Trump pushes for ban on gun ‘bump stocks’ after US shootings

US President Donald Trump has signed an order to ban bump-stock devices, which were used by a gunman who killed 58 Las Vegas concert-goers last year. Such devices enable a rifle to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute. Speaking at the White House, Mr Trump said he had directed the …read more

Brigadier Priyanka Fernando To Return To Sri Lanka For Consultations: Military Confirms No Inquiry

Brigadier Priyanka Fernando To Return To Sri Lanka For Consultations: Military Confirms No Inquiry

Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, the defence attache of the Sri Lankan diplomatic mission in the United Kingdom, will return to Colombo for consultations, the Army said. 

Military sources also added that there would be no inquiry against the senior military officer.

Defence Attaché Brigadier Priyanka Fernando repeatedly mimed slitting throat gestures to hundreds …read more

Former world number one says she almost died giving birth

Former tennis world number one Serena Williams has revealed she almost died in September, giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. The 23-time Grand Slam winner revealed that giving birth sparked a slew of health complications. While the c… Read More …read more

Fergie apologises for NBA national anthem performance

It’s fair to say Fergie’s jazzy, slowed-down version of the Star-Spangled Banner at Sunday’s NBA All-Star game wasn’t a hit with everyone. And now the US singer has apologised for her performance. The singer told TMZ: “I’ve always been honoured and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I …read more

Cabinet reshuffle put off!

Cabinet reshuffle put off!

The cabinet reshuffle due for today (21) has been put off by several days, most likely until next week, say political sources.

The president has agreed to continue with the ‘yahapaalana’ government, but attempts to remove Ranil Wickremesinghe from the premiership are still ongoing.

The president is due to receive on …read more

Mistake allows Messi to salvage draw for Barca at Chelsea

Lionel Messi’s first goal in nine Champions League games against Chelsea gave Barcelona a vital away goal as they rode their luck to earn a draw in this last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea had subdued Messi and Willian had struck the woodwork twice in the first half before a …read more

Army insists Diyatalawa incident not terrorism related

The Army today insisted that the Diyatalawa incident was not terrorism related. A minor explosion and a fire destroyed a passenger bus travelling from Jaffna to Diyatalawa injuring 19 passengers this morning around 5.45 am while it was plying in the general area of Kahagolla, Diyatalawa. Reports  claimed that after reaching …read more

Parents stage protest in Hambantota (Photos)

The parents of the students of the Suchi National School in Hambantota staged a protest this morning (Feb. 21) against the death of the principal of Suchi National School. She died due to a fall occurred during a leadership training programme for principals… Read More …read more

40-minute House session cost Rs. 8 million

40-minute House session cost Rs. 8 million

Nearly Rs. eight million had been spent to hold yesterday’s (20) parliament session that was due to take up the Central Bank bond issue for debate, but lasted a mere 40 minutes.

The MPs have to be paid the attendance allowance and costs for their meals, fuel consumption, electricity supply etc. …read more

Cabinet Reshuffle In Next 48 Hours: PM Tells Party More Responsibilities Will Be Given To Youngsters

Cabinet Reshuffle In Next 48 Hours: PM Tells Party More Responsibilities Will Be Given To Youngsters

The proposed Cabinet reshuffle will take place within the next 48 hours, informed government sources told Asian Mirror. 

It will be the third reshuffle of the unity government’s Cabinet, since its ascension to power in September, 2017. 

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had told his party MPs that young ministers would get more …read more

Special message for A/L students

Acceptance of applications for A/L ends on Friday Department of Education says the time period given to apply for this years Advanced Level examination ends on Friday (Feb. 23). The Department said that school applicants should submit their applications… Read More …read more

Acceptance of applications for A/L ends on Friday

Department of Education says the time period given to apply for this years Advanced Level examination ends on Friday (Feb. 23). The Department said that school applicants should submit their applications through their respective school principals and… Read More …read more

109 Indian fishermen repatriated

Sri Lanka has released 109 Indian fishermen who had been apprehended while poaching in the Sri Lankan waters. Meanwhile, the Indian authorities have released six Sri Lankan fishermen who were caught by them. The 109 Indian fishermen were handed… Read More …read more

SL rupee hits fresh low

SL rupee hits fresh low

The value of the Sri Lankan rupee has depreciated further.

According to the currency rates issued by the Central Bank yesterday (Feb. 20), the selling rate of a US dollar stood at Rs. 157.14 while the buying rate was Rs. 153.36.

Last week, the rupee against the US dollar stood …read more

No decision to increase gas prices – Rishad

No decision to increase gas prices - Rishad

The government has not taken any decision to increase the price of gas, said Industry & Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen.

The minister made this statement during a press briefing held at the ministry yesterday (20).

He said although two gas companies had made the request to increase gas prices, the government had yet …read more

Prison officer who gave evidence, missing!

Prison officer who gave evidence, missing!

A Mahara Prison Assistant Superintendent is reported missing.

The Prison Headquarters had forwarded a letter stating that the said Assistant Superintendent had left his service and his official residence was taken back yesterday (20).

The said Assistant Superintendent had been applying for sick leave over the last month and had suddenly disappeared.

The …read more

12 security forces personnel injured in Diyathalawa bus explosion

Military Spokesperson Brig. Sumith Atapattu says 12 security forces personnel were among the injured when a private bus caught fire in Kahagolla, Diyathalawa. The Military Spokesperson said of the injured 7 were Army personnel and 5 were Air Force personnel…. Read More …read more

12 security forces personnel among injured in Diyathalawa

12 security forces personnel among injured in Diyathalawa Military Spokesperson Brig. Sumith Atapattu says 12 security forces personnel were among the injured when a private bus caught fire in Kahagolla, Diyathalawa. The Military Spokesperson said of… Read More …read more

Sri Lankan stocks end at over 3-month high on hopes of political stability

Reuters – Sri Lankan shares ended higher for a third straight day on Tuesday on hopes of political stability after the prime minister decided to stay in office and reshuffle his cabinet in the wake of a stinging loss in local elections for both parties in the ruling coalition.

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Gayantha appointed acting Regional Development Minister

Gayantha appointed acting Regional Development Minister

Lands and Parliamentary Reforms Minister Gayantha Karunatillake has been assigned to cover the duties of the Regional Development Ministry as Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka is on a foreign visit.

The appointment was made by President Maithripala Sirisena.

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Massive frauds at 2 cooperative thrift societies

Massive frauds at 2 cooperative thrift societies

Chairman of Wattegedara cooperative thrift and credit society, Nandasiri Vinodahewa, has been remanded until March 02 over an alleged fraud of Rs. 35 million.

He was produced before Nugegoda chief magistrate Y.R.B. Nelumdeniya under the public property act.

The lawyer for the accused told the court that the manager, not the chairman, …read more

25% women reps not possible in 10 LG bodies

Elections Commission Mahinda Desapriya said the 25 per cent woman representation could not be maintained in at least ten local government bodies because of a lacuna in the Local Authorities’ Elections Act.

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Speaker to make a statement on national government

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya will make a special statement in Parliament today (Feb. 21) regarding the UNP-SLFP national government. The Speaker promised to make a statement yesterday after Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake and Joint Opposition… Read More …read more

Rupee depreciates further

Dealers say the prevailing political uncertainty has affected the currency market, pushing the value of the rupee further down. According to the currency rates issued by the Central Bank yesterday (Feb. 20), the selling rate of a US dollar stood… Read More …read more

Michelle Obama loves Black Panther

Michelle Obama has sent congratulations to the makers of Black Panther after a weekend that saw the superhero film rack up blockbuster box-office takings. Revised studio estimates put its US and Canada grosses over the four-day Presidents Day weekend… Read More …read more

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