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Sri Lanka rejects Chinese request for submarine visit

Sri Lanka has rejected China’s request to dock one of its submarines in Colombo this month, two senior government officials said on Thursday as the Indian prime minister landed in the island nation. Sri Lanka last allowed a Chinese submarine to dock in the capital of Colombo in October 2014, …

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Four persons on motorcycle killed in fatal crash

Four persons travelling on a motorcycle died after they collided with a passenger bus in Bandiwewa, Polonnaruwa, our news sources said. The four individuals had passed away after being admitted to the hospital last night. Three of the deceased have been identified as Bandiwewa residents, Roshan Madushanka (23), Dilshan Kure …

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European Council grants GSP+ to Sri Lanka

The European Council has approved granting the Generalized System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) tariff concession to Sri Lanka allowing the island nation to export its products tax-free to the European market. The Foreign Affairs Council at its meeting held today agreed to grant additional trade preferences to Sri Lanka. Granting …

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Indian PM arrives in Sri Lanka

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Sri Lanka on a two-day visit this evening to participate in the United Nations International Vesak Day celebrations as the chief guest. The Indian Premier was warmly welcomed by his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake. “I …

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Reviewing petition from SLMC put off

The Supreme Court postponed reviewing the appeal filed by Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) requesting Supreme Court to issue an interim injunction annulling the ruling made by the Appeal Court regarding SAITM medical degree selling institute at Malabe till the 31st of this month. The petition was called before three …

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UNP appoints 3 committees to focus on future

The UNP working committee decided to appoint three committees to look into the party’s future. These committees will be headed by Mangala Samaraweera, Ajith P Perera and Akila Viraj Kariyawasam. Mr. Samaraweera will head the committee on communications while Ajith P Perera will be in charge of the committee on …

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Police allege Piliyandala shooting a trap

The grisly shooting that took place in Piliyandala on Tuesday night, killing an officer of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB), is alleged to be a trap set up by leading underworld figure ‘Matara Madush,’ the police alleged yesterday. Police Media Spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody saod that according to information received, the …

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Proposal to increase number of High Court Judges

The number of High Court Judges will be increased by 85, it was reported. A proposal made by Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe in this regard has been granted permission by the Cabinet of Ministers as well. At the moment, there are 75 High Court Judges in Sri Lanka. The decision …

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President pardons over 600 prisoners on the occasion of Vesak

President Maithripala Sirisena has pardoned 661 prisoners serving time around the country for minor offences on the occasion of the Vesak. The Department of Prisons said 597 prisoners who have been convicted for minor offences under the Penal Code have been granted Presidential pardon and released while the remaining 64 …

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