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No evidence of ship strike risk to whales

[January 31 2016]

A research belt dedicated to study whales will be set up soon in the seas off Mirissa in Southern Sri Lanka, said Secretary General of the Indian Ocean Marine Affairs Co-operation (IOMAC) Dr. Hiran Jayawardene.

 

‘No screening at BIA for visitors from Latin American, African countries’

[January 31 2016]

Health officials rejected claims of an active screening program for symptoms of the Zika virus currently spreading in Latin American and African countries for passengers arriving from these countries at the Bandaranaike International airport.

 

Virusara card for war heroes

[January 24 2016]

Virusara a privilege card for war heroes, which grants them tangible discounts on medicines, food and other essentials will be launched tomorrow, January 25 on the initiative of the State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardena.

 

UN HR boss here next month

[January 24 2016]

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein is due to visit Colombo in mid February, before the HRC's March regular sessions this year. A Foreign Ministry spokesman said,

 

More land in North to be released- PM

[January 17 2016]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told a national event to mark Thai Pongal in Jaffna that 4,600 acres of land in the North were still under the Sri Lanka Army and will be released in two months.

 

Is this the world’s biggest Sapphire?

[January 17 2016]

Less than a fortnight after the discovery of the world’s largest Star Sapphire in Sri Lanka, a gem merchant from Beruwala is claiming to have found a 2,476 karat Blue Sapphire, making it the world’s largest Sapphire discovered so far.

 

Diesel leak contaminates Nilwala River

[January 17 2016]

Water supply to Akuressa, Malimbada, Matara, Mirissa, Dondra, Gandara, Kottagoda and Dickwella have been suspended temporarily after 15,000 litres of diesel leaked to the river from an underground tank of a fuel station.

 

Ban Ki-moon congratulates Sirisena, welcomes reforms agenda

[January 10 2016]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated President Maithripala Sirisena, the government and the people of Sri Lanka on the first year of the country's political transition.

 

Sri Lanka gets first time invite to WEF 2016

[January 10 2016]

Over 2,500 leaders from business, government, international organisations, civil society, academia, media and the arts are to converge in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland

 

Kelaniya Duruthu Perahera 2016

[January 10 2016]

The Annual Kelaniya Duruthu Perahera at the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara will be held from 20-22 January. The historic Kelaniya Duruthu Perahera had its origins in 1927,

 

 

Smoke billows from a building in central Oslo, following a massive bomb explosion that killed seven people. Norway, one of the most peace-ful countries and a proponent of negotiations to resolve conflicts arising from terrorism, experienced the devastating effects of terrorism with twin terror attacks that claimed 91 lives on Friday. Many countries including Sri Lanka which suffered for 30 years due to LTTE terror-ism, condemned the two terrorist acts. Pic Xinhua

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Significant turnout in North for local polls:

UPFA gains early lead

Early results pointed to another comfortable win for the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) at elections to 65 local bodies held in several districts yesterday. The UPFA won the March 19 local polls elections with 55.69 per cent of the votes cast. According to the first result released last night, the UPFA won the Talawekele-Lindula Urban Council with 1,988 votes, gaining seven seats.

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Ninety-two dead in Oslo twin terrorist attacks

At least 92 people died in the twin terrorist attacks in Norway on Friday, Norwegian police said yesterday. Both attacks are believed to have been carried out by a 32-year-old Norwegian identified as Anders Behring Breivik who was later arrested.

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Govt condemns Oslo terror attacks

The Government yesterday condemned the terror attacks in Norway and extended its condolences to those affected by the dastardly acts. A statement issued by the External Affairs Ministry said there is no other country which could understand the pain and suffering of the Norwegian people at this devastating time,

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Solheim feels ‘enormous shock’

Norwegian Minister Erik Solheim, who was the face of peace efforts in Sri Lanka, Saturday said the “horrible” massacre of 91 people was an attack on Norway’s “democratic values”. “This is the most horrible attack on Norway in peace time,” the minister of environment and international development told IANS in a telephonic interview from London, while on his way to Oslo.

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Police warn motorists:

Don’t drive too close to ambulances, ministerial convoys

The City Traffic Police (CTP) yesterday warned motorists to refrain from driving close behind ambulances and ministerial convoys since it could cause accidents. According to the CTP, some motorists and motor-cyclists were in the habit of driving their vehicles close behind ambulances and ministerial convoys thereby violating repeated police warnings.

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