SriLankan Airlines issues clarification on A350 cancellation

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Issuing a statement clarifying recent inaccurate news reports on returning the three A350 aircraft, Sri Lanka's national carrier today said that the total penalty paid was Rs 14.7 billion (US$98Mn) and not Rs 150 billion as reported by certain media. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Inflation increased marginally in December 2016

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Inflation, as measured by the change in the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI), which is compiled by the Department of Census and Statistics, increased marginally to 4.2 per cent in December 2016 from 4.1 per cent in November 2016, on year-on-year basis. MORE... Read the Full Article

Nadarajah Raviraj case- Appellate court to consider appeal

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The Court of Appeal has decided to go ahead with the appeal filed by the wife of the assassinated Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, Nadarajah Raviraj, against the ruling of the Colombo High Court in the case. MORE... Read the Full Article

Govt denies Mahendran is working as Finance Ministry advisor

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Sri Lanka's Ministry of Finance today rejected allegations that former Governor of the Central Bank, Arjuna Mahendran, is serving the ministry in an advisory capacity. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Heavy traffic in Colombo Fort due to protest

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Severe traffic congestion has been reported in the near the Lake House Roundabout and surrounding areas in Colombo Fort due to a protest march organized by Telecom Permanent and Manpower employees. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Wimal’s case- man remanded for contempt of court

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A man who is said to be a supporter of MP Wimal Weerawansa who aggressively shouted before the Fort Magistrate has been remanded over contempt of court charges, Ada Derana reporter said. MORE... Read the Full Article

22 injured, 3 critical in Akkarawatta accident

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Twenty five people were injured and hospitalized following an accident in Akkarawatta area on Tuesday, police said. MORE... Read the Full Article

Highest performing schools in A’L science stream

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Two schools from Jaffna District and one from Trincomalee are among the top 10 highest performing schools in the island in the Science Stream, according to the results of the 2016 G.C.E. Advanced Level examination. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Wimal Weerawansa further remanded

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(Update) Former minister Wimal Weerawansa, who was arrested on charges of misusing state vehicles, has been further remanded until February 07 after being produced before the Colombo Fort Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. MORE... Read the Full Article

25 students hospitalised after wasp attack

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A group of 25 students, school principal and three teachers were attacked by a swarm of wasps in Pudukuduirippu on Tuesday morning, Ada Derana reporter said. MORE... Read the Full Article

Parliamentary debate on controversial bond sale today

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The parliamentary debate on the controversial bond sale will be held today (24). MORE... Read the Full Article

Lankans among who made most Swiss asylum requests in 2016

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Sri Lankans were among the highest number of asylum seekers in Switzerland in 2016, the Reuters reports. MORE... Read the Full Article

Muslim farmers in Ampara district seek return of agricultural land

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Muslim farmers in Ampara district in Eastern Sri Lanka are pleading with the government to return 2878 acres of agricultural land which ought to have been given back to them when the 30-year war ended in 2009. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Free education system will be strengthened to benefit all children - President

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he will take steps to create a society of intellectuals by strengthening the free education system of the country and providing equal benefits to all the children in the country. MORE.. Read the Full Article

USS Hopper visit signals growing bilateral cooperation

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The USS Hopper (DDG 70) concluded its five-day port call to Colombo today as part of a visit to strengthen growing U.S.-Sri Lankan ties and express appreciation to the Sri Lankan Navy for its assistance during an emergency medical evacuation of a USS Hopper crewmember in September 2016. MORE... Read the Full Article

If President is to leave coalition govt, that will put his life in danger - Gammanpila

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If President Maithripala Sirisena is to leave the coalition government, that decision will put his life in danger, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya leader Udaya Gammanpila said. MORE... Read the Full Article

Jallikattu protest- Violence breaks out in Chennai, other parts of TN

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Violence broke out in Chennai and a few other places in Tamil Nadu afterpolice started evicting pro-Jallikattu protesters on Monday morning. MORE... Read the Full Article

European Investment Bank confirms backing for Colombo water network

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The European Investment Bank will provide EUR 50 million to support improvement and expansion of sewage networks across the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, the bank said in a statement on Monday. MORE... Read the Full Article

No bail for Pillayan, further remanded until February 06

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Former Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan, who was arrested in connection with the murder of ex-MP Joseph Pararajasingham, has been further remanded until February 06. MORE... Read the Full Article

Bodies of three teenagers found

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The bodies of three teenagers who reportedly drowned while bathing in sea off Muthur have been recovered, Ada Derana reporter said. MORE... Read the Full Article

Showery and windy condition expected to be enhanced

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Wave type atmospheric disturbance is expected to affect the weather over the country and surrounding sea area. Under its influence showery and windy conditions are expected to be enhanced over the country and adjacent sea areas, the Met. Department said. MORE... Read the Full Article

Protest against SAITM in Fort

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Heavy traffic congestion has been reported in the Colombo Fort area due to a demonstration in front of the Fort Railway Station, Ada Derana reporter says. MORE... Read the Full Article

Arjuna Mahendran is an adviser to FinMin now - ACF

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Former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Arjuna Mahendran is currently acting as an advisor to the Finance Ministry, the Anti-Corruption Front (ACF) alleged on Monday. MORE... Read the Full Article

India denies talks are on to take over development of SL’s port

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Indian official sources have denied Sri Lankan Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka's contention that Sri Lanka and India are in talks for developing the Trincomalee harbor in the Eastern coast of the island nation, the New Indian Express reports. MORE... Read the Full Article

Johari- Malaysia will not end up like Sri Lanka, won’t lease properties to China

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Malaysian Finance Minister Johari Abdul Ghani has said Malaysia will not end up like Sri Lanka, which was forced to lease its properties for its indebtedness to China. MORE... Read the Full Article