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 are treating it as a possible terrorist incident. Greater Manchester Police is working to set up a contact number for relatives. Officers have told the BBC there is a second suspect device near where the first explosion occurred. Reporters were moved away from the scene and were told a controlled Read more...

22 injured, many buried under debris

A five-storey car park under construction in Wellawatte collapsed yesterday morning as rains lashed the area, injuring over 22 workers at the site and trapping several others under mounds of debris. The multilevel car park attached to a reception hall adjacent to a popular…… cinema in Wellawatte, had been providing parking space for the public for several years and was adding several new levels to the building. The incident that occurred around 10 a.m. involved the collapse of three storeys Read more...

Mahindananda to be arrested?

United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Mahindananda Aluthgamage claims that the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) will shortly arrest him on orders of the Prime Minister, on fabricated charges. He noted that the accusation was connected to the controversial carom board case. He said arresting members of the Joint Opposition on bogus allegations is a ploy of the government to prevent the former from raising key concerns pertaining to the economy. “The carrom boards Read more...

Student protest to go ahead despite Court ruling – Weerasekara

The protests that were organized against the functioning of the Private Medical School in Malabe will be held today (17), at 11.00 am. The convener of the protest, Lahiru Weerasekara stated that although a court order was passed against the staging of this particular protest, supporters are still not willing to back down and will continue. He further added that the students will engage in the protests until a suitable solution is provided by the government. Weerasekara stated that the government’s Read more...

WannaCry Ransomware attack: SL on list of affected countries

Computer experts say that Sri Lanka too has been affected by the WannaCry ransomware attack. The Ransomware has already affected more than 200,000 computers in about 150 countries. Experts say that Sri Lanka joined the map of countries affected by the virus, this morning. Parakum Pathirana, Executive Committee Member of the Computer Society of Sri Lanka says that they do not know the extent of the harm caused at present. Pathirana underscored the importance of updating operating systems and anti-virus Read more...

As protests continue to mount SAITM told: ‘stop new intakes’

In light of the continuous protests against the South Asian Institution of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), the Government has requested the SAITM management to halt enrolling new students to the institution. The request was made by Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella through the respective ministry asking the SAITM management to halt student intake till several policy decisions taken by the Government on SAITM is implemented. Such policy decisions include the listing of SAITM Read more...

9,278 dengue cases in Colombo

More than 100 employees of the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital have been tested Dengue positive, the All Ceylon Nurses’ Union (ACNU) said. ACNU President Gamini Kumarasinghe told Ceylon Today that this strain was spreading extremely fast because of dengue breeding places being allowed to proliferate too long. “There is a rapid increase in dengue patients reported in Kurunegala. The hospital has run out of space to accommodate dengue patients. So many hospital personnel being also identified Read more...

Modi here this evening

Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will be in Colombo today and tomorrow to participate in…… celebrations marking UN ‘Vesak Day’, The Indian Premier will arrive on a special Air India flight from New Delhi at the Bandaranaike International Airport at 5. 30 p.m. He is expected to proceed to the Gangaramaya Temple in Slave Island for a lamp lighting ceremony tomorrow night and will take in the Vesak decorations in and around the Gangaramaya. He will be spending the night Read more...

Liquor stores, meat stalls, casinos closed for Vesak

The government has decided to have all liquor stores, meat and fish stalls, casinos, nightclubs and gambling centers closed for the Vesak holiday. Accordingly, the above-mentioned establishments would be closed from May 7-13. Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs said a circular has been sent to all the Provincial Chief Secretaries and District Secretariats informing them to implement the decision. (CDN)  Read more...

MR’s youngest sister passes away

Gandhini Vichithra Rajapaksa Ranawaka, the youngest sibling of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, passed away at a private hospital in Colombo last morning, following an illness. Ms Ranawaka 58 was a mother of two sons and a daughter. The final rites are scheduled to be performed this evening at the Udahamulla Cemetery.  Read more...

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