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Fight delayed due to unavailability of a crew member

A SriLankan Airlines flight UL554 from Frankfurt to Colombo was delayed by 15 hours due to late arrival of a flight crew member, SriLankan Airlines sources said. The airline said it expects the flight to depart at 0400 UTC today once Frankfurt airport reopens after the scheduled night time closure. “Due to unavailability of a Read More

Over 350,000 students to sit Grade 5 Scholarship exam

The Grade 5 Scholarship exam will be held tomorrow in 2959 examination centres throughout the country. Examinations Department sources said 350701 students would sit for this year’s test. The 45-minute first paper of the exam would begin at 9.30 am and the 75-minute second paper would begin at 10.45 am, the sources said.

Senior DIG Latheef new STF Commandant

Senior DIG M.R Latheef has been appointed as the Commandant of the Special Task Force (STF). Latheef told media that the decision was announced to him on Thursday (18) morning. He is due to assume duties as the STF chief from Friday (19), it was reported. The National Police Commission decided to appoint Latheef as the Read More

Establish gender recognition, HRW tells SL

The New York-based global rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) Monday called on the Sri Lankan government to abolish anti-LGBTI Laws and establish gender recognition policy to protect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community.

French Naval ship arrives at Trinco

Sri Lanka Navy welcomed a French naval ship arrived at the Port of Trincomalee on Monday. The French naval vessel “Revi” arrived at the Port of Trincomalee Monday morning (15) on a goodwill visit, the Navy said.

Ex-LTTE cadres taking to writing

Former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are increasingly taking to writing to articulate their reflections on the civil war, which came to an end in May 2009.

Committee vindicates controversial coal deal

The report of the independent committee appointed by the Power and Renewable Energy Minister to study coal procurement for the Lak Vijaya coal power plant at Norochcholai has concluded that the total amount paid for the long term and spot tenders last year had resulted in a financial gain to the Government.

Rajitha to increase tobacco tax to 90%

Health Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne said that increasing the tobacco taxes up to 90 per cent would help reduce smoking by 4.5 per cent. Dr Senaratne had pledged to submit a cabinet paper to have the government increase taxes on tobacco up to 90 per cent from the current 72 per cent. He said the move would help Read More

Sino-Lankan Corporation to run Port City

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Parliament that a corporation set up by the Sri Lankan government with Chinese officers would control the Colombo Port City. He said all service supplies to the Port City would be done by the Colombo Municipal Council and the controlling body would be set up as an incorporated institution through Read More