Yellow rain reported in Hatton

Yellow rain reported in Hatton

🕔16:46, 2.Feb 2012

Yellow rain has been reported from parts of Hatton this morning, a reporter in the area told The Hub. The rain was first seen by employees of the Mayfield tea estate on tea crops and on the ground. However the

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Cabinet agrees on spot fines

Cabinet agrees on spot fines

🕔14:15, 2.Feb 2012

The cabinet has agreed to amend the Motor Traffic Act to impose spot fines against drivers contravening the seat belt regulations. At present the drivers and the passengers in the front seats of certain categories of vehicles that have registration

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Government can acquire land says Karuna

Government can acquire land says Karuna

🕔13:54, 2.Feb 2012

Government Deputy Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan (Karuna Amman) says the government has a right to acquire land for national security reasons. He said that land in the north and east will be acquired on this basis to build permanent army camps

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Lawyers protest against moving court

Lawyers protest against moving court

🕔12:52, 2.Feb 2012

Lawyers staged a protest in Colombo today against moves to shift some of the court buildings in Colombo to new locations. The lawyers alleged that the Colombo Magistrates Court, District Court and Fort Magistrate building are among those to be

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Puttalam court issues death sentence

Puttalam court issues death sentence

🕔16:26, 1.Feb 2012

The Puttalam High Court issued the death sentence on a suspect arrested in 2007 for having heroin in his possession. P. Mohomad Jauffer was found guilty today for having heroin in his possession when a vehicle was stopped at a

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India, Sri Lanka discuss maritime security

India, Sri Lanka discuss maritime security

🕔15:14, 1.Feb 2012

India and Sri Lanka have had talks on maritime security when officials from both countries met at the inaugural defence dialogue in New Delhi yesterday, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said today. Indian Defence Secretary Shri Shashikant Sharma and

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Indians file PIL against SL navy

Indians file PIL against SL navy

🕔14:55, 1.Feb 2012

The Madras High Court Bench adjourned to February 23 the hearing on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition seeking protection for Tamil fishermen from the Sri Lankan Navy as well as a contempt of court application filed against senior Central

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Lankans stranded in Togo

Lankans stranded in Togo

🕔09:30, 1.Feb 2012

Two hundred Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka are stranded in West Africa, BBC reports, after the human smuggling ring they hired to bring them to Canada marooned them in Togo. The BBC says the contingent travelled by ship from Sri

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Kataragama suicide jacket an old one

Kataragama suicide jacket an old one

🕔21:15, 31.Jan 2012

The suicide jacket recovered in Kataragama this morning has been found to have been placed at that location some five years ago, the police said this evening. According to the police, the suicide jacket which was found at a rest

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U.S. punishing small nations, says MR

U.S. punishing small nations, says MR

🕔18:02, 31.Jan 2012

As the combined United States and European Union sanctions against Iran take effect, small nations like Sri Lanka are extremely worried. Sri Lanka depends almost entirely on Iran for its crude oil supplies and the only refinery in the country,

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Two imposters arrested

Two imposters arrested

🕔17:52, 31.Jan 2012

The police say they have arrested two imposters who had claimed to be part of the Presidential Security Division (PSD) and Minister Basil Rajapaksa’s Ministry. According to the police media unit, the two suspects were arrested while residing at a

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Rapp in Sri Lanka next week

Rapp in Sri Lanka next week

🕔14:01, 31.Jan 2012

A top US State department official is to visit Sri Lanka next week amidst war crimes allegations being raised against the Sri Lankan military. Ambassador-at-Large for war crimes issues at the US State Department, Stephen J. Rapp is scheduled to

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Teen arrested on abuse charge

Teen arrested on abuse charge

🕔08:05, 31.Jan 2012

A teen has been arrested for sexually abusing a 9 year old boy in Kobeigane in the Kurunegala District, the police media unit said today. The 19 year old youth had been arrested after a complaint was lodged with the

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Ministry of crab illegal?

Ministry of crab illegal?

🕔17:04, 30.Jan 2012

The government has reportedly said that the plush restaurant operated by Sri Lankan cricketers Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena under the name ‘Ministry of Crab’ is illegal. According to The Sunday Times, President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga had told newspaper Editors

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Sri Lanka suspends loan deal with IMF

Sri Lanka suspends loan deal with IMF

🕔15:07, 30.Jan 2012

COLOMBO, Jan 30 (Reuters) Sri Lanka, which is locked in a row with the International Monetary Fund over its exchange rate policy, will not draw the remaining $800 million of a $2.6 billion loan from the global lender due to

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President says no promise given to India

President says no promise given to India

🕔11:31, 30.Jan 2012

President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that he had not given any promise to India on implementing a political solution which will see land and police powers being given to the provinces in Sri Lanka. At a meeting with local media heads

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Spot fines on drivers likely

Spot fines on drivers likely

🕔11:29, 30.Jan 2012

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed IGP N.K Illangakoon to look at the possibility of implementing spot fines on drivers who go without seat belts. At present the police file legal action against drivers without seat belts and this has resulted

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MR open to constructive criticism

MR open to constructive criticism

🕔09:26, 30.Jan 2012

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he and his government will always accept constructive criticism. The President’s office quoted the President as saying the media had a duty to engage in constructive criticism, highlight peoples aspirations and the government’s development

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Illegal abortion clinic raided

Illegal abortion clinic raided

🕔17:27, 29.Jan 2012

The police have raided an illegal abortion clinic in Welawa in north western Sri Lanka, the police media unit said today. According to the police the abortion clinic was being conducted in a house in the Panagamuwa area in Welawa.

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Sri Lanka records high number of road accidents

Sri Lanka records high number of road accidents

🕔12:55, 29.Jan 2012

Sri Lanka has recorded an increase in the number of road accidents so far this year with 156 people killed, the police said on Sunday. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said that 17 people were killed in separate road accidents over

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