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SL now among the best countries for children

[October 01 2014]

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said Sri Lanka is now among the best countries for children to live in. The President said this addressing the Universal Children's Day national ceremony at the National Youth Services Council premises in Maharagama this morning.

 

Indian nabbed for violating visa regulations

[October 01 2014]

An Indian national who had been engaged in selling garments by violating his visa regulations was arrested by the police in Nanuoya last evening, the police said.

 

Shashindra takes oaths as Uva CM

[September 30 2014]

UPFA Uva Provincial Council Chief Ministerial candidate Shashindra Rajapaksa took oaths as the Uva Province Chief Minister before President Mahinda Rajapaksa today at the Presidential Secretariat.

 

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalitha gets a four-year jail term

[September 27 2014]

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has been awarded a 4-year jail term by a Special Court which convicted her in a Rs.66 crore disproportionate asset case this afternoon.Following this, Jayalalithaa, also known as Amma (mother) by her party cadres, is disqualified as a member of Tamil Nadu assembly.

 

Japans Mount Ontake erupts after 7 years

[September 27 2014]

Several climbers have been injured in Japan after Mount Ontake volcano erupted, sending huge plumes of ash and stones into the sky. Witnesses heard a "thunder-like" boom before the eruption at the 3,067m (10,120ft) peak, situated between Nagano and Gifu prefectures.

 

Senior DIG to finalise Uva election violence inquiries

[September 27 2014]

IGP N K Illangakoon yesterday appointed a special Senior Deputy Inspector General (SDIG) to speed up and finalise the dragging investigations related to complaints of election violence and violations of election laws in the Uva Province, the Police Headquarters announced.

 

Three nabbed with gold biscuits worth Rs.10m

[September 24 2014]

An arriving passenger, a sales assistant at the duty free shop and a broker were arrested by the Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport last night for trying to smuggle gold biscuits worth Rs.10 million into the country.

 

CID nabs Facebook blackmailer

[September 23 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.

 

 

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday inaugurated the construction of the second phase of the Colombo Outer Circular Highway
from Kaduwela to Kadawatha at an estimated cost of Rs. 44.8 billion. The construction of the 29 km highway will be completed in three
stages, linking the gateway to the Southern Expressway at Kottawa to Homagama, Kuduwela, Biyagama, Mahara and Wattala to end at Kerawalapitiya. It will also link the proposed Colombo-Kandy Expressway at Kadawatha as well as the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway at Kerawalapitiya. Here President Rajapaksa inspects an architectural model of the project after inaugurating the second phase at Kadawatha. Pic: Sudath Malaweera

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Minister Vitharana refutes TNA claims :

PSC talks will conclude in six months

Senior Minister of Scientific Affairs Prof. Tissa Vitharana who refuted TNA claims that the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on power devolution was a delaying tactic of the Government said that the PSC has been mandated to conclude its deliberations within six months. A report would be submitted by then recommending constitutional amendments to further strengthen unity and communal amity in the country,

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Solutions to problems of people in N-E:

Sincere political parties should be accommodating

Senior Minister for Human Resources D.E.W. Gunasekara said if political parties are sincere to seek a solution to the problems faced by people in the North and the East, they must be flexible and try to accommodate the views of others and bring about a consensus on the issue.

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Crackdown on bribery and corruption intensifies

The Commission to Investigate Allegations on Bribery or Corruption since its appointment in May 15, 2011 has arrested 48 persons, the highest number of arrests since its inception in 1994, in its effort to crack down on bribery and corruption in Sri Lanka, Dr. Jayantha Wickremaratne, one of the Commissioners in the Bribery Commission told the Sunday Observer.

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Market experts commend EPF returns

The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) managed by the Central Bank yielded a return of 11.5 percent last year which had been commended by market experts. Financial experts said that 11.5 percent is a reasonable rate of return by the Fund. Over 90 percent of the EPF is invested in Government Securities which produced a good yield last year and the previous year.

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