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All roads lead to Polonnaruwa

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January 18, 2016 07:03 am

A recommendation by President Maithripala Sirisena to undertake two road projects costing a colossal Rs. 13 billion caused some flutter at last Wednesday’s weekly minis...


President says competition among international community to support Govt

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January 17, 2016 10:12 pm

President Maithripala Sirisena today said that there is a competition among the international community help the development of Sri Lanka. “This is due to the better gover...


Lanka will not be a federation: Ranil

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January 17, 2016 08:10 pm

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sunday assured Lanka’s Sinhalese majority, that the country will not be turned into a federal state under a new constitution.  ...


Lanka turns to social media for help with new constitution

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January 17, 2016 07:58 pm

Sri Lanka's prime minister Sunday announced officials would use social media to seek public opinion on a proposed new constitution aimed at preventing a return to ethnic war...


Navy arrests three TN fishermen

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January 17, 2016 07:54 pm

Three fishermen from Nagapattinam district were arrested by Sri Lankan Naval personnel off Nedutheevu in the island nation for allegedly crossing the International Martime Bound...


Govt keen on India's help for quicker voluntary repatriation

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January 16, 2016 10:06 pm

With one more batch of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees returning from Tamil Nadu to their motherland in a few days, the Sri Lankan government is keen on getting assistance of the Indi...


55 released Indian fishermen lodged in Jaffna

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January 16, 2016 04:54 pm

Fifty five Indian fishermen have been released from prison in Sri Lanka out of a total of 104 which the island nation had decided to free as a goodwill gesture ahead of Pongal f...


Lankan peace process would have benefitted from greater international effort, says former negotiator

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January 16, 2016 03:38 pm

A broader international commitment would have ensured the success of an effort to end an over two-decade-long war between the Sri Lankan military and Tamil separatists, Erik Sol...


NFF thanks Govt for releasing Indian fishermen

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January 16, 2016 03:30 pm

The National Fish Workers Forum (NFF) today thanked the Sri Lanka government for its goodwill gesture ahead of Pongal festival to release all 104 Indian fishermen arrested by th...


Colombo port city project to resume: Chinese ambassador

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January 16, 2016 03:27 pm

The green light has been given to the delayed Colombo Port City project, the Sri Lankan ambassador to China confirmed on Friday. A financial hub connecting South Asia, Southea...


Ranil vows greater political power for Tamils

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January 15, 2016 08:55 pm

(AFP) Sri Lanka's prime minister on Friday promised greater political power to the island's Tamil minority under a new constitution aimed at preventing a return to ethni...


UN Resident Coordinator calls on President

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January 15, 2016 05:47 pm

The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka Subinay Nandy met with President Maithripala Sirisena as he concluded his assignment in Sri L...


Veteran actor Chandrasiri Kodithuwakku passes away

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January 15, 2016 04:10 pm

Veteran actor Chandrasiri Kodithuwakku passed away today morning at Gampaha General Hospital. He was 67 years old. He was admitted to hospital for a long time due...


Ranil gives hope to Northern people; addresses ceremony in Jaffna to mark Thaipongal

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January 15, 2016 03:58 pm

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe today said that the new government has taken  substantial steps to bring all citizens  under  one identity as Sri Lankans...


President's pardon sets tone for spirit of transition process: NPC

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January 15, 2016 03:52 pm

The National Peace Council (NPC) said today that the recent move by President Maithripala Sirisena to pardon a former member of the LTTE Sivarajah Jeneevan who had bee...


Soldier killed in train accident

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January 15, 2016 12:07 pm

A army soldier was killed in a train accident in Elephant Pass when he tried to cross the road through a level crossing, police said. Palai police said the body was handed ...


Tight security for VIPs visit to Jaffna

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January 15, 2016 12:04 pm

Tight security measures have been put in place in Jaffna today with the arrival of Prime Minister...


Thaipongal festival will lead the way to genuine co-existence: President

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January 15, 2016 11:02 am

President Maithripala Sirisena said in his Thaipongal message that the Pongal is a festive occasion that signifies the everlasting relationship between human beings an...


Hindus celebrate Thai Pongal today

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January 15, 2016 10:56 am

Hindus around the world celebrate the festival of Thai Pongal today.Thai Pongal is celebrated on the first day of the month Thai of the Tamil calendar. The day normally falls be...


Lanka to release 104 Indian fishermen on Pongal

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January 15, 2016 10:53 am

In a goodwill gesture ahead of the Pongal festival, Sri Lanka today decided to release 104 Indian fishermen arrested by the country’s navy for allegedly poaching in the co...


Tamil party's support vital for new Constitution: Kiriella

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January 14, 2016 11:46 pm

The support of Sri Lanka's main Tamil party is crucial to the adoption of a new Constitution, a senior minister said today. "In 1972 and 1978, the Tamil parties di...


Visiting UK Minister urges military collaboration with Sri Lanka 

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January 14, 2016 11:46 pm

  Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom (UK) have very close bilateral military relations in past and a resumption of this cooperation and collaboration would be very we...


Bishop Rayappu Joseph resigns; New Apostolic Administrator appointed by Pope

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January 14, 2016 09:17 pm

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation presented by Msgr. Joseph Rayappu, from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Mannar, in accordance with canon 401 § 1 of the Cod...


Clash breaks out at Chilaw fisheries harbour

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January 14, 2016 08:11 pm

A clash broke out between two groups of fishermen in the afternoon at the Chilaw Fisheries Harbour. The situation occurred following a discussion which was being chaired...


Hugo Swire addresses Council for Business with Britain: Full text of speech

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January 14, 2016 08:04 pm

Foreign Office Minister for Asia  Hugo Swire, who is on an official visit to Sri Lanka addressed the Council for Business with Britain alongside Sri Lanka’s Deputy Mi...


Aim of all investments is to build a better society: Maithri

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January 14, 2016 07:16 pm

President Maithripala Sirisena today said that the final objective of all investments of the government is to build a better society for the citizens of the country."The un...


Lanka condemns terrorist attack in Jakarta

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January 14, 2016 07:13 pm

The government today strongly condemned the terrorist attack which took place in Jakarta today morning,Foreign Affairs ministry said in a statement.  &quo...


Gotabaya summoned to CoI

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January 14, 2016 02:59 pm

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa today appeared before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating large-scale corruption to record a statement o...


Cabinet approval for relocation of Manning Market in Fort to Peliyagoda area

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January 14, 2016 02:45 pm

The cabinet today approved to relocate the Manning fish market in Colombo Fort to Peliyagoda in view of keeping with the  combined development zone under the Colombo City D...


UK minister acknowledges change in Sri Lanka,presses country on human rights commitments

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January 14, 2016 12:48 pm

Visiting Minister of State for Asia at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire has said he  has been struck by how far the country has come since the change ...




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Otara among 25 chosen personalities to name endangered baby gorillas in Rwanda

Sri Lankan entrepreneur, Otara Gunewardene was invited by the Rwandan Government as an honorary guest to name a ...

Environmentalists, conservationists gather for tropical biodiversity conference in Sri Lanka

The 12th Asia-Pacific Chapter Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) got underw...

Shakespeare Drama Competition to get underway this month

The All Island Inter-School Shakespeare Drama Competition is back for the 46th year. The competition is organize...

In Pictures: Annual congregation of the Dawoodi Bohra community

More than 20,000 people attended the annual worldwide Bohra convention being held at a community centre at ...



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