No excuses for stealing Govt assets – Minister

No one has the right to misuse assets belonging to the government or the general public. Those who have stolen public assets have been interdicted, said Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister Fisheries, while on an inspectional visit to Embilipitiya at Mahaweli residential business office. During his visit, he 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The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that it has withdrawn disciplinary charges against Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera and lifted the provisional suspension previously imposed on him.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...

PM demanded Ravi given lotteries boards – SB

inister S.B. Dissanayake admits problems in the allocation of subjects following the recent cabinet reshuffle, saying the president is unhappy over the handover of lotteries boards to foreign affairs minister Ravi Karunanayake as demanded by the prime minister. Speaking at a function in Kandy yesterday Read more...

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Estate Superintendent commits suicide in Marawila?

Body of a 61-year-old Estate Superintendent who is believed to have committed suicide was found from an estate bungalow in Mudukatuwa, Marawila, police said. The police believe that the person had shot himself using his official firearm. The Marawila police have commenced an investigation in connection Read more...

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Govt. to ban sell of medal won by athlete in international event

The Sports Minister says he intends to introduce laws preventing the sale or auction of any medal won by an athlete in an international event. Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara made the observation during an event held on Wednesday. This came after Olympic Silver Medalist Susanthika Jayasinghe claimed Read more...

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Death toll rises – search, relief and rescue operations in place

Death toll due to floods and landslides has risen to 196, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said. 93 persons remain missing. 622,510 in total were affected by the disaster situation that made an impact across 15 districts, the DMC added. Over 84,000 individuals have been relocated in 382 secure locations. Meanwhile, Read more...

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Flood and landslides: 180 deaths, 110 missing

The number of deaths due to the floods and landslides has increased up to 180 while 110 are missing, Disaster Management Center said. 588, 082 have been affected and about 76, 902 people are in 368 safety centers as of now.  Read more...

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Pakistan breezes into semi-finals

The Champions Trophy might have been damp and lifeless on the English shores this year, but it was on a Welsh detour that it finally roared to life. In the game which had the most riding on it all tournament, Pakistan and Sri Lanka provided a spectacle befitting the magnitude of the occasion, and Pakistan Read more...

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Upul Tharanga suspended for two matches after four-hour innings

Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Upul Tharanga has been suspended for his team’s next two matches in the Champions Trophy because of a “serious” over-rate offence in their first group B match against South Africa at The Oval. Sri Lanka took more than four hours to bowl 50 overs, and match referee Read more...

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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Hosts win by 8 wickets

England (308/2) beat Bangladesh (305/6) by eight wickets Starts can hardly be more misleading. England won the toss and after eight balls of the Champions Trophy, Chris Woakes – the ever-reliable Woakes – had bowled a maiden over, Mark Wood was looking too sharp for Bangladesh’s batsmen, Read more...

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Champions Trophy: NZ beat SL by 6 wickets

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in their second and the final ICC Champions Trophy 2017 warm-up game at Edgbaston. Kane Williamson’s men will open their campaign against Australia on June 4 while Angelo Mathews’ men will take on South Africa on June 3 at the Oval. Get full cricket score Read more...

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Misbah, Younis get dramatic farewell

Pakistan clinched their first ever series win in the Caribbean when they beat West Indies in a thrilling finish to the third test in Dominica on Sunday, giving Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq a perfect retirement present. A valiant, unbeaten century by Roston Chase almost staved off defeat for West Indies, Read more...

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Manohar to remain ICC chairman until June 2018

The uncertainty over whether ICC will have a new Chairman in June has been brought to an end by the man who started it in the first place. Shashank Manohar has decided to complete his elected term as ICC Chairman, which is due to end in June 2018, the ICC confirmed. The decision represents a second change 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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We are ready – Gov.

The Government yesterday said that it was ready to meet any contingency or negative fall-out of the countrywide multiple trade union strike which is expected to cripple the nation’s health, education, 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’

“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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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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Kareena – Saif w...

Actors Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan welcomed their first child, a son they’ve named Taimur. The baby was born at Mumbai’s Breach Candy 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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Bangladesh landslides kill at least 42 after heavy downpour

At least 42 people were killed in landslides triggered by rains in Bangladesh, news agency PTI, quoting authorities, reported on Tuesday. A depression in the Bay of Bengal saw rains batter the hilly parts Read more...

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Plane lands at Sydney with hole in engine

A China Eastern Airlines plane has had to turn back to Sydney airport after a technical failure which left a hole in an engine casing. Flight MU736 was heading from Sydney, Australia to Shanghai, but the Read more...

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Guatemala mourns after children’s home fire kills 21 girls

  Guatemala has declared three days of national mourning after a fire killed at least 21 teenage girls at a children’s care home.Wednesday’s blaze at the government-run Virgen de Asuncion shelter Read more...

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Suicide truck bomb kills about 100 in Iraq

A suicide truck bomb killed about 100 people, most of them Iranian Shi’ite pilgrims, at a petrol station in the city of Hilla 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad on Thursday, police and medical sources 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

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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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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