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Khaki-clad gunmen open fire on Black Maria killing 7

People celebrate killing of one suspect


Seven persons including five prisoners and two jailers were killed when a group of gunmen dressed in police style uniforms launched an audacious daytime attack on a prison bus at Ethanamadala in Kalutara around 8.30 am yesterday.

Among the dead was notorious underworld kingpin Aruna Udayashantha alias Kaduwela Samayan, police said. The prisoners who died in the attack were henchmen of the underworld leader, police claimed.

Nine prison officers injured in the attack had been admitted to hospital, police said.


Mahendran sold bonds in public auction sans Monetary Board approval -Treasury Secy


Secretary to the Ministry of Finance Dr RHS Samaratunga yesterday informed the Commission of Inquiry investigating the controversial bond sale that former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran had opted to sell Treasury bonds through public auction...

‘Disbanding of prison intelligence unit led to attack on Black Maria ’

Former Minister of Prison Reforms and Rehabilitation Chandrasiri Gajadeera yesterday alleged that the attack on a Black Maria in Kalutara was a result of the present government disbanding the intelligence unit of Sri Lanka Prisons.


COPE chairmen should be made observers – Socialist Alliance


Former Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) D. E. W. Gunasekera and his successor Sunil Handunnetti should be included in the Presidential Commission probing the Central Bank bond scams at least as observers, the Socialist Alliance...

Leftists threaten to surround local councils, ask public not to pay rates in protest

The Socialist Alliance (SA) yesterday demanded that local government polls be held under the new system or it would surround all local government bodies and aske people to stop pay rates.

The collective of left parties said its members would s...

Lankan doctor freed after manslaughter of abusive husband in Australia


A Sri Lankan-born doctor who was convicted of the manslaughter of her abusive husband last year has been granted parole and will be released from prison this week, said a report published by The West Australian yesterday.

The WA report said: C...

Docs’ anti-SAITM strike today in CP

The government doctors would stage a strike from 8.00am today in the state hospitals in the Central Province against the SAITM (South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine), the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) annou...

Actg. Govt Printer drops bombshell


Acting Government Printer Gangani Kalpana Liyanage yesterday informed the Presidential Commission of Inquiry investigating the controversial bond sale that the name of former Finance Minister and President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s name had been includ...

Japan seeks balance with China in seas around Lanka


Japan and Sri Lanka are celebrating 65 years of diplomatic relations this year, but their bilateral ties have rarely seemed more important — especially in relation to maritime security in the Indian Ocean, says a report published online by Nik...

HC allows Weerawansa to attend PC meetings


The Colombo High Court yesterday ordered the Commissioner General of Prisons to allow Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa to attend Parliamentary Committee meetings, while in remand custody. The arguments in respect of the Revision bail application fil...

Maruti stops selling Ritz

NEW DELHI, February 26: India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) has stopped selling one of its popular hatchbacks Ritz in both domestic and international markets.

Launched in 2009 in both petrol and diesel versions, the Ritz ...

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