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Modi meets Ranil in New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met visiting Sri Lankan Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe in New Delhi, Indian media reported.

Privilege issue to go to Leaders' Meeting: Speaker

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya informed Parliament yesterday that the Privilege Issues raised by MPs with regard to the inquiry into the bond scam by the PCoI would be taken up at the party leaders’ meeting on Friday.

JO submits no-confidence motion against Musthapha

The joint opposition today handed over a no-confidence motion against Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapha to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

Expect more rains

More rains can be expected over the island particularly in the Northern, Eastern and North-Central provinces from Saturday because of a lower atmospheric depression, the Department of Meteorology said today.

Petrol bomb attack injures bus driver

SLTB bus driver was injured following a petrol bomb attack at the Sudugala bend at Pallebedda, Embilipitiya this morning, police said.

10 women arrested in two separate brothel raids

Ten women suspects were arrested yesterday for allegedly operating a prostitution ring  and a brothel under the guise of an Ayurvedic massage parlour at Mount Lavinia and Bambalapitiya, the Police said.

Ship carrying substandard fuel still at Trinco Port: Ministry

The ship, which was rejected by the Lanka Indian Oil Company for carrying a stock of substandard fuel, is still docked at the Trincomalee Port, the Petroleum Resources Development Ministry said recently.

Ajith appeals Speaker to mediate

UNP MP and Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera yesterday made an appeal to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to mediate to get the details of the telephone conversations from the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the issuance of Central bank bonds and get an opportunity to cross-examine the witness claiming ...

Calls to COPE members are a 'Major Issue': Dayasiri

Co- Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara today admitted that there was a “major issue” in the fact that members of the COPE Committee had conversations with Arjun Aloysius.

No issue with COPE members' calls: Rajitha

Co-Cabinet Spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne today said that there was no issue with COPE members speaking to Arjun Aloysius, who was under investigation.

LG Polls: Anura slams 'planned conspiracy'

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said today they were ready to join any political force or group to win the elections if the Government conspired to postpone the elections.

LG Polls: MR questions continual postponements

While claiming that the Joint Opposition members were against the attempts made to further postponement of the local Government elections, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today it was the responsibility of the Government to hold the elections without delay.

Sujeewa violated Standing Orders: Dinesh

Joint Opposition MP Dinesh Gunawardane said today that State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe, who criticised the conduct of the President at a press conference on Tuesday, had violated the Standing Orders and the Constitution by doing so.

Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! CBK to PM

Former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga in a personal message praised Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for appearing before the Commission of Inquiry into the Issuance of Treasury Bonds.

SL Police not anyone's private property: IGP

IGP Pujith Jayasundara yesterday criticized the verbal order, given by an individual during the previous regime, to stop the construction work of the Attidiya Police University within 24-hours and said the Sri Lanka police was not anyone's property.

President to visit South Korea next week

President Maithripala Sirisena would visit South Korea next week on a state visit in line with the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Wednesday.

Stay order against the implementation of LG Gazette

The Court of Appeal has issued a Stay order preventing the implementation of the Gazette notification regarding the number of members to all local government bodies, until December 4.

NFF General Secretary resigns

General Secretary of the National Freedom Front , Priyanjan Vitharana has resigned from his post yesterday due to personal reasons.

Drug trafficker nabbed in Chilaw with 2 kg of heroin

The Narcotics Unit of the Excise Department seized 2 kg of heroin valued at Rs. 20 million during a raid at Karukapane beach in Chilaw last night.

Ranil, wife Maithree offer prayers at Kollur temple

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his wife Maithree offered prayers at the famous Kollur Sri Mookambika temple, Karnataka, India on Tuesday, India's Deccan Chronicle reported.

General amnesty for absentees ends today

The extended general amnesty period offered to Army absentees to receive their legal discharge after reporting to their respective Regimental Headquarters ends today , the Army said.

Brothel raid: 10 including three Thai women arrested

Ten women including three from Thailand and seven Sri Lankan women had been arrested last night on charges of allegedly running a brothel under the guise of an Ayurvedic massage parlour at Bauddhaloka Mawatha, in Kollupitiya, Colombo 4, the Police said.

Attempt to arrest Gotabhaya

The former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday, that there is a plan by the government to take into custody the former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

Upcoming LG Polls: President seeks views of UPFA allies

President Sirisena has sought the views of the allies of the United People’s Freedom Alliance on the modalities of contesting the upcoming elections to the local authorities.

Rs.700mn for Commonwealth Games bidding is missing

It was revealed in parliament yesterday that over Rs. 700 million including nearly Rs.200 million State funds deposited in a current account by the CWG Hambantota 2018 Pvt. Ltd. for the purpose of bidding to host the Commonwealth Games in Hambantota had been spent without any trace of the ...

Speaker to refer phone call issue to Privileges Committee

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said today he would refer to the Privileges Committee the matters raised by parliamentarians regarding the telephone conversations of COPE members and have a discussion with the party leaders on this matter.

No one can predict the govt's success or failure: President

No one can issue certificates claiming the success of government’s completion of its targets, President Maithripala Sirisena today said while addressing the national programme achieving a land mark target of 100 MW solar power capacity addition to the national grid.

Health Ministry to conduct SLMC election in ad-hoc manner: GMOA

The Health Ministry is making an attempt to conduct the Sri Lanka Medical Council election in an illegal manner to fill only six positions when there are seven vacancies, the Government Medical Officers’ Association said today.

Robert Mugabe resigns

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has resigned, parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda has said.

Sujeewa says he is disappointed with President

State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe today while calling to appoint Presidential Commissions to inquire into ship deals, Mig deals, spectrum deals and advertising firms, said that he is badly disappointed about the President.

Operation Garbage: Champika says mission accomplished

Festering garbage mounds in Colombo has been all cleared up and the city is now completely clean, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Champika Ranawaka said today.

SI shoots himself to death

A Sub Inspector of Police attached to the Mulleriyawa Police station has committed suicide by shooting himself with his service pistol at the Police quarters early today.

Gamini Senarath, two others released on bail

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath and two others were today released on bail by Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne.

Boy crushed to death in Padukka

A 16-year-old male student was crushed to death when a boulder fell upon him yesterday when he was hiding close to a metal quarry in a jungle for intimidation by the relatives of his girl friend.

Trains come to a halt on main line and Kelani valley line

Train services on the main line had come to a standstill after a express train collided with a lorry at the Hunupitiya railway crossing this morning, the railway control room said.

Counsel Sumanthiran objects to AG's Dept leading evidence

At the begining of yesterday’s proceedings, President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran raising an objection on behalf of his client Sangaparapillai Pathmanapanan, an official of the Central Bank's Public Debt Department, said no official of the Attorney General’s Department, coming under ...

PCoI requested AG to question PM

The PCoI Chairman Justice K.T Chithrasiri reading out a statement prior to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's evidence said the Attorney General was requested to be present at the Commission to lead the team of officials of the Attorney General's Department.

Medical students return to lectures: MFSAC

Medical Faculty students today resumed the studies after ten months lapse, Medical Faculty Student Action Committee Convener Ryan Jayalath said.

No phones were tapped: PCoI clarifies

Responding to insinuations by “several persons”, the Bond Commission issuing a special statement said no phones of parliamentarians were “tapped” as alleged, and instead all the data revealed were from extracting data from the phones of Arjuna Mahendran and Arjun Aloysius.

Tapping MPs' phone calls a breach of privileges: Kiriella

House Leader Lakshman Kiriella said today the recording of phone calls of COPE members was a breach of their parliamentary privileges and that the Speaker's permission should be obtained before seeking information on telephone calls of MPs.

Tax reduction on beer- Alcohol consumption will increase by 22%

According to the economic experts, the Per Capita Consumption of liquor would increase by 22% in next two years as a result of the proposals appeared in the budget 2018 in connection with the reduction of tax on beer, representing the Sri Lanka Medical Council , the Director for National Drug ...

SAITM: GMOA says AG must act as it does at PCoI

The GMOA said today the Attorney General’s Department should show the same efficiency as it shows in the PCoI with regard to the lawsuit filed by a SAITM Graduate requesting provisional registration by the SLMC.

PM off to India tomorrow

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would undertake an official visit to India tomorrow, Prime Minister’s Media Division said today.  

No shortage, three ship loads to arrive within two weeks: Arjuna

Petroleum Resources Development Minister Arjuna Ranatunga today assured the people that there was ample stocks of fuel to last the next three weeks and said three more ships carrying fuel would arrive in the country within the next two weeks.

Ajith P. Perara writes to Bond Commission

UNP Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera today wrote to the Bond Commission and denied of having any conversation with Perpetual Treasuries Owner Arjun Aloysius on Bond issue.  

JO questions change of AG's dept counsel to question PM

Joint Opposition MP Udaya Gammanpila said the questioning of the Prime Minister before the PCoI by the Attorney General who was appointed to the post by the Prime Minister was a blow to the dignity of the Attorney General's post.

GCE O/L exam from Dec.12 to 21

The GCE Ordinary Level Examination will be held from December 12 to 21, the Examinations Department announced today.

Refusing to hoist National Flag: AG's advice sought

Advice would be sought from the Attorney General's Department with regard to the Northern Provincial Education Minister who had refused to hoist the national flag, Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray said today.

PM at PCoI

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrived at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Issuance of Treasury Bonds a short while ago.

Three killed in car-train collision at Veyangoda

Three persons including two women were killed and another was injured in a car-train collision at the Pattiyagoda railway crossing in Veyangoda this morning.