Fourteen high ranking police officers, including three Senior Superintendents of Police (SSP) and Two Superintendents of Police, six Assistant Superintendents of Police and Three Inspectors of Police were transferred, according Police Headquarters. The transfers were made based on service requirements, with the approval of the National Police Commission
February 06, 2020 04:41 UTC
The number of confirmed cases globally stood at 28,256 as of this morning, with more than 28,000 of those in China. The number of cases in China grew by 3,694, or 15%, on the previous day. There have been 563 deaths so far, all but two of which were in China, with one in the Philippines and one in Hong Kong. Hong Kong announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all people entering the semi-autonomous city from the Chinese mainland, including residents. At least three of those cases did not travel outside of Hong Kong during the incubation period, which suggests there may be community transmission taking place, Lam said.
February 06, 2020 02:26 UTC
Saman Rathnapriya Silva was sworn in as a Member of Parliament today in the presence of the Speaker of Parliament KaruJayasuriya, the Parliament Communication Department said. The General Secretary of the UNP, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam had informed the Elections Commission to appoint Saman Ratnapriya Silva for the vacant position following the resignation of the UNP MP Jayampathi Wickramaratne. Accordingly, a special gazette notification was issued with regards to this appointment on the 27th of January 2020 by the Election Commission. Saman Ratnapriya Silva is a trade union leader holds a Nursing Diploma and is a past pupil of Revatha Central College, Balapitiya.
February 05, 2020 09:22 UTC
The Parliament will meet at 1.00 pm. It is reported that one CD which has recorded Ranjan Ramanayake’s phone conversations has been handed over to the Hansard department and a special party leader's meeting will be convened to discuss regarding Ranjan Ramanayake’s phone conversations
February 05, 2020 05:37 UTC
The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in China rose to 490 as of Tuesday, after Hubei, the province where the virus is thought to have originated, reported 65 people had died from the flu-like infection. China's National Health Commission said on Wednesday the number of confirmed infections in the country rose to 24,324 after an additional 3,887 people were diagnosed with the virus. (Source: AlJazeera)
February 05, 2020 01:18 UTC
President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has pardoned 512 prisoners serving time around the country for minor offences, on the occasion of National Independence Day. Presidential pardon was granted according to the powers bestowed to the president by Article 34 of the Constitution and on the recommendation of Justice, Human Rights and Legal Reforms Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, Issuing a statement President’s media division said. 512 prisoners who have been convicted for minor offences under the Penal Code, have been granted Presidential pardon and were released from prisons around the island. The statement further mentioned that pardon would apply only to those prisoners who were in remand from 31 January this year and it will be in effect from this morning.
February 04, 2020 10:18 UTC
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today addressed the nation at the 72nd National Day celebrations held at the Independence Square. The Independence Day celebrations got underway at the Independence Square this morning under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapksa and Prime Minister Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapksa, other local and foreign invitees attended the celebrations. I pay tribute to all Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Malay and Burgher leaders who dedicated themselves to achieving and ensuring this Independence. We will always ensure their right to think freely, hold independent opinions, and express themselves without any hindrance. An efficient and corruption- free Public Service is essential for the development of a nation.
February 04, 2020 09:56 UTC
Oil prices extended their losses on Monday, dragged down by worries about lower demand in China, the world’s largest oil importer, following a coronavirus outbreak there. Brent and U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude fell for a fourth week in a row last week after airlines canceled flights to China. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude fell 24 cents to $51.32 a barrel, after earlier hitting a session low of $50.42. China’s measures to support its economy might help put a floor under oil prices in the short term, even though the outlook for oil demand remains bearish, said Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets in Sydney. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)and its allies could bring forward a March meeting to February to discuss the impact on oil demand from the virus flare-up.
February 03, 2020 05:48 UTC
Several Colombo roads will be closed for traffic today from 7 am to 12 noon, Independence Day rehearsals, the Police Media Division announced. They are Independence Road, Vidya Mawatha, Maitland Place, Maitland Crescent, C.W.W. Kannangara Mawatha, Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Foundation Road and Wijerama Road upto Horton Place roundabout. Motorists are advised to use alternative roads during the rehearsal period, Police said.
Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in the Sabaragamuwa province and in Kaluthara, Nuwara-Eliya, Galle and Matara districts after 2.00 pm, said the Department of Meteorology. Light showers may occur in the eastern coastal areas of the island. Wind speed can be increased up to 40 kmph at times in North-western province and in Hambanthota and Matara districts. Misty conditions can be expected at some places in Central, Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces during the morning.
The death toll in China from the deadly coronavirus outbreak that originated in the central city of Wuhan, rose to at least 361 on Monday, as the Philippines became the first country outside China to confirm a death from the infection. The total deaths nationwide was at least 361, with 17,205 people across the country infected with the virus, after 2,829 new cases reported. Other countries have rushed to evacuate their citizens from Wuhan and Hubei, while many have also imposed extraordinary travel restrictions on travellers to and from China. "What we have available to us is good public health measures," Dr Khan said. This new coronavirus is a stress test of emergency preparedness of public health capabilities in countries worldwide."
Gallery FourLife , The Modest Art Gallery space recently opened in Colombo, to give the trendiest fine art experience to art lovers, collectors, Scholars and to the public. Gallery FourLife consisted of four compartments as Public Gallery, Sri Lankan Art Pavilion, International Art Pavilion and Artists’ Live Studio and is solely dedicated to local and international artists to experiment and play with their imagination. As Janaka explains, the main functions of the gallery are, hosting Art exhibitions for public preview, promoting paintings for sale through the International Art pavilion and Local Art pavilions (Showroom galleries). Elaborating the importance of such Art Gallery space in Sri Lanka Janaka said “This Gallery space is different from other local galleries in many ways. Our Art pavilion concept is mainly for artists to promote their work to potential buyers and art collectors.
February 02, 2020 04:18 UTC
Gallery talk with activist Sanjana Hattotuwa and architect Channa Daswatte on their Corridors of Power (2015) project currently on display in the One hundred thousand small tales exhibition will be held today, February 2 from 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. One hundred thousand small tales on display at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka is an exhibition that bears witness to many artistic narratives, episodes, and accounts of what has come to pass in Sri Lanka in its recent history. Sanjana Hattotuwa specialises in, advises and trains on new media literacy, web-based activism and advocacy. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand on social media and socio-political dynamics in post-war Sri Lanka. Channa Daswatte is an architect whose projects include houses, educational institutions, hotels, commercial buildings and conservation projects in Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Malaysia, Thailand and Uganda.
February 02, 2020 03:11 UTC
Trinity College held its inter house track and field Competition 2020 on Friday at the Asgiriya Stadium in Kandy under the distinguished patronage of Hemantha Perera a top athlete to come out of the school who led the athletics team in 1986. He is a double Lion winner for athletics and cadetting. Central Boarding House with 327 points took first place while Simithraarachchi House 296 and Garrett House 284, Orloff House 282 and Lemuel House 184 took the slots from two to five.
February 01, 2020 20:03 UTC