NewsPopular restaurant and pub 'Shore By O' in Mount Lavinia has been closed until further notice after a major fire swept through the premises in the early hours of Monday (7). According to Police media Unit, the Mount Lavinia Police had been informed at about 2.15am on Monday that the restaurant, located along College Avenue, Mount Lavinia, was on fire. Officers from the Mount Lavinia Police as well as the Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Fire Brigade arrived at the site and eventually doused the fire. The Sunday Times also attempted to contact the management of 'Shore By O' for further details but there was no response from the phone number listed on their Facebook page. The above image was taken from a video posted on the restaurant's FB page by Ovandi Rajaguru
August 09, 2017 07:31 UTC
NewsBeleaguered Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake was absent at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday contrary to expectations that he would be attending and then step down. There was no explanation for his absence, highly placed government sources said, confirming that he didn't attend the meetingThe one-time finance minister who was recently transferred to the foreign affairs portfolio is battling accusations in the Central Bank bond scam including using an apartment which was paid for by a suspect in the scam. Public calls to resign have been on the increaseThe Minister had been expected to make a statement clarifying all issues at the cabinet meeting, highly-placed government sources said, and then possibly announce his decision to resign from the ministerial portfolio.
August 09, 2017 07:24 UTC
NewsConvener of the Inter University Students' Federation (IUSF) Lahiru Weerasekara was granted bail by the Colombo High Court today. He was arrested on June 23 along with several others while leaving a press conference in Maradana. Weerasekara's arrest was in connection with an incident on June 21, when a large group of university students forcibly entered the premises of the Health Ministry, where they allegedly caused damage to public property. He was produced in court and was remanded till July 5, before being further remanded after being produced in court on several occassions. Earlier, several university students who had been in remand custody over the incident were also released on bail.
August 09, 2017 06:56 UTC
NewsAll Sri Lankan regional plantation companies (RPCs) will come under Parliamentary scrutiny using a more active golden shareholder, the Treasury, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Wednesday. The PM said that the government is expecting to bring in new legislation highlighting the duties and functions of the RPCs and thus ensure RPCs are answerable to Parliament (like all public institutions and agencies). RPCs by private sector companies have been functioning with mounting losses which they say was due to lower tea prices, higher costs of production including wage increases despite falling tea prices. He also questioned the role of workers whether plantations can retainunder a traditional model or use contract labour. He wrapped up the speech asking Plantation Minister Navin Dissanayake to deliver on Ceylon Tea as his father, the late Gamini Dissanayake, did on the accelerated Mahaweli project in the late 1970s.
August 09, 2017 06:45 UTC
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August 09, 2017 06:22 UTC
His song "I'm Not Going to Miss You" from the movie's soundtrack won a Grammy Award for best country song. On his last tour, Campbell had three of his eight children playing in his backup band and providing emotional support. That same year he began a three-year run on television with "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" variety show. He opened each show with a wall-to-wall grin and proclaimed in a down-home twang, "Hi, I'm Glen Campbell!" FILE PHOTO: American country music artist Glen Campbell performs during the Country Music Association (CMA) Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee June 7, 2012.
August 09, 2017 05:37 UTC
NewsA suspect who was found in possession of 20 kilograms of ganja and 2000 Tramadol X tablets has been arrested and handed over to Grandpass police. The individual was taken into custody last afternoon after police, acting on a tip-off, stopped and searched a motorcyclist who was behaving suspiciously. The drugs were found in his possession during the search. The arrested suspect is a 30-year-old resident of Colombo 10. Grandpass police are investigating.
August 09, 2017 05:03 UTC
NewsThe impending resignation of under-fire Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake over a corruption scandal will most likely instill more confidence in Colombo stocks and boost the market, analysts said. Highly-placed government sources said that the former finance minister who was transferred to the foreign affairs portfolio was attending the Cabinet meeting which started a short while ago (Wednesday morning), make a statement defending himself from various allegations and then submit his resignation. Analysts said that while the Colombo bourse has recently seen a lot of foreign funds trading, the Minister's resignation would be another boost in terms of good governance and accountability which the country's 31-month-old government had pledged to follow but has been woefully lacking in its efforts. Karunanayake has been battling accusations in the Central Bank bond scam including using an apartment which was paid for by a suspect in the scam. Public calls to resign have been on the increase.
August 09, 2017 05:01 UTC
NewsBeleaguered Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake is to defend himself against corruption allegation at the Cabinet meeting today (Wednesday) which began in a short while ago in Colombo. The one-time finance minister who was recently transferred to the foreign affairs portfolio is battling accusations in the Central Bank bond scam including using an apartment which was paid for by a suspect in the scam. Mr. Karunanayake is expected to make a statement clarifying all issues at the cabinet meeting, highly-placed government sources said. Attempts to contact Minister Karunanayke over the phone failed, but one of his close associates told Times Online that the minister is under intense pressure from the 'top leadership' to tender his resignation. Meanwhile Senior Minister Sarath Amungama is tipped to replace Mr. Karunanayke in the eventuality of his much awaited resignation.
August 09, 2017 04:49 UTC
NewsPolice have arrested a 47-year-old suspect from Oruwella in Tangalle with a locally made firearm and ammunition. Police Headquarters said the suspect was arrested yesterday (8) by officers from the Tangalle Crime Investigation Division based on a tip-off. Along with the locally manufactured firearm, police also recovered five rounds of live ammunition from the suspects' possession. The suspect, a resident of Notolpitiya, has been handed over to Tangalle police for further investigations.
August 09, 2017 04:48 UTC
WorldBANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai man was jailed for 18 years on Wednesday for posting six video clips deemed insulting to the monarchy, his lawyer said, the latest conviction in junta-ruled Thailand where authorities have cracked down on critics of the monarchy and military. Tara, 61, whose last name was withheld by his lawyer, was arrested in 2015 for sharing online materials allegedly insulting to the monarchy. Tara cannot appeal his sentence, she said, because he was arrested while Thailand was under martial law. Last week Pravit Rojanaphruk, an award-winning Thai journalist, was accused of sedition over online comments critical of the junta. Strict lese-majeste laws protecting members of the royal family from insult limit what all news organisations, including Reuters, can report from Thailand.
August 09, 2017 04:30 UTC
A Beijing-based Asian diplomat familiar with the situation said there are concerns that Singapore could use the ASEAN chairman position to try to "internationalise" the South China Sea issue, when China wants it limited to the countries directly involved. "Beijing has made it very clear to Singapore what it expects on the South China Sea issue," said another Asian diplomat in Hong Kong who is familiar with the situation. Taiwan and four ASEAN states - the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia - have overlapping claims. The United States says it does not have a position on the South China Sea dispute but will assert freedom of navigation rights in the waterway. The Global Times, an influential state-run Chinese tabloid, said in June that the once "special relationship" between the two nations was fading away amid mistrust over the South China Sea.
August 08, 2017 12:29 UTC
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani takes part in a news conference near the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., September 22, 2016. Tehran called the new sanctions violation of the nuclear deal and vowed a "proportional" response. Mahmoud Alavi has been kept as the intelligence minister as Tehran faces an increasing challenge from Islamist militants. While he spoke about women's rights during his campaign, Rouhani did not name any woman to become a minister. ISNA news agency reported that Eshaq Jahangiri, senior reformist figure, has been re-appointed by Rouhani as the first vice president.
August 08, 2017 10:18 UTC
NewsThe controversial bond scam will result in the country suffering a staggering loss in excess of Rs 1 trillion over the course of the next 30 years, State Minister of Enterprise Development Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said today. He said that the fraud came to light as the government existed of two parties and they could express their feelings independently. He added that if a single party was ruling the country, the fraud would not have been revealed. He said those who criticized the bond issue had never fought against corruption when they were in the government. Politicians would not do this type of thing in the future.Nowhere in the world has such a fraud happened within a short period of 2-3 days” he said.
August 08, 2017 09:56 UTC
NewsThe Chinese PLA Navy's hospital ship 'Ark Peace,' which is currently on a goodwill visit to Sri Lanka, started providing free medical services for Sri Lankans today. The medical services will be provided until 5.30pm today. Designed and built in China, the hospital ship 'Ark Peace' is an emergency medical support platform at sea. The 'Ark Peace,' which arrived at Colombo Port on Sunday (6) will depart tomorrow (9) to continue its mission. This is the sixth occassion that the 'Ark Peace' is engaged in 'Mission Harmony' since the missions first commenced in 2010.
August 08, 2017 08:50 UTC