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Five spill gates of Upper Kotmale Reservoir opened

Five spill gates of the Upper Kotamale Reservoir have been opened due to the heavy rainfall being experienced in the central mountain region of the country since this morning (18). MORE>.

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  12:00 am

Zimbabwe suspended by ICC over ‘political interference’

International cricket chiefs on Thursday suspended Zimbabwe over a failure to keep the sport free from government interference, throwing into doubt their participation in qualifiers for the T20 World Cup. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  7:42 am

World Bank assures continuous assistance to Sri Lanka

World Bank Vice President for South Asia Region, Hartwig Schafer said that the World Bank will increase assistance to Sri Lanka under three of its new operations. They include assisting the agriculture sector faced with climatic vagaries, irrigation, renewable energy, climate resilience operations and renovation of tanks in rural areas. MORE>.

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  8:26 am

Gusty winds and showers to continue over the island

Prevailing windy conditions over the country and surrounding sea areas and showery condition over the island, particularly in Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Galle and Matara districts, are likely to continue today (19), the Department of Meteorology said. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  8:47 am

Landslides destroy 10 shops in Ginigathhena; one reported missing

Owing to the prevailing downpours in the central hills, 10 shops in Ginigathhena town have been destroyed in the landslide, while one person is reported missing. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  9:31 am

US calls for feds to investigate FaceApp

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling on the FBI and Federal Trade Commission to investigate the popular smartphone application FaceApp, citing privacy concerns and fears the data could be shared with the Russian government. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  11:06 am

US calls for feds to investigate FaceApp

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling on the FBI and Federal Trade Commission to investigate the popular smartphone application FaceApp, citing privacy concerns and fears the data could be shared with the Russian government. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  11:08 am

Body of other schoolgirl swept away by floodwaters recovered

The body of the other schoolgirl, who was reported missing after being swept away by floodwaters while crossing a culvert during heavy rain at Torrington Estate in Agarapathana, has been recovered. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  11:56 am

Aloysius and 7 others served indictments; granted bail

The Permanent High Court-at-Bar today served indictments on 8 accused in the the Central Bank bond scam case including Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) owner Arjun Aloysius. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  12:10 pm

Case against Rishad’s brother: court calls for report of evidence summary

The Colombo Chief Magistrate has ordered the Criminal Investigation Department to submit a report of evidence summary and the inquiry forms in the case filed against Rifkhan Bathiudeen for forging documents to alienate a land of 40 acres, on the 22nd of August. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  1:11 pm

Highest rainfall reported in Dunkeld estate

The Department of Meteorology says that the highest rainfall within the past 24 hours ending from 8.30am today was 251.5 mm and it was recorded in Dunkeld estate in Nuwara-Eliya district. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  1:15 pm

Sri Lanka inks agreement with India to upgrade railway lines

Sri Lanka has signed an agreement with India to upgrade tracks in a key railway segment connecting the north and south at a cost of $ 91.26 million. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  1:43 pm

Game of Thrones stars self-nominate for Emmy Awards

Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie, who was nominated for an Emmy on Tuesday, put herself forward for the award after network HBO did not. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  2:15 pm

Body of missing shop owner recovered from Ginigathhena landslide debris

The body of the shop owner, who went missing in the landslide that submerged 10 shops in Ginigathhena, was recovered from the debris. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  2:38 pm

CCD to probe attack on van by VIP security officers

Acting IGP Chandana Wickremaratne has directed the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) to investigate into the incident where VIP security personnel had attacked a van recently at Kalagedihena. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  2:58 pm

Postal strike ends

Joint Postal Trade Union Alliance stated that the discussions held with Minister of Postal Services & Muslim Religious Affairs Abdul Haleem and Postmaster General Ranjith Ariyaratne were fruitful. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  3:58 pm

AG filed indictments against suspended magistrate over elephant calf

The Attorney General has filed indictment before the Colombo High Court against suspended Magistrate Thilina Gamage and three others for keeping an elephant calf without valid a license. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  4:18 pm

Woman and 2 girls dead after tree falls on three-wheeler

A woman and two children have been killed after a tree fell on top of a three-wheeler at Sooriyawewa today (19). MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  4:34 pm

SL must be neutral in dealing with economic giants -Dr. Nicholas

Sri Lanka is not a vassal of any economic superpower and it should never become one, says Dr. Howard Nicholas, Associate Professor at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  4:55 pm

Nine SSPs promoted to DIG

Nine Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs) have been promoted to the rank of Deputy Inspector General (DIG), says the Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  5:11 pm

NPC secretary Saman Dissanayake remanded

The Secretary of the National Police Commission (NPC), Saman Dissanayake, who was arrested in connection with the Avant-Garde case, has been ordered remanded until August 02. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  5:11 pm

New hotlines to inform police about disaster situation

Sri Lanka Police has set up two telephone numbers for the public to inform about any disaster situations in the country. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  6:13 pm

Ranjan apologizes to Maha Sangha for his controversial statement

State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake today (19) apologized to Mahanayake and Anunayake theros of Asgiri Chapter for the controversial statement he made regarding Buddhist monks. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  8:13 pm

SLC announces 22-man squad for Bangladesh ODIs; Chandimal left out

The likes of Niroshan Dickwella, Lahiru Kumara, Akila Dananjaya and Lakshan Sandakan, who all missed out on Sri Lanka’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 squad, are back for the ODI series against Bangladesh. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  8:19 pm

Management Faculty of Peradeniya Uni closed indefinitely

The Management Faculty of the University of Peradeniya has been closed until further notice, says the administration of the university. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  9:15 pm

VIP Defender & 2 persons involved in attack on van at Kalagedihena arrested

The Defender vehicle, which was recently involved in the attack on a van at Kalagedihena, has been found at a residence in Maharagama area, says the Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 19, 2019  9:53 pm

Showery and windy conditions to enhance until July 20

The Department of Meteorology says there is a high possibility of enhanced showery and windy conditions over South-western part and in central hilly areas of the island and over the North-western, Western, South-western and Southern sea areas till 20th July. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  8:04 am

Over 29,000 dengue cases reported island-wide

A total of 29,123 dengue cases and 58 dengue deaths had been reported from all parts of the country so far this year as of July 17th, the Epidemiology Unit said. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  8:24 am

Teachers call in sick today

Teachers’ associations have decided to call in sick for today (18) and tomorrow (19) to launch a two-day token strike. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  8:32 am

Three nabbed with over 2000kg of tobacco & Beedi leaves

Naval personnel have apprehended 3 persons, who had been illegally transporting Kendu (Beedi) and tobacco leaves at Mandativu Junction in Jaffna. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  9:41 am

Talks with Postal Minister fail; token strike continues

The discussions held with Minister of Postal Services & Muslim Religious Affairs Abdul Haleem have failed, the postal trade unions stated. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  10:36 am

UN Special Rapporteur to arrive in SL today

Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, UN Special Rapporteur on Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association is set to arrive in Sri Lanka today (18). MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  10:53 am

18-hour water cut tomorrow

An 18-hour water cut will be imposed in Kelaniya and several surrounding areas from 8.00 am tomorrow (19) to 2.00 am on Saturday (20), the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) says. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  11:22 am

US govt. will not buy, sell, or own actual land in Sri Lanka – Teplitz

The United States Government will not buy, sell, or own any actual land under Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact, according to the United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  11:30 am

Suspect held after navy seize stock of dried sea cucumber from house

Naval personnel with the assistance of Assistant Directorate of Fisheries (ADF) in Mannar nabbed a person with a stock of dried sea cucumber, during a raid carried out in Erukkulampiddi area. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  11:40 am

12 feared dead after suspected arson attack on studio in Japan

Twelve people are presumed dead, fire officials have said, and more could be missing after becoming trapped by a suspected arson attack at a renowned animation production company in Japan. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  12:02 pm

Twenty five year old sentenced to death over drugs

The Colombo High Court Judge Shashi Mahendran has sentenced a youth to death over the possession of heroin, stated Ada Derana reporter. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  12:20 pm

EU diplomats and UNP MPs discuss death penalty

The EU Heads of Mission (HoMs) in Sri Lanka received a visit by a group of United National Party (UNP) parliamentarians today (18) to discuss the death penalty. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  12:45 pm

Presidential Commission members to visit dairy farms in Matale

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry, probing fraud and corruption at state institutions including, is set to engage in an observation visit at several dairy farms in Matale area today (18). MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  12:57 pm

Two spill gates opened in Laxapana Reservoir

The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) says that two spill gates have been opened in the Laxapana Reservoir, due to the prevailing heavy rainfall. People living downstream are advised to be vigilant in this regard. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  1:02 pm

Body of missing youth who fell off Rumassala recovered

The body of one of the youngsters, who was reported missing after falling into the sea while taking selfies at Rumassala in Unawatuna, has been recovered, the Police Media Spokesperson’s office stated. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  1:52 pm

Heavy traffic near Technical Junction

Heavy traffic congestion is reported around Technical Junction in Maradana. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  2:52 pm

Two conspiracy charges in indictment against Gotabaya, court told

It is apt to revise the indictments filed against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa if they are in a state of being revised, the Supreme Court told the Attorney General. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  3:22 pm

AG files revision against granting bail to Pujith and Hemasiri

The Attorney General today filed a revision application before the Colombo High Court against the Colombo chief magistrate’s order granting bail to IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  3:33 pm

Police Commission’s secretary arrested by CID

Secretary of the National Police Commission Saman Dissanayake has been arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in connection with the Avant-Garde floating armoury case. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  3:55 pm

World Bank assures continuous assistance to Sri Lanka

The World Bank will increase assistance to Sri Lanka under three of its new operations, the World Bank Vice President for South Asia Region, Hartwig Schafer said today (18). MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  5:12 pm

Kalu Ganga’s water level rising

The water level of the Kalu Ganga has been observed rising to ‘Alert Level’ in the Ratnapura area, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  5:33 pm

Landslide warnings issued to Ratnapura and Balangoda

The National Building Research Organization (NBRO) has issued Landslide Early Warnings (Level 2 Amber) to Ratnapura and Balangoda Divisional Secretariat divisions and surrounding areas of Ratnapura District. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  5:43 pm

Two schoolgirls swept away by floodwaters; body recovered

A school girl has drowned while another is reported missing after they were swept away by floodwaters while crossing a culvert during heavy rain at Torrington Estate in Agarapathana. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  5:57 pm

Bread price goes back down

The decision to increase the price of a 450 g loaf of bread has been revised, stated the bakery Owners’ Association. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 18, 2019  6:11 pm