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Annual Bus fares rise, minimum fare Rs. 40!

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has given permission to increase bus fares by 22 percent with effect from midnight today.

30 June, 2022 | 09:06 a.m.

Why a Russian plane is detained in Sri Lanka

The flight, scheduled to depart from Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport to Moscow on June 2 with 191 passengers and 13 crew members, was not allowed to depart due to an enjoining order.

05 June, 2022 | 20:37 p.m.

Rare honour for Sri Lanka; Dr. Pethiyagoda wins Linnean Medal (considered to be the Nobel Prize for Naturalists) for Zoology

The Linnean Medal was awarded at a London ceremony to the first Sri Lankan possibly the 2nd Asian in its history: since 1888, the medal has been given annually to a botanist or a zoologist, or to one of each, in the same...

28 May, 2022 | 05:47 a.m.

Sri Lanka gets ready to go Crypto

Sri Lanka’s cabinet has issued a go-ahead to form a committee that will oversee a possible venture into digital banking, blockchain, and crypto mining solutions.

09 October, 2021 | 07:01 a.m.

A new report by the Institute of Development Studies, a UK-based think tank, has placed Sri Lanka as the 5th poorest country in the world in terms of food affordability

The report, which was compiled through a publicly available global cost-of-living database, Numbeo, was used in creating a ‘cost of food basics’ analysis that compares the monthly minimum recommended spend on food per ad...

06 August, 2021 | 09:42 a.m.
Colombo Stock Exchange

Expolanka posts record breaking 259% YoY growth in Group PAT up to Rs. 6.3 bn Q1 performance

Expolanka Holdings PLC, delivered another record-breaking performance during the quarter ended 30 June 2021 (Q121). Group revenue recorded a remarkable 165% Year-on-Year (YoY) expansion to reach Rs. 95.7 billion resultin...

02 August, 2021 | 19:15 p.m.

World’s largest star sapphire cluster found in Sri Lankan backyard

A star sapphire cluster worth up to $100million has been discovered in a Sri Lankan man's backyard by workmen who were digging a well.

28 July, 2021 | 00:02 a.m.
Colombo Stock Exchange

Second phase of CSE digitalization begins

The second phase of the Colombo Stock Exchange digitalization process was launched recently at the Presidential Secretariat under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

02 August, 2021 | 07:36 a.m.

Spotify will be available in 85 new markets including Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh

Over the next few days, Spotify will be launching its service in 85 new markets, and will also roll out 36 new languages on the platform. The news was announced at its online event, “Stream On” Monday (22).

23 July, 2021 | 20:03 p.m.
International Reports

Sri Lanka ranks 94th among 180 countries in Corruption Perception Index 2020

Sri Lanka is the 94th least corrupt nation out of 180 countries, according to the 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International.

29 January, 2021 | 14:04 p.m.

GameStop short squeeze: Beating Wall Street at Its Own Game

The struggling video game retailer GameStop is suddenly one of the hottest stocks thanks to a group of Reddit users looking to take on the financial elite.

28 January, 2021 | 11:25 a.m.

Countries with best Covid-19 response: Sri Lanka 10th

A new analysis by Australian think tank the Lowy Institute has found that New Zealand has handled the coronavirus pandemic more effectively than any other country in the world. The study assesses the coronavirus response...

28 January, 2021 | 04:41 a.m.

Dimuth out; Chandimal to lead Sri Lanka in the first Test?

Sri Lanka's former test captain Dinesh Chandimal to lead Sri Lanka in the First test vs England. Sri Lanka's skipper Dimuth Karunarathne ruled out from the first test due to thumb injury.

14 January, 2021 | 03:32 a.m.
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's oldest female aged 117 years dies

Sri Lanka's oldest female Velu Pappani aged 117 years from Dodangoda dies at the Nagoda Hospital today

29 December, 2020 | 16:55 p.m.

BCCI approves 10 team IPL for 2022 with 94 Games

A 10-team IPL will mean 94 games and a two-and-half month window which can throw the international calender into disarray.

25 December, 2020 | 05:29 a.m.

Sri Lanka vs Cricket South Africa Invitation XI practice match POSTPONED?

Sri Lanka supposed to play their first tour game in South Africa today (20/12/2020) vs Cricket South Africa Invitation XI. But according to @ESPNcricinfo the game is postponed.

20 December, 2020 | 08:26 a.m.

Mathews accepts test bowling days are over

Mathews has played 86 Tests for Sri Lanka and he bowled in 81 innings of those matches. He has taken 33 wickets with an average of 52.88. Mathews' line and length & accurate bowling could have been huge assets for Sri La...

08 December, 2020 | 15:40 p.m.

SLC to stage a T10 league in February 2021

With the Lanka Premier League (LPL) being held successfully, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is now planning to host a national T10 league in February next year. The tournament which is named “Lanka T10 Super League” will be pla...

06 December, 2020 | 16:02 p.m.
Cyclone Burevi

Cyclone Burevi to cross Sri Lanka TOMORROW: Rainfall above 200mm expected

Burevi will be the fifth cyclone over the North Indian Ocean this year, after Amphan, Nisarga, Gati, and Nivar. Cyclone expected to reach a maximum intensity of 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph. Very heavy rainfall above 20...

01 December, 2020 | 17:22 p.m.

Scotland first in the world to make sanitary products free

While our women in the parliament trying to connect alleged 15% tax increase on sanitary products to the National Security. Scotland became the first country in the world to make tampons and pads free.

27 November, 2020 | 14:23 p.m.
US Election 2020

Sri Lanka is hopeful but sceptical about a Biden presidency

Experts say the U.S. is keen on deepening ties in Asia, but Colombo needs to explore new interactions at the highest levels, both at the White House and on Capitol

24 November, 2020 | 07:03 a.m.

Five overseas players including Russell, Faf and Miller pull out of Lanka Premier League

Five foreign players, including Andre Russell, Faf du Plessis and David Miller have withdrawn from the Lanka Premier League (LPL) less than a week after they were drafted into franchise teams.

26 October, 2020 | 16:19 p.m.
Sports & Cricket

LPL Player draft - FINAL TEAMS

The big news from the draft is that Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, David Malan, Carlos Brathwaite, Dawid Malan and Shahid Afridi are all set to be involved, provided they get through their quar...

19 October, 2020 | 15:58 p.m.
Sports & Cricket

LPL Players Draft: Updating Story

The ‘Player Draft’ of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) is currently being held through zoom technology. Colombo Kings, Dambulla Hawks, Galle Gladiators, Jaffna Stallions, Kandy Tuskers are the confirmed teams.

19 October, 2020 | 18:38 p.m.
International Recognitions

Sri Lankan Professor "Ranga Dias" introduces World's First Room Temperature Superconductor

It’s here: Scientists have reported the discovery of the first room-temperature superconductor, after more than a century of waiting. Physicist Ranga Dias at the University of Rochester in New York, along with Salamat an...

15 October, 2020 | 03:00 a.m.