Syria evacuations resume after deadly bombing

WorldHundreds of Syrian civilians who have been under crippling siege left their homes on Wednesday as evacuations resumed after a weekend bombing killed dozens of others fleeing, nearly 70 of them children. Rashidin was the scene of Saturday's deadly car bombing. Several dozen armed rebel fighters stood guard over the marshalling area where the buses were parked. When Wednesday's evacuations are complete, a total of 8,000 people should have left Fuaa and Kafraya, including pro-government fighters as well as civilians. In exchange, 2,500 civilians and rebel fighters should have left rebel areas including Zabadani and Madaya.

April 19, 2017 07:30 UTC

Cricketers visit Meethotamulla victims

Several members of the Sri Lanka National Cricket team visited Meethotamulla today to meet with people who were displaced by the garbage dump colla... Features & AnalysisNuwara Eliya Flower Show gets underwayThe Annual Flower Show in Nuwara Eliya was declared open at the Victoria Park today by chief guest Assistant Hig... When the Fawlty Tower's gang took over Mount Lavinia HotelWhen the Fawlty gang took over the Maitland State Room of the Mount Lavinia Hotel, guests and patrons sat eagerly awa...English Writers Cooperative of Sri Lanka to hold workshop on the 'Short Story'The English Writers Cooperative of Sri Lanka will hold a half-day workshop on the Short Story by an experienced acade...82-year-old DJ Granny thrills crowds on Tokyo’s club scene(REUTERS) By day, Sumiko Iwamuro runs a Chinese restaurant, where she has worked for six decades making fried dumplin...

April 19, 2017 07:07 UTC

UK Minister Alok Sharma cancels Sri Lanka visit this week

British Minister for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Alok Sharma has cancelled his visit to Sri Lanka this week, Briti... Features & AnalysisNuwara Eliya Flower Show gets underwayThe Annual Flower Show in Nuwara Eliya was declared open at the Victoria Park today by chief guest Assistant Hig... When the Fawlty Tower's gang took over Mount Lavinia HotelWhen the Fawlty gang took over the Maitland State Room of the Mount Lavinia Hotel, guests and patrons sat eagerly awa...English Writers Cooperative of Sri Lanka to hold workshop on the 'Short Story'The English Writers Cooperative of Sri Lanka will hold a half-day workshop on the Short Story by an experienced acade...82-year-old DJ Granny thrills crowds on Tokyo’s club scene(REUTERS) By day, Sumiko Iwamuro runs a Chinese restaurant, where she has worked for six decades making fried dumplin...

April 19, 2017 06:00 UTC

Protest in Karadiyana over dumping of garbage

NewsA group of area residents are protesting against the move to temporarily dump garbage collected in Colombo at Karadiyana. Several lorries which were attempting to bring garbage to the dumping site have been blocked and turned back by the protestors. Earlier, the Kesbewa Magistrate issued a court order to temporarily dump garbage collected in Colombo at Karadiyana. A tense situation currently prevails in the area.

April 19, 2017 05:26 UTC

U-18 Rugby: Sri Lanka to participate at Youth Commonwealth Games

SportThe Sri Lanka Under-18s Sevens Rugby team is set to take part in the Youth Commonwealth Games which will take place in the Bahamas from July 17 to 23. The Sri Lanka Under-18s, which won the Asian Under-18s Rugby Sevens Series under the captaincy of S. Thomas' College winger Naveen Henakankanamge, has qualified for the important competition where top countries are set to field strong sides. The Under-18s Rugby Sevens team will be coached by former Sri Lanka winger M.J.M. However most of the players who won the Asian Under-18s Series will not be eligible to represent Sri Lanka at the Youth Commonwealth Games due to age category restrictions. Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association will conduct a series of trials to pick the final squad by end of April.

April 19, 2017 04:52 UTC



One held with 6.265 kg of Kerala Cannabis

Walkers CML International (Pvt) Ltd, a subsidiary of MTD Walkers PLC, has secured its first luxury residential project in the Maldives, accordin... Features & AnalysisNuwara Eliya Flower Show gets underwayThe Annual Flower Show in Nuwara Eliya was declared open at the Victoria Park today by chief guest Assistant Hig... When the Fawlty Tower's gang took over Mount Lavinia HotelWhen the Fawlty gang took over the Maitland State Room of the Mount Lavinia Hotel, guests and patrons sat eagerly awa...English Writers Cooperative of Sri Lanka to hold workshop on the 'Short Story'The English Writers Cooperative of Sri Lanka will hold a half-day workshop on the Short Story by an experienced acade...82-year-old DJ Granny thrills crowds on Tokyo’s club scene(REUTERS) By day, Sumiko Iwamuro runs a Chinese restaurant, where she has worked for six decades making fried dumplin...

April 19, 2017 04:30 UTC

Trump orders review of lifting sanctions against Iran

WorldU.S. President Donald Trump has ordered an inter-agency review of whether the lifting of sanctions against Iran under a 2015 nuclear deal was in the United States' national security interests, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday. “President Donald J. Trump has directed a National Security Council-led interagency review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that will evaluate whether suspension of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the JCPOA is vital to the national security interests of the United States,” Tillerson said in the statement. “It remains a leading state sponsor of terror, through many platforms and methods,” Tillerson said. The 2015 deal between Iran and six major powers restricts Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Trump has called the agreement “the worst deal ever negotiated”.

April 19, 2017 02:48 UTC

Kottikawatte residents launch protest over garbage dumping

NewsKottikawatte residents have launched a protest against the dumping of garbage in the area, local media reported. According to reports, Colombo-Avissawella Road is currently obstructed as a result of the protest. The move to dump garbage from Colombo in Kotikawatte and other sites comes in the wake of the Meethotamulla tragedy. The death toll from the accident has killed and as many as 30 and still more missing after a section of the Meethotamulla garbage dump collapsed on residents on Friday (April 14).

April 18, 2017 12:22 UTC

Nuwara Eliya Flower Show gets underway

FeaturesThe Annual Flower Show in Nuwara Eliya was declared open at the Victoria Park today by chief guest Assistant High Commission for India in Kandy, Radha Venkadaraman. The flower show is the main event of the April Season in Nuwara-Eliya. The event is organized by the Municipal Council of Nuwara-Eliya and aims to encourage flower growers in the area. The festival goes back to pre-Independence days when the British unofficially declared Nuwara Eliya their “home away from home”.

April 18, 2017 10:09 UTC

Colombo city garbage to Karadiyana

NewsThe army backed by villagers continued their search for bodies around the Meethotamulla garbage dump as the death toll exceeded 30 with a similar number feared missing, officials said. With the government decision to halt dumping of garbage in Meethotamulla, the Colombo Municipal Council obtained a court order to dump the garbage at the Karadiyana, Piliyandala. Meanwhile, the government was assessing the compensation payments for the affected families yesterday after contradictory claims were made about the compensation to be paid. He explained that the Rs 100,000 was an insurance payment for which the victims families will be entitled in any case. The Finance Ministry later corrected itself.

April 18, 2017 09:22 UTC

In Pictures : New Year celebrations in Aranayake and Nuwara Eliya

NewsThe following images captured by our correspondents depict the changing moods experienced during the New Year season. Displaced families of the Aranayake landslide tragedy nearly a year on still languish in tents. However, religious New Year observances were still carried out as these images show the traditional annointing of oil. Meanwhile in Nuwara Eliya, while last year saw a crowded season this year was the opposite with many shops and usually busy areas looking similar to a ghost town.

April 18, 2017 09:22 UTC

Getting control of an addiction that's worse than alcohol and drugs

opinionIf you can’t turn away from Facebook, Snapchat or other social media, you aren’t alone. In the last few years, social media users who find it impossible to stay off their devices when they would like to resist them are seeking treatment via professionals. The result is a wide array of options that social media users are willing to try to break their habit. In London, Orianna Fielding founded the Digital Detox Company in 2014, after researching a book about unplugging. Getting it rightExperts warn of over-relying on mindfulness or digital detox retreats without additional follow-up.

April 18, 2017 09:09 UTC

Report on fee hike for Lankan helpers misleading: Envoy

NewsReports of a hefty rise in recruitment fees for Sri Lankan domestic helpers, including maids, are misleading, said Sri Lankan Ambassador Azmi Thassim on Sunday, Arab News reported. “The Sri Lankan government is not involved in the hike of recruitment fees because business transactions are done by private Saudi and Sri Lankan agents,” he said. A report published in local Arabic press said Sri Lankan recruitment offices have raised recruitment costs of domestic workers from $1,560 to $3,000, representing a 92 percent hike. Both governments are keen to talk and solve the issue, but “private business transactions between Saudi and Sri Lankan recruitment agencies cannot be stopped by the government until Riyadh and Colombo reach a settlement,” the envoy said. He called on Saudi offices “not to respond to these pressures ... A unified position from the Saudi side will make the Sri Lankan offices work in line with the unified price agreed upon by both parties.” Saudi Arabia is home to about 200,000 Sri Lankan workers, about 50 percent of them domestic helpers, mostly housemaids.

April 18, 2017 07:07 UTC

Brahmanawatte Seevali Thera passes away

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April 18, 2017 06:33 UTC

World must aid famine-threatened Nigeria to avoid 'mass exodus'

WorldDAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The devastation wrought by Boko Haram, which has left millions of people in northeast Nigeria on the brink of famine, could exacerbate Europe's migration crisis if the world fails to act urgently, the country's chief humanitarian coordinator said. "With so many people facing famine, this is the wrong time to criticise us and simply say 'You are the giant of Africa'. "For Nigeria, this is an unprecedented humanitarian crisis of large magnitude. We, and the wider world, were largely unprepared for it," she said, adding that Nigeria was struggling to respond as it deals with its first recession in 25 years. Jihadist group Boko Haram's eight-year insurgency to carve out an Islamic state in northeast Nigeria has killed at least 20,000 people and forced some two million to flee their homes.

April 18, 2017 06:33 UTC




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