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Sunil Jayasiri is an experienced journalist with over 20 years in the field, focusing on defense reporting, human rights, socio-political issues and international relations. After serving as a former defense correspondent for Daily Mirror, Sunil now holds the position of Associate Editor at Daily Mirror-Sri Lanka

UK to closely monitor Sri Lanka’s Online Safety Act amidst int’l concerns

08 Feb 2024 - 15     - 984

While claiming that the Sri Lankan Parliament passed the Online Safety Act on 24 January, despite concerns raised by international internet providers and various other concerned parties, the United Kingdom has stated that it will closely monitor the progress of this Act.

More Sri Lankans to enlist in Ukrainian military

08 Dec 2023 - 16     - 2323

Nearly 70 former Sri Lankan military personnel, who have been legally discharged from the military, have reportedly applied to join the International Legion of Territorial Defence of Ukraine, also known as the Ukrainian Foreign Legion, according to a former Sri Lankan military official based in Ukraine.

SL gearing up for elections in 2024: UK

01 Dec 2023 - 13     - 1958

Sri Lanka is among the South Asian countries gearing up for elections at different levels in 2024, alongside India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Maldives, the UK government said.


14 Apr 2022 - 4     - 15287


NGOs lenient to drug dealers don't realize extent of danger -Prez

22 Jan 2019 - 26     - 5524

In a hard-hitting statement yesterday, President Maithripala Sirisena called on NGOs which sympathized with drug dealers to remove their masks and look at the threats the children of our country faced due to drugs.

Bugs at MC; Ceylon Theatres says...

14 Jan 2019 - 12     - 10725

Ceylon Theatres today said that it shut down the Superior cinema hall of the Majestic Cineplex (MC) pending an investigation into complaints by patrons of bugs being found in several seats inside.

SL forces never used chemical weapons or cluster bombs-Ruwan

10 Jan 2019 - 8     - 3082

Refuting the claims made by several Tamil politicians that Sri Lankan security forces used chemical weapons and cluster bombs during the war in the North, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene yesterday said there is no evidence to back up these allegations.

Tripitaka declared a national heritage

05 Jan 2019 - 3     - 4855

The Tripitaka, the essence of Theravada Buddhism was declared a national heritage at a ceremony held at the historic Aluviharaya in Matale under the aegis of President Maithripala Sirisena today.

PM assures foremost place to Buddhism

28 Dec 2018 - 6     - 6630

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today vassured the Ven. Mahanayake Theras of Malwathu and Asgiriya Chapters that the government would give the foremost place to Buddhism and that action would be taken against those who vandalized Buddha statues in Mawanella.

'Janamathayata Awasarai'

04 Dec 2018 - 0     - 4181

Large crowds took part in the ‘Janamathayata Awasarai’ public rally held opposite the Maradana Elphinstone Theatre, organised by the Jathika Ekamuthuwa calling for the holding of a general election. Pic by Gayan Amarasekara 

Meeting between President and UNF postponed

02 Dec 2018 - 10     - 7167

The meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and the United National Front (UNF) party representatives which was scheduled to be held this evening (2), has been postponed 8 pm, tomorrow (03), MP Mano Ganesan said  

Election is the only answer – Prime Minister

02 Dec 2018 - 30     - 6654

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in a special statement today said that ‘only way to restore stability to a destabilized democracy will be through a general election.’

'Drive For Justice'

01 Dec 2018 - 4     - 5960

‘Yukthiye Yaathrawa’ (Drive for Justice), a vehicle parade, organized by the UNP, calling to restore democracy, was launched by UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe opposite the Colombo Municipal Council this morning. The vehicle parade was heading to Mahiyanganaya via Kataragama. Pics by Gayan Amarasekera.

Murder of two cops; Suspect arrested from Kilinochchi

01 Dec 2018 - 15     - 9204

A 48-year-old suspect was arrested in connection with the murder of the two police constables in Vavunathivu, Police said.

George H.W. Bush dies at 94

01 Dec 2018 - 15     - 9030

George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43rd, was a steadfast force on the international stage for decades, from his stint as an envoy to Beijing to his eight years as vice president and his one term as commander in chief from 1989 to 1993.

Term of Presidential Comm on SriLankan extended

01 Dec 2018 - 0     - 4437

The term of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCOI) appointed to investigate irregularities at SriLankan Airlines, Mihin Lanka & SriLankan, has been extended till February 15, 2019.

Prez to meet UNF again on Sunday

01 Dec 2018 - 4     - 8799

President Maithripala Sirisena, who held discussion with the UNF leaders this evening, had agreed to have another round of discussion on Sunday, UNP MPs said.

Hold election to elect proper persons - Three Nikayas

01 Dec 2018 - 8     - 6905

All three Nikayas have decided to advise the rulers to go for general election to elect the most suitable representatives to put an end to the current political deadlock, the Secretary General of the Asgiriya Chapter of the Shyamopali Maha Nikaya Ven.Dr. Medagama Dhammananda Thera said.

Sanga Samuluwa

01 Dec 2018 - 0     - 3265

Sanga Samuluwa held at the Nelum Pokuna auditorium in Colombo this evening. Pics by Lahiru Harshana

Prez wants Parliament to bring motion seeking new PM

30 Nov 2018 - 52     - 22828

President Maithripala Sirisena informed the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that Parliament should adopt a motion requesting him to appoint a new Prime Minister in the light of the fact that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa does not currently seem to have a majority in Parliament .  

Parliament adjourned until Dec 5

30 Nov 2018 - 2     - 3885

The Parliament session was adjourned until December 5, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced.  

EU leaders agree UK's Brexit deal

25 Nov 2018 - 2     - 3760

An agreement on the UK's withdrawal from the European Union and its future relations has been backed by EU leaders after 20 months of negotiations.

We’re ready for elections; but election is not the issue: RW

25 Nov 2018 - 40     - 9413

Indicating that his party could support a motion in the House to ask President to dissolve Parliament and go for an election, UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said over the weakened that Parliament could decide on having an election, the type of election and the time it should be held.

Ranil in Kandy

24 Nov 2018 - 3     - 6869

Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing a rally in Kandy today. He also held discussions with Mahanayakas of the Asgiriya and Malwatte chapters during the visit to Kandy.

I act in accordance with the Constitution – MS tells C’wealth Chief

24 Nov 2018 - 25     - 12455

President Maithripala Sirisena told the Commonwealth Secretary General, Baroness Patricia Scotland that he has acted in accordance with the Constitution of Sri Lanka and would continue to stand for democratic practices. 

Unhappy over Speaker's actions: Govt. to boycott Parliament

23 Nov 2018 - 59     - 13059

House Leader and Minister Dinesh Gunawardane said today they had decided to boycott parliamentary sessions until Speaker Karu Jayasuriya acted according to the Constitution, Standing Orders and parliamentary tradition.

UNP to form broad political alliance

21 Nov 2018 - 34     - 16329

The United National Party (UNP) is reportedly planning to form a broad electoral alliance with like-minded political parties and under the leadership of a 10-member council.

Solih sworn in as Maldives Prez

17 Nov 2018 - 2     - 5819

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was inaugurated on Saturday as the new President of the Maldives after the Opposition united to dislodge pro-China strongman leader Abdulla Yameen in September elections.

CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince behind Khashoggi murder

17 Nov 2018 - 3     - 8613

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has concluded Saudi’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, The Washington Post reported Friday, citing people close to the matter.

UNP writes to Facebook

17 Nov 2018 - 12     - 13508

The United National Party has requested Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to protect  the US firm not to cooperate with Rajapakse's administration to refrain from disclosing information about Sri Lankan users of the platform with any officials of the ‘illegal government’ of President Maithripala Sirisena unless it is sanctioned by a court of law in the country.

Appointing me as PM will complicate things further-Sajith

17 Nov 2018 - 15     - 20148

UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa yesterday said the present crisis would become complicated if he was appointed Prime Minister. 

Recognise Govt. prior to no-faith motion: Dinesh

17 Nov 2018 - 20     - 7165

The government representatives are reported to have told Speaker Karu Jayasuriya that they would agree to a no-confidence motion only if it could be taken up through the procedure stipulated in the Standing Orders.

President says no to second NCM

17 Nov 2018 - 36     - 32896

President Maithripala Sirisena has said that he would not accept the results of yesterday’s vote on the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) in Parliament as the standard procedure had not been followed, MP Lakshman Yapa Abeywardane said.

Will not prorogue Parliament: President

16 Nov 2018 - 48     - 16566

President Maithripala Sirisena said he would not prorogue Parliament under any circumstances.

MPs putting a price on their value, Speaker's behaviour led to dissolution: Prez

11 Nov 2018 - 47     - 16924

In a special statement, President Maithripala Sirisena today said the parliament was dissolved due to the sad situation where elected MPs were putting a price on their value and the 'amazing behaviour' of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

Body of missing German tourist found

11 Nov 2018 - 3     - 18607

The body of the 35-year-old German female tourist, who fell off the World’s End in Horton Plains, this morning, has been found from the Nonpareil estate, Nuwara Eliya, police said.

Navy assists flood victims in Kalmunai

11 Nov 2018 - 0     - 4088

Naval personnel belonging the Southeastern Naval Command reached out to assist the flood victims of Thirawanthiyanmadu in Kalmunai, trapped in the area without a mode of transportation, following the heavy downpour prevailed during the last couple of days.  Pics Sri Lanka Navy

UN Chief expresses concern

11 Nov 2018 - 11     - 9344

The Secretary-General António Guterres learned with concern of President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve Sri Lanka's parliament and move to new parliamentary elections on 5 January 2019, his spokesman said.

UNP, JVP & TNA to challenge parliament’s dissolution

10 Nov 2018 - 56     - 20224

Ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's party, the United National Party (UNP), said on Saturday it would file a case in the Supreme Court against the early dissolution of Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena.

Parliament dissolved from midnight

09 Nov 2018 - 64     - 40012

President Maithripala Sirisena has signed the proclamation to dissolve Parliament with effect from midnight today, co-Cabinet Spokesman State Minister keheliya Rambukwella told Daily Mirror.

Traffic plan for Monday’s rally

05 Nov 2018 - 4     - 5460

Police media spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said that steps had been taken to strengthen security around the parliamentary complex by deploying 1,500 police officers in view of the mass rally scheduled to be held by the parties supporting the new government on Monday.

UNP submits no-confidence motion against MR

02 Nov 2018 - 31     - 49499

The UNP today handed over a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Underworld gang clash kills two

28 Oct 2018 - 2     - 6681

Two underworld figures were stabbed to death following a clash between two underworld gangs at Jalthara in Hanwella on Sunday night, police said

Leave of all police personnel cancelled

27 Oct 2018 - 11     - 8100

On the instruction of IGP Pujith Jayasundera, leave of all Police personnel have been canceled with immediate effect, until further notice, police spokesman said.  

House approves to obtain loans amounting to Rs.310 bn

27 Oct 2018 - 1     - 5294

The House yesterday approved the resolution moved by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera to obtain loans amounting to Rs.310 billion under the provisions of the Active Liability Management Bill and the supplementary estimate presented by Highways and Road Development Minister Kabir Hashim seeking approval for Rs.30 billion for road development during the period January 1 to December 31, 2018.

PRECIFAC Report - English, Tamil translations tabled in House

27 Oct 2018 - 2     - 5005

English and Tamil translations of the report submitted by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) was tabled in parliament yesterday.

UN asks SL to repatriate commander in Mali

20 Oct 2018 - 3     - 8597

The United Nations asked the Sri Lankan government to immediately repatriate the commander of the Sri Lankan U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali following a review of his human rights background.

Ranil in New Delhi

20 Oct 2018 - 0     - 3656

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday held talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj separately called on the visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister

Ranil meets Modi

20 Oct 2018 - 5     - 3998

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday held talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi on a range of issues related to bilateral ties, including the progress of India assisted development projects in the island nation.

Stray cats take over President’s House

20 Oct 2018 - 33     - 11883

The Presidential Secretariat has reportedly informed the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) to take immediate steps to remove the stray cats which had invaded the President’s House.   

President Sirisena alleges that RAW is plotting his assassination

17 Oct 2018 - 25     - 8220

In a move that might seriously impair Indo-Lanka relations, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday accused India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of plotting his assassination.

Rupee will hit 200 if S'pore FTA is on: JO

16 Oct 2018 - 15     - 4489

The joint opposition (JO) said today the Sri Lanka rupee would hit 200 against the US Dollar by the end of this year if the Singapore FTA, which had enabled thousands of items to be imported without taxes, was still operative.

DIG of TID transferred after allegation of assassination plot

17 Sep 2018 - 12     - 7818

DIG in charge of the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) Nalaka de Silva has been temporarily transferred to the IT division yesterday, Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said.

CID had no plans to arrest CDS – Govt

15 Sep 2018 - 26     - 7052

The government said that CID had no plans to arrest Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne as claimed by the media.

Minor tremor experienced in Trinco

15 Sep 2018 - 2     - 5655

A minor tremor, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale was reported from the Trincomalee lagoon area around 1 am today, the Geological Survey and Mines’ Bureau said. However, no damages were reported due to the tremor, it said

CID to probe assassination plot: President

14 Sep 2018 - 32     - 11157

Speaking on the alleged conspiracy to assassinate him and former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President Maithripala Sirisena said today the investigation into the incident would be handed over to the CID no sooner the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) concluded its probe and submitted its preliminary report.

Sri Lankan drug trafficking suspect nabbed in Bangkok

08 Sep 2018 - 4     - 9493

A Sri Lankan man wanted for drug trafficking in his home country has been arrested in Bangkok, four years after he first fled to Thailand, Bangkok Post reported.

Muslim groups call for female circumcision to be medicalised

07 Sep 2018 - 94     - 40532

A number of Sri Lankan Muslim groups have called on the government to medicalise female circumcision.In representations made to the Parliamentary Committee on Women and Gender, members of the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama, All Ceylon YMMA Conference, Centre for Islamic

President worships Lumbini

01 Sep 2018 - 1     - 3211

President Maithripala Sirisena who attended the 4th Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation  (BIMSTEC) held in Kathmandu, Nepal, commenced his two-day state visit to Nepal with the conclusion of the Summit, today(01). President Sirisena marking his first programme worshipped several religious places including the magnificent Lumbini, the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama. Pix courtesy