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Sunday, 13 February 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.



A Higher Education Fund for students who have excelled at the GCE A/L examination in all nine provinces was set up on Friday at Temple Trees under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and with the participation of the Chief Ministers. They also briefed the President on development activities in their areas. Here the President and the Chief Ministers engage in an informal discussion while walking in the compound at Temple Trees. - Pic: Sudath Silva

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President directs Treasury to release funds:

Flood relief operations to cost Govt  Rs. 33 billion

Relief operations to restore infrastructure and rebuild the livelihoods of 1.2 million people affected by floods in the second wave of the disaster will cost the Government Rs. 33 billion, it was revealed yesterday.

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Revised amount to be issued in two weeks:

Lanka receives over 20 percent of UN’s Flash Appeal

Sri Lanka has received more than 20 percent of the Flash Appeal of US $ 51 million in emergency funding of the United Nations and have called for more due to the heavy displacement and losses caused due to the second wave of floods last week, UN Resident Coordinator Neil Buhne said.

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MoU with UNP asserts independent decisions:

SLMC committed to support UPFA

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UNP asserting their right to take independent decisions on any political issues in the run-up to the April 2010 parliamentary polls,

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Police get ready for LG polls

Logistics regarding the number of police personnel to be deployed at the forthcoming local government polls scheduled to be held on March 17 are being worked out at the Police Election Secretariat Colombo to conduct a free and a fair poll devoid of violence, Senior DIG Elections Gamini Navaratne told the Sunday Observer.

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Cricket World Cup to hit 100,000 arrivals per month

Sri Lanka is expected to hit the 100,000 arrival mark per month during the Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka. Director Sri Lanka, Tourism, Malraj Kiriella said that there were over 80,000 tourist arrivals in December and a further 72,000 in January.

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