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Train services disrupted along main line

A train has broken down between Polgahawela and Alawwa railway stations, disrupting tran services on the main line, the Railway Control Room said. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  7:51 am

Report: Researchers say Facebook doesn’t curb hate speech in developing countries

A new report outlines the fatal effects of Facebook’s newsfeed in developing countries where misinformation and hate speech allegedly fuel real-world attacks -- and the Silicon Valley titan is accused of doing nothing to ease the tensions. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  8:25 am

MR’s vanity projects helped China establish financial leverage over Sri Lanka – report

The official narrative in China and the highlighting of the country’s “core interests” in terms of fostering and promoting economic development in Europe and the Indo-Pacific region through the ambitiously conceived “Belt Road Initiative” (BRI) may not be entirely true. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  8:57 am

President returns after attending CHOGM in London

President Maithripala Sirisena who was in London to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Govt Meeting returned to Sri Lanka, a short while ago. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  10:10 am

Reports circulated regarding the President’s delegation to London are false -PMD

The President’s Media Division (PMD) refuted news circulated in certain media alleging that more than hundred delegates accompanied President Maithripala Sirisena in his Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)tour.MORE....

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  11:18 am

National govt will continue under new agreement – Amaraweera

The national government concept will continue forward under a new agreement to create a people-centered administration, says General Secretary of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), Mahinda Amaraweera. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  11:36 am

32 including Amith Weerasinghe further remanded

Thirty-two suspects arrested over the violence in Digana, Kandy including Amith Weerasinghe of Maha Sohon Balakaya and local government members have been further remanded by the Theldeniya Magistrate’s Court. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  11:57 am

Fuel price formula to be presented to cabinet tomorrow

The Ministry of Finance confirmed the agreed final price formula is scheduled to be submitted to the cabinet tomorrow (24) for approval.MORE....

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  12:15 pm

Wijedasa blames President for instability in country

The President has no vision as to which political party members should be included in the new cabinet, alleges United National Party (UNP) MP, Wijedasa Rajapakshe. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  12:32 pm

Vijithamuni invites 16 SLFP members to rejoin govt

Minister Vijith Vijithamuni Soysa has urged the 16 Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members who were planning to sit in the opposition after quitting the National Government, to accept their ministerial portfolios again and work with the President. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  1:02 pm

Kataragama PS chairman remanded

The Chairman of the Kataragama Pradeshiya Sabha Chanaka Amila Rangana and three others have been remanded by the Tissamaharama Magistrate in connection with the attack on the Kataragama Police Station in January.

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  1:09 pm

Speaker affirms no big budget ceremony for first day of next session

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya rejected statements made by certain parties to the media that a large sum of money has been allocated for the inauguration ceremony of the new Parliament session to be held on May 08.MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  1:11 pm

President and Prime Minister to discuss cabinet reshuffle today

A special discussion is scheduled to take place between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today (23) about the cabinet reshuffle, Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  1:25 pm

Basnayaka Nilame’s removal was not revenge – Minister

The temporary removal of Basnayaka Nilame of Ruhunu Katharagama Maha Devalaya was not an act of vengeance, says Minister of Buddha Sasana Gamini Jayawickrama Perera. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  1:29 pm

Sri Lanka the only South Asian country to provide 24-hr power - Ranjith

Sri Lanka is the only country in South Asia that provides uninterrupted power throughout 24 hours a day, says Minister of Power & Renewable Energy, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  2:10 pm

Mother kills baby, commits suicide

A mother has killed her ten-month old baby and has committed suicide inside her residence in Habarakada, Hiniduma. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  2:12 pm

Exams Dept to modernize examination process

Minister of Education, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has advised the Department of Examination to modernize its examination process and to make use of new technology for this task. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  2:17 pm

Govt owes Rs 315 billion to CPC – trade union

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has incurred heavy losses and a pricing formula for fuel should be introduced in order to prevent further loss, according to CPC trade unions. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  3:45 pm

11-year-old girl attempts suicide

A 11-year-old girl who attempted suicide by hanging herself inside her room was rescued by the residents and rushed to Dickoya Base Hospital today (23).MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  3:50 pm

Former immigration controller makes admission over Shashi’s passport

The case filed by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) against MP Wimal Weerawansa’s wife Shashi Weerawansa on charges of submitting forged documents to obtain a diplomatic passport was taken up for hearing at the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today (23). MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  4:57 pm

Suspect arrested with heroin worth Rs 1 million

A 31 year old was arrested for possessing of heroin worth around Rs 1 million near Pothanagama Junction in Anuradhapura. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  5:01 pm

Person arrested in connection with the Attanagalla shooting incident

A person was arrested today (23) in connection with the Attanagalla shooting incident that took place yesterday (22).MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  5:04 pm

Do not use banned polythene for ‘Dansal’ – CEA

The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) has requested the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and the Ministry of Home Affairs to instruct organizers of ‘Dansal’ to not use banned polythene this Vesak season. MORE..

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  5:09 pm

President signs the gazette notification proclaiming the next parliamentary session will be on May 08

President Maithripala Sirisena has signed the gazette notification proclaiming the next parliamentary session will be on May 08, at 2.15 pm, the President’s Media Division (PMD) reported.

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  5:58 pm

29 passengers were injured when a SLTB bus running from Samimale to Hatton skidded off Hatton-Maskeliya main road, Ada Derana Correspondent reported.MORE...

(0)Comments | April 23, 2018  6:34 pm

Main suspect of Attanagalla shooting incident identified

The main suspect involved in the Attanagalla shooting incident has been identified, the police said.MORE...

(0)Comments | April 22, 2018  6:36 am

Rs.30 mn to setup Police posts at 20 resorts

The government has allocated Rs.30 million to establish Police posts at 20 identified tourist hotspots to provide better security for tourists visiting the country. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 22, 2018  9:09 am

Financial aid for Anandasuthakaran’s daughter from Reginald Cooray

Daughter of life-convict Anandasuthakaran was offered educational aid of Rs 10,000 by Northern Province Governer Rejinald Cooray.MORE...

(0)Comments | April 22, 2018  10:15 am

No need to remove SLFP Secretaries from their posts –Chandrika

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga says that there is no need to remove the current secretaries of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) from their posts.MORE...

(0)Comments | April 22, 2018  10:19 am

Person nabbed for trading cannabis in cemetery

A large scale racketeer who smuggles stocks of Kerala Cannabis to Galewala, Jaffna was nabbed with 2kg of Kerala cannabis in possession, reports Galewala police. MORE...

(0)Comments | April 22, 2018  10:24 am

SLFP posts will not be given to other parties –Mahinda Amaraweera

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera said he would not allow the posts of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) be given to members of other parties.MORE...

(0)Comments | April 22, 2018  11:20 am

Couple attempt to smuggle out gold worth Rs. 9.1 million fails

A Sri Lankan couple was arrested by the custom officials at Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake while attempting to smuggle 2.35kg of gold to India.MORE...

(0)Comments | April 22, 2018  11:31 am

It is wrong to impose laws on temples –Mahinda

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that the government is going to bring a draft bill on establishing new religious places and maintenance. MORE....

(0)Comments | April 22, 2018  12:07 pm

Youth arrested with cigarettes worth Rs.1.5 million

A youth who attempted to smuggle in 30,600 sticks of cigarettes worth Rs. 1.5 million was apprehended at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake earlier this morning (22).MORE...

(0)Comments | April 22, 2018  12:30 pm

Govt. schools re-open for second term tomorrow

The second term of government and government affiliated Sinhala and Tamil medium schools will commence tomorrow (23), the Education Ministry announced.MORE...

(0)Comments | April 22, 2018  12:56 pm

World’s oldest person, Nabi Tajima, dies in Japan at the age of 117

The great-great-great-grandmother regarded as the world’s oldest person has died in Japan at the age of 117.MORE....

(0)Comments | April 22, 2018  1:31 pm

Kabul voter centre suicide attack kills dozens

A suicide attack at a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed at least 31 people, officials say.MORE...

(0)Comments | April 22, 2018  2:39 pm

Request for a fixed rate for three-wheelers

Mandating meter installation and issue of receipts instead of introducing fixed prices for three-wheeler fares is like changing the pillow to cure a headache, say the National Movement for Consumer Rights Protection.MORE...

(0)Comments | April 22, 2018  2:59 pm

New stamp to celebrate State Vesak Festival

A new postal stamp valued at Rs 12 is to be issued on April 29 to commemorate the State Vesak Festival 2018.more..

(0)Comments | April 22, 2018  3:14 pm

Final decision about cabinet reshuffle after discussions between President and PM

The government has decided to arrive into a final decision about the cabinet reshuffle after discussions between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. MORE....

(0)Comments | April 22, 2018  3:42 pm

Senior Laboratory Assistant of Horana rubber factory remanded

The Senior Laboratory Assistant of the rubber factory in Horana who was arrested over the death of five persons in the ammonia tank incident was remanded until April 25, by the Horana Magistrate’s Court.MORE...

(0)Comments | April 22, 2018  4:10 pm

JVP is trying to weaken the Opposition –National Freedom Front

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is trying to upset the unity and strength of the Opposition by proposing to abolish the Executive Presidency at a time the government is facing crisis, says National Freedom Front (NFF).more...

(0)Comments | April 22, 2018  4:18 pm

UNP Head Quarter activities separated in to 3 main areas

United National Party (UNP) has decided to partition its Head Quarters, Sirikotha, in to three main areas of service and assign a board of officials to ensure their activities.MORE...

(0)Comments | April 22, 2018  9:41 pm

81st birth anniversary of Reggie Ranatunga commemorated

The 81st birth anniversary of Reggie Ranatunga, former Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) minister was commemorated today (22) at Udugampola.MORE...

(0)Comments | April 22, 2018  9:48 pm

Two arrested for the possession of heroin

A 26-year-old youth was arrested in Sirisara Uyana,Borella for the possession of 10 grams of heroin, the Police said.MORE...

(0)Comments | April 21, 2018  12:21 pm

North Korea ‘halts missile and nuclear tests’, says Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said he will suspend all missile tests and shut down a nuclear test site with immediate effect.MORE....

(0)Comments | April 21, 2018  9:21 am

Mother and daughter stabbed to death in Mahiyangana

A 59-year-old mother and her 40-year old daughter have been stabbed to death at Mapakadawewa in Mahiyanganaya last night (21), Police reported.MORE...

(0)Comments | April 21, 2018  9:35 am

Legal action to be taken against Horana rubber factory

The Director General of Labour said legal action will be taken against Horana rubber factory for failing to take safety precautions.MORE...

(0)Comments | April 21, 2018  11:05 am

Moratuwa Uni student meets untimely death in Kelani River

A University student drowned when his boat capsized, while engaging in water sports, in Kelani River off Ginigathhena, Kalugala, Yatiberiya area, yesterday (20). MORE...

(0)Comments | April 21, 2018  1:01 pm

Rough seas expected from Puttalam to Batticaloa

The Sea area from Puttalam to Batticaloa via Galle will be very rough with waves 2-3 metres high, announced the Disaster Management Centre.MORE...

(0)Comments | April 21, 2018  2:15 pm