The International Military Sport Council (CISM) Day Run – 2018 was flagged off at the Galle Face Green Colombo and ended near the Defence Services College at Colombo last Sunday (18). Secretary of Defence Kapila Waidyaratne attended the inauguration of the event as the Chief Guest.
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Initial investigations reveal grenade caused explosion in bus »


Initial investigations conducted on the explosion and fire which destroyed a passenger bus today revealed that a grenade had caused the explosion, Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake said. He told Parliament that the grenade had reportedly been in the bag of a passenger on the…

February 21, 2018 - 13:40 / No Comment / Read More »

Partners in unity Government confirm they have not divorced »

Ranil Maithri

The two main partners in the unity Government confirmed on Wednesday they have not divorced. The United National Party (UNP) and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) informed Parliament that the agreement reached between both sides in 2015 is still valid. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said…

February 21, 2018 - 13:22 / No Comment / Read More »

Army insists Diyatalawa incident not terrorism related »


The Army on Wednesday insisted that the Diyatalawa incident was not terrorism related. A minor explosion and a fire destroyed a passenger bus travelling from Jaffna to Diyatalawa injuring 19 passengers this morning around 5.45 am while it was plying in the general area of Kahagolla,…

February 21, 2018 - 11:23 / No Comment / Read More »

Nineteen including 12 soldiers injured in Diyatalawa bus fire »

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At least 19 people sustained injuries after a bus caught fire at Kahagolla in Diyatalawa early this morning. The Army said that among those injured are 12 soldiers. The Police said the bus caught fire following a minor explosion. The injured were admitted to the Diyatalawa…

February 21, 2018 - 08:43 / No Comment / Read More »

UN blocks deployment of Sri Lankan military officer to Lebanon »


The United Nations (UN) has blocked the deployment of a Sri Lankan military officer to Lebanon for peacekeeping operations. UN Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq said that following questions raised, the deployment of Rathnappuli Wasantha Kumara Hewage has been suspended, Innercity Press reported. “We were asked last…

February 20, 2018 - 23:19 / No Comment / Read More »

Shooting incident in Borella, one person injured »


A shooting incident took place along Cotta Road in Borella on Tuesday evening during which one person sustained injuries. The Police said that the gunmen had arrived on a motorcycle and carried out the shooting near the railway crossing. A 32 year old man sustained injuries in…

February 20, 2018 - 23:09 / No Comment / Read More »

Sri Lanka to introduce a new economic plan next week »


A new economic plan is to be introduced for Sri Lanka next week, the National Economic Council said. During the meeting, detailed discussions were held on the rapid changes required in the country and short term and long term programmes needed to be implemented and the…

February 20, 2018 - 15:40 / 2 Comments / Read More »

Providing Tabs to A/L students and teachers put on hold »


A Government programme launched to provide Tabs to Advanced Level (A/L) students and teachers has been suspended. The decision to suspend the programme was taken by the cabinet. The Government had decided last year to prioritize education and give free tablet computers to students and teachers.…

February 20, 2018 - 15:19 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Leadership training for principal suspended following death »


The Education Ministry says the leadership training programme conducted for principals has been suspended following the death of a principal. According to the Education Ministry, an investigation will be conducted into the death. The principal of the Ambalantota Suchi National School Rohini Kumari Attapattu (53)…

February 20, 2018 - 15:01 / No Comment / Read More »

Speaker not informed of extension of unity Government MOU »


Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says he has not been informed of an extension of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of unity Government. Responding to questions raised in Parliament on Tuesday by the opposition, the Speaker said that he will seek a clarification from the Government with regards…

February 20, 2018 - 13:33 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Debate postponed as no English/Tamil translation of PRECIFAC report »


The debate in Parliament which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday on the report by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate into serious acts of fraud and corruption (PRECIFAC) had to be postponed after sittings began as there was no English or…

February 20, 2018 - 13:24 / No Comment / Read More »

Ramanna Nikaya Anunayaka Venerable Girambe Ananda Thero passed away »


The Anunayaka of the Ramanna Nikaya the Venerable Girambe Ananda Thero passed away. He was 80 years of age at the time of his demise. The Anunayaka of the Ramanna Nikaya passed away at the Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital while receiving treatment.…

February 20, 2018 - 12:57 / No Comment / Read More »

Lankan among two held for harassing tribal woman in Andhra Pradesh »


Two men, including a Sri Lankan national, were on Sunday arrested by Visakhapatnam Rural Police for allegedly sexually harassing a tribal woman in Andhra Pradesh, The New Indian Express reported. The accused and victim worked in a private firm at Brandix India Apparel City, Atchutapuram…

February 20, 2018 - 12:47 / No Comment / Read More »

Joint opposition reiterates call for early General Elections »


The joint opposition today reiterated its call for early General Elections by dissolving Parliament. Joint opposition Parliamentarian Vasudeva Nanayakkara said the joint opposition is ready to support President Maithripala Sirisena to obtain the majority needed to dissolve Parliament. He said the Government must be removed in…

February 19, 2018 - 19:01 / No Comment / Read More »

Sampanthan warns MR of Eelam blooming from lotus bud »

Rajavarothayam Sampanthan

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R Sampanthan on Monday warned former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that the lotus bud of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) will bloom into Eelam if he continues to spread false propaganda. Speaking in Parliament during the debate on the political…

February 19, 2018 - 18:47 / 3 Comments / Read More »
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Looking beyond the current political gridlock »

Dr. Sara Dissanayake

Dr. Sara Dissanayake The landslide victory of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) in the recently concluded local government (LG) elections naturally attracted much attention to…

February 19, 2018 - 09:23 / No Comment / Read More »

A Mill-Stone Called 19-A? »

Maithripala Ranil

By N Sathiya Moorthy President Maithiripala Sirisena should be ruing the day he failed to read the fine-print of 19-A before clearing it. Today, when he…

February 18, 2018 - 00:02 / 3 Comments / Read More »

Jaffna Festival – a taste of culture and cuisine at Cinnamon Grand »


Come experience the vibrant diversity of Yalpanam in the ultimate feast, with music and dance performances at the 10 -day ‘Jaffna Festival’ which kicked off…

February 16, 2018 - 10:09 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Where does a diplomat draw the line? »


By Easwaran Rutnam The actions of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, the Defence Attaché at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London last week came in for…

February 11, 2018 - 00:16 / 9 Comments / Read More »

To bell the cat, or toll the bell? »


By N Sathiya Moorthy   Now that the much-maligned local government polls are behind the nations Sri Lankans can sit back, take a deeper breath…

February 11, 2018 - 00:13 / 5 Comments / Read More »

Modi’s ASEAN outreach: Will it succeed? »


By Vidyadharan MP India this year had 10 top leaders from the ASEAN watching the Republic Day from the podium with prime minister Narendra Modi.…

February 11, 2018 - 00:06 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Second phase of elephant conservation project to begin »


Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts in collaboration with its award-winning eco-tourism arm Cinnamon Nature Trails, is now set to commence the second phase of its ground-breaking…

February 11, 2018 - 00:01 / No Comment / Read More »

China will not interfere in the internal affairs of the Maldives »


China on Friday said it will not interfere in the internal affairs of the Maldives. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said that Foreign Minister Wang Yi…

February 10, 2018 - 09:43 / No Comment / Read More »
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