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Sunday, 3 June 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,



Mihintale, the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, is now a sea of heads with thousands of pilgrims from all parts of the country converging on the sacred grounds where Arahat Mahinda arrived from India with the message of Buddhism on a Poson Poya Day. Here devotees climb the steps to the top of the Mihintale Rock, the very place that King Devanampiyatissa and his retinue embraced Buddhism, giving rise to a heritage and civilisation based on Buddhist principles and values. Pic: Wimal Karunatilaka

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‘Disseminating misleading and false information’:

Govt decries UNP, JVP attempts to destabilise economy

The Government yesterday deplored attempts by the UNP and the JVP to destabilise the economy through disseminating misleading and false information. In a special statement released to the media, the Government said it has been in the forefront of protecting the entire financial system,

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Buddha’s teachings can resolve today’s conflicts too – President

The teachings of the Buddha are relevant even today as they were 26 centuries ago. If the leaders of our modern world embrace this advice, many of today’s domestic and international conflicts could be resolved, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He was addressing the United Nations Day Vesak celebrations in Bangkok yesterday.

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50th anniversary of ANCL Mihintale Aloka pooja

The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (ANCL) will conduct the Mihintale sacred area Aloka pooja for the 50th consecutive year from today till June 5. Abans Limited will sponsor the Mihintale Aloka pooja for the seventh consecutive year. The Ceylon Electricity Board has extended its fullest cooperation to this noble cause.

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Ideal forum to find solution:

TNA’s participation in PSC vital for Tamils

Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said if the TNA has a genuine interest in the plight of the Tamil community, it should participate in the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) which is the ideal forum to find a solution to the problems of those in the North and the East. The TNA will have to definitely come to the PSC due to international pressure, the Minister told the Sunday Observer.

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Move to curb incidence of violence:

Police gets tough over abuse of women and children

The Police Department has launched a program to curb the incidence of violence against women and children by setting up 43 branches of the Women and Children’s Bureau at police divisions and a single unit at every police station to investigate complaints of abuse against women and children,

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