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US shutdown to end as Senate strikes deal

The US government partial shutdown is set to end after Senate Republicans and Democrats voted to approve a temporary funding bill. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  12:31 am

Thailand to assist Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector

The Government of Thailand says that it is expecting to assist for the development of Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector through many new programmes. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  12:39 am

Singapore firms bullish about Sri Lanka amid news of FTA

Singapore businesses said they are bullish about the Sri Lanka market, and expect to benefit considerably from a free trade agreement (FTA) that both countries will sign today. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  8:33 am

Sound of honey bees the solution to Sri Lanka’s human-elephant conflict?

For the first time, researchers have shown that Asian elephants in Sri Lanka are scared of honey bees, much like their African counterparts. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  8:53 am

President says PM should assist him to capture Bond scam culprits

President Maithripala Sirisena stated that all politicians including the Prime Minister should assist him in his effort to punish the perpetrators involved in the bond scandal. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  9:58 am

Over 100 cops transferred due to LG polls

More than a hundred police officers who are relatives of candidates contesting the upcoming Local Government Election have been transferred, Police Headquarters said. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  11:45 am

Uva Chief Minister surrenders to police

Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake has surrendered to police in connection with incident where he allegedly forced a female school principal to kneel at his feet. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  12:00 pm

Lotus Road closed due to protest

Lotus Road in Colombo has been temporarily closed for traffic due to an ongoing protest. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  12:40 pm

Supreme Court rejects another petition over SLPP nominations

The Supreme Court today rejected the petition filed by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramunda (SLPP) over the rejection of its nomination lists for Panadura, Agalawatte, Mahiyanganaya and Thirippane local government authorities. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  12:50 pm

No increase in import taxes on food items - Finance Ministry

The Ministry of Finance and Media has rejected news reports published in certain media alleging that the gazette notification issued by Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera on January 18, 2018 had raised the taxes on essential food items. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  1:24 pm

Sri Lanka and Singapore sign Free Trade Agreement

The Government of Sri Lanka today signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Singapore at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  1:35 pm

Bond Commission and PRECIFAC reports tabled in Parliament

The reports of the Bond Commission and the Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate into serious acts of fraud and corruption have been presented in Parliament, a short while ago. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  1:44 pm

Uva Chief Minister released on bail

Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake, who surrendered to police in connection with the allegations that he allegedly forced a female school principal to kneel, has been granted bail by the Badulla Magistrate’s Court. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  2:59 pm

Fisheries Act to be amended; stiff fines on trespassing boats

The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development has taken steps to draft a Bill for amending the Fisheries Act No 59 of 1979 (Foreign Fisheries Boats Regulation Act) and it will be presented to the Parliament for approval. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  4:36 pm

‘Surangani’ singer Manohar passes away

Pop singer from the ‘70s, A E Manohar, popularly known as ‘Ceylon Manohar’, passed away on January 22 at his residence in Chennai. The actor-singer was reportedly suffering from kidney ailments. He was 73. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  4:47 pm

MR didn’t instruct us to safeguard Ravi - Bandula

UPFA MP Bandula Gunawardena denies that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa instructed the Joint Opposition’s parliamentary group to refrain from speaking out against former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and the allegations levelled against him. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  7:50 pm

Increased liking towards President’s speeches – Samarasinghe

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says that the public is showing a keen interest to listen to the valuable statements being made by President Maithripala Sirisena on the election stage. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  8:05 pm

Road accidents kill over 3000 last year - NCRS

Statics compiled by the National Council for Road Safety (NCRS) which functions under the Ministry of Transport reveal that 2910 road accidents have occurred during 2017 with a death total of 3078. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 22, 2018  11:15 am

Postal voting for Local Government elections commenced today

Postal voting for the upcoming Local Government elections commenced today(January 22) at 9 am in Election Offices, District Secretariats and Police stations. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 22, 2018  10:09 am

CEYPETCO bans bulk sales of red Kerosene oil

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CEYPETCO) banned bulk sales of Lanka Kerosene oil (Red colour) since some users of industrial Kerosene oil are exploiting the facility, announced the Petroleum Ministry.MORE...

(0)Comments | January 22, 2018  11:09 am

Kataragama shooting incident :58 arrested persons released on bail

The 58 arrested persons arrested during the Kataragama incident were taken before Tissamaharama Magistrate who released them on bail. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 22, 2018  8:58 am

Traffic restricted in several roads today

Traffic will be restricted in several roads today (22)due to the arrival of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Sri Lanka, announced Police Media Spokesman’s Office. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 22, 2018  11:46 am

Lotus Road in Colombo temporarily closed

Lotus Road in Colombo is temporarily closed due to a protest march by unemployed graduates, Ada Derana Correspondent reported.

(0)Comments | January 22, 2018  12:19 pm

Parliament to receive Bond Commission and PRECIFAC reports tomorrow

The reports of the Bond Commission and the Commission of Inquiry appointed to probe into serious acts of fraud and corruption will be presented to the parliament tomorrow (23) said Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees Thilanga Sumathipala. MORE.....

(0)Comments | January 22, 2018  1:29 pm

Parents protest against Uva Chief Minister

A group of parents staged a protest march today (22) against the incident in which the Principal of the Tamil Girls’ Maha Vidyalaya,Badulla was allegedly made to kneel down by the Uva Chief Minister. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 22, 2018  2:46 pm

Singapore PM arrives in Sri Lanka

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrived in Sri Lanka a short while ago, for a three-day official visit at the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 22, 2018  4:37 pm

G. L. Peiris challenges Ranil Wickremesinghe

Former parliamentarian G. L. Peiris challenged Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to assure that Former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake’s name will not be included in UNP’S nomination list that will be presented for the General Elections. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 22, 2018  5:57 pm

Cold war between President and PM has intensified – Mahinda

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that the President and Prime Minister are currently engaged in a cold war in an attempt to gain political favour from factions within the coalition government. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  12:39 am

Kataragama Police attacked after gunning down a motorcyclist refusing to stop

Police officials from Kataragama gunned down a motorcyclist that refused an order to stop for inspection upon suspicious activity. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  6:50 am

Rs.65 billion allocated for the ‘Nearest School - Best School’ campaign

Education Ministry has allocated an amount of Rs. 2, 700 million to implement school development projects under the ‘Nearest School – Best School’ program during the first two weeks of this year. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  8:36 am

Singapore PM to arrive in Lanka tomorrow

At the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from 22nd -24th January. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  8:41 am

Clear skies across the island – Met Dept

Except for a few showers that may occur in the Eastern province, mainly fair weather will prevail over the island. Colder nights and mornings can expect in the Northern part of the Island. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  9:07 am

ACTU presses for arrest of Uva Province Chief Minister

The All Ceylon Teachers’ Union (ACTU) made the declaration that Principals and teachers across the island will go on strike if the government does not take immediate action against Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  9:22 am

Ed Sheeran to marry childhood friend Cherry Seaborn

Singer Ed Sheeran has shared news of his engagement and added that “our cats are chuffed as well”. The musician revealed he and girlfriend Cherry Seaborn are engaged on Instagram. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  9:48 am

Chamara Sampath steps down as Uva Province Education Minister

Chief Minister of the Uva Province Chamara Sampath Dassanayake stated that he will step down as the Uva Province Minister of Education with immediate effect.

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  10:06 am

Curricular pertaining to school canteens is not being executed properly- Min.Rajitha

Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the curricular pertaining to school canteens is not being functioned properly. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  10:42 am

One person arrested with Ice and cocaine

One person was apprehended for the possession of Ice and cocaine, in Deans road, Maradana. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  11:39 am

Women’s March 2018: Thousands of protesters take to the streets

A year after millions of people turned out for the Women’s March and took to the streets en masse to protest President Trump’s inauguration, demonstrators gathered on Saturday (20) in cities across the United States, galvanized by their disdain for Mr. Trump and his administration’s policies. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  11:44 am

Nepal Chief of Army Staff calls-on CDS

General Rajendra Chhetri, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) of the Nepali Army paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Admiral Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne at the Office of the CDS earlier this week. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  12:30 pm

President directs IGP to probe incident involving Uva CM

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed IGP Pujith Jayasundara to launch a comprehensive investigation into the incident involving Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake who was accused of making a principal kneel before him. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  12:43 pm

IGP deploys team to probe Kataragama shooting incident

IGP Pujith Jayasundara has deployed a special team to probe the Kataragama shooting incident that left one dead and led to severe damage of Police property last night (20). MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  12:54 pm

A proper program functioned to reduce the cost of living during my reign - Mahinda

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that a proper program was in place to reduce the cost of living during his reign. MORE....

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  2:02 pm

Three family members of ‘Kudu Suda’ apprehended

Three family members of drug trafficker ‘Kudu Suda’ were arrested by the Polonnaruwa District Special Narcotic Raid Unit following a raid conducted today(21). MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  3:01 pm

There is a yahapalana govt. and yahapalana opposition in country - Mahinda

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa alleges that there is a yahapalana government as well as a yahapalana opposition in the country. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  6:13 pm

Kataragama shooting incident :58 protesters arrested

58 persons including 13 women have been arrested as police fired tear gas to disperse violent protesters in Kataragama. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  5:18 pm

Mathews flown home due to injury; Chandimal to take over as ODI captain

Interim Captain for the Sri Lanka ODI team Dinesh Chandimal stated that he will captain the Sri Lankan side for the remainder of the tri-nation series as Angelo Mathews was flown back to Sri Lanka after sustaining an injury. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  9:02 pm

Principal admits Uva CM made her kneel at his feet

The female principal of a Tamil girls’ school in Badulla, who was allegedly summoned to the Uva Province Chief Minister’s house and made to kneel at his feet, has finally broken her silence about the ordeal. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 20, 2018  12:16 am

Flight diverted to Chennai as Sri Lanka closes airspace

An Ethiopian Airlines flight (ET638), operating on the Addis Ababa-Singapore-Kuala Lumpur sector, was diverted to Chennai on Thursday, after Sri Lanka closed its airspace for some time in connection with the Agni-V missile test off the coast of Odisha. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 20, 2018  8:53 am

Russia and Sri Lanka plan nuclear energy cooperation

Russia and Sri Lanka have held talks this week on establishing cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Nikolay Spassky, deputy director general of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, met with Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and Susil Premajayantha, MORE...

(0)Comments | January 20, 2018  9:02 am

UNP will no longer have control over the economy – President

President Maithripala Sirisena stated that the UNP will no longer have authority to manipulate or manage the economic affairs of the country. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 20, 2018  7:24 pm