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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,



Sri Lanka emerged champions of the Asian Five Nations qualifying rugby tournament concluded at Havelock Park yesterday. Here President Mahinda Rajapaksa presenting the Asian Division 1 Challenge Trophy to the captain of the Sri Lanka team, Yoshitha Rajapaksa. Others in the picture from left: CEO of Dialog Axiata PLC, Dr. Hans Wijesuriya, Asian RFU Vice President, Trevor Gregory, Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage and CEO of HSBC, Nick Nicolaou. Pic: Susantha Wijegunasekera.

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Emerge champions at Asian Five Nations Tournament :

Sri Lanka bags Asian rugby title

A new chapter in Sri Lanka rugby was opened when the national team, led by flanker Yoshitha Rajapaksa, emerged champions at the Asian Five Nations Tournament concluded in Colombo yesterday. This is the first time that Sri Lanka had beaten Kazakhstan in an Asian rugby tournament. Sri Lanka made a clean sweep winning all three matches in style.

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President congratulates Sri Lanka rugby team

President Mahinda Rajapaksa congratulated the Sri Lanka rugby team on its remarkable performance to secure the Asian Five Nations qualifying round tournament with three successive wins. “You have made Sri Lanka proud. The Sri Lanka team has now proved that they are good enough to play with the Asian rugby giants.

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Rehabilitated with Korean assistance:

President to open Padeniya-A’pura road

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will open tomorrow, the Padeniya-Anuradhapura road which has been rehabilitated at a cost of Rs.7 billion with Korean assistance enabling people to have easy access to Anuradhapura and other destinations in the Northern and North Central Provinces. The opening ceremony will take place at Padeniya junction at 10 am.

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Avoid sports after flu - Health Ministry

The National Hospital authorities have warned students against participating in sports, especially those needing strenuous activity such as a marathon, while running a temperature or after a viral flu. Deputy Director, Accident Service, Dr. Cyril Silva said, “There’s a viral flu running around now. After a viral flu attack,

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Pass system abolished – fishermen relieved

The pass system for fishermen that was in practice for over two decades in the North, East and North Western provinces, restricting fishing activities was abolished last week. Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne told the Sunday Observer that this was a great relief and victory for the fishermen who had staged protests and agitations demanding the abolition of the Navy’s pass system.

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