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Sunday, 8 July 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.



Ayomi Perera, a woman soldier of the Engineering Regiment of the Sri Lanka Army was adjudged the winner of the grand finale of Ranaviru Real Star Mission 2 at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium held under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday. Here the Ranaviru Real Star Mission 2 winner receives a replica of the house worth Rs. 17 million in Malabe which she won as first prize from First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Media Centre for National Security Director General Lakshman Hulugalle and Defence Ministry Seva Vanitha Unit Chairperson, Ioma Rajapaksa (partly covered) look on. Pic: Chandana Perera


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Talks in run-up to polls :

SLMC set to contest Eastern PC with UPFA

In a desperate attempt to secure political leverage in the run-up to the Eastern Provincial Council polls, UPFA ally, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) led by Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem is now holding talks with the Government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). The party has already held several rounds of talks with the TNA and is in the process of drafting an MoU to be presented to the Government at discussions next week.

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‘Dengue has not reached epidemic proportions’

Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said that the Dengue epidemic has not reached high proportions as made out by certain sections of the media. A continuous program is being implemented by the Health Ministry to combat Dengue. As a result, there is a significant drop in the spread of Dengue,

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Sequel to serious crime :

Police get tough with rent-a-car companies

The police will come down hard on Rent-a Car service companies whose vehicles are involved in serious crime. Police have issued a stern warning to Rent-a Car service companies to be vigilant when renting out vehicles to strangers without checking their identity.

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Duty-free mobikes, laptops for over 11,000 GNs

Over 11,000 Grama Niladaris of 14,000 Grama Seva Divisions will be given duty-free motorcycles and laptop computers at concessionary rates under a scheme to be implemented by the Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne on August 1. The motorcycle distribution will be initially launched in the Mullaitivu Divisional Secretariat Division ,

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150,000 houses for slum dwellers

Over 150,000 houses will be constructed for people living in under-served settlements in Colombo, said Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa. The slum and shanty settlement community is due to the wrong economic strategies adopted in the past.

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