Death toll rises to 23, all schools in Gampaha closed

The death toll from the adverse weather rose to 23 today with over 160,000 people affected, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said. Meanwhile, the Education Ministry said that all schools in the Gampaha Education Zone will be closed tomorrow (Monday) due to flooding. The DMC said that all major reservoirs were at normal level however, [...]

Ranil to visit North to inspect ongoing development work

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is to visit the North tomorrow to inspect ongoing development work, the Prime Minister’s office said. The Prime Minister’s office said that Wickremesinghe will visit the Kilinochchi and Jaffna districts during his inspection tour. Wickremesinghe hopes to inspect the progress on the resettlement process, construction of new houses for the war displaced, return [...]

Indo-Lanka documents among those destroyed by UK FCO

Documents relating to relations between India and Sri Lanka at the peak of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) led civil war are among those destroyed by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), sparking concern among archivists and researchers, the Press Trust of India reported today. While the FCO said any destruction decision [...]

Policeman killed while rescuing flood affected people promoted

A Policeman who was killed while rescuing flood affected people has been posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant. The body of the policeman was found today. The policeman was swept away by flood waters while he was attempting to rescue people trapped in Madampe on Friday. The Police said that the 29 year old policeman had attempted [...]

Mano slams bank for suspending employees over war remembrance

Minister of National Coexistence Dialogue and Official Languages Mano Ganesan today slammed a private bank for suspending some of its employees over a war remembrance event. Click here to read full story

North and South Korean leaders meet again at border

Less than a month after their historic summit, the leaders of North and South Korea have met again at a border village amid hopes that the on-again-off-again talks between Pyongyang and Washington will actually happen. US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced the cancellation of his planned meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, originally scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, citing “tremendous anger and [...]

India welcomes UN Peacebuilding Commission work in Sri Lanka

India has welcomed the work of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) in Sri Lanka and elsewhere. “We welcome the efforts undertaken by the Peacebuilding Commission in a number of activities to support countries and regions with their peacebuilding priorities and to enhance coherence across the UN system,” Sandeep Kumar Bayyapu, a First Secretary in India’s [...]

Al Jazeera nabs match-fixers in the act at Galle stadium

Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit has revealed how criminals fixed two Test matches – the highest level of international cricket – and were planning to fix a third. The two fixed matches were Sri Lanka versus India in July last year and Sri Lanka versus Australia in August 2016. Both matches were played at Galle International [...]

Cop swept away by flood waters while attempting to rescue people

A policeman was swept away by flood waters while he was attempting to rescue people trapped in Madampe today. The Police said that the 29 year old policeman had attempted to rescue three people who were stranded in Metihena, Madampe when he was swept away. The policeman was attached to the Madampe Police station. (Colombo Gazette)

Blackout in Kollupitiya following breakdown at grid substation

A blackout was experienced in Kollupitiya today following a breakdown at a grid substation, officials said. The Ministry of Power and Energy said that steps were taken to restore the electricity supply.

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