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Govt. urged to probe massive gold imports

Over USD 1 bn spent in 16 months

The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday called for a thorough probe to identify racketeers involved in importing gold for the Indian market via Sri Lanka.

Over USD 1 billion had been spent over the past 16 months to import gold into Sri Lanka and a substantial part of such imports ended up in India, the media was told yesterday.


JO backs Minister Wijeyadasa’s move:


The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday backed Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse’s move to pressure university academics and officials to repay what they owed to the state, by publishing the names of defaulters a...

Prisoners protest against deployment of STF


About 200 inmates of the Angunakolapelessa jail staged a rooftop protest yesterday against the deployment of the STF at the prison.The inmates got onto the roof of the two storeyed building and the communication tower of the prison and shouted slogan...

More elephants mowed down by trains

Two wild elephants were killed and another was critically injured in two separate accidents where they were hit by trains at Galgamuwa and Palugaswewea yesterday.

Gang caught with 3,000 rounds of T-56 ammunition

More than 3,000 rounds of T-56 assault rifle ammunition, 32 rounds of MM 9 ammunition and a toy pistol were seized from four underworld figures taken into custody by the Siyambalanduwa police near the Heda Oya Bridge, yesterday.

NJC conference on ‘moves to divide country’

The National Joint Committee (NJC) will hold a special conference tomorrow (Oct 23) at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI) to highlight the ongoing moves to divide post-war Sri Lanka through constitutional means.

JVP defends War Reparation Bill to the hilt


The JVP yesterday said some racist elements had dubbed the recently passed Office for Reparation Bill as a move to help former LTTEers as they wanted to instigate communal disharmony.

Amaraweera: Some Cabinet ministers have RAW links


General Secretary of the UPFA and Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says there are four Cabinet ministers who pump information to India’s premier intelligence organisation, the the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)...

JO admits UNP-led govt can muster a two-thirds anytime

The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday said that the UNP-led government could comfortably muster a two-thirds majority in parliament anytime.

JVP to launch protest against govt.


The JVP yesterday said its protest campaign scheduled to commence shortly could continue until the government was ousted. Addressing the media at the party headquarters in Pelawatte, JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that the government was incapa...

Yameen loses last ditch attempt, SC confirms Solih as new Maldivian President


A five member bench of the Maldivian Supreme Court yesterday unanimously  rejected the petition filed by President Abdulla Yameen,  challenging his loss to Ibrahim Solih at the September 23  Presidential Election, saying it lacked ...

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