Friday, 31st October 2014

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Hungary has dropped plans to introduce a tax on internet use that has generated big protests in Budapest and other cities across the country over the past week.
Full Article Friday, 31 October 2014 19:53
Water supply to several areas in Colombo would be curtailed for a 24-hours starting from 9pm tonight (31) to Saturday night, the National Water Supply and Drainage board announced today.
Full Article Friday, 31 October 2014 10:42
Two persons were killed after a motorbike collided head-on with a van in Kurunegala at around 7.40 last night. According to police, the van had been traveling from Wariyapola towards Kurunegala when it collided with the motorbike traveling in the opposite direction.
Full Article Friday, 31 October 2014 09:23
Fourteen suspects were taken into custody in Sapugaskanda yesterday (30) evening after police raided a factory where refuse tea was being packed for export.
Full Article Friday, 31 October 2014 09:13
Eight men, including five Indian nationals, were sentenced to death by the Colombo High Court today after being found guilty of smuggling drugs. The men had been engaged in drug smuggling between India and Sri Lanka in the guise of fishermen.
Full Article Thursday, 30 October 2014 17:29
Four persons were sentenced to death today by the Polonnaruwa High Court after they were found guilty of murder. The men were found guilty of murdering a person in Yudaganawa, Hingurakgoda in April 1996. Two of the four who were found guilty are brothers.
Full Article Thursday, 30 October 2014 17:25
The US Government has extended its condolences to the Sri Lankan Government and the families affected by the landslides in Koslanda. Issuing a short statement, the US Embassy in Colombo has also commended the Government of Sri Lanka and its Armed Forces for their 'rapid response and valiant search and rescue efforts.'
Full Article Thursday, 30 October 2014 16:24
Sweden officially recognises the State of Palestine, the country’s foreign minister has announced, making it the first European Union country to do so.
Full Article Thursday, 30 October 2014 16:25
The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) has appealed to the public to provide information regarding any children who have been made vulnerable due to yesterday’s (29) landslide at Koslanda, Haldummulla by contacting the ‘1929 Sri Lanka Child Line.’
Full Article Thursday, 30 October 2014 16:02
A 28-year-old motorcyclist and a seven month old infant were killed after a motorbike carrying five persons plunged off a precipice in Ingiriya at around 3.55 this morning.
Full Article Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:36
The Commonwealth will send election observers for the forthcoming Presidential polls in Sri Lanka, because the Lankan Commissioner of Elections “is not fully independent,” visiting Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma told the media on Wednesday.
Full Article Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:10
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the agency's humanitarian wings were on standby to help Sri Lanka said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Wednesday.
Full Article Thursday, 30 October 2014 12:58
he Disaster Management Center (DMC) has revised the number of those missing from the Koslanda landslide in Haldummulla to 192.
Full Article Thursday, 30 October 2014 11:23
The Sri Lanka Rubber Research Institute has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China’s state-owned CETC International for the development of the RRI.  The collaboration with CETC will include infrastructure development, upgrading of essential equipment and technical assistance.
Full Article Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:21
The rescue operation to locate those trapped under the rubble by the landslide that buried a village at Koslanda, Meeriyabedda in Haldummulla has resumed this morning.
Full Article Thursday, 30 October 2014 09:09
Maliban Biscuit Manufactories (Pvt) Lt d has responded to our news item and said that they had never ever had an intention to discriminate any person, group or any sector of the society. An official who spoke to The Nation said that they just wanted a creative and attractive advertisement and had no plan whatsoever to hurt anyone. Maliban has…
Full Article Wednesday, 29 October 2014 20:21
The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has been called to assist rescue efforts in the Koslanda area affected by the landslide. However, Air Force Spokesman Wing Commander Gihan Seneviratne said SLAF aircraft were currently not airborne due to poor weather conditions in the area.
Full Article Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:34
Five hundred security forces personnel have already been deployed to rescue people trapped under the rubble due to the landslide at Meeriyabedda, Koslanda in Haldumulla. Director, Army Media, Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera said 450 army personnel and 50 air force personnel were currently engaged in the rescue efforts.
Full Article Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:19
Train services along the upcountry line had to be restricted following an earthslip that hit the special train from Colombo to Badulla last night. The earthslip had hit the train engine at around 9.00 last night near the Nine Arch Bridge.
Full Article Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:38
The repair and reconstruction of the houses and commercial places in Aluthgama and Beruwala which were damaged in a pathetic incident between two communities few months ago has come to the final stage, stated by Security Forces Head Quarters –West Commander UAB Medawala at a press briefing this morning.
Full Article Wednesday, 29 October 2014 13:04

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