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Sunday, 10 February 2013


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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.



Fishing in Jaffna is in full swing after the 30-year brutal terrorism. The devastated economy is now recovering after the Security Forces liberated the country from terrorism. Here a lone fisherman casts his net at a lagoon in the peninsula. Pic: Mahil Wijesinghe


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President instructs Ministry officials to expedite work :

Two new highways to be opened soon

The Highways Ministry is completing two new highway projects - the Katunayake Expressway and the Matara Expressway which will be open to the public in August and September this year, Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Highways Ranjith Premasiri told the Sunday Observer . He said construction work on these mega projects, now in the final stages will be inaugurated in August and September this year.

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Govt’s decision to deploy Security Forces in development commended

Senior Minister for International Monetary Cooperation and Deputy Finance and Planning Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama said that the Government’s decision to deploy the Security Forces in national development was good. Commenting on the contribution by the Sri Lanka Army to save Rs. 1,500 million last year for labour in health, education, sports and urban development projects,

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Religious disharmony, halal certification:

PSC to find permanent solution

The Government will appoint a special Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to look into the recent spate of events that led to religious disharmony and find a permanent solution to issues that have cropped up with the halal certification. Leader of the House and Irrigation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, explaining the Government’s stand on the issue said, “There is no need to give Government approval for halal food certification since it is a voluntary exercise.”

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Abduction and assault on two PCs, civilian informants :

Wildlife officers identified

Seven Wildlife Department officials who allegedly abducted and assaulted two police constables from the Walana Vice Squad and two civilian police informants, a fortnight ago while raiding a ganja plantation at Udawalawa surrendered to the Wellawaya Magistrate’s Court for an identification parade on Thursday. Thereafter, they went into hiding in the Udawalawa jungle after releasing the suspects.

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Plantation talks run into a snag

Talks between the plantation trade unions and the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon which were due to begin this week to sign a fresh Collective Agreement on a wage increase for plantation workers have run into a snag, according to reports. While the Unions were getting ready for the talks as the Collective Agreement expires on March 31, 2013,

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