Following the cross over of former SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena and several other ruling party parliamentarians to the opposition, a lot of horse-trading is being done at the provincial council level to seize the power of at least three provincial councils before the next presidential election. Highly placed political sources told The Nation that three provincial councils – namely…
Polonnaruwa District Parliamentarian Maithripala Sirisena has announced that he would contest as the common candidate of the opposition at the forthcoming Presidential elections. He made this announcement at a special press conference at New Town Hall Colombo a short while ago.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has announced that he has signed the proclamation declaring his intention to a Presidential election seeking another term. The president had revealed the announcement through his official Twitter account. The document will be sent to the Elections Commissioner who will then decide on the date for the polls and to call for nominations.
The fire which erupted at the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital has been doused and the damage caused by the fire is currently being estimated, Police said. Police said the fire had erupted early this morning was reported from the Professors wing of the hospital. Investigations have commenced into the cause of the incident.
Sri Lanka has allegedly released five Indians who were given the death sentence after being convicted for smuggling drugs into the country.
Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka said that he will resign from the Cabinet Ministerial portfolio he occupied as the Minister of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy. JHU Legal Advisor Udaya Gammanpila will also resign from his ministerial position in the Western Provincial Council.
A police investigation has now been launched into a fraud amounting to millions of rupees allegedly committed by several senior officials of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC). The alleged fraud involves a project funded by the World Bank. Acting Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara told The Nation that Senior DIG, Northern Range, Pujith Jayasundara had on Friday (November 14) ordered…
(Vatican Radio) The Schedule for the 2015 Apostolic Voyage of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka and the Philippines was released on Friday. Pope Francis will leave Rome on January 12, and return on January 19.
Following increasing detections of gold smuggled into the country via the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Customs Department says that smugglers are attempting to divert their route through the Mattala airport.
Panadura Municipal Council Mayor Nandana Gunathilaka has decided to leave the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Gunathilaka who began his politics from the People’s Liberation Front (JVP) was the General Secretary of the party when they set up a probationary government with the People’s Alliance led by Chandrika Bandaranaike.
Leader of the House Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has informed the parliament that the Supreme Court has given its opinion stating that there was no barrier for President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest for a third term as President.
The Supreme Court determination on the third term of the incumbent President was handed over to Temple Trees last night. However, the content of the determination is yet to be revealed. Presidential Spokesperson, Mohan Samaranayake said the document is being studied at the moment and a decision on how to act on the determination would be taken during the course…
Several politicians representing the opposition including Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe are currently addressing the media in Pitakotte. According to reports, several prominent Parliamentarians and politicians including Sarath Fonseka, Ravi Karunanayake, Mano Ganeshan, Arjuna Ranatunge, Ven.Sobitha Thera and Hemakumara Nanayakkara have also taken part at the press briefing.
The government has decided to call off the search operation to recover the bodies of those missing due to the Koslanda, Meeriyabedda landslide disaster, Minister of Disaster Management Mahinda Amaraweera confirmed to The Nation.
UNP Deputy Leader SajithPremadasa has decided to opt out of the presidential election race as he has distanced himself from the party’s efforts in finding a suitable presidential candidate. Premadasa – who earlier said he could consider being the presidential candidate of the party if he was given the party leadership – has told his close associates this week that…
Democratic Party (DP) Leader Sarath Fonseka today (November 6) said that he hoped the government would live up to its promises to keep on assisting victims of the Meeriyabedda landslide disaster, but said the government had been ‘slow and lethargic’ towards attending to such situations in the past.
Many of the residents of Meeriyabedda, Koslanda, did not attend a landslide awareness program conducted by the Disaster Management Center (DMC) in January this year, according to the Grama Niladhari of Kotabakma, H.M. Chalani. The Meeriyabedda area comes under her purview. She said the awareness program had been conducted as the area had been identified as a landslide prone area.
Seventy seven families that were directly affected by the Koslanda, Meeriyabedda landslide disaster will be moved to temporary housing at a disused tea factory pending their resettlement in safer areas, the Army said.Commander, Security Forces Headquarters (Central), Major General Mano Perera, who is spearheading the Army’s search operation in the area, said these persons, whose houses had been destroyed or...