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Thursday, 3 May 2012


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PS chairman held in bribery case

[July 05 2013]

Walallawita Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Udeni Atukorala was arrested by Bribery Commission officials for allegedly soliciting a Rs 1.5 million bribe from the Bentara Paradeshiya Sabha chairman. It is reported that he had accepted the bribe to provide a permit to transport soil.


Anti-Dengue programmes in Kelaniya schools

[July 01 2013]

Public Health Inspectors attached to the Kelaniya MOH Office have taken steps to launch anti-Dengue programmes in 20 schools under the purview of the Kelaniya MOH Office. The programme will be conducted on the instructions of Kelaniya MOH Dr Wasantha Rajapaksa.


Principal dies during training

[June 30 2013]

Raddolugama Pagnananda Madya Maha Vidyalaya Principal W.A.S. Wickramasinghe died following a stroke while exercising in the morning at the Rantambe Cadet Camp. Wickremesinghe, 52, was among the 97 participants in the month long military leadership training programme for school Principals.


Senior Minister leaves for Geneva

[June 28 2013]

Senior Minister for International Monetary Co-operation and Deputy Minister of Finance & Planning Dr. Sarath Amunugama will leave for Geneva tomorrow to represent the Sri Lankan Government at the Annual Ministerial Review of the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations


President unveils Buddha statue

[June 25 2013]

President Mahinda Rajapaksa unveiled a six feet Samadhi Buddha statue erected at the entrance to the Mihintale sacred area concurrent to the 2320 Mihindu Jayanthi commemoration. The President performed the first flower and oil lamp offering to the statue constructed by the Civil Defence Force (CSD).


Train crashes into parked lorry, one dead

[June 24 2013]

One died and four passengers were seriously injured when a train bound for Galle crashed into a lorry at Angulana . According to Police sources, the train was packed with rush hour passengers knocked the train when it was parked close to the railway track.


Man nabbed with ganja in bag

[June 21 2013]

A 31-year-old male, resident in Paththinigama, Galnewa was arrested by Galnewa Police on afternoon while carrying 1.508 kgs of ganja hidden in a travelling bag after alighting from a Colombo-Anuradhapura bus at Paththinigama junction.



The Jaya Pirith chanting with the participation of 3,000 Buddhist monks representing all districts was held at the BMICH yesterday to invoke blessings on the President and the country, for the fifth time in succession. This Pirith chanting ceremony was organized by the Defence and Urban Development Ministry. Mahanayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter Most Ven Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thera, Anunayaka Thera of Malwatta Chapter Ven Niyangoda Vijithasiri Thera, Parivenadhipathi of Vidyalankara Pirivena at Kelaniya and Chief Adhikarana Sangha Nayake Thera of Colombo and Chilaw divisions Most Ven Welamitiyawe Kusaladhamma Thera were among the erudite monks who participated in the Pirith chanting ceremony at the BMICH. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Defence
Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa were among those present. Here members of the Maha Sangha chanting Jaya Pirith. Picture by Sudath Silva

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Rogue job agent meets Waterloo

* Over Rs 40 m swindled promising bogus jobs

* Suspect arrested after six months

A rogue foreign employment agent who swindled over Rs 40 million from 56 people, with the promise of lucrative overseas jobs has been arrested by Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) sleuths. The sleuths on the hunt for the suspect for nearly six months after he went into hiding, apprehended him in Negombo.

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‘Use Buddhist flag in an appropriate manner’

Buddhasasana and Religious Affairs Deputy Minister M K A D S Gunawardana requested that, the Buddhist flag should be used in an appropriate manner. He requested all individuals who open Dansalas not to use the Buddhist flag to stop vehicles. Further he requested the use of only a yellow flag for stopping vehicles in line with regulations of Motor Traffic Act.

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Plans to hold State Vesak Festival on grand scale

The period government has declared as Vesak Week heralds the Buddhist year of 2556. The government has drawn up plans to hold the State Vesak Festival on a grand scale at the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy, Buddhasasana and Religious Affairs Deputy Minister M K A D S Gunawardana said.

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Harming crocs, taboo

The Wildlife Conservation Department (WCD) has requested the public not to resort to killing or poisoning crocodiles but to inform the Department about cases of crocodile related threats so that safety measures could be taken. “Killing crocodiles is prohibited by law and the department can take legal action against the offenders,”

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