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Italy school bus set ablaze with 51 children

Senegalese man abducted 51 children when he hijacked an Italian school bus and set the vehicle alight in a protest over migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.

Ousseynou Sy, originally Senegalese but with Italian citizenship, stopped the bus he was driving, with two classes of high school students on board. 

He was said to have ordered the children's hands to be bound and threatened to kill them and himself during the drive, before setting the vehicle on fire when he was stopped by a police blockade today.

රංගන ශිල්පී රොෂාන් පිලපිටිය, බිරිඳ රිද්මා සමගින් 44වන උපන්දිනය සැමරූ හැටි

රංගන ශිල්පී රොෂාන් පිලපිටියගේ 44 වන උපන්දිනය අද දිනට යෙදී තිබෙනවා.


ඒ වෙනුවෙන් ඔහුගේ බිරිඳ රිද්මා පිලපිටිය ඔහුව පුදුම කරවමින් උපන්දින සාදයක් පැවැත්වුවේ සිය මුහුණු පොතටද එය එක්කරමිනුයි.


තවද "මගේ හුස්ම ටිකට නිදුක් නීරෝගී වාසනාවන්ත සුභම සුභ උපන්දිනයක් වේවා" යනුවෙන් සටහනක් තබමින් ඇය සිය සුබ පැතුම එක්කර තිබුණා.


රොෂාන් පිලපිටියට මුහුණු පොතේ ගිණුමක් නොමැති නිසා ඔහුගේ මිතුරු මිතුරියන් රිද්මාගේ මුහුණු පොතට සිය සුබ පැතුම් එක්කර තිබුණු අයුරුද දක්නට ලැබුණා.


Ministers using cocaine: Ranjan undertook a govt. contract - Gammanpila

While claiming that State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake’s recent remarks on cocaine being used by several ministers, were baseless, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) Leader Udaya Gammanpila said it was a contract given by the Government to the State Minister.

Addressing a news briefing yesterday, he said it was done with the motive of diverting the attention of the people and preventing authorities from attending to their respective work.

Road accident claims four lives, injures eleven

Four people were killed and another eleven injured when a van and a tipper collided head-on at Nagavilluwa, Puttalam on the Puttalam – Colombo Main Road in the early hours of today, police said.

They said the van was travelling from Jaffna to Colombo and the tipper had come from the opposite side.

The drive of the tipper has been arrested in connection with the accident.


Veteran fast bowler and one-day captain of Sri Lanka Lasith Malinga has been given permission by Sri Lanka Cricket to play in the ongoing IPL for Mumbai Indians but the final choice lies with him whether he wants to play in India or in the SLC provincial 50-over tournament which is being used as a guideline for World Cup selection.

Malinga who led Sri Lanka in the ODI and T20I series is due to return from South Africa today with the rest of the team and chief selector Ashantha de Mel…

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said the government conceptually empowers women economically, politically, socially with a view to lift them to upper level. The Prime Minister made these remarks while addressing an awareness programme for women entrepreneurs of Samudhy families today in Colombo. The programme, which conducted under the theme “Dhanabhimani” was organised by the Samurdhy Development Department with the assistance of Primary Industries and Social Empowerment Ministry.