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Ministry questions how US funded journo training

The Ministry of External Affairs in a statement says that the media statement issued by the US Embassy on July 28, expressing concerns on media freedom in » Read more

July 31,2014 Top Story

Breaking News

Door to Australia remain closed- Morrison

July 31,2014 18:34

Door to Australia remain closed- Morrison

The Australian Government continues its work with regional partners to disrupt people smuggling ventures.  Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison in a statement said that they would never allow » Read more

Security concerns behind President's decision to skip Glasgow - Keheliya

July 31,2014 18:14

Security concerns had been the main reason behind the decision of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to refrain from attending the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, Minister » Read more

IMF commends Lanka’s infrastructure development process

July 31,2014 17:43

IMF commends Lanka’s infrastructure development process

International Monetary Fund (IMF) applauds on Sri Lankan government's initiatives toward rapid infrastructure development just after a civil war which had been halted the country’s economy stagnating.A delegation led by the IMF » Read more

Sri Lanka Navy plays a major role in the region

July 31,2014 16:50

Sri Lanka Navy plays a major role in the region

The country’s maritime industry is being revitalized to fast–track the island-nation’s maritime capacities and capabilities. The Port of Colombo, the nation’s gateway to the world, has today become a hive of activity » Read more

GMOA says “Seven doctors’’ responsible for the clash

July 31,2014 16:17

Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) claims that the tense situation reported yesterday at the National Hospital took place when seven doctors tried to hold an unlawful assembly against former President of the » Read more

Ukraine Parliament agrees to allow Dutch, Australian armed personal at MH17 crash site

July 31,2014 16:14

Ukraine's parliament on Thursday (31 July) ratified deals with the Netherlands and Australia allowing them to send some 950 "armed personnel" to secure the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 » Read more

Ebola epidemic 'out of control' says charity

July 31,2014 10:55

Ebola epidemic 'out of control' says charity

Global medical charity Doctors Without Borders has given warning that the Ebola crisis in West Africa is "unprecedented, absolutely out of control", as states across the world took steps to prevent its » Read more

Police hunt killer of Tissamaharama fishmonger

July 31,2014 09:56

Police are searching for an individual who shot and killed a man at Debarawewa in Tissamaharama last evening. According to police, the victim had been engaged in selling fish when a man » Read more

Three dead in truck-van collision

July 31,2014 09:19

Three persons have been killed and three others injured due to a head-on collision between a van and a truck at Meegahawatta, Naranwala this morning. Read more

Israel has violated international law, the world must act: UN

July 30,2014 18:06

In the worsening assault on Gaza, Israel struck a United Nations designated shelter this morning, killing more than 15, several of them children. Read more

Rajarata University to reopen next week

July 30,2014 17:29

Academic activities at the Rajarata University are set to recommence on August 4, according to the university administration. Read more

IMF cautions Sri Lanka over mounting foreign debt

July 30,2014 17:11

Sri Lanka's economy was among the fastest growing in Asia, but it was vulnerable to sudden external shocks due to high levels of foreign commercial borrowings, the IMF said Wednesday. Read more

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All smiles!

All smiles!

Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa is seen sharing a laugh with Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, Gotabaya Rajapaksa at a function in Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte yesterday. Addressing the function, Weerawansa welcomed reports that Gotabaya Rajapaksa may enter politics, stating people like him were needed to develop the country. Minister Weerawansa's party the Jathika Nidahas Peramuna (JNP) this week decided to contest the forthcoming Uva Provincial Council election independently and not as part of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) coalition. Read more

Health workers take to the streets yet again

Health workers take to the streets yet again

Health workers organized a protest marched this morning calling that their demands be met by the Government. Heavy traffic was reported in several key roads around Town Hall due to the protest by the health workers.     Read more

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak!

Muslims in Sri Lanka and around the world celebrate the Ramazan festival today. The annual Eid-Ul-Fitar prayers organized by the Memon Association of Sri Lanka was held today at Galle Face in view of the festival. Pics by Chandana Wijesinghe Read more

Sports

England's Moeen Ali warned over pro-Gaza Test wristbands

July 29,2014 15:26

England batsman Moeen Ali has been warned not to wear wristbands showing support for Gaza during the third Test with India any more. Read more

Lionel Messi to be prosecuted for alleged tax evasion

July 29,2014 10:03

Lionel Messi to be prosecuted for alleged tax evasion

A Spanish court will push ahead with prosecuting the Barcelona forward Lionel Messi for alleged tax evasion despite a recommendation from the public prosecutor » Read more

Proteas hang on to force a draw and win series

July 28,2014 21:49

Proteas hang on to force a draw and win series

South Africa’s lower order batsmen clung on grimly to force a draw in the second Test against Sri Lanka and ensure a 1-0 win » Read more

Test evenly poised as Proteas chase 369 for win

July 28,2014 08:50

Test evenly poised as Proteas chase 369 for win

South Africa lost the wicket of opener Alviro Petersen for a duck as they chased 369 runs for victory in the second test against » Read more

News Features

They would abolish the Executive Presidency!

27-07-2014 News Features

They would abolish  the Executive Presidency!

Old habits die hard, it seems.  Chandrika Kumaratunga was late.  As always.   It might have been a good thing though because two other    veterans could get in more than a... Read more

EPRLF and the secular national front

27-07-2014 News Features

A fact, largely unappreciated in Sri Lanka’s post-war political discourse, is the attempt made by the Tamil polity to reach out to the Sinhalese. It could be because the latter... Read more

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Fine

Notes from a daughter’s ‘diary’

27-07-2014 12:07 Fine

Notes from a daughter’s ‘diary’

In the history of Sinhala songs, we come across a little girl called Surangi. She is sad » Read more

Business

Colombo IT Park ‘Trace Expert City’ attracts first tenant

July 28, 2014 Business news

Colombo IT Park ‘Trace Expert City’ attracts first tenant

CodeGen International (Pvt.) Limited an IT company catering to the global travel tourism industry software solution market, ceremoniously opened its 30,000sqft modern office premises at the » Read more

Importers urge more tax simplification

July 27, 2014 Business news

The newly appointed Chairman of the Import Section of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Dinesh De Silva says that importers expect implementation of a further simplified » Read more

Eid shopping in full swing…

July 27, 2014 Business news

Eid shopping in full swing…

The Main Street in Pettah was a hive of activity on Friday with a majority of shoppers from the Muslim community who are set to celebrate » Read more

Lens - The political digest

The Kandy Agreement and Aung San’s death

27-07-2014 12:07 Lens

The Kandy Agreement and Aung San’s death

July 19 marks the 67th death anniversary of a great Asian leader, assassinated in a failed attempt » Read more

Conspiracy theories abound

27-07-2014 12:07 Lens

Conspiracy theories abound

Several days ago, a popular television channel telecast an investigative report where undercover journalists filmed the owner » Read more

The Lord Buddha comes to Nagadipa

27-07-2014 12:07 Lens

The Lord Buddha comes to Nagadipa

A picturesque Sinhalese belief, almost certainly sired by the Hela-havula movement has it that the term Sihala’ » Read more

The Jihadi journalists of Sri Lanka

27-07-2014 12:07 Lens

The Jihadi journalists of Sri Lanka

“A steady stream of articles is appearing in the local English medium, attacking demonizing and condemning the » Read more

Eric Garner and Police Accountability in US

27-07-2014 12:07 Lens

Eric Garner and Police Accountability in US

The defenseless Eric Garner, lying handcuffed, helpless and unresponsive on a sidewalk, was at receiving end of » Read more

A historic crime

27-07-2014 12:07 Lens

A historic crime

At least 100 Palestinians were killed Sunday (20) as Israel escalated its savage land, sea and air » Read more

Interview

Professionalism to empower passenger transport drivers

27-07-2014 Interview

Professionalism to empower passenger transport drivers

The Department of Motor Traffic (DMT) has initiated moves to implement an official endorsement for drivers involved in passenger transport service. DMT Commissioner General, S.H. Harischandra in an interview with The Nation stated that the move was initiated » Read more

Terrorists and criminals exploit UN refugee system

06-07-2014 Interview

Head of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Prof Rohan Gunaratna says recent arrests in Malaysia where seven out of 14 LTTE suspects arrested were holding the United Nations » 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

Hail All the Grandmasters of Bee-Essing!

Hail All the Grandmasters of Bee-Essing!

‘We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukrain... Read more

International

Talks start in Paris to press for long-term Gaza truce

Talks start in Paris to press for long-term Gaza truce

US Secretary of State John Kerry and other top diplomats from Europe and the Middle East held talks in Paris Saturday to press efforts ... Read more

Australia to move detained asylum group onshore

A group of 157 asylum seekers held at sea will be brought to the Australian mainland to be detained, Australia’s immigration minister s... Read more

People and Event

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SLPI holds AGM

SLPI holds AGM

The Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) held its 10th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on...

Father of three appeals for help

Father of three appeals for help

Chandra Lalith Jayaweera of Netolpitiya, Tangalle has been suffering from an acute cancer in...

Major Nalin Herath makes Sri Lanka proud

Major Nalin Herath took over duties on March 18, 2014 as Military Assistant to...

British School joins global community of Cambridge schools

 The British School in Colombo has been awarded Cambridge International School status by Cambridge...

Lifestyle

'Game of Thrones' season 5 cast revealed

26-07-2014 10:07 Lifestyle

At Comic-Con Friday, HBO announced nine new cast members coming to Game of Thrones, including acclaimed veteran actor » Read more

Giving up isn't the answer

27-07-2014 12:07 Lifestyle

Giving up isn't the answer

We all know our strengths and weaknesses and our job descriptions. However, sometimes we step away from our » Read more

Planting the seed of falsehood

27-07-2014 12:07 Lifestyle

Planting        the seed of  falsehood

Has your father ever asked you to say that he is not in when there is someone on » Read more

Some books are made in heaven

27-07-2014 12:07 Lifestyle

Some books are made in heaven

 In late June I received a text message to my phone. It said: Hi, exams are starting from » Read more

Why you should start blogging

27-07-2014 12:07 Lifestyle

Why you should start  blogging

Back in the day my favorite newspaper column that I never missed as a kid was a technological » Read more

Kids

Rotting food

27-07-2014 12:07 Kids

Rotting food

We’ve probably all experienced a situation where some of our food has gone bad. Maybe we left it » Read more

Penny for your thoughts

27-07-2014 12:07 Kids

Penny for your thoughts

The Economic History Museum, located in Fort, has an array of currency from various point of time in » Read more

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