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Sajith Premadasa’s new alliance to contest under the symbol of the telephone?

The Working Committee of the United National Party convened today. However, a majority of its members were not present. The meeting which was headed by Ranil Wickremesinghe did not see the attendance of a majority of members including Sajith Premadasa. UNP…

Health officials to launch ‘Mosquito Control Week’ to curb the spread of Dengue

The National Dengue Control Unit has declared a ‘Mosquito Control Week’ from the 11th to the 17th of March in a bid to curb the spread of dengue. According to the Epidemiology Unit, the number of dengue-related cases during the…

Corona virus impacts apparel exports worth $ 200-500 million

Apparel exporters in Sri Lanka, are impacted by disruptions of imported raw materials from China. Resulting in a double blow with orders slashed by buyers as the novel coronavirus spreads into Europe, which is Sri Lanka’s largest export market. Chairman…

Travel bans issued against Ravi Karunanayake and 11 others linked to 2016 bond scam

Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayaka imposed a travel ban on eleven individuals including former minister Ravi Karunanayake, Arjuna Mahendran and Arjun Aloysius today. The ruling on issuing the arrest warrant on the suspects for their alleged involvement in the 2016…

Students urged not tarnish schools’ reputation during “Big Match” season

The police have called on students not to engage in behaviour that tarnishes the good name of their respective schools during the coming “Big Match” cricket season. A discussion organized by the Education Ministry to brief principals, representatives of past…

UNP WC majority wants elephant symbol Swan, telephone symbols ruled out

UNP working committee meeting ended without a final decision with a majority wanting to contest the general election under the elephant symbol whilst Leader of Opposition Sajith Premadasa demanding that MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara as the General Secretary of the…

Donald Trump in India: Five killed in Delhi protest before visit

Five people have been killed in Delhi in protests over India’s controversial new citizenship law, hours before a visit by US President Donald Trump. A policeman and four civilians died in the capital’s deadliest day since the new law was…

Murali’s brother Muttiah Prabhakaran to contest from SLPF

Former Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan’s brother Muttiah Prabhakaran has decided to contest the forthcoming general election in Nuwara Eliya District from the Sri Lanka Peoples’ Front with a view of helping the development programme led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa….

Andy Puzder: Debating Dems ignore strong Trump economy – have no plans to boost wages, job growth

The presidential candidate debate Wednesday night showed that Democrats simply have no idea how to defeat President Trump in the November election – and their frustration was on full display. Not one of the six Democrats on stage in Las…

General election 2020 to cost over Rs 5 billion

Colombo (News 1st) – The National Elections Commission notes that the upcoming General Election will cost the taxpayer over Rs 5 billion. Commissioner-General of the Commission Saman Sri Rathnayake noted that the commission would take steps to inform the Government…

Parliament to be dissolved tomorrow

Speculation was rife that the eighth Parliament of Sri Lanka would be dissolved by midnight tomorrow for the country to go for fresh elections to elect a new Parliament. According to Presidential Secretariat sources, the Gazette Extraordinary will be issued…

Qatar reports first case of COVID19

Qatar’s health ministry has reported the first case of coronavirus infection in the country, according to the state-run Qatar News Agency (QNA). The patient is a 36-year-old Qatari man who was recently evacuated from Iran on a government-chartered plane and…

Heat Index to reach danger level

The Department of Meteorology states that the Heat Index is likely to reach the cautionary level in the coming few days in some parts of the country. The Heat Index, the temperature felt on the human body is expected to…

Italian passenger jet is ‘held’ after arriving in Mauritius as authorities ‘demand all on board are quarantined or fly straight back’ amid concerns over coronavirus which has killed SIX in the country… while UK insists ‘threat to British public is low’

Italian passenger jet is ‘held’ after arriving in Mauritius as authorities ‘demand all on board are quarantined or fly straight back’ amid concerns over coronavirus which has killed SIX in the country… while UK insists ‘threat to British public is…

Katherine Johnson: Hidden Figures Nasa mathematician dies at 101

Pioneering African-American Nasa mathematician Katherine Johnson has died at the age of 101. Nasa announced her death on Twitter, saying it was celebrating her life and honouring “her legacy of excellence that broke down racial and social barriers”. Ms Johnson…

World reaches coronavirus ‘tipping point’: Time ‘is running out to stop pandemic’ – as ‘explosion’ of cases and three deaths spark panic in Italy and four British passengers from Diamond Princess cruise test positive

WHO chief warned Friday that the world must not squander a narrowing ‘window of opportunity’ over virus Experts now warn the ‘tipping point’ has been brought closer as cases soared in the last 24 hours  Italy has recorded three deaths…

Covid-19 death toll rises to 2,233

The death toll in China from the coronavirus epidemic rose to 2,233 on Friday after 115 more people died in Hubei province, the hard-hit epicentre of the outbreak. The vast majority of the deaths were in the provincial capital of…

India’s top court orders equal roles for women in army

India’s top court ruled on Monday that women could serve as army commanders, dismissing the government’s stance that male soldiers were not ready to accept orders from female officers as “disturbing”. The Supreme Court also ordered the government to extend…

12 hour water cut for Athurugiriya

Colombo (News 1st) – A 12-hour water cut will be in effect in Athurugiriya and the surrounding areas, according to the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB). The NWSDB stated that the water cut will be in effect due…

EXCLUSIVE: No additional restrictions on security assistance or military engagement in SL-U.S. Embassy in Colombo

Colombo (News 1st): The US has not imposed any additional restrictions on security assistance or military engagement in Sri Lanka, the Embassy of the United States of America in Colombo said expressing their stance on the public designation of the…