Govt. in illegal deal with China – Dinesh

Joint Opposition (JO) Parliamentary Group Leader MP Dinesh Gunawardana alleged in Parliament yesterday that the government was attempting to hand over the Hambantota Harbour to the Chinese in an illegal manner. The MP made these remarks while raising a question under Standing Order 23/2 in the House 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The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that it has withdrawn disciplinary charges against Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera and lifted the provisional suspension previously imposed on him.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...

Maithri to be told to name Gota as PM candidate!

Several senior SLFP ministers are planning to propose to president Maithripala Sirisena that ex-defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa be named their prime ministerial candidate, reliable sources told. The party’s central committee has already decided that president Sirisena should seek a second term Read more...

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No agreement yet on Hambantota port – president

An agreement is yet to be finalized with regard to the port and an industrial zone in Hambantota, said president Maithripala Sirisena. There is no truth to claims by some that the agreement would be signed tomorrow (07), he said. According to him, the government will not cause any harm to the dignity Read more...

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Expressway toll fee has been reduced from today

Expressway toll fee has been reduced by Rs 50 from 9 pm to 5 am from today as per the 2017 Budget proposals, the Road Development Authority says.  Read more...

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Saturday declared day of mourning for ex-PMs funeral

Saturday December 31 has been declared a day of mourning as a mark of respect for the funeral of former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake. President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to conduct the funeral of the former Prime Minister with full state patronage. At the time of his death Read more...

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‘Letters in Sinhala thrown to the dustbin’ – Wijedasa

Certain state officials in Batticaloa publicly throw letters received by them in Sinhala to the dustbin even though they can well understand the language, BBC Sandeshaya quotes justice minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe as saying. He was speaking to the media in Batticaloa yesterday (21) following a meeting Read more...

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Sri Lanka loses advantage in South Africa Test

Sri Lanka’s advantage disappeared rapidly in the first test against South Africa on Tuesday as it struggled to 181-7 at stumps on Day 2, still 105 runs behind the Proteas’ mediocre 286. Sri Lanka had wrapped up South Africa’s first innings swiftly in the morning, taking four wickets for 19 runs Read more...

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Keep off Test cricket format-Mahela

Sri Lankan cricketing great Mahela Jayawardena has urged cricket officials to resist tinkering with the longer format of the game. Jayawardena is currently playing with the Central Stags in the Twenty20 Super Smash competition. And despite his days as an international cricketer being long gone, Jayawardena Read more...

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Mumbai Indians retain Malinga

IPL franchise – Mumbai Indians has retained Lasith Malinga ahead of the 2017 IPL season. Malinga was retained for Rs. 7.5 crores. Former Australian cricketer Shane Watson was the costliest overseas player retained. He was bought for Rs 9.5 crores by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). All the eight Read more...

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Angelo Mathews wins Cricketer of the Year award

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has been named as Cricketer of the Year 2015 while T M Dilshan was voted Dialog People’s Player of the year 2016 at the Dialog Cricket Awards on Wednesday (30). Mathews also won the award for ODI All Rounder of the Year 2015 while Vice Captain Dinesh Chandimal was named Read more...

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Sri Lanka fined for slow over-rate against the West Indies

Sri Lanka has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate against the West Indies in the fifth match of the tri-nation series in Bulawayo on Wednesday. Javagal Srinath of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Upul Tharanga’s side was ruled to be two overs short of its target Read more...

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Sri Lanka beat West Indies by one run in ODI

West Indian batsman Evin Lewis hit his maiden one-day international hundred but his efforts went in vain as Sri Lanka held their nerve to secure a one-run victory at Queens Sports Club on Wednesday and advance to the triangular series final. Playing just his fourth ODI, Lewis struck a superb 148 but 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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Executive Presidency should go: President

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday reiterated that he will continue to set in motion measures to abolish the Executive Presidency and introduce a new constitution. The President said that he always 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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Hillary Clinton Poses ...

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel managed to bring out Hillary Clinton’s silly side in a photo booth while hosting a fundraising luncheon at their 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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Jaya asks Modi to retake Kachchatheevu

The regaining of Katchatheevu island, from Sri Lanka, was one of the prime demands made by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jeyaram, when she met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday 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 next generation of technology and computing will open up unprecedented business opportunities. Sri Lanka has talent but the issue is where do you focus? Sri Lanka must also look at attracting global 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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World’s longest non-stop flight postponed

Qatar Airways has delayed the launch of the world’s longest scheduled direct flight — from Doha to Auckland, New Zealand — by two months because of the late delivery of Airbus (AIR.PA) 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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