Britain unveils new UK passport design

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November 20, 2015 08:56 am

  The British Government has unveiled a new design for the UK passport to the press and general public. The new passport designed and produced by De La Rue will b...

U.S. envoy's upcoming visit to strengthen ties

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November 20, 2015 08:02 am

The United States Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power will be arriving in the island nation with the main objective to strengthening the U.S.-Sri Lanka partnership, Foreig...

Kandy Mayor resigns

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November 20, 2015 07:49 am

Kandy Mayor Mahen Ratwatte resigned yesterday, to contest for the post of Basnayake Nilame of the Kandy Vishnu Devalaya, local media reported. He informed the SLFP Secre...

MMDK, PMK, VCK Demand probe into Sri Lanka torture camps

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November 20, 2015 07:35 am

MDMK leader Vaiko, PMK founder S Ramadoss and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi leader Thol Thirumavalavan on Thursday demanded a thorough probe into the torture camps in Sri Lanka...

K.T. Chithrasiri appointed as a Supreme Court Justice

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November 20, 2015 07:26 am

Court of Appeal Judge K.T. Chithrasiri has been appointed as a Supreme Court Justice, by the Constitutional Council yesterday.  The appointment has been made during...

PMK demands fuller probe into Lankan "torture centre"

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November 19, 2015 08:21 pm

A day after discovery of an illegal detention centre by UN experts in a Sri Lankan naval base where Tamils were allegedly tortured, the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) today demande...

President scrutinizes 2016 budget proposals

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November 19, 2015 06:17 pm

President Maithripala Sirisena scrutinized the budget proposals for 2016 at the Presidential Secretariat today. Senior government leaders attended this meeting where the dr...

Special cabinet meeting tomorrow

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November 19, 2015 06:12 pm

A special Cabinet meeting presided over by President Maithripala Sirisena will be held tomorrow at 9.30 a.m. to approve the budget proposal, Minister of Parliament Ref...

Lankan commuters can stay clear of traffic snarls with Google's live traffic data

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November 19, 2015 04:25 pm

 Sri Lankans commuters  can now utilize the live traffic data available on Google maps to stay clear of traffic build ups. The Google map will indicate ro...

Lanka to import 450,000 rabies vaccines 

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November 19, 2015 02:58 pm

About 450,000 doses of rabies vaccines will be imported to Sri lanka to vaccinate street dogs during field programme held during 2015 and 2016, Media Minster and Cabinet Spok...

 Govt to amend LG act to increase women representation

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November 19, 2015 01:35 pm

The cabinet today approved a proposal submitted by the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to increase the representation of women in Local Authorities up to 25 percentage. ...

Supreme Court Justice Sarath de Abrew to be indicted by AG, papers due to be issued today

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November 19, 2015 12:19 pm

The Attorney General is to indict Supreme Court Justice Sarath de Abrew for grave sexual misconduct following a complaint made by his female domestic  help few months back....

BUDGET: Telephone call, Internet charges to go up tomorrow

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November 19, 2015 12:00 pm

  Sri Lanka's telephone call and Internet connection charges are to be increased in the 2016 budget which will be presented in Parliament on Friday (tomorr...

Navy arrests 16 Indian fishermen

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November 19, 2015 11:44 am

The Navy arrested 16 Tamil Nadu fishermen in the early morning hours of Thursday on charges of trespassing into the country's territorial waters. The Navy also sei...

Fire which erupted in Kolonnawa contained, but nearby homes damaged

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November 19, 2015 11:26 am

A fire erupted in the early hours of today at Meetotamulla 55 Watta area, in Kolonnawa near a canal where waste oil had been dumped.The Colombo Fire Extinguishing Department tol...

Twenty six arrested over illegal fishing activities

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November 19, 2015 11:25 am

Twenty six persons were arrested by the Navy today over the suspicion that they were illegally fishing in the Seththawadiya and Uchchamuniya seas, the Navy said today. T...

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power to visit Jaffna

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November 19, 2015 10:34 am

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power will travel to India and Sri Lanka November 18-23, a statement issued by the United States Mission to the United Nations sta...

Indian oranges heading to Sri Lanka : Report

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November 19, 2015 08:08 am

The Sri Lankan market has opened to Indian oranges, according to India's Finanancial Express and for the first time in many years, around 52 tonnes of oranges from Maharasht...

Ananthy Sasitharan hits out at government at Women In Black gathering

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November 19, 2015 07:56 am

Member of the Northern Provincial Council In Jaffna  MP Ananthy Sasitharan was seen protesting agains the government  at the XVI Biennial Gathering of the Wo...

Janaka Bandara granted bail

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November 19, 2015 07:00 am

Former Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon who was arrested and remanded in connection with an incident, which took place in 1999, was granted bail by the Kandy High Court (HC)yes...

Ranjan Ramanayake hands over voice recordings relating to Avant Garde issue

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November 19, 2015 07:00 am

Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake lodged a complaint with the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery of Corruption,and handed over copies of voice recordings that...

UN Working Group finds secret torture center in Trincomalee naval base

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November 18, 2015 10:04 pm

 The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (UNWGEID), which has just concluded its visit to Sri Lanka, had  discovered a “secret undergro...

Relatives of disappeared still face intimidations: UN

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November 18, 2015 06:17 pm

A United Nations (UN) delegation alleged today that despite the change of the government in January this year, the relatives of the disappeared persons are still facing intimida...

Cabinet approves cutting of Presidential powers

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November 18, 2015 04:42 pm

Sri Lanka's cabinet Wednesday approved a proposal to abolish the executive presidency and transfer most of its power to Parliament. President Maithripala Sirisena su...

Protest by unemployed graduates

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November 18, 2015 04:03 pm

The entrance to Galle road was temporarily closed from the  Lotus roundabout upto Fort, a short while ago, due to a protest by unemployed graduates, local media r...

Table Tennis: Commercial Credit and MAS Intimates best teams at Mercantile Knockouts

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November 18, 2015 04:00 pm

Commercial Credit and Finance and MAS Intimates won the Men’s Division ‘A’ and Women’s Division ‘A’ championships respectively of the Mercant...

Swimming: Western Province emerge National Sports Festival champs

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November 17, 2015 09:00 pm

Western Province won the swimming championship the 41st National Sports Festival with an overall tally of 47 points.   The three-day meet was held at the Su...

Lanka likely to re-start China funded port city project by early next year

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November 17, 2015 08:06 pm

The government is likely to give its nod to re-start a stalled multi billion dollars China funded port city project in the island nation by early next year, one top official of Sri...

Hunger strike by Tamil prisoners called off until 15th Dec

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November 17, 2015 07:16 pm

The hunger strike launched by the Tamil political prisoners has been temporarily called off until 15th December 2015, the TNA said in a news release.  The prisoners have come to ...

Athletics: Gampaha District emerge champs of 27th National Youth Sports Festival

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November 17, 2015 06:00 pm

Gampaha District emerged champions of the 27th National Youth Sports Festival as the three-day meet came to an end with 13 new meet records at the Diyagama Stadium on Sunday (15...

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