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Strict procedures for social media

Strict procedures will be adopted in connection with the social media websites after President Maithripala Sirisena 's visit to India and Japan, Minister of Fisheries and State Minister of Mahaweli Mahinda Amaraweera said.

Explaining the government position on social media in response to the journalists’ enquiries, the Minister stated government was considering the introduction of laws and regulations to impose certain restriction on social media,

Five drown at Nilaveli

Five persons including four children died from drowning when their canoe capsized in the Periyakulam tank in Nilaveli yesterday morning.

The victims had gone to the tank at around 11. a.m. in a canoe to collect lotus leaves for a religious ceremony to be held at the Kovil when the tragedy occured.

Tension in Ampara town

Four shops and a place of religious worship were damaged and three people injured in a clash between two groups in Ampara town and is said to have flared up after some tablets were allegedly found in a meal served by a wayside restaurant to a customer.

The incident had first taken place at the restaurant in the vicinity of temple junction in Ampara on Monday night and the officers of the Ampara Police had come to the scene and launched investigations.

SL family allowed to stay in NZ

A Sri Lankan family who won the support of the Queenstown community in their fight against deportation have been given a reprieve and they will be allowed to stay in New Zealand for another year, the New Zealand Herald reported today.

Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker has been supporting the family, Dinesha Amarasinghe, Sam Wijerathne and their three boys Senath, Subath and Binath.

SL beat Bangladesh by 6 wickets

Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by six wickets to go 1-0 up in the two-match T20 series. After opting to bat, the hosts rode on fifties from Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim to post 193/5. In reply, fiery knocks from Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka and Thisara Perera helped Sri Lanka seal the deal with 20 balls remaining.

At the halfway stage, Bangladesh would have felt that they have found their mojo back, having lost the Test series. However, all the good work done by their batsmen was undone in a jiffy through blistering knocks of Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka - a 53-run stand inside five overs of play.

Arjun Aloysius, Palisena remanded

Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) owner Arjun Aloysius and PTL CEO Kasun Palisena,, who were arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) this morning, were remanded until Monday (5) by the Fort Magistrate Court a short while ago.

CID officials have recorded statements from the both suspects for over 12 hours in connection with the Central Bank Bond case.

President voids liquor Gazette

President Maithripala Sirisena said today that he had instructed the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister to cancel the Gazette notifications issued revoking the prohibition of selling liquor to females and the time extensions on liquor shops.

Addressing a public meeting in Agalawatte, he stated that he was informed about the two Gazette notifications issued allowing selling liquor to females and female employment in liquor shops and time extensions via the media.

President’s term is only five years- SC

The Supreme Court has communicated to the Presidential Secretariat that President Maithripala Sirisena’s term was only five years, it is learnt.

Last week the President had made a reference to the Supreme Court seeking its opinion whether he could serve up to six years.