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Plane crashes into Melbourne Shopping Centre

Plane crashes into Melbourne Shopping Centre

A charter plane crashed into a Melbourne shopping complex Tuesday morning killing all five people on board and sparking a massive blaze. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 21, 2017  8:02 am

Three dead after three-wheeler collides with tipper

Three dead after three-wheeler collides with tipper

Three persons have died following an accident involving a three-wheeler and a tipper truck in Weeraketiya, Hambantota. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 21, 2017  8:11 am

Sri Lanka gears up to host Global Consultation on Migrant Health

Sri Lanka gears up to host Global Consultation on Migrant Health

Health leaders will gather in Colombo for a landmark consultation on migrant health from 21-23 February 2017. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 21, 2017  8:23 am

India will not press for merger of north, east provinces: Jaishankar

India will not press for merger of north, east provinces: Jaishankar

India will not be pressing Sri Lanka to merge the Northern and Eastern Provinces to form a single Tamil-majority, Tamil-speaking province as envisaged by the India-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987, the Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar told the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Monday. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 21, 2017  8:32 am

Niroshan Dickwella suspended by ICC for 2 limited-over matches

Niroshan Dickwella suspended by ICC for 2 limited-over matches

Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella has been suspended for two limited-over matches after his accumulated demerit points reached five within a 24-month period following his latest breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for which he received a 30 per cent fine and two demerit points. MORE...

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

Constitution that SLFP endorses won’t require a referendum - Minister

Constitution that SLFP endorses won’t require a referendum - Minister

The aim of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is to draft a Constitution that would not require to go through a referendum, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva says. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 21, 2017  10:06 am

Search continues for third day for missing pilgrims in Katukurunda

Search continues for third day for missing pilgrims in Katukurunda

The search for missing persons continues for the third day in Katukurunda as a boat capsized with a group of pilgrims, the Navy said. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 21, 2017  10:36 am

Brother kills younger brother in Boralesgamuwa

Brother kills younger brother in Boralesgamuwa

A 34-year-old man is dead and his elder brother is in custody after a stabbing in Boralesgamuwa last evening, police said. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 21, 2017  10:22 am

Gotabaya responds to allegations regarding Kotelawala medical faculty

Gotabaya responds to allegations regarding Kotelawala medical faculty

The decision to build the Faculty of Medicine at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University was taken following an advice from Prof. Carlo Fonseka, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 21, 2017  1:23 pm

Pledge to end police abuse not met, HRW urges Sri Lanka

Pledge to end police abuse not met, HRW urges Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government has not met its pledge to curtail police abuses prior to the March 2017 session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch said today. Security sector reform was one of 25 undertakings by Sri Lanka in the Human Rights Council resolution adopted by consensus in October 2015. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 21, 2017  2:03 pm

CB Governor at CoI to give evidence on controversial bond sale

CB Governor at CoI to give evidence on controversial bond sale

Central Bank Governor Indrajith Kumaraswamy on Tuesday arrived at the recently appointed Presidential Commission to give evidence on the bond sale issue. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 21, 2017  2:39 pm

Malaysian court finds film activist guilty for showing SL war documentary

Malaysian court finds film activist guilty for showing SL war documentary

Activist Lena Hendry has been found guilty by the Magistrate Court today for allegedly screening a documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war without the approval of the Censorship Board. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 21, 2017  2:46 pm

Govt. to offer compensation to victims of boat capsizing

Govt. to offer compensation to victims of boat capsizing

The government will offer compensation to victims and families of the deceased impacted by the boat capsizing in Katukurunda. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 21, 2017  3:12 pm

Norway ready to develop Sri Lankan ports – Ambassador

Norway ready to develop Sri Lankan ports – Ambassador

Norwegian ambassador to Sri Lanka Thorbjorn Gaustadsaether says that Norway is ready to invest in the Sri Lankan ports. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 21, 2017  3:30 pm

President should take control of CBSL - GL

President should take control of CBSL - GL

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka should come under the preview of President Maithripala Sirisena, former Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris said. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 21, 2017  5:10 pm

Live lobsters worth Rs.100,000 seized in Colpitty

Live lobsters worth Rs.100,000 seized in Colpitty

Live lobsters worth over Rs.100,000 were seized from a Chinese restaurant in Colpitty, the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development said. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 21, 2017  5:44 pm

Rathana Thero can rejoin party if he retracts statement - JHU

Rathana Thero can rejoin party if he retracts statement - JHU

Co-Chairman of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), Ven. Hedigalle Wimalasara Thera says parliamentarian Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera can rejoin the party if he retracts the initial statement he made when announcing his decision to sit independently in parliament. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 21, 2017  8:13 pm

India to assist drought-hit Sri Lanka

India to assist drought-hit Sri Lanka

India is to donate eight water bowsers or large tanks and 100 metric tons of rice to Sri Lanka, as part of drought relief for the island country which is headed for one of its worst droughts in 30 years. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 21, 2017  9:07 pm

14 arrested for harvesting sea cucumbers illegally

14 arrested for harvesting sea cucumbers illegally

The Naval personnel have arrested 14 persons while harvesting sea cucumbers, in the sea area off Keeramunal, the Navy said. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 21, 2017  9:12 pm

Two Sri Lankan restaurants among Asia’s 50 best

Two Sri Lankan restaurants among Asia’s 50 best

Two Sri Lankan restaurants, Ministry of Crab and Nihonbashi ranked 29th & 49th at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants’ awards ceremony held in Bangkok today. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 21, 2017  10:06 pm

15 Peradeniya uni students arrested for ragging their juniors

15 Peradeniya uni students arrested for ragging their juniors

(UPDATE) The police have nabbed fifteen university students in the wee hours of this morning (20) after they caught ragging a group of junior students inside a house in Galaha, Peradeniya. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 20, 2017  9:51 am

Indonesian Naval ship arrives to Sri Lanka

Indonesian Naval ship arrives to Sri Lanka

Making a goodwill visit, an Indonesian Naval ship has arrived to the country, the Navy said. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 20, 2017  10:04 am

Search continues for missing pilgrims in Katukurunda

Search continues for missing pilgrims in Katukurunda

The search for missing persons of the boat which capsized in sea off Katukurunda coast with a group of pilgrims continues for the second day with assistance from the Navy. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 20, 2017  10:38 am

Plans are underway to retrieve powers - Isura

Plans are underway to retrieve powers - Isura

A proposal has been handed over to all the Provincial Councils against the enactment of the Urban Development Authority (UDA) to decentralize some of the powers of the Local Government bodies, Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya says. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 20, 2017  11:12 am

No bail for Wimal, remanded until 6 March

No bail for Wimal, remanded until 6 March

Former minister Wimal Weerawansa, who was arrested on charges of misusing state vehicles, has been further remanded until March 06 after being produced before the Fort Magistrate’s Court on Monday. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 20, 2017  11:25 am

IGP leaves for Japan

IGP leaves for Japan

The IGP and several officers have left the island to take part in the 22nd Asia Pacific Operational Drug Enforcement Conference. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 20, 2017  12:09 pm

DC to hear petition on SLFP chairmanship on 13 March

DC to hear petition on SLFP chairmanship on 13 March

The Colombo District Court on Monday decided to take up for hearing the petition filed seeking an order to re-appoint former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). MORE...

(0)Comments | February 20, 2017  12:49 pm

Stay Order against full-face helmet ban extended

Stay Order against full-face helmet ban extended

The Court of Appeal today extended the stay order issued against the police circular imposing a ban on full-face helmets in the country. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 20, 2017  1:41 pm

Pillayan further remanded until March 06

Pillayan further remanded until March 06

Former Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan, who was arrested in connection with the murder of ex-MP Joseph Pararajasingham, has been further remanded until March 06. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 20, 2017  2:08 pm

Election for Bar Association postponed until further notice

Election for Bar Association postponed until further notice

The election to decide a President to the Bar Association which was scheduled to be held on Tuesday has been postponed until further notice, the Secretary of the association said. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 20, 2017  3:16 pm

Central Bank of Sri Lanka launches data library

Central Bank of Sri Lanka launches data library

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) today launched a Data Library to the general public via the CBSL external website. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 20, 2017  3:55 pm

President to lose authority he possessed on LG bodies - Vidura

President to lose authority he possessed on LG bodies - Vidura

According to the terms of the new Constitution, the President would lose the authority he possessed on the Local Government bodies, MP Vidura Wickremanayake says. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 20, 2017  4:59 pm

Sobitha Thero calls for the ban of school big matches

Sobitha Thero calls for the ban of school big matches

Owing to the recent ‘inconsiderate’ behaviour of students from two leading schools in Colombo, former leader of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thero on Monday called for the ban of school big matches in Sri Lanka. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 20, 2017  5:35 pm

Assault on journalist Noyahr: army personnel suspended

Assault on journalist Noyahr: army personnel suspended

The service of the army personnel including a Major who were arrested and remanded on the charges of abducting and assaulting journalist Keith Noyahr have been suspended, it was reported. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 20, 2017  5:52 pm

17-year-old hacked to death in Thalawa

17-year-old hacked to death in Thalawa

The police have made an arrest in connection with the murder of a 17-year-old youth in Nabada, Thalawa, police said. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 20, 2017  5:57 pm

Amid international pressure, govt. is hunting war heroes - PHU

Amid international pressure, govt. is hunting war heroes - PHU

Amid pressure from the international community, this government is sacrificing war heroes, the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) alleged on Monday. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 20, 2017  6:20 pm

FCID questions Namal about spiritual amulet given to him by astrologer

FCID questions Namal about spiritual amulet given to him by astrologer

Hambantota district MP Namal Rajapaksa arrived at the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) to give a statement on Monday afternoon. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 20, 2017  8:40 pm

Narendra Modi to visit Sri Lanka in May

Narendra Modi to visit Sri Lanka in May

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has confirmed his participation in UN Vesak Day celebrations to be conducted in Sri Lanka in May this year, a minister said. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 19, 2017  8:44 am

Army refutes allegations of sexual exploitation

Army refutes allegations of sexual exploitation

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) today denied the allegations made by former President Chandrika Kumaratunga that the country’s Tamil war widows continue to face widespread sexual exploitation by members of the armed forces. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 19, 2017  12:05 am

Two Indians nabbed for betting on Australia-Sri Lanka T20 match

Two Indians nabbed for betting on Australia-Sri Lanka T20 match

Warasiya police nabbed two persons accepting bets on the Australia-Sri Lanka T20 match late on Saturday afternoon. An offence was registered against them on the same night, the Times of India reports. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 19, 2017  8:51 am

Over 5000 Indians register for festival in Katchatheevu

Over 5000 Indians register for festival in Katchatheevu

A record 5,015 pilgrims, including about 2,000 from Rameswaram island have registered for the two-day annual St Antony’s Church festival in Katchatheevu, scheduled for March 11 and 12, Rev Fr. Sagayaraj, Verkodu Parish Priest and chief coordinator of Indian pilgrimage, said. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 19, 2017  10:57 am

There are still issues to hold LG polls - Mano

There are still issues to hold LG polls - Mano

Despite the Delimitation Committee’s report has been gazetted, there is no background to hold the Local Government election, Minister of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages Mano Ganesan says. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 19, 2017  11:23 am

Thailand, Sri Lanka prepare trade pact

Thailand, Sri Lanka prepare trade pact

Thailand and Sri Lanka are set to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) later this year, aiming to triple bilateral trade to US$1.5 billion (52.5 billion baht) over the next five years. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 19, 2017  12:09 pm

Boat carrying a group of people sinks off Katukurunda coast

Boat carrying a group of people sinks off Katukurunda coast

(UPDATE) At least 11 persons were killed and several others went missing after a boat carrying a group of people capsized in sea off Katukurunda coast on Sunday. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 19, 2017  12:50 pm

Assault on journalist Keith Noyahr: two more arrested

Assault on journalist Keith Noyahr: two more arrested

The police have made two more arrests in connection with the abduction and assault on journalist Keith Noyahr in 2008, police said. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 19, 2017  1:33 pm

Irregular appointment of HC judge threatens judiciary’s independence - MR

Irregular appointment of HC judge threatens judiciary’s independence - MR

It is essential to abide by the accepted practice in making judicial appointments so as to safeguard the independence of the judiciary, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 19, 2017  2:29 pm

Two army soldiers remanded over journalist Noyahr case

Two army soldiers remanded over journalist Noyahr case

The two army soldiers who were arrested on the charges of abducting and assaulting journalist Keith Noyahr have been remanded until 3 March. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 19, 2017  3:44 pm

2 cops among 10 arrested for hunting in Wilpattu

2 cops among 10 arrested for hunting in Wilpattu

Ten persons including two cops have been arrested for hunting at the Wilpattu National Park, Ada Derana reporter said. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 19, 2017  5:15 pm

India, sri lanka cruise to mend ties

India, sri lanka cruise to mend ties

India and Sri Lanka are ready to make way for better ties by resuming a ferry service from Kochi to Colombo. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 19, 2017  5:30 pm

Sri Lanka take unassailable 2-0 lead, win second T20I by 2 two wickets

Sri Lanka take unassailable 2-0 lead, win second T20I by 2 two wickets

Asela Gunaratne smashed a boundary off the last ball to secure a thrilling two-wicket victory for Sri Lanka against Australia in the second Twenty20 Internationals on Sunday. MORE...

(0)Comments | February 19, 2017  5:40 pm