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Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph, Bishop of the Mannar Diocese who came to Colombo on Saturday to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital Intensive Care Unit after he collapsed due to H

A group of 1,400 prisoners were given general amnesty to mark Vesak, the Department of Prisons was quoted as saying. Steps were taken to release prisoners serving sentences for minor offences in all prisons in the co

US Secretary of State John Kerry ended a visit to Sri Lanka on Sunday after pledging support for minority Tamils following decades of ethnic war, TNA lawmaker Suresh Premachandran told AFP. Kerry met heads of the Tami

United States, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States appreciates the firm steps taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to strength democracy and ensure transparency and accountability and promised the gov

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  Rienzie Arsecularatne, a senior lawyer and former Director General of the Bribery Commission, has been appointed the new chairman of HNB (bank) with effect from May 1, the bank announced on Thursday. Mr. Ars

New constitutional amendments provide for an expanded Sri Lankan cabinet in the next parliament with parliamentary sanction even though there is a restriction of 30 members, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said tonig

 Sri Lanka’s economy grew by 7.4 per cent last year, down from the projected 7.8 per cent but higher than 7.2 per cent recorded in 2013, according to the Central Bank’s (CB) annual report for 2014. The full report c

    The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), which has been urging MPs to support the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, on Wednesday welcomed its enactment by the requirement parliamentary majority late on Tue

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Bringing forward the range of talents of the school going youth to the fore, the semi-final round of the Inter- School Drama Competition 2015  organised by the interact club of Royal College, Drama Competition went on t

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center recently received a treasure trove: 85 cubic feet of Arthur C. Clarke’s papers, shipped from his home in Sri Lanka, the Simthsonian Magazine reported.

The Kingsbury has elaborate plans to bring families together and strengthen family bonds on May 10 –Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is best celebrated, they feel, when you treat her to the best brunch in town: the Ca

Sports

Sri Lanka is set to see eye-to-eye with the big-made players of the Kazakhstan rugby team on Wednesday in Manila, Philippines in the opening game of the ARFU Asian5Nations Division I Rugby Tournament.   Four t

Sports Minister Naveen Dissanayake will meet the now dismissed Sri Lanka Cricket executive committee on May 12 at 2.00pm at the Sports Ministry to hear its side of the story, SLC’s former senior vice President Mohan de

Chaminda Vaas, Sri Lanka’s best exponent of the new ball all time, feels that he has bid adieu to his association with the game in his motherland.   Vaas said: “I met the SLC officials on Thursday, but we

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 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen a name for their new daughter: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Kensington Palace announced the name Monday, two days after Prince William and Kate welcomed the baby girl. She

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's police force on Monday defended its involvement in tracking an international drug smuggling network that culminated in the execution of two Australians by firing squad in Indonesia last wee

(Reuters) - Texas police shot dead two gunmen who opened fire on Sunday outside an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad that was organized by an anti-Islamic group and billed as a free-speech event. The shoo

World Features

TOKYO, April 29, 2015 (AFP) - Around 200,000 women were forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese military up to and during World War II. Known euphemistically in Japan as “comfort women”, the few who are still a

SAN QUINTIN, Mexico, April 29, 2015 (AFP) - The farm workers go at a furious pace, kicking up clouds of dust as they crouch down to grab several tomatoes at a time, put them in plastic buckets and hurry them over to be

RAUNAU AM INN, Austria, April 29, 2015 (AFP) - “Every year it's the same circus,” mutters a resident at the sight of dozens of anti-fascist protesters stomping toward a large weatherworn building in the small northe

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