19 killed, 50 injured in Manchester Arena blast

Nineteen people have been killed and about 50 injured in a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena. Police were called to reports of an explosion at the venue at about 22:35 BST following a pop concert by the US singer Ariana Grande. The cause of the blast is unknown but the counter terrorism experts 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The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that it has withdrawn disciplinary charges against Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera and lifted the provisional suspension previously imposed on him.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...

Cabinet reshuffle

President Maithripala Sirisena said that the Cabinet reshuffle which took place last morning would allow the country to strive towards more development with a new impetus. He made this comment while addressing the Cabinet of Ministers after having conducted a reshuffle of certain Ministries. Prime Minister Read more...

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Weather today

Fairly strong winds at times (up to 50kmph) can be expected over the island (Especially in the western slope of the central hills) and strong winds at times in the surrounding sea areas (up to 60-70 kmph). Showery weather condition is expected to continue over south-western part of the island. Showers Read more...

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Gammanpila thanks Modi for revealing the truth about Indo-Lanka relations

I express my sincere thanks to Narendra Modi for revealing the bitter truth about Indo-Lanka relations that the rulers of our country struggled to hide, United People’s Freedom Party MP Udaya Gammanpila stated. He also said that Sri Lanka had already become a state partially under the Indian supremacy. MP Read more...

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Announcement to takeover Neville Fernando hospital to govt. today

An announcement to takeover the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital in Malabe to the government will be submitted today, a top government minister said. The Minister of Higher Education and Highway, Lakshman Kiriella stated that the necessary documents have been signed by both himself and the Minister Read more...

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SL gets GSP+ approval

The European Union Foreign and Trade Minister’s Council, last night approved the Generalized System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) for Sri Lanka. “Now the next step is that we have to wait till it is gazetted and that will be on either 21 or 22 May,” Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. 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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‘Battle of Golds’ on 24th and 25th March

The 11th ‘Battle of the Gold’s big match between Mahanama College and D.S.Senanayake College will be played on 24 and 25 March at P. Sara Oval. This was revealed at the press conference held at the same venue on Monday. The one-day encounter will be played on 9 April at R. Premadasa International Read more...

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SL fall short despite Tharanga century

A Sri Lankan line-up that was dismissed for under 190 in the first three ODIs and had not topped 300 in any format on the current tour of South Africa made a fist of chasing a record total at Newlands, but eventually fell 40 runs short. South Africa’s batsmen filled the boots by posting the highest Read more...

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2020 Olympics medals to be made from mobile phones

Olympic and Paralympic medals for the Tokyo 2020 Games will be made from recycled mobile phones. The Japanese public will be asked to donate old phones and small appliances to gather two tonnes of gold, silver and bronze for the 5,000 medals. The project hopes to promote sustainability and reduce costs. “A Read more...

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Chandimal to lead in final T-20, Tharanga to captain in ODIs?

Dinesh Chandmal is likely to lead Sri Lanka in the third and final T-20 match against South Africa, according to sources at Sri Lanka Cricket. The team will be led by Upul Tharanga in the five-match ODI series, sources say. Meanwhile, Lahiru Madhusanka and Sandun Weerakkody are due to join the team in 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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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