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Singer Roy Peiris passes away

Popular singer Roy Peiris passed away at the Negombo Hospital this morning, hospital sources said.

‘Ma Dase Wedana, Oba Nasu Kathawak, Hada Sagare and Adara Samarum were among his popular songs.

Trump sworn in as 45th President of USA

Donald John Trump was sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States, taking office on a day that has featured smaller crowds and more subdued ceremony than previous inaugurations — but still ushers in a transformative shift in the country’s leadership.

Trump, 70, was administered the oath by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. His wife Melania Trump stood at his side. The oath was given using two Bibles — one from President Lincoln’s inauguration, and another that Trump’s mother gave him in 1955.

Cabinet approval sought to legalize abortions

Cabinet approval has been sought to legalize abortions in the instances of rape and incest, underage pregnancies (pregnancy occurring in a girl below 16) and serious foetal impairment, it is learnt.

For this purpose, the government is seeking to draft separate legislations as amendments to the Penal Code and to the Code of Criminal Procedure Act to provide for it.

Sobitha Thera’s vehicle missing?

A complaint has been lodged with the Mirihana Police that the luxury vehicle used by late Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera, the former Chief Incumbent of Sri Naga Viharaya in Kotte, had gone missing.

The complainants had said in the complaint that they received information that the missing vehicle was being used as a wedding car at a hotel in Beruwala on Tuesday but they could not locate it at the hotel.

Sarath Kumara Gunaratne granted bail

Former deputy minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne was released on bail by Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara today.

He was released on a cash bail of Rs. 25,000 with two sureties of Rs. one million each.

He was arrested by the CID on charges of misappropriating Rs.12 million belonging to the Negombo Fisheries Harbour Corporation.

SL Army Soldier Saves Two Lives in Point Pedro

The presence of mind and the timely course of action, taken by Corporal M.D Sunil of 19 Battalion Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (19 SLSR) serving the 551 Brigade of the Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J), spared the lives of both Police Constable Mr. Sri Kanthan Krishnavel (32) of Mattakkuliya Police Station and the fish monger, Mr Sudarshan (31) who were sinking in the deep sea off Point Pedro beach on Monday (16).

Two kidney patients ties the knot

KANDY: Two families of Dehiattakandiya and Kandy enjoyed the wedding yesterday of two of their youth, who had both undergone kidney transplants.

The both the bride and the bridegroom have undergone kidney transplants at the Kandy General Hospital.

SLC Top Brass back Angelo Mathews

Sri Lanka Cricket president Thilanga Sumathipala said that Angelo Mathews’ captaincy will remain until the 2019 ODI World Cup despite criticisms after Sri Lanka’s recent 3-0 Test series defeat in South Africa.

Addressing a media conference at SLC headquarters yesterday Sumathipala affirmed that this was the opinion shared by the national selection committee headed by former captain Sanath Jayasuriya.

Indo - Lanka accord on Trinco port soon

India and Sri Lanka will soon be finalising an accord to take New Delhi’s help to develop Trincomalee Port in the East of the Island nation, a move seen as Colombo’s attempt at fine balancing India and China, The New Indian Express reported yesterday

The New Indian Express report posted on Jan. 18: " China has pumped in money to develop the Hambantota port in the South and is now said to be investing in Colombo port causing much discomfort in India that sees the Indian Ocean Region as its area of influence.

Dead woman returns after 26 years

A woman who had allegedly gone missing during the 1988 - 89 insurrection in Sri Lanka, had returned to her home in Gampola. She said that she was made to slave at a house after her husband was abducted and killed by three men masked men.

Padma Kumari said that she was 18-years-old, when the incident took place. Later, she had returned to her parents house in Gampola after her husband’s final rites.

Alibaba Interested In Sri Lanka For E-Commerce

Chinese e-Commerce company Alibaba has showed a keen interest to investing in Sri Lanka and to build an e-Commerce platform to further promote it’s on-line business ventures, Ministry of Finance said in a ststement.

Founder and Chairman of Alibaba e-Commerce company, Jack Ma, has expressed his interest during a meeting with Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake yesterday, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum.

Omanthai Camp not Moved – Army

There is no truth in reports that the Omanthai Army Camp has been removed, military Spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne said yesterday.

He added that 18 acres of land near the camp were handed over to the Vavuniya District Secretary.