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Foreign currency worth over Rs 6.4m concealed in computer parts

A Sri Lankan passenger has been apprehended at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake while attempting to smuggle out foreign currency notes valued at over Rs 6.4 million. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  8:12 am

Heavy rainfall expected in parts of the country

Thundershowers can develop in inland areas after 02.00 pm and will spread to the North-Western, Western and Southern provinces later, the Department of Meteorology said. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  8:21 am

Clothing shop in Maharagama catches on fire

A clothing shop in Old Road area in Maharagama police division has caught on fire last night (22). MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  10:00 am

China launches worlds longest sea bridge linking Macau and Zhuhai

Chinese President Xi Jinping has officially opened the worlds longest sea crossing bridge, nine years after construction first began. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  10:19 am

Batticaloa railway line yet to be restored

Several more days will be taken to restore the train services on the Batticaloa railway line as the prevailing inclement weather condition has obstructed the reparation process, says the Railway Department. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  10:47 am

Navy apprehends two persons with Kerala cannabis

Two persons with 151.7kg of Kerala cannabis were apprehended by the Sri Lanka Navy during a patrol carried out by a group of naval personnel attached to the Fast Attack Craft, Inshore Patrol Craft and the Special Boat Squadron of the Sri Lanka Navy, yesterday (22). MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  11:05 am

Sri Lanka should amend Counterterrorism Bill - HRW

Sri Lankas draft counterterrorism law significantly improves upon the current, abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) but needs further safeguards against rights violations, Human Rights Watch said. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  11:28 am

Food poisoning hospitalizes 60 teacher trainees

UPDATE: The number of student hospitalized due the food poisoning has hiked up to 70, according to Ada Derana reporter. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  11:31 am

Namal Kumara and Nalaka de Silvas phone conversations are authentic, court told

The Colombo Fort Magistrates Court was informed today that 123 out of 124 audio recordings of the phone conversations allegedly between Namal Kumara and former DIG Nalaka de Silva, being investigated in connection with the assassination plot, are a match with their voice samples. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  11:40 am

Sri Lankan Rupee falls further

The value of Sri Lankan Rupee falls further against the US Dollar as the selling price reaches Rs 174.12 per US Dollar. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  12:17 pm

Popular politics cannot build a nation Rajitha

Despite anti-India sentiments of some, the Sri Lankan government conducts friendly relations with India, states Minister of Health Rajitha Senaratne. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  12:42 pm

Constitutional Council set to meet this week

The Constitutional Council is scheduled to assemble this Thursday, the Speakers Office announced. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  1:01 pm

Fmr DIG Nalaka de Silva in CID for 4th day of recording statement

Former DIG Nalaka de Silva has arrived at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to record a statement on the VIP assassination allegations. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  1:19 pm

Flyers containing LTTE symbol distributed in Jaffna

Jaffna security forces say that several flyers containing the symbol of the LTTE organisation have been distributed in the Jaffna town. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  1:21 pm

Sri Lanka named the No1 country to visit in 2019

The adventure experts at Lonely Planet have revealed the best travel destinations for 2019 - and its Sri Lanka that takes the coveted crown for top country. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  1:29 pm

Colombo-Batticaloa highway caves in

Part of the road near 7th Mile post in Habarana on Colombo-Batticaloa highway has caved in due to the heavy rainfall received by Habarana area last night (22). MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  1:39 pm

Govt. implemented grassroots level projects to strengthen economy PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the current government is responsible for implementing the most number of developmental projects within a short period of time. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  1:41 pm

Northern PCs term to expire tomorrow

The official term of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), established for the first time following the end of the war in the country, will expire with effect from midnight tomorrow (24), says the Northern Province Governors Secretariat. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  1:57 pm

SLPP members ride bullock cart in protest

Two Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) members of the Weeraketiya Pradeshiya Sabha engaged in a protest today (23) by riding on a bullock cart. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  2:57 pm

Erdogan says Khashoggi was victim of ferocious pre-planned murder

Jamal Khashoggis death was pre-planned and was not spontaneous or an accident, Turkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday in a highly anticipated speech, which flat-out denied Saudi Arabias claim that the journalists killing was not premeditated. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  3:36 pm

JVP protest march commences in Colombo

(UPDATE) Heavy traffic has been reported near the Fort Railway Station in Colombo and surrounding areas due to the JVP protest march. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  3:59 pm

Daily hearing in Gamini Senaraths case from Nov 07

The Permanent High Court at Bar today (23) ordered daily hearing in the case against the former Presidents Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath and three others, from November 07. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  4:46 pm

NBRO on alert regarding possible sinkholes

The National Building Research Organization (NBRO) says that special attention has been directed towards the possibility of sinkholes occurring due to the prevailing heavy rainfall. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  4:58 pm

ACMC alleges assassination plot on Bathiudeen

All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) alleges that there is a conspiracy to assassinate their party leader Rishad Bathiudeen. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  5:06 pm

Sri Lanka Crickets Chief Financial Officer remanded

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Sri Lanka Cricket, who was arrested for alleged financial fraud, has been remanded until November 01 by the Colombo Additional Magistrate. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  5:07 pm

CCTV: Woman getting phone repaired steals new phone from store

CCTV footage of a mobile phone store has captured a woman stealing a brand new mobile after coming into the shop to repair an old phone. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  5:50 pm

Five Indian fishermen arrested in Sri Lankan waters

Sri Lanka Navy apprehended five Indian fishermen who were poaching in Sri Lankan territorial waters, along with their trawler, yesterday (22 October). MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  6:11 pm

CB Dy Governor appointed Commissioner General of Inland Revenue

Deputy Governor of the Central Bank C.J.P. Siriwardena has been appointed as the Commissioner General of the Inland Revenue Department, the Ministry of Finance stated. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  7:29 pm

Nalaka de Silva questioned for 6 hours on fourth day

Former DIG Nalaka de Silva has left the CID after giving 6-hour long statement for the 4th day. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  7:52 pm

Supreme Court to submit secret decision on Counter Terrorism draft bill

The Supreme Court today (23) concluded the hearing of the petitions filed against the constitutionality of the special draft Counter Terrorism Bill presented to the parliament by the government. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 23, 2018  11:46 pm

Train from Batticaloa to Fort derails at Mahawa

Colombo bound train from Batticaloa has derailed in Mahawa area, this morning (22), according to the Railway Control Room. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2018  6:47 am

Saudi foreign Minister says Crown Prince was unaware of rogue operation on Khashoggi

Saudi Arabias foreign minister denied on Sunday that the nations powerful young crown prince ordered Jamal Khashoggis killing, but the attempt to distance Mohammed bin Salman from the journalists demise did little to blunt an international uproar that could test Saudi Arabias status as a regional power. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2018  8:18 am

Special investigation to probe protest at Agunukolapelessa Prison

The Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms has decided to conduct a special investigation into how the inmates from Angunukolapelessa got out of their cells. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2018  8:40 am

Kri Usman Harun leaves Colombo today

The Indonesian Naval Ship Kri Usman Harun arrived at the port of Colombo on a goodwill visit on 20th October, stated the Sri Lanka Navy. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2018  9:07 am

Fmr DIG Nalaka de Silva arrives at CID for 3rd day

Former DIG Nalaka de Silva has arrived at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to record a statement on the VIP assassination allegations. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2018  9:29 am

Showery condition expected to continue over the island

Prevailing showery condition over the Island is expected to continue on today (21), the Department of Meteorology stated. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2018  10:06 am

One person dies in gunfire in Matara

One person has died in a gunfire that took place at around 9.25 am this morning (22) on the Hulan Kanda-Dampahala road near Urubokka area, Matara. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2018  11:47 am

Angunukolapelessa prison inmates call off protest

The protest launched by the inmates of Angunukolapelessa Prison has been called off, said Ada Derana reporter. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2018  12:00 pm

NBRO issues landslide warning for Nuwara Eliya

The National Building Research Organization (NBRO) has issued landslide warnings for the Nuwara Eliya district due to the prevailing showery condition. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2018  12:14 pm

UNP conspires to distort SL-India relations - SB

The UNP is engaged in a conspiracy to distort the relations between the President Maithripala Sirisena and India, claims UFPA Parliamentarian S.B. Dissanayake. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2018  12:46 pm

Had Mahinda listened to me, hed still be president Rajitha

Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Rajitha Senaratne stated that he demands the President and the Prime Minister to fulfill the promises given when the Yahapalana government came into power and to execute good governance in the country. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2018  1:51 pm

Sri Lankan rupee depreciates further

Sri Lankan Rupee has depreciated further against the US Dollar, according to Central bank of Sri Lanka. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2018  2:14 pm

Will take immediate action on public complaints new Chief Justice

An official event was held today (22), to welcome the new Chief Justice Nalin Perera at the Supreme Court. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2018  2:38 pm

Uber Head Office surrounded by protestors

Taxi drivers and employees of the Taxi Drivers Association in Sri Lanka launched a protest in front of the Nelum Pokuna Theatre, this morning (22). MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2018  4:28 pm

Sri Lanka seeks Indian help to tackle match-fixing

India has offered to assist Sri Lanka with its inquiry into match-fixing in cricket and drafting laws to combat cheating in the game, a Sri Lankan cabinet minister said on Monday (22). MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2018  4:54 pm

Finance Ministry justifies divestiture of Hyatt and Hilton

The Ministry of Finance and Mass Media has issued a press release, justifying the decision to divest Hilton and Hyatt hotels. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2018  5:03 pm

Case against Ravi postponed due to Chief Magistrates absence

Colombo Magistrates Court has ordered to take up the complaint filed against former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake for allegedly providing false evidence before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate the Issuance of Treasury Bonds. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2018  5:56 pm

Special operations room set up for receiving information on narcotics

A special operations room has been set up at the Police Head Quarters to receive information on narcotics, stated Police Spokesperson. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2018  6:15 pm

The Galle Dialogue 2018 opens with 50 participating nations

The Galle Dialogue 2018; International Maritime Conference was inaugurated today (22) in Colombo under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, stated Presidents Media Division. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2018  6:27 pm

SLC Chief Financial Officer arrested by CID

Sri Lanka Crickets (SLC) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) has been arrested by the Crime Investigation Department (CID) regarding an attempt to commit financial fraud, stated Police Media Spokesperson. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2018  7:27 pm