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President Barack Obama has nominated an Indian-American, a former official at its Embassy in New Delhi, as the next US ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives.

The suspect wanted in connection with the attack on President Maithripala Sirisena’s brother Priyantha yesterday has been arrested, Police said.

President Maithripala Sirisena's brother Priyantha Sirisena hospitalized following an attack by unidentified persons in Polonnaruwa, provincial sources said.

The Government of China has agreed to provide funding to Sri Lanka to build a hospital with all the modern facilities to cater to patients with kidney diseases, president media unit said.

Business

Colombo shares showed early gains on Friday with media reports of President Maithripala Sirisena promising the Chinese government that Sri Lanka intends to resume the contentious port project after problems are "sorted".

Colombo equities slumped further on Thursday despite the drop in T-Bill yields with analysts saying that a similar pattern will follow tomorrow as well.

Colombo shares fell on Wednesday on the back of net foreign sales and negative sentiments that were reflected across the board, analysts said.

Who says Chinese authorities are miffed with Sri Lanka over the controversial Colombo Port City and other projects under probe?

Feature

With an influx of Cinderellas running around Hollywood lately, the British School of Colombo couldn’t have timed their production of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s ‘The Ash Girl’ more perfectly. Directed by Angelo Pere

International Women’s Day fell on March 8, and to honour women under the theme ‘Connecting Women. Inspiring Change. Making Progress’, will be an original play, sponsored by Citi bank on March 24 at the Cinnamon Gra

For certain, it would be hard to find a woman who is not captivated by exquisite, handmade lace and intricate hand embroidery. These beautiful techniques captured by Andrea Boekel in a range of home items such as table l

Sports

The world may be busy calling for their heads after the exit from the World Cup, but Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s wife Sakshi is happy with the way the team has performed in the World Cup. On Friday, Sakshi

(AFP) - When Mahendra Singh Dhoni was surprisingly named India s captain in 2007 as senior players backed out of the inaugural World Twenty20, he responded by leading his team to the title. Two years later, Dhoni was

(Reuters) - Australia captain Michael Clarke won the toss and chose to bat first in their World Cup semi-final against India at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Thursday. Both sides were unchanged for the contest to dec

World

BANGKOK, March 25 (Reuters) - Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha lashed out at journalists on Wednesday, saying he would “probably just execute” those who did “not report the truth”, in the latest outburst aimed

JAKARTA, March 25, 2015 (AFP) - Indonesian militants believed to have returned from fighting with the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria are suspected of being behind an attempted chlorine bomb attack in a shopping mall l

COLOMBO, March 25, 2015 (AFP) - Jailed former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed on Wednesday accused authorities of scuttling his appeal against his controversial conviction and jailing for 13 years under tough anti-ter

World Features

GANYIEL, South Sudan, March 25, 2015 (AFP) - Tepisha Nyakwach, aged 33 and a mother of 5, has an idea on how to end South Sudan's seemingly intractable civil war: let the country's 2 main rivals fight it out 1-on-1.

PARIS, March 25, 2015 (AFP) - Hundreds of landmarks from Paris' Eiffel Tower to the Seattle Space Needle will dim their lights on Saturday, as people around the world go briefly off-grid to mark Earth Hour with candlelig

BUJUMBURA, Burundi, March 25, 2015 (AFP) - As tensions mount in the central African nation of Burundi ahead of presidential elections, journalists and activists say they are paying an increasingly heavy price as standar

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