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Oman denies it has agreed to invest in SL oil refinery project

Oman’s oil ministry on Wednesday denied being part of a $3.85 billion plan to build an oil refinery in Sri Lanka, a day after the government in Colombo announced the Arab country’s participation. Sri Lankan officials told a news conference on Tuesday that a joint venture between the Oman oil ministry and a Singapore investment vehicle owned by India’s Accord...

President ‘forced’ govt to bring up Lord Naseby’s figures at UNHRC – Dinesh

MP Dinesh Gunawardena says the Sri Lankan government’s first step at the ongoing UNHRC session in Geneva should have been to reject the roll-over resolution, which the government is expected to co-sponsor in the coming days as it seeks an extension of the timeline of resolution 30/1 of 2015. The Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) leader said that the original signatories...

Third round of SLFP-SLPP talks in April

The second round of discussions between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) on the proposed alliance between the two parties has concluded. The meeting was held at the office of the Leader of the Opposition, this morning (21). Representing the SLFP, former General Secretary of SLFP Prof. Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa, the current General Secretary...

Illegal printing press raided; four arrested

Four persons including a person who operated an illegal printing press have been arrested by Kiribathgoda Police stated the Office of the Police Media Spokesperson. At a raid based on a tip-off received by the officers of Kiribathgoda Police Station, three persons have been arrested along with fake currency notes. Five Rs 1000 notes and 03 Rs 500 notes have been...

Cabinet approval to increase facilities at courts

The Cabinet of Ministers has granted the approval for a proposal submitted by Minister of Justice & Prison Reforms Thalatha Atukorale to increase the facilities of courts. The decision was taken considering the increasing judicial processes and inadequate space at court premises. The proposal has suggested to expanding of Narammala Circuit Magistrate’s Court and the constructing Wakarei and Thelgoda Circuit Magistrate’s...

100 MW floating solar power plant for Maduru Oya Reservoir

The Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval for a proposal to build a 100 MW floating solar power plant in the Maduru Oya Reservoir. Previously, the approval has been granted to act on this proposal as a joint project of the Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka, the Ceylon Electricity Board, and the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority. The government of Canada...

Woman arrested for aiding double-murder suspect

The special investigation unit of Mirihana Police has arrested a woman for aiding and abetting the main suspect of the double murder in Moratumulla, Piliyandala to hide. The woman, who had been in hiding, was taken into custody in Weligama area yesterday (20). The 34-year-old suspect will be produced before the Moratuwa Magistrate’s Court today (21). On 14th March, two gunmen on...

SLFP-SLPP begins second round of talks

Representatives of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) have commenced the second round of their discussion on the proposed alliance between the two parties. The meeting is currently ongoing at the office of the Leader of the Opposition. The first round of the discussion was held on the 14th of March and according to...

UN human rights chief warns Sri Lanka of fresh conflict

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Wednesday warned Sri Lanka it could slip back to conflict unless it addressed the “worst crimes” during the final stages of its ethnic war. Michelle Bachelet told the Human Rights Council that Sri Lanka was yet to set up the special judicial mechanism as promised four years ago to try war criminals. Colombo...

Water levels of hydropower plant reservoirs go down

The water level of reservoirs connected to hydropower plants have considerably gone down due to the prevailing dry climate, stated the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy. Spokesperson of the Ministry Sulakshana Jayawardena stated that currently, the energy sector is concentrating on renewable energy sources. Meanwhile, from tomorrow onward, artificial rainfall for the areas of Maussakelle and Castlereigh reservoirs will be...
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