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Sri Lankan leaders condole Atal Bihari Vajpayees death

Sri Lankan leadership took to twitter to put out their first reactions and offering condolences on the passing of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 17, 2018  8:11 am

Windy and showery condition expected to continue

The Meteorology Department says that the windy and showery condition is expected to continue over the island. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 17, 2018  8:22 am

UK extends partnership with UNDP to support sustainable resettlement in Sri Lanka

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka recently entered into a partnership agreement with the Government of the United Kingdom to extend support for Sustainable Resettlement of recently released lands in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 17, 2018  8:48 am

Rosy proposes to increase CMC members salary

A proposal has been submitted to the council with regard to increasing the salary of the members of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) by Rs 25,000, says the Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 17, 2018  11:00 am

Public is unaware of work done by govt. PM

The public is not aware of the services done by the government within the past three years, says Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 17, 2018  11:10 am

Body of woman who returned from London found inside well in Chavakachcheri

The body of a woman, who had arrived in the country from London, has been found inside a well in Chavakachcheri, Jaffna. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 17, 2018  11:19 am

CID officers visit former Presidents house to record statement

(UPDATE) The CID officers have left former President Mahinda Rajapaksas residence after recording a statement for around 3 hours, Ada Derana reporter said. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 17, 2018  11:22 am

Govts celebrating third anniversary by recording statement from Mahinda - DV Chanaka

Hambantota District MP D.V. Chanaka says that the incumbent government is attempting to celebrate its third anniversary by recording a statement from former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. MORE..

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

Nimal Siripala vows to become the best Transport Minister

Minister of Transport Nimal Siripala de Silva says that steps will be taken to renovate train compartments within the country. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 17, 2018  1:02 pm

Four deaths after Wadduwa party: suspects further remanded

The proxy owner and the publicity officer of an event organizing company, who were arrested after the deaths of four youths following a party organised in Wadduwa, have been further remanded by the Panadura Magistrate. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 17, 2018  1:56 pm

Traffic restricted to one lane after earth mound collapses on Hatton-Colombo road

A section of the Hatton-Colombo main road in the Shannon Estate area has been cleared after an earth mound collapsed on to the road while vehicular movement has been restricted to only one lane. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 17, 2018  3:16 pm

Fairly strong gusty winds expected over island

Fairly strong gusty winds up to 50-60kmph can be expected over the island particularly, in Central, North-western, North-central, Eastern and Western provinces and in Hambanthota district, the Meteorology Department said. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 17, 2018  3:54 pm

Fake human rights activist who defrauded millions released on bail

The suspect who was arrested for defrauding millions of rupees through a fake human rights organization, was ordered released on a bail bond of Rs. 125,000 by the Marawila Additional District Judge Keminda Perera. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 17, 2018  4:16 pm

Public cautioned as water level of Kelani River rises

The Disaster Management Center (DMC) says that the water level of the Kelani River has slightly increased with the prevailing showery weather condition. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 17, 2018  4:56 pm

Hatton-Colombo main road closed due to landslide risk

The Hatton-Colombo main road has been temporarily closed for traffic near the Staden Estate due to the risk of landslides, police said. Motorists are requested to use alternate routes. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 17, 2018  5:03 pm

Compensating injured in Polgahawela train crash to commence

The Department of Railways says that it has commenced necessary steps to provide compensation to the passengers injured in the train collision in the Panaliya area in Polgahawela. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 17, 2018  6:30 pm

Dont give a cent to university students going around with tills - Wijeyadasa asks public

Minister of Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe says that ragging is being carried out mentally, physically as well as sexually within universities. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 17, 2018  6:53 pm

Rajapaksa claims questioning over journalist abduction is part of witch hunt

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said he was the victim of a witch hunt as investigators questioned him for the first time Friday over the abduction of a journalist. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 17, 2018  11:31 pm

Lankan adoptees search for birth mum unfolded in BBCs new documentary

Over 11,000 people who were born in Sri Lanka have been adopted overseas. Many of them have grown with little knowledge of the people or culture they left behind. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  4:00 pm

Wont support Chandrika if she contests from Ranils lap Dilan

MP Dilan Perera said that if the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa can contest at the upcoming Presidential Election, he will support him without an argument. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  4:23 pm

Colombo-Talaimannar trains limited to Medawachchiya for 3 months

The Department of Railways said that train services from Colombo to Talaimannar will be limited to Medawachchiya for a period of 3 months starting from tomorrow (17) due to renovations being carried out on a bridge. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  4:51 pm

Education Ministry files complaint at CID against fake news

The rumor spread on the internet that teachers salaries for holiday months will be annulled is false, says the Ministry of Education. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  5:00 pm

Second term for Muslim schools will end on 17th August

The end date of the second term for Muslim schools has been amended, stated the Ministry of Education. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  5:15 pm

Akila thanks bus operators that did not join strike

Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has expressed his gratitude to all private bus owners, drivers and conductors who did not support the bus strike and provided transport services considering the students sitting for the Advanced Level examination. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  5:19 pm

SriLankan flights to Kochi suspended till August 26

SriLankan Airlines has temporarily suspended flights to and from the South Indian city of Kochi until 26th August, following the closure of Cochin Airport due to flooding in the region. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  5:38 pm

Former Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away at 93

Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who had been admitted to the AIIMS hospital in New Delhi for the past few weeks, died on Thursday. He was 93. MORE...

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  6:06 pm

Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, dies aged 76

Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul known for hits like Respect and Think, has died in Detroit at the age of 76. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  8:49 pm

Hotline to inform any emergency due to adverse weather

The Disaster Management Center (DMC) requests the public to contact the hotline 117 in the case of any emergency due to the prevailing adverse weather condition affecting parts of the country or to get information on disaster situations. MORE>.

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  11:39 pm

Met. Department warns of strong winds and rough seas

The Department of Meteorology, issuing a weather advisory for strong winds and rough seas, said that the wind speed is still high over the sea areas around the island. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  8:50 am

Fifty gang members in Jaffna arrested

Fifty persons have been arrested in connection with recent gang fights in Jaffna, stated the Jaffna Police. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  9:17 am

Private bus employees to strike from today

The All Ceylon Private Bus Operators Association says that private bus employees island-wide have launched a strike since midnight last night (15) protesting against the new traffic fines. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  9:50 am

Person arrested with heroin at Pattiya junction

A person has been arrested at Pattiya Junction in Peliyagoda for the possession of heroin. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  10:12 am

Disposal of Indian clinical waste in ocean need diplomatic intervention Patali

A diplomatic intervention should be taken regarding the washing up of Indian clinical waste in Sri Lankan coast, says Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  10:50 am

Deputy Minister urges Sri Lankan Tamils to return as peace prevails now

Sri Lankan deputy minister of national integration, reconciliation and official languages Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana on Wednesday appealed to Sri Lankan Tamils, who left the island nation during the three-decade-long ethic war, to return to the country as peace prevails there now. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  11:46 am

Finding weapons in North doesnt mean war is back Reginald Cooray

Although weapons are being discovered in some places of North, there wont be a war again, say Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  11:51 am

Power supply will be continued at concessionary rate Siyambalapitiya

As there is a total of 80% water capacity in the reservoirs owned by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), they will continue to provide the power supply at a concessionary rates said the Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  12:25 pm

242 Sri Lankan returnees apply for citizenship at ICMS in Mannar

Sri Lankas foreign ministry said that during the Integrated Consular Mobile Service (ICMS) held in Mannar this week, over 240 applications for citizenship were received from individuals who had returned to the country after seeking refuge overseas during the war. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  12:31 pm

Twenty-five boats used for sand mining torched in Manampitiya

Twenty-five boats used for sand mining activities in the Mahaweli River have been torched and destroyed by a certain group of individuals at Manampitiya, Polonnaruwa. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  12:54 pm

Cubans cheer as internet goes nationwide for 8 hours

Cubas government said it provided free internet to the Communist-run islands more than 5 million cellphone users on Tuesday, in an eight-hour test before it launches sales of the service. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  1:00 pm

Harmful clauses in SLSFTA can be amended, if any Mahinda Samarasinghe

If the Singapore-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA) contains any clauses harmful for the country, they can be amended, stated Minister Mahinda Samrasinghe. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  1:24 pm

JOs latest chewing gum to public is Opposition Leader post Nalinda Jayatissa

Even if all in Joint Opposition becomes independent in the parliament, they will not receive the post of the Opposition Leader, says JVP MP Nalinda Jayatissa. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  1:40 pm

Dedicated police unit to be set up within Prisons Dept.

Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Athukorale says that a dedicated police unit will be set up within the Prisons Department. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  2:12 pm

Bus strike is a failure as a whole Nimal Siripala

The new fine sheet introduced to reduce motor accident s will not be revoked under any circumstances, says Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  2:39 pm

If it happens in Sri Lanka, it can happen in the Pacific - Tongas PM

Chinas possession of a Sri Lankan port as Colombo struggled with a spiraling debt crisis meant asset seizures could not be ruled out, Tongas Prime Minister Akilisi Pōhiva said on Thursday. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 16, 2018  2:51 pm

Heavy falls and cloudy skies to be expected

The possibility of increasing showery condition and wind speed is still high over the island in today, says the Meteorological Department. Cloudy skies can be expected over the island. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 15, 2018  9:19 am

CID to visit former President on 17th August

Criminal Investigation Department has informed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that they will visit his residence to record a statement. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 15, 2018  9:37 am

Govt. officers bound to provide information to public - Thalatha

There is no hindrance for the public at present to obtain necessary information under the Right to Information Act, says Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Atukorale. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 15, 2018  10:01 am

Students killed in Sencholai airstrike remembered in Mullaitivu

The 61 school children, who died in an airstrike that took place in Vallipunam area in Pudukuduirippu, Mullaitivu on August 14, 2006, were commemorated yesterday (14). MORE..

(0)Comments | August 15, 2018  11:11 am

Woman arrested using fake documents to release goods at Customs

A woman who attempted to release goods from the Customs Department using fake documents has been arrested by the Organized Crimes Prevention Division (OCPD). MORE..

(0)Comments | August 15, 2018  11:28 am

Will consider if JO wishes to separate Amaraweera

If the group of MPs representing the Joint Opposition desires to act independently in the Parliament, they are willing to give the opportunity for it, says UPFA General Secretary Minister Mahinda Amaraweera. MORE..

(0)Comments | August 15, 2018  11:47 am