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Ten killed in head-on collision in Mahiyanganaya

Ten people were killed and two others injured when a van they were travelling in collided head-on with a bus, near the Mahiyanganaya National College early this morning.

Police said the bus which was travelling from Trincomalee to Diyathalawa on the Mahiyanganaya-Badulla Main Road, had collided head-on with the van at around 1.30 this morning.

They said the driver of the van and eleven others were admitted to the Mahiyanganaya Hospital and ten of them have succumbed to their injuries.

Police said four men, three women and three children were among the deceased.

Actor Rayan Van Rooyan and four others deported from Dubai

Five more individuals including actor Rayan Van Rooyan, who were arrested along with drug kingpin Makandure Madush, were deported from Dubai last night, Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said.

He said the suspects arrived in the country at around 5.25 a.m today on the UL 226 flight. They were detained by the CID at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) for questioning, SP Gunasekera said.

Power crisis: Prez criticises PUCSL

President Maithripala Sirisena criticized the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) at yesterday's Cabinet meeting and stressed the need to sort out any misunderstanding the PUCSL had with the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB).

The President told the Cabinet that two government institutions could not quarrel in this manner and even threatened not to attend Cabinet meetings hereafter unless the CEB and the PUCSL settled their issue.

Rs.25,000 fine for seven traffic offences: Gazette notice issued

The gazette notification on increasing fines in connection with seven traffic offences to Rs.25,000 has been issued, the Transport Ministry said.

According to the gazette notification, the ministry will present the new traffic fines to parliament after amending the Motor Traffic Act.

"Violation of traffic rules and careless driving by drivers has resulted in several road accidents in present. Therefore, the proposal to the increase of the minimum fine which was Rs.2,500 was proposed in 2017 due to the increase of the accidents," the ministry said.

Nearly 49 per cent of Colombo’s water wasted due to leakages

Nearly 49 per cent of water supplied to Colombo is lost due to leakages in the distribution pipe system, incurring a considerable loss, Deputy General Manager of the Colombo Water Supply Service Project Eng. Abdul Rasheed said.

He also added that the project funded by the Asian Development Bank will ensure that 60 per cent of all pipes in Colombo are replaced.

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INTERPOL is deploying a team tomorrow (23rd) to Sri Lanka to assist the national authorities investigating the series of bomb attacks at churches and hotels which left nearly 300 dead and some 500 injured.Checks are already being made against the Organization’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents and nominal databases in order to identify potential investigative leads and international connections.

Deployed at the request of the Sri Lankan authorities, the Incident Response Team (IRT)…

The Colombo Stock Exchange in consultation with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka wishes to announce that trading and related market operations will resume from Tuesday the 23rd of April 2019. The pre-open session (Open Auction Call) on 23rd April 2019 will be from 9.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. and Regular Trading will commence at 10.30 a.m.