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Muzammil to be appointed CEA Chairman

Former Mayor of Colombo A.J.M. Muzammil is likely to be appointed as the new Chairman of the Central Environmental Authority (CEA), political sources told. Muzammil had been appointed as Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Malaysia in January 2017. The position of CEA Chairman is currently held by senior public servant in the Sri Lanka Administrative Service, Chandrarathna Pallegama, who was appointed...

Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Eastern

Showery condition is expected to enhance from today (particularly during 11-13 January) in Eastern, Uva, Central, Southern, Western and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Polonnaruwa district. Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Eastern, Uva, Central and North central provinces and in Hambantota district. Showers or thundershowers will occur in Sabaragamuwa and Western provinces and in Galle, Matara and Kurunagala districts after 2.00p.m. Heavy...

Constitutional Assembly to meet today

The Constitutional Assembly is scheduled to assemble at the Parliament Complex this morning (11). During yesterday’s parliamentary session, Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri announced that the Constitutional Assembly would meet from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. today. Meanwhile, the Parliament is set to convene at 1.30 p.m. this afternoon. Accordingly, the panel of experts appointed to advise the Steering Committee of the Constitutional...

Largest installment of debt servicing in SL history due in Jan

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, addressing the parliament today (10), said that there are many political, social and economic challenges are due to be faced by the country. He states that when they took over the government back in 2015, the country was caught in a dangerous debt trap and that they took strategic steps to escape from that debt trap. Wickremesinghe...

Need Presidential powers that can control PM

United People’s Freedom Party (UPFA) MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara says that a Provincial Council election should be held soon. He mentioned this attending a press conference held in Colombo. According to Nanayakkara, the incumbent government is not strong. The MP further said that there is a need for Presidential powers that can control the Prime Minister.

Constitutional Assembly to meet tomorrow

The Constitutional Assembly is scheduled to meet tomorrow morning (11), according to the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament. Accordingly, the Constitutional Assembly will meet in parliamentary premises at 10 am tomorrow.

Reginald and Niluka Ekanayake given new posts

The former Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray has been appointed as the new Chairperson of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority. Meanwhile, former Governor of Sabaragamuwa Province Niluka Ekanayake has been appointed the Chairperson of the State Timber Corporation.

Finance Minister to meet IMF Managing Director in Washington

Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera will leave for Washington on Jan 11 to get the IMF External Fund Facility (EFF) back on track, the Finance Ministry said. He will be meeting Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Deputy Managing Director, Chanyong Rhee, Director, Asia Pacific Department, Manuel Goretti, Team Leader and other members of the IMF Sri...

Youth arrested with Heroin in Badulla

A 25-year-old suspect has been handed over to the Badulla Police Station over the possession of 02 g 415 mg of heroin, last afternoon (09). Badulla Police said that the suspect was arrested during a raid carried out by the Badulla Divisional Narcotics Unit based on information received by them, at Keppetipola Mawatha in Badulla. The arrested suspect, Haritha Prabath Dissanayake...

Central Bank gets USD 400 million swap from RBI

Sri Lanka’s Central Bank on Wednesday said that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has agreed to provide $400 million under a swap arrangement to boost the island nation’s reserves. “The RBI’s very rapid and timely assistance will serve to boost investor confidence by supporting Sri Lanka to maintain adequate level of external reserves while accommodating outflow related to imports,...