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Sri Lanka’s mothers ask international community to help find their children
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Rohit Sharma arranges for stranded Sri Lankan fan's air ticket; Virat Kohli too offers help
India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Mohali, Live Cricket Score: Rohit Sharma's Majestic Double Century Takes India To 392 vs Lanka
Sri Lanka rail strike hits school exams
India vs Sri Lanka: Ajinkya Rahane’s omission came as surprise, says Sourav Ganguly
Strikes in SL: Banking employees strike while CEB hunger strike continues (VIDEO)
2017-12-14 20:05:43 Sri Lanka survived through a Train Strike in the past week, which caused a loss of over hundred million rupees. Three days before the Train Strike ended, the Ceylon Electricity Board Trade Unions began a hunger strike. The CEB hunger strike is now on it’s fourth day and is supported by 32 Trade Unions attached to the institute. The protesters demand an immediate stop to slashing their annual bonus and medical leave   Read More ...
End of the line for SriLankan Airlines? (VIDEO)
2017-12-14 20:05:40 SriLankan Airlines Chairman has issued a communique it’s employees saying the Airline is facing a risk of shutting down. The Chairman Ajith Dias says the Airline is operationally cash flow deficient, and their costs exceed the income by a wide margin. The two state bank which are lenders of SLA are at risk due to   Read More ...
15 Kinniya students miss GCE (O/L) exam
2017-12-14 20:01:32 The parents of 15 GCE (O/L) school candidates of Kinniya Education Division say that their children did not receive admissions for this year's GCE (O/L) exam. They have lodged a complaint with Kinniya Police about this. Later, police have enquired about this from the principals of the relevant schools. The principals have told police that the candidates have not received admissions as there were various mistakes in their applications   Read More ...
More nomination lists of Podujana Peramuna rejected
2017-12-14 16:02:02 nomination lists of Podujana Peramuna rejected December 14, 2017 04:11 pm The nomination lists of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) for four more Local Government bodies have been rejected, according to Returning Officers. The party’s nomination lists for the Panadura Urban Council, Badulla Pradeshiya Sabha, Mahiyanganaya Pradeshiya Sabha and Agalawatta Pradeshiya Sabha have been rejected. Badulla District Returning Officer Nimal Abeysiri stated that 42 political parties and 9 independent groups had handed over nominations for the 11 local government institutions in the Badulla District   Read More ...
SLPP nomination lists for Weligama and Maharagama rejected
2017-12-14 16:01:59 December 14, 2017 03:28 pm The nomination lists of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna for the Weligama Urban Council and Maharagama Urban Council have been rejected. Former Mayor of Dehiwala-Mt. Lavinia Municipal Council, Dhanasiri Amaratunga, says that the party will seek legal advice on the matter and that the issue will be taken to courts tomorrow. It has been reported that the nominations list for the Maharagama Urban Council was rejected due to one of the party’s female candidates failing to specify her gender despite filling out her information correctly   Read More ...
UNP committed to ensure free and fair election - Sagala
2017-12-14 16:01:56 Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said the United National Party would be fully committed to ensure a free and fair election. “One should not forget the situation in the country before January 08, 2015. We have now ushered in a new political culture. That is why we should come forward to protect the rights of the voters and ensure a free and fair election,” Ratnayaka said, while speaking to media in Matara today (14), after depositing money for the Local Government polls in the District   Read More ...
SLFP nomination lists for two LG bodies rejected
2017-12-14 16:01:54 December 14, 2017 04:45 pm The nomination lists of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) for two Local Government institutions have also been rejected, Ada Derana reporter said. The SLFP’s nomination lists for the Dehiattakandiya Pradeshiya Sabha and the Padiyatalawa Pradeshiya Sabha have been rejected. Meanwhile several nomination lists of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) have also been rejected today   Read More ...
Vote solely on basis of being for or against govt - MR
2017-12-14 16:01:51 December 14, 2017 03:01 pm Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that even though a local government election is not an election at which political power changes hands, this election is of special significance because it is the first time people will have an opportunity to use the ballot to demonstrate their opposition to the present government. Issuing a statement regarding the upcoming LG polls, he said that the only election held previously under yahapalana government was the parliamentary election of August 2015   Read More ...
Another strike launched by railway trade unions
2017-12-14 16:01:49 December 14, 2017 01:42 pm Less than a day after the nearly week-long railway strike came to an end, another group of railway trade unions have launched a strike action this morning. The trade unions action was launched by the Railway Technological Management Assistant Officers’ Association with the participation of several trade unions which were not part of recent strike   Read More ...
Unions launch scathing attack on SriLankan Airlines top brass
2017-12-14 16:01:46 December 14, 2017 01:23 pm The Alliance of Unions of SriLankan Airlines says that they have no confidence or trust regarding the restructuring process of the country’s national carrier if the current Chairman, CEO and Board of Directors continue to remain part of the company’s management. The collective of professional trade unions within the airline have issued a scathing attack on the SriLankan Airlines hierarchy, in a letter addressed to the Chairman of the airline Mr   Read More ...
Govt to import 100,000 MT rice per month
2017-12-14 16:01:41 December 14, 2017 05:47 pm The Government has decided to import 100,000 metric tonnes of rice per month until next year’s Sinhala and Tamil New Year, the Ministry of Finance said today. Issuing a statement, the ministry said that the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CEM) chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe decided to import that amount of rice each month in order to endure that consumers are able to easily and affordably purchase sufficient rice during the festive season   Read More ...
Lotus Road closed due to Bank employees’ protest
2017-12-14 16:01:38 Lotus Road closed due to Bank employees protest December 14, 2017 01:06 pm The Lotus Road in Colombo has been temporarily closed for traffic from Ceramic Junction due to a protest being staged by state bank employees. Severe traffic congestion has been reported in the area as a result of the protest and road closure. Disclaimer: All the comments will be moderated by the AD editorial   Read More ...
Showers to hit most parts of Sri Lanka
2017-12-14 15:03:03 Met Department says showers or thundershowers will occur in most provinces of the island. Heavy falls of above 100mm can be expected at some places particularly in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central Provinces and in the Galle and Matara districts. The Met Office also predicted that showers or thundershowers will occur over most provinces of the island after 2 pm. Showers will occur in the Northern, North-central, Eastern, and Uva provinces in the morning too   Read More ...
LG polls : TNA nominations for Alayadivembu & Samanthurai rejected
2017-12-14 15:02:57 The nominations list submitted by Tamil National Alliance under Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi for Alayadivembu PS and Samanthurai PS have been rejected by the Returning Officer of Digamadulla. The reason was that the nomination lists were not handed over by the appointed officer of the party. Meanwhile, the nominations submitted by All Ceylon Makkal Congress for Akkaraipattu Municipal Council for LG polls were also rejected by the Returning Officer of the Digamadulla District   Read More ...
Ashes Test : Malan guides England to safety
2017-12-14 15:02:53 England middle-order batsman Dawid Malan scored an unbeaten 110, his maiden Test ton, and helped England reach 305 for 4 at stumps on day 1 of 3rd Ashes Test in WACA today (14). Malan added unbroken 174 runs for the 5th wicket with Jonny Bairstow who was 75 not out at stumps. Malan, who reached triple figures in the final 20 minutes of the day after being reprieved on 92 by Bancroft, is the first Englishman to score a century this series   Read More ...
‘Dalapoottuwa’ killing : CID to arrest irrigation engineer and a monk
2017-12-14 15:02:48 The Criminal Investigation Department has launched an investigation to arrest an Irrigation Engineer in Galgamuwa and a Chief Prelate of a temple in Polpithigama for their alleged links to the killing of tusker 'Dalapoottuwa'. The CID is planning to arrest them following the details divulged by 1st and 2nd suspects after they were interrogated extensively. At present, 9 suspects are in remand custody and 3 of them are Gramaseva officers   Read More ...
More nominations of SLPP rejected
2017-12-14 15:02:44 The Returning Officers say that Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna's nominations for Panadura Urban Council and Agalawatte Pradeshiya Sabha were also rejected. Those nomination lists were rejected due to discrepancies in signatures. Meanwhile, our correspondents said that SLPP's nominations for Badulla PS and Mahiyangana PS were also rejected. ............................................................. SLPP’s Maharagama and Weligama nominations rejected The list of nominations submitted by Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna for Weligama Urban Council has been rejected   Read More ...
PM urges supermarkets to introduce Fair Price Shops
2017-12-14 15:02:40 It was decided at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesing to establish 'Fair Price Shops' with the support of private sector in order to control the rising Cost of Living during the festive season. Through those shops, a 'Budget Pack' will be sold to the consumers for a concessionary price. The 'Budget Pack' will include rice, dhal, sugar, sprats, onions, potatoes and canned fish   Read More ...
Worlds oldest man celebrates 113th birthday
2017-12-14 15:02:36 The world's oldest man has celebrated his 113th birthday in Spain after putting his long life down to a diet of home-grown vegetables and a daily glass of red wine. Francisco Nunez Olivera, who has four children, nine grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren, began the day with his traditional sponge cake and glass of milk for breakfast before opening letters of congratulation from around the world   Read More ...
Our Execution Of Wide Yorkers Was Poor: Sri Lanka Batting Coach
2017-12-14 12:32:31 Sri Lankan bowlers were not up to the mark in the second one-dayer against India as the visitors bowled way too many loose balls to Rohit Sharma who made full use of it, making the Sri Lankans chase leather for most part of the Indian innings. Suranga Lakmal had a poor game as the fast bowler conceded 71 off his eight overs   Read More ...
Rohit Sharma Funds Ticket For Sri Lanka Fan To Go Home For Father's Surgery
2017-12-14 12:32:28 A Sri Lankan fan has revealed how timely financial assistance from star India batsman Rohit Sharma helped him to get to Colombo to attend to his father who was diagnosed with throat cancer. Mohamed Nilam, who was following the Sri Lankan cricket team on the India tour along with two others, was informed of his father's medical condition during the third Test in Delhi   Read More ...
Rohit Sharma's 3rd Double Ton Powers India To 141-Run Win vs Sri Lanka
2017-12-14 12:32:24 Rohit Sharma's blistering double century powered India to a huge 141-run victory against Sri Lanka in the second One-Day International in Mohali on Wednesday. With this win, the series is now locked at 1-1. Rohit smashed an unbeaten 208 off 153 balls to fire India to a mammoth 392 for four, a total that proved to be too much for Sri Lanka as the visitors ended way behind at 251 for 8 with Angelo Mathews' unbeaten 111 going in-vain   Read More ...
India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI: Rohit Sharma Says Double Ton Is Anniversary Gift To Wife
2017-12-14 12:32:17 India stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma embarrassed the Sri Lanka bowlers on Wednesday after scoring his third ODI double hundred. He remained unbeaten on 208 runs from 153 balls and steered his team to a 141-run victory over Sri Lanka. Sharma dedicated his third double century to his wife Ritika Sajdeh on the occasion of their second marriage anniversary on Wednesday. "I'm happy my wife is here with me on this special day   Read More ...
India and China compete for control of an almost empty Sri Lanka airport
2017-12-14 12:26:42 China just took over a port in India's backyard, and now it looks like India is countering the move. Some 25 miles (40 kilometers) away from a Chinese-operated port in southern Sri Lanka lies an airport that's been dubbed the world's emptiest. India, unruffled by the vacant terminals, is looking to snatch up the under-used complex to monitor Beijing's growing presence in the country   Read More ...
Sri Lanka’s mothers ask international community to help find their children
2017-12-14 12:17:32 SRI LANKA’s responses to questions on accountability for rights violations at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in November were evasive and packed with clichés. This should spur the international community to demand Colombo cooperate in investigating enforced disappearances (and other violations) and prosecuting those responsible. Failure to hold Sri Lanka accountable will not only mean that the UN and foreign governments abdicating their commitment to international law, but ignoring family members of the disappeared in their quest for justice   Read More ...
Accepting nominations ends at noon
2017-12-14 12:04:43 The acceptance of nominations for 93 local government bodies will come to an end at 12 noon today (14). Accepting nominations for those LG institutions commenced on December 11. The date for the election is most likely to be announced after nominations are handed in. Additional Elections Commissioner M.M. Mohammed said that instructions have been given to put in place special security arrangements at the offices of district returning officers today   Read More ...
Another train strike launched
2017-12-14 12:04:39 Another train strike launched It is said that less than a day after the nearly week-long railway strike came to an end, another group of railway trade unions have launched a strike action this morning. The trade unions action was launched by the Railway Technological Management Assistant Officers’ Association with the participation of several trade unions which were not part of recent strike   Read More ...
Breaking: Nomination submitting period for Local Gov. Election has ended
2017-12-14 12:04:33 The accepting of nominations for 93 local government bodies ahead of the Local Government Elections has now ended. According to reports, nominations by certain political parties and independent groups have been rejected on various reasons. Few of the parties who were rejected are as follows; Podujana Peramua – Maharagama Urban council Reason: Anomaly in one   Read More ...
Examination of evidence in AG’s case against Namal Rajapaksa, four others postponed
2017-12-14 12:04:30 The examination of evidence in connection to a case filed by the Attorney General’s Department against five people, including MP Namal Rajapaksa, was postponed by the Colombo High Court today till February 16, 2018. The case was taken up before the Colombo High Court Judge, Sampath Abeykoon. A case was filed regarding a financial fraud worth Rs. 30 million during a transaction between Gowers Corporate Service owned by Namal Rajapaksa and another organisation   Read More ...
Indias oldest ape celebrates 57th birthday
2017-12-14 10:02:10 Zoo authorities in the Indian capital Delhi are holding a party to celebrate the 57th birthday of Rita the chimpanzee, its oldest resident. The "birthday girl" will get presents and a cake will be cut in her honour, Zoo director Renu Singh. India's oldest living chimpanzee was born in Amsterdam in 1960 and arrived at Delhi zoo as a four-year-old. She's a "very friendly" ape, Singh said   Read More ...
Ashes series hit by ‘fixing’ bomb
2017-12-14 10:02:08 Cricket chiefs launched a probe today (14) after The Sun (UK) handed over a bombshell dossier on attempts to fix the 3rd Ashes Test. Two bookies offered to sell us details of rigged periods of play which could be bet on to win millions of pounds. They asked for up to £140,000 to “spot fix” markets such as the exact amount of runs scored in an over   Read More ...
Railway TUs commence another strike
2017-12-14 10:02:05 The Joint Alliance of the Railway Trade Unions comprising of trade unions which did not participate in the recent railway strike has commenced a strike action. Meanwhile, Railway Operations Supervisory Union said that would re-commence their trade union action after the GCE (O/L) if the Cabinet Sub-Committee failed to solve their issues. They ended the trade union action last morning (13) after having a discussion with the Cabinet Sub-Committee headed by Minister Dr   Read More ...
UK government loses key Brexit vote
2017-12-14 10:01:56 The UK government has been narrowly defeated in a key vote on its Brexit bill after a rebellion by 11 Tory MPs. In a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, MPs voted to give Parliament a legal guarantee of a vote on the final Brexit deal struck with Brussels. The government had argued this would jeopardize its chances of delivering a smooth departure from the EU   Read More ...
Indias deadliest submarine commissioned
2017-12-14 10:01:49 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated naval submarine INS Kalvari to the nation today (14). In a ceremony in Mumbai, he expressed his gratitude to France and the workers responsible for building the vessel, which is the first of six Scorpene-class submarines in the Indian Navy. This vessel is touted as India's deadliest submarine. Modi coined the acronym SAGAR for “Security and Growth for All in the Region   Read More ...
Acceptance of Nominations for 93 LG bodies ends
2017-12-14 10:01:44 The acceptance of nominations for 93 Local Government bodies closed at this afternoon (14). An hour would be spared to file objections if any, and the Assitant Returning Officers are expected to announce the nominations of recognized political parties and independent groups. Several political parties including the United National Party handed over nominations for several Local Government bodies this morning. Among them are LG bodies in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttalam, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Ampara and Matale   Read More ...
Restraining order on hearing of case against Basil extended
2017-12-14 08:04:04 The Court of Appeal, yesterday, extended, till February 2, 2018, a restraining order issued earlier, suspending a trial against Basil Rajapaksa from being heard in Colombo High Court No. 6, before High Court Judge, Gihan Kulatunga. The petitioner, Basil Rajapaksa has filed a Writ of Mandamus in the Court of Appeal, requesting the court to prevent the trial on indictment on the printing of five million almanacs, with the likeness of the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa thereon in the run-up to the last Presidential poll, abusing Divinaguma funds   Read More ...
Local polls date to be announced today
2017-12-14 08:04:00 Local polls date to be announced today The date of elections to 93 local government bodies will be announced by the Elections Commission (EC) after ending the nomination period at noon today. According to the EC, 557 political parties and independent groups had paid their deposits by noon yesterday. Most political parties and independent groups have already submitted their nominations along with their deposits, the EC said adding objections could be filed within one hour of closing nominations today   Read More ...
Railways to become closed service
2017-12-14 08:03:53 The government said yesterday that railways would be made an essential closed service along with Health and Education. Declaring that the railway strike had been settled, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, who was a member of the committee which negotiated with the striking unions, told the Post Cabinet Press Conference at the Information Department, that the Sirisena -Wickremesinghe administration was not opposed to increasing salaries, provided the demands were reasonable   Read More ...
Minister to meet 32 trade unions as CEB hunger strike enters fourth day
2017-12-14 08:03:47 A discussion between thirty-two trade unions of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and the Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, is scheduled to be held this morning. The discussion is regarding the hunger strike launched by CEB trade unions. Secretary to the Ministry, Sulakshana Jayawardena, said a number of other officials of the Ministry are also due to attend the meeting   Read More ...
Railways Dept says services back on track
2017-12-14 08:03:41 The Department of Railways says, steps have been taken to operate a maximum number of train turns today. Railways General Manager, S. M. Abeyawickrama, said a majority of the employees on strike reported to work yesterday.The Railways control room said all scheduled train turns will operate today. The control room added, the night mail train left the Fort railway station to Badulla at 8 last night   Read More ...