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Action will be taken against the police officers involved in the alleged attempt to abduct Medical Faculty Students' Action Committee (MFSAC) convener Rayan Jayalath, if is is found that they had acted outside the provisions of the law, Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake told Parliament today.

Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake walking in late for parliamentary sessions caused a stir in the House today.

The Police had asked motorists to keep clear of Lipton Circus at Town Hall and surrounding areas in Colombo following heavy traffic caused due to a protest march carried out by SAITM-Virodi Jana Pawra an anti – SAITM movement.

The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) said today as the head of state, President Maithripala Sirisena should be fined for the increasing number of Dengue breeding grounds in the country.

The Cabinet today approved the proposal to lease out the Hambantota Port to China Merchants Company, Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said.  

GMOA called off its strike a short while ago following a discussion held with the Law and Order Minister Sagala Rathnayaka.

Six Special Task Force (STF) officers were hospitalized and a 17 year old youth  drowned when a tense situation erupted during a raid conducted in Karadiyanaru, Batticaloa last evening.

The gazette notification extending the term of the Presidential Commission to investigate and inquire into the Issuance of Treasury Bonds by three months would be issued today, the Government Printers sources said.

A tense situation arose at the Southern Provincial Council when UPFA Councilor Channa Saliya brought a donation till to the Council session this morning.

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry has re-issued summons on Former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake to appear before the Commission tomorrow (26), sources said.

The main suspect in the shooting at Nallur in Jaffna on Saturday, where Jaffna High Court Judge M. Ilancheliyan and his security detail were shot at killing a police sergeant, surrendered to police short while ago.

Police Sergeant Sarath Premachandra (24330), who died in the Nallur shooting while escorting a High Court Judge, was posthumously promoted to Sub Inspector (SI) rank, Police said.

Police opened fire at two armed robbers and one was killed when they first shot at the police while on their way to rob a gold gem studded statue at a temple at Lassanagama in Meegalewa, Anuradhapura last night.   

A counsel appearing for former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake yesterday informed the PCoI that the minister would not be able to appear at the PCoI today to summoned to do so

Minister Ravi Karunanayake has been re-summoned to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Treasury Bond Scam on Wednesday (July 26). The former Minister of Finance was summoned last Saturday (July 22) to appear before the commission today (July 25). However the minister informed the commission through a lawyer that he will not be able […]

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Arjun AloysiusMonday, July 24 – A crucial piece of evidence was revealed at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Arjun Aloysious of Perpetual Treasuries. The revelation was made by a witness during the inquiry process. Aloysious had leased an apartment in Colombo off the witness. According to the witness, he had contacted her, asking her to […]

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Testifying at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the alleged bond scam, a witness was questioned on a Penthouse she had owned,  which she wanted to rent out. The witness was questioned on the apartment that she owned in Colombo. She said she purchased the apartment, which is an amalgamation of two units, for Rs. 120 […]

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Former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and his family leased out a penthouse at Monarch Residencies for eight months with the monthly lease rental Rs.1.45 million being paid by Arjun Aloysius, a key witness revealed at the PCoI proceedings yesterday.

The Megapolis and Western Development Ministry announced that it had submitted a proposal to the government to build an airport within the Colombo Port premises.

Subsequent to the directions made by the PCoI, Perpetual Treasuries Ltd owner Arjun Aloysius today handed over the requested-for electronic communication devices to the CID officials attached to the PCoI.

Saturday’s shooting incident, in which a police officer was killed, showed the breakdown in the law and order situation in Jaffna today, National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages Minister Mano Ganesan said.

Motorists were seen queuing up at filling stations in Colombo and other parts of the country to refuel their vehicles due to the strike planned by petroleum workers from midnight today.

The incidents of power failure reported in Colombo and the suburbs this evening was due to electricity load balancing to demand and not because of a breakdown, Power and Renewable Energy Ministry Director (Development) Sulakshana Jayawardena said.

A several incidents of power failure were reported from several areas in suburbs of Colombo including Maharagama, Nugegoda, Dehiwala, Rajagiriya and Kalutara, Power and Energy Ministry Media Spokesman Pathum Paskuwal said.

The Ceylon Petroleum Cooperation (CPC) Trade Union launched an indefinite strike from midnight today citing what it called the government’s inability to repeal the agreement which would allegedly handover the China Bay oil tanks farm in Trincomalee to India and the Hambantota port to China.

The Maldivian army has locked down the country's parliament after the opposition vowed to move ahead with a vote against a key ally of President Abdulla Yameen, Al Jazeera news reported a short while ago.

Days after President Maithripala Sirisena signed the Office of Missing Persons Act, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has written to the Mahasanga saying this was one of several institutions the yahapalana government had agreed to set up to ‘deal with the past’ in terms of the UNHRC Resolution 30/1 of October 14, 2015.

A Tamil widow, who has said 10 of her relatives were massacred by Sri Lanka’s police in 1986, has lodged a complaint with Northern Ireland’s Police Ombudsman after Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) links to Sri Lanka’s security forces emerged, the Irish Times reported today.

20245419_1613921685334750_1646741138608498029_nThe Petroleum Trade Unions Collective held a media briefing this evening. It was announced at this briefing that they will launch a strike action from midnight, Monday July 24.

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The GMOA today announced it would launch a countrywide work stoppage from 8.00 a.m. tomorrow as planned over several issues including the suppression of university students’ rights and the attempt to abduct university students.