Brigadier Priyanka Fernando arrives in Sri Lanka after recall

The Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London, Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, arrived in the country after being recalled by the government. Army Spokesman Brigadier Sumith Attapaatu said yesterday that the Brigadier was recalled. A video appeared on social media 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The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that it has withdrawn disciplinary charges against Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera and lifted the provisional suspension previously imposed on him.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...

Lasantha murder: SSP gives confidential statement

Former Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in charge of Mount Lavinia area, Hemantha Adhikari, who has been arrested in connection with the murder of journalist Lansantha Wickrematunge, has made a confidential statement before Mt. Lavinia Chief Magistrate Mohamed Mihail. Ada Derana court reporter said Read more...

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Iran plane crash: All 66 people on board feared dead

Sixty-six people are feared to have been killed in a passenger plane crash in the Zagros mountains in Iran. The Aseman Airlines plane, en route from Tehran to the south-western city of Yasuj, came down near the city of Semirom in Isfahan province. The Red Crescent deployed search and rescue teams to Read more...

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Arjuna Mahendran fails to make statement to CID

It is reported that Former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran has not yet returned to the country, even after being summoned to make a statement to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). He was named as a suspect in the bond scam and failed to make any statement to the CID yesterday, as ordered. Colombo Read more...

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Gas cylinder price hike likely

A top official attached to a leading gas company said that the deposit on a gas cylinder will have to be hiked by Rs 200 shortly. He stated that the steps regarding the price increase were being contemplated at the moment and that it would come into effect before the end of the month. The official added Read more...

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Rosy Becomes First Mayoress Of Colombo As UNP Secures Resounding Victory In Colombo Municipal Council

Former MP Rosy Senanayake has become the first Mayoress in Colombo as the UNP has secured an easy victory in the Colombo Municipal Council. The UNP has received 131353 votes in the Colombo MC area with 60 seats. The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramua has come second with 60097 votes and 23 seats. The UPFA has Read more...

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Cricket T20: Sri Lanka tastes victory after eight consecutive defeats

Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by six wickets in Dhaka to take 1-0 lead in two-match T20I series today, February 15 in Dhaka. Chasing a target of 194 runs Sri Lanka openers Dhanushka Gunathilaka (30) and Kusal Mendis (53) set the platform for the easy win. Later on, middle order batsman Dasun Shanaka (42*) Read more...

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Lasith Malinga named Mumbai Indians’ bowling mentor

Lasith Malinga will be part of Mahela Jayawardene’s coaching staff for Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians. Malinga was named Mumbai Indians bowling mentor on Wednesday. Although Shane Bond is the official bowling coach of IPL champions Mumbai Indians, Malinga will add to the think tank, Read more...

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Sri Lanka seek lifeline against rampaging Bangladesh

Sri Lanka will be looking to turn things around for a win against Bangladesh, which will ensure their road to the final, as they take on the hosts in the final group stage match of the Tri Nation series to be played at Dhaka today. Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal said on Wednesday that the initial Read more...

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Sri Lanka Crippled By Injuries Again: Kusal Janith Perera Ruled Out Of Tri-nation ODI Series

Sri Lankan opener Kusal Janith Perera has been ruled out of the tri-nation ODI series in Bangladesh, the Sri lanka Cricket announced. Sources said the Sri Lanka opener suffered with a side strain while batting during the last match against Zimbabwe. Perera is the second senior player to opt out of the Read more...

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Angelo Mathews Ruled Out Of Tri-Nation ODI Series: Participation In Test Series Also Doubtful

Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews has been ruled out of the tri-nation ODI series in Bangladesh The SLC sources that Dinesh Chandimal would captain the Sri Lanka team for the rest of the series. They also added that Mathews’ participation for the Test series is also doubtful. Mathews suffered a Read more...

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Raza, Chatara star as Zimbabwe stun Sri Lanka

Zimbabwe bounced back from their defeat to Bangladesh with a thrilling 12-run victory over Sri Lanka in the second game in Dhaka. The win has also extended Zimbabwe’s dominance over Sri Lanka after they went on to beat them at their own backyard in an ODI series last year. Chasing the total of 291, 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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Maldives ex-leader Gayoom and SC Chief Justice arrested

Maldives police have arrested the country’s chief justice of the Supreme Court and ex-leader Abdul Gayoom, hours after the government declared a state of emergency. The crisis began when President Abdulla 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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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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