The Engineering faculty of the Peradeniya University was temporarily closed due to the eruption of a tense situation this morning, Vice Chancellor Professor Upul B. Dissanayake said. The tense situation erupted between students and university authorities due to examination entitlements.
A group of two Officers and thirty-eight Other Ranks upon successful completion of the Combat Divers Course No - 5 at Nayaru Combat Divers Training School (CDTS) passed out during a ceremony, held close to the Nayaru beach patch in Mullaittivu on Sunday (15th July).
In response to a question on the restoration of Capital Punishment for drug dealers at a press conference last week, while reiterating my opposition to Capital Punishment, I said that certain individuals connected to the drug trade try to cover their sins by being benefactors of society, holding high positions in various organizations or as philanthropists in religious organizations. Inadvertently, I also mentioned Rotarians and Lions Clubs, which I deeply regret.
There may be some individuals in society that join various organizations for such reasons. However, I fully recognize and acknowledge that this does not, in any way, diminish the noble charitable work which has been, and continues to be done by these Organizations throughout the country, especially for the poor, needy, destitute and the vulnerable.
I understand that my comments would have resulted in causing pain of mind to many. To all of them, I express my sincere apologies.
Vehicle traffic Police announce that the revised spot fines will be imposed from today for 33 traffic violations. The revision in fines for traffic violations is aimed at minimizing traffic accidents.The relevant increase in fines was announced in an extraordinary gazette notification issued on the 15th of January this year.
The list of names of prisoners sentenced to death for drug trafficking was handed over to Justice Ministry yesterday by Prison Department.There are 18 death row prisoners for drug trafficking and of them four are Pakistani nationals, Prison Media Spokesman Commissioner Thushara Upuldeniya said. These prisoner are detained at Welikada, Angunakolapelessa and Pallekelle. The name list of death row prisoners will be handed over to the President by the Justice Ministry Secretary after making confirmed of it after going through ledgers and files.
“The list was compiled following a directive issued by the President”, Ministry sources said. President Maithripala Sirisena said he had decided to sign the death warrant on prisoners sentenced to death on drug offences engaged in drug trafficking from their prison cells.
Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday said whilst he opposed the Death Penalty on principle, he would abide by the collective decision of the Cabinet. Addressing a media briefing, the Minister answered questions with regard to his stance on the Death Penalty.
The Motor Traffic Department is moving into the future with an automated touch screen version of the driver licence exam. The Touch Screen test replaces the traditional pencil and paper exam.Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva yesterday inaugurated the new automated touch screen version of the driver licence exam at the DMT’s Werehera office.
While welcoming President Maithripala Sirisena to execute drug traffickers who have been sentenced to death, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said today there is more to be done to stop the criminals organizing crimes while being in the prison in addition to subjecting them to capital punishment.
The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) is to be holding its next regional meeting at Veerasingham Hall in Jaffna on Saturday, (14th July) and at Co-operative Council in Kilinochchi on Sunday, (15th July).
President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, has granted a one year’s service extension, to Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake as the Commander of the Sri Lankan army.