Fri, 23 Feb 2024 Today's Paper

Ajith Siriwardana is a Colombo-based journalist covering current affairs and socio-political issues. He serves as a Parliament lobby correspondent. Ajith has worked in print media and online platforms since 2012 and currently holds the position of Deputy News Editor of the Daily Mirror.

Legal action to be taken against unauthorized granting of national awards

2 hours ago - 1     - 628

President’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake has directed officials to take legal action against the unauthorized granting of national awards and honorary titles.

US Deputy Secretary of State calls on President

5 hours ago - 9     - 477

United States Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Richard Verma called on President Ranil Wickremesinghe a short while ago at the Presidential Secretariat, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.

Hotel manager falls to death from Rawana Ella mountain

5 hours ago - 3     - 1981

A 32-year-old manager of a tourist hotel in Ella died after falling down a precipice while on a hiking expedition in Rawana Ella mountain yesterday afternoon.


Launch immediate probe on Sanath Nishantha’s death: Johnston

22 Feb 2024 - 38     - 2731

The complaint made by late State Minister Sanath Nishantha’s wife regarding the death of her husband must be investigated into soon and the culrpits brought to book if it was an organised murder, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MP Johnston Fernando said today.

Government refutes plans to provide ‘Aragalaya site’ for casino

22 Feb 2024 - 12     - 874

The government refuted any plans to provide the Galle Face ’Aragalaya site’ where the ’GotaGoGama’ agitation was held, to establish a casino.


Prime Minister assures action against CEB spokesman

22 Feb 2024 - 18     - 2169

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardane assured Parliament that an inquiry will be held into the statement made by the CEB media spokesman and necessary action will be taken against him.


Electricity tariffs increased in October to be totally reduced in new revision: Minister

21 Feb 2024 - 17     - 895

The new proposal on the electricity tariff revision aims to reduce the electricity tariffs increased in October last year, which included 18 percent for the domestic category, Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara said today.

Heat wave warning issued for Colombo and several other Districts

21 Feb 2024 - 6     - 6717

The Meteorology Department today issued a ‘Caution’ level heat warning for some places in North-Western province and Gampaha, Colombo, Hambantota and Moneragala District.


Reduce price of ‘Gal arrack’ before New Year: State Minister

21 Feb 2024 - 24     - 1429

The government must reduce the price of special arrack (Gal arrack) before the New Year for the common man to take a booze, State Minister Chamara Sampath said today.

Sri Lanka should not become Indianized: Government MP

21 Feb 2024 - 39     - 2236

A government MP said today that Sri Lanka should not be subjected to Indianisation, claiming that he was against the Indian rupee being used in Sri Lanka and to provide Sri Lankan airports to Indian investors.

Parate execution law to be suspended: Siyambalapitiya

21 Feb 2024 - 8     - 2648

Steps will be taken to suspend the powers of the Parate execution law for a certain period for the purpose of protecting the small and medium-scale entrepreneurs, State Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said today.


Rohitha complains to Speaker over social media post

21 Feb 2024 - 27     - 3282

SLPP MP Rohitha Abeygunawardane said today his privileges have been infringed due to a social media post posted by a woman in Katukurunda, Kalutara and requested the Speaker to bring her before the Privilege Committee.


Plans to provide Galle Face ’Aragalaya site’ for casino centre: Vijitha

20 Feb 2024 - 22     - 1843

The government is planning to provide the Galle Face agitation site where the ’GotaGoGama’ Aragalaya was conducted, to establish a casino centre, NPP MP Vijith Herath alleged today.

Ranil is not a crafty man as claimed: Anura Kumara

18 Feb 2024 - 58     - 4184

Claiming that President Ranil Wickremesinghe is not a crafty man as claimed, NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said today he will have to go home even before the end of his scheduled term, if he attempts to evade the Presidential election by any means.

Iranian Foreign Minister to visit Sri Lanka tomorrow

18 Feb 2024 - 6     - 957

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hossein Amir Abdollahian will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from tomorrow (19) to February 21, 2024, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Israeli Minister meets President; discusses hostages, Gaza conflict

16 Feb 2024 - 9     - 1793

Israel’s Minister of Transport and Road Safety Brig. Gen. Miri Regev met President Ranil Wickremesinghe and discussed matters concerning the safe return of Israeli hostages.

Current economic stability due to non-payment of external debt: Bandula

16 Feb 2024 - 26     - 2224

The government has been able to ensure continuous supply of gas, fuel and other necessities right now as Sri Lanka had suspended repaying external debt, Minister Bandula Gunawardena said yesterday.

LGBTIQ+ community representatives meet Speaker

15 Feb 2024 - 19     - 1991

The LGBTIQ+ community representatives breifed Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana on the issues faced by the LGBTIQ+ community in Sri Lanka.

Electricity tariff must be reduced by 28 to 33%: NPP tells PUCSL

15 Feb 2024 - 12     - 558

Claiming that the proposed electricity tariff revision by about 3 percent is not at all sufficient, the National People’s Power (NPP) said the tariffs should be reduced by at least 28 to 33 percent.

Gaming regulator yet to be established; COPF raises concerns

14 Feb 2024 - 1     - 492

The Committee on Public Finance (COPF) summoned the Director-General of Fiscal Policy to inquire into the delay in establishing a gaming regulator which is instrumental in attracting investment and recouping billions of lost revenue.

Chandrika says no decision to support any presidential candidate as yet

14 Feb 2024 - 13     - 1013

Former president Chandrika Kumaratunge said she had not decided to support any candidate in the upcoming presidential election as reported by various media and social media platforms.

Plans to offer multiple degrees through state universities: Suren Raghavan

14 Feb 2024 - 7     - 913

Discussions are underway to provide multiple degrees through state universities based on the observation of experts with international experience in education, State Minister of Higher Education Dr. Suren Raghavan said today.

Pay attention to direction of the sun when building new houses: Parliamentary Committee

13 Feb 2024 - 22     - 1122

A Parliamentary Committee has observed that people must be informed of the need to pay attention to the direction of the sun when building a new house so as to install solar panels.

European Union Ambassador Carmen Moreno meets Anura Kumara

13 Feb 2024 - 29     - 2070

Ambassador of the European Union to Sri Lanka, Carmen Moreno met NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake at the JVP Headquaters this afternoon.

Defence Secretary, Army Commander asked to apologise to MP Weerakkody

12 Feb 2024 - 20     - 3088

The Privilege Committee of Parliament has recommended that Defence Secretary Kamal Gunaratne and Army Commander Vikum Liyanage must apologise to Parliamentarian Chandima Weerakkody for making threatening statements against the MP during a committee meeting inside the Parliament Complex.

More surprises to be unfolded: Anura Kumara says after India visit

11 Feb 2024 - 38     - 4678

Claiming that opposition camps have been astonished by the NPP’s Indian visit, NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said today that more surprising events are to be unfolded in the near future.

India’s invitation was in December; deffered it due to tight schedule: Vijitha

11 Feb 2024 - 16     - 1050

Claiming that the National Peoples Power’s (NPP) visit to India was not sudden, NPP MP Vijitha Herath, who took part in the visit, said the invitation was made last December but was deferred to February due to the tight schedule.

‘We need international support to achieve desired transformation’: Anura Kumara

10 Feb 2024 - 45     - 2160

Claiming that Sri Lanka can no longer function as an isolated country, NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said today their intention is to strengthen diplomatic ties to garner international support to achieve the desired transformation in the country.

State revenue up by 25 percent in January after VAT increase: Siyambalapitiya

08 Feb 2024 - 30     - 1266

State revenue has increased by 25 percent in January after the VAT increase, where Rs. 274 billion was recorded in January 2024, whereas the estimated state revenue was Rs. 219 billion, State Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said today.


Shortcomings observed in Online Safety Act; open for amendments: Wijeyadasa

08 Feb 2024 - 20     - 1064

The government has observed that there are some shortcomings in the recently enacted Online Safety Act and the government is open to bring in amendments to the Act, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said today.


Jagath Priyankara sworn in as MP to fill Sanath Nishantha’s vacancy

08 Feb 2024 - 3     - 839

Jagath Priyankara was sworn in as a Member of Parliament before Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardane a short while ago.

Anura and delegation attend a presentation of ’Gujarat Model’in India

07 Feb 2024 - 18     - 1974

NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake and the NPP delegation held talks with Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel, where they discussed about the development strategies for eliminating poverty in the State and the administrative system of the State during their third day in India’s visit.

SJB decides not to support government anymore: Kiriella

07 Feb 2024 - 17     - 1580

The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) will not support the government despite the President’s appeals, as the government has acted arbitrarily during the recent past, Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella said today.


No Cabinet approval granted to cultivate Cannabis: Bandula refutes Diana’s claims

06 Feb 2024 - 10     - 1255

Refuting claims by State Minister Diana Gamage that Cabinet approval has been granted to cultivate Cannabis for export, Cabinet Spokesman Bandula Gunawardane said no such decision has been taken to cultivate Cannabis.

NPP delegation meets India’s Foreign Secretary

06 Feb 2024 - 14     - 1734

The NPP delegation led by its leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake met India’s Foriegn Secretary Vinay Mohan at the Taj Mansingh Hotel last night, party sources said.

Anura meets India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval 

05 Feb 2024 - 41     - 3466

NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake met India’s National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval this afternoon, party sources said.

Anura Kumara to leave for India tomorrow on official invitation

04 Feb 2024 - 78     - 6701

A group led by NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake is to leave for India tomorrow on an official invitation by the Indian government, party sources said.

World leaders congratulate Sri Lanka on its 76th Independence Day

04 Feb 2024 - 8     - 863

Several world leaders, including His Holiness Pope Francis, King Charles III of the UK, US President Joe Biden, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian President Droupadi Murmu congratulated Sri Lanka on its 76th Independence Day, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.

Withdraw Online Safety Act: Chandrika urges government

03 Feb 2024 - 26     - 1744

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge urged the government to withdraw the Online Safety Act and the Anti-Terrorism Bill, claiming that they were dangerous acts which could be used by the government at any time to violate people’s fundamental rights.

FTA signed between Thailand and Sri Lanka

03 Feb 2024 - 3     - 1267

A Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was signed between Thailand and Sri Lanka at the Presidential secretariat a short while ago,President’s Media Division (PMD) said.


Over 700 prisoners to be released on Independence Day: Prisons spokesman

03 Feb 2024 - 9     - 437

A total of 754 prisoners including 25 female inmates will be released from prisons island-wide tomorrow on Presidential amnesty to mark the 76th Independence Day, Prisons Commissioner and Prisons Spokesman Gamini B. Dissanayake said.

Government policy statement to be debated for two days

01 Feb 2024 - 7     - 372

Party leaders representing Parliament have decided to hold a two-day adjournment debate on the government policy statement to be presented in Parliament by the President on February 7 at the ceremonial opening of the fifth dession of the ninth Parliament.

Online Safety Bill comes into effect today

01 Feb 2024 - 29     - 2564

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardane today endorsed the certificate on the Online Safety Bill which was approved by parliament last week, the Communications Department of Parliament said.


SJB vows to file Fundamental Rights petition against Tiran Alles

31 Jan 2024 - 14     - 1080

The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) will file a Fundamental Rights (FR) petition against Public Security Minister Tiran Alles who had ordered to fire tear gas and water cannons at the SJB protest, SJB General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara said today.

Govt. aiming to provide 100,000 additional foreign jobs this year: State Minister

30 Jan 2024 - 12     - 613

Enhancing the access to foreign jobs and cater to a wider range of opportunities, the government was aiming to provide 100,000 additional foreign jobs for Sri Lankan citizens this year, State Minister of Social Empowerment Anupa Pasqual said today.


Minimum speed limit on expressways soon: Bandula

30 Jan 2024 - 55     - 4424

Steps are being taken to impose a minimum speed limit on expressways as accidents are caused due to slow-moving vehicles, Transport Minister Bandula Gunawardana said today.

Some universities planning to invite presidential candidates to universities: Raghavan alleges

29 Jan 2024 - 38     - 1891

Some universities were planning to invite politicians and presidential candidates to universities and such moves should be stopped, State Minister of Higher Education Dr. Suren Raghavan said today.

Thai Prime Minister to visit Sri Lanka, FTA to be signed

29 Jan 2024 - 5     - 889

Prime Minister of Thailand Srettha Thavisin will undertake a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka from 03 to 04 February 2024 where he is scheduled to witness the signing of the Sri Lanka-Thailand Free Trade Agreement (SLTFTA), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Police tasked with eradicating drugs, underworld by June 30: Minister

28 Jan 2024 - 23     - 1111

Police have been tasked with completely eradicating the underworld and narcotic drugs in the country by June 30, 2024, Public Security Minister Tiran Alles said.

Police awards Rs. 1.5 mn to MSD officer killed in Expressway accident

27 Jan 2024 - 23     - 1125

The police has offered a Rs. 1.5 million cash donation to the family of late State Minister Sanath Nishantha’s security officer, Police Constable J.A.A. Jayakodi, who died in the accident on the Katunayake Expressway.

Three killed in three-wheeler-lorry collision

27 Jan 2024 - 13     - 1550

Two men and a woman were killed after a three-wheeler they were travelling in collided head-on with a lorry at Kivulgalla in Narammala this morning, Police said.

Uma Oya project to add 120 MW of electricity to national grid by February: State Minister

26 Jan 2024 - 9     - 1017

The Uma Oya project is expected to add 120 MW of electricity to the national grid by February 15, Minister of State for Irrigation Shasheendra Rajapaksa said today.

Parliament prorogued till February 7

26 Jan 2024 - 13     - 1236

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has prorogued Parliament till February 7, 2024.

Unite for discussion with IMF on alternative proposals: President urges political parties

26 Jan 2024 - 18     - 887

President Ranil Wickremesinghe extended an invitation to all political party leaders in the Parliament to engage in discussions with the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the implementation of the agreement with the IMF, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.

Sanath Nishantha’s tragic death:

Group connected to certain political party posting insulting posts: Amaraweera

25 Jan 2024 - 46     - 3593

A group connected to a particular political party and fake account holders have posted insulting posts on State Minister Sanath Nishantha’s tragic death, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.

Laws in the offing to institute raping of male children as criminal offense

25 Jan 2024 - 13     - 1150

The government is in the process of introducing amendments to the Penal Code to institute raping of male children as a criminal offense, amend laws on constitutional rape of females mentioned in the Penal Code and to correct the shortcomings in the law of raping of females.

US concerned over potential impact of Sri Lanka’s Online Safety Bill: Julie Chung

25 Jan 2024 - 20     - 1601

The United States remains concerned over the potential impact of Sri Lanka’s Online Safety Bill, which was passed yesterday without incorporating important inputs from key stakeholders, including civil society and tech companies who say that this legislation threatens freedom of expression, innovation and privacy, US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung said.

Export-oriented strategies a must to overcome financial hurdles: President

25 Jan 2024 - 22     - 729

President Ranil Wickremesinghe stressed the need for a sustainable solution and highlighted the importance of export-oriented strategies to overcome financial hurdles, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.

’’Rattaran’’ is my childhood nickname: Rohitha

24 Jan 2024 - 20     - 2309

Claiming that ’’Rattaran’’ was a nickname given to him in childhood, Parliamentarian Rohitha Abeygunawardane said he would resign if anyone proved that a police complaint had been made against him for snatching necklaces.


TIN to be issued using NIC numbers: Siyambalapitiya

24 Jan 2024 - 13     - 2157

The government is considering issuing the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) with the assistance of the Department for Registration of Persons, using the National Identity Card (NIC) numbers, State Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said.