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A tourist seen stranded at the Fort railway station on Friday after several long distance trains were cancelled as a result of a strike launched by trade unions.
The strike was launched by the locomotive operating engineers union.
Talks held on Thursday to resolve the dispute had failed.
Picture by Lalith Perera

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Heated exchange in Parliament on anti-dumping bill »

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A heated exchange erupted in Parliament on Monday between the Government and the opposition over the anti-dumping bill. The Government called for the bill to be passed urgently ahead of the signing of key Free Trade Agreements with several countries, including Singapore, China and India. Minister…

December 11, 2017 - 23:46 / No Comment / Read More »

Visiting Indian Air Chief holds discussions in Sri Lanka »

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Visiting Indian Air Force Commander, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, had talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene, the Defence Secretary and the Security Forces Commanders in Colombo on Monday. Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa had cordial discussions on…

December 11, 2017 - 22:52 / No Comment / Read More »

UNICEF report reveals a ‘digital divide’ in Sri Lanka »

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A report released on Monday by the UN children’s agency UNICEF revealed a ‘digital divide’ in Sri Lanka. Drawing on data from the soon to be released first-ever Sri Lankan national study into the online usage of 11 to 18-year old’s, today’s report highlights a ‘digital divide’…

December 11, 2017 - 22:36 / No Comment / Read More »

MR says crooks who were with him are now in the Government »

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the crooks who were with him are now in the unity Government. Rajapaksa told reporters after meeting the head of the Ramanna Nikaya the venerable  Napana Premasiri Thera, that if there were crooks in his Government as claimed by some,…

December 11, 2017 - 22:19 / No Comment / Read More »

Key National Freedom Front members join the SLFP »

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Key National Freedom Front (NFF) members joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) on Monday. Deputy Leader of the NFF (Jathika Nidhahas Peramuna) Weerakumara Dissanayake, former National Organizer of the NFF, Piyasiri Wijenayake and NFF provincial council member P.B. Kumara obtained SLFP membership from President…

December 11, 2017 - 15:45 / No Comment / Read More »

Retired train engine drivers called for duty as strike continues »

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All retired train engine drivers have been called for duty as a railway strike continued on Monday, the Government information department said. The Government said that retired railway guards, station masters and controllers have also been called for duty. Railway trade unions have been on…

December 11, 2017 - 13:03 / No Comment / Read More »

TNA confident of winning LG polls despite split »

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it is confident of winning the Local Government (LG) elections in the North and East despite a major split in the alliance. TNA spokesman and Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said that three political parties will contest the LG elections together…

December 11, 2017 - 12:17 / No Comment / Read More »

Sri Lanka willing to source demand for oil derivatives from Iran »

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Sri Lanka is willing to source its demand for oil derivatives from Iran, Sri Lankan ambassador in Tehran said on Sunday, according to the Financial Tribune. “There is a lucrative market for oil products in Sri Lanka and the National Iranian Oil Company can play…

December 11, 2017 - 11:47 / No Comment / Read More »

Budget for 2018 passed in Parliament by a majority »

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The Budget for 2018 was passed in Parliament by a majority on Saturday with 155 votes for and 56 against it during the third and final reading. Speaking ahead of the final vote, Minister of Finance and Media MangalaSamaraweera said that the 2018 Budget is…

December 9, 2017 - 18:23 / No Comment / Read More »

Train operators warned to get back to work or lose jobs »

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Train operators have been warned to get back to work or lose their jobs as train services have been made an essential service. President Maithripala Sirisena had declared train services as an essential service after train operators launched a strike. The strike affected long distance…

December 9, 2017 - 17:55 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Hambantota port formally handed over to China-Lanka joint company »

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By Easwaran Rutnam The Hambantota port was on Saturday formally handed over to a China led company and Sri Lanka received its initial payment for the lease. Following the signing of an agreement, the port operations was handed over to Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG)…

December 9, 2017 - 11:33 / 1 Comment / Read More »
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Additional sea bed from March 2018 is a boon to Sri Lanka »

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By Trevor Jayetileke The announcement by UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) has finally  agree to let Sri Lanka enjoy additional…

December 10, 2017 - 00:44 / No Comment / Read More »

A nation still on the ‘denial mode’ »

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Now that the nation moves farther away from the effects of Elections-2015, and even more from war and victory, made-up faces are losing their sheen…

December 10, 2017 - 00:44 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Public will express their opinion on Government at LG polls – G.L »

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By Ashanthi Warunasuriya With preparations being made for the Local Government elections (LG), the joint opposition feels the elections will be a good opportunity for…

December 10, 2017 - 00:29 / 5 Comments / Read More »

Galle Face Hotel kicks off holiday season »

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South Asia’s leading Grande Dame kicked off the holiday season as Chairman and owner, Sanjeev Gardiner and his mother Mrs. Mavis Gardiner threw the switch…

December 8, 2017 - 07:56 / No Comment / Read More »

Attempt to use Ashley de Silva as scapegoat »

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By Samantha Hewabandula The Chief Executive Officer of Sri Lanka Cricket Ashley de Silva has been used as a scapegoat over the attempt this week…

December 8, 2017 - 00:41 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Asian International Graduation class of 2018 fashion show »

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A fashion show organised by the Asian International School Graduation class of 2018 was held at the Cinnamon Lakeside hotel recently. Pictures by Lalith Perera  …

December 7, 2017 - 13:23 / No Comment / Read More »

Tourism Fest 2017 to dazzle Colombo »

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With the festive season just around the corner, elaborate plans are being made to transform the city of Colombo into a Tourism Wonderland from the…

December 7, 2017 - 08:19 / No Comment / Read More »

Jetwing Symphony Limited opens Initial Public Offering (IPO) »

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By Chanaka de Silva   Jetwing Symphony Limited (JSL), the investment arm of Jetwing Hotels  announced the opening of its Initial Public Offering  scheduled for …

December 6, 2017 - 10:27 / No Comment / Read More »
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