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Two nabbed with foreign and local currency worth Rs 88 million at BIA

Two nabbed with foreign and local currency worth Rs 88 million at BIA

Two youths including female have been arrested with foreign and local currency with an estimated value of Rs 88 million at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake this evening. MORE..

(0) Comments | September 21, 2017  11:43 pm
Aluthmawatha Road in Kotahena to be closed

Aluthmawatha Road in Kotahena to be closed

Aluthmawatha Road in Kotahena will be closed from 9.00pm tomorrow (22) to 5.00am on Monday (Sep. 25), police announced today. MORE..

(0) Comments | September 21, 2017  9:19 pm
Trespasser arrested at Mahinda’s Colombo residence

Trespasser arrested at Mahinda’s Colombo residence

An individual who had attempted to forcibly enter the premises of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s residence in Colombo has been arrested by security personnel and handed over to police. MORE..

(0) Comments | September 21, 2017  9:07 pm
PC polls amendment Bill -50/50 basis amended

PC polls amendment Bill -50/50 basis amended

In PC polls amendment Bill 40% preferential- 60% electorate basis amended to a 50/50 basis on request of some parties,Minister Faizer Mustapha said. MORE...

video (0) Comments | September 21, 2017  6:16 pm
SLMC to boycott discussion with Harsha’s committee

SLMC to boycott discussion with Harsha’s committee

The Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) has decided to boycott the discussion that will be held tomorrow (22) with the Presidential Committee headed by Deputy Minister Harsha De Silva. MORE..

(0) Comments | September 21, 2017  6:07 pm
Board of directors should be in charge of running airline - SriLankan CEO

Board of directors should be in charge of running airline - SriLankan CEO

The Chief Executive Officer of Sri Lanka’s cash-strapped national carrier Capt. Suren Ratwatte says that addressing four major issues would help SriLankan Airlines return to financial health. MORE..

(0) Comments | September 21, 2017  6:04 pm
Fonseka was left behind from President’s US delegation – Gammanpila

Fonseka was left behind from President’s US delegation – Gammanpila

MP Udaya Gammanpila stated that that the claim made by Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, who stated that he was unable to attend the 72nd General Assembly of the UN as he could not obtain a Visa to travel to the Unites States, was a fabrication made to save face in the eyes of the public. MORE...

video (0) Comments | September 21, 2017  4:27 pm
64-year old woman nabbed for Facebook scam

64-year old woman nabbed for Facebook scam

A woman who had fraudulently obtained money from people through Facebook social network was arrested in Weligama. MORE...

(0) Comments | September 21, 2017  4:22 pm
Former President condemns government efforts to ‘destroy democratic institutions’

Former President condemns government efforts to ‘destroy democratic institutions’

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has urged the people to unite and oppose the efforts rendered by the current government to destroy democratic institutions within Sri Lanka. MORE...

video (0) Comments | September 21, 2017  3:34 pm
GMOA strike action affects patients island-wide

GMOA strike action affects patients island-wide

Health services in a large number of hospitals were interrupted as a result of the strike action launched by the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA). MORE...

video (0) Comments | September 21, 2017  3:31 pm
Indian Government pledges funds for Lankan estate community

Indian Government pledges funds for Lankan estate community

The Indian government agreed to provide funds according to the request made by Minister of Hill Country, New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development Palany Thigambaram who appealed for the provision of funds for the development of the estate community of Sri Lanka. MORE...

(0) Comments | September 21, 2017  3:12 pm
Suspect convicted for murdering 4 family members sentenced to death

Suspect convicted for murdering 4 family members sentenced to death

A suspect who was convicted for the murder of a family of four at Eppawela in Anuradhapura was sentenced to death by the Anuradhapura High court. MORE...

(0) Comments | September 21, 2017  2:50 pm
Opportunity to create an indivisible Sri Lanka must not be squandered - Sampanthan

Opportunity to create an indivisible Sri Lanka must not be squandered - Sampanthan

Speaking in parliament today (21), Leader of the Opposition R.Sampanthan appealed to the members of the House not to squander the opportunity to create a constitution with a substantial bi-partisan consensus that will be beneficial to every member of the Sri Lankan community creating an indivisible Sri Lanka. MORE...

(0) Comments | September 21, 2017  2:28 pm
Alternate syllabus introduced for students unable to pass O/Levels

Alternate syllabus introduced for students unable to pass O/Levels

The Education Ministry will be introducing a new program for the candidates who fail their Ordinary Levels to sit for Advanced Levels under an alternative syllabus. The new syllabus will commence on October 2017, under the thirteen-year continuous education program, said Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam. MORE...

(0) Comments | September 21, 2017  1:39 pm
Sri Lanka to act over adoption racket claims

Sri Lanka to act over adoption racket claims

Sri Lanka is to launch an investigation into adoption fraud following claims that thousands of babies were sold to foreign nationals in the 1980s. MORE..

(0) Comments | September 21, 2017  12:38 pm
Cost per kilometer for Highways reduced by Rs.3 Billion – Kiriella

Cost per kilometer for Highways reduced by Rs.3 Billion – Kiriella

Minister of Highways and Higher Education Lakshman Kiriella stated that the current government has been able to reduce the cost of construction for 1 kilometer of all Highway projects by approximately 3 billion rupees. MORE...

(0) Comments | September 21, 2017  11:35 am
PM submits steering committee’s report on new constitution

PM submits steering committee’s report on new constitution

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe submitted an interim report on the new constitution compiled by the Steering Committee, to the Constitutional Assembly earlier today (21). MORE...

(0) Comments | September 21, 2017  10:16 am
Fire damages three stalls in Pettah

Fire damages three stalls in Pettah

A fire broke out last night (20) at Kumara Veediya in Pettah damaging three shops in the region. MORE...

(0) Comments | September 21, 2017  9:04 am
Nationwide strikes in protest of SAITM today

Nationwide strikes in protest of SAITM today

The GMOA has announced that a series of strikes will be launched across the island today (21), in protest of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine. MORE...

(0) Comments | September 21, 2017  8:34 am
Derana wins at Sumathi Tele Awards 2017

Derana wins at Sumathi Tele Awards 2017

Ada Derana won the award for Best Investigative News Reporting for Television in 2016 at the Sumathi Tele Awards 2017 held at Nelum Pokuna Theatre today (20). MORE..

video (0) Comments | September 20, 2017  11:03 pm
CEB trade unions end strike

CEB trade unions end strike

Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) trade unions decide to suspend their strike action after discussions with the Labour Minister this evening. MORE>.

(0) Comments | September 20, 2017  8:31 pm
Provincial Council Elections Amendment Bill passed in Parliament

Provincial Council Elections Amendment Bill passed in Parliament

The Provincial Council Elections (Amendment) Bill was passed in Parliament with a two-thirds majority, a short while ago. MORE..

(0) Comments | September 20, 2017  8:30 pm
PC Elections Amendment Bill requires 2/3 majority in Parliament - AG

PC Elections Amendment Bill requires 2/3 majority in Parliament - AG

The Attorney General has informed the Speaker of Parliament that the Provincial Council Elections (Amendment) Bill needs to be passed by a two-thirds majority of votes in Parliament. MORE..

(0) Comments | September 20, 2017  7:28 pm
Man hacked to death in font of son by motorcycle gang in Jaffna

Man hacked to death in font of son by motorcycle gang in Jaffna

One person in Navalar, Jaffna had been hacked and murdered using sharp weapons by a gang of eight in four motor bikes. MORE..

(0) Comments | September 20, 2017  4:23 pm
Sri Lankan fugitive faces Sh253.3 million theft charge in Kenya

Sri Lankan fugitive faces Sh253.3 million theft charge in Kenya

Moshin Ranatunga, who entered Kenya on a 90-day visa, was charged last year with stealing USD 2,450,377 (Kenyan Sh 253.3 million) from his employer, a tea exporter in Kenya, between July 2012 and September 2015. MORE..

(0) Comments | September 20, 2017  3:38 pm
Pakistan’s new PM assures continued assistance to Sri Lanka

Pakistan’s new PM assures continued assistance to Sri Lanka

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has assured President Maithripala Sirisena that Pakistan would continue the assistance provided to Sri Lanka. MORE..

video (0) Comments | September 20, 2017  3:04 pm
Railway strike called off

Railway strike called off

The railway strike which was scheduled to be launched from midnight today (20) has been called off by the trade unions after the discussions held with the Prime Minister’s secretary. MORE...

(0) Comments | September 20, 2017  12:49 pm
CEB Employees issued final warnings to report back to work

CEB Employees issued final warnings to report back to work

The Power and Renewable Energy ministry issued final warnings to CEB employees on casual and probation basis to report to work before noon tomorrow (21) or face the consequences. MORE...

video (0) Comments | September 20, 2017  12:24 pm
Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Palpita granted bail

Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Palpita granted bail

Former Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and former Director General of the TRC Anusha Palpita, who were sentenced over the ‘Sil Cloth’ case, have been granted conditional bail by the Colombo High Court. MORE..

video (0) Comments | September 20, 2017  12:10 pm
GMOA to stage 24-hour strike

GMOA to stage 24-hour strike

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has decided to launch a 24-hour strike action tomorrow (21), with the participation of several other trade unions. MORE..

(0) Comments | September 20, 2017  11:56 am
Parliament adjourned due to uproar over PC polls bill

Parliament adjourned due to uproar over PC polls bill

Parliament has been adjourned until 12 noon following a tense situation during the debate on the Provincial Councils Elections (Amendment) Bill. MORE..

(0) Comments | September 20, 2017  11:34 am
Parliament Road closed due to protest over disappearance bill

Parliament Road closed due to protest over disappearance bill

Parliament Road has been closed for traffic from Parliament Roundabout due to a protest, Ada Derana reporter said. MORE..

video (0) Comments | September 20, 2017  11:04 am
Mahendran appears before the bond Commission for the second consecutive day

Mahendran appears before the bond Commission for the second consecutive day

Central Bank former Governor Arjuna Mahendran appeared before the Presidential Commission of inquiry today (20), for the second consecutive day. MORE..

video (0) Comments | September 20, 2017  10:46 am
Consumers would not be hindered - Siyambalapitiya

Consumers would not be hindered - Siyambalapitiya

A regular supply of electricity would be maintained throughout the country, without causing any hindrance to consumers due to the CEB strike action, Power and Renewable Energy Ministry affirmed. MORE...

(0) Comments | September 20, 2017  10:28 am
CEB employees to protest tomorrow

CEB employees to protest tomorrow

A massive protest will be staged tomorrow (21) if the government fails to address their issues before 12 noon today (20), announced the Ceylon Electricity Board Employees’ Union (CEBEU). MORE...

video (0) Comments | September 20, 2017  9:41 am
Railway strike from midnight today

Railway strike from midnight today

Railway Employees attached to 11 grades including railway drivers, station masters, and guards have decided to engage in a strike action with effect from midnight today (20).

video (0) Comments | September 20, 2017  8:51 am
Sri Lanka qualify for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Sri Lanka qualify for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Sri Lanka have qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after the Windies lost the first ODI against England at Old Trafford on Tuesday. MORE..

(0) Comments | September 20, 2017  7:32 am
More than 130 dead as earthquake hits Mexico

More than 130 dead as earthquake hits Mexico

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 139 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped. MORE..

(0) Comments | September 20, 2017  7:22 am
President urges world to support forward march of Sri Lanka

President urges world to support forward march of Sri Lanka

President Maithripala Sirisena called upon the international community to seriously consider the tremendous progress made by the government towards reconciliation, restoration of democratic freedoms, human rights and the rule of law and extend the fullest support to the slow, but the steady forward march of Sri Lanka. MORE..

video (0) Comments | September 20, 2017  7:10 am
Appeal to help Sri Lankan sisters who survived suicide pact in Dubai

Appeal to help Sri Lankan sisters who survived suicide pact in Dubai

The Sri Lankan Consulate in Dubai has appealed to community members and other philanthropists to support two sisters who survived a family suicide pact in Sharjah. MORE..

(0) Comments | September 19, 2017  6:51 pm
SLC selection committee receives approval from Sports Minister

SLC selection committee receives approval from Sports Minister

The new SLC selection committee chaired by former cricketer Graeme Labrooy has been approved by the Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekara. MORE...

(0) Comments | September 19, 2017  5:07 pm
Political activists have attempted to hinder the vision of the President – Shantha Bandara

Political activists have attempted to hinder the vision of the President – Shantha Bandara

Leader of the SLFP Youth Front Shantha Bandara stated that several parties are attempting to hinder the development plan formulated by President Maithripala Sirisena. MORE...

(0) Comments | September 19, 2017  4:52 pm
PUCSL report highlights shortcomings of implementing long term power generation plan

PUCSL report highlights shortcomings of implementing long term power generation plan

PUCSL says that shortcoming of implementation of the Least cost longterm generation expansion plans (LCLTGEP) has resulted in cost overruns, load shedding, and unplanned power procurement in the past few years and these consequences are expected to be continued in the next few years..... MORE.

(0) Comments | September 19, 2017  4:45 pm
Govt has exceeded progress of both Chandrika and Mahinda regimes – Kiriella

Govt has exceeded progress of both Chandrika and Mahinda regimes – Kiriella

Minister of Highways and Higher Education Lakshman Kiriella stated that anti-government activists are jealous of the fact that the current government has been able to accomplish an unprecedented surge of development greater than that of the Mahinda or Chandrika regimes that lasted for a period of 20 years. MORE...

(0) Comments | September 19, 2017  4:36 pm
Budget is always drafted to satisfy foreign markets – Bandula

Budget is always drafted to satisfy foreign markets – Bandula

MP Bandula Gunawardane stated that the Budget for 2017 has to be drafted to satisfy the ambitions of the international market, regardless of the wishes of the Ministry of Finance. MORE...

video (0) Comments | September 19, 2017  3:48 pm
Railway staff members to go on strike tomorrow

Railway staff members to go on strike tomorrow

Railway Trade Union members have announced that train drivers, Stationmasters, railway guards and controllers will go on strike from midnight tomorrow (20). MORE...

video (0) Comments | September 19, 2017  3:32 pm
Prison inmates to be granted supervised home visits

Prison inmates to be granted supervised home visits

The Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms stated that a program will be introduced to grant supervised home visits to prison inmates in the near future. MORE...

(0) Comments | September 19, 2017  3:08 pm
Arundika Fernando crosses over to opposition

Arundika Fernando crosses over to opposition

UPFA MP Arundika Fernando crossed over and sat with the opposition in Parliament, a short while ago. MORE..

video (0) Comments | September 19, 2017  2:36 pm
 600 million allocated for the development of rural economies

600 million allocated for the development of rural economies

The Ministry of Rural Economy stated that Rs.600 million has been allocated by the government for the development of rural economies across the island. MORE...

(0) Comments | September 19, 2017  2:16 pm
Suspect detained at Pitigala Police station dies

Suspect detained at Pitigala Police station dies

A suspect detained at the Pitigala Police station has died earlier today (19), under unconfirmed circumstances, sources reveal. MORE..

(0) Comments | September 19, 2017  1:38 pm