Namal Rajapaksa and 7 others granted bail

UPFA Parliamentarians Namal Rajapaksa, DV Chanaka, Provincial Councilor Sampath Atukorala and five others arrested and remanded in connection with the protest in Hambantota, have been granted bail. The arrested suspects were produced before the Hambantota Magistrate this morning, when the case was taken 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The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that it has withdrawn disciplinary charges against Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera and lifted the provisional suspension previously imposed on him.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...

Strike cost Railway Dept Rs 12 M

The Department of Railways suffered a loss of Rs 12 million due to the recent train strike, a senior official said yesterday. He said that income was lost on ticket sales, and seat reservations during this period. The strike, launched on 11 October, resulted in the cancellation of nearly 370 scheduled Read more...

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PM Wickremesinghe returns after Finland official tour

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his delegation arrived in the country this morning, following an official visit to Finland. The Premier and his delegation engaged in discussions with the Finnish Prime Minister, the Speaker and theMinister of Foreign Affairs. A number of agreements in various Read more...

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Ministers Kabir Hashim, Malik Samarawickrama arrives at the Bond Commission

Minister of Public Enterprises Development, Kabir Hashim and Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama are due to appear before the Presidential Commission Inquiring into the Issuance of Bonds. Summons were issued on the ministers yesterday. The commission said Read more...

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Appropriation Bill for financial year 2018 to be presented in Parliament

The first reading of the budget Appropriation Bill for the Financial ear 2018 will be presented in Parliament today by State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne. The state expenditure for the financial year 2018 stands at Rs. 3982 billion. The state income for the year is estimated at Rs.2175 billion. Minister Read more...

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Scholarship Exam results out on 5 October

Results of the Grade Five Scholarship Examination are expected to be released on 5 October according to the Examinations Department website. Cut off marks for the selected major schools will be released in December. The exam was held on 20 August with nearly 356,728 candidates sitting for it at 3,014 Read more...

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Sri Lanka to confirm Pakistan tour today

Sri Lanka will announce today about Pakistan’s tour for the third Twenty20 International, that is set to be played at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Sri Lankan team manager Asanka Gurusinha revealed that the cricket board will take a final decision of either touring to Pakistan or not, after the board members’ Read more...

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Doubts over 2022 Commonwealth Games

The deadline for bids to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games has been extended after Birmingham’s application was judged to be “not fully compliant”. Birmingham was the only bidder before the original 30 September deadline. Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Victoria in Canada and a potential Australian entry Read more...

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Pakistan rest Azhar Ali for Sri Lanka one-day series

Pakistan rested Azhar Ali for the five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka starting in Dubai next week to give the opener time to recover from a knee problem, selectors said Friday. The 32-year-old is featuring in the second and final Test in Dubai on Friday only after having injections to relieve Read more...

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Sri Lanka vs Pakistan first Test Chandimal looks for new beginning

Rival captains Sarfraz Ahmed and Dinesh Chandimal hope the recent two-match Test series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will give them a new beginning. Pakistan wants to turn the page after the retirement of their two greats Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, while Sri Lanka will look to lift their recent Read more...

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ICC launches corruption probe in Sri Lanka

The ICC has confirmed its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has opened an investigation in Sri Lanka, less than 48 hours after 40 top cricketers petitioned Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to launch an inquiry into corruption allegations. On Friday, SLC confirmed it had received a letter signed by national players, Read more...

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St. Joseph’s College win President’s Trophy final

St. Joseph’s College Colombo won the President’s Trophy Schools Under-20 Knockout Rugby Championship after defeating Isipathana College 19-13 in the final held today.  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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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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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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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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