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Sunday, 16 January 2011


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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.



Intense floods have ravaged several districts in the country, leaving one million people homeless. The Batticaloa District in the Eastern Province bore the brunt of the raging floodwaters, which have made many areas inaccessible. With the Government stepping up relief efforts, Minister Johnston Fernando,
Deputy Ministers Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan and N.L.A.M. Hisbullah and MP Namal Rajapaksa visited the Batticaloa district yesterday to assess relief and rescue operations. Here they ride a tractor to reach an inundated village. Pic: Nishanka de Silva


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Economic damage estimated at US $ 500 million

Govt steps up relief efforts for flood victims

The Government has stepped up relief efforts as aid began pouring in from around the world for more than one million people affected by heavy floods in 16 districts. The floods have claimed 37 lives and the economic damage has been estimated at US$ 500 million.

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Prompt repairs to damaged highways

Highways Minister Nirmala Kotalawala yesterday assured that prompt action will be taken to repair all highways damaged due to heavy rains in the Eastern, Central and North Central Provinces as soon as dry weather conditions set in next month.

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LG polls won’t be postponed

Commenting on the request of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to defer the date of Local Government elections, an authoritative source of the Elections Department told the Sunday Observer that there is no provision in the Election Laws to comply with the request.

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Canada’s new asylum policy, a victory for Lanka

A new policy note introduced by Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board which processes asylum seekers' applications says “Meaningful changes in Sri Lanka suggest that Tamils - particularly young males - won’t be persecuted because of their social group or political opinions”.

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'Lanka needs more WB support'

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the US Jaliya Wickramasuriya called for World Bank (WB) support to implement the Government’s plans for reconciliation and economic expansion under the Mahinda Chintana Idiri Dakma.

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