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Gethsie Shanmugam a Magsaysay winner

Gethsie Shanmugam, an 82-year-old Sri Lankan teacher who counseled war widows and orphans to overcome their nightmares are among the six winners of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awards, the Hindu reported today.

Expect unexpected power cuts: CEB

The Ceylon Electricity Board said today that unexpected power failures could be experienced across the country due to several reasons including a decrease of hydro-power generation.

SI assaulted by four member gang in Jaffna

A police sub inspector was admitted to hospital after an unidentified motor-cycle gang attacked him on Wednesday night at Wallimadam, Thunnalai in Jaffna, Nelliadi police said.

Won't defend anyone found guilty by Pres.commission: Harin

Digital Technology Development Minister Harin Fernando today said he was not prepared to defend anyone found guilty of fraud by the presidential commission probing the bond issue.

Ravi's fate after he appears before CoI on Aug. 2: SB

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe may take a decision on Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayaka after he gives evidence before the Commission of Inquiry on bond scam on August 2, Social Empowerment and Welfare Minister S.B.Dissanayaka said today.

Kolonnawa, Muthurajawela 100% operational

A total of 250 and 86 fuel loaded bowsers had left from Kolonnawa and Muthurajawela terminals respectively this afternoon, CPC Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Ltd. said today.

Three die after falling into a well at Giriulla

Three persons died after they fell into a well during a wedding ceremony at Giriulla last night, Police said.

CPC strike at a time of national crisis: PM

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation trade unions have stopped work at a time the country is facing a critical situation when the government and others are making a joint effort to curb the spread of dengue, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday.

Postponing PC elections: JO warns of legal action

In the wake of the Cabinet approving the postponement of the provincial council elections, the joint opposition yesterday informed the Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya in writing that legal action would be taken if the elections were not conducted on time.

Public disgust aimed at government, CPC TUs

People were greatly inconvenienced due to the strike carried out by Ceylon Petroleum Cooperation Trade Union for the second day yesterday .

Port Workers won't work tomorrow

The All Ceylon Port General Workers’ Union has decided to stop work on Friday against the government's move to lease 70 per cent of the Hambantota Harbour to a Chinese firm, the union's, chief secretary Chandrasiri Mahagamage said yesterday.

CPC strike called off temporarily

The indefinite strike launched by the Ceylon Petroleum Cooperation's TU Collective was called off last evening to be resumed next Tuesday .

Kandy Esala Perahera faces 'elephant crisis'

This year's Kandy Esala Perahera will be without its ‘star’ attractions -- the tuskers Nadungamuwe Raja, Wasana and Kelaniya Raja, while two other tuskers belonging to the Sri Dalada Maligawa would not taking apart in the perahera.

Ravi, PM and Govt. should resign: Namal

Joint Opposition MP Namal Rajapaksa today called for the resignation of Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake over the latest evidence given at the Bond Commission and added the Prime Minister and the government should also follow course.

E'pitiya Power Plant failure triggers islandwide power outage

Several parts of the country experienced a power outage yesterday due to the failure of the Embilipitiya Thermal Power Plant, Power and Renewable Energy Ministry Development Director Sulakshana Jayawardena said.

LTTE remains a terrorist organisation: EU

Despite the European Court of Justice ruling which annulled measures against the LTTE, the European Union today said the terror organisation remains listed as a terrorist organisation by the EU.

I'll answer any question the PCoI asks: Ravi

Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake said today he would give proper answers to the allegations made against him when he attend the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on August 2.

Mullaithivu land to be handed over to its rightful owners

Discussions were underway to handover the land where the Mullaithivu Army camp is located to its rightful owners within the next month, Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D.M. Swaminathan today said.

EU court removes LTTE, keeps Hamas on terrorism list

The European Union's top court on Wednesday removed Sri Lankan separatist rebels LTTE and kept Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on the EU terrorism blacklist, Reuters reported today.   

Army releases 15 fuel bowsers from Kolonnawa refinery

Fifteen fuel bowsers had been released from the Kolonnawa refinery a short while ago, Army Spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne said.

Parliament suspended

Parliament was suspended a short while ago following a tense situation after Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made a statement regarding the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation employees’ strike.

MR says ready to talk even with MS

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said today he was open for discussions with anyone for the sake of the country including President Maithripala Sirisena.

Train fuel carriages blocked at Orugodawatta

Supporters of the Ceylon Petroleum Cooperation TU had blocked railway fuel  train carriages at Orugodawatta which came to transport fuel to the Airport, the railway sources said

Court releases 15 elephants for Dalada Perehera

The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today released 15 elephants taken into custody by the Wildlife Department on a bond of Rs. 10 million each under a temporary license for the Dalada Perehera.  

Ministry to release first fuel bowser

The Petroleum Resources Development Ministry said that they would be able to release the first fuel bowser from the Kolonnawa refinery within one and half hours.

Aloysius's phone only 6 months old, ASG wants Mahendran's phone as well

Submitting a special application Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda today requested the commission to direct Arjun Mahendran, former Governor of CBSL, to hand over all communication devices he used since January 1, 2015 to date for the investigation.

Ravi at Security Council meeting, will come to Commission on Aug 2

Appearing on behalf of Minister Ravi Karunanayake, President's counsel Rienzie Arseculeratne today informed the Presidential Commission investigating the Bond issue that his client is unable to appear before the Commission because the minister had to attend the Security Council meeting summoned by ...

Aluthgamage says what he told about Ravi has come true

Joint Opposition MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage said yesterday the allegations he levelled against Former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake was being revealed before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry whereas Minister Karunanayake and the Prime Minister denied that the allegations were false at ...

Bond issue: Ravi K says nothing new in summoning him

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake yesterday said there is nothing new in summoning him to the Presidential Commission investigating the bond issue.

PC polls postponed

The government yesterday decided to postpone the provincial council elections which were due to be held this year, until a new electoral system is worked out to conduct polls for the nine PCs on the same day.

Army takes over operations of petroleum refineries

Control of fuel distribution from the Kolonnawa and Muthurajawela refineries was taken over by the Army at midnight in order to restore fuel supply in the country, Army Spokesman Roshan Seneviratne said.

National Flag pulled down

An unidentified individual who came by a motorcar is alleged to have pulled down the national flag raised at the Vavuniya District Secretariat premises yesterday morning. Police said only one individual came by the car. When the police officials on duty at the District Secretariat ordered him to ...

Fuel supply declared as an essential service

A special Gazette notification has been issued last night declaring the Supply or Distribution of Fuel including Petroleum Products and Gas as an essential service.

Protections of Victims of Crime and Witness: Govt. presents amendments

Government presented the amendment to the Bill titled Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses to Parliament today.

Foreign Exchange Bill passed in Parliament

The amended Foreign Exchange Bill was passed in Parliament a short while ago with a majority of 78 votes.

Action will be taken against those responsible: Sagala

Action will be taken against the police officers involved in the alleged attempt to abduct Medical Faculty Students' Action Committee convener Rayan Jayalath, if is is found that they had acted outside the provisions of the law, Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake told Parliament today.

Ravi's late attendance causes stir in House

Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake walking in late for parliamentary sessions caused a stir in the House today.

Traffic at Town Hall

The Police had asked motorists to keep clear of Lipton Circus at Town Hall and surrounding areas in Colombo following heavy traffic caused due to a protest march carried out by SAITM-Virodi Jana Pawra an anti – SAITM movement.

President should be fined for alarming Dengue situation: PHU

The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya said today as the head of state, President Maithripala Sirisena should be fined for the increasing number of Dengue breeding grounds in the country.

Cabinet approves H'tota Port deal

The Cabinet today approved the proposal to lease out the Hambantota Port to China Merchants Company, Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said.  

GMOA strike called off

GMOA called off its strike a short while ago following a discussion held with the Law and Order Minister Sagala Rathnayaka.

Tense situ at Karadiyanaru, 1 dead, 6 STF members hospitalised

Six Special Task Force officers were hospitalized and a 17 year old youth  drowned when a tense situation erupted during a raid conducted in Karadiyanaru, Batticaloa last evening.

Bond Commission's term to be extended

The gazette notification extending the term of the Presidential Commission to investigate and inquire into the Issuance of Treasury Bonds by three months would be issued today, the Government Printers sources said.

Tense situ at Southern Provincial Council

A tense situation arose at the Southern Provincial Council when UPFA Councilor Channa Saliya brought a donation till to the Council session this morning.

PCoI summons Ravi K again

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry has re-issued summons on Former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake to appear before the Commission tomorrow , sources said.

Main suspect in Nallur shooting surrenders

The main suspect in the shooting at Nallur in Jaffna on Saturday, where Jaffna High Court Judge M. Ilancheliyan and his security detail were shot at killing a police sergeant, surrendered to police short while ago.

Nallur shooting: Sgt. Premachandra promoted to SI rank

Police Sergeant Sarath Premachandra , who died in the Nallur shooting while escorting a High Court Judge, was posthumously promoted to Sub Inspector rank, Police said.

Police fire at two robbers in Meegalawa, one killed

Police opened fire at two armed robbers and one was killed when they first shot at the police while on their way to rob a gold gem studded statue at a temple at Lassanagama in Meegalewa, Anuradhapura last night.   

Ravi unable to appear before PCoI today: Counsel

A counsel appearing for former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake yesterday informed the PCoI that the minister would not be able to appear at the PCoI today to summoned to do so

Power failure in Colombo and suburbs: CEB

The incidents of power failure reported in Colombo and the suburbs this evening was due to electricity load balancing to demand and not because of a breakdown, Power and Renewable Energy Ministry Director Sulakshana Jayawardena said.