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GMOA token strike called off  👤115

2017-07-25 14:28:08

Following the discussions held with the Prime Minister's Cheif of staff, Minister Sagala Rathnayake the GMOA has arrived upon the decision to call off the token strike which commenced today.

Navy installs more RO plants  👤178

2017-07-25 13:30:07

The navy has conducted a wide range of community service projects for the benefit of the needy population in different parts of the country.

Herbal garden at CTS  👤297

2017-07-25 11:50:18

All staffers, instructors and trainees at the Combat Training School (CTS), Ampara, together launched a new 'Osu Uyana' (Herbal Garden) after planting 100 indigenous species within the premises recently.

CPC on Strike  👤517

2017-07-25 09:07:14

All trade unions of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) launched an island-wide uninterrupted strike from midnight today, protesting the proposal to handover the petroleum tank complex at the Hambantota Port to China Merchant Company.

GMOA on strike today  👤722

2017-07-25 08:03:26

The Government Medical Officer's Association (GMOA) will engage in a countrywide token strike today demanding solutions to the issues relating to the South Asian Institution of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) within a week and an end to student suppression.

Aloysius to hand over digital equipment used  👤1676

2017-07-24 13:08:18

Pres. Comm on Bond scam orders Arjun Aloysius to hand over mobile phones & other comm equipment he used between 2015-2016 to CID

H'TOTA Petroleum Tank Issue CPC tus plan massive showdown  👤1866

2017-07-24 12:16:57


All trade unions of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) have decided to launch a massive continuous strike this week to protest the handing over of the petroleum tank complex at the Hambantota Port to China Merchant Company.

President condemns attack on Jaffna High Court Judge  👤1744

2017-07-24 11:43:16

President Maithripala Sirisena condemns the shooting attack aimed at the High Court Judge M. Illanchelian on Saturday in Nallur, Jaffna.

He expressed his condolence over the death of police Sergeant Sarath Premachandra during this shooting incident.

Judge pays tribute to dead Sergeant  👤1962

2017-07-24 10:26:55

By Ananth Palakidnar

Jaffna High Court Judge M. Illancheliyan paying tribute to his bodyguard Police Sergeant Sarath Premachandra who was gunned down in the shooting incident in Nallur last Saturday said that the Police officer was safeguarding him for the past fifteen years like a shadow and it was unfortunate the officer had to pay with his life in a normalised atmosphere in Jaffna.

Weather today  👤1843

2017-07-24 09:46:19

Several spells of light showers may occur in the Western, Central, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, and North-western provinces.

Showers or thundershowers are likely in the Eastern and Uva provinces after 2.00p.m.

GMOA Threatens Major Strike  👤2243

2017-07-24 08:36:48

By Umesh Moramudali

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) will stage a countrywide strike tomorrow if the Government fails to take action against the suppression of students fighting against the alleged illegality of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).

Police Sergeant dies in Jaffna shooting  👤1314

2017-07-23 11:37:13

A Police Sergeant attached to the security detail of Jaffna High Court Judge M. Ilanchezhiyan, who was undergoing treatment at the Jaffna

Felicitation Ceremony for Parliamentary Staff tomorrow  👤1238

2017-07-23 10:39:03

Sri Lanka Parliament has organized a Felicitation Ceremony on the 24th July at Waters Edge, Battaramulla to honour the staff of the Secretary General of Parliament, who rendered a commendable service to the Parliament for more than two and a half decades. This is the third such function and has been organized under the guidance of the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

Jaffna high court judge shot at  👤1301

2017-07-22 18:41:12

Jaffna high court judge N. Ilancheliyan shot by an unidentified person in Jaffna.

Welfare projects by Army  👤1400

2017-07-22 15:44:01

In response to a request made by the students from the Commander, Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J), the 522 Brigade of the Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J) has set up a new drinking water facility in Navatkuli Maha Vidyalaya.

NCPI increases in June  👤1604

2017-07-22 13:17:49

Department of Census and Statistics announces, National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) figure for June 2017 is 123.4 and Year on Year inflation is 6.3.

Change in prevailing weather  👤1716

2017-07-22 11:39:30

A slight change in the prevailing weather in the South western part and in the eastern province is expected during the next few days, Met. Department said.

Garbage to Produce 30MW power  👤2241

2017-07-22 08:51:14

By Niranjala Ariyawansha

The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development yesterday said that tenders have been awarded to three companies to construct three small power plants with a combined 30 MW capacity in the Western Province using waste for energy generation.

Plastic waste control during Esala  👤2315

2017-07-22 07:41:50

BY Natasha Siribaddana

A programme to rid the environment of pollution by plastic waste will be launched in Kandy at the onset of the Esala Perahara, the Diyawadana Nilame of the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy, Nilanga Dela said. He added that devotees and other visitors discard large amounts of plastic waste in the city.

National Standards for compost  👤1496

2017-07-21 12:39:17

Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) has released two draft national standards prepared by a Technical Committee for compost, manufactured using municipal solid waste and agricultural residues for the discussion.

Student Leader escapes arrest at Health Ministry  👤1685

2017-07-21 11:07:57


Police yesterday cordoned off the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) Headquarters to arrest the Convener of the Inter-Medical Faculty Students' Action Committee (IMFSAC), Ryan Jayalath.

Northern CM holds talks with Singapore FM  👤1622

2017-07-21 10:34:17

Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran said economic development alone would not solve the political crisis.

He made these remarks during discussions with the visiting Foreign Minister of Singapore, Vivian Balakrishnan yesterday at his office in Jaffna.

Two Indians nabbed with gold worth Rs 2 M  👤1773

2017-07-21 09:08:35

By Cassendra Doole

Two Indian nationals were apprehended at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) yesterday when they were attempting to smuggle gold out of the country, a senior Customs official said.

Weather today  👤1712

2017-07-21 08:37:32

Several spells of showers will occur at Western, Central, Southern, Sabaragamuwa and North-western provinces.
Showers or thundershowers may occur at few places in the Monaragala and Ampara districts after 2.00 p.m

Weather today  👤830

2017-07-20 12:31:42

Fairly strong winds about 50 kmph can be expected over the island, particularly in the western slope of the central hills, Northern, North-central, Uva, and Eastern Provinces and in the Matale and Hambantota Districts.

Navy assist foot pilgrims  👤1406

2017-07-20 11:30:21

Those who are on a foot pilgrimage Pada Yathra, from the North to Kataragama, experienced the Navy's hospitality in Panama.

NFTH donated to Govt and People   👤1638

2017-07-20 10:00:43

The South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine said in a statement yesterday that contrary to statements issued by parties with vested interests, the Dr. Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) valued at Rs 3.55 billion was ceremonially handed over to the Government to augment free health care services provided by the Government to Sri Lankan citizens.

Sand mining a major problem  👤1652

2017-07-19 14:56:56

Illegal sand mining has become major problem in the Northern Province. A shortage of sand is prevailing in the North as several construction projects are in progress. Due to this, the price of sand has shot up.

India & SL sign MoU to develop Ven. Sobitha Thera Village (Elapathgama)  👤1674

2017-07-19 12:23:16

Indian High Commissioner for India Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Construction W.K.K. Athukorala signing the MoU between India and Sri Lanka to develop Ven. Sobitha Thera Village (Elapathgama) in Anuradhapura District in the presence of Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya.

Weather today  👤1636

2017-07-19 11:14:17

Fairly strong winds about 50 kmph can be expected over the island, particularly in the western slope of the central hills, Northern, North-central, Uva, and Eastern Provinces and in the Matale and Hambantota Districts.

Betel chews with tobacco banned  👤1971

2017-07-19 10:37:01

Making and selling betel chews containing tobacco have been banned from today (19).

Eight hour water cut tomorrow  👤1956

2017-07-19 10:17:34

An eight hour water cut has been announced by the National Water Supply and Drainage Board from Thursday (20) 9.00 p.m. to 5.00 a.m. the following day throughout several areas in Colombo.

Case against Gnanasara Thera today  👤2070

2017-07-19 08:03:29


The Contempt of Court charge against Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera that was taken up before the Court of Appeal yesterday was put off for hearing today after defence proceedings led by President's Counsel Manohara de Silva for the Thera.
The two-Judge Bench comprised Justices L.T.B. Dehideniya and Preethi Padman Soorasena.

Explosion at a school  👤1261

2017-07-18 13:55:39

Several students have been injured from an explosion at Kokkilai Sinhala school in Mulathivu earlier today.

Tense situation at NCP council  👤1297

2017-07-18 13:33:07

A tense situation prevailed during the session of the North Central Provincial Council this morning when a No Confidence Motion was presented against UPFA Provincial Council Chairman TMR Siripala.

IIESL tech sessions on 21 July  👤1421

2017-07-18 11:05:41

The technical sessions of the Institution of Incorporated Engineers, Sri Lanka (IIESL) will be held at the Hector Kobbekaduwa Auditorium, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7, on 21 July 2017 from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Minister plunders forest for votes Authorities opt to remain silent – Nirmalanathan  👤1413

2017-07-18 10:36:36

By Mirudhula Thambiah

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Charles Nirmalanathan has regretted that a minister was destroying the flora and fauna in the Mullaitivu district to make new settlements in order to strengthen his vote bank.

Weather today  👤1522

2017-07-18 09:27:52

Fairly strong winds about 50 kmph can be expected over the island (particularly in the western slope of the central hills, Northern, North-central, Uva and Eastern provinces and in the Matale and Hambantota districts).

Website to track tobacco companies  👤1850

2017-07-18 08:48:46

By Natasha Siribaddana

The Government is set to launch a website that tracks the activities of tobacco companies with the help of the University of Colombo and the World Health Organization (WHO), Director General Drug Prevention at the President Office, Dr. Samantha Kithalawaarachchi said yesterday.

Litterbugs at railway stations Prog to monitor passengers  👤1544

2017-07-17 12:01:18

By Methmalie Dissanayake

The Department of Railways has decided to establish a special programme to monitor whether passengers follow the instructions on garbage disposal at railway stations, General Manager Railways, B. A. P Ariyaratne announced yesterday.

He made this remark during the inaugural session of the special dengue prevention programme at the Ratmalana Railway Station.

Remanded SDIG’s whereabouts Police spokesman clueless But remanded until 25 July  👤1709

2017-07-17 11:14:55

BY Cassendra Doole

Concerns were raised as to the whereabouts of Senior DIG Lalith Jayasinghe, who was remanded over Vithya Sivaloganathan murder, after the vehicle transporting him to prison met with an accident.

700,000 Families affected – DMC  👤1765

2017-07-17 09:58:09

By Niranjala Ariyawansha

An estimated 700,000 farmer families have been affected owing to the prevailing drought in 13 districts of the dry zone, the Department of Disaster Management (DMC) warned yesterday.

Weather today  👤1709

2017-07-17 09:01:41

Fairly strong winds about 50 kmph can be expected over the island (particularly in the western slope of the central hills, Northern, North-central and Uva province and,Matale, Ampara and Hambantota districts).

Govt takes over NFTH  👤1973

2017-07-17 07:43:46

The Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) will be taken over by the government today at 10.00 a.m. at a ceremony attended by President Maithripala Sirisena.

Role of Police increased after the war – IGP  👤1907

2017-07-17 07:02:26

By Cassendra Doole

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Pujith Jayasundara said yesterday (16) that it was the responsibility of the Police to establish a nation where the people can live in freedom.

With ‘Bail them out ultimatum’ UN Rapporteur puts govt on notice  👤1903

2017-07-15 07:54:10

By Sulochanana Ramiah Mohan

A top UN Human Rights expert visiting Sri Lanka issued an ultimatum to the Government yesterday urging it to immediately release on bail all persons who have been held – without trial – under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), or in the alternative to bring them to trial within weeks or months, not years or decades.

Broadcast Ratings Assessment Report launches on Monday  👤1241

2017-07-14 15:20:57

The Report on Assessment of the Broadcast Ratings System in Sri Lanka compiled by the Independent Experts Committee will be launched on 17th July at 3 p.m. at BMICH.

ADJF hosts Kataragama pilgrims   👤1556

2017-07-14 12:04:29

By Our Ampara Correspondent

Pilgrims who were travelling to Kataragama on foot were hosted by the Ampara District Journalists' Forum on their way to Kataragama at Pottuvil, earlier this week.

TNA received the LTTE’s support – Sampanthan  👤1761

2017-07-14 11:34:49

Leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Opposition in Parliament, Rajavarothiam Sampanthan stated that the TNA had received the LTTE's fullest support.

To deal with external terrorism threat? Premier moots closer extra-regional ties  👤1905

2017-07-14 10:06:30

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that although the war against the LTTE had been concluded within the country, terrorism was yet to be totally eliminated.



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