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Sunday, 22 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.



Enterprising farmers have conquered mountainous terrain to contribute to the country’s food production drive and realise the goal of self-sufficiency in rice. These picturesque terraced paddy fields in Hunnasgiriya, bordering the newly renovated 18 hairpin bend road, show a bountiful harvest in the coming season. Pic: Chaminda Hittetiya


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Economy guided by new monetary and fiscal policies:

IMF disburses final tranche of $ 415 m

In a resounding endorsement of Sri Lanka’s burgeoning economy, the International Monetary Fund yesterday decided to disburse US$ 415 million to the country as the final tranche of a US$ 2.6 billion facility. The economy has been guided on a more sustainable footing by the present administration through new monetary and fiscal policies, the IMF said in a statement.

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NCPA cautions hotel owners:

Underaged children debarred from entering guest houses

The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) has called upon owners of hotels, lodges, guest houses and seaside tourist resorts to debar underaged males and females entering their premises unless they are accompanied by their parents or guardians.

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Livelihood loans for ex-LTTE cadres

Over 1,200 rehabilitated ex-LTTE cadres reintegrated into main-stream society will benefit from a Government loan scheme for livelihood programs, Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera told the Sunday Observer.

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Rs. 2.2 b package for drought-hit farmers

The Government has approved a Rs.2.2 billion package for drought-hit farmers, said Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena. He said that over 35,000 hectares of paddy fields in the North Central Province, Kurunegala and Mannar districts had been destroyed due to the drought.

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‘Failure to obtain dpl posting - Frederica’s bitterness’

Sunday Leader editor Frederica Jansz had been critical of Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa since he had prevented her from obtaining a diplomatic posting abroad, said Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella.

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