NewsFormer Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and 6 others were granted bail over the misuse of state funds used to construct the DA Rajapaksa memorial museum during the Rajapaksa regime. The three-member judge bench at the Special High Court granted two bails worth Rs 100,000 and Rs1 million following a hearing that was held early this morning. The Special High Court also imposed a travel ban on Rajapaksa and the six others suspects, local media reported. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is expected to leave for India today was also present during the hearing.
September 10, 2018 06:56 UTC
WorldChina's top legislator voiced hope that North Korea and the United States will implement their nuclear summit agreement as he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Chinese state media said Monday. Li Zhanshu, sent by President Xi Jinping to attend North Korea's 70th anniversary parade on Sunday, said China was committed to the goal of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, the Xinhua news agency said. But North Korea refrained from displaying its intercontinental missiles during Sunday's parade, a conspicuous absence that Trump hailed as "a big and very positive statement". Relations between Pyongyang and Beijing have gone through a rough patch in recent years, with China backing United Nations sanctions to punish its Cold War-era ally for its nuclear activities. But ties have recently improved as Kim met Xi in China three times this year.
September 10, 2018 05:48 UTC
NewsPremier Ranil Wickremasinghe is expected to leave the island today to participate at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) world economic forum in Hanoi which is set to get underway from September 11-13. The Prime Minister, during his visit, is expected to engage in bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Vietnam, Singapore and China.
September 10, 2018 05:48 UTC
NewsSri Lanka's highest ranking security forces official Admiral Ravindra Wijegunawardena, is learnt to have left Sri Lanka on Sunday. The surprise departure came several hours before he was summoned to be present at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters. CID sources told the Sunday Times, they proposed to record a statement from him and produce him before a Magistrate. These sources said there was evidence against Admiral Wijegunawardena. As Commander of the Navy, he is alleged to have assisted a Navy officer, accused of abduction and death, to flee the country.
September 10, 2018 05:26 UTC
NewsSriLankan Catering Ltd, part of SriLankan Airlines, has recorded a 26 per cent year-on-year growth in operating profit for the financial year ended March 31, at Rs. Its unaudited financial statements, released to the media on Monday, the company said operating profit ratio which stood at 42 per cent in the last year improved to 44 per cent during 2017/18. It has also reported a post-tax net profit of Rs. Ranjit Fernando, Chairman of SriLankan Catering who is also the Chairman of SriLankan Airlines, said: "The company has proven itself to be a perfect example of consistency and has crossed the Rs. 2 billion mark in profits every year, during the last five years.
September 10, 2018 05:26 UTC
WorldSYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police have charged a 24-year-old man with five counts of murder after the bodies of a family, including a mother and her three children, were discovered in the west coast city of Perth. The ABC reported twin two-year-old girls, their three-and-a-half-year-old sister, their mother and grandmother were found dead at a house in Bedford on Sunday after a man went to a regional police station. The relationship of the man to the victims has yet to be revealed by police. Violent crime with multiple victims is rare in Australia but this was the second major incident in Western Australia this year. Gun crime in Australia fell sharply after strict gun controls were introduced in response to a mass shooting in 1996, when a lone gunman killed 35 people in Tasmania.
September 10, 2018 05:15 UTC
15 million alone in preparing the teams for the Asian Games, nothing paid off. In his letter of resignation Pathirana explains that the losses incurred at the Asian Games were not a disgrace for a country alone, but for himself as a former player and a responsible administrator. In addition the four coaches -- two head coaches and two assistant coaches -- of the national teams have not followed the guidelines set in coaching and selecting players. The head coach and assistant coach of the Women's team have even take a player or more with injuries for the Asian Games, bypassing the SLKF administrators, giving false endurance reports on players. "These coaches were responsible for degrading Sri Lanka's silver medal to a bronze at the South Asian Games in 2016 and they did the same at the Asian Games by missing a potential bronze medal.
September 10, 2018 03:56 UTC
WorldTOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, eyeing a historic extended term, reaffirmed on Monday his resolve to revise the nation’s post-war, pacifist constitution and said he hoped his party could submit a proposal to parliament later this year. Abe, who returned to office in December 2012 pledging to bolster defenses and reboot the economy, is widely expected to defeat his rival, former defense minister Shigeru Ishiba, in a Sept. 20 election for leader of his Liberal Democratic Party. Victory would give him another three-year term as LDP head and set him on track to become Japan’s longest serving premier, given the LDP-led ruling coalition’s grip on parliament.
September 10, 2018 03:56 UTC
WorldTOKYO (Reuters) - The death toll from a powerful earthquake in northern Japan last week rose to 44, with 660 injured, the government said on Monday, as electricity supply remained short and top automaker Toyota suspended work at most of its assembly plants. The pre-dawn, 6.7-magnitude quake on Thursday temporarily paralyzed the island of Hokkaido, cutting off access by air and train and knocking out power to an island the size of Austria. With electricity restored, Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) said on Monday its parts factory in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, which builds transmissions and other components, was preparing to resume production sometime during the night shift starting at 8:30 p.m. (1130 GMT). However, the fallout has already spread beyond the island, with Toyota suspending assembly at 16 of its 18 domestic car assembly plants on Monday to assess its parts inventory. It will decide in the next few hours whether to resume work on Tuesday, the automaker said.
September 10, 2018 03:22 UTC
WorldWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Monday will adopt an aggressive posture against the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, threatening sanctions against its judges if they proceed with an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Americans in Afghanistan. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, is to make the announcement in a midday speech to the Federalist Society, a conservative group, in Washington. In addition, the United States may negotiate more binding, bilateral agreements to prohibit nations from surrendering Americans to the Hague court, says the text. The court’s aim is to bring to justice the perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. The United States did not ratify the Rome treaty that established the International Criminal Court in 2002, with then-President George W. Bush opposed to the court.
September 10, 2018 02:48 UTC
WorldMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police detained more than 800 people protesting against planned increases to the pension age on Sunday, a rights group said, disrupting demonstrations against an unpopular change that has hurt President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating. The authorities refused to authorize most of the meetings, declaring them illegal. It said most of the detentions - 354 - had been made in St Petersburg where authorities had initially authorized a rally before reversing the decision. The interior ministry was cited by the Interfax news agency as saying police had made around 100 detentions in St Petersburg and “several” in Moscow. The proposed pension changes, which are currently going through parliament, have shaved around 15 percentage points off Putin’s popularity rating and are the most unpopular government measure since a 2005 move to scrap Soviet-era benefits.
September 09, 2018 19:07 UTC
NewsA pipeline carrying crude oil from the Colombo Port to the Muthurajawela Ceylon Petroleum Terminal has burst, local media reported. According to reports, the pipe had burst close to the Colombo Port. Repairs have already begun. Steps have also been taken to prevent the further spread of fuel into the ocean while measures are currently underway to remove the oil spill.
September 09, 2018 12:33 UTC
NewsVenerable Galagodaththe Gnanasara thera was again transferred from the Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital to the Welikada Prisons Hospital, local media reported. The thera who was admitted on Thursday for post-surgery treatment, was transferred to the Welikada hospital this afternoon. The thera, who is currently serving a 6-year prison sentence, was admitted to the Prisons Hospital on August 30, after undergoing surgery at the Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital. Galagodaththe Gnanasara thera was convicted on four charges of Contempt of Court and was sentenced to a 19 year rigorous imprisonment, to be completed in 6 years.
September 09, 2018 12:22 UTC
SriLankan drew first blood, winning the Men's Singles and the Men's Doubles. Veterans Team Championship: (Men's Singles, Men's Doubles and Mixed Doubles)Quarterfinals: SriLankan beat Eco Team 2-0; Cinnamon Grand 'A' beat Jetwing Travels 2-0; Cinnamon Lakeside beat Emirates 2-0, Walkers beat Club Hotel Dolphin 2-0. Semifinals: SriLankan beat Cinnamon Grand 'A' 2-0; Cinnamon Lakeside beat Walkers 2-0. Final: SriLankan beat Cinnamon Lakeside 2-0 [Men's Singles: Dayantha Fernando beat Anura Hewage 21-7, 21-14; Men's Doubles: C.W.M. Semifinals: SriLankan beat Mermaid 3-2; Walkers beat Cinnamon Grand Colombo 'A' 3-2.
September 09, 2018 01:07 UTC
Sri Lanka gained further recognition with another feather to her cap, when Parakrama Basnayake, President of the Carrom Federation of Sri Lanka, was elected Vice President of the International Carrom Federation (ICF) at a Special General Meeting held concurrently with the 5th Carrom World Cup in South Korea. Basnayake was a former Director of Customs and is the current President of the Nationalised Services Sports Club, Nationalised Services Hockey Association and Vice President of the Western Province Badminton Association. At the Special General Meeting and election of office bearers held once in four years, Joseph Mayar of Switzerland was elected President, while V.D. With the recognition of winning the World Cup this year and gaining the Vice President position for Sri Lanka, Basnayake intends to host the next Asian Carrom Championship in Sri Lanka, in November this year. This is the second time Sri Lanka won a world team championship, after Sri Lanka, under Arjuna Ranatunga, won the Cricket World Cup in 1996.
September 08, 2018 19:18 UTC