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Sunday, 26 December 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.



They are still in our hearts...: The 2004 Boxing Day Indian Ocean tsunami spurred an outpouring of shock and grief around the world. Among the 40,000 people who perished in the disaster in Sri Lanka were foreign nationals who had visited the country to enjoy its famed hospitality. Here a group of foreigners passing through Peraliya, where nearly 1,500 commuters died when their train was pummeled by tsunami waves, take a moment to remember the victims of the catastrophe at the Tsunami Memorial. The Tharunyata Hetak organisation led by MP Namal Rajapaksa will conduct a special commemoration event at 9.40 a.m. today at the same venue.   
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Tourist arrivals to reach new peak next year

Sri Lanka will account for the second highest number of tourist arrivals in the South Asian region next year. With the ‘Visit Sri Lanka 2011’ initiative and co-hosting of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011, Sri Lanka anticipates over 725,000 arrivals which places the country ahead of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives.

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Focus on disaster mitigation

The National Safety Day celebrations in Jaffna today would deliver a strong message to the people in the North that the Government is always there with them to face any disaster situation, Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.

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Thousands affected by floods in East

Over 10,000 people in the Eastern Province have been severely affected due to the North and East Monsoon in the region. According to sources several low lying areas in the Province have gone under water.

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New subject streams for O/L, A/L students

In a move to introduce more vocational training-based subjects to the school curriculum, the Education Ministry is making arrangements to introduce a new subject stream to the Advanced Level and Ordinary Level examinations from next year.

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Remembering tsunami victims

The nation will observe two minutes’ silence today from 9.25 a.m. to 9.27 a.m. to remember those who died in the tsunami catastrophe on December 26, 2004. The National Safety Day is held to coincide with the event.

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