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Yasushi Akashi presented ‘Sri Lanka Rathna’ award

Senior Japanese diplomat and Japan’s peace envoy to Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi was presented the Sri Lanka Rathna award at the National Awards Ceremony 2019 yesterday.

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What effect will the JVP candidate have on the Presidential poll?

Anura Kumara Dissanayake the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna leader who is the latest entrant to the Presidential race is taking aim at the middle-class Sri Lankan in an outside bid to win the country’s top political job.


Provincial polls before the Presidential elections, Govt’s last trump – GL

The Government has done everything possible to stop holding provincial council elections for two years and it now goes to the Court to hold it before the presidential elections as it fears the latter, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP ) President Prof G.L Peiris said.


Three new women envoys is a sign of Women’s Empowerment – President

President Maithripala Sirisena stated that the fact that all three newly appointed envoys to Norway, United Kingdom and Netherlands are women of outstanding achievements, is a proud sign of women empowerment.


Development will be further strengthened after securing full power soon – PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that his government, without permanent or presidential powers has made exceptional development within the country through tough challenges and says that development will be further strengthened after securing full power and stability in the near future.


Lt General Shavendra Silva new Army Commander – “US deeply concerned”

President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to appoint Major General Shavendra Silva as the country’s new Army Commander upon the retirement of Lt General Mahesh Senanayake who ended his term yesterday August 18.


Showers expected in several places

The possibility of afternoon thundershowers is particularly high in Northern, North-central, Uva and Eastern provinces, the Department of Meteorology said today.


AKD promises “clean politics” in 2020 Presidency race

Laying out a people-first platform that rejects the current corrupt political culture, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake accepted the nomination of the National People’s Power (NPP) coalition for the upcoming Presidential Election in Colombo today Aug 18.


Final Presidential slate uncertain as another candidate enters the fray

There is still uncertainty as to who the final candidates will be in the forthcoming Presidential Elections, although one is already campaigning around the country and another will enter the race today.


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Will a pro-Gota officer head the Army during elections?

President Maithripala Sirisena will be making a crucial decision in the next few hours as to whether he will keep Lt Gen Mahesh Senanayake on as the Army Commander over the coming months or whether he is going to change commanders as the elections approach.


Tikiri the elephant is back home but conservationists blast maltreatment

Tikiri, the skeletal 70-year-old female elephant which paraded in the Kandy Esala Perahara and whose poor health condition gained local and international attention is back at home at her owner’s house in Kegalle.


Dengue threat on the rise, more than 36 000 patients reported

With the onset of Southwest monsoon, the threat of a dengue pandemic is on the rise again, Director General of Health Promotion Bureau (HBU), Aruna Jayasekara said.


Advocata lauds opening of COPE to media

Advocata is saying the opening of the hearings of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) to the media is a timely initiative in a greater attempt to promote transparency and accountability of State-Owned Enterprises.


Don’t insult national security-President

President Maithripala Sirisena has called on all to refrain from making statements that are inappropriate and insulting to the national security of the country.


Thousands of ‘Varsity students quit because of ragging – Sirisena

President Maithripala Sirisena says that between 10 and 12 per cent of new University students quit and return home because of unbearable ragging.


Van – Tipper collision kills three

Three persons have been killed and another two have sustained injuries following a van – tipper collision yesterday (15), the Police Media Division (PMD) said.


Three arrested over yesterday’s double murder.

Police have arrested three suspects in connection with the murders of two underworld figures, who were killed at Madampitiya yesterday (15 Aug).


Prime Minister assures government aid to develop places of worship

Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe is promising government financial assistance to develop all religious places of worship.


AG wants probes into Lasantha murder and 4 other cases expedited

The Attorney General Dappula de Livera has asked the Police to take “serious note” in respect of five “emblematic” cases which have not been successfully concluded and expedite the inquiries.


Two dead in Madampitiya gang fight

Two gang members died earlier today (15 August) near the Madamptiya-Grandpass cemetery in an underworld clash, police said.


SLFP can take legal action against the crossovers-SLPP

Parliamentarian supporting Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Shehan Semasinghe said that if SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara wants to take legal action against Mahinda Rajapaksa and other MPs for crossing over then he has the freedom to do so.


GMOA threatens to launch a strike next week

The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said that it would resort to an island-wide strike at any time from next Monday (19) over several demands.