President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the officials to implement a programme to control the rising prices of vegetables with the aim of providing relief to consumers while safeguarding farmers. During a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat, with the officials of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and the Ministry of Trade the President said that there should be an immediate intervention to control it. Vegetables are brought to Dambulla from the areas of vegetable cultivation. Paddy storage warehouses have been renovated in several areas. The President instructed the officials to repair all other paddy storage warehouses immediately.
February 25, 2020 07:41 UTC
A 32-year-old person was killed following a shooting incident at Ilimba-Kandana road last night. According to the Police Media Spokesperson’s office, the incident occurred at around 9:30 p.m yesterday and the cause of the shooting was a dispute over a vehicle. According to reports, two unidentified persons on a motorcyclist had fired gunshots at a man driving a three-wheeler on Ilimba-Kandana road. Prior to the shooting, two gunmen had opened fire at a three-wheeler which was parked on the same road and at a nearby house. Horana Police is conducting further investigations.
February 25, 2020 06:11 UTC
A German guy plowed his auto into a carnival parade in the western town of Volkmarsen on Monday, injuring 30 people today which include kids, police said, including it was much too early to say what his motive was. German prosecutors and police reported the suspect, a 29-yr-aged German citizen, was remaining treated for injuries sustained in the incident and they had been on the lookout into all options. “It can be assumed that it was intentional,” police spokesman Henning Hinn told reporters. He reported eight to 10 of these hurt ended up very seriously damage. “Among people who are severely hurt are little ones, however,” he claimed at the scene, wherever debris from the carnival littered the ground and a silver Mercedes-Benz automobile that appeared to have been involved was taped off by law enforcement.
February 25, 2020 05:03 UTC
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has submitted his resignation to the king, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday, amid talks of forming a new coalition to govern the country. Mahathir, 94, assumed office in May 2018 for his second stint as prime minister. A spokesman from the prime minister’s office declined to comment, saying only that a statement will be issued soon. The sources declined to be named as they were not authorized to talk to the media. (Source: Reuters)
February 24, 2020 09:22 UTC
Troops of the Sri Lanka Sinha Regimental (SLSR) Centre of the 141 Brigade under the 14 Division of the Security Force Headquarters - West (SFHQ- West) swiftly took urgent measures to contain a fast spreading wild bushfire in the general area of Bothale, Mirigama in Gampaha District. The fire that broke out in Akeshiya plantation Bothale, Mirigama area was reportedly spreading fast at the time Army troops had arrived at the scene. On the instructions of acting Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Major General A.S Ariyasinghe General Officer Commanding, 14 Division, one Officer and 25 Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment Centre troops brought the situation under control.
February 24, 2020 05:36 UTC
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