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UNP Politburo discusses election of new office bearers

The newly elected UNP Politburo discussed the election of new office bearers yesterday and put off deliberations for Monday.   Asked if a consensus had been reached on the names proposed to fill vacancies for key positions such as Chairman, General Secretary and National Organiser, a member of the Politburo …

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Twelve suspects who assaulted foreign tourists in the South remanded

The court  remanded 12 suspects arrested in connection with two separate incidents of assaults on foreign tourists visiting Southern beaches in the Mirissa and in Midigama areas. Matara Magistrate’s Court remanded six suspects who were arrested for assaulting and sexually abusing a group of Dutch and British tourists in the …

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Government should decide raising fuel prices

Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Ranatunga says that the final decision on whether to increase fuel prices should be taken by the Prime Minister and the President. He expressed this view addressing a function held today (19) to extend New Year wishes to the employees of the Ceylon Petroleum …

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Five deaths due to rubber factory accident

The death toll following the accident at a rubber factory in Horana, caused by an employee falling into an ammonia tank, has climbed to five, the police spokesman said. The factory employee who fell into the ammonia tank and four villagers who attempted to rescue him have died. Several other …

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Gunman robs private bank in Seeduwa

An unidentified gunman wearing a full face helmet robbed a private bank in Seeduwa town this morning. Police said the suspect had fled the scene in his motorbike. Officials have taken steps to calculate how much was stolen from the bank.

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World’s largest aircraft lands at Mattala

The world’s largest aircraft, Antonov An-225 Mriya landed this morning at the Mattala International Airport in its first commercial flight to Sri Lanka after undergoing upgrades for over a year. The cargo plane landed in Mattala International Airport at 6.35 am today (18) for fuel and staff rest. The Ukrainian …

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CBSL says no to Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has not given licence or authorisation to any entity or company to operate schemes involving virtual currencies, including cryptocurrencies, and has not authorized any Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), CBSL said in a statement warning public that they may pose significant risks in terms …

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Hashish worth Rs 1.4 million found

Sri Lanka Customs staff attached to the airmail parcel section of General Post Office in Colombo have detected 1.4 kilograms of Hashish valued at Rs 1.4 million concealed in two skateboards yesterday. The parcel containing the skateboards has been sent to a freelance journalist in Nugegoda area from Spain, the …

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Six remanded for assaulting tourists in Mirissa

Six suspects have been arrested and remanded in connection with the recent assault on a group of Dutch tourists in Mirissa, police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said. It was reported that a female tourist had been harassed and several other tourists assaulted at a restaurant and bar in Mirissa. Speaking …

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