Minister orders probe over use of sick elephant for pageant

Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga has ordered an inquiry into the use of an elderly and sick elephant...

Teen son of NTJ leader’s second in command arrested

The 16 year old son of National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) leader Zahran Hashim’s second-in-command, Naufer Moulavi has been arrested. The Police said that Mohamed Naufer...

Thirteen Sri Lankan illegal immigrants deported by Australia detained at BIA

Thirteen Sri Lankan illegal immigrants were deported from Australia and were detained at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) today. Officials said that the Sri Lankans...

Several suspects arrested over Madampitiya killings

Several suspects have been arrested over the murder of two underworld figures at Madampitiya, the Police said today. The Police said that at least eight...

ADB’s first loan for Sri Lanka’s railway sector approved

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $160 million loan to modernize the operations and improve the efficiency of Sri Lanka Railways, the...

AG instructs Police to expedite probe on five cases

Attorney General (AG) Dappula de Livera has directed the acting Inspector General of Police to expedite and conclude investigations into five key incidents. The incidents...

Namal says SLPP ready to submit documents on Gota

Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa says the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) is ready to submit documents related to former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa's renunciation of...

Government to expedite development projects in Vanni

The Government is to expedite development projects in the Vanni, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today. Speaking at an event in Vavuniya, the Prime Minister...

EC allocates €8.5 million to support Sri Lankan efforts to prevent violent extremism

The European Commission (EC), through its Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace, has allocated €8.5 million to support Sri Lankan efforts to prevent violent...

Elderly skeletal elephant spared from Kandy parade

A skeletal 70-year-old elephant has been withdrawn from a high-profile annual Buddhist pageant in Sri Lanka following a social media firestorm against parading the...

Lasantha’s daughter accuses Ranil of using her father

Ahimsa Wickrematunge, daughter of slain journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga today accused Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of using the death of her father to try and...

UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief to visit Sri Lanka

The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, will carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka, from 15 to...

TNA says Tamils more united now than before

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says the Tamils in Sri Lanka are more united now than they were during the war. TNA Parliamentarian M.A Sumanthiran...

Sajith Premadasa stakes claim to run for President

United National Party Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa said that he is prepared to contest the next Presidential election. Premadasa told a large gathering in Badulla...

Slave Island salon manager killed, five arrested and remanded

The manager of a salon in Slave Island was clubbed to death and five suspects have been arrested and remanded over the incident. The Police...

UNP says its nominee will rally the people against tyranny

The United National Party says its Presidential candidate will rally the people of Sri Lanka against tyranny and oppression, and will win. United National Party...

MR declares Gotabaya as SLPP Presidential candidate

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today declared former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the Presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP). Rajapaksa made the...

Mahinda formally appointed SLPP leader

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was today formally appointed as the leader of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP). SLPP Chairman, Professor G.L Peiris announced the...

MR says he will be SLPP’s Prime Ministerial candidate

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he will be the Prime Ministerial Candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP). The Hindu quoted Rajapaksa as telling...

India says it stood with Sri Lanka during difficult times

India says the large participation of Indian companies in recent exhibitions in Sri Lanka is a reflection of India’s solidarity with Sri Lanka during...