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Bathiudeen and Army Chief to testify before Select Committee today

The Special Parliamentary Select Committee looking into the terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday (April 21st) is scheduled to reconvene at 2.00 p.m. this afternoon (26). MORE..

(0)Comments | June 26, 2019  8:23 am

Sri Lankan refugees seek Indian citizenship

Scores of Sri Lankan refugees living in various camps in Virudhunagar district have submitted separate petitions seeking Indian citizenship to Collector A. Sivagnanam. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 26, 2019  8:26 am

Naval & fishing communities cautioned of rough seas

Showers or thundershowers will occur in Jaffna, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 26, 2019  8:44 am

19th Amendment caused current political instability in Sri Lanka - President

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution is the cause of current political instability in the country, President Maithripala Sirisena has said. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 26, 2019  9:16 am

Already signed death penalty for 4 drug dealers, says President

President Maithripala Sirisena says that he has already signed the order to impose the death penalty for prisoners convicted for drug dealing. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 26, 2019  10:06 am

Sixth officer dies in train-Army truck collision

An Army officer, who was hospitalized over the fatal accident of an Army truck colliding with a train in Kilinochchi, has succumbed to his injuries, last night (25). MORE..

(0)Comments | June 26, 2019  10:08 am

PSC, a ‘drama’ scripted by Temple Trees - President

President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing the heads of media institutions today (26), has called the Special Parliamentary Select Committee is a ‘drama’ scripted by the Temple Trees. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 26, 2019  10:34 am

24-hour water cut for several areas

Several areas in the country will, today (26), experience a 24-hour suspension of the water supply, stated the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB). MORE..

(0)Comments | June 26, 2019  10:42 am

Railways to be declared an Essential Service; retired officials to be recruited

A Gazette notification will be issued declaring Sri Lanka Railways as an Essential Service, according to State Minister of Transport Asoka Abeysinghe. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 26, 2019  11:28 am

Dress code circular amended: conservative attire not covering face allowed

Cabinet approval has been granted to the proposal to amend the circular issued on the dress code for public sector employees. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 26, 2019  11:59 am

27 boats gutted in fire at fishery harbour in Hungama

Twenty-seven boats at the Kalametiya Fishery Harbour have been gutted in fire, according to Hungama Police. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 26, 2019  12:00 pm

This country doesn’t have a huge national issue - Mano

There won’t a national problem in the country if the people had an understanding of other languages, says the Minister of National Integration, Official Languages, Social Progress and Hindu Religious Affairs Mano Ganesan. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 26, 2019  12:39 pm

England win a confidence boost for upcoming matches - Hathurusingha

Sri Lanka’s victory over tournament favorites and hosts England has provided the team with a good mindset ahead of their next three crucial games in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, says coach Chandika Hathurusingha. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 26, 2019  1:54 pm

Army Chief commences giving evidence before PSC

Commander of Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake has commenced giving evidence before the Special Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to look into the terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 26, 2019  2:35 pm

I won’t sit idly by even after resigning - Salley

There is no such institute as a ‘Sharia University’ in Sri Lanka, there is only a Batticaloa Campus, says former Western Province Governor Azath Salley. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 26, 2019  2:47 pm

Nine acquitted over quintuple murder in Mattakkuliya

Nine suspects accused over the shooting and killing of 5 persons at Samitpura, Mattakkuliya in 2016 were ordered acquitted and released by the Colombo High Court today (26). MORE..

(0)Comments | June 26, 2019  3:33 pm

Statements made on ‘infertility pills’ are problematic – Health Minister

Politicians, making various statements on ‘abortion pills’, with no knowledge of medical science, are problematic and harmful, according to the Minister of Health Rajitha Senaratne. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 26, 2019  4:31 pm

AG agrees to amend indictments against Gotabaya

The Attorney General has agreed to amend the indictments filed against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa over the D.A. Rajapaksa museum. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 26, 2019  4:32 pm

‘Kanjipani Imran’ produced at court

The notorious underworld figure Mohamed Najim Mohamed Imran alias ‘Kanjipani Imran’, who is currently being held under a detention order after being deported from Dubai, was produced before the Colombo Magistrate’s Court, today (26). MORE..

(0)Comments | June 26, 2019  5:13 pm

Impractical to say threat of terrorism is over - Army Chief

No one can assuredly say that the threat of terrorism in the country is completely over, says Commander of Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 26, 2019  5:18 pm

Rishad Bathiudeen’s testimony before PSC postponed

The testimony of former minister Rishad Bathiudeen which was scheduled to be delivered today before the Parliamentary Select Committee inquiring into the Easter Sunday terror attacks, has been postponed. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 26, 2019  5:30 pm

SLFP-SLPP begin sixth round of talks

The sixth round of discussions between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, with regard to a possible alliance between the two parties, has commenced at the office of the Leader of the Opposition a short while ago, said Ada Derana reporter. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 26, 2019  5:41 pm

Current political leaders must retire to make way for new leadership - Cardinal

Current political leaders should retire to make way for new leadership, says Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  12:52 am

Foreign countries haven’t lost confidence in Sri Lanka - PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that foreign countries have not lost their confidence in Sri Lanka even after the terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  1:20 am

Thundershowers expected in several districts after 2pm

Showers will occur at times in Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Galle, Matara and Kalutara districts, says the Department of Meteorology. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  8:16 am

Presidential Commission of Inquiry issues summons to Education Minister

Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has been issued summons to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probe corruption and malpractices in the government, to testify over a complaint filed against him for allegedly misappropriating state funds during printing school textbooks. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  9:11 am

Mike Pompeo canceled Sri Lanka visit over anti-US base sentiments - report

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s decision to cancel his visit to Colombo on Thursday has more to do with rising local sentiments against a proposed American military base in Sri Lanka than scheduling issues, people tracking the developments said. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  9:48 am

Ravi’s daughter arrives at CID to give a statement

Daughter of Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Onella Karunanayake, has arrived at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to record testimony, says Ada Derana reporter. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  10:42 am

Now only countries like Kazakhstan, Balochistan invite Sri Lanka – Rajitha

Despite the many shortcomings of the government, it has done a lot of work for the country, stated Minister of Health Rajitha Senaratne addressing a public meeting in Gampaha. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  11:22 am

24-hour water cut in suburbs of Colombo

A 24-hour water cut is set to be imposed in the suburbs of Colombo starting from 9.00 a.m. tomorrow (26), says the National Water Supply and Drainage Board. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  11:25 am

Female doctor ODs on antibiotics due to harassment

A female doctor who had ingested 35 antibiotic pills has been admitted to the Marawila hospital for treatment, stated Marawila Police. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  11:52 am

Rathana Thero urges President not to proceed with SOFA

Parliamentarian Venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thero urges President Maithripala Sirisena not to allow the government to proceed with the proposed Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the United States. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  12:06 pm

Two busted with revolver and live ammo rounds

Officers of Kegalle Police have arrested two suspects while in possession of a revolver and 6 live ammunition rounds. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  12:27 pm

President was involved in both 18th and 19th amendments - Mahinda

The Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the current government plundering money instead of any development. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  12:36 pm

US relaxes travel advisory for Sri Lanka

The United States has downgraded its travel advisory for Sri Lanka urging its citizens to “exercise increased caution” due to threats of terrorism in the country. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  1:28 pm

Rishad and Army Chief to appear before PSC tomorrow

Former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen is scheduled to appear tomorrow (June 26) before the Parliamentary Select Committee investigating the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  1:47 pm

Five soldiers dead, 2 injured as train hits army truck

At least 5 army soldiers were killed while another 2 soldiers were wounded after an army truck collided with a train in Kilinochchi, the military spokesman confirmed. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  2:32 pm

Dr Shafi files FR petition challenging his arrest & detention

Dr. Seigu Siyabdeen Mohamed Shafi, who was arrested for allegedly accumulating assets via illegal means, has filed a Fundamental Rights (FR) petition with the Supreme Court requesting to declare his arrest and detention as unlawful, says Ada Derana reporter. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  3:05 pm

Would never support revoking 18th & 19th amendments - Rajitha

It is ridiculous to see the president who supported to bring forth the 19th Amendment to the Constitution saying it is problematic, says Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr Rajitha Senaratne. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  3:46 pm

Cabinet approves tablet PCs for A/L students

The Cabinet of Ministers has today (25) granted approval to provide free tablet computers for students in Advanced Level classes, says Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  4:27 pm

Sri Lanka is still a safe haven for tourists: Jacqueline

Sri Lanka is still a safe haven and a paradise for tourists, actress Jacqueline Fernandez said two months after her native country saw its worst terror attack. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  4:32 pm

AG requests Trial-at-Bar to hear Sri Lanka’s first elephant trafficking case

The Attorney General has requested the Chief Justice to appoint a Trial-at-Bar to hear the first ever elephant trafficking case in the legal history of Sri Lanka. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  4:35 pm

President must halt 13 imminent executions for drug-related crimes - AI

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena must immediately halt plans to execute at least 13 prisoners convicted of drug-related crimes, Amnesty International said today. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  4:54 pm

Janaposha Foundation’s free meals project at hospitals shuts down

The Janaposha Foundation issuing a statement announced with immediate effect the suspension of its free meals project at Colombo National Hospital, Kalubowila Teaching Hospital, and the Maharagama Cancer Hospital. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  5:17 pm

Jewellery shop owner shot and killed in Kelaniya

The owner of a jewellery shop at Nungamugoda in Kelaniya has been shot and killed inside his shop by unidentified gunmen. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  5:33 pm

Special committee to probe controversial content in school textbooks

Ministry of Education has appointed a special committee to look into whether content affecting reconciliation or may cause social discord are included in Sri Lanka’s school textbooks. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  6:26 pm

Over 939 kg of Beedi leaves found by Navy

Naval personnel found 939.2kg of Beedi leaves during a search conducted in Nadukuda area, Mannar yesterday (24). MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  7:13 pm

Wennappuwa PS Chairman ordered to explain ban on Muslim traders at Dankotuwa Market

The Marawila Magistrate has called for an explanation from the Chairman of Wennappuwa Pradeshiya Sabha on his letter disallowing Muslims to trade at the Dankotuwa Market, stated the Police Media Spokesperson. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  8:51 pm

GMOA calls for national commission for investigations on Dr. Shafi

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has proposed for a national-level commission to overlook the investigations carried out regarding illegal sterilization charges against Dr. Mohamed Shafi. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  11:14 pm

Sri Lanka updates UNHRC on measures taken to advance Human Rights

The Sri Lanka delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Council briefed the Council today (25) on progress made in addressing human rights concerns, national security imperatives, as well as reconciliation priorities. MORE..

(0)Comments | June 25, 2019  11:45 pm