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Gunmen attack in Dhaka's diplomatic area (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
A gun battle is taking place between police and unidentified attackers in the diplomatic area of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, officials say. MORE..
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BASL condemns Thewarapperuma's actions, calls for disciplinary action (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) today condemned the conduct of Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma, as an affront to good government and the Rule of Law. MORE..
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Govt will not allow functions of 23 LG bodies to cripple - Faiszer (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faiszer Musthapha today said that the government will not allow the functions of the 23 local government bodies, of which the official term expired from midnight yesterday, to be crippled in any way and that it will make sure they run smoothly. MORE..
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Mahinda's new political force not a challenge for UNP - Nalin (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
The new national political force which is to be created under the leadership of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will pose absolutely no challenge to the United National Party (UNP), MP Nalin Bandara said today. MORE..
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More trade unions to join GMOA token strike (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Several health sector trade unions have decided to support the token strike to be launched by the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) next Monday. MORE..
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Legal action against 139 after day 1 of dengue programme (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Over 18,000 locations were inspected for mosquito breeding grounds during day one of the three-day dengue eradication programme implemented by the Ministry of Health. MORE..
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Udaya Gammanpila released on bail (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
UPFA MP Udaya Gammanpila, who was arrested and remanded last month on charges of using a fraudulent Power of Attorney to sell the shares of a company, has been granted bail by the Colombo Magistrate's Court. MORE..
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Sri Lanka mulls three-tiered systematic approach to ease traffic congestion (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Sri Lanka is looking to boost its public transport infrastructure, particularly in Colombo, amid rising passenger numbers and increased road congestion. MORE..
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EXCLUSIVE- New Governor to be appointed after Ravi K returns (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
The new Central Bank Governor will be appointed only after the Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake returns to the country, Government sources told Ada Derana. According to the Monetary Board Act it is mandatory to receive the recommendation of the Finance Minister to appoint a new Central Bank Governor. MORE..
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Term of 23 LG bodies will not be extended - Minister (Thu, 30 Jun 2016)
The tenure of twenty-three local government bodies will not be further extended and will officially end from midnight today (June 30), Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapha said. MORE..
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Sri Lanka has failed to meet key commitments- HRW (Thu, 30 Jun 2016)
In Sri Lanka, the government has taken important steps to address the serious human rights problems in the country, including by supporting the Council's October 2015 resolution, the Human Rights watch said today. MORE...
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First govt in the world to create 'factory' to accuse own military - Wimal (Thu, 30 Jun 2016)
Former Minister Wimal Weerawansa claims that by urging the government to take more steps to create coexistence in Sri Lanka, the United Nations wants the government to take immediate steps to console and satisfy Tamil separatism and other minority extremism. MORE..
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Police Commission promotes 7 SSPs to the rank of DIG (Thu, 30 Jun 2016)
The National Police Commission has promoted seven Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs) to the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) with effect from today. MORE..
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Navy damages 7 boats of Tamil Nadu fishermen? (Thu, 30 Jun 2016)
Seven boats of Tamil Nadu fishermen were today damaged allegedly by Sri Lankan naval personnel off Nedhunthivu in the island nation, the PTI reported. MORE...
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COPE report on bond issue should be made public soon - JHU (Thu, 30 Jun 2016)
The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) says that the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) should release its report regarding the controversial Central Bank bond issue as immediately as possible as the people have a right to know the truth. MORE..
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Thewarapperuma attempts to commit suicide, hospitalised (Thu, 30 Jun 2016)
Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma, who attempted to commit suicide at a school in Mathugama, has been hospitalised, Ada Derana reporter said. MORE...
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PM to attend SADC in Singapore next month (Thu, 30 Jun 2016)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe is to attend the third South Asian Diaspora Convention next month. The Straits Times reported. MORE...
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Case filed against Namal for no show at Bribery Commission (Thu, 30 Jun 2016)
The Commission to Investigate Allegations of bribery and Corruption today filed a case against UPFA MP Namal Rajapaksa with the Supreme Court on defamation charges. MORE..
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Minister Sarath Fonseka obtains UNP membership (Thu, 30 Jun 2016)
(UPDATE) Field Marshal and Minister Sarath Fonseka, who was the leader of the Democratic Party (DP), has joined the ruling United National Party (UNP) on Thursday (30) morning. MORE...
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Johnston granted bail in corruption cases (Thu, 30 Jun 2016)
Former Minister Johnston Fernando and two ex-state officials were granted bail by the Colombo Chief Magistrate today in connection with the corruption cases filed by the Bribery Commission. MORE..
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Hiru News

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Demonstration held in Aranayake over housing those displaced in landslide (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
A group engaged in a demonstration in the Aranayake area in Kegalle. The demonstration was staged blocking the Aranayake – Mawanella main road.The demonstration was staged by parents of students attached to the Rivisada Central College in Mawathagoda Aranayake. The demonstration was organised in dissent over the use of the playground of the school to temporarily […] The post Demonstration held in Aranayake over housing those displaced in landslide appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Protests take centrestage as State Drama Awards event gets underway (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
A group of artistes engaged in a creative demonstration in line with the State Drama Awards that commenced on Friday.A number of artists were present for the protest in line with the State Drama Awards that commenced at the Western Province Cultural Centre on Friday. The protest was held as a mark of dissent to the […] The post Protests take centrestage as State Drama Awards event gets underway appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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President inaugurates 10,000 villages programme in Kegalle (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
The national event to mark the commencement of the construction of ten thousand “Nila Haritha Villages” was held under the auspices of President Maithripala Sirisena.The event was held at the Sanasa Education Campus in Paragammana, Kegalle. A total of ten thousand eo-friendly villages are to be constructed around the country under the “ Nila Haritha Lassana […] The post President inaugurates 10,000 villages programme in Kegalle appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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News1st’s Think Again campaign encounters a myriad of unresolved problems (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Through the News 1st Think Again Public Service initiative it has been deduced that those elected to office have not understood the aspirations and the expectations of their constituents.The Think Again Public Service Initiative which brings forward the issues faced by the voters before the nation, took place on Friday, July 1,  centering the Ratnapura […] The post News1st’s Think Again campaign encounters a myriad of unresolved problems appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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One Direction wins Silver Clef best live act award (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
One Direction have been named best live act at the O2 Silver Clef Awards for the second time. The group beat Adele, Little Mix and Ed Sheeran to win the award, despite currently being on a break. The boyband also trumped Little Mix, Muse, The 1975, Florence And The Machine, Bring Me The Horizon, Catfish […] The post One Direction wins Silver Clef best live act award appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Redlime – emerging with flying colours for excellence with a human touch (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Companies often pay lip service to the idea of social responsibility. The idea of social awareness to a community that a business exists in is often externalised as CSR or orporate Social Responsibility. So it is always refreshing to find a business that builds its business model from the ground – up with the idea […] The post Redlime – emerging with flying colours for excellence with a human touch appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Udaya Gammanpila granted bail (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered that bail be granted for Pivithuru Hela Urumaya leader Udaya Gammanpila. A  Rs. 25,000 cash bail and three surety bails of Rs.500,000 were  imposed on Gammanpila. Udaya Gammanpila was arrested and remanded for allegedly selling Rs.41 million worth of shares owned by a foreign national using, a false power-of-attorney. The post Udaya Gammanpila granted bail appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Min.Patali Champika expresses views on Brexit (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka, speaking in Colombo on Thursday,  expressed views on Brexit. The minister said: This will have a direct impact on county’s export, tourist arrival from Europe and the funds of the migrants who arrived in Sri Lanka across Europe, which is 1.7 billion dollars per year. He added […] The post Min.Patali Champika expresses views on Brexit appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Thirteen fishermen arrested in Nilaveli (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Thirteen fishermen were arrested off the coast of Nilaveli in  Trincomalee for fishing using illegal fishing nets. Navy Media Spokesperson Captian Akram Alavi said that the arrested fishermen have been handed over to the Trincomalee Fisherise Research Office. The fishermen were arrested during a search operation conducted by the Navy off the coast of Nilaveli. The post Thirteen fishermen arrested in Nilaveli appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Ministry says powers vested with 23 LG bodies will be transferred (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
The Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils says that powers vested with the 23 Local Government bodies whose tenure ended at midnight, will be transferred to the Chief Executive Officers. Secretary to the Ministry Kamal Padmasiri said that the powers will be vested with the Chief Executive Officers until the relevant elections are conducted. Kamal […] The post Ministry says powers vested with 23 LG bodies will be transferred appeared first on Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking.
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Lanka - Google News

England vs Sri Lanka: Joe Root hoping to relive Cardiff triumph - Telegraph.co.uk (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Telegraph.co.uk England vs Sri Lanka: Joe Root hoping to relive Cardiff triumph Telegraph.co.uk The fifth one-day international against Sri Lanka on Saturday will be Root's first match in Cardiff since his match-winning 134. The scoreboard operators, when England were practising, kindly recreated the score at the fall of the last wicket in that ... England face Sri Lanka in Cardiff with a spring in their stepThe Guardian England v Sri Lanka: Tourists want 'perfect game' to finish ODI seriesSkySports Confident England out to pile further misery on Sri LankaAOL UK International Business Times UK -WalesOnline all 82 news articles »
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Sri Lanka in Uncharted Waters as Central Banker's Term Ends - Bloomberg (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Moneycontrol.com Sri Lanka in Uncharted Waters as Central Banker's Term Ends Bloomberg Sri Lanka's central bank finds itself in uncharted territory as the government failed to name a successor to Governor Arjuna Mahendran, whose term ended Thursday. “The bank has never been in this situation in its entire history,” said Deputy Governor ... UPDATE 2-Sri Lanka awaits finmin recommendation on new c.bank chiefReuters Sri Lanka plays down impact of central bank chief impasseMoneycontrol.com Lanka's U-turnThe Statesman EconomyNext -Daily Mail -Colombo Page all 64 news articles »
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Sri Lanka to Modernize Agriculture to Create Jobs - World Bank Group (Thu, 30 Jun 2016)
Sri Lanka to Modernize Agriculture to Create Jobs World Bank Group WASHINGTON June 28, 2016 — The World Bank has approved a $125 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA) to assist Sri Lanka in modernizing its agriculture sector to become more efficient and attractive as a modern business, ... and more »
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Sri Lanka puts gas at heart of energy plans - Interfax Global Energy (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Interfax Global Energy Sri Lanka puts gas at heart of energy plans Interfax Global Energy According to a 2015 study by Sri Lanka's Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat (PRDS), gas in the Gulf of Mannar is expected to flow at a rate of 2.0 million cubic metres per day (MMcm/d) in 2018, 4.0 MMcm/d in 2021 and 5.9 MMcm/d in 2023. Sri Lanka shares higher at close of trade; CSE All-Share up 0.06%Investing.com UK Sri Lankan shares snap nine sessions of falls on bargain huntingBusiness Recorder (press release) (registration) (blog) all 4 news articles »
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Sri Lanka's latest status symbol, a baby elephant - Phys.Org (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Phys.Org Sri Lanka's latest status symbol, a baby elephant Phys.Org Intentionally killing an elephant is considered such a serious crime in Sri Lanka it is punishable by death—though no one has been prosecuted in decades. Two years ago a group of activists reported catching rustlers red-handed with a baby elephant ... Baby elephants-latest status symbol among Lankan eliteThe Siasat Daily all 2 news articles »
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Sri Lanka importing fewer used Japanese cars - Nikkei Asian Review (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Sri Lanka importing fewer used Japanese cars Nikkei Asian Review Sri Lanka was the biggest importer of used Japanese cars by value in 2015, ranking sixth overall in unit terms. But it took in just 1,066 used Japanese vehicles this May -- down 70% from a year earlier. Prices of used midsize vehicles sank 14% to 1.45 ...
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Is UN Human Rights Council Fair to Sri Lanka? - Sri Lanka Guardian (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
The Indian Express Is UN Human Rights Council Fair to Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka Guardian The Human Rights Commissioner said that he has found “heavy” military presence in the northern and eastern province of Sri Lanka. There is no need for him to be critical of the presence of military particularly ,when there is no information or ... More needs to be done, West tells Sri LankaThe Hindu Canada tells Sri Lanka to put forward viable political solutionColombo Gazette Sri Lanka to return all military-held land seized from Tamil civilians: Foreign Minister Mangala SamaraweeraThe Indian Express Tamil Guardian -Newsfirst -Asian Tribune all 45 news articles »
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Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe alarmed by ICC proposal to split Test cricket's newest nations - The National (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
The National Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe alarmed by ICC proposal to split Test cricket's newest nations The National As things stand, the two latest arrivals at cricket's top table – Bangladesh and Zimbabwe – will be doomed to the second tier and could be joined by another relative newcomer Sri Lanka. “This will spell the death of international cricket as we've known ... and more »
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16 Bangladeshis arrested in Sri Lanka for illegal stay - Hong Kong Standard (press release) (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
16 Bangladeshis arrested in Sri Lanka for illegal stay Hong Kong Standard (press release) 16 Bangladeshis arrested in Sri Lanka for illegal stay. Sixteen Bangladeshis who had stayed on in Sri Lanka illegally after their tourist visas expired have been remanded in Colombo, the capital. They had been arrested in the town of Panadura, south of ...
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England seek 3-0 finish; Sri Lanka battle for pride - Cricbuzz (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Cricbuzz England seek 3-0 finish; Sri Lanka battle for pride Cricbuzz The third was a washout and just when it looked like Sri Lanka's batsmen had finally stepped up and delivered with four half-centuries from their top five, Jason Roy played spoilsport with a record 162 - helping England take the series in the fourth game.
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Other English News

Appointment of CBSL Governor should not be politicized says good governance activist (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
The Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka functions as its chief executive officer. This is one ..
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SF receives UNP membership (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Regional Development Minister and Field Marshal, Sarath Fonseka today obtained membership of the Uni..
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PM hindering new CB Governor slot : Wimal (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
The National Freedom Front (NFF) yesterday claimed that President Maithripala Sirisena had to retrac..
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Navy intercepts suspicious Pakistan ship (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Sri Lanka Navy and Coast Guard intercepted a ship along with 27 crew members onboard yesterday on th..
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SL s key commitments remain unfulfilled: HRW (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) today said the Sri Lankan government has taken important steps to addre..
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ACPBA bus strike from Sunday (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
An islandwide bus strike would be launched from Sunday, July 3 midnight, All Ceylon Private Bus Owne..
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Fourteen SSPs to be appointed acting DIGs (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
An islandwide bus strike would be launched from Sunday, July 3 midnight, All Ceylon Private Bus Owne..
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Thewarapperuma s suicide drama (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Deputy Minister Palitha Threwarappperuma is reported to have attempted to hang himself from the ceil..
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Janasetha Peramuna goes to FCID against CB Governor (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Leader of the Janasetha Peramuna, Battaramulle Seelarathana Thero lodged a complaint at the Police F..
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Cabinet approves Light Train Transit (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Cabinet approval had been given for the feasibility report preparation on the light rail transit sys..
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Japanese vehicle prices go up with Yen (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Imported Japanese made vehicle prices would be increased again due to the currency rate increment of..
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Will appoint new CB Governor: President (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
President Maithripala Sirisena said today that he had decided to appoint a new Governor to the Centr..
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NSB retains AAA rating for 14th consecutive year (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
The premier savings bank of the country, National Savings Bank has been reaffirmed AAA National Long..
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Hussein s bombshell (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Caressing one s face before slapping it is a popular saying here. United Nations High Commissioner ..
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Gammanpila using politics to cover up his crime: JHU (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
The Jathika Hela Urumaya said today that close associates of UPFA MP Udaya Gammanpila were attemptin..
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Won t change decision to replace Gota s military security (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said the decision taken by the Government, to replace the..
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Still there are threats to our lives - Gota (Fri, 01 Jul 2016)
Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said yesterday that he had not been officially informed ..
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Suicide bombs kill 31, wound close to 150 at Istanbul airport (Thu, 30 Jun 2016)
An injured woman covers her face as she is carried by paramedics into ambulance at Istanbul Ataturk ..
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Call for foreign judges renewed (Thu, 30 Jun 2016)
The Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has renewed its call for international ..
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GSP Plus concessions by UK to SL seen as being hit with EU exit (Wed, 29 Jun 2016)
`Some of the GSP-Plus concessions will no longer be on offer by the UK to Sri Lanka when the UK is o..
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More equal before law (Wed, 29 Jun 2016)
George Orwell sought to ridicule the Bolshevik revolution and vilify the Soviet Union through his dy..
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Protest by mine workers at Kahatagaha (Wed, 29 Jun 2016)
Workers of a graphite mine in Kahatagaha have launched a protest inside the mine shaft over several ..
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SF to join UNP on Thursday (Wed, 29 Jun 2016)
Democratic Party (DP) Leader and Minister Sarath Fonseka is expected to obtain United National Party..
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Sajin de Vass remanded till July 5 (Wed, 29 Jun 2016)
Former UPFA MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, arrested by the CID on charges of forcibly obtaining Rs.30..
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Drugs and politics (Wed, 29 Jun 2016)
Jaffna chugalugs the highest amount of firewater, followed by Nuwara Eliya and Batticaloa, President..
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Life expectancy of Sri Lankans increases (Wed, 29 Jun 2016)
The life expectancy -for both males and females-had increased since 2012 compared to 2001, the Depar..
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US strengthens Sri Lanka nuclear counter-proliferation screening (Wed, 29 Jun 2016)
The United States has concluded a training program for Sri Lankan port and military personnel under ..
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CB Governor: PM to reveal behind-the-scene secrets (Tue, 28 Jun 2016)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is to make several disclosures on matters related to Central Ban..
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Cop killed in motorbike-tipper collision (Tue, 28 Jun 2016)
A 48-year-old police officer attached to the Chunnakam Police died in an accident occurred this even..
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Yala Warden harassed for uncovering exertion of political pressure (Tue, 28 Jun 2016)
Warden of the Yala National Park Suranga Rathnayake remains harassed and an unbearable amount of pre..
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Negative economic fallout predicted for Sri Lanka from Brexit vot (Tue, 28 Jun 2016)
UK has voted to exit from the the world s largest trading bloc, the European Union, which accounts f..
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Acid test for COPE (Mon, 27 Jun 2016)
Last year s ouster of Mahendra (Percy Mahendra Rajapaksa) as President paved the way for the formati..
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Will not get into Katchatheevu case: Madras HC (Mon, 27 Jun 2016)
The Madras high court has declined to interfere with the India-Sri Lanka agreement, and subsequent e..
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Panadura Ratnapura expressway to be built soon (Mon, 27 Jun 2016)
The survey work for the acquisition of land is now underway for the launch of the Panadura Ratnapura..
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Galigamuwa accident-Death toll rises to six (Mon, 27 Jun 2016)
The death toll in the road accident at Ballapana in Galigamuwa on Thursday increased to six when two..
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UK votes to leave EU, PM resigns (Mon, 27 Jun 2016)
Britain voted to break away from the European Union, toppling Prime Minister David Cameron and deali..
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TVS Lanka records over Rs. 12 billion in revenue in FY2015/16 (Mon, 27 Jun 2016)
TVS Lanka recorded an impressive financial performance for the year ended 31st March 2016 by posting..
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