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Placing of omniscient sacred relic at Sandahiru Seya

[November 22 2014]

A religious ceremony is due to be held to place an omniscient sacred relic in the hemispherical dome of the Sandahiru Seya tomorrow (23) under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Anuradhapura.

 

Hela Viru Rasa Udanaya ends tomorrow

[November 22 2014]

Phase three of the Sri Lanka Armys latest culinary exhibition and food festival Hela Viru Rasa Udanaya will end its three-day show, tomorrow. This festival which started on November 20 at Kadolkele stadium in Negombo has twenty three stalls set up by different regiments of the Army.

 

Presidential election : President Rajapaksa signs proclamation

[November 20 2014]

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today signed the official proclamation declaring his intention to hold a Presidential Election seeking another term.

 

Two more housing projects replacing slums

[November 18 2014]

Two new housing schemes to facilitate undeserved settlements in Colombo will be opened this week by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The two projects, Randiya Uyana in Henemulla and Sirimuthu Uyana in Edirisinghe watte in Colombo 14,

 

24-hour water cut in Colombo South

[November 14 2014]

A 24-hour water cut would be imposed in Kohuwala, Nugegoda, Wellawatta, Manthrimulla and Kirulapona from 9.00am on Saturday to 9.00am on Sunday due to maintenance works, the Water Supplies and Drainage Board announced today.

 

Underworld figure injured in shooting

[November 13 2014]

A man alleged to be a wanted underworld suspect sustained serious injuries when he was shot by a gang in Nuge Road in Peliyagoda this morning, the police said.

 

Male bodies found in river

[November 12 2014]

Two unidentified male bodies had been found floating on the Mahaweli River near Polgolla Dam this morning, the police said. Kandy Police have launched an investigation on details provided by the residents of the area who spotted the bodies floating on the river.

 

Couple nabbed with gold in underwear

[November 08 2014]

A local couple that tried to enter the country carrying gold worth Rs.59 million concealed in their undergarments was arrested by the Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake this afternoon.

 

Brothers brutally hacked to death in Gandara

[November 08 2014]

Two siblings had been brutally hacked to death with axes by a gang in Gandara on Friday night over a personal feud, the police said. The victims identified as Mahadurage Prasad Manoj Kumara (36) and Mahadurage Rasaal Wasantha Kumara (38) were living in Nawadunna area.

 

Turkish nationals nabbed for credit card scam

[November 07 2014]

Criminal Investigation Department arrested three Turkish nationals last night for their alleged involvement with a credit card scam in Colombo, the police said. Two suspects were nabbed in Pamankada last,

 

Police raid brothel in Maharagama

[November 05 2014]

Police Organised Crimes Detection Unit on a tip off raided a brothel being run in the pretence of an Ayurvedic Massage Centre in Maharagama and arrested four sex workers, the police said.

 

Eight dead, hundreds trapped in landslide tragedy

[October 30 2014]

The rescuers have found eight bodies so far whilst several hundred are still feared to be trapped under a mountain of earth that buried an entire village in Haldummulla, Badulla this morning, the police said.

 

 

The banks of the Diyawanna Oya on the Parliament Drive are becoming increasingly popular as a jogging track and a serene spot for relaxation among residents in the area. Swan boats too have become popular to enjoy the scenery. The neglected area was given a facelift on the instructions of Defence and Urban Development Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Our staff photographer Vipula Amerasinghe captured the beauty of this oasis of tranquillity in the busy Rajagiriya-Ethul Kotte area.

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Increase in taxes and duties on cigarettes and liquor:

Tax revision to net Rs. 3 billion

The Government has projected an additional revenue of Rs.3 billion to the coffers through the increase of taxes and duties on cigarettes and liquor announced yesterday, the Finance Ministry said. According to the revision, the tax for a litre of imported beer has been increased by Rs. 50 and for local beer by Rs. 5. Taxes for hard liquor have been increased by Rs. 60 for a litre. All brands of cigarettes will cost one rupee more per cigarette.

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ETA targets Rs. 2,000m in visa fees

The Immigration and Emigration Department has set a targeted income of Rs. 2,000 million from visa fees under the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) scheme. The Controller General of the Department Chulananda Perera said that the Government has earned a record income of Rs. 600 million from January 1, the day the ETA was launched until the third week of March.

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More raids during festive season:

CAA gets tough with errant traders

The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has been directed to increase the number of raids against errant traders during the festive season, said Cooperatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando. Traders should sell essential food items at controlled prices, he said. Adequate stocks of essential food items have been supplied to Lanka Sathosa and Coop Cities during the recent weeks.

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Opposition fishing in troubled waters all the time

Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said that the problem with Sri Lanka’s Opposition is that it always attempts to fish in troubled waters. Explaining the Opposition’s duty by the country in the context of the UNHRC’s decision, the Minister said that in an issue of national importance, the Opposition should stand by the Government irrespective of political differences.

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Special traffic scheme for Sinhala and Tamil New Year

A special traffic scheme will come into effect in the main cities next week on account of the forthcoming Sinhala and Tamil New Year. Police will enforce road safety rules strictly to minimise the number of fatal road accidents during the festive season as a result of drunk driving, Police Media Spokesman SP Ajith Rohana told the Sunday Observer.

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