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Railway Dept & SLTB to collaborate in event of strike - 12/28/2021

The Railway Department and the Sri Lanka Transport Board have decided to collaborate in the event of a strike. The SLTB Chairman, Kingsley Ranawaka, speaking to media stated that the two institutions have decided to go for a joint program to transport passengers. Accordingly, SLTB buses will be deployed to transport passengers

Zimbabwe team to tour SL in January - 12/28/2021

The Zimbabwe National Team will tour Sri Lanka during January 2022 to take part in a 03 Match ODI Series, says Sri Lanka Cricket. The Zimbabwe team will arrive in the country on 10th January 2022. Moreover, the relevant Matches will be played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, under a Bio-Secure

Where is the Govt alternative to dollar deficit? – Questions Ranil - 12/28/2021

The dollar deficit has worsened, and the Government has not come up with a suitable alternative as of yet, says former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Issuing a special statement, the former Prime Minister pointed out that businesses, in particular, are collapsing, jobs are being lost, the middle class is declining, farmers are stranded

Govt using fraud price mechanism, alleges MP Gayantha - 12/28/2021

The Government is using a fraudulent price mechanism, says Samagi Jana Balawegaya MP Gayantha Karunatilleka. Speaking further, MP Karunatilleka said that it is the people that have to face the repercussions of the mismanagement carried out by the Government.   The MP, speaking after an event, alleged that the Government is using a

(VIDEO) Monster Crocodile trapped in a snare in Matara - 12/28/2021

A monster crocodile was discovered trapped in a snare on Tuesday (28) morning in Malimbada Matara. News 1st correspondent in the area reported that the crocodile was discovered close to the Nilwala River and it was in pain at the time of discovery. The 17 feet long monster crocodile had later succumbed

Harshana goes gas hunting - 12/28/2021

SJB MP Harshana Rajakaruna was seen on Tuesday (28) visiting several stores to purchase a gas cylinder. Subsequently, speaking to media, MP Rajakaruna said that people have to stay in line for three to four hours at a time if they want to purchase a gas cylinder.  Speaking further, the MP said that after

Security talks between U.S and Russia set for Jan 10th - 12/28/2021

Security talks between U.S and Russian Officials is set to take place on January 10th, as tensions over Ukraine build between the two countries, according to a Biden administration spokesperson. Russia has alarmed the West with its military buildup in Ukraine, and has presented a list of security proposals with which it wants

Fire erupts at Mattakkuliya boat yard - 12/28/2021

A fire has erupted at a boat yard in Mattakkuliya on Tuesday (28). The fire brigade have deployed four vehicles to douse the fire, which erupted at around 1:30 p.m., the Fire Brigade stated.   

Current Govt has a Cabinet without a single proper opinion: Saman Ratnapriya - 12/28/2021

The current Government has a Cabinet without a single proper opinion, says former Parliamentarian Saman Ratnapriya. Speaking on the occasion of the Government summoning the Secretary to the Finance Ministry S.R. Attygalle and the CBSL Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal to the Cabinet meeting, the former MP stated that there have been previous

Govt changing Secretaries to cover up economic inabilities: MP Ashok - 12/28/2021

The Government is changing Ministry Secretaries and Presidential Secretariats to cover up their economical inabilities, alleges Samagi Jana Balawegaya Member of Parliament, Ashok Abeysinghe. Speaking during a press conference held on Tuesday (28), the SJB member stated that the people did not want Secretary changes when they are unable to have three

Japan agrees to launch a military hotline with China in 2022 - 12/28/2021

Japan has agreed to establish a military hotline with china Next year during virtual talks held between both nations, and expressed serious concern about China allegedly ramping up its military activity in waters around the Senkaku islands, under Japans rule, Japan’s defense minister Nobuo Kishi stated. Kishi held a video call with Wei Fenghe

Child Wasting in Sri Lanka : Highest in South Asia with India - 12/28/2021

The UNs Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said that Sri Lanka ranks alongside India on having the highest child wasting in Southern Asia. This was revealed the latest regional overview for Asia and the Pacific on food and nutrition by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Report in bus fare hike to be handed over by NTC - 12/28/2021

The report prepared regarding the increase in bus fares is scheduled to be handed over to the Secretary to the Ministry of Transport on Tuesday (28). The Director of the National Transport Commission (NTC), Nilan Miranda stated that this report was prepared considering several factors, including the increase in fuel prices. He added

New year celebrations in Mumbai banned - 12/28/2021

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Mumbai, India has banned New Year celebrations and gatherings in both closed or open spaces in the city of Mumbai, due to an increase in coronavirus cases and the growing threat of the Omicron strain. The order was issued to such effect on Friday by Iqbal Singh

Police to issue licences for outdoor concerts - 12/28/2021

The IGP has instructed Police to issue licenses for outdoor musical events organized in line with health guidelines. The Police Media Spokesperson, SSP Nihal Thalduwa stated that all Police stations will issue the relevant licences accordingly.

Bangladesh extends validity of $ 200Mn credit facility by three months - 12/28/2021

The Bangladesh Bank (BB) has extended validity of the credit facility it extended to Sri Lanka by three months after the expiry of the first three-month tenure of the credit facility, the New Age reports, citing a senior official of the Bangladesh Bank. The New Age further reports that the loan facility has been

Litro will meet Sri Lanka’s daily LP gas demand - 12/28/2021

Litro Gas says that it is in the process of taking immediate action to meet Sri Lanka’s daily domestic and commercial gas needs. Issuing a statement, Litro Gas said that two shipments of Gas have already reached the Gas Terminal and Filling Plant to meet the local daily demand. Stating that it supplies

Over 70,000 tourist arrivals in December: SLTDA - 12/28/2021

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) says that around 70,000 tourists have arrived in the country in December. The Director-General of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Dhammika Wijesinghe said most tourists arrived in the country from India, England, Germany, Russia, the United States and Australia. She said an increase in the

Ven. Buddangala Ananda Thero passes away - 12/28/2021

Venerable Buddangala Ananda Thero, who also served as a Major General in the Sri Lankan Army, has passed away. During the Thero’s time at the army, Major General Ananda Weerasekara served as the Commanding Officer of the North Central Province before 2007.

Sri Lanka to close three foreign missions due to foreign reserve concerns - 12/28/2021

The Foreign Ministry, following careful consideration, has taken a decision to temporarily close three of its Missions / Posts overseas, i.e., the Sri Lanka High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria; the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Frankfurt, Germany; and the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Nicosia, Cyprus; with effect from 31

Railway Station Masters to meet with State Minister Dilum Amunugama - 12/28/2021

: A discussion will be held on Tuesday (Dec. 28), between the members of the Railway Station Masters Association who are currently engaged in a trade union action, and State Minister of Bus Transport Services and Train Compartments, Dilum Amunugama. President of the Railway Station Masters Association, Sumedha Somarathna said they expect a

Sri Lanka to close three more foreign missions due to foreign reserve concerns - 12/28/2021

The Foreign Ministry, following careful consideration, has taken a decision to temporarily close three of its Missions / Posts overseas, i.e., the Sri Lanka High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria; the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Frankfurt, Germany; and the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Nicosia, Cyprus; with effect from 31

Trinco Oil Tank Farm agreement in a month – Gammanpila - 12/27/2021

In a months time, Sri Lanka will ink the long-dragging deal with India to jointly develop the Trincomalee oil tank farms, Sri Lanka’s Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila had told India’s The Hindu. The Minister had noted that the relevant documentation will be submitted at the next Cabinet meeting. The Minister said he has instructed the

CAA suspends flights of private company involved in emergency landings - 12/27/2021

Sri Lanka’s Civil Aviation Authority has decided to suspend all flight operations of the private company that owned the Cessna 172 aircraft that made an emergency landing in Negombo on Monday (27) Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority Upul Dharmadasa told News 1st that the operations will be suspended pending investigations. Sri

Has Secretary to the President, Dr. P. B. Jayasundara, resigned? - 12/27/2021

Secretary to the President, Dr. P. B. Jayasundara has tendered his resignation letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, reported the Daily Mirror newspaper on Monday (27), adding that the resignation is yet to be accepted by the President. The newspaper noted that Jayasundara had submitted a resignation letter around three to four pages

Power Cuts from January 24th? CEB struggling for dollars to buy fuel from CPC - 12/27/2021

The Ceylon Electricity Board warns that it is lurching towards serious power shortages in 2022 if it cannot secure dollars for the procurement of fuel for power plants in the country. General Manager of the Ceylon Electricity Board M. R. Ranatunga speaking exclusively to News 1st said the CEB does not have

Trinity crowned Rugby Champions of Hill Country - 12/27/2021

KANDY (News 1st): Trinity College Kandy clinched the Inter-School Central Province Sevens Rugby Championship beating Kingswood College Kandy 33 points to 07 at the Trinity Rugby Stadium in Pallekele on Monday (27) evening. It was a clash of the gladiators as both Kingswood and Trinity stood out of the rest and dished out classy, entertaining,

Russia to continue to provide Mali with military aid - 12/27/2021

COLOMBO(News 1st):Russia will continue to provide Mali with military assistance through state channels, a senior Russian diplomat told foreign media. Mali’s government denied the presence of Russian mercenaries on Saturday(25) However, said that Russian trainers were there as a part of a bilateral agreement between Russia and Mali. Last week 13 European nations inclusive of

Owner of overcrowded Bangladeshi ferry arrested - 12/27/2021

Hum Jalal Sheikh, the owner of the overcrowded ferry in Bangladesh that caught fire mid river on Friday(24) was arrested by the Bangladeshi Police on Monday(27). The tragic incident claimed 39 lives and left many injured, investigators attributed the death toll to a disregard for safety. The majority of the victims were burned to

Police arrest carjacker in Kegalle - 12/27/2021

: The Divisional Crimes Detective Bureau of Kegalle has arrested a suspect who drugged a taxi driver and hijacked the vehicle. According to Police, the suspect had previously hijacked another car and a three-wheeler in the same manner. The suspect had reserved taxis online and hijacked vehicles by offering the drivers various types

China’s Xi sends New Year wishes to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa - 12/27/2021

Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent his New Year wishes to Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the people of the island nation. According to the Chinese Embassy in Colombo, Ambassador Qi Zhenhong conveyed the greetings on Monday (27) morning at the President’s residence.

Private aircraft makes emergency landing in Kimbulapitiya - 12/27/2021

A private aircraft has made an emergency landing in Kimbulapitiya, Negombo on Monday (27) afternoon. According to the Sri Lanka Air Force, four people were in the aircraft at the time of the incident and two of them were injured. More details to follow.

Sri Lanka to commence Omicron testing to determine spread - 12/27/2021

The University of Sri Jayawardenapura said it will commence testing on Tuesday (28) to determine the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in Sri Lanka. Dr. Chandima Jeewandara, the head of the Department of Immunology and Molecular Biology at Sri Jayewardenepura University told News 1st that 96 samples were obtained from various

Station Masters to continue strike, as talks fail with Railways GM - 12/27/2021

The Sri Lanka Station Masters’ Union said that talks with the General Manager of Railways to end the ongoing trade union action, failed on Monday (27). The Trade Union said the strike action will continue. Sri Lankan train passengers once again on Monday (27) received an opportunity to travel for free, as

Train passengers travel for free as Union Strike costs Department Rs. 5 Mn per day - 12/27/2021

Sri Lankan train passengers once again on Monday (27) received an opportunity to travel for free, as Station Masters continued their strike action for the fourth consecutive day. Sri Lanka Railways said that the strike cost the department Rs. 5 Million per day, and they hope the strike would end following talks

1,400 flights grounded due to global Omicron Surge - 12/27/2021

As the week begins, there have been more Covid-19 related airline cancellations around the world, rounding off a horrible holiday season for thousands of travelers. Close to 1,400 flights were canceled on Monday(27), with Chinese and US destinations taking the brunt of the losses, according to the FlightAware data tracking website. Crews testing positive

New Delhi goes in to curfew on Monday (27) night - 12/27/2021

The Indian government announced on Sunday (26) that a curfew will be imposed in New Delhi with effect from 11pm to 5am (IST). The announcement was made as there was a surge in Covid 19 cases when the national capital touched 0.55% On Sunday, Delhi recorded 290 COVID-19 cases, with a 0.55

Chief Inspector assigned to Thirukkovil Police Station - 12/27/2021

A Chief Police Inspector has been appointed as an acting OIC to the Thirukkovil Police, in Ampara. In addition, police officers attached to other police stations have been assigned to the Thirukkovil Police Station. A policeman killed four fellow officers and injured three others in a shooting at a police station in

Cargo containers with essential goods will be released from the port next week - 12/27/2021

Sri Lanka’s Trade Minister Dr. Bandula Gunwardena said measures will be taken to ensure the release of cargo containers with essential goods held at the Colombo Port by next week. He said cargo containers with Sugar, Dhal, Rice, and other essential goods will be released after sending a list of goods to

SLSI to be empowered to test imported LP gas quality - 12/27/2021

The Sri Lankan Government has decided to empower the Sri Lanka Standards Institute to inspect the quality of imported LP gas in the country. Consumer Affairs Trade Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna speaking to News 1st said that the respective gazette will be published soon, and the Controller General of the Department of Imports

IGP visits deceased personnel residences - 12/26/2021

Police IGP C.D. Wickramaratne on Sunday (26) visited the residences of the deceased Police personnel in connection with the Friday (24) incident of a Police Sergeant shooting four Policemen dead. The Police IGP, who visited the residences of Sub-Police Inspector K. L. M. Abdul Cader, Police Sergeant A. Navinath, Police Sergeant T. B. K. P. Gunasekera and Police

Railway union action: Meeting between authorities scheduled on Monday (27) - 12/26/2021

A meeting between Railway authorities and the Railway Station Masters Union is due to take place at 10:00 a.m. on Monday (26), the President of the Union, Sumedha Somarathna said.  Speaking further, he said that he hopes for a positive outcome from this meeting.  From December 23rd, station masters abstained from issuing passenger tickets

12 hour water Cut for Colombo and suburbs - 12/26/2021

An estimated 12 hour water cut is being experienced in the Colombo , Kotte, Kaduwel, and Dehiwala – Mt Lavinia MC areas, Maharagama, Boralasgamuwa & Kollonnawa UC areas, Kotikawatta & Mulleriyawa PS areas. The National Water Supply and Drainage Board said the water cut is due to electricity failure at the Ambatale

Gas & kerosene shortage still unresolved - 12/26/2021

Consumers say that the gas shortage in the market has not been resolved as of yet while many are still affected by the kerosene shortage as well. Due to this, there are still long queues in many places to purchase kerosene as an alternative to gas as well. Many were seen queued

Never forget the ‘Helping Hambantota’ scandal: Vijitha Herath - 12/26/2021

The funds which were embezzled via the ‘Helping Hambantota’ project will be taken back by people of this country, says JVP MP Vijitha Herath. Participating in Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna’s ‘Gamen Patan Gamu’ program held in Ampara, MP Herath stated that the people of this country can still remember the ‘Helping Hambantota’ incident

NMSJ condemn move to implement ‘Security Checks’ on foreign spouses - 12/26/2021

In a context when the legislation of the country was amended in order to enable a foreign national to carry out Governing the country, it is unconscionable to place restrictions upon foreign spouses and to implement directive to obtain ‘Security Clearance Reports’ from the Ministry of Defence beforehand, says the National Movement

Cabinet will discuss approaching IMF at next meeting: Minister Nimal - 12/26/2021

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva says the cabinet of ministers will discuss matters regarding approaching the International Monetary Fund for financial aid. Addressing an event in Kotte on Sunday (26), the Senior Deputy Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party stated that the CBSL Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal and the Secretary to the Treasury

Sri Lankan agencies deliberately setup obstacles to prevent shipment – Qingdao - 12/26/2021

China’s Qingdao Seawin Biotech Group Co., Ltd. alleges that Sri Lankan agencies delibartely set up obstacles to prevent the Organic Fertilizer Ship from being unloaded in Sri Lanka. Qingdao Seawin Biotech Group Co., Ltd. said it will claim compensation from the Sri Lankan government through arbitration via a fair legal system of

Sialkot lynching: Pakistan Senate passes resolution condemning mob attack - 12/26/2021

The Pakistani Senate on Friday (24) unanimously passed a resolution condemning the shameful act of mob attack on Sri Lankan citizen Priyantha Kumara in Sialkot, Radio Pakistan reports. The resolution was moved by the Leader of the House in the Senate Shahzad Waseem, and the resolution also reiterated that extremism is condemnable in

Five injured following three-vehicle clash in Kahathuduwa - 12/26/2021

Five people were injured and subsequently hospitalized following an accident in the Kahathuduwa area on the Southern Expressway on Sunday (26). Accordingly, a car traveling from Galle to Colombo had collided with a lorry coming from behind and then a van coming from behind the two vehicles, Police stated. The injured, identified as

Lankans told obtain Security Clearance Report over foreign spouses - 12/26/2021

The Registrar General’s Department says that any Sri Lankan who seeks to marry a foreigner will have to wait for a ‘Security Clearance Report from the Defence Ministry. In a circular, the Registrar General’s Department said the foreign spouse should obtain a certificate from the security authorities of that relevant country. The certificate

Ministers begging for oil from other countries: Tilvin - 12/26/2021

Ministers are begging for oil from other countries all over the world while the economic crisis worsens, says the General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva. Speaking to media, Silva said that at the moment, the Government has a total share of foreign reserves of about $ 1 billion, while a sovereign bond

Process to recall gas will take time: State Minister - 12/26/2021

The process to recall and release gas cylinders will take some time, says State Minister of Consumer Protection Lasantha Alagiyawanna. Speaking with regard the gas issue, the State Minister said that only about a thousand gas cylinders can be recalled each day, and the relevant cylinders have already been recalled and sent to Hambantota.

Police officers killed in Thirukkovil Shooting posthumously promoted by IGP - 12/26/2021

The four police officers who were killed when a fellow Police Sergeant opened fire at the Thirukkovil Police Station were posthumously promoted with effect from the 24th of December 2021. The following promotions were made by the Inspector General of Police: 1. Police Sergeant K. L. M. Abdul Cader Badge Number: 44132

Other countries have not had an economic tsunami as Sri Lanka: MP Eran - 12/26/2021

Countries beaten and battered worse by COVID-19 have not had an economic tsunami as much as Sri Lanka had, says Samagi Jana Balawega MP Eran Wickremaratne. Addressing a media briefing held in Colombo on Sunday (26), the MP expressed his views regarding the economic crisis, pointing out that Sri Lanka has set several

CPC to import 90,000MT crude oil from Singapore - 12/26/2021

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation says it will import 90,000 metric tons of fuel on credit from a supplier in Singapore next month. Ceylon Petroleum Corporation chairman Sumith Wijesinghe said 90,000 metric tons of crude oil are due to arrive on January 23rd or 24th. The consignment will be imported from a Singaporean supplier,

Rs. 05 Mn daily loss due to strike action launched by Railway Station Masters - 12/26/2021

The Department of Railways is incurring a loss of Rs. 05 million per day due to the continuous strike action launched by the Sri Lanka Railway Station Masters’ Association, says the General Manager of Railways, Dhammika Jayasundara. The Sri Lanka Railway Station Masters’ Association stated that it has decided to withdraw from all services from

Bus fares to increase from Wednesday (29) - 12/26/2021

State Minister of Transportation, Dilum Amunugama says that bus fares will be slightly increased from next Wednesday (29) subject to several amendments. Previously, the National Transport Commission said that steps will be taken to submit a report prepared on the revision of bus fares to the Ministry of Transport. The Director-General of the NTC,

Foul play in removal of Agri Secretary: Vijitha Herath - 12/26/2021

National People’s Power MP Vijitha Herath alleges that the previous Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Prof. Udith K. Jayasinghe was removed from his position due to the revelations made by him with regard to the fertilizer crisis. Expressing his views regarding the fertilizer crisis, MP Herath pointed out that the previous Agrculture Secretary

People in rural areas cannot afford a single meal: MP Chandima - 12/26/2021

Today most people in rural areas are worried whether they can have at least one meal, says Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna MP Chandima Weerakkody. Speaking of the economic crisis in Galle on Sunday (26), the SLPP MP said that the Government needs to implement a practical program to win the trust of

Thirukkovil Police shooting: Special investigation under IGP orders underway - 12/26/2021

The Special Investigation Unit of the Police Headquarters has commenced an investigation into the Four Police personnel who were killed in a shooting at the Thirukkovil Police Station in Ampara on Friday (24). The Police Media Spokesperson, SSP Nihal Thalduwa said that the investigation is being carried out on the orders of the

South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has died - 12/26/2021

South Africa (News 1st); South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has died at the age of 90. Tutu, the last surviving South African laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize, died in Cape Town. President Cyril Ramaphosa said: The passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a

17 years since 2004 Tsunami disaster; 2-minute silence will be observed on Sunday (26) morning - 12/26/2021

COLOMBO (News 1s): A two-minute silence will be observed all over Sri Lanka on Sunday (26) to commemorate 17 years of Tsunami disaster that devastated the island nation in 2004. The Disaster Management Center requested to observe silence between 9.25am and 9.27am as a mark of respect to those who perished in the disaster. Remembering

26 Dengue fatalities & over 33,000 patients in 2021 – Dengue Prevention Unit - 12/26/2021

26 people have died of dengue in 2021 in Sri Lanka, said the country’s Dengue Prevention Unit. During this year almost 33,000 dengue patients were reported from all parts of the country. The Dengue Prevention Unit urged the people to seek immediate medical attention of they suffer from the dengue symptoms, noting

Grow at home, proposes Bandula - 12/25/2021

At a time when it is difficult to control commodity prices, the public should take steps to plant seeds that could bear fruit by the time of the Sinhala and Hindu New Year at almost every home, proposes Minister of Trade, Bandula Gunawardena. Speaking to media on Saturday (25), the Trade Minister

Pope Francis encourages people to ‘return to origins’ on Christmas eve - 12/25/2021

(News 1st); At the Mass during the Night for the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, Pope Francis reflected on how God comes into the world in littleness, as a tiny infant, drawing near to us to touch our hearts. The Pope celebrated the Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica with a smaller congregation on hand

Cardinal once again calls for Justice on Easter Attacks - 12/25/2021

His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo has once again called for justice over the Easter attacks, during Christmas Mass held on Friday (24). During the service held at the Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka in Ragama, His Eminence noted that 260 people were killed in the Easter attacks,

Mullaithivu Murder: Family members remanded until 04th Jan - 12/25/2021

The family members of the 13-year-old girl who was murdered in Pudukudirippu, who were arrested on Friday (24), have been remanded until 04th of January. The suspects were remanded after being produced before the Mullaitivu Magistrate’s Court. Meanwhile, the brother-in-law of the deceased, who was earlier arrested in connection with the murder, was also

‘Lebanon will take 6-7 years to recover from financial crisis’: President Aoun - 12/25/2021

(News 1st): Lebanon needs “six to seven years” to emerge from the crisis it is currently in, the country’s President Michel Aoun has said.  Lebanon is in the third year of an economic meltdown that began in 2019 when the financial system collapsed under the weight of huge state debt and lack of foreign currency as a

Election better alternative than economic crisis: MP Vidura - 12/25/2021

State Minister of National Heritage, Performing Arts and Rural Arts Promotion, Vidura Wickramanayaka says that an election is a better alternative than facing the economic crisis. The State Minister, speaking at an event on Saturday (25) stated that there is no point in offering temporary solutions. Speaking further, State Minister Wickramanayaka also said that

Reports on sand mining off Batticaloa seas false: MoD - 12/25/2021

The Ministry of Defence has denied reports published on alleged mining in the seas off the coast of Batticaloa by a barge anchored in the seas near Batticaloa. Issuing a press release, the Ministry stated that the barge had been anchored off Batticaloa due to an emergency situation following a fuel shortage

Gandara OIC arrested over sexual misconduct - 12/25/2021

The OIC of Gandara Police had been arrested over allegations of sexual misconduct. Police said that the OIC was arrested on suspicion of attempting to molest a female Police Constable. The suspect has been arrested following an investigation into a complaint received regarding the incident.

Special buses added for passengers on Christmas Day - 12/25/2021

The National Transport Commission (NTC) says that special buses have been added to transport for the convenience of passengers on Christmas Day. Its Director General, Nilan Miranda urged passengers to adhere to health guidelines on buses in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, Police also stated that additional measures will be taken

Public funds not in President’s pocket: Lands Minister - 12/25/2021

The Minister of Lands, S.M. Chandrasena says that although the country has run out of dollars, neither President Gotabaya Rajapaksa nor the Cabinet Ministers are in possession of the country’s funds. Speaking during an event held on Saturday (25), the Minister stated that the public and the Government need to face the

Four officers shot dead by Sergeant on duty - 12/25/2021

The Police Media Spokesman’s Office states that four officers attached to the Thirukkovil Police Station have been shot dead by a Police Sergeant, who was on duty. An OIC and three other officers of the Thirukkovil Police Station who were injured in the shooting have been admitted to the Ashraff Memorial Hospital in

Bring new meaning to world in face of COVID-19: PM - 12/25/2021

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says that he entrusts the people with the task of bringing new meaning to the broken world in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as interpreting Christmas with good wishes of hope. Issuing a message for that Christmas, the Prime Minister said that Jesus Christ sacrificed his entire

CBSL extends additional incentives for inward workers’ remittances - 12/25/2021

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has decided to continue the payment of additional Rs. 8.00 per US dollar for worker remittances, paid in addition to the incentive of Rs. 2.00 per US dollar until 31st January 2022. In a statement, the CBSL states that the decision was reached in response to the favourable developments

Railway strike: Continuous strike action from 26th Dec. - 12/25/2021

The trade union action launched by the Sri Lanka Railway Station Masters’ Association continues onto Saturday (25) as well. Due to the strike action, Railway Station Masters have refrained from accepting parcels that are to be transported by train and the issuance of tickets as well. The strike was launched citing several issues

PHIs to inspect restaurants during festive season - 12/25/2021

The Sri Lanka Public Health Inspectors’ Union says that a program has been launched to inspect restaurants during the festive season. Chairman of the Union , Upul Rohana said that special attention will be paid to the production of food as well as the raw materials used for the production. He noted that

Christmas gives unique message of instilling respect for all human beings: Sajith - 12/25/2021

The Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa says in his Christmas message that Christmas gives the unique message of instilling respect for all human beings and a greater sensitivity to nature and the environment as a whole through humanitarianism. The Leader of the Opposition further states that he is confident that the true

Spiritual essence of Christmas is redemption of all: President - 12/25/2021

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said that the spiritual essence of Christmas is the redemption of all by serving for the good of the society. In his Christmas wish, the President said that in view of the current global pandemic, this year’s Christmas season has to be celebrated in accordance with health recommendations. President

Home cooked meals for inmates for Xmas - 12/25/2021

Relatives of prison inmates have been given the opportunity to give out food parcels to inmates for Christmas. The Prison Media Spokesperson, Chandana Ekanayake stated that the opportunity will be given until Sunday (26) for relatives to handover the relevant food parcels. Moreover, Rs. 2,500 can also be deposited at the prison canteen for

Fisheries Minister promises legal action preventing entry of Indian fishermen - 12/24/2021

Fishermen in Jaffna staged a protest on Friday (24) opposing the illegal entry of Indian fishermen into Sri Lankan waters. The protest was organized by the Jaffna Fisheries Cooperative Union, and the fishermen involved in the protest marched to the Jaffna District Secretariat, who subsequently staged a protest opposite the District Secretariat. The

Navy apprehends two with Kerala Cannabis worth Rs. 155Mn - 12/24/2021

A special operation mounted by the Navy in the seas off Kovilan Lighthouse, Jaffna on the night of 23rd December led to the seizure of over 355kg and 162kg stocks of Kerala cannabis with 02 suspects in two separate occasions. In an operation in the seas off Kovilan Lighthouse on the night of

#Datascam: Is your data safe anymore? - 12/24/2021

In less than 150 hours, the year 2021 will end, and the year 2022 will dawn. However, this year has been marred with many scandals like the Garlic Scam, Sugar Scam, Coconut Oil Scam, and most importantly the infamous DataScam. Sensitive and vital data that are paramount to the people were deliberately deleted

Farmers demanding compensation for damages caused to crops - 12/24/2021

Farmers are demanding compensation for damages caused to the cultivation fields if the Government can pay compensation to the Chinese ship ‘Hippo Spirit’ which was carrying harmful organic fertilizer.  The farmers stated this when the Government Registered National Federation of Agri Entrepenuers convened a media briefing in Galle on Friday (24), who

SJB stages torchlight protest against fuel & commodity prices - 12/24/2021

Activists of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya in Panadura staged a torchlight procession in front of the Walana Buddha statue in Panadura against fuel and commodity prices on Friday (24). The protest was led by the Panadura electorate organizer of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya, Deepthi Abeywickrama. Protesters gathered in front of the Walana Buddha

Public should be happy about New Fortress: S.B. Dissanayake - 12/24/2021

The public should be happy about investors such as the US Company New Fortress Energy Inc. says MP S.B. Dissanayake. Pointing out that the company’s managing director is Dr. Jatila Ranasinghe, MP Dissanayake stated that the presence of Dr. Ranasinghe itself is enough reason for Sri Lanka to accept the deal. Speaking further on

Ten chambers express ‘serious concern’ over foreign currency shortage - 12/24/2021

Ten chambers of commerce and industry in a joint statement expressed serious concern over the impact of the foreign currency shortage in the country. The relevant organizations are Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Ceylon National Chamber of Industries, Chamber of Young Local Entrepreneurs, ICC Sri Lanka,

Fitch downgrades BOCs Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating - 12/24/2021

Fitch Ratings, the credit rating agency has downgraded the Bank of Ceylon’s (BOC) Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to ‘CC’, from ‘CCC’. Issuing a press release, Fitch stated that the rating does not carry an Outlook because of the high volatility at this rating level, in line with Fitch’s rating definitions. Fitch

8th Army Contingent for UN South Sudan’s SRIMED Hospital Ready for Departure - 12/24/2021

The 8th contingent of the Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps (SLAMC), set to leave for United Nations Peace-Keeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to serve the Level-2 SRIMED Hospital hours before their departure presented a ceremonial salute to General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army at the

Railway TU action to continue due to unresolved issues - 12/24/2021

The President of the Railway Station Masters’ Association Sumedha Somaratne says that they have decided to continue their trade union action due to the unresolved issues. The Railway Station Masters’ Association launched the strike citing several issues, including the lack of freight service trains during the festive season, the failure to rectify the

No power cuts from Friday (24) - 12/24/2021

The Ministry of Power says that no power cuts will be experienced on Friday (24) as the inactive generator at the Norochcholai Power Plant was added to the grid. The Ministry of Power previously stated that an inactive generator caused for several power cuts to take place from 06:00 p.m. until 09:30

France alleges Russia funding Wagner Group mercenaries in Mali - 12/24/2021

(News 1st); France on Thursday (23) condemned the Malian transitional authorities’ decision to allow the deployment of the Wagner Group, and accused Moscow of funding the private military company’s use of mercenaries in the West African country, the Associated Press reports. “We are aware of the involvement of the Russian Government in providing material support to

SJB commences pilot project to donate Smart Boards to schools - 12/24/2021

The Samagi Jana Balawegaya has commenced a pilot program to donate Smart Boards and computers to the school system in Sri Lanka, on Friday (24) as one of the milestones in the journey towards a digital economy through information technology. The project launched based on a concept of the Leader of the Opposition,

GMOA temporarily suspends strike - 12/24/2021

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) says that it has decided to temporarily suspend the island wide strike that lasted for 4 days. The media spokesman of the association, Dr. Samantha Ananda stated that the decision was taken after the meeting of the Central Committee on Friday (24) afternoon. The GMOA recently went

Vikum Athula Kaluarachchi appointed to Court of Appeal - 12/24/2021

Vikum Athula Kaluarachchi was sworn in as a new Judge of the Court of Appeal on Friday (24) morning in the presence of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. He was appointed to the position left vacant following the retirement of Court of Appeal Justice Devika Abeyratne.

Mullaithivu Murder: Family members of victim arrested - 12/24/2021

Police say that the father, mother, and sister of the 13-year-old girl who was murdered in Pudukudirippu have been arrested. Moreover, her brother-in-law who was earlier arrested has been remanded until 4th January. Investigations surrounding the death of 13-year-old Yogarasa Nidarshana, have previously revealed several details about the victim’s death, such as

Fishermen hit hardest by fuel price increase - 12/24/2021

The fuel price increase had hit the fishing industry the hardest, said fishermen to SJB MP Dilip Wedaarachchi, who visited Orruwella, Thangalla to inquire into the plight of fishermen. The fishermen, speaking to the MP stated that the prices of fuel and other goods were increased, and the fisherman currently have no way