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Lanka’s post-attacks nightlife loses fizz

Before jihadi bombers targeted Sri Lanka in deadly Easter attacks, Rangana Wijesuriya used to party until the small hours in the pulsating restaurants, bars and clubs of downtown Colombo. Now, after the April 21 attacks that killed 257 people, the buzz is gone. The DJs are performing to empty dance floors and the bar staff Read More

Johnston acquitted from Sathosa case

Kurunegala High Court acquits former Minister Johnston Fernando and two others from the Sathosa case. The verdict was passed when the case was taken up at the High Court on Wednesday (17). Defending Attorney Premanath C. Dolawatte said that the High Court acquitted the 3 suspects due to weak and contradictory evidence presented by the Read More

JO books 15 rooms at 7 star Shangri-la for protest

The Joint Opposition’s dream of toppling of the Government came crashing down with the failure of their ‘Janabalaya Kolambata’ protest rally, Minister of Home Affairs Vajira Abeywardana said. The Joint Opposition (JO) had booked 15 rooms at the Shangri – La Hotel near the Galle Face green for the occasion, the Minister noted. “In addition Read More

Ravi to get cabinet post

Final agreement has been reached to give a cabinet portfolio to UNP Assistant Leader and Colombo District MP Ravi Karunanayake. MP Karunanayake has informed the party’s politburo that President Maithripala Sirisena conveyed to him that the latter had no opposition in granting a cabinet position to him, party sources said. MP Karunanayake informed of the Read More

JVP defends right to expression

JVP’s art wing, the Society for Socialist Art (SSA) has condemned the government for its recent attempts to block the right to expression. A statement signed by Premarathne Tennakoon, National Committee Member of the SSA said: Freedom of expression is one of the main rights enjoyed by the people living in a democratic state. The Read More

Aiyo’ added to the Oxford English dictionary

The word ‘Aiyo’ is now an accepted English word. The Oxford English dictionary has included the popular south India slang and the news is trending on social media, said a news report published online yesterday by Sun Daily of Malaysia.

KOICA and WFP partnership builds shock resistance in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO – The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday signed a three-year agreement to roll out a set of activities which will improve food security, nutrition and resilience to climate-related and economic shocks in nine disaster-prone districts of Sri Lanka.