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WHO to roll out 120 million rapid COVID-19 tests for poorer countries

WHO to roll out 120 million rapid COVID-19 tests for poorer countries

The World Health Organization, along with its global partners in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, has announced that it will provide 120 million rapid-diagnostic antigen tests to people in lower- and middle-income countries over the next six months. MORE..

| September 29, 2020  11:59 pm
Sheikh Sabah, Kuwait’s Emir dies aged 91

Sheikh Sabah, Kuwait’s Emir dies aged 91

His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, the Emir of Kuwait, has passed away, his office announced on Tuesday, plunging his country into mourning for a leader regarded by many Gulf Arabs as a savvy diplomatic operator and a humanitarian champion. MORE..

| September 29, 2020  11:50 pm
President looks into uplifting living standards of estate community

President looks into uplifting living standards of estate community

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa have emphasized the necessity to construct residences for estate workers in close proximity to their existing line houses. MORE..

video | September 29, 2020  10:33 pm
More coronavirus cases take tally to 3,373

More coronavirus cases take tally to 3,373

Eight new cases of COVID-19 infection have increased the total number of COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka to 3,373. MORE..

| September 29, 2020  7:45 pm
Buwelikada building collapse: building owner remanded

Buwelikada building collapse: building owner remanded

The owner of the building that collapsed at Buwelikada, Anura Lewke, who was arrested by police today, has been remanded until October 13 by the Kandy Magistrate’s Court. MORE..

video | September 29, 2020  5:29 pm
Further consideration of petitions against 20A postponed

Further consideration of petitions against 20A postponed

Further consideration of the petitions filed at the Supreme Court challenging the draft 20th Amendment to the Constitution has been postponed until tomorrow (30). MORE..

video | September 29, 2020  5:23 pm
Total cases hike to 3,365 as two more contract COVID-19

Total cases hike to 3,365 as two more contract COVID-19

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases reported in Sri Lanka moved to 3,365 today (29) as two persons were confirmed to have contracted the virus. MORE..

| September 29, 2020  5:04 pm
20A will not make Prime Minister a nominal post – Mahinda

20A will not make Prime Minister a nominal post – Mahinda

The Prime Minister will not be made a nominal role through the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, says Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa. MORE..

video | September 29, 2020  4:32 pm
24-hour water cut to several areas in Hambantota

24-hour water cut to several areas in Hambantota

The water supply to several areas in the Hambantota District will be interrupted for a period of 24 hours tomorrow (30), stated the National Water Supply and Drainage Board. MORE..

| September 29, 2020  4:23 pm
Special unit to reform judicial process within 3 years

Special unit to reform judicial process within 3 years

The Cabinet of Ministers approved a proposal submitted by Minister of Justice Ali Sabry to establish a special unit under the Ministry of Justice to implement a Judicial Reform Program. MORE..

| September 29, 2020  3:32 pm
Troops apprehend more smuggled turmeric stocks in Mannar

Troops apprehend more smuggled turmeric stocks in Mannar

Army personnel have seized a consignment of 946 kilograms of turmeric, suspected to have been smuggled into the country illegally via the sea route, concealed at Kondachchi, Mannar. MORE..

| September 29, 2020  3:28 pm
Cabinet approval to ban cattle slaughter in Sri Lanka

Cabinet approval to ban cattle slaughter in Sri Lanka

The Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval to implement the proposals tabled by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, on banning of cattle slaughter in the country with immediate effect, subjected to the implementation of relevant measures. MORE..

video | September 29, 2020  2:08 pm
Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 recoveries increase to 3,230

Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 recoveries increase to 3,230

Twenty more Covid-19 patients have been discharged from hospital after recovering, the Ministry of Health said. MORE..

| September 29, 2020  1:11 pm
Cabinet approval to scrap Light Rail Transit project

Cabinet approval to scrap Light Rail Transit project

The Cabinet of Ministers has given its approval to terminate the Japan-funded Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, which was planned to be implemented in the western region of Sri Lanka as a solution for the severe traffic congestion. MORE..

| September 29, 2020  12:56 pm
Accomplice of ‘Avissawelle Gaus’ arrested

Accomplice of ‘Avissawelle Gaus’ arrested

An accomplice of the major heroin trafficker ‘Avissawelle Gaus’ has been arrested over the possession of heroin, last evening (28). MORE..

video | September 29, 2020  12:41 pm
Owner of collapsed building in Buwelikada arrested

Owner of collapsed building in Buwelikada arrested

The owner of the collapsed building in Buwelikada, Kandy, Anura Lewke, has been arrested by the police. MORE..

video | September 29, 2020  11:49 am
100-unit housing schemes for each electorate – PM

100-unit housing schemes for each electorate – PM

Plans are afoot to construct a 100-unit housing scheme in each electorate, says Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. MORE..

| September 29, 2020  11:47 am
Arrest warrant issued on Patali’s driver

Arrest warrant issued on Patali’s driver

The Colombo High Court has issued an arrest warrant on Dilum Thusitha Kumara, the then-driver of former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka. MORE..

| September 29, 2020  11:32 am
Govt. to amend 20A at committee stage, AG tells court

Govt. to amend 20A at committee stage, AG tells court

Attorney General Dappula de Livera today (29) informed the Supreme Court that the Government has decided to add several amendments to the draft of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution during the committee stage in Parliament. MORE..

| September 29, 2020  11:27 am
Sri Lankan Muslims have no issue that calls for suicide bombing - Mujibur

Sri Lankan Muslims have no issue that calls for suicide bombing - Mujibur

Zahran Hashim carried out the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attacks at the behest of another party, says parliamentarian Mujibur Rahman. MORE..

video | September 29, 2020  10:34 am
Sri Lanka hits back at Moody’s rating downgrade

Sri Lanka hits back at Moody’s rating downgrade

The Ministry of Finance, in response to Moody’s Investors Service downgrading Sri Lanka’s Sovereign rating on Monday (28), has stressed that the rating action is unwarranted. MORE..

| September 29, 2020  10:21 am
Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases total sits at 3,363

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases total sits at 3,363

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases reported in Sri Lanka escalated to 3,363 on Monday night (28) as another person was confirmed to have contracted the virus. MORE..

| September 29, 2020  9:59 am
Petitions challenging 20A to be considered today

Petitions challenging 20A to be considered today

The petitions filed against the draft bill of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution are to be taken up for consideration today (29). MORE..

video | September 29, 2020  9:32 am
Two including Excise officer arrested with synthetic drug ‘Mandy’

Two including Excise officer arrested with synthetic drug ‘Mandy’

Two persons who had been in possession of 653g of ‘Mandy’, an artificial chemical drug, have been arrested by the Police Special Task Force (STF). MORE..

video | September 29, 2020  8:49 am
Showers possible in parts of the island

Showers possible in parts of the island

Showers will occur at times in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North Western provinces and in Galle and Matara districts, says the Department of Meteorology. MORE..

| September 29, 2020  8:17 am
President explores possibility of producing school uniforms locally

President explores possibility of producing school uniforms locally

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa explored the possibility of assigning the larger percentage of supply of school and security forces uniform material to local industrialists, today (28). MORE..

video | September 28, 2020  11:41 pm
More foreign arrivals add to COVID-19 case tally

More foreign arrivals add to COVID-19 case tally

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases confirmed in the country reached 3,362 as two more foreign arrivals tested positive for the virus today (28). MORE..

| September 28, 2020  10:47 pm
Govt. to give school uniform material instead of vouchers

Govt. to give school uniform material instead of vouchers

The Cabinet of Ministers has decided to provide uniform material for school children instead of the vouchers. MORE..

video | September 28, 2020  9:30 pm
Two suspended trains to resume operations

Two suspended trains to resume operations

The Sri Lanka Railways has taken steps to resume operation of two trains that had been temporarily suspended, stated the Department of Government Information. MORE..

| September 28, 2020  7:06 pm
Final rites of actor Tennyson Cooray on Thursday

Final rites of actor Tennyson Cooray on Thursday

The final rites of the popular actor and film director Tennyson Cooray are scheduled to be performed on Thursday (October 01). MORE..

video | September 28, 2020  6:11 pm
Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka postponed again

Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka postponed again

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) today announced that the Bangladesh National Team’s Tour of Sri Lanka which was scheduled to take place during the months of September – November 2020 has been postponed owing to the current Covid-19 pandemic situation. MORE..

| September 28, 2020  5:33 pm
Archbishop of Canterbury announces new Bishop of Colombo

Archbishop of Canterbury announces new Bishop of Colombo

The next Bishop of Colombo will be Fr Dushantha Rodrigo, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby announced today. MORE..

| September 28, 2020  5:19 pm
Legal action against 56 traders for selling coconuts above MRP

Legal action against 56 traders for selling coconuts above MRP

The Consumer Affairs Authority says that legal action is to be taken against 56 traders in several areas for selling coconuts above the prices according to the circumference. MORE..

video | September 28, 2020  5:17 pm
21 more petitions filed against 20th Amendment

21 more petitions filed against 20th Amendment

Twenty-one more petitions have been filed today before the Supreme Court challenging the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution, bringing the total number of applications filed against the draft bill thus far to 39. MORE..

video | September 28, 2020  4:29 pm
Sex education is the way to prevent child abuse – Ali Sabry

Sex education is the way to prevent child abuse – Ali Sabry

Minister of Justice Ali Sabry says that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution or the 1987 Bilateral Accord will not be looked into when forming the newly proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution. MORE..

| September 28, 2020  4:10 pm
All Share Price Index crosses 6,000 mark

All Share Price Index crosses 6,000 mark

The positive momentum of the Colombo stock market continued on Monday (September 28) boosting confidence in investors. MORE..

| September 28, 2020  3:44 pm
Travel ban issued on ‘MT New Diamond’ Captain

Travel ban issued on ‘MT New Diamond’ Captain

Colombo Chief Magistrate has imposed a travel ban on the Captain of the oil tanker ‘MT New Diamond’, stated Ada Derana reporter. MORE..

| September 28, 2020  3:26 pm
Covid-19 recoveries in Sri Lanka climb to 3,210

Covid-19 recoveries in Sri Lanka climb to 3,210

Two more patients who had previously tested positive for Covid-19 have been discharged from hospital after recovering and testing negative. MORE..

| September 28, 2020  2:47 pm
Nineteen petitions filed against 20A

Nineteen petitions filed against 20A

Another petition has been filed at the Supreme Court challenging the government-proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution. MORE..

| September 28, 2020  2:09 pm
SLFP appoints committee to study 20A draft bill

SLFP appoints committee to study 20A draft bill

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has appointed a 10-member committee to study the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution draft bill and submit recommendations to the party. MORE..

| September 28, 2020  2:07 pm
Woman attempting to mediate conflict assaulted to death

Woman attempting to mediate conflict assaulted to death

A woman sustaining critical injuries in an assault has died in the Thalahena area in Talangama, stated the Police. MORE..

| September 28, 2020  1:06 pm
Popular actor Tennison Cooray passes away at 68

Popular actor Tennison Cooray passes away at 68

Popular actor and film director Tennison Cooray has passed away at the age of 68 years, family sources told Ada Derana. MORE..

video | September 28, 2020  12:15 pm
Cannot expect politicians made of gold when society is black - Deshapriya

Cannot expect politicians made of gold when society is black - Deshapriya

The Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya says that it would be better to obtain public opinion when creating a new constitution. MORE..

| September 28, 2020  11:24 am
Thirteen PNB officers further remanded

Thirteen PNB officers further remanded

The thirteen officers of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) who were arrested for their alleged links with drug dealers have been further remanded. MORE..

video | September 28, 2020  10:42 am
‘MT New Diamond’ Captain arrives at court

‘MT New Diamond’ Captain arrives at court

The Captain of the ill-fated oil tanker ‘MT New Diamond’ has arrived to appear before the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court, Ada Derana reporter said. MORE..

video | September 28, 2020  9:57 am
Several spells of light showers expected - Met. Dept.

Several spells of light showers expected - Met. Dept.

The Department of Meteorology forecasts that several spells of light showers will occur in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North Western provinces and in Galle and Matara districts. MORE..

| September 28, 2020  8:50 am
1,481 arrested during police operation in Western Province

1,481 arrested during police operation in Western Province

Sri Lanka Police says that a total of 1,481 persons have been arrested during a special operation in Western Province. MORE..

| September 28, 2020  8:33 am
Sri Lanka returns illegal waste to Britain

Sri Lanka returns illegal waste to Britain

Sri Lanka has shipped back to Britain container-loads of waste that the Colombo government said were brought into the island in violation of international laws governing the shipping of hazardous material. MORE..

| September 27, 2020  11:38 pm
Global COVID-19 death toll hits 1 million

Global COVID-19 death toll hits 1 million

The coronavirus pandemic has now claimed one million lives around the globe, according to the latest official death tolls, with more than 33 million cases. MORE..

| September 27, 2020  10:04 pm
More coronavirus cases reported

More coronavirus cases reported

Eight more new cases of coronavirus infection have jumped the total number of COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka to 3,360. MORE..

| September 27, 2020  9:28 pm