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CID nabs Facebook blackmailer

[September 24 2014]

A 22-year-old male youth who tried to blackmail young women by threatening to upload their nude pictures on Facebook, if they failed to see him in private was arrested by the CID today, the police said.

 

Four soldiers die under a collapsing earth mound

[September 20 2014]

Four soldiers died after an earth mound collapsed on them at Ambepussa Army Camp this afternoon, the army said. He said another officer who was injured in the incident was hospitalised.

 

Polls conclude with 70% voter turnout

[September 20 2014]

At the close of polls at 4.00pm today, nearly 70 per cent of the 942, 760 registered voters in the province had cast their vote, Elections Department confirmed.

 

Two children drown in mothers suicide attempt

[September 20 2014]

A nine-year-old boy and his 12-year-old sister drowned when they jumped off a cliff beside the sea in Trincomalee with their mother in an alleged suicide attempt yesterday afternoon, the police said.

 

Man shot dead in Angulana

[September 20 2014]

A 35-year-old man who was shot by two unidentified gunmen in Angulana, Moratuwa yesterday afternoon succumbed to his injuries, the police said.

 

Suspect of Pinnaduwa child murder drowns

[September 19 2014]

The suspect who was arrested in connection with the killing of an eight-year-old girl in Akmeemana, Galle died after drowning in the Madola while attempting to escape from police custody, the police said.

 

Scotland votes No to independence

[September 19 2014]

Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence. With the results in from all 32 council areas, the "No" side polled 2,001,926, votes to 1,617,989 for "Yes".

 

Schools in Uva closed tomorrow

[September 18 2014]

All schools in Uva Province will be closed tomorrow to facilitate Saturdays (September 20) provincial council election, Education Department sources said.

 

Group tried to migrate on forged visas nabbed

[September 18 2014]

A group of persons along with a child which tried to migrate to Malaysia on forged visas were arrested by the CID officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake on Tuesday.

 

Customs detect illicit cigarettes worth Rs.100m

[September 17 2014]

Customs Revenue Task Force (RTF) today seized a large consignment of illegal cigarettes worth over Rs.100 million attempted to be smuggled into the country, Customs Spokesman Director Leslie Gamini said.

 

Container load of undeclared cosmetics seized

[September 16 2014]

A forty-foot container carrying cosmetic goods, foot-wear and soothers valued at Rs.20 million had been seized by the Customs Preventive Division today, Customs Spokesman Leslie Gamini said.

 

Chinese President arrives

[September 16 2014]

The President of China and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping arrived in Sri Lanka today marking the first visit by a Chinese President to the country in 28 years.

 

Chief suspect of child abduction case nabbed

[September 13 2014]

The man who is responsible for the abduction of four-year-old Pamara Keshani Bandara in Ambakolatenna was arrested by the police this afternoon, the police said. The suspect who fled his home after his brother informed the police about the child the former was hiding yesterday evening was at large since then.

 

Pope to celebrate mass in Colombo

[September 12 2014]

His Holiness Pope Francis who is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka in January next year will say a mass at the Galle Face Green and conduct a prayer service at Madhu Shrine.

 

 

No sound can be more soothing to a motoring enthusiast than the almost mystical notes emanating from a high-revving engine, as the rubber grips the road at high speed. The streets of Colombo Fort offered such an unprecedented adrenaline rush to motorsport fans from all over Sri Lanka and abroad, with the holding of the first-ever Colombo Night Race (CNR) last night, as part of the Electric Peacock Festival. Here drivers in their Porsches compete to edge out each other in one of the CNR events witnessed by thousands of spectators. Pic: Thilak Perera

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Norway’s dual role led to CFA breakdown – LLRC

The Lessons Learnt and Reconcilliation Commission (LLRC) in its final report to the President which was tabled in Parliament last Friday criticised the role of Norway, that their actions contributed significantly to breakdown of the CFA. It observed that the Nordic peace makers’ dual role as the facilitator and the monitor of the peace process did not synchronise well and this decision to play two opposing roles led to a conflict of interest and failed strong action by the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) in instances of grave violations of the CFA,

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Driver error, most common cause of accidents

Six persons die every day on Sri Lanka’s highways as a result of motor accidents which adversely affect the country’s economy as well, said Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Health Dr. P. Mahipala addressing a media conference in Colombo. He said when analysing the cause of accidents,

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‘Plastic crates - not a hasty decision’

Co-operatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando told Parliament yesterday that the decision to introduce plastic crates was not a hurried decision and the subsequent gazette notification which was issued in January this year. Winding up the committee stage debate on his ministry, Minister Fernando said though the gazette was issued in January, the President had given a one year grace period to implement it, in response to a request made by farmers and traders.

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Unparliamentary behaviour to be kept under check

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa has appointed a seven-member committee to make recommendations to improve discipline and ensure security within the Parliamentary Chamber in the wake of unruly scenes that broke out when President Mahinda Rajapaksa presented the Budget on November 21.

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Most bus owners’ unions favour Govt efforts

All bus owners’ unions except one support the Government’s efforts to uplift the private bus service, said Private Transport Services Minister C.B. Ratnayaka. He said the Government has provided many facilities and benefits to private bus owners. Referring to the threat made by Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association President Gemunu Wijeratne to launch a country-wide private bus strike,

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