US warns SL on investment, military ties after army chief promotion

A senior U.S. State Department official warned on Tuesday that Sri Lanka’s appointment of a war veteran accused of serious human rights violations as head of its army could affect U.S. military cooperation and investment in the island nation.

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Speaker will resign to contest presidential polls: SLPP

Once the alliance led by the United National Party (UNP) is formed, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya will resign from the post to contest the presidential election, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said today.

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Income tax payers' children to get

Grade one admission at national schools: Minister

The Ministry of Education had drawn its attention to admit the children whose parents pay income taxes to the state, Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.

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Term of PSC probing Easter Sunday attack extended

The House today granted an extension period to the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) appointed to probe Easter Sunday attack till September 30, in order to complete its final report.

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Terminating 14 modern aircraft incurred Rs 17,058.1 million loss - COPE

The decision of the incumbent government to terminate the agreement to acquire 14 modern aircraft for SriLankan Airlines, which was signed during the Mahinda Rajapaksa government, had resulted in staggering losses amounting to a sum of US$ 115.77 million (Rs 17,058 .1 million), Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) report submitted to parliament said today.

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Central Expressway: second phase nearing completion

Work on the second phase of the Central Expressway would be completed by January next year, Highways and Road Development Minister Kabir Hashim said today.

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Wennappuwa PS member, sister remanded for obstructing police duties

The member of Wennappuwa Pradeshiya Sabha, Dulakshi Chamodari Fernando (21) and her elder sister had been remanded until August 30 by the Marawila Magistrate for obstructing the duties of police officers at the CeyNor junction in Wennappuwa.

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SL can’t appoint officials to satisfy US, Canada: SLPP

When Sri Lankan leaders appoint officials based on the requirement of the people of its country, they can’t take into consideration the choices of other countries including the US and Canada, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today said.

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Shavendra Silva assumes duties

Newly appointed Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva assumed duties at the Army Headquarters this morning amidst military honours.

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Shavendra is as important to us as Gen. Grant to Americans

In the same way, General Ulysses S. Grant who led the government forces against the separatist civil war in the USA became important to Americans, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva is also important to the Sri Lankan Government, said the Minister of Megalopolis and Western Development Patalie Champika Ranawaka at a press briefing held yesterday at his ministry.

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SIS should be made an independent body, governed by legislation

The special three-member committee appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to investigate the April 21 bombing yesterday said state intelligence services should be made an independent body while it should be governed by legislation.

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Prez seeks time till Jan. ’20 to approve

At yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have sought time till January next year to approve the agreement with the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) but Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had insisted it should be signed as soon as possible.

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Agriculture Building

Duminda says building rented out with AG’s approval

Former agriculture minister Duminda Dissanayanke denied the statement made earlier at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) that the lease agreement was signed with D.P.A. Jayasinghe & Company without the Attorney General’s approval said he had signed the lease agreement in 2016 with the AG’s approval.

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Local and international schools will come under the ministry: Minister

According to the new Education Act, the power of regulating all schools including International schools would come under the Education Ministry, the Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.

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What right has US to criticise new Army Chief: Wimal

The US has no right to criticise the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva as Army Commander based on the OISL report at the UN Human Rights Council, from which it withdrew describing it as a cesspit, MP Wimal Weerawansa said.

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Appointing Shantha Bandara as MP illegal: SLPP

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) raised a legal point on the move to appoint Shantha Bandara as an MP to fill the vacancy that had arisen in the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Kurunegala district list with the death of MP Salinda Dissanayake.

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Shavendra’s promotion sends a worrying message to victims of war: EU

The Delegation of the European Union (EU) today said the promotion of Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva to the post of Army Commander undermined Sri Lanka’s efforts towards national reconciliation and sent a worrying message to victims and survivors of the war.

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Two Moulavis trained by Zahran arrested

Two Moulavis who had undergone weapons training under National Thowheed Jamaat (NTJ) leader Zahran Hashim at a camp in Nuwara Eliya, was arrested today, Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said.

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Maga Neguma on the road to nowhere!

Road Planing and Development Company, which at one time existed under the Road Development Authority (RDA), was terminated to establish the institutes Maga Neguma Emulsion Private Company, Maga Neguma...

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Purchasing of generators to generate power Allegations and violations mar tender proceedings

Following our recent expose ‘Deals and Deals Behind Procuring Emergency Power’, facts that have now emerged reveal how another deal had taken place in the power sector unscrupulously....

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We only articulate our position on the appointment of Army Commander -U.S. Ambassador-

U.S. Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz, in an interactive discussion with a select group of journalists, responds to questions about the current controvers...

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It certainly looks like Sajith can beat Gotabaya Harsha de Silva

Non-Cabinet Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Dr Harsha de Silva, in an interview with Daily Mirror, shares his views on the curren...

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Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, who is in the centre of controversy over allegations linked to Easter Sunday’s terrorist attack, s...

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I will not care about any pressure in future…

Newly appointed Solicitor General Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe was much remembered for her outgoing role as the Director General of the Commission to...

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He had his wife’s underskirt in his bag

A visit to Colombo to meet a politician by a group of villagers from Moragollagama was thrown into chaos when their leader found out the hard way that he did not possess the proper attire to meet with...

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Man, using Viper to kill wife, arrested

An individual suspected of attempting to kill his wife by causing a viper to sting her and his mistress who aided and abetted the alleged crime were produced before Gampaha Chief Magistrate D.A. Ruwan...

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Man arrested for cruel killing of pet dog

A suspect had been taken into custody from Udupeellagoda Hakmana for severing the tongue and killing of a German Shepherd Pet. This was informed by the Hakmana Police....

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