Sri Lanka hits tourism record in 2016

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Sri Lanka earned a record USD3.5 billion from tourism in 2016, seven years after the end of a devastating civil war, a government minister said. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Sobitha Thero’s Rs 20M worth vehicle missing?

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Police are investigating the alleged disappearance of a luxury car worth around Rs 20 million, which had been used by the late Most Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Sri Lankan family found stranded on sand dune off Dhanushkodi

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A family of five Sri Lankan Tamils were found stranded by Indian fishermen off Arichal Munai in Dhanushkodi, police said today. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Govt says shortlisted bidders for SriLankan Airlines lack experience

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Peace Air Pvt Ltd, owned and managed by Sri Lankan business magnate Gamini Wettasinghe, says that it has offered a bid of US$ 5.5 billion to buy 70% stake in the national carrier SriLankan Airlines and 90% share of budget carrier Mihin Lanka. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Showers expected in parts of the island from today

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The Department of Meteorology says that showery weather, particularly in Northern and Eastern parts of the island, is expected from today. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Sarath Kumara Gunaratne released on bail

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Former Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunarathna has been granted bail, the Ada Derana reporter confirmed. MORE... Read the Full Article

Six members of same family injured in knife attack

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Six persons have been hospitalized after being attacked with sharp objects in the Mamadala area in Ambalantota. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Gayantha urges promotion of public-interest driven media

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Sri Lanka's Minister of Mass Media and Parliamentary Reforms, Gayantha Karunathilaka has stressed that politically and commercially driven media have to be replaced by good ethical and public-interest driven media. MORE.. Read the Full Article

New Zealand and Sri Lanka to consider free trade agreement

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New Zealand and Sri Lanka will open diplomatic posts in each other's nations and are considering a free trade agreement, the Pacific country's trade minister said on Friday. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Sri Lanka eyes Europe for more tourists

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Sri Lankan government seeks to attract more European tourists and have appointed a senior official as a tourism consultant to focus especially on the European continent, officials said on Thursday. MORE... Read the Full Article

Talking with India to develop Trincomalee as main harbor in Bay of Bengal- PM

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that India is welcome to come and invest in the facilities around the Hambantota port, for which the government is setting aside 15,000 acres of land to be made available for investors. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Samarasinghe says talking about int’l conventions cost him FM post

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Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training Mahinda Samarasinghe says that not only the incumbent unity government, but even the previous governments had to agree to certain conventions to gain Generalised System of Preferences-Plus (GSP-Plus) from the EU and this government has only had to do implement them. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Woman who went missing during 88′89 uprising returns home after 25 years

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A woman who allegedly went missing during the 1988-89 insurrection in Sri Lanka when she was just 18 year old has reportedly returned to her home in Giraulla, Gampola after 25 years, a period during which she was held against her will and made to slave at a house. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Police fire tear gas on protesting university students

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Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the university students engaged in a protest march blocking the road at the Kollupitiya Junction. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper visits Sri Lanka

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The Arleigh Burke Class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) today arrived for a brief visit in Colombo, Sri Lanka. MORE.. Read the Full Article

US Embassy reveals reason behind closure of Iranawila station

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The United States government today said it is returning with gratitude its lease of over 400 acres of property in Iranawila back to the Government of Sri Lanka in its entirety, including any and all improvements. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Lotus Road closed due to protest

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Lotus Road in Colombo Fort has been temporarily closed due to a protest march, Ada Derana reporter said. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Field officers can practically implement govt’s policies - President

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President Maithripala Sirisena says it is the relevant field officers who can practically implement the government's policies among the people and get successful results to build a prosperous country by enhancing the agriculture. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Supreme Court issues notice on Lankaenews editor

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The Supreme Court today issued notice on Lankaenews editor Sandaruwan Senadheera to appear before the court in March 03, on charges of contempt of court. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Police to crack down on vehicles with tinted windows

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Sri Lanka Police said that legal action will be taken against motorists covering the driver and front passenger windows with tints or curtains, with effect from today (Jan. 19). MORE.. Read the Full Article

Sri Lanka in talks to offer Trinco Port to India - Fonseka

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Sri Lanka is in talks to offer the port of Trincomalee to India. Speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of the Raisina Dialogue here, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, Colombo's Minister of Regional Development, said that the decision on offering the port to India will be taken soon. MORE... Read the Full Article

Pakistan fully committed to SAARC charter - Sharif tells PM

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says Pakistan wished to see South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) a vibrant regional organisation and was fully committed to the principles and objectives of the SAARC charter. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Hambantota Port project should come through - PM

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Tensions between the U.S. and China are unlikely to escalate into a global trade war, even as geopolitical friction intensifies across Asia, Sri Lanka's prime minister said. MORE... Read the Full Article

Trains delayed on coastal line due to derailment

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Train services on the Southern coastal line have been disrupted owing to the derailment of a train near the Galle railway station. MORE.. Read the Full Article

India, Sri Lanka talks to develop Trincomalee port enters final stage

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India and Sri Lanka will soon be finalising an accord to take New Delhi's help to develop Trincomalee Port in the East of the Island nation, a move seen as Colombo's attempt at fine balancing India and China. MORE.. Read the Full Article