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Responding to Sri Lanka’s water levels in reservoirs fast depleting due to the drought, the government has implemented a short-term programme  to rehabilitate minor...

Supreme Court issued notice on Lanka e-news editor Pradeep Sandaruwan Senadeera to appear before the Courts on March 3 for contempt of court. The Court was...

Government has decided to amend the Firearms Ordinance which was drafted over a hundred years ago. The Ordinance which was first passed in 1916 will be...

The delimitation committee has handed over its report to the Minister of Local Government, Faiszer Musthapha today. The report was initially rejected by the Minister...

In the wake of irregularities reported in grade one school admissions at Royal College, the Ministry of Education has decided to introduce an island-wide...

Health Minister and Co-Cabinet spokesperson Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said today that the government had moved away from its pledge to abolish the Executive Presidency. Responding to...

The Ministry of Finance has said that the price of a litre of kerosene would be reduced by Rs. 5 from midnight tonight. Accordingly, the...

Former minister Wimal Weerawansa has been arrested by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) today. Weerawansa was arrested in connection with allegations of misusing State...

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinge on Friday confirmed that the automobile assembling plant which started construction last week was not exclusively for Volkswagen. A divergence from...

By Deepal Warnakulasuriya Around 20,000 employment opportunities will be created during the first week of 2017 via a number of mega development projects all over...

Chairman of Sri Lanka People’s Front, Prof GL Peiris alleged that the reason for postponing local government election was the government’s fear that they...

Ruwan Laknath Jayakody The Joint Opposition (JO) has called on President Maithripala Sirisena to halt the Government’s move to lease the Hambantota port to...

President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to unveil the Government’s economic plan under the theme ‘an era of sustainability’ and all programmes pertaining to it...

There has been intense pressure from Parliamentarians and other politicos demanding the issuance of new liquor licences. These licences are demanded especially to operate various...

Annually, approximately 5,000 people are diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (CKDu). Research has been conducted at the university as well as...

New Tax file opening IR officials threatened Call for Presidential intervention Officials of the Department of Inland Revenue last week accused certain government politicians of interfering...

President Maithreepala Sirisena arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia a short while ago marking the commencement of his three-day visit to...

A shortage of foreign currency notes especially United States Dollars has inconvenienced  many outbound travellers who plan to travel particularly during this holiday season. Institutions...

The Police Narcotic Bureau today seized 800 kilograms of cocaine worth Rs. 10 billion at the Colombo Harbour. It is reported that it was the...

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is no more. Seventy-four days after being admitted to hospital here, the general secretary of the All India Anna...

The Asian Development Bank has presented a draft plan with regard to the development of Colombo Fort as a transport hub. The National Transport Commission...

Eleven persons who were arrested for alleged ties with the Aava group in Jaffna were released on bail today. The suspects were released after they...

It has been confirmed that heroin and Kerala ganja were being smuggled from the country via established trade routes also known as green channels...

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senatatne said the Government had not received any report about Sri Lankans joining ISIS. "The Government has not received any military...

Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva yesterday said that there would be a drastic change in the private and public bus transportation system in the...

New four-wheelers instead of trishaws E-card license for road violations The government has proposed several amendments to the existing Motor Traffic Act, one of which is...

Minister of City Planning and Water Supply Rauff Hakeem has warned that the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) would record a loss...

The ministry of health has discussed the possibility of introducing private chanelling of doctors through some major government hospitals in the evenings after 4pm...

Protests against the election of Donald Trump as president have swept across the US, with hundreds of people gathering in New York's Union Square. Thousands...

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the existing 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes will be withdrawn from the financial system overnight. The surprise...

The Court of Appeal today ordered the release of Former Parliamentarian Tiran Alles. Alles is currently in remand custody over alleged financial discrepancies at the...

In light of reports that members of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) had violated the Parliament ACT by making statements to the media...

The Health Ministry has introduced two hotlines for consumers to report on pharmacies that have not complied with the new drug price regulations. The hotlines...

Veteran musician Pandit Amaradeva passed away a short while ago while receiving treatment. He was 88. The veteran was admitted to to Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital...

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s youngest daughter Sanjeewanie Indira Jayasuriya succumbed to a terminal illness in London, England yesterday (Nov.02). She was a mother of two and...

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has appointed a seven-member committee headed by Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva to study the report of the...

President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Opposition Leader R Sampanthan are expected to hold discussions with students of the Jaffna University today. The...

In a startling revelation, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources admitted that departmental inspectors...

The VAT Amendment bill was passed in Parliament a short while ago. The third reading of the VAT Amendment Bill was passed with amendments and...

Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has appointed a high-profiled three member committee to carry out an independent investigation of the recent breakdown...

Jaffna has shut down in protest of the deaths of two undergraduates last week. Pix by U Shalin from Jaffna

With the country reeling from a crushing drought which has left millions high and dry and another breakdown of the coal power plant at...

Five policemen who were arrested in connection with the death of two Jaffna University students last night have been interdicted with immediate effect. "The CID...

The daily wage of estate workers has been increased to Rs.730 following a joint agreement between estate unions and estate owners. The workers had earlier...

Local government authorities announced that there was a high probability of a new sewerage tax being introduced in the near future as part of...

Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres has been appointed as the next UN Secretary-General and will take over from Ban Ki-moon’s from January 1...

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed authorities to probe the recent attack on a nightclub in Colombo, in which his son was also said to have been...

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that the  present government is focused on creating the Bay of Bengal Economic Zone which would link Sri...

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, who arrived in the island last afternoon, is expected to hold key discussions with...

Masterminds behind the formation of a new political front with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the helm revealed that the name and symbol of...

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