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Sunday, 8 April 2012


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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.



The New Year, which marks the transition of the Sun from Pisces to Aries, is the country’s prime national festival celebrated by the two major communities. It is a time for rejuvenation, sharing and caring and for giving and forgiving. As the Erabadu flowers bloom and the Koha sings the sounds of raban and firecrackers will renew our hopes for prosperity and reconciliation in the motherland. The Sunday Observer wishes its readers a happy and prosperous New Year. Illustration by Jagath Punchihewa.

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Errant traders forewarned:

Goods aplenty during festive season

Co-operatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando said the Ministry will ensure an uninterrupted supply of commodities for consumers during the festive season. There will be no room for traders to increase the prices of commodities or create an artificial shortage in the market. Consumers could purchase all commodities through the countrywide network of CWE outlets, Co-operatives and Co-op Cities, Minister told the Sunday Observer.

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Police raids to check crime during New Year

Police will carry out raids on illicit liquor booths and gambling dens to prevent violent crimes being committed by those under the influence of liquor on account of the forthcoming Sinhala and the Tamil New Year, Police Media Spokesman SP Ajith Rohana told the Sunday Observer.

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‘Progressive forces could defeat international conspiracies’

All progressive forces should unite to defeat the national and international conspiracies against Sri Lanka and achieve sustainable development, said Petroleum Industries Minister and UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha. The UPFA completes its second year in office today.

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Police warn bicycle, marathon race organisers

Police Media Spokesman SP Ajith Rohana said that marathon and bicycle races should be conducted in the morning on holidays to avoid inconvenience to other road users. “There have been instances where people have met with fatal accidents on the roads due to the carelessness of organisers of bicycle and marathon races.” Organisers who travel in vehicles at bicycle races should not lean out of the vehicles,” he said.

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UPFA Govt marks its second anniversary

The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) completes two years in office today. It was exactly two years ago, on April 8, 2010 when the UPFA retained power with a near two-thirds majority The UPFA recorded a landslide victory at the 2010 General election by securing 144 seats out of 225 in Parliament under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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