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Traffic at Town Hall  👤1705

2017-06-28 13:45:54

Heavy traffic was reported at Town Hall because of two separate protests march against SAITM by parents of medical students and another by the employees of the Ceylon Electricity Board.

USD 100,000 grant from UAE for Sri Lankan flood victims  👤1724

2017-06-28 13:20:22

The Lulu Group International of the United Arab Emirates has donated AED 368,000 (approximately USD 100,000) for recent floods and landslides victims in Sri Lanka.

Postal strike continues  👤2093

2017-06-28 10:21:46

The Joint Postal Trade Unions’ Front announced that the strike which commenced on Monday (26) will be continued today (28).

‘Gateway to Kataragama’ opens on 15 July  👤2179

2017-06-28 10:02:11

Our Ampara Correspondent

The 'Gateway' of the jungle route to Kataragama is scheduled to be opened on 15 July at Uhanthamale for the convenience of 'foot pilgrimage. All arrangements have been finalized to ceremonially declare open the 'Gateway' for the pilgrims attending the Aadivel Festival in Kataragama.

School girl jumps off flyover in Pannipitiya  👤2984

2017-06-27 12:02:56

A 16 year old school girl jumps off a flyover opposite a popular school in Pannipitiya. Admitted to Homagama Base Hospital.

Teachers threaten strike  👤2674

2017-06-27 11:34:19

By Rathindra Kuruwita

Teachers' unions warned that they will launch an islandwide strike if the government continues to arrest university students who participated in recent protests inside the Health Ministry.

Chief Magistrate bans two protests against SAITM  👤2681

2017-06-27 11:30:35

Colombo Chief Magistrate bans 2 protests, for and against SAITM, scheduled to be held today.

GMOA threatens another strike  👤2858

2017-06-27 10:18:05

By Umesh Moramudali

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) yesterday stressed that countrywide strike will be launched on Friday (30) if the Government fails to take a decision to nationalize the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).

Weather today  👤2756

2017-06-27 09:29:54

Prevailing showery weather condition in the south-western part of the island is expected to reduce temporary from tomorrow.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern and North-Western provinces.

GHSATD on strike  👤2829

2017-06-27 08:48:51

By Daya Perera

The Government Health Service Ambulance and Transport Drivers (GHSATD) have decided to launch a two-day strike today and tomorrow in an effort to win three demands, union sources...... said yesterday.

Passenger boat service in city  👤1424

2017-06-26 14:24:20

By Niranjala Ariyawansha

The Megapolis and Western Development Ministry has called for tenders, locally and internationally to launch a passenger transport boat service in the canal system of Colombo City under a public – private partnership.

President’s Ramazan Message  👤1628

2017-06-26 10:53:41

President’s Ramazan Message

Postal strike at midnight  👤1990

2017-06-26 08:02:36

By Upatissa Perera

The Joint Postal Trade Union Front (JPTUF) warned that they will commence trade union action from midnight today (26) as the relevant authorities have not responded positively to their professional and administrative grievances.

Weather report  👤1802

2017-06-26 07:30:52

Showers are expected during next few days in the south-western part of the country and the possibility of continuing rain in the Kegalle, Ratnapura and Kalutara Districts is high owing to the south-west monsoon conditions, an official with the Department of Meteorology said yesterday.

Heavy showers as SW Monsoon Breaks  👤1660

2017-06-24 08:24:37

The Department of Meteorology stated yesterday that due to active southwest monsoonal conditions moderate to heavy showers could be expected until...... 27 June in south-western parts of the country. The Met said there was also the possibility of continuing showers in the Kegalle and Kalutara Districts.

IMF’s 3rd tranche in July  👤1591

2017-06-24 07:51:52

By Paneetha Ameresekere

The IMF's third tranche, amounting to between US$ 160 and 170 million, is expected to be released after its Board meets in the second week of next month, Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy told reporters yesterday (23).

SLAF medical teams assist flood victims  👤552

2017-06-23 16:27:59

Sri Lanka Air Force conducted two medical camps at Madagalthura Shailauththarama Temple and Sri Mahindarama temple in Ayagama recently to assist the recent flood and landslide affected communities, states air force media.

Ruwan Gunasekara appointed Police Media Spokesperson  👤745

2017-06-23 14:16:23

Attorney at Law, Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara was appointed as the Police Media Spokesperson a short while ago.

GMOA’s island-wide strike continues  👤1049

2017-06-23 11:49:22

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) has decided to continue the island-wide strike today (23).

Country heads for blackout  👤1797

2017-06-23 07:49:08

By Niranjala Ariyawansha

Joint Trade Unions (JTU) affiliated to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has decided to hold a massive protest demonstration on 28 June with the possibility of the country suffering a total blackout.

Interest free loans granted for War Heroes  👤1563

2017-06-22 13:03:42

A group of War Hero families and disable War Heroes were granted interest free housing loans yesterday (21st June) at the Ministry of Defense.

GMOA to launch a token strike today  👤1780

2017-06-22 11:32:45

The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) is holding an island-wide strike today (22).

Rainy condition to enhance  👤1932

2017-06-22 10:22:21

The rainy condition is expected to enhance to some extent in the south-west part of the country form 23rdJune night.

Arresting a Buddhist monk no easy task – Police  👤2075

2017-06-22 08:04:03

By Rathindra Kuruwita

Arresting a Buddhist monk is different from arresting a lay person Police Spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody said commenting on their failure to arrest Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera for several weeks.

Ven. Gnanasara Thero arrested again  👤1597

2017-06-21 14:34:09

The General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation, Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thero, has been arrested by the Police Organised Crimes Division.

‘Supen Praja Abhimani’ Forum on June 23  👤1454

2017-06-21 12:37:29

The 'Supen Praja Abhimani' Conference Forum- 2017 organized by the Ministry of City Planning and Water Supply with the Department of National Community Water Supply will be held on the 23rd June at Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium.

Ven. Gnanasara Thero released on bail  👤1993

2017-06-21 11:01:46

The Chief Secretary of the Bodu Bala Senawa (BBS), Ven.Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thero has surrendered to the Court, today (21).

The Colombo Fort Magistrate's Court had issued an arrest warrant on the 15 of June against the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary, Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thero, for failing to appear before the court.

Weather today  👤1828

2017-06-21 10:18:18

Slight increase in the prevailing showery condition can be expected in the South-western part of the country after 22nd .

Showers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and Galle and Matara districts.

Two French naval ships arrive at Colombo harbour  👤1481

2017-06-20 15:43:42

The French naval ships 'Mistral' and 'Courbet' arrived at the Colombo harbor on goodwill visit today (20th June).
The two ships were welcomed in compliance with naval customs by the Sri Lanka Navy, upon their arrival.

Blood test charges reduced  👤1907

2017-06-20 13:47:15

Health Minister Rajitha Senarathne has informed the National Drug Regulatory Authority (NDRA) today (20th June) to conduct an investigation to check whether the ordinary masses receive the benefits of the reduced blood test charges done at private hospitals and laboratories from yesterday.

Thabbowa tourism zone to be opened next year  👤1972

2017-06-20 12:28:02

The government plans to open the Thabbowa tourism Zone  in Puttlam next year said State Minister for Irrigation and Water Resources Management Palitha Range Bandara.

Board summoned to Cabinet meet today  👤2355

2017-06-20 09:22:12

The Board of Directors of SriLankan Airlines has been summoned to the Cabinet meeting today.

Local polls in early October?  👤2440

2017-06-20 07:48:32

By Rathindra Kuruwita

The local government elections can be held in early October, Chairman of the Elections Commission, Mahinda Deshapriya told a seminar that was jointly organized by his office and the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE).

New Health Secretary assumes duties today  👤2076

2017-06-19 11:03:40

The new secretary to the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Janaka Sugathadasa will assume duties today (19th June).

Weather today  👤1016

2017-06-19 08:42:39

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

President joins Yoga Day celebrations  👤1393

2017-06-18 13:03:11

President Maithripala Sirisena joined to celebrate the International Day of Yoga 2017 at Independence Square yesterday (17th June).
The event was organized by the Indian Cultural Centre in collaboration with eminent yoga institutions in Sri Lanka.

CBSL to stop making payments for defaced currency notes  👤953

2017-06-17 11:22:11

The Central Bank yesterday said that it will not make payments to mutilated, altered and defaced currency notes after December 31, 2017.

PM focuses on affected tea smallholders  👤1552

2017-06-16 12:49:48

Tea smallholders should be provided facilities to transport their tea leaves to the factories by rehabilitating the roads damaged due to the recent disaster situation, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

University of Kelaniya will be closed until 27 June   👤1790

2017-06-16 11:21:55

University of Kelaniya will be closed until 27 June due to the spread of a type of fever.

Chaos in Nanu Oya over death of child  👤1767

2017-06-16 11:09:46

By Chamara Amarasuriya

A tense situation arose after an accident in Nanu Oya claimed the life of a school girl yesterday.

The six-year-old school girl had passed away after being hit by a tipper truck travelling from Nuwara Eliya to Hatton, while she was crossing the road on a pedestrian crossing after having alighted from a bus.

Hartaal in the North today  👤2022

2017-06-16 10:39:02

Reports state that preparations have been made to hold a hartaal campaign in the Northern Province today, demanding the withdrawal of the no- confidence motion put forward to have Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneshwaran removed from his post.

Fake plastic rice was ‘fake news’  👤1927

2017-06-16 09:32:58

By Methmalie Dissanayake

The report on individuals who had been spreading 'fake plastic rice' claims on social media channels will be handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) next week, Lanka Sathosa Chairman T.M.K.B Tennekoon said yesterday.

Weather today  👤1870

2017-06-16 08:48:06

Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Southern provinces and Puttalam district (particularly in the morning and night).
Fairly heavy falls more than 50 mm can be expected at some places (particularly in the Kaluthara, Galle and Rathnapura districts).

SLN Marines – US Navy continue post HA/DR missions  👤1771

2017-06-15 15:32:49

US Navy personnel who arrived onboard USS ‘Lake Erie’, combined with Sri Lanka Navy Marines to provide post Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief support activities in the flood affected areas in Kalutara, Galle and Matara districts yesterday (14th June).

Nanu-Oya tense after lorry runs over school girl  👤2979

2017-06-15 13:08:08

A tense situation prevailed in Nanu-Oya after a lorry ran over a school girl at a pedestrian crossing this morning, police said. They said, people in the area had set fire to the lorry and this has resulted in heavy traffic on the Hatton-Nuwara Eliya main road.

Palmyrah trees vanish overnight  👤2104

2017-06-15 12:02:47

Thousands of Palmyrah trees have been felled and smuggled out of Talaimannar to be sold elsewhere, villagers said. They have demanded that this illegal act should be stopped and legal action should be taken against the culprits.

Weather today  👤2166

2017-06-15 09:00:49

Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Southern provinces and Puttalam district. Fairly heavy falls more than 50 mm can be expected at some places (particularly in the Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces).

London fire No Lankan casualties  👤2238

2017-06-15 08:43:07

No news had been received at the time of writing, any Sri Lankans being injured in the fire at the Grenfell Tower in West London, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

Special Statement by Prime Minister today at Temple Trees  👤1889

2017-06-14 16:46:41

The Cabinet of Minister has decided to direct the Police to immediately take all necessary steps in against instigators and perpetrators of violence and hate speech targeting any religious and ethnic groups in the country, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Pakistani Navy chief calls on President  👤1567

2017-06-14 13:32:59

The Chief of Naval Staff of the Pakistan Navy, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, who is currently on an official visit to Sri Lanka, called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the President's official residence in Colombo yesterday (13th June).



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