Nine Pakistani refugees have been injured and admitted to hospital after they were attacked by a group in Wella Veediya, Negombo this evening.
Police investigations are underway into the murder of a vegetable vendor in Mount Lavinia. Police said the victim's body was found inside his vegetable stall at Bakery Junction along Attidiya Road around 8.20 this morning following a call made to the 119 emergency hotline. The victim's throat had been slit, according to police.
The Police prevented another attempt by university students to reach the Parliament premises in a march of thousands of students this evening. The Police Anti-riot Squad had to fire tear gas and water cannons on students who were marching towards the Parliament premises.
A group of UNP MPs who embarked on a fact finding mission to the Ports Authoritytraining facility premises in Slave Island today came under attack. UNP MP, Eran Wickremaratne speaking to The Nation said the team had gone to the area based on a tip off.
A number of trade unions gathered in Colombo staged a protect campaign urging the Government to increase employees’ salaries by Rs. 10,000 from the budget-2015. Protesters have completely blocked the Olcott Mawatha, in front of the Fort Railway Station.
The Meteorology Department today said that showers or thundershowers will be experienced in most parts of the island especially during the afternoon and night. According to the department, heavy falls of more than 100mm are also likely at some places.
Tension still prevailed at the Sabaragamuwa University last evening after police took action to remove the temporary structure built by students engaged in a Sathyagraha campaign. Students accused police of trying to remove them from the streets surrounding the university after they had earlier vacated the university hostels following a court order.
Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had to stay even on Friday night though she was granted bail by Supreme Court in the disproportionate assets case as it was the Friday evening. Foreign media reported that she is expected to step out of the prison this morning after completion of formalities.
J Jayalalithaa has been granted bail by the Supreme Court. The former Tamil Nadu chief minister has been in a Bangalore jail for almost three weeks after she was convicted in a corruption case and sentenced to four years in jail.
The Government of Sri Lanka has noted with concern the decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 16th October, to annul the EU regulations proscribing the LTTE. The defendants of this case have been the Council and Commission of the European Union, together with two member states, the Netherlands and the UK.
Ministers of the new Uva Provincial Council took their oaths in front of President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning. Accordingly, Anura Widanagama, Chamara Sampath Dassanayaka, Senthil Thondaman and Kumarasiri Ratnayaka were sworn in as new provincial council ministers a short while ago.
One person was killed and nearly 50 others were injured when a bus belonging to the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) skidded off the road and fell into a precipice in Theldeniya today. The Police said the incident had taken place at 3pm today and added that the bus was traveling from Wekanda to Kandy at the time.
The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has decided to implement a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) and take action against fishermen violating International Maritime Border Laws following the European Union (EU) directive to ban illegal fishing in the country. Fisheries Minister, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne had reportedly said that Sri Lanka would comply with EU requirements in addressing illegal fishing.
Two Customs officers have been taken into police custody for allegedly being part of a gang engaged in stealing parts from vehicles parked at the Customs vehicle yard in Colombo harbor.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa who arrived in Pallai bought the first ticket to Jaffna. Several ministers including Douglas Devananda, Kumar Welgama, and Bandula Gunawardena also boarded the train along with the president.
An illegal gem mine encompassing a staggering 75 acres inside Horton Plains has been allowed to operate under the very noses of authorities, The Nation learns. The mine is located less than 10 kilometers from the Bogawantalawa Estate, nestled between the estate and Kirigalpoththa.It is learnt that workers from the Bogawantalawa Estate are being used as labor for mining activities
Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi have won the Nobel Peace Prize.At 17, Malala is the youngest recipient of the prize.The teenager was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in October 2012 for campaigning for girls' education.
An American passenger was booted off a US Airways flight and screened after reportedly joking that he had Ebola and telling the rest of the flyers they were “screwed.” During a flight from Philadelphia to the Dominican Republic, the 54-year-old American – who remains unidentified – reportedly yelled, “I have Ebola, you are all screwed,” according to the Dominican news outlet Diario…
Sri Lanka is looking at increasing its foreign reserves to USD 10 billion by next year, Treasury Secretary, Dr. P.B. Jayasundera said today. He made this comment during his speech at the Capital Market Conference 2014 held in Colombo today.