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Total solar eclipse on Aug. 21

The Earth is poised to experience a total solar eclipse on August 21, says the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research.   Ministry sources said yesterday that the Aug 21 occurrence would be the first total solar eclipse since 1955.   It will be visible as a total solar eclipse in North …

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No change in government’s decision on polythene ban- President

President Maithripala Sirisena says that there is no change in the government’s policy decision on banning polythene and plastics and the ban will remain unchanged. The President said the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) has been entrusted with the responsibility of preparing the necessary groundwork to promptly implement the ban. This …

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Concrete slab collapses at construction site in Negombo

Several individuals have reportedly been injured after the concrete slab of a building under construction collapsed in the Periyamulla area in Negombo, a short while ago. Police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said that so far two persons have been rescued and admitted to the Negombo Hospital. One more person is …

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IGP contemplates legal action against website

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said Police Chief Pujith Jayasundare was mulling legal action against a website that published defamatory remarks about him and a video clip depicting him threatening a minor employee of the Police department. The video clip that went viral on social media websites took centre stage at …

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Strong winds over the Island in next few days

The Meteorological Department yesterday forecast fairly strong winds over the Island mostly in the Uva Province, Jaffna, Mannar, Kegalle, Avissawella, Maduruoya and Pottuvil during the next few days. It said showers or thundershowers would occur in the Northern Province and with heavy rains of 50 mm at some places in …

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Ex-Tangalle PS chairman arrested while accepting bribe

A former Chairman of the Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha has been arrested on bribery charges, the Bribery Commission’s Director (Investigations) SSP Priyantha Chandrasiri said. The suspect was arrested by officers of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption while soliciting a bribe at his residence this morning (16). He …

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Government to amend Motor Traffic Act to curb road accidents

The government has received cabinet nod to amend the Motor Traffic Act in a bid to curb road accidents. Accordingly, the changes will make provisions to transfer the authority to magistrates and policemen to practically implement the demerit points system of drivers. Furthermore, the minimum qualifications for drivers who transport …

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