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President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the officials to implement the beautification and maintaining process in the Colombo city and other urban areas without any backdrop, President Secretariat said. He stressed tha

Some 201 kilograms of Cannabis smuggled into the country from India was recovered from a beach at Silawathura in the Mannar District yesterday, police said. They said the cannabis was found neatly packed in 95 separat

Two persons died on the spot and three others of the same family were seriously injured after the car in which they were traveling was rammed by a military truck at a location in Polonnaruwa yesterday evening, police sai

The Indian authorities are scheduled to hand over a group of sixteen Sri Lankan fishermen to the navy at a location on the Palk Straits sometime later today, Fisheries officials said. They said the navy would make arr


Colombo equities saw some marginal returns on Friday at midday trading session after Thursday’s profit taking, analysts said. They said that political uncertainties will be the deal breaker in investor participation

The Colombo bourse on Wednesday saw marginal returns in early trade with analysts saying that good corporate results released recently are mooting traders to shift from their wait-and-see mode. The benchmark All Share

Colombo equities on Tuesday showed some returns by midday with analysts saying that retailers are active on selected stocks. They added that the uncertain political setting will play a large role in determining the ma

    SriLankan Airlines at the weekend placed newspaper ads calling for applications to fill the vacant posts of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). Kapila Chandrasena, the


The Wailers rocked the Mount Lavinia beach with their soothing vibes. Captured here are images from the evening as well as the bands arrival.  

Founded in 1993, the Gratiaen Prize was set up by Booker Prize-winner Michael Ondaatje to share the wealth received and inculcate and celebrate Sri Lankan writing in English. The Prize is awarded to the best work in Engl

Popular Jamaican reggae band ‘The Wailers’ arrived in the island yesterday as part of their Asian leg of their global tour. The old reggae boys will be in action at the Paradise Beach of the Mount Lavinia Hotel o


The report of the three-member committee appointed to investigate allegations of a sex scandal involving members of the Sri Lanka National Women’s Cricket Team was handed over yesterday to the Minister of Tourism and

Cricket Australia (CA), recently declared that it would perform an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of test batsman Phillip Hughes. It would be accomplished by setting up a commissio

Acknowledging that the balance had shifted too far in favour of batsmen in limited-overs format, the ICC cricket committee today recommended the removal of batting powerplay besides allowing five fielders outside the cir


LONDON (AFP): Hungarian writer Laszlo Krasznahorkai won Britain’s Man Booker International Prize for career achievement on Tuesday, saying he hoped it would allow him to access a wider audience. In his acceptance sp

NEW YORK:  Testament to the regeneration of New York, 15 years after the 9/11 attacks, is the new observation deck at the World Trade Center, offering spectacular views across the city. "We are back, 100 percent," Ne

SYDNEY AFP:  A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands in the Pacific on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued and no major damage was expected. The earthquake hit

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BANJUL (Gambia), May 21 ― Gambia said yesterday it would take in all Rohingya boat people as part of its “sacred duty” to alleviate the suffering of fellow Muslims flooding Southeast Asia to escape oppression. T

(AFP) Perhaps not since Cinderella lost a glass slipper at the ball has there been such a stir about glamorous footwear as there was on Tuesday in Cannes over a report that women had been turned away from a film premiere

BRUSSELS, May 20, 2015 (AFP) - A year after a gunman murdered 4 people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Jews across Europe increasingly fear for their safety and warn they are on the frontline of an Islamist war again

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