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Sunday, 3 March 2013


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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,



President Mahinda Rajapaksa waves to the crowds after opening the new housing complex at Ratnapura for war heroes. The Maha Sangha led by Ven. Ellawala Medhananda Thera and members of the clergy, Ministers W. D. J. Seneviratne, Vasudeva Nanayakkara and Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Sabaragamuwa Chief Minister Mahipala Herath, Governor W. J. M. Lokubandara, Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, IGP N. K. Illangakoon, Heads of the three Armed Forces and Senior Defence officials were present. Pic: by Sudath Silva.



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Minister outlines progress at length:

Lankan delegation makes impact at UNHRC sessions

A member of the Sri Lankan delegation in Geneva said that if a minister had not been present at the current UN Human Rights Council sessions, Sri Lanka would have missed the opportunity to speak at length on its impressive progress so far. He said the time slot for an official delegation to address the session would have been a mere two minutes whereas the speech by Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe,

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Channel 4 theatrics bares magnitude of conspiracy

Leader of the House and Irrigation and Water Management Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said the latest British Channel 4 theatrics which coincides with the ongoing UNHRC sessions in Geneva bares the magnitude of the international conspiracy hatched against Sri Lanka and the UPFA Government. Channel 4 has churned out another video footage to coincide with the ongoing UNHRC sessions.

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‘There should be no disparity in internal or external degrees’

President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is now reviewing the progress of Ministries held extensive discussions on Friday with Higher Education Ministry officials on their Mid Term National Higher Education Strategic Management Plan 2013-2015. The vision of the Higher Education Ministry is to make Sri Lanka an international hub of excellence in higher education by 2020.

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Demarcation of boundaries:

Committees to compile reports on wards by March 31

The National Delimitation Committee and the District Level Delimitation Committees appointed to demarcate the wards in the Local Government areas across the country will compile their reports according to the number of wards in the LG areas and their boundaries by March 31, Secretary to the Provincial Councils and Local Government Ministry R.A.A.K. Ranawaka said.

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