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Fish perish in Nanthi kadal Lagoon  👤1748

2017-06-06 12:03:47

Thousands of fish species have perished in the Nanthi Kadal Lagoon owing to the prevailing drought in the area, the Ministry of Fisheries announced yesterday.

BIA banks stop exchanging Qatar Riyal  👤1894

2017-06-06 11:45:31

All the state and private banks at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) airport, Katunayake would not exchange any Qatar Riyal (currency) until further notice, BIA Duty Manager said.

Knife wielding killers strike  👤2004

2017-06-06 10:04:49


Two persons were killed, in separate incidents, by knife wielding killers, Police said. One person was stabbed to death, in Yakkalamulla, by two individuals who had arrived on a motorcycle yesterday (5) morning.

Weather Today  👤2005

2017-06-06 09:33:26

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

President visits affected areas in Kalutara District  👤1559

2017-06-05 16:29:41

President Maithripala Sirisena today (5th June) made an inspection tour in Bulathsinhala, Yatagampitiya, and Nagahadola areas in the Kalutara district, which were affected by recent floods and landslides.

Special trains for Poson  👤1543

2017-06-05 15:14:04

Special train services will be in operation during the Poson season for the benefit of the pilgrims travelling to Anuradhapura, Railway Department said.

All night pirith chanting tonight at Independence Square  👤1596

2017-06-05 14:32:55

An all night pirith chanting ceremony to invoke blessings on the deceased from floods and landslides, the country, and the people, will be held at the Independence Square, today (5th June).

President’s World Environment Day message  👤1995

2017-06-05 11:48:11

It took several centuries for the human beings to be modest enough to accept the fact that they are only one of creations of the nature.

Liquor outlets closed for Poson  👤2182

2017-06-05 10:27:41

By Methmalie Dissanayake

All liquor stores and outlets in the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa Districts will be closed from today until 11 June, the Excise Department announced yesterday.

Sri Lanka condemns UK terror attack  👤2222

2017-06-05 09:11:11


Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that no Sri Lankans were affected by yesterday's terror attack in London, United Kingdom.
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mahishini Colonne, yesterday (4) tweeted on her official Twitter account that there were no reports of Sri Lankans being affected in the London Bridge attack.

Schools in WP reopen today  👤2219

2017-06-05 08:06:17

Schools in the Western Province, that were closed due to adverse weather conditions, that prevailed last week, will be reopened today, the Education Ministry announced yesterday.

All night Pirith on 5 June  👤2074

2017-06-03 13:14:53

An all night Pirith chanting ceremony, to ward off evil throughout the country and prevent natural calamities, will be held on 5 June at the Independence Square, sources said.

WP schools to reopen on 5 June  👤1727

2017-06-03 11:24:33

By Harshani Arsakularatne

Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says that all schools that were closed in the Western Province due to the recent adverse weather will be reopened on 5 June.

Government allocates Rs. 166 million so far for flood victims  👤1891

2017-06-03 10:09:42

Government has granted Rs. 166 million as flood and landslide relief to the affected districts to be utilized for the displaced people by 2nd June, Disaster Management Center (DMC) sources said.

Navy reconstructs Meegahajadura Tank in Sooriyawewa  👤1840

2017-06-03 09:21:57

As part of the Navy's Social Responsibility project being implemented under the guidance of the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, the reconstruction work of the Meegahajadura Tank in Sooriyawewa came to a close yesterday (2nd June).

206 deaths: 92 missing due to floods  👤1846

2017-06-02 13:11:18

The number of deaths due to the recent floods and landslides in 15 districts has increased up to 206 while 92 are missing, Disaster Management Center said.

Ex-Senior DIG Anura Senanayake granted bail  👤1896

2017-06-02 12:22:15

Former Senior DIG Anura Senanayake, who was arrested and remanded in connection

Meat items found in toilet  👤2204

2017-06-02 11:05:34

PHI's told to produce probe report

Batticaloa Magistrate M. Ganesharaja has ordered the closure of an eatery and directed Public Health Officials (PHI) to carry out an inquiry into the storing of meat items in the eatery's toilet.

Special trains for Poson  👤1501

2017-06-01 12:20:53

By Ayodhya Rupasinghe

The Sri Lanka Railways (SLR) will operate special trains to Anuradhapura for the upcoming Poson season.

Weather Today  👤1641

2017-06-01 09:21:16

Fairly strong winds about 50 kmph can be expected over the country (These windy conditions are especially expected over the Southern province and Matale and Polonnaruwa districts).

SC to hear appeal today Judge declines to be on Bench  👤1909

2017-06-01 08:37:05


The Supreme Court yesterday (31) put off the appeal against the SAITM judgment issued by the Court of Appeal, to 1 June (today).

2018 Grade one application published on 01st June  👤1903

2017-05-31 11:38:02

The applications and circular for admitting children to  grade one in 2018 will be published in newspapers tomorrow (01st June) states the Education Ministry. 

Pakistani Naval Ship with relief goods arrive  👤2260

2017-05-31 10:01:28

Pakistani Naval Ship PNS ZULFIQUAR dispatched by the Government of Pakistan with relief goods for the flood affected Sri Lanka people arrived at the Colombo Port, today (30th May).

Death toll increases: 103 still missing  👤1240

2017-05-30 13:08:39

The number of deaths due to the floods and landslides has increased up to 183 while 103 are missing, Disaster Management Center said.

Fear of the FCID welfare process stalled  👤1163

2017-05-30 11:33:44

By Ayodhya Rupasinghe

The welfare provision process has been badly affected owing to the fear of the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID), United Peoples' Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Udaya Gammanpila said.

He went on to note that the present government officials are afraid of being penalized when providing welfare to the people.

Women go into labour in Chopper  👤1256

2017-05-30 10:04:40

By Shaahidah Riza

Two pregnant women, who were being airlifted from Kalawana had experienced labour pains on the flight, Air Force Spokesman, Group Captain Gihan Seneviratne told to Ceylon Today.

Weather Today   👤1374

2017-05-30 08:43:51

As the cyclonic storm 'MORA' is expected enter to the Bangladesh land and weaken today. Possibility for heavy rain and strong winds will be reduce by tomorrow. But, under it's influence cloudy skies, windy and showery conditions are expected over the country today.

Very strong winds about 80 kmph can be expected over the country (These windy conditions are especially expected over the western slope of the central hills) and surrounding sea areas.

Flood and landslides: 180 deaths, 110 missing  👤1172

2017-05-29 22:23:24

The number of deaths due to the floods and landslides has increased up to 180 while 110 are missing, Disaster Management Center said.

Speaker pays last respects to flight Sergeant Yaparathna.  👤1439

2017-05-29 15:46:43

Speaker KaruJayasuriya paid his last respects to the late Flight Sergeant YMS Yaparathna.

Schools in flood-affected districts closed until Friday  👤1547

2017-05-29 15:18:35

Education Minister Akila Wiraj Kariyawasam said that it has been decided to close all the schools in the flood-affected districts from tomorrow (30th May) to Friday (2nd June).

People in and around Panadura be aware of possible floods  👤1828

2017-05-29 13:44:19

The people of Panadura South, Panadura North, Wadduwa, Bandaragama and Anguruwathota are warned to be aware of floods as there is a risk of the safety dam built across Panapitiya and Bolgoda river collapsing.

Death toll rises to 169: 104 still missing  👤2078

2017-05-29 12:19:03

Around 471,542 people belonging to 128,586 families were affected in 15 Districts due to the flood situation, Disaster Management Center sources said.

Southern Expressway entry & exit points submerged  👤1923

2017-05-29 11:09:48


Traffic using the Southern Expressway has been restricted due to flooding in certain areas.

Several entry and exit points on the Southern Expressway have been inundated since last Saturday evening.
Police said all vehicular movements from Dodamgoda to Matara have been stopped and have been diverted to exit from the Pinnaduwa gate.

Air Force helicopter in Baddegama crashes  👤2476

2017-05-29 09:04:07

An Air Force helicopter M.I.17, involved in the relief effort has crashed in Baddegama during the distribution of relief materials to those who are affected by the adverse weather.

Weather Today  👤1957

2017-05-29 08:46:43

The depression in the Eastcentral Bay of Bengal has intensified in to a Cyclonic storm 'MORA' and It is further moving away from the island.Under it's influence cloudy skies, windy and showery conditions are expected over the country.

Second Indian ship with relief goods arrive  👤1877

2017-05-28 17:03:24

INS Shardul, the second Indian cargo ship with relief goods for the flood victims arrived at the port of Colombo this evening (28th May).

Floods affect transportation in several areas  👤1899

2017-05-28 16:42:06

Several main roads and areas in following Police Divisions have been inundated and the transportation has been halted, police said.

Kalutara - Panapitiya dam : Water at spill level  👤2120

2017-05-28 15:15:04

People in residing in Kalutara, Panadura, and Wadduwa are warned to be on alert as there is a risk of Kalutara Panapitiya dam spilling over.

Army continues with relief work  👤2158

2017-05-28 12:44:08

Continuing with ongoing relief work, Sri Lanka Army had deployed a total of 1,600 Army personnel belonging to the SFHQ-West for rescue and relief operations in flood and landslide affected areas by yesterday (27th May), army media sources said.

126 dead, 97 missing during floods  👤2229

2017-05-28 11:48:55

As per the situation report issued by the DMC today at 10.00. a.m., there are 126 deaths while 97 are missing. Further, 100,924 people belonging to 24,374 families were located at 304 safe locations.

Showers to enhance from tomorrow  👤2430

2017-05-28 10:27:08

Although the heavy rainy condition has reduced temporary, showery conditions are likely to enhance again over south-western part of the island from 29th May, Met. Department said.

Over 493, 000 displaced: Death toll increased up to 113  👤1105

2017-05-27 18:16:02

The total number of displaced persons due to the disaster situation has increased upto 493, 455, Disaster Management Center sources said. The number of safety centers has increased up to 185.

First Indian ship with relief goods arrives in Colombo  👤1404

2017-05-27 13:11:16

The First Indian cargo Ship carrying relief goods, medical teams and equipment for the flood and landslide victims arrived at the Port of Colombo this morning.

‘Africa Day’ celebrated in Colombo  👤1363

2017-05-27 11:38:48

The South African High Commission in Colombo, on Thursday (25) celebrated 'Africa Day' by hoisting the flag of the African Union. This was followed by a reception hosted by HC for invitees including Honorary Consuls to Countries in Africa, and several staff of diplomatic missions.

Sex education from Grade Six  👤1628

2017-05-27 10:04:46

By Daya Perera and J. T. De Silva

As a step towards preventing underage girls from getting pregnant as well as abuse of children and sexual harassment, the Divisional Monitoring Committee of Parliament on Women and Gender, has decided to teach students from Grade 6-13 in schools the subject of sexuality and reproductive health.

Navy joins in relief operations  👤1110

2017-05-26 20:22:25

Sri Lanka Navy has deployed over 31 relief, search and rescue teams comprising 197 naval personnel along with 31 relief boats for the prevailing flood situation.

Two ships with relief goods from India  👤1377

2017-05-26 18:48:15

The government of India on the request of Sri Lanka has taken steps to send two ships with relief goods, medical teams and equipment to assist the flood and landslide affected people in Sri Lanka.

Heavy traffic reported in and around Colombo  👤1409

2017-05-26 14:24:31

Heavy traffic has been reported in and around Colombo due to heavy rain. 

Water levels in major rivers increase  👤1767

2017-05-26 13:12:52

Several access roads have become inundated disrupting the rescue boat operations in the Galle District, said District Secretary S.T. Kodikara said this morning at a special Disaster Management meeting.

Schools in Sabaragamuwa Province closed  👤1656

2017-05-26 12:17:05

All the schools in Sabaragamuwa Province have been temporary closed today due to the prevailing torrential rains.



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