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Sunday, 24 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.



A group of Bhikkhus walk under a forest canopy to get their mid-day meal (alms) in the Bodhinagala forest monastery in Ingiriya. Meanwhile, the Gangarama Nawam Perahera will parade the streets today and tomorrow to mark the Nawam Poya which falls tomorrow, the most significant cultural and religious event in the city. Pic: Mahil Wijesinghe



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UNHCR commends SL Navy for Myanmar rescue mission

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) commended the Sri Lanka Navy on Friday for launching a rescue operation to save the group of marooned Myanmar nationals last week. “UNHCR is greatly saddened by this latest terrible ordeal, and commends the quick action of the Sri Lanka Navy in rescuing this group and providing immediate medical attention,”

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Team to update her on overall development :

Sri Lankan delegation to meet Navaneetham Pillay

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Special envoy on Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe and the Sri Lankan delegation will meet the UN’s High Commissioner Navaneetham Pillay on the sidelines of the Human Rights Council’s 22nd regular sessions scheduled to begin next week. Authoritative sources said Ms Pillay had made a request to meet the Sri Lankan delegation and the team will update her on the overall progress and the most recent developments on the resettlement,

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UN’s HC makes excuses to visit Sri Lanka

Galle District UPFA parliamentarian and External Affairs Ministry Monitoring MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena said if the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navaneetham Pillay visited Sri Lanka as per the invitation accepted by her prior to the impending UNHRC sessions, she would have seen the factual position at ground level.

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Mudslinging campaign against Sri Lanka:

Channel 4, the mouthpiece of LTTE diaspora

The London based Channel 4 TV station is the mouthpiece of the LTTE diaspora. The LTTE rump is said to fund this station heavily to carry out its mudslinging campaign against Sri Lanka. The money raised by the LTTE rump in Britain and Europe is allegedly spent lavishly on such covert operations against Sri Lanka.

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Confine Halal food to Muslims - ACJU

The President of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) M.I.M. Rizwe has called upon trade organisations that have obtained the Halal certification to sell their produce only to Muslims and not non Muslims. He was addressing a media briefing at the Ranmuthu Hotel on Thursday. The ACJU President said it is evident that growing tension and disputes had arisen between the communities and religions due to a process initiated by them to issue Halal certifications.

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