NewsPresident Maithripala Sirisena requested all train drivers and other railway staff who are on strike to report for duty taking into consideration the difficulties faced by school children who sit for exam and the general public. Urging the protesters to understand the mentality of the students who face a crucial examination of higher education, and fulfill their human responsibility, the President said that if there are unsolved issues of the strikers he would give an opportunity for a discussion in the future.
December 12, 2017 06:33 UTC
NewsTwenty-seven Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing in their territorial waters early today, an official said. The fishermen from Jegadapattinam and Kottaipattinam in Pudukottai district were arrested off Neduntheevu by the Lankan Navy and taken to Kangesanthurai port there along with five boats, Assistant Director of Fisheries department, Pudukottai, Kumaresan said. In another incident, nearly 3,000 fishermen who had ventured into the sea last evening in 500 boats from here were chased away by the Lankan Naval personnel while they were fishing near Katchatheevu islet, Rameswaram Fishermen Association President S Emerit said. The naval men came to the spot and opened fire in the air to drive off the large group of fishermen before damaging their fishing equipment, he said. On December 2, 20 fishermen from Nagapattinam district were arrested by the Lankan Navy on charges of fishing off Neduntheevu.
December 12, 2017 04:41 UTC
President Donald Trump announced last Wednesday the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, breaking with decades of U.S. policy and international consensus that the city’s status must be left to Israeli-Palestinian talks. Netanyahu, on his first visit to EU headquarters in Brussels, said Trump’s move helped peace, “because recognizing reality is the substance of peace, the foundation of peace”. Israel, which annexed East Jerusalem after capturing it in a 1967 war, considers the entire city to be its capital. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini brief the media at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Francois LenoirBut even Israel’s closest European allies have rejected that logic and say recognizing Israel’s capital unilaterally risks inflaming violence and further wrecking the chance for peace.
December 12, 2017 04:41 UTC
NewsA recent study carried out to assess doctors' knowledge of diagnostic features and co-morbidities of childhood autism in a tertiary care hospital has found that around 50% of Sri Lankan doctors were unaware of some of the signs and symptoms of it, News Medical LifeSciences reported. Also, there is a poor awareness about autism in the community and services for children with autism in Sri Lanka are limited and centralized," she adds. The knowledge of medical professionals in identification of children with autism had not been assessed previously in Sri Lanka, the report claimed. In Sri Lanka, one in 93 children have been found to have autism, the report claimed. Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health.
December 12, 2017 01:52 UTC
NewsEight railway unions which were on strike have decided to report back to work. He said despite all their efforts and the country’s most senior administrator, the Secretary to the President having held discussions with the unions twice, they had failed to arrive at a solution. The unions as well as the Secretary to the President, Austin Fernando were able to reach a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on several issues during their discussions on Sunday but discussions fell apart over the manner in which the final agreement was addressed. According to the union leader, they are prepared to call off the strike if the authorities can officially agree to implement the discussed agreement. Parliament in the meantime approved the Gazette to make the Railways an essential service yesterday.
December 12, 2017 01:41 UTC
WorldOTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next week for talks on how to address the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, an Ottawa source said on Monday. Canada and the United States are due to co-host a meeting of foreign ministers in Vancouver in January to discuss North Korea. North Korea has fired missiles over Japan as it pursues nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in defiance of U.N. sanctions. A Canadian government source confirmed that Tillerson and Trudeau plan to meet but declined to give a precise date, saying scheduling issues still had to be worked out. Freeland said last month that the Vancouver talks would show the unity of the international community in applying pressure on Pyongyang.
December 11, 2017 19:18 UTC
WorldRIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia lifted a 35-year-old ban on cinemas on Monday, prompting celebrations from film fans, directors and movie chains eyeing the last untapped mass market in the Middle East. FILE PHOTO: Saudis watch composer Yanni perform at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 3, 2017. “CINEMA IS JOY”Up to now, the kingdom’s film pioneers have had to focus on foreign markets to get their works shown. Saudi Arabia is always in the news, but it’s nice to be in the news in this way,” said Los Angeles-based Saudi director Haifaa Al Manour, who released the first full-length feature shot entirely in the kingdom, Wadjda, in 2012. Dubai-based mall operator Majid Al Futtaim, which owns the VOX Cinemas chain, said it wanted to open the first movie theater there.
December 11, 2017 14:15 UTC
WorldDENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesian police are hunting for a U.S. citizen who escaped on Monday from an overcrowded prison on the holiday island of Bali by cutting through steel bars in a ceiling, the jail’s second breakout of foreign inmates this year. The Kerobokan prison, about 10 km (six miles) from the main tourist beaches in the Kuta area, often holds foreigners facing drug-related charges. FILE PHOTO: A prisoner prays in front of Kerobokan prison in Denpasar, on the Indonesian island of Bali, Indonesia March 1, 2015. “It is thought that the prisoner escaped ... by cutting through the steel bars above the ceiling,” he said in a statement, without giving details of how Beasley escaped without being detected. Beasley, 32, from California, is believed to have then used a rope to climb down a wall before getting over a perimeter wall in an area being refurbished.
December 11, 2017 13:18 UTC
In response to a distress call from a Vietnamese Container Ship “ Thai Binh Bay” Navy promptly rendered assistance to transfer a wounde... Features & AnalysisMr.England title winner Jack Eyers visits the Adidas flagship storeHolder of the 2017/2018 Mr.England title, Jack Eyers recently visited the Adidas flagship store at the Racecours... In pictures : ‘Designer Wedding Show 2017’The ‘Designer Wedding Show 2017’, a much-looked-forward to event was presented by the Bride and Groom Mag... Fashion show with a differenceA fashion show for differently abled persons in keeping with 'disability day 2017' was organsied recently by ...Rockin-Holly-Jolly Christmas with the De Lanerolle BrothersThe De Lanerolle Brothers took to the mics with ther latest Christmas concert - A Rockin-Holly-Jolly Chris...
December 11, 2017 12:45 UTC
NewsSri Lanka on Monday received the second consignment of 1,000 tons of rice from China, to be distributed to the drought struck victims in the island country, Xinhua reported. At the request of the Sri Lankan government, China has agreed to donate 2,752 tons of rice for humanitarian emergency relief. The first consignment of 1,000 tons of rice arrived in Sri Lanka in November while the second consignment arrived on Monday. He said China had been prompt in helping Sri Lanka and this donation further strengthened the strong friendship between the two countries. Sri Lanka has been suffering one of its worst droughts in 40 years due to a delay in monsoonal rains.
December 11, 2017 12:11 UTC
NewsTI Cycles of India, one of the leading bicycle manufacturers in India and part of the Murugappa Group, has signed an agreement to acquire a controlling stake in Sri Lankan bicycle maker Creative Cycles (Pvt) Ltd and Great Cycles (Pvt) Ltd. This acquisition, when concluded, will help strengthen and expand the global supply chain for the premium cycles’ portfolio of TI Cycles, the Indian company said in a media announcement. Creative Cycles and Great Cycles have manufacturing facilities in the Katunayake Export Processing Zone, Colombo with a capability to produce a wide range of bicycles, from kids to performance cycles, from steel to alloy bikes. “With this acquisition, we will be able to grow the market for premium cycles and our market share in the premium segment even more aggressively. Our goal has always been to offer the finest products and experience to Indian consumers and this is one more step in that direction.”“I am excited to be associated with TI Cycles and the Murugappa group,” says Shuyuan Gan, Founder & Director of Creative Cycles & Great Cycles.
December 11, 2017 12:00 UTC
NewsThe upcoming Police Museum in Coimbatore is attracting visitors from all over Tamil Nadu is reportedly housing a submarine constructed by the Liberations Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Indian media reported. According to the ANI news agency the collection of artifacts includes decommissioned police and Army weaponry, including a Tank used in Kargil War against Pakistan. Among major attractions, boat used by coastal police is also on display and lathe machines which are used to make weapons. The museum is commissioned under a 99-year-old British-era building. Image of the museum from a video grab
December 11, 2017 11:37 UTC
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December 11, 2017 11:26 UTC
WorldTOKYO (Reuters) - Russia’s military chief warned on Monday that military exercises by Japan, the United States and South Korea aimed at countering North Korea only raise hysteria and create more instability in the region. Russian Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces General Valery Gerasimov, issued his warning in Tokyo as the United States, Japan and South Korea began a two-day exercise to practice tracking missiles amid rising tension over North Korea’s weapons programs. “Carrying out military training in regions surrounding North Korea will only heighten hysteria and make the situation unstable,” Gerasimov said at the beginning of a meeting with Japanese Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera. North Korea says its weapons programs are necessary to counter U.S. aggression. On Nov. 29, North Korea test-fired its latest ballistic missile, which it said was its most advanced yet, capable of reaching the mainland United States.
December 11, 2017 10:18 UTC
SportSpinning all-rounder Jeewan Mendis has been named in the 20-man squad selected for the three-match T20 series against India. The series will be played after the ODI series which begins on Sunday (10) in Dharamsala. Mendis, 34, last played a T20 international in 2013 but it’s not sure whether the former Thomian cricketer would make it to the final squad of 15. Apart from seamer Suranga Lakmal, all the players in the current limited over squad are among the 20-man squad along with Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana and Vishwa Fernando. Kusal Mendis did not make it the 20-man squad.
December 11, 2017 09:22 UTC