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Several Districts under threat of floods

Several Districts under threat of floods

Due to prolonged rainfall, the populace living downstream of Kukuleganga (Kalutara and Bulathsinhala) are urged to be alert as the Kukuleganga dam sluice gates are opened. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 19, 2017  9:05 am
Sri Lankan charged for seducing another man’s wife, threatening husband

Sri Lankan charged for seducing another man’s wife, threatening husband

A Sri Lankan was in the dock at a Magistrate’s Court in malaysia today facing two charges, issuing death threats and seducing another man’s wife. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 18, 2017  4:49 pm
Kiriella makes bold prediction on LG poll results

Kiriella makes bold prediction on LG poll results

Minister of Higher Education and Highways Lakshman Kiriella says that the United National Party (UNP) is predicted to gain 55 percent of the votes in the upcoming Local Government (LG) polls. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 18, 2017  3:43 pm
18-year sentence sought for Sri Lankan man convicted of human smuggling

18-year sentence sought for Sri Lankan man convicted of human smuggling

Canadian state lawyers are seeking an 18-year prison sentence for a man convicted of human smuggling for his role in the voyage of the MV Sun Sea, the dilapidated cargo ship that made the voyage from Thailand to B.C.’s coast with 492 Sri Lankan Tamils aboard seeking asylum. MORE..

(0) Comments | August 18, 2017  2:58 pm
SL to expect Norwegian research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen’s arrival in 2018

SL to expect Norwegian research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen’s arrival in 2018

The Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther, stated that the Norwegian Research Vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen would make it possible to significantly step up Norway’s assistance for ecosystem-based marine management in developing countries, such as Sri Lanka.

(0) Comments | August 18, 2017  1:11 pm
Ryan Jayalath remanded

Ryan Jayalath remanded

The Convener of the Medical Faculty Students’ Action Committee, Ryan Jayalath, has been remanded until August 23. MORE..

(0) Comments | August 18, 2017  12:47 pm
Lotteries Board re-transferred to Finance Ministry

Lotteries Board re-transferred to Finance Ministry

A gazette notification has been issued enabling the transfer of the Development and National Lotteries Boards to the Ministry of Finance. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 18, 2017  10:55 am
Appointment of new Navy Commander

Appointment of new Navy Commander

Eastern Naval Commander Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah has been appointed as the new Commander of Sri Lanka Navy. MORE...

video (0) Comments | August 18, 2017  10:15 am
Fire breaks out at clothing store in Weligama

Fire breaks out at clothing store in Weligama

An unexpected fire erupted in a clothing store in Weligama late last night. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 18, 2017  10:14 am
NF Hospital will be vested with Govt - Kiriella

NF Hospital will be vested with Govt - Kiriella

Minister of Higher Education and Highways, Lakshman Kiriella stated that the ownership of the Dr. Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital would be vested with the Government. MORE...

video (0) Comments | August 18, 2017  10:07 am
Spanish Prime Minister calls deadly Barcelona attack ‘jihadi terrorism’

Spanish Prime Minister calls deadly Barcelona attack ‘jihadi terrorism’

A fifth terrorist involved in an incident in Cambrils, Spain, has died from his injuries, Catalan police say. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 18, 2017  8:15 am
State intelligence officer nabbed with gold concealed in knee guard

State intelligence officer nabbed with gold concealed in knee guard

A state intelligence officer attached to the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) has been arrested while attempting to smuggle out gold worth Rs 9.1 million concealed in his knee guard. MORE..

video (0) Comments | August 18, 2017  8:06 am
National reconciliation process needs support of all - President

National reconciliation process needs support of all - President

President Maithripala Sirisena says the patronage that should be given for the government’s task in building national reconciliation is to provide full support while understanding the process, but not to throw brickbats. MORE...

video (0) Comments | August 18, 2017  12:30 am
Barcelona: Van rams crowds in Ramblas tourist area

Barcelona: Van rams crowds in Ramblas tourist area

At least one person died and 32 were injured - 10 of them seriously - after a van ploughed into crowds in Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas tourist area, police and local officials say. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 18, 2017  12:14 am
Perpetual Treasuries: Rs 340 million dividend distributed to another company

Perpetual Treasuries: Rs 340 million dividend distributed to another company

It has been uncovered that a portion of the profit made by Perpetual Treasuries Limited through the controversial bond transaction was distributed to another company as dividend. MORE..

video (0) Comments | August 17, 2017  6:28 pm
No govt. has harassed opposition’s families like ‘Yamapalayana’ - Mahinda

No govt. has harassed opposition’s families like ‘Yamapalayana’ - Mahinda

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that the “Yamapalanaya” is engaged in a desperate attempt to deflect public attention by hauling members of his family to the CID and the FCID, as their corruption comes to light in dramatic and unexpected ways. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 17, 2017  4:51 pm
Polythene ban will remain in place - President

Polythene ban will remain in place - President

President Maithripala Sirisena says there is no change on the policy decision taken by the government on the ban of polythene and plastics. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 17, 2017  3:36 pm
Duty slashed on motorcycles, mini trucks and single cabs

Duty slashed on motorcycles, mini trucks and single cabs

The ad-valorem excise duty rate of 90% imposed on motorcycles with an engine capacity less than 150cc will be removed with effect from midnight today (17), Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. MORE..

video (0) Comments | August 17, 2017  3:29 pm
Telecommunication levy on internet services to be removed

Telecommunication levy on internet services to be removed

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera says that the 10 per cent telecommunication levy imposed on internet services will removed with effect from September 01. MORE..

(0) Comments | August 17, 2017  3:00 pm
Women’s participation is critical for the economy - Elizabeth Broderick

Women’s participation is critical for the economy - Elizabeth Broderick

Prominent Australian advocate and UN advisor for gender equality, Elizabeth Broderick (AO) stated that women’s participation in all aspects of Sri Lanka’s economy was critical to realising its economic potential. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 17, 2017  1:43 pm
Concrete slab collapses at construction site in Negombo

Concrete slab collapses at construction site in Negombo

Several individuals have reportedly been injured after the concrete slab of a building under construction collapsed in the Periyamulla area in Negombo, a short while ago. MORE..

video (0) Comments | August 17, 2017  1:05 pm
Govt. will establish a medical faculty for Wayamba University - Rajitha

Govt. will establish a medical faculty for Wayamba University - Rajitha

Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne stated that the Kuliyapitiya Base Hospital, which is under the Wayamba Provincial Council, would be taken over by the government to establish the medical faculty at the Wayamba University. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 17, 2017  11:54 am
Stake sale of Hambantota port : prospective debt trap or fiscal salvation?

Stake sale of Hambantota port : prospective debt trap or fiscal salvation?

The Hambantota port which was constructed in 2015 by a Chinese company with tremendous financial support from the Asian super-power has not seen the success expected by its initial investors. Many economists believe that Sri Lanka may fall deep into a debt-trap that is gradually ensnaring the Asian region. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 17, 2017  11:49 am
Two dead, 3 injured in fatal car crash in Pindeniya

Two dead, 3 injured in fatal car crash in Pindeniya

Two persons were killed while another 3 were wounded after a car veered off the road and toppled into the Gurugoda Oya in the Pindeniya area on the Kegalle-Avissawella road this morning (17). MORE..

video (0) Comments | August 17, 2017  11:38 am
GMOA to submit a new series of proposals regarding SAITM issue

GMOA to submit a new series of proposals regarding SAITM issue

A new series of proposals has been compiled by the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), political parties and civil organizations, in connection with the SAITM issue. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 17, 2017  11:22 am
Earth to experience total solar eclipse this August

Earth to experience total solar eclipse this August

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Research has announced that the Earth will be experiencing a total solar eclipse on August 21. MORE...

video (0) Comments | August 17, 2017  9:46 am
Indian contingent to examine released fishing vessels

Indian contingent to examine released fishing vessels

A group of Indian officials nominated by the Tamil Nadu region will arrive in Sri Lanka today (17) to inspect the condition of Indian fishing vessels released from custody of the Sri Lankan government. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 17, 2017  9:37 am
Mahinda is exacting a grand scheme of revenge – Mangala

Mahinda is exacting a grand scheme of revenge – Mangala

Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera stated that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is currently scheming to exact revenge on the general public who voted to oust him from power in 2015 through his attempts misrepresent acts of the current government. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 17, 2017  9:21 am
Police Spokesman speaks out on controversial video of IGP

Police Spokesman speaks out on controversial video of IGP

Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara says that false information is being spread with regard to a video, involving the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and another individual, which initially appeared on social media websites. MORE..

video (0) Comments | August 17, 2017  12:35 am
Laksala transformed into a profit generating enterprise – Bathiudeen

Laksala transformed into a profit generating enterprise – Bathiudeen

The Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen stated that Laksala, which incurred 21 million rupees in losses for the year 2015, has successfully been able to enjoy 4 million rupees in profits for the year 2016. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 16, 2017  4:40 pm
Sports Minister defends lackluster SL cricketers

Sports Minister defends lackluster SL cricketers

The Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekara expressed his views when questioned on the dire situation the Sri Lankan cricket team has fallen to stating that, in his belief there is no better side the SLC can currently field as the Test team for Sri Lanka. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 16, 2017  4:09 pm
Ex-Tangalle PS chairman arrested while accepting bribe

Ex-Tangalle PS chairman arrested while accepting bribe

A former Chairman of the Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha has been arrested on bribery charges, the Bribery Commission’s Director (Investigations) SSP Priyantha Chandrasiri said. MORE..

(0) Comments | August 16, 2017  4:04 pm
Amendment bill to introduce driver’s demerit point system

Amendment bill to introduce driver’s demerit point system

The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal to publish in gazette the bill for amending relevant articles of the Motor Traffic Act, including a Driver’s Demerit Points System, and table it in parliament for approval. MORE..

(0) Comments | August 16, 2017  2:52 pm
Justice should be meted out to existing guilty parties – Wasantha Samarasinghe

Justice should be meted out to existing guilty parties – Wasantha Samarasinghe

The convener of the Voice-against Corruption Movement Wasantha Samarasinghe stated earlier today (16), that the pressing need of the people right now is not to apprehend past corrupt parties, but to provide justice to the parties committing fraud at present. MORE...

video (0) Comments | August 16, 2017  2:12 pm
Distraught lover murders 17 year old girl

Distraught lover murders 17 year old girl

The Mawanella Police reported that a 24 year old resident of Kegalle has attempted to commit suicide after stabbing his 17 year old lover distraught over her resentment to elope with him. Reports confirm that the 24 year old had attempted to take his life by administering poison into his blood stream after murdering his lover. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 16, 2017  1:07 pm
Celebrations held commemorating 71 years of Indian independence

Celebrations held commemorating 71 years of Indian independence

The 71st Independence Day of India was celebrated yesterday (15) in grand fashion at the India House in Colombo. Several dignitaries from the Indian High commission and the Indian expatriate community of Sri Lanka were present at the event. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 16, 2017  12:29 pm
21 lands currently owned by Rajapaksa family – Anura Kumara Dissanayaka

21 lands currently owned by Rajapaksa family – Anura Kumara Dissanayaka

Leader of the JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayaka stated that there are 21 lands scattered across the island that are owned by Yoshitha, Namal and Shiranthi Rajapaksa at a media briefing held at Ratnapura. MORE...

video (0) Comments | August 16, 2017  11:27 am
Samurdhi Amendment Circular cancelled

Samurdhi Amendment Circular cancelled

The Cabinet Sub-Committee has decided to cancel the Samurdhi Amendment Circular, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said. MORE..

(0) Comments | August 16, 2017  11:18 am
US officials urge Sri Lanka to prosecute perpetrators of crimes against religious freedom

US officials urge Sri Lanka to prosecute perpetrators of crimes against religious freedom

The annual US State Department International Religious Freedom Report for 2016 released yesterday (15) notes that the Sri Lankan government is yet to establish a lucid stance on the protection of religious minorities within Sri Lanka. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 16, 2017  10:28 am
Tuition classes temporarily banned in light of Grade 5 scholarship exam

Tuition classes temporarily banned in light of Grade 5 scholarship exam

The ban on the conducting of tuition classes, seminars and workshops, and publishing of model papers targeting students sitting for the 2017 Grade 05 scholarship examination has been set in motion. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 16, 2017  10:03 am
2 dead bodies discovered in Kotadeniyawa and Bandaragama

2 dead bodies discovered in Kotadeniyawa and Bandaragama

Two dead bodies have been uncovered from Kotadeniyawa and Bandaragama, raising suspicions as to the causes of their deaths. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 16, 2017  9:57 am
Yoshitha to appear at CID today

Yoshitha to appear at CID today

UPDATE (10:30 am): Sources confirmed that Yoshitha Rajapaksa had arrived at the CID moments ago. MORE...

video (0) Comments | August 16, 2017  9:25 am
Arjuna Ranatunga renews calls to sack Thilanga Sumathipala

Arjuna Ranatunga renews calls to sack Thilanga Sumathipala

Minister Arjuna Ranatunga blamed Sri Lanka’s cricket board Tuesday for the squad’s crushing three-Test series whitewash on home soil against India. MORE..

video (0) Comments | August 16, 2017  12:36 am
Police open fire at suspect fleeing in car in Veyangoda

Police open fire at suspect fleeing in car in Veyangoda

A shooting incident has been reported near the Veyangoda flyover when a team of police officers giving chase to a suspect had opened fire at his car. MORE..

video (0) Comments | August 15, 2017  7:06 pm
SriLankan Airlines crackdown on human trafficking at BIA

SriLankan Airlines crackdown on human trafficking at BIA

Sri Lanka’s national carrier SriLankan Airlines, says it has achieved considerable success in recent times in its concerted efforts to crack down on illegal travel through Colombo’s airport by passengers using forged or altered travel documents, often supplied by organized criminals running human trafficking rings. MORE..

(0) Comments | August 15, 2017  4:37 pm
Increase of sugar import levy effective from midnight

Increase of sugar import levy effective from midnight

The Ministry of Finance has announced that the special import levy imposed on sugar will be increased by Rs. 8 per kilogram. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 15, 2017  3:38 pm
JO is on the brink of being torn apart - Shantha Bandara

JO is on the brink of being torn apart - Shantha Bandara

Leader of the Sri Lanka Youth Front, Shantha Bandara states that the Joint Opposition (JO) was on the brink of being torn apart. MORE...

video (0) Comments | August 15, 2017  2:17 pm
Carry out business deals with the world without disadvantaging SL - Chamal

Carry out business deals with the world without disadvantaging SL - Chamal

Parliamentarian Chamal Rajapaksa stated that it was fine to carry out business activities with foreign nations as long as it did not put Sri Lanka at a disadvantage. MORE...

video (0) Comments | August 15, 2017  1:42 pm
Tilak Marapana sworn in as new Foreign Minister

Tilak Marapana sworn in as new Foreign Minister

Minister of Development Assignments Tilak Marapana has been sworn in as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs before President Maithripala Sirisena, a short while ago. MORE..

video (0) Comments | August 15, 2017  11:59 am
53-year-old clubbed and stabbed to death in Wellawa

53-year-old clubbed and stabbed to death in Wellawa

Police have launched an investigation into a murder which occurred in Uyangolla, Wellawa. MORE...

(0) Comments | August 15, 2017  11:59 am