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UNP back-benchers threaten to make a political decision
2018-04-19 05:04:38 UNP back-benchers threaten to make a political decision" United National Party MP Chaminda Wijesiri says that UNP backbenchers will take a critical political decision soon if the Prime Minister does not restructure the party as he had pledged before the “No-Confidence Motion”. MP Wijesiri said this while speaking at a media conference held at his official residence at Madiwela today (Apr   Read More ...
Drug shortage at Cancer Hospital
2018-04-19 05:04:34 It is reported that there is a shortage of certain essential drugs at Cancer Hospital, Maharagama. Few patients expressing their views to Hiru News said that they were not able to collect medicines from the hospital during the past week and they are inconvenienced as a result of that. Those drugs are imported by State Pharmaceutical Corporation. When contacted, the Director of Cancer Hospital, Dr   Read More ...
CIA director heads to North Korea
2018-04-19 05:04:30 CIA director Mike Pompeo travelled to Pyongyang for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, US media report. The meeting to prepare for direct talks between US President Donald Trump and Kim took place on about 1 April, unnamed officials said. Trump had earlier alluded to high-level direct talks with Pyongyang. But this unexpected and clandestine meeting would mark the highest level US contact with North Korea since 2000   Read More ...
President says government’s priority is peace & reconciliation
2018-04-19 05:04:27 The President Maithripala Sirisena says that the good work done by the present government is not flowed to the masses despite establishing freedom and democracy in the country. He added that a major reason for that is certain media and social media platforms attempt at highlighting falsehoods and suppressing the truth to gain narrow political advantage and commercial benefits. The President further stated that they have not truly understood the value of the freedom given to everybody by the present government   Read More ...
Seating issue in Parliament
2018-04-19 05:04:21 Parliament authorities are facing a crisis situation in arranging the seating facilities for the 16 Sri Lanka Freedom Party parliamentarians who had quit the Unity Government recently. They say they would sit in the Opposition when the House is reconvened. However, they have not yet informed the Parliament staff of their intentions. In such situations, the MPs who intend to cross over to the Opposition should officially inform the Speaker   Read More ...
Protests against Uva CM spread
2018-04-19 05:04:17 Ceylon Teacher Services Union says they will launch a series of demonstrations after Monday (Apr. 23) against appointing Uva Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake as the Provincial Education Minister. The portfolio was removed from him after he was accused of forcing the principal of Tamil Girls' School in Baddula to kneel down before him. However, the Governor has reinstated him, a few weeks back   Read More ...
Cricket Australia refutes reports on Head Coach
2018-04-19 05:04:08 Cricket Australia insists no appointment has been made to the vacant national men's head coaching position despite reports that former Test opener Justin Langer has won the job. Australia is on the hunt for a new coach following Darren Lehmann's resignation last month in the wake of the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal, with Langer presumed to be a leading contender. The West Australian reported today (Apr   Read More ...
Jet engine explodes at 32,000ft, one dies (Photos)
2018-04-19 05:03:58 A woman who was partially sucked out of a window of a US passenger plane after an engine exploded in mid-air has died. Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after a window, wings and fuselage were damaged. Seven passengers were injured. Initial findings say an engine fan blade was missing. In a recording, one of the pilots can be heard saying "there is a hole and someone went out"   Read More ...
Ex-journo handed over to Police Narcotic Bureau
2018-04-19 05:03:54 Ex. freelance journalist arrested with hashish handed over to PNB... The former freelance journalist who was arrested at the Central Mail Exchange in Colombo with 1.4 kg of hashish yesterday (Apr. 17) has been handed over to Police Narcotic Bureau for further investigations. The hashish quantity worth around Rs. 1.4 million had been sent hidden in a skateboard from Spain. The suspect was arrested when he arrived at the CME, to clear the goods   Read More ...
SLFP General Secretary to reveal truth
2018-04-19 05:03:47 The General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Duminda Dissanayake says that he would reveal the reasons why his party failed to reach a unanimous stance with regard to the recent "No-Confidence Motion" against the Prime Minister. The Minister also expressed views on an allegation made by ex-State Minister Dilan Perera who had said that the General Secretaries are acting like story-tellers (Kelam karayo), he said it is part of their responsibility   Read More ...
Murali says politicians destroying cricket in Sri Lanka
2018-04-19 05:03:43 Sri Lanka’s legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan says the involvement of politicians is destroying the cricket in Sri Lanka. He says as a result that the cricket in the island nation is at a mess not. Here we reproduce an article done by Boria Majumdar for The Economic Times of India. What is wrong with Sri Lanka cricket? From the days of Sanath Jayasuriya, Kaluwitharana, Aravinda de Silva and Arjuna Ranatunga to today, it has undergone a sea change   Read More ...
Victoria Beckham celebrates birthday (Photos)
2018-04-19 05:03:39 David and Victoria Beckham celebrated the former Spice Girl's 44th birthday yesterday (Apr. 17) in Santa Monica, California. The celebrity couple, who've been married for 18 years, was snapped leaving upmarket Italian eatery Giorgio Baldi with their four children after dining together as a family. Earlier in the day, international soccer star David, 42, had taken to Instagram to pay tribute to his glamorous other-half with a sweet family snap of her and sons Brooklyn, 19, Romeo, 15, Cruz, 13, and daughter Harper, six   Read More ...
Sri Lanka contributes to Commonwealth Small States Trade Finance Facility
2018-04-19 05:03:35 In order to help the Small States get access to global markets, Sri Lanka pledged a financial contribution to set up the Small States Trade Financial Facility. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera signed this agreement on behalf of Sri Lanka in London. Initiated at the CHOGM 2013 Summit in Colombo, the Commonwealth recognised the importance of trade finance for the development of Small States and introduced this innovative blended finance support totalling $ 5 million   Read More ...
Sri Lanka junior table tennis team off to Maldives
2018-04-19 05:03:31 Sri Lanka Junior, Cadet and Hopes teams will be leaving to the Maldives to take part in the South Asian Junior, Cadet and Hopes Table Tennis Championship 2018, on 19th April. The championship will be held from 20th April to 22nd April with the participation of six South Asian countries, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives and Sri Lanka. The championship will also be used to select the South Asian nations for the Asian championship which is scheduled to be held in August 2018 in Myanmar   Read More ...
President says “Sri Lanka is committed to sustainable development”
2018-04-19 05:03:25 Delivering the keynote address at the Commonwealth Business Forum, the invited all including business community to join Sri Lanka’s development agenda. Full text of the speech: I am pleased to join the key stakeholders of government, business community and the civil society at this Commonwealth Business Forum to address you on a subject that I believe is very important and timely in the present day context   Read More ...
Thundershowers expected to continue
2018-04-16 00:04:18 The MeT department says that heavy showers can be expected until the 18th of this month due to the activation of the inter-monsoonal condition around the island. Meanwhile, the body of the 46-year-old woman who has swept away while she was crossing a footbridge in Pallewela – Kandekatiya – Badulla was found this morning. Additionally, vehicular movement along Parana Eluwankulama – Puttalam road was restricted this afternoon due to spilling over of the Kala Wewa   Read More ...
JO moots NMC against Opposition Leader
2018-04-16 00:04:16 Joint Opposition says even though Parliament has been prorogued, the 'no-confidence motion' that they are planning to move against Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, will be handed over in May. Meanwhile, the 12-member special committee which was appointed to look into the restructuring process of the United National Party is expected to meet on 19th of this month. Deputy Minister J   Read More ...
Fuel Pricing Formula to be presented before Cabinet
2018-04-16 00:04:07 The Ministry of Finance says that the proposed Fuel Pricing Formula will be submitted to the Cabinet within the next two weeks for approval. A senior spokesperson at the Ministry noted that it is proposed to revise the prices of fuel in every 2 – 3 months in line with the fluctuation of global crude oil prices. The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation had previously requested the Ministry of Finance to either provide a tax concession or to propose a pricing formula   Read More ...
TGTE requests a referendum for N&E
2018-04-16 00:03:59 The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam also known as TGTE is to commence a programme in Canada to push for a referendum regarding the Tamil nationals in Sri Lanka’s North and the East. The objective of the referendum is to seek whether the people would prefer a unitary state, a federal state, a confederation or an independent state. The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam noted that the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora worldwide has organized many activities following the launch in Canada today   Read More ...
Hydro Power generation increases
2018-04-16 00:03:52 The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy noted that the water levels in 6 main reservoirs used for the generation of hydropower, were recorded to be at 52.6 percent. Meanwhile, the Media Spokesperson of the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy, Sulakshana Jayawardena said that a generator of Norachcholai Coal Power Plant which was temporarily shut down due to maintenance work will be activated again by Saturday (Apr   Read More ...
Mali militants attack UN & French troops
2018-04-16 00:03:48 A rocket and car bomb attack on French and UN soldiers in Mali has left one person dead and many others injured. Militants disguised as UN peacekeepers - in distinctive blue helmets and driving a vehicle marked with the UN logo - struck two bases near the airport in Timbuktu. In a statement, the security ministry said the attack involved dozens of rockets fired by militants "wearing blue helmets"   Read More ...
SLFP to decide their role in Unity Govt
2018-04-12 20:00:56 MP S. B. Dissanayake says that the President Maithripala Dissanayake will announce the Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s role in the Unity Government when the party’s Central Committee meets. The SLFP Ministers who resigned from their portfolios effective from last midnight, convened a media conference at the party headquarters today (Apr. 12). Meanwhile, the SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake convened a media conference at the party headquarters at 2 pm today   Read More ...
Gunman kills pregnant singer in Pakistan
2018-04-12 20:00:53 Footage has emerged of the moment a pregnant singer was shot dead in Pakistan after reportedly refusing to dance for an armed man. Samina Samoon, 24, who was also known as Samina Sindhu, was shot at while she was performing at a ceremony in southern Sindh province. He demanded the alleged killer be charged with double murder for killing the woman and her unborn child   Read More ...
16 SLFP MPs voted against NCM to sit in opposition
2018-04-12 15:05:46 The 16 Sri Lanka Freedom Party Parliamentarians who resigned from their Ministerial portfolios yesterday (Apr. 11) say that they will pose a new challenge to the position of Opposition Leader once they sit in the Opposition. The former Minister, Chandima Weerakkody told us that necessary measures will be taken when the Parliament is convened on 19th of April. 6 SLFP Ministers, 4 State Ministers and 5 Deputy Ministers relinquished from their positions from midnight yesterday   Read More ...
Bangladesh bans ‘2-finger test’ on rape victims
2018-04-12 15:05:41 The Bangladesh High Court today (Apr. 12) prohibited the controversial use of ‘two-finger test’ conducted for the rape victims. The court also ordered the authorities concerned to strictly follow the health care protocol in assessing for the rape victims. It directed the government to issue a circular so that the lower court judges and investigation officer of the cases will follow the HC order   Read More ...
Three arrested with refuse tea stock
2018-04-12 15:05:37 Special Task Force has arrested three persons with a stock of refuse tea. They were transporting the tea stock in the guise of transporting a tea consignment to be exported. They were arrested early this morning in Kegalle while transporting 17,000 kilos of refuse tea in 3 lorries. The refuse tea consignment has been handed over to Sri Lanka Tea Board for testing   Read More ...
Sri Lanka raises $ 2.5 billion in international market
2018-04-12 15:05:31 Central Bank says it raised 2.5 billion dollars in the international market through a sovereign bond issuance. It marked Sri Lanka’s return to the US dollar bond markets. The funds were raised from $ 1.25 billion 5-year and $ 1.25 billion 10-year Senior Unsecured Fixed Rate Notes with maturity dates of 18th of April 2023 and 18th of April 2028 respectively   Read More ...
Thundershowers predicted during afternoon
2018-04-12 15:05:27 The afternoon thundershowers are expected to enhance further, today (Apr. 12), the Met Department said. Showers or thundershowers will occur over most provinces of the island after 2 pm. Heavy falls about 100mm can be expected at some places, particularly in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Central, Eastern and Uva provinces. Misty conditions can be expected at some places in the Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces during the morning   Read More ...
University non-academic employees in a decisive discussion
2018-04-12 15:05:19 The University Trade Unions Joint Committee representatives are meeting today (Apr. 12) for a decisive meeting. They are expected to make a final decision on the announcement made by the Ministry of Higher Education and the University Grants Commission. The Ministry Higher Education yesterday (Apr. 11) announced that the non-academic staff serving under probation, casual, temporary, substitute, training or under contract basis will be considered as having vacated their posts if they do not report to duty before 17th of April   Read More ...
26 SLFP members who abstained from voting on NCM, meets PM
2018-04-12 15:05:15 The 26 Sri Lanka Freedom Party parliamentarians who abstained from voting on 'no-confidence motion' against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have met with President and Prime Minister separately. During the meeting with the President, they have informed that they would stay in the Unity Government. Thereafter, they had a meeting with the Prime Minister. During that meeting, they have asked the PM to allow the 16 SLFP MP's to rejoin the government   Read More ...
IPL 2018 : CSKs home matches moved to Pune
2018-04-12 15:05:12 It was confirmed that Pune will serve as the home venue of Chennai Super Kings for the remaining six games. Earlier in the day, Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla had revealed that the matches had to be moved out of Chennai owing to security concerns. The Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium will now host eight games in total with one Eliminator and one Qualifier scheduled to take place on 23rd and 25th of May respectively   Read More ...
University non-academic strike suspended
2018-04-12 15:05:07 They launched the strike on 27th of February. The Ministry Higher Education yesterday (Apr. 11) announced that the non-academic staff serving under probation, casual, temporary, substitute, training or under contract basis will be considered as having vacated their posts if they do not report to duty before 17th of April. The permanent staff who do not report for duty will be considered as having taken no-pay leave during the period of the strike   Read More ...
Public warned to be refrained from bathing in reservoirs and rivers
2018-04-09 10:02:06 The Disaster Management Centre has issued a warning to the general public that as a consequence of excessive rainfall in certain areas, water levels of reservoirs and rivers could rise to potentially dangerous levels. The Disaster Management Centre advises that the public should be vigilant of rising water levels before venturing into reservoirs and rivers. During the last few days, more than 10 persons died in separate incidents due to drowning   Read More ...
Human Rights Commission begins a probe on Kandy riots
2018-04-09 10:02:02 Chairperson of Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission Dr. Deepika Udugama says that the Commission has decided to travel to the locations in the Kandy District to get a firsthand look those places. As part of the initial phase of the investigation, written evidence will be sought from persons affected by the riots. The Human Rights Commission said that internet photographs, video footage and voice tapes could be submitted as evidence   Read More ...
CEB engineers threaten to strike
2018-04-09 10:01:59 The engineers of Ceylon Electricity Board have decided to launch a work-to-rule trade union action after 20th April. The CEB engineers' union Chairman Saumya Kumara Waduge said that a letter informing Minister of Power and Renewable Energy of their intention will be handed over tomorrow (Apr. 10). The Chairman further said that the trade union action will be taken urging the authorities to approve the low-cost power station project which has already been submitted by his union   Read More ...
IPL 2018 : Sunil Narin helps KKR defeat RCB
2018-04-09 10:01:55 Sunil Narine's 17-ball half-century and Nitish Rana's all-round display helped Kolkata Knight Riders win their season opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets. Asked to bat under cloudy skies, Royal Challengers posted 176, a middling total on a good batting pitch, and just as he did last season against the same opponents, Narine blasted away a significant chunk of the target in very little time   Read More ...
Samantha Rowley and her newlywed BFF Laura Zilli show off their curves
2018-04-09 10:01:51 Revellers at the beach bash included the bride's celebrity chef father Aldo Zilli, as well as pals Calum Best, Dorit Kemsley, Jeremy Piven, Holly Candy, and Joe Fournier. Just a day before, Samantha was seen wearing a plunging red silk gown as she served as maid of honour at Laura and Nick Gold's wedding. She dressed in quite a contrasting colour and look compared to the elegant wedding as her vibrant look featured a daring thigh-high slit which showcased her slender pins following the ceremony   Read More ...
Muenster attacker had mental issues, says German Minister
2018-04-09 10:01:48 The man suspected of carrying out a van attack in Muenster was a lone German who suffered mental health problems, the state Interior Minister has said. Authorities have searched four homes associated with the suspect and said they have found "no clues" pointing to an extremist or political motive. Two people were killed when a van was driven into a restaurant terrace area of the west German city on Saturday   Read More ...
IPL 2018 : Rahul helps Kings XI record a sensational win
2018-04-09 10:01:46 KL Rahul blasted the IPL's fastest half-century to give Kings XI Punjab a rousing start to their 2018 IPL campaign. Rahul razed the Daredevils attack in a brutal performance, getting to the landmark inside three overs and off just 14 balls. Incongruously, though, Kings XI ended up huffing and puffing to their target of 167. After Rahul's dismissal, Kings XI only managed 103 runs in 84 balls   Read More ...
Fresh attack on Syria as Trump warns Assad over chemical attack
2018-04-09 10:01:39 Several people have died or were injured after a military airport in Syria came under missile attack, the country's state media reported. State news agency SANA said several missiles struck the Tayfur airbase, also known as T4, near the city of Homs in the early hours of today (Apr. 09). Details are still emerging and it is not clear who is responsible   Read More ...