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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.

 

 

Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne casts his vote for the Central Provincial Council election at the Doluva Maha Vidyalaya yesterday morning. He was accompanied by his son and UPFA candidate Anuradha Jayaratne. Pic: Dilhan Wijayananda, Gampola group correspondent

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Over 55 percent voter turnout:

PC polls peaceful

Voting in the Northern, Central and North Western Provincial Councils was peaceful in all 10 districts with over 55 percent voter turnout in almost all the districts especially in the Northern Province where people voted for the first time to elect members to the Provincial Council, officials of the Elections Department and elections monitors said yesterday.

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President to address UN on inaugural day

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will lead Sri Lanka’s delegation to the 68th United Nations General Assembly which will be convened at the UN Headquarters, New York on Tuesday. He is one among the world leaders who will address the General Assembly on the very first day.

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Democracy restored in North, say polls observers

The independent polls observers in their close of polls report last evening said the provincial council polls held yesterday in three provinces were peaceful and showed restoration of democratic spirit among the people in the North. The People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) said.

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SriLankan makes emergency landing in UK - Two held

British police arrested two men on suspicion of endangering an aircraft after a SriLankan Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Stansted Airport, officials said yesterday. The Airbus A330, which was carrying 267 passengers and crew.

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TNA’s hidden agenda will be bared

Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa said the UPFA could win the Northern Provincial Council or pose a serious political challenge to racist and separatist elements in the North. Minister Weerawansa said that this was the first time in recent history that people in the North exercised their franchise freely after three decades of terrorism.

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