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Five women paratroopers, including an officer, who had followed her Basic Parachute Training in China, were among 101 officers and men of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF), Army, Navy and Special Task Force (STF), who passed out at the Sri Lanka Air Force Station in Ampara last week. SLAF Commander, Air Marshal Sumangala Dias was the chief guest at the ceremony, which marked the 41st basic parachute, free fall parachute, jump master and Special Airborne Force (SABF) courses. SLAF sky divers are pictured here in action during the ceremony.

SLPP-SLFP talks "conclude

on a positive note"

A SLFP delegation which held talks with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on reaching consensus on an electoral arrangement in connection with the forthcoming parliamentary polls ‘concluded on a positive note’, political sources said.

The delegation met with the President and the premier over two days, on February 18 and 19.

The SLFP delegation was headed by the party’s leader, Maithripala Sirisena and comprised seniors Dayasiri Jayasekara, Mahinda Amaraweera and Nimal Siripala de Silva. The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) was represented by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa,



Southern Expressway extension from Matara to Wetiya to be commissioned today


President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will inaugurate the Southern Expressway extension from Matara to Wetiya this afternoon. The section of the extension from Wetiya to Hambantota and Mattala via Andarawewa was commissioned on November 7, 2019.

The West’s Westlessness and Sri Lanka’s Restlessness


‘Westlessness’ was the theme at the annual Munich Security Conference that was held last week in Germany. The annual event is in its 57th year and for the first time a sense of desperation was semi-officially identified at the conference. T...

Sri Lanka banks trading at 10-yr low valuations: analysts


Sri Lankan banks are trading at ten year lows compared to their most recent earnings, with stronger profits expected in 2020, due to tax cuts and a pick up in credit growth, equities researchers said. "Compared to frontier and emerging...

Hasaranga stars as Sri Lanka clinch ODI thriller


A late cameo by Wanindu Hasaranga helped Sri Lanka pull off a thrilling chase to edge out West Indies by one wicket in the first one-day international on Saturday. Hasaranga, known for his leg-spin bowling, hit an unbeaten 42 after coming&...

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