Former minister Basil Rajapaksa says efforts to form a new political party will not be abandoned, and alleges that proposals from president Maithripala Sirisena’s side are intended not only at dividing the joint opposition, but also to create divisions among the Rajapaksa brothers.
Days after the visit of Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, the government is examining a proposal to relax the visa regime for Buddhist monks from the island nation.
UPFA general secretary Mahinda Amaraweera has received a favourable response at unofficial level to his proposal to accept joint opposition MPs back into the SLFP-led alliance, according to reports reaching Sri Lanka Mirror.
Ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa has advised MPs of the joint opposition to refrain from making any remarks with regard to the irregularities allegedly committed by former Central Bank governor Arjun Mahendran in the CB bond issue.
The multinational pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline has demanded the Health Ministry secretary immediately amended the price of a panadol tablet, minister Rajitha Senaratne has complained to president Maithripala Sirisena.
Sri Lanka's official supplier to the state sector, State Trading Corporation (STC), despite stiff competition from private sector giants in the market, has increased its revenues five times over the last five years surpassing Rs. 3 billion last year, Minister of Commerce and Industries Rishad Bathiudeen said.