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Principal & vice principal with alleged links to Zahran remanded

Principal & vice principal with alleged links to Zahran remanded

The principal and the vice principal of two Muslim schools, who were arrested on Thursday (16) on suspicion of having close links with the ringleader of the series of attacks on Easter Sunday and the leader of National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ) Zahran Hashim, have been further remanded. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 20, 2019  1:43 am
No war crimes were committed during last phase of war - Mahinda

No war crimes were committed during last phase of war - Mahinda

FBI officially designated the LTTE as the deadliest terrorist organisation in the world in January 2008 and such was the nature of the terrorism that was conclusively brought to an end on the 19th May 2009 with the confirmation that its leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was dead, says Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 19, 2019  10:27 pm
500 arrested in raids during Vesak

500 arrested in raids during Vesak

500 individuals have so far been arrested in the raids carried out in view of the Vesak Poya, starting from the 17th of May, says the Department of Excise. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 19, 2019  8:42 pm
National War Heroes’ Day: remembering the fallen

National War Heroes’ Day: remembering the fallen

The National War Heroes’ Day commemoration ceremony was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, this evening (19). MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 19, 2019  8:13 pm
Import levy on big onions hiked

Import levy on big onions hiked

The government has decided to increase the import levy on big onions by Rs 20 per kilo. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 19, 2019  5:21 pm
36 Pakistani deportees escorted to community centre in Vavuniya

36 Pakistani deportees escorted to community centre in Vavuniya

Thirty-six Pakistani deportees have been taken to a community centre in Puntottam, Vavuniya, says Ada Derana reporter. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 19, 2019  4:35 pm
Send children to schools without fear - Mahinda

Send children to schools without fear - Mahinda

People should celebrate Vesak and send children to schools without fearing the terrorists, says Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 19, 2019  2:44 pm
Two arrested for selling liquor during Vesak season

Two arrested for selling liquor during Vesak season

Two suspects without valid licenses have been arrested at Watawala and Bogawantalawa areas, for selling liquor during the Vesak season. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 19, 2019  1:59 pm
Cyber attack on several Sri Lankan websites including Kuwait Embassy

Cyber attack on several Sri Lankan websites including Kuwait Embassy

Nearly 10 websites containing the domain names .com and .lk have come under a cyber attack, the Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (SLCERT) said. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 19, 2019  11:31 am
Will change social conditions leading to increased criminal activities - President

Will change social conditions leading to increased criminal activities - President

President Maithripala Sirisena has said that he would work with a great commitment to change the social conditions which cause the background for the increase of criminal activities. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 19, 2019  10:57 am
Peradeniya University to reopen next week

Peradeniya University to reopen next week

The administration of the University of Peradeniya has decided to recommence the academic activities next week. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 19, 2019  9:50 am
Derana Aruna fulfils dream of a war hero disabled in war

Derana Aruna fulfils dream of a war hero disabled in war

A decade ago, every Sri Lankan dreamt of living in a peaceful society, without fear and suspicion. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 19, 2019  9:27 am
Sri Lanka set to pay tribute to fallen war heroes

Sri Lanka set to pay tribute to fallen war heroes

Today (19) marks the National War Heroes’ Day, the remembrance of fallen war heroes, who had fallen victim to the prolonged warfare of three decades. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 19, 2019  8:46 am
Showers expected to enhance over next few days

Showers expected to enhance over next few days

Showery condition is expected to enhance in most parts of the island, particularly in south-western part in next few days, says the Department of Meteorology. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 19, 2019  8:13 am
Gotabaya Rajapaksa confirms presidential run - report

Gotabaya Rajapaksa confirms presidential run - report

Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, accused by rights groups of war crimes during the final months of Sri Lanka’s long-running civil war a decade ago, has confirmed he plans to run for the presidency in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks that have shattered the country’s uneasy peace. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 18, 2019  11:44 pm
Civilians killed in war remembered at Vellamullivaikkal

Civilians killed in war remembered at Vellamullivaikkal

A commemoration was held at Vellamullivaikal today (18), in memory of the Tamil civilians who were killed in the war. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 18, 2019  10:58 pm
2019 Australia election: PM Morrison celebrates ‘miracle’ win

2019 Australia election: PM Morrison celebrates ‘miracle’ win

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has thanked voters for re-electing his conservative coalition in a shock result at the federal polls. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 18, 2019  9:42 pm
Tourist hotel in Kurunegala sealed for selling liquor on Vesak

Tourist hotel in Kurunegala sealed for selling liquor on Vesak

A tourist hotel in Pellandeniya, Kurunegala selling liquor on Vesak Poya Day has been raided today, the Media Spokesperson of the Department of Excise said. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 18, 2019  5:43 pm
762 inmates granted Presidential Pardon for Vesak

762 inmates granted Presidential Pardon for Vesak

President Maithripala Sirisena has granted presidential pardon to762 inmates detained over minor offences today (18), in view of the Vesak Poya Day. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 18, 2019  3:20 pm
Dayasiri leaves Colombo DIG’s office after recording statement

Dayasiri leaves Colombo DIG’s office after recording statement

UPFA Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekara has left the office of the Colombo Deputy Inspector General (DIG) after recording a statement. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 18, 2019  2:20 pm
National War Heroes’ Day to be commemorated tomorrow

National War Heroes’ Day to be commemorated tomorrow

Today (18) marks the milestone of a decade upon eradication of the brutal terrorism that plagued Sri Lanka for nearly 30 years through the humanitarian operations. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 18, 2019  1:29 pm
Steps taken to provide security for a peaceful Vesak celebration - Army Chief

Steps taken to provide security for a peaceful Vesak celebration - Army Chief

The security forces have taken the necessary measures to provide security for the general public for peaceful Vesak celebrations, says the Commander of Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 18, 2019  12:38 pm
US offers support for Sri Lanka’s counter-terrorism efforts

US offers support for Sri Lanka’s counter-terrorism efforts

The United States has offered to continue to expand counter-terrorism and maritime and border security cooperation with Sri Lanka. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 18, 2019  11:50 am
Dayasiri records statement on unrest in North Western Province

Dayasiri records statement on unrest in North Western Province

UPFA Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekara has arrived at the office of the Colombo Deputy Inspector General (DIG) to record a statement this morning (18). MORE..

(0) Comments | May 18, 2019  11:24 am
Manusath Derana & Army kick off mega reforestation project at Wilpattu

Manusath Derana & Army kick off mega reforestation project at Wilpattu

The mega reforestation project, organized by the Sri Lanka Army and ‘Manusath Derana’ in a joint effort to mark the completion of a decade since the Humanitarian Operations against LTTE terrorism, has commenced this morning (18) at Marichchakaddi in Wilpattu. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 18, 2019  10:17 am
Let’s aim to lead lives of mutual understanding & coexistence - PM

Let’s aim to lead lives of mutual understanding & coexistence - PM

In his statement for Vesak Poya Day, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says, leading lives of mutual understanding and coexistence is ‘the only way’ since fighting over religious and cultural differences will wreak destruction all around. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 18, 2019  9:06 am
We must recollect Buddha’s teachings to build a peaceful society - President

We must recollect Buddha’s teachings to build a peaceful society - President

“We must recollect the teachings of the Buddha to build a society with boundless peace by shunning all attempts to destroy each other for the greed for power”, says President Maithripala Sirisena. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 18, 2019  8:30 am
President promotes 38 senior army officers

President promotes 38 senior army officers

President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces has promoted 38 senior army officers to their next rank in commemoration of National War Heroes’ Day, which falls on Sunday (May 19). MORE..

(0) Comments | May 17, 2019  11:15 pm
Switzerland concerned by Sri Lanka tensions

Switzerland concerned by Sri Lanka tensions

Switzerland’s ministry of foreign affairs has expressed deep concern over the recent flare-up in tensions in Sri Lanka and urged the government to “do everything in its power to safeguard and strengthen the peace and stability in the country.” MORE..

(0) Comments | May 17, 2019  10:51 pm
Social media ban in Sri Lanka lifted

Social media ban in Sri Lanka lifted

The temporary ban on WhatsApp, Viber and social media platforms including Facebook has been lifted, the Government Information Department confirmed. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 17, 2019  7:00 pm
New laws needed to curb terrorism and extremism - Champika

New laws needed to curb terrorism and extremism - Champika

Minister Champika Ranawaka says that international terrorism today runs on the internet through social media websites such as Facebook. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 17, 2019  5:39 pm
Showers expected to enhance in next few days

Showers expected to enhance in next few days

The Department of Meteorology says that showery weather condition is expected to enhance in most parts of the island, particularly in south-western part in the next few days. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 17, 2019  5:14 pm
Court allows to detain two suspects linked to Zahran for 72 hours

Court allows to detain two suspects linked to Zahran for 72 hours

Kebithigollewa Magistrate’s Court today granted permission for police to detain for 72 hours and question the two suspects arrested in Horowpathana over their alleged links to terrorist leader Zaharan Hashim. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 17, 2019  4:51 pm
Suspect arrested at Wellampitiya copper factory further remanded

Suspect arrested at Wellampitiya copper factory further remanded

Karupayya Rajendran Abdulla, who was arrested and remanded while being employed at the copper factory in Wellampitiya which was owned by the suicide bomber at the Shangri-La Hotel, has been further remanded as per the orders of Colombo Additional Magistrate. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 17, 2019  4:33 pm
Inmate visitation for Vesak put off to Sunday

Inmate visitation for Vesak put off to Sunday

In view of a special programme organized for Vesak Poya day falling on the 18th of May, the Department of Prisons has decided to postpone the dates for visiting inmates. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 17, 2019  4:02 pm
German Ambassador calls on Opposition Leader

German Ambassador calls on Opposition Leader

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has briefed German Ambassador to Sri Lanka Jörn Rohde on the current situation of the country. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 17, 2019  3:23 pm
Legal action against persons spreading false rumours to cause public disorder

Legal action against persons spreading false rumours to cause public disorder

Legal action will be sought against persons who disperse rumours or false statements that may cause panic and incite violence among the public, says the Department of Government Information. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 17, 2019  2:34 pm
US reiterates support for Sri Lanka’s fight against terrorism

US reiterates support for Sri Lanka’s fight against terrorism

United States Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana at the Department of State in Washington DC. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 17, 2019  2:25 pm
Sri Lanka’s economic recovery expected to be gradual - IMF

Sri Lanka’s economic recovery expected to be gradual - IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the Sri Lankan economy remains vulnerable to shocks, given high public debt, large refinancing needs, and low external buffers. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 17, 2019  1:54 pm
Manusath Derana and Army join forces to reforest Wilpattu

Manusath Derana and Army join forces to reforest Wilpattu

A mega reforestation project, organized jointly by the Sri Lanka Army and ‘Manusath Derana’ to mark the completion of a decade since the Humanitarian Operations against LTTE terrorism, will get underway on Victory Day (May 18) at Marichchakaddi in Wilpattu. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 17, 2019  1:31 pm
Any threat to Sri Lanka is a threat to India - High Commissioner

Any threat to Sri Lanka is a threat to India - High Commissioner

Any threat to Sri Lanka is seen as a threat to India, says High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 17, 2019  1:14 pm
Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath condemns violence in Sri Lanka

Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath condemns violence in Sri Lanka

Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath leaders met officials in the Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka in Chennai on Thursday to express their solidarity with the Easter bombing victims and urged them to prevent violence against Muslim community that erupted after the incident. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 17, 2019  1:14 pm
CPJ criticizes reinstatement of Major Bulathwatte

CPJ criticizes reinstatement of Major Bulathwatte

An international rights group on Thursday expressed alarm over the Sri Lanka army’s decision to reinstate an intelligence officer accused of high-profile attacks against journalists, including the assassination of a senior editor. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 17, 2019  11:34 am
Two suspects with close links to Zahran arrested at Horowpathana

Two suspects with close links to Zahran arrested at Horowpathana

Two persons, who are believed to have close links with the ringleader of the series of attacks on Easter Sunday and the leader of National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ) Zahran Hashim, have been arrested in Horowpathana. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 17, 2019  11:23 am
Security forces should maintain limits when searching mosques - Azath Salley

Security forces should maintain limits when searching mosques - Azath Salley

Western Province Governor Azath Salley claims that swords were not recovered from any mosque except from the one at Slave Island, where 47 swords were seized. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 17, 2019  11:04 am
Ten charges levelled against Rishad in no-confidence motion

Ten charges levelled against Rishad in no-confidence motion

The No-Confidence motion against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, signed by nearly sixty-four parliamentarians including the MPs of the Opposition, was handed over to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday (16). MORE..

(0) Comments | May 17, 2019  9:58 am
27-year-old shot dead during party

27-year-old shot dead during party

One person has died while two others sustained injuries in a shootout at Beralihela area in Lunugamvehera police division. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 17, 2019  8:52 am
Sri Lanka tourist spots empty after Easter bombings

Sri Lanka tourist spots empty after Easter bombings

Sri Lanka was the Lonely Planet guide’s top travel destination for 2019, but since the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and luxury hotels, foreign tourists have fled. MORE..

(0) Comments | May 17, 2019  8:37 am
He left saying he was going abroad, Rifkan’s father-in-law tells Derana

He left saying he was going abroad, Rifkan’s father-in-law tells Derana

Father-in-law of Rifkan, identified as a close accomplice of Zahran Hashim –ringleader behind the attacks – told Ada Derana that they had no idea that Rifkan was involved with the Islamic State or the National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ). MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 17, 2019  12:29 am
CID finds 17 safe houses and 7 training camps of terrorists

CID finds 17 safe houses and 7 training camps of terrorists

The persons responsible for the Easter Sunday attacks had been running 17 safe houses and 07 training centers for the suicide bombers, Ruwan Gunasekera, the Police Media Spokesman, said on Wednesday. MORE..

video (0) Comments | May 16, 2019  11:48 pm