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Sunday, 25 April 2010


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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.



Like father, like son: The maroon shawl (Kurahan Saatakaya) is an enduring political legacy as well as a powerful symbol which signifies the affinity between the rural masses and the Rajapaksa family, which has its roots in Medamulana in the deep South. The tradition was started by President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s father, the late Minister D.A. Rajapaksa. In a touching moment, President Rajapaksa presented a Kurahan Saatakaya to his eldest son Namal, just before he departed for Parliament to take oaths as a newly-elected MP on Thursday while First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa looks on. With his entry to Parliament, three generations have donned the unique shawl in the service of the nation and its people. Pic: Sudath Silva

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Mano Ganeshan disillusioned:

DPF campaign to block Tamil support for UNP

The Democratic People’s Front (DPF), which was denied a National List slot by the UNP led alliance - UNF, said that they have commenced a campaign against the UNP to prevent Tamils voting for the UNP, which has overlooked the minority representation in the new Parliament.

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Rukman calls for change in UNP leadership

It is time for the UNP leadership to be replaced with a leader such as Hambantota District MP Sajith Premadasa, said former Assistant Leader of the UNP Rukman Senanayake.

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Giant TV screens a hazard to motorists - CMC Commissioner

The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has expressed concern over the installation of giant television screens in the city of Colombo and called upon those responsible to remove them forthwith, as they cause accidents.

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Mervyn Silva, new Dy Minister for Media

Former Minister of Labour Dr. Mervyn Silva has been appointed Deputy Minister for Mass Media and Information in the new Cabinet. He contested from the Gampaha district and secured the third highest number of preferential votes for the UPFA.

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Keen tussle for Most Popular crowns

There has been tremendous enthusiasm in the final rounds of voting for the Observer-Mobitel Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contests. As the grand finale is fast approaching, there has been heavy voting.

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