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Gnanasara Thero to be granted presidential pardon, BBS spokesperson says

A spokesperson of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization, speaking to Ada Derana, said the Presidential Secretariat had informed that Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, who was arrested in 2016 over Contempt of Court charges, will be granted presidential pardon today (23). MORE..

(0)Comments | May 23, 2019  12:10 am

65 senior military officers honoured for unblemished service

Sixty-five senior officers of Sri Lanka Army, Navy and Air Force, who have been maintaining an unblemished service record to-date, have been conferred Vishista Seva Vibhushanaya (VSV) by President Maithripala Sirisena. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  4:29 pm

Sri Lanka, Pulwama attacks made India determined to fight terrorism: Swaraj

India on Wednesday said the ghastly bombings in Sri Lanka at a time when the wounds of the Pulwama terror attack were still raw in peoples mind has made it more determined to resolutely fight against the menace. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  5:22 pm

Special Select Committee to produce report on Easter attacks

A proposal by the ruling party to appoint a special Select Committee to produce a report on the Easter Sunday attacks was passed at the parliament without a vote. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  6:40 pm

AG orders full criminal investigation against IGP

The Attorney General has ordered the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to launch a full criminal investigation against the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  7:29 pm

Ten more senior Brigadiers promoted

President Maithripala Sirisena, as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, has promoted ten more Senior Brigadiers of Sri Lanka Army to the rank of Major General, states a communiqu issued by the Military Secretariat this evening (22). MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  8:25 pm

Constable killed in shootout during illicit liquor raid

A Police Constable has been killed in a shootout during a raid carried out to seize an illicit liquor racket this evening (22), the Police Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara said. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  8:52 pm

Sri Lankas tea exports to China records sharp rise - report

Sri Lankas black and green tea exports to China have risen sharply so far this year with Chinese youth acquiring a taste for Sri Lankas popular Ceylon tea, Sri Lanka Tea Board Chairman Lucille Wijewardena said here Wednesday. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  10:59 pm

Heavy rainfall expected to enhance over next few days

Showery condition is expected to enhance to some extent over most parts of the island, particularly in south-western part in the next few days, the Department of Meteorology stated. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  8:13 am

Signal failure causes train delays on Main Line

The train services along the Main Line have been delayed this morning (22), the Department of Railways stated. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  8:58 am

Abandoned Lankan boat found drifting close to coastal Andhra Pradesh

An abandoned speed boat was spotted three days ago drifting in the Bay of Bengal close to the coast near Ponnapudi Pathuru village in Vidavalur Mandal of SPSR Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  9:13 am

Suspect arrested at Dharga Town over Easter attacks handed over to TID

The suspect, who was arrested at Dharga Town on suspicion for having close links to the terrorist group responsible for Easter Sunday attacks, has been handed over to the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID). MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  10:32 am

Second Special HC hears first case

The second Permanent High Court-at-Bar established to hear cases of large-scale financial irregularities commenced hearing its first case a short while ago. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  11:07 am

Chootiya killed in clash in Grandpass

A person has been killed in a clash between two groups at Kambi Thotuwa area in Weheragodella, Grandpass, at around 10.50 pm last night (21), stated Police Media Spokesperson. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  11:26 am

Wellampitiya Police OIC transferred to Galle

Wellampitiya Police Officer-In-Charge (OIC) has been transferred to the Galle Police Division with immediate effect, Police Media Spokesperson. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  11:36 am

32 arrested over unrest in Minuwangoda granted bail

Thirty-two persons, who were arrested over the unrest in Minuwangoda, have been granted bail today (22). MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  11:40 am

Person involved in extremist activities arrested in Kalmunai

An individual has been arrested at Maruthamunai area in Kalmunai on suspicion of involving in extremist activities. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  12:05 pm

Sharia university mustnt be run even as a private institute - Patali

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says that it is not suitable to continue the Sharia University in Batticaloa even as a private institute. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  12:07 pm

Ministerial committee approves emergency power purchase

The five-member Ministerial Committee appointed to resolve the existing power crisis has granted approval for an emergency power purchase considering the prevailing power crisis in the country. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  1:02 pm

Racism has become a commodity today - Dambara Amila Thero

Venerable Dambara Amila Thero says that racism has become a commodity under the social system today and that racism is marketed by politicians who are looking to come to power. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  1:05 pm

J.C. Alawathuwala claims Rishad invited to join Joint Opposition

State Minister J.C. Alawathuwala claims the Joint Opposition has invited Minister Rishad Bathiudeen to join their party. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  1:07 pm

Circular issued on Rs 2,500 monthly interim allowance for public sector employees

The government says that all public sector employees will be paid a special interim monthly allowance of Rs 2,500 effective from July 01, as announced by the Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera in the Budget 2019. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  1:17 pm

Mosques damaged in clashes to be compensated

Cabinet approval has been granted for the compensation of the mosques which were damaged in the recent clashes that occurred at several areas of the country. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  1:19 pm

Court issues notices on 8 suspects arrested at Wellampitiya copper factory

Eight suspects, who were granted bail following their arrest at the copper factory believed to be owned by one of the Easter Sunday suicide bombers, have been issued notices to appear before the court on the 27th of May. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  2:38 pm

President orders not to inconvenience public by closing roads for VIPs

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the police and security forces not to close roads in a manner that would inconvenience the public during VIP movement. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  2:59 pm

Cabinet approves funds for program to uplift families victimized by attacks

The Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval for funding the implementation of a special human resource development program to empower families affected by the terrorist attack on Easter Sunday. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  3:07 pm

State of Emergency extended

The State of Emergency imposed in the country has been extended by another month from today (May 22) considering the situation of the country. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  3:33 pm

Main suspect behind murder in Grandpass clash arrested

Police have arrested the main suspect behind the murder in the clash between two groups in Weheragodella, Grandpass. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 22, 2019  4:23 pm

Showers to enhance over most part of the island

Showery condition is expected to enhance some extent over most parts of the island, particularly in south-western part in next few days, the Department of Meteorology said. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 21, 2019  8:24 am

Sharia universities will not be approved; Madrasahs under govt. purview - PM

Sharia universities will not be granted approval and Madrasah education institutes will be brought under the purview of Ministry of Education, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has asserted. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 21, 2019  8:52 am

Parliament set to convene today

The Parliament, chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, is scheduled to convene at 1 pm this afternoon (21). MORE..

(0)Comments | May 21, 2019  9:57 am

JVP hands over no-confidence motion against govt

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) handed over a no-confidence motion against the government to the Speaker of the Parliament a short while ago. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 21, 2019  10:22 am

Govt. universities set to reopen this week

Government universities are set to recommence academic activities during this week. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 21, 2019  10:46 am

SIM cards found in Ma Oya belong to a private company

The police stated that 1475 SIM cards used for mobile phones were found in Ma Oya in the Kochchikade area in Negombo. A stock of unused SIM cards has been found at a wooded area near Ma Oya, last evening (20). MORE..

(0)Comments | May 21, 2019  11:16 am

Petition challenging PMs seat in Parliament rejected

The Court of Appeal today rejected the petition filed seeking a Quo Warranto preventing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe from being a Member of Parliament. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 21, 2019  11:18 am

Bone fragments & parts of LTTE uniforms found at Vellamullivaikal

Several human bone fragments recovered along with parts of LTTE cadre uniforms from Vellamullivaikal beach in Mullaitivu are to be unearthed today (21). MORE..

(0)Comments | May 21, 2019  12:01 pm

Pakistani employed at private company arrested

Hettipola police have arrested a foreign national for staying in the country violating immigration and emigration laws. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 21, 2019  12:18 pm

DNA test confirms Zahran Hashim was killed in Shangri-La bombing

It has been confirmed that Zahran Hashim, the alleged ringleader behind the Easter Day bomb attacks, has been killed in the attack at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 21, 2019  1:33 pm

Easter Sunday attacks not a failure of intelligence - Rohan Gunaratna

One of the major reasons for the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka was the collective failure of leadership, says international terrorism expert Dr. Rohan Gunaratna. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 21, 2019  2:07 pm

Suspects arrested for vandalizing Buddhist statues in Mawanella further remanded

The 13 suspects arrested for vandalizing several Buddhist statues in the Mawanella area have been further remanded until 03rd of June. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 21, 2019  2:17 pm

Former DIG Nalaka de Silva granted bail

Former DIG Nalaka de Silva, who was arrested in connection with the alleged VIP assassination plot, has been granted bail by the Colombo Fort Magistrates Court. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 21, 2019  2:59 pm

Second accused in Maj. Gen. Janaka Perera murder sentenced to life

Anuradhapura Special High Court today imposed a life sentence on the second accused of the case over the killing 31 people including Major General Janaka Perera in 2008. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 21, 2019  3:49 pm

Petition against IGP & fmr Defence Secretary to be considered on May 31

The Supreme Court has set the date for considering the Fundamental Rights (FR) petition against former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara on the 31st of May. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 21, 2019  3:55 pm

Deadline of applications for O/L 2019 extended

The deadline for submitting applications for the G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination for the year 2019 has been extended, stated the Department of Examinations. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 21, 2019  3:58 pm

Suspects arrested over abduction of 11 youths further remanded

Eight suspects including former Navy Lieutenant Commanders Nilantha Sampath Munasinghe and Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi (Navy Sampath), who were arrested over the abduction and forceful disappearance of 11 youths in 2008, have been further remanded. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 21, 2019  4:34 pm

Wimal blasts JVP over no-confidence motion against govt

National Freedom Front (NFF) leader MP Wimal Weerawansa today criticized his former party, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, for the motion of no-confidence brought forth by them against the incumbent government. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 21, 2019  5:34 pm

Mahinda observes student turnout in Colombo

Leader of Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa today (21) visited several schools in Colombo to observe the student turnout and encourage parents to send their children to schools. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 21, 2019  5:49 pm

Navy recovers arms cache from under bridge in Muthur

During an underwater search carried out under the Gengea Bridge in Muthur, Navy divers have recovered several weapons, ammunition and grenades. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 21, 2019  8:05 pm

Mother of Satan bombs show foreign hand in Sri Lanka attacks - report

One month after the Sri Lanka suicide attacks that killed more than 250 people, investigators have told AFP the bombers used Mother of Satan explosives favoured by the ISIS group that are a new sign of foreign involvement. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 21, 2019  8:18 pm

China faces new competition from Japan, India to develop Colombo Port

India, Japan and Sri Lanka are weighing the development of a terminal at the bustling port of Colombo in a country thats seen ongoing political controversies related to investments from Chinas Belt and Road initiative. MORE..

(0)Comments | May 21, 2019  10:58 pm