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Indian Ocean should be a free zone open to every country - President

Sri Lanka is located in a place of strategic importance and therefore, the country is attracted to many parties, says President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. In this context, Sri Lanka has chosen neutrality as its foreign policy. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 1, 2020  12:14 am

WHO to roll out 120 million rapid COVID-19 tests for poorer countries

The World Health Organization, along with its global partners in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, has announced that it will provide 120 million rapid-diagnostic antigen tests to people in lower- and middle-income countries over the next six months. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  12:00 am

Accomplice of Ratmalane Anju arrested with heroin

An individual who was in possession of 21g and 520mg of heroin has been taken into custody in the area of Ratmalana. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  8:14 am

Spells of showers expected in some areas

Several spells showers will occur in Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and in Galle and Matara districts, the Department of Meteorology said. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  8:46 am

Sri Lankas COVID-19 infections count at 3,374

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases reported in Sri Lanka escalated to 3,374 last night (29) after one more person was confirmed to have contracted the virus. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  9:08 am

Sri Lankas COVID-19 infections count at 3,374

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases reported in Sri Lanka escalated to 3,374 last night (29) after one more person was confirmed to have contracted the virus. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  9:08 am

Five including females arrested with heroin worth Rs. 10 M

Five including two females have been arrested near the Apeksha Hosptial in Maharagama, while in possession of heroin worth Rs. 10 million. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  9:31 am

Day two of considering petitions against 20A begins

The Supreme Court has commenced considering the petitions challenging the draft of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution for the 2nd consecutive day this morning (30). MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  9:35 am

PCoI re-issues summons to Rajitha

Former Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne has been issued summons to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing political victimization. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  10:11 am

Annual loss of Postal Department at Rs 6 billion

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that Sri Lanka Post could become a major player in the national economy if it recognizes the scope of its services. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  10:36 am

Budget 2021 to be tabled in Parliament on Nov. 17

The governments budget for the year 2021 is scheduled to be presented to the Parliament on the 17th of November this year. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  12:21 pm

Easter attacks could have happened without SISs knowledge - IGP

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara says that State Intelligence Service (SIS) failed to provide any definite intelligence on the Easter attacks apart from the pre-warning issued by foreign intelligence units. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  12:38 pm

Two arrested for pelting stones at Sajiths meeting

Two suspects have been arrested over the incident of pelting stones at a meeting attended by Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa in Ratmalana. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  1:34 pm

Armed robbers make away with Rs 30 mn from businessmans home

A residence of a businessman at the Akkarapanaha area in Katana has been robbed by an armed gang, stated the Police. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  1:42 pm

Indias Vice President tests positive for COVID-19

Vice-President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu tested positive for Covid-19 in a routine test on Tuesday morning. He is asymptomatic and has been advised home quarantine. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  2:06 pm

Indias Vice President tests positive for COVID-19

Vice-President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu tested positive for Covid-19 in a routine test on Tuesday morning. He is asymptomatic and has been advised home quarantine. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  2:10 pm

Tensions mount as Armenia, Azerbaijan continue fighting

Armenian and Azeri forces have exchanged fierce fire for a second day over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, with both sides accusing each other of using heavy artillery amid reports of at least 21 deaths and hundreds of people being injured. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  3:37 pm

ASEAN Ambassadors commend govt for combating COVID-19

The Ambassadors of five countries from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have commended the government for successfully combatting the COVID-19 threat in Sri Lanka. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  4:19 pm

Five new cases of Covid-19 reported

Five new cases of novel coronavirus have been reported increasing the total number of cases detected in Sri Lanka to 3,379. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  4:39 pm

Five new cases of Covid-19 reported

Five new cases of novel coronavirus have been reported increasing the total number of cases detected in Sri Lanka to 3,379. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  4:54 pm

Second term school holidays to start on Oct 09

All governments will close for the second term vacation on the 09th of October 09, 2020, stated the Ministry of Education. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  5:31 pm

Youngsters scammed into paying money in promise of Justice Ministry jobs

A scam defrauding the public by promising employment at the Ministry of Justice has come into light, the Ministry said issuing a statement, today (30). MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  6:25 pm

Couple visiting Magazine Prison caught with heroin

A couple visiting an inmate at the Magazine Prison in Colombo has been taken into custody by the Prison Intelligence. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  6:49 pm

Petitions against 20A: further consideration postponed to Friday

The Supreme Court concluded the considering of petition filed challenging the 20th Amendment to the Constitution for the second day. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  8:57 pm

Government to amend the Press Council Act

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated that if Sri Lanka Post would look at how the international delivery and postal services operate and identify its untapped potential it can become a major contributor to the national economy. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  9:29 pm

Special unit to bring technology, research and innovation related services closer to general public

Ministry of Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovation has initiated measures to setup a coordinating unit to bring Technology, Research and Innovation related services closer to the general public, as well as to provide technical guidance in addressing the issues related to the said fields faced by the general public. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 30, 2020  9:47 pm

Showers possible in parts of the island

Showers will occur at times in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North Western provinces and in Galle and Matara districts, says the Department of Meteorology. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  8:17 am

Two including Excise officer arrested with synthetic drug Mandy

Two persons who had been in possession of 653g of Mandy, an artificial chemical drug, have been arrested by the Police Special Task Force (STF). MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  8:49 am

Petitions challenging 20A to be considered today

The petitions filed against the draft bill of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution are to be taken up for consideration today (29). MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  9:32 am

Sri Lankas COVID-19 cases total sits at 3,363

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases reported in Sri Lanka escalated to 3,363 on Monday night (28) as another person was confirmed to have contracted the virus. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  9:59 am

Sri Lankas COVID-19 cases total sits at 3,363

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases reported in Sri Lanka escalated to 3,363 on Monday night (28) as another person was confirmed to have contracted the virus. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  10:00 am

Sri Lanka hits back at Moodys rating downgrade

The Ministry of Finance, in response to Moodys Investors Service downgrading Sri Lankas Sovereign rating on Monday (28), has stressed that the rating action is unwarranted. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  10:21 am

Sri Lankan Muslims have no issue that calls for suicide bombing - Mujibur

Zahran Hashim carried out the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attacks at the behest of another party, says parliamentarian Mujibur Rahman. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  10:34 am

Govt. to amend 20A at committee stage, AG tells court

Attorney General Dappula de Livera today (29) informed the Supreme Court that the Government has decided to add several amendments to the draft of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution during the committee stage in Parliament. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  11:27 am

Arrest warrant issued on Patalis driver

The Colombo High Court has issued an arrest warrant on Dilum Thusitha Kumara, the then-driver of former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  11:32 am

100-unit housing schemes for each electorate PM

Plans are afoot to construct a 100-unit housing scheme in each electorate, says Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  11:47 am

Owner of collapsed building in Buwelikada arrested

The owner of the collapsed building in Buwelikada, Kandy, Anura Lewke, has been arrested by the police. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  11:49 am

Accomplice of Avissawelle Gaus arrested

An accomplice of the major heroin trafficker Avissawelle Gaus has been arrested over the possession of heroin, last evening (28). MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  12:41 pm

Cabinet approval to scrap Light Rail Transit project

The Cabinet of Ministers has given its approval to terminate the Japan-funded Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, which was planned to be implemented in the western region of Sri Lanka as a solution for the severe traffic congestion. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  12:56 pm

Sri Lankas Covid-19 recoveries increase to 3,230

Twenty more Covid-19 patients have been discharged from hospital after recovering, the Ministry of Health said. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  1:11 pm

Sri Lankas Covid-19 recoveries increase to 3,230

Twenty more Covid-19 patients have been discharged from hospital after recovering, the Ministry of Health said. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  1:13 pm

Cabinet approval to ban cattle slaughter in Sri Lanka

The Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval to implement the proposals tabled by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, on banning of cattle slaughter in the country with immediate effect, subjected to the implementation of relevant measures. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  2:08 pm

Troops apprehend more smuggled turmeric stocks in Mannar

Army personnel have seized a consignment of 946 kilograms of turmeric, suspected to have been smuggled into the country illegally via the sea route, concealed at Kondachchi, Mannar. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  3:28 pm

Special unit to reform judicial process within 3 years

The Cabinet of Ministers approved a proposal submitted by Minister of Justice Ali Sabry to establish a special unit under the Ministry of Justice to implement a Judicial Reform Program. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  3:32 pm

24-hour water cut to several areas in Hambantota

The water supply to several areas in the Hambantota District will be interrupted for a period of 24 hours tomorrow (30), stated the National Water Supply and Drainage Board. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  4:23 pm

20A will not make Prime Minister a nominal post Mahinda

The Prime Minister will not be made a nominal role through the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, says Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  4:32 pm

Total cases hike to 3,365 as two more contract COVID-19

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases reported in Sri Lanka moved to 3,365 today (29) as two persons were confirmed to have contracted the virus. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  5:04 pm

Total cases hike to 3,365 as two more contract COVID-19

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases reported in Sri Lanka moved to 3,365 today (29) as two persons were confirmed to have contracted the virus. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  5:08 pm

Further consideration of petitions against 20A postponed

Further consideration of the petitions filed at the Supreme Court challenging the draft 20th Amendment to the Constitution has been postponed until tomorrow (30). MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  5:23 pm

Buwelikada building collapse: building owner remanded

The owner of the building that collapsed at Buwelikada, Anura Lewke, who was arrested by police today, has been remanded until October 13 by the Kandy Magistrates Court. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 29, 2020  5:29 pm