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Putin set for fourth term with 74% vote: exit poll

Vladimir Putin won Russias presidential election on Sunday, March 18, 2018, with almost 74 percent of the vote, according to an official exit poll, with the Opposition reporting ballot stuffing and other cases of alleged fraud. MORE..

(0)Comments | March 19, 2018  7:40 am

Colombo Port aims to handle 7 million containers in 2018

Sri Lankas Colombo Port expects to handle 7.0 million containers in 2018, up 12.9 percent from the 6.2 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) handled in 2017 with joint marketing by three terminals, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said. MORE..

(0)Comments | March 19, 2018  8:49 am

Sri Lankan tourism experts visit Queensland for study tour

Representatives from the tourism sector in Sri Lanka have begun a study tour as a part of the Sustainable Tourism Development Short Course Award program funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). MORE..

(0)Comments | March 19, 2018  8:59 am

Things that are unsuitable to culture being legalized - MR

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that today we are living in an era in which what is not suitable to the culture of the country and not accepted by society is being legalized. MORE..

(0)Comments | March 19, 2018  11:05 am

Court orders arrested of Wimal and Jayantha

The Colombo Magistrates Court today ordered the arrest MPs Wimal Weerawansa and Jayantha Samaraweera and to produce the before the court immediately. MORE..

(0)Comments | March 19, 2018  11:46 am

16 remanded over Teldeniya incidents; 8 released

The Teldeniya Magistrates Court today further remanded 16 persons arrested in connection with the recent incidents in Teldeniya and released another eight. MORE..

(0)Comments | March 19, 2018  11:53 am

42-year-old killed in shooting at Armour Street

One person has been killed while his wife suffered injuries following a shooting incident at Armour Street in Colombo, a short while ago. MORE..

(0)Comments | March 19, 2018  12:00 pm

Wahhabism not the root cause for anti-Muslim violence experts

Sri Lankas civil society activists and legal experts have rubbished a news report citing the spread of Wahhabism as the root cause for the recent spike in anti-Muslim violence in the country. MORE..

(0)Comments | March 18, 2018  2:04 am

President signs Gazette notification to lift state of emergency

President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the island last night (17) and signed the Gazette notification to lift state of emergency with immediate effect, the President Media Division said.MORE...

(0)Comments | March 18, 2018  10:10 am

Sudarshani Fernandopulle to consider signing no-confidence motion against PM

State Minister of City Planning and Water Supply Sudarshani Fernandopulle said that she will consider signing the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.MORE...

(0)Comments | March 18, 2018  10:36 am

Sri Lanka statistics office withdraws GDP data

Sri Lankas Department of Census and Statistics withdrew its 2017 full-year and fourth quarter gross domestic product data on Friday, a day after posting the island nations worst economic growth in 16 years.MORE...

(0)Comments | March 18, 2018  11:02 am

Indian national arrested for overstaying visa

One Indian has been arrested yesterday (17) for overstaying his tourist visa in Sri Lanka, immigration officials said. MORE....

(0)Comments | March 18, 2018  11:22 am

Russia goes to the polls in presidential election

Polls have opened in Russias presidential election, in which incumbent Vladimir Putin is seeking a fourth term in office.MORE...

(0)Comments | March 18, 2018  11:45 am

Sri Lanka to launch cannabis plantation in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa

The Health Ministry has decided to launch a cannabis plantation project in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa districts. MORE...

(0)Comments | March 18, 2018  12:16 pm

Hostel issues at Hardy Technical College solved

The administration of Hardy Advanced Technological Institute has agreed to provide prompt solutions to the residential issues of the students enrolled in full time courses at the institute. MORE...

(0)Comments | March 18, 2018  2:28 pm

Vandalized Buddhist statue prompts police investigation

Ottawa police are investigating a report of vandalism at a temple after a Buddha statue was destroyed recently. MORE...

(0)Comments | March 18, 2018  3:18 pm

Heartbreaking moment prisoner bids farewell to daughter at his wifes funeral

This is the heart-rending moment a prisoner who had been given a life sentence bid a farewell to his young daughter whom he met at his wifes funeral.MORE...

(0)Comments | March 18, 2018  4:18 pm

Law and Order Ministry announces platforms to complain of illegal surveillance and harassment

The Law and Order Ministry in a media release announced that there are several platforms available for the public to lodge complaints of illegal surveillance and harassment. MORE...

(0)Comments | March 18, 2018  5:36 pm

Russian Central Election Commission comes under cyber attack

There is an ongoing cyberattack on Russias Central Election Commission, targeting its information center, the bodys secretary has said. MORE...

(0)Comments | March 18, 2018  5:56 pm

Public representatives should be exemplary - President

Public representatives should set an example to the public through their conduct and actions, said President Maithripala Sirisena. MORE....

(0)Comments | March 18, 2018  7:25 pm

Death threats to Principal of Tamil Girls MV, Badulla

Principal of Tamil girls school who was allegedly made to kneel down by Former Uva Province Chief Minister said that she has received death threats.MORE...

(0)Comments | March 18, 2018  9:45 pm

Bangladesh dressing room doors at RPS damaged

Bangladesh dressing room doors at R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Colombo has been reportedly damaged by Bangladesh players during their celebrations after yesterdays heated T20 against Sri Lanka. MORE...

(0)Comments | March 17, 2018  9:22 am

Showers to occur in most parts of the island

Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in most parts of the island except Eastern province and Jaffna district after 2.00 p.m., the Department of meteorology announced. MORE...

(0)Comments | March 17, 2018  9:41 am

Amith Weerasinghe and nine others remanded until March 29

Amith Weerasinghe and nine others arrested by Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) were remanded till March 29, Police Spokesman said. More....

(0)Comments | March 17, 2018  3:07 pm

Nidahas Trophy: Bangladesh dressing-room door damaged, ICC to investigate

High drama unfolded in the virtual semi-final between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday. MORE...

(0)Comments | March 17, 2018  11:03 am

Indian arrested for smuggling foreign liquor

An Indian national was apprehended by the custom officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport for smuggling nine bottles of foreign liquor without paying customs duty. MORE...

(0)Comments | March 17, 2018  12:32 pm

Oscars Academy chief John Bailey faces harassment allegations

The head of the organisation behind the Oscars is facing several allegations of sexual harassment, Hollywood trade publications report.MORE...

(0)Comments | March 17, 2018  1:01 pm

New board of office bearers of UNP to be appointed

Minister of Youth Affairs and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake said that the new board of office bearers of United National Party will be appointed before March 31. MORE...

(0)Comments | March 17, 2018  2:16 pm

Wahhabism on the rise in Sri Lanka? WION Report

A news report by Indias World Is One News (WION) claims that while Sinhalese intolerance is on the rise in Sri Lanka, as apparent in the recent communal violence, the root cause for the distrust of Muslims in Sri Lanka lies in the alarming spread of Wahhabism among one of the most tolerant and peaceful Muslim communities of the world. MORE..

(0)Comments | March 17, 2018  2:25 pm

Rs.1.4 million worth of Wallapatta detected at BIA

A Sri Lankan male was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) while attempting to smuggle from the country Rs.1, 445,000 worth Wallapatta to Dubai early this morning, Customs officials said today.MORE...

(0)Comments | March 17, 2018  4:46 pm

T.B. Ekanayake signs no-confidence motion against PM

State Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms T.B. Ekanayake had signed the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. MORE...

(0)Comments | March 17, 2018  5:09 pm

Bangladesh Cricket Board issues apology for events during Sri Lanka match

After Shakib Al Hasan and Nuril Islam were both fined and each issued with one demerit point after events in Fridays match against Sri Lanka, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has issued a statement accepting that the conduct of their players overstepped the mark and conceding that both were rightfully penalised. MORE..

(0)Comments | March 17, 2018  8:55 pm

Water supply to Galle MC area suspended

The water supply to the Galle Municipal Council are has been temporarily suspended due to a fire breaking out at the Wakwella water treatment plant, the National Water Supply & Drainage Board announced. MORE..

(0)Comments | March 16, 2018  7:47 am

Champika on why UNPs voter base has dropped

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says that the reason the United National Partys voter base of 5 million reduced to 3.6 million at the recent election was due to the sin which is the Central Bank bond scam. MORE..

(0)Comments | March 16, 2018  12:18 am

Multiple dead after Florida bridge collapse

A pedestrian bridge that was under construction collapsed onto a busy Miami highway Thursday afternoon, crushing vehicles beneath massive slabs of concrete and steel and killing at least four people, authorities said. MORE..

(0)Comments | March 16, 2018  8:02 am

Sri Lanka is happier than India, according to UN report

Jumping four spots from last year, Sri Lanka has been ranked above India but below several other South Asian nations on the list of the worlds happiest countries, published by the United Nations. MORE>.

(0)Comments | March 16, 2018  8:21 am

President visits Hiroshima

President Maithripala Sirisena paid floral tribute to the victims of atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima during the 2nd World War.On arrival, he was received by Mayor of Hiroshima. MORE...

(0)Comments | March 16, 2018  9:25 am

Names of members elected to local government bodies gazetted

The names of members elected to Local Government bodies at the recently concluded election have been gazetted, Government Printer Gangani Kalpana Liyanage said. MORE..

(0)Comments | March 16, 2018  9:42 am

Govt. surveyors to protest against foreign firm involvement

The Government Surveyors Association will stage a protest in front of Colombo- Fort Railway Station today (16). MORE...

(0)Comments | March 16, 2018  10:17 am

Fire breaks out at Sirisara Uyana flats, Borella

A fire broke out at a residence in the fifth floor of Srisara Uyana flats, Borella last night (15). more...

(0)Comments | March 16, 2018  10:55 am

Lotus Road temporarily closed owing to protest by govt. surveyors

(UPDATE) Galle Road has been closed for traffic from Kollupitiya Junction towards Pettah, due to a protest by employees of the Survey Department, Ada Derana reporter said. MORE..

(0)Comments | March 16, 2018  11:43 am

Names of members elected to LG bodies

The notice declaring names of the members elected for the Local Government institutions of 10 districts was published today (16) by the Elections Commission. MORE..

(0)Comments | March 16, 2018  12:03 pm

UNHRC to adopt Sri Lankas UPR Report on Monday

Sri Lankas Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report under the 3rd cycle of the UPR will be adopted at the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on Monday (19). MORE..

(0)Comments | March 16, 2018  11:06 pm

Open warrant issued for Udayangas arrest

The Colombo Fort Magistrates Court today issued an open warrant for the arrest former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga, who is absconding, to be executed through Interpol. MORE..

(0)Comments | March 16, 2018  1:21 pm

Gnanasara Thero was not part of Presidents delegation to Japan - PMD

The news circulating on social media websites stating that Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization was part of the Sri Lankan delegation that accompanied the President on his state visit to Japan, is totally fictitious and false, the Presidents Media Division said. MORE..

(0)Comments | March 16, 2018  2:59 pm

Navy ordered to produce Rear Admiral Ananda Guruge to CID

Fort Magistrate today (16) ordered Navy to produce Rear Admiral Ananda Guruge to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to record a statement. MORE...

(0)Comments | March 16, 2018  3:23 pm

No-confidence motion against PM collecting signatures

More than twenty Members of Parliament - all of them affiliated with the Joint Opposition (JO), have already signed the motion of no-confidence which is being brought against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. MORE..

(0)Comments | March 16, 2018  4:08 pm

Discussion between university non-academic staff and Finance Ministry

A discussion was held between University non-academic staff members and officials of the Finance Ministry today (16). MORE...

(0)Comments | March 16, 2018  4:13 pm

Cant compare Sri Lankan refugees and Rohingya - Indian govt.

Sri Lankan Tamil refugees, who fled the war in the island nation in the 1980s, stood on a different footing from the Rohingyas who seek shelter from persecution in native Myanmar. Any comparison between the two is misconceived, Indias central government has told the Supreme Court. MORE..

(0)Comments | March 16, 2018  11:17 pm

Army troops begin clean up of communal riot-affected areas

Members of the Security Force Headquarters, Central have been entrusted with rebuilding and renovating all damaged properties in the recent communal riot-affected areas of Digana, Akurana, Galaha, Katugastota, Menikhinna, Ambetenna, Poojapitiya and a few other places in the Kandy district. MORE..

(0)Comments | March 16, 2018  11:34 pm