• Sri Lankans urged to help find President’s missing birds

Sri Lankans urged to help find President’s missing birds

COLOMBO (AFP) : Four macaws belonging to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse have escaped his tightly-guarded official residence in Colombo, his office said Wednesday as it appealed for help to trace the colourful long-tailed birds.

“The president is very fond of these birds,” an official in his office told AFP, adding that he also cared for other species at the colonial-era President´s House in the capital Colombo.

The macaws went missing from their aviary during the traditional New Year holidays this […]

Sri Lanka ranked No 4 among unsafe countries for journalists

New York based-Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) recently released their impunity index rating – […]

Andhra Pradesh Police investigate possible kidney racket in Colombo

Andhra Pradesh Police today launched an investigation into a suspected Colombo-based kidney racket following […]

Issue of crime control no longer a priority of the Sri Lankan state: AHRC

In a strongly worded statement the Asian Human Rights Commission hit out at the […]

Kamalesh Sharma expresses disappointment over Canada’s decision to suspend contributions

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma in a statement yesterday expressed disappointment over Canada’s decision to […]

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WORLD

U.S. says new Russia sanctions unlikely before Thursday

WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it anticipates more Ukraine-related sanctions on Russia but suggested no action was likely before a diplomatic meeting in Geneva this week.
Russia annexed Crimea […]

Israeli, Palestinian negotiators to meet Wednesday, U.S. says

WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet on Wednesday to try to extend peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.
The two sides will meet […]

Despite tough patch, U.S. intelligence chief says he is staying

TAMPA, Fla., April 15 (Reuters) - Despite enduring “a perfect storm” of troubles for U.S. spy agencies over the last 18 months, the director of national intelligence announced on Tuesday that he plans to stay […]

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VIDEOS

BUSINESS

  • Credit disbursements to SL’s private sector fell in 2013, CB says

Credit disbursements to SL’s private sector fell in 2013, CB says

Sri Lanka’s economy grew by 7.3 per cent last year while inflation remained at single digit levels for the fifth consecutive year, gradually declining to mid-single digit levels by end 2013, according to the […]

  • SL Government appoints DFCC Bank as administrator of 90 million Euros credit line

SL Government appoints DFCC Bank as administrator of 90 million Euros credit line

The Sri Lankan Government has appointed DFCC Bank to administer the new credit line of EUR 90 million extended to Sri Lanka by the European Investment Bank. The management mandate agreement and the on-lending […]

  • Nearly half a million households connected to SLT Broadband

Nearly half a million households connected to SLT Broadband

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) recently launched its 100 Mbps “ultra-fast” broadband offering, which will be available to subscribers through a direct, fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network.

Elaborating, SLT’s launch announcement noted; “Fibre access networks have ultra high […]

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FEATURES

  • Meet this year’s Gratiaen shortlist

Meet this year’s Gratiaen shortlist

Meet the shortlisted writers:

Inosha Ijaz

- Could you give us a brief description of your background and writing history?

Well, I’m a simple 20-year-old, from Raddolugama, Sri Lanka. Being the only child I was occupied in […]

  • Visakhians get ready to draw an ‘Applause’

Visakhians get ready to draw an ‘Applause’

When Visakha Vidyalaya will present  ‘Applause’  from April 25-27. One of the pioneer synchronized swimming school teams in the country, the school with its considerably long history in the sport will host the event […]

  • Inland fishing in Sri Lanka- could you help ?

Inland fishing in Sri Lanka- could you help ?

Somasiri Devendra, Jayantha Jayewardene and Stefan D’ Silva are gathering information for a detailed publication on inland fishing in Sri Lanka. It will not be a scholarly publication but one aimed at preserving a […]

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SPORTS

Golf – Lacklustre finish to 78th Masters after rich early promise

AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 14 (Reuters) - The 78th Masters began as one of the most wide open in decades, but it will not go down as a classic after a surprisingly lacklustre finish on Sunday […]

Cricket – New Zealand give Craig surprise Caribbean call-up

April 15 (Reuters) - New Zealand have included uncapped offspinner Mark Craig in the squad for their three-test tour of West Indies in June, which was announced on Tuesday.
Craig, who has taken 43 first class […]

Swimming: Legend Phelps to return to pool

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 (AFP) - Olympic swimming superstar Michael Phelps, who retired from the sport after taking six medals at the 2012 London Olympics, will make his competitive comeback next week at a US […]

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