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PM justifies paddy storage at Mattala
While asserting that the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) is a white elephant, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has today justified the current government’s decision to store paddy at the airport storage facilities in 2015. He said this while providing the evidence at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) to investigate corruption of the current administration on the decision to store paddy at MRIA. Accordingly, Commissioners questioned the losses occurred th....
JVP objects appointment of Thilanga to COPE
JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake today raised objections to the appointment of UPFA MP Thilanga Sumathilapa to the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) in place of Chandrasiri Gajadeera, who died recently. When Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri announced that Mr.Sumathipala had been appointed to the COPE by the Speaker to fill the vacancy left after the death of Chandrasiri Gajadeera, MP Ratnayake said it was immoral to appoint him as a COPE member as there was an ongoing inquiry against him at the CO....
Wasantha questions Sajith on PM Ravi and Rishad
State Minister Wasantha Senanayake today questioned presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa on his stance on giving posts to Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe, Ravi Karunanayake and Rishad Bathiudeen in a Premadasa Cabinet. In a letter to Minister Premadasa, the State Minister said he needed further clarification from the former on the role of Minister Rauff Hakeem in a future Premadasa Government. “If your answers to these questions are not satisfactory, I will have to withdraw from your....
Case filed in US against Gota dismissed
The California District Court has said it lacks jurisdiction to maintain the case filed against former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, on the basis that he is immune from the law suit under the doctrine of ‘common law foreign immunity’, which includes the acts performed in his official capacity as Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary. Initially, Plaintiff Ahimsa Wickramatunge filed a case in the US District Court against Mr. Rajapaksa under the Alien Tort Statute and the Tortur....
Mahesh Senanayake hospitalised
Presidential candidate, former Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake, has been hospitalised because of a sudden illness, hospital sources said. He has been admitted to the Balangoda District Hospital.  ....
BIA Duty Free shop employee arrested with gold biscuits jewellery
An employee of a Duty-Free shop at the arrival lounge of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) had been arrested this morning with gold biscuits and jewellery worth Rs.39 million, while attempting to smuggle them into the country, Customs Additional Director General and media Spokesman Sunil Jayarathne said. He said the raid was conducted by the officers of the Customs Narcotics Division at the arrival lounge at BIA today. Customs Director and Acting Spokesman Lal Weerakoon said the....
Wont give in to any condition demanded by TNA MR
Leader of both the SLPP and opposition, Mahinda Rajapaksa said today they were not ready to give in to any condition set by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Addressing a rally held today at Beliatta, the former President said TNA had not presented any condition to them though it said conditions were presented to two factions. "There is no need to agree to any of the conditions. The country should come first. No one should be allowed to divide the country," he said. He said i....
Honour diplomatic immunity FM urges the UK
Referring to the case against the former Defence Attache of the Sri Lankan High Commission in London Brigadier Priyanka Fernando at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court, the Foreign Ministry has requested the UK government to honour the diplomatic immunity which Brigadier Fernando is entitled to as per the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961. According to a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry, the retrial in the case of Majuran Sathananthan vs. Brigadier Andige Priyanka....
Sajin Vass Gunawardena wants SLFPers to back Sajith
One of the strongmen and confidantes of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime and former Mihin Lanka Chief Executive Officer Sajin Vaas Gunawardena called on the members and the supporters of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to work towards the victory of New Democratic Front (NDF) candidate Sajith Premadasa at the presidential election. Addressing a group of members of the SLFP from Ambalangoda, Balapitiya, Karandeniya and Rathgama electorates at the Ambalangoda Sea Breeze Hotel on Saturday, the fo....
Welgamas house burgled
United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Kalutara District parliamentarian Kumara Welgama's house at Kaluwamodara in Aluthgama has been burgled yesterday, Aluthgama police said. The person or persons had entered the house on the bank of the Kaluwamodara River after breaking a windowpane and had removed some items kept inside an almirah, but not taken away the safe where the politician had kept money. The police arrived at the scene after a telephone call by Mr Welgama and had found that ....
Upcoming election would be Mother of all elections Patali Champika
Megalopolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said that the November 16 Presidential Election will be a mother of all future elections to be held in the country. The Minister said that the candidate who won the presidential election would be empowered to dissolve parliament in March 2020 and that would lead to a parliamentary election in the same or the following month. Pointing out that the all provincial councils now stand dissolved with the term of the Uva Provin....
Isura removed from party posts
Former Chief Minister of the Western Provincial Council Isura Devapriya has been removed from the SLFP Central Committee and Maharagama Chief organiser post, sources said. ....
LPBOA decides to support Gota
Lanka Private Bus Owners' Association (LPBOA) President Gemunu Wijeratne today said the majority of members in his association had decided to support the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Speaking to the Daily Mirror he said the decision was taken following a meeting with the presidential candidate this evening. “We explained to Mr.Gotabaya Rajapaksa about the current situation of the bus service. We raised our concerns with him to get ....
11 including 2 PS members 1 former PS member arrested Police
Police arrested eleven suspects including two Pradeshiya Sabha members and a former PS member so far with regards to the received complaints and election law violations, the police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said. While addressing the media he said a total of ten complaints and fourteen election law violation incidents had been reported so far to the police department regarding the presidential election. "One of the two PS members from Walallavita PS division who was the vice presi....
Fin Ministry stops buying vehicles for state institutions
The Ministry of Finance has decided to suspend the purchase of vehicles for state institutions until further notice. The Ministry has also decided to stop the commencement of new projects during the remaining two months of this year and also to postpone the purchase of non essential office equipment until next year. A circular in this regard underlining the instructions had been issue to all ministry secretaries, Provincial chief secretaries, heads of departments and chairmen of all statutory....
SLPP says not aware of advertisement
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today said it was not aware of the recent newspaper advertisement which said several army officers had pledged their support to SLPP candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa at this year’s presidential election . In response to questions raised by journalists on this advertisement, SLPP presidential candidate spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said, “We are not using anybody for political campaigns, but if some individual has made a comment that has to be de....
Not afraid of intl pressure Sajith
UNF led alliance’s presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa today said he is not afraid of any international power and is ready to face allegations which are being made by the international community against Sri Lanka. “Premadasas are not afraid of any one and will not bow down to any condition laid out by the international community,” he told a public rally in Kekirawa. “I will not betray the security forces like my opponents,” he said. He also pledged to....
Under what law war victory cannot be campaigned Bandula
Opposition MP Dr. Bandula Gunawardana today asked under what laws the Elections Commission has said that it was prohibited to use war victory and slogans in the election campaigns. He said as a member of the Constitutionality, he cannot figure out under what laws or regulations that the EC has said campaigners can’t use war victory. Addressing a news briefing, Dr. Gunawardana said the LTTE could not be defeated by any of the previous Commandants-in-Chief because they did not have a d....
Senadhipathi remanded till November 8
Avant-Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd Chairman Nissanka Senadhipthi who was arrested upon his arrival from Singapore was remanded till November 8 by the Special trial-at-bar today. Mr. Senadhipathi was arrested by the CID on his arrival from Singapore at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake earlier today. He was arrested following an arrest warrant issued against him by the Galle Magistrate for violating a travel ban imposed on him. ....
Malaysia continues monitoring LTTE linked photos and videos
The Royal Malaysian Police will not discount any piece of evidence linking several individuals, including politicians, to the LTTE following the circulation of related videos and photos on social media, the 'Star Online' reported today. Malaysian Police’s Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division (E8) Chief Deputy Commissioner Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the police were aware of photos and videos of Malaysian politicians attending LTTE-linked events making their rounds on socia....
Tea industry can generate US 5 bn revenue Gota
SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa said many shareholders involved in the tea industry had said that it has the potential to generate up to US$ 5 billion foreign revenue and that it should be the target of the new government. Speaking at a conference of tea factory owners in Colombo on Tuesday evening, Mr. Rajapaksa said he believed that Sri Lanka's tea industry has crumbled due to re-exportation of imported inferior tea. “We should restore the value given to the 'Ce....
Opponents accept SF as real war victor Sajith
New Democratic Front presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa today said his opponents had finally accepted that Filed Marshal Sarath Fonseka was the real victor when it comes to the war. Speaking at an election rally in Dodangaslanda today Mr. Premadasa said his opponents finally had to accept that they have lied to the people on the war victory. “Whole country found out the false claim made by my opponent on the war victory. “Both my opponent and his leader had to accept th....
I am satisfied with reasons given by police Malaysian PM
The police have their own reasons as to why they arrested the individuals suspected of having links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorist group, Malaysian Prime MInister Tun Dr Mahathir said. The Prime Minister said police had briefed him on the matter and he was satisfied with the reasons given for the arrests. “I was briefed by the police (on the arrests), and they gave me the reasons behind their action, and I am satisfied with them (reasons),” he told rep....
Elect my rival if SL yearns for law of the jungle Sajith
New Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa asked the people to vote for his rival at the forthcoming election if the country needed law of the jungle, State terrorism, media suppression and repression of personal liberty. “If the people of this country expect a powerful economic programme that will give a steady income to the family, a decent roof above their heads, a better school to the kids, a permanent job with a greater salary, a good price to your crops, th....
Education policy needs paradigm shift Anura
National People’s Power (NPP) presidential candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake said yesterday revolutionary changes were needed to the national education policy in a bid to address the present crisis. He said this at the launch of the education policy of NPP election manifesto held recently at Waters Edge in Colombo. “In the process of national development, education is of paramount importance as an economic strategy. There is a correlation between education, social crimes and l....