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Several hundred persons took to the streets on the main Sooriyawewa Town earlier today to protest over the use of the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) as a granary, police said. The protesters included s

A woman was killed on the spot after she was buried alive under an earth mould that fell onto her house at a location in Pelenwatta, Piliyandala earlier today, police said. According to police the incident took place

A Sri Lankan Tamil, who was picked up in connection with a fake passport case, died in police custody in Chennai in the early hours of Friday. The deceased has been identified as Mohan, who was staying at a house in M

President Maithripala Sirisena said the members of the new cabinet has a special responsibility as they belong to different political parties but working in unison to take the country forward in the backdrop of a new pol

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  Sri Lanka's Central Bank on Friday allowed a free float of the US dollar with the market being permitted to decide on buying and selling patterns. Dealers said the gap between the buying and selling rate was as

Friday's equities in Colombo wrapped up in red, in lackluster trade amidst the swearing of Sri Lanka’s New Cabinet, with analysts saying that investors  are awaiting till proper economic reforms are put forward. Al

The Colombo equities struggled further with dull trade on Thursday, amidst global market volatility and Chinese market slumping further, analysts said. The All Share Index was marginally up by 0.07 per cent to end at

The Colombo bourse extended losses for the third consecutive session on Wednesday as foreign investors resumed selling amid concerns over bleak outlook in emerging markets, analysts said. The inaugural sitting of the 8t

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A Japanese Cultural Exhibition featuring Ikebana (floral arrangements), Bonsai (miniature tree planting) and Origami (paper folding) in the form of display and demonstrations. will be held at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, No

For those of you who are kite enthusiasts who have been eagerly awaiting that annual gathering of the kite lovers, here is good news! Nil Ahasey Wasanthaya- the kite festival and competition organized by the Kite Sri

Los Angeles (AFP) - Dinosaurs, superheroes and rappers have boosted box office receipts in the United States and worldwide, setting 2015 on course to be the biggest grossing year in movie history. "It's not a record s

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COLOMBO, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Marvan Atapattu has quit as Sri Lanka coach, the country's cricket board said on Thursday without giving a reason for his decision.   The former test captain became the first Sri

LAUSANNE, Sept 3, 2015 (AFP) - Los Angeles on Thursday launched its bid for the 2024 Olympics at the IOC having secured quick backing from President Barack Obama for the late campaign.   The city only voted on

NEW YORK, Sept 3, 2015 (AFP) - Five-time champion Roger Federer and 2012 winner Andy Murray head the US Open line-up on Thursday while 2001 champion Lleyton Hewitt could play his final match at the tournament.  

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WASHINGTON, Sept 4, 2015 (AFP) - US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter offered assurances Friday that the Iran nuclear deal will leave Washington with a “more effective” military option if that becomes necessary. &n

KOBANI, Syria, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Two young Syrian brothers and their mother who drowned while trying to reach Greece were buried on Friday in their home town of Kobani and their distraught father begged Arab countries

ROME, Sept 4, 2015 (AFP) - The charity Migrant Offshore Aid Station, which helps rescue migrants in the Mediterranean, said Friday it had received a record 600,000 euros in donations since the publication of a photograp

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BERLIN, Sept 3, 2015 (AFP) - Imagine the alarm clock ringing on a typical Monday morning, except this time the curtains draw themselves back, the bathroom lights switch on automatically and you smell fresh coffee brewin

BONN, Sept 2, 2015 (AFP) - There are about three trillion trees on Earth, roughly 422 for every person and eight times more than previously estimated, researchers said Wednesday, admitting surprise.    

SYDNEY, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Around 40 kilograms (88 lb) of wool has been sheared from a sheep found near Australia's capital, the RSPCA said on Thursday, making him unofficially the world's woolliest.   The anim

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