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IP arrested over abduction of two businessmen in Rathgama

Police Inspector Kapila Nishantha who is attached to the Southern Province Special Investigation Unit was arrested by the CID today over the abduction of two businessmen in Rathgama.
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IP arrested over abduction of two businessmen in Rathgama

Police Inspector Kapila Nishantha who is attached to the Southern Province Special Investigation Unit was arrested by the CID today over the abduction of two businessmen in Rathgama.

Raina’ arrested for 'Keselwatte' shooting incident

‘Raina’, an accomplice of underworld gang member of ‘Keselwatte Dinuka’ was arrested this evening in connection with the shooting incident that occurred in the Keselwaththa Police area on Sunday night, Police said.
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Raina’ arrested for 'Keselwatte' shooting incident

‘Raina’, an accomplice of underworld gang member of ‘Keselwatte Dinuka’ was arrested this evening in connection with the shooting incident that occurred in the Keselwaththa Police area on Sunday night, Police said.

CC yet to gazette rules on making appointments, promotions: PHU

The Constitutional Council (CC) had not yet issued a gazette notice on the procedure that would be adopted in making appointments and promotions, the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) said today.
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CC yet to gazette rules on making appointments, promotions: PHU

The Constitutional Council (CC) had not yet issued a gazette notice on the procedure that would be adopted in making appointments and promotions, the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) said today.

Petition filed seeking SC order directing EC to hold PC poll immediately

A petition was filed by the Sathya Gaveshakayo Organisation (Truth Seekers) in the Supreme Court today requesting an order directing the Election Commission to hold the election for Provincial Councils (PC) immediately.
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Petition filed seeking SC order directing EC to hold PC poll immediately

A petition was filed by the Sathya Gaveshakayo Organisation (Truth Seekers) in the Supreme Court today requesting an order directing the Election Commission to hold the election for Provincial Councils (PC) immediately.

Settlements and houses: Heated arguments between TNA MPs and Rishard

TNA MPs and Minister of Trade and Commerce Rishard Bathiudeen were engaged in a heated argument with regard to resettlement and providing housing during the district development progress review meeting in Mullathivu District over the weekend. 
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Settlements and houses: Heated arguments between TNA MPs and Rishard

TNA MPs and Minister of Trade and Commerce Rishard Bathiudeen were engaged in a heated argument with regard to resettlement and providing housing during the district development progress review meeting in Mullathivu District over the weekend. 

Four killed, nineteen injured in bus accident

Four people were killed and nineteen others were injured when a Colombo bound bus from Vavuniya, skidded off the road and crashed into a transformer at Mahawewa Junction in Marawila early this morning.
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Four killed, nineteen injured in bus accident

Four people were killed and nineteen others were injured when a Colombo bound bus from Vavuniya, skidded off the road and crashed into a transformer at Mahawewa Junction in Marawila early this morning.

Govt seeks US$ 48mn credit line from India to develop KKS port

The government will obtain a US$ 48 million credit line from India for the development of Kankesanthurai Port, an official said yesterday. 
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Govt seeks US$ 48mn credit line from India to develop KKS port

The government will obtain a US$ 48 million credit line from India for the development of Kankesanthurai Port, an official said yesterday. 

Pest certification puts brakes on grape exports to SL

Export of grapes from India to Russia and Sri Lanka has halted midway in the season over stronger pest control requirements from the destination countries, the Indian Express reported.
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Pest certification puts brakes on grape exports to SL

Export of grapes from India to Russia and Sri Lanka has halted midway in the season over stronger pest control requirements from the destination countries, the Indian Express reported.

That's a superman effort, say Faf du Plessis on Perera's knock

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis raises a toast to Kusal Perera for his heroic, unbeaten 153 which guided Sri Lanka to a sensational 1-wicket victory in first Test at Durban
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That's a superman effort, say Faf du Plessis on Perera's knock

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis raises a toast to Kusal Perera for his heroic, unbeaten 153 which guided Sri Lanka to a sensational 1-wicket victory in first Test at Durban

Counterfeit notes valued over half million seized

A suspect had been arrested with Sri Lankan counterfeit currency notes valued over half million during a raid at Peragas Junction on the Biyagama Road.
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Counterfeit notes valued over half million seized

A suspect had been arrested with Sri Lankan counterfeit currency notes valued over half million during a raid at Peragas Junction on the Biyagama Road.

Imported milk powder not healthy, Prez reiterates

President Maitripala Sirisena said that consumption of some imported milk power, would not be healthy for the population, despite the claims of individuals attempting to defend allegations that what was sold as milk powder was a mixture of lactose and animal
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Imported milk powder not healthy, Prez reiterates

President Maitripala Sirisena said that consumption of some imported milk power, would not be healthy for the population, despite the claims of individuals attempting to defend allegations that what was sold as milk powder was a mixture of lactose and animal fats.

Vandalising Buddha Statues: Suspects remanded till February 27

The suspects in remand custody in connection with vandalizing statues of the Buddha in several areas in the country were produced before Mawanella Magistrate Upul Rajakaruna and further remanded till February 27.
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Vandalising Buddha Statues: Suspects remanded till February 27

The suspects in remand custody in connection with vandalizing statues of the Buddha in several areas in the country were produced before Mawanella Magistrate Upul Rajakaruna and further remanded till February 27.

TNA for UNHRC resolution seeking more time for Lanka

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said yesterday it would stand for a fresh resolution to be moved by some western countries asking for more time for Sri Lanka to implement the provisions of the previous UNHRC resolution.
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TNA for UNHRC resolution seeking more time for Lanka

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said yesterday it would stand for a fresh resolution to be moved by some western countries asking for more time for Sri Lanka to implement the provisions of the previous UNHRC resolution.

Detection of contraband - Colombo Port to get 3 high-tech scanners

With the installation of three high-tech scanners at the Colombo Port of Colombo on March  1  the Sri Lanka Customs (SLC) would be able to detect drugs, narcotics, cigarettes, gold and other contraband smuggled in containers, Director General P.S.M
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Detection of contraband - Colombo Port to get 3 high-tech scanners

With the installation of three high-tech scanners at the Colombo Port of Colombo on March  1  the Sri Lanka Customs (SLC) would be able to detect drugs, narcotics, cigarettes, gold and other contraband smuggled in containers, Director General P.S.M. Charles said yesterday.

Hartal in Puttalam against garbage recycling plant

Puttalam tuned into a ghost town yesterday when all business establishments and private sector institutions put up shutters and staged a hartal against the Aruwakkalu  Gabage  Recycling plant which is being built.
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Hartal in Puttalam against garbage recycling plant

Puttalam tuned into a ghost town yesterday when all business establishments and private sector institutions put up shutters and staged a hartal against the Aruwakkalu  Gabage  Recycling plant which is being built.

Madush’s arrest: Police team to leave for Dubai

A six-member police team was appointed by Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando to leave for Dubai to assist the Dubai Police in the investigations into the recent arrest of 31 Sri Lankans including drug kingpin Makandure Madush and singers Amal Perera and his
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Madush’s arrest: Police team to leave for Dubai

A six-member police team was appointed by Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando to leave for Dubai to assist the Dubai Police in the investigations into the recent arrest of 31 Sri Lankans including drug kingpin Makandure Madush and singers Amal Perera and his son  Nadeemal .

More power useless if what's devolved is unused: PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday there was no point in asking for more powers if the local bodies don't use what is already devolved to the Provincial Councils.
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More power useless if what's devolved is unused: PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday there was no point in asking for more powers if the local bodies don't use what is already devolved to the Provincial Councils.

Tea exports in hot water due to trade embargoes on Iran

With the imposition of various trade embargoes on Iran, obtaining payments for tea exports from Sri Lanka to Iran is causing several difficulties, Sri Lankan Tea Board Chairman Lucille Wijewardena told Daily Mirror.
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Tea exports in hot water due to trade embargoes on Iran

With the imposition of various trade embargoes on Iran, obtaining payments for tea exports from Sri Lanka to Iran is causing several difficulties, Sri Lankan Tea Board Chairman Lucille Wijewardena told Daily Mirror.

Life imprisonment for peddling heroin

High Court Judge Sashi Mahendran yesterday sentenced a father of two children to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of trafficking and peddling 10.325 grams of heroin at Nedimala, Kalubowila in 2012.
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Life imprisonment for peddling heroin

High Court Judge Sashi Mahendran yesterday sentenced a father of two children to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of trafficking and peddling 10.325 grams of heroin at Nedimala, Kalubowila in 2012.

EU reiterates need to replace PTA with new legislation

The European Union (EU) reiterated the need to repeal and replace Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in order to bring counter-terrorism legislation in line with international standards.
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EU reiterates need to replace PTA with new legislation

The European Union (EU) reiterated the need to repeal and replace Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in order to bring counter-terrorism legislation in line with international standards.

Two youths arrested for taking photos on top of Cheithiya remanded

Two youths, who were arrested for allegedly taking photos on top of one of the retinue Cheithiyas in Mihintale yesterday, were remanded until February 21, police said.
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Two youths arrested for taking photos on top of Cheithiya remanded

Two youths, who were arrested for allegedly taking photos on top of one of the retinue Cheithiyas in Mihintale yesterday, were remanded until February 21, police said.

Opposition vows to defeat national Govt. proposal

The Opposition said today it would defeat the national government proposal with the support of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).
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Opposition vows to defeat national Govt. proposal

The Opposition said today it would defeat the national government proposal with the support of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).

US Coast Guard trains Sri Lankan port officials

The US Coast Guard (USCG) conducted a port security capacity building programme at the Colombo Port with more than 25 Sri Lankan port officials from February 11 to 13, the US Embassy said today.
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US Coast Guard trains Sri Lankan port officials

The US Coast Guard (USCG) conducted a port security capacity building programme at the Colombo Port with more than 25 Sri Lankan port officials from February 11 to 13, the US Embassy said today.

MR slams Constitutional Council

The entire state sector has been collapsed today due to arbitrary actions taken by the Constitutional Council, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday.
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MR slams Constitutional Council

The entire state sector has been collapsed today due to arbitrary actions taken by the Constitutional Council, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday.

US to direct $39 mn to SL's maritime security

A top US official said yesterday that his country planned to direct US$ 39 million to Sri Lanka to support maritime security, freedom of navigation, and maritime awareness as part of its Bay of Bengal initiative.
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US to direct $39 mn to SL's maritime security

A top US official said yesterday that his country planned to direct US$ 39 million to Sri Lanka to support maritime security, freedom of navigation, and maritime awareness as part of its Bay of Bengal initiative.

SL lacks proper frameworks in anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist funding: EU

The European Commission on Wednesday listed Sri Lanka among 23 countries with strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing frameworks.
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SL lacks proper frameworks in anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist funding: EU

The European Commission on Wednesday listed Sri Lanka among 23 countries with strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing frameworks.

Japanese PM’s special advisor to visit SL today

Kentaro  Sonoura, who is the special advisor to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will arrive in Sri Lanka today for a two-day visit and hold meetings with the government leaders to further promote the bilateral relationship between the two countries,
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Japanese PM’s special advisor to visit SL today

Kentaro  Sonoura, who is the special advisor to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will arrive in Sri Lanka today for a two-day visit and hold meetings with the government leaders to further promote the bilateral relationship between the two countries, including cooperation for realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Madush, Amal and Nadeemal remanded till Feb. 24: Lawyer

Thirty one suspects including drug kingpin Makandure Madush, singer Amal Perera and his son Nadeemal, who were arrested in Dubai, were today remanded till February 24 after being produced in a Dubai Court, Counsel Shabdika Wellappili said.
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Madush, Amal and Nadeemal remanded till Feb. 24: Lawyer

Thirty one suspects including drug kingpin Makandure Madush, singer Amal Perera and his son Nadeemal, who were arrested in Dubai, were today remanded till February 24 after being produced in a Dubai Court, Counsel Shabdika Wellappili said.

Niroshan rejects allegations

UPFA MP Niroshan Premaratne today rejected allegations levelled against him relating to his links with Makandure Madush and reports of financial assistance from him.
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Niroshan rejects allegations

UPFA MP Niroshan Premaratne today rejected allegations levelled against him relating to his links with Makandure Madush and reports of financial assistance from him.

Kashmir attack: Bomb kills 34 soldiers in military convoy

At least 34 Indian paramilitary soldiers have been killed in a bomb attack by militants on their convoy in Indian-administered Kashmir.
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Kashmir attack: Bomb kills 34 soldiers in military convoy

At least 34 Indian paramilitary soldiers have been killed in a bomb attack by militants on their convoy in Indian-administered Kashmir.