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Oct. 6 declared as Public and Bank holiday

The Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs has declared October 6 as a Public and Bank Holiday. The move has been made in view of » Read more

October 01,2014 Top Story

Breaking News

Thieves kill watcher, ransack bungalow

October 01,2014 18:23

Police in in Matara are investigating the murder of a 59-year-old resident of Kamburupitiya after his body was found stuffed inside a fertilizer bag this morning. Read more

Panneerselvam writes first letter to Modi

October 01,2014 17:10

Panneerselvam writes first letter to Modi

Newly-appointed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam has called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take immediate steps for the release of 20 fishermen in Sri Lankan custody. According to Indian » Read more

Radovan Karadzig gives last defense at War Crimes Trial

October 01,2014 14:29

Radovan Karadzic is closing his defence saying he takes "moral responsibility" for crimes committed by Bosnian Serbs but denying he ordered killings. Read more

Jayalalithaa to remain in jail, bail hearing deferred to October 7

October 01,2014 14:28

The bail plea of AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa was on Wednesday adjourned to October 7 by the Karnataka High Court. The former Tamil Nadu chief minster had sought an immediate bail, challenging » Read more

Intruder ran 'deep into US White House' - Report

October 01,2014 12:50

Intruder ran 'deep into US White House' - Report

An intruder armed with a knife who jumped a fence and sprinted across the White House lawn earlier this month, got much further into the presidential mansion than previously thought, a report » Read more

One dead, five injured in accident

October 01,2014 12:32

One person was killed and five others injured after van collided with a lorry in Chilaw at around 2.30am today. Police said the the accident had occurred when the van crashed into » Read more

First case of Ebola diagnosed in US

October 01,2014 09:28

First case of Ebola diagnosed in US

The United States has diagnosed its first case of the deadly Ebola virus in a man who became infected in Liberia and traveled to Texas, US health officials said Tuesday. Read more

ACJU denounces statements at BBS Sangha Convention

September 30,2014 19:06

ACJU denounces statements at BBS Sangha Convention

The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) issued a statement today denouncing the speech made by the leader of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Ven. Kirama Vimalajothi Thera at the convention which was » Read more

Confusion reigns over Nonis resignation

September 30,2014 18:06

Confusion reigns over Nonis resignation

Confusing signals were given today regarding the fate of Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Chris Nonis, who had allegedly tendered his resignation after being assaulted by a prominent » Read more

China backs Hong Kong leaders against 'illegal' acts: govt

September 30,2014 15:53

China on Tuesday described major pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong as illegal, adding that it supports the Hong Kong government's handling of the protests. Read more

Navy arrests 16 TN fishermen

September 30,2014 15:01

The Navy has arrested 16 Indian fishermen along with four boats off Karainagar last night for encroaching into Sri Lankan waters, the Navy said. Navy Spokesperson, Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said that the » Read more

Monk dies after being hit by bus

September 30,2014 14:05

A Buddhist monk was killed after being hit by a Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) bus at the Tissamaharama bus station this morning. Police said the 60-year-old victim succumbed to his injuries » Read more

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Workshop on Civil Military Inter Dependency Activities

Workshop on Civil Military Inter Dependency Activities

A six-day workshop for senior officers on Advanced  Module  on  Civil  Military  Inter  Dependency Activities (CMIDA) organized by the Security Force Headquarters (Jaffna) was held at Thalsevana  Holiday  Resort,  Kankasanthurei  (KKS).  The  workshop  commenced  on  September 21 and was aimed  at  sharing  experience  so  far  gained  in  carrying  out  Civil  Military  InterDependency Activities in the Peninsula and further enhancing knowledge on the subject. Read more

Hong Kong democracy protests intensify

Hong Kong democracy protests intensify

Pro-democracy demonstrators hold up their mobile phones during a protest near the Hong Kong government headquarters on September 29, 2014. The ranks of Hong Kong democracy protesters who have paralysed parts of the city swelled into their tens of thousands on September 29, digging in for another night of confrontation with police in their campaign for free elections. Read more

'Ex-Cormorant Strike V - 2014'

'Ex-Cormorant Strike V - 2014'

'Exercise-Cormorant Strike V-2014', held for the fifth consecutive year, is due to conclude today. The military exercise involved the participation of over 3200 officers and other ranks from the three armed forces, plus 41 representatives from six countries, namely Nepal, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Maldives and Pakistan and was held throughout the Eastern province. The final phase of the military exercise, which simulated a battle between 'Red' and 'Blue' forces, began on September 3 and continued throughout this month. Read more

Sports

Bernie Wijesekera no more

October 01,2014 14:14

Veteran sports journalist Bernie Wijesekera passed away this morning after a brief illness. Read more

Michael Phelps arrested on drunken driving charge

October 01,2014 13:14

Michael Phelps arrested on drunken driving charge

Olympic swimming superstar Michael Phelps was arrested Tuesday in his home state of Maryland for driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding, police » Read more

Cricketer Srinath Silva dies of heart attack

September 30,2014 15:47

Srinath Silva who died of a heart attack in his sleep on Tuesday morning at the age of 66 was one of the shortest » Read more

Becoming head coach is the ultimate - Atapattu

September 28,2014 00:00

Becoming head coach is the ultimate - Atapattu

After months and weeks of deliberation Sri Lanka Cricket finally settled for former captain Marvan Atapattu as head coach of the national cricket team » Read more

News Features

TNA’s truncated diplomacy? Part l

28-09-2014 News Features

Some political gurus argue that the Tamil National Alliance (tami t tēciyakkū amaippu) was a result of yet another doctored diplomatic edifice. That it came into being as a desperate... Read more

The UVA effect and the Presidency

28-09-2014 News Features

The UVA effect and  the Presidency

Analysts, commentators and readers in general should check the results of the 1982 and 1994 Presidential elections. Despite an 8 % growth rate, the Mahaweli program, a five-sixth majority in... Read more

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SL playing Russian roulette?

28-09-2014 12:09 Fine

SL playing Russian roulette?

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s historic visit to Sri Lanka earlier this month was widely seen as heralding » Read more

Business

CB to revise regulatory framework

September 28, 2014 Business news

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CB) is planning to revisit and modify existing directions and rules and regulations that are used to assess the compliance » Read more

Whale display at Odel…

September 28, 2014 Business news

Whale display at Odel…

Despite the founder of Odel Plc, Otara Gunawardena recently exiting from the ownership of the company, her passion for helping animals still seem to reverberate in » Read more

Slow credit growth concerns IASL

September 28, 2014 Business news

Nilam Jayasinghe, the newly elected Chairman of the Industrial Association of Sri Lanka (IASL), which is an affiliated trade body of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, » Read more

Lens - The political digest

Long March to the birth of Modern China

28-09-2014 12:09 Lens

Long March to the birth of Modern China

China celebrates its 65th anniversary on October 1. It is on this date in 1949 that Chairman » Read more

Changing trends and the art of capturing votes

28-09-2014 12:09 Lens

Changing trends  and  the art of capturing votes

The last week was full of post-election analyses at various platforms – at boutiques, markets, canteens, offices, » Read more

Polls call for a change in ‘atabola’ game

28-09-2014 12:09 Lens

Polls call for a change in ‘atabola’ game

I really thought that our political leadership had lost its marbles. I am aware that they, for » Read more

Security, a reality ‘out there’ or back home

28-09-2014 12:09 Lens

Security, a reality ‘out there’ or back home

Contemporary society has much to say about the theme of security. Along with development it is an » Read more

Indian government still ‘flip flopping’ on GM trials

28-09-2014 12:09 Lens

Indian government still ‘flip flopping’ on GM trials

Public opposition to GM trials is fuelling government indecision, stranding India’s food research in the lab.In August, » Read more

Do NGOs really help the country in peace-building and reconciliation?

28-09-2014 12:09 Lens

Do NGOs really help the country in peace-building and reconciliation?

A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) is an organization that is neither a part of a government nor a » Read more

Interview

EU unveils interim deal for ending Russia-Ukraine gas war

28-09-2014 Interview

Berlin, Germany (AFP) The European Union on Friday unveiled an interim deal meant to end Russia’s latest gas war with Ukraine which could see a return of supplies to the crisis-hit nation and a renewal of trust between » Read more

UNP made impressive strides in Uva - Harin

28-09-2014 Interview

UNP made impressive strides in Uva - Harin

Former Parliamentarian and United National Party (UNP) Chief Ministerial candidate at the recently concluded Uva Provincial Council elections Harin Fernando said that it was too early to comment on the status of the Leadership Council, but added that » Read more

Critical Point

Be careful on iron deficiency

31-05-2014 Critical Point

Infants born of mothers with iron deficiency (16 percent of pregnant women) often have low birth weight and face a higher risk of dying in infancy and childhood, stated Dr. Shanthi Gunawardena, Director, Nutrition of the Ministry of » Read more

Pak-China corridor will be a game changer in the region

30-05-2014 Critical Point

Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the two 660 MW coal fired projects, having total capacity of 1320 mega watts, at Sahiwal  on May 30, 2014. Sahiwal will contribute in the production of cheap electricity in Pakistan. » Read more

Why SL failed in 80% of pictorial warning

12-05-2014 Critical Point

We are thoroughly UNHAPPY about the NEW percentage  AS this is what the tobacco company wanted. EXPERIENCES FROM OTHER COUNTRIES PROVE THAT IT IS THE 80% WHICH HAS BEEN EFFECTIVE IN DISCOURAGING THE PEOPLE WHICH THE PEOPLE OF » Read more

Walla patta a potential cash crop

27-04-2014 Critical Point

Walla patta a potential cash crop

Smuggling is not a new phenomenon in this country, or for that matter, in this world. It’s an activity that is illegal, yet carried out worldwide. From drugs to people, smuggling is carried out due to various reasons, » Read more

Political

“ Human rights used  as a tool to implement  motivated agendas”

“ Human rights used as a tool to implement motivated agendas”

President Mahinda Rajapaksa spoke at the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, held in New York, USA. President Rajapaks... Read more

International

Once-shunned Indian PM starts US tour

Once-shunned Indian PM starts US tour

New York, United States (AFP) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday started a visit to the United States which is rolling out t... Read more

Chelsea Clinton gives birth to daughter

Chelsea Clinton gives birth to daughter

New York, United States (AFP) Chelsea Clinton announced Saturday the birth of her first-born child, daughter Charlotte, in comments pro... Read more

People and Event

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‘I Gave Back to Royal College’ Project by the Group of 2003

‘I Gave Back to Royal College’ Project by the Group of 2003

The Royal College Group of 2003, as part of the Royal College Union has...

Govt. Press Readers’ get-together today

Govt. Press Readers’ get-together today

The annual get-together of Government Press Readers’ (present and past) will take place today...

Goliya Pravanatha launched

The launching of book ‘Goliya Pravanatha’ (Global Trends) authored by Senior Journalist Vijaya Dissanayake...

International Center for Ethnic Studies presents ‘The Hunt’

The Hunt, a film by Thomas Vinterberg, is an unsettlingly convincing portrait of one...

Lifestyle

Notes for a Rebel - Get that e-factor out of the way!

30-09-2014 10:09 Lifestyle

Notes for a Rebel - Get that e-factor out of the way!

You want to say ‘no’ to something you passionately believe is wrong or else say ‘yes’ to something » Read more

Your vote can and will make a difference

29-09-2014 03:09 Lifestyle

Your vote can and will make a difference

Sri Lanka has a long and rich tradition of democratically electing our representatives. We have enjoyed universal franchise » Read more

Share your favorites

28-09-2014 12:09 Lifestyle

Share your favorites

There are moments when you feel extremely exposed, and stark-naked even though you are fully clothed. You look » Read more

THEY ARE STILL ALIVE

28-09-2014 12:09 Lifestyle

THEY  ARE STILL  ALIVE

I stumbled across one of my O/L notebooks last week in my cupboard, when I was looking for » Read more

Optimism can change the world

28-09-2014 12:09 Lifestyle

Optimism can change  the world

Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in » Read more

Kids

Be bee-friendly

28-09-2014 12:09 Kids

Be bee-friendly

We all know bees. Bees perform two useful functions for humans. They produce honey and they pollinate crops. » Read more

Slings and Splints

28-09-2014 12:09 Kids

Slings and Splints

Broken bones and limb injuries may not be unfamiliar to you. You may have even had your arm » Read more

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