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The Department of Meteorology has issued a severe weather advisory warning that showers or thundershowers will develop over most parts of the island tonight. Heavy rain falls of more than 150mm can be expected over hilly areas, the department further said. 

Full Article Monday, 20 April 2015 19:01

The body of the 19-year-old youth who jumped into the Diyaluma waterfall with his 17-year-old girlfriend yesterday has been recovered. The body of the 17-year-old girl was recovered by Koslanda police last evening.

Full Article Monday, 20 April 2015 16:53

A team of experts has been sent to the location of a landslide that occurred at Nikapotha in Haldummulla this morning, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said.

Full Article Monday, 20 April 2015 12:11

A warning for a tsunami as big as one metre (three feet) forecast to hit islands in Japan's far south after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck off eastern Taiwan was cancelled on Monday.

Full Article Monday, 20 April 2015 12:08

Police are still searching for the body of the 19-year-old youth who jumped into the Diyaluma Falls in Koslanda yesterday with his 17-year-old girlfriend.

Full Article Monday, 20 April 2015 11:59

Parliament has been adjourned after a group of MPs protested in the middle of the chambers against the summoning of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa before the Bribery Commission.

Full Article Monday, 20 April 2015 11:20

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption has summoned former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother, former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to appear before the commission this week to record their statements.

Full Article Monday, 20 April 2015 10:01

Police investigations are underway into the murders of a mother, aged 52 years, and her 30-year-old daughter at their house in Pudalu-Oya, Kothmale.

Full Article Monday, 20 April 2015 08:58

The committee appointed to probe the controversial Central Bank Treasury Bond issue has completed its investigations and the final report has been handed over to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. A member of the committee that conducted the investigations, Mahesh Kalugampitiya told The Nation, that the report  was handed over before the beginning of the Parliament’s vacation for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

Full Article Saturday, 18 April 2015 02:26

Sri Lanka’s first open air National Zoological Garden was declared open on Friday at Pinnawala. The zoo is located adjacent to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Built at a cost of Rs.862 million and spread across 44 acres, it provides free living space for animals in line with modern concepts. (Pic by Chandana Wijesinghe)

Full Article Saturday, 18 April 2015 00:00

COLOMBO: India is “structurally unsuited” to be mediator or facilitator in the Sri Lankan ethnic conflict because it is subject to the “emotional and electoral power” of one of its constituent states, namely, Tamil Nadu, argues former Lankan envoy at the UN in Geneva, Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka.

Full Article Saturday, 18 April 2015 02:24

One time Leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Somawansa Amarasinghe, who resigned from this political party, said that politicians always play card games with voters or citizens and that this culture should be changed soon.Amarasinghe said that the JVP has contributed a lot to the country, but the present behavior of the party does not represent the requirement of the general public.

Full Article Saturday, 18 April 2015 02:22

Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake told The Nation that he doesn’t fear the No Confidence Motion that had been submitted against him, and dismissed it, saying ’it is ‘illegal’. Speaking further, Ekanayake said he had learned of the no confidence motion through the media. He nevertheless, expressed confidence that the motion would be...

Full Article Saturday, 18 April 2015 02:20

Colombo money brokers are in a tizzy at the moment and are questioning the Central Bank’s decision to cut policy interest rates by 50 basic points.  They say this is a surprise move that is going against market dynamics, since there was sufficient credit growth in the market in the midst of a low inflationary environment.

Full Article Saturday, 18 April 2015 02:18

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has strongly pushed for the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.In a statement issued yesterday, the BASL noted that it has always held the “unwavering position that the Independence of the Judiciary, the independence of the public service including the police force, Good Governance and...

Full Article Saturday, 18 April 2015 02:16

Construction of 75 houses for landslide-affected families in Meeriyabedda has commenced, the Ministry of Plantation Infrastructure Development said. Speaking to The Nation, Secretary to the Ministry of Plantation Infrastructure Development, V. Sivagnanasothy said the Sri Lanka Army will be carrying out construction work on these houses, and that it has already put up its site office.

Full Article Saturday, 18 April 2015 02:14

In the wake of the impact of present climate of uncertainty on the country’s economic and business environment, Sri Lanka’s oldest and largest private sector chamber, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) on Thursday urged the President and Government to call a General Election at the earliest possible opportunity preferably keeping to the dates announced in the ‘100-day program’.

Full Article Saturday, 18 April 2015 02:12

Over 16,000 army deserters have voluntarily reported to their regimental centers since the declaration of a general amnesty period on April 2. Military Spokesman, Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera said a total of 16,330 army deserters had reported to their respective regimental centers as of April 16 evening. He said the Army expected more such persons to take advantage of the general amnesty period,

Full Article Saturday, 18 April 2015 02:10

The Aluth Sahal Mangalyaya or New Rice Festival is an important event for Sinhala Buddhists who take this opportunity to offer the first share of their harvest to the Lord Buddha and deities who provide them with security and strength to engage in farming activities. Here, President Maithripala Sirisena is seen joining in the event at the historical Somawathie Chethiya premises with the chief incumbent of the temple Most Ven. Pahamune Sri Sumangala Nayaka Thera and devotees in the area.

Full Article Saturday, 18 April 2015 02:08

Protests held by university students, which seem to have increased in the recent past, make one question; if university students are of the mindset that discussions and other peaceful methods of protest are futile, and that the only method to take action is through satyagraha campaigns, picketing and demonstrations.

Full Article Saturday, 18 April 2015 02:06

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