The body of the abducted Police Constable (37) found from a jungle area in Bulugoda, Werahera in Pannala. He was reported missing from Kadawatha area since last Sunday. The body was found this morning after a search operation conducted by the Kelaniya Division's Anti Corruption Unit and several police teams. Meanwhile, a suspect has been arrested over the alleged murder of the constable. Police said, that the deceased was identified as a 37-year-old father of two from Weeraketiya area, who had been serving at the Kadawatha Police as a constable driver.
February 21, 2020 06:45 UTC
lElectric meter used to supply electricity to homes and various institutions can cause various irregularities, and meter readers can face many problems. ANTE-LECO Metering (Pvt) Ltd in Bandaragama, a subsidiary of LECO, has taken measures to introduce a new smart electric meter with a range of facilities to overcome this situation. The company produces 2,000 new smart electric meters a day and has already sold 64000 smart meters in our country. The factory aims to produce at least 400,000 smart electricity meters annually. Addressing the gathering, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that the establishment of the factory was a result of a bold decision taken by the incumbent Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa during his presidency.
February 21, 2020 06:45 UTC
The female representation in Parliament requested the citizens of Sri Lanka to elect more suitable female representatives to the parliament at the coming general election to make policy decisions on behalf of women and children. They expressed these views addressing a press conference held yesterday at the Parliament complex. It was emphasized that there are only 12 females as members of Parliament which is only 5% of the total number of Members of Parliament and that it is a major factor operating as an obstacle in making policy decisions, especially for women and children. Speaking at the press conference, MP Sumedha G. Jayasena despite winning 25% of female representation in local government, provincial council for parliamentary representation, given that the percentage is not brought forward through the candidate list of the Party, Party Leaders should focus on including more female candidates in the candidate lists..MP Rohini Kumari Wijerathna stated that within the current electoral system, it is a big challenge for a female candidate to contest the election because women cannot engage in distributing money, liquor and other items which are the tactics that male candidates use to win the election.
February 21, 2020 06:22 UTC
One person was killed and over 40 others were injured in a collision between a private bus collided with another private bus, along the Dambulla - Matale road on the A-9 road near Matale. Police said that the victims were injured and rushed to Naula, Dambulla and Matale hospitals and the critically injured victims have been transferred to the Matale District General Hosptial. One person was killed and over 40 others were injured in a collision between a private bus collided with another private bus, along the Dambulla - Matale road on the A-9 road near Matale. Police said that the victims were injured and rushed to Naula, Dambulla and Matale hospitals and the critically injured victims have been transferred to the Matale District General Hosptial. Naula Police is conducting further investigations.
February 21, 2020 04:07 UTC
The Southern Expressway from Godagama to Barawakumbuka will be vested with the public on the 23rd of this month. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will vest it to the public following a function on the same day.
February 20, 2020 07:07 UTC
Actions have already been taken to develop the Jaffna International Airport in Palaly and Regional international flights have also begun from Jaffna International Airport. The Government of India has agreed to provide a grant of 300 million Sri Lankan rupees for this purpose. This grant is expected to be used to improve facilities in the areas of airport terminal modification, electricity supply, utility services and transit services. Accordingly the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding for the Development of Jaffna International Airport with the Government of India.
February 20, 2020 06:56 UTC
Cabinet approval has been granted to withdraw Sri Lanka from the co-sponsorship of the United National Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution 30/1. The Cabinet Spokesman Bandula Gunawardena said addressing the press conference currently being held to inform of the Cabinet decisions.
February 20, 2020 06:45 UTC
Showery and windy condition is expected to enhance temporary from today evening during next few days in the Eastern, Uva and Central province, said the Department of Meteorology. Several spells of showers will occur in the Eastern, Uva and Central provinces and in Hambanthota, Polonnaruwa and Mullaitivu districts. Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in Sabaragamuwa province and in Kalutara, Galle and Matara districts after 2.00 pm. Fairly heavy falls above 50 mm can be expected at some places in Badulla, Matale and Nuwara-Eliya districts. Wind speed can increase up to 40 kmph at times in North-Central, North-Western, Central and Uva provinces and in Matara, Hambanthota, Ampara and Batticaloa districts.
February 20, 2020 05:37 UTC
A hastily built 1,640-foot brick wall in front of a slum in the Gujarat state has stoked tensions ahead of Trump’s arrival, with critics saying it is meant to hide the area called home by more than 2,000 people. US President Donald Trump will be visiting India next week, with his packed schedule including a stop in Gujarat, the home state of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Trump will attend an event called “Namaste Trump,” which translates to “Greetings, Trump,” at a cricket stadium in the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat. All eyes will be on the capital, Ahmedabad, where Trump has said he is expecting millions of people to welcome him. (Source: BBC News)
February 19, 2020 08:48 UTC
Cabinet of Ministers have decided to suspend the decision to establish the Sainthamaruthu Urban Council. Therefore, the extraordinary gazette notification issued on the 15th of February to dissolve the Kalmunai Municipal Council in order to establish the Sainthamaruthu Urban Council is deemed invalid. The notice stated that the term of office of the Sainthamaruthu Urban Council would commence on 20 March 2022.
February 19, 2020 08:48 UTC
The writ petition filed by the Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) seeking an order to quash clearing of the Wilpattu National Park forest and constructing a housing project adjoining the National Park was today fixed for judgment by Court of Appeal. Court of Appeal two-judge-bench comprising Justice Janak de Silva and Justice Nissanka Bandula Karunaratne fixed the petition for judgment to be delivered on April 3. All parties including petitioner and seventh respondent former Minister Rishad Badiuddeen had concluded their oral submissions regarding the petition and parties were directed to file their written objections before March 18.
February 19, 2020 08:39 UTC
The Chinese tourist, the only person who was diagnosed from Sri Lanka as positive for COVID-19, was discharged from the Infectious Disease Hospital a short while ago. This patient is clinically cured and in good health. She was discharged from the hospital soon after the final medical report was received confirming her ‘COVID-19 free status’.
February 19, 2020 05:37 UTC
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has been declared the winner of last September's election following delays due to allegations of vote-rigging. Ghani was re-elected with 50.64% of the vote, officials said. But his main rival Abdullah, who came second with 39.52%, contested the result, declared victory, and vowed to form his own parallel government. Opponents of Ghani said the 28 September vote was marred by massive fraud and technical problems. Election commission chief Hawa Alam Nuristani announced the result during a press conference in Kabul.
February 19, 2020 05:15 UTC
Debate on second report of the Committee on Public Accounts will be held in Parliament today. The second report of the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA); including investigations from February 20, 2019, to November 7, 2019; was yesterday presented to Parliament by its Chairman Lasantha Alagiyawanna. The report includes facts relating to 42 investigations conducted by COPA. Presenting the report, Alagiyawanna said, “On February 28, the event to assess the performances of the government institutes for the year 2018 will be held under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. We do not come up with these reports within one or two days.”The officials of SriLankan Airlines are scheduled to appear before the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) today.
February 19, 2020 05:15 UTC
Death toll passes 2,000: The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 2,000 people, all but six of them in mainland China. It has infected more than 75,000 people, with over 1,000 cases outside mainland China. (Source: CNN)
February 19, 2020 04:07 UTC