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India building collapse: Dozens trapped in south Mumbai

Two people have been killed and more than 30 are still trapped after a four-storey building collapsed in the Indian city of Mumbai, officials say. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  12:10 am

UN expert to visit SL to assess rights to freedom of peaceful assembly

Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, UN Special Rapporteur on Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association is set to visit Sri Lanka. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  7:08 am

Fifth suspect arrested over 290 detonators busted from Piliyandala

Another suspect has been arrested yesterday (16) in connection with the 290 detonators haul that was recovered Piliyandala area recently, according to the Police Media. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  7:56 am

Showers & winds to enhance over south-western areas

Showery and windy conditions are likely to enhance over South-western part of the island till 19th July 2019, the Department of Meteorology said. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  9:22 am

New Jaffna Commander assumes duties

Major General Ruwan Wanigasooriya of the Sri Lanka Artillery Regiment has assumed office as the Commander, Security Forces - Jaffna on Monday. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  10:35 am

Postal workers’ strike continues…

The token strike action of the postal workers at the Central Mail Exchange over their grievances is continued today (17). MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  10:37 am

Court rejects NPC Secretary’s anticipatory bail application

The Colombo Fort Magistrate has rejected the anticipatory bail application by the Secretary of the National Police Commission (NPC) Saman Dissanayake requesting to release him on bail if he was arrested over the Avant-Garde floating armoury case. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  11:08 am

Price of bread rises…

The price of a loaf of bread has been increased with effect from midnight today (17), stated the Bakery Owners’ Association. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  11:52 am

SLPP won’t name candidate without concurrence of SLFP – Amaraweera

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has informed the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) that they would not declare a presidential candidate without the concurrence of the SLFP, stated United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary MP Mahinda Amaraweera. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  12:45 pm

Suspect nabbed for assaulting two cops raiding a gambling den

A suspect has been arrested last night (16) for assaulting two police officers during a raid to bust a gambling den at Thiththawelgodella, Bombuwala in Dodangoda area. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  12:50 pm

Cabinet approves death penalty?

The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the decision of the President to implement the death penalty, stated Minister Arjuna Ranatunga. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  1:25 pm

Australian High Commissioner calls on Raghavan

Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka David Holly called on Governor of Northern Province Dr. Suren Raghavan on 16th July 2017 at his official residence which is located at Chundikuli, Jaffna. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  1:48 pm

Factions within UNP working on their own agendas - Mano

A controversial situation has unfolded within the United National Party (UNP) over selecting the candidate for the upcoming presidential election, says the Minister of National Integration, Official Languages, Social Progress and Hindu Religious Affairs Mano Ganesan. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  1:55 pm

India’s giant political parties spar over proposed Sita temple in Sri Lanka

A fresh war of words erupted on Tuesday between the ruling Congress party and the opposition Bhartiya Janata Party over a Sita temple in Sri Lanka. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  2:18 pm

Heavy traffic near Nelum Pokuna, Green Path

Heavy traffic congestion is reported along the roads around the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre and the Green Path in Colombo. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  3:18 pm

Red alert issued for sea areas from Mannar to Pottuvil

The Department of Meteorology has issued a high-risk level advisory for the sea area off the coast extending from Mannar to Pottuvil via Puttalam, Galle and Hambantota MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  3:48 pm

Ward Place closed off

Ward Place from Borella to Town Hall has been temporarily closed off in front of the University Grants Commission (UGC), stated Ada Derana reporter. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  4:05 pm

Traffic on Southern Expressway diverted at Kahathuduwa exit

UPDATE (05.10 PM): The Southern Expressway has been cleared of the bowser, which toppled near Kahathuduwa, and the traffic on the road has been restored, the Road Development Authority (RDA) said. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  4:15 pm

Water cut for several areas on Friday

A water cut will be imposed in Kelaniya and several surrounding areas from 8 am to 5 pm on Friday (19), stated the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB). MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  4:37 pm

Petition against death penalty moved to October 31st

The Court of Appeal has ordered to take up the petition filed by journalist Malinda Seneviratne, seeking a court order against the decision to implement the death penalty on four prisoners, again on the 31st of October. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  5:41 pm

Zahran used suicide bombs; Ranjan used nuclear bombs - Sudaththa Thero

State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake today (17) called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to submit a clarification regarding his recent controversial comment on the Buddhist clergy residing in temples. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  7:12 pm

New Chancellor for Ruhuna University

A new Chancellor has been appointed to the University of Ruhuna, earlier today (17). MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  7:28 pm

All national cricket team coaches urged to step down

The Minister of Sports, Harin Fernando, has requested Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to urge all coaches of the national team to step down following the Bangladesh tour. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  9:14 pm

Special form directed at Sri Lankan arrivals in Japan deemed ‘racist’

An organization that assists refugees is criticizing Japanese immigration officials for singling out and discriminating against Sri Lankan nationals seeking to enter Japan by asking them if they face possible difficulties returning home. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  10:41 pm

Over 3,300 drunk drivers arrested islandwide

Over 3,300 drivers have been arrested around the island over the last two weeks after police launched a special island-wide operation to nab drunk drivers since July 5, the police said in a statement on Wednesday. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 17, 2019  11:26 pm

Showers & winds likely to enhance over south-western areas

Showery and windy conditions are likely to enhance particularly over South-western parts of the island from 16th to 19th July 2019, the Department of Meteorology says. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 16, 2019  5:55 am

Postal workers to go on strike today

Sri Lanka Postal Services Union has decided to launch a two-day token strike action over their grievances from 4 pm today (16). MORE..

(0)Comments | July 16, 2019  8:48 am

Would not reveal intel officers’ identity at PSC - Deputy Speaker

Chairman of the Special Parliamentary Select Committee and Deputy Speaker of Parliament Ananda Kumarasiri assures that the identity of the intelligence officers would not be revealed at the committee meetings. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 16, 2019  9:55 am

Hemasiri records 9-hour long statement with CID

Former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando has given a 9-hour long statement to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday (15), the Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara said. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 16, 2019  10:44 am

Road from Kahawa to Godagama swamped in by ocean waves

Ocean waves have swashed in nearly 1 kilometre into the land along the Galle road from Kahawa, Ambalangoda to Godagama area. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 16, 2019  11:09 am

Three faculties at Ruhuna University to be reopened tomorrow

Three faculties of the University of Ruhuna located at the Wellamadama complex are to be reopened tomorrow (17), says Vice Chancellor Senior Professor Sujeewa Amarasena. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 16, 2019  12:02 pm

Navy apprehends suspect with over 3000 conch shells

A suspect has been apprehended in Mannar for illegally harvesting conch shells yesterday (15). MORE..

(0)Comments | July 16, 2019  12:34 pm

Gazette on extending term of commission probing corruption in govt issued

The Gazette notification pertaining to extending the official term of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing fraud and corruption at state institutions from 2015 to 2018 has been issued. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 16, 2019  1:22 pm

Ranjan says opponents distorted his statement

State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake says he would meet PM Ranil Wickremesinghe tomorrow (17) to clarify the controversial statement concerning Buddhist monks residing at temples. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 16, 2019  2:23 pm

Wheat flour price hiked

The price of wheat flour has been increased by Rs 8.00 per 1 kilogram, the distributors said. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 16, 2019  2:38 pm

200 drunk drivers busted during 24-hour raid

The police say 200 motorists who were driving under the influence of alcohol have been arrested in a 24-hour raid conducted island-wide. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 16, 2019  3:07 pm

Chinese company sets up fuel oil unit in Sri Lanka

China Petroleum and Chemical Corp, known as Sinopec Corp, said on Monday it has set up a fuel oil company in Sri Lanka as it looks to supply fuel to ships along a major maritime route. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 16, 2019  4:07 pm

Postal workers’ 48-hour token strike launched

Postal workers at the Central Mail Exchange have resorted to 48-hour token strike action over their grievances from 4 pm today (16), the postal trade unions stated. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 16, 2019  4:31 pm

Cops raid gambling den; two injured in clash

Two policemen among three have been injured in a clash during a raid at Dodangoda, Kalutara today (16), Ada Derana correspondent said. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 16, 2019  5:07 pm

Four youths fall off Roomassala; 2 rescued, 2 missing

Four youngsters have fallen into the sea while taking selfies at Roomassala in Unawatuna, Police Media stated. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 16, 2019  7:48 pm

President says he spoke to Singaporean PM on extraditing Arjun Mahendran

President Maithripala Sirisena has said that all the suspects in the Central Bank bond scam case have been identified, the President’s Media Division stated. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 16, 2019  8:48 pm

High waves & coastal inundation advisory for western-southern coastal areas

The Department of Meteorology has issued an advisory for high waves and coastal inundation for the sea areas extending from Puttalam to Hambantota via Colombo and Galle. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 16, 2019  11:28 pm

England claim their first World Cup after Super Over drama

England won the men’s World Cup for the first time as they beat New Zealand following a dramatic sudden-death super over in one of the most thrilling matches in cricket history. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 15, 2019  12:13 am

Showery condition expected to enhance during next few days

The Department of Meteorology says the prevailing showery condition is expected to enhance to some extent over most parts of the island, particularly in south-western part during next few days. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 15, 2019  7:56 am

Sri Lanka keen on enhancing connectivity with Indian ports

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) is keen on enhancing connectivity with Indian ports using ferry services to facilitate easier trade and tourism, its chairman Kavan Ratnayake said. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 15, 2019  8:30 am

Father & daughter killed by train at unprotected crossing in Wadurawa

A 45-year-old father and 11-year-old daughter died today (15) after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a Colombo Fort-bound train on the Wadurawa level crossing in Veyangoda police division. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 15, 2019  8:51 am

Fmr Miss World promotes tourism in Sri Lanka after terror attack

Former Miss World Manushi Chhillar has been posting about her Sri Lankan trip and highlighting the country’s natural beauty for about a week. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 15, 2019  9:19 am

Lankan detained at BIA with foreign cigarettes worth over Rs 1.3 mn

A Sri Lankan passenger who had smuggled in a stock of Dubai-manufactured cigarettes has been arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). MORE..

(0)Comments | July 15, 2019  9:56 am

Will re-assume minister post based on party’s decision - Rishad

Parliamentarian Rishad Bathiudeen stated that the decision to reassume the ministerial posts will be taken according to the ruling of the party. MORE..

(0)Comments | July 15, 2019  10:51 am

NTJ Colombo District organizer granted bail

The Colombo District leader of National Thowheed Jama’ath Mohamed Fawaz has been granted bail by the Colombo Chief Magistrate, says Ada Derana correspondent.

(0)Comments | July 15, 2019  11:59 am