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Farmers of Ampara hit by lack of fertilizer - 4/17/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): The Nawagiriyawa Reservoir in Ampara benefits seven farming communities that fall under the Gal Oya irrigation scheme. Although these seven farming communities are located in the Ampara district, the harvest of five communities is to be reaped in line with the cultivation patterns of Batticaloa. This is against a backdrop in which the Nawagiriyawa

Govt. dismisses allegations against Port City bill - 4/17/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): The government has dismissed allegations levelled against the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill, co-cabinet spokesperson Keheliya Rambukwella said. The Attorney General has officially informed us that the bill falls in line with the country’s constitution, Rambukwella noted. He pointed out that the Port City is a mechanism to attract investments as a

BASL “concerned” on implementing PCoI recommendations - 4/17/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): The Bar Association of Sri Lanka has requested the Prime Minister to refrain from pursuing the parliamentary motion on implementing the decisions of the presidential commission on political victimization. Issuing a statement, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka expressed concerns over the parliamentary motion seeking to implement certain decisions of the presidential commission

Sri Lanka limits overseas arrivals due to rise in COVID-19 infections - 4/17/2021

Arrivals to Sri Lanka will have to be limited due to rise in COVID-19 infections from among those returning from abroad, said Dr. Sudath Samaraweera of the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health on Saturday (16). Sri Lanka’s Army Commander warned there is a risk of COVID-19 entering Sri Lanka via returnees

Raul Castro resigns as Communist chief, ending era in Cuba - 4/17/2021

HAVANA — Raul Castro said Friday he is stepping down as head of Cubas Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership that began with his brother Fidel and countrys 1959 revolution. The 89-year-old Castro made the announcement in a speech at the opening of the eighth congress of the ruling party, the only one

3,243 people tested positive for COVID-19 so far in April – NOCPCO - 4/17/2021

3,243 people had tested positive for COVID-19 so far in the month of April, said the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak on Saturday (17). From the 01st of April to the 16th of April, a total of 846 COVID-19 cases were reported from the Colombo District, said the NOCPCO. During

Local politico arrested with stolen water meters in Deraniyagala - 4/17/2021

The Deraniyagala Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman was arrested on Friday (16) for the possession of 98 stolen water meters from a project of the National Water Supply & Drainage Board. Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana speaking to News 1st said the Deraniyagala Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman will be charged in terms of the public

07 COVID-19 fatalities reported in Sri Lanka - 4/17/2021

The Director General of Health Services confirmed seven (07) deaths caused by Covid-19 virus infection on Friday (16). Accordingly, the total number of deaths due to Covid-19 infection in Sri Lanka is 615, 1. The deceased is a 69 year old male resident in Pasyala. He died on 14.04.2021 while undergoing treatments at

Cabraal denies claims against Port City - 4/16/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): State minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal has denied claims that the Colombo Port City will not be regulated under Sri Lankan laws. Since they would be regulated from one point, we have relaxed them from other laws to avoid regulating them from multiple points, the state minister said on Friday. He pointed out that

Concerns mount over powers of Port City commission - 4/16/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): The legal secretary of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya has raised concerns over the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill that was tabled in Parliament last week. The bill mentions the word other operations in Section 3. The meaning of this term has not been interpreted in the bill, President’s Counsel Thisath Wijegunawardena. He pointed

Sri Lankan Minister hits out at US for flagging Chinese Port City - 4/16/2021

The United States of America is attempting to destabilize the country politically and economically to achieve their political objectives, alleged State Minister Kanchana Wijesekera. He noted that ‘It was the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka who was the first to state the Colombo Port City paves the way for money laundering’. US Ambassador

COPA tells MoH to test imported food for harmful substances - 4/16/2021

The Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) instructed the Ministry of Health to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the harmful substances contained in imported food items. Its chairman Prof. Tissa Vitarana has said that laboratory facilities for food testing should be improved and the laws pertaining to food security should be amended as well.

Wijeyadasa protected Gotabaya during Maithripala’s rule – Mervyn - 4/16/2021

It was Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe who prevented the arrest and the imprisonment of Gotabaya Rajapaksa during the administration of the government of good governance, claimed Ex-Minister, Mervyn Silva, on Friday (13). Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, who was Justice Minister at the time, said Gotabaya’s arrest is illegal and would not allow it to happen as long

Port City will elevate SL to the level of Singapore – Mahindananda - 4/16/2021

The Government will not defy the Supreme Court ruling on the applications challenging the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill, said Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage on Friday (16). ‘The Government will stand by whatever ruling is delivered by the Supreme Court,’ he added. The Minister said the Colombo Port City is a turning port

Murali named Wisden Almanack’s ODI cricketer of the 2000s - 4/16/2021

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first One-Day International, five ODI cricketers of the decade have been named in the 2021 edition of the Wisden Cricketers Almanack. One cricketer has been named for each of the decades between 1971 and 2021. 2000s Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan was named the ODI Cricketer

Namal calls on nations to roll out vaccinations for countries that need them the most - 4/16/2021

: Sri Lankan Minister of Sports Namal Rajapaksa spoke about the global public health post-COVID-19 on the 3rd day of the Raisina Dialogue organized by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday (16th April) The Raisina Dialogue is Indias premier conference on geopolitics and geoeconomics committed to addressing the most challenging issues facing

07 hour rescue op to save 13 males trapped by rising water levels - 4/16/2021

13 young males who were trapped on a rock surface following rising water levels in the Heen Ganga in Wilgamuwa were rescued following a 07-hour operation. Assistant Director of the Disaster Management Center for the Matale District Chaminda Amaraweera speaking to News 1st the group had moved to the rock surface as the

Maha Sangha will rise against abuse of power – Muruththettuwe Thero - 4/16/2021

If anyone is attempting to abuse power against the mandate, the Maha Sangha will not hesitate to rise against it, warned Venerable Muruththettuwe Ananda Thero, the Chief Incumbent of the Abhayarama Temple in Narahenpita on Friday (16). Some would try to silence us through intimidation, but we would not fear those attempts, said

President & Govt don’t have mandate to make SL a Chinese Territory – JVP - 4/16/2021

The people never gave a mandate to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa or his government to build a Chinese territory that will have long-term negative impacts on the country, said JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake on Friday (06). The Colombo Port City Economic Commission is to be established on the need of the China Harbour

(VIDEO) ‘The President phoned me and Threatened me this morning’; MP Wijeyadasa - 4/16/2021

In a shocking revelation (Dr.) Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, an MP from Sri Lanka’s ruling faction, said the President in a phone call on Friday (16) morning spoke to him in a very demeaning and threatening manner. He spoke to me in a manner that is not suitable for the Head of State. His

Troops Recover Remains of Missing Father & Son in Haldummulla - 4/16/2021

Troops of the Security Forces-Central at around 11.00 am on Friday (16) after more than 18 hours of search operations traced the remains of the father and the son who were carried away in a strong current in the Haldumulla Welu Oya at Haldummulla, Kalupahana Thursday (15) evening. The father is reported

Biden Nominates former US Ambassador to SL to State Dept Position - 4/16/2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden has nominated U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Michele Sison for the position of assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs. Sison, a career ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service, has served in Haiti since 2018. She is a respected diplomat in Port-au-Prince, where she has been

‘The President phoned me and Threatened me this morning’; MP Wijeyadasa R. - 4/16/2021

In a shocking revelation (Dr.) Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, an MP from Sri Lanka’s ruling faction, said the President in a phone call on Friday (16) morning spoke to him in a very demeaning and threatening manner. He spoke to me in a manner that is not suitable for the Head of State. His

Expert Committee appointed to mitigate road accidents - 4/16/2021

: The Ministry of Public Security has taken steps to appoint a Committee of Experts to look into the increasing trend in road accidents and implement action to mitigate accidents, the Subject Minister said. The committee was appointed to look into the causes of accidents and present recommendations on preventing accidents; the committee

Shots fired in Point Pedro to stop Pick-up Truck; 02 injured - 4/16/2021

Point Pedro (News 1st); Two people were injured after shots were fired by the Police Special Task Force in Point Pedro, Jaffna on Friday (16). Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana speaking to News 1st said STF personnel had opened fire at a Pick-Up Truck which defied orders to stop at a Police Road-Block. This Road-Block was

NEC deactivates operations of 06 political parties - 4/16/2021

: The National Election Commission (NEC) has decided to temporarily deactivate the operations of six political parties, taking into account the fact that the said parties are now resorting to judicial proceedings as a result of internal conflicts, the Election Commission’s Chief said. Legal issues have arisen due to the nomination of several

Committee on Parliamentary Affairs to convene on Monday (19) - 4/16/2021

: A meeting of the Committee on Parliamentary Affairs will be held next Monday (Apr. 19) with the participation of party leaders and under the patronage of Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena. The meeting will be held at the Parliamentary Complex at 2:00 pm on Monday, the 19th of April, Serjeant-at-Arms, Narendra Fernando said

13 arrested for possession of ICE since 10th April 2021 - 4/16/2021

: Sri Lanka Police have arrested 13 suspects were arrested for the possession of narcotic substance ICE, during raids carried out in the past few days since Saturday, the 10th of April. Close to 128 kilograms of ICE were seized during these arrests, Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana told News 1st on Friday

Man’s head discovered in Nilwala River: Police - 4/16/2021

: The decapitated head of a male individual was discovered floating in the Nilwala River in the Thotamuna area on Thursday night (Apr. 15), Sri Lanka Police said. According to Sri Lanka Police, the decapitated head was discovered based on information received. Police noted that the head had severely deteriorated. The identity of

Lightning claims 04 lives in 24-hours: Police - 4/16/2021

: Four people were killed after being struck by lightning in several parts of the island, in a 24-hour window that ended on Friday morning (Apr. 16), Sri Lanka Police said. According to Police, three victims were killed after being struck by lightning in the Thannimurippu area in Mullaitivu on Thursday afternoon (15),

Sinhala & Tamil NY: National Tree Planting Ceremony today (16) - 4/16/2021

: While the entire country is focused on protecting the environment, the auspicious time for planting trees in line with the Sinhala and Tamil New Year got underway on Friday morning (Apr. 16). All Sri Lankans joined together to plant a tree at 06:40 this morning (16). The National Tree Planting Ceremony was

04 COVID-19 Deaths on Thursday (15); fatalities rise to 608 - 4/15/2021

: The Director-General of Health Services confirmed that FOUR (04) COVID-19 deaths were reported in the country on Thursday (Apr. 15), raising Sri Lankas COVID-19 death toll to 608. The details of the deceased are as follows: 01. A 62-year-old male from Pannipitiya. He was transferred from Colombo South Teaching Hospital to Mulleriyawa

Farmers continue struggle against human-elephant conflict - 4/15/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): The struggle launched by farmers of Walsapugala demanding a managed wild elephant reserve entered its 89th day today. Although the Hambantota Managed Wild Elephant Reserve has been gazetted, the regulations pertaining to the reserve are yet to be released. A group of clergymen visited the site of the Satyagraha today. We believe that the

Port City qualifies to be a state; Wijeyadasa cautions - 4/15/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): The Colombo Port City qualifies the four prerequisites — population, territory, sovereignty, and government — required to qualify as a statement, lawmaker Dr Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has cautioned. That (the Colombo Port City) would become a Chinese colony. Foreigners can acquire that land and sell them, Rajapakshe said during a media briefing on Thursday.

Father of 2 killed in a wild elephant attack - 4/15/2021

: A wild elephant attack on the Pussallanvinna village in Dehiaththakandiya claimed the life of one person. The deceased V.G. Prassanna was a 30-year-old father of 2 while the deceased’s body was discovered by the villagers this morning. Prassana was on the way back home after visiting a relative residing about a kilometre from

Penal Code to be amended to combat online fake news – Minister - 4/15/2021

The Penal Code is to be amended to combat the spread of fake news spread online, said Public Security Minister Rear Admiral (Retd) Dr. Sarath Weerasekara. These amendments will not be an obstruction for Freedom of Speech, said the Minister adding fake news directly affects coexistence between communities, and thus, it needs to

(VIDEO) Daring rescue in Bandarawela; two people swept away by strong currents - 4/15/2021

A father and son are reported missing after they were swept away by strong currents in Kalupahana, Haldummulla on Thursday (15). According to reports, a family of 04 from Maharagama had visited Badulla for the holidays and decided to go for a swim in Kalupahana, Haldummulla. The father, son, and daughter had gone

China’s Defense Minister to visit Sri Lanka - 4/15/2021

China’s Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe will arrive in Sri Lanka next week to hold bilateral discussions with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, and other officials. This will be the second-highest visit by a Chinese official within months, local media reported.

Indian fishermen want permits for BOTTOM TRAWLERS to enter SL waters - 4/15/2021

Sri Lanka’s Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda in March 2021 proposed to offer permits for Indian fishermen to enter into Sri Lankan water for fishing. However, Tamil Nadu fishermen have now called for permits to be issued not only for small boats but for massive fishing trawlers as well. Tamil Nadu fisheries union chief

Ranil will enter parliament through National List – Vajira - 4/15/2021

The UNP has unanimously decided that Ranil Wickremesinghe should be appointed to the National List seat in Parliament, said UNP Chairman & Galle District Leader Vajira Abeywardena on Thursday (15). The UNP suffered a humiliating loss at the last Parliamentary election in August failing to win a single seat but only secure a National

Denmark looking to share AstraZeneca vaccines - 4/15/2021

REUTERS: Denmark is examining options for sharing AstraZenecas vaccines with poorer nations after it halted use of the shots over concerns over rare blood clots, the World Health Organization Europe head said on Thursday (15). Denmark this week became the first country to stop using AstraZenecas COVID-19 vaccine altogether, as European officials continue to investigate dozens

(PICTURES) Record-breaking Air Force swimmer promoted - 4/15/2021

Roshan Abeysundara, the Sri Lanka Air Force Swimmer who embarked on a record-breaking endeavor from Thalaimannar to Danushkodi and back to Thalaimanner was promoted by Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana on Thursday (15). Accordingly, Roshan Abeysundara was promoted from Leading Aircraftman to Corporal of the Sri Lanka Air Force

BASL challenges Port City Economic Commission Bill in Supreme Court - 4/15/2021

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka challenged the “Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill” by filing an application with the Supreme Court on Thursday (15). The BASL in a statement said its Executive Committee directed the President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka Saliya Pieris, PC, and Secretary of the Bar Association

‘We will not allow Sri Lanka to become a Chinese Colony’ – Muruththettuwe Thero - 4/15/2021

‘We will not allow Sri Lanka to become a Chinese Colony’, said Venerable Muruttettuwe Ananda Thero, the Chief Incumbent of the Abhayarama Temple in Narahenpita. Speaking to reporters the Venerable Thero said the clergy do not oppose the Colombo Port City or investments, however, the Colombo Port City is posing a threat to

05 Judge-Bench to consider petition challenging Port City Commission Bill - 4/15/2021

A Five judge bench of the Supreme Court was appointed to consider the petition filed challenging the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill. The five-judge bench will include Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justice Buwaneka Aluvihare, Justice Priyantha Jayawardena, Justice Murdhu Fernando, and Justice Janak De Silva. The petition will be called up

Sri Lanka receives US $500 Mn loan from China - 4/15/2021

Sri Lanka received the US $500 mn loan from China on Thursday (15). Earlier this week, the Government signed a loan agreement for 500 million US dollars with the China Development Bank. Issuing a statement, the Sri Lankan Embassy in China said the loan was provided to infuse foreign exchange into the

Rise in contraband smuggling into Sri Lankan prisons – Prisons Dept. - 4/15/2021

There was an increase in attempts to smuggle contraband into Sri Lankan prisons during the April festive season, said the Department of Prisons. Prisons Spokesperson Chandana Ekanayake speaking to News 1st said strict legal action will be instituted against people who attempt to smuggle various items into prisons. Drugs and mobile phones smuggled

Port City Commission Bill challenged in Supreme Court - 4/15/2021

A special petition was filed with the Supreme Court on Thursday (15) challenging the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill which was presented to parliament by the government of Sri Lanka. The application was by Engineer Kapila Renuka Perera, the Chairman of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP). The petition notes the

Disruptions to water supply due to dry weather across Sri Lanka - 4/15/2021

There will be disruptions to the supply of water due to the present dry weather experienced across Sri Lanka, warned the National Water Supply and Drainage Board. Water levels at catchment areas have started to decline, said the National Water Supply and Drainage Board on Thursday (15). During the April festive season water

925,242 people given COVISHIELD vaccine in Sri Lanka - 4/15/2021

From the 11th to the 14th of April 2021 no one was given the COVID-19 vaccine, said the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health. Accordingly, a total of 925,242 people were given the COVISHIELD vaccine in Sri Lanka. At the same time, 2,469 Chinese nationals in Sri Lanka were given the SINOPHARM

Negligence cause for Wednesday’s (14) expressway accidents - 4/15/2021

Negligence was the main cause for the 12 accidents that took place on the Southern Expressway on Wednesday (14), said Sri Lanka Police. It is important to always keep your eyes on the road ahead of you when driving, especially on the expressway, warned DIG Ajith Rohana, the Police Spokesperson. It is

Australia gifts aerial drones to fight crime in Sri Lanka - 4/15/2021

The Joint Agency Task Force Operation Sovereign Borders is supporting the Sri Lankan Police to establish an aerial drone surveillance capability. At a virtual ceremony on 8 April 2021, the Commander of the Joint Agency Task Force, along with the Australian Federal Police gifted the Sri Lankan Police five aerial drones to support

121 accidents & 14 fatalities in 24 hours – Police - 4/15/2021

14 people died on Wednesday (14) as a result of motor accidents, said Sri Lanka Police. 10 of these victims died as a result of accidents that took place on Wednesday (14) while the other 04 people met with accidents earlier in the week and succumbed to their injuries on Wednesday (14). Police

758 people arrested for drunk driving - 4/15/2021

758 people were arrested on Wednesday (14) for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana speaking to News 1st said the arrests were made in island-wide operations. The police operation to arrest drunk drivers will continue on Thursday (15) as well, he added.

Protesting farmers spend New Year at Satyagraha sites - 4/14/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Farmers engaged in Satyagraha campaigns across the country spent their New Year at their protest sites today. According to these farmers, the maintenance of a managed wild elephant reserve under proper regulations will reduce loss of life and damage incurred to properties. Saman Sudarshana, the Secretary of the Walawe Left Bank United Farmers’ Organization,

SL’s marine resources at risk: Sumanthiran - 4/14/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Sri Lanka’s marine resources are at risk by issuing permits allowing Indian fishermen to enter Sri Lankan waters, parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran has said. If 50 people are allowed to do this 500 people will take advantage of this, Sumanthiran, a Tamil National Alliance MP noted. Rathna Gamage, the National Organizer of the All-Island General

Wild elephant attack drowns family’s new year hopes - 4/14/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Villagers of Mahiyanganaya spent their nights in fear, unlike the rest of their fellow citizens who celebrated the dawn of the New Year across the country. A mother, living with her son, narrowly missed the jaws of death as a wild elephant damaged their home for the third time. In what seemed to be

Rs. 900 bn worth marine resources pillaged by Indian fishermen annually - 4/14/2021

Indian fishing vessels illegally fishing in Sri Lankan waters pillage around Rs. 900 billion worth of valuable marine resources in the northern seas of Sri Lanka. The Chief of the Northern Province Fisheries Association M. V. Subramanium speaking to News 1st said that the proposal to offer permits to Indian fishermen to fish

Consumer Rights Activist remanded - 4/14/2021

Asela Sampath, the president of the Movement to Protect Consumer Rights was remanded until the 19th of April by the Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday (14). He was arrested on Tuesday (13) using a warrant that had been obtained in April 2019. The warrant for Asela Sampath’s arrest was obtained from the Fort

Heath Streak banned for eight years under ICC Anti-Corruption Code - 4/14/2021

ICC: Former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak has been banned from all cricket for eight years after he accepted five charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. Mr. Streak was charged as a participant under the Code by virtue of his status as the coach of Zimbabwe from 2016 to 2018 and as the coach of various domestic

Babar ends Kohli’s supremacy in ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings - 4/14/2021

ICC: Pakistan captain Babar Azam has ended Virat Kohlis long reign at the top of the ICC Mens ODI Player Rankings, becoming only the fourth batsman from his country to attain number one position in the latest weekly update, which is carried out on Wednesdays. The 26-year-olds player of the match effort of an 82-ball

Indian Navy destroyer INS Ranavijay in Sri Lanka - 4/14/2021

INS Ranvijay, an Indian Navy destroyer arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday (14) on a three-day goodwill visit to the island nation as part of the efforts to develop close maritime and security cooperation between the two friendly and close neighbours. The arrival of the Indian Naval ship to Colombo brings in the

(PICTURES) President celebrates New Year at home; wishes for prosperity to all - 4/14/2021

Although adverse health conditions prevented us from celebrating last years New Year, this year all of us together have made it possible to enjoy the New Year festivities, duly observing the age-old customs and traditions while adhering to health guidelines, said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in his wish for the New Year on

Multiple accidents on Southern Expressway - 4/14/2021

Multiple vehicle collisions were reported along the Southern Expressway on Wednesday (14) between Gelanigama and Dodangoda. The Road Development Authority said heavy traffic is experienced at the Matara Exit on the Southern Expressway, as a result of the accidents. The RDA urged motorists to exercise caution when using the Southern Expressway. Police Spokesperson

New Year is a blessing to the society: Sajith Premadasa - 4/14/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa has said that cultural festivals such as the Sinhala Hindu New Year, which highlight the value of life with nature, are essentially a blessing to society and the world. In his message, the Opposition Leader stated that the New Year, which teaches the lesson of prosperity, has dawned this year,

Biden sends out message for New Year - 4/14/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): US President Joe Biden led his country in greeting Indian Americans, South Asians and Southeast Asians on the eve of their New Year. In his message, Biden said both he and his wife send their warmest wishes to the South Asian and Southeast Asian communities who are celebrating the incoming New Year this

Sirisena issues message in line with New Year - 4/14/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Former president Maithripala Sirisena, in his New Year message, has said that he wishes the people to overcome their problems and the tasks that they face socially. I wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year and a new future, Sirisena said in his New Year message. He observed that the spread

11 organizations linked to extremism proscribed by government gazette - 4/14/2021

The Gazette Extraordinary proscribing 11 organizations connected to extremist activities, was made public on Wednesday (14). The Public Document noted the Regulations may be cited as the Prevention of Terrorism (Proscription of Extremist Organizations) Regulations In furtherance of the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka made in good faith for the purpose

Sri Lanka welcomes Sinhala & Tamil New Year - 4/14/2021

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 02:33 AM on Wednesday (14) symbolizing the transition of the Sun from the house of Pisces to the house of Aries. The Sinhala & Tamil New Year in Sri Lanka celebrates the end of the harvesting season. The dawn of the New Year is based

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO : Marine Piracy, An Invasion of Sri Lankan Waters - 4/14/2021

Delft (News 1st); Encroachments by Indian Fishermen on Sri Lankan waters and the plundering of its resources in the process has been a longstanding issue. Sri Lanka’s northern seas were untouched for more than 03 long decades due to the civil war, and that allowed valuable marine resources to grow and multiply. Against such a backdrop

Farmers lament shortage of seeds, fertilizer - 4/13/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Farmers in several districts complain that they have been adversely affected as a result of not receiving organic fertilizer and paddy seeds. Fertilizer is required to commence cultivation. But we haven’t received fertilizer yet, one farmer said. But we haven’t received paddy seeds yet. Another farmer in Polonnaruwa pointed out that the fertilizer given

Dilum Amunugama’s “Hitler” remarks draw condemnation - 4/13/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Ven. Murutthettuwe Ananda Thero has said that he doesn’t believe that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will become a Hitler on any grounds. He made these remarks while responding to statements by state minister Dilum Amunugama encouraging the President to become Adolf Hitler. We condemn such statements, Ven. Murutthettuwe Ananda Thero, the chief incumbent of the Abhayaramaya temple in

Swarnamahal PLC’s operations suspended: CBSL - 4/13/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): The central bank has suspended the operations of Swarnamahal Financial Services PLC with effect from 5 pm yesterday. The monetary authority noted that the decision had been made as the finance company had failed to identify an investor who could uplift the firm. According to the central bank, compensation will be offered to depositors

Family receives new house from the Army - 4/13/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): The Sri Lanka Army handed over a house to a low-income earning family in Kilinochchi today. Major General Priyantha Perera, the Commander of Jaffna Security Forces, presided over the event. Speaking at the event, Major General Perera observed that people are not wearing face masks as a precaution from COVID-19. I request all

New program to be launched for bus drivers - 4/13/2021

Colombo (news1st): State Minister of Vehicle Regulation & Bus Transport Services – Dilum Amunugama revealed a new program that is to be launched for bus drivers at a media briefing held in Kandy yesterday. Eighty per cent of private buses which operates in Colombo are under the influence of narcotic substances while being duty, said

German Ambassador to Sri Lanka responds to the controversial Hitler statement - 4/13/2021

: The German Ambassador to Sri Lanka Holger Seubert today responded to a statement made by State Minister of Vehicle Regulation & Bus Transport Service – Dilum Amunugama regarding Adolf Hitler. “I‘m hearing claims that “a Hitler“ could be beneficial to Sri Lanka today. Let me remind those voices that Adolf Hitler was

Walsapugala Farmers continue Sathyagraha - 4/13/2021

: Farmers of Walsapugala decided to continue their Sathyagraha this morning as well owing to the uncertainty clouding over the gazette which was published to establish the Wild Elephant Management Reserve yesterday. A number of farmers organization across the country have been carrying out a Sathyagaraha for 87 days demanding the authorities to gazette

Assistant Superintendent of Sri Lanka Customs arrested by the CID - 4/13/2021

: An Assistant Superintendent of Sri Lanka Customs has been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department. The suspect has been arrested over the re-export of dried Eric-a-nuts worth over 300 million Rupees from Indonesia. Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana said that the suspect had entered fraudulent data into the system in order to export

CBSL suspends business of Swarnamahal Financial services - 4/13/2021

Colombo (News1st): The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka has decided to suspend the business of Swarnamahal Financial Services PLC with effect from 5:00 p.m. on April 12, 2021. In a release, the Central Bank said Having considered the continuously deteriorating financial condition and non-availability of a viable revival plan, the Monetary

Reckless expressway driver arrested - 4/13/2021

Colombo (News1st): The driver of the car which was witnessed being driven recklessly on the Southern Expressway has been remanded until the 22nd. The suspect was produced before the Panadura Magistrate yesterday, Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana said. Another 04 passengers had been in the car. They have been identified and their names and addresses

COVID UPDATE - 4/13/2021

Colombo (News1st): increased to 95,394 after another 225 COVID-19 cases were reported yesterday, the Ministry of Health said. 3021 patients are currently receiving treatment at hospitals The total number of recoveries stands at 91,775

Call 1913 to inform of alcohol sales - 4/13/2021

Colombo (News1st):  A special program will be implemented from today to prevent crimes pertaining to alcohol, narcotics and tobacco in line with the festive season, The Excise Department said. This program will be carried out across the island, for a period of one week as per special instructions issued by the Excise-Commissioner, Spokesperson of the

(Video) Sri Lankan Minister says President should become ‘Hitler’ - 4/12/2021

(12 April 2021)- State Minister Dilum Amunugama said today that the people voted President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to power expecting him to play the part of a Dictator & get things done but today, were blaming him for the lack of progress by his government. He added that if this status quo doesn’t change, then it

Government signs USD 500 Mn. loan agreement with China - 4/12/2021

: The Sri Lankan Government has signed a loan agreement for 500 Million USD with the China Development Bank today, which will be disbursed this week. Issuing a statement, the Sri Lankan Embassy in China said Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona signed the agreement representing the Government of Sri Lanka. The Embassy said the

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s Spaceflight and visit to Ceylon - 4/12/2021

Today, the world celebrates the 60th anniversary of the first manned space flight. On this day in 1961 Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space. Following his historic flight, between 1961 and 1965 Yuri Gagarin embarked on a long world tour dubbed the ‘Peace Mission, advocating for global peace and

“The Incident will have no bearing on the next Mrs World Competition” – Mrs World Inc - 4/12/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Issuing a statement, organisers of Mrs World Inc said they are fully aware of the alleged incident involving Caroline Jurie at the Mrs Sri Lanka World 2020 National pageant. The statement further reads the Incident will have no bearing on the next Mrs World competition.

Special programme for New Year: Excise Dept - 4/12/2021

: A special programme will be implemented from Tuesday (Apr. 13) onwards to prevent crimes pertaining to alcohol, narcotics and tobacco in line with the festive season, the Excise Department said. This programme will be carried out across the island, for a period of one week as per special instructions issued by the

‘Ganemulla Sanjeewa’ and others released from Arms Trafficking Case - 4/12/2021

: Colombo Chief Magistrate Buddika Sri Ragala on Monday (Apr. 12) ordered to release 11 suspects including notorious underworld gang member ‘Ganemulla Sanjeewa’ from an arms trafficking case. The case was filed against 15 suspects on charges for secretly transporting weapons including Claymore Bombs and T-56 firearms that were buried in the North-Eastern

Investigations into expressway reckless driving case: Police - 4/12/2021

: Sri Lanka Police have launched investigations with regard to video footage circulating on social media depicting the neglectful and highly reckless manner of driving by a group along the expressway. The video footage depicts the passengers having lowered the shutters and sitting on the doors facing each other from either side of

Re-export process of 105 MT of crude coconut oil commences: Customs - 4/12/2021

: The re-export process of 105 metric tonnes of crude coconut oil imported by Katana Refineries PVT LTD has commenced,  said on Monday morning (Apr. 12). Measures are currently underway to re-export 06 freight containers of Coconut oil imported by Katana Refineries (PVT) LTD, Sudaththa Silva, Customs Spokesperson and Deputy Director of Sri

Toxic Coconut Oil: Police assign special team for investigations - 4/12/2021

: A special team was assigned to conduct investigations with regard to Coconut oil containing toxic elements, Sri Lanka Police said on Monday (Apr. 12). The team of 10 officers will be headed by an Assistant Police Superintendent and a Chief Police Inspector, Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana told News 1st. According to

Provision of Rs. 5000 allowance to low-income families begins today - 4/12/2021

: The provision of an allowance of Rs. 5000 to low-income families begins today, following a circular issued by the Prime Ministers Office. Those eligible for the allowance include: 1. Samurdhi beneficiary families 2. Low-income earning families 3. Families comprising of recipients of the Elders Allowance 4. Families comprising kidney patients who receive allowances

925 suspects arrested during a special operation on Sunday (11) - 4/12/2021

: Sri Lanka Police said 925 suspects were arrested during a special operation conducted in the Western Province from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday (11). The arrested suspects include 518 suspects connected to various cases of corruption, 306 suspects who have warrants against them and 40 suspects connected various other crimes, the

06 arrested for possession of ICE in Ja-Ela: Police - 4/12/2021

: The Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB) arrested six suspects along with 13 kilograms of narcotic substance ICE, during a special raid conducted in Nawandama of the Ja-Ela police area, Sri Lanka Police said on Monday morning (Apr. 12). The four men and two women arrested during the raid were brought to the Police

02 COVID-19 deaths of Sunday (11); fatalities reach 598 - 4/12/2021

: The Director-General of Health Services confirmed that TWO (02) COVID-19 deaths were reported in the country yesterday (Apr. 11), raising Sri Lankas COVID-19 death toll to 598. The details of the deceased are as follows: 01. A 60-year-old male from Puttalam. He was transferred from Puttalam District General Hospital to Maharagama Apeksha

Why is a 5,000 allowance given to low income earners? - 4/11/2021

The Prime Minister’s Office has issued a circular on the 5000-rupee allowance that is to be distributed among low-income earning families due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The government has decided to offer a one-time allowance of 5000 rupees to families that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to their monthly allowance.

Sri Lanka paid CIA agent to boost country’s image – report - 4/11/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): An investigative report by the Wall Street Journal has revealed that US lobbyist Imaad Zuberi who was paid by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to boost Sri Lanka’s image in the United States, was a secret agent of the Central Intelligence Agency. Who is Imaad Zuberi? Zuberi was commissioned by the Central

Roshan makes waves in record-breaking Palk Strait swim - 4/11/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Leading Aircraftsman Roshan Abeysundara established an Asian and a Sri Lankan record as he completed his swim across the Palk Strait today. Abeysundara swam from Talaimannar to Dhanushkodi in India, in 10 hours and 31 minutes while setting a Sri Lankan record for this feat. He had swum back to Sri Lanka in 17 hours,

Sri Lanka eyes long-term credit oil deals with foreign nations - 4/11/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): Sri Lanka is reported to be eyeing Government to Government agreements to purchase crude oil on long-term credit. Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Chairman Sumith Wijesinghe had told local media that Sri Lanka is eyeing agreements with oil-producing nations. This includes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Russia. The objective of

One dead after drinking from bottle floating on the sea - 4/11/2021

COLOMBO (News1st): The body of a man who died after consuming the content of a bottle floating on the sea in Nagar Kovil in Vadamarachchi East in Jaffna was handed over to his relatives after an autopsy. The man who died last Friday was identified as a father of three from Nagar Kovil East. According