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Over 36,000 deserters still at large

The Sri Lanka Army issued a statement that over 4300 Army deserters had been taken into custody over the past few months whilst a further 36,000 are still at large. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 20, 2017  11:43 am

Scholarship examinations commence today

The grade 5 scholarship examinations are scheduled to commence today (20) at 9.30am. The examinations will be conducted in 3014 examination centers all across the island. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 20, 2017  10:38 am

GCE A/Level Chemistry paper leaked?

A special investigation is to be carried out on several tutorials distributed by a private tutor, which allegedly contains leaked questions from the 2017 GCE Advanced Level Chemistry part II paper. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 20, 2017  10:58 am

Proposal to take over Neville Fernando Hospital to be discussed in parliament

Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr.Rajitha Senaratne stated that a detailed proposal on the government take-over of the Neville Fernando Hospital will be submitted as a Bill in parliament, after obtaining consent from the relevant signatories. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 20, 2017  12:04 pm

Derana International Kite Festival to commence today

The much anticipated Derana International Kite Festival organized by Lokaya saha lokayo in collaboration with TV Derana will take flight at the Galle Face Green today (20). MORE...

(0)Comments | August 20, 2017  12:18 pm

Women seeking foreign employment as domestics should be discouraged – Manusha

Deputy Minister of Foreign employment Manusha Nanayakkara has stated that the government is taking steps to curtail the number of women seeking foreign employment as domestic workers. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 20, 2017  12:35 pm

Rajagiriya fly-over to be completed in December

The Road Development Authority has reported that the construction of the Rajagirya fly-over will be completed by December 2017. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 20, 2017  12:47 pm

Myanmar gifts young tusker to Sri Lanka

A young tusker gifted to President Maithripala Sirisena by the government of Myanmar, will be presented to the Dalada Maligawa. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 20, 2017  1:31 pm

Jay Z pays tribute to Chester Bennington during his Festival V performance

Jay Z paid tribute to Chester Bennington during his V Festival performance last night (19). The 47-year-old rapper ended his headline set at Weston Park, Staffordshire with a rendition of his 2004 Linkin Park collaboration ‘Numb/Encore’ and he asked the crowd to “make some noise” so Chester could hear. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 20, 2017  2:38 pm

Tides of Mirissa take the lives of 02

A foreign national and local have drowned whilst bathing near the Weligama beach strip in Mirissa today (20). MORE...

(0)Comments | August 20, 2017  2:52 pm

Exploding elephant trap leaves scholarship hopeful injured

An explosion of a mine meant to fend off wild elephants has injured a young boy who was to face the scholarship examination in Hambantota. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 20, 2017  3:46 pm

Teachers’ Union weighs in on leaked A/Level Chemistry paper

The Ceylon Teachers’ Union has stated that prompt investigations need to be conducted over the missing GCE Advanced Level Chemistry paper at an examination centre in Padaviya. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 20, 2017  4:29 pm

Several Districts under threat of floods

Due to prolonged rainfall, the populace living downstream of the Kukule Ganga dam (Kalutara and Bulathsinhala) are urged to be on high alert as the Kukule Ganga dam sluice gates are opened. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 19, 2017  9:05 am

Eight Police Officials promoted to post of DIG

The Police spokesperson has issued a statement that eight Senior Superintendents of Police including the Director of the Criminal Investigation Department have been promoted to the post of Deputy Inspector General of Police by the Police Commission. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 19, 2017  10:20 am

Government servants should strive to earn the trust of the people – President

President Maithripala Sirisena stated that all government servants should dedicate their services towards the development of the government sector, whilst ensuring the progress of the nation’s economy is sustained. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 19, 2017  11:12 am

Motorcycle collision takes life of Andarawewa youth

A motorcyclist travelling on the Andarawewa-Mattala old road was tragically killed after colliding with a tractor earlier on today (19).

(0)Comments | August 19, 2017  1:37 pm

Pirates 2.0: How hackers target shipping

Cyber attacks on a shipping firm’s computer systems could allow attackers to access all kinds of sensitive information creating a whole new dynamic for piracy. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 19, 2017  4:00 pm

Peradeniya students protest against the arrest of Ryan Jayalath

A group of students from the Peradeniya University have organized a protest against the arrest of the convener of the Medical Faculty Student’s Action committee Ryan Jayalath in Kandy today (19). MORE...

(0)Comments | August 19, 2017  4:16 pm

Bhutanese Medical students in Sri Lanka asked to return home

According to the Kuensel Bhutan, the Bhutanese Department of Adult and Higher Education (DAHE) has issued a statement requesting all Bhutanese undergraduate students currently studying medicine to return home, should the ongoing strikes continue beyond the month of October. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 19, 2017  6:35 pm

Barcelona: Van rams crowds in Ramblas tourist area

At least one person died and 32 were injured - 10 of them seriously - after a van ploughed into crowds in Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas tourist area, police and local officials say. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 18, 2017  12:14 am

National reconciliation process needs support of all - President

President Maithripala Sirisena says the patronage that should be given for the government’s task in building national reconciliation is to provide full support while understanding the process, but not to throw brickbats. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 18, 2017  12:30 am

State intelligence officer nabbed with gold concealed in knee guard

A state intelligence officer attached to the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) has been arrested while attempting to smuggle out gold worth Rs 9.1 million concealed in his knee guard. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 18, 2017  8:06 am

Spanish Prime Minister calls deadly Barcelona attack ‘jihadi terrorism’

A fifth terrorist involved in an incident in Cambrils, Spain, has died from his injuries, Catalan police say. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 18, 2017  8:15 am

NF Hospital will be vested with Govt - Kiriella

Minister of Higher Education and Highways, Lakshman Kiriella stated that the ownership of the Dr. Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital would be vested with the Government. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 18, 2017  10:07 am

Fire breaks out at clothing store in Weligama

An unexpected fire erupted in a clothing store in Weligama late last night. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 18, 2017  10:14 am

Appointment of new Navy Commander

Eastern Naval Commander Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah has been appointed as the new Commander of Sri Lanka Navy. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 18, 2017  10:15 am

Lotteries Board re-transferred to Finance Ministry

A gazette notification has been issued enabling the transfer of the Development and National Lotteries Boards to the Ministry of Finance. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 18, 2017  10:55 am

Ryan Jayalath remanded

The Convener of the Medical Faculty Students’ Action Committee, Ryan Jayalath, has been remanded until August 23. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 18, 2017  12:47 pm

SL to expect Norwegian research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen’s arrival in 2018

The Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther, stated that the Norwegian Research Vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen would make it possible to significantly step up Norway’s assistance for ecosystem-based marine management in developing countries, such as Sri Lanka.

(0)Comments | August 18, 2017  1:11 pm

18-year sentence sought for Sri Lankan man convicted of human smuggling

Canadian state lawyers are seeking an 18-year prison sentence for a man convicted of human smuggling for his role in the voyage of the MV Sun Sea, the dilapidated cargo ship that made the voyage from Thailand to B.C.’s coast with 492 Sri Lankan Tamils aboard seeking asylum. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 18, 2017  2:58 pm

Kiriella makes bold prediction on LG poll results

Minister of Higher Education and Highways Lakshman Kiriella says that the United National Party (UNP) is predicted to gain 55 percent of the votes in the upcoming Local Government (LG) polls. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 18, 2017  3:43 pm

Sri Lankan charged for seducing another man’s wife, threatening husband

A Sri Lankan was in the dock at a Magistrate’s Court in malaysia today facing two charges, issuing death threats and seducing another man’s wife. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 18, 2017  4:49 pm

Police Spokesman speaks out on controversial video of IGP

Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara says that false information is being spread with regard to a video, involving the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and another individual, which initially appeared on social media websites. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 17, 2017  12:35 am

Mahinda is exacting a grand scheme of revenge – Mangala

Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera stated that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is currently scheming to exact revenge on the general public who voted to oust him from power in 2015 through his attempts misrepresent acts of the current government. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 17, 2017  9:21 am

Tom Cruise injured on ‘Mission: Impossible 6’ set

Production on the latest installment of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise is on hold as star Tom Cruise recovers from an ankle injury sustained on set, the film’s studio confirms to CNN. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 17, 2017  9:26 am

Indian contingent to examine released fishing vessels

A group of Indian officials nominated by the Tamil Nadu region will arrive in Sri Lanka today (17) to inspect the condition of Indian fishing vessels released from custody of the Sri Lankan government. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 17, 2017  9:37 am

Earth to experience total solar eclipse this August

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Research has announced that the Earth will be experiencing a total solar eclipse on August 21. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 17, 2017  9:46 am

GMOA to submit a new series of proposals regarding SAITM issue

A new series of proposals has been compiled by the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), political parties and civil organizations, in connection with the SAITM issue. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 17, 2017  11:22 am

Two dead, 3 injured in fatal car crash in Pindeniya

Two persons were killed while another 3 were wounded after a car veered off the road and toppled into the Gurugoda Oya in the Pindeniya area on the Kegalle-Avissawella road this morning (17). MORE..

(0)Comments | August 17, 2017  11:38 am

HBO social accounts hacked in latest cyber security breach

HBO’s Facebook and Twitter accounts have been compromised in the latest cyber security breach to hit the firm. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 17, 2017  11:41 am

Stake sale of Hambantota port : prospective debt trap or fiscal salvation?

The Hambantota port which was constructed in 2015 by a Chinese company with tremendous financial support from the Asian super-power has not seen the success expected by its initial investors. Many economists believe that Sri Lanka may fall deep into a debt-trap that is gradually ensnaring the Asian region. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 17, 2017  11:49 am

Govt. will establish a medical faculty for Wayamba University - Rajitha

Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne stated that the Kuliyapitiya Base Hospital, which is under the Wayamba Provincial Council, would be taken over by the government to establish the medical faculty at the Wayamba University. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 17, 2017  11:54 am

Concrete slab collapses at construction site in Negombo

Several individuals have reportedly been injured after the concrete slab of a building under construction collapsed in the Periyamulla area in Negombo, a short while ago. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 17, 2017  1:05 pm

Women’s participation is critical for the economy - Elizabeth Broderick

Prominent Australian advocate and UN advisor for gender equality, Elizabeth Broderick (AO) stated that women’s participation in all aspects of Sri Lanka’s economy was critical to realising its economic potential. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 17, 2017  1:43 pm

Telecommunication levy on internet services to be removed

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera says that the 10 per cent telecommunication levy imposed on internet services will removed with effect from September 01. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 17, 2017  3:00 pm

Duty slashed on motorcycles, mini trucks and single cabs

The ad-valorem excise duty rate of 90% imposed on motorcycles with an engine capacity less than 150cc will be removed with effect from midnight today (17), Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 17, 2017  3:29 pm

Polythene ban will remain in place - President

President Maithripala Sirisena says there is no change on the policy decision taken by the government on the ban of polythene and plastics. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 17, 2017  3:36 pm

No govt. has harassed opposition’s families like ‘Yamapalayana’ - Mahinda

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that the “Yamapalanaya” is engaged in a desperate attempt to deflect public attention by hauling members of his family to the CID and the FCID, as their corruption comes to light in dramatic and unexpected ways. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 17, 2017  4:51 pm

Perpetual Treasuries: Rs 340 million dividend distributed to another company

It has been uncovered that a portion of the profit made by Perpetual Treasuries Limited through the controversial bond transaction was distributed to another company as dividend. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 17, 2017  6:28 pm

Arjuna Ranatunga renews calls to sack Thilanga Sumathipala

Minister Arjuna Ranatunga blamed Sri Lanka’s cricket board Tuesday for the squad’s crushing three-Test series whitewash on home soil against India. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2017  12:36 am