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Sunday, 18 March 2012


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President to attend NAM Summit and UN Assembly

[September 11 2016]

President Maithripala Sirisena will visit Venezuela ahead of his trip to New York to take part in the 71st United Nations (UN) General Assembly. President will be taking part in the 17th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Caracas, Venezuela which will be held on Sept.17 and 18, 2016.


SLFP marks 65 anniversary today

[September 04 2016]

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), one of the major political parties in Sri Lanka will celebrate its 65th Anniversary in Kurunegala today. The Late Prime Minister, S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, formed the SLFP on the September 2, 1951 at a meeting held at the Colombo Town Hall.


Desks for Zika screening at BIA

[September 04 2016]

All passengers are to undergo voluntary screening and testing for Zika at the Bandaranaike International Airport ( BIA) Katunayake. Disembarking passengers will also be given leaflets on symptoms of Zika,


Minister Samaraweera to visit Slovenia

[September 04 2016]

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera was due to leave today for the Republic of Slovenia on an invitation extended by the Slovenian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Karl Erjavec.


Dilshan’s farewell today

[August 28 2016]

Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan walks with his batting equipment during a final practice session at the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket stadium in Dambulla yesterday.


'Lanka, Pakistan have tremendous scope for better trade'

[August 28 2016]

Pakistan and Sri Lanka have tremendous scope to further strengthen bilateral economic and trade relations,Pakistan Finance Minister Ishaq Dar told his Sri Lankan counterpart Ravi Karunanayake in Islamabad yesterday.


SLAF appeals: Kites to be flown below 200ft

[August 28 2016]

The Air Force seeks public assistance to take safety measures in flying kites around areas in close proximity to airports and selected landing helipads.


Colombo Defence Seminar

[August 21 2016]

The Colombo Defence Seminar 2016 on the theme 'Soft Power and its influence on Global Issues' will be held on Thursday and Friday, September 1 and 2 at the BMICH, organised by the Sri Lanka Army.


Annual Nallur Festival 2016

[August 21 2016]

The annual Nallur Festival 2016 which commenced on August 8 will continue for 25 days and conclude on September 1. The festival attracts thousands of Hindu devotees including Sri Lankan Hindu expatriates who come to worship Lord Murugan during this annual festival.


PM, Ministers to observe Guanzhou City

[August 14 2016]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his delegation, left for Guanzhou, the capital and the largest city of China’s Guandong province. A senior spokesman of the government said the Prime Minister’s visit to China would be important to Sri Lanka on the business and economic front.


Special train services during Kandy Esala Festival

[August 14 2016]

Eleven special trains have been scheduled to run between August 13-18, 2016 to cater to the needs of the devotees who would proceed to Kandy to the Esala Festival. These trains are in addition to normal Kandy trains.


Dengue hits new low but can escalate

[August 14 2016]

Suspected dengue cases islandwide have slumped drastically over the past one month Epidemiology Unit sources told the Sunday Observer. At least six districts which recorded an incidence above the 500 mark have plunged four fold between July 31 and August 13,


Five best opening ceremonies in Olympics history

[August 07 2016]

We look back at the best opening ceremonies of all time in Olympics history. In the world of sports, there is no other spectacle bigger than the Olympics and it is rightly called the greatest show on earth and all of them start with opening ceremonies,



Latest human rights violation spotlighted:  The latest human rights violation by the US forces was spotlighted last week when American soldiers opened fire at civilians in Afghanistan killing 16 civilians including nine children in southern Kandahar Province. Eyewitness reports said the US soldiers, who appeared to be drunk, had gone on the rampage, reminding us of the thousands of Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese who were brutally massacred by LTTE terrorists. Unfortunately, the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) sessions now on in Geneva may not discuss anything on these grave human rights violations.
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‘Nobody to prove photographic evidence’:

Channel 4 recycling old footage as new evidence

One of the world’s leading experts on digital video systems and former head of CISCO’s Global Broadcast and Digital Video Practice division Siri Hewavitharana commenting on the latest video by Channel 4 (CH4) said CH4 was recycling old footage as new evidence with a compliant forensic pathologist called Prof Derrick Pounder to evaluate photographic evidence, but with nobody to prove.

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Probe on theft at museum

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has been called in to investigate the theft of priceless treasures and artifacts from the Colombo National Museum on Friday night by burglars who broke into the building, Police Media Spokesman Ajith Rohana told the Sunday Observer . When the theft was discovered by employees of the museum on the following day,

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Independent report sent to all embassies and DPL missions:

Channel 4’s video footage debunked

The Government has already sent the independent report and the video footage produced by the Defence Ministry to counter the bogus claims by the first “concocted Channel-4 documentary” to all embassies and diplomatic missions in Geneva to debunk the brazen falsehood of the second Channel-4 documentary telecast on Wednesday, Acting Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena told the Sunday Observer yesterday.

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More international bids for offshore drilling

Several offshore oil blocks in the North and Northwest coast will be given to international oil companies for exploration, Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat (PRD’s) Director General Saliya Wickramasuriya said. He said that the Government will conduct an international licensing auction in several oil exploration blocks.

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Facelift for Galle Road with WB funds

The remaining section of Galle Road within the Colombo city limits and Duplication Road will be brought on par with the Galle Road in Kollupitiya at a cost of Rs. 2.5 billion as part of the World Bank funded project to improve infrastructure within the greater Colombo area, Colombo Mayor A.J.M. Muzammil told the Sunday Observer.

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