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Sunday, 27 May 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,



Sri Lanka last week celebrated the third anniversary of the defeat of LTTE terrorism, which ravaged the country for nearly 30 years. The country was literally drenched in blood during these dark years. However, with the dawn of peace, Sri Lanka is on course to rapid development and prosperity. This “Blooming Sri Lanka” is the title of a photographic exhibition now being held in Oslo, Norway to educate the Norwegian public on the brutality of LTTE terrorism and the Government’s efforts to achieve reconciliation and development since terror was eradicated. Here Sri Lankan Ambassador in Norway Rodney Perera and Norwegian guests view the photographs. Pic: Sudath Silva

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‘Tamils against military withdrawal’:

Dismantling camps will give rise to terrorism - Expert

If military camps are dismantled in the North and the East, extremism and terrorism will return, international anti-terrorism expert Prof. Rohan Gunaratna warned yesterday. Responding to comments by Sarath Fonseka on military camps in the North and the East should be reduced,

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US silent over its human rights situation - China

Criticising the US government’s report on human rights, China said that ‘the United States has turned a blind eye to its own woeful human rights situation and remained silent about it,” Xinhua news agency reported. The “Human Rights Record of the United States in 2011” was released by the Information Office of the State Council,

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President celebrates 42 years in politics

Today is the 42nd anniversary of President Mahinda Rajapaksa having first entered Parliament as its youngest MP in 1970. It was at the general election held on May 27, 1970 that President Rajapaksa was elected Member of Parliament for the Beliatta electorate. Contesting under the SLFP ticket,

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Need for TNA to join PSC stressed

The TNA should join the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to work out a political solution to the problems of those in the North and the East since it will serve as a basis for suitable constitutional amendments for power sharing, Senior Minister of Scientific Affairs Prof. Tissa Vitharana told the Sunday Observer yesterday.

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Fonny dances to Western tunes again

Sarath Fonseka has again attempted to undermine the supreme sacrifices made by soldiers of the same Army he once commanded. Exploiting the special Presidential pardon that enabled him to leave prison with more than three years of his full five-and-a-half-year jail term left, Fonseka is now attempting to play the role of a traitor, political analysts said yesterday.

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