‘Spiritual, educational development, a must for prosperity’

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Spiritual and educational development among younger generations is a must for a country to prosper, Southern Provincial Education Minister Chandima Rasaputhra said.

Most students in the Southern Province have been capable of achieving excellent results at examinations, the minister added.

He was addressing a ceremony held at the Sri …read more

All SAITM students to be enrolled to KDU

University undergrads yesterday held a protest march from the University of Visual and Performing Arts to Colombo Fort demanding that the government stop the privatization of the university education sector.  Picture by Rukmal Gamage

On President’s instructions :University undergrads yesterday held a protest march from the University of Visual and Performing Arts to Colombo Fort demanding that the government stop the privatization of the university education sector. Picture by Rukmal Gamage Tags: Print Edition

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday instructed that all current students …read more

BRIGADIER PRIYANKAra RECALLED FOR CONSULTATIONS

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Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lankan High Commission in London, Brigadier Priyankara Fernando has been recalled to Sri Lanka for consultations.

Military Spokesperson, Brigadier Sumith Atapattu addressing the weekly media briefing said no inquiry was being held against the Defence Attaché, “We just want to talk …read more

Nineteen injured in Kahagolla bus explosion

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An explosion which occurred in a private bus plying from Bandarawela to Diyatalawa at Kahagolla set the bus fully ablaze injuring 19 passengers.

The passengers were admitted to the Diyatalawa hospital around 5 am yesterday.

Military spokesperson Brigadier Sumith Atapattu said the Military has ruled out any terrorist involvement …read more

UNP, UPFA ENDORSE UNITY GOVERNMENT

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The National Government formed by the UNP and the UPFA is intact and will be continued, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and UPFA General Secretary and Minister Mahinda Amaraweera confirmed in Parliament yesterday.

Making a ministerial statement on …read more

SAITM Medical students to be transferred to KDU

The medical students of SAITM (South Asia Institute of Technology and Medicine) are set to be transferred to the Medical Faculty of Kotalawala Defence University. This decision was taken at a meeting chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena, said the President’s Media Division. According to the President’s Media, another decision has …read more

Colombo doctors prepare for Dengue

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With another Dengue fever outbreak likely in the next two months, doctors are trying to prepare for an increase in patients.

Last year, “there was a time no hospitals had beds,” Consultant Physician Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama recalled at Lanka Hospitals Wednesday.

“But we have learned lessons,” …read more

Death ride for motorcyclist on Habarana to Dambulla road

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A motorcyclist died on the spot after he was run over by a Tipper and luxurious bus on the main road from Habarana – Dambulla yesterday.

According to Police media sources, the accident occurred at Palwehera on the Habarana – Dambulla main road. The victim …read more

Cotta Road shooting has underworld connections?

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A person was shot at by two assailants who had come on a motorbike at the Borella Cotta road area on Tuesday night is believed to be a member of an underworld gang,Police said.

The injured person identified as 32-year-old Prasad Kumara, a resident of …read more

Australia to deport Lankan asylum seeker

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A Sri Lankan asylum seeker, who is an LTTE suspect, is to be deported from Australia after the UN Committee against torture had withdrawn a request to halt his removal, the Guardian reported on Wednesday.

Shantaruban, currently held in immigration detention in Melbourne, has been in Australia …read more

Janaka sets Guinness World Record

Janaka Kanchana Mudannayake during his Guinness World Record attempt.

Janaka Kanchana Mudannayake during his Guinness World Record attempt. Tags: Print Edition

Janaka Kanchana Mudannayake, a resident of Hanguranketha Kithulpe, yesterday set a Guinness World Record by bending twenty two steel rods of 12 mm within 48 seconds.

The previous record was held by an Armenian national Amen Adams …read more

Tax concessions for lands provided on long term lease basis for agricultural purposes

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Cabinet approval has been granted to provide tax concessions for lands provided on a long term lease basis for agricultural purposes.

A Cabinet Paper presented by Lands and Parliamentary Reforms Minister Gayantha Karunathilake proposed that in order to promote agriculture, it was necessary that lease …read more

Mother tongue key symbol of our individual identity – CBK

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga speaking as Chief Guest at the 2018 International Mother Language Day celebrations at the Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo yesterday. Picture by Sarath Peiris

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga speaking as Chief Guest at the 2018 International Mother Language Day celebrations at the Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo yesterday. Picture by Sarath PeirisTags: Print Edition

The 2018 International Mother Language Day celebrations jointly organised by the Bangladesh High Commission, Ministry of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official …read more

The Battle of the Blues: 139th Roy-Tho clash dates announced

Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic country which has people of multiple religions living together in peace and harmony. However, there is one thing which is almost like a religion for all Sri Lankans in common. That is none other-than Cricket. Finding a Sri Lankan who is not a cricket fan …read more

SAITM students to be transferred to Kothalawala Defense Academy

A decision has been taken to transfer the medical students of the Malabe SAITM medical campus to the Kothalawala Defense Academy. The decision was taken following a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena today, the President’s media division said. Protests were staged even today in Colombo against SAITM medical campus. Students affiliated …read more

SAITM students to be transferred to KDU

A decision has been taken at meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena to transfer SAITM medical students to Kotalawala Defense University Medical Faculty as per qualifications. MORE… …read more

Lotus Road closed due to protest

The Lotus Road outside the Presidential Secretariat has been closed due to a protest march carrying out by the Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) and the Medical Faculty Students’ Action Committee (MFSAC) against SAITM.

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Billy Graham – preacher, evangelist and counselor to presidents dead aged 99

Billy Graham, one of the world’s most influential preachers, took his last breath at the age of 99. His career spanned 60 years, preaching around 210 million people personally while reaching more through the Television. Graham was not just a preacher. He was also a counselor to Presidents. Ordained in …read more

Reason for delay in cabinet reshuffle

Reason for delay in cabinet reshuffle

The cabinet reshuffle that was due to take place today (21) has to be put off by several days, said a spokesman for the president’s office.

He was responding to queries by Sri Lanka with regard to reports that the delay was pending the Supreme Court determination on the probability of …read more

IITExpo-Colombo 2018 inaugurated (Pics)

IITExpo-Colombo 2018 inaugurated (Pics)

IITExpo-Colombo 2018, a 3-day event, showcasing textiles of India, was inaugurated today (21) at the Galadari Hotel, Colombo.

Over 40 textile manufacturers from India are participating in this event, which will be held from Feb. 21-23.

They will be displaying varieties of apparel fabrics (woven, knitted and non-woven), made-ups, home textiles, traditional …read more

‘National’ government will continue – Ranil & Mahinda

The Leader of the UNP Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Secretary-General of the UPFA Minister of Fisheries Mahinda Amaraweera stated in Parliament today (21st) that the ‘national’ government would continue to function.
This was in response to a query posed to the Speaker by the Chief Opposition Whip Anura …read more

Well known evangelist pastor Billy Graham, dead at age 99

The Reverend Billy Graham, the charismatic North Carolina pastor who took his evangelizing crusades around the country and the globe, died on Wednesday morning, according to officials of his organization. He was 99 years old. Graham served as a counselor or minister to a dozen U.S. presidents, and he preached …read more

Digital and Customer Service Excellence propel HNB Group PAT to Rs 16.7 Bn in 2017

Bank PAT Rs 16.5 Bn
Lowest recorded cost to income ratio of 4%
Group Assets cross Rs 1 Trillion
Deposits surpass Rs 700 Bn
Strong capital position with a CAR of 17%

HNB successfully weathered the challenges that arose in 2017 while leveraging upon new growth opportunities to post a profit …read more

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