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Sunday, 6 December 2009


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President to address ACD Summit today

[October 09 2016]

President Maithripala Sirisena is in Thailand making a three-day official visit and attending the second Asia Cooperation Dialogue Summit. The Dialogue Summit that brings together 34 nations in the Asian region takes place from October 8 -10 in Bangkok under the theme "One Asia, Diverse Strength".


Sri Lanka, Iran revive trade agreements

[October 09 2016]

Official level discussions have commenced between Sri Lanka and Iran on reviving trade agreements that were signed between the two countries and will be put into operation soon after ironing out technicalities, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Rishad Bathiudeen said.


SAARC summit put off

[October 02 2016]

Pakistan on Friday (September 30) officially postponed the 19th SAARC Summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad on November 9 and 10. A new set of dates for holding the Summit will be announced soon through the Chair of SAARC (Nepal), reports said.


Reservoir water levels drop, authorities warn of drastic measures

[October 02 2016]

Due to the prevailing drought, water levels of the main reservoirs have dropped to half its capacity, with authorities warning that drastic measures may need to be taken if water is to be continuously released from the reservoirs for power generation.


Dengue Prevention Week

[September 25 2016]

To avert a possible dengue outbreak in the next three months, when the number of mosquito breeding sites are likely to surge with the monsoon rains, the Dengue Control Unit of the Health Ministry will launch an island-wide Dengue Control Week starting on Tuesday, September 27 to Monday, October 3.


Sir Richard Jolly to visit Sri Lanka

[September 25 2016]

Sir Richard Jolly, former Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF, and Special Adviser to the Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (1996 to 2000), and Principal Coordinator of the widely-acclaimed Human Development Report will deliver a lecture on, “Development: Can Sri Lanka be a model for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs)?” on September 28 at 5 pm at the BMICH Committee Room D, on the invitation of the Gamani Corea Foundation.


Charith joins elite band

[September 25 2016]

Richmondite Charith Asalanka joined the elite band of school cricketers by winning the coveted Schoolboy Cricketer Of The Year 2016 title for the second year in succession emulating the feats of former Sri Lankan greats Arjuna Ranatunga, 1980/82' ( Ananda) Roshan Mahanama, 1983/84'(Nalanda) Thilan Samaraweera 1994/95' ( Ananda) 'Lahiru Peiris 2004/2005 (St.Peter's) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa 2010'2011 (Royal) who had also won the award twice .


Mahela at Schoolboy Cricketer Awards

[September 18 2016]

Cricketing legend and former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene will grace the occasion at the 38th Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year awards night scheduled to take place at the Galadari Hotel on September 20.


Errant sugar traders warned

[September 18 2016]

Stern action will be taken against traders who sell sugar above the controlled price of Rs. 95. Instructions have been given to the relevant authorities to launch island-wide search operations, a press communique from the Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake said.


No immediate power cuts

[September 18 2016]

Refuting speculations, Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said, no decision has been taken to impose power cuts on account of the current dry spell in the country.



Army women fly high: For the first time in the history of Sri Lanka Army, three women paratroopers passed out last Friday. Here the three women para-troopers after their jump - Captain Samangi Vidhanage, Corporal R.A.N. Hemanthi and Corporal Kalyani Kahawala of the Women’s Corp at the passing out parade held at the Sri Lanka Air Force Base in Uhana, Ampara.


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Rupavahini, ITN staffers injured:

Media groups, HR orgs. condemn attack:

TV crew assaulted at UNP convention


An unidentified group of men set upon ITN journalists who went to cover the United National Front meeting at Welisara. Five journalists including cameramen from the Independent Television Network (ITN) covering the special political convention of the United National Front at the Nawaloka Grounds, Welisara were set upon by a group of UNF political supporters and attacked, Police sources told the `Sunday Observer.’

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Many popular senior UNPers in the party, says Johnston Fernando:

UNP heavyweights willing to contest Presidential poll

A big split in the United National Party is imminent. UNP National Organiser, S. B. Dissanayake, Kurunegala District Parliamentarian Johnston Fernando, former CMC Deputy Mayor Azath Sally and senior members of the party were absent at the UNP convention at the Nawaloka grounds, Mahabage, Welisara yesterday.

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TNA to decide on talks with UPFA

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will meet tomorrow to discuss the invitation extended by the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) for talks over the forthcoming Presidential polls, according to TNA Parliamentarian Suresh K. Premachandran.

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EPDP to support President

The Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) has decided to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the forthcoming Presidential poll. EPDP General Secretary and Minister of Social Services Douglas Devananda told a media briefing in Colombo on Friday that the party will support President Rajapaksa at the Presidential poll.

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Women paratroopers fly high in the Army

For the first time in the history of the Sri Lanka Army a woman officer and two women soldiers passed out as paratroopers and made their first aerial jump at the Sri Lanka Air Force Base in Uhana, Ampara on Friday. Capt M.N.S. Vidanage of the Fourth battalion of the Women’s Corp, Coporal R.A.N. Hemanthi of the Third Battalion and Corporal K.S. Kahawala of the Fourth Battalion of the Women’s Corp passed out as Paratroopers successfully completing the 52 Basic Parachute Course conducted at the Sri Lanka Air Force Base in Uhana, Ampara.

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