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Four die, trying to to save worker in chemical tank



Five persons died yesterday after being exposed to ammonia in a shoe manufacturing factory at Bellapitiya in the Horana electorate.

Police said that one worker and three villagers had died, trying to rescue a worker who had fallen into a tank containing ammonia.

About 15 others, involved in the rescue attempt were rushed to Horana hospital.


Attacks on foreigners on southern beach: 13 arrested

Four persons, arrested in connection with an alleged attack on a group of Israeli tourists on the Meedigama- Weligama beach on April 15 were remanded by the Matara Magistrate on April 18 till April 26, pending an identification parade.

Naseby tells President UNHRC was not properly briefed on SL situation


Lord Naseby has told President Maithripala Sirisena that Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and European countries hadn’t been properly briefed of the wartime situation as well as post-war reconciliation process.


Bimal complains to PM about Vajira’s letter to job seekers


JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake has complained to Prime Minister Wickremesinghe that Public Administration Minister and Galle District UNP MP Vajira Abeywardena’s attempt to coerce some persons, seeking employment in the state sector, into visiting his...

JO steps up pressure on Opp. Leader


KANDY: Former Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella,MP, yesterday said that TNA leader R. Sampanthan had lost moral right to continue as the Opposition Leader in the wake of his 16-member parliamentary group coming to the rescue of PM Wickremesinghe....

Karu: Int’l media coverage discourages visitors, investors


A section of the international media had extensively reported on dirsuptinve activities carried out by by a small group of people in Sri Lanka recently, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said. Such reports discouraged investors and tourists, Jayasuriya told t...

UNP Politburo discusses election of new office bearers

The newly elected UNP Politburo discussed the election of new office bearers yesterday and put off deliberations for Monday.

Asked if a consensus had been reached on the names proposed to fill vacancies for key positions such as Chairman, Gene...

Hashish haul suspect admits receiving previous packages

Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) is conducting investigations to find out whether a former freelance journalist, arrested on Tuesday (April 17) at the Colombo Central mail Exchange with 1.4 kilos of hashish, had acted alone.

The suspect was de...

Awards from foreign companies: Many Lankans duped

The Customs have requested the CID to investigate an organised racket where unsuspecting Sri Lankans are cheated out of millions of rupees.

Customs Spokesman Sunil Jayaratne told The Island that the gang comprised Sri Lankans and foreigners. &...

Seven heroin peddlers arrested

Police in separate raids, on Wednesday (Apr 18), arrested four heroin peddlers in the Bandaragama and Borella police areas with nearly nine grammes of heroin. A senior police headquarters official told The Island that of the four, three had been arr...

Larijani calls for strengthening Iran-Sri Lanka ties further


Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday met his Iranian counterpart, Ali Larijani, in Parliament. The Speaker escorting the visiting dignitary and other Iranian delegates.At extreme right is the Iranian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Zaeri Amirani.


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