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Won't allow PM, Sumanthiran to implement decisions taken on the sly: MR

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday vowed not to allow Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran to implement decisions taken by them surreptitiously that would harm the interests of the country.

He said this at the opening of the new 'Wahalkada’ at the Nakulugamuwa, Meddadeniya Sri Shailarama Purana Temple in Beliatta yesterday .

'Indian Summer' restaurant on Horton Place raided

The Operations Manager of a popular Indian restaurant-Indian Summer, in Horton Place, Colombo 7, was arrested yesterday for maintaining the restaurant in a deplorable manner and violating food and safety regulations, the Colombo Municipality’s Health Department said.

Cinnamon Gardens and Borella area Medical Officer of Health (MOH) Dr. Subash Mendis said expired, spoilt and rotten vegetables, fruits and meat were found abundantly at the restaurant which was operated by an Indian national.

Cabinet approves 2019 Appropriation Bill

The Cabinet today approved the Appropriation Bill for 2019 with an annual expenditure of Rs 4,470 billion, the Finance Ministry said in media statement.

“The Bill was submitted by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and the budget deficit would be 4.8 percent of the GDP,” it said.

The Appropriation Bill would be presented in Parliament on February 5 and the Budget proposal would also be presented by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera on the same day. 

The statement said:

PM instructs Cabinet to abide with circular by Prez

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had asked Cabinet Ministers to abide with the circular that was issued by President Maithripala Sirisena with regard to the appointment of heads of government and semi-government institutions, sources from Prime Minister’s office said yesterday.

The Prime Minister had said the ministers should follow the circular issued by the President as it was a good concept to follow when appointing heads of such institutions.

He gave this directive during a meeting held at Temple Trees yesterday morning, according to the source.


Twenty-five President’s Counsels, appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena, have taken oaths before the Supreme Court this morning (18).Accordingly, they have sworn in before Chief Justice Nalin Perera and other Supreme Court justices.

Appeals Court justices, High Court judges, Magistrates’ Court judges and many other attorneys have, reportedly, joined to witness the swearing-in ceremony held at the Supreme Court Complex.The following attorneys were sworn in as President’s Counsel…

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Government of Sri Lanka today (18) inked a comprehensive work plan to advance Sri Lanka’s rice self-sufficiency goals through joint research for development projects in the country in the next five years.Jacqueline Hughes, IRRI’s Deputy Director General for Research and Sumith Nakandala, Additional Secretary for Bilateral Affairs of the Sri Lanka Ministry of Foreign Affairs served as the signatories.

The signing, held at the IRRI…