Remand extended for 24 arrested over Hambantota protest

Remand extended for 24 arrested over Hambantota protest

🕔15:02, 16.Jan 2017

The Hambantota Magistrate today extended the remand for 24 people arrested over the recent protest in Hambantota. The Magistrate however grated bail to 10 others related to the same incident.

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Australian MP, Swaminathan discuss racial discrimination

Australian MP, Swaminathan discuss racial discrimination

🕔13:44, 16.Jan 2017

Australian Parliamentarian Julian Hill met with the Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M Swaminathan today. The Minister and MP Hill discussed many issues including economic development, education and how to overcome racial discrimination in multicultural

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Athuraliye Rathana decides to go solo in Parliament

Athuraliye Rathana decides to go solo in Parliament

🕔13:35, 16.Jan 2017

The venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thero has decided to sit as an independent member in Parliament. Athuraliye Rathana Thero was a member of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and supported President Maithripala Sirisena at the last Presidential election.

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Avant Garde Chairman barred from leaving the country

Avant Garde Chairman barred from leaving the country

🕔13:19, 16.Jan 2017

Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi and Major General Palitha Fernando have been barred from leaving the country in relation to bribery case. The Bribery Commission had filed a case against Senadhipathi and Major General Palitha Fernando.

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Tamil Nadu demands release of fishing boats in Sri Lanka

Tamil Nadu demands release of fishing boats in Sri Lanka

🕔08:29, 16.Jan 2017

The Tamil Nadu government is demanding the release of the fishing boats detained by Sri Lanka. Tamil Nadu Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar reiterated that 20 fishermen and 118 fishing boats from Tamil Nadu must be released from Sri Lankan custody, The Hindu

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SLFP asserts Sirisena must be nominee for next President

SLFP asserts Sirisena must be nominee for next President

🕔22:52, 15.Jan 2017

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today asserted that President Maithripala Sirisena is suitable to contest the next Presidential election. SLFP member Chandima Weerakkody, speaking in Galle, said that the next Presidential election will be in 2021. He said that President

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Mangala to visit Sweden at the invitation of Swedish FM

Mangala to visit Sweden at the invitation of Swedish FM

🕔22:26, 15.Jan 2017

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will visit Sweden at the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Margot Wallström, from 17-18 January 2017. Minister Samaraweera’s discussions with his Swedish counterpart are expected to focus on the progress of bilateral

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Sri Lanka keen to resume oil import from Iran

Sri Lanka keen to resume oil import from Iran

🕔22:19, 15.Jan 2017

Sri Lanka is interested to resume import of crude oil and oil products from Iran, Susil Premajayantha, the country’s minister of science, technology and research, said. Premajayantha made the remarks during a meeting with Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif

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Excise Department to close liquor shops on some holidays

Excise Department to close liquor shops on some holidays

🕔22:15, 15.Jan 2017

The Excise Department says liquor shops will be closed on selected holidays. Accordingly, liquor shops will be closed on poya, Ramazan and Christmas as well as Independence Day and for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year,

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One person arrested after drone falls on sacred stupa

One person arrested after drone falls on sacred stupa

🕔22:08, 15.Jan 2017

One person was arrested after a drone fell on the sacred Ruwanwelisaya stupa in Anuradhapura. The police said the man claimed he was a journalist but he could not verify his claims at the time of the arrest. The police said

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Hospitals on alert to contain spread of A H1N1 virus

Hospitals on alert to contain spread of A H1N1 virus

🕔09:58, 15.Jan 2017

Hospitals across the country have been placed on alert to contain the spread of the A H1N1 virus. Acting Health Services Director General Jayasundara Bandara visited the Kandy General hospital after two deaths were reported in the hospital. He said that

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Sri Lanka says relations with US on upward trajectory

Sri Lanka says relations with US on upward trajectory

🕔18:54, 14.Jan 2017

Sri Lanka says its relations with the US are on an upward trajectory. This was mentioned when the World Affairs Council in Washington D.C. commenced the New Year with a programme on Sri Lanka at a reception hosted by Ambassador

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Popular singer Deepal “podi lamaya” Silva passed away

Popular singer Deepal “podi lamaya” Silva passed away

🕔09:53, 14.Jan 2017

Popular singer Deepal Silva, best known as “podi lamaya”, passed away today. He was 50 years old. Deepal Silva passed away at the Ragama hospital.

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Sri Lankan Tamil arrested in islet off Dhanushkodi

Sri Lankan Tamil arrested in islet off Dhanushkodi

🕔08:10, 14.Jan 2017

Dhanushkodi police have arrested a Sri Lankan Tamil when he clandestinely landed in an islet off Dhanushkodi, The Hindu newspaper reported. A police party which was on routine patrolling found Sri Lankan Tamil, identified as M. Duke Prithiviraj (36), walking

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Commonwealth chief offers Sri Lanka technical assistance

Commonwealth chief offers Sri Lanka technical assistance

🕔08:03, 14.Jan 2017

Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland has offered Sri Lanka technical assistance in the process to draft a new Constitution. She made the offer when she met Foreign Minister  Mangala Samaraweera in London, the Commonwealth Secretariat said. Samaraweera had expressed hope that the

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Sri Lanka ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention

Sri Lanka ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention

🕔07:51, 14.Jan 2017

The Government has deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006). Sri Lanka is the 81st ILO member State and the 16th Asian State to have ratified the Convention. In

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President, PM note importance of human values on Thai Pongal

President, PM note importance of human values on Thai Pongal

🕔07:48, 14.Jan 2017

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe reminded noted the importance of human values as Hindus in Sri Lanka celebrate Thai Pongal today. In his Thai Pongal message, President Maithripala Sirisena said that since the dawn of civilization, humanity’s

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Malaysia says it won’t follow Sri Lanka and lease land to China

Malaysia says it won’t follow Sri Lanka and lease land to China

🕔18:14, 13.Jan 2017

Malaysian Finance Minister II Johari Abdul Ghani said Malaysia will not end up like Sri Lanka, which was forced to lease its properties over its indebtedness to China, malaysiakini.com reported. “That is Sri Lanka, this is Malaysia,” Johari said when

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Gazette issued making meters in three-wheelers mandatory

Gazette issued making meters in three-wheelers mandatory

🕔15:56, 13.Jan 2017

A gazette notice has been issued making meters in passenger three-wheelers mandatory, the Ministry of Transport said. Most passenger three-wheelers operate with meters but some refuse to have them on. With the gazette notice all passenger three-wheelers must have the meter on.

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Government will let legal process take its course

Government will let legal process take its course

🕔15:45, 13.Jan 2017

The Government says it will let the legal process to take its course. Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake said that everyone is treated equally before the law. He said that if there is a police complaint against someone the legal process

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