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Lankapuvath (National News Agency of Sri Lanka)
Type online
Country Sri Lanka
Availability National
Official website

Lankapuvath is Sri Lanka’s national and only news agency and is based in Colombo[1][2] and consists of five partners, national dailies and main national electronic media institutions.

The share holders of Lankapuvath are Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC), Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), Independent Television Network (ITN), and Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (ANCL) well known as the “Lake House”. It is managed by a Board of Directors composed of the Chairmen of above institutions.

Lankapuvath was established in 1978 as a result of an idea generated at the UNESCO. Lankapuvath has provided comprehensive coverage of Sri Lankan and foreign news for over 25 years, drawing on its network of over 30 countries worldwide, via an active link with the National News Agencies of the Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA Pool).

Lankapuvath distributes news and images via the Internet, TV, SMS and mobile phones. This output is supplemented by additional services aimed at catering to news requests from a demanding public.[clarification needed] Lankapuvath operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week and mainly targets over 2 million Sri Lankans living overseas.


  1. ^ Shrivastava, K. M. (2007). News Agencies from Pigeon to Internet. Sterling Publishers. p. 214. ISBN 1932705678. Retrieved September 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ Mickolus, Edward F.; Simmons, Susan L. Terrorism, 1992-1995: A Chronology of Events and a Selectively Annotated Bibliography. ABC-CLIO. p. 397. ISBN 0313304688. Retrieved September 21, 2015. 

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