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Ten people dead, 15 injured after van ploughs into pedestrians in Toronto

Ten people are dead, and 15 more are in hospital, after a rental van mowed down pedestrians for close to three kilometres in north Toronto on Monday afternoon. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 24, 2018  7:52 am

Sharing of defence expertise between Pakistan, Sri Lanka vital for regional peace - Abbasi

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Monday said that regional peace was a shared objective of Pakistan and Sri Lanka and called for greater cooperation and sharing of expertise in the field of defence between the two countries. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 24, 2018  8:07 am

Sri Lanka hopes to accelerate Chinese projects, says PM

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said his government will work with China to accelerate ongoing projects and attract more Chinese investment in order to promote economic and social development in the island country. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 24, 2018  8:15 am

Namal teaches rugby in Kashmir, bets on sports to ‘change discourse’

Sri Lankan Member of Parliament Namal Rajapaksa, who is on his maiden visit to Kashmir for a seven-day rugby training workshop, on Monday said that sports has the potential to change the “perception and discourse about Kashmir” — just as cricket changed the discourse in his country. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 24, 2018  8:23 am

SLFP Central Committee to decide on unity govt today

The Central Committee meeting of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is scheduled to be held today (24). MORE..

(0)Comments | April 24, 2018  11:00 am

UNP reforms committee to reach final decision on posts today

The United National Party’s (UNP) Reforms Committee is scheduled to meet again today (24) at Temple Trees in Colombo. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 24, 2018  11:09 am

Underground LTTE bunker discovered in Palai

An underground bunker believed to have been used by the LTTE terrorist organization during the war was discovered yesterday (23) at Palai, Kilinochchi. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 24, 2018  11:23 am

PHIs sound warning over increase of stray dogs in Kilinochchi

Due to the rapid increase in the number of stray dogs in Killinochchi, there is a risk of rabies spreading in the district, says Public Health Inspectors (PHIs). MORE..

(0)Comments | April 24, 2018  11:45 am

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya begins Vietnam visit

Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament, Karu Jayasuriya, has arrived in Hanoi, beginning his official visit to Vietnam from April 23 to 27, at the invitation of Chairwoman of the National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 24, 2018  12:25 pm

Lotus Road closed due to protest by unemployed graduates

Lotus Road in Colombo has been temporarily closed due to a protest march by a group of unemployed graduates, Ada Derana reporter said. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 24, 2018  12:40 pm

All parties must support amendment to abolish executive presidency - JVP

The constitutional amendment on abolishing the Executive Presidency will be presented at the first parliamentary session next month, says the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). MORE..

(0)Comments | April 24, 2018  1:06 pm

IP Rangajeewa and Prisons Commissioner re-remanded

Inspector of Police (IP) Neomal Rangajeewa and Prisons Commissioner Emil Ranjan Lamahewa, who were arrested over the Welikada Prison clashes in 2012, have been further remanded until May 8 by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court.

(0)Comments | April 24, 2018  1:23 pm

Two arrested with fake currency notes

Two persons were arrested at the Eragama area for the possession of counterfeit currency notes. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 24, 2018  2:26 pm

Court re-issues open warrant on Jaliya

The Colombo Fort Magistrate today re-issued an open warrant for the arrest of former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya, who is under investigation for allegedly misusing state funds. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 24, 2018  2:28 pm

All dansal should be registered under MOH

Organisers should pay attention to the registration of the ‘dansal’ to be organised during Vesak season, says Director of Epidemiology Unit, Specialist Dr. Paba Palihawadana. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 24, 2018  4:33 pm

Govt should work with SLFP members – Ravi

The government should move forward with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members who work to protect the government, said United National Party (UNP) MP Ravi Karunanayake. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 24, 2018  4:55 pm

All 16 SLFP MPs will sit in opposition - Chandima

All sixteen Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members who voted in favor of the no-confidence motion will sit in the opposition, says former Minister Chandima Weerakkody. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 24, 2018  5:04 pm

Govt should not worry over a minor election – Duminda

The actions of certain individuals to gain power, has left the country without a guardian, says Minister of Agriculture Duminda Dissanayake. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 24, 2018  5:12 pm

SLFP ministers who boycotted attend Cabinet meeting

The first Cabinet meeting after the Sinhala and Tamil New Year was held today (24) at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 24, 2018  5:31 pm

Special program to monitor excise offenses during Vesak

The Department of Excise has decided to conduct a special monitoring program to prevent excise offenses and irregularities in excise-licensed establishments, during the Vesak season. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 24, 2018  5:36 pm

Risk of malaria epidemic rising again – Health Ministry

Although the World Health Organization (WHO) has named Sri Lanka as a country that has eradicated malaria, there is a risk of malaria spreading once again in the country, says the Ministry of Health. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 24, 2018  5:42 pm

IGP explains delay in bringing Udayanga to Sri Lanka

IGP Pujith Jayasundara says Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga has been arrested in Abu Dhabi by the authorities in that country according to their laws and regarding an offense committed there. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 24, 2018  6:16 pm

Train services disrupted along main line

A train has broken down between Polgahawela and Alawwa railway stations, disrupting tran services on the main line, the Railway Control Room said. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  7:51 am

Report: Researchers say Facebook doesn’t curb hate speech in developing countries

A new report outlines the fatal effects of Facebook’s newsfeed in developing countries where misinformation and hate speech allegedly fuel real-world attacks -- and the Silicon Valley titan is accused of doing nothing to ease the tensions. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  8:25 am

MR’s vanity projects helped China establish financial leverage over Sri Lanka – report

The official narrative in China and the highlighting of the country’s “core interests” in terms of fostering and promoting economic development in Europe and the Indo-Pacific region through the ambitiously conceived “Belt Road Initiative” (BRI) may not be entirely true. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  8:57 am

President returns after attending CHOGM in London

President Maithripala Sirisena who was in London to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Govt Meeting returned to Sri Lanka, a short while ago. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  10:10 am

Reports circulated regarding the President’s delegation to London are false -PMD

The President’s Media Division (PMD) refuted news circulated in certain media alleging that more than hundred delegates accompanied President Maithripala Sirisena in his Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)tour.MORE....

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  11:18 am

National govt will continue under new agreement – Amaraweera

The national government concept will continue forward under a new agreement to create a people-centered administration, says General Secretary of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), Mahinda Amaraweera. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  11:36 am

32 including Amith Weerasinghe further remanded

Thirty-two suspects arrested over the violence in Digana, Kandy including Amith Weerasinghe of Maha Sohon Balakaya and local government members have been further remanded by the Theldeniya Magistrate’s Court. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  11:57 am

Fuel price formula to be presented to cabinet tomorrow

The Ministry of Finance confirmed the agreed final price formula is scheduled to be submitted to the cabinet tomorrow (24) for approval.MORE....

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  12:15 pm

Wijedasa blames President for instability in country

The President has no vision as to which political party members should be included in the new cabinet, alleges United National Party (UNP) MP, Wijedasa Rajapakshe. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  12:32 pm

Vijithamuni invites 16 SLFP members to rejoin govt

Minister Vijith Vijithamuni Soysa has urged the 16 Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members who were planning to sit in the opposition after quitting the National Government, to accept their ministerial portfolios again and work with the President. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  1:02 pm

Kataragama PS chairman remanded

The Chairman of the Kataragama Pradeshiya Sabha Chanaka Amila Rangana and three others have been remanded by the Tissamaharama Magistrate in connection with the attack on the Kataragama Police Station in January.

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  1:09 pm

Speaker affirms no big budget ceremony for first day of next session

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya rejected statements made by certain parties to the media that a large sum of money has been allocated for the inauguration ceremony of the new Parliament session to be held on May 08.MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  1:11 pm

President and Prime Minister to discuss cabinet reshuffle today

A special discussion is scheduled to take place between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today (23) about the cabinet reshuffle, Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  1:25 pm

Basnayaka Nilame’s removal was not revenge – Minister

The temporary removal of Basnayaka Nilame of Ruhunu Katharagama Maha Devalaya was not an act of vengeance, says Minister of Buddha Sasana Gamini Jayawickrama Perera. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  1:29 pm

Sri Lanka the only South Asian country to provide 24-hr power - Ranjith

Sri Lanka is the only country in South Asia that provides uninterrupted power throughout 24 hours a day, says Minister of Power & Renewable Energy, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  2:10 pm

Mother kills baby, commits suicide

A mother has killed her ten-month old baby and has committed suicide inside her residence in Habarakada, Hiniduma. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  2:12 pm

Exams Dept to modernize examination process

Minister of Education, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has advised the Department of Examination to modernize its examination process and to make use of new technology for this task. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  2:17 pm

Govt owes Rs 315 billion to CPC – trade union

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has incurred heavy losses and a pricing formula for fuel should be introduced in order to prevent further loss, according to CPC trade unions. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  3:45 pm

11-year-old girl attempts suicide

A 11-year-old girl who attempted suicide by hanging herself inside her room was rescued by the residents and rushed to Dickoya Base Hospital today (23).MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  3:50 pm

Former immigration controller makes admission over Shashi’s passport

The case filed by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) against MP Wimal Weerawansa’s wife Shashi Weerawansa on charges of submitting forged documents to obtain a diplomatic passport was taken up for hearing at the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today (23). MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  4:57 pm

Suspect arrested with heroin worth Rs 1 million

A 31 year old was arrested for possessing of heroin worth around Rs 1 million near Pothanagama Junction in Anuradhapura. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  5:01 pm

Person arrested in connection with the Attanagalla shooting incident

A person was arrested today (23) in connection with the Attanagalla shooting incident that took place yesterday (22).MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  5:04 pm

Do not use banned polythene for ‘Dansal’ – CEA

The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) has requested the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and the Ministry of Home Affairs to instruct organizers of ‘Dansal’ to not use banned polythene this Vesak season. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  5:09 pm

President signs gazette proclaiming next parliamentary session date

President Maithripala Sirisena has signed the gazette notification proclaiming the next parliamentary session will be on May 08, at 2.15 pm, the President’s Media Division (PMD) reported. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  5:58 pm

Bus plunges off road injuring 29 passengers

29 passengers were injured when a SLTB bus running from Samimale to Hatton skidded off Hatton-Maskeliya main road, Ada Derana Correspondent reported.MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  6:34 pm

Give us a chance to bat ; Ranjan requests PM

Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage, Ranjan Ramanayake says that the Prime minster was given countless chances to bat and asked for a chance to play instead. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  7:15 pm

New Appeal Court judges sworn in

High Court Judge M.A. Samayawardhena and Senior Deputy Solicitor General Arjuna Obeysekara took oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena as Appeal Court judges.

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  8:10 pm

Main suspect of Attanagalla shooting incident identified

The main suspect involved in the Attanagalla shooting incident has been identified, the police said.MORE...

(0)Comments | April 22, 2018  6:36 am