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India plans to build bridge to connect Sri Lanka

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April 12, 2016 11:57 am

India has said that it is considering inking a pact with Sri Lanka to build a bridge connecting the two neighboring countries. "The project is under consideration, ...


Senior DIG S.M. Wickramasinghe appointed acting IGP

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April 12, 2016 10:46 am

Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) SM Wickramasinghe has been appointed as the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) by the President. The position...


US Embassy launches interview waiver program for Lankan visa applicants

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April 11, 2016 09:10 pm

The U.S. Embassy in Colombo today launched the Interview Waiver Program (IWP) for eligible visa applicants.  The program allows eligible applicants to renew their visas wit...


Two Japanese naval ships at Colombo port

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April 11, 2016 08:44 pm

Two Japan Maritime Self Defence Force ships, "JS Makinami (DD-112)" and "JS Suzunami (DD-114)", arrived at the Port of Colombo on a goodwill visit today, Nav...


All liquor shops closed on 13th and 14th

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April 11, 2016 08:32 pm

All liquor shops, bars, taverns and places selling alcohol will be closed on April 13 and 14 in view of  Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Excise Department said. A senio...


One shot dead in Galle

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April 11, 2016 04:38 pm

A 46 year old person who was traveling in a three-wheeler, shot dead by two armed motorcyclists in Meegaspitiya, Galle today, Police said. The police said investiga...


President says MR given massive security detail, better than any other country given to a defeated leader

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April 11, 2016 04:30 pm

President Maithripala Sirisena said that he had taken steps to provide army security for the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa along with massive security detail, better t...


President expresses condolences to victims of Puttingal temple fire

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April 11, 2016 03:36 pm

President Maithripala Sirisena today expressed condolences over the Puttingal temple fire incident that killed at leat hundread people in Kerala, India. "Temple fir...


219 drunken drivers arrested under special traffic plan

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April 11, 2016 03:23 pm

At least 219 drunken drivers were arrested since a special traffic programme came to effect on April 10, police said. Police media spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekara said 120...


Decision on next IGP on April 18

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April 11, 2016 03:15 pm

A final decision regarding the appointment of the next Inspector General of Police (IGP) will be taken by the Constitutional Council on April18, Government Information Departmen...


President called on newly elected Mahanayaka of Asgiriya Chapter

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April 11, 2016 03:06 pm

President Maithripala Sirisena visited the Asgiri temple in Kandy to call on the newly elected Mahanayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter, Most Ven. Warakagoda Dhamasiddi Pagnananda Gna...


PM gets Colombo port back on track

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April 11, 2016 02:56 pm

Workers at the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) were promised their New Year bonuses and other payments following an urgent meeting chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesingh...


Four Lankan refugees arrested for assaulting camp neighbours

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April 11, 2016 02:16 pm

A Sri Lankan refugee family of three was assaulted by a group of fellow refugees at the Kottur camp near Pollachi, reportedly over professional rivalry on Saturday, the Times of...


Refugee-returnees ask for land and housing

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April 11, 2016 01:14 pm

Land and housing are the two major issues that need to be addressed satisfactorily, say refugees who have returned to Sri Lanka’s North from their camps in Tamil Nadu and ...


India firm on bridge across Palk Strait: Minister

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April 11, 2016 12:26 pm

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Minister Pon. Radhakrishnan said the Central government was firm in its proposal to build a bridge across Palk Strait, ...


Navy nabs four local fishermen engaged in illegal fishing

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April 11, 2016 12:21 pm

Naval personnel attached in Nachchikuda arrested four local fishermen, engaged in illegal fishing using unauthorized nets in the seas off South of Iranathivu on Saturday. During...


Govt declares April 15 a public holiday

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April 11, 2016 12:19 pm

The Government has declared April 15 a public holiday in view of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations which falls on April 13 and 14, the Home Affairs Ministry announced ...


Prime Minister Wickremesinghe: Chinese port is not a threat

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April 11, 2016 11:04 am

The Port City Project in Colombo is not a threat, Sri Lanka’s prime minister said amid concerns Beijing is trying to boost its influence in the Indian Ocean. The U...


Govt grants dual citizenship to 1500 expatriates

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April 09, 2016 06:02 pm

The government has issued dual citizenship certificates to 1,500 expatriates. The Minister of Internal Affairs, S.B. Navinne, presented the certificates to the recipients a...


Rathupaswala incident: victims given compensation

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April 09, 2016 05:09 pm

An event to distribution of compensation to 33  victims of the Rathupaswala incident held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday and it was presided over  by the Se...


Special transport services during festive season

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April 09, 2016 05:04 pm

The Railway department and National Transport Commission (NTC) have decided to introduce more long-distance buses and traisn during the new year festive season. The addi...


China, Lanka issue joint statement on cooperation

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April 09, 2016 04:49 pm

(Xinhua)-- China and Sri Lanka on Saturday issued a joint statement to demonstrate their commitment to enhancing bilateral cooperation in various fields. The statem...


Lanka requests equity swap for some of its $8 billion China debt

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April 09, 2016 01:25 pm

(Reuters)--Sri Lanka has asked China to swap some of the $8 billion the Indian Ocean country owes Beijing for equity in infrastructure projects and offered to sell stakes in Sri...


Owners of boats detained in Lanka seek interim relief

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April 09, 2016 10:40 am

Owners of boats detained by the Sri Lankan Navy on the charge of crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line have appealed to the government to provide interim relief. ...


Justice Chandra Ekanayake sworn in as Acting CJ

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April 08, 2016 04:28 pm

Supreme Court Judge Ms. Chandra Ekanayake was sworn in as the Acting Chief Justice before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat , today. Secretary to th...


Eighteen local fishermen held for illegal fishing

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April 08, 2016 04:10 pm

At least eighteen local fishermen were arrested yesterday for engaging in illegal fishing activities, navy said. Naval personnel attached to Kankesanthurai arrested eleven local...


Ceremony to mark retirement of outgoing IGP

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April 08, 2016 03:53 pm

A guard of honor was accorded to outgoing IGP  NK Illangakoon, at the Ministry of Defence Headquarters  to mark his official retirement. Captured here are scen...


Special unit set up to tackle human trafficking

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April 08, 2016 02:47 pm

The Government is working on the prevention, protection and prosecution of human trafficking and stern legal action would be taken against human traffickers, Foreign Employment ...


Navy ships leave for Maldives on training mission

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April 08, 2016 02:41 pm

Two naval ships of the Sri Lanka Navy, SLNS Suranimala and SLNS Shakthi left for Maldives from the Port of Colombo on April 5, on a training visit, navy said. The two ships arri...


China, Sri Lanka pledge to further advance strategic cooperation

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April 08, 2016 01:32 pm

(Xinhua) -- China and Sri Lanka pledged to further push forward their strategic cooperative partnership and inked a series of documents in such fields as economic cooperation, f...




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