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Heavy rains of about 150 mm expected

Heavy rains of about 150 mm will occur in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, North-western, Central, and Southern provinces within the next 24 hours, states the Disaster Management Center (DMC). MORE..

(0)Comments | September 16, 2019  7:12 am

Landslide warnings issued on several districts

Landslide early warnings have been issued on Ratnapura, Nuwaraeliya, Kegalle, and Kalutara districts, stated the Disaster Management Center (DMC). MORE..

(0)Comments | September 16, 2019  7:33 am

Armour-Baber junction flooded; use alternative routes

The Armour-Baber junction in Kotahena has been flooded due to the prevailing heavy rains, stated the Police Media Spokesperson. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 16, 2019  8:13 am

PM arrives to testify before Presidential Commission

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrived at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the allegations of corruption and financial misappropriations of state institutions, a short while ago. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 16, 2019  9:50 am

Two suspects arrested over Hanwella shooting

Two suspects allegedly involved in last night’s shooting at Hanwella, which claimed the life one persons and wounded another, have been arrested. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 16, 2019  10:04 am

Oil prices surge after attack on Saudi oil facilities

Oil prices surged more than 15 percent to their highest level in nearly four months after an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities that knocked out more than five percent of global oil supply. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 16, 2019  10:53 am

PM leaves PCoI after recording statement

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left the Presidential Commission of Inquiry a short while ago, after recording a statement with the Commission. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 16, 2019  11:27 am

JVP to contest under new symbol

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) will be contesting for the upcoming presidential election under a different symbol that the usual ‘Bell’ sign, says JVP political bureau member K. D. Lalkantha. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 16, 2019  12:06 pm

Thewarapperuma granted bail

The 06 suspects including Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma arrested over forcible burial of a body in an unauthorized land have been granted bail. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 16, 2019  12:45 pm

Lotus Road closed due to protest

The Lotus Road in Colombo has been temporarily closed due to a protest march, stated Ada Derana reporter. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 16, 2019  12:58 pm

PM returns to PCoI to continue his testimony

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has again arrived before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry at the BMICH. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 16, 2019  2:02 pm

Will contest for presidency no matter what obstacle comes – Sajith

Minister Sajith Premadasa says he will contest at the presidential election no matter what obstacle is placed before him. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 16, 2019  3:01 pm

The water levels of several rivers have risen due to the heavy rainfall prevailing in the country, stated the Department of Irrigation. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 16, 2019  3:39 pm

20 injured in accident involving bus; Four critical

A bus that had been en route to Gampaha from Thalawila has toppled injuring twenty of its passengers last night (14). MORE..

(0)Comments | September 15, 2019  6:15 am

Showery conditions to continue

The prevailing showery condition over the island is expected to continue during next few days, according to the Meteorology Department. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 15, 2019  8:23 am

Explosion in Dematagoda; 2 females injured

UPDATE: The explosion which occurred in a house in Dematagoda this morning (15) has been caused by a gas leak, stated the Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 15, 2019  10:01 am

Shantha Bandara’s name gazetted into vacant UPFA National List

United People’s Freedom Alliance member Shantha Bandara’s name has been gazetted to fill the vacant UPFA National List MP seat. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 15, 2019  11:10 am

Talks with minor parties highly successful - Sajith

The Deputy Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Minister Sajith Premadasa says that the discussions held with the party leaders of the United National Front (UNF) were highly successful. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 15, 2019  11:33 am

Son remanded over brutal murder of 81 year old mother

The son arrested over the murder of the 81-year-old woman named Walliamma Ragei has been remanded until the 23rd of September. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 15, 2019  12:34 pm

Haven’t been informed on suspension of SLFP membership - Fowzie

Parliamentarian A. H. M. Fowzie says that he has not yet been informed of the suspension of his membership of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). MORE..

(0)Comments | September 15, 2019  1:49 pm

Mangala calls for report on liquor licenses issued without approval

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera ordered Excise Commissioner General, H.G. Sumanasinghe to conduct an immediate investigation into how liquor licenses have been issued by the Excise Department without getting his approval in 2017 and 2018 and, report him within two weeks. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 15, 2019  3:30 pm

No financial crisis if I ran financial ministry – Daya Gamage

Minister Daya Gamage says that if the Ministry of Finance was handed over to him there would be no financial crisis in the country. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 15, 2019  4:39 pm

Six vehicles collide on Southern highway; 2 injured

An accident involving 6 vehicles has occurred on the Southern Expressway earlier this evening (15), stated the Road Development Authority (RDA). MORE..

(0)Comments | September 15, 2019  5:01 pm

Vehicle speed on expressways limited to 60 kmph

The Road Development Authority (RDA) has urged motorists to limit vehicle speed when traveling on the Expressways. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 15, 2019  6:05 pm

Sri Lanka’s living standards could drop over climate change – Hanaa Singer

Highlighting the importance of tackling climate change and its impact on Sri Lanka, UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer said living standards in Sri Lanka can drop by five to seven percent because of climate-related vulnerabilities. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 15, 2019  7:24 pm

Train derailment in Mahawa disrupts railway services

A train traveling from Kankesanthurai to Beliatta has derailed near the Mahawa, stated the Railway Control Room. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 15, 2019  9:38 pm

Shooting incident in Hanwella injures 2

UPDATE: One of the persons injured during the shoot out at the Embulgama Junction in Hanwella has succumbed to his injuries. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 15, 2019  9:55 pm

‘Sindurala’ and ‘Suranimila’ return home

SLNS ‘Sindurala’ and SLNS ‘Suranimila’ which left for India on the 5th September to participate in the Sri Lanka India Naval Exercise-2019, have arrived back in the island. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 15, 2019  10:32 pm

Grandmother’s body found dumped inside well; family members arrested

The body of an 81-year-old woman named Walliamma Ragei, who was allegedly brutally assaulted by her son, daughter-in-law and eldest grandson, has been found dumped inside a well behind the house where she had been living. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 14, 2019  1:19 am

Continued showers over next few days

Prevailing showery condition over the island is expected to continue during next few days, the Department of Meteorology says. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 14, 2019  8:29 am

Saman Devala Perahera declared a national event

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (13) declared the historic Sabaragamuwa Maha Saman Devala Perahera a national event. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 14, 2019  9:34 am

Navy declares open two Reverse Osmosis plants

Sri Lanka Navy has declared open two Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants established in Nikaweratiya and Mahawa areas yesterday (13). MORE..

(0)Comments | September 14, 2019  10:13 am

Person arrested with over 30kg of Cannabis

An individual has been arrested along with 30kg 480g of Cannabis at Wellampitiya area. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 14, 2019  10:46 am

Disabled war heroes’ protest continues for 5th consecutive day

The protest staged by disabled war heroes and their families, calling for solutions for salary issues and fulfilment of several other demands, was continued for the fifth consecutive day yesterday (13). MORE..

(0)Comments | September 14, 2019  12:43 pm

Pakistan not shifting venue for Sri Lanka series - PCB

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ehsan Mani reiterated his confidence in Pakistan hosting Sri Lanka later this month, saying neither he nor his board was looking to shift the series to a neutral venue. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 14, 2019  1:07 pm

PCoI to probe alleged fraud regarding duty-free shops at BIA

Presidential Commission probing the allegations of corruption and embezzlement in government institutions has launched an investigation into alleged financial misappropriation of state funds that has taken place while granting permits to duty-free shops at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). MORE..

(0)Comments | September 14, 2019  2:22 pm

Saudi Arabia oil facilities ablaze after drone strikes

Drone attacks have set alight two major oil facilities run by the state-owned company Aramco in Saudi Arabia, state media say. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 14, 2019  2:33 pm

Sajith to hold talks with UNF representatives today

A discussion between UNP’s deputy leader Minister Sajith Premadasa and the representatives of minor political parties is scheduled to take place today (14). MORE..

(0)Comments | September 14, 2019  4:21 pm

SLFP to suspend membership of 5 National List MPs

The membership of five National List Members of Parliament, appointed from Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), will be suspended within the next few days, SLFP General Secretary MP Dayasiri Jayasekara says. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 14, 2019  4:27 pm

Patriotism doesn’t mean harming devotees of other religions – Sajith

Minister Sajith Premadasa says patriotism does not mean destroying Islamic, Hindu, Christian, Catholic devotees. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 14, 2019  6:04 pm

S.B. to seek legal action against expulsion from SLFP

UPFA Parliamentarian S.B. Dissanayake says he intends to take legal action against his membership being suspended from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 14, 2019  8:00 pm

Qatar’s outgoing ambassador meets President

Outgoing Ambassador of Qatar in Sri Lanka, Dr. Rashid bin Shafea Al Marri, today (14) called on President Maithripala Sirisena. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 14, 2019  10:09 pm

Showers expected to continue during next few days

Prevailing showery condition over the island is expected to continue during the next few days, the Department of Meteorology says. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 13, 2019  8:10 am

Suspects in Akuressa shooting & T-56 rifles stealing remanded

The six suspects in connection with the shooting of two policemen at Akuressa and the two T-56 assault rifles that were stolen from Panadura North police station have been remanded till the 25th of September. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 13, 2019  9:22 am

UNFPA urges long-term care for elderly women in Sri Lanka

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) yesterday (12) emphasized the greater need to focus on long-term care for elderly women Sri Lanka. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 13, 2019  10:15 am

Shantha Bandara’s name sent for vacant National List MP seat - Amaraweera

The General Secretary of United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) says that he informed the Elections Commission that he has suggested Shantha Bandara’s name for the vacant UPFA National List MP seat. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 13, 2019  10:24 am

Manoj Sirisena appointed to fill Gajadeera’s vacancy in Parliament

Southern Provincial Council (SPC) member Manoj Sirisena has been appointed to fill the vacant Parliament seat following the demise of MP Chandrasiri Gajadeera. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 13, 2019  11:37 am

Seven Pakistanis sentenced to life by Lankan court for drug trafficking

Seven Pakistani nationals including one female, who were convicted of smuggling heroin into Sri Lanka, have been sentenced to life by the Negombo High Court, the Police Media Spokesperson’s office said in a release. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 13, 2019  1:21 pm

Must give international-level English education for students – Sajith

Minister Sajith Premadasa says the field of education must adapt to the modern development trends. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 13, 2019  2:31 pm

Six including Kanjipani Imran’s brother and father arrested at Boossa Prison remanded

The father and brother of notorious underworld figure Kanjipani Imran and four others, who were arrested yesterday (12), have been remanded till September 25th under the orders of Gall Magistrate. MORE..

(0)Comments | September 13, 2019  2:48 pm