Month: July 2012


Measures will be taken to switch off 50 per cent of all street lamps across the country starting from August 01, the Ministry of Power and Energy said today….

Sri Lanka rupee weaker on importer dollar demand; stocks steady

Sri Lanka’s rupee ended weaker on importer demand for dollars on Monday while the island nation’s stock market inched higher on retail buying….

Abuses of religious freedom in Sri Lanka last year – US

Incidents of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice were reported in Sri Lanka last year, the United States said on Monday….

‘Salon de Mahinda’

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that the door to the government was similar to that of a salon door….

University crisis: President for win-win situation, SB unwilling to budge

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday told newspaper editors at Temple Trees that what he envisaged as a solution to the on-going university strike was a win-win situation. He said the strikers had to appreciate the difficulties of the government and be realistic. Insisting that the university teachers were better paid than even the judges of the…

Niluka beats world number 8

Sri Lankan captain Niluka Karunarathne beat world number 8 Tago Kenichi in his first round match at the Olympics a short while ago Karunarathne comprehensively beat the Japanese 21/16 and 21/18 in the mens single badminton match in the first round of the Olympics….

Train coach catches fire, 47 aboard Tamil Nadu Express killed in Nellore

At least 47 passengers were charred to death and 25 others injured when a fire broke in a coach of the Chennai-bound Tamil Nadu Express near Nellore early this morning after a suspected short circuit. Twenty-six passengers were rescued from the coach S 11 which was completely gutted, Nellore Collector Sridhar said….

Six swept out to sea rescued at Kirinda

Six persons swept away by strong currents while swimming in the sea near the Kirinda beach were rescued by a team of lifeguards….

Ministry to study the future of students disadvantaged by re-issue of Z-scores

The Ministry of Higher Education has decided to obtain information regarding students who have been disadvantaged due to the reissuing of Z-scores….

Kamal dismisses baseless rumours

Award-winning actor and singer Kamal Addaraarachchi today said elements with low tastes and seeking popularity at his expense were spreading baseless rumours in gossip columns indicating his name….

Sub-inspector accidentally shot, killed by Inspector

A Sub-inspector attached to the Neluwa Police was killed last night when the firearm of an Inspector accidentally fired, police spokesman SP Ajith Rohana said….

London Olympics: Mystery woman identified; Indian contingent still clueless

LONDON: The Indian contingent is still awaiting a communication from the Olympic Games organisers on how an unidentified lady was allowed to gatecrash into the team’s march past at the Opening Ceremony even as media reports claimed to have identified the ” mystery woman”….

Government refutes reports in Indian media: No plan for nuclear power plant in Sampur

The Government yesterday categorically denied Indian media reports that Sri Lanka was planning to build a nuclear power station in the Sampur area with Pakistani aid….

Sangakkara out of action

Sri Lanka’s batting mainstay Kumar Sangakkara is out of action for a ‘minimum of four weeks,’ Sri Lanka Cricket announced here on Saturday….

Driver killed on Expressway not wearing seatbelt

One person was killed following an accident on the Southern Expressway last night….

Government to submit National Action Plan to UN

The government would submit the National Action Plan listing the implementations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission to the United Nations within the next two or three days….