Basil arrives at BIA

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MP Basil Rajapaksha has arrived at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) today at 1.36p.m. It has been reported to Ceylon Today Online that outsiders will not be allowed to enter the arrival lounge of Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) for approximately three hours and thirty minutes today from 10.30a.m to 2.00p.m.

The airport officials informed us that the MP has already passed through the airport security.

A large crowd of about 3000 was gathered outside the airport to welcome the MP.

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BIA arrival lounge closed

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It has been reported to Ceylon Today Online that outsiders will not be allowed to enter the arrival lounge of Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) for approximately three hours and thirty minutes today from 10.30a.m to 2.00p.m. Former Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa who is accused of defrauding millions of rupees in Divi Neguma fund is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka today (21) at 1.35p.m.

A large crowd including Western Provincial Councillors and Gampaha District local government members have gathered at the airport to welcome the MP Basil Rajapaksha.

The lawyers who represented Rajapaksha said today, that the MP is to attend Parliament sessions.

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Sri Lanka, Japan to formulate FTA

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Sri Lanka and Japan plan to formulate and sign a Free Trade Agreement between the two countries to enhance bilateral trade, the Government Information Department announced today (21). MORE... Read the Full Article

19A to be debated on 27th

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The 19 th Amendment to the Constitution will be presented to the Parliament on 27 April, Monday.

The Parliament was adjourned till Monday. Supreme Court approved sections of the19 th Amendment was initially scheduled to be presented to the Parliament today (21). It was to be debated in the Parliament on 21 and 22 April.

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President to meet Party Leaders

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President Maithripala Sirisena who arrived in Parliament has summoned a party leaders' meeting to discuss current issue of bribery commission summoning Mahinda Rajapaksha.


Accordingly, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksha suspended sittings which began after one- hour suspension by another half an hour.

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Protest continues despite warnings

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A group of United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MPs and their supporters are currently protesting in front of the Parliament complex. They are protesting against the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) summoning the former President Mahinda Rajapaksha.

Police has read out a court order issued by Kaduwela Magistrate’s Courts banning any protest near the Parliament or its surrounding areas.

Police informed that if the protestors do not leave immediately they will be compelled to use minimal force. 

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MPs request an investigation on CIABOC DG

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113 United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MPs have signed a petition requesting an investigation on the new Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC).


Meanwhile, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksha has issued strict guidelines to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) when conducting an investigation related to a Member of Parliament.

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Sirisena and Rajapaksa must join hands to save lanka- Gotabaya

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Sri Lanka's once powerful Defense Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, wants President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to join hands to give the island nation a functioning government and lift it from the abyss of political confusion and economic stagnation. MORE... Read the Full Article

Speaker issues strict guidelines to CIABOC

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Speaker Chamal Rajapaksha has issued strict guidelines to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) when conducting an investigation related to a Member of Parliament.


Speaker stated that the CIABOC should inform him beforehand, if they want to investigate an MP or record a statement from an MP.

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Speaker suspends parliament session

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Speaker Chamal Rajapaksha suspended parliament sittings for 15 minutes a short while ago.

Since opposition members walked into the Well of the Parliament once again instigated by a remark made by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake Speaker announced that he could not continue with proceedings. He also called an immediate party leaders’ meeting.

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South Korean Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo offers to resign

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Seoul (CNN)South Korea's Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo offered to resign on Monday amid a growing political scandal. Read the Full Article

Basil to return today

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Former Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa who is accused of defrauding millions of rupees in Divi Neguma fund is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka today (21) at 1.35p.m.

ASP Ruwan Gunasekara speaking to Ceylon Today said the police would not arrest the former minister at the airport as no arrest warrant had been issued in his name.


"We have simply informed him to appear before the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) to record a statement", said the ASP.


When summoned to the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID), the former Director General of the Divi Neguma Department, R.R.K. Ranawaka, stated that Basil Rajapaksa had ordered him to spend Divi Neguma funds on his brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa's election campaign. Ranawaka had been summoned to the FCID over the misappropriation of public funds amounting to Rs 63 million. Thereafter the former minister was issued notice under Section 124 of Criminal Procedure Code on 26 March by the Kaduwela Magistrate's Court to appear before the FCID to record a statement.

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Son arrested in suspicion to Pundaluoya murders

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Police have arrested a suspect in relation to the dual murders of Pundaluoya this morning.

A mother and her daughter have been murdered in a house in Akkaramalai area of Pundaluoya police division yesterday (20) morning. Police investigations have revealed that the murders have occurred between 4.00a.m and 4.20a.m.

Police have arrested the eldest son of the murdered mother in suspicion to the murders. The man, who is a resident of Akkaramalai area, was arrested in Thalawakele today (21) at around 3.20a.m. The knife used in murders as well as the clothing of the suspect has been taken into police custody.

The suspect will be produced before Nawalapitiya Magistrate's Courts today (21).

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Speed thrills, but surely kills

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An accident occurred when a motorcycle toppled off Medirigiriya –Meegaswewa Road in Meegaswewa area last night, Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today Online. The motorcyclist has lost control of the motorcycle at the time of the accident.

The critically injured motorcyclist and three passengers were rushed to Medirigiriya hospital. But one of the four victims was pronounced dead upon admission to the hospital.

The deceased has been identified as a 17-year-old resident of Mahathalakola Wewa area. His remains are kept at the mortuary of Medirigiriya hospital. The post mortem examination will be held today (21).

Other three victims are still being treated at Medirigiriya hospital.

Medirigiriya Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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Man brutally hacked in front of wife and daughter

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An individual who was travelling with his wife and daughter has been brutally hacked when the trishaw they were travelling in was stopped by a man in Puwakdolahena in Urubokka police division yesterday (20) at around 5.30p.m., Police told Ceylon Today Online.

The victim died after being admitted to Higoda hospital. The deceased was a 38-year-old resident of Ginneliya area.

The remains are kept at the morgue of Higoda hospital. The post mortem examination is scheduled to be held today (21).

It has been revealed that a personal dispute was the reason behind this murder. Police have identified the murderer. He has fled the area, Police said.

Urubokka Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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A deathly canal

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A woman was caught in the water flow and drowned, when she attempted to cross the Gangoda Ela in Gangodawatta area of Rakwana police division, yesterday (20) afternoon.

The victim was a 47-year-old resident of Gangodawatta area. It has been revealed that she attempted to cross the canal during heavy rainfall.

Rakwana Police is carrying out further investigations into the incident.

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Wild elephant turns killer

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Police have commenced investigations on an incident in which, a man has been killed in a wild elephant attack in Wathuwattegama area of Polpithigama police division, yesterday (20) at around 11.30a.m.

The deceased has been identified as a 60-year-old resident of Wathuwattegama area.

Polpithigama Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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Matara Police save two lives

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Two girls who were caught in a rip current have been rescued by three Police lifeguards of Matara police division yesterday (20) at around 10.00a.m., Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today. The girls have been sea bathing in Polhena beach strip in Matara at the time of the incident.


Police have handed them over to their parents after giving them first aid.

It has been revealed that they were on an excursion with their parents.

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Rajapakas never siphon off state money- Basil

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Rajapakas never wanted to siphon off state money but they always contributed to the development of the island nation, former Minister Basil Rajapaksa said. Rajapaksa made the observation upon his arrival in the country on Tuesday (21). MORE... Read the Full Article

New members appointed to institutes including Rakna Lanka ltd

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A new board of directors has been elected and new chairpersons have been appointed to Lanka Logistics & Technologies ltd, Rakna Araksha Lanka ltd, and the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission on Tuesday (21). MORE... Read the Full Article

Indian fishermen demand access to Lankan waters

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Over 100 fishermen from Tamil Nadu will meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj next Monday to give a petition demanding uninterrupted fishing rights in the Sri Lankan waters. MORE... Read the Full Article

Opposition demands anti-graft chief’s sacking

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Main opposition demanded on Tuesday the country's anti-graft chief be sacked for summoning former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to answer bribery allegations amid renewed uproar in parliament. MORE... Read the Full Article

No confidence motion to be filed against Ravi Karunanayake

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A no confidence motion to be brought against Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena said. Read the Full Article

D.F. Kariyakaarawana passes away at age 93

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Veteran journalist and former Silumina editor D.F. Kariyakaarawana (93) passed away this morning, a family member told Ada Derana. Read the Full Article

Court sentences ousted Egypt president to 20 years in prison

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An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammad Morsi to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters in 2012, the first verdict to be issued against the country's first freely elected leader. MORE... Read the Full Article