Time ripe for growth in Iran-Sri Lanka ties: Larijani

The Iranian Parliament Speaker, Ali Larijani, says that Iran and Sri Lanka should increase their trade interactions and develop political and trade ties.



Mirissa hoteliers told to obtain SLTDA registration

Project Management, Youth Affairs and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka instructed all owners and hotel operators in Mirissa to strictly adhere to the registration processes of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA).



Two underworld gang members arrested in Thotalanga

Two persons suspected to be from a gang involved in a series of crimes have been arrested by STF personnel at Thotalanga, the Police spokesman said.



Taxi meters compulsory from today

Meters with the capability of issuing a printed bill will be compulsory from today, the National Council for Road Safety (NCRF) said.



Five dead in ‘ammonia tank’ accident at Horana rubber factory

Five people were killed and several others hospitalized after being exposed to Ammonia gas in Bellapitiya, Horana a short while ago, the Police said.



US has proposed conditions that harm Sri Lanka’s sovereignty – Hadunnetti

Sri Lanka should not obtain GSP concessions at the cost of having to surrender to the conditions put forward by the United States, says Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) MP Sunil Handunnetti.



Israeli tourists assaulted in Midigama: 4 arrested

A week after the assault on Dutch tourists in Mirissa, four suspects were arrested yesterday by the Weligama police over another assault on a group of Israeli tourists in Midigama last Sunday, Police said.



UK keen to expand direct investments in Sri Lanka – Trade Secretary

The United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox says that their government is ready for direct investments in Sri Lanka, while increasing the investments in the country.



15 hurt in Swiss road accident involving Sri Lanka tourists

Fifteen people were injured on Wednesday (Apr 18) when a coach carrying tourists from Sri Lanka crashed with two trucks on a Swiss highway, police and media said.



‘BLUE-GREEN’ ECONOMIC PLAN TO FULFILL SDGs – PRESIDENT

President Maithripala Sirisena delivering the keynote address at the Commonwealth Business Forum yesterday said the primary responsibility of implementing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lay with the government and that he, as the Head of State was personally leading these efforts.



Maithri will be SLFP presidential candidate – Duminda

The SLFP would field President Maithripala Sirisena as its candidate at the next presidential election, SLFP General Secretary and Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake said yesterday.



World’s largest aircraft lands in Sri Lanka’s southern airport

The world’s largest aircraft, Antonov An-225 “Mriya” landed at the Mattala Rajapakse International Airport (MRIA) in Hambantota in southern Sri Lanka on Wednesday, officials said.



Private bank in Seeduwa robbed

An unidentified gunman robbed a private bank in Seeduwa town this morning.



Bill Gates hails Sri Lanka’s ‘high quality’ primary healthcare

The country’s primary healthcare system was held up as an example of what consistent dedication can achieve at this year’s CHOGM.



The relics of Lord Buddha will not be transported to Sri Lanka

The National Museum, part of the Ministry of Culture of Government of India, had last month approached M S University, seeking the relics as a temporary loan from the university.



Politicians are destroying cricket in Sri Lanka: Muttiah Muralitharan

Muttiah Muralitharan is a soft-spoken man, not one to get agitated easily. It was a rare sight to see him lose his cool when asked about Sri Lankan cricket’s downfall. In a conversation with ET, the Sri Lankan legend talks about what is wrong with Sri Lankan cricket, why wrist spinners offer better dividends in good batting conditions (referring to Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal) and more.