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France elections: Macron and Le Pen through to run-off

France elections: Macron and Le Pen through to run-off

The centrist Emmanuel Macron will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a run-off for the French presidency on 7 May, near-final results show. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 24, 2017  7:54 am

Strike action of the Petroleum trade unions begins

Strike action of the Petroleum trade unions begins

Strike action of the Petroleum trade unions has begun since early hours of this morning. Long lines of vehicles also formed since last night at fuel stations after trade unions at the state petroleum announced the strike. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 24, 2017  8:00 am

US Chamber of commerce recognizes SL financial discipline - Ravi

US Chamber of commerce recognizes SL financial discipline - Ravi

Minister of Finance, Ravi Karunanayake stated that the US Chamber of Commerce has agreed to help expand investment opportunities in the country. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 24, 2017  8:51 am

Elections commission to conclude registration of new parties

Elections commission to conclude registration of new parties

The discussions held regarding the registration of new political parties will conclude within this week, according to the election commission in Sri Lanka. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 24, 2017  9:14 am

Invitation for all MPs that won elections to attend May Day rally

Invitation for all MPs that won elections to attend May Day rally

The Central Committee of the United People’s Freedom Alliance has made a special decision to invite to the May Day rally, all Members of Parliament representing parliamentary and provincial councils who won elections as representatives of the United People’s Freedom Alliance. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 24, 2017  9:41 am

Gemunu calls to appoint commission to probe NTC issue

Gemunu calls to appoint commission to probe NTC issue

The President should appoint a commission to investigate alleged fraudulent transactions occurred at the National Transport Commission (NTC), Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association says. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 24, 2017  10:14 am

Sri Lankan housemaid arrested 7 years after robbing sponsor

Sri Lankan housemaid arrested 7 years after robbing sponsor

A housemaid landed in court seven years after she had stolen Dh200,000 worth of valuables from her former sponsor, who had cancelled her residency and made her leave Dubai in 2010. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 24, 2017  11:00 am

Ed Sheeran bounces back to number one

Ed Sheeran bounces back to number one

Ed Sheeran has bounced back to the number one spot on the charts with his single Shape Of You after being knocked off the top position last week. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 24, 2017  11:49 am

4th round of talks between India, Lanka to finalise proposed ETCA

4th round of talks between India, Lanka to finalise proposed ETCA

The fourth round of talks between India and Sri Lanka to finalise the proposed Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) is beginning today in New Delhi. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 24, 2017  12:44 pm

New Chairperson for NCPA

New Chairperson for NCPA

President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed Mrs. Marini De Livera, Attorney – at – Law as the Chairperson of National Child Protection Authority (NCPA). MORE...

(0)Comments | April 24, 2017  12:50 pm

Hot weather conditions could last till May – Met. Dept.

Hot weather conditions could last till May – Met. Dept.

The prevailing hot weather conditions are likely to last till mid-May, Meteorological Department states. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 24, 2017  1:16 pm

Japanese experts present report to the President on Meetotamulla

Japanese experts present report to the President on Meetotamulla

The Japanese Experts Group presented their report on Meetotamulla Garbage Dump to President Maithripala Sirisena today (24) at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 24, 2017  2:12 pm

Rajitha addresses media ahead of World Malaria Day

Rajitha addresses media ahead of World Malaria Day

The Minister of Health, Rajitha Senaratne, stated that “Sri Lanka has been awarded the WHO certification for elimination of Malaria in 2016”. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 24, 2017  2:14 pm

Govt. incurs losses in its bid to please India and China - JVP

Govt. incurs losses in its bid to please India and China - JVP

The government incurs losses in its bid to please India and China by providing petroleum tanks from harbors in Hambantota and Trincomalee, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said Monday. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 24, 2017  4:50 pm

India has been our enemy since ancient times - Gammanpila

India has been our enemy since ancient times - Gammanpila

The agreement between India and Sri Lanka would not be allowed to go through without the consent of the public, leader of the Jathika Hela Urumaya, MP Udaya Gammanpila says. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 24, 2017  5:00 pm

Charges to be filed against Wimal and seven others - Police

Charges to be filed against Wimal and seven others - Police

Charges will be filed against MP Wimal Weerawansa and seven others for taking part in an unlawful assembly, the Cinnamon Gardens police informed the Colombo Magistrate’s Court today. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 24, 2017  5:22 pm

India, Sri Lanka likely to sign port development deal

India, Sri Lanka likely to sign port development deal

India and Sri Lanka may next week give final shape to a deal for jointly developing the Trincomalee Port in the north-eastern region of the island nation. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2017  2:25 am

Suspect arrested with 2 Kg of Kerala Cannabis

Suspect arrested with 2 Kg of Kerala Cannabis

On a naval tip off received, the naval personnel of Western Naval Area with the assistance of Wattala Police, during a search operation, nabbed a suspect for possession of Kerala cannabis weighing 2 Kg in Wattala, the Navy said. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2017  8:18 am

Now American Airlines staff nearly hits woman passenger with baby stroller, video is viral

Now American Airlines staff nearly hits woman passenger with baby stroller, video is viral

American Airlines has suspended an employee after a video showed an altercation on one of its planes involving crew members, several passengers and a crying woman carrying a young child. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2017  9:52 am

21 tea pluckers hospitalized after wasp attack

21 tea pluckers hospitalized after wasp attack

A group of tea pluckers in Bogawantalawa area were hospitalized after being attacked by a swarm of wasps, police said. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2017  10:11 am

Shooting on prison bus: committee to submit report

Shooting on prison bus: committee to submit report

The report prepared by the committee appointed to investigate the Kalutara prison bus shooting will be handed over to the relevant ministry, committee representatives reveal. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2017  10:51 am

India’s Hindu outfit opposes Narendra Modi’s Lankan visit

India’s Hindu outfit opposes Narendra Modi’s Lankan visit

Accusing the Sri Lankan government of suppressing Hinduism and following a policy of Buddhist chauvinism, Indian Hindu Makkal Katchi leader Arjun Sampath has opposed the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the island nation to take part in the Buddhist festival, Deccan Chronicle reports. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2017  12:16 pm

Petroleum workers to strike against proposed deal with India

Petroleum workers to strike against proposed deal with India

Seven trade unions attached to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) will launch a strike over three issues including the move to sign a pact with India regarding the oil tanks in the Eastern port city of Trincomalee. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2017  1:22 pm

China moves ahead with ancient Silk Road revival

China moves ahead with ancient Silk Road revival

China is moving forward with an ambitious project to build a new Silk Road linking Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe, hosting regional allies and other foreign dignitaries in what is expected to be the country’s biggest diplomatic event of 2017. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2017  2:57 pm

Appointment letters handed over to new SLFP organizers

Appointment letters handed over to new SLFP organizers

Appointment letters have been handed over to seven district organizers of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) by President Maithripala Sirisena. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2017  3:05 pm

Indian builders plan to import cement from Sri Lanka?

Indian builders plan to import cement from Sri Lanka?

In a bid to put an end to cartelisation by cement manufacturing companies in India, the builders’ Joint Action Committee, has decided to import cement from Sri Lanka, China and Bangladesh in protest against the hike of cement prices by the manufacturers in India, the NIE reported. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2017  4:58 pm

First ever Colombo session by G15 global grouping opens Monday

First ever Colombo session by G15 global grouping opens Monday

The first ever direct partnering effort by G15 global grouping with Sri Lanka will commence on Monday in Colombo, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce said. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2017  5:09 pm

CoI directs SriLankan not to extend term of its security head

CoI directs SriLankan not to extend term of its security head

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) has directed SriLankan Airlines not to extend the term of its head of security, retired Major General P. Chandrawansa, sources said. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2017  10:02 pm

Asylum seeker from Sri Lanka let himself be tortured

Asylum seeker from Sri Lanka let himself be tortured

An asylum seeker from Sri Lanka allowed himself to be tortured with hot iron bars to support his bid to stay in the UK, judges have ruled. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 22, 2017  9:08 am

Trump administration may change rules that allow terror victims to immigrate to US

Trump administration may change rules that allow terror victims to immigrate to US

When Raj, a Sri Lankan fisherman, sought refuge in the United States in 2005, he had precisely the kind of fear of returning home that U.S. asylum laws require. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 22, 2017  9:27 am

Khuram Shaikh was ‘stabbed 40 times with broken bottles’

Khuram Shaikh was ‘stabbed 40 times with broken bottles’

An aid worker from Greater Manchester who was killed in Sri Lanka was shot and stabbed more than 40 times with broken bottles, an inquest has heard. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 22, 2017  11:21 am

FM highlights potential for increased Sri Lanka-US bilateral trade

FM highlights potential for increased Sri Lanka-US bilateral trade

Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce highlighted prospects for increasing bilateral trade and U.S. investment in Sri Lanka at a breakfast roundtable meeting hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 22, 2017  11:42 am

Sri Lankan refugee held for extorting money

Sri Lankan refugee held for extorting money

A 29-year-old Sri Lankan refugee has been arrested near Vellore in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu for allegedly threatening passersby and motorists. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 22, 2017  12:42 pm

Sri Lanka to host Regional Meeting of Young Parliamentarians-Asia Pacific

Sri Lanka to host Regional Meeting of Young Parliamentarians-Asia Pacific

The Regional Meeting of Young Parliamentarians of the Asia-Pacific will take place from 25th to 26th April 2017 at the Hilton Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 22, 2017  2:18 pm

Protest against alleged attacks by Sri Lankan navy

Protest against alleged attacks by Sri Lankan navy

Activists of Tamizhar Desiya Amaippu today staged a demonstration in Rameswaram to condemn the attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 22, 2017  3:19 pm

Four top police officers transferred

Four top police officers transferred

Two Chief Inspectors of Police and two Inspectors have been ordered transferred with immediate effect, based on the recommendation of the IGP and approval of the National Police Commission. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 22, 2017  3:27 pm

Dumping garbage in Dompe halted - Harshana

Dumping garbage in Dompe halted - Harshana

UNP Parliamentarian Harshana Rajakaruna says that the Municipal Commissioner of Colombo has agreed to halt the disposal of garbage collected from Colombo at the waste site in Dompe. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 22, 2017  5:03 pm

EU Parliamentary group oppose granting GSP+ to Sri Lanka

EU Parliamentary group oppose granting GSP+ to Sri Lanka

A European Parliamentary group has tabled a resolution in the EU Parliament against granting the GSP+ tariff concession to Sri Lanka for its exports to the 28- member bloc, citing concern over Colombo’s “worryingly slow” progress on key issues like human rights. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 22, 2017  6:25 pm

Premajayantha opposes leasing of oil tanks to India

Premajayantha opposes leasing of oil tanks to India

Minister Susil Premajayantha has stated that he strongly opposes the decision made which involved the leasing out of the oil tanks in Trincomalee, to the Indian government. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 21, 2017  8:35 am

Two dead after drowning in Kelani river

Two dead after drowning  in Kelani river

Two individuals who had gone swimming in the Kelani river, have drowned and been pronounced dead. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 21, 2017  8:51 am

GMOA goes on strike

GMOA goes on strike

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) stated that doctors in all government hospitals in the Polonnaruwa District will engage in strike action from 8.00 am today (21). MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2017  9:19 am

War took priority over Meethotamulla - Mahinda

War took priority over Meethotamulla - Mahinda

Former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that the Meethotamulla Landfill site did not receive much attention int he past, as the civil war at the time had to be given priority. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2017  9:37 am

Lack of public support during disaster situation

Lack of public support during disaster situation

Due to the lack of public representation in provincial authorities, there is a difficulty in gathering public support in the event of disasters, leader of the People’s United Front (PUF), MP Dinesh Gunawardena states. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 21, 2017  9:51 am

Eighteen month old crushed under bakery truck in Nindavur

Eighteen month old crushed under bakery truck in Nindavur

An 18 month old infant has passed away after being crushed under a truck delivering mobile bakery goods, in Nindavur. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 21, 2017  9:58 am

Modi to declare open new Dikoya hospital complex

Modi to declare open new Dikoya hospital complex

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi will be attending the opening ceremony of the new Dikoya Base Hospital on May 12, during his visit to Sri Lanka for the UN Vesak Day celebrations, State Minister of Education, V. Radhakrishnan says. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2017  11:29 am

Two arrested for possession of heroin

Two arrested for possession of heroin

Two individuals from the Walampitiya area have been arrested over the possession of heroin. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 21, 2017  11:56 am

Monthly allowance for families relocated from Meethotamulla

Monthly allowance for families relocated from Meethotamulla

The Government today announced that a monthly allowance of Rs 50,000 will be provided to families who will be relocated from the high risk zone near the Meethotamulla garbage dump, for a period of 3 months. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2017  12:09 pm

PM to visit India next week

PM to visit India next week

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe will visit India next week to set the agenda for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to Colombo in May. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2017  1:32 pm

Discussion on generating renewable energy using small hydro power plants

Discussion on generating renewable energy using small hydro power plants

A discussion on generating renewable energy using small hydro power plants, was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2017  2:26 pm

Sports Minister suspends SLBA, calls for fresh election

Sports Minister suspends SLBA, calls for fresh election

A gazette notification has been issued by the Minister of Sports suspending registration of Sri Lanka Badminton Association and calling for a fresh election. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2017  2:47 pm