Four Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) parliamentarians who were recently appointed as ministers of the Maithripala-Ranil regime resigned from their ministerial portfolios today. Ministers Dilan Perera, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, C. B. Ratnayake and Pavithra Wanniarachchi are the four ministers who had announced their resignation at a press briefing at the Opposition Leader’s office in Colombo.
About 100 protesters were arrested and two police personnel were reportedly injured following the violence in and around the vicinity of the Jaffna court premises this morning. Police have also arrested several three-wheelers, motor cycles and bicycles were taken in to police custody. A tense situation prevailed at the Jaffna Court premises this morning when some protesters stoned the Court building and the police over an incident where a 17-year-old girl was raped and killed at Punguditivu in Jaffna.
Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa was further remanded till May 27 by the Kaduwela Magistrate this morning. MP Rajapaksa had suffered with minor pains yesterday and had provided medical treatments at Cardiology Unit of the General Hospital.
President Maithripala Sirisena at a breakfast meeting with heads of media institutions at President's House this morning said that all 225 Members of Parliament are in one mind about doing away with the Proportional Representation system, but added that they want the next Parliamentary Election to be held under the PR system and not as per reforms envisaged in the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution.
President Maithripala Sirisena said that a domestic mechanism to investigate allegations of human rights violations during the war will be put in place by next month.
President Maithripala Sirisena, when asked to respond to the claim made by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa about 'LTTE flags flying on Sri Lankan soil once again,' said that he has not heard of any such thing.
NFF leader and former Minister Wimal Weerawansa will be appearing before the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) today to make a statement. The party sources, who revealed his appearing before the CID, were reluctant to reveal the matter why their leader was summoned by the CID.
Lord Mayor of London Alderman Alan Yarrow hailed Sri Lanka yesterday saying that Sri Lanka plays a silent but important role in London’s financial sector. He made this that while addressing a breakfast forum organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CASL) and the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI).
The sixth annual South Asian Regional Conference on international humanitarian law (IHL) jointly organized by the Government of Sri Lanka and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), is being held in Colombo from 19-21 May 2015.
Road linking Ananda Mawatha and Ketawalamulla Road in Colombo 10 will be named after Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka this evening by the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) in recognition of his dedicated service for the protection of the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Government yesterday commenced paying back the money of remaining 8,200 depositors of the collapsed Pramuka Bank within a short period time. The event took place attended by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Sri Lanka Savings Bank Chairman Asoka Somaratne and several others.
Democratic National Alliance MP, Tiran Alles (later sat in Parliament independently) has filed a fundamental rights (FR) petition in the Supreme Court yesterday. Alles has filed the petition seeking an order preventing the police from arresting him in connection with an alleged fraud at Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA), which carried out reconstruction work in conflict-affected North and East following 2004 tsunami.
Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayke was cleared today by Colombo High Court after long dragging foreign exchange case. Colombo High Court acquitted Minister Ravi Karunanayake and two others from all charges of the violation of Exchange Control Act.
Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary and Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe must take the responsibility for the controversial sale of Central Bank Bonds as long as Arjuna Mahendran holds the post of CB Governor.
President Maithripala Sirisena pledges a new political culture reiterated that the political mistakes that had been absorbed to the system cannot be allowed to continue. The President made this observation while addressing the Polonnaruwa district convention of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) held yesterday at the Buddhi Mandapaya in Polonnaruwa.