The next General Election will be held under the newly proposed electoral system, Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Rajitha Senaratne told journalists today. Minister Senaratne further said the decision was taken after the President held lengthy discussions with the Elections Commissioner, Attorney General and the Survey General.
The former Leader of the Women's Wing of the LTTE's Sea Tigers has been taken into custody at the Bandaranaike International Airport as she was attempting to leave the country. Police said the suspect, identified as 41-year-old Burugesu Pahiradi, was arrested at the airport yesterday by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID).
‘Implementing the reform agenda is more important than being fixated about deadlines,’ Minister of Power and Energy and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka insisted. Speaking to ‘The Nation,’ the sole representative of the JHU in the Cabinet opined that the two major parties, the United National Party (UNP) and...
According to Police, Sri Lankan ruggerite and former Havelock SC captain Wasim Thajudeen ’s murder, journalist and cartoonist Pradeep Eknaligoda case, Rathupaswala incident and The former Editor in Chief of the Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickrematunge’s murder case have been handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department(CID).
In accordance with the 100 day program the government will be increasing salaries of the public sector employees from today (February 25) onwards.
The election monitoring body; CaFFE urges authorities to solve the current crisis regarding the issue of centralization of power by Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) Chief Minister Nazir Ahmad . CaFFE, Executive Director Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon in a letter to the Eastern Provincial Council Governor, Austin Fernando has mentioned that Chief Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) and Deputy Leader…
The Police have arrested five suspects in possession of heroin from Mount Lavinia, Wattala, Mahabage and Galle within yesterday (23 February). Among them a female suspect from Galle was arrested in connection with the possession of 1 gram and 150 mili-grams of heroin.
The government’s Right to Information (RTI) Bill should be expanded to cover private companies and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), activists have pointed out. It has been pointed out that the RTI Draft Bill, which is currently being discussed before being presented to Parliament, covers only ‘public bodies’ that are required to release information required by the public.
Newly appointed National Organiser of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Susil Premajayantha yesterday said that the Nugegoda rally, which was held to bring former President Mahinda Rajapaksa back in active politics, had jolted the United National Party.
President Maithripala Sirisena is to visit the United States later this year on an official visit, Cabinet Spokesman and Minister Rajitha Senaratne said. Speaking to journalists at the Cabinet press briefing today, Senaratne said United States Secretary of State John Kerry would also be undertaking a visit to Sri Lanka soon.
The Ministry of Defence in a press release states that contrary to certain reports appearing in the media that a new army commander is to be appointed, no final decision has been made regarding such an appointment.
Key policy reform elements of the new government’s 100 Day program remain untouched after the presidential election. These include the Amendment of Standing Orders (Due January 20), introduction of a Code of Conduct for People’s Representatives (Due February 2) and Tabling in Parliament of the National Drugs Policy (Due February 6).
Confusion regarding the current status of the controversial Colombo Port City Project deepened today with Minister of Plantation Industries and Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella telling journalists work on the project had stopped.
Former Chief Minister of the Uva Provincial Council Shasheendra Rajapaksa’s challenge over his lost Chief Minister post was called before the Court of Appeal yesterday. He was supported by the United People’s Freedom Alliance stalwarts to go before the courts and he had filed a writ application and the courts yesterday fixed the dates for the application for support.
Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne yesterday said that the next parliamentary election scheduled to be held in June this year would be conducted under a system which was a cross between the first-past-the-post and proportional representation systems.
Former General Secretary of United National Party and MP Tissa Attanayake is to be investigated by the Police for attempting to cause racial tensions under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Act of 2007. According to Police Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana the alleged forged document presented by the MP claiming to be a secret agreement between the United…
Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has stated that India must be on its guard against any attempt by Tamil separatists to set up a base in Tamil Nadu.
The government has conceded that the next General Election is likely to be held under the existing electoral system if Parliament is dissolved immediately after April 23 at the end of the 100 Day Program of President Maithreepala Sirisena. Speaking to The Nation, Chief Government Whip and Minister of Mass Media and Information Gayantha Karunathilaka insisted the electoral reforms would…