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Happy New Year!

We wish our readers a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

President hopeful all citizens will join Sinhala & Tamil New Year celebrations

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says it is his hope and expectation that all citizens, without any discrimination, will join the Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations with fresh hopes, determination, tender and righteous thoughts. “To welcome the dawn of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year with fresh hopes and renewed determination to materialize them is a valuable tradition deeply rooted in...

Ramadan fasting to commence on April 14

Accordingly, Muslims in Sri Lanka are scheduled to commence fasting for Ramadan on April 14, the Colombo Grand Mosque declared. Muslims all over the world will observe a month of fasting and prayers during Ramadan to commemorate the time when the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed on the night of “Laylat Al Qadr”. Fasting during Ramadan, the ninth month of...

Myanmar crisis looms with warnings economy will shrink up to 20%

 With a tea shop right next to key protest zones in Myanmar's biggest city, Mr Soe is never quite sure whether he should keep the business open. If protesters enter to evade authorities, the 43-year-old risks getting shot, arrested or having his property destroyed as the military and police hunt them down. But if he turns away fleeing demonstrators, he...

Customs officer arrested over false data entry to re-export areca nuts

An Assistant Superintendent of Sri Lanka Customs has been arrested over his alleged involvement in false data entry to re-export dried Indonesian areca nuts to India as Sri Lankan areca nuts. The arrest has been made by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), according to the Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana. The Customs officer in question was identified as a 29-year-old from...

Fairly heavy rainfall above 75 mm expected today

Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places over most parts of the island in the evening or night. Fairly heavy falls above 75 mm can be expected at some places in Sabaragamuwa, Central, Western and North-western provinces and in Galle and Matara districts. Few Showers can be expected in the coastal areas of Western province during the morning too. Misty conditions can...

Army Commander visits Jaffna

Commander of the Sri Lanka Army General Shavendra Silva is currently on a visit to the Jaffna Peninsula. The Army Chief is visiting the area with the aim of assessing the security and the COVID-19 pandemic in the area.

China’s Alibaba promises to make life easier for smaller firms

Alibaba’s CEO Daniel Zhang says he does not expect any material impact from changes to its practice of forcing merchants on its e-commerce platforms to sign up exclusively with it, after an anti-trust probe by Chinese regulators found the firm had abused its dominant market position. Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd, China’s largest e-commerce company, will introduce measures to lower entry...

COVID: India overtakes Brazil as world’s second worst-hit country

India has reported a record 168,912 COVID-19 infections overnight, data from the health ministry showed, overtaking Brazil to become the second-most affected country globally by the coronavirus. Deaths in India stood at 904, taking the total to 170,179, data showed on Monday. India’s overall tally reached 13.53 million, while John Hopkins University put the total number of cases in Brazil at...

Six arrested with 13kgs of Ice narcotics in Ja-Ela

Six suspects, including two females, were arrested for possessing 13 kg of Crystal Methamphetamine (ice) by the officers of the Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB) in Niwandama in the Ja-Ela police area, the police said. The police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said the narcotic substance was seized during the police anti-narcotic operations conducted across the country. The suspects were brought to the...