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Controversial Development Bill passed

Controversial Development Bill passed

Strategic development project Act Order No 1 passed in Parliament a short while ago with 113 votes for and 42 votes against. The main Opposition United » Read more

April 24,2014 Top Story

Breaking News

Hambantota fiasco: Police admit officers acted 'improperly'

April 24,2014 17:06

The Police today admitted its officers were inactive during the tense situation which occurred during a visit by United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarians to the Mattala International Airport. Read more

Ukrainian army attack Slavyansk

April 24,2014 17:05

Ukrainian army attack Slavyansk

Fighting has erupted just outside Slavyansk, a town in east Ukraine where population voiced their protest against Kiev authorities. Ukrainian troops on tanks and armored vehicles are trying to break into the » Read more

BBS scoffs at Rishad's Wilpaththu 'media circus'

April 24,2014 16:29

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) claims that the media trip which was arranged by Minister of Industry and Commerce, Rishad Bathiudeen on Tuesday (22) to show the media that there are no unlawful » Read more

Police unit on religious affairs to be established on April 28

April 24,2014 15:55

A special police unit to investigate complaints regarding religious affairs will be established on April 28 at the premises of the Buddhist and Religious Affairs Ministry. Read more

Policeman guns down three Americans at Kabul hospital

April 24,2014 14:46

Policeman guns down three Americans at Kabul hospital

An Afghan policeman opened fire Thursday on staff at a Kabul hospital run by a US charity, killing three Americans in the latest deadly attack targeting foreign civilians in the city. Read more

BBS claims it was 'invited' to check ministry

April 24,2014 14:13

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today refuted allegations that its members had forced their way into the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, claiming that it had in fact been 'invited' to check » Read more

Promotions for 230 police officers

April 24,2014 13:57

A total of 230 Police Inspectors have been promoted to the rank of Chief Inspector with effect from 17 March, 2014, Police Headquarters said. Read more

President directs strict laws on NGOs

April 24,2014 13:08

President directs strict laws on NGOs

President Mahinda Rajapaksa during the meeting media heads at Temple Trees this morning when asked about NGOs that operate without any oversight by state authorities, observed that many who preach transparency and » Read more

UNP MPs were not attacked inside HSZ, President clarifies

April 24,2014 12:21

Politicians using strong-arm tactics or being subjected to attack are not a new phenomenon, President Mahinda Rajapaksa told the media heads this morning, citing numerous incident where prominent politicians were beaten up. » Read more

President plans special police units for religious harmony

April 24,2014 12:02

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, speaking to editors of print and electronic media at Temple Trees this morning said that no one, including bikkhus, is above the law and measures will be taken to » Read more

Islandwide Tsunami drill today

April 24,2014 10:02

A Tsunami Drill will be held in coastal districts by the Disaster Management Center (DMC), Today. "The rehearsals will take place from 2- 4 pm today in chosen coastal districts." said Deputy » Read more

UNP rebels continue to tout Sajith as successor

April 23,2014 17:53

An organization identified as the United National Party (UNP) Professionals’ Consortium today reiterated that the UNP leadership should be changed and the new leader as well as the common candidate for the » Read more

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Aussie gift sails to Sri Lankan shores

Aussie gift sails to Sri Lankan shores

Keeping a promise by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to offer two Bay-class patrol boats to Sri Lanka to help combat people smuggling in the Indian Ocean, one such vessel was officially handed over to the Sri Lanka Navy today, April 24 at a small function. Australian High Commissioner for Sri Lanka Robyn Mudie and Navy Commander Rear Admiral Jayanath Colombage and officials posing for a photograph in front of the vessel just after the handing over ceremony.. (Pic by Chandana Wijesinghe) Read more

Violence engulfs Rio

Violence engulfs Rio

A Brazilian Police Special Force member takes position during a violent protest in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro on April 22, 2014. Violent protests broke out in Rio's landmark beachfront district, Copacabana, following the death of a resident last weekend during clashes with the Army in a nearby favela. Read more

Boston Strong

Boston Strong

Boston Marathon Bombing survivors Celeste Corcoran (R) and her daughter Sydney Corcoran (L) react after crossing the finish line with Celeste's sister Carmen Acabbo the 2014 B.A.A. Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Both are survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. Read more

Sports

SLC-players resolve pay dispute

April 23,2014 18:50

The pay dispute between Sri Lanka Cricket and its 13 contracted players was resolved on Wednesday with the players agreeing to ten percent of » Read more

Former Lankan spinner Neil Chanmugam dies at 73

April 23,2014 16:20

Former Lankan spinner Neil Chanmugam dies at 73

One of Sri Lanka’s foremost off-spinners of the pre-Test era Neil Chanmugam passed away on Tuesday at the age of 73 having lost his » Read more

Malinga, Mathews named T20 and ODI Captains

April 23,2014 14:33

Malinga, Mathews named T20 and ODI Captains

Angelo Mathews has been appointed as Captain of the National ODI team, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said. In addition, Lasith Malinga has been appointed » Read more

Benfica wins Portugal football league

April 21,2014 15:00

Benfica wins Portugal football league

Benfica clinched their first Portuguese league title since 2010, and only their third in the last 20 seasons, when they beat bottom-of-the-table Olhanense 2-0 » Read more

News Features

Why it was necessary for Sri Lanka to ban LTTE fronts

23-04-2014 News Features

Why it was necessary for Sri Lanka to ban LTTE fronts

The recent designation of the LTTE and its 14 fronts under United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1373 refocused international security and intelligence community's attention by the LTTE remnants to... Read more

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

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Men, women and children had flocked to a hill in Galilee, where a man was teaching his » Read more

Business

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The Central Bank of Sri Lanka is planning to carry out an independent survey among the business community to obtain an overall understanding of the sentiments » Read more

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa ceremonially opened the Manmunai Bridge in Batticaloa yesterday together with representatives from the Embassy of Japan and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The » 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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