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The passenger boat service operating on the Beira Lake from Union Place to Colombo Fort has been launched under the patronage of PM Ranil Wickremesinghe a short while ago.The boat service, which was proposed as a solution for the heavy traffic congestion in the city, is managed by the Sri Lanka Land Development Corporation (SLLDC).The passengers will be given the opportunity to utilize the boat service free-of-charge for one month since commencement.Estimated time of commuting between…

Work on the second phase of the Central Expressway would be completed by January next year, Highways and Road Development Minister Kabir Hashim said yesterday.He told parliament that construction of the second phase was carried out by a local contractor and that 80 per cent of the work had been completed."It was scheduled to complete the construction by August. But they will complete it by January next year," he said.

The Minister said construction of the first and third phases had…

Windy condition over the island, particularly in Northern, North-central, North-western provinces and in Trincomalee, Hambantota districts up to 50 kmph at times and the showery condition in South-western part of the island is expected to enhance to some extent. Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Western, Central, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, North-western and Northern provinces. Several spells of showers may occur in Anuradhapura and Badulla districts. Showers or thundershowers…

Sri Lanka's external sector strengthened further in June 2019 with a marked contraction in the trade deficit as imports declined and exports increased, the Central Bank reported Tuesday in its External Sector Performance review for the month.In June 2019, the trade deficit narrowed to US dollars 316 million, the lowest since October 2010.

The considerable reduction in the trade deficit in June 2019 was attributed to a notable decline in year-on-year (YOY) import expenditure by 23.1…

The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the proposal to amend the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act.The proposal was tabled by Minister of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs Abdul Haleem and Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Atukorale. On the 15th of July, Sri Lanka’s Muslim parliamentarians handed over a proposal to Minister of Justice Thalatha Atukorale today (15) regarding the amendments required to be made to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act.

During a recent…

The Indian Coast Guard held a High-Level Meeting with the Sri Lanka Coast Guard at Coast Guard Headquarters in New Delhi Tuesday and discussed a range of maritime security issues.The Indian side was led by Director General, Coast Guard K Natarajan, while the Sri Lankan delegation was headed by Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunge, the Indian Ministry of Defense statement said.

The meeting took place under the provisions of the MoU signed between the two sides for the establishment of a…

The rocket weighs as much as a fully-loaded jumbo jetIndia's second lunar exploration mission has entered the Moon's orbit, nearly a month after blasting off, officials have said.Chandrayaan-2 began its orbit of the Moon at 09:02 local time (04:32 GMT) on Tuesday.The craft completed the manoeuvre in around 30 minutes, the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) said.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the mission as "an important step in the landmark journey".K Sivan, head…

New Zealand will be without their star man and skipper Kane Williamson for the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka, that begins on September 1 in Pallekele following the conclusion of the Test series.The selectors have opted to rest Williamson and seamer Trent Boult with Tim Southee named captain. Southee played just a solitary ODI in the World Cup but returned to the playing XI for the first Test recently that his side lost.

“Kane and Trent played an enormous role in our…

he Boxing Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) is in the process of aligning boxers, coaches, referees and specially administrators to focus on winning at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.“This is as per the new strategic initiative of BASL president Dian Gomes,” said BASL vice president Col (retd) Hemantha Weerasinghe .Sri Lanka’s participation at the inaugural ASBC Asian Schoolboys Boxing Championship in Kuwait is the first step in the BASL’s long-term objective of reaping success in the Paris…

The Boxing Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) is in the process of aligning boxers, coaches, referees and specially administrators to focus on winning at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.“This is as per the new strategic initiative of BASL president Dian Gomes,” said BASL vice president Col (retd) Hemantha Weerasinghe.

Sri Lanka’s participation at the inaugural ASBC Asian Schoolboys Boxing Championship in Kuwait is the first step in the BASL’s long-term objective of reaping success in…