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UNGA President to attend the World Conference on Youth

UNGA President to attend the World Conference on Youth

The United Nations General Assembly President Dr John William has confirmed that he will be participating the World Conference on Youth – 2014 (WCY-2014) due in » Read more

April 18,2014 Top Story

Breaking News

Police seek severe punishments on alcoholic drivers

April 18,2014 12:29

The Police will file cases against the passenger transport bus drivers whom caught during the New Year period on service under the influence of alcohol. Police Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana told The » Read more

Manmunai Bridge in Batticaloa to open tomorrow

April 18,2014 12:28

Manmunai Bridge in Batticaloa to open tomorrow

The Manmunai Bridge in Batticaloa will be declared open tomorrow with the participation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The bridge connects the east and west land across the Batticaloa lagoon. The bridge will also connect the provincial » Read more

Garcia Marquez, godfather of magic realism, dies at 87

April 18,2014 08:38

Garcia Marquez, godfather of magic realism, dies at 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel-winning Colombian author who used magical realism to tell epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America, died Thursday at the age of 87. Read more

Bathiudeen challenges the Bodu Bala Sena

April 17,2014 19:29

Minister Rishad Bathiudeen plans to sue the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), if the BBS is not to prove the allegation made on him over a fabricated story of settlement of Muslims inside » Read more

BBS wrapped for making remarks on Quran

April 17,2014 18:35

The Colombo Crimes Division has today taken over the investigation regarding the alleged derogatory remarks made about the Holy Quran by the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Ven. Galagoda » Read more

Deadly clashes at eastern Ukraine port base

April 17,2014 14:28

Deadly clashes at eastern Ukraine port base

Ukrainian troops have repelled an overnight attack on their port base in the southeast city of Mariupol, killing three of the assailants and wounding 13 others, Arsen Avakov, the country's interior minister, » Read more

Fear, anger grows with hundreds missing in S. Korea ferry

April 17,2014 14:02

Fear, anger grows with hundreds missing in S. Korea ferry

Rescuers worked frantically Thursday to find 300 people -- mostly schoolchildren -- missing after a South Korean ferry capsized, with prospects of pulling survivors from the submerged vessel dimming as emotions boiled » Read more

Six suffer cut injuries in Minneriya clash

April 17,2014 13:57

Police are investigating a clash between two groups that erupted in Pasiyawewa, Minneriya last evening. According to police media unit, the clash had erupted after an argument between the groups escalated. Read more

Complaint against BBS Gen.Sec. over 'derogatory remarks' on Holy Quran

April 16,2014 17:42

A complaint has been lodged with the Slave Island Police against Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera for allegedly making derogatory remarks and insulting the Holy Quran, » Read more

Body found dumped in Monaragala

April 16,2014 17:24

Police are investigating the murder of a 47-year-old in Dodamwatta, Monaragala. The victim's body was found this morning dumped on the Hulandawa-Monaragala road. Read more

Maldivian national drowns

April 16,2014 09:29

A Maldivian national who was bathing in the sea off a hotel in Ambalangoda drowned yesterday. Police said the man had been rescued by area residents and admitted to the Balapitiya hospital, » Read more

Teens killed in motorbike crash

April 16,2014 09:21

Two teenagers were killed when their motorbike collided with a van in Horana last night. Police said the incident had occurred at Poruwadanda Junction along the Panadura-Horana main road. Read more

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Christians remember Jesus’ crucifixion

Christians remember Jesus’ crucifixion

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is remembered and commemorated through special services by Christians worldwide today, which is marked as Good Friday. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ forms the base of Christianity which is practiced worldwide. Read more

When nature becomes cruel….

When nature becomes cruel….

Gale force winds and heavy rains which swept through the Mahakachchakodiya area in Vavuniya last evening have damaged around 25 houses, and caused injuries to three persons including a child. Officials from the Divisional Secretariat office, Vavuniya have visited the place the place this morning to ascertain the damages. All three victims are out of danger but nine houses out of 25 Read more

Acting CJ sworn in

Acting CJ sworn in

Supreme Court Judge Chandra Ekanayake was sworn in as Acting Chief Justice before President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning (April 17). Presidential Secretariat Chief of the staff Gamini Sedara Senerath is also in the picture. (Pix By : Nishanka de Silva Read more

Sports

FIFA World Cup 2014: Italy is England's greatest threat-Hodgson

April 18,2014 15:16

Italy's Andrea Pirlo is the biggest threat to England's hopes of making a winning start to their World Cup campaign, says Roy Hodgson. Read more

‘Malingering’ Malinga mocks at his critics

April 13,2014 00:00

‘Malingering’ Malinga mocks at his critics

Fast bowler Lasith Malinga certainly had the last laugh at his detractors, who have been hounding him since he decided to quit Test cricket » Read more

Schoolboy stars in rare hat-trick

April 13,2014 00:00

Schoolboy stars in rare hat-trick

In an electrifying display of try-scoring, two players of St. Peter’s College crossed the line three times each as their team made mincemeat of » Read more

FA betting ban for matches

April 13,2014 00:00

JOHANNESBURG: The English Football Association (FA) has reportedly proposed a complete ban on betting on any football match or competition anywhere in the world » Read more

News Features

Pass the Drone Strike Transparency Act

13-04-2014 News Features

Pass the Drone Strike Transparency Act

Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, we all believe that government should be transparent and accountable, right?How should we decide where we stand on a controversial government policy? A crucial first step... Read more

The hypocrisy of some nations

13-04-2014 News Features

World attention has focused on Ukraine recently. With President Victor Yanukovych making his exit and a new government formed, events shifted to Crimea, with accusations that the Russian military took... Read more

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The folk songs that go with the swing, Onchili Varam, they plead favor of the sun and » Read more

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Luxury cruise liner calls over at Hambantota Port

April 13, 2014 Business news

Luxury cruise liner calls over at Hambantota Port

Luxury cruise liner MS. Amadea called at Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port in Hambantota early this month with 479 passengers comprising 423 German Nationals and 322 » Read more

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Sri Lanka is planning to invest US$ 10 billion to develop its ports sector in the years leading  to 2020, the Chairman of the Sri Lanka » Read more

Lens - The political digest

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13-04-2014 12:04 Lens

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13-04-2014 12:04 Lens

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The Sri Lankan vote on the Geneva vote - The loudest cheer-leader of the US-led Resolution on » Read more

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Pied Pipers of the ‘revolution’

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LTTE overseas network should be dismantled- Prof. Gunaratna

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Terrorism expert, Prof. Rohan Gunaratna says that there has been over half a dozen threats plots by the LTTE's international network targeting Sri Lanka since 2009. In an email interview with The Nation, Prof. Gunaratna said it was » Read more

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The charade of setting up Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka has lasted long enough – 30 years to be precise. Tamil Nadu has been happy to watch from the balcony attempts to set up the foundation for Eelam » Read more

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“Who is that girl next to him in the picture? Is she his sister, cousin, friend or girlfriend?” » Read more

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