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Sunday, 20 November 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 Sanghika Daana was offered to 1,200 members of the Maha Sangha led by Most Ven. Udugama Buddharakhkitha Maha Nayake Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter to mark the sixth anniversary of the assumption of office by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Here President Rajapaksa, First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa and other guests offer alms to the Maha Sangha at Temple Trees yesterday.
Pic: Sudath Silva


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Making Sri Lanka the ‘Wonder of Asia’ by 2016 :

Budget 2012 ‘Development–oriented’

Views of public and all stakeholders incorporated :

President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as Finance and Planning Minister will present Budget 2012 in Parliament tomorrow. The budget would be development-oriented with the aim of making Sri Lanka the “Wonder of Asia” by 2016, according to Government sources. This will be the 65th Budget to be presented since Independece. Budget 2012 will be the third Budget of the seventh Parliament. The Budget Estimates for 2012 will maintain the budget deficit at 6.2 percent of the GDP to ensure economic growth at 8 percent and the rate of annual inflation at 6 to 7 percent, Government sources told the Sunday Observer yesterday.

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Minister tells South African delegation :

Only companies listed in RUEA will be acquired

The Government has no intention of acquiring business ventures apart from those scheduled in the Revival of Underperforming Enterprises Act (RUEA), said Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa at a discussion with the South African delegation which visited Sri Lanka last week. Minister Rajapaksa said that all these ventures had belonged earlier either to the Government or built on government property.

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Cancer pictorials will deter cigarette smoking - NATA

The National Alcohol and Tobacco Authority (NATA) said yesterday that printing cancer related pictorials on cigarette packets along with written warnings on smoking could deter youth from smoking. According to a spokesman for NATA nearly 22,000 Sri Lankans mainly those underaged die annually from tobacco related products. NATA Chairman Prof. Carlo fonseka told the Sunday Observer that the need to print cancer related pictorial warnings on cigarette packets has already been brought to the notice of Health Ministry and it was the duty of officials to implement it as soon as possible considering it a national need.

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Road traffic victims to be remembered

The Ministry of Health has called upon all Sri Lankans to observe a minute’s silence at 10:00 a.m. today to mark the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. The United Nations commemorates the third Sunday in November as the Day of Road Victims. Sri Lanka also marked a Road Safety Week from November 14. Six people are killed daily in traffic accidents in Sri Lanka while two are injured every hour. A crash is reported every 10 minutes.

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