Sriyani Wijewickrama sworn in as State Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government

MP Sriyani Wijewickrama who recently defected from the Joint Opposition to the SLFP, was sworn in as the State Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government by President Maithripala Sirisena. UPFA MP Sriyani Wijewickrama representing the Joint Opposition met the President on December 10, and stated 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The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that it has withdrawn disciplinary charges against Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera and lifted the provisional suspension previously imposed on him.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...

Dayasiri blasts Janayugaya

For ‘Janayugaya’ newspaper, which is funded by profits obtained from the controversial Treasury Bonds deal, ‘acting according to the law’ is ‘enacting a comedy’, Sports Minister and lawyer Dayasiri Jayasekara had stated in Parliament. “I have said before that Read more...

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Bond Commission time period extended

A gazette notification has been issued to extend the time period of the Bond Commission by a further twenty-three days. Accordingly, the Commission will now be in operation from December 8 to December 31.  Read more...

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Railway strike from midnight today

The Locomotive Operating Engineers Union (LOEU) announced that all Railway Department employees will go on strike from midnight today (6). Secretary of the LOEU Indika Dodamgoda stated that the strike action was organized as the government is yet to comply with several demands made by the Railway Department. All Read more...

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Authorities take steps to limit number of vehicles entering Yala National Park

The Department of Wildlife Conservation has decided to limit the number of vehicles carrying tourists into Yala National Park. Accordingly, only 300 vehicles will be permitted to tour the national park for a day. The Department said, the Minister of Mass Media and Information, Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Read more...

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No fuel shortage: public urged not to panic – CPSTL

The Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminal Ltd (CPSTL), urged the general public not to panic as there is no fuel shortage within the country. CPSTL officials confirmed that an adequate amount of fuel reserves has been stocked within the CPSTL. It was further stated that all fuel stations across the country 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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Sehwag slams SL players for complaining about smog

Virender Sehwag has slammed Sri Lankan players for wearing masks and complaining about smog on the second day of the Delhi Test, calling it a pre-planned strategy, the DNA reported Monday. He said that it was meant to stop Virat Kohli from scoring a triple century. While speaking to a TV channel after Read more...

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Pothas slams ‘embarrassing’ Sri Lanka after worst Test defeat

Sri Lanka coach Nic Pothas warned his players there would be “repercussions” after the country’s worst-ever Test defeat, at the hands of India on Monday. The South African could barely contain his anger after Sri Lanka lost the second Test by an innings and 239 runs in four days in Nagpur. “It’s Read more...

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New role for Angelo Mathews

Former skipper Angelo Mathews, who marks his return to the SL team, will have a different role to play in India as he is set to bat higher up the order at the number four position as a specialist batsman. Mathews (30) used to bat at number five and bowls occasionally during Tests for Sri Lanka after Read more...

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New-look SL team ready for special delivery

Pakistan will look to transfer the momentum from their one-day whitewash against Sri Lanka into the three Twenty20 internationals starting in Abu Dhabi on Thursday and ending in Lahore three days later. Pakistan blanked Sri Lanka 5-0 in the preceding one-day series and start the Twenty20 fixtures as 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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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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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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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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