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Railway Unions Call Off Strike  

2017-09-20 11:10:42

Trade Unions attached to the Railway Department have called off the strike scheduled for midnight tonight. The decision follows a meeting with the Prime Minister's Secretary this morning.

Chairman NATA says: Increase tobacco taxes in line with income  

2017-09-20 09:58:17

By Rathindra Kuruwita

The Government must increase the taxes on cigarettes, between 4 – 5 per cent from 2018 Budget, in view of increase in the per capita income, Dr. Palitha Abeykoon, Chairman of the National Authority on...... Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) said yesterday, addressing media.

A man nabbed with precious metals at BIA  

2017-09-19 13:28:11

A suspect was taken into custody at the Arrival Lounge by the Customs Narcotic Control unit of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) for attempting to smuggle several high value precious metals into the country today (19).

Prez to meet Zeid on Friday Talks crucial for SL  

2017-09-19 11:18:18

By Gagani Weerakoon
in New York

The coming Friday (22) will be extremely crucial for Sri Lanka with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Hussein expected to have a one-on-one meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena here in New York.

President Sirisena joins ECOSOC meet Will address UNGA today  

2017-09-19 10:24:28

President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday (18) joined the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), a high level discussion on political reforms.

Mahendran summoned to PCoI  

2017-09-19 09:38:31


Former Governor of the Central Bank (CB) Arjuna Mahendran has been summoned to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCol), which is probing the Treasury Bonds scam, at 10 a.m. today.

Five storey building collapses in Ahangama  

2017-09-18 16:53:43

Five individuals were injured when a five storey building collapsed on top of them today (18) morning at Palassagama in the Ahangama Police Division said the Police Media Unit.

Prez to JO on Missing Persons Draft Bill Won’t be presented on 21 SeptEMBER  

2017-09-18 14:11:54

President Maithripala Sirisena has promised the Joint Opposition (JO) that the Amended Draft Bill on establishing the Office of the Missing Persons (OMP) would not be presented to Parliament on Thursday (21).

‘Sri Lanka Best Driver Campaign’ Rs 10m up for grabs  

2017-09-18 12:43:41

By Skandha Gunasekara

Sri Lanka Police, in partnership with Asiri Health, will launch the 'Sri Lanka Best Driver Campaign' where 'good' drivers in Colombo have a chance of winning rewards to the tune of Rs 10 million.

TESA to join in CEB TU strike from midnight  

2017-09-18 11:02:21

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Technical Engineers and Superintendents Association (TESA) has decided to join the strike launched by trade unions of the CEB with effect from midnight tonight (18).

Power Ministry to strikers : Return to work, no pay cut  

2017-09-18 09:48:13

The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy has requested all striking workers to return to work, after announcing that the two days of the strike will be considered as holidays with pay for all employees.

Flexible office hours from tomorrow  

2017-09-17 11:18:16

The working hours of offices in Battaramulla will be flexible starting tomorrow (18), as a solution to the traffic congestion in Colombo.



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