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All schools except those being used for GCE A/L and Grade Five Scholarship exam activities  re-opened today  for the third term  (August 31).  Accordingly 8 schools which are being used for GCE A/L paper markin

President Maithripala Sirisena is due to meet with UPFA party leaders this morning, political reports said. All party leaders in the UPFA have been invited to the meeting, National Freedom Front leader Wimal Weerawans

President Maithripala Sirisena said 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 combi

The leader of  Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)  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 inter

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Colombo equities on Monday started the weekly activities in bullish sentiment for the third consecutive session despite foreign selling as the bargain hunters dominated the market activities, analysts said. The All Shar

The Colombo equities closed the week on a positive note on Friday, with the indices rallying up but lacked stronger turnover and volume, analysts said. Institutional, high net worth and retailers were active in tradin

The Colombo stocks stretched gains for the second straight day on Thursday despite the overseas investors continuing to stand on the selling side, analysts said. The All share index closed at 7,273.14, up by 33.04 index

The Colombo equities reflected mixed investor sentiment by early noon on Wednesday with the benchmark Index gaining 0.59 per cent to stand at 7,274.26. The Blue chip Index, S&P was down by 0.34 per cent by 1 pm w

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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

Designer retail store Zudhora opened its doors last week at Reid Avenue, Colombo 07 (next to Lakpahana). Alongside international labels the store will retail selected pieces from collections created by Sri Lankan designe

The nine finalists at this year’s Sri Lanka Jewellery Design Awards are vying for the title of Jewellery Designer of the Year for 2015 in four different categories. The competition which is growing in prestige is orga

Sports

CAPE TOWN, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Australia and England might have the Ashes but India and South Africa have evoked the memory of two iconic historical figures to name future cricket series between the two countries. &nb

KARACHI, Aug 31, 2015 (AFP) -Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and pace bowler Mohammad Asif can return to cricket this week following five-year spot-fixing bans, but age and public hostility mean the pair face a hard

Play was called off for the first day a short while ago in the third and final Test between Sri Lanka and India began at the SSC today (28).   India were two wickets down at 50 in 15 overs when rain stopped pl

World

WASHINGTON, Aug 31, 2015 (AFP) - The United States is drawing up economic sanctions to target Chinese firms and individuals that profited from cyber attacks on American targets, the Washington Post reported Monday. &

KIEV, Aug 31, 2015 (AFP) - Clashes erupted outside parliament in Kiev on Monday as lawmakers gave initial approval to consitutional changes granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.  

KIEV, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Ukraine's parliament on Monday voted for constitutional changes to give its eastern regions a special status that it hopes will blunt their separatist drive, but divisions among pro-Western lawm

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BEIJING, Aug 31, 2015 (AFP) - China's air force has called monkeys and falcons into service to ensure safe skies for a huge military parade this week to mark Japan's defeat in World War II, reports said.   Almo

TEHRAN, Aug 28, 2015 (AFP) - Iran's most expensive movie, “Muhammad”, which chronicles the childhood of the Muslim prophet, opened nationwide on Thursday, winning praise from early audiences.   Directed by

LONDON, Aug 27 (Reuters) - People around the world are living longer, but many are also living sicker lives for longer, according to a study of all major diseases and injuries in 188 countries.   General health

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