Director boards of People’s Bank, BOC and BOI dissolved

President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to dissolve the boards of directors of the People’s Bank, the Bank of Ceylon and the Board of Investments (BOI). The dissolution will be in effect from midnight tonight (17). Reportedly, this decision has been taken in order to reform the board of directors Read more...

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President’s fmr. Chief of Staff and ex-STC Chairman further remanded

President’s former Chief of Staff H.I.K. Mahanama and former Chairman of the State Timber Corporation (STC), P. Dissanayake who were arrested while accepting a bribe of Rs 20 million has been further remanded until 7th August. The suspects were arrested Read more...

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that it has withdrawn disciplinary charges against Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera and lifted the provisional suspension previously imposed on him.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...

President called Modi to reject ‘baseless’ media reports October 18, 2018 08:47 am

President Maithripala Sirisena telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday to “categorically” reject media reports about him alluding to the involvement of India in an alleged plot to assassinate the president and a former defence secretary, the Indian Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said. The Read more...

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Vasu and Welgama make statements according to a plan – Ranjan

MPs Vasudeva Nanayakkara and Kumara Welgama make statements according to a plan of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, says deputy minister Ranjan Ramanayake. He made these comments when he visited the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) yesterday to issue a statement regarding a complaint made Read more...

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Jayasuriya couldn’t explain his phone details – Report

It might have come as a shock for many fans of former Sri Lankan skipper and swashbuckling opener Sanath Jayasuriya when, earlier today (15), the ICC charged him on two counts for breaching its anti-corruption code. But THE WEEK has reliably learnt that Jayasuriya was questioned by the ICC’s anti-corruption Read more...

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“I Made No Commitment To Form Coalition Government With Sirisena”: MR Tells JO Seniors At GL’s House

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had informed party leaders and stalwarts of the Joint Opposition that he had not made any commitment to form a coalition or caretaker government with President Maithripala Sirisena. The meeting was held at the private residence of Prof. G.L. Peiris, the Chairman of Read more...

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23,000 alcohol related deaths annually in Sri Lanka

Today is World Temperance Day, but one day alone is insufficient to discuss and act on the issues which have arisen due to alcohol consumption and abuse in Sri Lanka, where alcohol dependence is a major health and social problem. Alcohol consumption has become one of the main factors and causes of harm Read more...

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Kusal Janith Perera Ruled Out Of Series Against England: Kusal Mendis Called In As Replacement

Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Janith Perera has been ruled out of the One Day series against England. SLC sources said Perera, a middle order batsman, has been advised to rest due to a side strain. He went through a MRI scan following the second ODI against England in Dambulla. Kusal Mendis has been recalled Read more...

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SLC Officially Announces Angelo Mathews And Kusal Mendis Dropped From ODI Series Against England

Sri Lanka Cricket today officially announced that former captain Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis have been dropped from the upcoming ODI series against England. Mathews, who was removed from captaincy earlier this week, has been dropped from the ODI squad due to fitness concerns . It is learnt that Mathews Read more...

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“I am a Scapegoat” – Angelo Mathews

Sri Lanka’s sacked skipper Angelo Mathews accused the country’s cricket board Monday of blaming him solely for the island’s humiliating exit from the Asia Cup. The 31-year-old all rounder has threatened to retire from the two shorter formats of the game after being dumped on Sunday Read more...

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Sri Lanka Loses Dhanushka Gunathilake Too: Two Prominent Players Withdraw Even Before The Start Of Asia Cup

Sri Lanka’s opener Dhanushka Gunathilake, who was in cracking form in the domestic T20 league, has withdrawn from Asia Cip due to a lower back injury . Gunathilake who flew to Dubai with the Sri Lankan team has returned to the country. Shehan Jayasuriya has been included in the squad as Gunathilake’s Read more...

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One-off T20I: Sri Lanka beat South Africa by three wickets

Sri Lanka defeated South Africa by three wickets in the one-off T20I in Colombo on Tuesday. Lakshan Sandakan led an inspired spin attack (three for 19) to help skittle out South Africa for its lowest-ever T20I total of 98. Dinesh Chandimal, returning to the side, guided the team home with an unbeaten Read more...

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Sri Lanka snatches final ODI from South Africa

An all-round dominant performance from Sri Lanka took them to a second consolation win in the series against a South African side whose depth proved shallower than comfortable. Angelo Mathews’ run-a-ball 97 propelled Sri Lanka to a shave short of 300 on a slow surface before Akila Dananjaya’s best Read more...

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JO to inform Speaker on their privileges in Parliament

The Joint Opposition will hold an island wide series of protests against the current government, says former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He says that the preliminary discussions regarding that have been Read more...

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SLFP 16 wants Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister

Speaking in Badulla today UPFA Parliamentarian Dilan Perera stated that the Mahinda Rajapaksa should be the next Prime Minister. He said that the 16 members who defected to the Opposition believe that 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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Sri Lankan-born Writer...

Michelle de Kretser , a Sri Lankan-born Australian writer won the Miles Franklin Literary Award at the Read more...

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Female Singer Priyani ...

Singer Priyani Jayasinghe has been found stabbed to death at her home in Panadura, states Police Media Read more...

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Michael Jackson show h...

REUTERS – A musical inspired by the life of late pop singer Michael Jackson will open on Broadway in Read more...

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Rihanna accuses Snapch...

Rihanna has accused Snapchat of “intentionally” shaming victims of domestic abuse. The singer was Read more...

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Bollywood star Sridevi...

Dubai forensic reports have stated that Superstar Bollywood actress Sridevi Kapoor died of an accidental Read more...

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Victor Ratnaike’...

Hashini Ratnayake, the wife of veteran singer Victor Ratnayake has been arrested by Police over alleged Read more...

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Fmr. Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years in prison

A Pakistani court has sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison on corruption charges related to four luxury London flats. The National Accountability Bureau court handed down Read more...

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Indian President rejects plea to release Rajiv Gandhi killers

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind has rejected the Tamil Nadu government’s request to release the seven prisoners convicted for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991. Mr. Read more...

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Malaysian Government to re-define fake news law

Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Sunday that an anti-fake news law brought by the previous administration will be given “proper” definition, making it clear to the Read more...

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Prince William and Kate name baby son Louis

Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate have named their baby son Louis Arthur Charles, Kensington Palace announced on Friday. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce Read more...

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49 dead in plane crash at Nepal’s Kathmandu airport

At least 49 people were killed when a plane approached the runway from the wrong direction, crashed and burst into flames while landing at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan Airport in Nepal on Monday. Flight 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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New board of directors appointed to SriLankan Airlines

A new board of directors has been appointed to SriLankan Airlines. Ranjith Fernando has been appointed as the Chairman. The other members appointed to the director board are Mano Thittawella, Susantha Katugampala, Dr. Roshan Perera, and  Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathi.  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 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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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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