The SAARC Cultural Centre continues its tradition of bringing wider recognition for South Asian films by presenting the 8th SAARC Film Festival 2018 in Sri Lanka. The SAARC Film Festival had been held every year since 2011. This year the SAARC Film Festival will take place from May 22 – 27, with the opening ceremony on May 22, a Masterclass on the 25th and the Film Awards Ceremony on the 27th at the Cinema Hall of the National Film Corporation, Colombo 7. The festival will screen a minimum of 26 films with a combination of feature films, short films and master films.
May 19, 2018 18:56 UTC
SportIsipathana College fought back to draw against Trinity College in their Cup Segment match of the Singer Schools Under-19 Rugby League Championship played at Havelock Park today (19). At halftime Trinity led 12-6 but Isipathana played better after the turnaround to save the match. Trinity collected their points from two tries, a conversion and a penalty while Isipathana's points came from four penalties.
May 19, 2018 13:07 UTC
NewsIn today's News Sri Lankan security forces made great sacrifices in the march to peace: MinisterSri Lanka achieved peace due to the great sacrifices made by the war heroes in the armed forces, going to the extent of sacrificing their own lives, a top Minister said on Friday at the opening of a Chinese trade exhibition in Colombo. He was speaking to the media at the conclusion of the opening Ceremony of the China Guangxi Products Exhibition Sri Lanka on Friday at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre (SLECC) in Colombo. Ma Jixian, Deputy Director General, Department of Commerce, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomus Region, in his opening remarks said that in 2017 bilateral trade volume between China and Sri Lanka reached US$4.4 billion. In 2017, trade volume between Guangxi and Sri Lanka totalled $45.73 million with a potential to grow. Yang Zuoyuan, Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of China in Sri Lanka also addressed the opening ceremony.
May 19, 2018 04:41 UTC
SportIn today's News Sri Lankan security forces made great sacrifices in the march to peace: MinisterSt. Peter's College continued their unbeaten run in the ongoing Singer Schools League Rugby Championship, when they beat Kingswood College by 20-10 in a Cup Segment match at Havelock Park today (18). At halftime both teams were locked even at 7-all after a great contest but the Peterites gained momentum to emerge victorious and remain unbeaten,They scored from two converted tries and two penalties. The visiting Kingswood side scored from a converted try and a penalty.
May 18, 2018 15:56 UTC
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May 18, 2018 11:03 UTC
NewsColombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake has instructed the Colombo Municipal Commissioner to suspend all fines charged through parking meters. "With regard to the recent complaints on parking meter fines. Pending council approval I have given instructions to the commissioner to suspend all fines charged relating to parking meters," Mrs Senanayake said in a tweet. The Mayor's instructions come after several motorists publicly complained that they had been levied exorbitant fines by the company managing the parking machines within the Colombo city limits.
May 18, 2018 09:00 UTC
NewsBiloela residents trying to bring home a Sri Lankan family taken from their central Queensland town have delivered a petition with more than 98,000 signatures to Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton. We are not going to let this go away," Ms Fredericks told AAP on Friday. The family remain in limbo as they wait for a decision on whether they will be deported. The family remain in detention in Melbourne, more than 1800km away from their Queensland home. "I think the stress is taking its toll, you can hear they are getting weary," Ms Fredericks said.
May 18, 2018 08:15 UTC
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May 18, 2018 07:41 UTC
WorldKUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian police seized 284 boxes of designer handbags and dozens of bags filled with cash and jewelry on Friday from a luxury condominium in the center of Kuala Lumpur linked to former prime minister Najib Razak. Shortly after Najib and his long-ruling political coalition were defeated in the polls, new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad barred him and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, from leaving the country. Singh said police carried out simultaneous searches at six premises linked to Najib, all in connection with their investigation into 1MDB. “This is the result of the search in one of the six premises,” Singh said, pointing to the hundreds of luxury items seized from the condominium. A prime minister earns a fixed salary of 22,826.65 ringgit ($5,7500) a month and cannot invest in businesses or stocks while in office.
May 18, 2018 06:00 UTC
SportSri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced on Thursday (17) that Angelo Mathews and Suranga Lakmal have been confirmed fit to take part in the upcoming West Indies tour. "Both players were included in the 17-member squad leaving to West Indies, however, their participation was subjected to the passing of a fitness test," SLC stated. The fitness test was carried out this week and the duo has been given the clearance to go ahead with the tour.
May 17, 2018 12:22 UTC
NewsIndian Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat, who is on an official visit to the island, took part in a pooja at the Koneswaram Temple in Trincomalee today. He was greeted at the temple's entrance by Eastern Province Commander, Major General Santhusitha Pannawala, 221 Brigade Commander, Brigadiar Sumith Premalal and other senior army officers from the area. After taking part in the pooja, the Indian Army Chief also visited other temples within the Koneswaram complex and was also presented with a memento by the temple's chief priest to mark his visit. Text and Pix by Amadoru Amarajeewa[
May 17, 2018 10:41 UTC
WorldKUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian police conducted searches through the night and into the Thursday morning at five places linked to ousted Prime Minister Najib Razak, including the family home where he stays, a senior police officer said. Amar Singh, the director of police commercial crime investigations, told Reuters that five places linked to Najib were being searched, including the family home in an upmarket Kuala Lumpur district. Singh gave no other details, but the Star newspaper said searches were also conducted at the prime minister’s office, the official residence and two places linked to Najib’s family in a luxury Kuala Lumpur condominium. The police started the search after Najib returned home from prayers at a mosque to mark the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. When asked whether Najib would be arrested, he said: “There is no indication that they (the police) will do it.”He said Najib and his family were cooperative with police.
May 17, 2018 09:22 UTC
NewsImmigration officers at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) staged a silent banner protest this afternoon over the failure of authorities to resolve several demands they had put forward. Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Immigration & Emigration Officers' Association says it will also launch a work-to-rule campaign from midnight today (17) over the issue. SriLankan Airlines has urged all departing passengers, to arrive at the Colombo airport three hours prior to the departure time with effect from today (May 17) until further notice. This is in view of the work to rule campaign due to be launched by Immigration officers from tomorrow. Pix by Prasad Muthukuda
May 17, 2018 09:22 UTC
NewsThe 24-hour token strike launched by the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) has crippled health services in the country from this morning. The strike, which was launched at 8.00am, is against the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed with Singapore. The following pictures are from the Puttalam Base Hospital, where Out Patient Department (OPD) services were shut due to the strike, severely inconveniencing patients. Pix by Hiran Priyankara Jayasinghe
May 17, 2018 07:41 UTC
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May 17, 2018 07:18 UTC