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SriLankan crew creeps through barbed wire!

A video depicting the operating crew of a SriLankan Airlines flight from Madurai creeping through a barbed wire fence to gain access to their aircraft has been published by the 'Colombo Telegraph'.

Crew members also included the female cabin crew.

Independence Day celebration in Galle

The 69th Independence Day celebrations this year will be in Galle under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena with pomp and ceremony, Galle GA S.T. Kodikare said.

The GA disclosed this at the Galle District Coordinating Committee Meeting yesterday and requested the assistance of all state officials to make the event a success.

Wimal further remanded till Feb 07

National Freedom Front leader, Wimal Weerawansa was further remanded till February 7, by Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratna, a short while ago.

The MP was arrested for allegedly misusing 40 vehicles belonging to the State Engineering Corporation (SEC) while functioning as the Housing, Construction and Engineering Services Minister incurring a loss of Rs. 91 million to the government.

Muslim Boy Becomes Buddhist Monk in Dimbulagala

For the first time in the history of the Dimbulagala Forest Monastery, a seven-year-old Muslim boy has been ordained, said Chief Incumbent Millane Siriyalankara Thera.

The Thera said the mother of the boy was abroad and his father Hameed Ismail had brought him to the monastery.

Fasting Dasasil Matha has links with Pivituru Hela Urumaya

The Police have been informed that the Dasasil Matha who is staging a fast unto death near the Temple of the Tooth Relic, Kandy, has a connection with the Pivituru Hela Urumaya.

The Dasasil Matha who commenced the fast unto death on January 22 demanding the government to give up power had refused to reveal her identity.

Joint opposition is Not Our Enemy

Social Empowerment and Welfare Minister S. B. Dissanayake said he did not consider the group of Joint Opposition (JO) members in parliament as enemies.

He was speaking to the media after laying foundation stones to the Bemiya, Unantenne bridge in Hewaheta on January 21. Asked about JO plans to hold a separate rally on January 27, Minister Dissanayake said the JO was still a friendly and brotherly group and if they had planned a rally he would extend his blessings for their meeting.

Chandimal SL captain for 3rd T-20 with SA

Dinesh Chandimal will captain the Sri Lankan team for the third T-20 match against South Africa on Wednesday (25) as Angelo Mathews will be absent due to personal reasons, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced today.

“Prior to the tour Mathews had indicated that he would need time off on personal grounds. He has been granted permission to return home,” SLC said.

President commission for CB Bond issue

President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to appoint a Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry, this week, to investigate into the controversial Central Bank bond issue.

“I will appoint a Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry this week to investigate the Central Bank bond issue and recommend actions,” President tweeted.

CID to question Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

CID would soon interrogate former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on the murder of former Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunga, Police headquarters sources said yesterday.

The former defence secretary would be questioned on the matters transpired during the interrogation of former Army Commander and Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, who had been questioned by the CID last Friday for more than six hours, the sources said.

Two killed, 35 injured in Pasyala accident

Two killed, 33 injured in head-on collision in Nittambuwa
Two people have died following an accident involving a bus and a truck in Pasyala along the Colombo-Kandy main road early Monday morning.

According to the police, 35 people were injured in the accident.

The Police further noted that the vehicular movement along the Colombo-Kandy main road has been hampered as a result of the accident.

Tragedy in Mahaweli River

Three school boys who accompanied two other colleagues for a river bath near Dunhinda in Ethgala, Gampola on Saturday afternoon, drowned in the Mahaweli Ganga.

The dead were identified as Themiya Supun Navaratne and Chamika Sandeepa Navaratne of Ethgala and Gayan Amitha Bandara of Udagama.

The English vet saving Sri Lanka's street dogs

A vet has left behind her home in England to care for Sri Lanka's street dogs.

Janey Lowes from Barnard Castle, County Durham, has spent the past two years caring for the neglected animals. There are about three million street dogs on the island – about 60% of puppies born on the street do not survive to adulthood.