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Former President Rajapaksa blames India, US and others for defeat

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March 13, 2015 03:46 pm

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa has blamed India, the United States and European countries for his humiliating defeat in the January election. “It was very open,...


Visa on arrival for Sri Lankans travelling to India from April 14

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March 13, 2015 01:02 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced that India will give visa on arrival to Sri Lankan nationals from April 14 this year, local media reported. He also said that th...


Changes to 15% interest scheme to benefit those retiring after Jan 31

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March 13, 2015 11:52 am

The Central Bank on Friday was scheduled to issue a new directive to banks permitting senior citizens who retire after January 31, 2015 to open a new account at 15 per cent interes...


Colombo shares down on bearish sentiments

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March 13, 2015 11:32 am

Colombo shares edged lower, after marginally gaining in early trades, on Friday much to the despair of traders, analysts said. They added that this slip was mainly owing to pric...


GMOA warns of strike action

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March 13, 2015 11:01 am

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) will launch a countrywide strike on March 24, if they do not receive their due salaries and allowances revised by the 2015 budge...


RAW rallied opposition against me: MR

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March 13, 2015 08:49 am

Claiming that the Research and Analysis Wing conspired with “Western agencies” CIA and MI-6 to rally the opposition led by President Maithripala Sirisena against his presidency...


Modi arrives at BIA

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March 13, 2015 08:36 am

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived to the country early this morning on a two day official visit. He was received by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Foreign Minist...


India’s Tata Housing slams Govt. allegations over Slave Island project

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March 12, 2015 05:52 pm

Tata Housing, the Indian real estate developer involved in a mega mixed development project at Slave Island in Colombo, on Thursday accused the Sri Lankan Government of arbitrary a...


PM agrees to discuss private sector wage hike

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March 12, 2015 05:31 pm

  Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has assured private sector workers that he would discuss their wage hike demand following a meeting between the PM and the Employers F...


Special Traffic plan for Modi's visit

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March 12, 2015 04:09 pm

In view of the Indian Premier Modi's visit to the island over a 1000 Police personnel will be deployed during the visit, local media reported. A special traffic plan is in place a...


Lankan Navy allegedly hurl petrol bomb at TN fishing boat: Reports

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March 12, 2015 03:07 pm

According to Indian media reports Sri Lankan naval personnel today allegedly hurled petrol bombs at a fishing boat from Thangachimadam  causing damage to the boat The five occu...


Workers protest demanding Rs.2500 wage hike

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March 12, 2015 12:57 pm

Some private sector trade union members staged a walk out on Thursday demanding that the proposed interim-budget wage increase of Rs.2500 be made law, union leader Anton Marcus sai...


Colombo bourse shows signs of early gains

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March 12, 2015 11:56 am

Colombo equities surrendered to early gains on Thursday, breaking the downward slump that lasted eight straight days, analysts said. By Wednesday it had recorded the longest losing...


Vehicle movement restricted owing to traffic plan rehearsals

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March 12, 2015 11:08 am

Vehicle movement will be restricted for a few minutes in the afternoon due to a rehearsal along  Galle Face roundabout, NSA roundabout, Ceramic Junction and Regal roundabout, a...


Modi may meet MR in Colombo

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March 12, 2015 09:43 am

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to meet the former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his visit to the island nation beginning Friday. Efforts are on to ar...


New Police Spokesman appointed

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March 12, 2015 09:38 am

Ruwan Gunasekara, the acting police spokesperson has been appointed as the new police media spokesperson of police, the Ministry of Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian ...


Maithri orders release of 86 Indian fishermen

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March 12, 2015 09:23 am

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday ordered the release of 86 Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody as a goodwill gesture ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to t...


PLC-CEB fraud report filed

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March 11, 2015 05:23 pm

The newly established Financial Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) today filed a report on a fraud case where a Ceylon Elecricty Board (CEB) pension fund had been invested t...


Ceylon Chamber hosts business forum with visiting Indian Prime Minister Modi

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March 11, 2015 05:06 pm

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address Sri Lanka’s top business leaders on Friday in Colombo during a visit to the country. The evening event, organised by the Ceylo...


Modi tweets about Sri Lanka visit

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March 11, 2015 04:15 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's upcoming visit to Sri Lanka could breathe a new life into the over three decade old defunct ferry service between Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu and Talai...


Colombo shares slide for 8th straight day!

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March 11, 2015 03:40 pm

Colombo equities swung between gains and losses on Wednesday to wrap up the day in red, resulting in the bourse’s downtrend for the eighth consecutive day. The benchmark All S...


CID questions wife of Sajin Vass Gunawardena

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March 11, 2015 02:41 pm

Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today recorded statements from the wives of MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena and former Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Priyath B...


Top drug dealer arrested

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March 11, 2015 11:50 am

A top drug dealer was arrested with 5.14 kilograms of heroin  in Negombo,local media reported. The suspect was arrested following a raidby the Police anti-Narcotics Bureau.Acc...


President meets British PM

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March 11, 2015 11:32 am

United Kingdom stands ready to provide assistance and aid to achieve Sri Lanka’s future development goals in any sector, Prime Minister of UK, Mr David Cameron stated during the ...


Under-fire Central Bank Governor flies to Singapore, LA

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March 10, 2015 07:32 pm

Under-fire Central Bank (CB) Governor Arjuna Mahendran went abroad on Monday just as a probe began on a Treasury bond issue that has drawn allegations of insider trading and favour...


Sinhala version of 'No fire zone' documentary launched at House of Commons

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March 10, 2015 05:20 pm

In a bid to pressure Sri Lanka over accountability issues the launch of a new Sinhala version of the feature documentary No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka, has been lau...


US to help Sri Lanka heal ethnic tensions

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March 10, 2015 05:11 pm

The United States (US)  will help Sri Lanka's new government to restore democracy and heal "fragile ethnic tensions", a senior American official said on Tuesday. Addressing a two...


President attends multi-faith observance at Westminster Abbey

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March 10, 2015 04:19 pm

President Sirisena, as the Chair in Office of the Commonwealth, attended the Commonwealth Day Observances, themed 'A Young Commonwealth', yesterday (March 09). The day’s ev...


Jayakumari held under PTA released

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March 10, 2015 03:15 pm

Eight persons including a woman who was detained for allegedly harbouring  Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) activities in Kilinochchi were released by the Colombo Additiona...


Acting SriLankan CEO soon until position is advertised

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March 10, 2015 02:36 pm

National carrier SriLankan Airlines is considering appointing an individual in an acting position as CEO after its CEO of four years, Kapila Chandrasena quit on Monday, a senior ai...






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Monthly lecture of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society on Climate Change and our responsibility

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Ministry of Crab to hold fundraiser for Easter victims at Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard in July

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