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LTTE revival neutralized- Police

LTTE revival neutralized- Police

Attempts by the Liberation of Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to regroup in Sri Lanka are currently being neutralized with the help of the Terrorism Investigation » Read more

April 17,2014 Top Story

Breaking News

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

One dead as S. Korea ferry with over 450 passengers sinks

April 16,2014 08:55

One dead as S. Korea ferry with over 450 passengers sinks

South Korea's coastguard said Wednesday one person had been killed as it struggled to rescue 476 people -- mostly high school students -- aboard a ferry that ran aground and sank off » Read more

Former Weligama PS member arrested over shooting

April 15,2014 09:45

A former member of the Weligama Pradeshiya Sabha has been taken into custody in connection with a clash in Matara yesterday where two people were shot and wounded. Read more

Wattala Deputy Mayor remanded

April 15,2014 09:27

Mohammed Thahir Rizwan, the Deputy Mayor of Wattala Urban Council, was remanded till April 16 after being produced before Acting Wattala Magistrate Channa Gunawardena yesteday. Read more

Child dies from Panadol overdose

April 15,2014 09:01

A 2 1/2-year-old child in Rangala has died from an overdose of Panadol tablets. Police said the child, who was living with her parents, had allegedly consumed around six Panadol tablets due » Read more

Assailant opens fire at Avurudu party; one killed

April 15,2014 08:39

Police have launched investigations to apprehend unidentified assailants who shot two persons during an Avurudu party at a house in Ambalangoda last night, resulting in one of the victims being killed. Read more

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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

Ukraine 'on the brink'

Ukraine 'on the brink'

Masked pro-Russian activists dismantle Ukraine's state emblem from the regional state building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on April 15, 2014. Ukraine's acting president Oleksandr Turchynov accused Russia of harbouring "brutal plans" to destabilise the southeast of his ex-Soviet country by backing separatist militants. Read more

Reconciliation from celebrations

Reconciliation from celebrations

The ‘Aluth Avurudda’ or ‘Puththaandu’ is the preeminent moment of reconciliation, peace, renewal, solidarity and celebration.  It is encrypted in the cultural ethos of this land. THE NATION wishes its readers a fresh beginning where all these things are affirmed in the highest.  Pic by Rukshan Abeywansha Read more

Sports

‘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

Powell banned for 18 months

April 13,2014 00:00

KINGSTON: Jamaica’s former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell has been slapped an 18-month ban for failing a dope test.Powell, 31, took the banned » 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

Business

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

The sun smiles to itself

13-04-2014 12:04 Lens

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View from Ritigala - by mahasona

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

11-04-2014 Interview

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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

WikiLeaks: LTTE Stored Weapons At Hospitals – ICRC To US Mission To UN

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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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I have never been social media friendly. Which is exactly why I don’t have Facebook. But there is » Read more

My four leaf clover!

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