Mahinda accuses Maithripala of creating a split in SLFP

Mahinda accuses Maithripala of creating a split in SLFP

🕔17:37, 27.Apr 2017

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today accused President Maithripala Sirisena of creating a split in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). He said that in January 2015, when a new leader took over an undivided SLFP he made no attempt to

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Twenty-five senior lawyers appointed as President’s Counsel

Twenty-five senior lawyers appointed as President’s Counsel

🕔17:24, 27.Apr 2017

Twenty-five senior lawyers were appointed as President’s Counsel by President Maithripala Sirisena today. The appointments were made at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. M.A. Sumanthiran, Upul Jayasuriya and J.C. Weliamuna were among those appointed as President’s Counsel. Others appointed are Daya

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Tissa says he never left UNP, says he is still a member

Tissa says he never left UNP, says he is still a member

🕔17:11, 27.Apr 2017

Former United National Party (UNP) General Secretary Tissa Attanayake says he never left the party and that he is still a member of the party. Attanayake said that he decided not to support Maithripala Sirisena at the last Presidential election

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Motion to deny Sri Lanka GSP plus defeated by EU Parliament

Motion to deny Sri Lanka GSP plus defeated by EU Parliament

🕔16:46, 27.Apr 2017

The motion to deny Sri Lanka the GSP plus trade concession was defeated by the EU Parliament today. Deputy Foreign Minister Harsha de Silva said that Sri Lanka won the vote in Brussels with 436 members voting against the motion, 119

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Malaysia’s twin towers company urged to invest in Sri Lanka

Malaysia’s twin towers company urged to invest in Sri Lanka

🕔16:39, 27.Apr 2017

President Maithripala Sirisena invited leading Malaysian entrepreneurs to explore possibilities of expanding investment and trade and look at the potential of new trade opportunities in Sri Lanka. He stated this when the CEO of Malaysia’s petrochemical giant, Petronas, Datuk Wan Zulkiflee

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Court rules cops can file plaints under Excise Ordinance

Court rules cops can file plaints under Excise Ordinance

🕔16:25, 27.Apr 2017

The Galle Magistrate today said that the police can file plaints under the Excise Ordinance. The ruling overturns an order issued by the Kalutara Magistrate in February where it was stated that the police cannot file plaints under the Excise Ordinance  

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Main suspect in murder of policeman killed by cops

Main suspect in murder of policeman killed by cops

🕔16:02, 27.Apr 2017

The main suspect wanted over the murder of a policeman in Kurunegala last year was killed by the police in Hambantota today. The suspect was killed during an exchange of fire with the police. Two policeman were injured in the incident.

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North, East observe shutdown in protest over missing and land

North, East observe shutdown in protest over missing and land

🕔15:40, 27.Apr 2017

All the major towns in the northern and eastern provinces today observed a shutdown after the Tamil and Muslim political parties held a protest demanding the release of military-occupied land, the Press Trust of India reported. Offices, businesses, schools and

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Special Rapporteur on non-recurrence to visit Sri Lanka

Special Rapporteur on non-recurrence to visit Sri Lanka

🕔11:41, 27.Apr 2017

The Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence Pablo de Greiff, is to visit Sri Lanka in October. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said that Pablo de Greiff is expected in

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India Lanka to hold talks on ISIS threat in South Asia

India Lanka to hold talks on ISIS threat in South Asia

🕔09:17, 27.Apr 2017

India and Sri Lanka will hold a dialogue on how to check the growing threat of the Islamic State in South Asia and any attempt by the terror outfit to destabilise the region, the Press Trust of India reported. The

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British tourist sues tour operator over accident in Sri Lanka

British tourist sues tour operator over accident in Sri Lanka

🕔23:42, 26.Apr 2017

A British woman has decided to sue a tour operator after an accident in Sri Lanka where a palm tree fell on her legs. The British woman has spoken out of her terror that she would never be able to walk

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CEB chairman resigns, Ganegala appointed acting chairman

CEB chairman resigns, Ganegala appointed acting chairman

🕔23:16, 26.Apr 2017

Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Anura Wijepala resigned from his post today. His resignation was accepted by the subject Minister. W.B. Ganegala has been appointed the acting chairman Wijepala was appointed as the CEB chairman in January 2015. He served

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One–man committee to probe garbage dump tragedy

One–man committee to probe garbage dump tragedy

🕔20:14, 26.Apr 2017

President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a one–man Presidential Committee to investigate the causes that led to the Meethotamulla tragedy. The President has appointed retired High Court judge Chandradasa Nanayakkara to the Committee.

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Number of missing in Meethotamulla revised to zero

Number of missing in Meethotamulla revised to zero

🕔16:03, 26.Apr 2017

The number of people missing following the garbage dump landslide in Meethotamulla has been revised to zero. Deputy Director of the Disaster Management Centre Pradeep Kodippili told the Colombo Gazette that since there was no clarity on how many are exactly missing

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Indian PM Modi holds “comprehensive” talks with Ranil

Indian PM Modi holds “comprehensive” talks with Ranil

🕔14:49, 26.Apr 2017

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks on bilateral issues with his visiting Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe in New Delhi today. “Held comprehensive talks with PM Ranil Wickremesinghe on ways to strengthen India-Sri Lanka ties for the benefit of

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Fonseka to take on a new role on request of President

Fonseka to take on a new role on request of President

🕔14:43, 26.Apr 2017

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka is to take on a new role on a request made by President Maithripala Sirisena. The new role includes working with the military in the event of a strike by employees of essential services.

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Excess elephants at Pinnawala to be given to individuals

Excess elephants at Pinnawala to be given to individuals

🕔14:27, 26.Apr 2017

Cabinet has granted approval to hand over some elephants at the Pinnawala elephant orphanage to individuals and religious places of worship under strict conditions. The approval was granted on a proposal made by Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Gamini Jayawickrama Perera in

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Leading underworld figure ‘SF Lokka’ arrested over theft

Leading underworld figure ‘SF Lokka’ arrested over theft

🕔13:32, 26.Apr 2017

Leading underworld figure Eron Ranasinghe alias SF Lokka was arrested today over a vehicle theft, the police media unit said. Ranasinghe is the main suspect in the murder of nightclub owner Wasantha de Zoysa in Anuradhapura.

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Sri Lanka holds urgent talks with EU MEPs ahead of vote

Sri Lanka holds urgent talks with EU MEPs ahead of vote

🕔13:05, 26.Apr 2017

The Government held urgent talks with several EU Members of Parliament (MEP) ahead of the vote at the EU Parliament tomorrow on a resolution not to grant Sri Lanka the GSP plus trade concession. Deputy Foreign Minister, Dr. Harsha de

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Cabinet approves signing of several MoUs with India

Cabinet approves signing of several MoUs with India

🕔13:00, 26.Apr 2017

Cabinet has approved the signing of several Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) with India, the Government said today. The agreements will look to strengthen the economic cooperation between both countries.

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