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Emil Ranjan granted bail

Former Prisons Commissioner Emil Ranjan Lamahewa, who was indicted over the alleged killing of 27 inmates during the prison clashes at Welikada Prison in 2012, has been granted bail. The case was taken up before the Court of Appeal judge bench consisting of Justices Shiran Gunaratne and Nishshanka Karunaratne today (04). Accordingly, the former prisons commissioner was released under a cash...

Sun directly over Sri Lanka from tomorrow

The Department of Meteorology has issued a Heat Index Advisory for the North-Western Province and Gampaha, Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Hambantota and Monaragala districts. Heat index, the temperature felt on the human body is expected to increase up to ‘Extreme Caution’ level in most parts of North-western Province and Gampaha, Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Hambantota and Monaragala Districts during tomorrow (5). Meanwhile the...

Use water sparingly in this dry weather – Water Board

The National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) requests the public to use the water sparingly in the face of the prevailing dry climate. Owing to the dry weather, water is supplied to several areas under low-pressure conditions, said the NWSDB. As a result, some areas do not receive water, the Water Board further mentioned.

SC orders to compensate residents affected by Chunnakam plant

The Supreme Court has declared that the environmental damage caused by the Uthuru Janani thermal power plant in Chunnakam, Jaffna, has violated the fundamental rights of the residents of the area. The Bench passing the verdict comprised of Justices Priyantha Jayawardena, Prasanna Jayawardena, and L. T. B. Dehideniya. Accordingly, the court ordered the Northern Power Company Ltd., which operates the power...

No power cuts during and after New Year – Ravi

Minister of Power, Energy and Business Development Ravi Karunanayake says that not only for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, but even after the holiday season the power outages in the country will be halted. He made these comments during a ceremony held at the St. Paul’s Girls School, Milagiriya, on Wednesday (3) which was also attended by Prime Minister...

Hanaa Singer calls on Opposition Leader

The UN resident coordinator in Sri Lanka, Hanaa Singer, paid a courtesy call to the Leader of the Opposition, Mahinda Rajapaksa last evening (03). Singer stated that she is a strong believer of south-north cooperation and said that Sri Lanka would be a great role model as she has set a great example in achieving the SDGs set out by...

STF officer shoots himself at Temple Trees checkpoint

A security officer attached to the Special Task Force (STF) has committed suicide by shooting himself with his weapon at the security checkpoint at Temple Trees, Kollupitiya. The incident has taken place this morning (04). It was reported that he shot himself at the checkpoint at Michael roundabout near Temple Trees and sustained critical injuries to his head in the incident. The...

Adm. Karannagoda arrives at CID for fourth day

The former Navy Commander Retired Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda has arrived at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for the fourth day, siyatha news reporter said. He has arrived at the CID on three previous occasions, on 11th, 13th and 19th of March, to record a statement on the case of the disappearance of 11 youths in Colombo in 2008. On March...

GMOA to launch protest against Counter Terrorism Act

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) is to launch a protest against the proposed Counter Terrorism Act this morning (04). The protest will be carried out in front of the Fort Railway Station, the GMOA says. Government executive grade officers of seventeen trade unions are to join the protest against the Counter Terrorism Act. Accordingly, the protest march is scheduled to conclude...

New Zealand and Australian cattle exported to Sri Lanka dying and malnourished

Hundreds of New Zealand and Australian cattle have died in an export deal with Sri Lanka, which local farmers say has left them facing financial ruin. About 5000 cattle were imported into Sri Lanka as part of the scheme, with 2000 sent from New Zealand in April 2017. The scheme was devised to improve the supply of fresh milk in Sri...
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