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IED found near BIA; disposed of by Air Force

An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) had been detected near the departure area of Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). MORE..

(0)Comments | April 22, 2019  12:01 am

Govt. was alerted to possible attacks before bombings - PM

Sri Lankas government was aware of information regarding a possible attack before a series of deadly bomb blasts rocked hotels and churches in the capital Colombo and two other towns, according to the countrys prime minister. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 22, 2019  1:10 am

Speaker and TNA leader issue special statements on Easter Day attacks

Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya says that he has invited the attention of the Parliament with regard to the urgent action needed in response to the unexpected explosions affecting life and property in several places in the country. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 22, 2019  1:31 am

Island-wide police curfew to be lifted

The island-wide police curfew that was imposed yesterday will be lifted at 6.00 a.m. today (22), the Police Media Spokesperson says. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 22, 2019  5:49 am

Afternoon thundershowers expected

Possibility for afternoon thundershowers is still high over the island, according to the Department of Meteorology. The general public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity and localized strong winds during thundershowers. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  8:23 am

Explosion at Kochchikade Church

An explosion has been reported from the Kochchikade Church in Kotahena at around 8.45 a.m. this morning (21), stated Ada Derana reporter. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  9:29 am

Another explosion at Katuwapitiya Church

Another explosion has been reported at the Katuwapitiya Church in Katana, stated the Police Media Spokesperson. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  9:53 am

Three more explosions at Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury

Three more explosions are reported from Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and The Kingsbury Hotels in Colombo this morning (21), stated Ada Derana reporter. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  9:58 am

Another explosion at Zion Church in Batticaloa

Another explosion is reported from the Zion Church in Batticaloa, according to Ada Derana reporter.

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  10:13 am

Over 40 killed in blasts at three churches and three hotels

Over 40 persons have reportedly been killed while more than 260 people have been injured and admitted to the Colombo National Hospital following the explosions in Colombo this morning, hospital sources said. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  10:45 am

Leave of all police officers cancelled

Leave of all police personnel has been canceled as per the orders of the Inspector General of Police (IGP). MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  11:01 am

Security tightened at BIA; no visitors allowed

Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) has requested all passengers to be at the airport four hours prior to their flight. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  11:50 am

Easter Day bombings: death toll rises to 138

UPDATE: Nine bodies of foreigners are among those killed in the explosions in Colombo, according to the National Hospital sources. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  12:01 pm

Heightened security in Kandy

According to the Ada Derana correspondent, security forces have heightened the security in the Kandy Police Division. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  12:09 pm

Schools closed for two days

All government schools in the country will be closed on Monday (April 22) and Tuesday (23) due to security concerns, says Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  12:11 pm

Transport of parcels on buses restricted

Transporting parcels in buses has been temporarily restricted owing to the explosions which occurred this morning (21) around the country, stated Bus associations. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  12:37 pm

Special statement from President

President Maithripala Sirisena issuing a special statement has condemned on the fatal explosions which occurred around the country this morning (21). MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  1:13 pm

Blood bank says sufficient blood donated already

The National Blood Centre has requested donors to stop arriving at the Blood Bank as sufficient stocks have been collected already. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  1:36 pm

No place for such barbarism in our region - Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the explosions which occurred this morning (21) in parts of Sri Lanka killing at least 140 persons and injuring over 400 persons. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  1:56 pm

Another explosion near Dehiwala zoo

Another blast is reported from a reception hall near the Zoological Garden in Dehiwala, stated Ada Derana reporter. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  2:07 pm

Island-wide police curfew declared

A police curfew has been declared across the island for a period of 12 hours, according to the Presidents Media Division. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  2:46 pm

Blast in Dematagoda

Another explosion is reported near the Maha Wila Housing Scheme in Dematagoda, stated Ada Derana reporter. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  2:51 pm

Social media temporarily blocked

Social media platforms including WhatsApp, Viber, and Facebook have been blocked temporarily in the country following the explosions this morning. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  2:58 pm

Cardinal Ranjith deplores the explosions

The Archbishop of Colombo, His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith has deplored the explosions that occurred at several places across the island this morning (21). MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  3:04 pm

Parliament to convene urgently

The Parliament is set to convene on 23rd of April, Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya has stated. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  3:11 pm

Island-wide police curfew with immediate effect

Police curfew has been implemented island-wide with immediate effect. The curfew will be in effect until further notice, stated Police Media Spokesperson. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  3:30 pm

Academic activities at universities called off

All academic activities at state universities have been temporarily called off due to the explosion which took place around the country today (21). MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  4:24 pm

Three policemen dead in Dematagoda blast

Three police officers have been reported dead from an explosion at Mahawila Gardens housing scheme in Dematagoda.

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  4:32 pm

Pope Francis laments Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis laments the Easter Sunday attacks on several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, which killed at least 138 people and wounded more than 400 others. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  4:55 pm

Do not spread unverified news and speculations

False news and speculation are currently circulated on social media platforms and messaging services causing panic among the general public. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  5:52 pm

Easter Day Explosions: Death toll hikes to 207, over 450 injured

A total of 207 deaths have been reported in the eight explosions which occurred around the country on Easter Sunday (21). MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  6:04 pm

PMs special statement on Easter Day bombings

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe issuing a special statement on the fatal explosion which took place around the country today (21), stated that law would be strictly enforced against the persons who are behind these attacks. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  7:14 pm

Easter Day bombing: 32 foreigners dead

A total of thirty-two foreigners from are among the killed in the explosions took place in Colombo today (21), stated the Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  7:23 pm

Police seize van allegedly used to transport explosives to Colombo

A van has been seized by the police in Wellawatte area on suspicion of transporting explosives to Colombo for the tragic blasts that took place today (21). MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  8:25 pm

International community condemns tragic explosions in Sri Lanka

The international community including the heads of states have deplored the explosions that took place in several places across the island today (21). MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  8:48 pm

Committee to probe Easter Sunday attacks

President Maithripala Sirisena says he will appoint a committee headed by a Supreme Court judge to conduct an inquiry into the explosions and their background. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  9:36 pm

Thirteen arrested over Easter day attacks

Thirteen suspects have been arrested by the Colombo Crimes Division (CC) over the eight explosions which occurred at several places in the country. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  10:13 pm

Eiffel Tower pays tribute to Easter Day attack victims in SL

The Eiffel Tower in France is set to turn off its lights to pay tribute to the victims of Sri Lanka attacks. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  10:59 pm

Mahinda visits the injured from Easter Day attacks

The Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa had visited the Kochchikade Church in Kotahena to inspect the situation following the explosion which occurred this morning (21). MORE..

(0)Comments | April 21, 2019  11:34 pm

High possibility for afternoon thundershowers

The possibility for afternoon thundershowers is still high over the island, according to the Department of Meteorology. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 20, 2019  7:49 am

US navy kicks off annual military exercise in Sri Lanka

The U.S. Navy kicked off its 25th annual military exercise, Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Exercise (CARAT), in Sri Lankas Hambantota port on Friday. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 20, 2019  8:26 am

42 hospitalised due to food poisoning at Laxapana Estate

At least 42 individuals including estate workers of the Laxapana Estate in Nallathanniya and several children have been admitted to the Maskeliya Hospital due to suspected food poisoning. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 20, 2019  11:36 am

Two nabbed with Rs 3.5 million in cash

Police have arrested two individuals along with over Rs 3.5 million in cash in the Weediyawatta area on the Colombo-Kandy main road. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 20, 2019  12:08 pm

Four members of same family critical in three-wheeler crash

Four members of the same family were critically wounded in an accident involving a three-wheeler at Urawatta in Ambalangoda. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 20, 2019  1:02 pm

Severe thunderstorm and heavy rainfall advisory issued

The Department of Meteorology has issued a Severe Thunderstorm and Heavy Rainfall Advisory for Central, Sabaragamuwa, North-western and Western provinces and Anuradhapura, Galle, Matara, Mannar and Vauniya districts. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 20, 2019  3:21 pm

Sports Minister backs Sri Lankas World Cup squad selection

Sports Minister Harin Fernando has backed the Sri Lankan squad picked by the SLCs selection committee for the upcoming World Cup 2019. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 20, 2019  4:15 pm

SriLankan flight diverted to Mattala due to bad weather

A SriLankan Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake has been diverted to Mattala International Airport due to bad weather conditions. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 20, 2019  5:15 pm

Karu prepared to take on national responsibility, if destined

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says that he has never asked for any post or position and that everything he has received was given by destiny. However, he said that he is ready to fulfill his national responsibility should destiny come calling at any certain point. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 20, 2019  5:23 pm

Swiss court verdict on 13 Tamil Tiger financiers challenged

The Swiss Federal Court must decide whether the Tamil Tigers are a criminal group following a complaint from the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG). MORE..

(0)Comments | April 20, 2019  10:37 pm

Lankan accused of killing wife cant escape justice through deportation, Canadian SC rules

Quebecs top court erred in ruling that proceeding with a murder case was unnecessary because the accused had been deported, the Supreme Court of Canada said. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 19, 2019  8:30 am