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CEB strike called off after compromise deal

The Ceylon Electricity Board Workers' Union whose strike went on for a week, had been called off a short while ago, Secretary Ranjan Jayalal said.

PC Polls Bill passed

The third reading of the Provincial Council Elections Bill passed in Parliament a short while ago with a two-thirds majority. The Bill was passed with 159 MPs voting for it and 34 against.  

Central Expressway: Agreement to be signed with Taisai next week

Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella said today the agreement to hand over the construction work on the Central Expressway would be signed with the Japanese Company, Taisai next week.

SL fugitive faces Sh 253.3 Million theft charge in Kenya

Moshin Ranatunga, who entered Kenya on a 90-day visa, was charged last year with stealing Sh 253.3 Million from his employer, Ranfer Teas Kenya, between July 2012 and September 2015.

Anti-SAITM protest tomorrow

The education, petroleum and healthcare sectors countrywide are likely to be disrupted tomorrow because of anti-SAITM protests to be conducted by a trade union alliance led by the GMOA.

Parliament road closed

The road stretch towards to Parliament from the Polduwa roundabout has been closed to traffic due to a protest, causing heavy traffic in the area. The protest had lasted for over three hours.  

Another strike tomorrow: GMOA

The Government Medical Officers’ Association said today that it would launch another Island wide strike tomorrow morning. It said a number of other trade unions in the education, petroleum and health sectors would also join the tomorrow’s 24-hour strike which would be held against the ...

Train strike called off

The 48-hour token railways strike scheduled to be held from midnight had been called off, the Collective of Railway Operational Supervisory Officers Unions announced this morning.

Parliament suspended till noon

Parliament session was suspended till noon following a tense situation arose over the attempts to amend the Local Government Election Bill.  

Arjun Mahendran at PCoI for second day

Former Central Bank Governor Arjun Mahendran arrived at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry for the second day a short while ago to give a statement on the Central Bank Bond scam.

President urges world to support SL's reconciliation

President Maithripala Sirisena called upon the international community to seriously consider the tremendous progress made by the government towards reconciliation, restoration of democratic freedoms, human rights and the rule of law and extend the fullest support to the slow, but the steady forward ...

SL qualify for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Sri Lanka have qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after the Windies lost the first ODI against England at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Central Mexico earthquake kills more than 130, topples buildings

Rescuers combed through rubble Tuesday after a powerful earthquake killed scores and collapsed buildings in Mexico City and surrounding states on the anniversary of a devastating earthquake decades ago.

11 months of data missing from Mahendran's phone

Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda yesterday said that according to the experts who conducted the extraction of data from Arjuna Mahendran’s mobile phone, data pertaining a considerable time period , which coincide with the mandated period of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, ...

Nocturnal Zone at Dehiwala Zoo Friday-Sunday

A special nocturnal zone would be opened at the Dehiwala National Zoological Gardens for three days from 22, September, Wildlife Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera said yesterday.

Mahendran not bound to give evidence as he is not SL citizen

President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva yesterday reserved the right to make an application to withdraw from testifying before the Commission at any point if Arjuna Mahenran was not treated with dignity at the proceedings or being insulted by the officers assisting the Commission.

Mahendran wanted letter from Ravi after he was asked to come before COPE in 2016

Initiating his testimony before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry , Former CBSL Governor Arjuna Mahendran yesterday said he had never talked with his ‘son-in-law, Arjun Aloysius, or with anybody’ on matters with reference to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka while he was serving as the ...

LG polls only after Jan: PM

The Local Government elections could only be held in January next year while the party leaders could decide on the Provincial Council polls later, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe informed Parliament today.

Little Johnny and New Charley feature in conversation between Aloysius and Palisena

At the onset of the today’s proceedings, Deputy Solicitor General Milinda Gunatilleka played a new Voice recording, in which PTL CEO Kasun Palisena and Arjun Aloysius were part of.

Visas for Myanmar nationals, not for Rohingya refugees: SL

Rejecting reports that Sri Lanka had suspended on arrival visas for Myanmar travellers, the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka said today that it would continue to issue visas for Myanmar nationals as usual, but not for Rohingya refugees.

Railway strike midnight tomorrow

The Railway Operation Supervisory Officers Unions would launch a 48-hour token strike from Wednesday midnight demanding solutions to salary anomalies, the Railway Guards Union said.  

Arundika sits in Opposition

Former UPFA deputy minister Arundika Fernando sat in the Opposition in Parliament a short while ago after making a special statement. The MP’s ministerial portfolio was stripped off by President Maithripala Sirisena on September 12.  

Suspect dies in cell: IGP orders action against duty officers

IGP Pujith Jayasundara had ordered stern action against the OIC of the Pitigala Police Station and other officers following the death of a suspect in a remand cell at the Police station today, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.

CPC approves proposed 20A

The proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution which provides for elections to be held to the nine provincial councils on a single day was today approved by the Central Provincial Council with 40 councillors voting in favour and nine members against.

Arjun Mahendran at PCoI

Former Central Bank Governor Arjun Mahendran arrived at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry a short while ago to give a statement on the Central Bank Bond scam.

JR paved the way to boost Asia's clout: PM

Asia would not have become a powerful region today and would not emerge as a stronger one in the future if President J R Jayewardene did not open up Sri Lanka’s economy and set the course for the region to become what it is today, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday.

No US visa for me, says SF

Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Saratha Fonseka said on Monday that despite his name was included in the delegation travelling to the United States with President Maithripala Sirisena to participate at the UN Sessions in New York, he was not granted visa for the tour.

Debate on Enforced Disappearances put on hold - Gayantha

The government has decided not to take up the debate on the International Convention on the Protection of Persons from Enforced Disappearances on September 21, Parliamentary Affairs and Lands Minister Gayantha Karunathilake said on Monday.

CEB strike continues as talks fail: Workers' Union

The Ceylon Electricity Board Workers’ Union today said they would continue with their strike action as the latest discussions with the authorities ended unsuccessfully.

Withdraw bill on enforced disappearances: JO

Joint Opposition Leader MP Dinesh Gunawardena today said the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances Bill should be withdrawn from Parliament order paper following the assurance given by the President.

More rains in the next few days: DMC

There may be strong winds and heavy rains during the next few days because of an atmospheric disturbance developing in the Bay of Bengal, the Disaster Mangement Centre said today.

Govt. using various ruses to delay local polls: JO

The joint opposition said today that after giving up on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, the government was attempting to forcibly pass another Bill in Parliament to postpone the Local Authorities elections.

Welikada Prison hospital -- Acting CMO transferred

The Welikada Prison Hospital's acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nirmali Thenuwara was today transferred to the Colombo National Hospital on a directive issued by Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne.

SAITM: GMOA says not too optimistic about committee report

The Government Medical Officers’ Association said today it was not too optimistic about the Presidential Committee Report on SAITM on the basis that the report contradicted the committee’s recommendations.

Health and edu. sectors to fall sick on Thursday

‘SAITM Virodi Jana Pawra’ today warned it would carry out a countrywide strike with the participation of schoolteachers, principals, deans of the medical faculties and nurses associations on September 21.

Police launch programme to identify disciplined drivers

Sri Lanka Police will not only to take legal action against drivers who violate traffic laws but also to encourage disciplined driving, Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara said today.

Four Chinese nationals, four Indians arrested

Four Chinese national and four Indians have been arrested in Kollupitiya and Bandarawela by the Police on Sunday on charges of illegal trade and violating immigration laws.

Chemistry paper: Tuition master released

The tuition master and his brother, who were alleged to have been involved in a fraud regarding the GCE A/L Chemistry paper, were released on bail by Gampaha Additional Magistrate Lalith Kannangara today.

Protest outside UN: Weerakumara noticed

Colombo Additional Magistrate Chanima Wijebandara today noticed National Freedom Front member Weerakumara Dissanayake to appear in courts for obstructing the Bauddhaloka Mawatha and the Havelock Road during a protest campaign on February 6, 2016.

Building collapses in Ahangama: five injured

Five people were injured and one person buried under the debris after a five-storey building collapsed in Ahangama this morning, police said.

Govt. abandons effort to pass 20A

The government has decided to give up on its efforts to pass the 20th Amendment to the Constitution which contains provisions to hold elections to all Provincial Councils on the same day, as well the decision to postpone elections for the North Central, Sabaragamuwa and Eastern Provincial Councils.

Parliamentary, PC polls under new mixed electoral system- PM

Both the Parliamentary and Provincial Council Elections will be conducted under the new mixed electoral system, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced yesterday.

Govt. conspiring to postpone PC election: Gammanpila

Joint opposition MP Udaya Gammanpila today accused the government of conspiring to further postpone the Provincial Council elections by debating the Provincial Council Election. 

"SupremeSAT" cost Rs 460mn obtained from CEB funds: Champika

The former government had allegedly spent Rs.460 million from the Ceylon Electricity Board funds for ‘SupremeSAT’, the country’s first ever telecommunication satellite, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Champika Ranawaka said today.

Security forces ready to assist CEB operations

Military personnel were on standby to provide assistance to the Ceylon Electricity Board to carry out operations, Military Spokesman Roshan Seneviratne said today.

Assaulting Police: 18 arrested

Weli Oya Police today arrested 18 suspects including three women in connection with assaulting the police officers and aiding to flee a suspect who was held in custody by the police.

More power failures from tomorrow: CEEU

More power failures could be expected island wide from tomorrow as the union had withdrawn their crew from the Laxapana Hydro Power Station, Ceylon Electricity Employees Union Secretary Ranjan Jayalal said today.

Arundika joins JO

Removed deputy minister of Tourism Promotion and Christian Affairs Arundika Fernando today officially announced that he joined with the Joint Opposition and said that he would work towards to topple the present government.

Govt.'s claims, ICPAPD non-retrospective false: NFF

National Freedom Front spokesman Mohammed Muzammil said today the government was attempting to betray the security forces and mislead the people by saying the Bill on the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances would not applicable to the past.

CEB Engineers and Superintendents to join strike

The CEB Engineers and Superintendent Union said today that they would also support the Ceylon Electricity Employees Union ongoing trade union action from midnight tomorrow .