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Fire at Ella Rock mountain reserve continuing to spread

The forest fire which has broken out at the Ella Rock Mountain Reserve continues to spread, according to the Disaster Management Center (DMC). DMC Badulla District Assistant Director E.M.L. Udaya Kumara stated that the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is now assisting in the firefighting efforts. The fire had broken out in the forest region of Ella Rock last evening while...

UNP faithful to gather in Matara for rally to welcome Sajith Premadasa

A United National Party Rally is to be held in Matara today (August 23) to welcome UNP Deputy Leader Minister Sajith Premadasa. The rally has been organized by Minister Mangala Samaraweera, who hails from Matara. The rally is set to commence at 3 pm at the Sanath Jayasuriya Stadium. In the runup to the rally Minister Mangala Samaraweera noted that an overwhelming...

Request to withdraw bill on Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation

JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake speaking in Parliament today (August 23) requested the Minister Rauff Hakeem to immediately withdraw the ‘Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation’ Bill and enter into fresh rounds of consultations over the process. He said organizations such as the Federation of University Teachers Associations, the Medical Faculty Teachers Federation, a considerable number of Vice-Chancellors as well as...

Putin opponent Navalny freed after 30 days in jail

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was released on Friday after serving 30 days in jail for planning opposition protests, which have grown into a movement that has shaken Moscow since last month. Police were present outside the prison on his release but made no move to re-arrest him, as they have when other opposition figures were freed recently. But he has continued...

President commissions P625 ship donated to SL Navy by China (Photos)

President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces Maithripala Sirisena commissioned the Offshore Patrol Vessel P626 donated to the Sri Lanka Navy from China to further expand its operational activities, as ‘Sri Lanka Navika Nauka Parakramabahu’, at the Eastern Container Terminal of the Colombo Port. The Commanding Officer of the ship, Captain Nalindra Jayasinghe received the Commissioning Warrant from the President....

Tamil Nadu on high alert as 6 LeT terrorists enter through Sri Lanka – Indian media

An alert has been issued in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu after a group of six Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists have entered Tamil Nadu through Sri Lanka, according to an intel report. The alert, which has been issued in the city, says that the group consists of one Pakistan national and five Sri Lankan Tamils, multiple Indian media reports said on Friday. Based on...

Amazon fires: how celebrities are spreading misinformation

Many high-profile figures seeking to denounce the fires in the Amazon - from Madonna and Cristiano Ronaldo to Leonardo DiCaprio and Emmanuel Macron - have unwittingly ended up misleading millions on social media, either sharing photographs of the region that are years old or images taken in other parts of the world. Official figures show nearly 73,000 forest fires were...

Ella forest fire reaches Ravana Ella falls

Authorities are continuing to battle the fire that erupted in the Ella rock area in Badulla yesterday. According to our reporter, the fire has now reached the Ravana Ella falls area and the 24th-kilometer post on the Ella – Wellawaya main road. It was reported yesterday that authorities battling the fire are facing difficulties due to the location of the...

Two Muslim state ministers reappointed

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Parliamentarians Faizal Cassim and Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana, who had resigned from their ministerial posts in the backdrop of Easter Sunday attacks, have sworn in as State Ministers again. The two state ministers had taken the oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat this afternoon (23). Accordingly, MP Faizal Cassim has sworn in as the...

Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings

Russia will launch the world's first floating nuclear reactor and send it on an epic journey across the Arctic on Friday, despite environmentalists warning of serious risks to the region. Loaded with nuclear fuel, the Akademik Lomonosov will leave the Arctic port of Murmansk to begin its 5,000 kilometre (3,000-mile) voyage to northeastern Siberia. Nuclear agency Rosatom says the reactor is...
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