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Undocumented bond sales: Rs.1,043 bln up to 2015: COPA

There has been undocumented bond sales by various government and semi government institutions worth worth Rs.1,043 billion up to 2015, the Committee on Public Accounts said in its report submitted Parliament today.

Health services at standstill for second day

Healthcare services countrywide came to standstill today as a result of the work stoppage by the members of the Government Medical Officers Association over the SAITM issue.

Less people using buses now: LPBOA

The number of people travelling in buses have dropped by about 1,500 because of the increase in bus fares, Lanka Private Bus Owners Association President Gemunu Wijeratne said today.

Dr. Saman Kelegama passes away

Dr. Saman Kelegama, the Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, has passed away at the age of 58 in Thailand today, Sri Lankan Embassy in Thailand confirmed.  

IUSF Convener taken into custody

Inter University Students Federation Convener Lahiru Weerasekara was taken into police custody today. Sources said he was taken into custody along with another IUSF member as they were leaving the Centre for Society and Religion in Maradana after a news conference.

Rajiv Gandhi assassin seeks mercy killing

Robert Pious, one of the convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, has appealed for euthanasia, the Indian Express reported yesterday.

Police Media Spokesman resigns

Police Media Spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody in a Facebook post said he had decided to resign from his post due to his prevailing medical condition.

Heavy traffic on Colombo- Kandy road due to accident

Heavy traffic was reported onthe Colombo-Kandy Main Road at Kegalle this morning following an accident involving a container truck, a bus and a three-wheeler.

Time to rethink liquor sale on Poya Days: Mangala

The time has come for the country to rethink banning of liquor sales on Poya Days, Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera told Parliament yesterday.Speaking during a debate on the notifications made under Excise Ordinance in the House, the Minister said liquor sales were higher on Poya ...

Serial garbage dumpers warned: You are being watched!

Street cameras will be set up to identify persons who dump garbage on the roadside and in public places, Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faiszer Musthapha said.

People don't dump garbage at allocated places: CMC

Though the Colombo Municipal Council collected garbage on a regular basis, people did not dump garbage at allocated places making the process of garbage collecting cumbersome, CMC Commissioner V. K. A. Anura said yesterday.  

What were police doing?: PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has informed the Ministry of Law and Order and Southern Development to report back to him just how university students were able to climb four storeys into the Ministry of Health building without the police being able to stop them.

I will not blame Uni students for political conspiracies: Prez

I will not put the blame for conspiracies launched in an uncivilized political climate on university students, said President Maithripala Sirisena in Polonnaruwa yesterday.

Cuppa leaves GMOA doctor in hospital

A doctor of the Government Medical Officers Association was admitted to the National Hospital last evening with injuries to his nose after being hit on the face by a cup thrown at him by a fellow doctor during a forum held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute over the SAITM issue.

Dinesh says Speaker promised them a debate

Joint opposition MP Dinesh Gunawardane said yesterday that Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had assured them that the adjournment debate on the attack on university students and the GMOA strike would be held today whereas it was cancelled due to the early adjournment of the Hous

Kiriella adamant Dinesh should have been present

The Government cannot be expected to go out of their way all the time to allow the joint opposition to move adjournment motions as and when they want, Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said today.

Discuss matters behind doors: Mahela

Former Sri Lanka cricketer turned coach Mahela Jayawardene has come in support of country’s national cricketers, who had been criticized as having lack of commitment and fitness following the team’s early exit from the ICC Champions Trophy.

Malinga investigated over 'monkey' remark

Fast bowler Lasith Malinga is being investigated by Sri Lanka's cricket board after comparing the country's sports minister to a monkey, the BBC reported.

Need to reform Muslim Marriage Law; Muslim Leaders tell Keshap

Muslim community leaders had stressed the importance of amending the 1951 Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act when they met with US Ambassador Atul Keshap late last week, the US Embassy said in a statement.

Afghanistan and Ireland get Test status

Ireland and Afghanistan have both been awarded Test match status, the International Cricket Council announced today.

Discuss matters behind doors: Mahela

Former Sri Lanka cricketer turned coach Mahela Jayawardene has come in support of country’s national cricketers, whose had been criticized as having lack of commitment and fitness following the team’s early exit from the ICC Champions Trophy.

Govt. to take tough action against GMOA strike

The Government is ready to take tough action, which had not been taken previously, with regard to the indefinite strike announced by the GMOA, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said today.

I respond to Gnanasara Thera because he is a politician: Dilan

The reason for responding to Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera was that he was considered a political leader, SLFP Spokesman and Minister Dilan Perera said.

Police probe students' entry to Ministry building despite Court Order

The Police had launched an investigation into the incident in which a group of university students had forcibly entered the Health Ministry premises and damaged public properties on Wednesday, Police Spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody said today.

Debate on medical students issue not held, Parliament adjourned

The adjournment debate scheduled to be held at 4.30 pm today over the attack on university students and GMOA strike, was not held as MP Dinesh Gunawardane, who requested the debate, was not present in the House to move the adjournment motion.

GMOA strike to continue indefinitely

The Government Medical Officers Association said today that they would continue the countrywide strike started today until the Government addressed their demands over the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine .

Dilan not satisfied with Govt. performance

The Government’s performance was not satisfactory considering the past two years, SLFP Spokesperson Minister Dilan Perera said.

GMOA strike to continue indefinitely

The Executive Committee of the Government Medical Officers' Association today decided to continue the countrywide token strike indefinitely.

Court acquits two in Sri Lanka team attack case

An anti-terrorism court on Wednesday acquitted two accused in the Sri Lanka cricket team attack case.

Debate on medical students issue this afternoon

The House decided to hold an adjournment debate this afternoon on steps taken by the government to resolve the issues faced by medical students following a request by Joint Opposition MP Dinesh Gunawardane.

GMOA strike: Several clinics at NHSL affected

The Out Patient Department and several clinics of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka has been severely affected by the token strike launched by the Government Medical Officers Association , NHSL Deputy Director Dr. Cyril De Silva said today.

Banks to raise interest rates on Credit cards

Sri Lanka’s banks have jumped to raise the interest rates on their credit card and several other loan products as the Central Bank last month gave them the green light to price their loans to reflect market interest rates.

Cricketers to undergo high tension Physical Fitness programme

Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday announced that it had established a high-profile evaluation and monitoring committee headed by Asanka Gurusinha to oversee the physical fitness & conditioning of the National Performance Squad ahead of their upcoming campaigns against Zimbabwe and India in Colombo.

Lankan doctor loses appeal over manslaughter of abusive husband

A Sri Lankan-born doctor who was jailed after being found guilty of killing her abusive husband has failed in her bid to have her conviction and sentence overturned.

Three vehicles catch fire at Dematagoda

A Fire broke out in a car while it was traveling on St.Anthony's road near the Church in Dematagoda this morning, police said.

SL hands over petition to UNHRC Chief

Retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara yesterday handed over a petition to UNHRC President Joaquin Alexander Maza Martelli requesting that action be taken against Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid bin Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein and Special Rapporteur Monica Pinto for forcing Sri Lanka towards ...

NGO conspiracy to create religious disharmony: BBS

A conspiracy is being hatched by NGOs using foreign funds to create religious and communal disturbances in the country and to attribute it to Ven. Gnanasara Thera, Chairman of Anti Corruption Front Ven. Ulapane Sumangala Thera said yesterday.

Attack on Uni. students: GMOA to launch indefinite strike today

The Executive Committee of the Government Medical Officers' Association last night decided to resort to a trade union action that will lead to a countrywide token strike to begin at 8.00am today, GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said.

OMP Amendment Bill passed unanimously in House

The Office of Missing Persons Amendment Bill was unanimously passed in Parliament today.

Arresting Buddhist monk not easy: DIG Jayakody

Police spokesman Priyantha Jayakody today admitted that the Police had failed to arrest Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera until he surrendered to Court.

SB apologies to Mahanayake Theras

Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage Minister S B Dissanayake has apologized to the Mahanayake Theras on behalf of the government on the allegations made in their statement.

Police used tear gas against protesting students,

The protest of the Inter University Students Federation went violent with over 85 students being hospitalized after the police used battons, teargas and water cannons to disperse the students who surrounded and took over the Health Ministry building.

'SL Port development: France keen on making a presence'

France has been closely following the developments taking place in the Sri Lankan ports, especially in Colombo because some french companies are also interested in making their presence here, French Ambassador Jean-Marin Schuh said yesterday.

Protesting students barge into Health Ministry

The protestors of the Inter University Students Federation forcibly entered the Health Ministry building at Maradana a short while ago.The protesting students demanded the abolishment of the private medical faculty at the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine .

Update: Gnanasara Thera arrested, released

Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera was arrested by the Police Organized Crimes Prevention Division a short while ago for allegedly obstructing the duty of a police officer in Welikada.

No need for emergency evacuation of Sri Lankans: Qatar

The Qatari Embassy in Colombo has said on Tuesday that there were no plans of an emergency evacuation of 150,000 Sri Lankans in the Gulf state, foreign media reported.

Heavy traffic at Town Hall

Heavy traffic was reported at Town Hall in Colombo due to a protest march organized by the Inter University Students Federation , a short while ago.

Arrest warrant recalled, Gnanasara Thera released on bail

The arrest warrant issued on Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera, who surrendered to the Court this morning, was recalled by the Colombo Fort Magistrate.

Gnanasara Thera gives statement at Organised Crimes Unit

Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera arrived at the Organised Crimes Prevention Unit to give a statement. 

Court orders restricts IUSF protest

The Colombo Fort Magistrate today issued an order preventing the Inter University Students Federation causing public nuisance or forcibly entering Government offices during its scheduled protest today.