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Total death toll climbs to about 300

The total death toll from last week’s disasters is thought to be around 300 with the government deciding to consider 95 persons who have gone missing also as dead, State Minister of Public Enterprise Development Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene says.   Minister Abeywardene was addressing the SLFP weekly media briefing at …

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Schools in flood affected areas closed indefinitely

Rejecting rumours that some schools in the City of Colombo would re-open today (1), Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam confirmed that all schools in flood affected districts, including Colombo, would remain closed till Friday (2). A rumour spread yesterday afternoon that several schools in Colombo and Gampaha Districts would be …

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Three bodies recovered

Three members of the same family including a teenager have drowned after a raft toppled in Aththudawa, Matara. Sri Lanka Navy said that a father (38), his wife (30) and their 14-year-old son were reported missing following the incident earlier today (01). However, the three bodies have been recovered, a …

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Court told Gnanasara Thera indisposed

President’s Counsel Manohara de Silva yesterday told the Court of Appeal that Ven. Galagodatte Gnanasara Thera had been hospitalised.   A medical certificate was submitted to support the claim.   Consequently, the Court of Appeal fixed the contempt of Court application against the Thera for June 12.   The Thera …

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Minister blames prison officers for Negombo jail breakout

Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D. M. Swaminathan has found fault with prison authorities for the escape of four inmates from the Negombo remand Prison on Tuesday.   Four prison officials, a jailer, sergeant and two guards have been interdicted after the escape and an investigation …

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Inflation in Colombo declines to 6.0 percent in May

Sri Lanka’s inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers’ Price Index (CCPI) , declined to 6.0 percent in May 2017 from 7.3 percent in April, the Department of Census and Statistics reported on Wednesday. The CCPI for all items for the month of May increased by 0.91 …

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