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Heavy showers above 100mm expected in parts of the island

The Meteorology Department says showery and windy conditions are expected to enhance during the next few days from today, due to pre-monsoonal conditions over the country and surrounding sea areas. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 18, 2024  8:24 am

President leaves for Indonesia to attend World Water Forum

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has left for Indonesia this morning (18) to attend the 10th World Water Forum High-Level Meeting in Bali, at the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 18, 2024  8:43 am

Heavy showers expected in parts of the island

The Department of Meteorology says showery and windy conditions are expected to enhance due to pre-monsoonal conditions over the country and surrounding sea areas. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  7:44 am

Person dies after being hit by train in Matara

A person has reportedly died after being hit by a train traveling from Matara to Galle. More..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  8:57 am

Inquiry launched into another O/L exam related incident

The Department of Examination has commenced an investigation related to an incident where a group of students had not received a section of the Geography question paper during the 2023 (2024) G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  9:16 am

Ella-Wellawaya road reopened for traffic

The Ella-Wellawaya road which was temporarily closed due to inclement weather conditions has been reopened for traffic movement. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  9:22 am

Colombo HC sentences 9 Pakistani drug traffickers to 10 years in prison

Nine Pakistani nationals, who were arrested on charges of smuggling a large cache of drugs, have been sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Colombo High Court. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  10:36 am

Former army chief Mahesh Senanayake joins SJB

Former Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, General (Retd) Mahesh Senanayake has joined the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB). MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  11:00 am

Armed forces personnel from Sri Lanka, India, Nepal to embark on Lumbini-Colombo bike expedition

Armed Forces personnel from India, Sri Lanka and Nepal will embark on a bike expedition from Lumbini to Colombo, along the Buddha circuit, to strengthen ties and foster goodwill among south Asian nations. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  11:07 am

Forbes ‘30 Under 30 Asia’ list celebrates Sri Lanka’s Dinara

Forbes today announced the ninth edition of its “30 Under 30 Asia” list, featuring 300 young entrepreneurs, leaders and trailblazers across the Asia-Pacific region, all under the age of 30, who are leading the transformation of industries and finding innovative ways to navigate new business realities in the region. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  11:57 am

Forbes ‘30 Under 30 Asia’ list celebrates Sri Lanka’s Dinara

After a decade together, the all-female, hijab-wearing Indonesian metal band Voice of Baceprot (VoB) last year released its first album, Retas, then quit its record label to go independent. The gutsy decision matches its reputation for challenging stereotypes in the Muslim-majority country. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  11:59 am

Rathupaswala shooting: High Court to deliver verdict today

The verdict in the case against a Brigadier and three soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army, over the shooting to death of three persons and injuring 45 others during a protest by villagers demanding clean drinking water at Rathupaswala, Gampaha is scheduled to be delivered today (17) by a special three-member high court bench. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  12:08 pm

Two arrested with over 1,000 mobile phones and 200 pen drives at BIA

The officers of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake have arrested two Sri Lankan passengers who were in possession of 1,083 mobile phones and 200 high-capacity pen drives, which had not been declared. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  12:36 pm

Sri Lanka’s macroeconomic policies are starting to bear fruit - IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has highlighted Sri Lanka’s commendable macroeconomic policies, rapid inflation decline, and steady economic growth. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  12:55 pm

Advisories issued for heavy rain, strong winds and rough seas

The Department of Meteorology has issued an advisory for heavy rain, strong winds and rough seas for the sea areas extending from Kalpitiya to Pottuvil via Colombo, Galle and Hambantota. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  1:09 pm

UN report urges accountability and public apology for Sri Lanka’s enforced disappearances

Sri Lanka’s Government must take meaningful action to determine and disclose the fates and whereabouts of tens of thousands of people who have been subjected to enforced disappearance over the decades and hold those responsible to account, a UN Human Rights Office report released today (May 17) says. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  1:40 pm

Four army personnel acquitted over 2013 Rathupaswala shooting

The four accused in the case over the shooting to death of three persons and injuring 45 others during a protest by villagers demanding clean drinking water at Rathupaswala in 2013, have been acquitted by the Gampaha High Court Trial-at-Bar. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  1:52 pm

Gammanpila urges govt to reject new US Ambassador nominee

Member of Parliament Udaya Gammanpila has urged the government not to accept the appointment of U.S. President Joe Biden’s nominee for Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Elizabeth K. Horst. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  3:14 pm

Match-fixing case: Sachithra Senanayake’s voice test report delayed

The Sports Ministry’s Anti-Corruption Unit today informed the Colombo Magistrate’s Court that they are yet to receive the voice test report related to the investigation being carried on former Sri Lankan cricketer Sachithra Senanayake, over allegations of match-fixing. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  3:32 pm

Kusal Mendis’ visa not rejected – SLC

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Ashley de Silva today issued a clarification regarding the matter pertaining to the visa application submitted by Sri Lankan cricketer Kusal Mendis in order to take part in the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the US. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  3:34 pm

AI voiceover company stole voices of actors, New York lawsuit claims

Two voice actors sued artificial-intelligence startup Lovo in Manhattan federal court on Thursday, accusing the company of illegally copying their voices and using them without permission in its AI voiceover technology. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  3:55 pm

Special traffic plan for War Heroes’ Day ceremony

The National War Heroes’ Day ceremony is scheduled to be held on Sunday (19) evening at the Parliament Ground and a special traffic plan to be implemented on that day was announced by Police today. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  4:06 pm

‘Ice’ worth around Rs. 100mn found inside parcel from Guatemala

Sri Lanka Customs have detected a large consignment of ‘Ice’, also known as Crystal Methamphetamine, valued at around Rs. 100 million, which had reportedly arrived in a parcel from Guatemala, through airmail service. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  4:48 pm

President reveals plans for AI-driven agricultural transformation in Sri Lanka

President Ranil Wickremesinghe today announced plans to transform Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector using modern technology, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), and to support private sector entrepreneurs interested in this initiative. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  4:54 pm

Economic Transformation Bill and Public Financial Mgmt. Bill to be tabled in parliament

The Economic Transformation Bill and the Public Financial Management Bill will be presented to the Parliament on Wednesday (22 May), according to the Secretary General of Parliament Kushani Rohanadeera. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  5:51 pm

Crew of 20 Indians, Sri Lankan stuck on crippled ship in Baltimore for 7 weeks, can’t pay bills

Twenty Indian crew members and a Sri Lankan are stranded on board the Dali, the container ship that collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  6:38 pm

Ella–Wellawaya road temporarily closed again

The Ella – Wellawaya main road will remain closed for traffic from 8.00 p.m. today (17) until 6.00 a.m. tomorrow (18) due to prevailing inclement weather conditions, the Badulla District Secretary announced.

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  7:25 pm

Sri Lanka Navy promotes over 3,000 sailors on 15th Victory Day anniversary

In view of the 15th anniversary of Victory Day, the Sri Lanka Navy has promoted 3,146 senior and junior Sailors of the Regular and Voluntary Forces to their next ranks, Sri Lanka Navy said. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  9:24 pm

Govt. to regulate third-party deposits in senior citizens’ savings accounts

State Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says that the analysis report pertaining to the interest rates applicable to the savings of senior citizens will be handed over to President Ranil Wickremesinghe next week. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  10:41 pm

Warning issued over possible floods in several river basins

The Irrigation Department has issued an ‘Amber’ flood warning for possible floods in the low-lying areas of several river basins including Kalu, Kelani, Gin, Nilwala, Deduru Oya, Maha Oya, Attanagalu Oya, Kala Oya and Malwathu Oya, if heavy rains persist over the coming days. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 17, 2024  10:50 pm

Heavy showers of about 100mm likely in several provinces

The Meteorology Department says the low-level atmospheric disturbance still persists in the vicinity of the island and therefore, the prevailing showery conditions are expected to continue further. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 16, 2024  7:56 am

Four arrested for attempted abduction of schoolgirl in Aladeniya

Four youths have been arrested on suspicion of attempting to abduct a 16-year-old schoolgirl who was on her way home after sitting for the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 16, 2024  8:56 am

President orders establishment of ‘Ashraf Memorial Museum’ in Kalmunai

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has directed the prompt commencement of construction of the “Ashraf Memorial Museum” in Kalmunai, honoring the late M.H.M. Ashraf, founder of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and former Minister. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 16, 2024  9:38 am

Court refuses injunction against Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe

The Colombo District Court today rejected the petition filed by Duminda Dissanayake seeking an interim injunction preventing Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe from functioning as the Chairman and Keerthi Udawatta as Acting General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). MORE..

(0)Comments | May 16, 2024  10:35 am

President Ranil to attend 10th World Water Forum in Indonesia

President Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to attend the 10th World Water Forum High-Level Meeting in Indonesia, from 18 - 20 May, following an invitation extended by Indonesian President Joko Widodo. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 16, 2024  11:09 am

Schoolgirl injured in ‘Fox Hill’ tragedy succumbs to injuries

The schoolgirl, who was critically injured in the tragic accident during the recent ‘Fox Hill Super Cross 2024’ motorsport racing championship at Diyatalawa, has succumbed to injuries while receiving treatment in hospital last night (15), increasing the death toll from the fatal crash to 08. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 16, 2024  11:25 am

Sri Lankans in Russia-Ukraine warfront: President instructs to send delegation to Moscow

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Tharaka Balasuriya announced that President Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued directives for the dispatch of a specialized delegation to Russia to investigate the welfare of Sri Lankans amidst the on-going Russian-Ukraine war. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 16, 2024  11:51 am

Showery and windy conditions to enhance during next few days

The Meteorology Department warns that showery and windy conditions are expected to enhance during the next few days due to pre-monsoonal conditions over the country and surrounding sea areas. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 16, 2024  12:34 pm

Youth clubbed to death inside home in Hokandara

A 26-year-old youth has been clubbed to death inside a house in the Horahena area in Hokandara. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 16, 2024  2:12 pm

Bus driver dies after falling ill at the wheel, causing crash

A 39-year-old bus driver attached to the Nawalapitiya SLTB Bus Depot has reportedly passed away due to a sudden illness while driving a bus towards Nawalapitiya, thereby causing the bus to veer off the road and crash. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 16, 2024  2:15 pm

Rise in high blood pressure observed among Sri Lankan adults

Consultant Community Physician Dr. Sherine Balasingham of the Health Ministry’s Directorate of Non-Communicable Disease says that the number of patients with high blood pressure reported in Sri Lanka has increased. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 16, 2024  2:57 pm

Complaint filed with Bribery Commission against Maithripala Sirisena

A former executive member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Montague Sarathchandra has filed a complaint with the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption against former President Maithripala Sirisena. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 16, 2024  3:03 pm

A/L classes for this year’s O/L students to begin on Jun. 4

The Ministry of Education says that G.C.E. Advanced Level classes for the students who sat for the G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination this year, will commence on June 04, 2024. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 16, 2024  3:18 pm

Sri Lanka’s first-ever Sports Ombudsman appointed

Retired Special Grade officer of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service (SLAS), W.A. Chulananda Perera has been appointed as the first-ever Sports Ombudsman of Sri Lanka by the Minister of Sports Harin Fernando. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 16, 2024  3:19 pm

Probe launched into death threats against State Minister Semasinghe

The Colombo Fort Police Station has initiated an investigation into an alleged incident of death threats made against the State Minister of Finance, Shehan Semasinghe. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 16, 2024  4:27 pm

Agency owner, manager arrested for illegally recruiting Sri Lankans for Russian army

The owner and the manager of a licensed foreign employment agency have been arrested for allegedly sending Sri Lankans for employment in the Russian army. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 16, 2024  5:43 pm

Ella-Wellawaya road temporarily closed

The Ella - Wellawaya main road will be temporarily closed for traffic from 6.00 p.m. today (16) until 6.00 a.m. tomorrow due to the prevailing inclement weather conditions. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 16, 2024  6:12 pm

State Minister Prasanna Ranaweera assaults ‘Porter’ at BIA

State Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Prasanna Ranaweera has reportedly assaulted a Porter at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 16, 2024  7:11 pm

Resumption of India-Sri Lanka ferry service delayed indefinitely

The resumption of the passenger ferry service between Nagapattinam in India and the Kankesanthurai region near Jaffna in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka has been delayed again for an indefinite period, Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has said. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 16, 2024  9:46 pm

Refugee from Sri Lanka becomes mayor of British town

A British town’s new mayor is a refugee from Sri Lanka who will be the first Hindu to hold the position. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 16, 2024  10:28 pm