President to visit Germany and Austria

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President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for Germany on an official visit . During his visit it is expected to further strengthen the economic and trade cooperation between the two countries, the President's Media Division reported. MORE... Read the Full Article

Colombo Port sets record in container handling volume

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Colombo Port has set a new record in container handling volume on Tuesday, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said. Read the Full Article

‘Wall of love’ heals Paris neighbourhood scarred by terrorism

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Steps away from two establishments targeted by terrorists during last year's gruesome Paris attacks, local residents, children and street artists have pulled together to overcome the trauma through art. . Read the Full Article

Two Royal Oamni Navy ships arrived

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Two Royal Omani Navy Ships, 'Al Shamikh' and 'Al Seeb' arrived at the Port of Colombo yesterday (12th Feb). Read the Full Article

State Minister visits South African Navy Ship ‘Spioenkop’

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The State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene arrived at the visiting South African Navy Ship 'Spioenkop' yesterday (12th Friday, February 2016). Read the Full Article

Joint Opposition does not care about women’s rights - PM

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today charged a group of opposition parliamentarians of sabotaging the government's attempt to provide women with increased representation in the country's decision-making bodies. MORE.. Read the Full Article

TN fishermen to protest in front of Sri Lankan embassy

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Members of all fishermen unions met in Rameshwaram today and decided to resort to an indefinite strike from 28 February in front of the Sri Lankan embassy in Chennai demanding release of fishermen and boats seized by the island's navy. MORE.. Read the Full Article

UN not forcing anything on Sri Lankan govt - Zeid

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The United Nations will not force Sri Lanka to accept a role for international judges in investigating allegations of human rights violations during the war but any process must be impartial and independent, the U.N. human rights chief said. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Jayalalithaa writes to Modi on arrest of fishermen by Sri Lankan navy

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Asserting that her government was committed to ensuring the rights of fishermen in traditional waters of Palk Bay, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalaithaa on Friday said the Centre should take concerted efforts to halt their repeated arrests by Sri Lankan Navy. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Wele Suda still in business: CID

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In a facts report on the money laundering inquiry against Samantha Kumara alias Wele Suda and seve.. Read the Full Article

Child molestation suspect attempts suicide in police station cell

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A suspect arrested in connection with child molestation case has been hospitalized after he reportedly attempted commit suicide inside a prison cell at the Ambalantota Police Station. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Govt not averse to international participation on probe - PM

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made it clear that his government was not averse to international participation in investigating the alleged war crimes in his country, but said final judgment will be made by the internal judicial system. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Hyderabad cops flying to Sri Lanka to expose doctors in kidney racket - report

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Armed with fresh leads in the kidney racket, the Cyber Crime Police of Hyderabad are gearing up to expose Sri Lankan doctors, who had been clandestinely helping the racket to run successfully, Indian media reported. MORE.. Read the Full Article

SLFP MPs, ministers must be here or there: MR

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The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Central Committee today declined to endorse a request by some SLF.. Read the Full Article

SLFP says no to separate opposition

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The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Central Committee today declined to endorse a request by some SLF.. Read the Full Article

Significant growth predicted for local construction sector in 2016

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The construction sector will record significant growth this year with the active participation of th.. Read the Full Article

Remembering a great leader

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A portrait of the late President D. B. Wijetunga was unveiled in Parliament on Thursday to mark his .. Read the Full Article

Proposal to remove lion from the national flag

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A proposal have been put forward by a number of Mannar District women s organizations to remove the.. Read the Full Article

Man nabbed with micro pistol

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An individual was taken into police custody for alleged possession of illegal weapons in Ambalangoda police division last night. He had an unlicensed micro pistol, a magazine and five bullets in his possession, Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today Online.

The suspect is a 34-year-old resident of Ambalangoda area.

He will be produced in Balapitiya Magistrate's court today and Ambalangoda Police is carrying out further investigations into the incident.

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PM to make a special statement tomorrow

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will make a special statement regarding the current political situation of the country, Prime Minister’s Office told Ceylon Today Online.

 

Wickremesinghe is set to address media at the Heritage Hotel in Badulla tomorrow at around 2.00p.m., they further said.

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Man hit by train in Wellawatta

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An unidentified individual was critically injured after being hit by a train plying from Mount Lavinia to Fort, near Wellawatta Railway Station last night, Police Media Unit said.

The victim was rushed to Kalubowila Hospital. He was pronounced dead upon admission to the hospital, Police said.

His remains are kept at the morgue of Kalubowila Hospital and the post mortem examination is to be held today.

Wellawatta Police is carrying out further investigations into the incident.

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Kim Jong-un emojis take on Kim Kardashian Kimoji

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Kim Kardashian's chart-topping Kimoji web icons are facing new competition from a set of emojis mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The "Kimunji" series features Mr Kim and his father and grandfather, as well as missiles and atomic blasts.

US-based web designer Ben Gillin said his main aim in creating the Kimunji was to mock the "terrible" Kimoji, which he said were damaging to society.

But he told the BBC he also hoped it got people talking about North Korea.

"Kim Jong-un is obviously a terrible person, but in some respects what the Kimoji app is doing to society is also terrible," he said.

Kim Kardashian's Kimoji app - which has more than 500 icons of her, her products and possessions as well as sketches of her more famous body parts, for people to use online - became the top-selling app on iTunes when it went on sale late last year.

Mr Gillin, who lives in Houston, Texas, told the BBC it "blew his mind".

"The content is terrible - I imagine little kids using it. It's ending up in their hands, advancing their minds in certain ways," he said.

He and his wife were laughing about how absurd it would be if Kim Jong-un did the same, he said. Then when an update to Kardashian's app was released at the weekend and at the same time North Korea broke UN sanctions by launching a satellite on a ballistic missile, he spent four hours making up the Kimunji before posting them online for free use.

The icons are based on the "news or fears that we have" about North Korea, he said.

There is one showing Mr Kim crying - which is strikingly similar to one of the more popular Kimoji - and others of Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung, from whom Mr Kim inherited leadership of the repressive and secretive nuclear-armed country.

One of the icons shows US basketball player Dennis Rodman, a friend of Mr Kim's who has controversially visited North Korea several times.

That, said Mr Gillin, was "just funny on its own".

He said the Kimunji probably wouldn't have been so widely shared online as they have if he'd drawn on some of the darker sides of North Korea, like its labour camps and starvation.

"In no way do I want to downplay the human rights violations in North Korea - that's super serious and oftentimes overlooked," he said.

"But if my joke makes people look at it in a serious fashion, or look at it at all, then at least they've looked at it."

He also said he wasn't too concerned about angering Kim Jong-un, pointing out that the cast and crew behind The Interview - the satirical film about a plot to assassinate Mr Kim - were "still alive" despite North Korea's furious reaction.

If Kim Kardashian and her husband Kanye West were angry, he said, "that's more funny than it is scary".

"But I don't think they'll let it detract from their business goals."

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Man drowns at sea in Mirissa

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Police have commenced investigations into the death of an individual who had died upon admission to Matara Hospital, after being rescued from drowning at sea in Mirissa yesterday.

The deceased was identified as a 68-year-old resident of Mirissa area.

His remains are kept at the morgue of Matara Hospital. The post mortem examination will be conducted today.

Weligama Police are carrying out further investigations into the incident.

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North Korea to cut hotlines with South

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North Korea has vowed to cut two key communication hotlines with the South, amid rising tensions after Pyongyang's recent rocket and nuclear tests.

It comes after Seoul suspended its operations at the jointly-run Kaesong industrial complex in the North.

Kaesong is one of the last points of co-operation between the two Koreas and a key source of revenue for Pyongyang.

The North has called the shutdown "a declaration of war" and has designated Kaesong as a military zone.

Seoul says the suspension is aimed at cutting off money the North uses for nuclear and missile development.

Pyongyang carried out its fourth nuclear test last month, and launched a satellite into space on Sunday, drawing international condemnation.

North Korea previously cut communication hotlines with the South in 2013, but reopened them after relations improved.

The hotlines, which are intended to defuse dangerous military situations, include one used by the military, and another used to communicate with the UN Command at Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone. A third hotline is maintained by the Red Cross.

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Maj Gen Milinda Peiris appointed Army Chief of Staff

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Major General Milinda Peiris, currently the Vice Chancellor at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), has been appointed as the new Chief of Staff (COS) of the Sri Lanka Army effective from today (12). MORE.. Read the Full Article