India mulling rail bridge between Rameswaram and Talaimannar

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Indian Union minister of state for road transport, highways and shipping, Pon Radhakrishnan revealed that the Centre is considering a proposal to establish a rail bridge linking Rameswaram (a coastal pilgrim centre in TN) and Thalaimannar in Sri Lanka, the Deccan Chronicle news agency reported. MORE... Read the Full Article

Polls timed ahead of U.N. war crimes report to foil Rajapaksa comeback- Reuters

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Sri Lanka's August elections have been timed to stop a comeback by war-time president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who remarkably may see his popularity rise in coming months if criticized for war crimes in a U.N report, the Reuters quoted a government source as saying. MORE... Read the Full Article

Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 12-pct in June 2015

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Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose 12 percent to 115,467 in June 2015 from a year earlier driven by rapid growth from the main markets of China and India, the Government Information Department announced today. MORE... Read the Full Article

Jayasiriya to quit politics

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Parliamentarian Sanath Jauasuriya says that he will not contest at the forthcoming General Election. MORE... Read the Full Article

Release my container, - Udayanga Weeratunga urges

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Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga, on Monday (06) slammed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs over its decision to hand over a container full of his personal effects to the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID). MORE... Read the Full Article

Acceptance of nomination begins today

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Accepting of nominations for the General Election will commence today (06). Nominations will be accepted until the 15th of this month. Independent groups have commenced placing deposits. MORE... Read the Full Article

Sri Lanka ranked 114th in the Global Peace Index

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According to the Global Peace Index, Sri Lanka has been ranked 114th out of 162 countries. MORE... Read the Full Article

M.G. Danushka injured in accident

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Popular singer and Derana Dream Star M.G. Danushka has been injured in an accident last night. The vehicle Danushka was travelling has skidded off the road near Usweva on the Anamaduwa-Nawagaththegama Road. MORE... Read the Full Article

Strong winds expected over the country

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The Met. Department says that there will be several spells of showers in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Northwestern and Central provinces and in the Galle and Matara districts. Thundershowers may develop at a few places in the Eastern and Uva provinces during the afternoon or evening.

 


Strong winds (up to 50-60 kmph) can be expected over the country (particularly over hill areas) and surrounding sea areas at times.

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Dinesh and party with UPFA

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Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) today (5) announced that they will be contesting with the UPFA in the General Elections.

 

This decision has been taken in the Central Committee meeting held yesterday with the participation of party leader Dinesh Gunawardena.

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JHU to quit UPFA

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Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) will be contesting for the forthcoming General Elections as a separate political force called United Good- Governance National Front.


Accordingly, JHU will withdraw from the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

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MS avoids Chandrika - PM after political shock

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Six months ago they were political arch enemies. Like the saying goes, politics makes strange bedfel.. Read the Full Article

Child drowns in a basin of water

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A two and half- years- old child in Trincomalee has died after falling into a basin filled with water, police told Ceylon Today Online. The investigations have revealed that the child has died off drowning.

 


The body of the child has been handed over to the father after the post mortem. Trincomalee police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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Clinton accuses China of hacking US

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US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has accused China of stealing commercial secrets and government information.
She accused China of "trying to hack into everything that doesn't move in America", and urged vigilance.

 


US officials had named China as the chief suspect in the massive hack of the records of a US government agency earlier this year.
China had denied any involvement, and called US claims "irresponsible".

 


'Fully vigilant'

 
Speaking at a campaign event in New Hampshire, Ms Clinton said that China was stealing secrets from defence contractors and had taken "huge amounts of government information, all looking for an advantage."
She added that she wanted to see China's peaceful rise but that the US needed to stay "fully vigilant".

 


"China's military is growing very quickly, they're establishing military installations that again threaten countries we have treaties with, like the Philippines because they are building on contested property," she said.
US officials have blamed China for a major data breach of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that was revealed in June.
The hacking of federal government computers could have compromised the records of four million employees.
US intelligence chief James Clapper called China a "leading suspect" after the incident.

 


But China dismissed the accusation, saying that it was "irresponsible and unscientific".
China has previously argued that it is also the victim of hacking attacks.
Republican presidential candidates have used the recent OPM cyber hack to attack President Obama's administration, accusing it of "incompetence".

 


Marco Rubio and Rick Perry have called for the US to threaten sanctions against organisations linked to hacking, while Mike Huckabee has argued that the US should "hack China back".
Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Martin O'Malley has called for better funding for cyber security.

 


The hack against the OPM is not the first time that China has been blamed for a cyber attack against the US. 
An earlier attempt to breach OPM networks was blocked in March 2014, with the US saying China was behind the attack.(BBC)

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Gotabaya says he applied the US embassy to cancel his dual citizenship

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Former Defence Secretary Gotabya Rajapaksa says the recent news that he is about to contest at the forthcoming General Election is a hoax. MORE... Read the Full Article

Nomination to MR- ‘greatest betrayal’ in the recent past- JVP

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The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) on Sunday (05) described the President's decision to grant nominations for the former President to contest under the UPFA ticket as the 'greatest betrayal' in the recent past. MORE... Read the Full Article

Strong winds up to 50-60 kmph - Met Dept.

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The weather forecast issued by the Met Dept. today at 12 noon says that there will be several spells of showers in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Northwestern and Central provinces and in the Galle and Matara districts. MORE... Read the Full Article

President Sirisena says he respects ties with China

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that Sri Lanka has a lot of respect for China since that country has been assisting Sri Lanka's development work. MORE... Read the Full Article

President briefs 33 newly appointed Envoys

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday (03) briefed newly appointed Sri Lankan Ambassadors and High Commissioners who will be taking up their new posts soon. Read the Full Article

Equipment for higher education of blind children

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President Maithripala Sirisena presided over an event to distributed equipment for the higher education of blind children in the country at the Sri Lanka Council For the Blind in Rajagiriya on Friday (03). Read the Full Article

JHU to contest under a new front

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Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said that the Jathika Hela Urumaya will depart from the the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and will contest under a new front at the forthcoming general election. MORE... Read the Full Article

Motorcyclist killed in Kajugama crash

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An individual died on the spot when a motorbike he was traveling in collided with a lorry near Kajugama along the Colombo-Kandy road, the police said. The accident occurred on Saturday (04) at around 10.00 pm. MORE... Read the Full Article

Acceptance of nominations for election from tomorrow

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The Elections Department says that nominations for the 2015 General Election will be accepted from July 06 to 15. The Department is making preparations to hold the General Elections on August 17. MORE... Read the Full Article

Sri Lanka will never pose a threat to India, says Mahinda

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'We have nothing to gain by helping any other country to become a threat to India,' former Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is on the comeback trail, has said. MORE... Read the Full Article

E01: Matara-Hambantota segment work begins

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Construction of the Matara -Hambantota segment on the Southern Expressway (E01) was launched by Pres.. Read the Full Article