Korea expresses condolences, offers USD 300,000

Korea expresses condolences, offers USD 300,000

🕔17:11, 31.May 2017

The Republic of Korea has extended its deepest condolences and sympathy to the Government and people of Sri Lanka on the devastating loss of lives and properties caused by the recent floods and landslides. “Our thoughts and prayers are with

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Court slams CID on claims over Wimal’s wife’s passport

Court slams CID on claims over Wimal’s wife’s passport

🕔17:04, 31.May 2017

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) was advised to be more responsible today by the Colombo Chief Magistrate over claims made that the passport and National Identity Card (NIC) of the wife of Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa were missing. The CID had claimed

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Dalai Lama offers prayers, aid for Sri Lankan flood victims

Dalai Lama offers prayers, aid for Sri Lankan flood victims

🕔16:24, 31.May 2017

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has offered prayers for the victims of floods in Sri Lanka and financial assistance for the relief and rescue work there, a statement said on Wednesday, according to IANS. In a letter to Prime

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Minister says Met Department must be shut if no faith

Minister says Met Department must be shut if no faith

🕔15:04, 31.May 2017

Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa says the Department of Meteorology must be closed down if the public do not have faith in its weather predictions. Yapa told reporters today that the Department had issued accurate weather predictions based on its

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Cabinet approves deal with China to transfer criminals

Cabinet approves deal with China to transfer criminals

🕔14:45, 31.May 2017

Cabinet has approved a proposal to sign an agreement with China on transferring criminals. Cabinet spokesman Gayantha Karunatillake said that President Maithripala Sirisena had put forward the proposal to the cabinet. He said that under the proposed agreement, China and

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Harsha, Eran, Ranjan, Karu, Vasantha, Yapa get new portfolios

Harsha, Eran, Ranjan, Karu, Vasantha, Yapa get new portfolios

🕔12:41, 31.May 2017

Several Deputy Ministers were reshuffled by President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretaries today. Former Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva was appointed as the new Deputy Minister for National Policies and Economic Affairs, Ranjan Ramanayake as the new

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At least 44 children among those killed in disaster

At least 44 children among those killed in disaster

🕔12:23, 31.May 2017

At least 44 children are among those killed in the recent floods and landslides, the Education Ministry said.

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Death toll goes beyond 200, number of displaced increases

Death toll goes beyond 200, number of displaced increases

🕔11:04, 31.May 2017

The death toll from the floods and landslides has beyond 200 while the number of displaced has also increased today. The Disaster Management Centre said that 202 people have been confirmed killed as of this morning. According to the Disaster Management

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UN chief “deeply concerned” over floods in Sri Lanka

UN chief “deeply concerned” over floods in Sri Lanka

🕔06:36, 31.May 2017

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he was “deeply concerned by the devastating impact caused by Cyclone Mora on Sri Lanka and Bangladesh,” adding that the UN stood “ready to scale up its support to the government-led response efforts in both countries.”

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Korea to provide US$199 million for Sri Lanka tunnel project

Korea to provide US$199 million for Sri Lanka tunnel project

🕔06:29, 31.May 2017

South Korea will provide US$199 million in loans to support an infrastructure-building project in Sri Lanka, the Yonhap news agency reported. The state-run Korea Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) will foot most of the $250 million project to construct tunnels,

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NASA observes heavy monsoon rainfall in Sri Lanka

NASA observes heavy monsoon rainfall in Sri Lanka

🕔06:16, 31.May 2017

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM satellite constellation provided rainfall data after the monsoon generated large amounts of precipitation in Sri Lanka that caused landslides over the week of May 22. The monsoon continued to affect the island on

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Israel rushes aid to Sri Lanka as floods displace thousands

Israel rushes aid to Sri Lanka as floods displace thousands

🕔06:07, 31.May 2017

Israel has delivered emergency supplies to Sri Lankan authorities as they struggle to cope with the impact of floods and mudslides that have killed nearly 200 people and displaced more than 80,000 from their homes in recent days, the Algemeiner

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Barista, the pioneers of Sri Lanka’s coffee culture

Barista, the pioneers of Sri Lanka’s coffee culture

🕔05:58, 31.May 2017

One of the pioneers of Sri Lanka’s evolving coffee culture, and the largest and first international chain in Sri Lanka, Barista is today a household name among coffee lovers spread all across the nation. Having first established in Colombo in

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Kiwis crush Lanka in 357-run chase

Kiwis crush Lanka in 357-run chase

🕔05:51, 31.May 2017

New Zealand, led by Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson, overhauled Sri Lanka’s target of 357 with ease to complete a six-wicket victory in both teams’ final warm-up game at Edgbaston. Guptill smashed 10 fours and five sixes in his 76-ball

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UN chief warns others ready to replace US

UN chief warns others ready to replace US

🕔05:46, 31.May 2017

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday he is trying to convince U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration of the value of investing in foreign aid and diplomacy and warned that if Washington pulled back as a global leader, other

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Car bombs, suicide attack kill 35 in Iraq, hitting Ramadan crowd

Car bombs, suicide attack kill 35 in Iraq, hitting Ramadan crowd

🕔05:44, 31.May 2017

Two car bombs and a suicide bomber killed at least 35 people in Baghdad and in a city to the west, and wounded more than 100 in Tuesday attacks targeting the late-night crowds typical of the Muslim holy month of

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50 still in hospital, 17 critical after Manchester attack

50 still in hospital, 17 critical after Manchester attack

🕔05:41, 31.May 2017

Fifty patients are still being treated in hospital for injuries sustained in last week’s Manchester attack, including 17 who are in critical care, the health authority for England said on Tuesday. The suicide bombing at a pop concert venue killed

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Pro-LTTE group urges diaspora to support flood victims

Pro-LTTE group urges diaspora to support flood victims

🕔22:20, 30.May 2017

A leading Pro-LTTE group has urged the Tamil diaspora to support the flood victims in the South. The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) led by former LTTE negotiator Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, called upon the international community to contribute generously towards the

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Youth shot dead by gunman in Ahungalla

Youth shot dead by gunman in Ahungalla

🕔22:06, 30.May 2017

A youth was shot dead by a gunman in Ahungalla this evening, the Police media unit said. The Police said the body of the youth who was killed was taken to hospital and investigations are underway.

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SLFP’s Dayasiri appointed co-cabinet spokesman

SLFP’s Dayasiri appointed co-cabinet spokesman

🕔21:59, 30.May 2017

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member Dayasiri Jayasekera has been appointed co-cabinet spokesman. Jayasekera was appointed to the post after concerns had been raised in the past that only United National Party (UNP) views were being expressed at post cabinet press

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