Marikkar Slams President: Says The Pick-Pocket President Has Now Forgotten The Past

UNP Parliamentarian S.M. Marikkar yesterday described President Maithripala Sirisena as a ‘pick-pocket President.” Addressing a UNP election meeting, Marikkar said the President had referred to UNPers as men who picked pockets. “But he had forgotten that the UNPers were the ones who Read more...

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FCID arrests Mohammed Muzammil

National Freedom Front (NFF) Spokesman and Colombo Organiser Mohammed Muzammil was arrested by the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) today on charges of misusing vehicles belonging to the government. He is to be produced before the Fort Magistrate Read more...

Cricketer ‘Beaten To Death With Stump’

A teenage cricketer in Bangladesh was allegedly killed by a stump-wielding batsman after he taunted the umpire over a no-ball delivery, foreign media reports. Sixteen-year-old Babul Shikdar was wicketkeeping during a neighbourhood match with friends in Read more...

Real costs lower than estimates: Harin

The actual cost of the two vehicles of Prime Minister and the cost of repairs of residence and offices of some Ministers were less than what was stated in the supplementary estimates, Minister Harin Fernando said today. The issue of the estimated was Read more...

Kusal Perera cleared of doping charges

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that it has withdrawn disciplinary charges against Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera and lifted the provisional suspension previously imposed on him. Mr Perera is, therefore, now free to return to domestic Read more...

One in nude scenes is not me – Rithika

Rithika Kodithuwakku, the female lead in Ashoka Handagama’s film – Let Her Cry, says that the one appearing in the film’s nude scenes is not her. When asked during an interview by a weekend publication whether she found the nude scenes Read more...

Facebook lets blind people ‘see’ photos

As the internet becomes dominated by images, Facebook is launching a system which can “read” photos and tell visually impaired people what appears in them. The internet is changing. From a medium based almost entirely on text, it is now Read more...

Finding truth behind war imperative: CBK

Discussing the circumstances that led to the violence that took place in the North as well as what took place during the war was essential if we are to move forward with the reconciliation process, Ex-President and National Unity and Reconciliation Office Read more...

Don’t drink beverages with sugar these days

 The public has been advised against consuming beverages containing sugar to quench thirst during these hot days. Senior lecturer of Rajarata University Channa Jayasumana says such beverages could damage kidneys. The best options are safe drinking water Read more...

Netanyahu ‘disappointed’ with India’s Modi for voting against Donald Trump’s Jerusalem decision

Benjamin Netanyahu he said he was “disappointed” when India voted against Donald Trump‘s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Israeli Prime Minister was welcomed by his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Hebrew as he arrived in India for a six-day visit. Mr Netanyahu said Read more...

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Police To Destroy 900 Kg Of Cocaine In Katunaike: Over 375 Million Worth Drugs In Police Custody

The Police Narcotics Bureau will destroy 900 Kg of Cocaine seized by them on January 15, the Police Media Unit said. They added that this would take place in Katunanaike. Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said measures would be introduced to destroy narcotics seized by the Police in public. Narcotics Read more...

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Rajagiriya flyover declared open by President and PM

The Rajagiriya flyover which is being constructed providing long term solutions for the heavy traffic congestion in the Rajagiriya was declared open by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe a short while ago. Speaking at the occasion, President Sirisena said that a request Read more...

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Blue skies across the island for the New Year – Met Dept

Mainly fair weather will prevail over most provinces of the island. However,Showers or thundershowers can be occur at a few places in Uva, Southern, Central provinces and in the Ratnapura district after 2.00pm. Misty conditions can be expected at some places in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces Read more...

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Who takes the first bribe to make politicians rogues? – A reality check by MP Handunnetti

Sri Lankans all around have several main complaints about the way things are done in the country. One of the key factors we all talk about is taking and giving bribes, especially when it comes to government institutions and politicians. Speaking at a public rally recently, JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti spoke Read more...

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MCG pitch rated poor by ICC

The Melbourne Cricket Ground track for the fourth Ashes Test between Australia and England has been rated poor by the International Cricket Council on Tuesday (2 January). Cricket Australia now has two weeks to respond. “The bounce of the MCG pitch was medium, but slow in pace and got slower as Read more...

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Lasith Malinga to retire after 2019 World Cup

Sri Lankan bowler Lasith Malinga says that he will retire from international cricket after the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The fast bowler quit Test cricket because of a “long-standing degenerative condition in the right knee” in 2011, but he continued playing the shorter formats. One of the best fast Read more...

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Opportunity, not pressure, says Hathurusingha

Chandika Hathurusingha, Sri Lanka’s new coach who will take charge at the end of the ongoing tour of India, said he scented opportunity for the team despite a string of humiliating defeats. “Listening to president and the sports minister and thinking of all the expectations, there’s no pressure Read more...

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Nidahas Trophy 2018 SL skipper formally invites India SLC

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) issued a press release yesterday stating that Sri Lanka T20 captain Thisara Perera extended a formal invitation to the India national team last afternoon to participate for the Tri-nation T20 Series “Nidahas Trophy 2018”. The release further stated: The Nidahas Trophy Read more...

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Sri Lanka eye series win SL’s charter flight was unable to take off after four hours at airport on Monday

Sri Lanka will take on India in the second ODI eyeing a series win at Mohali today. Sri Lanka scored an upset win at Dharmasala on Sunday and lead the series 1-0. Sri Lanka had to go through some rough time off the field due to rain at Dharmasala. On Monday, they spent four hours at the airport with Read more...

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SLvsIND: Dhananjaya ton aid Sri Lanka in denying a series domination of India

The third and final test match between Sri Lanka and hosts India ended today (December 6) in a draw, much to the relief of Sri Lanka. In their 2nd innings, Sri Lanka’s top order failed -putting up a worse performance than they did in the 1st innings. However, Dhananjaya de Silva -the man who was dismissed Read more...

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SAITM is here to stay – Kiriella Slams protests by doctors and others

Minister of Higher Education and Highways Lakshman Kiriella said that the government will never close the Medical Faculty of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), no matter how Read more...

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We will protest against the sale of public lands – Namal

MP Namal Rajapaksa stated that he aims to conduct forceful protests against government officials should they attempt to sell public lands to foreign investors in order to gain monetary benefits. He further Read more...

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US Congressman David Price said ‘we drafted a Constitution for Sri Lanka’ – Keheliya Rambukwella

United People’s Freedom Alliance, Kandy District, Member of Parliament Keheliya Rambukwella said that the masses are displeased with this Government that is already very unpopular, and that ‘such Read more...

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Amaraweera SLFP second tier leader

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) leadership has identified that Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Mahinda Amaraweera is a suitable candidate to lead the Sri Lanka Freedom Party in the future, Read more...

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Victor Ratnaike’...

Hashini Ratnayake, the wife of veteran singer Victor Ratnayake has been arrested by Police over alleged fraud. Police sources said she was wanted by Police Read more...

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Bollywood Lovebirds De...

Lovebirds Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone have secretly flown off to Sri Lanka to celebrate Deepika’s birthday on January 5th. According to a report Read more...

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Virat Kohli Invites Di...

Sri Lankan cricket fan Gayan Senanayake had the privilege of attending the wedding reception of Indian captain Virat Kohli and actress Anushka Sharma. Senanayake Read more...

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Fifth Derana Sunsilk F...

Renowned Sri Lankan filmmaker Asoka Handagama won the award for Best Picture at the Fifth Derana Sunsilk Film Awards – 2017, which was held last night Read more...

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M.G. Dhanushka pleads ...

M.G. Dhanushka who became popular by singing a song titled “Hiss Tin Ekak” yesterday pleaded guilty to charges levelled against him under Intellectual Read more...

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2017 Oscar Winners list

BEST PICTURE Moonlight : Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE Casey Affleck : Manchester by the Sea ACTRESS IN A LEADING Read more...

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Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as new president of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as president, beginning a new era for the long-troubled nation. Earlier Mr Mnangagwa raised his fist and the 60,000-strong stadium crowd Read more...

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Sharapova named in India luxury housing fraud probe

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is under investigation by Indian Police for cheating and criminal conspiracy after the collapse of a luxury housing project that she endorsed, a lawyer said Read more...

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UK minister Priti Patel resigns over Israel meetings row

Theresa May’s government was rocked on Wednesday by a second cabinet resignation in a week, after Priti Patel was forced to step down as International Development Secretary. It was revealed Patel held Read more...

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Trump says he will terminate green card lottery system

US President Donald Trump has said that he would end the popular US green card lottery after a radicalised Uzbek man who entered the country under the programme killed eight people in New York. “I am Read more...

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New York terror suspect was an Uber driver

New York terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov was a driver for Uber, the company confirms. He has been accused of driving a truck into a crowd near the World Trade Center in Manhattan on Tuesday, reportedly Read more...

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Japan PM Shinzo Abe’s coalition wins general election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition has won a resounding victory in Sunday’s general election, according to exit polls. On hearing of his victory PM Shinzo Abe said that he would “firmly Read more...

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Las Vegas shooting: Gunman Stephen Paddock placed cameras in hotel

Stephen Paddock, the gunman who killed 59 people and injured more than 500 in Las Vegas on Sunday, set up a number of cameras in and around his hotel suite. Sheriff Joseph Lombardo made the chilling revelation Read more...

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Trump declines to host Ramadan dinner

Donald Trump has declined to host a dinner to mark the end of Ramadan, ending a tradition that has been observed at the White House for more than 20 years. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also declined Read more...

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ICTA as catalyst in shaping Sri Lanka’s Startup Ecosystem announces Disrupt Asia 2017

The ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), the nation’s apex ICT Institution under the Ministry of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure, announces the launch of Disrupt Asia 2017, Sri Lanka’s Premier Startup Conference and Exhibition, at Trace Expert City on 12th July, at Hilton Colombo. Building on the immensely successful ‘Disrupt Asia’ held last year, ICTA hopes to grow, refine, and propel Read more...

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CBSL approves Ananda Athukorala as NDB Chairman

The Central Bank has approved the appointment of Ananda Athukorala as a director of the National Development Bank (NDB) and to succeed N.G. Wickremeratne as the bank chairman. An announcement by the bank to the Colombo Stock Exchange yesterday (31) says, “Mr. Atukorala shall succeed Mr. N.G. Wickremeratne as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of NDB with effect from Sep. 01.” Earlier, Read more...

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Lankan-born Google India Chief tells SL to go for tech gold!

Google India Managing Director, Lankan-born Rajan Anandan, yesterday urged Sri Lanka to harness both local and international talent to successfully tap the boom in the global technology business. “The Read more...

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‘No Phobia’ on taking Chinese money – PM

Sri Lanka is agnostic about what countries it accepts foreign investment from, including China, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. “There is no phobia,” Wickremesinghe, 67, said in an interview Read more...

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Customs exceeds revenue target for the first five months

Sri Lanka Customs has been able to exceed its targeted revenue for the first five months of this year. According to the Director General Chulananda Perera, the Customs had targeted revenue of Rs 322 billion, Read more...

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Self Learning Robot

Stanford University is developing a robot that can learn how to be socially aware and move through pedestrian environments by observing behaviours. Speaking to media, Stanford University’s Alexandre Alahi explained that unlike self driving cars which follow well-defined rules, crowds of people have unwritten rules, interacting with each other based on social convention and etiquette. “Every Read more...

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Research shows deleted WhatsApp messages aren’t actually deleted

Chat logs from WhatsApp linger on your phone even after you’ve deleted them, according to new research published by iOS expert Jonathan Zdziarski. Forensic traces of chats linger on the phone even after a user archives or deletes them, Zdziarski found, and could be accessed by someone with physical access to the device or by law enforcement issuing a warrant to Apple for iCloud backups. Although Read more...

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Facebook is changing the way stories come into your News Feed

Your Facebook News Feed is about to get a makeover. That’s because the social network announced Wednesday that it is tweaking the computer software that controls what you see in your feed to favor Read more...

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Friends to get higher priority in Facebook News Feeds

Facebook has once again tweaked the formula it uses to decide what people will see in their news feed – and this time, it’s personal. The social media giant says it updated the news feed so Read more...

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China builds world’s most powerful computer

A new supercomputer from China has topped the latest list of the world’s most powerful machines. The 93 petaflop Sunway TaihuLight is installed at the National Supercomputing Centre in Wuxi. At its Read more...

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Algeria blocks Facebook, Twitter to stop exam cheating

Facebook, Twitter and other social networks have been temporarily blocked in Algeria to try to stop cheats posting high school exam papers online. Thousands of high school students are retaking part of Read more...

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Self Learning Robot

Stanford University is developing a robot that can learn how to be socially aware and move through pedestrian environments by observing behaviours. Speaking to media, Stanford University’s Alexandre Alahi explained that unlike self driving cars which follow well-defined rules, crowds of people Read more...

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