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Sunday, 1 July 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,



Trinity skipper Kaneel Seneviratne receiving the Bradby Shield from Prisident Mahinda Rajapaksa after Trinity College beat Royal College by 36-20 in the second leg at Pallekele yesterday. Aloso in the picture are Central Province Governer Tikiri Kobbekaduwa and Trinity College Principal Brig. Udaya Ariyaratne. Pic Kavindra Perera.

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Severe punishment for offenders:

Tough laws soon to check human trafficking

Sri Lanka will strengthen its laws by bringing in new amendments to the Immigration and Emigration Act to prevent the country being used as a safe haven for human smuggling, Controller of Immigration and Emigration Chulananda Perera told the Sunday Observer. Sri Lanka will take steps to put a stop to human smuggling by introducing severe punishment for the offenders under the proposed amendments to be presented in Parliament soon,

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Foreign national, Kattadiya quizzed:

Treasure hunters in the net

Several people including a foreign national who joined the bandwagon of illicit treasure hunters in the past few months along with the Kattadias have been taken in for questioning by the police and their implements seized while excavating treasures in various parts of the country,

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Reconciliation, a Lankan issue, says Menon

India’s National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon said that reconciliation is entirely a “Sri Lankan issue” and India was willing to provide all possible assistance to achieve that goal. In a media interaction following a series of meetings in Colombo including talks with President Mahinda Rajapaksa,

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Drought won’t hit paddy cultivation adversely

Irrigation and Water Resources Management Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said he is confident that the total paddy production will not be adversely affected due to the prevailing drought. Farmers in certain areas have already shifted to other subsidiary crops. The harvest from maize and other subsidiary crops will be higher this time.

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Japanese investors go for ayurvedic medicine

The first Japanese delegation comprising 10 top investors will arrive in Sri Lanka on July 4 following the setting up of the Japan-Sri Lanka Centre for Friendship, Culture and Trade, Commissioner of the Centre Zenjiro Kaneko told the Sunday Observer.

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