Finance Minister announces big bonanza for school children

Finance Minister announces big bonanza for school children

🕔22:03, 31.Dec 2016

Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake, assuring sustained economic development in the New Year said he was delighted to announce the introduction of a bonanza for all school children from 2017. As envisaged in the Budget – 2017 over 4.5 million

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Three bombs kill 29 people in Baghdad

Three bombs kill 29 people in Baghdad

🕔21:59, 31.Dec 2016

Three bombs killed 29 people in Baghdad on Saturday as fighting intensified in the northern city of Mosul, where Iraqi government forces are trying to rout Islamic State militants from their last major stronghold in the country. Blasts, including one

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The world celebrates the dawn of 2017

The world celebrates the dawn of 2017

🕔21:54, 31.Dec 2016

Tonga and Samoa in the Polynesian Triangle and Kiribati in the Central Pacific were among the first places in the world to see in 2017. They entered the New Year at 10am GMT on Saturday, 31 December, celebrating with traditional

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Indian, Lankan fisheries officials meet ahead of Ministerial talks

Indian, Lankan fisheries officials meet ahead of Ministerial talks

🕔14:36, 31.Dec 2016

Secretaries to the Ministries of Fisheries of Sri Lanka and India met in New Delhi on Saturday to discuss the fishing issue bedeviling relations between the two countries, the New Indian Express reported. On January 2, the Agriculture cum Fisheries

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Lanka IOC denies taking CPC official captive in Trinco

Lanka IOC denies taking CPC official captive in Trinco

🕔09:54, 31.Dec 2016

Lanka IOC today denied reports that Lanka IOC officials had obstructed CPC officials at the Trincomalee Oil Terminal. Lanka IOC also denied claims that a CPC official was held captive at the Trincomalee Oil Terminal. In a statement today, Lanka

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Palitha Mahipala steps down to take WHO post

Palitha Mahipala steps down to take WHO post

🕔09:31, 31.Dec 2016

Director General of Health Services Dr Palitha Mahipala stepped down from his post yesterday, the Ministry of Health said. Dr. Palitha Mahipala is to assume duties in his new role at the World Health Organisation (WHO) next week. Speaking at

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China says no for Hong Kong independence

China says no for Hong Kong independence

🕔09:18, 31.Dec 2016

There is no space for Hong Kong independence in the “one country, two systems” agreement under which Beijing governs the former British colony, but there can be tolerance for differences in their systems, a senior Chinese official said. Chinese leaders

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Congo deal reached for Kabila to step down

Congo deal reached for Kabila to step down

🕔09:15, 31.Dec 2016

Congolese President Joseph Kabila will step down after elections to be held by the end of 2017 under a last-minute deal struck by political parties on Friday, the lead mediator of the talks said. Negotiators spent weeks in tense talks

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Clashes, air raids tarnish Russia and Turkey’s Syria truce

Clashes, air raids tarnish Russia and Turkey’s Syria truce

🕔08:51, 31.Dec 2016

Clashes, shelling and air raids in western Syria marred a Russian- and Turkish-backed ceasefire that aims to end nearly six years of war and lead to peace talks between rebels and a government emboldened by recent battlefield success. Russian President

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State Minister Piyankara Jayaratne resigns from his post

State Minister Piyankara Jayaratne resigns from his post

🕔23:36, 30.Dec 2016

State Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils Piyankara Jayaratne has tendered his resignation from his post. Jayaratne has sent his resignation letter to President Maithripala Sirisena.

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Outgoing Indian, Chinese officials have talks with Army chief

Outgoing Indian, Chinese officials have talks with Army chief

🕔18:20, 30.Dec 2016

The outgoing Defence Attachés of the High Commission of India for Sri Lanka and People’s Republic of China for Sri Lanka this afternoon made courtesy calls separately on the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva at the

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South Africa thump Sri Lanka by 206 runs

South Africa thump Sri Lanka by 206 runs

🕔18:16, 30.Dec 2016

South Africa took the last five wickets in the first 14 overs of the final day to beat Sri Lanka by 206 runs in the first test on Friday. Kyle Abbott removed Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews for 59 in

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President orders expansion of Wilpattu park land area

President orders expansion of Wilpattu park land area

🕔18:07, 30.Dec 2016

President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the relevant authorities to issue a gazette notification declaring a larger Wildlife Reserve, including the surrounding forest area which is not under the purview of the Department of Wildlife, further expanding the forest

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Five policemen further remanded over Jaffna shooting

Five policemen further remanded over Jaffna shooting

🕔16:59, 30.Dec 2016

Five policemen who had been arrested over a shooting incident in Jaffna were further remanded till January 13 by the Jaffna Magistrate today. The two Jaffna University students were killed after being shot at by the police when they were travelling on

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Price of surgical instruments to be reduced as well

Price of surgical instruments to be reduced as well

🕔11:12, 30.Dec 2016

The price of surgical instruments are to be reduced, the Health Ministry said today. Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the price of surgical instruments will be reduced as part of the process which included the reduction in the

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Sri Lankan diaspora protest in UK against federal proposal

Sri Lankan diaspora protest in UK against federal proposal

🕔10:52, 30.Dec 2016

A section of the Sri Lankan diaspora in Britain staged a protest against the proposal for a federal solution in Sri Lanka. The protest was staged outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in the UK. Organisers said that a large gathering of patriotic

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Iraqi forces launch phase 2 of Mosul offensive

Iraqi forces launch phase 2 of Mosul offensive

🕔10:27, 30.Dec 2016

Iraqi security forces on Thursday began the second phase of their offensive against Islamic State militants in Mosul, pushing from three directions into eastern districts where the battle has been deadlocked for nearly a month. Since the offensive to capture

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Philippine leader says once threw man from helicopter

Philippine leader says once threw man from helicopter

🕔10:24, 30.Dec 2016

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened corrupt government officials with the prospect of being thrown out of a helicopter mid-air, warning he has done it himself before and would do it again. The fiery-tempered former prosecutor said he once hurled

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U.S. evicts Russians for spying, imposes sanctions

U.S. evicts Russians for spying, imposes sanctions

🕔10:19, 30.Dec 2016

President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian suspected spies and imposed sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies over their involvement in hacking U.S. political groups in the 2016 presidential election. The measures, taken during the last

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Lanka IOC questions CPC official in Trinco oil farm

Lanka IOC questions CPC official in Trinco oil farm

🕔08:18, 30.Dec 2016

Authorities of the Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC) at the High-Security Oil Tank Farm in the Eastern Sri Lankan city of Trincomalee on Thursday stopped and questioned an official of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) who had entered the facility

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