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Maha Sangha members criticize government - 1/21/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Members of the Maha Sangha criticized the government over attempts that are allowing foreign entities to acquire the country’s resources. Just as the Sacred Tooth Relic protects the Dalada Maligawa, we must come forward to protect the East Container Terminal, Ven Elle Gunawansa Thero said. Civic groups and trade unions have heavily criticized

Allies trying to protect government : Lalkantha - 1/21/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Certain individuals who worked to elect the government to power are trying to cover up the wrong activities of the government, K.D. Lalkantha, the president of the National Trade Union Centre has said. He made these remarks while opposing attempts to give away a 49 percent of the Colombo Port’s East Container Termina to

New managed elephant reserve in Sooriyawewa : Chamal - 1/21/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): A new plan has been formulated to set-up a new managed elephant reserve in Sooriyawewa, irrigation minister Chamal Rajapaksa has said. We have asked the regulations to be given to us in a couple of weeks, the minister said on Thursday. He made these remarks amist fast unto death campaign launched by farmers seeking

Military training proposal not realistic : Fonseka - 1/21/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): The proposal to provide military training to individuals above the age of 18 is not realistic, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, an opposition lawmaker has said. Let’s assume training is provided to everyone between the ages of 18 and 26, Fonseka, a former army commander said on Thursday. He pointed out that approximately 3.5 million

Colombo University marks century of Arts and Science Faculty - 1/21/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): The University of Colombo marked a century since the commencement of the Faculty of Arts and Science on Thursday. The library of the university that was declared open in 1921 also celebrated a century since its establishment. A special event was organized by the Colombo University to mark the historic occasion under the

Trade unions warn of boycotting India’s products - 1/21/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Trade unions have warned that a programme to boycott India’s products would be launched amidst protests against handing over a 49 percent of the Colombo Port’s East Container Terminal to India’s Adani Group. We will announce a date on when we will start our protest against India, which will commence with the boycotting of

Editors Guild of India urges Adani group to withdraw defamation case - 1/21/2021

The Editors Guild of India has condemned the issue of a non-bailable warrant by a lower court against senior journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta by a court in Gujarats Kutch district for an article he had co-authored against the Adani group in 2017. In a statement issued on Thursday, it called upon the Adani

UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDING COVID VACCINE TO SL - 1/21/2021

The Presidential Task Force handling Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan said it is still uncertainty when the island will be receiving COVID-19 vaccines from India. India has begun the exportation of its Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute under the name Covishield among neighbouring states. The State Pharmaceuticals Corporation has not granted

Total of 04 bodies recovered following mid-sea collision - 1/21/2021

Sri Lanka Navy said it recovered 04 bodies of Indian fishermen so far, following an incident where an Indian fishing boat collided with a Sri Lanka Navy Fast Attack Craft in the northern seas earlier this week. The bodies are currently placed at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital. Sri Lanka Navy launched a

Arasadi in Batticaloa to be isolated from today - 1/21/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): The Arasadi Grama Niladhari division in Batticaloa will be placed under isolation from 6 pm on Thursday, authorities said. Meanwhile, the isolation status in several areas in Kattankudy, Bandaragama, and Monaragala will also be lifted from 6 pm. They are as follows; Kattankudy Police Division 165 Kattankudy Grama Niladhari Division 03 165 A Kattankudy

Sri Lankan stocks hit new all time high - 1/21/2021

Sri Lankan stocks closed up 3.13 percent reaching an all-time high, of 8,131.25 points topping a previous high of 7,922.66 points reached last week. Colombos All share price index gained 3.13 percent or 246.80 points to close at 8,131.25. The S&P SL20 index of most liquid stocks topped 3000 points, to close at

AKD slams government’s handling of COVID tonic - 1/21/2021

Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake criticized the government’s handling of the so-called Anti-COVID tonic prepared by Dhammika Bandara. When the so-called cure was given to the Health Minister, rather than directing it to research, she consumed it said Dissanayake adding it would the same when a cup of poison is also given to her.

Ex-Chief of CID further remanded - 1/21/2021

Ex-Director of the Criminal Investigations Department Shani Abeysekera and two others were further remanded to the 03rd of February by Acting Magistrate of Gampaha Mahesh Herath on Thursday (21). The trio was arrested and charged for fabricating false evidence to mislead the court. The suspects are Shani Abeysekera, Former Sub Inspector Mohana Mendis

Govt. hasn’t considered country’s future – Nalinda - 1/21/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): The government has not acted to bring down COVID-19 vaccines by considering the country’s future, a Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna member has said. You can judge the government by its actions before and after the election, Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa, a politburo member of the JVP noted. He observed that scientists and medical experts across

National resources being exploited: Chaminda - 1/21/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): The country’s valuable resources are being used by ministers for business dealings, an opposition parliamentarian has said. This is why they are trying to give away the East Container Terminal to the Adani Group, Chaminda Wijesiri, a Samagi Jana Balawegaya lawmaker noted. He claimed that the government is trying to give away 49

Committee to explore gold, copper & iron ore in Seruwawila - 1/21/2021

The Ministry of Environment appointed a committee of experts to conduct a comprehensive study into the gold, copper, and iron ore deposits in Seruwawila. This committee will be chaired by an Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and will also include Professor Athula Senaratne from the University of Peradeniya, Professor H. W.

Govt. allocates Rs. 30 Mn to promote Angampora - 1/21/2021

The State Ministry of Rural and School Sports Infrastructure Improvement has set aside Rs. 30 Million to promote Angampora in the country. Hand to hand Combat which is commonly known as “angam pora” has its distinct meaning. “Angam” refers to the body while “Pora” refers to combat. So while angampora means the martial

Judges should not have agendas – Attorney General - 1/21/2021

Judges cannot use the judicial platform to satisfy 3rd party and personal interest and have agendas and should at all times avoid possible conflicts of interest, said Attorney General Dappula De Livera on Thursday (21). He was speaking at the Ceremonial Sitting to welcome Justice Janak De Silva, Justice Achala Wengappuli, and Justice

Justice must be delivered according to the law – Supreme Court Judge - 1/21/2021

Colombo (News 1s); My desire is to do justice to mankind in accordance with the law and acting according to my conscience and without any distinction as to race, religion, language, gender, identity, the status of parties or any other factors, said Justice Kumudini Wickramasinghe at the Ceremonial Sitting at the Supreme Court on Wednesday (20).

Crowds converge to obtain COVID ‘cure’ for free - 1/21/2021

Hundreds lined-up outside the residence of Dhammika Bandara to obtain his so-called Anti-COVID tonic free of charge on Thursday (21). The distribution took place for an hour and a half starting at 09:30 AM and in compliance to the health regulations and guidelines. According to reports, the Warakapola Police was called in for

BIA & MRIA OPENED FOR TOURIST ARRIVALS - 1/21/2021

The Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake (BIA), and the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) were reopened on Thursday (21) after nine months. Rajiv Sooriyaarachchi, Vice Chairman of Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Limited speaking to News 1st there is a scheduled arrival of 14 aircraft from several destinations in Asian and

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF PISTOL - 1/21/2021

: The Police Special Task Force personnel attached to the Gonahena Camp arrested a 38-year-old male for the illegal possession of a 09mm pistol and two magazines. In addition, Rs. 27.5 Million in cash and a 1200cc motorcycle were recovered following a search of the suspect’s residence, said Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana. He

Police clarifies release of copper factory workers - 1/21/2021

Law enforcement agencies arrested 268 people connected to the 2019 April 21st Terror Attacks and 195 suspects were remanded by the courts, said Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana. 73 suspects are detained in terms of the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) by the Criminal Investigations Department and the Terrorist Investigations

770 COVID-19 cases reported on Wednesday (20) - 1/21/2021

770 COVID-19 cases were reported on Wednesday (20), said the Department of Government Information. 768 of these cases were from the Peliyagoda Cluster and the remaining two were returnees from overseas, one from Saudi Arabia and the other from Kuwait. Accordingly, the total number of infected patients being treated stands at 7,698.

‘This is America’s day’: Biden inaugurated as 46th US President - 1/20/2021

WASHINGTON â€“ President Joe Biden declared democracy has prevailed Wednesday after he was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States, calling for Americans to unite and confront the perilous challenges before them: a deadly coronavirus pandemic, economic turmoil and deep divisions over American leadership.  This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day, Biden declared in his 21-minute address. Today,

VP Kamala Harris steps into history as first woman of color to hold the office - 1/20/2021

WASHINGTON â€“ Vice President Kamala Harris took the oath office in a barrier-breaking ceremony Wednesday, becoming the first woman, first Black American and first South Asian American to hold the office. Harris, the daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father, was sworn in by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a trailblazer in her own

COVID fatalities in Sri Lanka rises to 274 - 1/20/2021

The Director General of Health Services confirmed a death caused by Covid-19 virus infection. Accordingly, the total number of deaths due to Covid-19 infection in Sri Lanka is 274. 01.The deceased is a 53 year old female from Mallawagedara. She was diagnosed as infected with Covid-19 virus and transferred from District General Hospital,

Not the right time for military training : Dilan - 1/20/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Government lawmaker Dilan Perera has said it is not the right time to subject individuals above the age of 18 for military training – a proposal by the public security minister that has stirred controversy. We cannot say that the government shares the same opinion. The government has to hold discussions and make

Harin to wear black shawl to parliament - 1/20/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Opposition lawmaker Harin Fernando has said he will wear a black shawl in parliament until justice is served to fellow parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake who was imprisoned recently. But, chief government whip Dinesh Gunawardena pointed out that the supreme court and the President can be criticized only through the established procedure. Mahindananda Aluthgamage, the

Fonseka criticizes handover of ECT to foreign entity - 1/20/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Opposition parliamentarian Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka has criticized moves to handover the Colombo Port’s East Container Terminal to foreign entities. The government came into power by pledging that national resources won’t be sold, Fonseka told parliament. He pointed out that the East Container Terminal can push the Colombo Port to the 15th position

Gazettes; a pathway to corruption : AKD - 1/20/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): The government is using gazettes to pave the way for fraud and corruption, opposition lawmaker Anura Kumara Dissanayake has said. The Jathika Jana Balawegaya leader argued that the government had issued a gazette to reduce Special Commodity Levy on coconut from Rs 150 to Rs 125, allowing its close allies to line their

Cardinal speaks of need to do what is right - 1/20/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Colombo Archbishop His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith has said it is important for all individuals to do the right thing regardless of one’s religious or political affiliations. He lamented that the trend of adopting brave policies have deteriorated in the country as individuals have displayed a tendency of concealing the truth. The cardinal

Identify schools without facilities : PM - 1/20/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Prime Minister Rajapaksa has advised the Ministry of Education to urgently look into schools which lack basic facilities. The government intends to fulfil its responsibility towards the children who are the nation’s future, Rajapaksa said in a digital address. He made these remarks during a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the Mahinda Rajapaksa

SL submits documents to obtain India’s vaccines : NMRA - 1/20/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Sri Lanka has submitted documents to obtain COVID-19 vaccines from India, the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) has said. India began the process of distributing COVID-19 vaccines free of charge among six neighbouring states under its Vaccine Maitri programme on Wednesday. Yesterday, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said that Sri Lanka is among

Imran Khan tipped to visit Sri Lanka in February - 1/20/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka in February, the Hindu newspaper reported citing official sources. He will be the first head of government to visit Sri Lanka since the pandemic struck last year. Imran Khan’s visit is likely to coincide with the early days of the 46th UN Human

MODERN PRISON FOR HORANA – MINISTERS VISIT PROPOSED SITE - 1/20/2021

Justice Minister Ali Sabry PC & State Minister of Prison Management & Prisoners’ Rehabilitation Lohan Ratwatte visited the 250-acre property in Horana for the proposed Prison Complex on Wednesday (20). The new prison will attribute to easing congestion at the prisons in Sri Lanka, said State Minister Ratwatte. The new prison in Horana

TWO BODIES RECOVERED FOLLOWING MID-SEA COLLISION - 1/20/2021

The bodies of two Indian fishermen who were aboard the Indian fishing boat that collided with a Sri Lanka Navy Fast Attack Craft in the northern seas were recovered on Wednesday (20) evening. Sri Lanka Navy Spokesperson Captain Indika De Silva speaking to News 1st said the bodies will be brought ashore and

US – Sri Lanka dialogue to be organized - 1/20/2021

: A US-Sri Lanka dialogue has been organized ahead of US President-elect Joe Biden’s swearing-in ceremony tomorrow. The discussion will be co-hosted by Sri Lanka’s Pathfinder Foundation and the US-based Asia Society Policy Institute. The dialogue, co-hosted by Sri Lanka’s Pathfinder Foundation and the US-based Asia Society Policy Institute will involve former senior

Gazettes are not in line with the laws : AKD - 1/20/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Many gazette notifications published by the government are not in line with the country’s laws, Jathika Jana Balawegaya leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has said. Certain gazette notifications are issued to deceive the people, Dissanayake claimed during a parliamentary debate on Wednesday. He pointed out that the government has amended import levy’s in two

Independence of judiciary essential for a democratic system ; AG - 1/20/2021

An independent judiciary is the corner of stone of the prevalence of the rule of law in a democratic society, said Attorney General Dappula De Livera on Wednesday (20) at a Ceremonial Sitting of the Supreme Court to welcome Justice Dileep Nawaz, Justice Kumuduni Wickramasinghe and Justice Shiran Gooneratne. The credibility of a

AYURVEDA MEDICINE TO SCHOOL CURRICULUM - 1/20/2021

: The State Ministry of Indigenous Medicine Promotion, Rural and Ayurvedic Hospitals Development and Community Health has decided to provide school students with an understanding of Ayurvedic medicine. Plans are in place to include Sri Lankan Ayurvedic Medicine in the school curriculum, Kumari Weerasekera, the Secretary to the State Ministry said on Wednesday

‘I COULDN’T SLEEP, SO I LEFT’ ; COVID PATIENT TELLS POLICE - 1/20/2021

The COVID-19 patient who left the Punani COVID-19 Treatment Facility in Valaichchenai claimed he left the premises without authorization as he could not sleep. The 43-year-old male was reported missing from the Treatment Facility on Tuesday (19) evening and was located on Wednesday (20) morning in Eheliyagoda. The distance between Punani and Eheliyagoda

1.2 MILLION PCR TESTS CONDUCTED IN SL - 1/20/2021

: A total of 1.2 million PCR tests were conducted so far in the country, Army Commander General Shavendra, the Head of the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) said. Yesterday, they have done 14,294 PCR tests and found 669 positive cases. Up to now, we have conducted 1.2 million

669 COVID-19 cases reported on Tuesday (19) - 1/20/2021

669 COVID-19 cases were reported on Tuesday (19) in Sri Lanka, said the Department of Government Information. 660 of these cases were from the Peliyagoda Cluster and the remaining cases were returnees from overseas. 08 of the returnees were from the United Arab Emirates and the other was from Poland. The total

COVID FATALITIES IN SRI LANKA RISES TO 273 - 1/20/2021

The Director-General of Health Services on Tuesday (19) confirmed three (03) deaths caused by Covid-19 virus infection. Accordingly, the total number of deaths due to Covid-19 infection in Sri Lanka is 273. 01.The deceased is a 68-year-old male from Aranayake. He was diagnosed as infected with Covid-19 virus and transferred from Base Hospital

COVID PATIENT LEAVES TREATMENT CENTRE WITHOUT PERMISSION - 1/20/2021

: A 43-year-old COVID-19 patient had left the Punani COVID-19 treatment facility on Tuesday (Jan. 19) without authorization, Sri Lanka Police said on Wednesday (Jan. 20). 43-year-old Shelton Premaratne of No. 649B, Andagala, Eheliyagoda has escaped from the Punani Treatment Centre, which is located in the Valaichchenai Police area, yesterday evening at 7:30

Final decision on Ranjan’s seat in three weeks – Speaker - 1/19/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): A final decision on allowing parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake to attend sittings while serving his four-year prison term will be announced in three weeks, speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana has said. He made these remarks after opposition parliamentarians, during a debate on Tuesday, demanded that Ramanayake be allowed to attend parliamentary sessions. Although the National

India to distribute vaccines; SL yet to grant clearance - 1/19/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Sri Lanka is yet to grant regulatory clearance to receive COVID-19 vaccines from India that is beginning the distribution of the jab among neighbouring states, the Indian High Commission has said. It will be ensured that domestic manufacturers will have adequate stocks to meet domestic requirments while supplying abroad, the foreign mission in

There’s uncertainty over the tender to purchase coal at Norochcholai – MP Nalin Bandara - 1/19/2021

: There is a cloud of uncertainty over the tender called for the purchase of coal at the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant, opposition MP Nalin Bandara said in Parliament on Tuesday (19th Jan) A cabinet paper was put forward yesterday to purchase 300,000 tonnes of coal for USD 96. As of now, several

Indian summer! Gabba streak ends with classic Test win - 1/19/2021

Cricket Australia; Australia’s famous stranglehold at Brisbane fortress overcome as Pant, Pujara and Gill combine to complete one of their country’s most remarkable Test and series victories India’s most gruelling overseas Test tour was crowned with perhaps their most famous Test win as they overcame unimaginable odds and a more-fancied opponent in a win for the

Tense debate over PCoI report in Parliament - 1/19/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Opposition and government lawmakers were involved in an exchange of words over the report of the commission that probed political victimization on Tuesday. We saw the list of individuals who were punished by Ranil Wickremesinghe, agriculture minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said during a parliamentary debate. Opposition parliamentarian Harin Fernando insisted that court cases filed

Massive loan sought from state bank to import cigarettes : Anura - 1/19/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): A company with ties to the government has sought a loan of Rs 3.15 billion from a state bank to import cigarettes, citing that prices would be hiked in the next budget, opposition lawmaker Anura Kumara Dissanayake has said. A loan of 3.15 billion has been requested from the Katuwana Branch of the

PROTEST OPPOSITE INDIAN HC AGAINST ADANI GROUP - 1/19/2021

The Frontline Socialists Party together with Civil & Political activists protested opposite the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka against the process to involve India’s Adani Group for the development of the East Container Terminal at the Colombo Port. Further, the protest was held in support of the demonstration taking place in India

Criticism against amending the import tax on sugar twice - 1/19/2021

: The government came under heavy flak recently for amending an import tax on sugar twice, with critics stating that the move had benefitted the allies of those in power. Speaking about the matter in Parliament on Tuesday (19th Jan) Samagi Jana Balawegaya MP Eran Wickramaratne said multinational companies allied to the government such

India to start COVID-19 vaccine exports as soon as Wednesday - 1/19/2021

REUTERS: India, one of the worlds biggest drugmakers, will start exports of COVID-19 vaccines as early as Wednesday, government sources said, paving the way for many mid- and lower-income countries to secure supplies of the easy-to-store Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. The first batch of exports will be shipped to the tiny nation of Bhutan, said the officials, who

2021 INAUGURAL SESSION OF MIHINTHALE PS ENDS IN MELEE - 1/19/2021

The inaugural session of the Mihinthale Pradeshiya Sabha for 2021 opened with a physical altercation on Tuesday (19). When the session opened a councilor from the opposition was seen taking a seat in the chair designated for the Opposition Leader and thereafter, the Opposition Leader of the local government body arrived. At

POLICE UNIT TO PROBE LAND FRAUD - 1/19/2021

A new Police Unit was set up at the Ministry of Lands on Tuesday (19) and this unit will be tasked with investigating the abuse of lands owned by the Ministry and the Land Reform Commission, and institute necessary legal action. The Police Unit of the Ministry of Lands will be led by

JVP WARNS OVER UNUSUAL STOCK GAINS - 1/19/2021

Unusual gains in the Colombo Stock Exchange has instilled fear among the honest investors in the country, said the JVP on Tuesday (19). National Organizer of the JVP Bimal Ratnayake speaking to reporters said there are concerns as to whether these gains are the result of fraud within the CSE, adding it is

NAVY SEARCHING FOR SUNKEN INDIAN BOAT & CREW - 1/19/2021

Sri Lanka Navy launched a Search and Rescue (SAR) operation last night in search of a sunken Indian fishing boat and its fishermen, in Sri Lankan waters about 8 nautical miles (15 km) within the IMBL northwest of Delft Island, following a resisting arrest incident took place in the dark hours on 18th

Prisoners’ death sentences to be reduced to life terms - 1/19/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Death sentences handed out to convicts after 1998, excluding notorious drug criminals, will be reduced to life terms, the state prisons ministry has said. This would be done under the provisions of granting presidential pardons. Meanwhile, death sentences or life imprisonment terms imposed on convicts after 1998 will also be made lenient, the state ministry

National resources being sold to settle debt : Tilvin - 1/19/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): The government is selling national resources to settle the country’s debt, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Secretary Tilvin Silva has said. In 2021 we have to settle 5.8 billion as debts, Silva noted. He added that the government is attempting to sell off its valuable resources including oil tanks, harbours and airports to foreign entities to

DECISION ON RANJAN WILL BE MADE IN THREE WEEKS - 1/19/2021

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena told the Sri Lankan Parliament on Tuesday (19) he would require three weeks to decide on whether or not MP Ranjan Ramanayake will be involved in Parliamentary sittings.

Tense argument in Parliament on road through Sinharaja - 1/19/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): A tense exchange of words took place in Parliament on Tuesday on the construction of a road through the Sinharaja forest without an environmental impact assessment (EIA). Opposition lawmaker Harsha de Silva questioned the grounds under which the government has dismissed the requirement for an EIA concerning the project. The development of an

MCC & MCA INCONSISTENT WITH CONSTITUTION - 1/19/2021

Attorney General Dappula De Livera has advised the Secretary to the President that the MCC Compact & Programme Implementation Agreement, as well as the Articles of Association of MCA, are inconsistent with Written Laws & the Constitution. This was confirmed to News 1st by State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne, the Coordinating Officer to the

Wild Elephant Management Reserve will be gazetted; says Namal R. - 1/19/2021

The Proposed Wild Elephant Management Reserve in Hambantota will be included in the government gazette in the near future, said Minister Namal Rajapaksa on Tuesday (19). The minister was commenting on the satyagraha campaign launched by locals from Walsapugala, Hambantota demanding the Proposed Wild Elephant Management Reserve in Hambantota, be included in the

CABINET APPROVES TO DRAFT SIGN LANGUAGE BILL - 1/19/2021

The Cabinet of Ministers granted approval for necessary provisions to be made by an act of parliament to make Sign Language a recognized means of communication and to advise the legal draftsman to draft the relevant bill. According to a statement from the Government Information Department, in 2010 the Cabinet of Ministers approved

CABINET APPROVES TO IMPLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS OF PCOI REPORT - 1/19/2021

The Cabinet of Ministers gave the green light to submit the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to probe incidents of political victimization to parliament and to take the necessary steps to implement the decisions and recommendations of the said report. The Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to probe incidents

AJITH PRASANNA BAILED BY ADDITIONAL MC - 1/19/2021

Colombo Additional Magistrate Rajindra Jayasuriya on Tuesday (19) ordered for retired Major Ajith Prasanna to be released on two surety bails of Rs. 500,000/- each. Ajith Prasanna was remanded for almost a year on the charge of making statements at the media briefing to influences witnesses from the prosecution. Retired Major & Attorney-at-Law

7000 SMALL SCALE SOLAR POWER PLANTS BY 2025 - 1/19/2021

: The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has planned to establish 7000 small scale solar power plants at the rural level, within the next four years, CEB officials said on Tuesday (Jan. 19). 100 MV of power generated through these solar power plants will be added to the National Grid as well, Engineer Vijitha

WALSAPUGALA SATYAGRAHA CONTINUES - 1/19/2021

The satyagraha campaign launched by locals from Walsapugala, Hambantota demanding the Proposed Wild Elephant Management Reserve in Hambantota, be included in the government gazette, continued for a second day on Tuesday (19). The Walsapugala village in Hambantota is a village in the frontlines of the Human-Elephant conflict, and for many years the people

COVID-19 VACCINE FOR SRI LANKANS BY END OF FEB. - 1/19/2021

11 million Sri Lankans will receive the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of February 2021, said Cabinet Spokesperson & Minister, Keheliya Rambukwella. The Government had planned for 50% of the inoculation to take place free of charge. Minister Rambukwella said the government is currently in talks with 04 separate COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers.

GRACE PERIOD TO PAY ELECTRICITY BILLS IN ISOLATED AREAS - 1/19/2021

The Cabinet of Ministers granted their approval to provide relief for electricity consumers affected by COVID-19. Accordingly, the cabinet approved the provision of a 06 month grace period from the date of the bill and avoid interruption of the electricity connection for domestic, commercial, and industrial electricity consumers within areas isolated for

STF NABS STOCK OF REFUSED TEA READY TO BE EXPORTED - 1/19/2021

: Seven suspects who attempted to export 29,000 kg of refused tea from a warehouse situated in Kotugoda in the Seeduwa Police area were arrested by a team of Police Special Task Force (STF) attached to the Gonahena camp, Police said on Tuesday (Jan. 19). The suspects were attempting to export the stock

SIX ARRESTED OVER ATTEMPTED SALE OF CONCH SHELL - 1/19/2021

: Six suspects who attempted to sell a conch shell also known as ‘Valampuri’ for Rs. 20 million in the Ambalantota area, were arrested on Monday (Jan. 18) by a team of Police Special Task Force (STF) attached to the Ambalantota camp, police said. The arrests were made based on a tip-off, by

PARLIAMENT TO CONVENE AT 10 AM TODAY (19) - 1/19/2021

: Parliament is scheduled to convene at 10:00 am today (Jan. 19) under the patronage of Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena. A decision was reached at the party leaders’ meeting on Monday (Jan. 18), to limit this week’s parliamentary sittings to two days. This is against the backdrop of four Members of Parliament being

Allow Marijuana cultivation- Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka Thero - 1/18/2021

: Marijuana required for indigenous medical practices should be allowed to be cultivated, Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka Thero from the Federation of National Organizations reiterated today. If Lord Buddha has accepted it why can’t we? Why can’t the Government accept it? We expect to use marijuana to cure the illnesses of patients. The Ven.

Sri Lanka has not received international Covid 19 relief - 1/18/2021

: Samagi Jana Balawegaya Parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka, convening a press briefing today spoke about the Sri Lankan economy in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Former Minister stated that the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the International Monetary Fund provided assistance to countries whose economies were affected by the

Kiriella writes to Speaker on Ramanayake - 1/18/2021

: Chief Organizer of the Opposition Lakshman Kiriella submitted a letter to the Speaker today, requesting the chance to present facts on MP Ranjan Ramanayake’s ability to continue to occupy his seat in Parliament. The letter elaborates that the Samagi Jana Balawegaya is of the view that MP Ranjan Ramanayake should be given

RANJAN’S PARLIAMENTARY SEAT IS NOW VACANT ; AG - 1/18/2021

Attorney General Dappula De Livera has advised the Secretary General of Parliament that Ranjan Ramanayakes seat in parliament has become vacant in view of his conviction and sentence for Contempt of Court. This was confirmed to News 1st by State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne, the Coordinating Officer to the Attorney General.

COVID FATALITIES IN SRI LANKA RISES TO 270 - 1/18/2021

The Director General of Health Services confirmed six (06) deaths caused by Covid-19 virus infection. Accordingly, the total number of deaths due to Covid-19 infection in Sri Lanka is 270. 01. The deceased is a 63 year old female from Colombo 03. She died on 17.01.2021 on admission to General Hospital Colombo. The

674 COVID-19 CASES IN SRI LANKA ON MONDAY (18) - 1/18/2021

674 COVID-19 cases reported in Sri Lanka as at 10:00 PM on Monday (18), said the Department of Government Information. 627 of these cases are from the Peliyagoda Cluster and the remaining 47 cases are returnees from overseas. Accordingly, 45 returnees from Cyprus and 02 returnees from the United Arab Emirates tested

CSE record’s highest price index in history - 1/18/2021

: The Colombo Stock Exchange recorded it’s highest price index in history today. The performance of the stock market is assessed based on the fluctuations of it’s price indices. At the start of this year, the ASPI was at 6,774.22 points. The All Share Price Index of the CSE was noted at 7922.66 today,

CSE records highest price index in history - 1/18/2021

: The Colombo Stock Exchange recorded it’s highest price index in history today. The performance of the stock market is assessed based on the fluctuations of it’s price indices. At the start of this year, the ASPI was at 6,774.22 points. The All Share Price Index of the CSE was noted at 7922.66 today,

The Ukrainian tourists tour Sigiriya - 1/18/2021

: The group of tourists from Ukraine toured the Sigiriya rock fortress this morning. This tour group of 45 tourists included 5 children. According to our correspondent special health procedures were followed during the visit. The tour group was accompanied by former Sri Lankan ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga.

EDU. MIN. LACKS UNDERSTANDING ON CUT-OFF MARK - 1/18/2021

: The Ministry of Education lacks a clear understanding on the cut-off marks of the 2020 Grade 05 scholarship examination, which have risen exponentially, Minister of Trade Dr. Bandula Gunawardena alleged on Monday (Jan. 18). The cut-off marks for several popular schools for the 2020 Grade 05 scholarship examination are set as follows: –

WALSAPUGALA PROTEST DEMANDS ELEPHANT RESERVE GAZETTE - 1/18/2021

The Human-Elephant conflict resulted in the deaths of 04 people and 10 elephants in 2020 in the Hambantota and Sooriyawewa Divisional Secretariats alone, said Wildlife Officers. On Monday (18) locals from Walsapugala, Hambantota decided to take to the streets demanding the Proposed Wild Elephant Management Reserve in Hambantota, be included in the government

England seal seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in first Test - 1/18/2021

Galle; Jonny Bairstow and Dan Lawrence’s unbroken fifty partnership steered England to a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test in Galle as they knocked off the 36 runs required inside 10 overs on day five. Bairstow (35no) and debutant Lawrence (21no) lifted England from their overnight 38-3 to their victory target of 74

Case between George Steuart Health and MTV Channel - 1/18/2021

Counsel for George Steuart Health (Pvt) ltd consented for the District Judge of Colombo to hear the defamation action filed by George Steuart Health (Pvt) ltd against MTV Channel Private Limited. When the defamation action filed by George Steuart Health (Pvt) Ltd against MTV Channel Private Limited came up before Additional District Judge

HEAVY MACHINERY USED TO CLEAR PROTECTED LAND - 1/18/2021

The Kahalle-Pallekele Sanctuary spread across both the North-Western & North-Central provinces is an all-important grazing area for wild elephants. This is somewhat similar to the proposed Wild Elephant Management Reserve in Hambantota, which is aimed to protect the Sri Lankan Elephant population. The wild elephants living in the Kahalle-Pallekele sanctuary make frequent visits

India ‘intervened’ on Jaffna University memorial issue - 1/18/2021

Colombo; The Hindu news website reported, India ‘intervened with regard to the issue that arose following the demolition of a memorial at the Jaffna University premises. A day after news of the late-night destruction of the monument broke, Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay met Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, said the report. “The Indian

ZERO COVID CASES AT TEMPLE OF TOOTH - 1/18/2021

: The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy in a press release issued on Monday evening (Jan. 18) dismissed the claims relating to staff members at the temple testing positive for COVID-19. Following tests conducted on the staff members at the Temple of Tooth, it was confirmed none of them were exposed

‘Look at April Attacks & related matters, greater picture will emerge’; Dr. Nalinda - 1/18/2021

If India is more interested in developing Sri Lankan Ports, it should first start with developing the Oluvil Harbour, said JVP Politburo Member Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa. He said the United States of America intervened in the country’s affairs after it was made clear India is Sri Lanka’s big brother, and that was the

MILITARY TRAINING FOR ALL ABOVE THE AGE OF 18; SAYS MINISTER - 1/18/2021

All Sri Lankans over the age of 18 will be given military training said Minister of Public Security, Retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara on Monday (18) adding, a proposal will be tabled in Parliament in due course. The objective of presenting such a proposal is to create a more disciplined and law-abiding society

POLICE INSPECTOR NABBED TO AIDING DRUG TRAFFICKERS - 1/18/2021

A Police Inspector attached to the Divisional Crimes Detective Bureau of Anuradhapura was arrested on Monday (18) by the Anuradhapura Headquarters Inspector for aiding and abetting drug trafficking. Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana speaking to News 1st said five mobile phones and SIM cards were recovered from the possession of the Police Inspector.

SPECIAL OP TO BUST SYNTHETIC DRUG TRAFFICKING - 1/18/2021

Sri Lanka Police is to launch special anti-narcotic operations to trace synthetic drugs smuggled into the country as well as to arrest suspects involved in trafficking the drugs. Sri Lanka Police said there is a rise in synthetic drugs being smuggled into the country. Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana said at a meeting

02 SLTB DRIVERS FROM ANGODA TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 - 1/18/2021

Two drivers attached to the Sri Lanka Transport Board Depot in Angoda have tested positive for COVID-19. Deputy General Manager of the SLTB, Panduka Swarnasinghe speaking to News 1st said 19 staff members were placed in quarantine as a result. Speaking to News 1st he said of the 107 depots located islandwide, COVID-19

COP ARRESTED FOR MOLESTING UNDERAGE BOY - 1/18/2021

A police sergeant was arrested by the Anuradhapura Police for molesting a 14-year-old boy. The suspect is a 58-year-old and was attached to the Anuradhapura Police and investigations revealed he had molested the boy on three separate occasions close to the Anuradhapura Town. The boy was admitted to the Anuradhapura Hospital to undergo

POLICE SHUTDOWN ILLEGAL PARTY & ARREST 54 - 1/18/2021

Sri Lanka Police arrested 54 people for violating the quarantine regulations and attending a party at a hotel in Medirigiriya Town on Sunday (17). Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana said the suspects were between the ages of 18 and 22, adding the organizers had failed to inform Sri Lanka Police or the

MILITARY TRAINING FOR ALL ABOVE THE AGE OF 18 - 1/18/2021

All Sri Lankans over the age of 18 will be given military training said Minister of Public Security, Retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara on Monday (18) adding, a proposal will be tabled in Parliament in due course. The objective of presenting such a proposal is to create a more disciplined and law-abiding society

PARTY LEADERS TO MEET TODAY - 1/18/2021

Colombo (News 1t); A meeting of party leaders is being held in Parliament today. It is to be held at 9.30 am under the patronage of Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena. Sergeant-at-arms Narendra Fernando said the party leaders’ meeting has been convened in order to discuss matters of concern during the Parliamentary Week which is to be