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Over hundred countries confirm participation

[April 19 2014]

Over hundred countries have confirmed participation of their youth delegations to the World Conference on Youth 2014 which will be held in Colombo from May 5 - 10.

 

Hacked monk succumbs to injuries

[April 19 2014]

The 63-year-old Buddhist monk of Sri Saranankara Viharaya in Elpitiya who had been treated in a critical condition after being hacked by another monk, succumbed to his injuries yesterday, the police said.

 

Police nab 1,631 drunk drivers during Avurudu

[April 19 2014]

The police apprehended 1, 631 drivers who drove under the influence of alcohol during the new year week.The special monitoring operation was conducted countrywide for eleven days starting from 6.00am on April 10th Thursday to 6.00am on Saturday April 20th, the police said.

 

Family of five drown as van plunges into tank

[April 19 2014]

A family of five drowned whilst a nine-year-old boy survived when a van bound for Kataragama on pilgrimage plunged into a tank today early morning.

 

Interpol issues Red Notices against 96 Sri Lankans

[April 17 2014]

International Police based in Leon, France has issued 96 Red Notices against wanted Sri Lankan suspects including 40 LTTE operatives who are currently living abroad evading arrest, the police said.

 

Over thousand drunk drivers nabbed

[April 16 2014]

The police have arrested 1130 drunk drivers during the past few days according to the special program launched to apprehend those who drive under the influence of alcohol.

 

Sharma disappointed over Canada suspending funds

[April 16 2014]

Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma expressed his disappointment at the Canadas decision to suspend contributions to the Commonwealth fund for the next couple of years.

 

Maldivian drowns in Ambalangoda sea

[April 16 2014]

A 28-year-old Maldivian male who was bathing in the sea in Ambalangoda has drowned yesterday afternoon. The victim has been identified as Ali Thoha, a tourist who had visited the area.

 

Soldier death is a separate incident military spokesman

[April 11 2014]

The death of a soldier in Vavuniya reported on April 11th is entirely a separate incident from the operation carried out to capture Gopi and the other wanted LTTE terrorists, said Military Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya.

 

Gopi and two LTTErs killed

[April 11 2014]

Kajeepan Ponniah Selvanayagam alias Kasian alias Gopi and two other LTTE supporters were shot dead during the wee hours of today when they attempted to flee the Army cordon set up to capture them. All three were killed during the confrontation.

 

Child kidnappers nabbed with ransom

[April 10 2014]

An attempt to take ransom of Rs.3million to release an eight-year-old boy who was abducted in his neighbourhood in Maligawatta yesterday was successfully thwarted by the police today, the police said.

 

BBS General Secretary summoned by police

[April 10 2014]

Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thero has been asked to be present at the Slave Island Police Station on April 12, for allegedly threatening a Buddhist monk.

 

Mahela retires from T20 cricket

[April 10 2014]

Mahela Jayawardena tendered his resignation to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sri Lanka Cricket today announcing his retirement from playing International T20 Cricket.

 

Army food festival in Nuwara Eliya

[April 09 2014]

Hela Viru Rasa Udanaya 2014 a one of a kind food festival organised by the Sri Lanka Army will be held in Nuwara Eliya during this new year season from April 15th to 22nd. The festival is to reintroduce and showcase typical cuisines and recipes of different provinces and towns of the country,

 

 

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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