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'Colombo Defence Seminar' on August 28, 29  👤103

2017-08-20 15:55:52

The Seventh 'Colombo Defence Seminar - 2017' themed 'Countering Violent Extremism: Global Trends', will be held at the BMICH, Colombo from 28th - 29th August.

Norwegian Research Vessel in SL  👤299

2017-08-20 11:28:03

The planning seminar is taking place in Colombo for the new Norwegian Research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen to come to Sri Lankan waters in 2018 to carry out a survey on the marine resources. This is part of the technical and institutional cooperation on Fisheries between Norway and Sri Lanka, which was endorsed by the top level political authorities of the two countries.

Closing date of second term of Muslim schools revised  👤428

2017-08-20 09:54:55

Ministry of Education has decided to revise the closing date of the second stage of second school term of all Muslim schools and the opening date of the third term.

Dry rations for drought affected in A’pura District  👤1438

2017-08-19 11:37:02

The program to distribute dry rations to people affected by the drought in Anuradhapura District is being conducted successfully.

Korean research vessel ‘ISABU’ departs today  👤1625

2017-08-19 10:03:12

A large and high-tech ocean Research Vessel (R/V) of the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST), 'ISABU', arrived at the Port of Colombo as the first port of call on 16th August to strengthen maritime cooperation between Korea and Sri Lanka.

Debate on new Tax Bill on 25 Aug – Eran  👤1645

2017-08-18 13:34:58

The new Inland Revenue Bill (IRB), which accommodates amendments facilitating the concerns raised by the Supreme Court will be taken up for debate in Parliament on 25 August, State Minister of Finance, Eran Wickremaratne said.

Finance Ministry regains lotteries board  👤1760

2017-08-18 12:39:17

A gazette notification has been issued enabling the transfer of the Development and National Lotteries Boards to the Ministry of Finance.

Relief for internet users Telecommunication tax out  👤1805

2017-08-18 11:41:31

The 10 per cent telecommunication levy imposed on internet services will be removed with effect from 1 September, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera announced yesterday.

Travis Sinniah to be named new Navy Commander  👤1968

2017-08-18 10:06:53

Commander of Sri Lanka Navy Eastern Area, Rear Admiral Travis Jeremy Liyanduru Sinniah is to be appointed Commander of Sri Lanka Navy. He will succeed Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne who is to be appointed Chief of Defence Staff.

Weather today  👤1812

2017-08-18 10:00:45

A slight enhancement of showery condition over the South-western part of the country can be expected in today and tomorrow.

Fairly strong winds can be expected over the country (particularly in Uva, North-central, North-western provinces and Mathale, Trincomalee, Ampara and Hambanthota districts) and alsostrong winds can be expected in the surrounding sea areas.

Sections of Eastern University closed Students told to vacate by noon today  👤1914

2017-08-18 09:23:04

Sections of the Eastern University was shut down temporarily yesterday due to certain unsettled conditions relating to student welfare and facilities, officials said.

Prices of mo-bikes, trucks, cabs slashed Duty rates reduced from today  👤2045

2017-08-18 08:27:56

The prices of motorcycles, mini trucks and single cabs are expected to be slashed with the reduction of duty rates, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said yesterday.

Duty slashed on motorcycles  👤1111

2017-08-17 16:58:20

Excise duty imposed on motorcycles with an engine capacity below 150cc will be removed and with effect from midnight today (17), Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said.

‘Heta Dakina Ranil’ begins today  👤1775

2017-08-17 09:58:19

The photographic exhibition 'Heta Dakina Ranil' (Ranil who sees the future) depicting the special moments of 40 years in politics of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be held from today (17th Aug.) to 20th August at the BMICH.

UNP to mull no-faith motion against Wijeyadasa today  👤1962

2017-08-17 08:31:47

The Working Committee of the United National Party will meet this morning at Sirikotha and one of the items up for discussion is a Motion of No-Confidence against one of the party's Cabinet Ministers, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe.

Rs 28 billion worth health projects next year  👤1578

2017-08-16 13:14:06

Health Minister Rajitha Senaratna said that the government will invest Rs 28 billion next year to develop the health sector.

7th Colombo Defence Seminar on 28, 29 August  👤1694

2017-08-16 11:26:51

The seventh annual Colombo Defence Seminar (CDS) will take place on 28 and 29 August, with the expected attendance of all the Army Chiefs of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries.

Weather today  👤1645

2017-08-16 09:53:03

Fairly strong winds can be expected over the country (particularly in Uva province and Jaffna, Mannar, Kegalle, Avissawella, Maduruoya and Pottuvil areas) in next few days.

Grade-five examination: extra classes banned from today  👤1737

2017-08-16 09:00:32

Tuition classes or extra classes for students who will be sitting the grade-five scholarship examination scheduled for 20th August will be banned from midnight today (16th Aug.) until the end of the examination, Commissioner General of Examinations W.M.N.J. Pushpakumara said.

The Sugar Import levy to Increase from midnight  👤1184

2017-08-15 16:18:48

Special import levy imposed on sugar will be increased by Rs.8 effective from midnight today

New Foreign Affairs Minister sworn in  👤1320

2017-08-15 14:39:24

Minister Thilak Marapana was sworn in as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs before President Maithripala Sirisena this morning (15th Aug.) at the Presidential Secretariat.

‘Heta Dakina Ranil’ opens on August 17  👤1413

2017-08-15 13:32:35

The photographic exhibition 'Heta Dakina Ranil' (Ranil who sees the future) depicting the special moments of 40 years in politics of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be held from 17th- 20th August at the BMICH.

Bus priority lane project First phase starts today  👤1674

2017-08-15 10:19:57

First phase of the bus priority lane project will be implemented today from the Moratuwa Kurusa Handiya to Katubedda and from the Savoy Cinema Hall to the Bambalapitiya Junction in order to reduce traffic congestion in Colombo.

Rajapaksa family to feel Police heat Mother and sons before CID, FCID  👤1906

2017-08-15 09:49:06

In the wake of the Prime Minister's assertion that action will be taken with regard to high profile cases involving the Rajapaksas, three members from that family have been summoned to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Financial Crime Investigation Department (FCID) today and tomorrow.

Cabinet decision on PC polls today  👤1844

2017-08-15 08:54:31

The Cabinet of Ministers, which is to meet today, will take a 'controversial' decision on the holding of Provincial Council elections, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, who is also the General Secretary of the United Peoples' Freedom Alliance (UPFA), told Ceylon Today.

Army Commander calls on Navy Chief  👤835

2017-08-14 14:35:17

Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake paid a courtesy call on the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne at the Naval Headquarters today (14th Aug.).

WB support for education development programs  👤1071

2017-08-14 11:37:38

The project Under Transforming the School Education System as the Foundation of a Knowledge Hub Project (TSEP) (2012-2017), Sri Lanka aided by World Bank and Australian Aided (Aus-DFAT) was successfully implemented from year 2012 to date.

Weather today  👤1244

2017-08-14 10:07:54

Cloudy skies can be expected at most parts of the island.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at Northern, North-Central, Eastern, Uva and Central provinces after 2.00 p.m.Showers can be expected in the Jaffna district during the morning too.

August named Cyber Security Month  👤1348

2017-08-14 09:18:41

Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Response Team (SLCERT) has named August as the Cyber-security month.

Proposals to mitigate over Crowding at Sigiriya  👤1294

2017-08-13 12:21:10

Considering the importance of having a sustainable tourism plan for Sigiriya, the Sub-Committee on Sustainable Tourism produced the 'Proposal for Mitigating over Crowding at the World Heritage site of Sigiriya'.

Weather today  👤1303

2017-08-13 10:08:04

There is a high possibility of afternoon thundershowers in the Eastern, Uva, Northern and North-Central provinces today (13th Aug.). Cloudy skies can be expected in most parts of the island.

Projects to generate electricity from garbage commence  👤1819

2017-08-11 10:37:38

The construction work of the first two projects to generate electricity from garbage commenced under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena on 10th Aug. in Kerawalapitiya.

Uni for Cops, Criminal Justice professionals  👤1342

2017-08-10 17:10:44

The Government is planning to establish a University for the Police featuring criminal justice procedure in the syllabus, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said...... addressing the Interpol South and Southeast Asian Decision Makers' Working Group conference on countering terrorism and terrorism related transnational crime yesterday at the BMICH.

All PC polls to be held on same day  👤1532

2017-08-10 15:49:21

The government is planning to hold all the provincial council elections on the same day.

Ravi officially steps down  👤1909

2017-08-10 14:14:36

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake has officially stepped down from his position in the cabinet moments ago.

Annual License Fee and Excise duty non potable spirit  👤1800

2017-08-10 13:57:22

The Government has imposed an Annual License Fee of Rs 50,000 for import of non potable spirit and therefore the Treasury has imposed an Excise Duty of Rs 25 for one liter of Methanol Spirit with affect from 1st August.

Uma Oya victims awaiting compensation President’s promises sabotaged?  👤2054

2017-08-10 12:02:08

If immediate action is not taken by the Government to assist those who have been affected by the Uma Oya Project, over 15,000 residents of Bandarawela will be displaced with the...... north-east monsoon that is set to peak in another 45 days, the Centre for Human Rights (CHR) said in a press release.

Stock Market in 81-week low  👤2145

2017-08-10 11:27:09

The stock market fell to an 81-week low yesterday, unsettled by the current political instability led by the impasse in the ongoing Treasury (T)-Bond scandal.

‘Smart’ NICs within next two months  👤2372

2017-08-10 09:46:16

The Department of Registration of Persons has taken steps to introduce a new Smart National Identity Card (NIC) within next two months, replacing the current NIC that has been in use since 1972.

5, 000 land deeds for Mahaweli H Division  👤1723

2017-08-09 15:10:37

The National Ceremony to hand over 5,000 land deeds to the residents of Mahaweli H Division will be held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena on 12th August at the Thalawa Stadium.

CID will question Vijayakala soon – State Counsel  👤1906

2017-08-09 12:57:08

Kayts Magistrate M.M. Riyal yesterday queried the delay in questioning State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran, over video footage submitted to the Court by the Defence Counsel of former Jaffna Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police, Lalith Jayasinghe, in connection with the murder of Vithya Sivaloganathan.

Ravi k's fate PM, President to decide this week  👤2099

2017-08-09 10:49:17

General Secretary of the United National Party and Minister of Highways, Higher Education and Investment Promotion, Kabir Hashim, told Ceylon Today, that Party members are awaiting Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's final decision on Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake's alleged involvement in the Treasury Bond scam.

No-Faith motion against Ravi K Speaker sends motion to AG House to be informed of future course of action tomorrow  👤2276

2017-08-09 08:32:16

The much-hyped 'no confidence' motion against Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake is in limbo, as Speaker Karu Jayasuriya is consulting the Attorney General (AG) on the content of the motion.

President pays homage to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic  👤1500

2017-08-08 15:52:46

President Maithripala Sirisena who visited Kandy yesterday for the Esala Perahera, paid homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic and secured blessings, today (8th Aug.).

On guard in Jaffna  👤1867

2017-08-08 12:57:30

A Special Task Force (STF) officer stands guard at the Jaffna Central Bus stand. Following a series of attacks targeting Police personnel in Jaffna the STF presence has been increased in the peninsula with extensive search operations. (PA)

TNA to meet President, PM  👤1791

2017-08-08 12:15:18

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) hierarchy will meet President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today(9) to discuss the security situation in the North. Jaffna District Parliamentarian......and Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) Leader Mavai Senathirajah said the Leader of the TNA R. Sampanthan had written to both the President and PM requesting for a discussion regarding the prevailing security situation in the North.

Damage to temples in Bandarawela CHR demands compensation  👤2145

2017-08-08 11:06:40

The Centre for Human Rights (CHR) has written to the Secretary to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana to assess the damage caused to 22 Buddhist temples in Bandarawela due to the effects of the Uma Oya Project and provide compensation.

‘Aava’ group busted Leader, five others in custody  👤2137

2017-08-08 10:38:59

The Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) apprehended the leader of the Aava group and five other suspects yesterday (07) in connection with the recent sword attack on Police Officers in Kopay.

Weather today  👤2047

2017-08-08 10:01:48

There is a high possibility of afternoon thundershowers in the Eastern, Uva, Northern and North-Central provinces. Cloudy skies can be expected at most parts of the island.

RAVI RESIGNS:MARAPANA, FOREIGN MINISTER  👤5512

2017-08-08 08:33:35

President's Counsel and Former Attorney General and Minister of Developments Assignments Tilak Janaka Marapana will be shortly sworn in as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka.

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