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Ravi removed at Malik’s behest, says Salley


National Unity Alliance (NUA) leader Azath Salley has alleged that President Maithripala Sirisena deprived Ravi Karunanayake of the finance portfolio as a result of UNP Chairman Malik Samarawickrema’s intervention.

Salley strongly regretted President Sirisena giving into Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Samarawickrema’s demand.

Salley named Minister Samarawickrema in the wake of Minister Karunanayake blaming black sheep in the party for his removal at the Sirikotha media conference on Sunday.


Postal unions to launch strike today


Postal workers will launch a continuous strike from today (27) as the government has failed to redress their long standing grievances, Convener of the Joint Postal Workers Union Front Chinthaka Bandara says.

The postal unionists had been prote...

Rs. 7.7mn heist in broad daylight

In a daring daylight robbery a gang managed to escape with Rs. 7.7 million belonging to a private textile shop in Kadawatha yesterday.

The robber gang intercepted the van transporting the money by two employees of the textile shop around 10.40...

Champika unveils mega garbage disposal plan


Megapolis and Western Development Ministry has embarked on a comprehensive initiative to tackle the city’s garbage that includes setting up a mega-waste recycling park on 25-acres of abandoned quarries in Aruwakkalu, North of the Puttalam Dist...

Tamil Nadu facing worst drought in 140 years, Chennai gets only half the water it needs


NEW DELHI, June 26: Tamil Nadu is witnessing the worst drought in 140 years. Its capital Chennai is facing an acute crisis of drinking water as all four lakes around the city have dried up. The city of over 10 million people needs 830 million l...

A new city needed to ease Kandy congestion – Academic

KANDY: Prof. Milton Rajaratne of the University of Peradeniya has proposed that a new city be build to ease the existing traffic congestion and air pollution in Kandy.

Speaking at a meeting organised by the Kandy Citizens’ Front, Prof. ...

Japanese police assaulted at Sri Lankan festival in Tokyo?

The Japanese police have launched an inquiry into an attack on some of their personnel at an event organised by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Yoyogi park, Tokyo over the weekend.

Some of the Sri Lankans, involved in a free-for-all, allegedly assa...

Burglar shot dead by police

A burglar who tried to escape with goods worth of millions of rupees from a shop in Warakapola was shot dead by police in the early hours yesterday.

The suspect had been shot by policemen when he tried to throw a hand grenade at them, police ...

Dengue Fever: France explores introduction of effective vaccine here


France, a major donor of the Global Fund Board to fight against malaria,  tuberculosis and AIDS  is exploring the possibility of introducing an effective vaccine against dengue fever in Sri Lanka, says French Ambassador Jean-Marin Schuh....

Farewell to Chief of Defence Staff


Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Kolitha Gunatilleke, who relinquished duties recently, was accorded a farewell by the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff at the Galadari Hotel.

Air Chief Marshal Gunatilleke being photographed at the ...

No more retirees for DPL jobs


KANDY – Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake assured the Mahanayake Thera of Malwatte most Venerable Tibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala that only educated, energetic persons would be recruited to the diplomatic service.

Pensioners would...

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