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Sri Lanka removes ban on women buying alcohol

Sri Lanka has removed a ban imposed on women from buying alcohol and working at establishments that produce or sell alcohol. The lifting of the ban will allow females over 18 years to purchase alcohol legally and work at places of production and marketing of liquor without prior approval from …

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17-year-old detainee commits suicide at Pettah Police Station

A 17-year-old detainee has committed suicide at the Pettah Police Station by hanging himself inside a cell. Police said the teenager was arrested with a stock of cannabis last night (10) at Bastian Mawatha in Pettah. The suspect, a resident of Kirimanagama in Haputale, had allegedly used his own clothes …

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Rs. 1,136 m worth development in 2017

All development work planned in Ampara district in 2017 were completed at a cost of Rs. 1,136 million, said district secretary Thusitha P. Wanigasinghe. He was speaking at the district coordinating committee meeting at the district secretariat. Chairman of the committee minister Daya Gamage, deputy minister Dr. Anoma Gamage and …

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CJ appoints five-judge bench to decide on President’s term

On reference made by President Maithripala Sirisena, Chief Justice  Priyasath Dep appointed a five-judge bench to decide whether the President’s  term is five or six years. President Maithripala Sirisena sought the Supreme Court’s opinion if he could be the president for six years. The request was made while contradicting the …

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Cabinet nods approval to use Wolbachia bacteria to control dengue

Cabinet approval has been granted for the pilot project funded by Australian government to use the ‘Wolbachia’ bacteria to control dengue infection. The Monash University of Australia will provide technical assistance to carry out a field study in selected areas in Sri Lanka. Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brazil and Colombia have …

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LTTE financiers face trial in Switzerland

The trial of 13 financiers accused of funneling more than 15 million Swiss francs (15.3 million U.S. dollars) to the Sri Lankan rebel group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) started at the Swiss Federal Criminal Court on Monday (8).   The accused are from Switzerland, Germany and Sri Lanka, …

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Sri Lanka tea exports to Russia resume

Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tea Board Rohan Pethiyagoda has told the official news website of the government that tea exports to Russia have commenced as usual. Russia imposed a temporary restriction on imports of all agricultural products from Sri Lanka, including tea, from December 18 last year after an …

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