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Sunday, 31 January 2016


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President to address ACD Summit today

[October 09 2016]

President Maithripala Sirisena is in Thailand making a three-day official visit and attending the second Asia Cooperation Dialogue Summit. The Dialogue Summit that brings together 34 nations in the Asian region takes place from October 8 -10 in Bangkok under the theme "One Asia, Diverse Strength".


Sri Lanka, Iran revive trade agreements

[October 09 2016]

Official level discussions have commenced between Sri Lanka and Iran on reviving trade agreements that were signed between the two countries and will be put into operation soon after ironing out technicalities, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Rishad Bathiudeen said.


SAARC summit put off

[October 02 2016]

Pakistan on Friday (September 30) officially postponed the 19th SAARC Summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad on November 9 and 10. A new set of dates for holding the Summit will be announced soon through the Chair of SAARC (Nepal), reports said.


Reservoir water levels drop, authorities warn of drastic measures

[October 02 2016]

Due to the prevailing drought, water levels of the main reservoirs have dropped to half its capacity, with authorities warning that drastic measures may need to be taken if water is to be continuously released from the reservoirs for power generation.


Dengue Prevention Week

[September 25 2016]

To avert a possible dengue outbreak in the next three months, when the number of mosquito breeding sites are likely to surge with the monsoon rains, the Dengue Control Unit of the Health Ministry will launch an island-wide Dengue Control Week starting on Tuesday, September 27 to Monday, October 3.


Sir Richard Jolly to visit Sri Lanka

[September 25 2016]

Sir Richard Jolly, former Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF, and Special Adviser to the Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (1996 to 2000), and Principal Coordinator of the widely-acclaimed Human Development Report will deliver a lecture on, “Development: Can Sri Lanka be a model for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs)?” on September 28 at 5 pm at the BMICH Committee Room D, on the invitation of the Gamani Corea Foundation.


Charith joins elite band

[September 25 2016]

Richmondite Charith Asalanka joined the elite band of school cricketers by winning the coveted Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year 2016 title for the second year in succession emulating the feats of former Sri Lankan greats Arjuna Ranatunga, 1980/82' ( Ananda) Roshan Mahanama, 1983/84'(Nalanda) Thilan Samaraweera 1994/95' ( Ananda) 'Lahiru Peiris 2004/2005 (St.Peter's) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa 2010'2011 (Royal) who had also won the award twice .


Mahela at Schoolboy Cricketer Awards

[September 18 2016]

Cricketing legend and former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene will grace the occasion at the 38th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year awards night scheduled to take place at the Galadari Hotel on September 20.


Errant sugar traders warned

[September 18 2016]

Stern action will be taken against traders who sell sugar above the controlled price of Rs. 95. Instructions have been given to the relevant authorities to launch island-wide search operations, a press communique from the Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake said.


No immediate power cuts

[September 18 2016]

Refuting speculations, Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said, no decision has been taken to impose power cuts on account of the current dry spell in the country.



Lieutenant Yoshitha Rajapaksa.
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Arrested under Money Laundering Act:

Questioned on financial irregularities at CSN:

Rohan Welivita and Nishantha Ranatunga also arrested:

All produced before Kaduwela Magistrate:

Lieutenant Yoshitha Rajapaksa, the second son of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, arrested by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) yesterday and produced before Kaduwela Magistrate Dhammika Hemapala, was remanded till February 11, 2016.

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Arrested without proper charges – Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Former President and Kurunegala District MP, Mahinda Rajapaksa, said the statement made by some ministers had clearly indicated how the Police were going to act in arresting Rajapaksa family members. All the arrests have been made under the Money Laundering Act, which was enacted to prevent fund raising activities of terrorist organisations.

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Govt. wants to put all Rajapaksas in jail – MP Namal Rajapaksa

Hambantota District MP Namal Rajapaksa said even if this government put ten Rajapaksas in jail they will not stop talking on behalf the people of this country. He said, “What we are witnessing today is what the present government promised to the international community,

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Discussing future action with lawyers – Madhushika Welivita

Daughter of Rohan Welivita, Madhushika, said the family was in the process of discussing necessary future action with their lawyer. “My father has been remanded till February 11 and we cannot take any legal action. We need to wait until then to take any action,” she said.

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Bail denied – Premanath Dolawatte Attorney at Law

Yoshitha Rajapaksa lawyer, Attorney-at- Law Premanath C. Dolawatte, said application produced by the Police at the Magistrate’s court was improper. The bail application filed by the lawyer was rejected when Yoshitha was remanded until February 11.

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