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30 dengue breeding grounds in Colombo’s top schools  👤2063

2017-07-13 08:11:49

By Methmalie Dissanayake

Thirty potential mosquito breeding sites were discovered on the premises of five leading schools in Colombo on 11 July during a dengue eradication operation, the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) announced.

Funeral of Police shooting victim Vadamarachchi under heavy security blanket  👤1363

2017-07-12 11:29:38

The Manal Kadu area, in the Vadamarachchi East region and the highways connecting it, with other areas in the Jaffna Peninsula, were brought under heavy security blanket to ensure that law and order prevailed at the funeral of 24-year-old Yogarasa Thinesh who was killed in an alleged Police shooting last Sunday.

Weather today  👤1562

2017-07-12 09:14:04

Several spells oflightshowers will occur in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Centralprovinces and in the Galle district.

CMC takes 148 mosquito breeders to Court  👤1669

2017-07-12 08:23:20

By Methmalie Dissanayake

The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has filed 148 cases against those who were last week found to have mosquito breeding sites on their residential premises, Chief Medical Officer of the CMC, Dr. Rohan Wijeyamuni said yesterday.

Troops fight against Dengue  👤1487

2017-07-11 13:27:19

The week-long Army Dengue eradication program that commenced on (1st July) ended on Saturday (8th), Army media said.

National Elders’ Flag Month begins  👤1532

2017-07-11 12:02:17

National Elders' Flag Month began today (11th July) and will be held until 10th August.

Tension after Vadamarachchi shooting  👤1913

2017-07-11 09:43:56

Two Policemen have been interdicted following Sunday's killing of a youth in Vadamarachchi East and a tense situation prevailed in the area yesterday.


2017-07-11 08:03:27

The Archeological Advisory Council, which met yesterday, decided to temporarily close the Dambulla Cave Temple complex to local and foreign tourists, until further notice.

Interference with witness Arjun hires top lawyer  👤2254

2017-07-11 07:28:37


Perpetual Treasuries Director Arjun Aloysius, who allegedly attempted to influence a witness, who was to give evidence before the Presidential Commission probing controversial Treasury Bond issue, yesterday (10) retained the services of a senior lawyer to appear for him before the commission.

Japan provides Rs. 60 billion for the implementation of two development projects  👤1454

2017-07-10 15:23:27

Having identified the need for developing the infrastructure such as rural roads, medium and small size irrigation and rural and urban water supply, the Government of Sri Lanka has decided to implement Rural Infrastructure Development Project in Emerging Regions and Kalu Ganga Water Supply Expansion Project (I).

‘One Nation Many Colours’ Exhibition by youth on 13 July  👤1597

2017-07-10 11:36:43

By Our Ampara Correspondent

An exhibition titled 'One Nation Many Colours', a unique collection of art and stories by Sri Lankan youth' organized by the World University Services of Canada (WUSC)' is scheduled to be held at Croft Hall, BT/Vincent Girls' High School in Batticaloa 13 to 15 from July, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

GMOA warns of another strike  👤1771

2017-07-10 10:59:32

By Umesh Moramudali

The Government Medical Officer's Association (GMOA) yesterday threatened to launch a countrywide strike over attempts by Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne to replace Prof. Carlo Fonseka as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC).

Weather today  👤1683

2017-07-10 09:36:19

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

Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in the Eastern and Uva provinces after 2.00p.m

WHO Dengue report To be handed over today  👤1889

2017-07-10 08:58:31

By Umesh Moramudali

A group of World Health Organization (WHO) experts will hand over a report regarding Dengue today, as per the instructions of the Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.

Vital dengue test not available In state hospitals  👤1907

2017-07-10 08:11:22

By Umesh Moramudali

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) yesterday urged the Government to make the NS 1 Antigen test, which is used to identify patients diagnosed with dengue, available in Government hospitals.

Bogollagama assumes duties today  👤1842

2017-07-10 07:43:18

By Ariyaratne Ganegoda

The new Eastern Province Governor, Rohitha Bogollagama, will assume duties in Trincomalee today.

130 more HIV cases in the country Seven with full blown AIDS  👤1966

2017-07-10 07:34:00

Seven AIDS patients and 130 HIV infected persons have been detected over the last seven months in the country, Director of the STD/AIDS Control Programme, Dr. Sisira Liyanage said.

Security Forces join dengue eradication program  👤1053

2017-07-08 13:19:52

Hundreds of Army troops are currently engaged in dengue eradication campaign in Western Province, Army Media stated.

Special trains for ‘Pichcha Mal Poojawa’ in Anuradhapura  👤982

2017-07-08 10:45:15

Railway Department announces that six special trains will be deployed on 29th and 30th July for the pilgrims participating in the 'Pichcha Mal Poojawa' to be held in Anuradhapura.

Petroleum strike postponed  👤1044

2017-07-08 08:16:30

By Rishini Jayarathna

Petroleum trade unions have decided to postpone their strike to 14 July, Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Ranatunga said yesterday after a discussion with unionists.

Failure to declare assets and liabilities Sarana pleads guilty  👤1138

2017-07-08 07:48:00

By K.S. Udaya Kumar

Former Development Lotteries Board (DLB) Chairman Sarana Gunawardane last Thursday pleaded guilty for failing to declare his assets and liabilities from 2005 to 2007.

Bond Probe Commission Orders: AG to take action against Aloysius  👤1255

2017-07-08 07:02:09


The Presidential Commission, probing the controversial Treasury Bond issue, yesterday (7) ordered the Acting Attorney General to file action against Perpetual Treasuries Director, Arjun Aloysius, if there is provision to charge him with influencing the witnesses who appeared before the Commission.

Twelve hour water cut on July 9  👤2180

2017-07-07 15:26:33

The National Water Supply and Drainage Board said that water supply in Kotte area will be disrupted for twelve hours from 2.00 p.m. on 9th July.

Twenty police officers transferred  👤2311

2017-07-07 14:02:07

Twenty Police officers have been transferred on the recommendation of the Inspector General of Police and under the approval of the National Police Commission with immediate effect.

Troops help restore irrigation canals  👤2489

2017-07-07 11:47:56

Troops attached to the 65 Division of the Security Force Headquarters in Kilinochchi, together with the farming community in the Thunukkai area, recently initiated a project to clean water canals, leading to Thenniyankulam Tank, running through paddy fields in the area.

Primary dealer rights suspended for 6 months CB Slams Embargo on Perpetual Treasuries  👤3068

2017-07-07 07:13:01

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka yesterday suspended Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) from carrying on the business and activities of a Primary Dealer for a period of six months with immediate effect.

Team to test rice samples from four countries  👤1730

2017-07-06 15:11:40

Following a first round of assessment, Sri Lanka has decided to take a closer look at four international rice suppliers to meet its urgent market need.

23 companies to join local drug manufacturing  👤1751

2017-07-06 12:43:11

Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine will sign 33 MoUs with 23 drug manufacturing companies to locally manufacture drugs for the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation of Sri Lanka.

New Bill to strengthen laws against illegal fishing  👤1753

2017-07-06 11:16:32

A Bill to further strengthen the legal framework against illegal fishing methods including bottom trawling ... 

Tuk-Tuk drivers angry at US travel warning  👤1902

2017-07-05 10:55:40

Three-wheel taxi drivers in Sri Lanka on Monday protested against a US travel warning for tourists using three-wheelers in Colombo.

Weather today  👤877

2017-07-05 10:01:31

Mainly fair weather will prevail over most provinces of the island.

GMOA postpones strike by a week  👤2015

2017-07-05 08:42:09

By Umesh Moramudali

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) yesterday postponed its scheduled countrywide strike by a week in response to a positive response from the government and appeals from religious leaders.

IGP hands over report to NPC  👤1848

2017-07-04 11:44:20

By Cassendra Doole

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara submitted a report to the National Police Commission (NPC) on the incident involving the alleged use of force against university students......during an anti- South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) protest.

Weather today  👤968

2017-07-04 10:59:25

Light showers will occur at Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and in the Galle and Matara districts.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at few places in the Eastern, Uva and North-central provinces and in the Mullaitivu and Vauniya districts after 2.00 p.m

Docs strike from tomorrow  👤1900

2017-07-04 10:02:18

By Umesh Moramudali

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) will launch a countrywide indefinite strike tomorrow (5) demanding that the Government nationalize the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).

Fate Of Anti-Corruption Secretariat Cabinet decision today  👤1952

2017-07-04 08:36:46

By Dhammika Ranaweera

A final decision on whether to sustain the Anti Corruption Secretariat which saw its term expire on 30 June will be taken during the Cabinet meeting to be held today, sources said.

Skull cap riders shun helmet law in Kattankudi  👤1761

2017-07-03 11:32:25

By Karuppaiah Ramakrishnan

A large number of motor cyclists were nabbed for riding without helmets in the Kattankudi area recently, Police said, yesterday.
Acting OIC Traffic at Kattankudi Police, Inspector IP Kamal Jayaweera told Ceylon Today that a special operation had been launched to nab motorcyclists who violate the law.

Weather today  👤1785

2017-07-03 09:19:23

Several spells of showers will occur at Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and in the Galle and Matara districts.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in the Eastern, Uva and North-central provinces and in the Mullaitivu and Vauniya districtsafter 2.00 p.m.

GMOA Countrywide Strike Date to be decided today  👤2030

2017-07-03 08:46:19

By Umesh Moramudali

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) will today decide on the date to launch a countrywide strike in protest over the Government's failure to nationalize the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).

Lands in Myladi Fisheries Harbour to be released  👤1559

2017-07-02 10:21:52

Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J) is to release 54 acres of land in Myladi Fisheries Harbour tomorrow (3th July), army media sources said.

Overseas medical education costs outstrip FDIs  👤1729

2017-07-02 08:13:25

By Umesh Moramudali

Over Rs. 132 billion flows out of the country annually for medical education of Lankan students in foreign medical institutions, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said.

Moratuwa university closed  👤1511

2017-07-01 13:19:46

Moratuwa university closed for two weeks due to fears of the spread of dengue 

Several DIGs and ASPs transferred  👤1733

2017-06-30 12:11:21

National Police Commission has approved the transfer of several DIGs and ASPs on the recommendation of the Inspector General of Police.

Weather today  👤1896

2017-06-30 10:01:13

Several spells of light showers will occur in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-western provinces and in the Galle and Matara districts.

US Embassy issues warning  👤2176

2017-06-30 09:24:55

By Skandha Gunasekara

The Embassy of the United States of America in Colombo, has issued a security message to all US citizens in the island, advising them to be aware of three-wheeler drivers behaving inappropriately with female passengers.

GMOA to strike next week too  👤2153

2017-06-30 08:39:47


The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) has decided to walk out on yet another protest demonstration next week alleging that the government has failed to provide an acceptable resolution to issues relating to the South Asia Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).

Myliddy fishing hamlet and harbour to be released next week  👤1512

2017-06-29 11:49:15

A key fishing hamlet and harbour in the Jaffna Peninsula, Myliddy, will be released by the Security forces on Monday (3 July) for the resettlement of those who were displaced from the area.

Weather today  👤1462

2017-06-29 09:01:36

Several spells of showers will occur in the Western, Sabaragamuwa,Central and North-western provinces and in the Galle and Matara districts.

Colombo Medical Faculty lecturers to strike  👤1981

2017-06-29 07:29:45

The Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo academic staff trade union (FMTA, Colombo) has decided to stage a token strike on 29 June 2017, to demand a justifiable solution to the SAITM issue that has been crippling the university system for several months.

President visit to Negombo hospital  👤1365

2017-06-28 16:09:47

President Maithripala Sirisena made an urgent observation tour to Negombo District Hospital today (June 28).



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