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Hambantota fiasco Eraj Fernando silences UPFA bigwigs

The ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government appeared to have been embarrassed to silence yesterday by the actions of Hambantota Mayor Eraj Fernando and his » Read more

April 20,2014 Top Story

Breaking News

Parents suspect foul play over Jaffna girl’s death

April 20,2014 02:20

The police are yet to receive statements from the alleged two Catholic priests over the murder of the 22-year-old girl in Jaffna. Jeron Consoleeta (22), a resident of Adappan Street in Gurunagar, » Read more

No change in number of elected MPs from Jaffna Deputy Commissioner of Elections refutes false reports

April 20,2014 02:20

Refuting reports of reduction in Parliamentary representation in Jaffna, the Elections Department says that Jaffna representation was unchanged. Speaking to The Nation, Deputy Elections Commissioner M.M. Mohamed said there was no truth » Read more

BBC journalist’s visa extended, not denied

April 20,2014 02:20

BBC journalist’s visa extended, not denied

The External Affairs Ministry yesterday refuted reports that it had denied visa to BBC journalist Charles Haviland adding that his Visa was actually extended. Media reports published yesterday stated that Haviland was » Read more

Bodu Bala Sena a terrorist organization?

April 20,2014 02:18

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), a vociferous organisation, received opposition of a serious nature when a group named Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC) labeled it a terrorist outfit. Till then it was » Read more

Western PC inaugural session on April 22

April 20,2014 02:16

First session of the newly elected Western Provincial Council will be held on April 22, at 9.30am. All elected and appointed 104 council members are due to participate at the inaugural session. » Read more

Case against Rengan Rajaratnam - US court refuses to drop insider trading charges

April 20,2014 02:14

A US Court on Friday denied requests of Rengan Rajaratnam, the younger brother of imprisoned hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, to dismiss some of the insider trading charges leveled against him last » Read more

Sharp rise in fatal road accidents during New Year

April 20,2014 02:14

Nearly 70 persons have died due to a spate of fatal road accidents that have occurred throughout the country since April 10, Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana revealed. Speaking to The Nation, » Read more

BBS not attempting to topple govt.

April 20,2014 02:12

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) has no any intention of toppling or destabilizing the Freedom Alliance regime, revealed by a high ranking official of the BBS writing a letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa » Read more

‘Calvary Journey’ in Puttalam

April 20,2014 02:12

‘Calvary Journey’ in Puttalam

‘Calvary Journey,’ the Easter Play organized for the 11th occasion by the Easter Committee of the Kanikkamatha Church in Kanda Thoduwawa, Madurankuliya, Puttalam was staged on Good Friday in the presence of » Read more

Modi promises protection for T’Nadu fishermen from Sri Lanka Navy

April 20,2014 02:10

RAMANATHAPURAM: BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday wooed the fisherfolk in the Ramanathapruam district of Tamil Nadu with a promise that he would do everything for their welfare and to » Read more

Attack on touring parliamentarians in Hambantota - UNP vows to raise issue at local and international forums

April 20,2014 02:08

Attack on touring parliamentarians in Hambantota - UNP vows to raise issue at local and international forums

The main Opposition, the United National Party (UNP), will take all the possible efforts against the wrongdoers in Hambantota as well as the Freedom Alliance government locally and internationally as they have » Read more

Elpitiya monk succumbs to stab injuries

April 20,2014 02:06

A 63-year-old Buddhist monk from Elpitiya, who was being treated at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital for stab injuries sustained due to an alleged attack by another monk, succumbed to his injuries yesterday. » Read more

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May his life inspire all

May his life inspire all

Today as Christians reflect on the Resurrection, let all people of all faith draw inspiration from the life and word of Jesus Christ for there is much therein that can empower us all as we strive to resurrect life, meaning and peace in this land that has suffered so much but refuses to submit to all manner of tyranny.  Pic by Chandana Wijesinghe Read more

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

Sports

Schools rugby enters teasing stage

April 20,2014 00:00

Schools rugby enters teasing stage

Schools rugby will reach fever pitch on Friday April 25 when Isipathana host Trinity at Longden Place in Colombo the outcome of which may » Read more

Hero of ’96 expects another World Cup win

April 20,2014 00:00

Hero of ’96 expects another World Cup win

The hero of Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup triumph Aravinda de Silva expects the present team to ride on their recent World T20 victory » Read more

Sri Lanka U-17 levels series

April 20,2014 00:00

Sri Lanka U-17 levels series

Sri Lanka Under-17 levelled the three-match series with a commanding 52-run victory against England Under-17 yesterday at the R Premadasa International Stadium. Batting first » Read more

Thomians grab T20 title as Peterites take loser’s final

April 20,2014 00:00

Thomians grab T20 title as Peterites take loser’s final

S. Thomas’ College emerged the champions of the Singer Cup Under-19 Inter School T20 Cricket Tournament yesterday at the Bloomfield ground in Colombo when » Read more

News Features

Fresh Roadblocks ahead

20-04-2014 News Features

Fresh Roadblocks ahead

Terrorism experts have called on Sri Lanka to formulate a mechanism to dismantle the international network of the LTTE that has been active during the past five years despite its... Read more

Generating calamity (2008-2014) - An overview of Tamil Nationalist operations and their marvels

20-04-2014 News Features

Generating calamity (2008-2014) - An overview of Tamil Nationalist operations and their marvels

During the last phase of Eelam War IV in 2008/09, the LTTE attempted an international heist that is unprecedented in world history. They used 320,000 of their own people to... Read more

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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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How much will you risk for a few thousand rupees? In fact, it is a few unpromised thousand » Read more

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Sri Lanka has finally ended the long drought for a cricket world cup. After the heartbreak of ending » Read more

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