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Deputy Minister of Media Shantha Bandara announced today that he has resigned from his ministerial portfolio before the upcoming parliamentary elections in August 17. Mr Bandara is contesting the Parliamentary election

President Maithripala Sirisena said that the demographic divisions of the country such as North, South, East and West are only in maps and everybody should consider this as a one country. He emphasized that the countr

Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) leader Patali Champika Ranawaka on Wednesday called upon Sri Lankan Tamils to integrate themselves with the majority Sinhalese community. In an interview with The Hindu, Mr. Ranawaka said th

Students of the Open University held a protest march this afternoon from Nawala to the University Grants Commission  based on several demands including the reduction of course fees. The protest march carried on rega

Business

    Janashakthi Insurance's longstanding Non-Executive Chairman W.T. Ellawala on Wednesday announced his retirement from the company's board, to come into effect in 2016.   He made this announcemen

  TOKYO, Thursday -- Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance has purchased a stake in Sri Lanka's Ceylinco Insurance, becoming the first Japanese insurer to make a foray into the island nation with a growing economy, according

  Shreepati Edifice (Pvt) Ltd, part of India’s biggest real estate development groups, is investing in Sri Lanka’s tallest building in a tube-shaped structure as a tribute to Arjuna Ranatunga’s World Cup wi

Colombo equities on Tuesday brushed off losses made on Monday as blue chips helped lead the market higher, analysts said. The main All Share Index recouped and touched a high of 7,275.45 before settling at 7,261.07 with

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The annual Journalism Awards for Excellence Programme jointly organized by the Editors' Guild of Sri Lanka (TEGOSL) and the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) was held last evening at the Mount Lavinia Hotel. This year

Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Jean –Marin Schuh, hosted  an elegant evening for France’s National Day at the Galle Face Hotel on July 14 with the Ballroom packed with guests both from the diplo

The annual “Royal College Class of 69” Sing Along with Rukshan Perera backed by Sohan & the Experiments will be held on August 2, at 7 p.m., at the Galadari Hotel Main Ballroom. This is their 4th sing along with

Sports

Sri Lanka and Tamil Union left-arm paceman Chanaka Welagedara has decided to leave his native country and migrate to Australia for greener pastures in cricket reports say.   Welagedara, 34, who has played 21 T

Isipathana College, who became runners-up in the Schools League and Knockout tournaments, beat Agoal Rugby Academy 26-10 to win the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union Under-20 Rugby 7s Tournament held at the Racecourse groun

Holy Family Convent Kurunegala won the overall championship, for the eighth year running, at the 24th All-Island Schools Netball Tournament held at Bernard Aluwihare Stadium in Matale on Sunday (19).   HFC bea

World

JERUSALEM, July 29 (Reuters) - Israel gave final approval on Wednesday for plans to build 300 new homes in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, announcing the move as it carried out a court demolition order ag

BEIRUT, July 29, 2015 (AFP) - An Israeli airstrike on a government-held village on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights ceasefire line killed 5 pro-regime forces on Wednesday, a monitoring group said. “An Israeli pl

TOKYO, July 29 (Reuters) - Japan should not let foreign countries make diplomatic capital out of its wartime past, an aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday, as the author of a landmark 1995 apology urged Ab

World Features

LONDON, July 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - About 2 weeks into last year's conflict in Gaza, Palestinian photographer Jehad Saftawi began to tire of venturing into the city every day to take images of the wreckage.

OSH, Kyrgyzstan, July 28 (Reuters) - Authorities in Central Asia's former Soviet “stans” are taking draconian measures to stamp out militant Islam, but their harsh methods and the absence of democratic politics risk

LONDON, July 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Inadequate shelter, school closures and a lack of safe water and sanitation are the 3 biggest concerns of Nepali children affected by 2 huge earthquakes, said a major surv

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