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.
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.
Fourteen suspects were taken into custody in Sapugaskanda yesterday (30) evening after police raided a factory where refuse tea was being packed for export.
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.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa who inspected the landslide-affected Koslanda, Haldummulla areas from air, later arrived at the Sri Ganesha Tamil School where the survivors of the tragedy are being looked after. The President has emphasised that the government will take all measures to safeguard the future of children who lost their parents in the tragedy.
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.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed Inspector General of Police (IGP) N.K. Illangakoon to immediately conduct an investigation into the Koslanda landslide disaster to ascertain whether or not prior warning was given to area residents and whether there had been any negligence involved.
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.'
Sweden officially recognises the State of Palestine, the country’s foreign minister has announced, making it the first European Union country to do so.
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.’
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.
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.
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.
he Disaster Management Center (DMC) has revised the number of those missing from the Koslanda landslide in Haldummulla to 192.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited landslide affected Miriyabedda area in Haldummulla at 9.30 this morning (October 30). He visited the landslide affected area with Minister of Disaster Management, Mahinda Amaraweera and discussed rescue and relief operations. President Rajapaksa expressed his sympathies to the landslide victims and bereaved families in Haldummulla of Badulla District.
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.
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 apologized to all citizens and their ‘valued consumers’ who felt bad over the advertisement on their new product. The TV commercial has now been pulled from all media following complaints.
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.