were Caused By A Broken Bond Market – Part III[…]...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Colombo TelegraphPTF On Building A Secure Country, Disciplined, Virtuous & Lawful Society: Complaints Lodged With HRCSL[]...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Colombo TelegraphAiya-Malli Separation Of Powers & WikiLeaks On MCC  ...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
NewsFirstConclusion of the probe into match-fixing claims is wrong: Former Minister Mahindananda AluthgamageThe conclusion of investigations into the 2011 Cricket World Cup match-fixing allegations, is wrong and not acceptable, Former Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage told reporters on Friday night (July 3). The Special Investigation Unit on Prevention of Offenses Relating to Sports’ which investigated th...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
NewsFirstPakistani Foreign Minister tests positive for COVID-19Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has tested positive for COVID-19, days after holding high-profile meetings including one with U.S. special representative on Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in Islamabad. “This afternoon I felt a slight fever and immediately quarantined myself at home,” Q...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
NewsFirstNational grid to receive 75 megawatts from 38 small power plantsCeylon Electricity Board said an agreement will be signed on Tuesday (7th July), which will facilitate the addition of power generated through 38 small power plants, to the national grid. “75 Megawatts will be added to the National Grid through this agreement,” Vijitha Herath, the Chairman of the Ce...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
NewsFirst250 complaints received by the committee appointed to probe irregularities at Financial and Leasing CompaniesThe Committee appointed to Probe Irregularities at Financial and Leasing Companies has received 250 complaints. The acceptance of complaints to the committee concluded on the 30th of June. However, according to Director of the Central Bank Legal and Compliance Department, K.G.G. Sirikumara complaint...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
NewsFirstChinese national arrested with 14,000 illicit cigarettesA 55 year old Chinese national was arrested in Mount Lavinia along with 14,000 illicit cigarette. The stock of illicit Cigarettes imported to the country without paying the relevant duties was discovered at the place of accommodation of the suspect, Sri Lanka Police stated. Mount Lavinia Police is c...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
NewsFirstAt least 162 killed in Myanmar jade mine landslideAt least 162 bodies have been found after a landslide at a jade mining site in northern Myanmar, according to foreign media reports. Rescue work has continued all day for people still missing at the site in the Hpakant area of Kachin state. A wave of mud and rock triggered by heavy rain engulfed tho...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
NewsFirstMahindananda must disclose match fixing evidence: Arjuna RanatungaA former national cricket captain has urged former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage to disclose evidence over his match fixing claims, that stirred controversy in the cricket loving nation. “He said that the players were not involved. However, it was the players who were first summoned for t...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
NewsFirstSuspect arrested over narcotic offence is a Yemeni national : PoliceThe foreign national who was arrested on the June 25 in connection with the trade of illegal and harmful drugs is a Yemeni national, the Police Headquarters announced on Thursday. “Intelligence Unit of the Police Special Task Force arrested a foreign national on the 25th of June 2020, over his alleg...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
NewsFirstSri Lanka must be vigilant about intervention : Chief IncumbentSri Lanka and its people must always be vigilant of intervention due to its strategic location, a chief incumbent of a temple said on Saturday. “Sri Lanka has faced nearly 17 invasions so far, and we have won all of them,” Ven. Prof. Medegoda Abayatissa Thero, the Chief Incumbent of the Sri Sunethra...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
NewsFirstECT must be brought under SLPA : Trade UnionsTrade unions have reiterated that the East Container Terminal (ECT) must be completely brought under the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), after calling off two days of protests. “Our first request is that the ECT and its operations must fall completely under the SLPA and that it must not be given t...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Colombo PageSri Lanka Navy seizes 400 kg of Kerala Cannabis in Northern seasSri Lanka Navy seized approximately 400 kg of Kerala Cannabis worth over Rs. 60 million during a raid in the seas between Mandathivu island and Kalmunaithuduwa off of Jaffna early morning today, the Navy Media Unit said....Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Colombo PageCID records statement from former PM on Bond-ScamThe Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has recorded a statement from former Prime Minister and United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe over the Central Bank Bond Scam....Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Colombo PagePresident appoints committee to look into container terminals of Colombo PortPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a five-member Committee to examine and report on the concerns regarding the development of Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) and East Container Terminal (ECT) of the Colombo Port, the President’s Media Division said....Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Colombo PageOver 2,000 Police officers deployed to catch people without face masksOver 2,000 Policemen, including those in civil attire, have been deployed in public places of the Western Province to detect persons who are not wearing facemasks....Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Colombo Pageoneworld launches customer information portal in alliance commitment to health and well-beingoneworld® has launched an information portal to provide customers the latest updates on the health and well-being measures they can expect while travelling, further underlining the commitment by the global alliance’s member airlines to the safety and care of their passengers....Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Colombo PagePresident gives priority to agriculturePresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that agriculture will be country’s priority after resolving number of persisting issues and shortcomings affecting it....Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Colombo PageFormer minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage wants an inquiry into dismissal of investigation into match fixing allegationFormer Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage has questioned the quick dismissal of the investigation into the match fixing allegations raised by him....Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Colombo Page389 arrested in special police raid in Western ProvinceThe Sri Lanka Police arrested 389 suspects over the possession of drugs during a special raid conducted in the Western province....Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Colombo PageSri Lanka Planetarium to re-open on 7th JulySri Lanka Planetarium that was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will re-open on Tuesday (July 7), the Government Information Department announced....Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Colombo PageCentral Bank approves Rs. 53 billion for 20,240 COVID-19 affected businessesSri Lanka’s Central Bank, in consultation with the Government, has introduced the Saubagya Covid-19 Renaissance Loan Scheme to provide working capital loans at 4% interest rates to businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak,...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Colombo PageSri Lanka President encourages farmers to increase grain productionSri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa called on the local farmers to increase their production aiming both local and foreign markets and earn more as importation of grains has been restricted....Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Colombo PageCoronavirus update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 2072 with 3 new cases SaturdaySri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases rose to 2072 today with three more persons testing positive for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry said....Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Colombo PagePrinting of over 17 million ballot papers for all districts completeThe Department of Government Printing has completed printing of ballot papers of the Parliamentary Election 2020 for all districts....Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Colombo PageSri Lanka increases surveillance along northern coast to prevent refugees returning from IndiaSri Lanka has raised surveillance along its northern coast, following reports of some Sri Lankan refugees in India attempting to return by boats following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic....Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Colombo PageNawaloka Medicare to expand services at new building complex in NegomboNawaloka Hospitals PLC, Sri Lanka’s pioneer and premier healthcare service provider, announced that its fully owned subsidiary Nawaloka Medicare (Private) Limited will be expanded....Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Colombo PageSri Lanka committed to achieving reconciliation, accountability despite withdrawal from UN resolutionThe Government of Sri Lanka says despite withdrawing from co-sponsorship of Resolution 30/1, it remains committed to achieve reconciliation, accountability and human rights, within the framework of the Sri Lankan Constitution...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Colombo PagePresidential Commission issues notices to Rajitha, Madduma Bandara, Swaminathan, Ranjan and Ajith PThe Presidential Commission appointed to investigate alleged incidents of political victimization has issued notices to former ministers of the Yahapalana Government Rajitha Senaratne, Ranjith Madduma Bandara and DM Swaminathan, Ranjan Ramanayake and Ajith P Perera citing them as respondents...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Sri Lanka MirrorSTF arrests woman who peddled Dematagoda Chaminda's drugsA woman who had peddled 251 grams of heroin valued at over Rs. 2.5 million was arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) at Kelanimulla, Mulleriyawa today (03).The woman is a 39-year old resident of the Angoda area.It has been revealed that the infamous underworld figure - Dematagoda Chaminda, who is...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Sri Lanka MirrorNo reason to doubt integrity of final - ICCThe ICC Anti-Corruption Unit General Manager Alex Marshall responds to allegations of corruption with regards to the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2011 final.“The ICC Integrity Unit has looked into the recent allegations regarding the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Final 2011. At this time, we have not b...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Sri Lanka MirrorShortage in Foreign exchange - RanilFormer Prime minister and UNP leader - Ranil Wickremesinghe says that there is a shortage of foreign exchange in the country under the governance of the SLPP-led government.he added that the government lacked means of income to overcome this dearth.Speaking at a public rally held at Abdul Hameed Maw...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Sri Lanka MirrorRs. 6 b PACS project makes a comeback!Measures are being take to purchase a computerised medical imaging storage system from a foreign company at a cost of over Rs. 06 billion while such a system is already developed locally at a much lower cost.The home grown product, developed by a team of local doctors at a cost of Rs. 900,000 are al...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Sri Lanka MirrorControl price on Turmeric becomes a joke!Colombo wholesalers say it is a joke to impose a control price on turmeric powder without imposing a control price on turmeric pieces.Also, sources from the Customs say that a probe has been initiated after 56 containers of turmeric were imported without an import permit. According to market sources...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Sri Lanka MirrorLeftovers from prisons, greatly reducedWith bringing of outside food during prison visits being banned in the wake of the Covid-19 epidemic, inmates have been consuming more food cooked in-house, sources say.Sources add that this has also led to a significant decrease in drug consumption of inmates.Also, with more in-house meals being co...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Sri Lanka Mirror'MP Leaks' to rise after Gen. election!Victorious candidates at the upcoming general election are to be publicly exposed online if they are found to be engaged in any corrupt or fraudulent activity after being elected to parliament.The National coordinator of the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) - Manjula Gajanayake says th...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Sri Lanka Mirror11 remanded over violating election lawThe Batticaloa Magistrates Court has ordered 11 suspects to be remanded for a period of 14 days on charges of displaying posters in Kattankudy and Arayampathy, in violation of election regulations.The suspects, supporters of two political parties, were arrested by the Kattankudy Police and produced ...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
News.LkThe United Nations marks 20 years of the Commemoration of the International Day of VesakThe United Nations in New York belatedly commemorated the International Day of Vesak virtually on 2nd July 2020. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic prevented Member States  from gathering at the UN General Assembly Hall to celebrate this occasion, as in previous years. Rescheduling to July was also not w...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
News.LkThirteen persons engaged in illegal fishing apprehended by NavyThe Navy apprehended 13 persons for engaging in illegal fishing, during search operations carried out at Janasavigama in Kalpitiya and in the seas of Poul Foint in Trincomalee on 29th June 2020....Link
2020/07/05
02:00
News.LkCentral Bank approved Rs. 53 billion for 20,240 COVID-19 affected BusinessesThe Central Bank, in consultation with the Government of Sri Lanka, has introduced the Saubagya Covid-19 Renaissance Loan Scheme to provide working capital loans at 4% interest rates to businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, through Licensed Banks, thereby supporting the revival of ...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
News.LkReopening the planetariumReopening the planetarium...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
News.LkPresident in Anuradhapura says agriculture will be country’s priorityPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that agriculture will be country’s priority after resolving number of persisting issues and shortcomings affecting it....Link
2020/07/05
02:00
News.LkCommittee to look into concerns connected with development of JCT & ECT Terminals of Colombo PortPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a five-member Committee to examine and report on the concerns regarding the development of Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) and East Container Terminal (ECT) of the Colombo Port....Link
2020/07/05
02:00
FTThe need to move forward from the present death sentence implementation procedureDeath sentences are imposed by the High Courts of Sri Lanka. It may be after a trial before a High Court Judge or before a seven-member jury or in some instances before a specially-arranged Trial-at-Bar where the trial takes place before three High Court Judges. Trials are conducted under well-estab...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
FTAn issue of aid (MCC)A very remarkable feature of independent Asia is the growth and rapid proliferation of a new phenomenon – national mendicancy. The begging bowl and the outstretched palm have been symbols of the Orient for over 2,000 years. But they have always been symbolic of individual penury. In the first decade...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
FTCelebrating the idea of America: Government and politics of the USAmericans celebrate their independence on 4 July every year on a much grander scale and this has been in vogue since 4 July 1776, culminating in the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. The Declaration co...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
FTAmbassador Godfrey Cooray presents credentialsThe newly-appointed Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Kingdom of Norway Godfrey Cooray presented the Letters of Credence to King Harald V on 22 June at the Royal Palace in Oslo. The Ambassador was received in Royal audience by King Harald V following the submission of Credentials.. During the Royal aud...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
FTPakistan High Commissioner visits Central and North Central ProvincesHigh Commissioner of Pakistan Maj. Gen. (Retd) Muhammad Saad Khattak visited Central and North Central Provinces from 29 June to 2 July. The High Commissioner met with the Governor of Central Province Lalith U. Gamage at his office in Kandy on 29 June. Both discussed areas of mutual interest between...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
FTGovt. has option not to sign MCC agreement, says committeeThe Sri Lankan Government has the capacity to decide not to sign the $ 480 million Millennium Challenge Corporation...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
FTPresident assures protection of artists and artPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa assured to extend the fullest assistance to protect artists, integrating them into the local economic environment without waiting the world to win against COVID-19. The President said the ground work would be created to harness lost opportunities in the face of the COVID...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
FTTough actions needed against officials linked to narcotics trafficking: SLPPRenewing pledges to eradicate drug trafficking in the country, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday said the G...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
FTShares end lower on losses in financials, industrialsShares ended lower yesterday, dragged down by losses in financials and industrials as a result of price losses of John Keells Holdings, Sampath Bank and CT Holdings with the turnover crossing Rs. 1.4 billion. The benchmark CSE All Share Index closed down 1.14% at 5050.90. Shares.... Similar behaviou...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
FTForex funds for SDAs in compliance with anti-money laundering laws: CBThe Central Bank yesterday clarified banks receiving foreign funds for Special Deposit Accounts have to follow anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism regulations and would be maintained in line with existing laws and regulations. . Forex... The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) yesterday said it c...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
FTCB approves Rs. 53 b for 20,240 COVID-19-affected businessesThe Central Bank yesterday said it has approved more than Rs. 53 billion worth of working capital loans to more than 20,000 businesses at a concessional rate of 4% per annum as part of its efforts to help COVID-19 affected companies under a Rs. 150 billion support scheme.. The Central Bank, in consu...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
FT154 Jinthupitiya residents moved to quarantineA total of 154 residents of Jinthupitiya, Colombo-13 were moved to quarantine as a precautionary measure yesterday after a seaman who was under self-quarantine in the area tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.. Sri Lanka reached a COVID-19 recovery rate of 90.17% after 36 infected patients...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
FTPort unions end strike after compromise on ECTTwenty-three trade unions linked to the Colombo Port called off their strike over the East Container Terminal (ETC) and “work...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
FTPresident floats committee on JCT and ECTWading into the issue of the East Container Terminal (ECT), President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday appointed a five-member committee to examine and report on how to develop both the State-run Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) and the new ECT of the Colombo Port. The committee is headed by Ministry of Po...Link
2020/07/05
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Ada DeranaCID team records 4-hour long statement from Ranil on bond scamThe team of Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officers has left the residence of former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe after recording a statement....Link
2020/07/05
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Ada DeranaHow a retired bank employee helped drug traffickers transfer millionsThe suspect arrested by Dehiwala Police with more than 1 kg of heroin and Rs 235,000 in cash has been identified as one the agents of the large-scale drug racket run by imprisoned drug trafficker Mervyn Jana .....Link
2020/07/05
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Ada DeranaThree more Covid-19 cases brings total to 2,069Three more persons have tested positive for Coronavirus bringing the tally of confirmed cases reported in the country to 2,069....Link
2020/07/05
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Ada DeranaPresident says agriculture will be country s priorityPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that agriculture will be country s priority after resolving number of persisting issues and shortcomings affecting it....Link
2020/07/05
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Ada DeranaShowers or thundershowers possible in some provincesSeveral spells of showers will occur in Western, North-western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Southern provinces, says the Department of Meteorology....Link
2020/07/05
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Ada DeranaRecoveries from Navy Covid-19 cluster rise to 879Two more Covid-19 infected patients from the Sri Lanka Navy have fully recovered and have been discharged from hospitals....Link
2020/07/05
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Ada DeranaPlanetarium screenings to resume from July 07All screenings at the Planetarium will resume from July 07, says the Director (Sri Lanka Planetariums) of the Ministry of Higher Education, Technology and Innovations....Link
2020/07/05
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Ada DeranaAgriculture will be country s priority, President says in AnuradhapuraAgriculture will be the country s priority after resolving the number of persisting issues and shortcomings affecting it, says President Gotabaya Rajapaksa....Link
2020/07/05
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Ada DeranaMahindananda on Sports Ministry s SIU dropping match-fixing probesThe police failed to record statements from the persons accountable for fixing the final at the 2011 ICC World Cup, former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage alleges....Link
2020/07/05
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Ada DeranaMan assaulted to death at house in MorayayaA man has died after being brutally assaulted inside a house located in Morayaya....Link
2020/07/05
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Ada DeranaSri Lanka s total recoveries from Covid-19 move to 1,885The Ministry of Health says 22 more individuals, who had tested positive for the COVID-19, recovered from the disease today (04)....Link
2020/07/05
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Ada DeranaPcoI on political victimization issues summons on 7 including ex-MPsThe Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing the alleged incidents of political victimization has decided to issue summons on seven persons including parliamentarians of the former government....Link
2020/07/05
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Ada DeranaEducation Ministry all set to reopen schoolsThe Ministry of Education says that all arrangements have been made for reopening schools following the Covid-19 outbreak....Link
2020/07/05
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Ada DeranaAG says public trust in PNB has droppedAttorney General Dappula de Livera says the public trust in the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) has dropped due to the recent turn of events involving its officers with possible links to drug traffickers....Link
2020/07/05
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Ada DeranaWill introduce laws to prohibit sale of country s resources – PMLaws will be brought forward to prohibit the sale of the country s resources, says Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa....Link
2020/07/05
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Ada DeranaFive arrivals bring COVID-19 cases count to 2,074The Ministry of Health says five more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Sri Lanka as of 7.30 pm today (04)....Link
2020/07/05
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Ada DeranaContraband including 1,102 mobile phones seized from prisons within 4 weeksMore than 3,000 contraband have been seized from 28 prisons island-wide within the last four weeks, says the Department of Prisons....Link
2020/07/05
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Ada DeranaPrinting ballot papers of all districts concludesPrinting ballot papers of all 25 districts for the General Election 2020 has been concluded, says the Department of Government Printing....Link
2020/07/05
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Daily MirrorUK’s first female suicide bomb plotter says 'was planning a SL-style attack'The UK’s first female suicide bomb plotter has told the police during an interview that she was planning a Sri Lanka-style terror attack on St Paul’s Cathedral as she is jailed for 14 years, Daily Mail reported. ...Link
2020/07/05
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Daily MirrorMatch-fixing allegations - Aluthgamage risks court action if proved wrongFormer sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage runs the risk of being be tried under the Prevention of Offences Relating to Sports Act if he the allegations he had made are found to be false with regard to the 2011 Cricket World Cup final, former sports minister Harin Fernando said today. Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Daily MirrorAG’s Dept. says will raise preliminary objectionsThe Attorney General’s Department yesterday informed Supreme Court that it would raise preliminary objections against the Fundamental Rights petition filed seeking an order to immediately arrest Former LTTE commander and armed group leader Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias ’Karuna Amman’ over a con...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Daily MirrorCondoms found in CMC workshop drain: CouncillorThe Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) will carry out an investigation into the findings of condoms inside the blocked drains of the Municipal workshop, a CMC member Saman Abeygoonaratne told Daily Mirror yesterday. ...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Daily MirrorDCS to conduct survey on economic impact of COVID-19The Census and Statistics Department (DCS) will conduct a countrywide survey on the economic impact of COVID-19 with the participation of 20,000 large, medium and micro level businesses, industries and other commercial ventures in the private sector. ...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Daily MirrorSL increases surveillance along northern coastSri Lanka has raised surveillance along its northern coast, following reports of some Sri Lankan refugees in India attempting to return by boats following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, authorities in Tamil Nadu denied any large-scale attempts by refugees to leave the country illega...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Daily MirrorAttorney General lambastes top copsAttorney General Dappula De Livera yesterday reprimanded higher officials of the Sri Lanka Police Department stating that they were responsible for the state of affairs at the Police Department. ...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Daily MirrorThree SEP candidates in Jaffna threatenedThe fallout of the militarization process on some of the candidates in Jaffna contesting the general election under the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) was evident when some persons claiming to belong to military intelligence had forced three SEP candidates and their family members to provide persona...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Daily MirrorHideouts of accused in fake Sri Lankan league scam raidedA day after The Indian Express reported about matches of Uva T20 League, purportedly being played in Sri Lanka, but actually held in Sawara village in Mohali district, (Indian) the local police conducted raids at the hideouts of the two accused arrested on Thursday night. ...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Daily MirrorLegal provisions for persons accompanying voters with disabilities issuedThe Election Commission has issued the legal provisions regarding electors with disability to be accompanied by a person to assist in marking the ballot paper at the polling station. ...Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Daily MirrorEC to propose extending quarantine to 21 daysThe three member Elections Commission will on July 6 discuss and submit a proposal to the health authorities to extend the quarantine period of those in centers and home to 21 days from the existing 14 days so that two PCR tests can be conducted on them before the August 5 General Elections. Link
2020/07/05
02:00
Daily MirrorMalaka Silva assault case: Scottish Engineer’s name clearedColombo Chief Magistrate’s Court on Friday concluded the counter case filed by Malaka Silva, son of former Minister Mervyn Sliva, against Scottish Engineer James Cassserly who was allegedly involved in a brawl with Malaka Silva at a nightclub in 2014. ...Link
2020/07/03
19:31
Daily NewsOne patient tests positive for COVID-19, Cases rise to 2067One person had tested positive for the Coronavirus, stated the Epidemiology Unit (7:00pm). Accordingly, the total number of COVID-19 positive patients in the country stands at 2067....Link
2020/07/03
19:30
NewsFirstNo record of letter from Ex-Sports Minister on 2011 CWC match-fixing claim : ICC;The ICC Anti-Corruption Unit said at this moment it has not been presented with any evidence that supports the claims made or which would merit launching an investigation under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code regarding the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2011 final. ICC Anti-Corruption Unit General Manage...Link
2020/07/03
19:30
NewsFirstCID records statement from Ranil Wickremesinghe on Bond-Scam;The Criminal Investigations Department recorded a statement from UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe at his residence. The statement recorded was with regard to the Central Bank Treasury Bond Scam. Police Spokesperson SSP Jaliya Senaratne said CID officers are at Wickremesinghe’s resident located at 05...Link
2020/07/03
19:30
Daily MirrorTwo youths drowned in Ma-OyaTwo youths had drowned while bathing in Ma-Oya in Giriulla today, police said. ...Link
2020/07/03
19:30
Daily MirrorCOVID-19 in the past 24 hours- 12 test positive; 36 recoverThe Epidemiology Unit today said that in the past 24 hours, 12 people were tested positive to the COVID-19 infection while 36 patients who had recovered were discharged from various hospitals. ...Link
2020/07/03
19:15
Ada DeranaPresident appoints committee to study development of Jaya and East container terminalsPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a five-member committee to study the development of the Jaya Container Terminal and the East Container Terminal at the Colombo Port....Link
2020/07/03
19:00
Colombo TelegraphNeville D Jayaweera – The Vicissitudes[…]...Link
2020/07/03
18:46
Asian MirrorICC Anti-Corruption Chief Says No Reason To Doubt The Integrity Of ICC World Cup Final 2011ICC Anti-Corruption Unit General Manager Alex Marshall responded to allegations of corruption with regards to the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2011 final and said there was no reason to doubt the integrity of the match.Issuing a statement, he said; "The ICC Integrity Unit has looked into the recent a...Link
2020/07/03
18:45
Colombo PageForeign Minister outlines Sri Lanka’s digital responses to COVID -19Visionary political leadership of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the effective use of technology in a whole – of – government approach has enabled Sri Lanka to control the COVID-19 and a wide range of pandemic related issues – said Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena...Link
2020/07/03
18:45
Ada DeranaICC s anti-corruption chief says no record of any letter on match-fixing from ex-Sports MinisterICC Anti-Corruption Unit General Manager Alex Marshall has responded to allegations of corruption with regards to the ICC Men s Cricket World Cup 2011 final....Link
2020/07/03
18:45
Daily MirrorTwo Chinese nationals arrested for detaining three Chinese nationals in Mt.LaviniaTwo Chinese nationals and two Sri Lankans were arrested by the Mount Lavinia police for illegally detaining three Chinese nationals. ...Link
2020/07/03
18:45
Daily MirrorCID records statement from Ranil at his residenceA Criminal Investigation Department (CID) team has recorded a statement from UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe at his residence regarding the Central Bank bond scam. ...Link
2020/07/03
18:31
Colombo TelegraphCovid-19 Through The Perspectives Of Children & Youth[…]...Link
2020/07/03
18:30
NewsFirstPrabhakaran said he wanted to have TNA leaders killed; Karuna regrets not doing so;Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias ‘Karuna Amman’, the leader of the Tamil United Freedom Front said it was he who created the Tamil National Alliance or the TNA. Speaking at an event, ‘Karuna Amman’ said at the time a journalist by the name of Sivaram approached him with a proposal to show the wor...Link
2020/07/03
18:30
NewsFirstNigerian sentenced to death for cocaine possession;A Nigerian was sentenced to death by the Colombo High Court today after he was found guilty for possessing and trafficking cocaine. Indictments were filed against the accused of the possession of 774 grams of cocaine and trafficking. Colombo High Court Judge Adithya Patabandige ruled the foreign na...Link
2020/07/03
18:30
Ada DeranaTwo teens drown in Ma-OyaTwo teenagers have reportedly drowned while bathing in the Ma-Oya in the Yaka Bendi Ella area at Giriulla....Link
2020/07/03
18:30
Daily MirrorWe have no reason to doubt 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup Final: ICCResponding to allegations of corruption with regards to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2011 final, ICC Anti-Corruption Unit General Manager Alex Marshall said they had no reason to doubt the integrity of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Final 2011. ...Link
2020/07/03
18:16
Asian MirrorFormer PM Ranil Wickremesinghe Currently Being Questioned On Treasury Bonds Scam By CIDA team of officers from the Criminal Investigations Department are currently recording a statement from former Prime Minister and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.The former Prime Minister is currently being questioned at his Colombo residence on the bond scam.Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesing...Link
2020/07/03
18:15
Colombo PageSri Lanka court sentences Nigerian national to death for drug possessionColombo High Court today sentenced a Nigerian national to death for possession and trafficking of cocaine....Link
2020/07/03
17:45
Colombo PageCentral Bank clarifies opening Special Deposit AccountsThe Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) issuing a statement today categorically denied the views/concerns expressed/raised by few authorities and persons that the required due diligence processes are not followed by banks...Link
2020/07/03
17:30
NewsFirstThere is no evidence to claim the 2011 Cricket World Cup final was fixed – Police;The Special Investigation Unit on Prevention of Offenses Relating to Sports’ which investigated the 2011 Cricket World Cup match-fixing allegations has concluded its investigations as it found no evidence which proves the Cricket World Cup final was fixed. In a statement, Police Headquarters said t...Link
2020/07/03
17:30
Colombo PageFitch affirms national ratings of four Sri Lankan finance companies; one on rating watch positiveFitch Ratings has affirmed the National Long-Term Ratings of the following four Sri Lankan finance and leasing companies:...Link
2020/07/03
17:30
Ada DeranaCID team visit Ranil s home to record statementA team of officers from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) are currently at the official residence of former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to record a statement....Link
2020/07/03
17:15
Colombo TelegraphImport Controls – Out Of Control?[…]...Link
2020/07/03
17:15
Ada DeranaSri Lanka says committed to achieve reconciliation through domestic processDespite its withdrawal from the UNHRC resolution, Sri Lanka says it remains committed to achieve reconciliation, accountability and human rights within the framework of the Sri Lankan Constitution, through a “domestically designed and executed” process in line with the Government s policy framework....Link
2020/07/03
17:00
Colombo PageSri Lanka Police SIU ends investigation into World Cup match fixing allegationThe Sri Lankan Police on Friday ended its investigation into allegations made by former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage that the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka was ‘sold’ to India for money....Link
2020/07/03
17:00
Daily MirrorTwo Chinese arrested in Mt.Lavinia for detaining three other ChineseTwo Chinese including a woman and two Sri Lankans were arrested by the Mount Lavinia police for illegally detaining three Chinese. ...Link
2020/07/03
16:45
Sri Lanka MirrorNigerian sentenced to death by Colombo High CourtA Nigerian was sentenced to death by the Colombo High Court today.The suspect was found guilty of drug trafficking.The Nigerian was arrested in Sri Lanka on charges of trafficking cocaine.(colombogazette.com)(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by colombogazette.com has not bee...Link
2020/07/03
16:45
Ada DeranaPresident joins SLPP campaign from AnuradhapuraPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa joined the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) election campaign from Anuradhapura today (July 03)....Link
2020/07/03
16:31
Lanka Business OnlineWomen’s Chamber for Digital Sri Lanka & World Vision promotes digital literacyWorld Vision partnered with Women’s Chamber for Digital Sri Lanka to uplift digital literacy and skills among 240 students, unemployed youth and......Link
2020/07/03
16:30
Sri Lanka MirrorMahela reveals why he insisted on appearing todayFormer Sri Lanka cricketer Mahela Jayawardena has spoken to the media after arriving at the Sports ministry today (03).Jayawardena had appeared before the Special Investigation Division of the Sports Ministry but left without recording a statement.Speaking to the media, he had said that although the...Link
2020/07/03
16:30
Sri Lanka MirrorNearly 154 in Jinthupitiya quarantinedNearly 154 persons who had come in contact with the Covid-19 patient detected in Jinthupitiya yesterday (02), had been removed from the area and placed in quarantine, the Government Information Department states.A media release by the Government Information Department issued on this regard quotes th...Link
2020/07/03
16:30
Sri Lanka MirrorSTF arrests woman who peddled Dematagoda Chaminda's drugsA woman who had peddled 251 grams of heroin valued at over Rs. 2.5 million was arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) at Kelanimulla, Mulleriyawa today (03).The woman is a 39-year old resident of the Angoda area.It has been revealed that the infamous underworld figure - Dematagoda Chaminda, who is...Link
2020/07/03
16:16
Asian MirrorSports Ministry Special Investigations Unit Says Investigations Into 2011 World Cup Final Suspended Due To Lack Of EvidenceThe Ministry of Sports Special Investigations Unit said the investigations into 2011 World Cup final match-fixing claims would be discontinued due to lack of evidence.A senior police officer heading the unit told the media that the statements recorded from former cricketers were sufficient to conclu...Link
2020/07/03
16:16
Daily NewsNPC approves Sujith Wedamulla as new PNB DirectorThe National Police Commission has approved the appointment of the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sujith Wedamulla as the new Director of the Police Narcotic Bureau (......Link
2020/07/03
16:16
Daily NewsIllicit liquor den in Poonewa raided by NavyThe Navy raided an illicit liquor den and apprehended a person with a stock of illicit liquor, during a foot patrol conducted in Weditibbagala, Poonewa yesterday.While playing a pivotal role for the......Link
2020/07/03
16:15
Sri Lanka MirrorProbe on World Cup final suspended!The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of the Sports Ministry suspends investigations into alleged claims of match fixing at the 2011 Cricket World Cup final between Sri Lanka and India.The SIU says that there is lack of evidence to support Mahindananda Aluthgamage's allegations.Chief of the SIU, SSP...Link
2020/07/03
16:15
Daily MirrorSend applications for NICs before July 17: DRPThe Department for Registration of Persons (DRP) today requested the public to send in their completed applications before July 17 to obtain National Identity Cards (NICs) as a valid identity document when casting their votes. Link
2020/07/03
16:15
Daily MirrorReopening schools under the second stage on July 6: Edu. MinistrySubsequent to the decision made to reopen schools in four stages, the Education Ministry announced the re-opening of all schools in four stages commencing on Monday (July 6). ...Link
2020/07/03
16:15
Daily MirrorAG yet to provide advice on Ceylon Thawheed JamaathThe Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) today informed the court that they were yet to receive Attorney General’s advice regarding investigations against six members attached to the Ceylon Thawheed Jamaath including its Secretary Abdul Razik for allegedly making derogatory remarks on Buddha and hurting th...Link
2020/07/03
16:15
Daily MirrorMatch fixing inquiry halted due to baseless allegationsThe investigations carried out in relation to 2011 ICC World Cup Final match fixing allegations made by former minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, has been halted as the investigation unit deemed that allegations are baseless, Police media spokesman SP Jaliya Senaratne said. ...Link
2020/07/03
16:01
Daily NewsNavy seizes 400kg of Kerala cannabisNavy personnel seize about 400kg of Kerala cannabis in the seas off Mandaitivu Island.The contraband was discovered when the Naval personnel were patrolling the seas near the area.Operations are......Link
2020/07/03
16:00
Ada DeranaSports Ministry s SIU halts World Cup final fixing probeThe Special Investigation Unit of the Ministry of Sports has suspended its investigation into the match-fixing allegations concerning the 2011 ICC World Cup final, due to insufficient evidence....Link
2020/07/03
15:45
Daily MirrorDMT services back to normal from July 1The Department of Motor Traffic (DMT) today announced that its services which were disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic had been normalised since July 1, DMT Commissioner-General Sumith C. Alahakoon said. ...Link
2020/07/03
15:32
Lanka Business OnlineFitch affirms National Ratings of 4 finance companies; one on rating watch positiveFitch Ratings has affirmed the National Long-Term Ratings of four Sri Lankan finance and leasing companies. -AMW Capital......Link
2020/07/03
15:30
NewsFirstSIU will no longer summon cricketers to record statementsA special investigation unit has said it will not summon cricketers to record statements, as part of its ongoing probe into the 2011 world cup finals. Sufficient evidence has been recorded and a report will besubmitted to the sports ministry secretary on the investigation, according to the investiga...Link
2020/07/03
15:15
Colombo TelegraphSybil: A Farewell To A Legendary Storyteller […]...Link
2020/07/03
14:46
Daily NewsDepartment of Motor Traffic normalizes servicesConsidering the current situation of the country, the Department of Motor Traffic announced that it will be normalizing its services, adhering to government and health regulations.However, the......Link
2020/07/03
14:45
Sri Lanka MirrorCelebrated Bollywood choreographer - Saroj Khan no moreSaroj Khan, one of India's most prominent choreographers, has died at the age of 71.Khan had an illustrious career that stretched four decades, and choreographed some of Bollywood's most iconic and popular songs.Her career took off in the late 1980s, when she worked on a slew of hit numbers with lea...Link
2020/07/03
14:45
FTCartoon 03.07.2020 ...Link
2020/07/03
13:45
News.LkNormalizing the Services Provided by the Department of Motor TrafficNormalizing the Services Provided by the Department of Motor Traffic...Link
2020/07/03
13:45
Ada DeranaSSP Wedamulla approved as new PNB DirectorThe National Police Commission has approved the appointment of SSP Sujith Wedamulla as the new Director of the Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB)....Link
2020/07/03
13:30
NewsFirst(WATCH) Mahela dismisses reports which claim he wasn’t available to give a statement; Former Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Mahela Jayawardena dismissed certain media reports which claimed he was not available to provide a statement to the ‘Special Investigation Unit on Prevention of Offenses Relating to Sports’ with regard to the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final fixing claims, made by Ex-S...Link
2020/07/03
13:30
Ada DeranaOver 150 persons from Jintupitiya sent for quarantineThe Covid-19 patient who was reported from Jintupitiya in Colombo 13 during his home quarantine period yesterday (02) has been hospitalized....Link
2020/07/03
13:15
Sri Lanka MirrorNearly 154 in Jinthupitiya quarantinedNearly 154 persons who had come in contact with the Covid-19 patient detected in Jinthupitiya yesterday (02), had been removed from the area and placed in quarantine, the Government Information Department states.A media release by the Government Information Department issued on this regard quotes th...Link
2020/07/03
13:15
Sri Lanka MirrorFacemasks, not compulsory for school childrenDirector General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe says that it is not compulsory for school children to wear facemasks while in the classroom.He emphasized that this is clearly stated in the circular containing the health guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health to the Ministry of Education.D...Link
2020/07/03
13:15
Daily MirrorDIG and Director of PNB transferredThe DIG and the Director of Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB) have been transferred following a request of the Acting IGP C.D. Wickramaratna. ...Link
2020/07/03
13:01
Daily News36 COVID-19 patients recovered, COVID-19 recovered cases rise to 1863Thirty-six persons who had tested positive for the virus had recovered from the virus by this morning, raising the total coronavirus recoveries to 1863....Link
2020/07/03
13:00
Colombo PageGroup of 261 Sri Lankans stranded in Japan arrives in the countryA SriLankan Airlines flight carrying 261 Sri Lankans who were stranded in Japan due to COVID-19 pandemic arrived at the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport this morning....Link
2020/07/03
13:00
Ada DeranaCovid-19 recoveries in Sri Lanka climb to 1,863The Ministry of Health confirmed that another 36 patients infected with Covid-19 has completely recovered and that they have been discharged from hospital....Link
2020/07/03
12:45
Colombo PageRecording statement from Mahela postponedFormer Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has been informed not to arrive at the Sports Ministry Investigation Unit to record a statement today....Link
2020/07/03
12:45
Ada Derana400 kg of Kerala cannabis seized by the navyNavy personnel have seized around 400 kilograms of Kerala cannabis worth over Rs 60 million during an operation in the seas off Mandaitivu Island....Link
2020/07/03
12:45
Daily MirrorNavy apprehends Kerala Cannabis worth over Rs.60mnSri Lanka Navy today apprehended approximately 400kgs of Kerala Cannabis worth over Rs. 60 million during a raid in the sea off Mandaitivu Island, the Navy said. ...Link
2020/07/03
12:31
Daily News1,733 arrested for various crimes within 24-hoursThe Police had arrested 1,733 suspects over various crimes including the possession of narcotics, firearms and explosives during islandwide raids conducted within 24-hour period between 12am July 1......Link
2020/07/03
12:30
NewsFirst154 contacts of Jinthupitiya COVID-19 case moved to mandatory quarantine;154 people identified as contacts of the COVID-19 patient detected from Jinthupitiya in Colombo 13 were taken away from the area for mandatory quarantine. The Government Information Department quoting Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said there is no risk of COVID-19 spreading ...Link
2020/07/03
12:30
Colombo Page429 arrested in special police raids in Western ProvinceThe police have arrested 429 suspects in connection with narcotics and other illegal activities during raids conducted from 6 am Thursday to 5 am Friday in Western Province....Link
2020/07/03
12:30
Daily MirrorPort TUs call off strike following PM’s assuranceFollowing the assurance of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the All Ceylon Port General Workers’ Union (ACPGWU) had decided to call off their strike which was launched yesterday over an issue with the Eastern Container Terminal of the Colombo Port, ACPGWU Co-Convenor Prasanna Kalutarage said. Link
2020/07/03
12:15
Sri Lanka MirrorSanga gives statement for nearly 10 hrs ; Mahela summoned tomorrowFormer Sri Lankan Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara provided a statement to the ‘Special Investigation Unit on Prevention of Offenses Relating to Sports’ for almost 10 hours today (02).He was summoned before the unit with regard to the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final fixing claims, made by ex-sports Min...Link
2020/07/03
12:15
Sri Lanka Mirror20 police officers transferredTwenty police officers have been transferred with immediate effect.The police headquarters say that the transfers have been approved by the National Police Commission as well as the Election Commission and are being done as per service requirements.Twelve DIGs, 06 SSPs and 2 ASPs are among those who...Link
2020/07/03
12:01
Daily News154 persons from Jinthupitiya sent for quarantine154 were taken away from the area for mandatory quarantine after health authorities found that they had maintained contact with a COVID-19 patient.Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil......Link
2020/07/03
12:01
Colombo TelegraphMuslim Politics In Confusion & Disarray[…]...Link
2020/07/03
12:00
Colombo PageColombo Port trade unions call off strike after talks with PMThe trade union collective says they have called off the strike launched by the employees of Colombo Port following a discussion with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa....Link
2020/07/03
11:45
Sri Lanka MirrorPort workers call off their strikeEmployees of Colombo port have decided to call off their strike following a discussion with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.The discussion with the PM was held at the Carlton House in Tangalle this morning (03).The PM is said to have provided solutions to their issues and had also assured to unload...Link
2020/07/03
11:31
Colombo TelegraphComrade Shan: Remembering N. Sanmugathasan On His Birth Centenary […]...Link
2020/07/03
11:30
Colombo PageHNB rises 39 notches up in the ranks among the Top 1,000 World Banks 2020Cementing an international reputation for excellence, Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank, HNB PLC, was ranked among the Top 1,000 World Banks 2020 for the fourth consecutive year by the UK’s prestigious Banker magazine....Link
2020/07/03
11:30
Colombo PageDialog Axiata’s Genie partners with WEBXPAYPowered by Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, Genie, Sri Lanka’s first PCI-DSS-certified payment app, has partnered with WEBXPAY to further scale their reach to over 1,400 merchants to provide a simple and secure payment checkout via Genie....Link
2020/07/03
11:30
Daily Mirror153 of 29 families in Kotahena sent for quarantineSome 153 persons belonging to 29 families in Jinthupitiya in Kotahena including a member of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) have been sent to quarantine centre in Kandakadu after a seaman residing in the area tested positive for COVID-19, Chief Medical Officer Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Dr....Link
2020/07/03
11:16
Daily NewsColombo Port employees decides to call off strikeEmployees of Colombo port have decided to end their strike following a discussion with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.A decision was taken at the meeting to unload the three Gantry Cranes which......Link
2020/07/03
11:16
Colombo TelegraphWhy Are You Reading This?[…]...Link
2020/07/03
11:16
Colombo TelegraphHung Parliament & The Fate Of Machiavellians[…]...Link
2020/07/03
11:00
Sri Lanka Mirror20 police officers transferredTwenty police officers have been transferred with immediate effect.The police headquarters say that the transfers have been approved by the National Police Commission as well as the Election Commission and are being done as per service requirements.Twelve DIGs, 06 SSPs and 2 ASPs are among those who...Link
2020/07/03
11:00
Sri Lanka MirrorMedia barred from covering AG's lecture ; STF summoned (Pics)Journalists who had gone to cover a lecture delivered by the Attorney General - Dappula de Livera today (03) had been denied entry by the police.The lecture for higher police officers including DIGs, was to be delivered at the DIG office in Colombo.The media was invited to cover the event by the AG'...Link
2020/07/03
11:00
Daily MirrorMatch-fixing inquiry: SIU postpones recording of Mahela’s statementFormer Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardene has left the Special Investigations Unit after being informed that his statement would be recorded on another date. ...Link
2020/07/03
10:46
Daily News29 navy personnel recovered, Total Navy recovery 877Twenty-nine Navy personnel who was infected with the COVID-19 has been discharged.As of now, 877 naval personnel out of the total number of infected ones, have been discharged from hospitals after......Link
2020/07/03
10:30
NewsFirstStrike action at the Colombo port called offThe strike action was called off as solutions were provided to their issues at a meeting with the Prime Minister, according to the Harbour Trade Unions. Trade unions staged the protest citing delays in developing the East Container Terminal at the Colombo Port....Link
2020/07/03
10:30
Sri Lanka MirrorRoads closed as 143 in Jinthupitiya to be quarantined (Pics)One hundred and forty three persons of 29 families living in the Jinthupitiya area of Col. 13 are to be directed to a quarantine centre, an area PHI has said.Measures are taken together with the Army to quarantine these people who are residents of the 123 Wattha, where a Covid-19 patient was detecte...Link
2020/07/03
10:30
Sri Lanka MirrorWasn't officially informed not to come - MahelaFormer Sri Lankan cricket captain Mahela Jayawardena says he visited the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) of the Sports Ministry probing the match fixing claims as he was not officially informed not to appear today (03).Earlier, the SIU said that Jayawardene was informed to come on an alternate day ...Link
2020/07/03
10:15
FTPresident bans use of his photographs in election campaignsPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday ordered that his photographs should not be used by candidates contesting the upcoming election in their propaganda campaign. No public official serving in security forces, Government service, corporations, boards and statutory bodies should engage in political ...Link
2020/07/03
10:15
FTPresident joins SLPP campaign from Anuradhapura todayPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa will join the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) election campaign today from Anuradhapura. Accordingly, President Rajapaksa is scheduled to attend 12 public gatherings to be held in Anuradhapura district, to ensure the victory of the SLPP candidates contesting in the up...Link
2020/07/03
10:15
FTPresident and ruling Govt. should be from same political partySri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) prime ministerial candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday reiterated that the President and the Cabinet should represent the same political party for smooth functioning of the Government and continued development of projects. He made these remarks at a meeting held i...Link
2020/07/03
10:15
Ada DeranaMahela arrives at Sports Ministry s SIU despite date changeFormer Sri Lanka cricket captain Mahela Jayawardena has reportedly arrived at the Special Investigations Unit of the Sports Ministry despite having been informed that the recording of his statement has been postponed....Link
2020/07/03
10:00
FTMCC report presented to CabinetThe Cabinet has been presented with the evaluation report of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement to obtain their views, an official said yesterday. Cabinet spokesman Bandula Gunawardena said the report which was presented to both President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahin...Link
2020/07/03
10:00
FTFertiliser to be sold at Rs. 1,000 per 50 kg packBy Uditha Jayasinghe Cabinet yesterday gave approval for the Agrarian Development Centres to purchase remaining stocks of fertiliser imported under the Government subsidy and make them available for sale to farmers at Rs. 1,000 per 50 kg pack.. Cabinet approved the proposal presented by Mahaweli, Ag...Link
2020/07/03
10:00
FT12 new COVID-19 patientsBy Asiri Fernando Twelve persons tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, raising the total number of confirmed cases at 2066, as the Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi downplayed concerns raised by the Opposition about the Government’s preparedness to face a possible second wave of the virus....Link
2020/07/03
10:00
Ada DeranaColombo Port trade unions call off strike after talks with PMTrade unions of the Colombo Port have decided to call off their strike action following a meeting held with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa....Link
2020/07/03
10:00
Daily MirrorMatch-fixing inquiry: Mahela summonedFormer Sri Lanka cricketer Mahela Jayawardene arrived at the Special Investigations Unit of Sports Ministry at Sugathadasa Stadium this morning to record a statement over the match-fixing allegations in the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final between India and Sri Lanka. Link
2020/07/03
09:46
Asian MirrorConfusion Reigns: Jayawardena Appears Before Special Investigations Unit As Decision To Postpone Summons Not Conveyed To HimFormer Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawaerdena arrived at the Sports Ministry Special Investigations Unit although the sports authorities earlier said a statement would not be recorded from him.Jayawardena said he appeared before the SIU as the decision was not formally to conveyed to him by any part...Link
2020/07/03
09:45
FTEconomic transformation of the COVID-19 battered MSME sectorBy Dr. Nimal A. Fernando The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive adverse impact on all type of enterprises across the globe, with the exception of few tech giants whose market capitalisation increased substantially as a result of the pandemic related factors. However, it is not surprising that the a...Link
2020/07/03
09:45
Ada Derana20 top cops transferred; PNB gets new DIGA group of high-ranking police officers including DIGs and Acting DIGs have been transferred on exigencies of service, the Police Headquarters said....Link
2020/07/03
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NewsFirstDon’t canvass with face-masks promoting candidates – PoliceThe Acting Inspector General of Police has instructed all police stations in the country are to monitor if groups are engaged in election campaigning wearing face-mask with the symbol, number and name of a candidate contesting the General Election. The National Elections Commission had notified Sri ...Link
2020/07/03
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NewsFirstTotal number of COVID-19 rise to 2,066The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country has risen to 2,066. The Epidemiology Unit at the Ministry of Health, said there are 228 active COVID-19 patients currently receiving medical treatment. The total number of recoveries increased to 1,827. The total death toll in Sri Lanka sta...Link
2020/07/03
09:30
Colombo PageFourth International does not approve ‘Bahu’ contesting general election under UNP ticketThe Fourth International Bureau, the executive bureau of the Marxist movement Fourth International has disapproved the candidature of Vikramabahu ’’Bahu’’ Karunaratne, the chairperson of the Nava Sama Samaja Party (NSSP) under the United National Party (UNP)...Link
2020/07/03
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Daily NewsShowers expected in several provincesSeveral spells of showers will occur in Western, North-western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Southern provinces, stated the Meteorology Department. Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places......Link
2020/07/03
09:00
Ada DeranaPM holds talks with Colombo Port workers unionsA discussion is currently underway between Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapksa and representatives of trade unions at the Colombo Port, regarding the issue concerning the Eastern Terminal of the port....Link
2020/07/03
09:00
Daily MirrorCEB to purchase power from 38 mini-power plantsThe Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) will purchase power from 38 small power plants to add 75 MW of electricity to the national grid, the Prime Minister’s Media Division said yesterday. ...Link
2020/07/03
08:46
Asian MirrorAluthgamage Allegations: Sports Authorities Decide Not To Summon Mahela Jayawardena Today Amidst Growing ProtestsSri Lankan sports authorities have suddenly decided not to summon former skipper Mahela Jayawardena to record a statement on 2011 World Cup final match fixing allegations.Jayawardena was asked to appear before the Special Investigations Unit of the Ministry of Sports this morning. The decision, howe...Link
2020/07/03
08:45
Colombo PageCAASL awards letters of authorization for 19 drone operatorsNineteen 19 Drone Operators from around the country were awarded Letters of Authorization for Drone Surveillance Operation in Humanitarian Tasks at Headquarters, Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) in Katunayake on 26th June 2020....Link
2020/07/03
08:45
Ada DeranaCovid-19 recoveries in the navy jumps to 877Twenty-nine more navy personnel who had previously tested positive for Covid-19 have fully recovered and have been discharged from hospital....Link
2020/07/03
08:30
Ada DeranaShowers expected in five provincesThe Meteorology Department says that several spells of showers will occur in Western, North-western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Southern provinces....Link
2020/07/03
08:30
Ada DeranaMahela told not to appear before SIU of Sports Ministry todayThe Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of the Ministry of Health has informed former Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Mahela Jayawardene not to appear before the panel today (03)....Link
2020/07/03
08:16
NewsFirstMahela Inquiry Postponed: Public furious over Sanga being quizzedFormer SL Captain Mahela Jayawardena will provide a statement to ‘Special Investigation Unit on Prevention of Offenses Relating to Sports’ on a later date, according to sources. Reports say that the Sports Ministry Investigation Unit had informed the star batsmen that a new date for his statement to...Link
2020/07/03
06:45
Daily MirrorGlobal community pledges US$252 mn to fight COVID- pandemic: Govt.The global community and organizations have committed to provide USD 252 million (Rs. 45 billion approximately) in cash, goods, medicine and medical equipment to Sri Lanka to fight Covid-19 pandemic, Cabinet spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardana said yesterday. Link
2020/07/03
04:45
FTUnilever announces next step in evolution of skin care portfolioUnilever Sri Lanka announced yesterday the next step in the evolution of its skin care portfolio, with the rebranding of its flagship brand Fair & Lovely.. Taking forward the brand’s journey towards a more inclusive vision of beauty, the company will stop using the word ‘Fair’ in the brand name ‘Fai...Link
2020/07/03
04:45
FTA journey through childhood memories and favourite family recipesThimali Bandara is an 18-year-old Sri Lankan. She was a former national swimmer, who has been representing Sri Lanka at international competitions, including the World Championships in 2018. She was awarded a scholarship based on her swimming and academic successes to complete high school at a Unite...Link
2020/07/03
04:45
Daily MirrorWildlife Resources Minister requested to propose planDiscussions are underway to remove 05/2001 circular issued by the Environment Ministry which gave provisions for the Forest Department to develop and protect state forest patches. “This circular was issued back in 2001 at a time when state lands inclusive of forest patches were also under the purvie...Link
2020/07/03
04:30
FTInspired success: Learning from the world’s bestThis is a series of articles outlining the teachings of some of the world’s most seminal thought leaders. We have selected those I have personally interacted with, in many cases worked with, and delivered with. We will present a one-day session in August synthesising these learnings in a highly inte...Link
2020/07/03
04:30
FTOnline cookery demonstration of Taste of KeralaThe Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), High Commission of India, Colombo, in association with World Malayalee Federation and Kerala Samajam of Sri Lanka will be holding an online cookery demonstration Taste of Kerala ‘Pidiyum Kozhiyirachiyum’ by Hari Krishnan and Anitha Hari Krishnan on Satur...Link
2020/07/03
04:30
FTCeylon Ocean Seafood to deliver fresh catch door to doorCeylon Ocean Seafood Ltd. has begun operations to deliver a wide range of fresh catch door to door in selected areas for online orders made.. A spokesman for Ceylon Ocean Seafood said its team would strive to deliver fresh and hygienic seafood ranging from a variety of fish such as thalapath (sailfi...Link
2020/07/03
04:30
FTHSBC Premier brings customers exquisite, flavourful dining experienceHSBC Premier in a joint partnership with The Kingsbury is extending a warm invitation to all Premier customers for an unforgettable gastronomic adventure around the globe, with the bank’s signature ‘Cardholder Dines Free’ offering valid until 31 July. HSBC Premier customers get to take a global expe...Link
2020/07/03
04:30
FTOnline tabla recital by H. Dilshan Priyasad todayThe Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), High Commission of India, Colombo, will be holding an online tabla recital by Dilshan Priyasad on Friday, 3 July at 7 p.m. on SVCC, Colombo Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ICCRSriLanka. Dilshan has completed his Master of Arts (Tabla) at Indira K...Link
2020/07/03
04:30
FTDialog Axiata’s Genie partners Harpo’s Pizza and Pasta for easy cashless paymentsGenie, a payment aggregator app powered by Dialog Axiata, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, has partnered Harpo’s Pizza & Pasta to offer customers a cashless experience for simplicity and convenience.. Since its inception as Colombo’s first authentic thin-crust wood-fired pizza maker by leg...Link
2020/07/03
04:15
FTSri Lanka sinks in April and May, must avoid a second waveLast week was a tough week for the World Health Organization (WHO) as the single day COVID-19 cases crossed 183,000, which was the highest seen globally in the backdrop of 9.8 million people contracting the virus and 495,000 succumbing to the lethal virus.. What is very alarming is that WHO announce...Link
2020/07/03
04:00
FTFreedom to demand unfreedomHistory may or may not repeat itself. But there is no doubt that history can instruct. Over the millennia, people have welcomed tyrannical, authoritarian leaders. They have willingly and enthusiastically participated in their own oppression by willingly electing authoritarian leaders.. Why do people...Link
2020/07/03
04:00
FTRecreation of the StateThe problem of building the modern nation and that of the modern nation state can be considered as two major issues that should necessarily be addressed and resolved in a program launched for recreating the socio-political system of Sri Lanka. The failure to resolve these two issues which can be con...Link
2020/07/03
03:15
News.LkPresident tells bankers to go grassrootsIn order to develop villages the banking service in the country should understand the rural economy and the needs of the people, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa emphasized....Link
2020/07/03
03:15
News.LkMRI gets fully automated PCR machine to detect COVID-19The International Rotary Club has donated a fully automated PCR machine to the Medical Research Institute of Sri Lanka to expedite the diagnosis process of COVID-19....Link
2020/07/03
03:15
FTTwo-notch upgrade to Cargills Bank by Fitch; from ‘A-(lka)’ to ’A+(lka)’Fitch Ratings has upgraded the credit rating of Cargills Bank Ltd. from ‘A-(lka)’ to ‘A+(lka)’ with a stable outlook.. The National Ratings of the Sri Lankan banks consider their creditworthiness relative to other issuers in the country. The recalibration of the Sri Lankan National Rating scale has ...Link
2020/07/03
03:15
FTHNB rises up ranks in Banker Magazine UK’s Top 1,000 World Banks 2020Cementing an international reputation for excellence, Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank, HNB PLC, was ranked among the Top 1,000 World Banks 2020 for the fourth consecutive year by the UK’s prestigious Banker magazine.. The Banker is the world’s premier banking and finance resource, providing ...Link
2020/07/03
03:15
FTBonds trade within a narrow rangeBy Wealth Trust Securities The bond market traded within a narrow range yesterday as the liquid maturities of 15.12.22, 15.10.23, 15.09.24, 01.05.25, 01.02.26 and 15.10.27 changed hands within levels of 5.80% to 5.84%, 5.90%, 6.42% to 6.47%, 6.56% to 6.57%, 6.72% to 6.77% and 6.95% to 6.96% respecti...Link
2020/07/03
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News.LkPress Release- COVID 19Press Release- COVID 19...Link
2020/07/03
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News.LkMinister Dinesh Gunawardena and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in discussions on matters of bilateral interestForeign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo engaged in discussions on matters of bilateral interest in a telephone conversation on 29 June evening....Link
2020/07/03
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FTWhy are KYC and CDD required?With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the people faced great difficulties in visiting banks to open accounts and also to operate their existing accounts. However some banks have the facility of opening the accounts for the new customers online, without the prospective customer visiting the ban...Link
2020/07/03
03:00
FTNet foreign outflow tops Rs. 21 b as CSE remains bearishNet foreign outflow topped the Rs. 21 billion mark yesterday as the Colombo stock market continued to be bearish despite improved turnover.. Acuity Stockbrokers said the bourse ended on a negative today as the ASPI decreased by 0.76% or 39.37 points to close at 5,109.04 points, while the S&P SL20 In...Link
2020/07/03
02:46
Daily NewsCabinet DecisionsFollowing are the decisions taken at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on July 1.Procurement of food for the Department of prisonsAlthough the contract to procure food......Link
2020/07/03
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Daily NewsPeople will not vote for UNP again - Minister PavithraThe United National Party (UNP) is a walking corpse now, and the people have understood that they do not need to check the same bag they once opened, Health Minister Pavithra......Link
2020/07/03
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Daily News‘Vote wisely to elect responsible MPs’Voters must elect a responsible group of MPs to the next Parliament at the forthcoming General Election, as the whole country is now facing the ill effects of the 19th Amendment introduced by the ‘......Link
2020/07/03
02:46
Daily NewsRajapakshe says Rajitha accepted Rs. 20 mn from Avant Garde chiefFormer Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe accused former Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne of accepting a bribe of Rs. 20 million from Avant Garde Company.Rajapakshe said he had......Link
2020/07/03
02:46
Daily NewsPort strike over Eastern Terminal suspendedColombo Port employees who launched a continuous strike campaign suspended their action following discussions with Minister Johnston Fernando yesterday. They were......Link
2020/07/03
02:46
Daily NewsCEB directed to buy more powerPrime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday issued directives to add additional 75 megawatts to the National Grid.The PM has instructed Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Chairman......Link
2020/07/03
02:46
Daily NewsPresident in Anuradhapura todaySri Lanka Podujana Peramuna will inaugurate its election campaign today (3) to ensure the victory of SLPP candidates vying for the upcoming General Election from Anuradhapura......Link
2020/07/03
02:46
Daily NewsSpur economic growth in rural areas - PresidentIn order to develop villages the banking service in the country should understand the rural economy and the needs of the people, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa emphasized.It is a timely necessity to......Link
2020/07/03
02:45
Daily MirrorNeed two thirds majority to amend Constitution: MRA two-thirds majority in Parliament is needed at the forthcoming the General Elections to amend the Constitution in order to sort out issues in the country, Prime Minister and SLPP Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday. ...Link
2020/07/03
02:30
FTHambantota District Chamber of Commerce calls on Germany AmbassadorHambantota District Chamber of Commerce (HDCC) met with German Ambassador and head of German Industry and Commerce in Colombo, to discuss business and other opportunities to support business activities in Hambantota district. They agreed to work with the HDCC....Link
2020/07/03
02:30
FTFT Columnist at UN high-level roundtable seriesThe UN Secretary General this week launched a roundtable series on the impact of COVID-19 on the global economy. The high-level roundtable series intends to contribute to this learning process and to provide a space for contributing new thinking and perspectives. The first roundtable in the series, ...Link
2020/07/03
02:15
FTTexworld, Apparel Sourcing, Home Textile Sourcing Summer Edition 2020 goes virtualDue to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Javits Center has been turned into a makeshift hospital and Messe Frankfurt has decided to take the summer edition show to a virtual platform, with the aim to support the sourcing community through these unprecedented times. It will be held from 21 to 23 July. The t...Link
2020/07/03
02:15
FTWorld Economic Forum nominates Talal Rafi as Young Global Leader 2021Talal Rafi has been nominated by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader 2021. The mission of the Forum of the Young Global Leaders is to create a dynamic global community of exceptional people with the courage, vision and influence to drive positive change in the world. Referred to as ‘th...Link
2020/07/03
02:15
FTEDB steps up efforts to preserve Ceylon CinnamonBy Charumini de Silva The Export Development Board (EDB) is stepping up efforts to further preserve Ceylon Cinnamon, with plans to establish an Internal Control Mechanism. In this connection, the EDB has called for applications from suitable service providers or consultants to set up an internal con...Link
2020/07/03
02:01
Colombo TelegraphElucidation Wanted: On Tamil Issues & Solutions – Part I[…]...Link
2020/07/03
02:00
FTSenkadagala Finance secures its biggest long-term foreign fundingSenkadagala Finance Plc has secured its biggest long-term funding worth $ 25 million from FMO, the Dutch Development Bank. The five-year facility obtained at favourable terms will be exclusively used to boost Senkadagala Finance’s support for green vehicle business. This is Senkadagala Finance’s thi...Link
2020/07/03
02:00
FTSL received $ 185 m to combat COVID-19 outbreakThe Cabinet this week was informed that $ 185 million was given to Sri Lanka by several organisations including the World Bank to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as the Finance Minister updated the Cabinet of Ministers on the funds that had been pl...Link
2020/07/03
02:00
FTSri Lanka Insurance gets $ 4 m UL contractSriLankan Airlines’ aviation insurance policy will be renewed with Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation for $ 4 million, Cabinet decided recently. Aviation insurance is a mandatory requirement for airline operations. SriLankan Airlines obtained an insurance coverage from the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporati...Link
2020/07/03
02:00
FTWorld Bank downgrades SL to lower-middle income countryThe World Bank has downgraded Sri Lanka from an upper-middle income country to a lower-middle income one from 1 July. The move comes under the World Bank’s 2020-2021 country classification by income level, exactly a year after Sri Lanka was classified as an upper-middle income category. The world’s ...Link
2020/07/03
02:00
FTSC grants leave to appeal in action filed by importers of New Zealand milk powderThe Supreme Court yesterday granted leave to appeal against the order of the Commercial Court Judge refusing the application of Petitioners for the grant of an interim injunction against the Respondents, preventing them from making, publishing, advertorial, social media post and/or article and/or in...Link
2020/07/03
02:00
FTNPP calls for Colombo Port ECT to be developed domesticallyBy Asiri Fernando Talks between the Government and trade unions yesterday regarding the East Container Terminal (ECT) of the Colombo Port led to the unions temporarily removing a roadblock installed in the premises, following the Ports Minister arranging a meeting between the TUs and Prime Minister ...Link
2020/07/03
02:00
FTTourist arrivals drop by 50% in 1HBy Charumini de Silva Zero tourists for three consecutive months, owing to the COVID-19 shutdown, has forced first half cumulative tourist arrival numbers to reflect a drastic 50% plunge to 507,311. Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) data depicted the dismal “0” for tourist arrivals in ...Link
2020/07/03
02:00
FTRuwanpura Expressway given to local contractorsBy Uditha Jayasinghe In an unusual turn of events, the Cabinet has decided to give the Ruwanpura Expressway Project (REP) to local contractors, changing previous plans that had earmarked the first phase to be awarded to a Chinese company. The China National Technical Import and Export Corporation (C...Link
2020/07/03
02:00
FTDomestic it is, SL reiterates to UNHRCSri Lanka yesterday reiterated it remained committed to achieve reconciliation, accountability and human rights within the framework of the Sri Lankan Constitution, through a domestically-designed and executed process in line with the Government’s policy framework even as it withdraws from co-sponso...Link
2020/07/03
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Colombo PageDividend payments by Listed Companies will now reach shareholders fasterThe recently approved amendments to the listing rules of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) will enable shareholders to receive dividends declared by Listed companies much faster....Link
2020/07/03
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Sri Lanka MirrorSampath Bank expresses regret over Dehiwala incident (Video)Sampath Bank has issued a special notice to the public over the incident that had taken place earlier today at its Dehiwala branch, regarding the identification of a customer.'We would like to express our sincere regrets to the parties involved. The bank will commit to taking the necessary steps swi...Link
2020/07/03
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Colombo PageSri Lankan arrived from India infected with COVID-19 during self-quarantine at homeA Sri Lankan arrived from India has become positive for COVID-19 during self-isolation at home following the quarantine at a quarantine center....Link
2020/07/03
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Colombo PageCoronavirus update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 2066 with 12 new patients ThursdaySri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases rose to 2066 today with 12 more persons testing positive for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry said....Link
2020/07/02
23:46
Daily NewsRatnapura highway to begin work upto Ingiriya this yearConstruction activities of the first section of the Ratnapura Expressway from Kahathuduwa to Ingiriya will begin by the end of this year, Co-Cabinet Spokesman Information and Communication Technology......Link
2020/07/02
23:45
Sri Lanka MirrorSampath Bank expresses regret over Dehiwala incident (Video)Sampath Bank has issued a special notice to the public over the incident that had taken place earlier today at its Dehiwala branch, regarding the identification of a customer.'We would like to express our sincere regrets to the parties involved. The bank will commit to taking the necessary steps swi...Link
2020/07/02
23:45
Ada DeranaPresident tells bankers to go grassrootsIn order to develop villages, the banking service in the country should understand the rural economy and the needs of the people, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said....Link
2020/07/02
23:45
Daily MirrorNPP urges Govt. to refrain from selling Eastern Terminal to IndiaWhile claiming that the government was delaying to install the three gantry cranes at the Eastern Terminal of the Colombo Port, as a part of the plan to sell it to India, the National Peoples’ Power (NPP) today urged the government to stop such moves. Link
2020/07/02
23:30
Colombo PageContract to construct Ruwanpura Expressway to local companiesThe government has decided to cancel the contract signed by the previous government to award the construction of the Ruwanpura Expressway to a foreign company and award the contract to local companies, the Cabinet spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardena said....Link
2020/07/02
23:15
NewsFirstMuralitharan rejects request to become governor, contest electionsFormer national cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan has said he has turned down requests to assume office as a provincial governor and to contest the parliamentary election. The spin wizard, on Thursday, said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had offered him the post of governor for the northern province, aft...Link
2020/07/02
23:15
NewsFirstNo one can bargain for favours : PM RajapaksaPrime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that any entity cannot bargain and fulfil their needs in exchange for supporting his camp. The Prime Minister, on Thursday, recalled it was believed that a President needs the votes of the Northern and Eastern regions to be elected to power. “This assumption...Link
2020/07/02
23:15
NewsFirstNo licence for Australian mineral explorer to explore Mannar IslandAustralian company Titanium Sands Ltd. does not hold licences to carry out exploration on Mannar Island, despite making claims to that effect, a News1st investigation has found. Titanium Sands Ltd. had said it is carrying out exploration on Mannar Island using nine licences that belong to the subsid...Link
2020/07/02
23:15
NewsFirstCrocodile attacks kills police officer in MataraA police officer has died after being attacked by a crocodile at the Nilwala river in Matara on Wednesday. Athula Wadanambi, 54, had been attacked when attempting to recover a mobile phone of his friend that had fallen into the river. He had been on leave from duty owing to illness. “He told...Link
2020/07/02
23:15
NewsFirstTrade unions continue protest over East Container TerminalTrade unions continued their protest for the second day citing delays developing the East Container Terminal at the Colombo Port. The setting-up of three cranes procured for the development of the ECT has been delayed to sell off the port to India, the PortJoint Trade Union said. Discussions between...Link
2020/07/02
23:00
Colombo PageMahela summoned before SIU tomorrow, Sangakkara records statement for over 9 hoursFormer Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Mahela Jayawardena has been summoned to appear before the Special Investigations Unit of the Sports Ministry tomorrow (03) to record a statement over the 2011 World Cup match fixing allegations....Link
2020/07/02
23:00
Sri Lanka MirrorColombo Port workers calls off the TU action (Update)Co-Convenor of the All-Ceylon Port General Workers’ Union Prasanna Kalutarage when contacted by NewsRadio said the strike was called off after the Prime Minister granted an opportunity to hold talks over their grievances.The employees withdrew from services in protest over the gantry crane issue thi...Link
2020/07/02
23:00
Sri Lanka MirrorSanga gives statement for nearly 10 hrs ; Mahela summoned tomorrowFormer Sri Lankan Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara provided a statement to the ‘Special Investigation Unit on Prevention of Offenses Relating to Sports’ for almost 10 hours today (02).He was summoned before the unit with regard to the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final fixing claims, made by ex-sports Min...Link
2020/07/02
23:00
Daily MirrorSL returnee from India test positive during quarantine at homeA Sri Lankan man arrived from India was diagnosed as a Covid-19 patient today at a PCR test conducted while he was in self-quarantine at his home in Jinthupitiya, the Government said in a statement. ...Link
2020/07/02
22:30
Sri Lanka MirrorArrested 12 PNB officers to be detained & quizzed (Update)The Colombo Magistrate’s Court grants approval for the CID to detain and question 12 officers of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) till July 08.  Earlier today, the officers were produced before the court on charges of drug trafficking. -------------------------------------------------------------- ...Link
2020/07/02
22:30
Sri Lanka MirrorJinthupitiya Covid-19 patient, not a case of community transmissionDirector-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe has said that the Covid-19 case reported from Jinthupitiya, Col. 13, earlier tonight (02) evening is not a case of community transmission.A media release by the Government Information Department has quoted Dr. Jasinghe as saying that the patient ...Link
2020/07/02
22:30
Daily MirrorGovt. to make final decision on MCC next week: BandulaCabinet spokesman and Minister Bandula Gunawardana said the government would take a final decision of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact next week after Ministers submitted their personal views on the MCC to the cabinet next Wednesday. Link
2020/07/02
22:15
Colombo PageSri Lanka receives US$ 252 million foreign assistance for COVID-19 responsePrime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has informed the Cabinet of Ministers that foreign countries and organizations have provided US$ 252 million (Rs. 70 billion) in loans, grants and materials as the initial assistance to respond to the COVID-19 epidemic....Link
2020/07/02
21:45
Colombo PagePresident to join SLPP election campaign from Anuradhapura tomorrowPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa will join Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) election campaign tomorrow (July 03) from Anuradhapura, President’s Media Division (PMD) said....Link
2020/07/02
21:16
Daily NewsFive more positive cases reported; COVID-19 cases rise to 2066 - UPDATEFive more persons had tested positive for the Coronavirus, stated the Epidemiology Unit (8:00pm).Accordingly, the total number of COVID-19 positive patients in the country stands at 2066.Seven more......Link
2020/07/02
21:15
NewsFirstJinthupitiya COVID-19 patient NOT a case of community transmission; Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said the COVID-19 case reported from Jinthupitiya on Thursday (02) evening is NOT a case of community transmission. The Government Information Department quoting Dr. Jasinghe said the COVID-19 patient was detected during the mandatory quarantin...Link
2020/07/02
21:15
Colombo PagePakistan explores opportunities to further enhance ties with Sri LankaPakistan can provide assistance to explore opportunities to further enhance the bilateral ties with Sri Lanka, the Pakistan High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Maj. Gen. (retd) Muhammad Saad Khattak has assured....Link
2020/07/02
21:15
Colombo PageMRI gets fully automated PCR machine to detect COVID-19The International Rotary Club has donated a fully automated PCR machine to the Medical Research Institute of Sri Lanka to expedite the diagnosis process of COVID-19....Link
2020/07/02
21:15
Colombo PagePresident tells banks to support agricultural businesses to develop rural economyIn order to develop villages the banking service in the country should understand the rural economy and the needs of the people, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has emphasized....Link
2020/07/02
21:15
Ada DeranaFive Kuwait arrivals add to coronavirus count in Sri LankaFive more foreign arrivals have tested positive for the coronavirus infections, states the Department of Government Information....Link
2020/07/02
21:15
Daily MirrorSJB files appeal against District Court orderThe petition filed by Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) in the Civil Appellate High Court challenging the Colombo District Court order to refuse issuing an enjoining order regarding the United National Party’s (UNP) decision to suspend the memberships of 99 party members, is to be heard on July 06. Link
2020/07/02
20:45
New York TimesTwo Wealthy Sri Lankan Brothers Became Suicide Bombers. But Why?The Ibrahim brothers were part of a successful, moderate Muslim family. What drove them to help carry out the most devastating terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka’s history?...Link
2020/07/02
20:45
Daily MirrorSJB files appeal against District Court orderThe petition filed by Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) in the Civil Appellate High Court challenging the Colombo District Court order to refuse issuing an enjoining order regarding the United National Party’s (UNP) decision to suspend the memberships of 99 party members, is to be heard on July 06. Link
2020/07/02
20:45
Daily MirrorHarin invites Namal to create new culture in new ParliamentFormer Sports Minister Harin Fernando today invited former UPFA MP Namal Rajapaksa for a joint struggle to create machinery and a culture in the new Parliament where MPs of different parties could work together when they hold the same ideology on certain issues. ...Link
2020/07/02
20:45
Daily MirrorSanga says truth will come outThe Sport Ministry’s Special Investigation Division today recorded a statement for over a nine-hours from former skipper of the Sri Lanka Cricket team Kumar Sangakkara over match-fixing allegations. Sangakkara said he believed that after the investigations are completed, everyone would be able to kn...Link
2020/07/02
20:15
NewsFirstSanga provides statement for almost 10 hours on Aluthgamage’s match-fixing claims;Former Sri Lankan Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara provided a statement to the ‘Special Investigation Unit on Prevention of Offenses Relating to Sports’ for almost 10 hours on Thursday. Considered as one of the greats in the world of cricket, Sangakkara was summoned to the ‘Special Investigation Un...Link
2020/07/02
20:15
NewsFirstChina Merchants ropes in partners for Hambantota Port development;Fujian Transportation Maritime Silk Road Investment and Management (Fujian TMSR) and Fujian Provincial Communication Transportation Group (FJCT) have become strategic partners to develop the Hambantota Port. The strategic partnership agreement was signed between these two companies and the majority...Link
2020/07/02
19:46
Asian MirrorMahela Jayawardena Summoned Tomorrow Before Sports Ministry Special Investigations Unit To Record Statement On Match-fixing AllegationsFormer Sri Lanka Captain Mahela Jayawardena has been summoned before the Sports Ministry Special Investigations Unit tomorrow to record a statement on the final match of the 2011 ICC World cup.Jayawardena scored a match-winning century i the match and was instrumental in setting a challenging target...Link
2020/07/02
19:45
Colombo PageWorld Bank downgrades Sri Lanka to lower-middle income countryThe World Bank has downgraded Sri Lanka to a lower-middle income country exactly a year after upgrading to an upper-middle income country....Link
2020/07/02
19:30
Ada DeranaSangakkara records 9-hour long statement at Sports Ministry s SIUFormer Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara left the Special Investigations Unit of the Sports Ministry this evening (02) after recording a statement....Link
2020/07/02
19:30
Ada DeranaMahela summoned to give statement on match-fixing allegationsFormer Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Mahela Jayawardena has been summoned to appear before the Special Investigations Unit of the Sports Ministry....Link
2020/07/02
19:30
Daily MirrorSanga says truth will come outThe Sport Ministry’s Special Investigation Division today recorded a statement for over a nine-hours from former skipper of the Sri Lanka Cricket team Kumar Sangakkara over match-fixing allegations. ...Link
2020/07/02
19:16
Daily NewsSeven more positive cases reported; COVID-19 cases rise to 2061Seven persons had tested positive for the Coronavirus, stated the Epidemiology Unit (6:00pm).Accordingly, the total number of COVID-19 positive patients in the country stands at 2061....Link
2020/07/02
19:15
NewsFirstMCC Final Report given to Cabinet Ministers to present their views on recommendations; The Final Report of the Committee appointed to Review The Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact was handed over to the Cabinet of Minister to seek their views on the recommendations made in the report. Joint Cabinet Spokesperson Minister (Dr.) Bandula Gunwardena speaking to reporters on Thursda...Link
2020/07/02
19:15
Colombo PageCOVID-19; KOICA provides USD $600,000 to UNICEF supporting Sri Lanka’s education sectorThe Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have formally signed a grant agreement that will see KOICA provide a USD $600,000 (LKR 111.4 million) grant, funding and supporting the Ministry of Education’s (MoE) critical response to COVID-19 in ...Link
2020/07/02
19:15
Daily MirrorSanga gives over 9-hour long statementFormer Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara, who arrived at the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) on sports-related corruption, attached to the Ministry of Sports this morning left the premises after giving more than a nine-hour long statement over match fixing allegations made by former minist...Link
2020/07/02
19:15
Daily MirrorI fielded my brother as I’m reluctant to engage in politics: MuraliFormer national cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan said that due to his reluctance to engage in politics, he directed his brother towards politics and social service, following a request from the President. ...Link
2020/07/02
18:30
Daily MirrorSL urges UNHRC to focus on deliverable reconciliation measuresResponding to views expressed by the UNHRC’s Core Group on Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Government today urged all parties to appreciate the country’s approach of focusing on deliverable measures of reconciliation and to recognise the ground realities. ...Link
2020/07/02
18:15
NewsFirstCabinet proposes Forest Land for ‘economic purposes’: environmentalists up in arms; Announcing Cabinet Decisions taken on the 01st of July, Joint Spokesperson Minister Bandula Gunawardena announced a Cabinet proposal to transfer lands, which are considered to be ‘residual forests’, to District and Divisional Secretariats. The proposal, which Gunawardena confirmed was made by Pres...Link
2020/07/02
18:15
Ada DeranaMore foreign arrivals bring coronavirus case tally to 2,060Six individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 infection raising the total number of cases in the country, the Ministry of Health said....Link
2020/07/02
18:00
Sri Lanka MirrorArrested 12 PNB officers to be detained & quizzed (Update)The Colombo Magistrate’s Court grants approval for the CID to detain and question 12 officers of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) till July 08.  Earlier today, the officers were produced before the court on charges of drug trafficking. -------------------------------------------------------------- ...Link
2020/07/02
18:00
Sri Lanka MirrorColombo Port workers calls off the TU action (Update)Co-Convenor of the All-Ceylon Port General Workers’ Union Prasanna Kalutarage when contacted by NewsRadio said the strike was called off after the Prime Minister granted an opportunity to hold talks over their grievances.The employees withdrew from services in protest over the gantry crane issue thi...Link
2020/07/02
18:00
Sri Lanka MirrorCourt orders probe on how confessions leaked to mediaColombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake yesterday ordered Deputy Inspector General of Police (Western Province) T.M.W.D. Tennakoon to conduct a full investigation into how statements purportedly made ‘in camera’ (within chambers) by two children were leaked to media.“It’s a very serious issue that...Link
2020/07/02
18:00
Sri Lanka MirrorMurali reveals why his brother entered politics (Video)Legendary cricketer - Muttiah Muralitharan has revealed the reason behind his brother's entry to politics.Speaking at an election campaign rally in Maskeliya, Muralitharan has said that his brother - Muttiah Prabakaran entered politics on a request made by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.Muttiah Prabak...Link
2020/07/02
17:45
Daily MirrorCourt orders to detain 12 PNB officers over drug traffickingColombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratna today permitted the CID to detain and question 12 officers attached to the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB), who were arrested for alleged drug trafficking, till July 8. ...Link
2020/07/02
17:30
FTHow to Manage the Supply Chain under new import proceduresHow to Manage the Supply Chain under new import procedures...Link
2020/07/02
17:16
Asian MirrorSamagi Jana Balawegaya Youth Movement Stage Protest Opposite Sri Lanka Cricket Against Harassment Of Sangakkara And 2011 Cricket TeamThe youth wing of the Samagi Jana Baawegaya, Samagi Tharuna Balawegaya, staged a protest opposite Sri Lanka Cricket against what they termed the continuous harassment of Sri Lankan cricketers.They said the government was on a witch hunt against cricketers as they foiled the government's plan to cons...Link
2020/07/02
17:15
NewsFirstUPDATED: 12 Police Narcotic Bureau Officers to be detained and Interrogated;The Colombo Chief Magistrate permitted detectives to detain & interrogate until the 08th of July, the 12 Police Narcotic Bureau officers arrested by CID on charges of trafficking drugs. The 12 suspects were produced to Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne on Thursday evening. The 12 arrested PN...Link
2020/07/02
17:15
Ada DeranaColombo Port workers call off strikeEmployees at the Colombo Port have temporarily called off their indefinite strike over the Easter Terminal issue....Link
2020/07/02
17:15
Daily MirrorSJB files petition in Appeal CourtThe petition filed by Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) in the Appeal Court demanding the nullification of the Colombo District Court’s injunction order regarding the United National Party’s (UNP) decision to suspend the memberships of 99 party members, is to be heard on July 06. ...Link
2020/07/02
17:15
Daily MirrorPort Trade Unions call off strikeThe Trade Unions attached to the Colombo Port had suspended their strike a short while ago following the assurance given by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa for a meeting. ...Link
2020/07/02
17:01
Daily NewsCabinet ministers opinion on MCC soughtThe final report of the committee headed by Prof Lalithsiri Gunaruwan appointed to review Millennium Challenge corporation agreement  (MCC) has been presented to the cabinet of Ministers, Co-......Link
2020/07/02
17:00
Ada DeranaCourt permits detention of 12 PNB officers arrested for drug traffickingThe Colombo Magistrate s Court has granted permission to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to detain and interrogate 12 officers attached to the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB), who were arrested on drug trafficking charges....Link
2020/07/02
16:45
Sri Lanka MirrorCID arrests 12 working at PNB production roomThe Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today (02) arrested 12 persons who had worked at the production room of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB).The arrested persons include a leading police officer of the PNB and a sub inspector.Earlier, four including a sub-inspector, two sergeants and a con...Link
2020/07/02
16:45
Sri Lanka MirrorMurali reveals why his brother entered politics (Video)Legendary cricketer - Muttiah Muralitharan has revealed the reason behind his brother's entry to politics.Speaking at an election campaign rally in Maskeliya, Muralitharan has said that his brother - Muttiah Prabakaran entered politics on a request made by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.Muttiah Prabak...Link
2020/07/02
16:45
Ada DeranaCabinet given a week to submit views on MCC review reportPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed all cabinet ministers to submit their views on the Lalithasiri Gunaruwan Review Report on the Millennium Challenges Corporation (MCC) agreement within a week....Link
2020/07/02
16:45
Daily MirrorWorld Bank downgrades Sri LankaSri Lanka has been downgraded by the World Bank to a lower middle income country from an upper middle income one in their latest country classification by income levels released on July 1. ...Link
2020/07/02
16:31
Daily NewsMRI gets fully automated PCR machine to detect COVID-19The International Rotary Club has donated a fully automated PCR machine to the Medical Research Institute of Sri Lanka to expedite the diagnosis process of COVID-19.President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was......Link
2020/07/02
16:30
Sri Lanka MirrorLithuania mints 'coin of hope' to remember year of pandemicLithuania began minting a collector’s coin, dubbed a “coin of hope”, on Wednesday to mark the year of the new coronavirus and pay tribute to doctors, nurses and others who helped the country weather the pandemic.The coin has the phrase “after darkness, I hope for light” written around its edge in La...Link
2020/07/02
16:30
Daily MirrorCabinet approval to construct Ruwanpura Expressway with local fundsThe Cabinet approval was granted to construct the Ruwanpura Expressway linking the southern Expressway from Kahathuduwa - lngiriya- Rathnapura to Pelmadulla with local funds. ...Link
2020/07/02
16:30
Daily MirrorMRI gets fully automated PCR machine to detect COVID-19The International Rotary Club has donated a fully automated PCR machine to the Medical Research Institute (MRI) of Sri Lanka to expedite the diagnosis process of COVID-19, the President’s Media Division said. ...Link
2020/07/02
16:16
Daily NewsColombo Port employees launch strikeEmployees of Colombo port have launched a continuous strike campaign from today against the privatisation of the Eastern terminal of Colombo port.The strike campaign is being carried with the......Link
2020/07/02
16:15
NewsFirstSTF makes multiple arrests following weapons cache discovery in Homagama;An individual identified as Arulananthan Nimantha alias Nimesh, a close associate of underworld gang leader “Welle Suranga” was arrested for heroin possession in Mutuwal today. In addition, two associates of underworld criminal “Barrel Sanka” responsible for extortion rackets were arrested in Peliy...Link
2020/07/02
16:15
Ada DeranaFlight returns with more Sri Lankans stranded in MaldivesMore Sri Lankans who were stranded in the Maldives have been repatriated this afternoon (02), says Ada Derana reporter....Link
2020/07/02
16:02
Lanka Business OnlineKasturi Chellaraja elected as SLCPI chief for another yearThe Sri Lanka Chamber of the Pharmaceutical Industry (SLCPI) unanimously elected Kasturi Chellaraja as its president for the year 2020/21, at the......Link
2020/07/02
16:01
Daily NewsExam dates will be announced next weekThe dates for the G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination and Grade Five Scholarship Examination are scheduled to be announced after reopening the schools next week, Co-cabinet Spokesman Information and......Link
2020/07/02
16:00
Ada DeranaArmy officer killed in hit-and-run caseTwo Sri Lanka Army personnel had been hit and run on the Batticaloa-Polonnaruwa road in Jayanthipura....Link
2020/07/02
16:00
Ada DeranaLandslide at Myanmar jade mine kills at least 113 peopleRescue workers say at least 113 people have been killed in a landslide at a jade mining site in northern Myanmar....Link
2020/07/02
16:00
Daily MirrorCop missing after being snatched away by crocodileA police constable had gone missing in the Nilwala Ganga after he was snatched away by a crocodile this morning, police said. ...Link
2020/07/02
15:45
Ada Derana11 PNB officers to be produced before courtThe eleven officers of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB), who were arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), will be produced before the Colombo Magistrate s Court later today (02)....Link
2020/07/02
15:45
Daily MirrorPort Trade Unions launch strikeTrade Unions attached to Colombo Port today launched a strike with immediate effect over an issue with the Eastern Container Terminal of the Port. ...Link
2020/07/02
15:30
Sri Lanka MirrorAccomplices of 'Welle Suranga', 'Barrel Sanka' arrestedAccomplices of two infamous underworld leaders have been arrested.In one incident, one Arulanandan Suraj Nimantha alias 'Nimesh', who is a close associate of the underworld gang leader 'Welle Suranga', was arrested today (02) by the Mutwal Police with 1150 milligrammes of heroin.Meanwhile, two accom...Link
2020/07/02
15:30
Sri Lanka MirrorCourt orders probe on how confessions leaked to mediaColombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake yesterday ordered Deputy Inspector General of Police (Western Province) T.M.W.D. Tennakoon to conduct a full investigation into how statements purportedly made ‘in camera’ (within chambers) by two children were leaked to media.“It’s a very serious issue that...Link
2020/07/02
15:15
NewsFirst11 Police Narcotic Bureau Officers arrested; to be produced in court.; 11 officers attached to the Police Narcotic Bureau were arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department. The Attorney General’s Department said the 11 PNB officers were arrested on the charges of trafficking drugs. They will be produced at the Colombo Magistrate’s Court on Thursday....Link
2020/07/02
15:01
Daily News1,779 arrested for various crimes within 24-hoursThe Police had arrested 1,779 suspects over various crimes including the possession of narcotics, firearms and explosives during islandwide raids conducted within 24-hour period between 12am June 30......Link
2020/07/02
15:00
Ada DeranaCabinet approval to use local funds, services for Ruwanpura Expressway constructionThe government has decided to utilize funds of local banks and the services of local construction companies for the establishment of the Ruwanpura Expressway....Link
2020/07/02
15:00
Ada DeranaCop missing after crocodile attackA police officer has been attacked by a crocodile near the Magalgoda water pumping station along the Nilwala River....Link
2020/07/02
14:31
Daily NewsConstruction work on first section of Ruwanpura Expressway to end soonConstruction work of the first section of Ruwanpura Expressway (Rathnapura Expressway) from Kahathuduwa to Ingiriya is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, Co-cabinet Spokesman......Link
2020/07/02
14:16
Daily NewsNominations for e-Swabhimani 2020 is now openE-Swabhimani, the Digital Social Impact awards opened calling for applications for year 2020.To be in line with the Government Policy on digitization of the economy e-Swabhimani is now in the process......Link
2020/07/02
14:15
NewsFirstAnother mobile phone discovered from Kanchipani Imran’s prison cell; A raid inside the Boossa Prison resulted in the discovery of a mobile phone and 04 SIM cards from the prison cell of detained criminal gang member “Kanchipani Imran”. The discovery was made by the Police Special Task Force. A mobile phone was discovered from “Kanchipani Imran”s prison cell on a pr...Link
2020/07/02
14:00
Ada DeranaColombo Port workers launch strikeEmployees at the Colombo Port have launched an indefinite strike over the Easter Terminal issue....Link
2020/07/02
14:00
Daily MirrorFour member committee to look into electricity bills: MinisterA four-member committee had been appointed to look into making payment of electricity bills for March, April and May during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and to submit recommendations to provide concessions to the public, Power and Energy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.` Link
2020/07/02
13:30
Daily Mirror79 more Covid-19 patients recoverA total 79 more Covid-19 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospital increasing total recovered cases to 1,827, the Health Ministry. ...Link
2020/07/02
13:30
Daily MirrorMyanmar jade mine landslide kills more than 100At least 113 bodies have been found after a landslide at a jade mining site in northern Myanmar, officials say. ...Link
2020/07/02
13:30
Daily Mirror12 more narcotics officers arrestedTwelve more officers including an Inspector of Police, a Sub Inspector attached to the Police Narcotics Unit were arrested by the CID for selling a consignment of drugs to a drug dealer, police sources said. ...Link
2020/07/02
13:16
Daily NewsMore Lankans stranded abroad returnOver 90 Sri Lankans stranded in Qatar, Maldives and Abu Dhabi due to the COVID-19 pandemic returned to the country this morning.The Flight from Qatar had 21 passengers and flight had arrived at the......Link
2020/07/02
13:15
NewsFirstWATCH: Sangakkara at SIU to provide statement on match-fixing claims;Former Sri Lankan Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara appeared at the ‘Special Investigation Unit on Prevention of Offenses Relating to Sports’ to provide a statement, with regard to the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final fixing claims, made by Ex-Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage. Sangakkara arrived...Link
2020/07/02
13:15
Ada DeranaNo need for money or fame, just need to serve people - MuraliFormer Sri Lanka star spinner Muttiah Muralitharan says that on the request of the President, he had entered his brother to politics to serve the people....Link
2020/07/02
13:01
Daily News79 COVID-19 patients recovered, COVID-19 recovered cases rise to 1827Seventy-nine persons who had tested positive for the virus had recovered from the virus by this morning, raising the total coronavirus recoveries to 1827....Link
2020/07/02
13:00
Sri Lanka Mirror'Jaya' & 'Samagi' terminal workers launch work-to-rule campaignEmployees at the 'Jaya' and 'Samagi' container terminals of the Colombo Port have launched a work-to-rule campaign today (02).The work-to-rule move is to back the three Colombo Port workers, who are protesting from a 57M gantry crane.The three men are staging the protest demanding the new gantry cra...Link
2020/07/02
13:00
Sri Lanka MirrorCommittee to look into power bill irregularitiesA four-member committee has been appointed to make recommendations on providing relief to irregularities in electricity bills issued during the three-month lockdown period.The committee was appointed by Power and Energy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.Speaking at yesterday's (01) cabinet meeting, the mi...Link
2020/07/02
12:45
Ada DeranaSri Lanka s COVID-19 recoveries count rise to 1,827The Ministry of Health says 79 more individuals, who had tested positive for the COVID-19, recovered from the disease today (02)....Link
2020/07/02
12:45
Daily MirrorSummoning cricketers to CID brings disgrace to country: NamalSummoning cricketers to the CID without any preliminary investigation conducted by the International Cricket Council (ICC), could bring unnecessary disgrace to the country, former MP Namal Rajapaksa tweeted. ...Link
2020/07/02
12:30
Ada DeranaFour charter flights bring in more stranded Sri LankansFour charter flights arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning (02) carrying Sri Lankans stranded in foreign countries due to the COVID-19 outbreak....Link
2020/07/02
12:15
Colombo TelegraphWikiLeaks: In 2007 MCC Made Sri Lanka Ineligible Due To Ongoing Human Rights Violations ...Link
2020/07/02
12:15
NewsFirstTUFF bargaining with government at present; says Karuna Amman; Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias ‘Karuna Amman’, the leader of the Tamil United Freedom Front said his party is at present bargaining with the Government to decide the modalities of joining the government. He said It will be easy for the party to bargain more depending on the seats his faction r...Link
2020/07/02
12:15
Ada DeranaItaly seizes 14 tonnes of IS-made amphetamines from SyriaItalian police are claiming to have made the biggest amphetamines bust of all time after seizing 14 tonnes of drugs allegedly produced in Syria by the Islamic State (IS) group....Link
2020/07/02
12:15
Daily Mirror91 Sri Lankans stranded in three countries return to SLFour special SriLankan Airlines aircraft carrying 91 Sri Lankans stranded in three countries due to COVID-19, landed at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Katunayake this morning, Airport Duty Manager said. ...Link
2020/07/02
12:15
Daily MirrorRussia reforms: Putin strongly backed by voters, partial resultsRussians have strongly supported constitutional reforms that could keep President Vladimir Putin in power until 2036, preliminary results indicate. ...Link
2020/07/02
12:00
Sri Lanka MirrorPresident orders not to use his photographs in election campaignPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa ordered not to use his photographs by candidates contesting the upcoming election in their propaganda campaign, President Media Division (PMD) said.No public official serving in security forces, government service, Corporations, Boards of Statutory Boards should engage i...Link
2020/07/02
12:00
Sri Lanka MirrorCID arrests 12 working at PNB production roomThe Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today (02) arrested 12 persons who had worked at the production room of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB).The arrested persons include a leading police officer of the PNB and a sub inspector.Earlier, four including a sub-inspector, two sergeants and a con...Link
2020/07/02
12:00
Ada DeranaFinal decision on school exams taken next weekWith the reopening of schools, the final decision on the examination dates will be announced next week, said Co-Cabinet Spokesman Bandula Gunawardena....Link
2020/07/02
12:00
Daily MirrorTwo accomplices of ‘Barrel Sanka’ arrestedTwo accomplices of underworld figure ‘Barrel Sanka’ were arrested in Peliyagoda for possessing heroin, police said. ...Link
2020/07/02
12:00
Daily Mirror12 more narcotics officers arrestedTwelve more officers including an Inspector of Police, a Sub Inspector attached to the Police Narcotics Unit were arrested by the CID for selling a consignment of drugs to a drug dealer, police sources said. ...Link
2020/07/02
11:46
Daily NewsHand grenades, Firearms found in AthurugiriyaCriminal Investigation Department today found a T-56 assault rifle at a house in Athurugiriya.Four hand grenades, a pistol, two detonators, a firearm, 10 repeater ammunition, a pair of shackles, an......Link
2020/07/02
11:45
Ada Derana11 PNB officers under interrogation for possible links with drug dealersThe Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is currently interrogating 11 officers of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) for their possible links with drug racketeers....Link
2020/07/02
11:30
Colombo PagePolice constable drowns trying to retrieve phone fallen into riverThihagoda Police say that a constable, who had attempted to retrieve his mobile phone that had fallen into a tributary of the Nilwala River, has gone missing in the river....Link
2020/07/02
11:30
Sri Lanka MirrorWoman arrested in Pitipana with grenadesA woman has been arrested in Pitipana, Homagama along with seven hand grenades and a stock of weapons today (01), police say.Police have seized weapons including two body armour kits, one repeater shotgun, live rounds, 7 hand grenades in a secret compartment of the woman's house.It is said that the ...Link
2020/07/02
11:30
Sri Lanka MirrorOver 350 elephants die in BotswanaMystery surrounds the "completely unprecedented" deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana over the last two months.Dr Niall McCann said colleagues in the southern African country had spotted more than 350 elephant carcasses in the Okavango Delta since the start of May.No one knows why the animals...Link
2020/07/02
11:30
Sri Lanka MirrorAccomplices of 'Welle Suranga', 'Barrel Sanka' arrestedAccomplices of two infamous underworld leaders have been arrested.In one incident, one Arulanandan Suraj Nimantha alias 'Nimesh', who is a close associate of the underworld gang leader 'Welle Suranga', was arrested today (02) by the Mutwal Police with 1150 milligrammes of heroin.Meanwhile, two accom...Link
2020/07/02
11:15
Colombo PageSuspect arrested with over 200 Kg of Kerala CannabisThe police have arrested a suspect who was transporting 201kg of Kerala Cannabis in a lorry in the Periyakattu area on the Medawachchiya-Mannar road yesterday....Link
2020/07/02
11:15
Colombo PageFour-member committee appointed to propose measures to provide relief to electricity billsA four-member committee has been appointed to discuss the issues related to the electricity bills resulted from imposing the curfew due to COVID-19 pandemic and propose measures to provide relief to the affected consumers....Link
2020/07/02
11:15
Sri Lanka MirrorSL to obtain $140 m loan from China Development BankSri Lanka has inked an agreement with China Development Bank to obtain a USD 140 million loan, as it faces the challenge of debt repayments amidst an economic crisis.“…drawdown will be under two tranches of USD 70 million each,” a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy told News 1st on Wednesday.Sri Lank...Link
2020/07/02
11:15
Sri Lanka MirrorAppointment of new PNB chief to be finalised todayThe National Police Commission (NPC) will convene today (02) to finalize the written approval on the appointment of K. Aponso as the new DIG of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB).The Acting Inspector General of Police had recommended the appointment to the NPC recently.However, although the NPC had i...Link
2020/07/02
11:00
Colombo PageSangakkara arrives at Sports Ministry SIU to record statementFormer Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara has arrived at the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) of the Sports Ministry to give a statement over match the 2011 World Cup match fixing allegations made by former minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage....Link
2020/07/02
10:46
Asian MirrorSangakkara Arrives At Sports Ministry Special Investigations Unit To Give Statement On Match-Fixing ScandalFormer Sri Kanka cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara has arrived at the Special Investigations Unit of the Ministry of Sports to make a statement relating to allegations of match-fixing at the 2011 World Cup Final. Sangakkara captained the Sri Lankan cricket team in the ICC World Cup2011.Sri Lankan ope...Link
2020/07/02
10:46
Daily NewsSix navy personnel recovered, Total Navy recovery 848Six Navy personnel who was infected with the COVID-19 has been discharged.As of now, 848 naval personnel out of the total number of infected ones, have been discharged from hospitals after tested......Link
2020/07/02
10:45
Ada DeranaTwo close accomplices of Seethawaka Podda arrestedTwo close accomplices of organized crime gang member and drug dealer Seethawa Podda have been arrested in Avissawella by the Police Special Task Force (STF)....Link
2020/07/02
10:30
Colombo PageSri Lankan President orders not to use his photographs in election campaignSri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered not to use his photographs by candidates contesting the upcoming parliamentary election in their propaganda campaigns, the President’s Media Division said in a statement today....Link
2020/07/02
10:30
Sri Lanka MirrorWelikada inmate found with record amount of heroinThe largest stash of Heroin found in possession of an inmate at the Welikada prison was discovered yesterday (30).Over 20 grammes of heroin has been found in this manner.The inmate has been convicted over a case related to Heroin.Prison officials have inspected the inmate and had found the drugs in ...Link
2020/07/02
10:30
Sri Lanka MirrorShashank Manohar steps down, Imran Khwaja interim ICC chairmanImran Khwaja will be the interim chairman of ICC until elections are held for the post. The decision was taken by the ICC Board on Wednesday after incumbent Shashank Manohar stepped down following two terms in the role.Khwaja, who is a former president of the Singapore Cricket Association, was elect...Link
2020/07/02
10:30
Ada DeranaTwo accomplices of Barrel Sanka nabbed with heroinTwo accomplices of the underworld criminal figure Barrel Sanka have been arrested in the area of Peliyagoda....Link
2020/07/02
10:30
Daily MirrorSanga arrives at special probe unit to give statementFormer Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara arrived at the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) on sports-related corruption, attached to the Ministry of Sports, to give a statement over match fixing allegations made by former minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage ...Link
2020/07/02
10:30
Daily MirrorKDUH running an incinerator with no licence: CEASir John Kotelawala Defence University Hospital (KDUH) in Boralesgamuwa has been maintaining an incinerator unit with no Environmental Protection Licence (EPL) or Schedule Waste Management Licence (SWML), an investigation by ’Daily Mirror Eye’ has found. Link
2020/07/02
10:30
Daily MirrorPresident orders not to use his photographs in election campaignPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered not to use his photographs by candidates contesting the upcoming election in their propaganda campaign, the President’s Media Division said. ...Link
2020/07/02
10:16
Lanka Business Online‘EatMealFirst’ food delivery service to expand in Sri LankaThinkSmart Solutions Private Limited is a growing end-to-end IT services company, in the sharing economy business platform providing solutions for......Link
2020/07/02
10:15
Colombo PageDefense Secretary assures to complete reconstruction work of St. Anthony’s Shrine soonDefense Secretary Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, who visited the St. Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade, Wednesday (July 1), has taken swift measures to strengthen security and also assured to soon complete the remaining reconstruction work of the Shrine...Link
2020/07/02
10:15
Colombo Page‘ITUKAMA’ COVID–19 Fund balance surpasses Rs. 1.42 billionFollowing corporate, individual donations and direct deposits, ‘ITUKAMA’ COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund balance has now surpassed Rs. 1.423 billion, President’s Media Division said....Link
2020/07/02
10:15
Ada DeranaMore contraband found in Kanjipani Imran s prison cellPolice Special Task Force (STF) has found mobile phones and other unauthorized equipment from the cell of notorious drug dealer Kanjipani Imran who is currently detained at the Boossa Prison....Link
2020/07/02
10:02
Lanka Business OnlineSri Lanka inflation marginally down in June 2020The year on year inflation as measured by the Colombo Consumer Price Index (CCPI) is 3.9 percent in June 2020 and......Link
2020/07/02
09:46
Daily NewsShowers expected in several provincesSeveral spells of showers will occur in Western, North-western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Southern provinces, stated the Department of Meteorology. Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few......Link
2020/07/02
09:45
Sri Lanka MirrorPresident orders not to use his photographs in election campaignPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa ordered not to use his photographs by candidates contesting the upcoming election in their propaganda campaign, President Media Division (PMD) said.No public official serving in security forces, government service, Corporations, Boards of Statutory Boards should engage i...Link
2020/07/02
09:45
Ada DeranaFour-member committee to look into irregularities in electricity billsA four-member committee has been appointed to make recommendations on providing relief to irregularities in electricity bills issued during the three-month lockdown period....Link
2020/07/02
09:45
Ada DeranaSangakkara at Sports Ministry s special investigation unit to record statementFormer Sri Lanka Captain Kumar Sangakkara has arrived at the Special Investigations Unit of the Sports Ministry this morning (02), to record a statement....Link
2020/07/02
09:15
Ada DeranaCovid-19- total recoveries in navy reaches 848Six more navy personnel who been infected with Covid-19 have fully recovered and have been discharged from hospital....Link
2020/07/02
08:45
Colombo PageSri Lanka SEC approves new admission requirements to attract SMEs & Start -UpsThe Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC SL) approved introduction of new Rules and amendments to the existing Listing Rules of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and granted approval in principle to proceed with certain other important initiatives....Link
2020/07/02
08:45
Ada DeranaShowers expected in several provincesSeveral spells of showers will occur in Western, North-western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Southern provinces, the Department of Meteorology said....Link
2020/07/02
08:45
Ada DeranaT-56 rifle recovered from AthurugiriyaThe Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has recovered T-56 assault rifle from Athurugiriya, which is believed to be one of the firearms missing from the weapons haul recently discovered at Pitipana, Homagama....Link
2020/07/02
08:45
Daily Mirror’’IDB supplied Brass, Copper to suicide bomber’s company’’Industrial Development Board (IDB) supplied Brass and Copper to ’Colossus’, a company owned by Easter Sunday suicide bomber Insaf Ahmad Ibrahim during the period between 2017 and 2019, although the company had failed to operate within the given criteria, Sarath Udayasiri, Marketing Director of IDB i...Link
2020/07/02
08:30
Colombo PageSri Lanka SEC approves new admission requirements to attract SMEs & Start -UpsThe Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC SL) approved introduction of new Rules and amendments to the existing Listing Rules of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and granted approval in principle to proceed with certain other important initiatives....Link
2020/07/02
05:30
News.LkAnother 10 naval personnel discharged from hospitals following full recovery from COVID – 19, taking total recoveries to 836Another 10 naval personnel discharged from hospitals following full recovery from COVID – 19, taking total recoveries to 836...Link
2020/07/02
05:30
News.LkDefence Secretary assures to complete reconstruction work of St. Anthony’s Shrine soonDefence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, who visited the St. Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade, (July 1), has taken swift measures to strengthen security and also assured to complete the balance reconstruction work of the Shrine, which was badly damaged due to the Easter Sunday bomb attack, so...Link
2020/07/02
05:16
News.LkMinister Dinesh Gunawardena and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in discussions on matters of bilateral interestForeign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo engaged in discussions on matters of bilateral interest in a telephone conversation on 29 June evening....Link
2020/07/02
03:45
FTPeople’s Bank marks 59th anniversary celebration empowering MSMEs island-wideThe 59th anniversary of People’s Bank was celebrated on 1 July, and to mark this occasion a special ceremony was organised at Marandagahamula Branch where 59 ‘Aswenna’ as well as 59 ‘Saubagya’ COVID-19 loans were granted to customers of the branch....Link
2020/07/02
03:45
FTGerman company sued in Sri Lanka for Rs. 33 m plus interestA German company named Bomag (BOMAG Fayat Group) Fayat Bomag and GMBH & Company Germany has been sued in the Commercial High Court of Colombo in case No. CHC 182/2019/MR....Link
2020/07/02
03:45
FTEDB steps up support for organic exportsThe Export Development Board (EDB) has stepped up its support for organic exports, initiating a funding scheme for growers and processors....Link
2020/07/02
03:45
FTCSE begins July bearishThe Colombo stock market began the month of July with bearish sentiment though turnover was above Rs. 1 billion mark whilst foreigner selling continued....Link
2020/07/02
03:45
FTMR pledges more investment for NorthRenewing his pledges to address issues in the North, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said the Government will set up a mechanism to increase investment in the Northern Province to improve living standards in area and support communities still struggling to overcome the impact of the confl...Link
2020/07/02
03:45
FTSEC approves new admission requirements to attract SMEs, start-upsThe Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC SL) has approved the introduction of new Rules and Amendments to the existing Listing Rules of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and granted approval in principle to proceed with certain other important initiatives....Link
2020/07/02
03:45
FTPresident instructs to expedite e-Land RegistrationPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa this week instructed relevant officials to expedite the system of electronic registration of lands, in order to eradicate frauds in land registration, and to speed up the process of land registration, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said in a statement....Link
2020/07/02
03:45
FTUN Core Group calls on SL to ensure democratic space remains open and accountableThe UN Core Group on Sri Lanka yesterday called on Sri Lanka to ensure that the country’s democratic space remains open and accountable, and called for detentions and arrests to follow due process and be compliant with international norms and universal rights....Link
2020/07/02
03:30
FTWorld Bank announces new Country Director and Manager for Sri LankaChiyo Kanda has been appointed as the new World Bank’s new Country Manager for Sri Lanka.. She will oversee a total portfolio of around $2.3 billion and the development of a new country partnership framework....Link
2020/07/02
03:15
FTAli Sabry, Uwais Hajiar lead SLPP Muslim FederationThe Muslim Federation of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has announced its key officials at its general meeting, held under the patronage of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Rosewood Banquet Hall in Kalubowila on Monday....Link
2020/07/02
03:15
FTGovt. preparedness for possible COVID-19 second wave inadequate: RWThe United National Party (UNP) yesterday charged that the Government’s preparedness to face a possible COVID-19 second wave was inadequate....Link
2020/07/02
03:15
FTMagistrate orders investigation into publicising “confessions” by children against arrested lawyerColombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake yesterday ordered Deputy Inspector General of Police (Western Province) T.M.W.D. Tennakoon to conduct a full investigation into how statements purportedly made ‘in camera’ (within chambers) by two children were leaked to media....Link
2020/07/02
03:15
FT19A brought to keep Rajapaksas out of politics: SLPPThe Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday charged the 19th Amendment was passed into law by the former Government with the aim of penalising the Rajapaksa family, as well as their loyalists, to keep them out of politics, and emphasised that a two-thirds majority was needed to scrap it....Link
2020/07/02
03:15
FTPolice find weapons haul at Homagama houseThe Homagama Police yesterday raided a residence in Pitipana and took into custody a large cache of weapons....Link
2020/07/02
03:15
FTThree teams of 25 investigators probe rogue PNB officersThe Police yesterday said three special teams comprising of 25 investigators have been tasked with probing the alleged links between four Police Narcotic Bureau officers and drug traffickers....Link
2020/07/02
02:46
Daily NewsGantry cranes: Port workers stage protestThree Colombo Port workers yesterday commenced a protest on top of a 57 metre gantry crane demanding to install the new cranes that were brought for the Colombo Harbour East......Link
2020/07/02
02:46
Daily NewsAberdeen University - Sri Lanka Medical Pathway not recognized by SLMCThe Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) has informed the Sri Lankan public that the University of Aberdeen - Sri Lanka Medical Pathway is not recognized by the SLMC in order to......Link
2020/07/02
02:46
Daily NewsIndia, Sri Lanka hold talks on currency swapIndia and Sri Lanka are holding high-level talks on rescheduling the repayment of loans and the US$ 1.1 billion currency swap request to abate the economic impact of COVID-19......Link
2020/07/02
02:46
Daily NewsNorth, South development on equal footing - PMThe Government treats the North and the South of the country equally when it comes to development projects and livelihood improvement projects, Prime Minister Mahinda......Link
2020/07/02
02:46
Daily NewsThree CID teams probing PNB-drug lords’ linksThe CID has deployed three teams to investigate links between Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) officers and drug dealers. Around 25 CID officers have been included in these teams to carry out the......Link
2020/07/02
02:30
FTMOH Secretary and RCCW President signing the agreement in the presence of Rotary District Governor and MOH OfficialsMinistry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services and Rotary Club of Colombo West entered into a Letter of Intent for the purpose of .......Link
2020/07/02
02:30
FTIndia’s first COVID-19 vaccine candidate approved for human trialsReuters: Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for human trials, making it India’s first domestic candidate to get the green light from the government’s drug regulator as cases surge in a country with more than 1.3 billion people....Link
2020/07/02
02:30
FTSix new COVID-19 patients identifiedSix new COVID-19 patients were identified yesterday, bringing to the total number of confirmed patients in the country to 2,053....Link
2020/07/02
02:30
FTLanka Property Show 2020 Virtual from 3-5 JulyLankaPropertyWeb, the company behind the country’s leading property website lankapropertyweb.com, has announced the launch of Sri Lanka’s first ever virtual real estate expo. The Lanka Property Show 2020 Virtual, will be held from 9 a.m. on 3 July to 5 July midnight....Link
2020/07/02
02:30
FTSIAR Digital Pakistan and Takas E-Commerce Services form strategic allianceSIAR Digital a technology company and Takas E-Commerce Services (Technology arm of Takas.lk) have entered in to a strategic alliance to be the sole distributor of TES to Pakistani e-Commerce companies....Link
2020/07/02
02:30
FTOnline platform for consultancy needsLanka Consulting Group, an initiative pioneered by Corporate Capital Market Ltd (CAPM) is an online platform to cater to the advisory needs of different sectors of the economy including SMEs, entrepreneurs and corporates....Link
2020/07/02
02:30
FTMasterCard CEO  Ajay Banga new Chair of ICCAjay Banga President and CEO of MasterCard, who has served as ICC’s First Vice-Chair since June 2018, was elected as the new Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce, the institutional representative of over 45 million businesses in over 130 countries. Banga succeeds Former Unilever Global ...Link
2020/07/02
02:30
FTCIC Feeds first Lankan company to receive ‘COVID-19 Control Environment’ certificationGiven the second wave of COVID-19 hitting the safe geographies like Beijing, Chennai and South Korea, Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) and Rotary stepped up its role in safeguarding the public from the COVID-19 virus by certifying the ‘COVID-19 Control Environment’ status to the first Sri Lank...Link
2020/07/02
02:30
Daily MirrorPresident orders not to use his photographs in election campaignPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered not to use his photographs by candidates contesting the upcoming election in their propaganda campaign, the President’s Media Division said. ...Link
2020/07/02
02:15
Colombo TelegraphNot A Cardinal Sin ...Link
2020/07/02
02:15
FTWeekly weighted averages continue free-fallThe weekly Treasury bill weighted averages continued its steep decreasing trend at its auctions held yesterday as well, with the 91 day maturity recording the sharpest decline of .......Link
2020/07/02
02:15
FTSampath Bank pioneers yet another innovation to Sri Lanka’s digital payments landscapeSampath Bank PLC yesterday announced that it has become one of the first banks in Sri Lanka to serve as both an issuer and acquirer of Payment Exchange Name (PEN) based payments to its customers, thus facilitating a simpler method of conducting online transactions and driving greater digital financi...Link
2020/07/02
02:15
FTWhat doctors have learned about fighting COVID-19Reuters: In the six months since an entirely new coronavirus began spreading around the world, doctors and hospitals have learned a lot about how to treat patients with COVID-19, the potentially deadly disease caused by the virus....Link
2020/07/02
02:00
FTFossils to the fore: CB extends retirement age of directors in finance companies beyond 70The Central Bank has issued a Direction on all finance companies (Finance Business Act Directions No. 5 of 2020) on 18 May extending the retirement age of their directors beyond the current age of 70 years, citing the prevailing corona outbreak and ‘difficulty in finding experienced personnel’ as re...Link
2020/07/02
02:00
FTDouble win for ComBank at 2020 Asiamoney Banking AwardsThe Commercial Bank of Ceylon has won two prestigious international awards – ‘Best Bank for Small and Medium Enterprises’ and ‘Best Bank for Corporate Social Responsibility’ – from Asiamoney Magazine, known as the voice of the banking and capital markets industries in Asia....Link
2020/07/02
02:00
FTNDB Privilege Banking wins Best Private Bank at Global Private Banking Innovation Awards 2020NDB’s Privilege Banking has been felicitated as the ‘Best Private Bank in Sri Lanka’ by Singapore based ‘Global Private Banking Innovation Awards 2020’ of The Digital Banker....Link
2020/07/02
01:01
Asian MirrorAnother weapons cache found from HomagamaSeven hand grenades, two body armours, a shotgun and several rounds of ammunition were found from a house in Homagama on Tuesday, police said.They said that a woman was taken into the police custody. Police also said the weapons were recovered by the Homagama Police following the investigation condu...Link
2020/07/02
01:00
FTTrade Finance Association of Bankers holds 23rd AGMThe Trade Finance Association of Bankers (TFAB) held its 23rd Annual General Meeting on 27 February at the Rainbow Room, Grand Oriental Hotel, amidst a full house, and elected its new Council for the year 2020/2021....Link
2020/07/02
01:00
FTBrowns introduces smart home solutions with South Asian TechnologiesBrowns is the Sri Lankan home for many leading global brands and building them into local market dominance is a skill Browns has mastered over a century. Relying on this unmatched market power, The Connection Workshop Ltd., which is a subsidiary of South Asian Technologies Ltd. (SAT), recently partn...Link
2020/07/02
01:00
FTSamsung unveils Galaxy Tab S6 LiteSamsung Sri Lanka has announced the new Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, a stylish and affordable tablet designed for both work and play....Link
2020/07/02
01:00
FTPwC Sri Lanka Advisory Leader Channa Manoharan appointed as Chairman of SLASSCOMSLASSCOM, the Knowledge and Innovation Chamber, held its first digital Annual General Meeting on 30 June. During the AGM, SLASSCOM elected its new Chairman, Board of Directors and General Council for the year 2020/21....Link
2020/07/02
01:00
FTLSEG Technology ranked as one of the largest export brands in Sri Lanka for 6th consecutive yearLSEG Technology was recently recognised among the top 10 best export brands in Sri Lanka by Brand Finance and LMD. Appearing in this prestigious listing for the sixth consecutive year, LSEG Technology continues to be recognised both locally and internationally for its brand strength....Link
2020/07/02
00:46
Asian MirrorMore security provided to Kochchikade St. Anthony’s ShrineDefence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, who visited the St. Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade, on Tuesday (1), has taken swift measures to strengthen security and also assured to complete the balance reconstruction work of the Shrine, which was badly damaged due to the Easter Sunday bomb atta...Link
2020/07/02
00:45
FTMicrofinance institutes appeal for incentives to help boost micro economy ...Link
2020/07/02
00:45
Ada DeranaPresident orders election candidates not to use his photographsPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered not to use his photographs and portraits for the election campaign activities of candidates contesting the upcoming parliamentary polls....Link
2020/07/02
00:45
Daily MirrorSL seeks to diversify exports to U.S.The government has sought to diversify its exports to the United States, informed sources said. ...Link
2020/07/02
00:30
FTTurning the tables on timberHenry W. Cave in 1980 has written quite interestingly on Moratuwa carpenters and their skills – “The people who live here are carpenters...Link
2020/07/02
00:30
FTEaster inquiries, Muslim misgivings and the praetorian power-eliteThe regime’s promises and claims of “putting professional expertise first” is belied by the fact that having placed ex-military brass is in charge of everything from archaeology to agriculture, not to mention virtue—matters in which they have no particular expertise—President Gotabaya Rajapaksa deli...Link
2020/07/02
00:30
Ada DeranaCore Group urges Sri Lanka to ensure democratic space is openSri Lanka must ensure that the democratic space in the country remains open and accountable, the Core Group on Sri Lanka has said delivering a statement to the UN Human Rights Council....Link
2020/07/02
00:16
Asian MirrorDon't use my photos in election campaign - PresidentPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday ordered not to use his photographs by candidates contesting the upcoming election in their propaganda campaign, the Presidential Media Division said.No public official serving in security forces, government service, Corporations, Boards and Statutory Bodies sho...Link
2020/07/02
00:15
FTThe illegal expansion of Pallekandal Church within Wilpattu National ParkThe Wilpattu National Park (WNP) was declared as a National Park in 1938 and it is the oldest and the largest National Park in Sri Lanka....Link
2020/07/02
00:15
FTCelebrating World Oceans Day 2020, The Pearl Protector wayOceans are the lifeblood of the earth’s ecosystems and humankind; providing over half of the world’s oxygen, holding 97% of earth’s water, regulating global climate, supplying medicinal products and delivering economic benefits....Link
2020/07/02
00:15
FTCartoon 02.07.2020Cartoon 02.07.2020...Link
2020/07/02
00:00
Colombo PageCases filed against 1937 for illegally obtaining electricityLegal action has been taken against 1,937 persons who obtained electricity illegally....Link
2020/07/02
00:00
Colombo PageCoronavirus update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 2054 with 7 new patients WednesdaySri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases rose to 2054 today with 7 more persons testing positive for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry said....Link
2020/07/02
00:00
Daily Mirror’’IBD supplied Brass, Copper to suicide bomber’s company’’Industrial Development Board (IDB) supplied Brass and Copper to ’Colossus’, a company owned by Easter Sunday suicide bomber Insaf Ahmad Ibrahim during the period between 2017 and 2019, although the company had failed to operate within the given criteria, Sarath Udayasiri, Marketing Director of IDB i...Link
2020/07/01
23:31
Daily NewsArms cache found in Homagama house; woman arrestedPolice today found an arms cache including seven grenades at a house in Pitipana North, Homagama and arrested a woman who was residing in it.The house was raided by Homagama......Link
2020/07/01
23:31
Daily NewsVeteran children’s author Sybil Wettasinghe passes awayPopular children’s author and illustrator Sybil Wettasinghe passed away yesterday while receiving treatment at the Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital.Her final rites will be held on Friday (July 3).The......Link
2020/07/01
23:30
Colombo PagePreschools, Grade 1 and 2 to re-open on August 10Grade 1 and 2 classes and all pre-schools in the country that were closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic will re-open on August 10th, the Education Ministry announced....Link
2020/07/01
23:15
NewsFirstElection official urges action against suspension of sand transportation permit systemA senior election commission official has urged action over the suspension of the sand transportation permit system, after the parliamentary election had been announced. S. Sudhakaran, the deputy commissioner of elections in the Eastern Province, had informed the national election commission that th...Link
2020/07/01
23:15
NewsFirstSri Lanka must set-up domestic accountability mechanism : UK officialSri Lanka must set-up a domestic mechanism for accountability to address the harmful effects of the war, a UK human rights ambassador has said on behalf of the Core Group on Sri Lanka. The South Asian island in February announced it would withdraw from a UN resolution that it co-sponsored on account...Link
2020/07/01
23:15
NewsFirstGMOA suspects loophole created to sign MCC pactA medical officers’ union has raised suspicion on whether a loophole has been created to sign the US Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement for a USD 450 million grant. A committee appointed to review the agreement, in its final report, had not mentioned that national trade policy must be f...Link
2020/07/01
23:15
NewsFirstSri Lanka to obtain USD 140 million loan from China Development BankSri Lanka has inked an agreement with China Development Bank to obtain a USD 140 million loan, as it faces the challenge of debt repayments amidst an economic crisis. “…drawdown will be under two tranches of USD 70 million each,” a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy told News 1st on Wednesday. Sri La...Link
2020/07/01
23:15
Ada DeranaCovid-19 cases total moves to 2,054Four new cases of Covid-19 have been reported increasing the total number of cases identified within the country to 2,054....Link
2020/07/01
23:15
Daily MirrorGet ready for a second wave: RanilSri Lanka should be prepared to face a possible second wave of COVID-19 pandemic without delay, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today. ...Link
2020/07/01
23:00
Ada DeranaPresident assures to protect artistes and artPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa assured to extend fullest assistance to protect artistes integrating them into the local economic environment without waiting for the world to win against COVID-19....Link
2020/07/01
22:45
Colombo PageElection monitor CaFFE says illegal to carry out election propaganda under the guise of ‘The Newspaper’ movieThe election watchdog Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has informed the Election Commission that an election candidate is promoted through the film "The Newspaper", which is a co-production of Minister Bandula Gunawardena, who is contesting under the SLPP ticket from Colombo District....Link
2020/07/01
22:31
Daily NewsOne more positive case reported; COVID-19 cases rise to 2054One more person had tested positive for the Coronavirus, stated the Epidemiology Unit (9:30pm). Accordingly, the total number of COVID-19 positive patients in the country stands at 2054....Link
2020/07/01
22:15
NewsFirstPort workers continue struggle to have ECT in SL control; Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said a diplomatic level agreement between Former President Maithripala Sirisena and Ex-Prime Minister of the UNP led-Government reached with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentions to offer the East Container Terminal to India. However, he said a definite deci...Link
2020/07/01
22:15
Daily MirrorMan arrested with ‘ice’ in JaffnaAn individual was arrested by the STF personnel with nearly two kilos of ice or methamphetamine at Point Pedro in Jaffna this morning, Police said. ...Link
2020/07/01
21:45
Colombo PageSri Lanka launches a survey of migrant workersSri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) has launched an information survey to plan the future welfare of Sri Lankan migrant workers....Link
2020/07/01
21:45
Ada DeranaSuspect arrested while transporting 2kg of iceA suspect has been arrested by Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel at Point Pedro in Jaffna while transporting nearly 2 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, also known as ice ....Link
2020/07/01
21:15
NewsFirstPort workers call off fast, but vow to continue struggle to have ECT in SL control; Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said a diplomatic level agreement between Former President Maithripala Sirisena and Ex-Prime Minister of the UNP led-Government reached with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentions to offer the East Container Terminal to India. However, he said a definite deci...Link
2020/07/01
21:00
Colombo PageSri Lanka Foreign Secretary sees COVID-19 crisis as an opportunity to re-orient foreign employmentSri Lanka’s Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has observed that despite its immediate gloom, the present situation has been an eye opener in many respects that could help correct structural, procedural and human interface incongruities in Sri Lanka’s labor migration....Link
2020/07/01
20:45
Colombo PageCargills records 35.78% growth in PAT with Rs. 2.76 billionCargills (Ceylon PLC) has reported its financial results for the period ended 31st March 2020....Link
2020/07/01
20:45
Ada DeranaNo final decision on giving Colombo Port s East Terminal to India - PMPrime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says that a final decision has not been taken to give the Eastern Terminal of the Colombo Port to India....Link
2020/07/01
20:45
Daily MirrorColombo-Badulla night mail train cancelled due to train derailmentsColombo-Badulla bound night mail train was cancelled today due to two train derailments reported along the mainline, the Railways Control Room said. ...Link
2020/07/01
20:15
NewsFirstFormer Govt. failed to serve the people of the North and East : Prime Minister;Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has welcomed the comments which claim the TNA would support the government after the 2020 General Election. “Anyone is welcome to support the government and oppose it,” said the Prime Minister. At a meeting with Tamil journalists at the Temple Trees premises, the Pr...Link
2020/07/01
20:15
Colombo PageFormer Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara summoned before SIU to record statement on match fixing allegationsFormer Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara has been summoned to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of the Sports Ministry tomorrow at 9 am to record a statement over the 2011 World Cup match fixing allegations....Link
2020/07/01
20:00
Colombo PageJKH’s Plasticcycle Network expands presence on the Southern Expressway in partnership with Cinnamon Wild YalaJohn Keells Group’s Plasticcycle added 18 collection bins on the Southern Expressway on 30th June 2020 adding to the existing network of bins....Link
2020/07/01
19:46
Daily NewsThree positive cases reported; COVID-19 cases rise to 2053 - UPDATEThree more persons had tested positive for the Coronavirus, stated the Epidemiology Unit (7:15pm).Accordingly, the total number of COVID-19 positive patients in the country stands at 2053.Three......Link
2020/07/01
19:45
Colombo PageWorld Bank announces new Country Director for Maldives, Nepal and Sri LankaJuly 01, Washington: Mr. Faris Hadad-Zervos is the World Bank’s new Country Director for Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, effective today....Link
2020/07/01
19:30
Daily MirrorAG approves quarantine health regulations for general electionAttorney General Dappula de Livera has approved quarantine health regulations forwarded by Health Ministry to be used at the August 5 General Election, Coordinating Secretary to the AG State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne said. ...Link
2020/07/01
19:15
NewsFirstNo Pardon for corrupt Police Narcotic Bureau officers, says Sri Lanka Police;Sri Lanka Police stressed any corrupt officer within the Police Narcotic Bureau will not be entitled to any form of pardon. A Sub-Inspector, Two Sergeants, and a Constable – all with the Police Narcotic Bureau – were arrested on the charges of having links with drug traffickers while two outsiders ...Link
2020/07/01
19:15
NewsFirstAnother weapons cache discovered from Homagama; Another weapons cache was discovered from inside a house located in Pitipana, Homagama on Wednesday (01). Sri Lanka Police arrested a woman who was at the house and discovered 07 Hand Grenades, 01 Repeating Shotgun, 04 unidentified bullets, 04 live rounds of ammunition, and 02 suits of body armor....Link
2020/07/01
19:15
Colombo PageWorld Bank announces new Country Manager for Sri LankaChiyo Kanda has been appointed as Country Manager of the World Bank office in Colombo, Sri Lanka, effective July 1st, 2020....Link
2020/07/01
19:15
Daily MirrorEpidemiologist cautions of swine flu spreading in ChinaIt was advised to be alert on a new type of swine flu spreading in China, which has the potentiality to develop into a future pandemic, Chief Epidemiologist of the Epidemiology Unit, Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said today. ...Link
2020/07/01
19:01
Daily NewsGrades 1, 2 and pre-schools to reopen on August 10All preschools and Grade 1 and 2 classes of schools will reopen on August 10, Education Minister Dullas Alahapperuma announced. The Minister said that this matter was discussed at length at the......Link
2020/07/01
19:00
Ada DeranaColombo-Badulla night mail train cancelled due to derailmentThe night mail train between Colombo and Badulla scheduled for tonight has been cancelled due to a derailment....Link
2020/07/01
19:00
Ada DeranaAG approves health guidelines for general electionThe Attorney General has approved the health guidelines for the upcoming 2020 General Election forwarded by the Ministry of Health....Link
2020/07/01
19:00
Daily MirrorThis is an opportunity for SL to re-orient foreign employment: Foreign Sec.Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha said the current situation provide an opportunity for Sri Lanka to re-orient foreign employment in a post-Covid-19 world, sensitive to the ground realities in both Sri Lanka and the migrant labour receiving countries. ...Link
2020/07/01
18:45
Daily MirrorEpidemiologist cautions of swine flu spreading in ChinaIt was advised to be alert on a new type of swine flu spreading in China, which has the potentiality to develop into a future pandemic, Chief Epidemiologist of the Epidemiology Unit, Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said today. ...Link
2020/07/01
18:15
NewsFirstPreschools, Grade 1 and 2 to re-open on August 10The Education Ministry said the Cabinet of Ministers permitted the re-opening of schools for Grades 01 & 02 students and pre-schools on August 10th. According to a statement, the President had instructed the Education Ministry, Provincial Ministries of Education, and Local Government Institutions to...Link
2020/07/01
18:01
Asian MirrorGrade 1 and 2 Classes Of Government Schools And Preschools Will Reopen On August 02Grade 1 and 2 classes of all Government schools and Preschools will reopen on Monday, August 02.Principals and teachers were instructed to report to work on June 29.Grade 05, 11 and 13 classes will reopen on July 06 to prepare students for national examinations.For other students, schools will reope...Link
2020/07/01
17:30
Ada DeranaFive sentenced to 67-years in prison for selling land with fake deedsColombo High Court sentenced five suspects, who were found guilty of selling a piece of land in Kollupitiya, to 67 years in prison....Link
2020/07/01
17:30
Ada DeranaGrades 1, 2 and pre-schools to reopen on August 10The Ministry of Education has fixed a date for the reopening of grades 1 and 2 of all government schools and pre-schools....Link
2020/07/01
17:30
Ada DeranaThree police teams to investigate PNB officers links with drug dealersThree special police teams have been appointed to investigate the links of the 5 Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) officers with drug dealers....Link
2020/07/01
17:30
Daily MirrorEaster attack: Request to produce Hijaaz Hizbullah in court rejectedColombo Fort Magistrate today rejected the request made by Counsels appearing for Attorney-at-Law Hijaaz Hizbullah, who is currently under detention, to be produced in Courts. ...Link
2020/07/01
17:30
Daily MirrorGrade 1, 2, preschools to reopen on August 10Grade one, two and all pre-schools would be re-opened on August 10 following the recommendations made by Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe, the Education Ministry said today ...Link
2020/07/01
17:15
FTInspiring MetamorphosisInspiring Metamorphosis...Link
2020/07/01
17:01
Daily NewsWoman arrested with grenades and ammunition in HomagamaPolice today found an arms cache including seven grenades at a house in Pitipana North, Homagama and arrested a woman who was residing in it.The house was raided by Homagama......Link
2020/07/01
17:01
Daily NewsThree positive cases reported; COVID-19 cases rise to 2050Three more persons had tested positive for the Coronavirus, stated the Epidemiology Unit (4:00pm).Accordingly, the total number of COVID-19 positive patients in the country stands at 2050....Link
2020/07/01
17:00
Colombo TelegraphThe Seetha Arambepola Syndrome: A Sinhala-Buddhist-Feminist Rebuke  ...Link
2020/07/01
17:00
Ada DeranaYouth arrested with over 500g heroin in BorellaA suspect has been arrested for the possession of 505 grams and 600 milligrams of heroin at Serpentine Road in Borella....Link
2020/07/01
17:00
Ada DeranaSri Lanka s Covid-19 cases tally climbs to 2,050One more person has tested positive for Covid-19 bringing the total number of confirmed cases reported in the country to 2,050....Link
2020/07/01
16:45
Sri Lanka MirrorSTF arrests accomplice of ‘Gagana’The Police Special Task Force (STF) has arrested an individual who is suspected to be an accomplice of the underworld figure ‘Gagana’, who is already in remand custody.The suspect was arrested at Arawwala.The STF has also seized several forged seals as well as forged land deeds. ...Link
2020/07/01
16:45
Sri Lanka MirrorMany become helpless after moratorium period endsRepayment of the loan instalments has resumed after the three-month moratorium period for repayment of bank loans has ended.Meanwhile, it is also reported that some companies are slashing allowances, including overtime pay, and these are said to continue in the upcoming months.However, with the bank...Link
2020/07/01
16:45
Sri Lanka MirrorWoman arrested in Pitipana with grenadesA woman has been arrested in Pitipana, Homagama along with seven hand grenades and a stock of weapons today (01), police say.Police have seized weapons including two body armour kits, one repeater shotgun, live rounds, 7 hand grenades in a secret compartment of the woman's house.It is said that the ...Link
2020/07/01
16:31
Daily NewsDay Care centres opens tomorrowAll Day Care Centres which had been closed due to COVID-19 pandemic in the country, will be allowed to re-open from tomorrow, Women’s and Child Affairs, Health and Indegenous Medicine Minister......Link
2020/07/01
16:30
Ada DeranaTwo more Covid-19 cases bring total to 2,049Two more persons have tested positive for novel coronavirus, increasing the total number of confirmed cases reported in the country to 2,049....Link
2020/07/01
16:16
Colombo TelegraphFreedom To Demand Unfreedom[…]...Link
2020/07/01
16:15
Ada DeranaWoman arrested with grenades, ammunition and body armorPolice have arrested a female from Pitipana, Homagama along with weapons and ammunition in her possession....Link
2020/07/01
16:01
Daily NewsFmr. Captain Kumar Sangakkara to appear before SUI to record statementFormer Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara has been requested to appear before the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of the Sports Ministry tomorrow at 9 am to record a statement over the 2011......Link
2020/07/01
16:01
Colombo TelegraphSchool Of Hard Knocks[…]...Link
2020/07/01
16:00
Sri Lanka MirrorSanga summoned over 2011 WC final inquiryFormer Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has been requested to appear before the Special Investigations Unit of the Sports Ministry to record a statement over alleged claims of match fixing at the 2011 Cricket World Cup final between India & Sri Lanka.Kumar Sangakkara is expected to appear before t...Link
2020/07/01
16:00
Daily MirrorWoman arrested with hand grenades, body armours in PitipanaA woman was arrested with seven hand grenades, two body armours, a shotgun and several rounds of ammunition from a house in Homagama. ...Link
2020/07/01
15:45
Ada DeranaKumar Sangakkara to be questioned in WC final fixing probeFormer Sri Lanka cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara has been summoned to appear before the Special Investigations Unit of the Sports Ministry....Link
2020/07/01
15:30
Colombo TelegraphWikiLeaks: Sri Lanka MCC Scorecard For 2007 Delivered; “Investing In People” Stats Understate Reality  ...Link
2020/07/01
15:30
News.LkOpening of theaters subject to health restrictionsOpening of theaters subject to health restrictions...Link
2020/07/01
15:30
Daily MirrorWe must stand together and embrace our diversity as strength: Canadian High CommissionerIn commemoration of the Canada Day, Canada to Sri Lanka and the Maldives High Commissioner David McKinnon today said that in difficult times, we must stand together and embrace our diversity as strength. ...Link
2020/07/01
15:15
Ada Derana122 firearms seized within three weeksA total of 122 firearms have been seized by Sri Lanka Police during crime-prevention raids carried out across the country....Link
2020/07/01
15:02
Asian MirrorFormer Sri Lankan Skipper Sangakkara Summoned Before Special Investigations Unit To Record Statement About Aluthgamage's Match-Fixing ClaimsFormer Sri Lankan Skipper Kumar Sangakkara has been summoned to the Special Investigations Unit at the Ministry of Sports tomorrow at 9 am to record a statement on match-fixing allegations.Sangakkara captained the Sri Lankan cricket team in the ICC World Cup2011.Sri Lankan opener Upul Tharanga appea...Link
2020/07/01
15:00
Daily MirrorTheatres to be re-opened from July 15With the recommendation of the Health Ministry, theatres for stage plays and other concerts could be re-open from July 15, the Government Information Department said. ...Link
2020/07/01
15:00
Daily MirrorRestrooms for drivers, conductorsLuxury restrooms with a capacity to accommodate a total of 25 long-distance bus drivers and conductors were declared opened today by Transport Minister Mahinda Amaraweera at the premises of the Pettah Private Bus Station. Link
2020/07/01
14:31
Daily News37 COVID-19 patients recovered, COVID-19 recovered cases rise to 1748Thirty-seven persons who had tested positive for the virus had recovered from the virus by this morning, raising the total coronavirus recoveries to 1748....Link
2020/07/01
14:30
Daily MirrorFormer Pensions Dept. Chief files petition seeking Pensioners’ RightsAt least 95 pensioners, including a former Director General of the Department of Pensions today filed a writ petition in the Court of Appeal challenging Government’s decision to suspend the increments for pensioners from January this year. Link
2020/07/01
14:17
Asian MirrorUK Says Extraordinary Measures Adopted By Sri Lanka To Tackle COVID19 Pandemic Should Not Be Used To Roll Back Human RightsThe United Kingdom said extraordinary measures to tackle the COVID19 pandemic should not be used to roll back human rights."We share the concerns of Sri Lankan human rights organisations over the targeting and marginalisation of minority groups, the pardoning of Sergeant Sunil Ratnayake and promotio...Link
2020/07/01
14:16
NewsFirst03 port workers climb on to gantry cranes demanding new cranes be installed; Three port workers climbed onto a gantry crane at the Colombo Harbour & commenced a protest demanding the new gantry cranes be installed at the East Container Terminal of harbour. Trade Unions are demanding the installation of three new Gantry cranes brought to Colombo. They demand the port author...Link
2020/07/01
14:15
Ada DeranaCovid-19 recoveries in Sri Lanka climb to 1,748Thirty-seven more patients who were infected with Covid-19 have recovered and have been discharged from hospital....Link
2020/07/01
14:15
Daily MirrorTharanga also gives statement over match-fixingThe Police Special Investigation Division of the Ministry of Sports today recorded a statement from cricketer Upul Tharanga over the 2011 ICC World Cup Final match-fixing allegation. ...Link
2020/07/01
14:15
Daily MirrorEnsure democratic space remains open in SL: UK’s Int’l Ambassador for Human RightsUK’s International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French called on Sri Lanka to ensure that the country’s democratic space remains open and accountable. ...Link
2020/07/01
14:15
Daily MirrorSanga summoned over match-fixing allegationFormer Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara had been summoned by the Special Investigation Division of the Ministry of Sports to record a statement over the 2011 ICC World Cup Final match-fixing allegations, SSP W. A. J. H. Fonseka said. Link
2020/07/01
14:03
Daily NewsStage drama and performance theatres to re-openPermission has been granted by health authorities to reopen the country’s stage drama and performance theatres from July 15 with the condition that a maximum of only 50 percent of the full capacity......Link
2020/07/01
13:18
Daily NewsTrain services delayed due to derailmentThe passenger train from Kandy to Badulla has derailed between Ambewela and Pattipola railway stations this morning disrupting services on the Upcountry Railway Line.Trains services on the upcountry......Link
2020/07/01
13:16
NewsFirstVeteran children’s author, Kala Keerthi Sybil Wettasinghe passed away at the age of 93Veteran Children’s author, Kala Keerthi Sybil Wettasinghe passed away on Wednesday (July 1) at the age of 93, while receiving treatment at the Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital. Final rites of Late Kala Keerthi Sybil Wettasinghe will be conducted at 3:00 pm on Friday (July 3). Remains of Late Kala Keerth...Link
2020/07/01
13:16
NewsFirst162 people self-quarantined over failure to wear face masksSri Lanka Police have directed 162 people who failed to wear face masks in public places to self-quarantine. “Another 905 were strictly advised for the failure to wear face masks,” Sri Lanka Police said on Wednesday (July 1). They were identified during raids conducted in the Western province, from ...Link
2020/07/01
13:16
NewsFirst9077 people with warrants & 17,275 suspects wanted for other crimes arrested;122 weapons were seized by Sri Lanka Police in special operations which took place across 24 days. 11 T-56 Assault Rifles, 01 T-81 Assualt Rifle, 26 12 Bore-Shotguns, 03 Pistols, 46 repeating rifles were among the weapons seized. 89 suspects were arrested for the illegal possession of firearms whil...Link
2020/07/01
13:16
Sri Lanka MirrorSybil Wettasinghe passes awayVeteran children's books author & illustrator - Kala Keerthi Sybil Wettasinghe passed away this morning (01) at the age of 92.Born on Oct. 27, 1927, Wettasinghe spent the first six years of her childhood in the Southern village of Gintota.She had joined the Lankadeepa newspaper at the age of 17 and ...Link
2020/07/01
13:16
Sri Lanka MirrorWelikada inmate found with record amount of heroinThe largest stash of Heroin found in possession of an inmate at the Welikada prison was discovered yesterday (30).Over 20 grammes of heroin has been found in this manner.The inmate has been convicted over a case related to Heroin.Prison officials have inspected the inmate and had found the drugs in ...Link
2020/07/01
13:15
Ada DeranaStage drama and performance theatres to re-open with 50% attendanceThe government has decided to allow the reopening of the country s stage drama and performance theatres from July 15, 2020....Link
2020/07/01
13:02
Lanka Business OnlineWorld Bank announces new Country Director for Sri LankaWorld Bank announces that Faris Hadad-Zervos is the World Bank’s new Country Director for Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Nepal,......Link
2020/07/01
13:02
Daily News162 persons sent for quarantine, for not wearing masksWithin the last 24 hours period 162 people have been sent for self-quarantine for failing to wear face masks as per the recommendations of the health authorities.These guidelines have been set as the......Link
2020/07/01
13:00
Ada DeranaAll COVID-19 patients at Hambantota hospital dischargedAll patients who had been receiving treatments at the COVID-19 Treatment Unit of the Hambantota General Hospital have been discharged as of today (01)....Link
2020/07/01
12:46
Colombo PageRepatriated Sri Lankans to get the opportunity to purchase duty free goodsChairman of Airport and Aviation Services Limited, retired Major General GA Chandrasiri said the repatriated Sri Lankans will be given the opportunity to purchase duty-free items when their quarantine is completed....Link
2020/07/01
12:46
Sri Lanka MirrorWPC owes CMC Rs.300m - RosyThe Western Provincial Council (WPC) owes the Colombo Municipal Council Rs.300 million, Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake said.This was stated when she met UNP members and party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Sirikotha party head office yesterday.In a release issued by the UNP, it was stated that Wi...Link
2020/07/01
12:30
Daily MirrorThis madness has to stop: HarinFormer Sports Minister Harin Fernando has criticized the authorities for questioning cricketers based on an ‘unreliable’ statement. ...Link
2020/07/01
12:30
Daily MirrorDismayed by reports of Muslims being targeted by stigma; says UN HR ChiefThe United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said she was dismayed by the reports of Muslims being targeted by stigma and hate speech associating them with COVID-19 in India and Sri Lanka. ...Link
2020/07/01
12:15
NewsFirstCID seizes vehicles of the four detained PNB officersThe Criminal Investigation Department has seized four vehicles belonging to the four officers from the Police Narcotics Bureau who were arrested by the CID. This was after information revealed on the vehicles including two vans and an SUV being used for trafficking drugs. “A T-56 magazine was also t...Link
2020/07/01
12:15
NewsFirstUpul Tharanga provides statement to investigators on 2011 CWC match-fixing claims;Sri Lankan Cricketer Upul Tharanga appeared at the Special Investigation Unit on Prevention of Offences Relating to Sports to provide a statement with regard to the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final match-fixing claims made by Ex-Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage. Yesterday the Special Investigat...Link
2020/07/01
12:15
Ada DeranaPresent situation could help correct incongruities in Sri Lanka s labour migration - AriyasinhaForeign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has observed that despite its immediate gloom, the present situation has been an eye-opener in many respects that could help correct structural, procedural, and human interface incongruities in Sri Lanka s labour migration....Link
2020/07/01
12:01
Daily News193 Lankans repatriatedA total of 193 Sri Lankans stranded in United Arab Emirates due to the COVID-19 pandemic returned to the country yesterday.The SriLankan Airlines charter flight arrived at......Link
2020/07/01
12:01
Daily NewsArchaeological sites, monuments re-opens todayAll archaeological sites, monuments, museums and galleries in Sri Lanka, which were temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, will be reopened for local tourists from today.......Link
2020/07/01
12:00
Colombo PageGroup of Sri Lankans repatriated from Qatar and UAESriLankan Airlines flight carrying 264 Sri Lankans, who were stranded in Qatar due to COVID-19 outbreak, arrived at the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning (01)....Link
2020/07/01
12:00
Ada DeranaDerailment delays train services on upcountry lineTrain services on the Upcountry Line are temporarily delayed owing to a derailment of a train, stated the Railway Control Room....Link
2020/07/01
12:00
Daily MirrorGifted Sri Lankan elephant euthanized at 45 at Smithsonian’s ZooThe Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in the United States announced the death of a female Sri Lankan elephant ‘Shanthi’. ...Link
2020/07/01
12:00
Daily MirrorEuropean Commission says list of selected countries to be revised every two weeksThe European Commission in Brussels yesterday said that an initial list of countries which were selected to enter the EU countries when their borders re-open on July 1 were based on a list of criteria which includes the epidemiological situation of the country and this list will be reviewed every 2 ...Link
2020/07/01
11:45
Sri Lanka Mirror1,441 quarantined after not wearing facemasksThe Sri Lanka Police have taken steps to self-quarantine 1,441 persons who had failed to wear face masks in public places.They had been identified during a 12-hour operation that ended 6 pm Monday in search of people who violate quarantine laws.The police said 39 people had been arrested during this...Link
2020/07/01
11:45
Sri Lanka MirrorSearch continues for corrupt PNB officerA special investigation is underway to arrest an Inspector of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB), who had led the operation to seize the 225kg heroin stash in Mahabage in mid May.He had been appointed for this operation by the PNB.This inspector has not reported for duty for 05 days now.Investigation...Link
2020/07/01
11:45
Ada DeranaUpul Tharanga arrives at Ministry to record statementFormer Sri Lanka Cricketer Upul Tharanga arrived at the Ministry of Sports at around 10.15 am this morning (01), stated Ada Derana reporter....Link
2020/07/01
11:45
Daily MirrorNearly 50,000 suspects arrested in Island-wide raids for various crimesA total of 46,637 suspects have been arrested for various crimes including for the possession of narcotics, firearms and explosives by the police during island-wide raids conducted from June 6 to 30 midnight, police said. Link
2020/07/01
11:30
Ground ViewsRights Lawyers Under Fire in Sri LankaPhoto courtesy of northeastern.edu Last month (May 2020) a Magistrate in Jaffna had withdrawn quarantine orders against the organizers of end of war commemorations, based on appeals by lawyers.[1] At least three......Link
2020/07/01
11:30
Daily MirrorThree accomplices of gangster ‘Gagana’ arrestedAn army deserter and two accomplices of underworld gangster ’Gagana’ who is currently in remand custody, have been arrested during raids at Arawwala in Maharagama yesterday, the STF said. ...Link
2020/07/01
11:15
NewsFirstAssociate of underworld figure “Gagana” arrested in MaharagamaAn associate of an underworld gang member who goes by the name “Gagana” has been arrested during a raid in Arawwala, Maharagama, Sri Lanka Police said on Wednesday (July 1). According to Sri Lanka Police, 21 fake seals and 5 forged deeds were seized from the suspect’s possession. “The arrested suspe...Link
2020/07/01
11:15
NewsFirst264 Sri Lankans repatriated from Qatar arrive in Sri LankaA group of 264 Sri Lankans repatriated from Qatar arrived in the island, earlier on Wednesday morning (July 1), aboard a special SriLankan Airlines flight. According to officers at the Bandaranaike International Airport, the majority of passengers who arrived from Qatar, were migrant workers. Anothe...Link
2020/07/01
11:15
NewsFirstSenior police officers should hold responsibility for curbing crimes in their areas – Defence SecretarySenior police officers were responsible in curbing crimes within their jurisdictions, Defence Secretary Major General (Retd.) Kamal Gunaratne said on Tuesday (June 30). The Defence Secretary made this statement while addressing senior DIGs and DIGs representing all provinces of the Sri Lanka Police ...Link
2020/07/01
11:15
Ada DeranaRanil, Ravi were aware of the Bond Scam - FonsekaFormer MP Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka says that then-Prime Minister, United National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, was aware of the Bond Scam....Link
2020/07/01
11:02
Lanka Business OnlinePresident looks into grievances at Excise DepartmentPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa reviewed long-standing issues at the Department of Excise and directed relevant officials to......Link
2020/07/01
11:01
Asian MirrorSri Lanka Medical Council Announces 'University Of Aberdeen - Sri Lanka Pathway' Not Recognised In Sri LankaThe Sri Lanka Medical Council announced that the 'University of Aberdeen - Sri Lanka Pathway' is not recognized by the SLMC in order to fulfil the requirements for registration to practise Medicine and Surgery in Sri Lanka.The University of Aberdeen, Scotland, launched the new Sri Lanka Medical Path...Link
2020/07/01
11:01
Daily NewsSix navy personnel recovered, Total Navy recovery 842Six Navy personnel who was infected with the COVID-19 has been discharged.As of now, 842 naval personnel out of the total number of infected ones, have been discharged from hospitals after tested......Link
2020/07/01
11:00
Colombo PageVeteran children’s book writer Sybil Wettasinghe passes awayVeteran children’s book writer and illustrator Sybil Wettasinghe has passed away at the age of 93....Link
2020/07/01
11:00
Sri Lanka MirrorFmr. Navy spokesman summoned before PCoIFormer Navy media spokesman - Rear Admiral D.K.P. Dassanayake has been summoned to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to probe incidents of Political Victimization, today (01).D.K.P. Dasanayake will appear at the Commission for the third time today, to testify on a complaint he lodged ...Link
2020/07/01
11:00
Daily MirrorEC directs to seize over five vehicles kept by former ministersThe Elections Commission has directed relevant authorities to seize over five vehicles used by former minister in election campaign in violation of election laws. ...Link
2020/07/01
10:47
Lanka Business OnlineSEC approves new admission requirements to attract SMEs & StartupsThe Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC SL) has approved the introduction of new rules and amendments to the......Link
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