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Sunday, 17 June 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.



President Mahinda Rajapaksa waves to Cubans and Sri Lankans at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba, to welcome him on his arrival on a State visit. On his right is Cuban Vice Foreign Minister Ana Teresita Gonzalez who greeted him on behalf of President Raul Castro and the Cuban Government. The visit is expected to strengthen bilateral ties between the two island nations. Pic: Sudath Silva

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Strict formula for dual citizenship

The Immigration and Emigration Department will begin processing dual citizenship under a strict formula within the next three months. Controller of Immigration and Emigration Chulananda Perera told the Sunday Observer that under the new criteria a Sri Lankan holding citizenship of another country will be granted permanent residency for five years before he becomes eligible for dual citizenship.

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President on official visit to Cuba

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, now on an official visit to Cuba, will have a tight schedule in the island nation, including a reception and official talks.According to the program, President Rajapaksa will also pay tribute to Cuban National Hero Jose Marti at the Revolution Square (Plaza de la Revolution) in Havana. The President arrived in Cuba on Friday in response to an invitation from President Raul Castro,

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‘Top security for President in UK’

Britain’s Scotland Yard and London Metropolitan Police provided the maximum possible protection to President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his recent visit to the UK to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga said at a meeting with media heads at the Presidential Secretariat last week.

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Energy shortage hits SAARC countries except Sri Lanka

All countries in the SAARC region except Sri Lanka suffer from massive energy shortages which hamper their drive towards reaching economic development goals. One-third of the global population without access to electricity supply are from South Asia which is the poorest region in the world,

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French diplomat held for raping three-year-old daughter

A French diplomat was detained by the Bangalore police late on Thursday evening on charges of raping his three-and-a-half-year-old daughter. The accused and the child were initially detained at the High Grounds police station. Subsequently, the child was handed over to her mother and child care officials.

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