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The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein is expected to visit Sri Lanka ahead of the September session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, political sources said here on Thursday.

A special gazette has been released announcing that the first session of the eighth Parliament will be operative in Parliament from 9.30 a.m. on September 02, President Media Unit said. The Announcement has been made

The Navy rescued six local fishermen onboard a multi-day fishing trawler “Suranga” drifting 405 km East of Trincomalee due to an engine failure, a statement from the navy said. Promptly responding to the request m

All schools except 29 schools that are used for GCE A/L and Grade Five Scholarship exam activities will re-open for the third term on August 31 (Monday), the Government Information Department said. Accordingly 8 schoo

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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

Colombo bourse at Wednesday's early trades seemed to emerge from the bearish momentum seen over the past two days which saw severe losses amid notable sell offs in blue chips, analysts said. The Benchmark All Share Pr

Addressing the Bar Association of Sri Lanka on the theme "Human Rights in Business", she told an audience of lawyers and professionals that businesses can play a key role in influencing workers, their homes and customers

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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

‘Writing Creatively’-a workshop for 10-14 year old conducted by Neluka Silva is designed to help children think about creating and constructing stories and essays. The three sessions will involve individual and gr

Sports

COLOMBO, Aug 26, 2015 (AFP) - Virat Kohli's buoyant India will chase their first series win in Sri Lanka in 22 years when the third and decisive final Test starts in Colombo on Friday.   The tourists thrashed t

BEIJING, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin looked in fine form as they ran the fastest times of the 200 metres semi-finals on Wednesday to set up a mouthwatering second sprint showdown at the world champio

NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Former world number one Rafael Nadal is feeling confident about his chances of competing for a third U.S. Open title when the tournament starts in New York next week.   “I hope to

World

WARSAW, Aug 27 (Reuters) - The United States will store heavy military equipment at two sites in Poland from mid-2016, Poland's defence minister said, a part of Washington's efforts to reassure allies made uneasy by R

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 27, 2015 (AFP) - The South African review board that will decide on the release of Oscar Pistorius is to meet on September 18, his family said Thursday, after the Paralympian's parole was delayed last

BAGHDAD, Aug 27, 2015 (AFP) - A suicide bomber killed two Iraqi generals on Thursday in Anbar province, a key battleground against the Islamic State group, as the jihadists made gains in northern Syria.   IS ov

World Features

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

NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) - If seeing an inbox full of hundreds of emails fills you with dread, get used to it, because they are here to stay and will remain a constant in the workplace, according to a survey released

BRUSSELS, Aug 26, 2015 (AFP) - Faced with its worst migrant crisis since World War II, Europe has many sensible options to deal with people fleeing conflict in Syria and elsewhere -- but can't agree on any of them. The

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