NADA threatens North, East and North-central provinces

NADA threatens North, East and North-central provinces

🕔19:27, 30.Nov 2016

The deep depression in the South-west Bay of Bengal has developed into the cyclonic storm “NADA” and was located around 400km to the east of the Mullaitivu coast this evening. The storm is expected to move north-westward closer to the Jaffna

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TNA reiterates call for meaningful devolution of powers

TNA reiterates call for meaningful devolution of powers

🕔17:14, 30.Nov 2016

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today reiterated calls for meaningful devolution of powers to the provinces. TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said that the TNA will not support a unitary system of governance. Sumanthiran said the provisions in the new Constitution

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Legal barriers for consumers to sell solar power to be removed

Legal barriers for consumers to sell solar power to be removed

🕔16:33, 30.Nov 2016

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has decided to remove the legal barriers for consumers who wish to enter into electricity generation based on solar power. Therefore, it has been proposed to exempt the electricity consumers, who generate

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Speaker urged to allocate separate land for protesters

Speaker urged to allocate separate land for protesters

🕔16:19, 30.Nov 2016

Parliament today urged Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to allocate separate land for protesters near Parliament. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament that some Parliamentarians could not reach Parliament as a result of a protest staged near Parliament today. Wickremesinghe said the Speaker

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Proposals sought to commence new domestic air service

Proposals sought to commence new domestic air service

🕔16:05, 30.Nov 2016

Proposals are to be sought to commence a new domestic air service, the Government said. It has been proposed to establish a domestic airline service according to the criteria of the International Civil Aviation Authority. Accordingly, a proposal made by

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Cabinet approves new monthly office allowance for MPs

Cabinet approves new monthly office allowance for MPs

🕔16:01, 30.Nov 2016

Cabinet has approved a new monthly office allowance for members of Parliament. A proposal made by Gayantha Karunathilaka, Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media, to present a proposal to Parliament for provision of a monthly office allowance of Rs. 100,000 to

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Mahinda’s expensive foreign visits raised in Parliament

Mahinda’s expensive foreign visits raised in Parliament

🕔15:34, 30.Nov 2016

The expensive overseas visits undertaken by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was discussed in Parliament today. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that Rajapaksa took large delegations with him during his overseas visits, wasting Government funds. Samaraweera also defended the foreign policy

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Maithripala to visit Iran and Russia for talks next year

Maithripala to visit Iran and Russia for talks next year

🕔14:24, 30.Nov 2016

President Maithripala Sirisena is to visit Iran and Russia for talks next year, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said today. He said that President Sirisena will visit Russia in March on an invitation extended by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Foreign Minister said

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Opposition objects to impounding of passports of MPs

Opposition objects to impounding of passports of MPs

🕔13:42, 30.Nov 2016

The opposition today raised objections to the passports of Parliamentarians being impounded by courts. Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena said that all Parliamentarians are members of the international parliamentary union. He said that the rights of Parliamentarians are violated when their passports

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Patients stranded as doctors launch 24 hour strike

Patients stranded as doctors launch 24 hour strike

🕔12:47, 30.Nov 2016

Patients around the island were stranded as doctors attached to Government hospitals launched a 24 hour strike today. The strike by the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) was launched over concerns on some aspects of the 2017 budget. The Ministry

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Committee to probe deaths at National Hospital

Committee to probe deaths at National Hospital

🕔12:15, 30.Nov 2016

A committee has been appointed to investigate the deaths of four individuals at the Colombo National Hospital, the Ministry of Health said today. The four patients had died after undergoing heart surgery at the hospital this week. Health Minister Dr.

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Eleven suspected Aava group members granted bail

Eleven suspected Aava group members granted bail

🕔11:28, 30.Nov 2016

Eleven suspected ‘Aava’ group members were granted bail today. The suspected Aava group members were arrested over the recent violence in the North

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Sri Lanka brace for ‘huge challenge’ in S.Africa

Sri Lanka brace for ‘huge challenge’ in S.Africa

🕔11:24, 30.Nov 2016

Sri Lanka returned home victorious from their Zimbabwe tour but the national coach warned his side faced a “huge challenge” in South Africa next month. Having comfortably beaten Zimbabwe in both Tests in Harare, Sri Lanka also lifted the triangular

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Peace talks on Ukraine end without deal

Peace talks on Ukraine end without deal

🕔09:46, 30.Nov 2016

Four-way talks on ending a separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine finished without a breakthrough on Tuesday, with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier declaring that “lip service” statements were not enough to achieve lasting peace. Amid low expectations, the foreign ministers

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Plane taking Brazilian soccer team crashes, 71 dead

Plane taking Brazilian soccer team crashes, 71 dead

🕔09:42, 30.Nov 2016

A plane taking Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense to a South American cup final crashed in Colombia after reporting an electrical fault, killing 71 people, including most of the team and accompanying journalists. The plane slammed into a mountainside near Medellin

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Hawaii Five-0 actor Keo Woolford dies at 49

Hawaii Five-0 actor Keo Woolford dies at 49

🕔09:21, 30.Nov 2016

Keo Woolford, an actor on the CBS show Hawaii Five-0, has died. He was 49. Woolford, who wrote, directed and produced the 2013 independent film The Haumana, died on Monday afternoon at a hospital in Oahu, Hawaii, three days after

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Belgium Prince accused of having unauthorised meeting with Ranil

Belgium Prince accused of having unauthorised meeting with Ranil

🕔23:57, 29.Nov 2016

Prince Laurent of Belgium has been accused of meeting Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe without following the proper procedures in his country. The Belgium media reported that Prince Laurent had not informed the Belgium Foreign Ministry about his meeting with the Prime Minister.

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Sri Lanka proposes huge fine on foreign boats

Sri Lanka proposes huge fine on foreign boats

🕔23:45, 29.Nov 2016

Sri Lanka has proposed a huge penalty on foreign boats that enter another country’s territorial waters for fishing, in the backdrop of a running spat with India over the latter’s fishermen straying into its waters. Speaking at the 7th international maritime

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Comprehensive cyber security strategy sought for Sri Lanka

Comprehensive cyber security strategy sought for Sri Lanka

🕔23:31, 29.Nov 2016

The growing reach of the Internet, social media and the rapid spread of mobile information and communications technologies (ICTs) have presented increased potential for cyber violence against women and girls. The UN Gender Theme Group, as part of the 16

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India and Sri Lanka hold talks on maritime related issues

India and Sri Lanka hold talks on maritime related issues

🕔18:52, 29.Nov 2016

Chief of the Naval Staff of Indian Navy, Admiral Sunil Lanba, called on the Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Kolitha Gunatilleke at the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff today. During the cordial discussion, the Chief of

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