President to spend over Rs.10 million per day, reduced allocation for education


The total expenditure of the government for 2017 according to the Appropriation Bill presented to the Parliament today will be over Rs.1819.5 billion (Rs 1,819,544,000,000). The total expenditure for 2016 was Rs.1941.4 billion and it is a Rs.21.9 billion reduction when compared to last year. The budget 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The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that it has withdrawn disciplinary charges against Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera and lifted the provisional suspension previously imposed on him.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...

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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...


India has no problem with refugees returning to Sri Lanka

India will have no problem if Sri Lankan refugees want to return their homeland with the help of their Government, said the official spokesperson of India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Vikas Swarup in response a question on sending back Sri Lankan refugees living in Tamil Nadu, New Read more...

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Compensation method for electricity consumers


The Public Utilities Commission is to introduce a compensation method for electricity consumers. Other than natural disaster situations, consumers can seek damages for sudden power failures, delays in obtaining a new connection and in meter reading as well as payments. They also can claim compensation Read more...

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6 hrs. a day power cut from 2018?


A power cut of between one and three hours per day is likely from 2018 due to the failure to generate electricity as expected, and the hours could be extended to six hours a day during dry weather, energy experts warn. One of the two reasons for this situation is the non-construction of the second phase Read more...

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Nearly17 kg of Kerala Ganja found abandoned in boat


Sri Lanka Navy personnel have recovered nearly 17 kilograms of Kerala Ganja abandoned in a boat in the sea area south of Point Pedro. Naval personnel attached to SLNS Uththara located in Kankesanthurai in Northern Naval Command discovered the Fibre Glass Dinghy abandoned in the sea yesterday (13).  Read more...

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Groom dies on bride’s lap a day after wedding


groom has died on the lap of his bride a day after their wedding. The 25-year-old Isuru Sampath had been taking his love of three years home in Ibbagamuwa, when he suddenly felt tired. He had leaned on the shoulder of his wife to take a nap, for the last time, and became unconscious. The bride felt something Read more...

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Foley died of fluid build-up in lungs

Munster head coach Anthony Foley died after a heart condition caused fluid to build up in his lungs, a French coroner has said. The condition, known as acute pulmonary edema, was caused by “a heart rhythm disorder”, an autopsy revealed. Foley, 42, died on Saturday night at the hotel in Paris Read more...

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Buttler ‘disappointed’ with Bangladesh


Skipper Jos Buttler was “disappointed” by Bangladesh’s pointed celebrations of his dismissal in England’s 34-run defeat in Dhaka on Sunday. Buttler fell lbw to Taskin Ahmed for 57 to leave England 123-7, chasing 239. “You don’t have to run up to a guy. I’m disappointed Read more...

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Maxwell powers Australia to Twenty20 win over Sri Lanka


Another remarkable display of power hitting from Glenn Maxwell has helped Australia to a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka for a clean sweep of the two-match Twenty20 series. Maxwell followed up his 145 not out in Tuesday’s 85-run win with a spectacular knock of 66 off 29 balls, including four sixes. The Read more...

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Serena Williams sets grand slam record


World number one Serena Williams set a new Grand Slam record of 308 victories with a win over Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan at the US Open in New York. The 34 year old American, won 6-2 6-3 to pass Roger Federer in the all-time list of matches won at the tennis majors. She moves on to the quarter-finals, Read more...

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Tillakaratne Dilshan, a game changing cricket player: Arjuna


Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga also the Former Test Cricket Captain said yesterday that Tillakaratne Dilshan is a game changing cricket player. The Minister stated this appreciating the great service done for cricket by Tillakaratne Dilshan who initially announced that he is retiring Read more...

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Steven Smith rested; David Warner to lead Australia in Sri Lanka


Australia’s Steve Smith has been rested to focus on next month’s tour of South Africa leaving David Warner to lead the side for the remainder of the Sri Lanka series. In Smith’s absence, David Warner will captain Australia for the first time. Smith will head home to Australia today and miss the Read more...

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Bandula to resign as SLFP organizer to Homagama electorate


UPFA MP Bandula Gunawardena says that he will resign as the organizer of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) for Homagama electorate. The announcement was made while he was speaking at an event held in Read more...

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‘Will expose MR’s ‘secrets’ if he forms new party’

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“I will expose all that we have kept as secrets so far if they go ahead with the plan to form a new party,” Sirisena warned while addressing a rally. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Read more...

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Pada Yatra arrives in Colombo today


Today is the fifth and final day of the Jana Satana Pada Yatra organized by the Joint Opposition. The march that began from Nittambuwa last morning ended at the Kiribathgoda town. Accordingly, the march Read more...

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Executive Presidency should go: President


President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday reiterated that he will continue to set in motion measures to abolish the Executive Presidency and introduce a new constitution. The President said that he always Read more...

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Bob Dylan gets Nobel P...

US singer Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first songwriter to win the prestigious award. The 75-year-old rock Read more...

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Half-Indian crowned Mi...

A half-Indian woman has been crowned Miss Japan, the second year in a row a biracial person has won the beauty pageant. The 22 year old, Priyanka Yoshikawa Read more...

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Derana Miss Sri Lanka ...

Dimanthi Edirirathne was crowned Derana Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Earth 2016 during the final pageant held on Wednesday (August 31) at Citrus, Waskaduwa. Read more...

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“I’d love ...

With her effervescent avatar and funky dance moves, Jacqueline Fernandez has won the hearts of film buffs. The Sri Lankan beauty, who forayed into Bollywood Read more...

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Hillary Clinton Poses ...

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel managed to bring out Hillary Clinton’s silly side in a photo booth while hosting a fundraising luncheon at their Read more...

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Malaysia singer held f...

Police have arrested a popular but controversial Malaysian singer, after complaints that his most recent music video “insulted Islam”. Namewee, Read more...

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Thirteen dead in Kabul university raid


Thirteen people, including seven students, died in an attack by gunmen on the American University in the Afghan capital Kabul, police say. Two attackers were also shot dead by security forces nearly 10 Read more...

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Nepal bus crash kills at least 33


At least 33 people were killed Monday (15) when a passenger bus skidded off the road and plunged down a hill in Nepal’s Kavrepalanchok district, authorities said. Thirty-eight injured passengers Read more...

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Trump is the Official Republican Nominee

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd after addressing a GOP fundraising event, Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015, in Birch Run, Mich. Trump attended the Lincoln Day Dinner of the Genesee and Saginaw county Republican parties. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

United for a night, Republicans nominated Donald Trump Tuesday as their presidential standard-bearer, capping the billionaire businessman’s stunning takeover of the GOP and propelling him into a Read more...

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Lebanon hit by deadly suicide attack


At least five people have been killed and 13 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in a village in eastern Lebanon, reports say. Three bombers blew themselves up in the village of Qaa, close to the Syrian Read more...

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US election: Man ‘tried to shoot Donald Trump’ at Las Vegas rally


A Briton who tried to grab a police officer’s gun at a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas said he wanted to shoot the US candidate, court papers say. Michael Steven Sandford, 20, did not enter a plea when Read more...

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India to launch 20 satellites on June 22


India has announced that 20 satellites will be launched in a single mission on June 22. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) stated, at 9.25 a.m. that day, the Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Read more...

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Jaya asks Modi to retake Kachchatheevu


The regaining of Katchatheevu island, from Sri Lanka, was one of the prime demands made by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jeyaram, when she met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday Read more...

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Taiwan’s first female leader sworn in


Tsai Ing-wen has been sworn in as the new president of Taiwan, the island’s first female leader. Ms Tsai, seen as a shy but determined leader, led her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to a landslide 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 next generation of technology and computing will open up unprecedented business opportunities. Sri Lanka has talent but the issue is where do you focus? Sri Lanka must also look at attracting global 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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World’s longest non-stop flight postponed


Qatar Airways has delayed the launch of the world’s longest scheduled direct flight — from Doha to Auckland, New Zealand — by two months because of the late delivery of Airbus (AIR.PA) 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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