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Human bones dug up from Galle Face

Human skeletal remains had been found by a group of workers excavating the land where a five star hotel is being built at Galle Face Saturday morning, the Fort Police said. Police have launched a full scale investigation into the find, a senior officer said. The workers have told the …

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44,623 Dengue cases reported

Since Jan. 01 upto last Friday (May 12), there had been 44,623 dengue cases reported from all districts, the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health said. Ninety persons died of dengue during that period. The highest number of dengue cases (18,513) was reported from the Western Province. Anyone who …

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Over 8,000 Ha of forest cover destroyed annually

Over 8,000 hectares of forest cover is destroyed each year in Sri Lanka. This was revealed in Colombo on 9 May by the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD), which is supporting Sri Lanka to reduce forest destruction and emission …

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New tax scheme to spur investment

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said that the government has decided to introduce a new tax scheme to encourage small, medium and large scale investors, both local and international. The purpose of the new system is to give priority to genuine investors to ensure economic growth in the country, he says. …

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Strong wind and showers can be expected

Fairly strong winds at times (up to 50 kmph) can be expected over Northern half of the island during next few days, the Met. Department says. Showers or thundershowers will occur in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces. Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places elsewhere after 2.00p.m. Fairly …

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Pakistani man arrested with heroin at BIA

It is reported that a Pakistani national has been arrested by the customs officials at the BIA with 1 Kg of heroin, the Customs spokesman said.   The estimated street value of the seized haul is over Rs 10 million, he added. The suspect was arrested on Sunday morning. The …

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293 dengue victims every day

Not unexpectedly, the dengue peak season has arrived this month to coincide with the Southwest monsoon, which lasts until September, and the 92 deaths so far this year is set to surpass 97 people who perished last year. Every day 293 Sri Lankans were infected with dengue from January to …

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Cabinet reshuffle on the cards?

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe decided on Friday night that the much-talked-of Cabinet reshuffle will take place upon the latter’s return from China. The meeting came just ahead of the Premier travelling to the airport to board a Singapore-bound flight en route to Beijing. President Sirisena also …

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SW monsoon expected in about a fortnight

The South West monsoon is expected to set in within about two weeks time, a Meteorological Department official said.   “There is no delay in the monsoon as last year (2016) also the rains started on May 26”, he said.   Evening showers are expected to ease from this evening …

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