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‘Supen Praja Abhimani’ Forum on June 23  👤1466

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  👤2009

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  👤1838

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  👤1492

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  👤1915

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  👤1986

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  👤2370

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?  👤2457

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  👤2088

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  👤1029

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  👤1406

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  👤972

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  👤1566

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   👤1805

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  👤1779

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  👤2036

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’  👤1944

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  👤1879

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  👤1780

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  👤2994

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  👤2114

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  👤2179

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  👤2251

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  👤1900

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  👤1577

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).

3rd International Day of Yoga 2017  👤1748

2017-06-14 11:48:06

A mega event will be held on Saturday (17) at the Independence Square Park in Colombo to celebrate the 3rd International Day of Yoga.

Weather today  👤1826

2017-06-14 10:12:33

A slight increase of rainy condition can be expect over the South-western part of the island and in the Eastern, Uva (especially in Badulla district) provinces and in Hambanthota district today.

Teacher arrested for striking a student  👤1950

2017-06-14 08:44:19


A teacher who was arrested for physically striking a student in a school in the Hatton area has been remanded until 19 June, the Police Media Unit said.

Fake DL forger nabbed  👤2056

2017-06-14 08:03:25


One suspect who was running an operation that issues forged driving licences was taken into Police custody by the Alawwa Police in the Polgahawela area, said Police.

Deadline for GCE O/L applications extended to 15 June  👤1259

2017-06-13 15:34:01

The deadline, which was set to for the acceptance of applications for the G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination 2017, was extended until 15 June, the Commissioner General of Examinations, W.M.N.J. Pushpa Kumara stated.

28 injured in Pitawella vehicle pile-up  👤1839

2017-06-13 11:32:53

By H. Paranavithane and Theja Sinhabahu

At least 28 persons, including a number of school children and factory workers were injured, some seriously, in a vehicle pile-up on the Galle Road, at Pitawella-Gintota yesterday morning, Police said.

Postal trade unions to commence 48 hour strike  👤2227

2017-06-13 10:12:22

The postal trade unions have organized a 48-hour token strike, which commenced at 12.00 am today (13).

Gnanasara Thera dodges Court again  👤2410

2017-06-13 09:31:40


Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera was not present in Court yesterday (12) when the Contempt of Court case against him was taken up for hearing by a two-Judge Bench of the Court of Appeal.

Weather today  👤2356

2017-06-13 08:47:18

Several spells of showers will occur in the Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and Galle, Kaluthara and Puttalam districts.

Strict action against traders increasing sugar price  👤1651

2017-06-12 13:40:32

Consumer Affairs Authority urged strict action against traders who increase the price of white sugar.

180th Anniversary of Manipay Memorial English School  👤1945

2017-06-12 10:48:50

By V.Thirunavukkarasu

Manipay Memorial English School (MMES) had its beginnings in 1836 with just 7 students, and E. Velauthar as the Principal, in a building located in one corner of the sprawling Green Memorial Hospital campus. From 1872-1881 Vairavanathar Page started operating another school, not too far away from the former. He was succeeded by T. Arunasalam (1882 to 1889) and then A. M. Nathaniel (1889-1900). In 1900, both schools were amalgamated to become the Manipay Memorial English School, and the Sports Houses were named after benevolent early educationists, viz., Page, Scott and Bicknell. The school was really pioneered by the Page family, ancestors of well-known business magnate, Ranjith Page of Cargills fame.

President to meet missing persons’ families today  👤2290

2017-06-12 09:07:32

By Ananth Palakidnar

President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to hold a special meeting in Jaffna today (12), with the family members of those who had disappeared.

Weather Today  👤2301

2017-06-12 08:03:16

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

Road lanes law to be enforced  👤2353

2017-06-12 07:11:27

By Cassendra Doole

Road regulations applicable to carriageways will be strictly implemented from today (12) in Colombo, Police said.

Bus fare hike in July  👤2395

2017-06-12 06:24:35

Bus fares are likely to increase by 6-7 per cent in July while the minimum fare will increase from Rs 9 to Rs 10, Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA) President Gemunu Wijeratne told Ceylon Today.

Naval troops take preventive action and clean waterways  👤1076

2017-06-10 11:31:01

Sri Lanka Navy has taken the initiative to clean several canals in vulnerable parts of the Colombo suburbs in order to reduce the risk of flooding during the rainy season.

Weather today  👤1098

2017-06-10 09:44:53

Showers will occur at several places in the Sabaragamuwa and Central Provinces and in Kaluthara District today (10th June).

'Puravesi Athwela' humanitarian train' from North to South today  👤1249

2017-06-10 08:03:12

The Presidential Secretariat and the Railway Department have jointly organized a special train titled ''Puravesi Athwela' humanitarian train'', to collect relief material to be distributed to those who were affected by the recent floods and landslides.

'Puravesi Athwela' humanitarian train' from North to South tomorrow  👤1877

2017-06-09 13:11:17

The Presidential Secretariat and the Railway Department have jointly organized a special train titled ''Puravesi Athwela' humanitarian train'', to collect relief material to be distributed to those who were affected by the recent floods and landslides.

Pulathisi Poson Udanaya begins under President’s patronage  👤2226

2017-06-09 09:22:12

The 'Pulathisi Poson Udanaya' at Polonnaruwa Gal Viharaya was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (8th June).

President's Poson Message  👤1894

2017-06-08 11:10:58

President's Poson Message

No Tsunami threat to Sri Lanka – Met. Department  👤2219

2017-06-08 09:09:19

Department of Meteorology issuing a special announcement  said that there was no cyclone or Tsunami threat to Sri Lanka at present.

New Standing Orders by July  👤2275

2017-06-08 07:51:28

By Skandha Gunasekara

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya told Parliament yesterday that he hoped the House would debate and pass the final draft of the new Parliamentary Standing Orders, calling on the support of all Members for the endeavour.

Special Commodity Levy on imported Wet Fish and Sugar revised  👤1806

2017-06-07 14:33:38

The Special Commodity Levy on one kilogram of imported sugar has been increased to Rs 23.00 from Rs 13.00.

Access Uni Entrance On  👤2556

2017-06-07 08:42:59

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