Rugby: Airmen down Cops 15-13 in a thriller

SportCreating another upset, Air Force SC recorded a thrilling 15-13 win against Police SC in a second round match of the Dialog Division 'A' Inter-Club Rugby League Championship played at Ratmalana on Friday (13). The Cops dominated the game from the beginning and went on to lead the halftime by 8-0 until the Airmen bounced back to record a sensational win. Air Force scored from two tries, a conversion and a penalty while Police scored from two unconverted tries and a penalty.

January 14, 2017 07:35 UTC

Thai Pongal festival falls today

Hindus in Sri Lanka and throughout the world celebrate Thai Pongal festival today (14). As usual, the festival is being celebrated on a grand scale... Features & AnalysisFairway Galle Literary Festival 2017 gets underwayThe Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017 opened on the evening of Wednesday, January 11 with invitees and partic...‘Gosha- Beat to Beat’ ; Evening of percussion drums, songs‘Gosha – Beat to Beat’, an evening of percussion drums, songs and serenity presented by Limini Weer...Princess Diana letter about troublesome son Harry sold at auctionLONDON A collection of handwritten notes by the late Princess Diana, one of which reveals that her younger son Prince...New Year's Eve celebrationsCaptured here are New Year's Eve celebrations which took place around the island. The following were captured at ...

January 14, 2017 04:32 UTC

Govt warns of food shortage due to severe drought

NewsThe government today warned the public of possible food shortages within year due to the severe drought prevailing in the country. Minister of Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa told a news conference that the government is planning to import 250,000 metric tons of rice to face this situation. Due to the irregular rainfall that the country received last year water levels of major tanks have been minimized drastically that would affect agriculture and power generation adversely as a result. The minister requested the public to save water and power as this dry weather would prevail for another three months. He noted that the negligence of general public in using natural resources in the past has led to a severe condition like this.

January 13, 2017 11:06 UTC

Man who sheltered Rajiv Gandhi killers dies in Bengaluru

NewsIn today's News Thai Pongal festival falls todayJayaram Ranganath, alias Master Ranganath, who was convicted for sheltering LTTE leader Sivarasan and his associates who masterminded the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in May 1991, died today, he was 61, Indian media reported. After serving a jail term of nine-and-a-half years at Poonamallee sub-jail in Tamil Nadu, Ranganath was released in 1999. He had been running a realty firm near Nagasandra Circle and living in Basavanagudi, south Bengaluru, Times Of India reported. A diabetic, Ranganath had developed kidney complications and was hospitalised recently . He was arraigned as accused no 26 in the Rajiv assassination case.

January 13, 2017 09:01 UTC

Drought causes drinking water shortages in Mannar

NewsFormer war displaced newly resettled in villages in Mannar complain that the prevailing drought conditions are making it increasingly difficult to find water for drinking and other essential activities. Residents in many villages in the Silawathura area are currently experiencing severe water shortages. However, water shortages mean that their daily lives are being affected and many are being faced to travel long distances to find water. Tanks and other sources of water in the immediate area have almost run dry. Residents also say they can't remember a time when there was such a severe water shortage at the start of the year, and are fearful that it portends that an extremely severe drought is on the way.

January 13, 2017 06:59 UTC



Amnesty Intn'l says CTF report must lead to justice for war victims

The organization is dismayed by the Sri Lankan government’s casual disregard for the findings compiled by the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF). “The Sri Lankan government expressly asked for this report with the taskforce appointed by the Prime Minister. Now that they have done the hard work, it is dismaying that the government is not taking seriously the taskforce report and its findings,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director. The CTF report is a landmark undertaking, drawing on more than seven thousand submissions from people, most of which were made at public meetings across the island. Amnesty International supports the CTF’s urgent call for the Sri Lankan government to chart a roadmap for the establishment and efficient functioning of the proposed mechanisms.

January 13, 2017 06:46 UTC

Dutch school receives threats after Sri Lankan student's death

NewsPolice in the Netherlands have stepped up security at a school after staff and students received threats following the suicide of a 15-year-old Sri Lankan boy, allegedly due to bullying, the BBC reported. Tharukshan Selvam, left a note saying he was being harassed by other students at Grotius College, in the city of Heerlen, and online. According to foreign media reports his family says the school was alerted but did not act. His family tried to alert the school but they failed to act, the sister said. There were many other students who were bullied like this, yet the school made very little effort to prevent such issues," she was quoted as saying.

January 13, 2017 04:58 UTC

Former Lankan district judge sworn in as Fiji's new resident Magistrate

Former Sri Lankan district judge Geethani Wijesinghe Widanelage was sworn in today as Fiji's new Resident Magistrate by President Jioji Konrote... Features & Analysis‘Gosha- Beat to Beat’ ; Evening of percussion drums, songs‘Gosha – Beat to Beat’, an evening of percussion drums, songs and serenity presented by Limini Weer...Princess Diana letter about troublesome son Harry sold at auctionLONDON A collection of handwritten notes by the late Princess Diana, one of which reveals that her younger son Prince...New Year's Eve celebrationsCaptured here are New Year's Eve celebrations which took place around the island. The following were captured at ...New Additions at the Galle Lit Fest, Win Free Festival PassesThe organisers of the Fairway Literary Galle festival have announced three new additions to the programme,...

January 13, 2017 04:41 UTC

Iraqi forces make fresh gains in southeast Mosul

WorldIraqi forces drove back Islamic State militants in southeastern Mosul on Thursday, making gains in an area where advances have been particularly tough, the military said in a statement. Forces have pressed forward much more slowly in that area than units in the east and northeast, who have taken control of a number of neighbourhoods in the past week. The army's elite Counter Terrorism Service (CTS), has spearheaded advances in eastern Mosul. The U.S.-backed campaign to recapture Mosul, Islamic State's last major stronghold in Iraq, has pushed ahead with renewed vigour since the turn of the year after troops got bogged down inside the city in November and December. New tactics, including one night raid, better defences against suicide car bomb attacks and improved coordination between the army and security forces, have helped forge momentum, U.S and Iraqi officers say.

January 12, 2017 14:58 UTC

US soldier commits suicide at Kuwait base: ministry

Former Sri Lankan district judge Geethani Wijesinghe Widanelage was sworn in today as Fiji's new Resident Magistrate by President Jioji Konrote... Features & Analysis‘Gosha- Beat to Beat’ ; Evening of percussion drums, songs‘Gosha – Beat to Beat’, an evening of percussion drums, songs and serenity presented by Limini Weer...Princess Diana letter about troublesome son Harry sold at auctionLONDON A collection of handwritten notes by the late Princess Diana, one of which reveals that her younger son Prince...New Year's Eve celebrationsCaptured here are New Year's Eve celebrations which took place around the island. The following were captured at ...New Additions at the Galle Lit Fest, Win Free Festival PassesThe organisers of the Fairway Literary Galle festival have announced three new additions to the programme,...

January 12, 2017 14:34 UTC

Japan PM offers Philippines drug war support

Abe said Japan would help with drug treatment programmes and facilities. Duterte, who has railed against US President Barack Obama and European politicians for criticising his drug war, highlighted Abe's offers of support. “As the Philippines pursues its campaign to destroy the illegal drug trade apparatus, we welcome the expression of interest of Japan to support measures to address the tremendous social cost of drug addiction,” Duterte said. Often masked assailants break into shanty homes and kill people who have been tagged as drug traffickers or drug users. Japan and China are locked in a long-running row over uninhabited islets in the East China Sea, while Manila and Beijing have overlapping claims in the South China Sea.

January 12, 2017 13:51 UTC

Ban returns to S. Korea after hinting at presidency run

WorldIn today's News Former Lankan district judge sworn in as Fiji's new resident MagistrateRetired UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon returned to South Korea Thursday as momentum builds around his possible run in elections to succeed impeached President Park Geun-Hye. Speaking before a crowd of hundreds at Incheon International Airport, Ban said he was prepared to meet with the public this week before making a “selfless decision”. It remains unclear whether Ban will join Park's ruling Saenuri Party or the emerging conservative party. The former UN secretary general has a 20.3 percent approval rating according to a poll released Thursday. However Ban has denied any involvement, saying he was “perplexed and embarrassed” by the situation.

January 12, 2017 13:06 UTC

Bangladesh urges Myanmar to end unrest

On Wednesday Bangladeshi foreign minister A.H. Mahmood Ali held talks with a special envoy of Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Dhaka. “The special envoy has been informed that the recent arrival of a huge number of Myanmar nationals and the long and illegal stay of approximately 300,000 unregistered Myanmar nationals have disrupted stability and economic development in the very important region of Chittagong,” he told reporters on Thursday. There were already 33,000 registered and 300,000 unregistered Rohingya refugees in the country before the latest outbreak of violence. “Bangladesh has demanded quick restoration of normal situation in Rakhine state so that Myanmar nationals who have taken shelter in Bangadesh can quickly go back home with full security and safety to their livelihood,” he said. Last month the Bangladesh foreign ministry summoned Myanmar's ambassador to express “deep concern at the continued influx”.

January 12, 2017 12:56 UTC

NATO chief says outside attempts to influence elections 'unacceptable'

WorldIn today's News Former Lankan district judge sworn in as Fiji's new resident MagistrateNATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that outside attempts to manipulate national elections cannot be tolerated, amid uproar over claims Russian interference helped Donald Trump win the US presidency. “Any attempt to intervene in, to influence national elections from outside is unacceptable,” Stoltenberg said when asked about allegations of Russian cyber attacks and hacking during the 2016 US presidential campaign. Trump has consistently berated US intelligence agencies over their claim Russian President Vladimir Putin personally approved a cyber offensive to help him defeat Hillary Clinton. Stoltenberg insisted the danger was real, adding that the US-led military alliance was “concerned” about cyber security and had seen reports about such attacks against “many NATO allies”. “That is why NATO has focused on cyber defence... cyber security is top of our agenda,” he said after a meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English at NATO HQ in Brussels.

January 12, 2017 12:30 UTC

Big investors in Turkey to be allowed citizenship

WorldTurkey will grant citizenship to those who invest or buy valuable property in the country, the Official Gazette said Thursday, as it tries to boost its flagging economy. Passports will be granted to foreigners who buy at least $1 million of real estate in Turkey, invest at least $2 million, or deposit at least $3 million in an account, the Official Gazette said. The European Union has called on Turkey to make it easier in general for Syrian refugees to find work, which would in theory make them less likely to come to Europe. The bloc also agreed to end the visa requirement for Turkish visitors to the EU's passport-free Schengen zone. Turkey, a Muslim-majority NATO member, has demanded the EU come through on its visa-free promise, but progress has stalled, with the EU accusing Turkey of breaching human rights with its anti-terror laws.

January 12, 2017 12:05 UTC



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