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Iftar ceremony at Maharagama Youth Council

[July 25 2014]

Iftar ceremony organised by the National Youth Services Council (NYSC) and Sri Lanka Federation of Youth Clubs (SLFYC) will be held at NYSC premises in Maharagama today at 5.30pm.

 

Sigiriya tourists stung by wasps

[July 25 2014]

About ten tourists believed to be of Chinese, Japanese, Hungarian and Hong Kong nationals came under a wasp attack at Sigiriya this morning, the police said. The group was reportedly climbing the famous rock fortress when they were stung by a swarm of wasps near the Lions mouth area.

 

Rs.5 million tax evaded for Turmeric

[July 23 2014]

An attempt to import a stock of turmeric from Indian in the guise of rice by defrauding Rs.5.6 million was thwarted by the Customs Revenue Task Force (RTF) today.

 

Assaulted man complains against CM

[July 22 2014]

A man who had allegedly been assaulted by a group of persons lead by Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga was admitted to Colombo National Hospital yesterday, the police said.

 

LTTE suspects arrested in Malaysia brought to SL

[July 19 2014]

Three LTTE cadres arrested by the Royal Malaysian Police few weeks ago in Kuala Lumpur was brought to the country yesterday early morning, the police said.

 

Khuram murder trial; PS Chairman convicted

[July 18 2014]

Former Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Sampath Chandrapushpa Vidana Pathirana and three others found guilty of the murder of British tourist Khuram Sheik and of raping his Russian girlfriend Victoria Alexandrovna were sentenced to 20 years rigorous imprisonment on each of the two counts a short while ago.

 

Missing white snake found

[July 17 2014]

An albino Cobra went missing in the National Zoological Gardens in Dehiwala three days ago was found today in Zoo, the police said. The white snake in a pillow case was found by one of the Zoo keepers being left by an unknown person.

 

Principal arrested for harassing grade five student

[July 17 2014]

The Principal of Namalwewa Primary School in Diyabeduma was arrested by the police today for harassing a grade five student for not attending the routine cleaning program held in the school, the police said.

 

Nine kilos of Heroin seized

[July 16 2014]

Nine kilograms of Heroin worth over Rs.60 million was seized by the Borella Police last night, the police said.The police on information carried out a detection in Wanathamulla area and seized the narcotics along with five suspects.

 

Man cuts his male organ

[July 16 2014]

A man who severed his male organ in Kalutara was admitted to Nagoda Hospital in a critical condition this afternoon, the police said.

 

Woman shot dead in Mattakkuliya

[July 12 2014]

A 48-year-old woman had been shot dead by an unidentified gunman at her residence in Samithpura, in Mattakkuliya early this morning, the police said. The victim has been identified as Priyangi Melanie Kumari. She was admitted to National Hospital in a critical condition but succumbed to her wounds shortly after.

 

50 students fall sick after consuming drink

[July 11 2014]

Fifty students of an international school in Piliyandala have fallen sick after consuming a drink in the canteen today, the police said. Eight of them had been admitted to Piliyandala Hospital.

 

Uva PC to be dissolved tonight

[July 11 2014]

Uva Provincial Council is to be dissolved from midnight today in preparation for the on coming elections, incumbent Chief Minister Shashindra Rajapaksa told media.

 

 

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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