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President promises probe into disappearances

President Maithripala Sirisena said on Saturday that he would order a probe into claims being made in the media that some of the schoolchildren who posed for a picture with him in Jaffna in 2015 had gone missing.   The President was addressing a public rally in Sampur.   The …

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State doctors to launch another token strike

Trade union of the state doctors, The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA)  announced that they will launch another island wide token strike today to protest against several issues including the recent police action on protesting medical students. Addressing a media briefing Secretary of the GMOA Dr. Nalinda Herath said its Executive …

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Death toll rises to 3, search operation concluded

Another body has been recovered from under the debris of the collapsed building in Wellawatta. The deceased is said to be a 60-year-old female resident of Moratuwa. Accordingly, the death toll from the incident has risen to a total of 3. 23 more were injured when the building collapsed on …

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Two arrested

A 44 year old woman and two youth aged 22 arrested in Ahangama for suspected involvement in the underworld shooting incident in Piliyandala, our news sources said.

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United National Party MPs attend special meeting at Temple Trees

All MPs belonging to the United National Party (UNP) have been summoned to the ‘Temple Trees’ for a special discussion, sources say. The discussion was scheduled to commence at 9.00 pm yesterday and its outcome yet unknown. Meanwhile, reports revealed that President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had …

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Strong winds expected over the island and sea areas

The Department of Meteorology says that fairly strong winds at times (up to 50kmph) can be expected over the island, especially in the western slope of the central hills, and strong winds at times in the surrounding sea areas (up to 60-70 kmph).   These winds can be strengthened during …

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President offers fresh probes into missing persons

President announced Saturday new investigations into alleged secret detention centres as part of a drive to find people still missing after the country’s decades-long war.   Maithripala Sirisena said he would establish a mechanism to search locations where there are reports that people may still be incarcerated after the war, …

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Hunt on for main suspect in ‘crystal meth’ ring

The Department of Excise has launched investigations to apprehend the main suspect in the drug racket responsible for smuggling crystal meth, also known as ice, into the country.  Excise officers recently arrested two women in the Elakanda area in Wattala with 200g of crystal methamphetamine, one of the most addictive …

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SL offers 500 acres of land to AP Govt

Sri Lanka has offered 500 acres of land to the Government of Andhra Pradesh to develop an industrial park. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made separate phone calls to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandra Babu Naidu on Friday to convey their government’s decision. This was in …

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Minister asks IGP to file legal action under Penal Code

Megapolis and Western Development minister, Patali Champika Ranawaka has asked the IGP to enforce the law by instituting legal action under the Penal Code against all those responsible for the construction of the five-storey building which collapsed at Wellawatte last Thursday.   “It was a structural failure which led to …

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