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TNA Leader R Sampanthan was appointed  as the Opposition Leader this morning. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya told Parliament that the UPFA had not sent in any nominee for the post. Chandani Kirinde

As the government is in the process of setting up portfolios for the new ministries, environmentalists yesterday urged that state agencies primarily relating to the Environment be brought together under one ministry. Th

The Ministry of Health has declared an island wide National Mosquito Prevention Week commenced from September 10 to 16, Health Services Director General Dr. Palitha Mahipala said while addressing a media conference held

Multiple religious ceremonies were held today and yesterday in Polonnaruwa to mark President Maithripala Sirisena’s birthday tomorrow, President Media Unit said. A Jaya Pirith chanting was held in front of the Somaw

Business

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

  A Sri Lankan firm in collaboration with a Malaysian company will soon embark on a pre-stressed spun concrete pole project to replace old wooden poles being used as power line support in rural areas, Ceylon Elec

The LankaPay national payment network operator, LankaClear (Private) Ltd, crossed the Rs.500 million mark to record a revenue of Rs.518 million FY2104/15, up 12 per cent compared to the previous year, a media release iss

    The rapid increase in the imports of consumer durables including motor vehicles in recent months driven by credit available at low interest rates, among other things, has raised some concerns, the ban

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In keeping with the 149th Police Day celebrations the photography unit of the Police Department organised a photo exhibition called "Police Netha" which was launched yesterday at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery in Colombo.

Fans of Country and Western and Folk music have much to look forward to this October, as South Asia’s longest running concert for children Country Roads will be held once again, for the 27th year. Excitingly, this year

American horror film director Wes Craven, creator of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, has died aged 76, foreign media reported. US media reported that Craven died at his Los Angeles home on Sunday from brain cance

Sports

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.  

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) released the names of a squad that consist 26 players for the upcoming Pakistan’s Youth tour of Sri Lanka.   Sri Lanka will host Pakistan in a series that includes two Youth Tests and

Sri Lanka Cricket announced a squad of 20 players under the captaincy of Shashikala Siriwardene for Sri Lanka Women’s tour of New Zealand to be held from October 27 to November 23.   Sri Lanka Women’s squa

World

TOKYO, Sept 3, 2015 (AFP) - Japan Thursday urged China to not focus on “unfortunate history” but to look forward as Beijing marked the 70th anniversary of Tokyo's World War II defeat with a huge military parade.

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 3 (Reuters) - A boat carrying about 100 people has capsized off the western coast of Malaysia near the busy Strait of Malacca, maritime authorities said on Thursday.   A spokesman for the Mal

CUTTACK, India, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Sixty-one infants have died at an Indian children's hospital in just two weeks, sparking protests and forcing the state government to launch an investigation.   The deaths hig

World Features

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

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 1, 2015 (AFP) - Google on Tuesday refreshed its logo to better suit mobile devices that are supplanting desktop computers when it comes to modern Internet lifestyles.   Google's logo keeps i

BANKA, India, Aug 31, 2015 (AFP) - Pointing to a television in her recently built mud and brick home, Indian villager Munia Murmu proudly shows off her new-found wealth, thanks to hundreds of squirming green silkworms.

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