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Animals deserve more rights than what they have today - Otara

Speaking at a press conference held yesterday (20) by the Alliance for the Protection of Community Dogs, Otara Gunewardene stated that the sudden increase in the cruelty to animals has been due a minority of the population complaining about the problem regarding stray animals. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 21, 2017  8:54 am

Joint Opp. makes decision on JNPs departure

The Joint Opposition Party will have representatives of the party at the Constitutional Assembly, despite the members of the Jathika Nidahas Peramuna (JNP) leaving the assembly. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 21, 2017  9:17 am

President signs gazette notification on missing persons act

President Maithripala Sirisena has signed the gazette notification on the Missing Persons Act (No 16. 2016), which will entail the establishment of the investigative office and administrative practices pertaining to the matter. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 21, 2017  10:15 am

Chester Bennington: Linkin Park vocalist took his own life

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has died aged 41, LA County Coroner says. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 21, 2017  10:41 am

CID raids illegal spare parts importer in Pothuhara

The Criminal Investigations Department has raided store in Pothuhara, which was allegedly importing vehicle spare parts to the country illegally. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 21, 2017  12:00 pm

UK report expresses concern over intercommunal tension in Sri Lanka

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Offices annual human rights report recognises and welcomes improvements in the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, while also emphasising the need for further progress. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 21, 2017  12:15 pm

UN chief commends establishing Office of Missing Persons

The UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres has commended the Government of Sri Lanka for establishing the Office of Missing Persons (OMP), terming it as a significant milestone for all Sri Lankans still searching for the truth about their missing loved ones. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 21, 2017  1:14 pm

Senior DIG Jayasinghe suspended from duties

The National Police Commission has allowed the duties of Senior DIG, Lalith Jayasinghe to be suspended. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 21, 2017  1:55 pm

NF Hospital has not been taken over by the Govt. as expected - GMOA

The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) stated that they would take strict decisions if the Government attempted to provide fake solutions to the SAITM issue. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 20, 2017  8:15 am

Indian duo nabbed at BIA over attempted gold smuggling

Two male Indian nationals have been apprehended by Airport Customs at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) whilst attempting to smuggle gold out of the country. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 20, 2017  8:34 am

PM orders expedition of dengue antigen test reports

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed private hospitals and private laboratories to expedite the issuing of dengue antigen test reports. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 20, 2017  8:52 am

Deposing the Govt. is an unrealistic fantasy - John Amaratunga

Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga stated that the deposition of the present government was merely a fantasy. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 20, 2017  9:02 am

Australian FM Julie Bishop to meet with President Sirisena today

Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, who is currently in Sri Lanka on a two-day state visit, is scheduled to meet with President Maithripala Sirisena today (20). MORE...

(0)Comments | July 20, 2017  9:20 am

JO to decide fate of partys future in Constitutional Assembly

Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena stated that the Joint Opposition (JO) had not yet made a decision as to whether or not they would leave the Constitutional Assembly. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 20, 2017  9:34 am

Goodwill visit to be paid by JS Izuma and Sazanami

Two vessels under the command of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force are expected to arrive at the Colombo Harbour today (20), for a three-day goodwill visit. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 20, 2017  9:50 am

President committed towards encouraging drug-busting officers

President Maithripala Sirisena announced that a special programme would be launched in order to encourage and render due recognition to officers responsible for drug-related arrests. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 20, 2017  10:24 am

Sri Lankan held in Bengaluru is Tamil Nadus most-wanted bank card fraudster

Sri Lankan national Divyan alias Dinesh alias Pulikesi, 30, who landed in Bengaluru police custody on Friday, happens to be Tamil Nadus most-wanted bank card fraudster who had been on the run for five years. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 20, 2017  12:19 pm

Google to add Facebook-style news feed

Google is adding a personalised Facebook-style news feed to its homepage - -to show users content they may be interested in before they search. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 20, 2017  10:54 am

Court extends ban on dumping garbage in Muthurajawela

The Supreme Court on Thursday extended the order prohibiting the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) from disposing garbage at Muthurajawela till July 25. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 20, 2017  11:05 am

Sarana Gunawardena fined Rs 2,000 after pleading guilty

The Colombo Chief Magistrates Court today imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on former Deputy Minister Sarana Gunawardena for failure to declare assets during the two years he served as the Chairman of the National Lotteries Board. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 20, 2017  12:38 pm

7 arrested over Rs. 3.2 bn cocaine haul

Seven individuals have been arrested in connection with yesterdays (19) discovery of a cocaine haul estimated to be worth around Rs. 3.2 billion, Police said. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 20, 2017  1:53 pm

19 hour water cut in parts of Colombo

The National Water Supply and Drainage Board announced a 19 hour water cut from 11.00pm on Friday (21) to 6.00pm on Saturday to several parts of Colombo. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 20, 2017  1:53 pm

New Inland Revenue Act prepared by the IMF - JVP

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today charged that the proposed new Inland Revenue Act has been prepared according to the needs of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and that therefore it should be defeated. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 20, 2017  3:51 pm

NFF proclaims UN officials ill-famed statement a violation of sovereignty

National Organizer of the National Freedom Front (NFF), Piyasiri Wijenayaka stated that no Sri Lankan citizen had asked UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson or anyone else to probe into the dark, closed chapter of the terror-stricken of LTTE. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 20, 2017  4:16 pm

Ram Nath Kovind elected Indias 14th President

Giving India its second Dalit president, former Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind today won the presidential election with a comfortable margin against Opposition nominee Meira Kumar. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 20, 2017  4:48 pm

Australia to provide Rs. 118 mil. for dengue prevention

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop announced a major Australian assistance to combat dengue fever in Sri Lanka, the Presidents Media Division (PMD) said. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 20, 2017  4:54 pm

Govt is not killing dogs or cattle Champika

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says that the government did not point guns or deploy the army to resolve the waste management issue and that they managed to remove all the piled up garbage in the city of Colombo within three days. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 20, 2017  6:26 pm

Shooting incident at IDH junction

A shooting incident has been reported near a fuel station located at IDH Junction in Gothatuwa, a short while ago. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 20, 2017  6:35 pm

Bring forth a federal constitution now if you can, Wimal challenges Govt.

Leader of the National Freedom Front, MP Wimal Weerawansa challenged the Government to now bring forth a federal Constitution, with the Constitutional Assembly being rendered invalid after he and four other parliamentarians left the Assembly yesterday (19). MORE...

(0)Comments | July 20, 2017  9:39 pm

Sri Lankas tallest building gets shaky from the start

Deputy Chairman of the World Capital Centre (WCC), Dr. Senaka de Silva declared that the WCC was 100 percent a private business, and as such, would be constructed solely with the funding of foreign direct investments. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 20, 2017  11:52 pm

Indian woman held in Sri Lanka for Buddha image on dress

Sri Lanka police on Monday (18) detained and questioned an Indian tourist who was wearing a dress with a print of the Buddha on it. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 19, 2017  7:59 am

5 JNP parliamentarians withdraw from Constitutional Assembly

Five Parliamentarians of the Jathika Nidahas Peramuna (JNP), led by former Minister Wimal Weerawansa, have informed the speaker, in writing, that they will be leaving the Constitutional Assembly. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2017  11:21 am

Social media can enthrone and dethrone a govt. - Harsha

Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Harsha de Silva said that social media had the ability to enthrone a government as well as dethrone one. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 19, 2017  8:11 am

Speeding motorcycle in Bentota kills two

Two individuals have been killed in a motor accident in Bentota, when a motorcyclist lost control of his speeding motorcycle. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 19, 2017  8:23 am

Special team to evaluate Norochcholai Coal Power Plant

Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya has ordered the appointment of a team of specialized engineers for the purpose of investigating the functioning of generators of the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 19, 2017  8:47 am

Verbal admission concluded for formulating trade policy

The Peoples Commission for National Policy on International Trade has concluded its segment on obtaining verbal statements. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 19, 2017  10:13 am

Knife wielding trio land in jail over murder in Thalangama

Three individuals have been arrested over a murder that occurred in the Thalangama area in April. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2017  10:26 am

34-yr-old beaten to death by siblings in Ehaliyagoda

A 34-year-old male in Ehaliyagoda was stabbed and subsequently struck to death last night (18). MORE...

(0)Comments | July 19, 2017  10:38 am

Shots fired by gunmen on bike puts 1 in Hambantota hospital

An individual has been admitted to the Hambantota hospital after being shot by two men on a motorbike. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 19, 2017  12:21 pm

Coalition govt. is crucial for new Constitution - Sampanthan

Opposition Leader and Leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), R. Sampanthan states that the continuation of the coalition government is crucial to conduct a successful Constitution-making process. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 19, 2017  12:41 pm

Cabinet approval to search abandoned houses, CCTV cameras to monitor garbage disposal

The Cabinet of Ministers approved a proposal to amend the Public Security Ordinance for the inspection of abandoned houses and properties which are closed down or locked up in search of mosquito breeding sites and to take legal action against the owners following such detections. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2017  12:59 pm

Businessman fails to pay elec. bill, assaults electrician in Angoda

An employee of the Sri Jayawardenepura regional electrical engineers office has been assaulted upon attempting to disconnect power supply to a business institution in the region. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 19, 2017  1:31 pm

Murder in Weeraketiya: five suspects remanded

The five suspects arrested in connection with the recent murder in Weeraketiya have been placed in remand custody. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 19, 2017  1:42 pm

50 acres of land to be given to victims of Uma Oya

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera stated that the Ministerial Sub Committee appointed to look into the problems caused due to the Uma Oya project has submitted its report on the matter to the cabinet. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 19, 2017  1:53 pm

Roshan to skip Joint Opposition activities

UPFA MP Roshan Ranasinghe made an announcement today (19), stating that he will temporarily not taken part in any activities organised by the Joint Opposition Party. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 19, 2017  2:04 pm

Former navy spokesman Dasanayake further remanded

Former Navy Spokesperson Commodore D.K.P. Dasanayake, who was arrested by the CID in connection with the abduction and disappearance of 11 youth, has been further remanded till August 02 by the Colombo Fort Magistrates Court. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2017  2:49 pm

Despacito breaks global streaming record

Luis Fonsis Despacito has become the most-streamed song of all time, just six months after it was released. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2017  3:38 pm

SLFP extends anniversary celebration invitation to JO

Leader of the SLFP Youth Front, Shantha Bandara announced that the 66th anniversary of the SLFP would be celebrated on September 02 under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, to which, all members of the Joint Opposition were cordially invited. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 19, 2017  4:16 pm

A/L tuition classes, seminars banned from Aug 2

The Department of Examinations has prohibited the conducting of tuition classes, seminars, workshops and printing model papers targeting students sitting for the 2017 G.C.E. Advanced Level examination with effect from August 02. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2017  4:34 pm

New economic policy to follow annual budget - Ranil

Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that GSP Plus will be a linchpin that will help build the export economy of Sri Lanka, giving rise to more job opportunities within the country. MORE...

(0)Comments | July 19, 2017  4:48 pm