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The Kataragama Esala festival helps small-time vendors in the area to eke out a living. Here a village lass sells Kalu dodol, a local sweetmeat to travellers on the way to Kataragama. The festival, one of the most colourful events in the country will conclude with the water cutting ceremony on July 19. Pic: Sulochana Gamage

Salary increase: Stern action against errant companies

“The JVP and UNP trade unions demand for a public sector salary increase is purely a political slogan which reflects the frustration of the party and its support to the LTTE, a ruthless terrorist organisation”, Minister Athauda Seneviratne said.

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TMVP to attend APRC meeting

The All Party Representative Committee will meet next week, said Chairman APRC and Minister of Science and Technology Prof. Tissa Vitharana. He said that the TMVP nominee for Batticaloa Mayor Sivageetha Prabhakaran will attend the APRC meeting.

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Ready market for ‘Colombo cut’ gem stones in Europe

“Colombo cut” gem stones have found their way into the vocabulary of the international gem industry, said Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris, the chief guest at the Annual General Meeting of the Exporters Association of Sri Lanka recently.

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Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year:

All set for Mega Show

The stage is set for the country’s premier school cricket awards ceremony which has produced cricketing legends during the past 30 years. The 30th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Mega Show will be held on Thursday at 5.15 p.m. at the BMICH.

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Cairn India to invest $100m to explore oil

First barrel by 2010 - Fowzie:

Cairn India Ltd who bid for one block in Mannar will invest US$100 mn to explore oil. They will start work within the next six months and Petroleum Resource Minister A. H. M. Fowzie is optimistic of getting the first barrel of oil by 2010.

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