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Ven. Ratana: Govt. has reneged on its promises

Hambantoa deal has irked India


National list MP and Head of Pivithuru Hetak Organisation Ven. Athulraliye Ratana Thera yesterday admitted that the government had not fulfilled its pre-election promises and what the masses should do was not to topple the government, but to make it fulfil its pledges.

"Today, I am an independent MP striving to bring about a radical change in the country politically, economically and socially, which should have taken place many years ago," the monk said.

Addressing journalists at the Sri Lanka Foundation, the former Jathika Hela Urumaya stalwart said: "I have formed a potent force, a broad national force, consisting of specialists in different fields, scholars, intellectuals etc., to bring the country on the right track and arrest the rot in politics."


GA determines Musaeus fire an act of arson


The Government Analyst had determined that the fire that broke out at the Musaeus College auditorium on Nov. 04 in 2016 was caused by someone pouring kerosene on its stage and setting fire to it, the Cinnamon Gardens police yesterday reported to the Co...

JO says several key govt. figures will join it at Nugegoda


Several government ministers would join the Joint Opposition at its rally scheduled to be held in Nugegoda town on Jan. 27, Kandy District MP Mahindananda Alugthgamage said yesterday.

Addressing the media at former President Mahinda Rajapaksa&r...

Young woman saved from Kandy lake

KANDY: During a boat-ride on the Kandy lake on Monday (16) a young woman jumped into the lake but was rescued by her lover and the power boat operator.

The couple joined the boat ride at mid-day and on the way the 22-year-old girl proposed th...

Drones grounded after incident at A’pura

The cameraman and a drone taking pictures were taken into custody after it knocked against the pinnacle of the historic Ruwanmeliseya on Saturday night.

Police have suspended such activity until a formula is drawn up on usage of drones at pub...

Cardinal tells his flock to help fight dengue


Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith yesterday called on his priests to dedicate next Sunday to fighting the dengue menace.

Following is the text of Cardinal Ranjith’s appeal:

Given the number of increasing casualties and...

Chief Magistrate prohibits foreign travel by Senadhipathi, Maj. Gen. Fernando

Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara yesterday banned Nissanka Senadhipathi, the Chairman of the Avant Garde Maritime Services Pvt. Limited and retired Major General Palitha Fernando from going overseas.

The Commission to Investigat...

Rice shortage during New Year predicted


Commissioner General of Agrarian Development M. A. Sunil Weerasinghe yesterday warned that there would be a severe shortage of rice in April as more than 20 per cent of paddy cultivation had been destroyed by the prevailing drought.

Around 20...

Two cops who went to inquiry stabbed


Two policemen were admitted to the Kalpitiya hospital after being stabbed at Battalangunduwa, where they went to hold an inquiry, on Sunday evening.

The two constables had been detailed to probe a complaint that a son was harassing his parent...

All five Indian-American lawmakers are nominated to key Congressional panels!


NEW DELHI, January 16: All the five Indian-American lawmakers, the highest in the history of the United States Congress, have been nominated to influential Congressional panels.

Congressman Ro Khanna, representing Silicon Valley, has been nom...

Influenza normal for this time of year

The Epidemiology Unit yesterday said there was no cause for undue panic with regard to Influenza A H1N1 virus as it was normal during the months of December and January.

Consultant Epidemiologist, Dr Samantha Ginige said those with respirator...

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