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Accepting of Presidential election deposits to begin from today till Oct 6

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September 19, 2019 08:31 am

The Elections Secretariat stated that accepting of deposits for the Presidential Election will commence from today (Sept 19). The Elections Secretariat stated that depos...


Several areas including Matara to face 9-hour water cut

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September 19, 2019 08:23 am

The National Water Supply and Drainage Board says that the water supply to several areas including Matara will be disrupted for a period of nine hours from 8am to 5pm today (Sep...


Rajitha to appear before Police Unit of Presidential Commission

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September 19, 2019 07:50 am

Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne has been asked to appear before the Police Unit of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing state sector corruption toda...


Army Commander Silva assures differently abled-soldiers that grievances will be looked into

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September 19, 2019 07:49 am

Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva assured a representative group of agitating differently-abled war heroes that he would closely follow up on their grievances wi...


Formal investiture ceremony to present honourary ranks of Admiral of the Fleet & Marshal of the Air Force to take place today

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September 19, 2019 07:38 am

The formal investiture ceremony to present the honourary rank of Admiral of the Fleet to Retired Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, former Navy Commander and the honorary r...


Nominating of UNP candidate next week, UNF party leaders meeting today

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September 19, 2019 07:17 am

United National Party (UNP) leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that the party's presidential candidate would be announced next week. UNP General Sec...


Gazette issued on presidential election

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September 18, 2019 09:09 pm

The Election Commission (EC) has issued a gazette notification announcing the date for the presidential elections. According to the EC's gazette dated today (Sept 18...


COPE to probe Lotus Tower

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September 18, 2019 07:14 pm

The Parliament Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has decided to conduct a full-scale investigation into the construction of the Lotus Tower and its expenses. By S...


Presidential polls on Nov. 16 - Election Commission

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September 18, 2019 06:34 pm

The Presidential Elections will be held on November 16, Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said today (Sept 16). Accordingly, the polls body will call ...


Publicly insulting a major world power and a friend of Sri Lanka is "unconscionable": MR

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September 18, 2019 06:31 pm

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has hit out at allegations referred to by the President regarding the newly opened Lotus Tower, saying that publicly insulting a ma...


Govt. allocates Rs 11.6 million for renovation of tanks in the North

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September 18, 2019 06:23 pm

The government has allocated Rs 11.6 million for the first stage of renovation of 15 water tanks in the Northern Province, the Northern Governor's Office said in a statement...


Sigiriya to be opened for tourists from 5 am tomorrow

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September 18, 2019 05:40 pm

The Sigiriya rock fortress would be opened for tourists from 5 am tomorrow (Sept 19) in keeping with World Tourism Day which is to fall later this month. The Central Cul...


In pictures : Patients affected by doctors strike

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September 18, 2019 05:37 pm

Patients faced inconveniences in obtaining treatment at state hospitals after government doctors took part in a one-day token strike today (Sept 18). The Government Medi...


Sri Lanka to ink MoU with Iran to export tea and pay off fuel purchase dues

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September 18, 2019 04:19 pm

Sri Lanka will ink a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Iran tomorrow (Sept 18), as it seeks to settle its USD 250 million fuel payment dues by means of exporting tea. ...


Prime Minister stresses need to focus attention on Asian region

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September 18, 2019 03:51 pm

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today (Sept 18) stressed on the need to focus on the issues which could be faced by the Asian region in future, the Prime Minister's offi...


Suspects in illegal elephant possession case file objections against charges

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September 18, 2019 03:49 pm

Eight persons including alleged elephant racketeer Niraj Roshan alias 'Ali Roshan', accused of illegally possessing five elephant calves filed o...


High Court suspends hearings of ex-minister Fernando's case at Magistrate's court

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September 18, 2019 03:35 pm

The Colombo High Court today (Sept 18) issued an order suspending hearings of a case filed by the Bribery Commission against former Minister Johnston Fernando. High Cour...


Term of PSC into Easter Sunday attacks further extended

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September 18, 2019 02:34 pm

The term of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) investigating the Easter Sunday attacks was further extended by Parliament today till October 31.  By Sandun ...


Former Minister Mithrapala passes away

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September 18, 2019 02:08 pm

Former Minister H R Mithrapala has passed away at the age of 73 today (Sept 18). Mr. Mithrapala was a former parliamentarian who represented the Sri Lanka Freedom Party ...


Army refutes reports of personnel plotting attack

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September 18, 2019 02:02 pm

The Sri Lanka Army Headquarters has rejected reports that a group linked to the Army has been plotting an attack similar to that of the Easter Sunday bombings. Issu...


Kingsbury bomber's remains to be buried at Borella cemetery

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September 18, 2019 01:43 pm

A court order has been issued today (Sept 18) to bury the remains of the bomber who attacked the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo on Easter Sunday, at the Borella cemetery. ...


Court order halts Satyagraha campaign by differently-abled soldiers

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September 18, 2019 01:39 pm

The Colombo Magistrate's Court today (Sept 18) issued an interim order against the Satyagraha campaign currently being carried out by differently-abled soldiers opposit...


Heavy traffic in Town Hall owing to protest

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September 18, 2019 12:24 pm

Heavy traffic congestion is reported from around the Colombo Town Hall area owing to a protest march The protest march has been organized by the non-academic staff of st...


Weapons, ammo recovered in Palamunai

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September 18, 2019 11:48 am

A stash of weapons and materials used to produce explosives have been recovered from Palamunai, Mullaitivu. The recovery had been made by Ampara Police officers upo...


Singaporean company to supply coal for Puttalam power plant

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September 18, 2019 11:42 am

A Singaporean company has won a bid to supply 300,000 metric tonnes of coal for the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant in Puttalam. Cabinet approval had been granted to ...


UAE, S'pore companies win tenders to supply fuel to Sri Lanka

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September 18, 2019 11:29 am

UAE's Mena Energy and Singapore's Vitol Asia have won two long-term contracts for the supply of fuel to Sri Lanka until next year starting from next month. ...


Pistol used in Hanwella shooting recovered

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September 18, 2019 10:37 am

A pistol and its magazine believed to have been used in the shooting of two underworld criminals have been recovered in Dedigamuwa yesterday (Sept 17). Police ...


SLASA calls off strike ; warns of another next week

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September 18, 2019 10:10 am

Employees of Sri Lanka Administrative Services Association (SLASA) have warned of resuming their strike action on September 23 and 24 if their salary anomalies are not reso...


CB urges depositors to help find investor for failed TFC

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September 18, 2019 09:30 am

The Central Bank (CB) has extended its regulatory control on failed The Finance Company (TFC) for a further month from September 15 and urged depositors to cooperate with the re...


Train delays likely along Kelani Valley, Coastal rail lines

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September 18, 2019 09:08 am

Train delays have been reported along the Kelani Valley rail line after a train had derailed between Avissawella and Puwakpitiya, the Department of Railways said. Meanwh...




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Shakespeare Drama Competition 2019 - Boys' Semi Finals

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