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Madrasas to come under Education Ministry: PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday Madrasas would be placed under the purview of the Education Ministry.

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Deadline for O/L applications extended till May 31

The closing dates for private and school candidates for the GCE O/L examination had been extended until May 31, the Commissioner General of Examinations said today.

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Nalaka de Silva released on bail

Former DIG Nalaka de Silva was released on bail by the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court today. He was released on a cash bail of Rs.25,000 and two sureties of Rs.5 million each.

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Attacks on churches and hotels: SC defers petition for May 31

The Supreme Court (SC) today deferred for May 31, the fundamental rights petition filed against the Inspector General of Police and the Defence Secretary in respect of the suicide attacks on churches and hotels on April 21.

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MR visits schools, says attendance satisfactory

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa today visited several schools in Colombo to inspect the security provided to them and to encourage parents to send children to schools.

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Mujibur requests HC to hear cases of violent incidents

UNP MP Mujibur Rahman yesterday requested the High Court to hear the cases of violent incidents reported in the North Western Province and in Minuwangoda.

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CA dismisses writ of quo warranto against PM

The Court of Appeal (CA) today dismissed a writ application filed by Colombo Municipal Councillor Sharmila Gonawela seeking a Writ of Quo Warranto against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

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JVP hands over NCM against Govt. to Speaker

The no-confidence motion (NCM) against the government was handed over to the Speaker by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) a short while ago.

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NCM against Bathiudeen: Debate date to be fixed today

Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader and MP Udaya Gammanpila said the debate date on the no-confidence motion against Industry and Commerce Minister, Rishad Bathiudeen, would be discussed today at the party leaders’ meeting chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

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DNA report proves Zahran killed in Shangri-La blast

DNA investigations have confirmed that it was National Thawheed Jamaat (NTJ) leader Mohamed Zahran Hashim - one of the two suicide bombers - who was killed in the Colombo Shangri-La hotel blast on Easter Sunday, Government Analyst’s department sources said.

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State Minister Niroshan will vote against Rishard

State Minister for National Policies and Economic Affairs Niroshan Perera said that he would use his vote in favour of the No-confidence motion (NCM) handed over to the Speaker by the Joint Opposition against Minister, Rishard Bathiudeen, if he does not resign from his ministerial post.

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Sound reaction over VIP movements

Motorists in several locations in Colombo displayed their anger by honking their vehicle horns after they were forced to stop to facilitate VIP movements on roads. Two videos circulating on social media showed motorists honking their vehicle horns.

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Controversy swirls around efforts to defer presidential poll

Controversy swirls in political circles about reports on President Maithripala Sirisena’s move to seek an advisory opinion from the Supreme Court (SC) in terms of Article 129 whether he could serve in office till June 20, 2020, thereby postponing the presidential election otherwise scheduled for later this year.

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Conducting a training camp in Kurunegala: 6 arrested

A total of six suspects had been arrested for their alleged involvement in a training camp and connivance of instigating violence in the Kurunegala District, police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said.

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Concerns over purchasing 400MWs of power from Turkish firm

Controversy surrounds Power and Energy Minister Ravi Karunanayake’s move to award another 400MWs of emergency power to a Turkish company, the Daily Mirror learns.

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Easter Sunday attack: 3 suspects nabbed in Kalmunai

Another three suspects who had connections to the Easter Sunday attack on April 21 had been arrested this evening in Kalmunai by the Ampara police officers, Police said.

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Presidential poll between Nov. 9 and Dec. 9: EC

The Elections Commission (EC) was determined to announce the presidential poll in mid-October and hold the election between November 9 and December 9, its Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said.

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SF confident of handling ISIS threat, if given Law and Order Ministry and Internal Security

Former Army Commander, the first Field Marshal and the 2010 Presidential Candidate, Sarath Fonseka in an interview with the Daily Mirror airs his view...

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No need for Sharia University in Sri Lanka - Faiszer Musthapha

The discussed the current situation of the country in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday carnage, with former Minister of Local Government and Provinc...

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Didn’t police ‘chiefs’ know of Rathgama killings ?

We received information about the killing of two persons after being abducted from Rathgama while we were engaged in an investigation to unearth the truth regarding a complaint of an alleged abduction...

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Stafford Sri Lankan School Doha issue Allegations of Intervention in School Affairs

The former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Qatar ASP Liyanage is alleged to have run riot against fellow Sri Lankans in Doha Qatar whilst holding office. According to Sri Lankan expatriates this has had a ne...

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Man flees leaving ducks, chicken in a sack to police

A man who was carrying a ‘suspicious looking sack’ in the early hours today at the Balummahara Junction had run away from the police when he was told to stop, leaving the sack with three ducks and...

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He built three houses while begging for 25 years

A blind man (65) who had been begging on trains for 25 years which had enabled him to build three houses and own a bank account with Rs. five hundred thousand in it, was arrested by the Railway Securi...

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Deceased mother had partaken of fried fish on alms giving day

The story of a deceased mother visiting her home on the seventh day and eating a slice of fried fish from the Pideni Thattuwa is related from a village in Ambalangoda....

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President Maithripala Sirisena left for China on a three-day official visit this week, accompanied by a 27 member delegation to attend the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Beijing. Do you think the head of state leaving the country during a volatile period, is justified?