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Search for S Korea ferry passengers
Emergency services continue to search overnight for almost 300 people unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people sank off South Korea.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:29:47 GMT
-Wage rises catch up with inflation
After nearly six years of falling real wages, rises in weekly earnings have finally caught up with inflation, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:35:12 GMT
-UK unemployment rate falls to 6.9%
The number of people out of work in the UK has fallen by 77,000 to a five year low of 2.24 million in the three months to February, official figures indicate.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:16:20 GMT
-Ukraine military column 'disarmed'
Ukraine's defence ministry says six of its armoured vehicles have been seized by pro-Russian militants, amid mounting tension in eastern Ukraine.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:24:05 GMT
-Two killed in M26 five-vehicle crash
Two people are killed - and seven others are taken to hospital - after a five-vehicle crash which closed the M26 in both directions.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:35:04 GMT
-First Heartbleed hacker arrested
A 19-year-old Canadian citizen is charged with hacking into the Canada Revenue Agency's website, becoming the first arrest in relation to the Heartbleed security breach.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:22:05 GMT
-Virgin apologises for email glitch
Virgin Media has apologised after some of its customers received hundreds of unwanted emails because of a distribution list error.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:29:58 GMT
-Coulson 'heard Blunkett voicemails'
Ex-editor Andy Coulson reveals in court for the first time he did listen to private voicemail messages relating to former home secretary David Blunkett.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:20:51 GMT
-Iraqi murder claims a 'conspiracy'
Allegations that 20 Iraqis were murdered by British troops in 2004 were the result of a "conspiracy" to pervert the course of justice, the UK claims.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:54:23 GMT
-Primary places revealed amid squeeze
A teachers' leader says there is a growing crisis over places at primary schools as parents discover which their children will attend.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:26:57 GMT
-Marathon runner's family 'shocked'
The family of a runner who died after completing the London Marathon thank the public for their support.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:59:42 GMT
-PM: Be confident about Christianity
Britons should be "more confident about our status as a Christian country", Prime Minister David Cameron says.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:45:26 GMT
-Brazil troops guard strike-hit Bahia
Brazil sends thousands of federal troops to maintain order in the north-eastern state of Bahia after police there went on strike over pay.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:31:01 GMT
-Row erupts over removed Banksy work
A row breaks out over the ownership of a work of art by "guerrilla artist" Banksy after it was taken from a Bristol street.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:02:23 GMT
-Beard trend 'guided by evolution'
The boom and bust of men's beard fashions may mirror Darwinian selection, scientists say.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:56:03 GMT
-Manchester City 2-2 Sunderland
Manchester City drop points in the title race but they recover from a goal down to salvage a late draw with Sunderland.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:49:37 GMT
-Everton 2-3 Crystal Palace
Everton hand the initiative back to Arsenal in the race for fourth as they suffer a surprise 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:47:47 GMT
-The inside story of Lara's record 375
How Brian Lara's world record innings against England in Antigua unfolded - from those who witnessed it first hand
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:02:09 GMT
-VIDEO: Glory and agony - a Chinese GP guide
BBC Sport's Ben Edwards previews the 11th Chinese Grand Prix, running at the Shanghai International Circuit this Sunday.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:27:10 GMT
-England World Cup contenders - Carter
England will be major contenders for World Cup 2015 and a win in New Zealand this summer is possible, says Dan Carter.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:10:59 GMT
-Google shares drop 5% on income fears
Shares in Google fall 5% despite a 32% rise in first-quarter profit in response to worries over future income from advertising.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:51:03 GMT
-VIDEO: Price war sees Tesco profits fall 6.9%
Tesco has reported a 6.9% fall in group trading annual profit to £3.3bn as it continues to lose market share to discount rivals.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:41:52 GMT
-Veteran MP Mitchell to step down
Veteran Labour MP Austin Mitchell says he will step down at the next general election.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:42:12 GMT
-AUDIO: Farage: Expenses complaint 'outrageous'
Nigel Farage reacts to a complaint about how he has used his "general expenditure allowance" from the EU.
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:27:28 GMT
-Warning over bowel cancer screening
Bowel cancer screening uptake needs to improve, campaigners say, after figures showed just half of people eligible in England come forward for the test.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:24:59 GMT
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Prelate to take to the streets against ‘Bim Saviya’ Act
Maha Nayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter, most Venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thera, said today he and the Maha Sangha were ready to take to the streets, unless the Government amends the Bim Saviya Land Registration Act immediately.

-Another complaint against Ven. Gnanasara Thera
A complaint has been made to the Slave Island Police against the statement made to the media by the Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera on April 12.

-Sonia raises Rajiv Gandhi's killing
Dismissing as "false propaganda" that Congress was not concerned about Tamils in Sri Lanka, Sonia Gandhi today raised the emotional issue of her husband Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, saying the former prime minister sacrificed his life "fighting" for them

-Hakeem discusses law faculty admission with Mahanayake
Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem visited the Mahanayake Thera of Malwathu Chapter today and had a discussion on the issue of admission of students to the Law Faculty of the Colombo University

-Four Macaws escape from President’s House
Four Macaw parrots that were reared at the President’s House in Colombo have escaped from their cage today, President’s Media division said. People are asked to inform of any information about the missing parrots to Mayura Perera on 0777 535 377.
-Hyderabad police investigating SL kidney racket
Hyderabad city police are investigating into allegations of a Colombo-based kidney racket in which a youngster from Hyderabad lost a life

-Video: Mervyn is a patriot says BBS
The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation today hailed Minister Mervyn Silva as a genuine patriot and was much better than other ministers
-Audio: Web purchase: NDA to set up monitoring body
The Director of the National Drugs Authority Dr. Hemantha Benaragama warned Lankans not to purchase medicines, especially drugs that were purported to enhance sexual performance over the internet
-Video: Proper procedures not adhered to in pardoning PSD personnel: UNP
The presidential pardon for those found guilty by the High Court of harassing popular artistes Rukantha Gunatilleka and Chandraleka Perera is improper as the procedures for such a pardon has not been followed, United National Party (UNP) MP Ajith Perera said today
-Video: 2 dead, 104 missing in ferry sinking off South Korea coast
Rescue boats and helicopters scrambled to pluck hundreds of passengers, most of them high school students, from a passenger ferry as it listed and slow sank off the southwest coast of South Korea on Wednesday
-Ferry with 450 people on board sinking off South Korea
A South Korean ship, with hundreds passengers on board, is sinking off the country's southwestern coast, CNN affiliate YTN has reported.

-Sharma expresses disappointment
Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has expressed his disappointment over the decision taken by Canada to suspend funding to the Commonwealth

-UNP starts appraisal process
The main opposition UNP has already begun discussions with party organizers in areas where the recent provincial council elections were held, in a bid to evaluate their performances, party chairman and Leadership Council member Kabir Hashim said today
-Fmr Weligama PS member remanded
A former Weligama Pradeshiya Sabha member alleged to have shot and wounded two men during a clash on New Year day in the Kamburugamuwa Garaduwa area was remanded till April 28 by Matara Acting Magistrate Upali Ranasinghe

-25 hospitalised in bus collision
At least 25 passengers were injured when the buses they were travelling in collided on the Hatton-Norwood Road, a short while ago

-Biswal tweets hailing Solheim
US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Nisha Biswal, in a tweet said that she was impressed more by Eric Solheim's “care and concern for all Sri Lankans” than his knowledge of Sri Lanka.
-SL to provide counselling to kin of war missing
A government-appointed panel probing the cases of thousands of missing people during the nearly three-decade-long war with the LTTE will provide counselling to the kin of those disappeared, an official said today

-Video: Mini-sub to make more search attempts for MH370
The unmanned submarine hunting for wreckage of the missing Malaysian jet MH370 will make a second attempt on Tuesday after aborting its first search mission as it encountered water deeper than its operating limits while scanning the floor of the southern Indian Ocean

-149 arrested for drunk driving
A total of 149 people had been arrested across the country for driving under the influence of liquor (DUI) during the past 24 hours, the Police said.
The arrests were made between 6 a.m. yesterday (14) to 6 a.m. today

-Two Chinese arrested in Pooneryn
Two Chinese were arrested at Pooneryn in Vavuniya on charges of having overstayed their visas and police said that during their stay in the country they had been involved in selling imitation jewellery claiming they were made out of gold
-Indian forces took part in SL war: Plea
A PIL filed in the Supreme Court has said Indian military personnel took direct part in the war in 2009, and that some were even injured in the battle

-OHCHR will commence assessing the evidence on SL-UK
Britain said that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will now begin the process of establishing an investigation and assessing the evidence regarding Sri Lanka. 

-Canada cuts C'wealth funding over SL woes
Canada will suspend funding to the Commonwealth while the chair of the secretariat is occupied by Sri Lanka because of human rights concerns.

-TN gives go ahead for fishermen talks in SL next month
Tamil Nadu Government today gave its nod for Sri Lanka's proposal for holding the next round of fishermen level talks in Colombo on May 12 and 13 on the contentious issue of fishing rights in Palk Straits. 

-Tamil self-immolator shows recovery signs
A Sri Lankan Tamil man who doused himself with petrol and set himself alight after being refused settlement in Australia is showing signs of recovery.
But he faces a long stint in hospital before his expected deportation.

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