UPFA coalition partners to form new alliance?

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's allies are planning to form a new opposition alliance, breaking away from President Maithripala Sirisena's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) coalition, senior leftist leaders said on Saturday. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Annual Christian Memorial Service 2015

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The Annual Air Force Christian Memorial Service in memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice was held at All Saints Church,Borella, at 1600 hrs on 28 June 2015 with the participation of the Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal Gagan Bulathsinghala. Read the Full Article

‘Exercise - Cormorant Strike VI - 2015′ begins on September 3

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The three-week long joint military exercise involving thousands of Sri Lankan armed forces personnel and representatives from foreign countries will commence on Thursday (September3) for the sixth consecutive year, the Army said. Read the Full Article

Strict laws to stop use of polythene and asbestos - President

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he would enforce strict laws from January 1, 2016 to prevent use of polythene which is a major threat to the environment and the health of the people. MORE.. Read the Full Article

ITAK wants Opposition Leader post

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The Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) today said that the party's Parliamentary Group Leader must thus be recognized as the Leader of the Opposition in accordance with Parliamentary practice and convention as they have now emerged as the largest political party in Opposition in Sri Lanka's Parliament. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Former govt spent $6.5m to influence US

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The former Sri Lankan government allegedly paid around US$6.5 million to a private equity fund manager over a five-month period in 2014 for consulting services which included influencing the U.S. government, according to documents obtained by Foreign Policy Magazine. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Sri Lanka expedites Volkswagen assembly plant in Kuliyapitiya

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Sri Lanka will expedite the setting up of a Volkswagen automobile assembly plant in Kuliyapitya cons.. Read the Full Article

Three sentenced to death for murdering 4

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Three individuals found guilty of murdering four persons including two women in the Badulla area in 1990, have been sentenced to death by a court. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Sri Lankan dies in NZ car crash

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A Sri Lankan national has died in a two-car crash near Riversdale in Southland, New Zealand. MORE.. Read the Full Article

10 injured after bus brakes fail

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Ten people have been injured after the brakes of the bus they were travelling in allegedly failed causing the vehicle to veer off the road and topple in the Ambawaka area on the Hali Ela-Welimada road in Badulla. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Sri Lanka needs national plan for construction sector - President

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President Maithripala Sirisena says that even though today's construction industry has been completely enriched with modern technology, when we utilize that knowledge in the local field of construction, we should combine it the expertise we developed in ancient times. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Karunanidhi condemns US support to Sri Lankan domestic probe

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DMK chief Karunanidhi today condemned the US government's reported proposal for support to a domestic probe by Sri Lanka into alleged war crimes rather than going in for an international investigation. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Varaha’ gifted to SL Navy

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Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. B. M. U. D. Basnayake participated at the ceremonial handing over of the former Indian Coast Guard Ship Varaha to the Sri Lanka Navy at the port of Colombo yesterday (27th Aug). Read the Full Article

Water supply not interrupted despite risk of contamination

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A lorry transporting pesticides and roofing sheets has toppled off, in close proximity to a minor water source of National Water Supply and Drainage Board, in Kahagolla area. The pesticides were absorbed to the ground above the water source, Bandarawela Regional Manager of National Water Supply and Drainage Board told Ceylon Today Online. The water source has not shown any sign of contamination yet, he said. But, he stressed, since there is a possibility of contamination, the Board has decided to cut off the water supply from the source in question.

Water supply to Bandarawela area will not be affected, he said, as the main water source for the area is in Aluthwela.

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New sewerage and waste water treatment plant for Vavuniya hospital

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The Vavuniya General Hospital is the second largest hospital in the Northern Province which provides a priceless service to arround 400,000 people in Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Mannar and a part of Anuradhapura district. Read the Full Article

English institute involved in stamp fraud?

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Gampaha Special Crimes Investigation Unit has commenced investigations into a complaint lodged by the Postmaster of Nittambuwa Post Office regarding 513 envelopes, each stamped with three counterfeit Rs 15 stamps.

Total value of these stamps is estimated to be Rs 230,058.

The name of a reputed English institute is printed on the envelopes, Police Media Unit said.

Gampaha Special Crimes Investigation Unit is carrying out further investigations into the incident.

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SUI grills P.B. Jayasundara

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The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) is recording a statement from Dr P.B. Jayasundara; Secretary to the Treasury, Police Media Unit disclosed to Ceylon Today Online; a short while ago.

Dr. Jayasundara arrived at SIU premises at around 9.00a.m., Police Media Unit said. He is still being questioned, Police added.

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SIU grills P.B. Jayasundara

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The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) is recording a statement from Dr P.B. Jayasundara; Secretary to the Treasury, Police Media Unit disclosed to Ceylon Today Online; a short while ago.

Dr. Jayasundara arrived at SIU premises at around 9.00a.m., Police Media Unit said. He is still being questioned, Police added.

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Man left to die on Puttalam –Colombo Road

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Madampe Police has commenced investigations into an incident in which a critically injured man has been left on Puttalam –Colombo Main Road, in Madampe police division today (28) at around 4.05a.m. The man has succumbed to his injuries on the road itself, Police Media Unit aid.

It has been revealed that the man was a victim of a traffic accident.

Police have not succeeded in identifying the deceased. The deceased is assumed to be about 50 years old, Police said.

Police are yet to identify the vehicle involved in the accident. Madampe Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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Cases against Anura and Susil withdrawn

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Acting General Secretary of the SLFP Duminda Dissanayake and General Secretary of the UPFA Professor Vishwa Warnapala have withdrawn the lawsuits they filed against the General Secretary of the SLFP Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and former General Secretary of the UPFA Susil Premjayantha.

This withdrawal has been made in the aftermath of Susil Premjayantha's resignation.

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Two injured in wasp attack

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Police have commenced investigations into an incident in which a woman and a man were subjected to a wasp attack, in Udupussellawa police division, yesterday (27) at around 4.30p.m.

The victims are residents of Gampaha Watta area. They are being treated at Udupussellawa hospital, Police said.

Udupussellawa Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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Man sentenced to death for killing wife

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An individual, who was convicted of manslaughter, has been sentenced to death by Jaffna High Court yesterday (27).


He was found guilty of stabbing his wife to death with a broken glass bottle, in Manippai police division on 23 April, 2009.

The convicted is a 35-year-old resident of Manippai area.

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150 bottles of illicit liquor found in Lunawa

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Police have arrested a man who had 150 bottles containing 112,500 ml of illicit liquor in his possession in Lunawa area, yesterday (27) at around 10.00p.m.

The suspect is a 35-year-old resident of Lunawa. He is to be produced before Moratuwa Magistrate oday (28).

Moratumulla Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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SLFP empowers President to decide on Ministers, posts

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The Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today decided to authorize President Maithripala Sirisena, as the Chairman of the party, to appoint SLFP Ministers to the National Government as well as the Opposition Leader, Chief Opposition Whip and Deputy Speaker. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Yala closed for September

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Yala National Park will be closed for visitors during the month of September, the Department of Wildlife Resources Conservation said. Every year, the park is usually closed for tourists during the dry season, from 6 September to 7 October.

Park Officials expect to use this break to renovate visitors' bunglows.

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