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Activists fight ban on women buying or selling alcohol

Sri Lanka rights activists Tuesday asked the island’s top court to reject a presidential order that restored a decades-old ban on women buying or selling alcohol, calling the move discriminatory. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2018  8:36 am

Sri Lanka seeks more jobs for skilled workers in Qatar

Sri Lanka is seeking more job opportunities in Qatar for skilled workers in different sectors and it would organise an employment promotion event tomorrow. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2018  8:43 am

Engine drivers to enter trade union action if issues not addressed

Locomotive Engine Drivers’ Union says that they will enter a strike action with effect from today evening (24) if their issues are not addressed by the authorities. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 24, 2018  9:16 am

Priority bus lane system a success - Prof. Amal Kumarage

The priority bus lane system has brought convenience to many parties and a majority of passengers are optimistic about it, said Prof. Amal Kumarage of Moratuwa University.MORE...

(0)Comments | January 24, 2018  9:50 am

Northern Naval Command seize 110 kgs of Kerala cannabis

A haul of Kerala cannabis worth over Rs. 10 million was recovered by the Northern Naval Command in Maradankeni, Thaleiadi last evening (23). MORE...

(0)Comments | January 24, 2018  10:23 am

Navy armored truck hits and kills 9-year-old girl, uncle injured

A nine-year-old school girl died while her uncle was injured and hospitalised after being hit by an armored truck belonging to the Sri Lanka Navy on Pungudutivu Maha Vidyalayam Mawatha in Jaffna this morning. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2018  11:54 am

Thondaman appointed Uva’s Tamil Education Minister

Senthil Thondaman has been appointed as the Tamil Education Minister of the Uva Province, Ada Derana reporter said. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2018  12:09 pm

Rajabdeen resigns as SLMC National Organiser and Water Board VC

Former MP Shafeek Rajabdeen has resigned from his posts as National Organiser of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and Vice Chairman of the Water Board. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2018  12:45 pm

Wigneswaran turns down Bathiudeen’s request

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran has turned down the request made by Minister Rishad Bathiudeen asking for 1000 acres of land for the rehabilitation of Muslims in Mullaitivu district. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 24, 2018  12:49 pm

Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrives in Sri Lanka

Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrived in Sri Lanka , a short while ago, on an official two-day state visit on an invitation extended by President Maithripala Sirisena. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2018  12:52 pm

Ravi’s request to make special statement in parliament rejected

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has rejected the request made by UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake to deliver a special statement in Parliament based on standing orders. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2018  3:01 pm

Railway strike called off

Locomotive Engine Drivers’ Union (LEDU) has decided to call off their strike after discussions with the General Manager of of Sri Lankan Railways. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 24, 2018  3:05 pm

2018 FIFA World Cup Trophy handed over to President

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Trophy arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday, and was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s House in Colombo, today (24). MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2018  4:07 pm

Court orders issued against anti-SATIM protest tomorrow

The Police Spokesman says that the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court and the Gangodawila Magistrate’s Court have issued stay orders preventing anti-SAITM protesters from marching into Colombo tomorrow (24). MORE..

(0)Comments | January 24, 2018  4:40 pm

President cannot take control of economy from UNP - G.L.

In a situation where the ministries related to finance and economy are being controlled by Ministers of UNP, President Sirisena has no authority to manipulate or manage the economic affairs of the country as per the constitution , said former parliamentarian G. L. Peiris. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 24, 2018  4:56 pm

US shutdown to end as Senate strikes deal

The US government partial shutdown is set to end after Senate Republicans and Democrats voted to approve a temporary funding bill. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  12:31 am

Thailand to assist Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector

The Government of Thailand says that it is expecting to assist for the development of Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector through many new programmes. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  12:39 am

Singapore firms bullish about Sri Lanka amid news of FTA

Singapore businesses said they are bullish about the Sri Lanka market, and expect to benefit considerably from a free trade agreement (FTA) that both countries will sign today. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  8:33 am

Sound of honey bees the solution to Sri Lanka’s human-elephant conflict?

For the first time, researchers have shown that Asian elephants in Sri Lanka are scared of honey bees, much like their African counterparts. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  8:53 am

President says PM should assist him to capture Bond scam culprits

President Maithripala Sirisena stated that all politicians including the Prime Minister should assist him in his effort to punish the perpetrators involved in the bond scandal. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  9:58 am

Over 100 cops transferred due to LG polls

More than a hundred police officers who are relatives of candidates contesting the upcoming Local Government Election have been transferred, Police Headquarters said. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  11:45 am

Uva Chief Minister surrenders to police

Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake has surrendered to police in connection with incident where he allegedly forced a female school principal to kneel at his feet. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  12:00 pm

Lotus Road closed due to protest

Lotus Road in Colombo has been temporarily closed for traffic due to an ongoing protest. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  12:40 pm

Supreme Court rejects another petition over SLPP nominations

The Supreme Court today rejected the petition filed by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramunda (SLPP) over the rejection of its nomination lists for Panadura, Agalawatte, Mahiyanganaya and Thirippane local government authorities. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  12:50 pm

No increase in import taxes on food items - Finance Ministry

The Ministry of Finance and Media has rejected news reports published in certain media alleging that the gazette notification issued by Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera on January 18, 2018 had raised the taxes on essential food items. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  1:24 pm

Sri Lanka and Singapore sign Free Trade Agreement

The Government of Sri Lanka today signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Singapore at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  1:35 pm

Bond Commission and PRECIFAC reports tabled in Parliament

The reports of the Bond Commission and the Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate into serious acts of fraud and corruption have been presented in Parliament, a short while ago. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  1:44 pm

Uva Chief Minister released on bail

Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake, who surrendered to police in connection with the allegations that he allegedly forced a female school principal to kneel, has been granted bail by the Badulla Magistrate’s Court. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  2:59 pm

Fisheries Act to be amended; stiff fines on trespassing boats

The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development has taken steps to draft a Bill for amending the Fisheries Act No 59 of 1979 (Foreign Fisheries Boats Regulation Act) and it will be presented to the Parliament for approval. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  4:36 pm

‘Surangani’ singer Manohar passes away

Pop singer from the ‘70s, A E Manohar, popularly known as ‘Ceylon Manohar’, passed away on January 22 at his residence in Chennai. The actor-singer was reportedly suffering from kidney ailments. He was 73. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  4:47 pm

MR didn’t instruct us to safeguard Ravi - Bandula

UPFA MP Bandula Gunawardena denies that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa instructed the Joint Opposition’s parliamentary group to refrain from speaking out against former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and the allegations levelled against him. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  7:50 pm

Increased liking towards President’s speeches – Samarasinghe

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says that the public is showing a keen interest to listen to the valuable statements being made by President Maithripala Sirisena on the election stage. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  8:05 pm

Singapore PM ‘very glad’ negotiations for FTA with Sri Lanka went smoothly

While Sri Lanka is in the process of negotiating free trade agreements (FTA) with several partners, Singapore is the first to complete one with them, and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is “very glad” that negotiations went smoothly. MORE..

(0)Comments | January 23, 2018  11:02 pm

Road accidents kill over 3000 last year - NCRS

Statics compiled by the National Council for Road Safety (NCRS) which functions under the Ministry of Transport reveal that 2910 road accidents have occurred during 2017 with a death total of 3078. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 22, 2018  11:15 am

Postal voting for Local Government elections commenced today

Postal voting for the upcoming Local Government elections commenced today(January 22) at 9 am in Election Offices, District Secretariats and Police stations. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 22, 2018  10:09 am

CEYPETCO bans bulk sales of red Kerosene oil

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CEYPETCO) banned bulk sales of Lanka Kerosene oil (Red colour) since some users of industrial Kerosene oil are exploiting the facility, announced the Petroleum Ministry.MORE...

(0)Comments | January 22, 2018  11:09 am

Kataragama shooting incident :58 arrested persons released on bail

The 58 arrested persons arrested during the Kataragama incident were taken before Tissamaharama Magistrate who released them on bail. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 22, 2018  8:58 am

Traffic restricted in several roads today

Traffic will be restricted in several roads today (22)due to the arrival of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Sri Lanka, announced Police Media Spokesman’s Office. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 22, 2018  11:46 am

Lotus Road in Colombo temporarily closed

Lotus Road in Colombo is temporarily closed due to a protest march by unemployed graduates, Ada Derana Correspondent reported.

(0)Comments | January 22, 2018  12:19 pm

Parliament to receive Bond Commission and PRECIFAC reports tomorrow

The reports of the Bond Commission and the Commission of Inquiry appointed to probe into serious acts of fraud and corruption will be presented to the parliament tomorrow (23) said Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees Thilanga Sumathipala. MORE.....

(0)Comments | January 22, 2018  1:29 pm

Parents protest against Uva Chief Minister

A group of parents staged a protest march today (22) against the incident in which the Principal of the Tamil Girls’ Maha Vidyalaya,Badulla was allegedly made to kneel down by the Uva Chief Minister. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 22, 2018  2:46 pm

Singapore PM arrives in Sri Lanka

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrived in Sri Lanka a short while ago, for a three-day official visit at the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 22, 2018  4:37 pm

G. L. Peiris challenges Ranil Wickremesinghe

Former parliamentarian G. L. Peiris challenged Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to assure that Former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake’s name will not be included in UNP’S nomination list that will be presented for the General Elections. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 22, 2018  5:57 pm

Cold war between President and PM has intensified – Mahinda

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that the President and Prime Minister are currently engaged in a cold war in an attempt to gain political favour from factions within the coalition government. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  12:39 am

Kataragama Police attacked after gunning down a motorcyclist refusing to stop

Police officials from Kataragama gunned down a motorcyclist that refused an order to stop for inspection upon suspicious activity. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  6:50 am

Rs.65 billion allocated for the ‘Nearest School - Best School’ campaign

Education Ministry has allocated an amount of Rs. 2, 700 million to implement school development projects under the ‘Nearest School – Best School’ program during the first two weeks of this year. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  8:36 am

Singapore PM to arrive in Lanka tomorrow

At the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from 22nd -24th January. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  8:41 am

Clear skies across the island – Met Dept

Except for a few showers that may occur in the Eastern province, mainly fair weather will prevail over the island. Colder nights and mornings can expect in the Northern part of the Island. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  9:07 am

ACTU presses for arrest of Uva Province Chief Minister

The All Ceylon Teachers’ Union (ACTU) made the declaration that Principals and teachers across the island will go on strike if the government does not take immediate action against Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  9:22 am

Ed Sheeran to marry childhood friend Cherry Seaborn

Singer Ed Sheeran has shared news of his engagement and added that “our cats are chuffed as well”. The musician revealed he and girlfriend Cherry Seaborn are engaged on Instagram. MORE...

(0)Comments | January 21, 2018  9:48 am