President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed Inspector General of Police (IGP) N.K. Illangakoon to immediately conduct an investigation into the Koslanda landslide disaster to ascertain whether or not prior warning was given to area residents and whether there had been any negligence involved.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited landslide affected Miriyabedda area in Haldummulla at 9.30 this morning (October 30). He visited the landslide affected area with Minister of Disaster Management, Mahinda Amaraweera and discussed rescue and relief operations. President Rajapaksa expressed his sympathies to the landslide victims and bereaved families in Haldummulla of Badulla District.
Six people have been confirmed dead following the landslide that occurred at Meeriyabedda, Koslanda in Haldumulla this morning, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said.
The bodies of two deceased persons have been pulled from the rubble in the landslide affected location at Meeriyabedda in Haldumulla, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) confirmed. Search operations in the area are currently ongoing to locate any others who might be trapped under the rubble, it added.
Legal action has been filed against one of Sri Lanka’s largest insurance companies - belonging to a business group with a checkered history - for seeking to transfer its assets without the knowledge or approval of its shareholders.The Colombo District Court ordered written submissions to be filed by the insurance company and its companies that have been proposed to be…
President Mahinda Rajapaksa invited the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to work with the Government in developing the country.The President extended the invitation during the 2015 Budget speech a short while ago. He reiterated the importance of unity in developmental endeavors. He pointed out that previous leaders of the country had given importance to agriculture based development.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa updating his Twitter account expressed his concerns over increasing terrorist activities in several countries highlighting the shooting incident in Canada.The President, in a twitter post a short while ago said “Very disturbing to see increasing terrorist acts in many countries, now even Canada. We must unite as equal partners to fight this menace.”
A Sri Lankan businessman was arrested by Customs officials last evening at the Bandaranaike Airport while trying to smuggle local and foreign currency worth Rs. 6 million to Sharjah. Customs spokesperson, Leslie Gamini stated that the 41 year old businessman was a resident of Maradana.
Nine Pakistani refugees have been injured and admitted to hospital after they were attacked by a group in Wella Veediya, Negombo this evening.
Police investigations are underway into the murder of a vegetable vendor in Mount Lavinia. Police said the victim's body was found inside his vegetable stall at Bakery Junction along Attidiya Road around 8.20 this morning following a call made to the 119 emergency hotline. The victim's throat had been slit, according to police.
The Police prevented another attempt by university students to reach the Parliament premises in a march of thousands of students this evening. The Police Anti-riot Squad had to fire tear gas and water cannons on students who were marching towards the Parliament premises.
A group of UNP MPs who embarked on a fact finding mission to the Ports Authoritytraining facility premises in Slave Island today came under attack. UNP MP, Eran Wickremaratne speaking to The Nation said the team had gone to the area based on a tip off.
A number of trade unions gathered in Colombo staged a protect campaign urging the Government to increase employees’ salaries by Rs. 10,000 from the budget-2015. Protesters have completely blocked the Olcott Mawatha, in front of the Fort Railway Station.
The Meteorology Department today said that showers or thundershowers will be experienced in most parts of the island especially during the afternoon and night. According to the department, heavy falls of more than 100mm are also likely at some places.
Tension still prevailed at the Sabaragamuwa University last evening after police took action to remove the temporary structure built by students engaged in a Sathyagraha campaign. Students accused police of trying to remove them from the streets surrounding the university after they had earlier vacated the university hostels following a court order.
Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had to stay even on Friday night though she was granted bail by Supreme Court in the disproportionate assets case as it was the Friday evening. Foreign media reported that she is expected to step out of the prison this morning after completion of formalities.
J Jayalalithaa has been granted bail by the Supreme Court. The former Tamil Nadu chief minister has been in a Bangalore jail for almost three weeks after she was convicted in a corruption case and sentenced to four years in jail.
The Government of Sri Lanka has noted with concern the decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 16th October, to annul the EU regulations proscribing the LTTE. The defendants of this case have been the Council and Commission of the European Union, together with two member states, the Netherlands and the UK.