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126 Indian fishermen released by Lanka; repatriated by Indian Coast Guard

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November 13, 2015 09:51 pm

As many as 126 Indian fishermen, arrested on the charge of poaching in Sri Lankan waters, were on Friday repatriated by the Indian Coast Guard after being released by the neighbour...


Scientists claim space debris did not fall into the sea

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November 13, 2015 08:49 pm

The space debris WT1190F which was expected to make a landfall in the Southern Coast has exploded in space, the government news portal reported. The Planetarium said t...


26th death anniversary of Wijeweera marked

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November 13, 2015 08:13 pm

The 26th death anniversary of founding leader of the JVP Rohana Wijeweera was  commemorated by the party. The JVP held a gathering at the Vihara Maha Devi Open Air Theatre wit...


Reduction in fees of Indian e-Tourist Visas

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November 13, 2015 05:52 pm

The High Commission of India has announced a reduction in visa fees for Sri Lankan nationals applying for e-Tourist Visa (e-TV), which was introduced from 14 April 2015. The new...


Lankan boat found in sea at Nagayalanka

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November 13, 2015 05:46 pm

An abandoned mechanised boat was found in Bay of Bengal close to coast in Nagayalanka mandal in Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh, India. Fishermen who observed the boat floating ...


Tourism stalwarts urge Govt to drop plans to scrap VAT

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November 13, 2015 05:30 pm

  Tourism industry stalwarts appointed to the ministry’s advisory board urged that state plans to reintroduce taxes like Business Turnover Tax (BTT) in place of Value Added T...


Planetarium in Tangalle to observe space debris

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November 13, 2015 04:52 pm

The planetarium has set up camp in Tangalle and made arrangements to observe the debris of the rocket which is expected to re-enter the atmosphere and fall into the sea 62 miles of...


Lanka on UNESCO Executive Board

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November 13, 2015 04:50 pm

Sri Lanka was elected to the Executive Board of the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) for the period 2015-2019 receiving 149 votes at the 38...


SLIC MD Bangsa Jayah refuses to quit for third day running

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November 13, 2015 04:04 pm

SLIC MD Bangsa Jayah refuses to quit   The state-owned Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Ltd’s (SLIC) former 'Managing Director (MD) T. M. R. Bangsa Jayah refused to qui...


KP has no criminal record in SL: Govt tells court

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November 13, 2015 03:37 pm

Top LTTE leader Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP, wanted in India in connection with the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, has no criminal record in Sri Lanka or li...


President invites Lankan expat intellectuals to work for the country

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November 13, 2015 03:34 pm

President Maithripala Sirisena said that it is time to utilize the knowledge and technical knowhow of Sri Lankan intellectuals who work abroad, to develop knowledge of the people a...


Maithri renews call to end Executive Presidency

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November 13, 2015 03:29 pm

President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday renewed his call for abolishing the system of Executive Presidency, which came into existence in 1978. He was addressing a gathering i...


Lankan woman deemed security threat released in Australia

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November 13, 2015 03:26 pm

Ranjini, the Sri Lankan mother of three who has spent more than three years in detention after being deemed a national security threat by the Australian Security Intelligence Organ...


Court summons for Rajapaksa and six others

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November 13, 2015 01:15 pm

The Commercial High Court today issued notice on former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and six others to appear in court on March 10, 2016, on the case regarding the default of payme...


$450 mln from Swiss Bank account holders deposited in local banks

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November 13, 2015 11:46 am

    Sri Lankan banks have received US$450 million in deposits from Sri Lankans and foreigners holding Swiss Bank account holders after the Government invited them to re-r...


Hartal in North and East

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November 13, 2015 10:49 am

The normalcy in the Northern and Eastern provinces were crippled as a hartal launched today demanding the release of detainees held under the terrorism charges for a long time with...


Acting Chief Justice takes oaths

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November 12, 2015 11:46 pm

Senior Supreme Court Judge, Justice Priyasad Dep took oaths as the Acting Chief Justice before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today, President Media...


Final rites of Ven Sobitha Thera conclude, President vows to abolish Executive Presidency

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November 12, 2015 08:43 pm

Amidst a large gathering Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera’s cremation ceremony concluded a short while ago at Parliament Grounds in Battaramulla.   The government chose t...


Motorsports: Junaid and Chandrasoma win Mahindra-MRA Rally

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November 12, 2015 03:00 pm

Leading rally drivers Shafraz Junaid and Sam Chandrasoma became joint winners of the Mahindra-MRA Rally 2015 in a unique manner with six debit points each when the motor rally in C...


Former President Rajapaksa's birthday to be marked by religious activities

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November 12, 2015 12:54 pm

The 70th birthday celebrations of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be held on November 18 at 4.00 p.m. at the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi with religious activities, MEP Leader and M...


Former coordinating secretary Champika Karunaratne further remanded

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November 12, 2015 12:36 pm

  Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's Coordinating Secretary Champika Karunaratne who was arrested on charges of misappropriating public funds, was yesterday further r...


Cremation of Ven Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera to take place today

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November 12, 2015 12:29 pm

The cremation of Ven Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera, will take place today at the parliamentary grounds.   Thousands of people havekept  streaming in to the Naga Viharaya to...


President instructs to give priority to practical issues of resettlement process

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November 12, 2015 11:30 am

President Maithripala Sirisena said that solutions to the matters regarding the resettlement in the North and East must be provided while giving priority to practical issues pertai...


Cycling: National Federation suspends three of its officials

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November 12, 2015 11:27 am

Three officials of Sri Lanka Cycling Federation (SLCF) are said to have been suspended according to a decision taken by its Executive Committee.   After a special meetin...


Mihin Lanka resumes flights to Malé

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November 12, 2015 11:18 am

  Mihin Lanka is resuming flight operations to Malé in the Maldives from today, (Thursday) November 12.   A total of three weekly flights has been introduced and wi...


Top Securities Commission official sent on compulsory leave

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November 12, 2015 10:02 am

Dhammika Perera, Deputy Director General (DDG) at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), who has had several controversial issues, was served with compulsory leave orders by...


Avant Garde operations to be handled by Navy: Govt

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November 12, 2015 10:00 am

At a special meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers presided by President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday, it has been decided to revoke all agreements ...


Released fishermen to reach India on Saturday

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November 12, 2015 09:52 am

More than 100 Tamil Nadu fishermen, detained in Sri Lanka on various occasions for allegedly fishing in their waters, would be handed over to Indian Coast Guard officials by the na...


Lanka scraps security firm's deals on running floating armories

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November 12, 2015 09:50 am

Sri Lankan President Maitripala Sirisena on Wednesday revoked all deals by a private security firm related to running "floating armories", a government spokesman said, the latest m...


Cremation of late Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera today: National flag at half mast

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November 12, 2015 09:46 am

The cremation of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera will take place with full state honours and patronage at the Kotte Parliament Grounds today at 3.00 p.m. amidst a multitude of people...




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