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Pujith arrives at PCoI on Easter attacks

Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara has arrived at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing the Easter Sunday carnage to record a testimony, says Ada Derana reporter. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 25, 2020  10:12 am

Foreign Ministry on alert over Sri Lankans in China

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that the Sri Lankan Embassy in Beijing is closely monitoring the evolving situation of the deadly coronavirus infection in China. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 25, 2020  11:36 am

Person nabbed with heroin worth Rs 3 Mn

An individual has been arrested by the Nawagamuwa Police along with a haul of drugs worth Rs. 3 million. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 25, 2020  12:25 pm

2,394 suspects arrested in special island-wide operation

A total of 2,394 suspects have been placed under arrest in a special island-wide operation, the police said. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 25, 2020  12:56 pm

Train derails near Maradana station

A Meerigama-bound train which set off from Colombo Fort has derailed near Maradana railway station today (25), says Railway Operations Superintendent Gamini Seneviratne. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 25, 2020  1:34 pm

Necessary probes will be conducted before issuing death certificates for missing - President

Necessary investigations will be conducted to uncover the fate of those who had disappeared during the country’s three decade-long war before issuing death certificates, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 25, 2020  3:32 pm

Sri Lanka’s first National Centre for Children with Disabilities declared open

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has declared open Sri Lanka’s first “National Centre for Children with Disabilities”, which is named Ayati Centre. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 25, 2020  3:54 pm

Pujith grilled for nearly 7 hours by PCoI on Easter attacks

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara, who is currently in remand custody, has left the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the Easter Sunday terror attacks, after giving his testimony. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 25, 2020  5:11 pm

Man killed in fire inside house at Wellawatte

A fire has erupted inside a two-storey house in Wellawatte at around 2.45 pm this afternoon (25). MORE..

(0)Comments | January 25, 2020  5:51 pm

Parliament to convene again in February

The next Parliament sitting has been scheduled to be held from 5th to 7th of February under the patronage of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 25, 2020  4:15 am

Coronavirus outbreak: Death toll hits 41 in China, over 1,300 infected

Health officials in China say a coronavirus has killed 15 more people in the province of Hubei, where the outbreak first started. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 25, 2020  8:37 am

Primary function of State institutions is not generating profits – President

The primary function of state institutions is not profit generation, but rendering a stellar service to the people, says President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 25, 2020  9:19 am

Thundershowers likely in several sea areas

The showery condition experienced over the Eastern and Uva provinces is expected to temporarily reduce in the next few days, says the Department of Meteorology. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 25, 2020  9:40 am

Speaker calls for complete forensic audit reports from CBSL governor

Parliamentary Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake, on the orders of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, informed the Central Bank governor, Prof. W. D. Lakshman in writing, that the five forensic audit reports issued on Central Bank bonds are incomplete without the relevant annexes and exhibits. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2020  12:10 am

Spells of showers expected today

Several spells of showers will occur in Uva, Eastern and North-central provinces and in Matale and Hambantota districts, says the Department of Meteorology. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2020  6:54 am

Woman killed, two injured in shooting at Karandugala

A woman has been killed in a shooting incident at Karandugala area which took place at around 8.30 pm last night (23). MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2020  7:46 am

Motorcyclist killed by train at Aluthgama

A motorcyclist has died after being hit by a train near the level-crossing near Poorwarama Temple in Aluthgama. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2020  9:48 am

Associate of ‘Uru Juwa’ arrested with heroin

An individual who is linked to a notorious underworld figure has been arrested while in possession of drugs. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2020  10:48 am

Ranjan hasn’t handed over phone recordings to parliament - Speaker

UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake has not handed over any recordings of the telephone conversations to the Parliament. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2020  11:32 am

Sri Lanka can improve Corruption Perceptions Index rank – TISL

It is possible for Sri Lanka to improve its rank on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2019, says the Manager of Research and Policy at Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) Maheshi Herat. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2020  12:54 pm

Census of population and housing in 2021

An extraordinary gazette notification has been issued pertaining to a census of population and housing that is scheduled to be conducted in 2021. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2020  1:44 pm

SriLankan takes precautions to lessen risks of coronavirus outbreak

SriLankan Airlines has implemented a series of precautionary measures to mitigate the risks from the current coronavirus epidemic in the Far East, with the safety and well-being of its valued passengers and staff being of paramount importance. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2020  3:18 pm

Ajith Prasanna remanded over contempt of court

The Colombo High Court today (24) remanded Major (Retired) Ajith Prasanna until the 7th of February over contempt of court charges, Ada Derana reporter said. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2020  3:51 pm

Yasantha Kodagoda approved as SC justice; AHMD Nawaz as Appeals Court President

The Constitutional Council (CC) on Friday approved the recommendation to appoint President’s Counsel (PC) Yasantha Kodagoda as a Supreme Court justice. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2020  4:32 pm

Director General appointed to Multipurpose Development Task Force

Major General (Reitred) Nanda Mallawaarachchi has been appointed as the Director General of the government’s Multipurpose Development Task Force, says the President’s Media Division (PMD). MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2020  5:44 pm

Rot am See shooting: Six killed in German town

Six people have been killed and several were injured in a shooting in the southwestern German town of Rot am See, police said Friday. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2020  7:39 pm

Sumanthiran to chair Committee on Public Finance

Committee of Selection has decided to appoint MP M. A Sumanthiran as the Chairman of the Committee on Public Finance. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2020  9:41 pm

EU EOM final report offers recommendations to improve Sri Lanka’s election framework

European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Sri Lanka today (24) published its final report and recommendations, offering a comprehensive assessment of all aspects of the 16 November 2019 presidential election. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2020  11:09 pm

Afternoon thundershowers expected in several districts

Several spells of showers will occur at times in Eastern, Uva and North-central provinces and in Hambantota and Matale districts, says the Department of Meteorology. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2020  8:17 am

Azath Salley to testify before PCoI on Easter attacks today

Former Governor of Western Province Azath Salley is due to make an appearance before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the tragic terror attacks on Easter Sunday today (23). MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2020  8:43 am

Transport lockdown in Wuhan as coronavirus death toll rises to 17

Chinese authorities will suspend all outbound transport from Wuhan, the city at the centre of an outbreak of the mysterious Sars-like coronavirus, which has so far killed 17 people. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2020  9:24 am

Shani Abeysekara at CID to record statement

Former Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) SSP Shani Abeysekara has arrived at the CID to give a statement with regard to the probes carried out on Swiss Embassy staffer Garnia Bannister Francis, says Ada Derana reporter. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2020  9:38 am

Special party leaders’ meeting on Bond Scam audit report debate

The forensic audit report on the Central Bank (CBSL) Bond Scam was tabled at the parliament yesterday (22). MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2020  10:15 am

TPA to withdraw from UNF at general election?

The Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) is considering withdrawal from the United National Front (UNF) and contest the next general election as a separate party, stated MP Mano Ganesan. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2020  10:28 am

Protest fast inside Kahatagaha graphite mine continues

The fast-unto-death launched by the workers at the graphite mine in Kahatagaha, Dodamgaslandais continuing for the third consecutive day. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2020  10:40 am

Jaffna med student killed by her husband, police reveals

The reason behind the murder of the female medical student in Jaffna has been revealed to be a family dispute, stated the Police. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2020  10:40 am

Cabinet approves minimum guaranteed price for paddy

The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a minimum guaranteed price of Rs. 50 per 1kg of paddy, with a recommended moisture level, from the harvest of Maha season. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2020  10:58 am

Ranjan still hasn’t tabled phone recordings at parliament - Deputy Speaker

United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake has, reportedly, not tabled any recordings of his phone conversations at the parliament as of yet. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2020  11:15 am

Three including 15-year-old busted while attempting to smuggle out gold worth millions

Two youths and a 15-year-old have been apprehended at the Bandaranaike International Airport for attempting to smuggle out gold biscuits and jewellery worth nearly Rs. 50 million. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2020  12:15 pm

Rishad Bathiudeen’s brother remanded

Former Northern Provincial Councilor Rifkan Bathiudeen has been remanded until the 06th of February, under the orders of the Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2020  1:16 pm

Sri Lanka remains stagnant in Corruption Perceptions Index 2019 - TISL

Sri Lanka remains stagnant in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), compiled by Transparency International (TI), the global coalition against corruption, says TISL, the Sri Lankan subsidiary of the Berlin-based organization. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2020  1:16 pm

South Asia’s first all-electric supercar leaves for Geneva International Motor Show

Vega Innovations, a subsidiary of CodeGen International (Pvt) Ltd., creates history once again as the Vega EVX, Sri Lanka’s and South Asia’s first fully Electric Supercar is shipped out to Switzerland, to be unveiled at the 90th Geneva International Motor Show, 5-15 March 2020. more..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2020  1:45 pm

New Director-General for Bribery Commission

A new Director-General has been appointed to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC). MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2020  2:15 pm

12 injured as prison bus crashes into lorry

At least 12 persons including prison guards and inmates have been wounded and hospitalised following an accident involving a prison bus this morning at Kaluwilapathana in Ambanpola. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2020  2:16 pm

State Ministry of Agriculture shifts to ‘Govijana Mandiraya’

The State Ministry of Agriculture has been shifted from the controversial building in Rajagiriya to the ‘Govijana Mandiraya’ in Battaramulla. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2020  2:29 pm

Govt. to take precautions to face country’s electricity shortage

The Cabinet of Ministers has given its approval to implement the projects agreed to be funded by the government of India for solar power generation with the loan grant of USD 100 million as a precaution to face the shortage of electricity in the country. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2020  2:51 pm

The Witcher: Netflix orders anime movie of live-action show

Following the success of Netflix’s live-action Witcher series, the streaming giant has ordered a new anime film from Korean animation house Studio Mir. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2020  4:00 pm

Queen becomes first band to appear on a British coin

Britain’s Royal Mint has issued its first commemorative coin featuring a British rock group, in a tribute to the late Freddie Mercury and the three other band members of Queen. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2020  4:32 pm

CID grills Shani Abeysekara for over 5 hours

Former Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) SSP Shani Abeysekara has left the CID after recording a statement for over 5 hours. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2020  4:42 pm

Another Chinese city on lockdown over coronavirus

A second Chinese city – Huanggang - will go into lockdown in an effort to control the spread of a new virus which has left 17 dead in the country. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2020  4:49 pm