lanka news
| SL Explorer | Classifieds | Miyuru Gee | Chat Room | Malini's Kitchen | jokes |
 SL Time:
News Papers

 Daily Mirror
 Daily News
 Financial Times
 Lanka Irida
 Sunday Observer
 Sunday Times
 Tamil Mirror
News Sites

 Ada Derana
 Asian Mirror
 Asian Tribune
BBC Sinhala
 BBC Tamil
 Colombo Gazette
 Colombo Telegraph
 DBS Jeyaraj
 Economy Next
 Eye Srilanka
 Hiru News
 Jaffna Muslim
 Lanka Academic
 Lanka Business
 Lanka News Web
 Lanka Eyewitness
 Lanka Papers
 Lanka Truth
 Lanka Views
 Lanka Web
 Ministry of Defence
 News First
 News Radio
News 24
 News 360
 SL Army
 Srilanka Guardian
 Srilanka Mirror
 Sudar Oli
 World News

 Derana FM
 Gold FM
 Hiru FM
Neth FM
Radio Nine
Rangiri FM
Red FM
Rhythm FM
 Shakthi FM
 Sirasa FM
Sitha FM
Siyatha FM
 Sooriyan FM
 Sun FM
 S L B C
Tamil FM
 TNL Radio
 Yes FM

 Hiru TV
 I T N
 Sirasa TV
V i d e o

Sri Lankan Tube

Decision to float rupee was taken by Monetary Board: Cabraal

Jun 24 (TM) Former CB Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal stated that the decision to float the rupee against the US dollar from 7 March 2022 was taken by the Monetary Board, and was not a unilateral decision by him. Cabraal responded to allegations that he had decided on the floating of the rupee by issuing a statement that said the decision to allow flexibility in the exchange rate was taken by the Monetary Board of the CBSL based more..

SLPP MP queries mysterious death of JVP Leader Wijeweera in custody

Jun 24 (Island) Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, in Parliament, asked for two weeks to respond to a question by SLPP MP Lalith Ellawala on the mysterious death of JVP founder leader Rohana Wijeweera. MP Ellawela’s question listed on Wednesday’s Order Paper was addressed to the Minister of Public Security. MP has demanded to know whether the Minister was aware that on 12.11.1989, the then govt had got Wijeweera arrested, and published that fact in media, more..

Sri Lanka Mission in New York co-hosts Facets of Sri Lanka tourism promotion event

Jun 24 (FT) Facets of Sri Lanka, an event showcasing the many lures that SL offers to its visitors, was held at the premises of the SL Mission to the UN in New York on 14 June. Welcoming the gathering, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to SL in New York, Mohan Peiris, spoke of the various sights and sounds of SL to travellers from the time of Marco Polo, including the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, pristine beaches, cool climates of the mountains, more..

Sri Lanka receives LKR 3 Bn worth humanitarian supplies from India

Jun 24 (AD) India today delivered a humanitarian consignment containing 15,000 metric tons of essential items including rice, milk powder and pharmaceuticals to SL. Indian High Commissioner to SL Gopal Baglay, Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella, Minister of Trade Nalin Fernando, MPs M.A Sumanthiran, V. Radhakrishnan, M. Udaya Kumar, Angajan Ramanathan, and several others including more..

Landowners without deeds to be legally granted ownership

Jun 24 (EN) SL plans to legally grant land and house ownership to millions of people who do not have a deed to their own lands and homes, PM’s office said. Quoting Tourism Minister Harin Fernando, the statement said that between 1,000 and 3,000 deeds will be issued to land owners every week under a newly launched programme with the objective of giving legal rights to those who have lost their land. The programme, titled Land for All, began Friday at the PM’s office in Colombo, it said. more..

Another 35 persons attempting to illegally migrate from island held by Navy

Jun 24 (SLN) SL Navy apprehended a local multiday fishing trawler with 35 individuals, suspected to be on an illegal migration attempt to Australia via sea, during a search operation carried out in the western seas of the island on 23rd June 2022. In the search operation mounted in seas off Panadura, in the evening of 23rd June, the Navy intercepted a suspicious local multiday fishing trawler carrying 35 persons who were suspected to be attempting to illegally migrate from the island to Australia. more..

පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී ඉරාන් වික්‍රමරත්න

Why SL went broke. How do we fix it?

Jun 24 (FT) SL, until COVID, was mismanaged in late 2021 due to overconfident Govt dignitaries under the illusions that they were on the right track. Tourism by late 2018 was booming and making headlines worldwide. Until a senseless attack on churches and hotels stopped the momentum in its tracks. Tourism however began to pick up once again by mid-2019, albeit dented by the pandemic. The economy began to tank by late 2021 due to poor policy options of the Govt. more..

Alleviating the burden of the crisis

Jun 24 (FT) The crisis facing Sri Lanka is now at a critical juncture. At this stage if it is not managed properly, the country is in danger of falling into a deeper and worse abyss than it is now. If, for some reason, it falls into the next stage of the abyss, SL may even be compelled to live in a primitive stage for a long time. What SL should consider important at the moment is not to find fault with those who alleged to have plummeted the country into this situation and punish them, more..

Sri Lanka’s sorry plight: Who is to blame?

Jun 24 (DM) The nation is yet to hear an apology from any leader for their mistakes. On March 16, when Prez Rajapaksa addressed the nation while the Treasury was scraping to find foreign exchange and at the peak of the power crisis, what stuck to mind was his refusal to take responsibility for any of his weak decisions. Then we had another Rajapaksa - the one dubbed as a Kaputa who political sources said took over more..

Indonesia still keen for PTA with SL: Amb.

Jun 24 (DN) Despite the current economic crisis in SL, Indonesia is still keen to enter into a preferential trade agreement (PTA) with Sri Lanka, Indonesian Ambassador to SL Dewi Gustina Tobbing said at the National Chamber of Commerce organised ‘Bilateral Trade Discussion event yesterday. She said that some progress has been made in this regard and they are very keen to follow this up further. “This is because we see tremendous trade potential between the two countries.” more..

Adani project: Issues not over, COPE questions ex-CEB Chairman’s interpretation

Jun 24 (Island) The COPE has decided to further examine the controversial Adani Wind and Solar power project in the Northern Sri Lanka when the CEB comes up for investigation. The COPE said so after former Chairman of CEB M.M.C. Ferdinando appeared before COPE yesterday over a statement he made at the proceedings on June 10. The COPE has made available Ferdinando’s explanation dated June 06, 2011 addressed to the Chairman, and members of the COPE. more..

COPE: ශ්‍රී ලංකා වරාය අධිකාරිය

Cargo shipment carrying 40,000 MT of Petrol 92 to arrive today: Minister

Jun 24 (DM) Even though the Power and Energy Minister claimed that the cargo shipment carrying 40,000 MT of Petrol 92 scheduled to arrive yesterday had been delayed by another day, Samagi United Trade Union Force (SUTUF) convener and media spokesman Ananda Palitha said that there are no diesel or petrol shipments expected to arrive in the country. He said that there was no diesel shipment arriving today. Crude oil shipment to be received on Tuesday was also not coming in. more..

No antivenom shortage, says National Poisons Centre

Jun 24 (TM) Despite a recent incident where a 16-year-old boy in Anuradhapura had died after being stung by a viper in his garden due to the unavailability of antivenom, National Poisons Information Centre said that there is no shortage of antivenom for snake bite victims. Centre said that drugs are still available for snake bites, adding however that they are not aware of the current storage statistics. Colombo National Hospital also said that they are treating snake bites, more..

Hambantota Port: Chinese loan not included in SL’s external debt

Jun 24 (TM) SL Govt, in its official accounts of external debt, has not included the loans obtained from China, amounting to $ 1.89 billion in principal and interest, to construct the Hambantota Port, revealed Auditor General (AG) W.P.C. Wickramaratne at the meeting of the COPE. At the meeting held between COPE & SLPA on Wednesday, AG had said that none of the Govt balance sheets contain the loan obtained more..

Govt to handover 1,215 hectares of Kandakadu farm to Army and 500 acres...

Jun 24 (Island) The govt has approved the handover of 1,215 hectares of underutilised land on the Kandakadu farm to the Army and 500 acres to the Department of Rehabilitation for maize cultivation. Ministry has also decided to use Polonnaruwa Kandakadu farm belonging to National Livestock Development Board for cultivation in the forthcoming Maha season. Accordingly, the Cabinet had approved the handover of 1,215 hectares of Kandakadu Farm to the SL Army and more..

Dilshan Wirasekara assumes office as new CSE Chairman

Jun 24 (FT) Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) announced the appointment of Dilshan Wirasekara as the Chairman of the Board of Directors with effect from today. Wirasekara has served on the Board of the CSE since 21 Nov 2017 and succeeds Dumith Fernando, who steps down as the Chairman after completing his two-year tenure. Wirasekara is the Director/CEO of one of the leading investment banking firms, First Capital Holdings, offering a diverse range of financial services in more..

Cops permitted to pump fuel into cans, bypass queues

Jun 24 (TM) Following numerous clashes between police officers and fuel consumers, Police clarified that police officers are permitted to fill fuel into cans at filling stations islandwide, as fuel is needed to power generators at police stations amidst the ongoing daily power cuts, while police officers are not encouraged to stay in queues owing to the nature of their work. SSP Nihal Thalduwa said that police officers can be authorised to pump more..

CAA to take 479 rice traders to court

Jun 24 (TM) CAA is to file cases against 479 traders for selling rice in excess of the maximum retail price (MRP), not displaying the prices of rice and refusing to sell rice. When contacted, an official of the CAA Raids Unit said that the CAA is currently conducting raids islandwide to find traders selling rice in excess of the MRP. During such raids, he said that 479 traders have been arrested for selling rice in excess of the MRP, not displaying the prices of rice and refusing to sell the rice, more..

2.5 hour power cuts from June 24-26

Jun 24 (EN) Sri Lanka will impose power cuts up to 2.5 hours on June 22, 23, and 24 from 9.30 am. All areas (ABCDEFGHIJKLPQRSTUVW) will have power cuts for 2 hours and 30 minutes between 12 noon and 10 pm on June 24 and between 9.30 am to 10 pm on June 25. The duration will be reduced to 2 hours in all the areas on June 26 from 2 pm to 10 pm. Sri Lanka will maintain a 2.5 hour power cut until the 300 MW Norachcholai coal-fired unit power plant is back in operation. more..

පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී විජිත හේරත්

Sri Lankan Airlines flies in donated medicine in soft-peg crisis

Jun 24 (EN) SriLankan Airlines said it has brought down internationally donated essential medicine free of charge as the country reels from the worst currency crisis in the history of the island’s intermediate regime central bank. “The corporate social responsibility arm of Sri Lankan Airlines aims to provide timely relief to hospitals that are struggling to cope with the ongoing drug shortage and patients who depend on life-saving medicines in the country through the initiative,” Airlines said. more..

COPE questions disbursing of Hambantota Port lease funds

Jun 24 (FT) The money received from the leasing of the Hambantota Port in 2017 had not been used to pay off the loans taken for the construction of the Port and instead been used for other Govt expenditure; it was revealed at a meeting of the COPE held on Tuesday. SLPA has given the balance loan amount as well as the monies received after releasing the Port to the Treasury. However, this money had not been used to settle the loan and was instead used for other Govt expenditure as more..

Sri Lanka makes compelling case for more Indian support

Jun 24 (FT) Sri Lanka made a compelling case for more Indian support to come out of the worst economic crisis though the response from the giant neighbour wasn’t over enthusiastic but will be given due consideration. A high-powered official delegation from India led by its Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra met President Rajapaksa, PM Wickremesinghe and Foreign Secretary Aruni Wijewardena. more..

Credit card interest rates flirt with 40% as banks respond to ward off pressure on...

Jun 24 (DM) In what appears to be a second round effect of the April 8 mega policy rate hike, banks delivered another hike in interest rates charged on credit cards as the CB lifted administrative caps on credit card and other select loans, giving complete leeway for banks to set the prices of such loans. Banks which initially raised their rates from 20% to 30% from May onwards in response to the April policy rate hike are now raising their rates again to the north of 40% as one bank announced more..

Sri Lanka ranks low in progress made on achieving gender equality

Jun 24 (DM) Sri Lanka stands among the nations that has made little progress in achieving the gender equality target under Sustainable Development Goals by the year 2030, the latest assessment by UN Women revealed. Sri Lanka ranks low on the list of Central and South Asian countries in this regard, and stands with Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan. To achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030 is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). more..

සටන: වත්මන් දේශපාලන තත්ත්වය

COPE to hold special meeting to discuss CEB

Jun 24 (FT) COPE yesterday decided to hold a special meeting to look into power generation, procurement, distribution and projects of the CEB. The decision was taken when the Committee met to discuss the AG’s reports for the years 2017 and 2018 and the current performance of the CEB. Committee members said that at the last meeting held with CEB officials, there were discrepancies in the information they provided regarding the purchases, distributions and projects of CEB. more..

Pramod Madushan likely to make his debut in final ODI against Aussies

Jun 24 (DN) The uncapped fast bowler Pramod Madushan is likely to play in today’s fifth and final ODI game against Australia scheduled to be played at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium commencing at 2.30 pm. The 28-year-old right arm medium paceman Pramod Madushan Liyanagamage performed well at the recently concluded domestic tournaments and he took 4 for 50 in his 8.3 overs spell at the recently concluded SL ‘A’ match against Australia ‘A’ in their more..

Prez pardon for Royal Park murderer: Ven. Rathana denies Sirisena’s accusations,...

Jun 24 (Island) Ven. Athureliya Rathana Thera, MP, denied that he had financially benefited from arranging a prez pardon for convicted killer Jude Shramantha Anthony Jayamaha. Ven. Rathana said that he hadn’t received a cent from Jude Shramantha’s family or any other benefit. An irate MP said so when The Island sought his response to ex-Prez Maithripala Sirisena’s recent declaration that those who had sought his intervention more..

SL fans to turn up in yellow to thank Aussies

Jun 24 (Island) Gold has always been an expensive commodity. These days with a hand to mouth existence many Sri Lankans can’t afford it whatsoever. So they seem to settle for yellow, the closest thing to gold. Australia’s team colours are gold and green. As an appreciation for the Australian cricket team for touring SL, spectators are going to turn up at RPS in numbers today wearing yellow shirts. An appeal was launched to all cricket fans through social media yesterday and more..

Editorial: Dudley’s Drama

Jun 24 (Island) The incumbent govt has become a metaphor for failure, and earned notoriety for its callous disregard for the woes of people. It does not care to safeguard the interests of consumers, who are being fleeced by producers and traders alike. Some help for the hapless public has come from an unexpected quarter—a member of the Rice Mafia; the proprietor of the Araliya Rice Mills, Dudley Sirisena, who is one of the millers blamed for market manipulations and the exploitation of farmers more..

Ban ends, hundreds of mechanised Indian fishing trawlers in Lankan waters again

Jun 24 (ST) As a two month breeding ban that was imposed on Tamil Nadu mechanised bottom trawlers came to an end on Wednesday, Indian fishermen have started returning to the northern waters of SL. Northern fishermen who are struggling to secure adequate kerosene to go fishing these days due to the ongoing fuel shortage, called for the intervention of the TN Chief Minister to resolve the conflict between more..

Frustrated pole vault national record holder Sachini leaves Sri Lanka

Jun 24 (Island) Pole vault national record holder Sachini Kaushalya Perera is the latest track and field athlete to leave the sport and the country seeking greener pastures abroad. A former gymnast, Perera improved the national record several times under the guidance of former champion Sanath Gunaratne. Her record breaking spree made pole vault one of the looked forward to disciplines in the women’s category at track and field events during the last couple of years. more..

No gas even at unprecedented prices: The growing plight of the housewife

Jun 24 (Island) The problem of LPG supplies has now reached epic proportions with the distinct possibility of the prices going up even further. The possibility of adequate supplies even at such higher prices is so remote to be non-existent. As such even for those who can afford to pay such high prices, which is a minute proportion of the population, there is no relief insight by persisting on this failed option. The plight of those who can ill afford the day to day food purchases, this is a double whammy, more..