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Colombo Fort Magistrate orders the Former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Arjuna Mahendran to appear before Criminal Investigations Department on or before March 08.

Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered Former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Arjun Mahendran to appear before Criminal Investigations Department on or before March 08. The time period given to Arjun Mahendran to appear CID to make a statement terminated yesterday.


Seven died in a building collapsed in Grandpass

At least 7 persons were killed while another two were wounded after a building collapsed in Grandpass, a short while ago.
Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said that a building used for storing tea leaves has collapsed at Dr Britto Babapulle Place in Grandpass, Colombo. The Fire Brigade said that rescue operations are currently being carried out at the scene as more people are suspected to be trapped under the rubble.

Special express train for the convenience of Sri Pada pilgrims.

Additional General Manger of Railway Department Wijaya Samarasinghe says new express train will be arranged from Colombo Fort to Hatton for the convenience of the Sri Pada pilgrims. This special train leaves Colombo Fort at 7.30 PM and reach Hatton at 12.45 dawn.


A National Inquiry Center to investigate complaints on election irregularities is functioning now.

Chairman of the Commission, Mahinda Deshapriya said that a National Inquiry Center to investigate complaints on election irregularities is functioning now. The public can make their complaints to the center, which is in operation from 6 a.m., through telephone and fax numbers.

Area Telephone Fax

Western Province 011-2866448 011-2866387
Eastern Province 011-2866470 011-2866396
Central Province 011-2866478 011-2866401
Northern Province 011-2866492 011-2866408
Southern Province 011-2866493 011-2866410
North – Central Province 011-2866495 011-2866421
North – Western Province 011-2866496 011-2866423
Sabaragamuwa Province 011-2866498 011-2866428
Uva Province 011-2866504 011-2866434

All schools island-wide will be closed on the 9th of this month, in view of the Local Government Polls.

All schools island-wide will be closed on the 9th of this month, in view of the Local Government Polls. Meanwhile, 19 schools and 2 National Colleges of Education that will be used for the issuance and collecting of ballot boxes, will be closed from tomorrow, until the 9th. All schools and National Colleges of Education will recommence academic activities on the 12th.
The two National Colleges of Education that will be closed are the Paththalagedera National College of Education in Veyangoda and the Pulathisipura National College of Education in Polonnaruwa.
The schools that will be closed for 3 days are
D.S. Senanayake College, Colombo 07
Royal College Colombo
Gnanodaya Maha Vidyalaya Kalutara
St John's Maha Vidyalaya Kalutara
Ranabima Royal College Kandy
Sri Sangamitta Balika National School Matale
Gamini Central College Nuwara Eliya
Southlands College Galle
Suchi National School Hambantota
Central College Jaffna
Hindu College Batticaloa
Vipulananda Tamil Maha Vidyalaya Trincomalee
Maliyadeva Girls' College Kurunegala
Sir John Kothalawala College Kurunegala
Hindu Central College Puttalam
Central College Anuradhapura
Viharamahadevi Girls School Badulla
Royal College Moneragala
Swarna Jayanthi Maha Vidyalaya Kegalle

Owner and the chief executive officer of the Perpetual Treasuries Limited have been re-remanded until the 16th of this month

The owner of Perpetual Treasuries Limited Arjun Aloysius and CEO Kasun Palisena were re-remanded till February 16 by the Fort Magistrate a short while ago. Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena were produced again before Fort Magistrate earlier today. Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena were arrested by the CID yesterday morning.


Independence Day Messages


President Maithripala Sirisena in his Independence Day message said that if one is to truly fathom the value of independence, it is essential to understand the pain being oppressed and subservient in the face of a foreign power. This is why we are grateful to all our heroes who sacrificed their lives in order to restore and sustain our nation’s independence. On a day like today, when the value of freedom is commemorated, the nation pays tribute to its true patriots whose contribution to our motherland was invaluable. He adds that as Sri Lanka celebrates seven decades of independence, it is appropriate to reflect on how far we have come as a nation. In terms of achieving human development, and various social, economic, and political challenges we were faced with, the progress we have ahieved over this period is laudable.

In the Independence Day Message Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasingeh said that this year, we celebrate 70 years of independence from colonial rule. It is an occasion for us to remember that we were only able to achieve independence with the participation of all communities coming together towards a common goal. It is our responsibility to keep in mind that true independence is only possible when we can unite as one nation, rising above political, religious and ethnic differences. Only then is independence truly significant and meaningful to all. Freedom is fulfilled when human dignity and spiritual liberty is attained - in addition to social, political and economic freedom.

Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan in his Independence Day message said that with gratitude to our forefathers who fought for independence. We are at a crucial juncture of our history as we celebrate seventy years of Independence. As a country, we have not been able to enjoy the true benefits of the independence in the past.

Most Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangalabhidhana Mahanayake Thero, Malwatte Chapter said that Sri Lanka lost its independence when it became a British Colony in 1815 following the Kandyan Convention. It is time for us today to reexamine whether we have been able to make the hard-won national independence more meaningful.

Most Ven. Aggamaha Panditha Kotugoda Dhammawasa Mahanayake Thera, Chief Prelate of the Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Nikaya said that today we are celebrating the 70th Independence Day. It is time for us, the government as well as the people to charter the future course for development, above all resolving the economic problems, while casting aside all religions and racial differences.

Most Ven. Napana Pemasiri Maha Nayake Thero, Chief Prelate of the Sri Lanka Ramanna Maha Nikaya in the Independence Day message said that we are fortunate to mark the 70th Independence Day to coincide with the commissioning of Moragahakanda Kalu/Ganga massive development project spearheaded by President Maithripala Sirisena.

His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith Archbishop of Colombo issuing a message for the Independence Day said that today we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of our national independence. When we look back as to how our ancestors and politicians of the early periods fought for national independence with tooth and nail, today we see corruption, theft and fraud eating into the national fabric like a cancer.

Al Sheikh M.M. A Mubarak, General Secretary, All Ceylon Jammiyyathul Ulama said that we have faced a series of challenges when we are marking the 70th anniversary of national independence today. We would emphasise that we need to live in peace and solidarity bestowed on us by the Yahapalana Government.

Swami Rupananda, President, Ramakrishna Mission issuing a message for the Independence day said that at this 70th anniversary of national independence, our thoughts go deep into the need for peaceful co-existence. “It is incumbent on man himself to pave the path for universal peace and the initial step in this context is for us to empathise with the grief-stricken.

Venerable Bellanvila Wimalarathana thera has demised.

The Venerable Bellanvila Wimalarathana Thera who had been admitted to the Colombo south Teaching Hospital Kalubowila and subsequently transferred to a private hospital in Colombo following an accident, has passed away. He was the chancellor of the Sri Jayawardhanapura Universtiy.

Complaints regarding the forthcoming Local Government Polls, to be received via SMS

The citizenry will be provided with the opportunity of forwarding complaints regarding the forthcoming Local Government Polls, via SMS. The launch of this new mode will take place at the Elections Secretariat, tomorrow.


Prince Edward of England has arrived in the country to participate at the 70th Independence Day celebrations.

Prince Edward of England arrived in the island today to take part in the 70th Independence Day celebration in Sri Lanka as the special guest representing the Royal family. The prince was accompanied by the princes and seven other envoys. They will visit the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy tomorrow and will engage in several social welfare activities in several areas in the island. The 70th independence day celebration will be held in Galle Face Green on Sunday under the patronage of the President Maithripala Sirisena. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, ministers and parliamentarians and large number of foreign dignitaries will also participate in this event.
The religious programme prior to the independent day will begin on Friday. An all night pirith chanting ceremony will be held at the Independence Square. An alms giving will be offered to Maha Sangha at the Sri Lanka Vidyala Temple in Maradana on the following day. The Hindu religious observances have been organized at the Ponnambalamn Varneshwaran temple in Colombo on Sunday. The Islam Prayers will be held at Aqbar Jumma Masjid in Colombo. The catholic mass will be conducted at the Pathima church in Colombo 10. The Christian mass will be held at the Methodist church in Dam street.

The parliamentary debate on the Bond Commission and PRECIFAC reports, to take place on the 6th of next month

The parliamentary debate on the Bond Commission and PRECIFAC reports, will take place on the 6th of next month, at 10.30am. The date was fixed upon a request made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe.
At the party leaders meeting that was presided over by speaker Karu Jayasooriya this afternoon, the premier requested for parliament to be convened on the 6th, in accordance with Standing Order 14.

Postal voting will be held today and tomorrow.

Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya says, two additional dates have been allocated days to mark postal votes of the LG polls. Marking of postal votes for the officials of the police and election departments was held on Monday. Marking of postal votes of the second stage will commence today and tomorrow.
The officials who missed the first day and the officials who will miss today and tomorrow as well will be able to mark their votes on the first and 2nd of February at the election secretariat and at the relevant district election offices.
Meanwhile, Post Master General Rohana Abeyratne says that majority of official polls cards have been distributed to the voters at present. They will be delivered on next Sunday as a special date of delivery. Distribution of poll cards will be completed on the 3rd of next month. In case of non-delivery, the voters can obtain from the relevant post offices by proving their identity.

Indonesian President Yoko Vidodo will arrive in the island today for two day official visit.

Indonesian President Yoko Vidodo will arrive in the island today for two day official visit. He will be officially welcomed at the presidential secretariat this evening with a guard of honour and a gun salute by the Sri Lanka army.  The two leaders are to sign several memorandums of understandings in this tour.


The Investigation Team of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, carries out raids to nab offenders mixing kerosene with petrol.

The Investigation Team of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation has sealed the fuel pumps and the underground petrol storage tank at the Gamsabha Junction Filling Station, in Nugegoda. The raid was carried out last night, upon a tip received that the Filling Station was selling petrol mixed with Kerosene oil. Petrol samples collected from the raided shed have been sent for laboratory test.

Meanwhile, the team also inspected a fuel bowser transporting furnace oil from Kolonnawa to Colombo Galadari Hotel. Upon testing the fuel samples it was determined that the furnace oil transported was of low quality. It is suspected that during transportation the furnace oil may have been mixed with a low grade oil, as the relevant bowser had not travelled on the assigned route.

Further investigations are being carried out by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation's Investigation Team.

The Singapore Prime Minister arrives in Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong has arrived in the country for a 3 day official visit. He was welcomed by Minister Sagala Rathnayaka at the Bandaranaike International Airport this evening. The Singaporean Premier will be received at the Presidential Secretariat tomorrow with an official guard of honor and gun salute. Later he will hold official bilateral discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena. A Free Trade Agreement between Sri Lanka and Singapore will be signed following bilateral talks.
During the visit, Prime Minister Lee will also meet his Sri Lankan counterpart Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and discuss economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two countries. The visiting Prime Minister is scheduled to attend a Business Forum in which leading business persons and investors from both Singapore and Sri Lanka will be present. This Official visit of a Singaporean Prime Minister to Sri Lanka takes place after 13 years.

The Supreme Court rejects the petition filed by SLPP over the rejection of Maharagama nomination list.

The Supreme Court rejected the petition filed by Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna against the rejection of their party nomination list for the Maharagama Urban Council this morning.
The case was taken up for hearing today in front of the bench of three judges comprising Priyasath Dep, Buwaneka Aluwihare and Nalin Perera.

The report of the Presidential Commission to inquire into the issuance of Treasury Bonds, released to the internet.

President Maithripala Sirisena issuing a message on his Twitter account said, in a bid to bring to reality his pledge regarding transparency of the investigations concerning the bond issue, the report of the Presidential Commission that inquired into the issuance of the treasury bonds, will be released to the internet. The report can be viewed on

The police destroys a stock of cocaine in public.

Initial steps were taken at Katunayake in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe to prepare 928 kilograms of cocaine in custody to be destroyed this morning. Then the liquefied cocaine will be destroyed in Puttalam this evening. The Police Headquarters say , this process will be carried out totally echo-friendly manner.

The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation launches a new transmission named ‘Election FM’


The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation will launch a special election transmission named “Election FM”. Listeners can tune in to Election FM on 107.3 and 107.5 megahertz FM. The transmission which will commence tomorrow will be on air until the 8th of next month.


The Postal Department takes measures to distribute official poll cards and ballot papers for postal voting.

Post Master General Rohana Abeyrathne said that all steps have been taken by the Postal Department for the distribution of sealed packets of official polling cards for the forthcoming local government polls and ballot papers for postal voting. He further stated that ballot papers for postal voting will be received for distribution at the Postal Department on the 11th of this month. Postal voting will be conducted on the 25th and 26th of this month.

Official polling cards will be received for distribution at the Postal Department on the 18th of this month. They will be distributed among voters on Sunday, the 28th of January.

The parliament will meet on Wednesday the 10th for a special discussion.

The parliament will meet at 10.30 am  on Wednesday . Deputy General secretary of the parliament Neil Iddawela told the SLBC that the speaker has convened the parliament in advance in response to a request made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.  The parliament was scheduled to meet on the 23rd of this month.

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