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Museum break-in: Police obtain fingerprints of 74

The Colombo Crimes Division and Kurunduwatta police have obtained fingerprints from 74 individuals for testing in connection with the recent break-in at the National Museum in » Read more

November 25,2014 Top Story

Breaking News

Fire at Sri Jayewardenepura hospital

November 26,2014 13:02

A fire broke out inside the medicine storeroom of the Sri Jayewardenepura hospital at around 8.10pm yesterday (November 25). Officers from the Mirihana police, along with assistance from the fire brigade unit » Read more

Don't mix religion and politics- PAFFREL

November 26,2014 13:02

The People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) has urged political parties to refrain from using religion, language and caste for political campaigns. Read more

Hunais Farook joins the UNP

November 26,2014 10:17

Wanni District United People’s Alliance (UPFA) MP Hunais Farook has announced that he would be joining the opposition United National Party (UNP) to bolster his support for the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena. Read more

UK to reiterate its stance on OHCHR inquiry – House of Lords

November 26,2014 10:15

The upcoming Presidential polls and status of the inquiry by the Human Rights Commission were two issues that were taken up for debate at Britain’s upper parliament, House of Lords on Monday. Read more

Two killed in wild elephant attack

November 26,2014 09:52

Two individuals were killed after being attacked by a wild elephant in Udamaluwa, Anuradhapura this morning, police said. The Police Media Unit said the incident had taken place around 6am today. The » Read more

Kalmunai MC member arrested over assault

November 26,2014 09:06

A member of the Kalmunai Municipal Council was arrested this morning in connection with the assault on two Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) councilors that occurred at the council meeting yesterday (November » Read more

STF member dies from gunshot wounds

November 26,2014 08:54

A Police Special Task Force (STF) member was killed after he was shot inside the Kotapola STF camp in Deniyaya last night. Police Media Unit said the 24-year-old was an bachelor and » Read more

EC insists election date decided independently

November 25,2014 17:23

EC insists election date decided independently

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya today (November 25) insisted the date of the 2015 Presidential Election had been decided independently by the Department of Elections. Addressing a media briefing at the Elections Secretariat » Read more

Three UPFA Eastern PC members to sit independent

November 25,2014 17:21

Three UPFA members of the Eastern Provincial Council have decided to sit independently at the council, reports said. Accordingly, Provincial Councilors, Abdul Farook Mohamed Shibly, M.S. Subair and Ameer Ali, all from » Read more

Malaka re-remanded till Nov. 28

November 25,2014 14:52

The Colombo Magistrate’s Court further remanded Malaka Silva and six others till November 28 for allegedly assaulting a foreign couple in Colombo early this month. Malaka Silva and six others have been » Read more

ACJU urges political parties not to use its name

November 25,2014 14:33

The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama has called upon political parties to campaign peacefully whilst urging them not to misuse the ACJU name for political gain. In a release issued today, the ACJU » Read more

Three nabbed with 16kg Wallapatta

November 25,2014 12:05

Officers of the Bulathsinhala Police Station were able to nab 16kg of Wallapatta last night. According to the Police Media Unit the discovery was made on the inspection of a car in » Read more

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President visits Lumbini

President visits Lumbini

President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited Lumbini, the birthplace of the Lord Buddha yesterday (25). The President is currently in Nepal to attend the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Summit (SAARC) which is scheduled to commence today.   Read more

Nepal welcomes the President

Nepal welcomes the President

President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived at the Tribhuvan International Airport to attend the 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu, Nepal. The President was welcomed by Nepali Deputy Prime Minister Prakash Man Singh and Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam at the Airport. Read more

Washout before play begins

Washout before play begins

Colombo, -, SRI LANKA : A Sri Lankan worker hoses down the stands at the R. Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo on November 24, 2014. England and Sri Lankaplay a seven-match One Day International (ODI) series in Sri Lanka between November 21 and December 16. Read more

Sports

England ready for Sri Lanka despite lack of match practice

November 25,2014 23:50

England ready for Sri Lanka despite lack of match practice

England captain Alastair Cook said that his team was ready to take on Sri Lanka in the seven-match one-day series starting at the R » Read more

Final ODI home series for seniors

November 25,2014 23:34

Sri Lanka and England, who have been at the receiving end of World Cup champions India will front up for a seven-match one-day international » Read more

Bouncer knocks down Australia's Hughes

November 25,2014 13:00

Bouncer knocks down Australia's Hughes

Australian Test batsman Phil Hughes was stretchered off after being hit on the head by a vicious bouncer in a Sheffield Shield match Tuesday, » Read more

Batsman Kandamby earns ODI recall after three years

November 24,2014 17:16

Middle-order batsman Thilina Kandamby was recalled to the Sri Lanka one-day squad after a lapse of three years along with spinners Rangana Herath, Jeevan » Read more

News Features

A formidable challenge

23-11-2014 News Features

It had to happen that way, and the break was only possible with a serious split within the regime. The moment had come for members of the SLFP to take... Read more

we need An active and well-informed society

23-11-2014 News Features

we need An active and well-informed society

Former Chairman of the Panadura Urban Council and first Chairman of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Nandana Gunathileke was the first notable figure to resign from the ruling UPFA... Read more

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Business

Coal-gasification on the cards?

November 23, 2014 Business news

Coal-gasification on the cards?

Sri Lanka needs major capital injections in the energy sector as a recent study suggests it will be viable for coal power plants to convert to » Read more

Durable retailers to rejoice in 2015

November 23, 2014 Business news

Fitch Ratings on Friday said that lower borrowing rates, reduced electricity tariffs and an upcoming cut in the value added tax (VAT) will create a more » Read more

Pvt sector credit picks up again - CB

November 23, 2014 Business news

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka which last week kept the policy rates unchanged noted that a healthy growth of credit disbursements to the private sector » Read more

Lens - The political digest

Changing economic strategies most vital

23-11-2014 12:11 Lens

Changing economic strategies most vital

The Presidential Election is at present the concern of everyone. Many ideas are mooted by patriotic persons » Read more

Red marks that dotted a struggle

23-11-2014 12:11 Lens

Red marks that dotted a struggle

Twenty five years since what is arguably the most intense genocide in “Southern Lanka”, that dark reign » Read more

Name them, shame them and jail them!

23-11-2014 12:11 Lens

Name them, shame them and jail them!

The report released this week by parliamentary watchdog, the Committee On Public Enterprises (COPE), has again exposed » Read more

Why can’t they unite for a Tamil cause?

23-11-2014 12:11 Lens

Why can’t they unite for a Tamil cause?

Tamil politics in Sri Lanka has seen a very violent and destructive history post-independence. The emergence of » Read more

Unity among Diversity

23-11-2014 12:11 Lens

Unity among Diversity

People talk about unity in public places, but some do not realize and understand the real meaning » Read more

Comments on JHU leaving government

23-11-2014 12:11 Lens

Comments on JHU leaving government

“Ask this question from the President” - Nimal Siripala de Silva : Minister of Irrigation and Water » Read more

Interview

Benefits of development not trickled down to the masses

19-10-2014 Interview

Benefits of development not trickled down to the masses

Chairman of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), C.V.K. Sivagnanam, says that the funds allocated to the council was very much less than what the Government claimed it to be and denied accusations that the money allocated was underutilized. » Read more

“TNA painting wrong picture to outside world”

05-10-2014 Interview

“TNA painting wrong picture to outside world”

Former parliamentarian and leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), V. Anandasangaree rules out future collaboration with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) until they completely denounce the LTTE and its activities.In an interview with The Nation, Anandasangaree » 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

The frustrated PM Wannabe  who’d be Executive President for 100 days

The frustrated PM Wannabe who’d be Executive President for 100 days

Some believe that there was something wrong with the ‘auspicious time’ at which the late S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike formed the Sri Lanka Fre... Read more

International

Obama to visit  India in January

Obama to visit India in January

Washington, United States (AFP)- US President Barack Obama will travel to India in January for its Republic Day celebrations and talks ... Read more

Indonesia’s new president causes a buzz by flying economy

Indonesia’s new president causes a buzz by flying economy

Jakarta, Indonesia (AFP)- Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo caused a stir this weekend by opting to fly economy class to watch his ... Read more

People and Event

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Inauguration of Students and Youth Council

Inauguration of Students and Youth Council

Promoting the next generation of friends of China is an important need. We wish...

Pope Francis’s most pragmatic approach

Pope Francis’s most pragmatic approach

At the outset let me honestly and sincerely state, this letter is to praise...

Help build temple for Lord Vishnu

Help build temple for Lord Vishnu

The life of people who engage in spiritual service is adored by all. It...

Five Sri Lankan artistes to recive Bunka (cultural) Awards

The 21st Bunka (Cultural) Awards ceremony organized by the Japan Sri Lanka Friendship Cultural...

Lifestyle

Cashiers too make mistakes

23-11-2014 12:11 Lifestyle

Cashiers too make  mistakes

After a few minutes of standing, faking interest in what’s being shown on the TV and checking your » Read more

Ready to recruit?

23-11-2014 12:11 Lifestyle

Ready to recruit?

One person is not a front.  Sometimes a single person can make a big difference, but if you » Read more

No right way or amount of time to grieve

23-11-2014 12:11 Lifestyle

No right way or amount  of time to grieve

“My mother died in a car accident when I was 14. This was a sudden shock and I » Read more

Selfies, selfies you are everywhere

23-11-2014 12:11 Lifestyle

Selfies,  selfies you are  everywhere

Today’s world is dominated by selfies, which have come to dominate the social media and has more or » Read more

A friend-in-need is a friend indeed

23-11-2014 12:11 Lifestyle

A friend-in-need  is a friend indeed

Who is a friend? A friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself and » Read more

Kids

The world is rearranged by silhouettes

23-11-2014 12:11 Kids

The world is rearranged by silhouettes

There are times when we wonder if things are as they really seem.   Think of something. Think of » Read more

What is philosophy?

23-11-2014 12:11 Kids

By celebrating World Philosophy Day each year, on the third Thursday of November,  the UNESCO underlines the enduring » Read more

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