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Showers expected in parts of three provinces

Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in Sabaragamuwa province and in Galle, Matara and Kalutara districts during the evening or night, says the Department of Meteorology. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 25, 2021  8:19 am

Soldier and army deserter arrested with 45kg of heroin

Two individuals who were transporting 45kg 376g of heroin, valued at Rs. 450 million, have been taken into custody this morning (February 25). MORE..

(0)Comments | February 25, 2021  8:54 am

‘Ill-founded allegations’: Sri Lanka rejects UN human rights chief’s report

Sri Lanka has refuted United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet’s report which was formally presented to the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday (February 24). MORE..

(0)Comments | February 25, 2021  10:17 am

Welikada Prison to be shifted to Horana

Plans are underway to shift the Welikada Prison to Horana and convert it into a high-security prison, said State Minister Lohan Ratwatte. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 25, 2021  10:50 am

PCoI report on Easter Sunday attacks tabled in Parliament

The final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) which investigated the Easter Sunday terror attacks has been tabled in the Parliament this morning (February 25). MORE..

(0)Comments | February 25, 2021  10:50 am

Mahindananda acquitted from funds misappropriation case

Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has been acquitted from the case over misappropriation of funds from the Sri Lanka Freedom Labour Congress. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 25, 2021  11:13 am

PS Section of Chapelton Estate isolated

National Operation Centre for Prevention of Covid-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) has issued an updated announcement on isolation orders today. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 25, 2021  11:16 am

Persons Registration Dept open tomorrow for O/L candidates

The Head Office and selected regional offices of the Department for Registration of Persons will be open tomorrow (February 26) to issue National Identity Cards (NIC) for candidates facing the 2020 Ordinary Level Examination. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 25, 2021  12:51 pm

500,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses arrive from India

A consignment of 500,000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines purchased from India have arrived in Sri Lanka this afternoon (February 25), says State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Prof. Channa Jayasumana. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 25, 2021  1:40 pm

500,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses arrive from India

A consignment of 500,000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines purchased from India have arrived in Sri Lanka this afternoon (February 25), says State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Prof. Channa Jayasumana. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 25, 2021  2:13 pm

I’m not stupid enough to change Viharagam and Dewalagam Ordinance - Ali Sabry

President’s Counsel Ali Sabri stated that he does not intend to repeal or amend the Viharagam and Dewalagam Ordinance during his tenure as the Minister of Justice. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 25, 2021  2:49 pm

447 more recover from coronavirus

The Ministry of Health says that another 447 patients who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and discharged from the hospital within the last 24 hours. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 25, 2021  3:40 pm

447 more recover from coronavirus

The Ministry of Health says that another 447 patients who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and discharged from the hospital within the last 24 hours. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 25, 2021  3:41 pm

Two including Ayurveda doctor arrested with explosive materials

Two persons who were possession of explosive materials have been arrested in the area of Kinniya in Trincomalee. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 25, 2021  4:05 pm

The Attorney General has received Volume 01 of the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) that investigated the Easter Sunday terror attacks. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 25, 2021  4:08 pm

Showers or thundershowers likely in three provinces

Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in Western, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Galle, Matara districts during the evening or night, says the Department of Meteorology. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  8:35 am

Man nabbed with more than 2kg of Kerala Cannabis

An individual, who was in possession of a large consignment of Kerala Cannabis, has been arrested in the area of Indupuram in Kilinochchi. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  9:09 am

Will not absorb recruits of ‘100,000 jobs scheme’ into health service – President

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says those who have been recruited under the ‘100,000 employment opportunities programme’ will not be absorbed in to the cadre of the Department of Health Services. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  9:37 am

Eight including Nigerians arrested over online fraud of Rs 1.7 mn

The Kelaniya Divisional Crime Investigation Unit has arrested an organized crime group including foreign nationals who had defrauded over Rs 1.7 million in through an online scam. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  10:29 am

Bilateral talks between President and Pakistan PM underway

Bilateral discussions between Pakistani Prime Minister and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa commenced this morning, says the President’s Media Division. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  11:05 am

First stage of first term at govt. schools ends tomorrow

First stage of the first term of year 2021 of all government schools will end tomorrow (February 25), the Ministry of Education said in a statement. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  11:31 am

Hejaaz Hizbullah withdraws his petition

The habeas corpus writ petition filed at the Court of Appeal by Attorney at Law Hejaaz Hizbullah, demanding he be produced before a court, has been withdrawn. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  12:56 pm

Muthurajawela Wetlands brought under Environment Ministry and UDA

It has been decided to bring the Muthurajawela Wetlands under the purview of the Ministry of Environment and the Urban Development Authority (UDA). MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  1:55 pm

Sri Lanka, Pakistan explore possibilities to promtoe trade & investment

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan have explored possibilities for promoting trade and expanding investment opportunities between the two countries, says the President’s Media Division (PMD). MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  2:18 pm

2020 O/L Admission Cards available online

Candidates who have not received their Admission Cards for the 2020 G. C. E. Ordinary Level examination can download the same from online, the Department of Examinations stated. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  3:56 pm

U.S. seeks to return to United Nations human rights body

The United States will seek election to the U.N. Human Rights Council later this year, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday, marking the Biden administration’s latest international re-engagement. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  4:11 pm

Coronavirus: 672 more patients discharged upon recovery

The Ministry of Health confirms that 672 individuals who were previously diagnosed with Covid-19, have been discharged from medical care as they have returned to health. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  5:11 pm

Coronavirus: 672 more patients discharged upon recovery

The Ministry of Health confirms that 672 individuals who were previously diagnosed with Covid-19, have been discharged from medical care as they have returned to health. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  5:12 pm

Imran Khan flies back after Sri Lanka visit

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan left the island a short while ago after concluding his two-day visit to Sri Lanka. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  5:31 pm

Sri Lanka reports 192 new coronavirus cases

Sri Lanka reported 192 new infections of the novel coronavirus today (24), Army Commander General Shavendra Silva confirmed. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  6:04 pm

Sri Lanka reports 192 new coronavirus cases

Sri Lanka reported 192 new infections of the novel coronavirus today (24), Army Commander General Shavendra Silva confirmed. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  6:04 pm

PCoI to make recommendations on increasing efficiency of Customs

A five-member Commission of Inquiry (CoI) has been appointed to study the prevailing situation of Sri Lanka Customs and make recommendations on increasing its efficiency, says President’s Media Division (PMD). MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  6:52 pm

COVID survives on fabric for three days, study finds

Scientists have found viruses similar to the strain that causes Covid-19 can survive on commonly-worn fabrics for up to three days. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  7:23 pm

COVID survives on fabric for three days, study finds

Scientists have found viruses similar to the strain that causes Covid-19 can survive on commonly-worn fabrics for up to three days. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  7:24 pm

Saliya Pieris elected new BASL President

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has elected President’s Counsel Saliya Pieris as its new President a short while ago. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  8:53 pm

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 death toll climbs to 457

Sri Lanka has reported 04 more coronavirus-related deaths, the Director-General of Health Services confirmed today (February 24). MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  9:14 pm

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 death toll climbs to 457

Sri Lanka has reported 04 more coronavirus-related deaths, the Director-General of Health Services confirmed today (February 24). MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  9:16 pm

COVID-19 figures up by 266 new positive cases

Sri Lanka has registered 266 more positive cases of Covid-19 today (February 24), the Ministry of Health confirmed. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  10:38 pm

COVID-19 figures up by 266 new positive cases

Sri Lanka has registered 266 more positive cases of Covid-19 today (February 24), the Ministry of Health confirmed. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  10:40 pm

OIC addresses cremation of Muslim COVID-19 victims in Sri Lanka

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has raised its concerns over the issue of cremating the bodies of COVID-19 victims in Sri Lanka. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 24, 2021  11:06 pm

Showers or thundershowers expected in parts of the island

Several spells of showers will occur in Eastern and Uva provinces and in Polonnaruwa, Matale and Nuwara-Eliya districts, says the Department of Meteorology. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 23, 2021  8:09 am

Youth arrested for posting TikTok video with Prabhakaran’s images

A youth has been arrested for posting a video containing images of slain leader of now-defunct separatist group LTTE, Velupillai Prabhakaran on TikTok video-sharing platform. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 23, 2021  8:36 am

A ‘heartbreaking milestone’: US tops 500,000 Covid-19 deaths

President Joe Biden has addressed the nation as the US marks 500,000 deaths from Covid-19, the highest toll of any country in the world. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 23, 2021  9:56 am

A ‘heartbreaking milestone’: US tops 500,000 Covid-19 deaths

President Joe Biden has addressed the nation as the US marks 500,000 deaths from Covid-19, the highest toll of any country in the world. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 23, 2021  9:56 am

India allows Imran Khan’s aircraft to use its airspace for Sri Lanka tour

The Indian government has allowed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s aircraft to use its airspace for his visit to Sri Lanka, Indian media reported. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 23, 2021  10:30 am

Govt. to purchase paddy from farmers at competitive prices

The Cabinet of Ministers has given the approval to purchase paddy from local farmers at competitive prices with the private sector under the rice purchasing program for Maha Season of 2020-2021. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 23, 2021  11:21 am

Sri Lanka to purchase 3.5 million Covid-19 vaccines from UK

Cabinet of Ministers has given the approval to purchase 3.5 million of Covid-19 vaccines from the United Kingdom, says the Department of Government Information. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 23, 2021  12:07 pm

Railway unions temporarily call off token strike

The token strike which was scheduled to be launched by the railway trade unions from midnight yesterday (February 22) has been called off temporarily. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 23, 2021  12:09 pm

Sri Lanka to purchase 3.5 million Covid-19 vaccines from UK

Cabinet of Ministers has given the approval to purchase 3.5 million of Covid-19 vaccines from the United Kingdom, says the Department of Government Information. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 23, 2021  12:15 pm

Protesting health workers forcibly enter Health Ministry premises

A tense situation has emerged near the Ministry of Health this afternoon, owing to a protest launched by the Joint Health Workers’ Union, says Ada Derana correspondent. MORE..

(0)Comments | February 23, 2021  12:31 pm