Sri Lanka seeks assistance to handle flood situation

Sri Lanka seeks assistance to handle flood situation

🕔22:33, 26.May 2017

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has activated the Emergency Response Unit of the Ministry, to coordinate rescue and relief measures related to the flood situation in several parts of Sri Lanka. In this regard, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in

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India sends ships with relief supplies to Sri Lanka

India sends ships with relief supplies to Sri Lanka

🕔22:29, 26.May 2017

Following a request from the Sri Lankan Government on Friday, India dispatched two ships with relief material and sent special medical teams. “The [Indian] High Commission is in contact with Sri Lankan authorities and will coordinate any requirement of additional

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Death toll from inclement weather goes beyond 90

Death toll from inclement weather goes beyond 90

🕔15:47, 26.May 2017

The death toll from the inclement weather rose beyond 90 with over 100 missing, officials said. The Disaster Management Centre said that 91 people have been confirmed killed and 110 missing so far. A majority of those killed were from a

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Thirteen reported killed in weather related incidents

Thirteen reported killed in weather related incidents

🕔10:47, 26.May 2017

Thirteen people have been reported killed in weather related incidents so far, the Government information department said. The Government information department quoted Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena as saying that 4 people are also missing. Of the 13 dead, nine were killed

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Lankan arrested in India without travel documents

Lankan arrested in India without travel documents

🕔08:08, 26.May 2017

A Sri Lankan has been arrested in India without travel documents, the Times of India reported. A day after Kullu police had arrested a Swiss national with drugs, two foreign nationals — one woman from Turkey and a man from Sri Lanka

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Three women killed in Sapugaskanda and Devinuwara

Three women killed in Sapugaskanda and Devinuwara

🕔08:01, 26.May 2017

Three women were killed as soil collapsed in Sapugaskanda and Devinuwara, the Police said.

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Several people evacuated as heavy rain brings floods

Several people evacuated as heavy rain brings floods

🕔07:55, 26.May 2017

Several people were evacuated at multiple locations today as heavy rain resulted in floods and landslide threats. The military was deployed to evacuate people from the worst hit areas. The Sri Lanka Air Force said that helicopters were deployed to assist in the

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Probe launched on fake Twitter account using Ravi’s name

Probe launched on fake Twitter account using Ravi’s name

🕔23:07, 25.May 2017

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake lodged a complaint with the police to probe into a false Twitter account in his name which had posted about the death of former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In a letter to the police’s Criminal

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Priest allegedly harassed for leading memorialization efforts

Priest allegedly harassed for leading memorialization efforts

🕔22:56, 25.May 2017

Father Elil Rajendram is being harassed by the Police over his efforts to help families memorialize their loved ones lost during the armed conflict, Amnesty International said today. Father Elil Rajendram has been the subject of repeated Police inquiries and

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Police look for Gnanasara, BBS says he is hiding

Police look for Gnanasara, BBS says he is hiding

🕔22:36, 25.May 2017

The Police have launched an operation to arrest the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), the Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero. The BBS says he is in hiding as there is an alleged threat to his life. The Police said

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Brigadier arrested over Rathupaswala shooting incident

Brigadier arrested over Rathupaswala shooting incident

🕔15:58, 25.May 2017

An Army Brigadier who had given orders to open fire on a group of protesters in Rathupaswala, was arrested by the CID today. Brigadier Anura Gunawardena was arrested following investigations conducted by the CID over the incident. Last month three soldiers were

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Probe sought on missing passport, NIC of Wimal’s wife

Probe sought on missing passport, NIC of Wimal’s wife

🕔15:46, 25.May 2017

An investigation has been sought into the missing passport and National Identity Card (NIC) of Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa’s wife Shashi Weerawansa. The passport and NIC were in the possession of the court when it went missing. The Attorney General has

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India says Sri Lanka has chance to benefit at global level

India says Sri Lanka has chance to benefit at global level

🕔15:02, 25.May 2017

Sri Lanka can benefit at a global level by partnering with resurgent India, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said. The Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu said that the thinking of the Indian leadership is that

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Gayantha insists he has not asked for additional roles

Gayantha insists he has not asked for additional roles

🕔14:23, 25.May 2017

Lands and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Gayantha Karunatillake denied claims he had sought more responsibilities. Karunatillake told Parliament he was happy with what was given to him in the cabinet reshuffle and had not asked for more positions. The former Media

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New Foreign and Finance Ministers assume duties

New Foreign and Finance Ministers assume duties

🕔13:11, 25.May 2017

New Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake and new Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera assumed duties today. Samaraweera assumed duties at the Finance Ministry by signing his first document. Karunanayake assumed duties following religious observances at the Foreign Ministry. The new Foreign Minister said

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Cop injured after another policeman’s gun misfires

Cop injured after another policeman’s gun misfires

🕔12:29, 25.May 2017

A policeman was injured after another policeman’s gun misfired in Kegalle, the Police media unit said. The Police said the gun misfired during a raid launched to arrest a suspect in Kegalle. The suspect was eventually arrested.

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Turnbull, Sirisena discuss fighting people-smuggling

Turnbull, Sirisena discuss fighting people-smuggling

🕔07:53, 25.May 2017

President Maithripala Sirisena met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today with fighting people-smuggling high on the agenda. Sirisena and Turnbull agreed to expand cooperation between the two countries in several areas. The two leaders, after concluding a one-on-one round of

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Vaiko granted bail in case over India-Sri Lanka comments

Vaiko granted bail in case over India-Sri Lanka comments

🕔23:31, 24.May 2017

Senior Tamil Nadu politician and leader of the MDMK party Vaiko has been granted bail in a sedition case. A sessions court in Chennai granted bail to the leader after he moved an application seeking bail on Wednesday, One India

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Fishermen reported missing off Batticaloa return home

Fishermen reported missing off Batticaloa return home

🕔22:57, 24.May 2017

A group of fishermen who had been reported missing off Batticaloa returned home late this evening. The Navy had earlier launched an operation to locate 19 fishing boats after a Police complaint was filed. The fishermen had later returned home safely in

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Law and Order Minister slams Police over threat to peace

Law and Order Minister slams Police over threat to peace

🕔16:09, 24.May 2017

Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake today slammed the Police over a spate of incidents which have posed a threat to peace in the country. Speaking in Parliament today, the Minister said the Police have a responsibility to safeguard the

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