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O/L tuition classes banned from tonight

Conducting coaching or tuition classes aiming at 2021 (2022) G.C.E. Ordinary Level (O/L) Examination aspirants will be prohibited from tonight until the date where the exam is concluded, the Department of Examinations said. Commissioner General of Examinations L.M.D. Dharmasena said all arrangements have been completed to conduct the above examination on May 23 until June 1.

Parliament access road closed

The access road to Parliament at Polduwa Junction near Diyatha Uyana has been closed for traffic, police said. They urged motorists to use alternate routes to avoid traffic.

MoD appeals public to notify about criminal acts

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has requested the general public to notify them with the details of criminal activities by mobs or violent groups and incidents of damaging of public and private properties, looting and assaults from any parts of the island. The Ministry said the public can provide such information through the following contact numbers: Defence Ministry Hotline - 0767...

Pope Francis meets a delegation of the victims of Sri Lanka’s Easter bombing

Pope Francis meets a delegation of the victims of Sri Lanka’s Easter bombing, along with Sri Lankan Catholics working in Italy, and calls for authorities to reveal the truth behind the 2019 attacks. Pope Francis on Monday expressed his closeness with the families of the victims of Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday bombings 3 years ago, and urged the country's authorities...

First ‘new Cabinet’ meets today

The first Cabinet meeting after the appointment of the new Cabinet is set to take place from today (25). The meeting will be held with the participation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

More showers expected

The prevailing showery condition is expected to continue, due to the low-level atmospheric disturbance in the vicinity of Sri Lanka, the Meteorology Department said. Issuing an Advisory for Heavy Rain yesterday, the Department said that showers above 100 mm could be expected at some places in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North-Western and Northern Provinces and in the Galle and Matara...

No power cuts from April 13 to 15

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) on Saturday announced the power cut schedule for this week. Power cuts will not be imposed from April 13-15 in view of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

Red alert for 19 districts

A Red alert on thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning has been issued for 19 districts, the Department of Meteorology said today. Accordingly, thundershowers accompanied by lightning are likely to occur at several places in in Western, Central, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Uva, Eastern and North-Central provinces and in Kurunegala district. Heavy showers above 100 mm can be expected at some places in these...

School hours extended by one hour

During the first school term of 2022, which begins on April 18, the school term in all government schools will be extended by one hour, Education Ministry Secretary Prof. Kapila Perera said. In view to cover the lost academic activities due to COVID-19 pandemic in the country and having to postpone exams, it was proposed to make this change to...

President will not resign – Johnston

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will not resign under any circumstances and the government will face the present national crisis, Chief Government Whip Johnston Fernando informed Parliament a short while ago. Johnston said the President was elected following a mandate given to him by 6.9 million people.