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Cricket fan still on Sri Lanka adventure eight months after England tour axed

Sunday, November 29th, 2020

By Alistair Mason, PA Courtesy Belfast Telegraph Rob Lewis stayed in Sri Lanka when coronavirus meant Joe Root and the England team returned home in March. A cricket fan who travelled to Sri Lanka in March to watch England’s tour is still there eight months after it was cancelled – and has vowed to remain […]

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Parliamentary Council recommends IGP and 14 Appeal Court Judges to (Video)

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News The speaker stated that the Parliamentary Council has verified the nomination by the President to appoint C.D. Wickramaratne for the post of Inspector General of Police and 14 Judges to be appointed to the Court of Appeal. Speaking to the Hiru news team the Speaker said that the Parliament also recommended the […]

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නාපාන ශී‍්‍ර පේමසිරි මහ නාහිමිපාණන් වහන්සේගේ අපවත්වීමෙන් ශාසනාම්බරය අඳුරුවිය.

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

ජාතික භික්‍ෂු පෙරමුණ. ශී‍්‍ර ලංකා රාමඤ්ඤ මහා නිකායේ 13 වැනි මහානායක ධුරය දැරූ අග්ගමහා පණ්ඩිත නාපාන ශී‍්‍ර පේමසිරි මහ නාහිමිපාණන් වහන්සේගේ අපවත්වීම ශාසනාම්බරය අඳුරු වීමක් සේ සලකමින් ජාතික භික්‍ෂු පෙරමුණේ සාතිශය සංවේගය පළකර සිටින්නෙමු. උන්වහන්සේ බඳු ඥාන වෘද්ධ මහ තෙරපාණන් වහන්සේලා දුලබ වූ මෙකල නාපාන ශී‍්‍ර පේමසිරි මහ නාහිමි ශී‍්‍ර ලංකා නභෝගැබේ දිදුලන තාරකාවක් බඳු […]

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MSC deals with grounded ship off Al Athaiba coast

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Oman Observer Muscat: The Maritime Security Center (MSC) received a report stating that a wooden cargo ship flying the flag of the Republic of Sri Lanka ran aground and sank due to the failure of its engine off the coast of Al Athaiba in the Governorate of Muscat. The ship had a crew consisting of six […]

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Tiny Georgia Wows Australia With Sri Lankan Cuisine!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

Courtesy hoteliers.global Georgia, a cute, talented and confident 11 year old competing in the Junior MasterChef contest in Australia, was crowned the winner this week. The announcement saw millions of viewers who were captivated by the little contestants flood the internet with heartwarming messages of happiness and appreciation. Georgia has Sri Lankan roots and is […]

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Sri Lankan court orders seized Indian fishing boats to be destroyed: Officials

Sunday, November 8th, 2020

By PTI Courtesy The New Indian Express Fishermen association leader P Sesuraja appealed against destruction of the boats and said steps should be taken to return to their owners. RAMESWARAM: A court in Sri Lanka has permitted officials to destroy several Indian mechanised fishing boats seized in the last 3-4 years for allegedly crossing into the […]

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Presidential Election 2020 – Voting decision for Sri Lankan Americans in the USA.

Saturday, October 31st, 2020

Anjalika Silva With a Sri Lankan American population in the United States now lingering between the third and fourth generation, the time has come to face one of the most decisive elections experienced by native and naturalized citizens with voting rights in the USA.  The choices are easy and plain to those who follow the […]

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A compelling life story, lost in the fog of illogic

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

Andrew Fidel Fernando Courtesy The Hindu Critics have cast Murali as a ‘generic’ Sri Lankan Tamil to inflame their biases, but his story is more deeply layered Occasionally, Muttiah Muralitharan has spoken of the anti-Tamil pogrom in 1977 when Sinhalese mobs ran a blade 12 inches across his father’s back, then burned down the family’s biscuit factory […]

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Sri Lankan fishing boat with six crew held in Indian waters: Coast Guard

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Courtesy  The New Indian Express It has also impounded the fishing boat, the Coast Guard said, adding the crew were being brought to Karaikal harbour, near Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu. CHENNAI: Six Sri Lankan fishermen were detained by the Coast Guard while fishing in Indian territorial waters, the maritime agency said on Thursday. It has […]

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20වන සංශශෝධනය හමුශේ නව දේශපාලනයක් සඳහා ජනතාව විසින් පත්කළ වයවස්ථාදායකය ශක්තිමත්ව කටයුතු කළ යුතුයි.

Friday, October 16th, 2020

මාධ්‍ය ප්‍රකාශය: තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණ වෘත්තීයවේදීන්ගේ සංසදය

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Coronavirus: The lost six weeks when US failed to contain outbreak

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

BBC Having watched Asian and European countries struggle against Covid-19, the US was slow to ramp up testing and order its residents to stay at home. We look at this crucial time period and what exactly was done to prevent the outbreak. Produced by the BBC’s Franz Strasser, narrated by Hannah Long-Higgins https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-52622037

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India needs to invest in regional disaster relief mechanisms | Opinion

Sunday, September 13th, 2020

Courtesy The Hindustan Times With climate uncertainty, humanitarian emergencies in the region are poised to grow. India must invest in regional frameworks for disaster management and take the lead in setting up a road map for greater cooperation On September 3, a fire broke out in a large crude carrier MT New Diamond off the eastern coast […]

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Sri Lanka: Salvage team struggles to plug supertanker fuel leak

Friday, September 11th, 2020

Courtesy Aljazeera Salvage operations continue to stop fuel leak from fire-sticken New Diamond oil supertanker off Sri Lanka’s east coast. A salvage team is still trying to plug a fuel leak from the fire-stricken New Diamond oil supertanker, Sri Lankan Navy spokesman Indika de Silva said on Friday. The tanker, which is carrying the about […]

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Salvagers Working to Repair Leak on Oil Tanker off Sri Lanka

Friday, September 11th, 2020

Courtesy https://www.manufacturing.net/ The MT New Diamond, which is carrying nearly 2 million barrels of crude oil, was damaged by two fires in a little over a week. This photo released by Sri Lankan Air Force shows ships fighting fire on the MT New Diamond, about 30 nautical miles off the coast of Sri Lanka, Tuesday, […]

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Backed by Buddhists, Tamil Hindus, Sri Lankan PM Pushes Proposal for Cow Slaughter Ban

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Courtesy Sputnik Rising Buddhist nationalism in Sri Lanka has prompted the government to revisit plans for a cow slaughter ban, with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa reportedly floating the proposal in a parliamentary meeting. The proposal has brought together Buddhists and Tamils who see such as law as in line with their religious sentiments. Fresh from […]

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Oil Slick Spotted Near Burning VLCC Off Sri Lanka

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

Courtesy gCaptain By Waruna Karunatilake COLOMBO, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s navy said on Tuesday that an oil slick had been spotted a kilometre from a loaded supertanker off the country’s east coast, as efforts to extinguish a fire on board continued. Sri Lankan officials are working to assess any damage to the environment […]

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Bombay HC refuses bail to Finnish woman arrested for helping Sri Lankan national illegally migrate to Europe

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

Courtesy The Hindustan Times The Bombay high court last week refused bail to a 60-year-old Finnish national arrested for helping a Sri Lankan national to illegally migrate to Europe. Justice Sarang Kotwal rejected the bail plea of Miira Mirva Helena Pasma observing that there were strong circumstances against her. Pasma was arrested after Sri Lankan […]

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Fire on oil tanker completely doused

Sunday, September 6th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana The fire onboard the crude oil tanker MT New Diamond has been completely doused, the Commander of Sri Lanka Navy confirmed. However, there still remains a risk of the ship catching on fire again due to the temperature of its current location, the Commander told media following a meeting held with the Attorney […]

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Fire at ‘New Diamond crude oil tanker’ contained – SL Navy

Friday, September 4th, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News The Navy says that the fire that broke out in the New Diamond ship in the eastern seas is now contained. Meanwhile, the Indian Coast Guard also confirmed that the fire that broke out on the ship has been brought under control. They said this by leaving a special note on their […]

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‘අද දෙරණ“ ගුවනේ සිට වාර්තා කළ ‘නිව් ඩයමන්ඩ්’ නෞකාවේ ගිනි නිවීමේ මෙහෙයුම…

Friday, September 4th, 2020

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Owners hand over blazing ship to international salvage company

Friday, September 4th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana The owners of the crude oil tanker MT New Diamond”, which was engulfed by flames on Thursday morning (03) off Sri Lanka, have handed over the vessel to an international salvage company. A team of the company is set to arrive in Sri Lanka on Monday (07), the chairperson of the Marine Environment […]

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9 more ships to control crude tanker fire – No risk of fuel leakage to Sri Lanka (Photos)

Friday, September 4th, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Air Force, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard are currently engaged in a joint effort to control the fire raging in the oil tanker, MT New Diamond caused by an explosion. Nine ships have been deployed to control the fire. Meanwhile, […]

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Sri Lankan and Indian forces working together to douse the Panama-flagged ‘New Diamond’ oil tanker on fire

Friday, September 4th, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News The Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Air Force, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard continues to work together to contain the spread of fire erupted on board the oil tanker, MT New Diamond on 03rd September 2020 at 8.00 a.m. Accordingly, an MI 17 helicopter of […]

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See the battle to stop fire consuming an oil tanker at sea

Friday, September 4th, 2020

CNN An oil tanker carrying 270,000 metric tons of crude oil has caught fire off the coast of Sri Lanka, sparking a transnational firefighting mission.  https://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2020/09/04/oil-tanker-on-fire-sri-lanka-india-jba-lon-orig.cnn/video/playlists/around-the-world/

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Both tremors in Kandy from the same epicentre (Video)

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News The Geological Survey and Mining Bureau says that they have observed that the epicenter of the tremor that occurred in the Pallekele area in Kandy this morning, and the previous tremors that occurred were located in the same place. Geologist Nalin de Silva, head of the team investigating the case, said the […]

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Sri Lankan alumni of China’s National Defense University form association

Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Maj.Gen (Rtd) Vijitha Ravipriya, currently Director General of Sri Lanka Customs elected as the association’s first President COLOMBO, July 31 (Xinhua): Sri Lanka-China mutual cooperation was emphasized at the inauguration of the country’s first-ever association for Sri Lankan alumni of the People’s Liberation Army National Defense University (PLA NDU) in Colombo on Thursday. Speaking […]

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Providing assistance to school meal programmes Japan donates 388 tonnes of canned fish to Sri Lanka, WFP United Nations World Food Programme.

Friday, July 31st, 2020

Courtesy The Daily News Director of Health and Nutrition at the Ministry of Education, Renuka Peiris; Charge d’Affaires ad interim of Japan to Sri Lanka, Kitamur Toshihiro; WFP Deputy Country Director of Sri Lanka, Andrea Berardo; Secretary of the Ministry of Education, N.H.M. Chitrananda; and Additional Secretary of School Activities at the Ministry of Education, […]

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Toddy tapping from Kithul trees not an offence to file a court case – Acting IGP

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News Acting IGP informs all police stations that Toddy tapping from Kithul trees, will no longer be an offence to file a court case.

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School holiday extended

Saturday, July 18th, 2020

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The ongoing interim school holiday has been extended by another week and the schools will be reopened for Grade 11, 12 and 13 students on July 27, the Education Ministry said today The week long school holiday declared during a sudden spike of Covid-19 transmissions earlier this month. The Director General […]

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Sri Lanka holds first wedding exhibition since COVID-19 outbreak

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

by Tang Lu and Jamila Najmuddin Courtesy NewsIn.Asia The “Wedding Boutique 2020” exhibition held in Colombo last weekend had many eye-catching and dazzling wedding products on display COLOMBO, July 12 (Xinhua) — Early Saturday, young Ranjani Gunatilake, who is planning her wedding in December, traveled to the Waters Edge resort in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo […]

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